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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
When checkered blackball flags dot the California coastline, experienced surfers migrate to advanced breaks where strangers to the sport dare not. Blackball is a Belgian-inspired India Pale Ale with a robust West Coast hop profile. Belgian ale yeast, coriander, and Curacao lend a fruity and spicy character for an ale bolder than your average IPA. A blend of New Zealand and Cascade hops add a vibrant floral aroma and clean citrus hop bitterness that lingers through its crisp, dry finish. Drink up while it’s young, heavily hopped IPA’s are best enjoyed fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (40503) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2014

Bottle 12fl.oz.

[ As Karl Strauss Blackball Belgian IPA ].
Clear medium orange color with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, orange - citrus, dusty hops. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, sweet hops - malt, fruity, oranges, hoppy. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20140118]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (37028) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2012
22 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma is dry grapefruity, mango and pine. Light phenolic. Bitter, toasted malty and light caramelish. Bitter and toasted malty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (31474) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2012
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a thin orangey head. The aroma has notes of caramel, malt, and a bit of hay. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, malt, dusty hops, and a bit of caramel, leading to a dry, dusty, and alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2012
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of bu11zeye. Pours a cloudy deep golden with an off-white head. Sweet spicy, yeasty aroma with some hops. Rich body, heavy sweet fruit, yeast and phenols with a bitter finish. 270812

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (24512) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2012
Bottle at Papsø. Hazy orange coloured with a small off-white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel, hops, citrus peel and burnt sugar. Sweet and fruity flavour of burnt sugar, hops, grass and citrus peel. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (15764) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 18, 2014
A clear, golden beer topped by a small, off-white head. The aroma has quite a lot of white sugar, it’s fruity and piney and has some alcohol and a whiff of something spiced. The flavor is sweet and alcoholic, it’s warming and full-bodied on the palate, with a decent carbonation level. Pine cones, malty sweetness, bitterness and white sugar in the finish. A beer lacking balance. 140118

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (15413) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2014
Nice head with good duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are hops, malt, little fruits and pine. Nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dedollewaitor (14927) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2014
Bottle. Pours golden with a creamy head. Nutty and hoppy nose. Sweet malts and citrus. Quite some alcohol. Caramel, mild yeast and dusty hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (14827) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2014
Clear golden with a lasting off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and moderate hoppy - fruity and old hops. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 180114

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (14045) - San Leandro, California, USA - JUN 2, 2011
A: The beer pours a fairly clear light amber color with a large white head. S: Starts off fairly sweet. Caramel and toffee malt notes lead it off, but the hops begin to come through shortly after. Floral and grassy hop notes provide the bulk of the "IPA" character, and there is a fair amount of spice and yeast to the aroma as well. T: Not as sweet as expected, luckily. Strong spice (clove and all spice) and yeast flavors with a moderate breadiness. Some grassy hops and a hint of pine with a moderate hop bitterness. M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation. O: One of the more enjoyable Belgian IPAs, but it could have used a bigger hop profile.

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