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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 10, 2011
Sampled on 7/23/2011. This Double IPA pours a dark orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head with good retention and nice lacing. The aroma is fruity, sweet, yeasty and hoppy. A medium bodied Imperial IPA. The malts are fruity, sweet, orange and apricot. The hops are herbal and citrusy. Fruity and sweet then bittering at the finish. With a name like Black Ball I was expecting a Black IPA. Hint of orange peel and coriander, maybe some pepper as well. Hides the alcohol well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cavie (3672) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Bottle courtesy exiled. Clear light orange color with a ring of white head. Aroma is dry hops, spicy and earthy root with some light spice. Flavor is spicy hops and earthy notes. Spicy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3646) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 24, 2011
22 ounce thanks to JohnCoctosin. This is a very refreshing and nicely done take on the mix of IPA and Belgian. Most of the taste - the banana, yeasty taste -comes from the yeast. But it works well. Enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremytoni (2926) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2011
From the tap poured a straw color with a good amount of head. Strong spicy hoppy flavor with a lasting aftertaste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 6, 2011
22 oz. bottle from BevMo (SD) - Pours a hazy amber color with a one and a half finger thick off white head. Aroma is toasted malt. That’s it! Flavor is lightly sweetened toasted malt with some light malt and esters. Has an odd lingering finish. Medium body. I have no clue to how old this bottle is, but it’s not the best 2IPA I’ve had.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 17, 2012
22oz bottle. Rating #37. Nice beer, I didn’t get a whole lot of of Belgian character out of it, but good still. Sweet more than anything, it’s a nice sweetness though, mild bitterness. (2559)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JanLaursen (2731) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2012
Bottle, 65 cl, at Papsø. Cloudy orange with a white foamy, quickly diminishing head. Sweet, yeasty, orange-peelish aroma. Floral and light malty notes. Sweet with a hefty bitter finish, yeasty, phenols, orangey, spicey. Complex, yet easy drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jesperhammer (2646) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2012
27-AUG-2012, bottle @Papsø. Hazy golden with off-white head. Hoppy aroma. Citric, flowery, and yes, it is belgian and yeast-like. Oranges and earthy notes. Fine IPA

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2459) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Bomber from BevMo. Hazy light amber in color. Mostly orange with some redness. Sweet yeasty aroma. The Belgian qualities dominate the nose. Decent, lasting foamy head. Smooth up front. Sweet with a bitter finish. Fairly spicy hoppiness. Enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badnewsbeers (2317) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 6, 2011
Bottle. Mostly orange body with medium head. Spicy hops and moderate malt fill out the beer profile, both in the nose and in the flavor. Seems to be lacking in its overall complexity. Amp this guy up a bit .


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