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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (7280) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 18, 2014
Pours clear deep golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, alcohol, yeast, pine, orange and citrus. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a long warm, sweet fruity finish. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2011
(22oz bottle) Pours a clear copper body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of pineapple, citrus, herbs, and grass. Flavor of pineapple, mango, papaya, Belgian yeast, and grass with a moderately bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cavie (3754) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2011
Bottle at Victor’s bracket box tasting at Paul’s. Pours a lightly hazed orange amber with a thin white head. Spicy hops, toast, soft herbal notes. Medium bodied, toast and touches of caramel. Grapefruit bitterness starts early and lingers on the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5277) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2490) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (20576) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Orangish straw, a little dark and hazy, small sudsy white head, spotty lacing.   Musty citrusy nose.   Sweet candyish citrus peel on the tongue.   Seems a bit musty, perhaps thats the yeast.   A bit fruity, somewhat tropical, malty, and not all that hoppy.   Smooth on the tongue, but does seem a bit dank and musty.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Musty sweet candied citrus peel on the exit.   Not a bright example, and not all that hoppy.   Wished it were more floral, and less musty/basement like, but as is its not half bad.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (34334) - 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]

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5501) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2011
(22oz bomber thanks to bu11zeye) clear amber with fine eggshell colored bubbles. Nose of candied citrus, sweet bread, and rye. Taste of rye, Belgian spicy yeast, lightly fruity, and a spicy linger.


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