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RATINGS: 69   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (38879) - 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]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (7100) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"One of their nicer beers at the Carlsbad Brewery. A nice aroma of belgian spice and orange peel. Moderate bitternes in the flavor, but a good dose of the citrus and yeasty flavor. Light, but good."

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sledutah (6046) - Utah, USA - OCT 20, 2014
On tap at the Universal brewpub
Clear golden with a small off-white head, good lacing. Aroma of Belgian malts, fruity, caramel, spices and peppery. Taste is malty, Belgian yeast and black pepper
Decent, clean

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (10502) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JAN 18, 2015
Trübes dunkel goldenes Bier mit einer ordentlichen weißen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr malzig, fruchtig, hefig, Honig. Geschmack süß malzig, Honig, reife Früchte.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jookos (3495) - FINLAND - FEB 18, 2015
Bottle. Orange hazy. Fruity nose. Oranges, belgy blond estery vibes, golden honey light corn malty. Some straw, hay. Mouthfilling body, lots of Orange, slight marmelady, sweets, finishes clean though. Quite soft, lots of round bitters, some pine in the finish. IPA (even a belgian one) isn’t the first thing that comes to mind with this drink. Rather imperial belgy blondy, but with a clean nice non-oily texture. Qutie enjoyable. Can’t bother look for a BBE, but I’m sure this is a bit old already, the IPAish hoppy notes that might have supposed to have been there have, if ever present, surely mallowed out some time ago.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5782) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (10787) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2012
Bottled. Amber coloured. Unclear. Dense beige head. Aroma of herbs, flowers, citrus, light fruits, orange. Flavour is piney and herbal. Has some caramel, orange, dust. Medium bodied. Light phenolic. Some citric bitterness in the end.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
strongpieman (1598) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Pour from a bomber. Hazy orange color, good combo of hops and citrus sweetness. A nice Belgian IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zwiebel88 (610) - GERMANY - JAN 25, 2015
Honig, Fruchtnoten, Getreide. Bananig, hefig, herb, leichte Bitterkeit. Anständiges belgian IPA.

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.


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