RATINGS: 68   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.

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ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Bomber poured into my Stone IPA glass. The aroma is huge, that luscious smell of huge hops along with unique Belgian yeast. Appearance is very clear and amber. Taste is fantastic! This is the best beer I’ve had in months! Great citrus hop flavor with style and finish. I know Belgian IPA is not its own unique category, but this might be one of my favorites I’ve ever had in this style.

LtDan (1808) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAY 11, 2011
Appearance: Pours a vibrant copper with a dense fluffy white head that retains for some time.

Aroma: A big bouquet of citrus (grapefruit, tangerine, lemon). Spicy Belgian yeast.

Taste: A mouthful of spicy, fruity yeast, bitter juicy grapefruit and piny hops. Finishes with spice and big bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Fairly fizzy, full bodied.

Overall: I often times don’t care for Golden Ale, Tripels, and Belgian IPAs do to the associated yeast profile. I do, however like a west coast double IPA style Belgian IPA. This was a real tasty beer that I can put into the like column as far as pale Belgian’s go. Drink this fresh to enjoy this with all of its citrusy goodness, that bouquet is what made the beer for me.

BMan1113VR (7929) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 8, 2011
On tap. Pours with a clear copper body and a lasting, egg-shell hued white head. Aromas are spicy, grainy, candi sugar, caramel, phenols (mostly coriander), vanilla. Esters and phenols remind me nearly of the Unibroue yeast strain. Fruity, citrus, light tropical fruit. Flavors are sweet, tropical fruit, grassy, weed like hop profile. A bit boozy (didn’t know the ABV). Very estery, light phenols, mango, papaya. Medium bitter, lightly astringent finish. Lively bubbles and dry. Pretty tasty.

bu11zeye (13215) - 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.

crvcac (8) - , California, USA - APR 28, 2011 does not count
Gold copper in hue with a slight chill haze. Can’t truly comment on the head seeing as it was on cask, however, I have a feeling this is going to be a sticky one with nice lacing. Smells fantastic. Reminds me of their Big Barrel Double IPA with a belgian twist. Lots of grapefruit, orage zest, curacao, tropical fruits, belgian spices. Amazing. This is a great rendition of a Belgian IPA. The perfect blend of spices and tropical fruit flavors. The orange and grapefruit are bold and compliment each other nicely. Very well balanced. Malts provide the needed backbone to balance the beer while the hops lend a very appropriate and highly quaffable bitterness. Smooth. Dangerously smooth. The 8.5% is hardly detectable. This one will get you if your not careful. Pour me another please!

Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 13, 2011
On tap at urge in poway. Ruby amber with disappearing head. Nose honey Belgian and hops. Taste thick Belgian gooey thickness and mid hoppiness. Candy alcohol. Just ok.

StefanSD (2468) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2011
650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a translucent copper color with a big foamy white head that has good retention. The aroma is characterized by classic Belgian yeasts, coriander and floral hops. The taste is that of a Belgian style dubbel first and foremost--there is coriander, yeast, biscuit, mango, papaya and musty oranges. The palate is silky smooth with soft carbonation. The finish is medium in duration and dry with an odd spicy aftertaste. Overall: More of the character of a Belgian dubbel than that of a DIPA. Tasty, but a bit experimental.

jeremytoni (3082) - 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.

papajohn (1340) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - APR 1, 2011
Taster at Sorrento Valley location: Dark amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma is belgian spice. Flavor starts lightly sweet and peppery followed by a hint of coriander, a grassy bitterness with a faint trace of bubblegum and a little alcohol heat in the finish. Medium body is smooth with moderate carbonation.

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