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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.5
brokensail (16449) - Dublin, 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.

3.1
Dedollewaitor (16158) - 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.

3.9
bhensonb (15190) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Bomber shared by Marcus. Pours hazy copper with a slight off-white head. Mild aromas of yeast/spice and fruity hop. Med body. Fresh pitted fruit flavor, with some earth and banana ester. Nice finish.

3.1
gunnfryd (14872) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 22, 2014
Deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is sugar, malt, fruit, pine. Flavour is sugar, malt, hop, berries, fruit, pine. OK/Nice beer

3.7
Tmoney99 (14460) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Bottle shared by wihorock. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy citrus, fruit and yeasty aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy complex bittersweet flavor with a moderate to heavy complex bittersweet finish of medium to long duration. This is a solid beer.

3.1
Christian (13670) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2014
Hazy golden with a lasting white head. Malty aroma with orange and peach and a hint of bubblegum. Sweet malty and fruity flavour with a touch of alcohol, and some off-notes of glue and bubblegum

4
BeerandBlues2 (13304) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Tap. Pours clear amber with a large, frothy white head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is average malt (biscuit, bread, meal), heavy hops (floral, citrus, herbal), and average esters ( apple/pear) with notes of apricot and peach. Flavor is average malt, heavy hops, fruity, citrus, and light alcohol. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation with a dry finish.

3.4
bu11zeye (13029) - 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.

3.7
jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2011
@Victors Fantasy Tasting-22oz bottle-pours an off white head and gold color. Aroma is medium fruit, citrus, spice, yeast. Taste is citrus-orange/pine/spice hops, yeast, light/medium malt. Semi-drying. Pepper at finish.

3.5
Sammy (12197) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2013
Thanks OCBeer. Very subtly masterfully done. A little like a black IPA, with some Cascadian. Deep yellow with retained head. Nice use of spices. Very good drinkability and refreshing. Hoppy, but not at DIPA level.


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