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RATINGS: 68   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
Sammy (12837) - 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.

3.7
jcwattsrugger (12549) - 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
Meilby (11783) - 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.

3.3
madsberg (11776) - 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.

3.2
faroeviking (11252) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, FAROE ISLANDS - SEP 13, 2012
Botella. Unclear orange colour, small beige head. Sweet yeasty like fruity caramel aroma. Sweet fruity yeasty malty bit spiced flavour. Good bitterness.

3.8
marcus (10736) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Bottle from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours golden with a decent off-white head and a citrus aroma. There is a spicy fruit and caramel malt flavor with a Belgian yeast feel - a liitle banana ester - and a very dry finish.

2.4
GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 11, 2013
Tap at Steam Haus Gastropub in Corona, CA. Low haze, ugly deeper amber pour. Weak foam. Maple and brown sugar nose. Taste is odd: bitter and harsh with sticky maple. Nothing Belgian or IPA about this. Stale. Dusty mouthfeel. Ick. Probably an old keg.

3.5
blipp (9781) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Draft. Pours golden orange with a thin head. Light fruity and yeasty notes, with medium bitterness, hints of spices, and grassy and earthy notes. Pretty good.

3.7
drfabulous (8662) - 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
Idiosynkrasie (8041) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JAN 17, 2015
650ml bottle. Barely clear, orangey, deep goldn colour with average to huge, frothy, fairly lasting, minimally lacing, off-white head. Floral, yeasty aroma, sweet-ish fruity background, notes of yellow berries, yellow stone fruit, a toch of orange zest, cautious spicy yeasty overtones. Taste has a minimally sweet caramel malty basis, some fruitiness, a touch of peach, hints of honey biscuits, a strand of peppery yeast spiciness is constantly and clearly present; super soft palate. Nice yeasty character, quite weak on the hop side.


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