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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 its young, heavily hopped IPAs are best enjoyed fresh.

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3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2375) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle from E street Liquor: Poured a dense golden brass color and was topped by a frothy layer of foam head. As for the aroma, my nose is instantly gratified with a heavy dosage of Belgian yeast that is decked out with spices and has scents of coriander, black licorice, and crushed peppercorn while also having a strange smell of dried out dank. The flavor is much more subtle in its delivery, however, it still does have a spicy profile of yeast that suggests all of the same ingredients that I mentioned in the aroma, but comes together well with the thick syrupy Karl Strauss malts and light background of zesty citrus like hops. This is an okay beer thats meant to only be tasted once since I know I wont be purchasing another bottle or ordering it in a bar unless they dont have anything better.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 6, 2011
Bottle. Mostly orange body with medium head. Spicy hops and moderate malt fill out the beer profile, both in the nose and in the flavor. Seems to be lacking in its overall complexity. Amp this guy up a bit .

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUN 4, 2011
[Bottle] Lightly hazed pale yellow appearance, good heaf formation. Caramel malt, candy and coriander on the nose. Sweet crystal malt, sugarry palate. hoppy citrus kicks in early and while theres plenty of it, it kind of loses out to the sweet sugarry malt. The Belgian side never really shows up in the flavor, appearing more as a mix between an IPA and a red ale.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan (1806) - 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 dont 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 Belgians go. Drink this fresh to enjoy this with all of its citrusy goodness, that bouquet is what made the beer for me.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
strongpieman (1651) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2012
22oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Deep amber pour with a good amount of off-white head. Aromas of candi sugar, bready malt, and Belgian yeast. Flavor has some rye spice with citrus and spicy Belgian yeast.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Golden straw color with thin, bubbly head. Slightly fruity, citrus ester aroma (banana). Malty start with a lovely ease into balanced hops, leading to sweet and tiny bit spicy orange peel curaao dry finish. Perfectly balanced. Great palate.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
papajohn (1250) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thisis12ptfont (1166) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JAN 17, 2012
Aromas of vanilla roasty caramel malts and subtle piney hops. Color is a medium gold with a medium sized foam top. Taste is fruity and malty with light carbonation to it. Pleasant but short presence of doughy and malty taste on the finish. Overall, this is refreshing and tasty but, not as hoppy as I had expected. Very flavorful beer with lots of vanilla, caramel, fruits and citrus on the flavor. Id give this a B- rating.


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