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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beersearcher (2383) - Glendale, California, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Pours a medium yellow. Aroma is sorta blah for an IPA. A bit of licorice an Belgian yeast taste here but to me it is working against the Hops. Better than the average Karl Strauss though.

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 .

BeerLimey (2155) - 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 there’s 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.

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.

Dixonian (1657) - 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.

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.

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.

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.

Thisis12ptfont (1246) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JAN 17, 2012
Aroma’s 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. I’d give this a B- rating.

mrhoppy (1196) - 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 curaçao dry finish. Perfectly balanced. Great palate.

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