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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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3.6
AmEricanbrew (7011) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 4, 2011
Clear amber color/ ivory head. Spicy yeast, floral hop, honey sweet malt aromas. Medium bodied. Spicy, floral hop flavors with spicy yeast, pale malt

3.6
Thisis12ptfont (1221) - 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.

3.6
jesperhammer (4921) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2012
27-AUG-2012, bottle @Papsø. Hazy golden with off-white head. Hoppy aroma. Citric, flowery, and yes, it is belgian and yeast-like. Oranges and earthy notes. Fine IPA

3.6
saxo (19522) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2014
Nice head with good duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are hops, malt, little fruits and pine. Nice bitter finish.

3.5
jeremytoni (3083) - 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.

3.5
brokensail (16645) - 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.

3.5
jtclockwork (17284) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2011
Bottle thanks to Victor at Paul’s. Pours clear gold. White head. Nose/taste of peach, caramel malt, papaya and yeast. Slightly bitter grapefruit finish. Medium body.

3.5
murphym45 (779) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2011
Bottle. Pours gold with a bit of white head. Aroma is fruity, orange, yeasty, bit of spice. Light bodied with a faint bitterness, pretty solid.

3.5
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.

3.5
Meilby (11692) - 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.


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