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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 (12838) - 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.

3.5
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. Amber with a white head. Aroma is Belgian yeast with some grassy notes. Flavor is classic Belgian IPA. I get some nice yeast notes as well as some pine and grass. There is also some brown sugar sweetness. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.5
blipp (9782) - 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.

3.5
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.

3.5
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.

3.4
bu11zeye (13239) - 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.

3.4
Cavie (4836) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Bottle courtesy exiled. Clear light orange color with a ring of white head. Aroma is dry hops, spicy and earthy root with some light spice. Flavor is spicy hops and earthy notes. Spicy finish.

3.4
j12601 (13188) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2011
Bottle at Victor’s bracket box tasting at Paul’s. Pours a lightly hazed orange amber with a thin white head. Spicy hops, toast, soft herbal notes. Medium bodied, toast and touches of caramel. Grapefruit bitterness starts early and lingers on the finish.

3.4
beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 10, 2011
Sampled on 7/23/2011. This Double IPA pours a dark orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head with good retention and nice lacing. The aroma is fruity, sweet, yeasty and hoppy. A medium bodied Imperial IPA. The malts are fruity, sweet, orange and apricot. The hops are herbal and citrusy. Fruity and sweet then bittering at the finish. With a name like Black Ball I was expecting a Black IPA. Hint of orange peel and coriander, maybe some pepper as well. Hides the alcohol well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

3.4
mjg74 (3189) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Bomber from BevMo. Hazy light amber in color. Mostly orange with some redness. Sweet yeasty aroma. The Belgian qualities dominate the nose. Decent, lasting foamy head. Smooth up front. Sweet with a bitter finish. Fairly spicy hoppiness. Enjoyable.


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