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Blackball Belgian IPA - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Blackball Belgian IPABlackball Belgian IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

66 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 14
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: crvcac on 03-04-2011)
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Reviews by MadCat:
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MadCat

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.7%

Review from notes

Appearance: Nice yellowy color with good white head

Smell: Fruity, with some hop, nice maltiness, a little alcohol, and some nice yeasty phenols

Taste: Fruity and malty up front, then some alcohol and phenols, finally nice hoppy notes. Some bitterness, but mostly flavorful hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, full carbonation

Overall: Very good, interesting take from a non Belgian brewer. Would be interested in seeing some other Belgian style brews from Karl Strauss.

11-25-2013 02:36:20 | More by MadCat
More User Reviews:
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

Bright brassy color, great clarity and a massive dollop of head on top ... a sight to see. Peachy fruitiness runs over the top on the nose, warming peppery alcohol, leafy hop, sweet grain and some phenols and yeast within. Big fruity sweetness upfront of malt and smashed over ripened peaches, that slowly breaks away to let in the alcohol, phenols and more important ... the hoppiness that relies more on flavor than its bitterness even though it does have a big enough sting to break through the beer.

Pretty drinkable for its size, still sippin it though. Job well done here, very enjoyable.

06-08-2011 02:45:29 | More by Jason
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

Subtle and 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, even more bitterness would be interesting.Bottle from Ronald Bland.

01-06-2013 06:09:40 | More by Sammy
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dertyd

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

05-18-2014 02:35:16 | More by dertyd
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HalfFull

California

3.63/5  rDev -9.9%

Fresh bomber poured into a large wine glass. I mistakenly thought this would be a Black IPA, or perhaps the first Belgian Cascadian Dark Ale. Alas, it's just a Belgian IPA, and that's a good thing. Pours a clear light amber with a tinge or orange and sports an inch of nearly white foam. Decent retention and lacing follow.

Nose is a blend of citrusy cascade hops and some belgian yeast notes. A definitive malty sweetness permeates the equation for balance. Notable spice notes abound.

Flavor is a bit subdued relative to the nose and with a generic citric maltiness drowning out the spicy/yeasty/ hoppy notes to a large degree. Becomes a bit more spicy/effervescent with some warming.

Feel is thin initially, warming to add some spice and a spritzy feel of carbonation. Finish is pleasant yet a bit brief throughout the spectrum. Overall a nice take on the style; decent yeast profile and added spice, bit malt forward and somewhat subdued in the hops department however.

09-11-2011 06:39:08 | More by HalfFull
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jdougherty

California

4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

11-20-2012 05:41:38 | More by jdougherty
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Armand

California

4.47/5  rDev +10.9%

This was actually a good beer. Had this when I went out for a beer to a bar with some friends, but there was nothing on tap that I'd like. I think there was amber Karl. I just went home and had this as I needed a beer, and wanted something good.

A: Blonde/brown with some light that snuck it.
S: Nice and hoppy.
T: This was actually really good. Citrusy.
M: Went down smooth.
O: Will have it again for sure. Wish this was on tap when I'm up for a good hoppy brew.

06-27-2011 22:32:08 | More by Armand
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Booner818

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-17-2013 07:30:26 | More by Booner818
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +24.1%

01-13-2012 20:58:14 | More by CEDAMA
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craft_is_king

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

08-16-2014 00:26:30 | More by craft_is_king
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bca115

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

06-30-2013 05:21:40 | More by bca115
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danwho

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

04-11-2013 16:07:44 | More by danwho
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wethorseblanket

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

On tap in Universal City.

A: Pours a clear amberish copper with just a whisper of white head which clings to the rim. A swirl brings a 1/4-inch head again.

N: Mild bready yeast, faint citrus and spices. After warming up this becomes more floral and estery.

T: Yeast, sweet malt and spices. Again, upon warming get more esters and floral notes. Alcohol heat also becomes evident.

M: Medium body and light carbonation. Semi-dry finish with bready yeast.

O: Served much too cold. Give this time to open up as it warms. For me, just an O.K. Belgian IPA.

08-18-2012 22:21:53 | More by wethorseblanket
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henryhampton

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

12-20-2013 12:49:06 | More by henryhampton
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Zorro

California

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%

Clear coppery colored ale with a small yellowish white colored head.

Smell is strong hop and coriander in about equal proportions. Spicy with a strong herbal scent and more than a little tobacco leaf scent. Herbal with a honeysuckle malt scent and a strong black pepper aroma on the alcohol fumes.

Starts out malty and a bit woody, lots of caramel aftertaste. Bitter like biting down on a whole black pepper corn with something of the same mild burn and strong pepper taste. Aggressive coriander flavor, slightly tongue numbing in fact. Strong spice bite at the beginning of the taste with a much more mellow aftertaste. Tasty and aggressive BIPA.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall really more of a 4.25 than a 4.5. Tasty and aggressive BIPA, just needs a little more caramel in the malt to really be something special.

09-17-2011 01:25:42 | More by Zorro
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.64/5  rDev -9.7%

Reviewed from notes taken at the hipster mecca Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, CA.

A- Murky orange plastic cup pour. Small foamy white head falls fast to a ring, poor retention. Lace is sparse as the pour suggested. Rare lace spots on the cup as time goes on.

S- Estery and spicy belgian yeast with an added fruity feel, probably the hops bringing tropical and stone fruits. Orange zest, banana, clove and a fair amount of hops overall.

T- Spicy yeast the biggest here for me with a lot of clove, pepper and herbs. Like a fruity wit to me as the hops hint with citrus, floral and spicy notes. Vanilla, apricot, cedar wood, phenols, apples big and some sweet malts also come to mind.

MF- High carbonation bites the palate in a pretty creamy body. Moderately thick texture overall and dry spicy finish.

Strong yeast feel and a nice citrus stone fruitiness lingers from hops and yeast. Big yeast spices but not too much or harsh and everything works pretty well together.

11-12-2013 00:21:52 | More by cbutova
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BrewTasting

Nevada

4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

11-26-2012 17:33:44 | More by BrewTasting
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raulazzer

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

04-15-2014 17:18:23 | More by raulazzer
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gshak

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.7%

06-09-2013 07:35:00 | More by gshak
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sergio1va

California

4.72/5  rDev +17.1%

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle. Great foam appears as you transfer this beer from bottle to glass and the great aromas of hop extract emerge, inviting you to savor this beer. No sign of the IBUs on this brew but after a few sips it seems to hover around 50 to 60.
The color of this brew is of a light copper color with a white foam head. The immediate reaction on the palate is that of a definite hop profile and a subtle dry finish. A spicy flavor is definite in every sip but overall well balanced so as not to discourage finishing this great beer. Wouldn't mind re-buying this beer for a second take, only problem is that it will be hard to find.

11-23-2011 04:49:55 | More by sergio1va
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jeff1973

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

10-03-2013 02:11:59 | More by jeff1973
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womencantsail

California

3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

06-02-2011 16:58:10 | More by womencantsail
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AdamPaul

California

4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

01-05-2013 22:13:53 | More by AdamPaul
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GernBlanstonInLove

California

4.99/5  rDev +23.8%

Very good beer with a powerful punch. Not just any IPA. I had it on tap at a Karl Strauss brewery. They will occasionally feature it as brewers choice. The nice thing about actually going to the brewery is you can try anything on tap. Plus the food is good.

07-28-2013 22:45:35 | More by GernBlanstonInLove
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

11-18-2011 01:09:35 | More by nmann08
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Blackball Belgian IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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