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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

64 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 12
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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Jason

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

07-10-2014 15:43:12 | More by BreweryRun
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the_encinitan

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

07-10-2014 02:25:12 | More by the_encinitan
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

06-27-2014 03:01:52 | More by Kaleh001
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dertyd

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Idaho

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

03-14-2014 05:58:00 | More by TheDrunkenDeer
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GraduatedCashew

California

3/5  rDev -25.6%

02-03-2014 19:07:31 | More by GraduatedCashew
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fox227

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

12-26-2013 14:52:28 | More by fox227
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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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MadCat

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2013 02:36:20 | More by MadCat
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vermilcj

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

11-19-2013 03:45:12 | More by vermilcj
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Booner818

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Massachusetts

3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

California

4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap served in a pint pilsner. Half inch creamy head, then lovely concentric rings of lacing down the glass. Aroma is rich and heavy, hops, citrus, and a bit of caramel. The flavor of this IPA is truly amazing, creamy, complex, balanced, with hops, malt, and a hint of vanilla that I have not detected in other IPAs. Mouth feel is about the thickest creamiest IPA I have ever had. Overall I rank it as high as Dogfish Head 90 min IPA, although it has a slightly different character. Outstanding!

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2013 01:23:04 | More by Dsimenson
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djaeon

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

10-19-2013 03:32:28 | More by djaeon
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jeff1973

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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GernBlanstonInLove

California

4.99/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2013 22:45:35 | More by GernBlanstonInLove
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bca115

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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Texas

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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California

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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mhaugo

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

05-31-2013 05:00:56 | More by mhaugo
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Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

05-29-2013 05:34:34 | More by thedjbear
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Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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Blackball Belgian IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.