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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: 13
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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Halcyondays

California

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours burnt orange with a full white head, leaving a ton of thick coating lace. Very good head retention.

S: Orange and banana esters with a hint of coriander like spice with some herbal hops, flowery finish. Garden like at times.

T: Peppery throughout with a lot of grass and light pine and cedar. Some orange and lemon flavour, nice mix.

M: Crisp carbonation, fairly soft on the palate after the initial attack, mildly long aftertaste, clean.

O: This is a really good beer, nice flavours. Karl Strauss has certainly been impressing in their bomber releases lately.

08-24-2011 02:14:46 | More by Halcyondays
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GregSVT

Texas

4.03/5  rDev 0%

22oz bomber into a snifter

A: Pours a nice hazy golden orange with a big white head that fades to a layering and leaves a ton of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is belgian candied sugar, sweet malt, and some citrusy hops. Very sweet smelling but the hops balance it out a bit.

T: The taste is bitter grapefruit hops, sweet sugary malt, cloves, and that belgian yeast flavor. The bitterness lasts on the finish but this is also pretty sweet.

M: The feel is medium bodied and creamy.

O: My first Karl Strauss beer and it was pretty tasty. Decent belgian and ipa flavors. Recommended if you like the style.

09-04-2011 04:34:00 | More by GregSVT
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dertyd

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

05-18-2014 02:35:16 | More by dertyd
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Booner818

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.7%

Amber with a golden glow in the Saxo tall tulip. Lovely foam and inviting appearance. Spicy aroma with fruit and hops.

Starts out with some malty sweetness with an edge of bitterness. After a few sips, you realize that the subtle Belgian character has crept up, filling the mouth with the dry and yeasty taste. It's less bitter overall than many beers using the Belgian yeast. The hoppiness is also less extreme than most in this category. Fruity like a Tripel, with pineapple in the front. Green apple as the flavor melts in your mouth. Rich and flavorful with a dry finish.

Another modestly-priced 22-ouncer from Karl Strauss. Some may quibble with the house style of malty and mellow, but this one is totally likeable. Clean and well made.

10-30-2012 05:01:15 | More by mactrail
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mhaugo

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-25-2011 02:17:59 | More by Exiled
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jasewaaang

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

09-16-2012 07:00:43 | More by jasewaaang
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Eriktheipaman

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

Wow all 4's haha.

Pour this one lightly because it gives off a giant white head that leaves amazing lacing.

The smell is very sweet. A nice blend of herby esters and a citrus from the hops. Very complex.

As someone stated below I agree it is almost more of a Triple. The taste is of the Belgian yeast but with a pretty high bitterness. You can also pick up on the herbs on the back as it warms up and also creates a dryness.

A good beer that is exactly what I would expect from a "Belgian IPA".

04-19-2011 03:35:18 | More by Eriktheipaman
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cheetsmageets

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

01-11-2013 01:16:38 | More by cheetsmageets
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-28-2012 17:37:59 | More by BMart
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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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beagle75

Iowa

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of persistent off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Subdued caramelized grain with a pronounced aroma of savory herbs--but stops short of crossing into herbal caricature. Faint peppery phenolics become more assertive as this beer warms, but no alcohol is detected.

T: Begins fairly sweet, with substantial crystal/aromatic malt and dynamic yeast metabolites that contribute some needed savoriness to balance the sweet. Acidity is mild, staying agreeable, adding just a touch of a citric edge. The middle is dominated by husky caramelized malt that is accented by subordinate black pepper. Moderate bitterness, featuring the most focused herbaceous hops of the entire taste, develops in the finish. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly syrupy on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This is a very malt-focused, yet surprisingly appealing, strong IPA. Belgian character is present, but not far-ranging, developing some well-placed black pepper qualities that remove it far enough from standard IPA territory to keep it from being mediocre.

07-01-2011 13:45:33 | More by beagle75
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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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brentk56

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -6.2%

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a massive head; great retention that leaves some strands behind

Smell: Quite a bit of toffee, with coriander, orange pith and vinous grassiness

Taste: Spicy from the outset, with pithy citrus (accentuated by the Curaçao), vinous grassines and coriander elements blending atop the toffee malt; after the swallow, there is a building sweet biscuity flavor that lingers, though the bitter, herbal flavors act as a counterpoint

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An interesting take with a lot of complexity, but a little too sweet for my liking

Thanks, jodan, for the opportunity

12-22-2011 23:31:13 | More by brentk56
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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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jeff1973

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

04-07-2013 02:54:56 | More by kingmaker
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fox227

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

12-26-2013 14:52:28 | More by fox227
Blackball Belgian IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.