Blackball Belgian IPA - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
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
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
4.34/5 rDev +7.7%
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!
11-02-2013 01:23:04 | More by Dsimenson
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
Blackball Belgian IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.