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Blackball Belgian IPA - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Blackball Belgian IPABlackball Belgian IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

60 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%


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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notchucknorris

California

3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: I was expecting this to be a lot darker. Pours a medium brown color with a pretty decent foamy head.

S: There are some hints of Belgian yeast, but otherwise, this doesn't feel that "Belgian" to me. I pick up some tropical notes and some citrus hop notes, but the hops smell faded.

T: I don't know, this one just didn't do much for me. Tried it with two other guys and they weren't impressed by it either. Citrus hops, a slight Belgian yeast creaminess and a little tangerine, but nothing that really pops out at you.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 18:14:46 | More by notchucknorris
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crvcac

California

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on cask last night at Karl Strauss downtown. Don't think it's even available for purchase yet!

A: Gold copper in hue with a slight chill haze. Can't truly comment on the head seeing as it was on cask, however, I have a feeling this is going to be a sticky one with nice lacing.

S: Smells fantastic. Reminds me of their Big Barrel Double IPA with a belgian twist. Lots of grapefruit, orage zest, curacao, tropical fruits, belgian spices.

T: Amazing. This is a great rendition of a Belgian IPA. The perfect blend of spices and tropical fruit flavors. The orange and grapefruit are bold and compliment each other nicely.

M: Very well balanced. Malts provide the needed backbone to balance the beer while the hops lend a very appropriate and highly quaffable bitterness.

D: Smooth. Dangerously smooth. The 8.5% is hardly detectable. This one will get you if your not careful. Pour me another please!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 16:15:37 | More by crvcac
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Blackball Belgian IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.