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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
90
outstanding

75 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 13
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of djaeon
4/5  rDev -1.2%

djaeon, Oct 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

jeff1973, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of GernBlanstonInLove
4.99/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

GernBlanstonInLove, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of bca115
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

bca115, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of BeerOps
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

BeerOps, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of gshak
4/5  rDev -1.2%

gshak, Jun 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

impending, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev -1.2%

mhaugo, May 31, 2013
Photo of thedjbear
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

thedjbear, May 29, 2013
Photo of 2dogbrew
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

2dogbrew, May 14, 2013
Photo of halo913
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

halo913, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of danwho
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

danwho, Apr 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

kingmaker, Apr 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

pepelemofo, Feb 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

cheetsmageets, Jan 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

miadw3, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Sammy, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of AdamPaul
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

AdamPaul, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of Dope
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Bottle foams over as soon as I pop the cap. Hastily pours a super cloudy orange. Big super fluffy offwhite head. Fades super slowly with impeccable retention. Almost fully solid wall of fluffy lacing.

S: Lost of raisin in this one. Also has a lot of ...dusty/dirty aroma?

T: More raisin with a little citrus. Sharp, grainy malt with lots of yeast. Earthy in the middle. Drying in the finish with that dusty, yeasty flavor I mentioned in the aroma. Some spicy bitterness in the finish as well. Long lingering dusty aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, drying.

O: Odd beer, I wonder if I got an old bottle. Impossible to tell because of no bottle date. Has lots of belgian yeast aspects but not much else. Almost no hoppiness to balance it out. Has a sort of blandness to it that I can't quite describe. Not horrifying but nothing special.

Dope, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and Belgian yeast. Taste is much the same with a medium yeast and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think this one smells better than it tastes.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

BMart, Nov 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

BrewTasting, Nov 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

jdougherty, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of mactrail
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mactrail, Oct 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

BoRaeCho, Sep 19, 2012
Blackball Belgian IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.