Blackball Belgian IPA | Karl Strauss Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
80 Ratings
Blackball Belgian IPABlackball Belgian IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
California, United States
karlstrauss.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by crvcac on 03-04-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
80
Reviews:
28
Avg:
4
pDev:
11%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
10
For Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +25%

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5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of GernBlanstonInLove
4.99/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

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Photo of jdougherty
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of sergio1va
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle. Great foam appears as you transfer this beer from bottle to glass and the great aromas of hop extract emerge, inviting you to savor this beer. No sign of the IBUs on this brew but after a few sips it seems to hover around 50 to 60.
The color of this brew is of a light copper color with a white foam head. The immediate reaction on the palate is that of a definite hop profile and a subtle dry finish. A spicy flavor is definite in every sip but overall well balanced so as not to discourage finishing this great beer. Wouldn't mind re-buying this beer for a second take, only problem is that it will be hard to find.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Armand
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was actually a good beer. Had this when I went out for a beer to a bar with some friends, but there was nothing on tap that I'd like. I think there was amber Karl. I just went home and had this as I needed a beer, and wanted something good.

A: Blonde/brown with some light that snuck it.
S: Nice and hoppy.
T: This was actually really good. Citrusy.
M: Went down smooth.
O: Will have it again for sure. Wish this was on tap when I'm up for a good hoppy brew.

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4.44/5  rDev +11%

Photo of hoptrip619
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up an $8 growler fill from their downtown brewery yesterday.

A- Poured a bright golden bronze with a sticky off white head.

S - Very floral aroma with some tangerine, melon, and bubblegum coming through .

T- Very fruity upfront with tropical notes, orange, and cantaloupe. An assertive hop bitterness combines with peppery Belgian spice towards the middle, lingering into a dry finish.

D - I enjoyed this quite a bit. I love the level of complexity and appreciate the balance. I'll definitely be picking up some more next Friday.

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Photo of crvcac
4.32/5  rDev +8%
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!

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Photo of Dsimenson
4.32/5  rDev +8%
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!

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4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear coppery colored ale with a small yellowish white colored head.

Smell is strong hop and coriander in about equal proportions. Spicy with a strong herbal scent and more than a little tobacco leaf scent. Herbal with a honeysuckle malt scent and a strong black pepper aroma on the alcohol fumes.

Starts out malty and a bit woody, lots of caramel aftertaste. Bitter like biting down on a whole black pepper corn with something of the same mild burn and strong pepper taste. Aggressive coriander flavor, slightly tongue numbing in fact. Strong spice bite at the beginning of the taste with a much more mellow aftertaste. Tasty and aggressive BIPA.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall really more of a 4.25 than a 4.5. Tasty and aggressive BIPA, just needs a little more caramel in the malt to really be something special.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of myelo
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

On tap at Strauss restaurant in downtown San Diego. Very interesting beer -- fruity spiciness with coriander and Belgian yeast with some malt backbone and citrus hops. Medium body with moderate ethanol warmth. Worth seeking out, at least on tap.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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Blackball Belgian IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 80 ratings.
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