Beer Review: KARL STRAUSS BLACKBALL BELGIAN IPA

Beer Review: KARL STRAUSS BLACKBALL BELGIAN IPA

Karl Strauss Brewing brings forth an intriguing contender in the craft beer arena with their Blackball Belgian IPA. As the checkered blackball flags flutter along the California coastline, this brew beckons seasoned surfers to advanced breaks, daring those unfamiliar with the sport. Clocking in at 8.5% ABV, this Belgian-inspired India Pale Ale boasts a robust West Coast hop profile, setting the stage for a distinctive tasting experience.

Appearance

The beer pours with a vivacious copper hue, crowned by a dense and enduring fluffy white head. A visually enticing start that hints at the promise of what’s to come.

Aroma

A bold bouquet greets the senses, dominated by citrus notes of grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon. Intertwined with these fruity elements is the presence of spicy Belgian yeast, creating an aromatic symphony that sets the tone for the tasting journey.

Taste

With each sip, the palate is treated to a complex interplay of flavors. Spicy and fruity yeast dance on the tongue, accompanied by the bitterness of juicy grapefruit and resinous pine hops. The taste journey concludes with a lingering spice and a pronounced bitterness that demands attention.

Mouthfeel

The beer’s texture is characterized by a lively effervescence, contributing to a full-bodied experience. The fizziness adds a dynamic element, enhancing the overall mouthfeel of this Belgian IPA.

Overall

While my usual inclination leans away from Golden Ales, Tripels, and Belgian IPAs due to their distinct yeast profiles, Karl Strauss’s Blackball managed to carve a niche in my preferences. This West Coast double IPA style Belgian IPA proved to be a delightful exception. With its enticing citrusy goodness, especially evident in the aromatic bouquet, this beer earns a spot in the “like” column for pale Belgian ales. Enjoy it fresh to fully savor the vibrant flavors that define this well-crafted brew.