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RATINGS: 1321   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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When reading the name “Stone Cali-Belgique IPA”, “Cali” hints that it is a California style IPA, and this brew has an undeniable Belgian influence, indicated by the word “Belgique” (which is how Belgium’s French-speaking population says the word “Belgian”; the Dutch speaking Belgians say “Belgie”). We carefully selected a Belgian yeast strain that illuminates a fascinating new aspect of the beer that is otherwise quite simply Stone IPA.

The result is both completely new and different, while still being recognizable as a Stone Brew – and Stone IPA in particular. Think of it as an otherwise identical twin to Stone IPA that was raised in a Belgian culture. Literally.


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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Style; glass: IPA; tulip 22 fl oz x 6.9% ABV = 151.8 / 60 = 2.53 beers * 150 C = 379.5 calories (est.) Purchased at: Canalís Lawrenceville for $7.99 Aroma: sweet, banana and cloves, some citrusy hops, pine, grass. Visuals: packaging is beautiful, though screen printing always seems to be coming off the bottle. It gives the brand a bit of crumbly marble style, though I wonder if itís intentional? Perhaps the most brilliant IPA Iíve ever seen, absolutely crystal clear. Like the final scene in THX 1138, itís that bright sunlight. Golden, pale, transparent, bright white head, sticky fresh Belgian lace. Carbonation is continuous. Taste: Delicious, sweet, and hoppy. A great blend, very much in the spirit of Chouffeís Hobblon Dobblen (sp?). Expertly balanced, nice easygoing maltiness, great hops. Perhaps my favorite new session brew. Palate: Crisp, clean, and refreshing. A dream of fusion of two of my favorite styles. I hope they develop an imperial of this. Starts very sweet, crisp, middle has a bit of a burn and slight roastiness, finish is hops and bitterness with a salty sweet end note. Amazing. Overall: In terms of lighter brews and more reasonable ABVs, this is a clear winner, and easily my favorite IPA at the moment, and very much a favorite all around, though my top honor still goes to Mikkeller for Black. Iím going to get more, soon. Stone, just keep them coming, and please consider an imperial version of this. originally posted at: <a href="http://beercritic.wordpress.com/"&


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (8184) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Bottle - etched glass. Backlog. Pours golden. White head. Nose/taste of pine, citrus peel and light malt. Medium body.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Defreni (2603) - Husum, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2014
Flaske: Fra bryggeriet. Gul diset Ýl med et fint skumhoved. Duft af gśr og en smule citrushumle. Frisk klar sÝdlig smag men bitterhumlen bakker sÝdmen fint op. Dejlig Ýl.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arnold931 (517) - Iowa, USA - JUL 28, 2014
Draft at Bricks. Pours beautiful clear golden bronze with nice white head. Nice funk in the nose. Taste is dry pine with some funkiness. Dryness in the aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
spittle8 (110) - - JUL 27, 2014
Poured from a bottle, San Diego. Very sweet. Not overly impressed by the style, Iíd rather just have a straight Belgian. Not as aggressive as some Stone beers. Solid beer, but Iíd like to taste more of the Belgian and less of the IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reberiii (317) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Ok, to be fair, I unintentionally aged this, so Iíll try to be lenient in the scoring. Smells of...eh? Tastes of citrus and not much else. Actually, I am having this old one after a fresh RuinTen, so Iíll put out a 3.4 and try it again later.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MattyKakes (91) - Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Pours a nice golden hue. Scent is bright and citrus. Taste is grapefruit and bitter pine. Great version of a Belgian inspired American IPA. Cheers! Excellent

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (2070) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 21, 2014
More Belgian than IPA, most of the facets of this brew lean towards Belgium. Starts with a funky, yeasty aroma, lightly hazy golden body and small, thin silky head. Taste brings on the yeast again, but the Stone hops come in to bite at the end. Finish reminds me of some French cheese. Interesting!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coyforce (599) - Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Delicious brew! Pour is an amazing golden color with a nice white head. Flavor is so good. Taste of a nice little holly flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edgallow (1990) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Draft pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of citrus, pine, bread and malts. Taste is sweet malts, yeast and citrus.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dlihcsnatas (286) - Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Golden brew with the smell of mandrine orange and herbs. Taste was bland at first and I didnít much think I cared for it, but after a few sips the flavor balanced out with some sweetness in there but yet the hops was odd and I couldnít seem to really figure the taste. Noticed other reviewers here couldnít seem to agree either. Some say citrus, others floral, and others are going with pine. The more I drink this one the more it seems to take on different flavors. The resinish bland seems to be in the aftertaste so I am going with just an Interesting flavor. Overall it is good, but for the high price tag not going back for more of this one.


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