Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 1530   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   IBU: 77   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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.

lemasney's rating

   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: Canal’s 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 it’s intentional? Perhaps the most brilliant IPA I’ve ever seen, absolutely crystal clear. Like the final scene in THX 1138, it’s 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 Chouffe’s 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. I’m 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/"&

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crockett (1035) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2015
Pours hazy orange gold with short soapy white head. Nose of hop resin, sweet tangerines, lemon drops. It’s got a lot of that in the flavour. Grapefruit rinds, orange oil, and I guess the exact way Lemon Pledge would taste if it were reasonably drinkable. But alas, this is not a perfect world. Bit of soapiness. And some funky yeast. This is delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Larkin (25) - Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2015
This is as Stone describes it. You get citrus forward hops in the west coast style with plenty of resin and the added taste of belgian yeast on the finish. The yeast has a taste similar to those found in belgian whites and belgian golden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maxbier (707) - Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2015
Golden with white head. Slightly fruity slightly musty yeasty aroma. Bitter sweet fruity with some belgian yeast and bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RafeAU (490) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2015
Bottle in LA. Fruity Belgian up front, grapefruit citrus hop aroma. This really nails the combo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoulderbroken (2963) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 6, 2015
Tap at Dig. Aroma is light tropical fruit, lots of citrus and a bit of Belgian yeastiness. Taste is boozy, fruity, Belgian. Good for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
olsvammel (4457) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2015
Sample at SBWF 2015. Spicy and yeasty smell. Similar taste. Light on the hops. More of a belgian ale then an IPA. Nice though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gyllenbock (6208) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2015
Sample at SBWF 2015. A bit hazy medium amber with a white head. Aroma and taste of fruit, yeast, grapefruit, hops and some light grass. Balanced and with a medium body. The finish was nicely bitter. A pleasant one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
finol (2605) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2015
Keg at Big Country, Stockholm. Pours hazy amber with a white head. Nice hoppy IPA, balanced with a malty body and fruity, ester yeastyness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (2079) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2015
Pours clear light amber with a medium frothy white head. Aromas of peach, esters, grapefruit, kiwi, resin. Taste is grapefruit and peach upfront with notes of banana, kiwi and resin right behind. Mouthfeel is somewhat oily with medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElCapitan22 (283) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2015
Pours a nice yellow color and has nice solid lacing. Not much head retention here, but that’s not too bad of a problem. Smells like banana and almost finishes smoky on the nose. Tastes like a typical Belgian beer, like banana and wheat, but also has the floral characteristics of an IPA. Also tastes kind of like smoked peat at the end.

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