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RATINGS: 1656   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   IBU: 77   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.


4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
williamherbert (1473) - Syracuse, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Aroma is a ctirus explosion. Lemon, mild grapefruit, pineapple. (A la Rogue’s Yellow Snow.) Lemony Belgian spice. Just a wafting hint of funk. Superior scent. The appearance is hazy golden yellow. Puffy white head. Thick lace, lots of carbonation. The flavor is pineapple, orange peel, lemon and lime. Bitter grapefruit finish. Sweet at first, then has a nice bitter end. The palate is thick and a with a champagne fizz. Thick like juice, or a mimosa. Dances on the tongue. Overall, a light, summery sweet and citrusy beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
popery (1877) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
A bit disappointed by this beer. It’s a good Belgian IPA, but it just doesn’t have the flavor intensity of some of the best ones. The color is a wonderful bright gold with an pretty good beige head. The nose is yeasty and hoppy. It’s much more yeasty than I was expecting and doesn’t have quite enough hop intensity. The same goes for the flavor. The lack of stronger hops kind of frustrates me. It might just be that they should have upped the malt and alcohol, so that the hops pronounced more flavor than just grapefruit rind bitterness and light astringency. Aftertaste is more astringent than bitter, nearly unpleasantly so.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2131) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2010
4oz from bottle at Mondial 2010
Appearance : Clear yellow slamm head.
Aroma : Very fruity, a bit leafy with hints of passion fruits and mangos. A bit crisp.
Taste : Mangos, passion fruits,. Quite hoppy and fruity. Bitter and yeasty finish.
Overall : Nice fruityness. Clean, sharp and bitter. Really nice beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sunnyridge (222) - USA - JUN 6, 2010
Stone offers a pretty good stab at this style. But personally Im not that into this beer style. The Belgian beer yeast gives this IPA a huge sweetness and unfortunately detracts from the hop flavor and the bitterness. Sweet IPAs just don’t make sense to me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9063) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Citrusy and resinous hops tower above this lean and polished India Pale Ale, bouncing off of crisp, biscuity cereals into a long sandy bitterness. This is yet another very good Stone IPA.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the clear golden.
-Apart from tagging along the hop’s prominent fruitiness, I can’t really taste how the Belgian yeast strain changed their base IPA.
-The slick body is refined, but doesn’t point towards Belgian stylings at all. The beer’s name made me expect a fluffy Belgian mouthfeel...
-This is very drinkable and very aromatic. A great sunshine brew for hopheads.

Bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 5, 2010
12oz draft at Smith’s in downtown Springfield. This is a straight up Stone IPA with Belgian yeast. I love the light bread flavor with the citrus and slightly grassy hop oils. This reminds me of the Urthel Hop-It beer quite a bit. Stone has never let me down with a new beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jstraw (1959) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Clear gold with good, foamy, white head / Nose of fresh cut melon / Medium body, good balance, only modestly hoppy, with long, biting, dry, finish / Flavors of passion fruit, cantaloupe, orange, resin, and dry hops / Outstanding. Modest hop profile, though, aside from the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewingFan (251) - Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2010
Earthy hop aroma with a nice sweet malty note. Clear pale yellow, med head, hoppy flavor profile backed with med-heavy sweetness. Well bittered, but far from overpowering yet well complimented by the Belgian yeast. Exactly what you’d think you get mating stones gargoyle with a Belgian beauty.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rking (100) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Im just not a fan of the style I guess but I can appreciate it. Obviously crafted well, I get the big American hop bomb side of it with the Belgian yeasty malty backbone. The styles just dont do it for me...

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Served cold from bottle. Love the aroma. Clove, citrus, yeast, resin. Lovely golden color with a light white head. Medium bitter taste, nice fizz. Warm and sweet with just a hint of alcohol. A fine, fine IPA.


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