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RATINGS: 1359   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RSRIZZO (1871) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2009
Color is a bright gold with a faint haze. Carbonation is light with a small tight white head. Aroma is a hoppy citrus scent. Taste is the same as aroma. Starting with a medium body it goes down with a smooth crispness. Finish is hoppy with a little floral then a bold citrus and bitterness that rollover a bit of malt sweetness that also carries a very faint yeast fruit flavor. In the after taste the bitterness and citrus linger on. This is a good IPA but I was hopping the Belgian yeast would have played a bigger part

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgb9348 (4845) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2009
Golden orange and light amber coloured body with a very thin white head that fades very fast. Aroma of yeast, coriander seed, oak, vanilla and a bit of hops - not as much as any typical IPA, especially from Stone. Medium-bodied; Strong malt up front with yeast and coriander seed right behind. Assertive hops finish the beer, but still very lacking compared to other beers. Overall, yet another let down from a way too overconfident Stone - Iíd easily be more happy with any typical Belgian IPA - not with any California stuff. Or, Iíd also take a West-coast IPA, but this mix just doesnít go over well. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Falls Church (Tysonís Corner), Virginia on 06-February-2009, sampled at home in Washington on 26-April-2009.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bp (810) - Queens, New York, USA - APR 25, 2009
Bottle: pours golden amber with a frothy white head, fruity aroma and a hint of hops, taste is hoppy, citrus, nice bitterness in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - APR 25, 2009
Bottle. Powerful citrus fruity aroma. Hazy bronze-amber body, fluffy white head. Flavor is grapefruit and spice, nicely bitter, a touch of sweetness. Lengthy pleasantly bitter finish. A very nice and enjoyable brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ketchepillar (1152) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 21, 2009
Aroma: lots of citrus fruits, mainly orange, but also pineapple. Hops work well with the malt sweetness and yeast character. Palate is more citrus hops, clove, lots of malt sweetness, but not cloying. Slight bit of toffee/caramel. Palate is nice and thick, low (good) carbonation. Finish is really nice. i think this mix works really well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
greenhorn1 (822) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 21, 2009
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear straw color, head that dissapears quickly. Nose is citrus, bananas, and slightly yeasty. Flavor taste like freshly squeezed grapefruit, mild pepper, hint of vanilla, and pine. I know my description sounds bad, but somehow it works. There is a burn from the alcohol. Decent IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2009
Clear golden pour with an off-white head, very good looking. Excellent aroma of orange, pine, banana. The flavor is a slight step down from the aroma - the pine hops for the most part overpower the mild fruity spice of the beer. Clean, dry palate. Good beer, but not as good as hobblen chouffe.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2009
Slightly cloudy gold appearance. Aroma is a sweet hoppiness. You can definitely pick up on the triple notes. Flavor is candy sweet with a little bit of banana notes, but a definitely cascade hop taste giving a nice grounding and finish to the profile. Really solid beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighWine (954) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2009
Dark golden color. with a foamy white head. Clove nose. Clove and banana taste followed by by hop bitterness with a lingering fruit yeast flavor. Medium palaate. Surprisingly, the Belgian qualities became more prominent with food. I would have expected more hops or alcohol. This was very good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Padron4KM (563) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2009
22 oz bomber. Slightly hazy golden color, with a thick, tight sticky head. Nice retention. Fruity Belgian yeast with notes of banana and candi sugar yields to pineapple and mango. Flavor is pine and resin, slight woodiness and spice. Balanced malt flavor, enough to keep the hops fom running wild. Alcohol warming on the slightly dry finish.


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