spikester (602) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear amber with a two finger cream color head. Still a small layer of head at the half way point and very nice fine lacings. Aroma is mostly ripe pear with a hint of citrus. Taste is bitter citrus hops with a rich malt backing. Carbonation is just right and the finish is bitter and dry with a bit of fruitiness in the background. Drinkability is limited only by price and the 6.9% abv. The Belgian yeast gives it a bit of a tang that makes this IPA more interesting than most.
craftbeerdesign (2138) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bomber served in a tulip glass. pours a deep yellow with a half inch white head... nice Stone hop filled aroma with a nice blend of Belgian yeast and a bit of funk. very full body with quite a punch of bitterness up front. citrus hops and some light fruits. nice hoppy finish that is very well balanced with some Belgian spice. a very nice beer from Stone... they took their regular IPA (which is fantastic) and tweaked it with Belgian yeast - outstanding combo and a pleasure to drink.
ChainGangGuy (4272) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Pours a light orange-hued body with a large, frothy, white head. Splotchy, sporadic lacing on the way down.
Smell: Delightfully aromatic nose smelling sweetly of bright, fresh tropical fruits and citrus oils with a minor backing of lightly bready malts and spice.
Taste: Sweet, lightly bready maltiness gently yields to a tropical mixture of juicy oranges and grapefruit with a late addition of pine. As the punchy bitterness dies down tastes of artificially-sweetened chewing gum and faint, peppery spice begin to appear. Finishes expectantly dry with lingering aftertastes of bitter, pithy citrus fruit peels.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Lightly oily mouthfeel.
Drinkability: As tasty and supremely drinkable as the original, though I dare say itís just a skosh bit better than the standard Stone IPA.
malrubius (1554) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle in pint glass. Hazy golden with lasting white head and lace. Fresh hoppy floral and citrus aroma with hint of sugar and yeast. Mildly fruity sweet melon with flowery hoppy spice and medium lingering bitter finish. Medium body and carbo. Nice and delicious but more like and American IPA than a Chouffe Houblon or Hopsinjoor, which are two of my new faves in this synthesized style. Still, very enjoyable. Excellent.
theisti (3064) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JAN 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber courtesy of bvc. Pour is slightly hazed straw golden with a three inch thick and lasting, slightly off white head. Settles slowly with thick lacing. Pretty in the glass. Aroma of grassy Belgian yeastiness and fresh resin pine citrus hops. Fresh and clean nose. Taste is the nose, plus some nice floral sweetness along with the grassy perfume yeast notes. The hops lend a nice soft bitterness to the mid palate and finish. The palate is thin medium, flavors layered nicely. Drinkable, really a fun beer. Thanks Brandon.
waolsen (1334) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
copper pour clarity. Thin white head. Lacing. Fresh hops, apricot, liquorice, light spice aroma. Light and a bit thin. Easy drinking and nice flavors that follow aroma. There is an earthiness that lasts through finish
dwyerpg (4306) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 19, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
What an aroma! A great mix of Belgian spice and fresh hops. The flavor is also a great balance of the two. First spice, then hops, then spice again in the end. Really a fantastic beer, and I had it almost warm.
jrob21 (2286) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear golden color with a bit of a frothy white head. Aroma is distinctly west coast hops with some grassiness and grapefruit. Hop flavor profile is diverse and complex but starts with some bubblegum type flavors and grapefruit. Bitter hop finish as well. Bigger hop profile than a straight IPA. The body is decent and sweet and where you get the belgian influence with this one. A little syrupy as well. Pretty tasty and glad this one is recently available in the ATL.
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear rusty orange color with a decent sized cream colored head that leaves rings of lacing around the glass. The aroma shows notes of orange peel, citrus fruits, grassy hops, and a rather distinctive blegian yeast character. The flavor follows with the fresh citrus, spices, and some dry yeast. The hop bitterness is present throughout, but balanced nicely by the fruity yeast profile. Medium bodied mouthfeel with good carbonation with a long, dry bitter finish. This was different for sure, but one I enjoyed.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Name: Cali-Belgie IPA
Date: October 12, 2008
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: hazy gold, fine off white head, sudsy lace
Aroma: sweet crystal malt aroma with light fruity esters complemented by citrus hops and spicy phoenolics
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, nice fruity character accented by the fruity esters, well balanced with earthy hops, nice light spicyness, light bitter finish
Name: Cali-Belgie IPA
Date: October 17, 2008
Source: brick store
the spicy phoenolics are even stronger on draft, bitterness is even bigger
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20