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RATINGS: 1688   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2010
22 oz bottle (shared with a good friend). Although, I took minimal notes on this one the day I tried it 2 weeks ago, I still have the score I had in mind that night. Ultimately, this beer fit its description to a T. All of the glorious, hop goodness that’s in the ipa, mixed with a little bit of Belgian flair. More specifically, mixed florals and citrus hops with a twinge of earth, combined with some light yeasty bread. The balance and feel to this beer was exquisite similar to the standard ipa with the right amount of kick, carbonation, and smoothness right through the finish. The pour had a nicely thick, creamy, frothy white head, and golden orange in color. Overall, this was an outstanding beer, though the final product wasn’t quite as enjoyable as the standard. Maybe its just that the Belgian aspects took away ever so slightly from the wonderful hop bitterness. I’ll have to update my notes at some point.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (6255) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2010
This poured a cloudy light amber color with an off white head. Aroma was belgian spices, citrusy hops and some yeast character. Flavor was a bit of a let down, mainly belgian spicey and yeasty characteristics with a light bitter hoppines. More of a belgian than an IPA

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2010
So this beer just hit Texas at the end of June and has a Enjoy by date of 8/17/10. Pours a nice golden color with a small but nice head. The aroma is sweet, very floral- maybe coming from the Belgian yeast. The taste is again very floral, really like a mouthful of flowers, pepper, but is really dominated by its floral character. Leaves nice lacing on the glass. My least favorite Stone beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GranvilleTim (1854) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2010
Hazy golden peach colored pour with a white head. Aroma is spicy, hoppy, candi sugar, yeasty. Taste is yeasty, spicy, peppery. It is quite the quenching beer. It left great lacing.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thedm (5614) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2010
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of frothy fine to large sized clear colored bubbles that were and left behind a softly carbonated transparent orange colored body. The aroma was mild hop. The mouth feel was strongly tingly at the start and mediumly tingly at the finish. The strong flavor contained notes of hops. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadIndian (2724) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2010
Bottle from craft beer outlet. Golden/ copper pour. Aroma of Belgian spices and bread. Nice hop blend in the taste mixed with orange peel and spice. Finishes refreshing and crisp. Nicely done.
Earlier Rating: 9/21/2009 Total Score: 3.6
Bottle from Trenton Takeout. Shared with Big Frank. Orange/gold pour with off white head. Yeasty aroma with a spicy finish. I enjoyed it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (14074) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 3, 2010
Sampled on tap at SIB, pours hazy golden. Aroma and flavours of citrus, Belgian yeast and hops, with a somewhat sour finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andyhwcinc (1821) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2010
Enjoyed at a friends house while on vacation in Portland, OR; purchased at the Stone World Bistro. Aroma is very unique, sour like a Belgian ale but a tad hoppy as an IPA should be. Appearance is almost lager like...clear golden / yellow hue without much head. Taste is somewhat sour / lemony with a unique hop backing. Not my favorite Stone brew but I’m glad I tried it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
exparte (59) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Aroma is somewhat hoppy, slightly sour and yeasty, unmistakably Belgian. Bright golden in color with a pillowy white head that lasts. Taste is slightly bitter with a sour tinge resembling citrus. Definitely a Stone IPA with a Belgian twist. If you’re already familiar with the IPA then this is an interesting experiment in yeast but it’s not great on its own.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 29, 2010
In the bomber bottle from Total Wine Tampa. Pours a hazy dark gold with a small off white head. Mild lemon a grass aroma, but not much else. This is not as good as the regular Stone IPA. There’s a reason for the taste profile of a good IPA and Belgian yeast strains don’t cut it. Any Belgian fruitiness is lost among the high hops. No crispness. Nice try, but all they accomplished was proving what we already knew.


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