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RATINGS: 1664   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   IBU: 77   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
When reading the name ďStone Cali-Belgique IPAĒ, ďCaliĒ hints that it is a California style IPA, and this brew has an undeniable Belgian influence, indicated by the word ďBelgiqueĒ (which is how Belgiumís French-speaking population says the word ďBelgianĒ; the Dutch speaking Belgians say ďBelgieĒ). 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 Ė and Stone IPA in particular. Think of it as an otherwise identical twin to Stone IPA that was raised in a Belgian culture. Literally.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAY 22, 2010
22oz. bomber. Pours a hazy bright golden yellow with a large fluffy white head that leaves a nice thin sheet of lacing as it recedes. Aroma is spicy Belgian yeast, light clove, banana, fresh citrus and fruits and some grass. Flavor is bitter citrus hops that linger, along with more spicy yeast notes, grass and some ripe banana. Solid stuff, and an enjoyable Belgian influenced IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Pours clear like apple juice with a funky soap aroma. Way more Belgie than Cali. It seems like it is packed with strong Belgium yeast. A yeasty funk in fact. Alcohol grazes across the tongue and leaves a richness in the mouth that is warm and sweet. The hop presence of a typical IPA isnít as prevalent as I thought it would be. My Stone IPA currently still sits in the fridge. I should probably try it....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Has a light hoppy, spicy aroma to it. Itís like half IPA half Belgium. Has a light color with no foam. The appearance is light and a little hazy. Pretty decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ttutony (840) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Sampled at Ginger Man in Austin, TX. Very interesting, thereís a definite fruity Belgian yeast character overlaid on the classic Stone IPA hop backbone. A must-try for fans of Stone or fans of just good, interesting beer in general.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Sampled at Uptown Grille in Commerce Twp, MI. Clear gold/amber with thin off-white head. Aroma of citrusy grassy hops which is typical of Stoneís beers. But thereís also the Belgian yeast influence of fruity banana/bubblegum. Taste is bitter with slight fruity malts. Medium bodied and crisp.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (3957) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2010
I am not going to lie, the idea of an IPA made w/ Belgian yeast was quite off putting to me for a while. It just seems weird. They are really OK though and it makes sense; you combine fruity yeast and fruity hops. Itís a damn fruit salad! This banana-ish esters from the Belgian yeast combine w/ a vaguelly citric pine quality from the hops here. It is medium bodied w/ mild carbonation, possibly too mild to be suitable for a Belgian yeast strain. It is also a bit too bitter to work w/ a Belgian yeast strain. Actually, itís almost as if they took an American IPA and just replaced the yeast. As it turns out, thatís exactly what they did. (Note: To my credit, I figured this out before reading the bottle which say that this is Stone IPA brewed w/ a Belgian yeast. Give me a pat on the back next time you see me.) Still though, this works reasonably well--not as well as the regular IPA but reasonable well--and the nose, especially, is really nice. Iíd imagine that if they had six packs of this at my corner store and six packs of the regular IPA, Iíd pick the regular IPA nine times out of ten but still get this occasionally and coming from me that is a decent bit of praise.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mezr (82) - California, USA - MAY 14, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Pours a clear golden color and forms a medium, white, foamy head that laces nicely. The aromas are that of citrus and resin, clear, but subtle. Iíve had other Stone IPAís, but this is clearly different. Itís brewed with Belgian yeast, and while Iím not well versed in Belgian beer, Iím guessing that itís what makes it so different. Medium bitter, slightly sticky and fizzy. Nice, long finish. I prefer double IPAís, but definitely enjoyed this beer and would look forward to drinking it again.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
CaptainTitus (18) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2010
This is definitely one of the best IPAs i have ever had the pleasure of drinking. The description on the bottle states that it is similar to the regular Stone IPA but with an undeniable Belgian influence because of the yeast strain they used to brew the beer. I was skeptical at first and believed I would be drinking a glorified Stone IPA, however I was pleasantly mistaken. This beer definitely takes on an identity all its own. One can honestly taste the distinct flavor produced by the Belgian yeast in the brew and it only adds to the greatness of the overall flavor of the beer. The hoppiness is excellent and exactly what one would expect from a great IPA. The aroma smells of a refreshing citrus enhanced by the scent of the yeast. It is quite a refreshing brew and would be great to drink on a warm or hot day just relaxing outside.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerNaked (1) - Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2010 does not count
Love. I love this beer. From aroma to taste, they did it right. Le Freak is the only comparison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goodgrief (1978) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Had this one a couple weeks ago and forgot to rate. I typically donít like these Belgian IPAís, but this one was well done. Primarily, Iíd call this one just a plain old IPA, similar to Stone IPA (no slouch, imo) but with some belgian yeastiness and fruitiness. I liked this one a lot. One of the best of this newfound trendy style.

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