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RATINGS: 1636   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3359) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2010
Tap. Pours to a super nice golden straw colored body with a huge white head and superbly perfect lacing. The aroma is of peaches and wit yeast? Flavor is super juicy with peaches, white grapes, and bitter orange peel. Wit-like yeast. Nice texture that finishes smooth but bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (1024) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 17, 2010
Bomber purchased at the Stone brewery ($5.50). Pours a clear honey color with a finger and a half of thick white foam leaving nice lacing. Lovely aroma of that nicely blends the fruity elements from the Belgian yeast and the American hops. Along with the musty yeast and citrus-y hops, there is some grainy malt in the nose. Sharp flavor of spicy and citric hops leans more toward the American side. Dry finish with more spiciness. A pretty good blending of the styles/origins, and I do prefer this over the Stone SuperCaliBelgolistic Ale. (546, 254)

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
shakespeare33 (203) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 10, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2011 Re-rate on 8.4.10 raised score Bomber from my main man Sid at 7th and C downtown san diego.. best cold micro selection around.. Pours a light, almost feathery golden with hints of brown highlights, the head is frothy with some serious movement.. The aroma catches me off guard as I am immediately reminded of the belgian style.. the yeast is definitely apparent and a musty, bitter yet surprisingly arousing aromas billows over the top.. Initial hit to the palate is very well balanced with good retention throughout the sip.. I obviously taste the trademark CALI hops but they quickly disappear and make way for the "belle of the ball" this distinct belgian yeast.. Oh yeah, the yeast is probably named SADE (pronounced SHAH- DEY) because its a smooth operator.. This flavor is consistent throughout each sip as the bitter floral is again overshadowed by a light doughyness that mellows this IPA from a CALI King to a more English style. Quite frankly, I really enjoy it.. In my opinion, worlds better than the regular stone and even maybe the slightest leg up on the Ruination, I know I know thats blasphemy but its true... Looks like I finally found my favorite Stone!!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Bomber served in a tulip. Light honey in color with a medium-sized bubbly white head. Average retention and light lacing. Aroma dominated by sweet belgian yeast. A layer of complexity is added in the form of citrus, leather and dough. Flavor is that of a light belgian ale. Sweet medium-light body, creamy texture, good carbonation, and a mildly bitter, sticky-sweet finish. Has a little pistachio too. Better than Stone IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2755) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2010
Clear copper pour white head aroma of belgian yest and citrusy hops light lacing .... taste matches up to the aroma sweet malt with a light spice and belgian yeast with citrusy hops ..... very balanced with a light bitter finish .... good choice of belgian yeast .... enjoyed this one

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yinzerbeernut (180) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Poured a golden clear color with a pillow white head that did stick around for a little while and provide some lacing. The first thing I noticed on nose was the Belgium yeast followed by a floral hoppy bouquet and a slight touch of smoke. The body is a wonderfully balanced medium bodied mix of Belgium and IPA. The finish is a buttery hop, if that is even possible?

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Clear golden yellow with a thin white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, grapefruit, toasted malt and floral hops. Taste of moderate hops, citrus, mild fruit, yeast and light sugar. Smooth body with minor bitterness on the back end. Definitely not as aggressive as their other hopped beers. Decently done though not a huge fan of this style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
icmac (33) - Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Pours a cloudy, light, golden color, leaving a frothy white head. The aroma is light hops, with a hint of a belgian. The taste has the hop bite and a little doughy, belgian flavor at the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3108) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2010
The aroma is light for an IPA, but then again again it is a Belgian style version. The appearance is also lighter, orange straw yellow. The flavor is that of a smooth IPA. Hops are prevalent from beginning to end, but with a brilliant balance of bitter and sweet hoppiness, the beer manages to remain smooth throughout.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Enjoyed from a 22oz bomber bottle in a whiskey snifter. The beer pours a medium golden color, with a mild white head. Carbonation is slightly high for an IPA, and may have been adjusted to bring it a little closer to Belgian styles. Not really a detriment. The nose is interesting: pungent west coast hops and leather. The palate begins with all the indicators of Stone’s IPA: danky hop character and toasted malt. Flavors then move across the ocean, showing yeast-derived esters that seem to fall somewhere between Wit bier and a really well-brewed tripel. The finish leaves a nice combination of lingering bitterness and fruity esters. Overall, not the benchmark of the style, but an excellent piece of recipe formulation and execution.


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