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RATINGS: 1471   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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.


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2009
Poured from a bottle. Aroma- Piney hops, hop resin. A biscuit aroma and berry-like esters exist to a lesser degree. Appearance- Gold in color. Good clarity with a strong, white head. Taste- Very high bitterness, fruity esters, low malt background. It is spicy, which I think is phenols combined with the hop bitterness. Palate- Bitterness detracts from mouthfeel, high carbonation. Overall- I didn’t get a big Belgian presence in this beer. The bitterness could have been reared in a bit to show off other flavors.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leems (406) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 7, 2009
This bear is weird. I like what they are trying to do but here it just didn’t work. Citrus hops, yeast, they fought each other instead of complimenting.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EithCubes (5242) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Bomber. Huge hoppy nose, big citrus (lemon zest mostly, with orange and grapefruit) and pine, just lusciously juicy and lightly musty in the hop department. Peach and light lychee. Rich, clear sunshine-golden pour with a great rocky white head. Taste is dry and musty, light yeast, exquisite hoppiness with big breadiness and citrus accents. Caramel is subdued, strange for Stone but a good thing, as it just wouldn’t work here. Faint spice. Smooth medium body with a smidgen of resin and strain-to-sense it alcohol. I love this sucker, a nice, simple hybrid we should all be homebrewing, just dry and balanced with tons of aromatics.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Bomber. Yep, it’s an IPA with Belgian yeast, Stone style. What more is there to say? Tasty, but not stellar.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5570) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2009 Bottle. Orange amber pour. Short white head leaves spotty lacing on the tulip glass. Aroma is big floral hops, citrus oils, orange peel, sweet malt, yeast notes and light spice. Almost some ginger as well. Taste is strong floral hops, citrus juice, orange zest, yeast notes, light caramel, sweet malt and spices. Body is medium with a full carbonation. Ends with more flowery hops, orange peel, grapefruit juice, yeast and sweet malt. OK, but not really my cup of tea.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Goblincat (391) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2009
The pour is golden-orange, with a floral, grapefruit, hoppy aroma. The taste has a medium hops bite, with a flowery, alcohol, and not real exciting yeast flavor. Sadly, this didn’t impress me very much. I might have been expecting too much from Stone, though.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JonnyC22 (164) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUN 25, 2009
Floral, very floral. Tastes like grapefruit and azaleas. Probably nice with cheese. Alcohol not very well hidden.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nerdrocker101 (102) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2009
A orange-golden pour with a lingering thin white head. A citrus fruit and floral aroma. More citrus fruits in the taste with some sweet yeasty notes and lite spice on the back end. This is not the big brew I expected it to be, but it certainly doesn’t disappoint.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (2300) - California, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Yellow orange in color... Aroma of floral and citrus hops... Flavor has a distinct Belgian flavor of citrus and yeast like a blonde, but a nice crisp flavor with a gently bitter finish... Like the style.. Very intrigued..

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matt20102 (6) - Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2009 does not count
Pours copper-gold with a thick, lasting head. Aroma of grapefruit and citrus. Taste of bitter orange and grapefruit (cascade hops) but not overpowering (like Ruination). By flavor, it’s unmistakably a Stone brew but is generally quite pleasant. Well carbonated but without excess carbonation- this beer would pair very well with a burger and fries.


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