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RATINGS: 1312   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Special   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Well, this looks identical to Stone IPA. Light orange, almost yellow with a white head. The smell is immediately different, still very hoppy, bubblegum, and belgian yeast, spicy. The taste is bitter hops and not much else.The belgian influence is very subdued. This was interesting and Iíll always give a new Stone beer a fair shake but I wonít be returning to this. I could see if using Belgian yeast with the Stone IPA recipe made for a good beer but this just feels like a cheap gimmick. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-10-2009 23:37:04

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
spikester (603) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 24, 2009
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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2163) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2009
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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4351) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2009
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (1639) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2009
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
theisti (3175) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JAN 20, 2009
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
waolsen (1353) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2009
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

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4486) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 19, 2009
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2466) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2009
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2009
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.


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