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RATINGS: 1337   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.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Pours a light orange-amber with a thin, frothy white head and ebullient carbonation that last throughout the pour. Very nice lace, too. Very big yeasty nose with some spiciness, particularly cloves. It is more oily on the tongue than I would expect. Taste is a bit of lemon, bread, cloves. It finishes a bit more grassy than I expect from an IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Nice dark amber pour with an almost invisible white head. Hefty yeast aroma with some nice malts and a bit of lemon citrus in the back. Big citrus hops going crazy throughout the beer with solid malt and quite a bit of yeast flavor as well. An interesting if not outstanding brew.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (7538) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2009
Bottle from a box ordered from Beers of Europe, consumed 31-01-09 Pours light gold with white head. This beer has a fruity and yeasty nose with some spice. Taste is a touch of sweet lemon, even a little of sherbert at times, some tropical fruit, little bit creamy. Its quite soft in the mouth and the hops are forever present. Its a likeable beer and very nice but not a patch on the Vertical Epic 08-08-08 that Iíve just had. A6 A4 F7 P4 OV14

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Good clear amber color with a sizable foamy white head. Notes of yeast, spice, doughy malt, and a gentle touch of hops in the nose. Light bodied with a creamy texture. A balancing act of spice, yeast, and citrus hop flavors dominate throughout, with a touch of alcohol and malt. The finish is a soft touch of hops and alcohol, and falls far short of what Iím used to from a Stone IPA.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (954) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Pretty standard IPA appearance, with a clear, orange-golden body, a two finger thick head, and lively carbonation streamers. The smell was floral hoppy with some spiciness imparted by the Belgian yeast. The taste was nicely balanced between the Belgian fruity version of the Pale Ale style and the drier American IPA variant. The hops were present but subdued, and some Brett type funk was evident as well. The finish started dry and bitter at first but ended on a sweeter candi sugar and some spice. This was a marriage of the lighter versions of the two styles, so the body was not too thick. I ended up wishing they had matched up the ingredients of a DIPA and BSPA instead.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2009
22oz bottle. Iíll keep this one short and sweet. To me this tasted just like sawyers triple (that I had on the same night) with the addition of hops. Nothing to get overly excited about IMO.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
atomcow1 (18) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2009
According to the requisite stream-of-consciousness weirdness on the bottle, this is Stoneís standard IPA fermented with Belgian yeast. Straw, honey, spice, and a little bit of medicine taste. The finish has that candy character that you get from most Belgians but itís not overpowering. Itís not a mind-bending assault on the senses like the similarly made Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA, but itís very drinkable. It went well with the Buffalo buffalo burger I grilled for dinner. I would like it a lot more if it were $8.99 or $9.99 for a six-pack instead of $6.99 for a bomber.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
raphael (884) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 31, 2009
A delicate aroma balance here with a higher, clean grapefruit and that malt-liquor-ish sweet chemical strain youíd expect from belgian yeast. Balance is key with the flavor, tho it almost seems like the beligan influence softens the hop bite. Citrus, white sugar & alcohol, But its hard to say if this is a hoppy belgian golden or a yeasty, two steps from the edge IPA. Doesnít matter. As a home brewer who tries to mix belgian and west coast styles, I applaud the achievement hear. Texture just a little off , not as crisp as Iíd expect from either style. Yellow with the slightest blush & a frothy white head.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2009
22oz - Amber, white creamy head. Soft sweet spiced banana nose rides softer currents of honeyed citrus. Candied pear and citrus spice flavors round with a nice peppery hop tone. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Love the creative hybrid styles these days, and this one is no exception. Very well done...

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2009
I really wanted to like this one, but in the end, it felt thin and not all that hoppy. I like the idea, in fact Iíve even brewed one of these myself, but I just couldnít get into it.


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