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RATINGS: 1645   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3998) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2010
From bomber. Really nice fragrant nose to this. Fruity hops, apricot and some grapefruit, light bubblegum esters and some Beeman’s. Yeasty aromas with light sweet malt and neutral fruit. But mainly really nice hop quality - Belgian IPA. Golden amber clear with light haze, topped with a white foamy head that has a bit of lacing. Medium watery body with medium-high carbonation and light warming. Starts sweet with lots of malt and Belgian yeast flavors. Fruity, with orange and apricot flavors of the hops. Bitterness, quite strong, comes in at the finish, leaving a fruity-chalky after on the tongue. A really nice IPA that is not over-the-top as much as other Stone hop-bombs, but tempered with more sweetness and Belgian character. Really nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bleeng (1651) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Bottle sampling thanks to texasjeep. Yellow hazy color. Nose is citrusy with a distinct Belgian yeast aroma. Taste is lemony, alcohol is upfront, nice smooth hop profile. Did I say yeasty? Body is fluffy and light. This would make a great summer beer. Overall very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Thanks to Texasjeep for this beer. Pours a cloudy orange-yellow with no real head. Yeast nose with nice piney hop aromas. Tangerine and orange notes as well. Flavors are nice, clean hops and citrus, with a refreshing finish. Nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Bottle from Krugels in Wilkes Barre, PA. I’m a fan of wild yeast and the leathery musty funk is definitely prevalent but it came with a strong sweet malt presence. Shades of tangerines, citrus, mahogany and a bitter bite follow. I’m reminded of victory wild devil but this one has more of a perfume-like presence which might turn off some. Nice fruity aroma with caramel esters blowing.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Pours golden with a decent head and lacing. Aromas of spicy malt. Medium nectar with ample residual effers. Basically this beer is competing for the Hopsenjoor/Houblon slot but it doesn’t compete. I like the Green Flash Le Freak better than this. Cali is mild in comparison yet does yield a sword of hop bittering that never lets up. It doesn’t allow the malt flavors to reach into the palate walls rendering this a bit unbalanced. Theres a defined Belgian Tripel disposition yet mild and forgetful. My haunch is that this needs to age for a year. that will allow the malt side of the spectrum to show better as the hops fade away. Only time will tell. I personally don’t like to wait for a beer to get better, especially when theres only a bottle left and no more coming.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chyldking (14) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2010
Draft at Deep Ellum. Slightly hazy straw, fine sticky head. Aroma is IPA with a hint of something else behind the hops. Fruit, with a touch of leather and must. Tastes like IPA at first, hops up front with spruce and flowers, as that fades a pleasant belgian blend of banana and earth. Really nice. Have a bottle at home I’m looking forward to as well.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boto (2062) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JAN 19, 2010
22oz. bomber: This one poured a hazy, orange tinged golden yellow. There was a small white head onit that left some lacing. Nice aroma. Lots of pine with some citrus hops in the background, but not overpowering. The taste is quite good also. Somewhat bitter, with some pine and a lesser amount of citrus. The malts are nicely balanced here, and there is a bit of a Belgian breadiness to it also. There is pretty much no residual sweetness, though.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (20984) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2011 10th October 2008. GABF. Clear amber beer. Dry crisp palate. Fruity - distinct banana. Champagene crisp finish. 3.

16th March 2009
Slightly hazy amber beer, good white head. Palate is medium soft with a semi dry finish. Wonderfully integrated hops that are very well behaved without being wimpy. Grapefruit, sweet orange and pineapple followed by a minty coolness. Very smooth delightful IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
doomfistinc (82) - New Mexico, USA - JAN 15, 2010
22oz bottle. Pours a nice orange color with a minimal head that doesn’t stick around. Smells florally and fruity with a hint of citrus and hops. Taste is strong in hops as a Stone IPA would be, but with, again, fruity and flowery undertones. Medium carbonation with a decently smooth mouth feel. Got this one 2-3 weeks back and was waiting to open it. So worth it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 15, 2010
22 oz bottle. Clear deep golden pour , thin creamy white head , some lacing . Aroma of yeast and a slight hint of citrus hop . Flavor is sweet and yeasty with a late citrus/pine bittering that finishes dry . Medium bodied , low carbonation . Different but very good .


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