Maddog (508) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at SouthPark Tavern in Dayton, OH which was much better than the bottle I had a few months ago. The pour isn’t much to speak of, but the aroma was fresh and piquant with hops dominating. Flavors ranged from fruit to yeast to very light hops and even some tartness. A very refreshing and very flavorful beer which was unique and different. As it warmed, it got better and more flavorful and complex.
JFGrind (1987) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In 2009 the craft beer world turned to Belgian style IPA’s as the latest trend to brew. Stone’s version has a cascade-IPA aroma, Belgian yeast doughiness, medium bitterness that is a well rounded bring both the ’Cali" and Belgian styles together. Well done, unique and enjoyable IPA.
Travlr (20918) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Churchkey. Clear golden with a fluffy white head that settles quickly and leaves delicate lacing. Aroma of black pepper and malt. Malt dominates the taste as well, but it’s plenty hoppy, and a nice background of light spice. Good one.
Veeks (62) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
a nice blend of hops, maybe clove, and a fruit/floral scent (peach?) adds up to a cornucopia of flavor...add some lively carbonation that you would find in a Belgium and you have an interesting attack on your taste buds
nicolascage (116) - Copenhagen (Virum), DENMARK - FEB 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Very nice round and well balanced hop flavor. Maybe the Belgian yeast give more body to the beer than a traditional ipa ale yeast.
WhatNewinBooze (18) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
When reading the name "Cali-Belgique IPA", Cali hints at a California IPA and Belgique says that it has an undeniable Belgium influence. In this case both are correct, a carefully selected Belgium yeast strains differentiates this brew from the standard Stone IPA. This brew pours a golden amber color with large fluffy white head that likes to stick to the glass. The nose is definitely is reminiscent of the Stone IPA with a slight hint of a Belgium sour. Big hop notes lead to floral aromas with a slight hint of citrus. As you would expect the palate is loaded with hops, however, the Belgium yeast cuts some of the bitterness away and adds some lemon citrus notes rather than grapefruit. This is an excellent twist on a big IPA, one that hop heads will really enjoy
PWheatley (119) - , Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
1pt 6oz bottle. Pours golden with a nice frothy head. The aroma is complex, a nice mix of west coast and Belgian certainly not a typical IPA. Overall a complex and very tasty IPA, we need more surprises like this.
brokensail (15600) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: A hazy golden-yellow color with a two finger head. Good lacing.
S: The nose is a bit more complex than your typical IPA. A nice bready, and yeasty aroma with some great citrus hop notes as well.
T: You definitely get the Belgian yeast character in this--orange, some slight spice. The hops are there but not as in-your-face as the typical Stone IPA. Very balanced and tasty beer.
M: Medium body, good carbonation.
D: Not my favorite offering from Stone, but a nice change of pace for them.
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Pours cloudy golden with a nice, fluffy, two-finger off-white head. Aroma is a lovely bouquet of floral notes, lavender, citrus, grapefruit, sweet apples, and great hoppy tart. Body is moderate, but well-balanced and evenly carbonated. Mouthfeel is sticky and bitter. Very good IPA from the reliably great Stone.
trevor211 (1595) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Old rating found in a notebook - tasted several months back. Pours a cloudy orange, with a sparkling, pillowy head. Very aromatic floral hops, good balance with a very sweet malty backbone - fruity, almost bubble-gummy - but the hops keep it in check. Really lively - tasty.