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RATINGS: 1657   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2009
Bottle. Pour was medium golden with a nice light white head. Aroma was of spicy hops, sweet malt, and light grapefruit. The flavor held a dominant citrus character balanced nicely with mellow, well blended hops. The body of the beer was medium light and very drinkable. This was one of the better IPAs I have had.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHANER4 (490) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Bottle 22oz. - Poured light honey color with medium white head. Aroma - Yeasty barnyard scent along with grassy citrus hops. Flavor - Has this barnyard/wet hay taste mixed with grassy/resin hops. Palate - medium bodied beer and has sticky texture. Decent carbonation with bitter finish. Grassy and somewhat dry hop taste lingers for a long time. Overall - I prefer the original IPA version over this. This beer has a funky taste that is not entirely bad but just different than original. I also think alcohol stands out more in this IPA, seems more like 8 or 9% ABV.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chipper (303) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Golden pour with a moderate white head. Aroma is sweet and yeasty, a little fruit and spice. Flavor is slightly sweet, spicy and with a bit of a hop bite. Very drinkable and another winner from Stone.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Pours a clear, light-to-medium golden from the 22oz. bottle: Great white, foamy head retention and mildly carbonated which helps to relase sharp aromas of tangerine citrus and other tropical fruits, green fresh hops. Tastes of chewy bread dough, pine sap, white grapefruit, and pepper. Pale malts and yeast play within a lightly textured sweetness and mild bittering finish. Drinkability: Delicious. Rebuy: Yes. #243 on 20122009, DG.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2009
wonderful beer...nose of hops and mild citrus, strong hoppy aroma, palate of hops citrus, finishes very clean and smooth

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
halfonit (1306) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Another good one from our friends at Stone Brewery. Clear golden color. Aroma is mainly of floral hops. Taste is pretty much the same with a little citrus. Good stuff!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Remarks Foamy rocky lacy white head.Clear thin bright dark gold color.Rich floral hop mild Belgian ester front.Rich creamy cloying mellow sweet hop infused mild Belgian fruit ester tame rich crisp pale caramel IPA body.Balanced hop spice satisfying Belgian end.Wow Brew!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcos (1779) - Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Location: Bottle drank on 12/18/2009 from Whole Foods, Arlington, VA

Aroma: Citrus aroma, can’t place which citrus though.
Appearance: Clear golden appearance, very little head.
Flavor: Hoppy yet somewhat sweet.
Palate: Light-medium body, with some carbonation.
Overall Impression: I like this beer a lot - I like the hops flavor, but it the belgium part of it makes it easy to enjoy.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2009
On draft at RFD in DC. Hazy golden color with an off-white head. Flavor is citrus with, yes, a belgian yeasty note. Props for originality but I didn’t care for it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elihapa (1545) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - DEC 14, 2009
12/10/09 (From bomber, aroma of grapefruit, bubble gum and citrus . . . the Belgian yeast is blending well with the American hops! Flavor is hoppy, minerally, with a “candy hop” essence. Palate is clean, medium-light in body, with a lingering semi-bitter finish. This beer is better than I remember, a worthy addition to the Stone IPA family.


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