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RATINGS: 1325   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fordest (1979) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2009
22 oz bottle. Decent amount of hoppy aromas. Some bread-like aromas as well. Flavor was hoppier than yeasty. Very good take on a Belgian IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4825) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2009
bottle thanks to dkachur. nice amber color with a thin white head on top. citrusy hops on the nose with some Belgian yeast in the back. quite smooth on the palate with an interesting flavor of bright hops that fade into fruity yeast.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (13627) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2009
Bottle from Utobeer. The Stone IPA in cask at GBBF 2 years ago, left me a little cold, I expected someting better. So really interested in this to see if it would change my mind. Clear amber/gold with a couple of floaters, thin lasting off white head. Unmistakable Belgian yeast on aroma, along with some floral grapefruity west coast hops. Good to look at, good to smell. Mouthfeel is a bit odd. A Belgian strong ale style flavour. Drinks like a very hoppy Belgian strong, but with some wateryness in the mouthfeel. Some metallic toffee on the malts. It’s ok, but the mouthfeel is just too light. Yes hoppy on finish, but it does disappear a little apart from the toffee.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2008
Tap at Stone. Pale golden amber beer with a thick white head. Aroma is pretty solid. Bright peachy fruity aroma with lots of nice Belgian spiciness. Some lightly citrusy hoppiness as well. A nice interplay between the fruity yeast and the fruity hops. Fairly lean and light bodied. A softly tropical hoppy flavour. Spiciness is muted but picks up as the beer warms up a bit. Sort of like a hoppy tripel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10978) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Bomber from San Diego Drug. Amber gold color with a frothy multi-finger white head. Nice light pine aroma. Medium body with mild carbonation. A herbal hop flavor with touches of citrus and pine. Quite astringent. Nearly dry. Extremely delicious.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Bottle from Joey at South Bay. Looks like a Pils. Smells like that Taras Boulba I had at Concordia Ale House. Tastes a lot like that too, but less rich and vaporous. Tastes like a just shy of textbook Belgian IPA, with no trace of any SoCal flourish. Hmm.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1502) - Newark, Delaware, USA - DEC 29, 2008
Bottle from sparky27. Thanks E! Light yellow in color orange tint to it. Decent head. Sweet aroma of hops. Taste was a nice hop bitterness up front and an almost saison like beer towards the end. Spicy but clean and crisp. Kind of like 080808. Belgian (candy) yeast. Light in texture easy to drink but not watery. Good beer. Thanks Eric for sending this one my way!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2008
Bomber at EVT. Beautiful, tight white head in an Allagash tulip. Aroma is an intoxcating banana yeast with just a mellow spiciness of lime and orange zest. Great head retention and lacing. Peppery spice is first noticeable with some sweet banana bread flavors. Decent stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3749) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2009 Bomber pours clear gold with fair offwhite head. Nose is sweet citric belgian and grapefruit funky. Flavor is belgian yeast, cloying malt, citric hop. Medium body with medium high carbonation. Fruity finish

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kevin (2071) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 28, 2008
bottle. i could smell the citrus as soon as i popped the cap. looks beautiful. dark yellow dehydrated urine color with a thick frothed up white head. burnt yeast and lemons hit me first and make me smile. a slight scent of bananas in there also. oh yeah, that is a good bitter bite. banana flavor comes through more here. bubblegum yeast notes that i like paired with this high bitterness. grassy flavors are enjoyable. caramel sweetness and a bit thick. the yeast is really dominant in this. a touch of rubber, but not necessarily always a bad thing. sweaty bitter and enjoyable. i look forward to trying this with some chili and cornbread i made last night. 5 8 6 2 14


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