GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAR 31, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
March Madness tasting -
Aroma: Fantastic hop-forward aroma, huge notes of grapefruit, pine resin, lemony with an underlying bread dough angle.
Appearance: Amber/orange body, clear with a classic Stone style creamy off-white head.
Taste: Juicy hop flavor, resinous, citrus rind with a bubblegum/Juicy Fruit kind of flavor. Don’t know if it was the hops and yeast causing this, but it was nice. It didn’t seem quite as refined as their regular IPA, but still dang good.
Terminus (3597) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
orange with a small white head-soapy and didnt last long. kind of a crazy nose-orange peal, fruity esters, somewhat candy-ish and some sweet grains-spice. fruity flavors-some candy sugar?, lots of orange peel flavors with a slight plastic note as it warmed. long finish of citrus and sweet grainy malts with some estery yeast twang to go along. palate is slick and crisp for stone standards. as the beer warmed, the finish had a slight onion note. This beer is great fresh-this one had a bit of age on it, but wasnt in terrible condition. this rating would be around a 4 if it was fresh i can tell (i have had it fresh and its better than this)
Cybercat (5173) - Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong aroma is hoppy and evergreen with a firm, sour citrus overtone, a mixture of lemon and orange with just a whisper of lime. It pours an average golden amber with a decent off-white head, but appearance is this beer’s weakest suit. Flavor is fairly hoppy, but pleasantly sour citrus dominates with orange and lemon and a little bit of lime. Texture is exceptionally smooth, yet tingly and fizzy enough for a beer. Recommended to all hop-heads.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Available in a 22oz bomber, in the case of Cali-Belgique, more is most definitely better. So highly drinkable is this beer, I could easily drink two. She glows freshly picked oranges with subtle hues of polished amber and garnet beneath a soft head of orange pith. She slowly settles into a puffy blanket while random splotches of foam decorate the sides of my glass. I don’t have to travel far before I run into a wall of pine needles, pine trees, and fir. Their essence of sticky resins, sap, and prickly needles permeate the air and pierce my soul. Zooming in from above is the always enjoyable and discernibly unique zip of Belgian yeast; spicy, peppery, doughy, and slightly citrusy. Such a wet and sticky nose promises an equally wet and sticky bounty inside. Flittering in the shadows are essences of white oak, orange, mango, and aloe. Smells such as these set my heart aflutter and soothes this weary body. I need no further encouragement to partake of her liquid gold, and so I do. Crisp, hoppy, snappy, and playfully mischievous, she starts with all her green delights: pine needles, fir, and all their sticky resins bound inside. Pine and pithy bitterness immediately cleanse my palate. Despite a wet mouthfeel, her body is actually rather light and soft with effervescence I would typically associate with bottle-conditioned Belgian ales. Dry spice, white oak, and toasted white bread hold her center steady while a gentle undercurrent of orange, mango, and aloe exude their juicy character. Spice peppers my breath along with lingering subtle warmth. Her finish is long and wholly enjoyable. Each quaff blends together exquisitely, shining upon my humble person like the midmorning sun ready to greet my Self with open arms and infinite joy.
Truly an amazing beer. Not quite an IPA and not quite a Belgian ale; the Stone Cali-Belgique is both. Grab a bottle or two fresh, pour, sup, and savor.
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle/22oz - Pours a darkish golden amber in color with a small white head that hung around to produce some minor lacing on the glass. Aroma has plenty of resinous hops, but also has that bready yeastiness of a Belgian. Flavor is nice and hoppy and plainly reminiscent of the Stone IPA, but the Belgian yeast is strong enough to clearly add its own influence. Finish is lingering and bitter. Definitely reminds of a Belgian IPA-style beer... really good.
tenacubus (14) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Crunchy’s in East Lansing. Clear and golden color but would have loved the white head to stick around longer. Slightly fruity aromas with some citrus. Strongly hopped for a Belgian style IPA but I think it balances just fine. Long lingering fish lets you appreciate the flavors long after you’re done.
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear golden honey color with a fluffy fizzy white head that is dissipates quickly. Aroma is citrusy with a hint of pineapple and a dank resiny hop. A spicy saison quality to it as well. The flavor is pretty sweet with the hop-tea quality that a lot of west coast IPAs have. A little peppery and grassy that finishes with a very noticeable piney hop flavor, but not at all overpowering like some of Stone’s offerings. My one problem is the body of this beer. I feel that it needs a little more spritz or something to fill it out. Something just seems to be missing in that aspect. Other than that, it’s a very solid beer.
Silphium (3192) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Crunchy’s, East Lansing. This one passed by my radar for awhile. Medium orange body, medium buff head. Citrusy nose, well-hopped, with some fruity, spicy esters. The beer description is quite accurate- this is definitely at heart a well-hopped India Pale Ale, with bright, juicy citrus and bitter pine, but given an interesting twist with the fruit (pineapple, banana) and hints of clove from the Belgian yeast. While I prefer Stone’s fantastic base IPA, this beer was an enjoyable diversion.
Tejas (989) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught > Gingerman. Taste like a cross between chimay white and an American IPA. so, I guess they succeeded in accomplishing what they set out to do. Fruity and dry and has a hoppy bite to finish it off. Glad I tried it for something different but if were going to drink an IPA, next time I order a std. American IPA instead of a blend.
JW32Hoops (70) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is akin to Ale Smith’s Lil Devil, along with some hints of pine, hops and Belgian style sweetness. Appearance beautiful golden, with minimal off white head, leaves behind some lacing. Palate is robust Stone hoppiness, but doesn’t take long for the Belgian influence to rear its head...sweet sugar pie, oh how I wish you were mine. Still getting some of that weird "hairspray" effect I got from Raging Bitch, but this Belgian IPA is much, much better than Flying Dog, its just not as overdone, Cali Belgique just hands the ball to the ref, likes its been there before. It has all the things you’d like in a Belgian along with the piney hoppyness that is Stone’s trademark. More "experimental" than "go to" but I’m diggin it. Can’t wait to try Green Flash Le Freak now.