Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed from a 22oz bomber bottle in a whiskey snifter. The beer pours a medium golden color, with a mild white head. Carbonation is slightly high for an IPA, and may have been adjusted to bring it a little closer to Belgian styles. Not really a detriment. The nose is interesting: pungent west coast hops and leather. The palate begins with all the indicators of Stone’s IPA: danky hop character and toasted malt. Flavors then move across the ocean, showing yeast-derived esters that seem to fall somewhere between Wit bier and a really well-brewed tripel. The finish leaves a nice combination of lingering bitterness and fruity esters. Overall, not the benchmark of the style, but an excellent piece of recipe formulation and execution.
djd07 (10002) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at flying saucer. Pours a clear orange with a small frothy white head that leaves good sticky lacing. The aroma is a floral hop with yeast. Medium mouthfeel with a floral hop and yeast with a nice dry finish. Alcohol present but not overpowering. A very unique IPA from Stone.
graham515 (537) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours gold into the glass with a white head. Aroma is odd. Really strange. Not quite a mixture of belgian and american influence so much as an odd meaty aroma of jerky. Flavof has a piney and residual hop influence with a bit of malt sweetness. Belgian character is mainly experience through the body.
Maddog (521) - 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 (2000) - 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 (21412) - Charlotte, North Carolina, 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.