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RATINGS: 1312   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Bottle from Sun Devil. Pours a rich apricot color with a frothy white head and steady carbonation. Smells and tastes of balanced sweet citrus, hops, and flour. Bitters slightly as it warms. A solid IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Honey colored pour with a pillowy ivory head that leaves significant lacing on the inside of the glass. Aroma of citrus, douglas fir, and freshly spun cotton candy. Flavor is grassy, biscuity, with grapefruit and orange peel lingering on the palate. Medium mouthfeel. Decent, well put together brew but not a personal favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Bomber courtesy of BOLTZ7555 Ė thanks Jason! Pours a crystal clear light amber with a large 3 finger off white head and chunky lacing. Nose is citrus and floral hops. Taste is ripe citrus and caramel for the most part with a hint of spices in the finish before giving way to bitter resin. Medium mouth feel. I enjoyed it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4292) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Pours gold into a tulip. Fluffy white head recedes to skim surface leaving spotted sheets. Brett and grapefruit aromas. Bitter grapefruit pits and brett from front to back. Very balanced between the two. Lasting grapefruit rind finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6062) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2008
22 at Uber. Crystal clear. Pale gold with dense white sheets of lace. Huge candi sugar and watermelon on the nose, along with some mango. Creamy medium body with active carb. Sweetness of belgian yeast combined with the sweetness of west coast hops. Nice stuff. Hard to make a belgian ipa, evidently, that really stands out from the crowd, but this is another yummy one, no real flaws. Drink it with no fear.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Bottle pours clear orange with off white head. Aroma is citrus and pine with mostly pine smells coming from the glass. Has a medium light body with a fair amount of carbonation. Flavor is pine, hops, grapefruit, and finishes with a honey sweetness. Overall a nice IPA and one I would buy on a regular basis if available.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBunn (2438) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2008
Bomber for rating 950. Pours a very clear gold with a small soap-bubble head. Thick citrus aromas with a bit of a grassy edge. First sip is pretty much a punch in the face of pine and resin... after my tastebuds have been beaten into submission, things cool off and I am able to pick up on some of the subtleties: grapefruit, a honey-like sweetness and an understated light malt presence. Maybe I am in a good mood after the plumbing project went smoothly, but I am really enjoying this. It comes off as a little thin, but this makes it a little more refreshing than most IPAs. Could this be the lawn mowing IPA of choice?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - DEC 3, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2009 Mostly clear, bright golden with a slight haze. Lots of bubbles and a tall, soapy cream-white head that sticks to the glass nicely. The aroma is the highlight of this beer, distinctly Belgian yeast with floral hops and fruit, namely grapefruit and pear. Taste starts with yeast and an almost sweet tart flavor and a smooth mouthfeel. The finish hits you with a bold hop bitterness that lingers for a while then slowly dies off, leaving you with a hint of sweet fruit. A great variation of one of the classic IPAs. The original is still better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2008
Bottle from utobeer at home at far too late in the night. Alround rating: See like i dont mind drinkign this and theres things about it i like, ie the citrus hop character and drinkablity, however the idea of mixing a clean dry style such as ipa with a very much unclean mouth coating style like belgian ale, is never going to really work. Its interesting to try somethign different but iv got the ipa in the fridge and id rather just have that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a small soapy head that remains active throughout with sporadic bubbles rising to the top. No lacing to speak of. The aroma has the earthy sweetness of the Belgian yeast with some citrus hops in the form of apricot and lemon. There is also a bit of the bubblegum sweetness as well. The hops are much more prominent in the taste with a huge bitter hop kick up front that lingers throughout the sip. There is Belgian yeast and bits of bready malt in the background, but the hops really star in the taste. The mouthfeel is dry and crisp with a pleasant bitterness in the finish. The carbonation is decent and complements the bitterness well on the palate. This is an interesting take on a Belgian IPA and one where the aroma belied the amount of hop bitterness in the taste. An original and tasty beer from Stone.

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