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RATINGS: 1680   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcos (1783) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2009
Coppery-amber-golden pour. Nose is very spicy...an abundance of Belgian fruity yeasty esters. Very strong caramel amlt bottom anchoring the intense PNW hoppiness in the finish. The Belgian fruity yeast works very well in adding some spic notes to the typical pine resin and grapefruit hop qualities. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (22676) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2009
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy grassy and slightly yeasty aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter flavor with some yeasty hints. Has a fruity malty bitter hoppy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Bomber from Ft. Myers, Florida. Accidentally let it age in the fridge for over two months, but it still came out great! Pours a nice hazy straw color with a thin cap of clingy white head. Aroma is different and interesting. Piney resin, doughy bread, a bit of banana and clove. Flavor is equally confusing with the Belgian characteristics mixing nicely into the smooth IPA. Creamy mouthfeel, a little light on hops as the malt and yeast take center stage.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (5569) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2009
Deep golden color with a Moderate off-white head. Sharp aromas, with green fresh hops, pine sap, citric and tropical fruit, pomegranate, and hints of bread dough. Extra point for the unique hops and yeast nose. Light sweetness, with a bitterness that sweeps it away mid swallow. Bits of alcohol and pale malt in the finish and linger. Light white grapefruit and pepper mingle in. Some rough edges, or more precisely sharp bits. Still a fun brew to try.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2009
aroma is salty, nearly savory yeast intermingled with strongly mixed lemonade. flavor is nearly palatable yeast with huge hopping underneath, seems far more hopped then standard stone IPA. yeast gives way to nearly mouth puckering dryness in the finish, proceeded by a nearly chewy mouthfeel. wonderful sunny-hazy pour with messy lacing and filmy head. bit of a yeast bomb but a guilty pleasure in its drinkability if nothing else.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - DEC 8, 2009
tropical fruit, grapefruit and pink gum aroma. taste is the same with nice malt sweetness and well-rounded hop bitterness. belgian yeast is a nice, complex change of pace from stone’s standard, well done ipa

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
planky84 (2860) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2009
Bottle from Utobeer market stall. Pours a light orange/amber with a thick creamy head. Fruit bursts through in the aroma with caramel, floral notes, fresh bread coming through too. Very pleasant. Excellent lacing also. Flavours of lemon, coriander, grapefruit, some sweetness. Good hop explosion mouthfeel. Finishes more hoppier than a frog. Excellent IPA.


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