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RATINGS: 1359   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowe1983 (1361) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Pours an amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is of citrus and pine hops with some caramel malts. Flavor is strong of citrus and pine hops with a hint of bubblegum and a little alcohol. The bubblegum flavor from the yeast is an interesting blend with the citrus and pine hops. Not a typical IPA but the belgium yeast makes this very interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8229) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Bottle. Clear filtered yellow colored body with a white head. Musty sugared cannibus nose, some pine and grapefruit, tropical bubblegum, a little bit of musty urine (ethyl isobutyrate?) Sweaty green hop cones up front, sugared, crystalline, etc., lightly sweet, musty, etc. Body is a bit thin and watery, but overall this is a pleasant IPA with a mild (but somewhat artificial) Belgian character.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
robforbes (2074) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2008
pours a clear pale orange with a small white head, great lacing. smell is of peanut, spice, malt, a few hops, a touch of pine, and citrus. taste is of sour malt, lots of hops, nuts, grassy, sweet fruits, and yeast, ends very bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Clear golden-orange color pour with a nice foamy head that lasted a while and laced nicely. Sweet malt, fruit and sugar in the aroma, along with some good citrus hops. Flavor is good as well. Lots of fruit, malt and spice, followed by a nicely balanced hoppy finish. Smooth on the palate, with a dry spicy finish. Not the best Belgian-IPA, but not bad at all.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2008
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), trace yeast (cobwebs), with a note of alcohol (a bit fusel-like), light notes of gum and soap. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Surprisingly dull...less hop aroma than I expected from this brewery (which would normally be a plus for me, but there’s not much else going on), and not much Belgian character either. Alcohol note is a bit rough. Flimsy, watery mouthfeel is exacerbated by the light carbonation. Filtered to hell...why?! Highly disappointing. My score is on the generous side, too.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bgburdman9 (858) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2008
Aroma was of earthiness and some spices and a little citrus. Flavor has some slight yeastiness to it and some nice hoppiness also. Flavor was nicely bitter. Brings a lot of flavors to the table which is nice, new and refreshing but sometimes i just want a straight american hopped IPA. Very nice though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2008
Clear orange golden pour with foamy bubbly white head. Grassy hops but also citrus and yeast. Reminded me of a thin tripel. Nice dry white peppery finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2008
draft at stone world bistro - enjoyed immensely with a late morning breakfast and a perfect beer to go with a hangover, coffee and steak burrito; dark gold with slight haze, fluffy white head and steady stream of carbonation; intoxicating aromas of sweet hops, banana, and fruity yeast; drinks with a sweet yeasty, earthy cover to the hops, delightful in every way

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2008
Bottle shared by emacgee. Thanks Ethan. Pours an orange clear golden with a sudsy white lace. Nose of phenolic esters, hops, a bit of sweetness. Flavor is more of the same, with a rather thin mouth feel. Wish I could have tried a fresher bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2008
This poured a deep golden in color and had aromas of citrus, yeast, candi sugar and flowers. In the mouth it was medium-bodied with the hops showing through in the slightly dry finish.


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