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RATINGS: 1366   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.


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 (6425) - 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 thereís 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 (3970) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ghawener (1476) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - DEC 14, 2008
Bottle: Interesting mix between a Belgian Ale and IPA, less hops punch with a heavier malt presence. Still better to keep the two styles separate.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
19Ei8hty (1167) - Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2008
Could not imagine how a person could not enjoy this beer. Was not sure how the belgian yeast would work with a strong IPA but this drink did a a great job of melding the best qualities of each style. Big fruity, belgian, hoppy nose with a strong malt profile and great hop lineup. Soft grapefruit and pine notes that are attenuated by the fruity, slightly spiced yeasty component. Convinced.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Bottle. Pours an orange color with a smaller, white head. Aromas of citrus and grapefruit are everywhere. Mouthfeel is oily and think with a nice duration of flavor. Grapefruit aftertaste is unique but overall an enjoyable beer.


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