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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (6582) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 28, 2008
Courtesy of ibrew2or3. Pours copper/amber, white head. Aroma is hoppy, yeasty, very floral. Taste sweet floral hops, light caramel malts and the good use of Belgian yeast with the Stone-Cali hops. A tasty IPA, not overwhlemed by hop bitterness. Nothing groundbreaking.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Pours a clear copper with a large off-white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is citrus hops and Belgian yeast fruity esters fighting each other to come through with some sweet malt in the background. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness. Interesting and good but I prefer the regular IPA.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5253) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Poured a golden amber color with a small, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, citrus fruits, floral hops, pine, orange peel, toasted malts, and light spices. Taste of citrus fruits, caramel malts, light toast, spices, vanilla, and a grapefruit, hop finish. Much different than the standard Stone IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2008
22oz bottle acquired in trade with WeeHeavySD (thanks!). Poured a medium and clear amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of fruitiness (bananas), vanilla, citrus, spicy, and I was getting some coconut. Lot going on in that aroma. Tastes of pine, floral, spicy, fruity, and citrus. The hops were there, but if I had this blind, I would have pegged this as a Belgian Ale or a Triple vs. an IPA (although the hops were definitely there).

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2008
On tap at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens on 08/03/2008 on day three of RBSG 2008. Cloudy pale orange body with a small off-white head. Big citrus hop aroma. Belgian spice flavor with citrus and floral hops. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4427) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this bomber. Pours a mostly translucent golden amber with a large foamy/bubbly off white head that left nice lacing. Aroma of orange peel, Belgian yeast esters, lots of citrusy notes, some pine, Belgian yeast really showcased with a bunch of American hops. Flavor was a nice mix of Belgian Ale meets American IPA. Banana, orange peel, clove, spicy Belgian yeast notes, floral, pine, moderate hop bitterness, bready malt with a touch of caramel malt. Well done...a big fan of the Belgian meets aggressive American hopping.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nik925 (745) - California, USA - SEP 26, 2008
The aroma gives little suggestion at the wonderful flavor this one has to offer. A simple Belgian smell gives way to an amazing IPA that has highlights of all the wonderful flavors you can coax out of hops. Strong grapefruit (Cascade), grass, hemp, and even a bit of bubblegum. The head is great, fades out though leaving some great lacing. Every now and then I think Stone is over-rated, but then beers like this remind me that they deserve all the praise they get.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6767) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2008
Pours clear gold with off white head. The aroma is an even mix of malt sweetness and grapefruit hops and then some mild bubble gum and faint banana. The taste brings up a nice level of Belgian yeast notes like mild bubble gum that mixes with tart grapefruit hops, some acidity and a background of sweet maltiness. The malt note grows some into the finish. This is a fresh tasting brew with tasty hops. I think I prefer the standard IPA version better. Although itís fun experiencing the impact the Belgian yeast strain creates.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 25, 2008
Bottle. Poured a hazy yellow/gold with a three finger white head. Aroma of pine and floral hops. Flavor is grapefruit and candied sugar. Very different beer than I’ve ever had.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - SEP 25, 2008
Gracias WeeHeavy! Yellowish body with pleanty of white head. Nose is pine and taste is all grapefruit for me. Pure grapefuit with a nice hoppy touch on the tounge before going down. This is more of a sipping IPA, not a session. Another solid brew from Stone.


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