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RATINGS: 1457   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (4625) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2009
22 oz bomber from Jonathan Ron in Brielle. Still shocked I found this one since I had no idea it was coming to NJ, additionally this was the last one on the shelf. Pours a nice honey amber body with a bright white foamy head that has great retention. The body appears to be just a little watery or this might have been a 5. Aroma is dominated by the yeast, sort of peppery and spicey, with grainy bread, grapefruit citrus hops, fresh grass and citrus rinds. Medium to full dry body with strong carbonation that quickly disipates making you want another sip. Initial flavor is lots of grain and yeast, some flower and grass in the midtaste with bitter citrus rind in the finish. Nicely done but itís hard to imagine that simply changing the yeast has changed a noraml Stone IPA this much. To bad just changing from three nights of drinking a week to two didnít change my waistline as much.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2009
Interesting twist on an IPA. Pale gold with a slight haze. Crisp up front, dry in the finish. Malts, hops and yeast seemed to blend together wonderfully. Malts had notes of sugar cookies, crackers and rock candy. Hops wafted with aromas of wildflower-filled meadows, faint perfume, twangy-tart citrus and orange peel. A grassy bitterness surfaced in the aftertaste, along with an earthy malt residue that lingered on the tongue. Alcohol was slightly warming in the back of the throat. I enjoyed this one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2009
Huge off-white head over a clear pale gold body. Fresh citrus hop aroma. The flavor combines the aroma of the hops in a Belgian golden ale just as I expected.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7781) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 27, 2009
On tap @ Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens 01.04.09. Clear orange-kissed gold with a creamy low white head. Wonderful soft perfumey fruit and low resin aroma. Floral aromatic hop flavours dominate the palate, married to sweet malts. Resinous character present but low-key. Very bitter finish. A nice twist on a style that tends to rely heavily on Cascade in this part of America (...not that that is a bad thing!).

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2009
This stuff was not good. Very medicinal, almost bandaidy and phenolic. Very dry with a bit of spicy belgian yeast character. Nice try, but you missed on this one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Well, this looks identical to Stone IPA. Light orange, almost yellow with a white head. The smell is immediately different, still very hoppy, bubblegum, and belgian yeast, spicy. The taste is bitter hops and not much else.The belgian influence is very subdued. This was interesting and Iíll always give a new Stone beer a fair shake but I wonít be returning to this. I could see if using Belgian yeast with the Stone IPA recipe made for a good beer but this just feels like a cheap gimmick. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-10-2009 23:37:04

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
spikester (604) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Clear amber with a two finger cream color head. Still a small layer of head at the half way point and very nice fine lacings. Aroma is mostly ripe pear with a hint of citrus. Taste is bitter citrus hops with a rich malt backing. Carbonation is just right and the finish is bitter and dry with a bit of fruitiness in the background. Drinkability is limited only by price and the 6.9% abv. The Belgian yeast gives it a bit of a tang that makes this IPA more interesting than most.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2243) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2009
bomber served in a tulip glass. pours a deep yellow with a half inch white head... nice Stone hop filled aroma with a nice blend of Belgian yeast and a bit of funk. very full body with quite a punch of bitterness up front. citrus hops and some light fruits. nice hoppy finish that is very well balanced with some Belgian spice. a very nice beer from Stone... they took their regular IPA (which is fantastic) and tweaked it with Belgian yeast - outstanding combo and a pleasure to drink.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4505) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Appearance: Pours a light orange-hued body with a large, frothy, white head. Splotchy, sporadic lacing on the way down. Smell: Delightfully aromatic nose smelling sweetly of bright, fresh tropical fruits and citrus oils with a minor backing of lightly bready malts and spice. Taste: Sweet, lightly bready maltiness gently yields to a tropical mixture of juicy oranges and grapefruit with a late addition of pine. As the punchy bitterness dies down tastes of artificially-sweetened chewing gum and faint, peppery spice begin to appear. Finishes expectantly dry with lingering aftertastes of bitter, pithy citrus fruit peels. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Lightly oily mouthfeel. Drinkability: As tasty and supremely drinkable as the original, though I dare say itís just a skosh bit better than the standard Stone IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (2067) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 21, 2009
22 ounce bottle in pint glass. Hazy golden with lasting white head and lace. Fresh hoppy floral and citrus aroma with hint of sugar and yeast. Mildly fruity sweet melon with flowery hoppy spice and medium lingering bitter finish. Medium body and carbo. Nice and delicious but more like and American IPA than a Chouffe Houblon or Hopsinjoor, which are two of my new faves in this synthesized style. Still, very enjoyable. Excellent.


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