talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008. Pours a sparkling clear, pale orange color with a brilliant white, moderately full, creamy head which has great longevity and leaves drippy lace. Nose is awesome; Belgain estery yeast bringing peach notes and clove, light grapefruit, orange peel, resinous pine. The Belgian yeast notes and the strong American hop presence actually worked well together in the aroma. The flavor is nice but the Belgian and American notes clashed a bit more; yeast is still estery with more banana, hints at tropical fruit, some pepper spice, and light clove. Other notes of resinous pine, orange peel, and faint grass. Palate is moderately light, a bit watery, and lively; two contrasting styles of palates competing didn’t work well. Finishes fairly long with lingering yeast and some bitter notes of pine and grass. The beer benefits most from its nose which was amazing, but other aspects competed and contrasted. The Belgain aspects overpowered the clean, fresh American hop notes but still an interesting beer and nice attempt from Stone.
radagast83 (5385) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz "Cali-Beligique" bottle. Pours a golden color with a foamy white head. Aroma is a bit more mild than I first expected, but incredibly good - with a full hoppy aroma with pine, grapefruit, floral characters. Flavor is more malty than I expected as well, but compliments the hop character quite well. Very refreshing and alcohol content is not over the top, allowing the flavor of the beer itself to not be overwhelmed with too much warmth.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Pours clear golden in color with tan head. Aroma sweet, floral hops, yeasty and spicy. Taste yeasty, lemon and citrus hops with bitter finish.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ok, this is up to now probably the best aromatics I’ve encountered in a beer. Damn. The combination of yeast and hops in the nose is what I want my wife to wear as perfume. Fresh on the vine goodness. Lush violet floral character in the sip, some astringency to the bitterness. I’ll buy this again for the aroma alone.
lamas (1426) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Enjoy by: 02/09/09. "Cali-Belgie" bottle. A clear, golden pour with a light-tan head. Powerfully hoppy aroma with TONS of grapefruits, pine needles, Golden Delicious apples, bananas, and a tangy funkiness. Thin to medium-bodied. A bit of caramel malty sweetness, Golden Delicious apples, and bananas upfront. Ample spiciness in there too. Finishes with lots of citrusy, grapefruity tangy dryness. Quite tasty.
dalekliz (891) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear orange with a thick, foamy white head. Crisp, bitter hops aroma, with citrus and pine. Taste starts bitter with a hint of sweeter citrus fruits, before huge bitter hops kick in. Lingering crisp bitterness. Really nice IPA.
parrisht (4) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2009 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The stalwart Stone IPA with a Belgian yeast strain, adding a light doughy flavor and aroma. Great for those who enjoy Stone’s traditional IPA but looking for something a little lighter.
can8ianben (1387) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting. Notes of honey and hops in the nose. Some faint spicy yeastiness. Appearance is amber with a thicker frothy head. Flavor is sweet caramel and honey, with faint banana notes and a strong citrus touch on top of it all from the hops. I hoped it would have a bigger yeast note, also expected it to be cloudy - it seems more IPA than Belgian - but different enough that I’ve never tasted anything like it.
fordest (2016) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Decent amount of hoppy aromas. Some bread-like aromas as well. Flavor was hoppier than yeasty. Very good take on a Belgian IPA.
mar (4997) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to dkachur. nice amber color with a thin white head on top. citrusy hops on the nose with some Belgian yeast in the back. quite smooth on the palate with an interesting flavor of bright hops that fade into fruity yeast.