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RATINGS: 1644   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   IBU: 77   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WabashMan (1023) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2009
I really like the concept of this beer...but the execution doesn’t quite live up. The Belgian influence is most notable in the nose, but the more aggressive IPA flavors tend to dominate once it hits the mouth. I wouldn’t describe it as an "identical twin" to the Stone IPA, either. Much of the citrus flavor is lost on this one, presumably replaced by the Belgian influence. Still, very good. Just not quite up there with its cousin, the Stone IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Montana, USA - JUL 31, 2009
IPAs are gaining in my appreciation of late and this is no exception! Copper/brown pour with light white head...little more complex in taste than thier standard IPA not sure what causes that but its good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
trayns (246) - Beverly Hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 30, 2009
Bomber. Pours a light golden color with a quick large white head. Aroma is large, with fruity yeast and hops being the most present. The taste is phenomenal. there is such a complex flavor of the hops and the big yeast character. It is almost a perfect balance of yeast and hops, as opposd to the usual malts and hops. This is quickly one of my favorites. It is a great twist on the IPA, there is the flavor and complexity of no other IPA. A wonderful drink all around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thooper41 (556) - BELGIUM - JUL 28, 2009
Oregon Brew Fest: hazy light brown with white head, aroma just hops and malt, flavor pretty much just like their IPA with a little twist. still a great brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gachupines (1211) - USA - JUL 27, 2009
Appearance is a hazy yellow with a significant white head. Aroma is mostly hops but not intense. Flavor is also a bit of a subdued version of their IPA. There’s some sweetness in the finish, but I’d say this is more IPA than Belgian, but I think that’s by design. Overall, quite pleasant especially if you’d like a less intense version of the Stone IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2009
I like this idea and others like it that I have had from other brewers, though this one fell a bit flat for me. Very fruity aroma with a more mild bit of yeastiness. Spices come through more in the flavor but hops dominate. I would have enjoyed a bit more of the Belgium side of the equation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 26, 2009
A more subdued version of the Stone IPA. But not really. Still packs a whallop of hops, and is dry and resiny, and bitter. Doesn’t seem too Belgian to me, but it is tempered with sweetness maybe just a tad more than the regular IPA. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Draft. Pours a hazy gold with a small, foamy white head. The head has solid staying power. The nose is an interesting mix of hops featuring soap, oranges, yeast, and floral notes. Medium-high carbonation with a medium-light mouthfeel. The palate seems to be similar to the nose with a good dose of bittering hops thrown in. Floral notes, oranges, and yeast on the tongue. Some pineapple and fruitiness emerge as the beer warms. Medium-long finish with some lingering hop bitterness. For me this one was unique, but not as great as either might be alone. Sort of a 1+1=1.75.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2009
On tap. Clear deep golden with a creamy off-white head that leave broad curtains of lacework. Aroma of yeast and fruit. Medium body, very fruity, some yeast. Late comes some citrusy hops that leave a dry finish with a light bitterness. A rare US/Belgo hybrid, that actually works. 070709

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 25, 2009
hoppy, cascade hops, resinous hops, pine, tart zest. a very but good sweetness, that i assume is the belgian aspect to it. yeasty aftertaste.

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