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RATINGS: 1681   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   IBU: 77   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
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2009
Bottle. Poured a clear golden color with a thin off-white head. Nose is fruity with spicy, yeasty notes. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Flavor is semi sweet with both fruity and spicy coriander notes the citrus hop tones come thru in toward the end. Finishes very dry and mildly bitter. Not bad but I much prefer Terrapin’s Monk’s Revenge.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Fruity and citric nose with some barnyard yeast, banana and spice. Brilliant light gold in color with a frothy white head. Hops and Belgian flavors mesh delightfully. Some limes and very clean. Rich and chewy with a bitter finish. A great beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Block (2206) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Gold-orange pour with a white head. Aroma is sweet, mostly citrus and hops. Flavor is balanced between the malts and hops. Great citrus hops flavor with a nice bitterness at the finish. Very good but not as potent as I expected. Decent alcohol content which is masked very well. Almost sessionable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2009
bottle from jessup plaza. Poured a golden color with a nice big white head. Aroma of hops, bread, clove, banana. Taste is well balanced hops with lots of nice candy sweetness. Nice and dry at the end. I like this alot.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2009
Bottle from Whole Foods (Tampa, FL). Pours a hazy dark golden color with one finger white head that settles slowly. Aroma is sweet and floral with notes of honey, wheat, grass, light floral esters, light floral hops. Flavor is sweet and floral with notes of honey, caramel, pine, light citrus/grapefruit, floral hops. Generally light to medium body with a floral hop finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - AUG 29, 2009
This is an interesting combination of an IPA and a Belgium golden ale. The hops predominate, but there is an underlying bready flavoring.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - AUG 29, 2009
bottle, courtesy of Dennis Flynn at Lily’s NYC. off-white creamy head, lightly hazy yellow golden body. aroma is light grapefruit rind, sweet crystal malt, and some faint banana. flavor is piney hop, some earthy malt, and a rounded citrusy bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2009
This beer was very good. It reminded me of a slightly more expensive and harder to get version of Bell’s Two Hearted. This isn’t meant as faint praise - I love Two Hearted, common though it may be. A golden yellow with a bright white head that quickly fades to a scummy coating. A light but sweet citrus aroma backed by a good framework of maltiness. Flavor is more hop citrus, and delicious. Mouthfeel is pretty light and not at all sticky. Really good, but I’m not sure it is worth the trouble for those of us here in the Midwest.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crit (3792) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 28, 2009
Hazy gold,fast fading white head.Lt cat piss nose.Spicy yeast start,piney hop mid,lasting citrus/bitter hop end. Interesting !!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - AUG 27, 2009
Pours gold amber w/ thick white head. Aroma is delicious hoppiness with a balancing touch of caramel malt. Flavor was much maltier than I was expecting with a bitter grassy hop finish. Body is a bit weak. Wish the hop flavor was more pronounced and delicious.


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