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RATINGS: 1444   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LinusStick (2969) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2008
A great and different beer. Im not too big on this whole "Belgian style IPA" thing, but this is good. Aroma was fantastic. Strong citrus and pine hops. Very full. Pour was a nice medium gold with a one finger off white head. Taste was very hoppy in the front. Grapefruit, pine and bitter until the sweet light fruit aftertaste comes in from the Belgian yeast. Ive been a homebrewer for about 4 months now and this beer shows me how big a difference a yeast strain can make in a beer. By the aroma I would think this was going to be a huge hop bomb. It starts out that was, but quickly brings in apricot and peach flavors . Nice and different. As it warms there is a big battle of bitter and sweet with the sweet overpowering.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (3264) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2008
bomber from marinos in toledo. hazy yellow pour with small white head. light citrus aroma. good thin to medium texture. overall this comes off as a hoppy bitter stone ipa that is knocked down a bit with the belgian yeast - not necessarily in a bad way though. light fruits, yeast, peppery, crisp bitter finish. good stone change up. K-8

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KimJohansen (10347) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2008
Clear golden with tiny head. Sweet yeasty aroma with fruity notes and hints of hops. Sweet yeasty flavour with hoppy and fruity Notes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a nice tan head. Aroma is citrusy, with some lemon and light grapefruit as well as some hops. Seems like a mix between a Belgian and an IPA. Spicy notes as well. Sweet taste. Not much of a hops presence for an IPA. Some citrus notes as well as some pepper spice as well. Interesting beer idea from Stone. but I like it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (8714) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2008
Bottle. Deep gold with a white head. Aromas are dry biscuit with lemon, apricot and yeast. Flavours are yeast and citrus with sweet apricot. Some melon with spices. Warming alcohol on the finish. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowe1983 (1377) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Pours an amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is of citrus and pine hops with some caramel malts. Flavor is strong of citrus and pine hops with a hint of bubblegum and a little alcohol. The bubblegum flavor from the yeast is an interesting blend with the citrus and pine hops. Not a typical IPA but the belgium yeast makes this very interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8496) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Bottle. Clear filtered yellow colored body with a white head. Musty sugared cannibus nose, some pine and grapefruit, tropical bubblegum, a little bit of musty urine (ethyl isobutyrate?) Sweaty green hop cones up front, sugared, crystalline, etc., lightly sweet, musty, etc. Body is a bit thin and watery, but overall this is a pleasant IPA with a mild (but somewhat artificial) Belgian character.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
robforbes (2083) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2008
pours a clear pale orange with a small white head, great lacing. smell is of peanut, spice, malt, a few hops, a touch of pine, and citrus. taste is of sour malt, lots of hops, nuts, grassy, sweet fruits, and yeast, ends very bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Clear golden-orange color pour with a nice foamy head that lasted a while and laced nicely. Sweet malt, fruit and sugar in the aroma, along with some good citrus hops. Flavor is good as well. Lots of fruit, malt and spice, followed by a nicely balanced hoppy finish. Smooth on the palate, with a dry spicy finish. Not the best Belgian-IPA, but not bad at all.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6597) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2008
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), trace yeast (cobwebs), with a note of alcohol (a bit fusel-like), light notes of gum and soap. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Surprisingly dull...less hop aroma than I expected from this brewery (which would normally be a plus for me, but thereís not much else going on), and not much Belgian character either. Alcohol note is a bit rough. Flimsy, watery mouthfeel is exacerbated by the light carbonation. Filtered to hell...why?! Highly disappointing. My score is on the generous side, too.


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