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RATINGS: 1469   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2830) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2009
22oz bottle in a Remy Martin snifter. Color is clear orange/golden. Aroma is aggressively hopped with aromas of sweet bubblegum and some citrus. Taste has more bitterness than the aroma leads one to think and overly less bountiful hop flavor. Has a lightly oily and resiny hop finish. I did not really pick up any of the Belgian yeast aspects, and it seemed very filtered. But decent type of all hop brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sauceyhops (104) - carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Bottle from the brewery. Pours amber with a good 1 finger, white head. The aroma is of bread and citrusy-pine. The mouthfeel is pretty complex. It has the smoothness of a belgian and the bite of an ipa. It balances out pretty nicely and the bready-malt flavors compliment the more abrasive hop flavors. pretty good brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Shared at tjthresh’s house - Aroma is floral hops with tripel yeast, lemon and orange peel. Pours transparent gold with a small head and good lacing. Flavor matches aroma. Palate is tart and creamy. Tasty and very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2009
Reviewed 12/30/2008(Draft @ Stone Bistro & Gardens, Escondido, CA): Pours an amber orange color body. Small creamy snow white head, diminishing. Fruity hoppy aroma. Fruity, grapefruity taste. Some hoppy dryness on the aftertaste. Some carbonation. Some fruity bitterness. Nice taste, Belgiany and hoppy. Light fruit taste, maybe pear or something. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brigg (548) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 8, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2010 Date: 1/8/2009: (bottle) Clear light orange body and a medium white head with lots of lace. Aroma is strong with floral and fruity notes - orange, grapefruit, pine, wood, spice. Flavor is moderately sweet but also very bitter - it seems to undulate between the two, which is kinda odd but cool. Medium bodied. Date: 7/26/2010: (bottle) Hazy body. Also lots of banana in the nose. Same bitter, citrus hops. The Belgian style, while evident in the flavor, is much more pronounced in the aroma. I’m really liking these Belgian-IPA beers - recently had Terrapin’s Monk’s Revenge. The Stone is significantly more of an IPA (more bitter) than the Terrapin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Bottle shared by heykevin. Poured a clear light orange color with a white head. Nice Belgian IPA aroma reminiscent of flower blossom, citrus fruits, and flaky pastry. Light to medium bodied with moderate bitterness. Dry-ish with orange peel, pine, grapefruit, and pale malt flavors. The bitterness lingered after the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (5657) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2009
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2009
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2009
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.

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