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RATINGS: 1556   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2689) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Large white head, good retention and plenty of lace. Lightly hazy gold colored brew. Nose is fruity, flowery and spicey with some doughy notes. Body is lightly medium with plenty on co2. Spicey, fruity hoppy flavors, bubble gum notes, peaches, lightly sweet malts with some metallic notes. An almost dry spicey finish. Fuck Ameri-Belgique IPA brews.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (3782) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Bottle from City Beer Store in SF. Hell of a nice Belgian IPA. I’d actually put this more on the Belgian Golden Ale side than the IPA side, as the hops did not dominate as much as I expected. Golden color with a somewhat fizzy white head. Aroma is mostly Belgian yeast with banana, and some southwest-style hops. Flavor is more yeast, banana, clove, and a grapefruity hop finish. Lively mouthfeel. A really solid BIPA overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2009
Tap @ Stone Bistro during the RBSG 2008. Poured a very brown mustard color with an effervescent off-white head. Fresh piny and sweaty hop aroma. It smells like a hop sock. Some yeasty notes. The flavor was yeasty and spicy with a big hop middle. Semi-dry hop bitter finish. Spice and pine finish. Warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2009
Bottle shared by aplusbreaks, thanks dude. Poured a bright golden-orange color with a moderate off-white head that faded to a soapy layer. Fruity citric aroma (orange, tangerine, peach skin) with a leafy, lightly bitter hoppiness, some undertones of honey, clove, and a light yeastiness. Smooth, lightly dry entry with some fruity undertones (orange and tangerine, faint banana) lead into a moderate leafy hoppiness paired with a soft spiciness (clove and something else I couldn’t put my finger on) that ends moderately bitter and dry. Moderate carbonation and a decent mouthfeel with a solid bite. I hope to revisit this one at some point.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2009
Crystal clear amber pour. Lots of bubbles and a thin white head. Yeasty aroma with lots of spice, bubble gum, and clove. Intense bubble gum and banana flavor. Very dry and bitter with a hoppy finish. Very light and drinkable yet full of flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2009
tasted and looked like an IPA mixed with a saison, likely due to the belgian yeast. I like the idea.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
changeup45 (1727) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2009 Bomber from Hi-Time. Definitely a hybrid kind of beer in more than one way. I wasn’t even sure what type of glass I should use. Pours a golden-amber color with a thin, pretty much short-lived, off-white head. Nice aroma here, theres a citrusy hop scent, similar to Stone IPA with the addition of yeast and cloves. Juicy hops, citrusy flavors, cloves, yeast and crisp bitterness in the finish. Some of the Belgian characteristics linger into the aftertaste. The Belgian yeast is certainly noticeable in the flavor and gives Stone IPA another element. Unforunately, I don’t really think Stone IPA needs any tweaking. This is a good beer but if I want hops and I want Stone I’ll just take a Stone IPA. If I want a Belgian I’ll look to another brewer. I’m glad I got to try this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Nice golden color with a medium sized head. Floral aromas and the flavor is sweet with a little bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Poured at the Gulfstream beer fest. Pours a nice gold color with a small white head. Aroma is really nice and unique. I get yeast, citrus, spices, bread, honey and some really nice floral hops. Flavor is full of spices, yeast, great floral hops and a great mouthfeel. Nice. VERY nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Golden color with a moderate size white head. Aroma is heavy on the citrus with some gentle hops, oranges, yeast & sugar. Flavor is moderately sugary and hoppy with some tropical fruit, light spice, and yeast. Not sure why, but I was very underwhelmed by this. Stone usually does very well with Belgian & hoppy beers, but this one was lacking in personality & taste.

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