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RATINGS: 1332   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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.


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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
skmikeg (921) - Poway, California, USA - JAN 25, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2013 Pours a golden orange with a one finger off white head which fades to a little lacing. Aroma is of Belgian yeast, citrus, some sour fruits, and some light baked bread. Taste is of citrus hops, sour tropical fruits, Belgian yeast, sour fruits, some wet hay, and freshly baked bread. Has medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and a dry, semi bitter and semi sour, refreshing finish. Overall, a well done, hoppy take on a Belgian IPA


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lightbias (107) - USA - SEP 30, 2014
A small and insignificant off-white head coats the top of the amber fluid, gracing the sides of my glass with an equally insignificant lace. The aroma is light, sweet and fruity, with an underlying spice that slips under the back of my tongue and makes me salivate before I even get to drink it. Quenching my thirst, I find an extraordinarily tasty (hoppy!) Belgian! Not so spicy or sweet that Iím feeling dessert, and just bitter balanced enough that I recognize the Stone quality here. Everything about this is comfortable, with all the aspects of both styles apparent in both aroma and taste. The palate is nice; carbonation lively without being fizzy, the body moderate and the experience lasting. No major bite here, just another very drinkable presentation from Stone.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
574deadzone (1045) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2014
First shot at a fresh one of these in...no idea how long. Worth the wait. Pours that slightly hazy Stone IPA gold color with a frothy eggshell head that settles fairly quickly to a thick ring/film and leaves heaps of foamy, intricate lace. Nose involves sweet stone fruit, some banana esters, light earthy funk, zesty spice, a touch of honey, some tropical fruit, suggestions of candy sugar. Fairly sweet, decently bitter, a dash tart. Medium bodied, quite oily, pretty active, zesty and snappy on the palate, finishing dry, toasty, and yeasty. This is seriously a great beer. Perhaps it goes overlooked against the array of Stone beers, but I dig this a lot. Glad I got some.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CelticBrew (801) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Pours a translucent copper color with a big sudsy white head that leaves plenty of lacing. Bubble gum yeast aromas combine with a bit of a grainy, malt huskiness. Some herbal, earthy hops with Scottish field grass add some freshness to the nose, but the gummy yeast characters dominate. The flavour is very dry with notes of bubblegum, grassy and bitter hops, spiciness and breadiness. Full bodied. Tasty and interesting beer.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mr_Hops (97) - Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Pours a nice golden hue. Scent is bright and citrus. Taste is grapefruit and bitter pine. Great version of a Belgian inspired American IPA. Cheers! Excellent ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SoberDave (135) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2014
Poured from a bottle. Light hoppiness and Belgian flavors make for a delicious refreshing drink.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonmac (336) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Tap in a pint glass at Lake & Irving. Lighter golden in color. Lacing is strong. Taste has the best of hops...citrus, bitter, pine. Really ready to drink and perfectly refreshing. End has elements of Belgian yeast which plays well with the hoppy qualities. Iím a big fan. Stone delivers again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csaso (1383) - Missouri, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle - good size creamy head, light gold color, big citrus and pine aroma and flavor, mild malt backbone, maybe some very mild Belgian yeast spice, mainly in the aftertaste - very good overall though ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (1424) - - AUG 26, 2014
Poured from bomber into a chalice glass Appearance Ė The beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with almost no head, but just a faint bit of white foam sitting atop the brew. The foam islands fade rather fast leaving no lace on the sides of the glass. Smell Ė The smell is heaviest of a nice biscuit malt smell mixed with a good deal of candied sugar and some yeast. Along with these very aromas were some great notes of tangerine and orange as well as spice smells of clove, coriander, and nutmeg. Rounding out the aroma nicely are some hop smells of a grapefruit, floral , and grassy nature, which meld very nicely with the sweeter and biscuit malt aromas to create one fantastic smell overall. Taste Ė The taste begins with a blend of a cracker and biscuit flavor mixed with a bit of tangerine sweetness. A hop flavor of grapefruit and a floral nature are present upfront as well, with the floral maintaining strength to the end, all while the grapefruit gets stronger and stronger. Some candied sugar and yeast come to the tongue soon after the initial tastes, with the yeast bringing with it some notes of a clove and coriander spice flavor. Along with these flavors some decently grassy and herbal hop flavors later come to the tongue, and with the increase in the grapefruit hop give the brew a big bitter boost. While the bitterness is increased, it never becomes overwhelming, instead, it mixes nicely with the sweeter and malty Belgian flavors to leave a rather nice more balanced Belgian IPA flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel Ė The body of the beer is on the thinner and crisper side with a carbonation level that average. The thinner body made for an easy drinking brew, all while the average carbonation was OK for both the IPA and Belgian characteristics of the brew. I would have liked a bit more carbonation to accentuate the Belgian characteristics slightly more, but overall it was an alright feel. Overall Ė A quiet drinkable brew, which was very balanced. A very nice Belgian IPA that had a great flavor profile and amazing nose. Quite tasty.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YogiBeera (2475) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Nice golden color , beautiful nose. Balanced wonderful sweet strong hoppy taste, love

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidtjm (390) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 23, 2014
Tap at Hopfenreich, Berlin. Pour is gold with a minimal head, aroma is fruity and sweet. Taste is fruity, sweet with strong bitter on an astringent finish. Great stuff


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