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RATINGS: 1689   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   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.

OhHoppyDay's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhHoppyDay (9) - USA - AUG 21, 2009
APPEARANCE: A beautiful bright orange beer, with a beautiful white foamy head. AROMA: A noticeably hoppy scent, citrusy – grapefruity or lemony – with a slight yeasty, spicy note. FLAVOR: The hop smell comes through in a hoppy California IPA sort of way. Very citrusy hops, very little malt or sweetness, which I expected from the “Belgique” side. The PALATE: Medium-bodied, balanced but hoppy. As it got to room temp in the glass the malt seemed to start to peak its head in, and it finished nicely. It was just creamy and complex, as I would expect from a Belgian, but just thin enough that I could take a few down like an IPA. NOTES: The only regret I have surrounding this beer is that I only picked up one bottle. There wasn’t anything I didn’t like about this. I could get into some trouble if I had a keg of this laying around. I’m not a hugely crazy Belgian fan, truth be told I haven’t made it a point to really try a whole lot of Belgians, but this was just IPA enough that I could put more that a few down and be happy. I think I usually find the Belgians to be too rich for my taste, but this was more of a medium body and just rich enough that it was a joy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mateuszk (1758) - Poznań, POLAND - AUG 30, 2016
Draught. Almost clear golden with white head. Aroma of peach, citrus and some spiciness. In taste lots of peach, apricot, pear, tropical fruits, medium sweet. Medium to full body, accurate carbonation, finish is short and citrusy bitter. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hackobock (3427) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2016
October 1, 2015. Bottle at SBWF.
Light hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma is hoppy, fruity and spicy with white bread, grass, citrus, pine, banana and some herbs. Taste is light sweet, fruity and spicy, medium bitter. Finish is bitter with grassy, herbal, slight dry spicy notes, some citrus as well, light malty bready sweetness with some peach notes. Medium bodied, average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mgajdaczewa (1642) - Katowice, POLAND - AUG 28, 2016
W aromacie chmielowo, cytrusy i tropiki, mango i belgijskie drożdże w postaci lekkiej przyprawowości, dobre proporcje. W smaku podobnie, przede wszystkim jest to IPA, goryczka średnia, krótka, soczystość na niezłym poziomie w stronę cytrusów podszytych belgią, lekkie przyprawy, jeszcze lżejsze brzoskwinie. Bardzo ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anstei (1070) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - AUG 28, 2016
33cl can from Erzbierschof Zurich. Lots of Belgian-style indeed. Typical yeast and candy aroma over west coast aroma hops. Very bitter taste with a crisp carbonation. Medium long and mostly bitter finish. Works well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LLaurin (293) - Motala, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2016
Straw colour and small head from can. Taste is light hoppy but the Belgian yeast takes the biggest place in this beer. Palate is a little short but still quite OK. This one was brewed in Berlin Germany.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (5969) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2016
330ml can as ’Stone Cali-Belgique IPA’, 6.9%, brewed in Berlin, 1 month old. Consumed on the train back to Wales. Aroma is sugary, honey, caramel, musty candi sugar, those banana chew sweets. Body is frothy with soft carbonation. Taste is spicy, floral, banana esters, quite dry, very Belgian influenced, some booze, melon, pastries, drying pine vibe. A pleasant, complex mix of sugars, hops and yeast. Good stuff. But would prefer either a hoppy IPA or a malty Belgian ale to this amalgamation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kustie (844) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 26, 2016
Can. Golden color with lacing white head. Aroma has caramel, yeast and some floral hops. Taste is malty with long bitter and fruity but quite dry aftertaste. Flavors of yeast, caramel, pine, resin. Nice combo of both sides.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hajsman (31) - Gdañsk, POLAND - AUG 25, 2016
Very well done mix between Belgian yeast and American hops aroma. Citrus, bananas and medium, nice bitterness all come together in non-intensive, moderate way. Consistent and decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hub66 (383) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 24, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2016 Couleur dorée; petite mousse blanche; arômes et goût maltés, fruités et de levure; un peu d’épices également; finale douce-amère

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopticalIllusion (1) - - AUG 22, 2016 does not count
Hard to describe this beer, there are definitely more belgian characteristics than ipa ones, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing because its a damn tasty beer.

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