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RATINGS: 1867   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   IBU: 77   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
astroboy (4) - California, USA - OCT 22, 2011 does not count
Another great beer from Stone. This works for me because it’s a marriage of my favorite beer (Stone IPA) and a Belgian-style beer. It’s got a sweeter aftertaste and a lighter coloring than the IPA, and it’s really got a very distinctive aftertaste that’s almost "yeasty". A very soft pour also, perhaps because of that yeasty taste. It doesn’t fizz, it just sort of settles in your glass (I was drinking it out of a tulip). Grabbed a bomber from Bev Mo and was not disappointed.

3.6
77ships (10770) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2011
[email protected] Moeder Lambic: clear orange with a white head, it is not the yeast that seams different on this one, even the hops appear to be more Belgian, citrus with some lesser grapefruit & hint of floral hops followed by lots of Belgian yeast, slight malt body underneath all of the yeast, Belgian spices, bitter, tastes something you would expect more coming out of Italy than the states

3.9
Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - OCT 14, 2011
Awesome little beer here. On the nose you get the typical IPA citrus hints with a dash of pine but that good ol belgian funky spice is oh so present. Pours a beautiful orange with a solid white foam that quickly retreats to the side of the glass. Up front this beer has some nice caramel notes that are quickly demolished by a wave of hops and belgian spice. Spice lingers with you in the finish. Overall this beer is delicious and is an exceptional example of this hybrid style.

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PapaSkeetSkeet (1010) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 14, 2011
So this is the second time I’ve tasted this beer. The first was on tap, the second from a fresh bottle. Hazy gold. Aroma is citrus hops, light phenolic, slightly conficted (I’ll explain in the flavor). Body is medium-light, smooth, not creamy, not syrupy. And the flavor... I have a problem with certain citrusy hop flavors clashing with certain Belgian yeasts. I first noticed it in a homebrew. I thought I had brewed a horrible beer, but then, who would have though... I find the same flavor in Stone’s Cali-Belgique IPA! If I really concentrate, I think I perceive a hop presence that is both grapefruity and floral. The yeast is even harder to pick out, but probably has some phenolics as that is where I think the problem comes from. What I perceive in the combination of these elements is an almost chemical flavor, like chlorine or something. I don’t like it very much. I’ve noticed it to varying extents in all BIPA’s which use American hops, with one exception: Iron Hill’s BIPA, great fruity Belgian yeast and some lovely citrusy-floral hops. How do they do it? The other option is to use spicy Noble/Styrian Goldings hops, which, in my opinion, doesn’t fulfill the purpose of the IPA style. Anyway, this beer is better than most for what it tries to do, but, on my tongue, it still really fails. Sorry.

3.9
fugitive (2028) - Athens, GREECE - OCT 9, 2011
Bottle. Color clear orange with big head. Aroma sweet, spicy, yeast, hop, peaches. Taste sweet, hop, spicy, orange, peaches, yeast.

3.9
KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Pours misty light brown, nice lacing and medium head; Nose has hint of vinegar and big aromatic hops; Taste is robust with a sweetish start and a bitter finish; Palate is creamy, slightly effervescent and a wee bit astringent finish. Nice drop.

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bw1982 (113) - , Arizona, USA - OCT 7, 2011
this is a great! pours a golden and slightly cloudy color. The flavors are fantastic, lots of nice strong hops flavor but some sweetness. great balance, another unique and great beer from stone.

3.8
badgerben (5282) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Slightly cloudy gold color with a medium head. Aroma of hay, biscuit and hops. Seems like a Noble/floral variety. Strong and dominating hay/straw flavors. Light biscuit. Certainly bitter, but on the moderate side. Slightly thin body.

3.8
BelvidereIPA (140) - Belvidere, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2011
Bomber to a pint glass. Pours a rich amber with frothy head. Aroma of a traditional IPA but slightly more crisp and dry. Has the sugar qualities of a Belgian with the dry taste of an IPA. Interesting drink.

3.7
thetmaxx (917) - West Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 4, 2011
Poured into a glass from the bomber. Pours hazy straw color with a thin but prevelant head. Aroma is weakly like a belgium. Some b anAna and Clove aromas the flavour is mildly bitter, slightly more than a Belgium, but not quite a ipa. Palate is nice amfinishes dry. Overall it is not quite a belgium, not nearly a ipa, and not really a combination of both. Slightly disappointed by stone on this one. Now I’m just craving a good Belgium quad.


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