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RATINGS: 1885   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
DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Bombers from Capone’s, Craft Ale, and Frank Smiths. Pours hazy copper with off-white head. I liked the yeasty funky hoppy element in the nose and flavor here, with the pronounced hops matched by a rock sugary malt bill and a crisp finish. This is one I buy often.

4
scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Aroma is kinda confusing sweet and bitter but good. Color is more on the Belgian golden. Drinks great mostly. More hops with light sweet middle. Kinda of a buttered rice taste in there also.

3.4
tommann (3751) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2011
650ml bottle. Pours gold with a medium head. Aroma is mango hops, banana and sweet candy sugars. Taste is a little faint to start. Some hops. Sweet banana finish.

3.4
Meilby (11495) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 8, 2011
Bottle 650ml
Pours clear golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, yeast, citrus and floral hops. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.6
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - JUL 6, 2011
22oz. bottle. Strongly fruity, spicy aroma, lightly sweet and citric with notes of lemon, grapefruit, banana, clove, dough and honey, seems to have a certain herbal, peppery tinge. Clear medium golden in color with a fine, uneven, lasting head and plenty of lace to go along. Flavor profile is hoppy, fruity, gently sweet and full of Belgian yeast character from beginning to end, this adding a rather funked-out, estery, doughy and somewhat sharp character, combined with a generous dose of hop bitterness and flavor, serving to help really dry out the finish, which is lightly bracing, resinous and slick. Smooth and very gently acidic on the palate with lots of fine effervescence, body is medium. I think I prefer the standard Stone IPA to this variant, but it is interesting and tasty nonetheless. I think if the relentless yeast attack were toned down just a little, that might help this a bit.

4
hoppopotamus (260) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - JUL 6, 2011
A clear golden pour with a decent white head that leaves lace. Aroma is big belgian yeast, spicy with fruity hops. Flavor is a bit bready, yeasty, with big hop flavor and some good hop bitterness. finishes bitter. Excellent beer, would like to see more of these!

3.2
topherh (1928) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JUL 6, 2011
Pours golden with an off white head. Aroma is sweet malt, citrus, spicy, light yeast, and peppery notes. Flavor is bitter hop, grapefruit, sweet malt, spicy peppery notes, with a dry finish.

3.7
AndyAvalanche (32) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2011
Poured into a Sam’s Perfect Pint glass. Pours a dark yellow, not quite orange, close to a golden color with some cloudiness to it. Gets clearer as it warms up still a bit hazy, very little lacing on the glass. Smell is good. It’s initially hoppy, then you can smell the Belgian characteristics to it. Taste is interesting, but gets better as it warms up again. Has the Belgian yeast but the initial taste the hops again, mostly citrus, maybe some slight pine at the end. Noticeable hops but not a very strong taste. Mouthfeel is pretty good, has a slight bite with a dry finish from the hops, but not bad. I found the beer to be pretty drinkable. I feel this is a beer that you really have to be careful if your drinking it with a meal, not a whole lot of options to have it with , maybe something lite.

4.1
adam42381 (386) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2011
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a Spiegelau tulip. Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a 2 finger frothy eggshell white head. Smell: Sweet citrus and just a hint of Belgian yeast. Taste: Sweet citrus and bready malt up front followed by banana, clove and very mild phenols in the middle before ending with a massive blast of bitter hops in the form of lemon rind and a touch of pine at the finish. Aftertaste is quite bitter and long-lasting. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Drinkability: Good drinkability. A single bomber will go down pretty easily. Overall: Very good beer overall. While I don’t think it’s as good as Stone IPA, it’s still a very good beer. I like what they did here and I recommend giving it a try.

3.2
ljstephenson (250) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - JUN 30, 2011
A cloudy golden pour with a thin white head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of coriander, yeast and peaches. The flavor is also sweet and very spicy with strong hops. Finish is very dry, not my type of beer.


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