Sammy (11949) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cellaring a bit perhaps has made the yeast fall away,so we get an understated IPA, a nice bitterness: lemoney, very drinkable. I could drink this often, just short of astringency. Liked it, though not overally complex or extraordinary IPA. Lasting significant head.
ajd6c8 (70) - USA - FEB 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2011 I’m not really sure where Stone gets the "IPA" vibe from; this beer is straight up Belgian. Very fruity with (obviously) an above average hop back for the style. But nothing you’ve never had before if you are familiar with Belgians. Misnomer aside, it’s well done for a California brewery.
frankenkitty (2008) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Duvel glass coaxes a fine channel of carbonation through a clear, deep amber body beneath a fading, soapy white head. Incredibly floral aroma with lavender being prominent. Yes. I used to enjoy munching those little lavender pressed-sugar candies and this is right on the money. Seriously perfumed, so much as to make my nose twitch. Gentle cheese yeasts eventually make their way through that garden with a bitter backing of hops which seems more German than the PNWs I was expecting. Flavor is intriguing in its layers, starting with hops (both grassily bitter and grapefruitily citric) and finishing on pungent, bittersweet flower petals floating on honeyed orange juice. In all, Cali-België has an almost otherworldly uniqueness. If I could not call this a "beer", I’d call it a potion. Or an elixir. I never imagined I’d write this in a review, but this brew is magically delicious. ~~~~~~~~ The beer I selected for my 42nd birthday, 22 oz. bomber from Kenwood Liquors, Oak Lawn, IL.
hoppyhampy (73) - , California, USA - JAN 30, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottle etching says enjoy by 3/24/11. Pours a very clear and bright golden/banana yellow with two fingers of frothy foam and good carbonation. Great lacing! The nose is rich and complex. A well balanced malt strikes first with classic Belgian ale notes of coriander and banana but there is an extra crisp element to it. It doesn’t come across like a classic IPA would but I can definitely detect an element of hoppiness to go along with it. Medium bodied. Coats the entire palate but not in a heavy manner. Carbonation seems a bit low. The palate is very interesting. It comes across as more half Belgian golden ale and half IPA than does the nose. The hops stay with you the entire way but don’t dominate at all. They give only a very mild resiny quality but manage to be bright and crisp without being overwhelmingly bitter. You still get enough coriander and malty sweetness to remind you of the Belgian influence. The finish is fairly clean and smooth. Very drinkable. This is a neat beer. Unique but not overly impressive. I’m not disappointed but I was expecting a bit more.
HonusWagner (2159) - Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2014 A nice take on a style that I’m not overly enamored with. Nose is slightly sweet with notes of pepper, pineapple, a bit of mango possibly, and pine. Taste leans towards slightly sweet pale malts, a bit of the aforementioned pineapple (not tart), and Belgian yeast spice notes. Pretty clean, fairly easy to drink, not very bitter on the finish. A good beer to get Belgophiles into IPAs without throwing them into the deep end.
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2012 22oz bomber.
Golden color with a decent white head. Mash up of Belgian and West Coast aromas - from pine and citrus to clove and banana. Hop bitterness hits me first with a delicious funk on the back end. Another hit from Stone, i’m very glad this is in my area to stay.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Aroma of the same floral and resin hop notes as the Stone IPA. Same golden hue as the IPA as well with added cloudiness. Added is a hearty touch of musty, buscuit character. Very noticeable in the nose but much more dominate in the flavor. Finishes very dry, loads of buscuit flavor, along with a powerful California IPA hop bitterness. I pleasant experiment for the palate.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at fermentation lounge, pours with a light frothy head, spicy aroma, some hippy citrus, the Belgian yeast has really done this well, not overly hoppy and well balanced.
spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from Binny’s Chicago.
Best by 11/29/2010. It was the freshest I could find, and I wanted to try this one. Here goes.
Ar: Lots of belgo character. Clove, banana, a little bit of citrus. It’’s just a bit musty, though.
Ap: Served at 45’F in tulip. Hazy orange pour with a pillowy 1 1/2" head. Nice lace.
T: Up front, this one is a bit sweet, with citrus and apricot notes. The finish is powerfully bitter, with notes of resin and citrus rind.
P: Creamy body for an IPA. It’s a bit sticky with medium carbonation.
O: This is good, but I’m not getting that into it. It’s not perfectly fresh, so perhaps that’s why.
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(22 oz. bottle ("enjoy by 03 03 11") from Bottleggers) Pours lightly hazy gold, a very different color for an IPA. Three fingers of off-white head. Wow what an aroma. Like sweet fresh pine boughs and sweet fresh citrus with some Belgian-like spice and yeast notes (lilies) underneath with some light caramel. Mouthfeel is smooth, almost light, particularly for an IPA. Not chewy, but not thin. Light, broken rings of lacing but not the big globby, sticky rings usually seen in a hoppy beer. Taste is hoppy and sweet, unique, very drinkable. No bitter hoppy harshness. Floral, piney, citrusy, sweet, a bit fruity, light spice and Belgian yeast. Mild resin. Very interesting how the Belgian yeast takes this beer in a new direction