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RATINGS: 1873   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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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 (1929) - 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.

3.8
TChrome (1480) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2011
Good beer. Pours medium, golden color with a disappating egg white head. Aroma is nice with apricot, grapefruit, and a nicy earty, yeast note. Flavor is initially sweet, but finishes with a nice spicy, bitter end. Mouthell is full and stick. This is a nice entry into the IPA category, IMO, because of its unique use of Belgian yeast. Prost!

3.1
jandd1983 (4443) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - JUN 26, 2011
It poured a light orange color with a large white head. The aroma was of orange citrus, spices, pine and some caramel. The taste was very similar, with a decent balance of orange citrus flavors with some Belgian spices and pine. Very decent IPA.

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nick_p (17) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2011
Draught @ Stone World Bistro. Nice fruit aromas with background of Belgian yeast. Good Belgian notes in the taste too, very drinkable beer.

3.6
jw0406 (1299) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 20, 2011
22 oz bombers pours a golden orange color with a nice white head. Aromas of belgian yeast, light citrus and candied grapefruit. Medium bodied with a long bitter finish

3.8
IPALOVER89 (12) - copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2011
the blegian yest give this brew interesting new notes in the aroma and in the flavor, but i prefer the original stone ipa


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