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RATINGS: 1763   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
poisoneddwarf (2329) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Bomber shared with Brenn 79. Aroma is classic American IPA--grapefruit and pine are very prominent. Pours a gold hue with a medium head that dissipates in a couple of minutes, leaving a scrim of foam and top-notch lace. There’s something about that gold hue that I don’t like. It seems so un-Stone-like. It’s a boring color for a beer, I think. It tastes like a total cross between American and Belgian influences, just like the label says. Classic American IPA flavors juxtapose with yeasty, sour Belgian yeast to create a truly unique and flavorful beer. Is that lemonade in there? Kind of tastes like it. Yummy. Taste starts out sweet on the palate--for maybe a milisecond--then a wave of sour rolls over the tongue; as it clears the tastebuds and goes down the throat, a long bitter finish is left in the mouth. Carbonation is medium. Fantastic and very unique.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1587) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2010
Bomber. I should state up front that one of the most memorable beers for me was the first time I tried DeRanke Bitter XXX, and I’ve been trying to get anything to measure up to that moment as far as a Belgian take on IPA. Interesting to get the West Coast take on the Belgian take on the West Coast IPA.....lovely pour, with a resinous hop aroma. The yeasty "België"element plays pretty well with that, only lacking maybe a spice note to play with the hops a touch better. Still, very well done.....and not even DeRanke has lived up to that first glass experience intro to the style within a style. Such is beer!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2010
I wanted to dislike this solely because it is an IPA. It’s pretty delicious though. Grapefruit and some inedible yellow flower. I still wouldn’t drink a full bottle on my own though. Maybe when I am grown up I can dig it more.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (6093) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2010
(22oz bottle best by 8-17-10) clearish bright orange, oily offwhite bubbles. Nose of big sweet florals, Belgian yeast, Candi sugar, hibiscus, and grapefruit. Taste of candied oranges, spicy Ginger, very mild bready tastes, Belgian yeast and grapes. Oily texture with a spicy finish. One of the best stone brews!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fevernova (222) - Willoughby, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2010
12 oz Bottle -- Pours burnt orange-amber with a thick creamy off-white head. Aromas of tea, lemon, bergamot, grapefruit, peach, apricot, Sichuan pepper, and pine, floral, and resin hops. Yeast and floral presence is much more pronounced that the regular IPA. Nice acidic and tart front end. smoother than its IPA counterpart.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammer (1118) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Pour is golden straw in color. Nose is complex, featuring citrus and yes, burnt rubberbands. Taste is grapefruit, alcohol and spices. Smooth, slightly bitter finish. Another solid beer from our friends at Stone.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkBeerChick (155) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Bottle from Spec’s in Houston. Smells like lemondrop candy/citrus. Bright golden yellow with a faint white head. Smooth with light carbonation. Taste is semi-sweet and citrus. Reminds me of lemon pie. Smooth finish. Excellent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LadySusan (766) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 16, 2010
Taster at The Mondial de la biere in Montréal 2010. The color is honey with a thick off white head and lace. The aroma is of citrus fruits and malt. The taste is a mix of citrus fruits, herbs, and spicies with hops. It has a very pleasing taste in the mouth that last .

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
reggiedunlop (3680) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2010
pours a nice slightly hazy golden honey color...reminiscent of some triples...nice creamy, thick white head with nice retention and lacing. aroma has a touch of maltiness followed by nice delicate floral hops...grassy, grapefruity, and spicy...also a hint of sweetness. flavor is somewhat like a triple but less sweet up front and more grapefruity with a hint of spicy hops towards the end...hint of alcohol too. mouthfeel is odd...a little watery at first but then creamy towards the end. finish is gently lingering with a mild waming effect. very nice beer!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2010
This beer pours a cloudy orange with a thin white head. The aeomas are musk, closet odors with citrus. The mouthfeel is very dry and lightly oily with a bitterness. This was quite interesting. Cheers!


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