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RATINGS: 1871   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   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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3.5
piscator34 (2647) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 6, 2011
Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Pale gold in colour with medium-strong carbonation and a bit of haze. Aromas are of egg shells, herbal/green hops and honeycomb. A complex blend of hop flavours to start, with notes of orange, stone and tropical fruits, and a bit of a green herbal element. Pilsner malts and both black and white pepper contribute to a spicy dry finish. A bit restrained on the Belgian yeast front, but it definitely makes for an atypical IPA. Not my favorite, but interesting nonetheless.

3.8
haukur (2103) - Kópavogur, ICELAND - JUN 6, 2011
almost pilsner like in looks, bit yellow with a dense head. Some mild hop aroma with yeast notes. Taste is remarkably balanced and makes a really easy and good beer.

3.5
kwoeltje (2234) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAY 30, 2011
(bottle) gold with white head. Grassy/citrus hops aroma. Flavor was grassy/citrus hops, some floral notes. A bit fruitier than a standard IPA.

3.5
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2011
Yellow with an average head. Aroma is mainly that of an IPA with aroma of dark apricots but there’s an unmistakable Belgian aroma in the background also. The taste is a bit sweet with some "yardy funkiness" mixed in. A good brew and I’d share another one in a second.

3.1
onceblind (10570) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2011
Clear vibrant golden hue. Smells like a Christmas pine tree, and fresh ocean water. Taste is very crisp. Tart pine and floral hops, with a light tart fruity presence from the yeast. A little too yeasty on the finish, and the end is funky and a little astringent. Their regular IPA is much better.

4
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2011
IPA with a bright barnyard flavor of a belgian. Sweet, light bitter, enjoyable.

4.6
MisterSparkle (29) - California, USA - MAY 21, 2011
From bottle to tumbler @ home. Stone IPA is one of the best brews ever made. Messing with that beautiful blend is dangerous ground! Pours more orange & clear than the original. Slightly hazy, nice velvety head which bubbles down evenly. Nice lacing which runs on the glass, not very sticky. Aroma and flavor are very much like it’s older brother, with a slightly more floral and less citrus balance. A hint of spiciness to the taste. Alcohol seems somewhat less prominent for some reason, though it’s about the same as in the original recipe. I breathe a sigh of relief...Stone didn’t ruin it...they kept the soul of IPA, and gave it a twist. A nice change of pace ale from the brewer who redefined ales.

3.9
dwaggs2 (1298) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - MAY 17, 2011
Bottle. Poured a hazy orange color with a two finger white head. Left some lacing on the glass as it went. Aroma was grass, citrus, and floral notes. Flavor was spicy, floral, and pines. Hoppy finish. Hops were more dominate as the beer warmed. Above average beer.

3.3
DrnkMcDermott (3136) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2011
22 oz. bottle, $6 @ Binny’s. A good leafy hop smell is the first impression. A hint of Belgian candi sugar in nose. Some particles were visible in the bottle,but the pour is a pretty clear autumn brown, with busy bubbles supporting a one-finger foam head. Taste brings out more West Coast citrus hops in balance with slightly sweet IPA malts. I can’t quite catch any Belgian yeast character here… well, now I’ve got a bit of sour aftertaste in my mouth. Not enough to call it "funk," but okay.

3.5
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 13, 2011
[keg at BrewDog Edinburgh] Bright yellow pour with a decent white head. Hoppy notes on the aroma, with a touch of musty yeast. Surprisingly for a Stone beer, the hops initially take a back seat on the palate - flowery Belgian notes come first, before the hops arrive as a bitter finish, and take over from then on. Nice, but on balance I prefer Stone IPA [10052011]


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