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RATINGS: 1820   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerMePodcast (96) - Palm Desert, California, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Medium head, not long-lasting. Beautiful cloudy golden color. That terrific Stone hop profile that’s simultaneously piny, citrus and a bit of aged cheese, but with bubblegum esters. The combination hints of a minty aroma. The is very much the aroma description, but in reverse. This is a well-designed, well executed beer that I keep going back to.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bradner (91) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Best by July 2010. Tasted November 5, 2010 and still great! Pours hazy orange color with a ton of head. Slight sweet taste with barnyard funk and slightly bitter. Really good, but not too hoppy, could be because I’m drinking it about 4 months out of date? Reminded me of some saisons I’ve had.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scottw86 (1174) - Maryland, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Poured a hazy orange with a stable foamy off-white head. Aroma is very hoppy with apricot. Taste is also very hoppy with some apricot and caramel. Finish is slightly fruity and sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (8215) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2010
Tap, Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay. Bright gold with a tufted white head. Honeyed biscuit, sherbety Belgian aroma with an underlying wring of hop. Flowery with a balancing hop kick- green on the burp, everything slicked with honey. Sweet and soapy; lavender and violet finishing drily with a faint glow of alcohol. Rounded, classy brew seamlessly balancing its influences.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wolfenkopf (193) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2010
The aroma is more belgian style than IPA, though the hoppiness is just below the fruity surface. The white head never goes far, making the pouring easy. Looks a foggy yellow in the glass. The taste is a wonderful mating of Belgian and IPA. While it is somehow both light and full of fruity/bitter flavor at the same time, this brew does not overwhelm the palate in either sweetness or bitterness. Those that are fans of Belgian style ales and IPA’s will find a brilliance in this one’s balance.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
russwbeck (117) - Tyrone, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Pours golden with very little white head, bubbly. Hoppy smell, but very much Belgian after the hops. Smells like a heavy Saison. Tastes like hops way out front with some citrus. Funky, earthy taste follows. Dry finish. Distinctly a Belgian taste, but an IPA is in there, popping out to say hello.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ROGUE (2208) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - OCT 27, 2010
22oz bottle. Poured a bright golden orange with a white soapy head. Smells of yeast, hops, orange zest, citrus, spices, grass and sweet malt. Taste has a crisp big hop bite with pineapple, citrus, grass, spices, bubblegum and yeast. Nice dry hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (12458) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 26, 2010
@Mondial de la Bière 2010, Strasbourg - clear bronze colour with a moderate foam left; flowery and almondy aroma citrusy; full-bodied and with a subtle carbonation; very bitter, dry and almondy fruity hoppy finish

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigguns22 (798) - Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Stone is my favorite brewery best IPAS hands down. Pour golden with a crisp white head.aromas of hops, citrus and pears.This is creamy like fresh butter.stupid good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffreygerwig (5) - USA - OCT 23, 2010 does not count
Great blonde honey color, small head, hops all over-smell and taste, one of the best IPA’s out there....a must try.


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