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RATINGS: 1872   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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3.6
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2011
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 18/09/2010 Hoppy and fruity aroma. Golden coloured and fruity with a banana flavour. A hint of dryness in a yeasty and bitter malt finish.

4.3
pacond (190) - Muncie, Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2011
Golden orange color. Strong orange hop aroma that is couple with sour fruit and bitter flavors with a Belgian yeasty/ lavender undertone. The spicy Beligian flavors of coriander and lavender pair well with the citrus hop very well

4
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2011
I like the idea of this. Nose is delightfully spicy with phenols, citrus hops, and heavily fruity. Taste is spicy with hops, and balance in the finish but is highly bitter. Fuller body than the regular IPA. Overall very nice beer. I actually prefer it over the regular IPA.

3.4
BVery (11361) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2011
Bottle. Clear gold pour with minimal head. Fruity esters and yeast on the nose. Grapefruit, a little bread, and a little hop kick on taste. Nice brew.

4
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2011
Has a nice scent of hops and pours a nice golden color. The Belgian yeast strain adds a whole new level of flavor in a good way.

3.8
DalzAle (2038) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2011
Bomber. Clear golden colored pour, minimal carbonation and an aroma of malt and mellow hops. Flavor is piney lemon hops, fruity esters from the yeast, and some white pepper on the finish. Not generally a huge fan of this style, but this was really good.

3.9
portableparty (2384) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2011
22 oz. Bottle to snifter. Clear amber pour with big white soapy head and fades to a film. Aroma comes off sweet fruity and some wheat. Taste is fruit grapefruit and citrus and some wheat and yeast. Palate is thin to medium feel with a soft carbonation that tingles on the tounge and has a good dry finish.

3.5
Nuffield (4199) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Clear golden color. A little spicy and not especially piney in the early going, with some notes of pepper. Moderate bitterness builds through to a grapefruit-like dimension in the mid-palate. Gets a bit dull in my mouth. The aroma reminds me remarkably of the dry cleaning shop where my sister worked in high school twenty years ago--a blend of chemicals but oddly entrancing. On tap at the Happy Gnome for Stone’s Release Party.

3.9
thicksuds (451) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Nice take on an IPA by Stone, I remember last year it had more of a Saison quality to it with the yeast, its a bit toned down this year but still a very good IPA, I like the twist, a bit different than their Ruination, has more of a malt backbone to it and more drinkable, sweet, hoppy, bitter, flows well, awesome beer.

3.6
nsquishee (641) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2011
Granny-Smith apple and malt aroma. Bright citrus and piny flavors strike hard, followed by a lingering bitterness. Very nice hop profile, but I think the bitter finish is a bit overstated. Nice palate cleanser for a bowl of chili.


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