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RATINGS: 1787   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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Served cold from bottle. Love the aroma. Clove, citrus, yeast, resin. Lovely golden color with a light white head. Medium bitter taste, nice fizz. Warm and sweet with just a hint of alcohol. A fine, fine IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2010
22 oz bottle @ redlight redlight. Spicy grassy nose with resin, very floral aromas. Pours clear gold with a thick white head. Earthy bitterness with some grass, with very spicy flavors as well, strong grassy hop flavor with a very heavy malt flavor to hold it up. Very nice belgian yeast notes that blend very well with the hops. nice brew!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (7917) - Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2010
5/22/10. Bomber into a snifter. The pour is cloudy orange with a nice white head. The aroma is funky Belgian all the way with some cat pee aromas. The flavor is very funky with dashes of sour and a big sour kick as well. Very interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAY 22, 2010
22oz. bomber. Pours a hazy bright golden yellow with a large fluffy white head that leaves a nice thin sheet of lacing as it recedes. Aroma is spicy Belgian yeast, light clove, banana, fresh citrus and fruits and some grass. Flavor is bitter citrus hops that linger, along with more spicy yeast notes, grass and some ripe banana. Solid stuff, and an enjoyable Belgian influenced IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Pours clear like apple juice with a funky soap aroma. Way more Belgie than Cali. It seems like it is packed with strong Belgium yeast. A yeasty funk in fact. Alcohol grazes across the tongue and leaves a richness in the mouth that is warm and sweet. The hop presence of a typical IPA isn’t as prevalent as I thought it would be. My Stone IPA currently still sits in the fridge. I should probably try it....

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Has a light hoppy, spicy aroma to it. It’s like half IPA half Belgium. Has a light color with no foam. The appearance is light and a little hazy. Pretty decent.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ttutony (856) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Sampled at Ginger Man in Austin, TX. Very interesting, there’s a definite fruity Belgian yeast character overlaid on the classic Stone IPA hop backbone. A must-try for fans of Stone or fans of just good, interesting beer in general.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Sampled at Uptown Grille in Commerce Twp, MI. Clear gold/amber with thin off-white head. Aroma of citrusy grassy hops which is typical of Stone’s beers. But there’s also the Belgian yeast influence of fruity banana/bubblegum. Taste is bitter with slight fruity malts. Medium bodied and crisp.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (4058) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2010
I am not going to lie, the idea of an IPA made w/ Belgian yeast was quite off putting to me for a while. It just seems weird. They are really OK though and it makes sense; you combine fruity yeast and fruity hops. It’s a damn fruit salad! This banana-ish esters from the Belgian yeast combine w/ a vaguelly citric pine quality from the hops here. It is medium bodied w/ mild carbonation, possibly too mild to be suitable for a Belgian yeast strain. It is also a bit too bitter to work w/ a Belgian yeast strain. Actually, it’s almost as if they took an American IPA and just replaced the yeast. As it turns out, that’s exactly what they did. (Note: To my credit, I figured this out before reading the bottle which say that this is Stone IPA brewed w/ a Belgian yeast. Give me a pat on the back next time you see me.) Still though, this works reasonably well--not as well as the regular IPA but reasonable well--and the nose, especially, is really nice. I’d imagine that if they had six packs of this at my corner store and six packs of the regular IPA, I’d pick the regular IPA nine times out of ten but still get this occasionally and coming from me that is a decent bit of praise.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mezr (115) - California, USA - MAY 14, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Pours a clear golden color and forms a medium, white, foamy head that laces nicely. The aromas are that of citrus and resin, clear, but subtle. I’ve had other Stone IPA’s, but this is clearly different. It’s brewed with Belgian yeast, and while I’m not well versed in Belgian beer, I’m guessing that it’s what makes it so different. Medium bitter, slightly sticky and fizzy. Nice, long finish. I prefer double IPA’s, but definitely enjoyed this beer and would look forward to drinking it again.


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