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RATINGS: 1833   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   IBU: 77   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2010
Bottle from craft beer outlet. Golden/ copper pour. Aroma of Belgian spices and bread. Nice hop blend in the taste mixed with orange peel and spice. Finishes refreshing and crisp. Nicely done.
Earlier Rating: 9/21/2009 Total Score: 3.6
Bottle from Trenton Takeout. Shared with Big Frank. Orange/gold pour with off white head. Yeasty aroma with a spicy finish. I enjoyed it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (16598) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 3, 2010
Sampled on tap at SIB, pours hazy golden. Aroma and flavours of citrus, Belgian yeast and hops, with a somewhat sour finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andyhwcinc (1871) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2010
Enjoyed at a friends house while on vacation in Portland, OR; purchased at the Stone World Bistro. Aroma is very unique, sour like a Belgian ale but a tad hoppy as an IPA should be. Appearance is almost lager like...clear golden / yellow hue without much head. Taste is somewhat sour / lemony with a unique hop backing. Not my favorite Stone brew but I’m glad I tried it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
exparte (59) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Aroma is somewhat hoppy, slightly sour and yeasty, unmistakably Belgian. Bright golden in color with a pillowy white head that lasts. Taste is slightly bitter with a sour tinge resembling citrus. Definitely a Stone IPA with a Belgian twist. If you’re already familiar with the IPA then this is an interesting experiment in yeast but it’s not great on its own.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 29, 2010
In the bomber bottle from Total Wine Tampa. Pours a hazy dark gold with a small off white head. Mild lemon a grass aroma, but not much else. This is not as good as the regular Stone IPA. There’s a reason for the taste profile of a good IPA and Belgian yeast strains don’t cut it. Any Belgian fruitiness is lost among the high hops. No crispness. Nice try, but all they accomplished was proving what we already knew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (2028) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 26, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours golden orange with a foamy white head that recedes to a thin coating of lace. Aroma is hops and Belgian yeast. Interesting smell, sharp, clean and pleasing. Moderate to light palate with a tartness to it. Quite easy drinking. Flavor mimics the aroma with hop flavors mixed with the Belgian yeast flavors. Does have a sweet side too.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnysmoke (104) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Wife picked up a 22oz from the grocery because it was an IPA. I later noticed it was also a Belgian which further intrigued me. The beer poured golden with a white head. The taste was sweet and hoppy with some citrus. The Belgian yeast was also noticeable on the finish. For me the aroma mixed together better then the taste. While I liked the bite of the hops, I wasn’t digging it with the light/sweetness of the Belgian. If you like Belgians I think you’ll like this beer. If you’re buying it because it’s an IPA, I’d suggest buying one of Stone’s true IPAs like Ruination or their standard IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cfrancis (3345) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 19, 2010
Pours clear golden yellow with a nice foamy white head. Aroma is yeast, bread and hop. Taste is biscuity, yeast with some hop. Citrus fruit is at the back of the mouth. OK beer but I prefer the original IPA and Ruination.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
chickenflea (351) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2010
This beer was amazing and unexpected. I am used to being shocked by Stone, but this beer was a very pleasant surprise. A traditional looking IPA except that it is a little light in color. Clear. Tall rocky head that left sculpted concentric rings. Amazingly the yeast aroma really battle with the hops in the nose. On first sniff I was confused. My curiosity aroused. Very spicy as well dominated by cloves. I have never had a beer with such overt clove aroma. Is it the Belgian yeast that does this? The taste was all Stone IPA but more. The brew tasted like a blend of caramel malts, citrusy hops and a fruity taste. The fruit was pineapple-mango-peach-tangerine. Very intriguing. Then the hops wrestled the aftertaste away again. A fresh grassy sort of hops. Very fresh like a wet-hopped beer. The body was medium light with average carbonation. Call the texture soft to oily. Overall a great and refreshingly different beer. It’s not your traditional IPA. I give Stone top marks for attempting this unique hybrid and pulling it off.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jjuf1853 (1301) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2010
22 oz. bottle from International Beer Garten (Lutz, FL). Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a billowing white foam head that leaves a ton of lacing along the side of the glass. Initial aroma of citrus hops that after a minute develop into a nice fruity bouquet of Belgian yeast, spices, and more hops. There is an interesting mixture of flavors going on followed by a pleasantly bitter finish. A nice combination of two tasty styles
Earlier Rating: 10/8/2009 Total Score: 3.8
22 oz. bottle from International Beer Garten (Lutz, FL). Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a billowing white foam head that leaves a ton of lacing along the side of the glass. Initial aroma of citrus hops that after a minute develop into a nice fruity bouquet of Belgian yeast, spices, and more hops. There is an interesting mixture of flavors going on followed by a pleasantly bitter finish. A nice combination of two tasty styles.


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