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RATINGS: 1887   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   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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3.8
arone12 (929) - Maryland, USA - SEP 26, 2010
First off, lets talk about the name of this beer. The is the reason I bought this beer. I am hoping this beer is as interesting as the name suggests. It pours a golden orange color with an off white head. This beer smells like pear and a weeping willow blossom. There is the smell of another fruit that I can not pin point right now. Oh boy. The taste is wonderful. Taste is of bananas, oranges, and pears. There is also a spicy taste to this beer. Tastes of thyme and coriander. Finish is bitter which is expected out of an india pale ale. Overall, a very interesting combination of flavors.

4
monkeychugg55 (1090) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2010
Pours a clear golden orange with a small, white head that retains somewhat and leaves a lot of lacing. The aroma is somewhat bready, with citrusy hops, and strong Belgian yeast. The flavor is what you would expect; a very solid ipa, with a Belgian twist. Sweet at first, with a bitter finish. One of the better, more enjoyable Belgium ipa’s I’ve had.

4.1
SandK (44) - Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2010
Loved this. Just like the description reads...this is like regular Stone IPA but with a Belgian twist. Pours honey brown with a white head, aroma of caramel and banana bread...relatively smooth and not very bitter for an IPA...excellent. K-3.1/5 S-4.2/5

3.7
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Golden pour with a gorgeous white head. Juicy citrus hops lead to caramel biscuit and spicy yeast. The flavor seems a bit muted in the hop department, but holds a great malt character. Full bodied mouthfeel with a resinous finish.

4.3
slowrunner77 (12060) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 13, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2014 "bright aroma of belgian yeast and citrusy hops...same in the mouth! leaning ever so slightly towards an IPA til it warms, then the belgian yeast starts to come out more, as opposed to the vertical epic 08 which is significantly more hops...but this one is better and more flavorful. Great balance between the two styles. Stone IPA with a special yeast strain. Due to the uniqueness and feel, i like it just a touch better than the ipa. 2/27/09 just had another...ditto! Just a great beer! 7/11 haven’t had a 4 1/2 in a while...downgrade to 4.3...still great, though."

3.7
Leighton (21307) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2010
Tap at Pony Bar. Pours a semi-clear honey color with a thick, pure and creamy white head. Sharp floral aroma with dandelion and grass. Light caramel and earth sweetness with pine, resin and grass hops. Meium bodied with soft almost flat) carbonation. Finishes with grassy bitters and some mild grapefruit. Very good.

3.8
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Pours a nice dark yellow/amber with decent, lasting head. Vary lively carbonation. Like the regular Stone IPA with a Belgian twist. The aromas definitely have hints of Belgian yeast (bread and banana) but the west coast hoppy IPA comes through with a punch. Very nice on the palate, but not for the faint-hearted. Tastes is straightforward hops and notes of yeasty goodies. Finished nice...this is best when not served ice cold. Let it warm up a bit to 48-50 degrees and you will be happy.

3.7
AdamDaily (9) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2010 does not count
Bam! Orange and lemon peel punch to the nostrils. Quite pungent citrus aroma, with a touch of yeast, obviously. First sip was a little surprising; this brew is a thinner body than I was expecting. Not weak and tenuous or anything, but I was expecting a thicker feel. After the citrus and yeast, the brew is grassy and floral. Make no mistake, this beer is Californian before Belgian. The only thing I wasn’t impressed with was the appearance. Decent head that recesses into a bit of lace, but the color is a real unassuming, light amber color. But you know, who cares, it’s a beer, not a mural. Delicious brew, and worth the price of the bomber. Nothing breathtaking, but tasty.

3.5
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Draft: Pours a light gold color with a small white head. The nose is fresh and hoppy with plenty of the typical stone ipa hops. Big and bright with a touch of the belgian yeast underlaying. I personally prefer the regular stone IPAs to this hybrid. Why get something that’s only half something and half something else? I like my ipas from the west coast and my belgians from belgium (or the west coast too; long story).

3.8
Nejhleader (1561) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2010
pretty nice. Has a nice spice blend mixed in with some strong pine hops. Takes some getting used to, but I think it comes out pretty good. Nice body.


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