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RATINGS: 1803   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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
Big thanks to Joeybeerbelly for this extra in a trade! Poured into my La Chouffe glass that was a gracious extra from Jwale73! A- Body is a crystal clear champagne-yellow color. Pours with a nice 2 finger creamy white head that eventually fades to 1/2 finger and has perfect retention from there. Traces of lacing left all the way down the glass. S- Smell is on the sweet side-with soft floral hops in the foreground followed by an immediate big Belgian candi sugar sweetness, a bready yeastness and a slight alcohol twinge. T- The flavor upfront is very soft and contains herbal, floral, and medicinal hop flavors with a big sweet bready and sugary background. The flavor gets much sweeter for the finish as the hop flavors fade and sugary and bready flavors intensify. What is left to linger is a hop bitterness of minimal strength (but is long lasting) and the slightest medicinal burn. P-Low to medium strength carbonation and a very light body. O- This is a great offering from stone. Its no Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel but is still a darn tasty beer that is very drinkable and delicious. Good American interpretation of the style and a great beer overall. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-09-2009 02:52:11

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2010
Bomber from Sudsy’s. Pours clear yellow with orange hues, 1/2 inch white head dissipating to a thin film with OK lacing. Nose is orange and grapefruit, citrus love. It has a nice malty backbone with some serious Belgian character, moderately bitter and chock full of hoppy goodness, citrus and mildly floral, some grass notes with mild resin. Tasty IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2010
On tap at Tribes in Mokena, IL: It poured a golden amber body with a modest white head. The aroma had soft fruit, mayhaps banana and pear, covered by citrusy and piney hops. The taste balanced the yeasty fruitiness well with the PNW hop bitterness and flavor, finishing dry and bitter. Pretty decent stuff, if not overwhelming.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerWeg (1611) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 20, 2010
This is fully decent. Light nose is pretty with soft yeast, lemon and sweet grass. Taste is a burst of candy lemon and strong green hop bitterness. Moderately sweet with a medium body, lightly felt alcohol and some interesting light phenolics. Palate struggles with drying feel of hops, some more spiciness and warmth would work to make this more Belgian since it’s neither here nor there. Thanks Stone!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - APR 18, 2010
Pours from the bomber to a birght reddish-orange with medium thin off-white head that lingers well and leaves decent lacing. Nose is a hoppy citrus (mostly grapefruit and lemon) with hints of banana, clove and wheat bread. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and pleasantly bitter, tingly and dry.Taste picks up the hoppy citrus of the nose, and slightly blends in some malty sweetness, and this all rounds to a long dry, bitter finish. A most enjoyable beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - APR 18, 2010
Phenomenal stuff. Pours a hazy golden manuka honey, big fluffy white head, leaves behind super sticky lacing. The aroma is aces, honestly, there is a thousand familiar scents in there, I cannot even name one, but it can be summed up in one word, mind blowing.....two words, whatever, I could hyphenate it, would that make you happy?? WOULD IT!?!?! See, my minds blown. Awesome. The flavour is equally as kick @$$ with citrus, resinous hops being balanced by all sorts of peculiar, wicked, sweetness, notes of honey, orange candy, saffron, melon, fake peach flavor, and many a flavor I cannot pin. Well done Stone, I wish i could meet the man who crafted this and shake his hand.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arkurzynski (2358) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - APR 18, 2010
Pours golden orange. Nicely carbonated. Hints of clove, citrus, banana, spices followed by a nice floral hoppy aroma. Taste is sweet caramel malts, banana, wheat, candy and again follows with a nice bitter IPA finish. Not a fan of the belgian styles, but this is very drinkable. A little sweet for my taste, but I’m sure a good respresentation of the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2010
On tap at Tribes Alehouse. Pours orange with small white head. Aromas of bready malts, citrus, pine, and hops. Flavors of citrus, hops, bready malts, pine, and a touch of yeast. Nice balance of belgian ale and IPA. Pretty tasty brew.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elpresidente19 (30) - Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2010
On the nose, this beer hits you with grapefruit, pineapple, orange, lemon, and a little bit of vanilla (shortbread?). Smells wonderful. and the flavors that follow definitely don’t disappoint either! wow. This is not a normal IPA, at first, i get all grapefruit and a bit of pine, but the belgian qualities really come through and balance this beer out (Bread and a bit of banana). But the finish is all IPA, bitter and long lasting. I’m glad I bought more than one!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2010
22 ounce bomber -A dark gold pour -two finger white head - aroma and taste of citrus-fruit-sweet bitter hop finish.


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