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RATINGS: 1882   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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3.7
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 (5477) - 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 (1574) - 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.

3.3
BeerLimey (2155) - California, USA - AUG 31, 2010
Relatively clear, light golden appearance, light foam. Distinct coriander/clove aroma, mild piney citrus. Yeasty coriander flavor in the middle of the palate, gives way to typical dry, citrussy bitter finish - a little drier in the finish than their standard IPA. Yeasty fruit and coriander flavors linger mildly in the aftertaste but the hops still dominate. This is interesting but I’m not really a fan of this particular combination.

4.2
mu11igan (133) - Davis, California, USA - AUG 27, 2010
Bomber poured a two-finger, foamy, sticky head. Very nice. The head thins out slowly, leaving a bit of lacing, though not too much. Color is light, golden amber. The aroma is exactly as expected, citrusy hops backed up by distinct Belgian yeast notes. The flavor follows the aroma, but with a pronounced bitter finish. This is an excellent blending of the two styles, and artfully done.

4.4
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 26, 2010
22oz bottle. Pours light copper with frothy head that sticks to the glass well. Nose is sweet hops and lemon. Light in the mouth, this is a very unique beer. Very European-influenced yet with a lingering bitterness you would expect from a Stone IPA. I’m loving this.

3.1
mmmbeer (1433) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2010
22 oz. bottle served in shaker- poured a transparent thin orange/yellow color, medium carbonation, half finger white head tried to lace. Aroma of grassy floral hops, yeast, and citrus. Hits the mouth with an even medium body, the malt is very restrainted and hardly noticeable, the typical Stone hop party crashes onto the scene (’bout damn time!) in the middle, finish has a very odd acidic feel from the hops with yeast intertwined. Damn near a fail Stone, but this one is tolerable.

3.6
MacDouglass (88) - Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2010
Aroma: very strong whaft of yeasty sour right after cap was removed, an enjoyable scent, like being in a microbrewery around the fermentation vats; Appearance: hazy but otherwise very light yellow to honey color, whitish, bubbly, but not thick, head on initial pour that quickly subsides; Taste: a good hoppy bitterness to it, but there’s a clove/floral taste that predominates, it really reminds me of some wheat beers or springtime brews that I’ve had, if someone were to blindly pour me this, I would not think its an IPA even though it has a good hops character, even though the initial aroma was sour, there is not a hint of this in its taste, overall, enjoyable; Palate: strong, yeasty, aftertaste, not quite one that I could drink several of in a row though due to the fact that the clove/floral drives the entire character of the beer

3.5
Radek Kliber (7501) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 25, 2010
On tap ar R&H NY
Aroma meadow , citrus with hint of alcohol, some hop on sides. Noted crispness.
Appearance clear-amber-gold with medium white top, some lace.3+
Flavor and Palate : medium bodied , mild bottom , oily top. Quiet intense bitterness with chamomile-leafy finish. Hint of lime.

3.8
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - AUG 24, 2010
A golden body with a white head that seemed to have great retention and nice lace. Aroma had hints of belgain yeast, some banana, bubblegum, spice and a nice grapefruit notes. Flavor seemed to have a nice malt presence throughout. A nice bread-like quality along with a fruitiness, a slight clove flavor was noticeable in the finish. Hops were present but never over powering. A well balanced beer. I would have liked a little more of a hop bite to it, but I’d rather have too little then too much..


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