RATINGS: 1787   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   IBU: 77   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vacantskies (208) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
This beer has a light and sweet aroma. It has a rich golden appearance with minimal foam. It tastes like an IPA with sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (7425) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2010
Bottle [22oz]. Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with an average size lasting fluffy white head. Decent lacing. Very nice aroma of hops (resiny, citrusy and grassy) and Belgian yeast foremost followed by lots of fruit and spices. Flavour is hoppier then expected and is a pleasant surprise. Lots of hops but also yeasty, spicy and quite fruity along with sweet malt backing it up. Decent dry bitter finish. Medium bodied. I really like (most of) these Belgian/IPAs and this one’s no exception, it’s very easy to drink, smells great and is very tasty -- well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kassner (1572) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2010
Bottle from Dorothy Lane. really nice IPA but I don’t get much Belgian influence, certainly not the yeast, a nice head but not like a Belgian IPA. Fragarent balanced and floral

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2010
650 mL bottle. A not quite transparent orange, with a very thin head. Lots of piney hops in the nose, with the Belgian yeast underneath. The flavour is dominated by the same hops as the nose. Something like Buckley’s mixture, only better. The yeast is certainly evident, though, more so even than the malt. Which probably shouldn’t be. Interesting concept, and a good lesson on what yeast does for a beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Pours cloudy orange with a thick white head. Citrus hops in the nose, flavor is grapefruit, citrus, and hop bitter along with belgian yeasty breadiness that makes this pretty smooth. Nice combination adds another facet to this IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2009
(bottle - 22 oz) Hazy orange pour with a thick and lasting off-white head. Aroma is a nice combination of floral and citrusy hops and that very distinct Belgian spicy yeast aroma. Flavor is floral and yeasty at the beginning with a peppery middle before the yeast takes back over and leaves some mild spice on the palate. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and a dry and lasting yeast flavor. Rather nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (8532) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Bottle. Golden orange with a white head. Lovely aroma with sweet citric hops, tropical fruits, and a hint of pine. The flavor brings more piny and citric hops, some lighter spicy notes, and a nice lasting bitterness. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2011 Hazy orange, frothy off-white head. Aroma- pine, orange, sweet grapefruit. Taste is a good balance of bitter and sweet caramel but leans sweet initially then fading into a bitter finish. Very thin syrupy body that coats the mouth. ....Another bottle. I like how the Belgian yeast is noticeable but not too overpowering. There is definitely a good amount of banana and sweatiness. Nice bitter resin finish with some funk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2009
Growler filled at Stone. Christmas afternoon. Nose is hoppy and Belgian yeast. Bright golden color from the growler with strong white head. Wonderfully light and sharp and flavorful at the same time. After a bunch of big winter/Christmas brews this was a really welcome change of pace.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Sledutah (7210) - Utah, USA - DEC 23, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2010 On tap at The Davis Graduate
Appearance: Light golden/yellow with little to no head
Aroma: Grapefruit and some funky flavors
Taste: Wow, I don’t know if this keg went bad or contaminated lines. I would hope this isn’t what it is suppose to taste like, it was pretty bad. I took it back.
** After trying this again (bottle this time), I stand by my original ratings. I didn’t like this at all. It has a real funky taste. Out of 8 of us the tried it half liked it, the other half didn’t.

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