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RATINGS: 1884   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
Fred82 (2324) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2010
4oz from bottle at Mondial 2010
Appearance : Clear yellow slamm head.
Aroma : Very fruity, a bit leafy with hints of passion fruits and mangos. A bit crisp.
Taste : Mangos, passion fruits,. Quite hoppy and fruity. Bitter and yeasty finish.
Overall : Nice fruityness. Clean, sharp and bitter. Really nice beer.

3.3
sunnyridge (222) - USA - JUN 6, 2010
Stone offers a pretty good stab at this style. But personally Im not that into this beer style. The Belgian beer yeast gives this IPA a huge sweetness and unfortunately detracts from the hop flavor and the bitterness. Sweet IPAs just don’t make sense to me.

3.8
MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Citrusy and resinous hops tower above this lean and polished India Pale Ale, bouncing off of crisp, biscuity cereals into a long sandy bitterness. This is yet another very good Stone IPA.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the clear golden.
-Apart from tagging along the hop’s prominent fruitiness, I can’t really taste how the Belgian yeast strain changed their base IPA.
-The slick body is refined, but doesn’t point towards Belgian stylings at all. The beer’s name made me expect a fluffy Belgian mouthfeel...
-This is very drinkable and very aromatic. A great sunshine brew for hopheads.

Bottle.

3.9
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 5, 2010
12oz draft at Smith’s in downtown Springfield. This is a straight up Stone IPA with Belgian yeast. I love the light bread flavor with the citrus and slightly grassy hop oils. This reminds me of the Urthel Hop-It beer quite a bit. Stone has never let me down with a new beer.

4.3
jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Clear gold with good, foamy, white head / Nose of fresh cut melon / Medium body, good balance, only modestly hoppy, with long, biting, dry, finish / Flavors of passion fruit, cantaloupe, orange, resin, and dry hops / Outstanding. Modest hop profile, though, aside from the finish.

3.8
BrewingFan (251) - Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2010
Earthy hop aroma with a nice sweet malty note. Clear pale yellow, med head, hoppy flavor profile backed with med-heavy sweetness. Well bittered, but far from overpowering yet well complimented by the Belgian yeast. Exactly what you’d think you get mating stones gargoyle with a Belgian beauty.

3.2
rking (100) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Im just not a fan of the style I guess but I can appreciate it. Obviously crafted well, I get the big American hop bomb side of it with the Belgian yeasty malty backbone. The styles just dont do it for me...

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smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Served cold from bottle. Love the aroma. Clove, citrus, yeast, resin. Lovely golden color with a light white head. Medium bitter taste, nice fizz. Warm and sweet with just a hint of alcohol. A fine, fine IPA.

3.8
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2010
22 oz bottle @ redlight redlight. Spicy grassy nose with resin, very floral aromas. Pours clear gold with a thick white head. Earthy bitterness with some grass, with very spicy flavors as well, strong grassy hop flavor with a very heavy malt flavor to hold it up. Very nice belgian yeast notes that blend very well with the hops. nice brew!

3.9
drowland (8676) - Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2010
5/22/10. Bomber into a snifter. The pour is cloudy orange with a nice white head. The aroma is funky Belgian all the way with some cat pee aromas. The flavor is very funky with dashes of sour and a big sour kick as well. Very interesting.


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