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RATINGS: 1877   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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3.9
arkurzynski (2415) - 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
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
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
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.

3.8
BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 15, 2010
Bitterness cracks and pops on your tongue, upon the initial taste, while dewy flavors of melon and cranberry flush over your mouth soon thereafter. Boisterously hoppy, but cooled down with a soft barley mouthfeel. The Cali-Belgique sports a nuanced nose; with a very aromatic fruit-like scent. Has a special zing that other IPAs, in their quest for earthy and pine flavors, deny. Great sipping beer with a hazy, off-white lacing. Cheers!

4.3
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - APR 14, 2010
Pours a deep golden color with a nice thick white head that leaves a sticky lacing. Aroma is plenty of citrus - orange and grapefruit, with floral scents along with pine notes and a hint of vanilla. Taste is perfectly balanced - the hops come right out at first but the belgian qualities tame this beast just a bit - then a nice bitter finish. Very complex beer - plenty of layers to this work of art.

3.6
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2010
I liked this beer but am not a huge fan of the belgian style. Love stone IPA nad I think I’ll stick with it.

3.4
beernbourbon (1590) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 4, 2010
On tap. Hmm, this was interesting. Pour is copper with a large white head. Aroma is light caramel malt, bubblegum, corriander, light spice, faint hop, and belgian yeast. A much fruitier aroma than I was expecting. Not much hop prominence. Flavor is very true to nose with lots of characteristics of a belgian strong ale. Not bad, but nothing like IPA.

2.9
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2010
Bottle from TXJeep.
Pours a chunky cheddar yellow with a subtle head and an aroma of perfumy-sweet grapefruit and lemon yeast bread. Flavor is watery, perfumed hops and perfumy orange juice. Average mouthfeel. Too perfumy. Yep, I get a prize every time I use the term "perfumy."

3.9
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAR 31, 2010
March Madness tasting -

Aroma: Fantastic hop-forward aroma, huge notes of grapefruit, pine resin, lemony with an underlying bread dough angle.

Appearance: Amber/orange body, clear with a classic Stone style creamy off-white head.

Taste: Juicy hop flavor, resinous, citrus rind with a bubblegum/Juicy Fruit kind of flavor. Don’t know if it was the hops and yeast causing this, but it was nice. It didn’t seem quite as refined as their regular IPA, but still dang good.


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