lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Style; glass: IPA; tulip
22 fl oz x 6.9% ABV = 151.8 / 60 = 2.53 beers * 150 C = 379.5 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville for $7.99
Aroma: sweet, banana and cloves, some citrusy hops, pine, grass.
Visuals: packaging is beautiful, though screen printing always seems to be coming off the bottle. It gives the brand a bit of crumbly marble style, though I wonder if it’s intentional? Perhaps the most brilliant IPA I’ve ever seen, absolutely crystal clear. Like the final scene in THX 1138, it’s that bright sunlight. Golden, pale, transparent, bright white head, sticky fresh Belgian lace. Carbonation is continuous.
Taste: Delicious, sweet, and hoppy. A great blend, very much in the spirit of Chouffe’s Hobblon Dobblen (sp?). Expertly balanced, nice easygoing maltiness, great hops. Perhaps my favorite new session brew.
Palate: Crisp, clean, and refreshing. A dream of fusion of two of my favorite styles. I hope they develop an imperial of this. Starts very sweet, crisp, middle has a bit of a burn and slight roastiness, finish is hops and bitterness with a salty sweet end note. Amazing.
Overall: In terms of lighter brews and more reasonable ABVs, this is a clear winner, and easily my favorite IPA at the moment, and very much a favorite all around, though my top honor still goes to Mikkeller for Black. I’m going to get more, soon. Stone, just keep them coming, and please consider an imperial version of this.
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Awesome, super complex and very well balanced .................................................. gavmasterj (3) - - JUL 28, 2013 does not count
Ever since trying this beer, I order a belgian IPA every time it is available, but it never lives up to a stone. Slightly less bitter and more floral than the stone IPA, and quite possibly the best beer I’ve ever had. Donpakkobeer (7) - MEXICO - OCT 1, 2014 does not count
Stone IPA Cali-Belgique
Nariz: Un conjunto elegante y armonioso con notas cítricas que recuerdan limón, naranja y toronja flores una nota a clavo además de malta tostada y un ligero recuerdo a miel.
Boca: Una cerveza amplia en boca donde se acentúan los sabores cítricos y a miel, cremosa, de un amargor perceptible pero muy bien equilibrado dándole balance al estilo IPA belga,un final amplio con una ligera sensación de sequedad que recuerda la malta tostada.
Vista:Una cerveza limpia dorada con notas rojizas y oro viejo, una corno sostenida de espuma densa y blanquecina y una fijación intermedia.
Una excelente opción para acompañar con platillos medianamente grasos.
crashcarr (5) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - AUG 24, 2009 does not count
Lovely take on the Stone IPA brewed with Belgian yeast that adds a more citrus light flavor and sweetness that balances the bitterness of the "Stone" hops.
Theflowjr (5) - - OCT 2, 2012 does not count
One finger head with a nice light golden color. The aroma is huge Belgian banana smell, just amazing. Starts off as it smells, a strong Belgian yeast that turns into a nice balanced hoppy finish, with almost a little lemon flavor. I only rated it less than 5 on principal alone, this is one of the best I've had... Ever
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excellent overall, stronge up front and finishes better than you would imagine dwyerpg (6216) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 19, 2009
What an aroma! A great mix of Belgian spice and fresh hops. The flavor is also a great balance of the two. First spice, then hops, then spice again in the end. Really a fantastic beer, and I had it almost warm. mustangjoe (183) - redondo beach, California, USA - MAR 2, 2011
I have been drinking Green Flash’s Le Freak and loving it, so I decided to try this one. I think my palate is changing again, but this is a wonderful brew. The aroma is amazing and the flavors are fantastic. I really think the IPA and belgian flavors combine to make a wonderful beer. I’m going to buy a whole lot more of this one.