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RATINGS: 1873   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   IBU: 77   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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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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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. originally posted at: <a href="http://beercritic.wordpress.com/"&

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Qdb (1) - Iowa, USA - OCT 6, 2012 does not count
Awesome, super complex and very well balanced ..................................................

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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.

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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.


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