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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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4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
chickenflea (351) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2010
This beer was amazing and unexpected. I am used to being shocked by Stone, but this beer was a very pleasant surprise. A traditional looking IPA except that it is a little light in color. Clear. Tall rocky head that left sculpted concentric rings. Amazingly the yeast aroma really battle with the hops in the nose. On first sniff I was confused. My curiosity aroused. Very spicy as well dominated by cloves. I have never had a beer with such overt clove aroma. Is it the Belgian yeast that does this? The taste was all Stone IPA but more. The brew tasted like a blend of caramel malts, citrusy hops and a fruity taste. The fruit was pineapple-mango-peach-tangerine. Very intriguing. Then the hops wrestled the aftertaste away again. A fresh grassy sort of hops. Very fresh like a wet-hopped beer. The body was medium light with average carbonation. Call the texture soft to oily. Overall a great and refreshingly different beer. It’s not your traditional IPA. I give Stone top marks for attempting this unique hybrid and pulling it off.


3.3
victorsampson96 (102) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2017
(330 ml can) Pours a slightly hazy straw-golden beer, with fine carbonation, and a large dense white head. The Belgian yeast aromas come through straight away: banana, cloves, and sourdough bread. This is backed by a strong base of fresh malt. The classic west coast aromas come through just behind: lemon, caster sugar and grapefruit. The flavour is medium-sweet, but has a distinctive dry-tart finish, enhanced by the light, slick mouthfeel of the beer. This is an interesting Belgian-Californian crossover. The Belgian yeast clearly adds a new dimension to what would otherwise be a fairly ordinary APA. Overall, it’s a happy marriage - characterful and refreshing.

3.3
sebsky (80) - ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2017
330 ml can (Berlin) @home,canned 17/05/2017,bb 11/02/2018. Golden,clear,quickly disappearing head,minimal lacing. Aroma of grapefruit and some other citrus with basement undertones. Taste is citrus and bitter hops. Well hidden alcohol.

3.7
artemb (988) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - JUL 14, 2017
Amber hazy, unstable head. Aroma: spicy belgian esters, bergamot orange, apricotes. Spicy and hoppy bitterness. Flavour: black pepper, zest, fruits. Very good.

3.9
MarcinG (864) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2017
Puszja 330ml. Ladny zloty kolor. Piana biala,obfita o drobnych pecherzykach. Utrzymuje sie w szkle.wcaromacie zdecydowane nuty owocowe: marakuja,banany ,mango. W smaku wiecej chmielu i delikatnej sosny .goryczka tlumi owocowa slodkosc.lekkie drozdze w tle lecz nie przeszkadzaja w calosci.

3.9
redders1974 (1461) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2017
Lends itself more to a belgium strong ale than an ipa to me but what do i know? Interesting beer non the less bready hoppy big belgium influence tasty.

3.6
yy0pp (1507) - - JUL 2, 2017
Can. Hazy golden color with white head. Aroma - Tropical, fruity, floral, yeasty, malty. Taste - Medium bitterness, medium sweetness, lightly sour, pine, yeast, clove, fruit.

3.5
kingstoni (2087) - FINLAND - JUN 29, 2017
Can. Hazy deep golden color with a medium sized foamy off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit and bites if honey. Sweet and bitter taste. Medium body. A bit sticky feel.

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4.1
Davros IX (353) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2017
Can at home. A very nice beer that I would describe as an American IPA, but with more body and interest. Which is probably what they were intending. A very nice, bitter hop flavour with a smooth mouthfeel. A dark colour, stong hop aroma and a welcome hit of alcohol. This is definitely one to revisit.

3.2
KW92 (1592) - Warszawa (Warsaw), POLAND - JUN 18, 2017

Puszka z datą : 08.2017
AROMAT : Intensywny. Chmielowe. Głownie nuty ziołowo-karmelowe. W tle nuty cytrusowe, mniej drożdżowe (fenole).
SMAK : Mocno drożdżowe (fenole). Niezła podbudowa słodowa. Dosyć wysokie nasycenie Posmak cytrusowy z domieszką drożdży. Goryczka wysoka, nieco zalegająca.
WYGLĄD : Barwa jasnozłota, opalizujące. Piana niska, krótka.
OGÓLNIE : Po raz kolejny sprawdza się zasada, że piwa mocno chmielone (nawet te w puszce) należy pić świeże.

3.5
bartholos (258) - GERMANY - JUN 17, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2017 Can. Golden colored with a light orange hue and full white frothy head. Intense citrus aroma with notes of grapefruit and orange, some peach and hints of vanilla. Medium bitterness that gains a pleasent intensity in the finish and is grounded in a light sweetness. Medium thick body that feels quite heavy. Carbonation is medium as well, with a light sparkling mouthfeel. Citrus is also in the taste, however less intense, grapefruit notes remain, but gains in sweeter and heavy notes of peach and plum along with spicy peppery touch in the finish and aftertaste. Gets an alcoholic warmth in the end that stays with bitterness in the aftertaste. The combination of crisp and citrus with heavy and sweet peach and plum is quite harmonic and balanced, giving a rather complex flavor.


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