Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.
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District of Columbia
4.05/5 rDev +1.5%
Bomber poured into a tulip.
A-Pours a bubbly golden with a finger of white head that quickly fades.
S-Smells of Belgian yeast with a background of hops, citrus and floral notes.
T-Sweet Belgian funky yeast followed by a hoppy bitterness.
M-Smooth medium body, moderate carbonation.
O-Leave it to stone to make the best Belgian IPA. There's a really great balance between Belgian yeast and hoppy bitterness.
04-28-2013 01:58:46 | More by MeneerBeerSnob
4/5 rDev +0.3%
A- The beer pours a bit crisper than the standard STONE IPA, the smallest hint more clear and lighter. Mott's AJ color almost to the T
S- The Columbus/Chinook/Centennial are having a slap fight with the proprietary Belgian yeast. With hops coming out victorious
T- So very similar to the STONE IPA, but with an unmistakable/very confrontational (in a good way) Belgian yeast forward. Definite hop smack though
M- Very Belgian feeling en la boca. But quick hop bitter/floral palate punch When you sip its a 'Tripel' and when it sits your mouth it's an IPA
-This is a good beer. A very easy to drink good beer, that happens to pair nicely with almost anything else you can put in your mouth.
04-27-2013 20:26:13 | More by SanDNigel
4.33/5 rDev +8.5%
Appearance: very hazy, orange colored, smallish white head.
aroma: spices, citrus, and funky-ass Belgian yeast. Beautiful. Like a trappist tripel with a hoppy kick. Nice, nice, nice.
Taste: Belgian yeast flavor leads it off, commands the palate, with the bitter hoppy edge riding side saddle. Funky, weird, wild, and hoppy as heck. If I were drinking this blind, I'd assume it was Belgian and never guess it was hailing from San Diego or thereabouts. Rounds out rather dryly, eases easily off the palate, but leaves one with the memory of fruity hops and esters, a blistering barrage of hops, and unmistakable Belgian yeast.
It's a wonderful marriage of Stone IPA and Belgian-style IPA. It's sweet, hoppy, wild, and dry, and I'm falling madly for it. Quite drinkably, passes the gullet with the greatest of ease. Each new sip leaves me loving this, and marveling at the mastery of it's creation. Mmm, mmm.
04-27-2013 08:07:37 | More by feloniousmonk
4.01/5 rDev +0.5%
IPA - Never the biggest fan but it grows on me each time I drink a good one (and this was a great one)
Appearance - Pretty gold yellow color with a nice white head
Smell - Now that is some hoppy goodness! sweet and citrusy
Taste - A neat mix of sweet and spicy with a good aftertaste of hops, lots and lots of hops, very dry but in a good way
Mouthfeel - Keeps me long and refreshed but dry!
Overall - A great rep of the style, if you wanted to try a great IPA this is the one
04-27-2013 01:42:23 | More by TownDunkel
3.79/5 rDev -5%
Enjoy by 07/25/13. Poured half into a shaker pint.
Light copper color to the beer. Beautiful clarity. The head turned down from what I expected. Maybe three-quarter inch.
Citrusy American hops with tropical notes plus fruity Belgian yeast aronas. Very fruity, in total. Mango, apricot, ruby red grapefruit, light pine, pear, pale malts, and almost a hint of maraschino cherry. Smells marvelous.
Clashing tanginess of super West Coast hopping and fruity/nutty/spicy Belgian yeast reminds me of drinking a glass of orange juice right after brushing your teeth. Like a lingering pine-like mintyness in the finish that's almost sanitizing in the mouth. Too loud with the Anerican hops. I still pick up grapefruit, pineapple, pine, papaya, and orange. Alcohol is a component, as well.Yeasty esters spins the spokes of tart apple and some nuttiness, but it's all getting a little lost. I really wanted to say great things (and I still enjoy drinking it), but something is strangely awry. Clearly an above-average beer, but slightly offending for the style.
Clean middling body with smoothness. Booze is popping out just a bit. Carbonated to a lower-medium.
Knocking it back a quarter of a point here. Has that imbalance that I've found in Heavy Seas Loose Cannon (albeit, that's an American IPA). Anybody else get me?? BROS, chime in here...
04-23-2013 02:30:31 | More by thecheapies
2.98/5 rDev -25.3%
Tastes like an ok IPA to me. Where's the Belgian yeast? Where's the complexity of flavor?
One-dimensional, leaves a bitter aftertaste I don't like. The bottle was cheap, so that's at least one good thing about it. Not gonna drink the rest. When will I learn to stop taking advice from Binny's employees?
04-11-2013 16:21:33 | More by MShirokov
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,500 ratings.