Cali-Belgique - Double Dry Hopped (Calypso) - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
3.23/5 rDev -17.8%
Poured into a recommended tulip glass, this is Belgian IPA is a cloudy amber color beer that luxuriates under a frothy cap, one which breaks up like a whispy cloud.
The nose is consistent with the style; there is a whiff o apple, peach and honey; the taste is nice and pleasant with sweet bites of mango that transform into a subtle hop fade - the sweetness is retained.
This is a light and airy beer, more so than would would get from a dry-hopped process. Comfortable body that goes down easy on the palate. We all realize that some Belgians can sway to the sweet side; this decent beer does not. There is a simple balance here. I would not drink more than one in succession, however.
09-10-2012 00:26:56 | More by jjboesen
3.25/5 rDev -17.3%
A- Pours a bright clear golden color with a fairly small white head. Head is gone pretty quick and leaves some very light lacing.
S- Smell is pretty tame. For being doubld dry hopped the hop aroma is pretty light. I'm picking up more of the spicy yeast than anything.
T- More spicy yeast than anything here too. A bit of tartness too. A very light hop bitterness.
M- Lighter side of medium in body and a good amount of carbonation.
O- Wasn't a huge fan of the regular version and this one follows suit. If you're a big fan of Beligian style beers this one maybe up your alley.
03-05-2012 02:21:49 | More by nrbw23
3.45/5 rDev -12.2%
Interesting seasonal but not one I will rush back for.
A- very soapy, suddy pour and looked appetizing in the glass for a while. Most of the head dissipated after a couple of glugs, however, but acceptable lacing left on top.
S - I got more of the syrupy Belgian sugar on the nose. Not overbearing, but doesn't smell much like a Us IPA at all - it's transatlantic influence defines the scent.
T - Tantalising hops, citrus and a hint of bitterness upfront quickly gives way to Belgian candy.
M - front of tongue, top of pallet heavy. A bit astringent - felt the carbonation.
Overall: Belge comes to California, rather than the reverse. Just made me want a Stone IPA or Ruination. Not a bad brew to try out, however.
03-23-2013 01:55:26 | More by techn0phobe
3.5/5 rDev -10.9%
Served on tap in a sample glass.
Appearance: Amber color, with a white head.
Smell: Citrus, malts, hops, pine notes, and cloves. Interesting combination of scents coming from this beer.
Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of citrus, hops, malts, and cloves. Much like the smell, it is an interesting combination of flavor.
Overall: Not a bad brew, but not my first choice. Little bit of an identity crisis with this one, wants to an IPA and a Witbeir at that same time, I guess that is the best way to describe it.
11-09-2012 14:29:56 | More by Cavanaghty
Cali-Belgique - Double Dry Hopped (Calypso) from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.