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Cali-Belgique - Double Dry Hopped (Calypso) - Stone Brewing Co.

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Cali-Belgique - Double Dry Hopped (Calypso)
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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Hoptometrist on 03-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 94 | Reviews: 13
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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.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color when poured into a clear pint glass was amber with a reddish hue. The smell of mild piney hop with spices was evident in the aroma. The taste was of a medium pine flavor with a touch of spice and fruit. Not overly bitter. Well balance flavor and a big surprise for this IPA. In fact, a pleasant surprise.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at 101 Bottles in Kent, Ohio. Served into a tulip. Quite happy to try this rare beer!

A: Pours a foggy, deep yellow color with a finger of white head topping off the glass.

S: Big citrus hop aroma hits me immediately; they're slightly stronger than the also powerful Belgian aromas that show up owing to yeast and candi sugar. Fairly sweet overall, but nicely balanced.

T: Once again, balance rules this beer; I get a lot of citrus and pine hops, alongside the aforementioned Belgian flavors. Some Belgian IPAs get to the point where Belgian flavors dominate them and show a bit of clash within their flavors, but not this one.

M: The quick notes I jotted down outside are just gushing about this one; it's creamy, it's smooth, and it needs to be ordered by you if you're fortunate enough to see it.

O: Very solid beer from Stone; I know some of their Belgian offerings have been met with a bit of skepticism here on BA since they began to introduce them, but I would order this again in a heartbeat if I saw it a beer and there weren't any new, highly touted offerings among the beer's tap list. I'm not sure that you'll see this at a bar that serves anything other than the best, but it's well worth trying if you do get a chance. Kudos to Stone; after this offering, I'll be more likely to try the next batch of their ordinary Cali-Belgique IPA, or maybe even their Belgian flavored Old Guardian or anise imperial stout.

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Appearance: Golden, lemony, and clear. A bit of lacing, but not much. Very little foam.

Smell: Very spicy, and hops are so apparent. I smell the "Belgian-ness" (i.e., unique yeastiness). Has almost a lemon fruity smell reminiscent of Mr. Clean, but in a very good way. A bit of pine in the background.

Taste: What an interesting taste! The spicy aroma really carries through to the taste. It's got a bit of bitterness which combines with the carbonation to give a tingling on the tongue. And, it is Belgian! You can really taste the phenol component. Not so much fruit. Maybe a hint of strawberries beneath the hoppiness. Definitely a lovely, complex beer.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation with a tingly sensation. Not heavy or silky. The finish has a bit of bitterness from the hops but it is fabulous.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable. Very smooth going down.

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Cali-Belgique - Double Dry Hopped (Calypso) from Stone Brewing Co.
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