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Cali-Belgique - Double Dry Hopped (Calypso) | Stone Brewing

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Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Hoptometrist on 03-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 95
Reviews by AwYeh:
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4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rare sixtel (out of 2 available in the area) enjoyed on tap at The Attic last night.

The color is a medium gold with a brightness and clarity to it. A nice, creamy off-white head sits at a finger in height and shows some sturdiness. Consistent lacing is left on the glass in legs and patches.
This beer smells like a field of flowers and clovers with a strong yeast presence that blends well and speaks of the complexity found in the flavor. There are some tropical fruits and a big hop bouquet with very floral and drier hops notes, enough malt to balance and soften, and an undeniable Belgian yeast with a bit of sweetness (bubble gum) and lightly dusty earthiness. This is a fantastic beer that needs to be savored. Hoppy, as expected from Stone, with a softness from yeast and malts that plays very well.
Crispness is underlying in the feel before a nice smoothness comes out beneath and following it. The body is medium and the carbonation is moderate.

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