Brew Review: Stone Cali-Belgique IPA

by Kelli H. on May 29, 2012

Name: Stone Brewing Cali-Belgique IPA
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: 5-20-12
Type: Belgian IPA
Availability: Limited
Price: $5.99/22 oz
Alcohol: 6.9%
IBUs: 77

  
Aroma: Light hops with Belgian yeast character.

Appearance: Pale gold and clear. Great lacing. Head starts out big but dissipates to a small head.

Body & Texture: Smooth, feels light but full of flavor. Great carbonation makes for awesome burps.

Aftertaste: Bitter and Belgian yeast.

 Overall Impression:
I was super happy with this beer. Unlike New Belgium’s Belgian Style IPA, this beer has awesome flavor.  It’s a great IPA (it’s Stone’s regular IPA brewed with a special Belgian yeast) with a special spin! It’s really the best of both worlds, since you have such a solid IPA and then this Belgian yeast that gives off tons of Belgian flavors. I’m not normally a Belgian beer fan, but I thought this was done extremely well. I think almost anyone could enjoy this beer, so I’m going to go ahead and recommend it to everyone. I think it would be really fun to do a tasting with their standard IPA and taste it against the Cali-Belgique.

Click below for more Stone Brewing Co. reviews:
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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Maren May 29, 2012 at 4:43 pm

I secretly like when beer makes me burp.

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Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers May 29, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Haha – I’d buy it just because of the bottle cap. (okay, okay… and because it sounds delish)

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mom May 30, 2012 at 2:48 am

I really like their regular IPA and this month consider it my favorite beer. I have not seen this one in the stores so I will keep my eye out.

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David Wells May 30, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Excellent beer! This is something I’d be happy drinking any time. 🙂

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