Stone Cali-Belgie IPA

This beer has a wonderful floral smell. Unlike most other beers, whose scent will fade away rather quickly for me, I can continually take whiffs of this beer with little to no discernible drop in the strength of the smell. This, however, may have been from pouring a nice, thick head.

In any case, the beer has a very bitter taste at the start, and takes a while to fade away. Once the bitterness fades, the beer has a little sweetness to it and a rather dry mouthfeel. It does not, however, have the grassy taste of your average IPA.

On a different note, the beer does not taste strong; of course, that's typical of most Indian pale ales.

After one and a half cups of the beer and without any food in my system, I begin to feel the effects of the alcohol.

As I finish the last of what I have poured (about a glass and a half), I find that the sweetness tends to be accompanied by a bitterness which I do not enjoy.

With that being said, I am most definitely glad I tried this beer, and think that it is worthy of trying by lovers of beer.

Stone Cali-Belgie IPA

Relevant Links:
Stone Cali-Belgique IPA (Stone Brewing Website)
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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA (Cali-België) (

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ALC/VOL: 6.9%
IBUS: 77

First Release: September 2008
This beer is indeed a complex and surprising combination of flavors, but behind the fancy title is simply delicious Stone IPA dressed up in new Belgian duds. The addition of a carefully selected strain of Belgian yeast adds unexpected layers of flavors and aroma, providing a deliciously funky overtone to the hoppy brightness you already know and love as Stone IPA. Think of it as an otherwise identical twin to Stone IPA that was raised in a Belgian culture. Literally.

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