Stone “Cali-Belgiquë IPA” Review (#045)

Stone "Cali-Belgiquë IPA"

Stone Brewing Co.
Cali-Belgiquë IPA
Escondido, CA
http://www.stonebrew.com/

From The Brewery:

When reading the name “Stone Cali-Belgique IPA”, “Cali” hints that it is a California style IPA, and this brew has an undeniable Belgian influence, indicated by the word “Belgique” (which is how Belgium’s French-speaking population says the word “Belgian”; the Dutch speaking Belgians say “Belgie”). We carefully selected a Belgian yeast strain that illuminates a fascinating new aspect of the beer that is otherwise quite simply Stone IPA. The result is both completely new and different, while still being recognizable as a Stone Brew – and Stone IPA in particular. Think of it as an otherwise identical twin to Stone IPA that was raised in a Belgian culture. Literally.

First Release Date: August 2008
Hop Variety: Columbus, Centennial, dry-hopped with Chinhook
ABV: 6.9%
IBUs: 77
Availability: Year round limited release – 22oz bottles and draft

Review:

Appearance: I sampled this hazey golden orange beer in a Duvel tulip glass, with plenty of head room for its big chunky white head.

Smell: The glass allows you to get in there and really smell what is going on with this beer. Big citrus hop up front – grapefruit and orange zest – with the Belgian yeast following right behind.

Taste:Very strong and bold; big hop, transitioning to the yeast, followed by a bready malt sweetness. A very deep flavored complex beer. As it warms, the yeast starts coming through more, followed by a bigger orange smell off the hops.

Mouthfeel: Creamy viscous from the sturdy head; smooth and sticky sweetness.

Drinkability/Palitability:Medium – one glass went down great, finishing the bottle was a little tougher. For the style, it was lower than some others I have tried.

Notes: Stone never does anything subtly; but you would know that just from reading the bottle. A huge flavorful beer of a great hybrid style.

Huge chunky head on top.

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