After pulling a bottle from the pile a few days ago, it seems that the week will be a Stone beer week and that is the way I will close the year of beer reviews. Still today writing this I think that I had this beer on draft at some point, but I cannot find any notes on it to prove that I did. Also I have never noticed the other version of this bottle that has the beer named “Cali-België IPA” as my bottle said it was a 50/50 split of the two types of bottle hitting the market. I am sure that the product in the two different bottles tastes the same though.
Closing out the year . . .
Brewery: Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, CA)
Name: Cali-Belgique IPA
Style: Specialty Beer (as a Belgian-style IPA)
ABV: 6.90% (on bottle)
Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge before being served in an oversized wine glass.
Aroma: An even balance of fruity and floral in the hop profile with an underlying sweetness that is a bit honey-like. Soft overall in that there are no hard/harsh edges to the aroma. – 8.5/12
Appearance: Brilliant golden orange in color. One finger off-white head that is frothy and holds for just a bit before leaving nice lacing on the glass. Quite bright and clear with lots of tiny rising bubbles visible. – 3/3
Flavor: A light sweetness at first with a hint of floral character that is quickly followed by a pretty sharp bitterness. Maybe a bit of spiciness in there as well. Finishes a bit dry with the bitterness lingering for a little while. – 11/20
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation. Somewhat smooth but finishing with some astringency and also the carbonation adding some bite. – 3.5/5
Overall Impressions: The aroma is more pleasant that the flavor (almost as if aroma belongs to another beer). The bitterness dominates though it does balance out some and become more smooth as it warms. I tried to get more out of the flavor for a description, but after two sips the bitterness overwhelmed my palate. Not as good as I was hoping it would be and I don’t feel a great need to have it again. – 6.5/10
Overall: B- (32.5/50)