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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA 
Posted: 17 November 2015  Beer Republic 6.5 
Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from USA The Stone Cali-Belgique IPA is billed as a California-style IPA with a Belgian twist. The Belgian angle is due to Stone taking their standard Stone IPA recipe and making it with a Belgian yeast strain instead.  "Think of this as an otherwise identical twin to Stone IPA that was raised in a Belgian culture. Literally."  Those whose favorite word is strong and favorite style is IPA are guaranteed two separate punches, one from each twin.   
Avg price/liter: USD 6.50   ABV %: 6.9  Type: IPA   
       


Stone Brewing is just one of those breweries that was in the right place at the right time.  The San Diego area brewery started up in 1996 brewing extra strong and hoppy beers to a public that wasn't quite ready for them.  But, as they say, a rising tide raise all ships, and when the market place began to start appreciating the craftier beers a couple years later, Stone Brewing was poised and ready and no longer an outcast.     

Stone ain't content with being America's 9th largest brewery.  The craft beer market is crowded.  Stone wants to make sure you  hear their message ever clearer.  So they're building a new brewery on America's East Coast, in Virginia.  And have plans to launch a $20m brewing facility in Germany, the first time an American craft brewer has aimed for a direct presence abroad.  An American craft brewer surrounded by high quality local German beers?  Sounds a bit like a suicide mission except it probably isn't.   People take for granted what they get so readily.  High quality German beers could still find themselves treated as second tier next to exotic Stone.  

The Stone Cali-Belgique IPA is billed as a California-style IPA with a Belgian twist.  The Caifornia IPA angle comes from the fact it, like Pacific Northwest beers, is heavily hopped and with local (US) hops varities, too:  magnum, chinook, centennial.  The Belgian angle is due to Stone taking their standard Stone IPA recipe and making it with a Belgian yeast strain instead.  "Think of this as an otherwise identical twin to Stone IPA that was raised in a Belgian culture. Literally."       

Stone's beers are always on the strong side so Cali-Belgique clocks in at almost double IPA levels.  The alcohol isn't intrusive.   The real test would be tasting this one allongside the Stone IPA to truly assess the difference of just one lousy yeast strain. 

Those whose favorite word is strong and favorite style is IPA are guaranteed two separate punches, one from each twin. 

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