Stone Brewing’s Cali-Belgique IPA is a Belgian IPA. The nose isn’t as malty as a typical IPA, but has more a clean floral scent. It seems to be a bit hoppier than an American IPA, and closer to what I’d expect from an American Pale Ale. There’s a nice balance of hoppy bitterness and fruit in the finish. It’s certainly not a typical IPA, but it’s almost like the perfect intersection between a great pale ale and a great IPA, plus whatever it is about Belgian beers that I love but am not skilled enough to quantify. It’s an excellent beer.
I give it a 4.6 out of 5.