Stone Cali-Belgique IPA

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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.

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