In this blog, we are going to the west coast to check out a brewery that has push the limits of hops and craft beer drinkers around the country since there exists. This brewery I am talking about is Stone Brewery and the beer is Cali-Belgique IPA. Here is a little history on this west coast brewery. Stone Brewery was founded in 1996 in San Marcos, California by Steve Wagner and Greg Koch. This brewery is now the largest brewery in Southern California. This brewery as of 2010 became the 14th largest craft brewery and 23rd overall brewery. Stone Brewery is still growing and still doing different things with their beers. They have beer teaming up with different breweries around the country to create new beers. We are going to get into one right now.
I am trying this beer at the Blues Bar in Mount Prospect, Illinois. This beer is bright yellow color with little to no head. The beer drinker will smell the funky from Belgian spices or yeast and a little melon or mango smell from the hops. It is a little different than the American craft Belgian IPA or Triple. This Stone brew taste like sweet carbonation citrus going on in it. There is no really no aftertaste to this beer. This beer is a very drinkable beer.
Here is a description from their website (www.stonebrew.com):
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 “België”). 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.
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In closing, I will be honest and let just say the way it is about this beer. I really enjoyed drinking this beer. This is a Belgian Triple not a Belgian IPA. I understand what American Craft Breweries are trying to do for the general beer fan that understand what India Pale Ale but do not understand a Belgian Triple. I believe they are trying to create a new beer style to grow off the Belgian Beer Style. There is nothing wrong with this brewery doing it or another brewery. Hell I just brought a pint so they got me and I am glad I did it. I just hate the name that is all. I am off my soap box on this topic. With that all set at the side, I really enjoy drinking this beer. If you are hop head like me or like the Belgian beers, I would go try this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser