Sunday, 7 January 2018

60 Second Craft Beer Review - Cali-Belgique IPA by Stone Brewing Berlin

Since their launch back in 1996, Stone Brewing Co. have grown to become one of America’s most recognised independent craft brewers. Based in Southern California, the team at Stone have been making a name for themselves with big hitting beers including their flagship Stone Pale Ale and Arrogant Bastard Ale. 
In order to help satisfy worldwide demand for their flavoursome craft beers as well as opening up a distribution channel into Europe and the Balkans, Stone Brewing Berlin opened in the German capital and shortly after, Stone IPA became available in the UK - quickly became one of my favourite beers.
On a recent visit to my local Asda, I spotted the Stone ‘Gargoyle’ staring out at me from the shelf on a shining gold can of Cali-Belgique IPA, a twist on the classic IPA where the brewmaster in Berlin has taken a strain of Belgian yeast to create a new take on the classic. As the beer was rapidly approaching its best before date, Asda had reduced the beer to just 80p per can - needless to say, I filled my basket.

Cali-Belgique IPA (ABV 6.9%) from Stone Brewing Berlin

Bought at Asda for £0.80 for 330ml can - short best before date.

  • Pours with an airy foam head that collapses very quickly.
  • Pale golden in colour but very cloudy once settled.
  • Initially smells very much like a wheat beer before ripe bananas and clove spice invade the nose.
  • Medium carbonation.
  • Initially sweet to taste before bitter hops take over. Flavours of apricot and orange fight for attention but the cloves result in a slightly antiseptic bite. 

I’m a big fan of the beers from Stone Brewing, especially their very popular IPA, and I am also partial to some of the great beers from Belgium so had hoped that this mash-up would be my perfect brew however if fell a little short. The use of the Belgian yeast strain might have seemed like a great idea but the end result left the beer more Belgique and too far removed from the classic Stone IPA for my liking. I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy it but this beer won’t be making my top ten.


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