Friday, April 10, 2009

Stone Cali-Belgie IPA

The Belgian style crossed with an IPA is becoming an increasingly embraced beer by North American Craft brewers. Stone has taken its own unique stab at this emerging fusion with its characteristic robustness and grandeur; if you don't believe me, just take a look at their back label. I'm proud to say I read it all. The IPA qualities come across immediately in the hops. Strong aroma and bite up front ride on a very light body, dip down and disappear, only to reemerge with a serious vengeful bite as it fades away. Stone claims that the Belgique side comes in particularly relevant with the choice of yeast. It's a fairly believable claim since the hops taste particularly enriched and there's even a subtle, yet non-intrusive, flavor of yeast that intermingles with the palette.

Cali-Belgie IPA: ****