Friday, April 19, 2013

Stone's Cali-Belgique is probably the most balanced and best Belgian style IPA I’ve had. The malt and the big hops are both present and big in the flavor, and the harmony is perfect. Neither is competing for attention, neither is too much or too little. It’s distinctly Belgian Abbey in the malt character and distinctly a stone IPA in terms of big, aggressive hops. The hops are strong in the aroma but mostly a presence on the exhale after the swallow. The malt dominates the sip, and it’s malty and delicious. This is very much a Stone IPA, but the Belgian character is unmistakable. Stone does no wrong.