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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA | Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPAStone Cali-Belgique IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A California-style IPA with a Belgian twist
AKA Stone Cali-België IPA
First Release:
September 2008

Stone Cali-Belgique IPA features a complex and surprising combination of flavors, but behind the fancy title is the simply delicious Stone IPA. The addition of a carefully selected strain of Belgian yeast adds banana and spice notes to the hoppy brightness of our flagship IPA. Think of it as an otherwise identical twin to Stone IPA that was raised in a Belgian culture. Literally.

Added by gpogo on 07-23-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,089
Ratings:
3,355
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
19.8%
 
 
Wants:
115
Gots:
675
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 1,089 | Ratings: 3,355
Photo of DogFood11
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber.

Belgian IPA is a style I've fallen for in recent months. The only thing that bothers me about the style is the hops can sometimes clash rather then blend. Lets see how this stacks up.

Typical sweet malt bill is tasty and not cloying. This is a nice brew. If I had one complaint it would be a to spiced for my liking. Pepper running into sweetened orange citrus.

Notes: I'd drink this more often but for the price I'm thinking of passing on the beer industry all together.

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Photo of LikaThaHops
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is my first review, and i'm just following what i see mostly done for set up beer review style.


Poured into a pint glass

A- Almost a golden copper, with a lot of bubbles. Looks enticing. Poured maybe a 1 1/2 inch creamy thick off white head, and settled to about a CM head through out
-All the way through the 16 oz. serving, bubbles intact.

S- smell is everything i would want from an IPA. floral and citrus notes poke through very nicely, filled with hops. i'm thirsty!

T- The starting taste is that of flowery-alcohol-hops, finishing VERY nicely though, with no alcohol taste and just the hoppy goodness!

M- Its light, yet viscous. Bubbly very drinkable, as i have just indulged on an entire bomber. it hits my IPA button nicely. very nice

D- I could sit and drink this all day/night long. After a bomber, i'm not bloated, and i still have a very nice taste on my tongue from it. A great brew, all in all. Great job, Stone!

A great IPA!

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Photo of bruachan
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this brew is pale amber in color, with gold highlights. it's got a half-decent head though i am suspicious of the state of my glass. it's sudsy and well supported by carbonation

the light color belies a fairly toasty aroma that meshes well with a subtle belgian yeast character. spice. the hop profile is juicy and sweet, though not particularly piney

more sweet, juicy hop comes through with a sip. this time pine aspects make an appearance. it's a bitter brew and in the category the toastiness once again outshines the belgian character

sticky: a standard stone offering in that respect and not enough help is provided from the visible bubbles. ultimately, not very belgianish. very STONEd

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Photo of dpcoz
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Originally Reviewed 07/16/2010)
Stone Cali-Belgique IPA (Indpa Pale Ale)
1 pt 6 floz, 6.9% ABV
Standard Pint Glass - 07/16/10 (Pinocchio's Beer Garden - $8.50)

Appearance - Faded Amber in Color, Fluffy White Head 2 1/2 fingers up that disappears after a couple minutes. Carbonation bubbles stay consistent

Smell - Herbal, light citrusy smell, maybe some banana/breadish aroma that clearly suggests the Belgian influence.

Taste - Hit up front with Hops and Citrus, particularly a grapefruit taste. Toasty sweetened Malts enter as the hops exit.Transition in flavor is to be expectd with a Stone Product. Maybe some lemon zest in the mix as well.

Mouthfeel - decent hops followed up with carbonation and a dry, slight bitter finish from the toasted malts.

Drinkability - good IPA, barely notice the alcohol, although this is a little lighter in ABV than what I've had or like to enjoy anymore. Anyway, well balanced, good take on belgian influence, but maybe a touch dry on the finish. Still, this is one I'd have again - Stone is truly royalty when it comes to specialty ales.

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Photo of californiakebab
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent peach blonde with creamy white fluffy head that sticks all over the glass. The aroma is dominant Belgian esters, some sweeter fruity notes, slightly phenolic (getting a little band aid scent here). The hops don't really shine through like they would in the regular IPA (I believe this is the same beer but fermented with a Belgian strain), very masked and hidden in the aroma. Slugging this thing down, the taste at first comes as Belgian candi sugar, very nice but not too overpowering. The sweetness doesn't linger for too long, and a light bitterness follows through to the finish. Body's on the light to medium side, with a smooth, dry finish. Not sure how much of a fan I am of the style -I'm either in a Belgian mood or a hoppy mood, so this one doesn't really satisfy either BUT an excellent beer nonetheless.

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Photo of johlendorf
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz in pint glass.

A = Clear and crisp, Light amber. Nicely carbonated. Little head. Foam slides down the glass.

S = Floral and sweet citrus, & some hops. Kinda like an IPAish Belgain.

T = Pleasantly malty, then some floral & fruit, ending on a clean hoppy finish. Suprising light for a Stone.

M = Crisp and bubbly but with a satisfingly solid maltiness.

D = The carbonation limits it for me.

Very good beer. I'm usually go for an IPA or stout but I really enjoyed this. Try it if you can get it especially on limited production.

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Photo of kegger22
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy amber with a two finger head with good retention. The aroma was hops citrus. The taste was more IPA than Belgian, it wasn't so loaded with carbonation that you could taste nothing else. Mostly citrus but I got just a hint of banana too. Nice blend of bitter and sweet. Feel is light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good. Sorry, but I didn't see this as anything more than a tricked out IPA, good though.

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Photo of Holland
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: good sized head that stays for the entire glass. Pretty impressive. Nice golden color.

S: dominated by floral hops

T: very hoppy. I can't taste much else. Some of the floral flavor comes through.

M: crisp and wonderful, just as a delicious IPA should be

O: good IPA overall, but not that complex. Not that it should be, but the hops completely dominate, and not in a way that's as good as Smuttynose

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Photo of kbutler1
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. YES! Stone is now available in MN, happy day! Poured into a DFH tulip glass a hazy amber honey color with a 1 1/2 finger white head that slowly recedes and leaves lace as it does. Fruity aroma right off the bat and as I inhale deeper I get a nice hops aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Fruit like notes up front which I can only really describe as Fruity Pebbles, a mixture of orange, grape, and cherry. The hops fight back with a flare in the end with a long drawn out bitterness. No real hints at the alcohol in the nose nor the taste. The bitterness is nice but lingers on just a little too long for me.

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Photo of Omnium
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Lagunitas mason jar

A - Pours a hazy, off-gold color, very thick 2 finger head, good lacing.
S - Smells awfuly sour, some dry pine, dank hop oil, bready malt, lots of spice.
T - Good upfront belgian flavor that fades to a sour bitterness that i find a little unpleasant.
M - Kinda refreshing once you get past the sour hop bite, and i feel the alcohol in the flavor a bit.
O - I'm not a belgian IPA guy, this has a lot of spice and character in this brew, that I'm sure would get some people excited, but its the sour belgian quality that doesnt sit right with me. Not awful, but not my thing.

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Photo of FleeVT
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber into a pint glass

A: Pours a burnt amber with a frothy white head. The head is surprising because all other telltales of carbonation were absent. No hiss when the cap was popped, no stream of bubbles.

S: Nice deep Cali hops that favor that dominating citrus grapefruit and pines. Don't pick up too much of the Belgian yeast, maybe some slight banana esters.

T: Extremely bitter, this is a Stone IPA after all. The hops come through just as they did on the nose, citrus et al.

M: Mild carbonation and a heavier bodied IPA.

D: Not my favorite IPA.

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Photo of bum732
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice bright orange, decent head that dissipates quickly. Smells of piney hops, some caramel, yeasty spiciness. Tastes of sweet caramel malt followed by a nice earthy bitterness. Finishes with a sweet piney taste. The belgian yeast spiciness is definitely present as well as a strong hoppiness characteristic of Stone beers.

Not a bad effort, not sure if these styles match though. The strong piney hoppiness clashes a little with the sweet belgian yeast flavor, takes a little getting used too. Very different than other belgian IPAs, but a decent brew.

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Photo of abfraser
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours very clear with a golden/orangish hue. Nice frothy white head but it disappears quickly. Nice lacing

S: Belgian yeast, spice, floral hops.

T/M: Tripel like flavors, banana, clove, spice. Bitterness from the hops, which are quite present on the end. A weird amalgamation of styles. It's definitely true to its world--both Belgian and San Diego styles mixed here.

D: Decently drinkable. The hops are pretty bitter on the end, which distracts me since I don't like pure pine oil.

I enjoyed it, but I'm not completely sold. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of JLeege
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber, poured into some tasting glasses.

Appearance- Pours a clear golden color with a bone white head. Decent retention, some lacing left behind.

Smell- Lots of hops, citrus with some slight piney resin. Underlying fruity Belgian yeast.

Taste- Lots of citrus hops again as expected. Strong Belgian yeasty notes in the middle of the drink, turns sweet pretty quickly. Not a ton of linger on the finish. It was a fresh bottle, but it was not overtly hoppy and the "Belgian" influence leads to a sort of strange taste.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with good carbonation.

Overall- Another Belgian IPA, another slight disappointment for myself. I have yet to be impressed with any beer of this style, though this one was one of the better examples I have tried.

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Photo of TheSeeker61
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's an interesting tasting. Initially I thought I would really dig this but as I got into it, it wasn't as impressive as expected. The appearance is a beautiful golden; the smell is a sweet malty, yeasty mix. The taste is hoppy with a fruitty malty mix. Didn't quite get the wit taste that I've heard about but the IPA definitely stood out. At the middle and end of tasting it was kinda strange. I could drink this again but will not go out of the way for it.

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Photo of charlzm
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 09/07/08.

Pours a very clear light golden color with a less-than-one-finger off-white head. Plenty of active carbonation in this one and sticky lacing.

Aroma is sweet (powdered sugar, bubblegum) and a little hoppy (light citrus and flower notes).

Interesting melange of flavors; this tastes like the standard Stone pale ale in its malt profile (caramel) and hop notes (a little grassy and with a light lemon zest) but with peppery overtones and an unexpected surge of bitterness at the end. The finish just flat out doesn't taste very good; a bit medicinal and solvent-y.

Mouthfeel is typical for this beer's standard iteration, meaning a little thicker than water and with a small but noticeable prickliness on the tongue.

Interesting variation on the formula, but not a beer I would nominate for continued production.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bomber served into a tulip glass

Pours a very light orange - like liquid sunshine - that has a nice balance of transparent clarity and haze. Two fingers of tiny-bubbled off-white head make for some soapy lacing. Not amazing but pretty just the same.

The aroma presents a perfect hybrid of hoppy west coast IPA and spicy Belgian ale. The grapefruit and pineapple reach my nose first. The lupulin smells transition swiftly and completely to a coriander, peppery spicy scent which underlies a plantain/slight banana sort of Belgian yeast fruit character. The transition between the two sides of this beer is impressive to experience. If there is a downside it is that the malt is obscured by the strength of the hops and yeast. And yet despite the lack of malt smell the beer smells really sweet. This is a 4.0 or a 4.5 depending on your tolerance for sweetness.

If you're expecting a really hoppy beer then you will be disappointed. The hops don't get to hog the spotlight on your palate. Up front you taste pepper and and a lemon/banana fruit characteristic as if this were a Belgian Pale Ale all the way. Then the grapefuit and orange flavors blossom to a simmer just short of fresh IPA vibrancy. The finish combines the two in that the citrus fruit slowly dies down in strength while the astringent spice character from the yeast lingers. As the beer warms it concentrates in flavor, becoming a spicy, orange flavored beer from start to finish.

This is a lot thicker in mouthfeel than I would ever personally prefer in an IPA. It thickens up good if you swish it around in your mouth. There is very little active carbonation to help alleviate the heft of the body. So the drinkability for me is affected a bit. Nothing wrong or bad per se, just not categories that this beer excels at.

Cali-Beligique/Belgie is nice experiment, one that I am glad to have tried. Good beer. I wouldn't buy this very much if it were available to me but I can think of some dishes to pair this beer with that would be pretty kick-ass.

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Photo of Samuel906
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light and golden in color almost crystal clear transparency and lots of effervescing bubbles. Fine head with some good retention. Smells fruity and yeasty with mild hops. Pineapple, cloves, citrus, and florals. Very light flavor but surprisingly well balanced. A unique combination of an IPA and Belgian. Very well rounded beer, lots of great flavors and great if you're looking for something new and unique.

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Photo of Kakaraht
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very crisp and clear pale yellow, with a finger of white head that is slow to dissipate.

S: Reminds me a little of Brugges, with that light sour yeastiness and slight hint of candi sugar. There is a hint of spice and a nice light malt character.

T: Light hop flavor, more floral than citrusy, with a pale malt flavor and a nice lightly sour Belgian yeast essence. As it warms a slight spiciness comes to play as well as a little bitterness from the hops that goes well with the sour.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, dry finish.

D: Its okay, but nothing special.

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Photo of JJBlanche
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I’ve always been intrigued by the Cali-Belgique concept.

A: Crystal clear golden to amber. Two finger head. The clarity gives me pause for something associated with a Belgian…but the lacing and the color are there.

S: Grassy hops up front, citrus hops fast taking over, then some spiciness in the background. After a second or two, once you’ve taken stock of the components, it blends well. Nice.

T: The hops play well with Belgian phenolics. A really nice menagerie, but my sample has this cidery tartness on the back end I don’t care for. Cloying, almost like a fruit lambic. It’s as if it starts off magnificent, has a great nose…then fades into sour milk. Bipolar is the best way to describe this brew.

M: Appropriate.

O: If it wasn’t for that sourness on the back end this would be a go-to. As it stands, not quite right. Look for the Schneider Hopfen Weissen if you want a seamless melding of old world and new.

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Photo of clvand0
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an amber color with a medium head that hangs around for a while and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has the Belgian spices upfront followed by a citrus hop character on the back end. Interesting. The flavor has the yeast and malts playing backup to the strong citrus hop flavors and lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium and drying. The drinkability is ok, but the hops dominate.

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Photo of corby112
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

Pours a clean golden orange color with a thin white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal lacing.

Crisp citrus and floral hop aroma with light golden fruit, pale malt and bubblegum.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of crisp light fruit and bitter/sweet citrus hops. Hints of pale malt and a weird bubblegum flavor make this taste like a hoppy Belgian golden ale. Very weird. Hints of apple, grape and pear blended with sweet citrus peel, pale malt and subtle alcohol sweetness. A bit too bitter to be a Belgian ale and to sweet to be an IPA. Dry finish.

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Photo of Lepley
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle.

A: Poured clear gold/orange with about two fingers for white head, good retention, and lots of lacing an
S: Floral, hops, fruity, citrus, lemon. Much like their IPA but more fruit in my opinion, not just citrus but sweet fruits like peaches or something similar.
T: Peaches, cherries, pineapple, lemon grapefruit, hops, spiciness, and a not-too-much bitterness. This is where this beer feels very different from their IPA, much more sweet and fruity.
M: Very carbonated, smooth.
D: This was pretty interesting, another good one from Stone. I made sure to have their IPA directly afterwards to note the differences, which are definitely in its fruity sweetness. Worth checking out.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a hazy deep orange with a small ring of white head. Aroma of melon, sweet citrus and other sweet fruits, and a touch of grassy hops. Flavor has a decidedly hoppy presence with some Belgian yeast, clove, and melon notes also present in the finish. This was actually a successful effort at a true Belgian-IPA blend! Nice beer.

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Photo of Dlish
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It has a aroma of a typical Belgium ale, it has the scent of banana and bubble gum. The taste has a good flowerily hop taste and luckily, the Belgium yeast does not completely carry through into the taste. Overall, a cool variation on the American IPA.

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,089 ratings.