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Ratings: 2,663
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 77
Gots: 217 | FT: 1
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008)
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Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour continues! This stop pours a clear amber-tinted gold topped by a finger of light cream-white micro-foam. The nose comprises dank pine needles, wet grass, lime, light lemon zest, light-ish toffee, and pineapple. The taste holds notes of nutmeg, clove, black pepper, rich toffee, light pretzel, banana, pineapple, light pine resin in the back, and some very light balsa even further in the back. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a silky smooth feel. Overall, a very nice BIPA, one that goes down way the hell too easily...

Photo of kcinlober
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

head: very small, barely any foam

aroma: yeasty + hops equals a fermented, citrusy, piney aroma. pretty appealing

palate: the hops dominate the taste at first, but there is a hint of the yeasty/fruity flavor of belgian styles. i would say that the taste comes out as bitter with citrus aftertaste. it really feels like i just bit the tip off of a douglas fir

Photo of jvillefan
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A light hazy golden yellow with a one finger head that does not last very long.

S: Very floral. There are also hops, citrus, and a little caramel that balance each other out nicely.

T: The floral taste is a little over powering. Behind the floral taste is that of hops, citrus, and caramel. The beer is also very sweet tasting.

M: Has a buttery mouthfeel and has perfect carbonation.

O: I would recommend this beer. It is a nice variation on the standard IPA.

Photo of MexicanSkittel
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomb, into a chilled pint glass.

The pour was good, an oranges gold. A freshly oiled oak cabinet look. About 3/4-1 inch head sat ontop for a good while leaving a nice film.

A semi spicy aroma. This blends with a little bit of hop and oak ish smells. All of which a little faint.

Finding a surprising spice in the flavor as well. Maybe white pepper, there is a little lemon, and some green on the back of the pallet. A bitter fresh hop.

There wa a little more texture than I originally saw from the first pour. But when re-filling my glass I saw the visible viscosity that it possesses. A little heavier than I'd like.

I like it, just not lovin it. But keep up the good work stone.
$4.99 bottle

Photo of steelerguy
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Gold, low carbonation, 1 finger head that fades to a covering and leaves some lacing. (Growler from my Whole Foods which is notorious about low carbonation)

S - Pineapple, sweet fruit, a little spice with a touch of Belgian funk.

T - Hops take the front seat, although not overpowering the malt just provides a nice backdrop for them to shine. The hops are a nice balance of citrus and floral, which gives it an almost succulent fruit like flavor...like lychee. Sweet malt in the back to balance it all out.

M - Fermented dry, could use a bit more carbonation, but I am certain this is because of my growler distributor and not Stone.

O - This is an interesting and very solid beer. If you like IPAs and you like Belgian beers like I do, it is a no brainer.

Photo of hoser
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dry peppery and can't believe this is 6.9 for an Abv. A lovely example that I would be happy to belly up to again and again. Just so I can pad the would count from one of my favourite chalices for tastings the Schiltz American Abbey series. Nice residual sweetness balanced against aggressive dry hopping all making for a nice brew.

Photo of rangel2
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, pumpkin orange in color, poured from bomber into Carolus tulip glass. Very little head.

Belgian yeast aroma. Very little else coming through. Some faint apple.

Apple juice right off the bat, very little bittering. Honey. Slightly cloying. Hmm. I must have bought a bad bottle. Not impressed. Some lemon zest.

Under carbonated, thick, like a cider.

Overall, not horrible. But I was expecting way more.

Side note:

Let it warm up, and the idea became clearer. Still overwhelming apple cider to it. Thin carbonation. Thick mouthfeel. Obscure to say the least. Having said all of that, I keep drinking it. Hmmm.

I'm gonna buy this again, from a different store, and give this beer review another go.

Photo of NWer
4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On the bottle neck: "Enjoy by 12/01/11"
Nice pour into my Chimay chalice. Moderate head. Dissipates quickly. Golden clear appearance.
Wow factor in force. Initial impression of taste blew me away. Fantastic experience. Semi-sweet up front followed with a lemon peel back end.
A very enjoyable beer so full of flavor it's sipable without the extreme ABV.

Photo of keytown
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P - Pours a golden yellow, with a 1 finger white head

S - Smells of fruity yeast, hops & spice.

T - Tastes of Belgian yeast, clove, grapefruit with a hint of banana and apple.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth finish

O - Overall good beer, typical piney bitterness of an IPA. Stone did a good job of combining multiple styles to come up with a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Three Philosophers mini snifter.

Appearance - Clear bronze-copper. Small white head.

Smell - Sour apple. Almost like a Flemish. Don't know how to interpret this. Stale bottle or innovative style? I'll take it for what it's worth.

Taste - A cross between an IPA and a Flemish sour. Both characters being mild. Weird and interesting.

Mouthfeel - Watery. Acidic.

Overall Drinkability -There's no real style or frame of reference by which to grade this. They apparentlycall it an IPA but it's not like any I've had. I'll have to simply rate it on sheer enjoyment factor, and there it does well.

Photo of isaiahcutright
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a Dogfish Head tulip glass, pours a golden straw color, the smell lets you know that this is very much so a Stone IPA with a citrus, and a floral aroma. Taste is hop forward very similar to a fresh Stone IPA but with a fruity character from the yeast. Very drinkable, the best of both worlds- California hops and Belgian yeast.

Photo of CMW
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a crystal clear straw yellow color. There is a about and inch of fluffy white head that has very good retention and lacing.

S - Nice and floral hop aroma. A little hint of soap mixed in. Somewhat grainy as well.

T - While the hops are definitely the main attraction, they are not overpowering. There is a nice backbone of malt that provides a bread like flavor.

M - Light and airy, very easy to drink with little aftertaste.

O - Overall a very clean and straightforward beer, one of the best of the style.

Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, a straggler from a trip earlier this year (wait, what, summer is over?!) through Portland, OR and environs.

This beer pours a cloudy, sort of sediment-strewn, pale golden amber hue, with two skinny fingers of foamy, bubbly, and verging on chunky off-white head, which leaves some bicycle chain lace around the circumference of the glass as it quickly seeps away.

It smells of yeasty, dark bready caramel malt, meaty orchard fruit (overripe grapefruit and orange, mostly), funkadelia, and peppery, leafy hops. The taste is more of a bitter, generic citrus hoppiness in the front slot, the bitterness quite easily tempered by a hard to dismiss murky yeastiness, free-associated acrid phenols, a bit of banana chip fruitiness, a bready, grainy, and duly upright malt backbone, and some alcohol-dosed weedy, herbal hops.

The bubbles are there, providing a supportive edge that slowly and surely fades, the body a so-so medium weight (on a diet, or the like), with a nascent creaminess that defies the smoothness killing hop tendencies. It finishes off-dry, the citrus and yeasty funk, complex alike, trying their best to shiv one another.

Much more Belgian (or at least anti-Stone) than even the spunky label could lead one to believe. Cali-Belgique goes a long way to illustrate the effect of yeast on any beer's impression, i.e. there's a Stone IPA under there, but it is ensconced in DNA-rewriting, Euro-lowlands mind shiftiness. Bottom line: still tasty, but the hoppier, bitter beast that you have hitherto known has been co-opted by a surprisingly agreeable, um, (I know) Belgian character. Bigend of Blue Ant, represent!

Photo of setexascustoms
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle

A: Golden with orange highlights. Two fingers of off-white head that retains well and leaves nice lacing down the glass.

S: Citric hops backed by fruity esters and a slight funk.

T: Again, citric hops right up from fallowed by a definite funk that's a little sour, and even slightly salty. Fruity esters help carry you to the hop bitterness that lingers through the finish.

M: Light to medium body with a some what course mouthfeel and pleasant carbonation.

O: This is certainly a unique brew that helped open my eyes to what a different yeast strain could do to change the flavor of a beer. I'm not acclimated to Belgian styles, and this was educational to say the least. I enjoyed to experience but I'm not sure I'm ready for funky beers, at least not any funkier than this one.

Photo of WMEugene
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz into a tulip glass.

A - Pours an attractive golden color with a slight orange hue. Nice thick head that slowly dissipates into a thin one. Very nice lacing for this type of beer.

S - Nice smell of yeast with notes of bread. Some hops come through as well. A very pleasant smell.

T - A nice mix of the sweet Belgian yeast flavor with the hoppy bitterness that one expects from an IPA (it goes from sweet to hoppy. It's well balanced and has a nice lingering finish.

M - Medium bodied, nice carbonation levels. A smooth aftertaste that does feature some hop characteristics.

The Cali-Belgique definitely lives up to its name...features of a west coast IPA and a Belgian beer are both present and blend together nicely. If you like both styles, give this one a try. Another great and distinctive offering from Stone!

Photo of bravejoejoe
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell is lemon, pepper, and some bready notes.
Appearance is a golden amber, head dissapates rather quickly leaving behind a minimal lacing.
Taste Lemon hoppiness, the belgian yeast imparts a spicy notes.
Stone has done a great job again. I like many other people may be partial on the judging but I love Stone brewing. They are one of the only outside outstanding brews that we can get in the state of MT so I but it up when I can.

Photo of Thee
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok. Here's the deal: if you are a Belgian fan, and you also like a good IPA, you have got to give this a try. There are a few hopped Belgians out there now, and this is a good one. Pours well, lacy head, kind of a goldenrod color. It starts like a funky Belgian on the tongue, then the IPA character comes through, and the finish is smooth. Overall, a nice balanced beer. One of my favorites because it is very drinkable, and unique.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this one at my local place for 8 bucks (kind of steep) with no noticeable "best by" date

A - Carbonation seems a bit lacking since I only got a layer of foam and some moderate bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Head does seem sticky.

S - Smells of fruity yeast and a nice bit of hops that blends into a sort of lemon hop smell.

T - Hops are kind of subdued but I do get a bit of bitterness in the finish and a nice bit of bubble gum fruit flavor from the yeast. I bet fresh this would be amazing.

M - Light to medium it's very balanced and tasty.

Overall if I ever get a chance to try this with no yeast on the bottom (or with a best by date) I will re-review it. It still was a very solid offering and surprisingly hoppy and balanced.

Photo of Heatwave33
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a Dogfish head Snifter.

Color: Light orange with a white head.

Smell: Hoppy with some delicious fruit notes.

Taste: The fruit notes really come out in the taste with a great hop too.

Mouthfeel: Slightly coarse and smooth with a bit of a dry finish. Also a great kick on the palate.

Overall: This IPA took me by surprise. The fruit notes in the smell and the taste are awesome. This a great all around IPA. Cheers!

Photo of californiakebab
3.75/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of TheSarge
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let's pop the top off this one, and hope it doesn't gush like the last brew I had.

Poured this into a tulip, and it makes a great solid two finger thick white colored cranium. The body is golden white in color and mildly hazy.

Aroma wise it's fruity in the way of a Clementine topped with powdered sugar. Kind of like original bubble gum flavor with a hint of grapefruit too.

In the taste it's a mix between the Clementine and grapefruit doused with a heap of powdered sugar.

Feels mildly carbonated with lots of hoppy oils. There is a mild warmth left at he tip of the tounge.

Overall a much better experience than the exploding Chouffee IPA, and I'd recommend this to anybody wanting to try a Belgian style IPA.

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale copper with 1/4" of head that quickly fades. Smells primarily of Belgian yeast and faint alcohol esters. Taste is definitely Belgian yeast with some mild malts and faint hop character. Mouthfeel is smooth and moderately carbonated with an alcohol warmth.

Overall, it's not bad, but rather one dimensional. Not an IPA I'd look to get again.

Photo of Knapp85
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a nice lightly hazy yellowish gold color. The head doesn't stick around too long really and the lacing is very minimal. The smell of the beer had lots of Belgian yeast aromas coming off of it and plenty of hops on the nose. The taste of this brew is really nice and soft feeling with some bubbles in there to give it a slight edge. The hops go really well in this brew also. The mouthfeel is pretty light but still had enough going for it to keep it alive. Overall this brew is really nicely done. Big fan of this one.

Photo of 2xHops
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not totally sure on whether the beer is acceptable in regard to the freshness. When I poured it into a pint glass, there were not as much froth action bubbling up. I don't know if that's a sign that it may be starting to get old.

The taste was good. I certainly can taste the Belgian influence int his beer that helps balance out the bitterness that we all like to see in an IPA. I certainly can taste the alcohol kicking through, and for some it might be a good thing. For me, though, I think it would be better if it was masked better.

Photo of dsprainman
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found this one at the store today and was intrigued by the name. Just got back from Belgium, but being a west coaster, I'm very partial to a good IPA. Lets see how this stacks up.
A- Poured from a 22 into a Duvel tulip, Fat 2+ finger head from a slightly aggressive four. Rich opaque golden-amber body. Loads of lacing and the cloudy head sticks around.
S- The piney goodness of hops stick out with the belgian yeast hanging in the background. Spices and cloves also meet the nose.
T- Wow. All the typical up front fresh hops of a normal stone IPA with the subtle smoothness of belgian yeast sweetness to round them off.
M-Medium bodied, actually very drinkable for 6.9% ABV
Overall, This beer might be my favorite offering from Stone. While it falls more on the American IPA side than an actual Belgian IPA like La Chouffe Houblon, it's just an amazing interpretation of the style. As it warms the Belgian side opens up a little more. My new favorite from stone. World class.

Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,663 ratings.