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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

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (2010) into a Duvel tulip.
A: The murky golden body has a nice and orange color out of direct light, but also has a light yellow in the light. The white head pours a frothy two fingers, but settles to an island of foam.
S: A piny aroma, a bit of medium intensity, while nice subtle Belgian yeast notes are present.
T/M: The final off flavors are a satisfying dry bitterness. While sweet flavors remain, this is a nice and long lingering finish. The body finishes with a long and piny finish, still a hint of the creamy mouthfeel. The up front flavors are rich and vibrant. Good flavors, a bit more earthy overall, added a bit of Belgian funky yeast, but not enough, or too much for that matter.
D: Great all around Stone brew, a nice version of west coast IPA and Belgian influences. I find this flavorful brew to be a nice and easy drinking BIPA and deep earthy flavors are welcoming.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Stone Cali-Belgique IPA brewed by Stone Brewing Co., with an ABV of 6.90% This brew pours out a deep golden amber color, with a nice white head. The smell of Stone Cali-Belgique IPA, is rich with hops, grains, and malts. There is also a hit of spices in the smell of this brew. This IPA has the look and smell of most IPA's on the market, not saying that is a bad thing . Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You first pick up the rich hops and ginger spice. Then the nice smoothness of grains and malts. There is a lot going on in Stone Cali-Belgique IPA. What offsets this brew from other IPA's is the spices in this brew.Stone Cali-Belgique IPA , has a nice balance to it there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouthfeel of Stone Cali-Belgique IPA, is Bold, rich, spicy , clean , and smooth. It is also hard to pick up on the 6.90% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth and bold. Overall I'm giving Stone Cali-Belgique IPA, a 4.25 out of 5. Stone Brewing Co., did a nice job with this IPA, I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Crystal clear bright Orange/gold color. Gold fluffy bright white head. Great lacing. Classic California hop nose win some yeasty undertones.

Oh wow. Really really god Damned good. Body is a little thinner then expected but still decently size. Tart fruitiness, soft yeast flavors, soft hop flavors. The most subtle and elegant ipa I've ever had. The Belgian yeast flavors along with he California hop flavors blend so well together. Incredibly smooth and balanced. This beer is straight up amazing. Well blended flavors, so concentrated. I love it

at 4.99 a bottle, its the best deal around.

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Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glowing orange with highlights of tangerine and gold. Thick offwhite frothy head that eventually dissipates to a collar of foam and a pool of oils. Organic root-like frosty laces.

Funky orange, lemon, banana, fruity esters, bubble gum, and herbal notes. Biscuits and honey round out the nose.

Orange peel, sour grapefruit, lemon, funky fruity esters, and resiny herbal notes. slightly toasty biscuits with honey and a hint of vanilla. hop-sticky sour citrus bitterness and aftertaste. Great balance of IPA and Belgian funk.

Silky smooth, med body, mild adequate carbonation, sticky chewiness.

Awesome mix if American/Belgian. The plentiful American hops are a great combo with the funky Belgian yeast. Recommended.

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Photo of MisterSH
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. No printed freshness date that I can find, but I'm happy to report that I've complied with this bottle's stated instructions to keep refrigerated. Hooray for freon, which has allowed me to pour this moderately chilled beer into a Duvel tulip.

Fairly aggro pour reveals a rich orange/gold colored beer with a one finger head that quickly disappates, leaving some nice lacing sliding slowly down the glass. Looks good.

Aroma - a combo of the piney, grapefruity hop resin we're all used to with stone, and a sugary sweet bubblegum essence of belgian yeast. Yeah, there's clove in there too. It smells so much like a stone IPA that my American nose is finding the addition of the belgian aromas a little hard to get used to. It's like running into an old friend who suddenly... smells a little different.

Taste - An up front belgian clove note, followed by a spot-on stone IPA with a satisfyingly mellow, but undeniably perceptible essence of sweetness amidst the hops. Finishes just slightly spicier and more peppery than a stone IPA. If you've never had a stone IPA than this description is not making any sense to you, but the gist is that this beer tastes exactly like what it is - an established American IPA brewed with beligan yeast. Lingering aftertaste is a pretty tame and pleasant hop bitterness, accompanied by an unusual but very subtle bready sweetness, balancing things quite nicely and keeping the palate ready for the next sip. More drinking reveals complex hints of lemon peel, bubblegum, and fresh bread present.

Mouthfeel - Fairly high on the carb, a little chewy and certainly heavier on the tongue than a regular stone IPA.

Easy drinking, nothing dramatic here just a nice remix of a classic that makes sure not to throw anything off balance. All the essentials are still here, the belgian "essence" is subtler than I was expecting and offers a nice, gentle addition to a set of flavors that I hold quite dear to my heart as one of my all time favorite beers. If the choice was between another glass of this or of a regular stone IPA, I'd probably take the IPA. That said, I'd gladly drink this anytime, and I will most definitely be having more of these in the future.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 picked up over the weekend at John's Marketplace in Portland for $5.99... really.. just charge $6... poured into my waiting shaped SA glass...

2 finger head is bubbly and lasts forever.. great lacing atop a slightly hazy honey straw brew.

Nose is a very nice mash-up of Belgian yeastiness and some citric hoppiness.. what little pale malt essence that is there is completely drowned out (in a good way) by all the above fantastic aromas.

The flavor is "pretty much" everything I had hoped it would be.. tons of bubblegum and a citrus zest.. spicy and fairly phenolic.. as it warms there is a grapefruit and pineapple component that becomes more prevalent.. but the yeastiness is just about perfect.. the body is light side of medium with a nice smooth small bubble carbonation...

I like this brew a bunch.. Brenda had a taste and amazingly she asked if it was "the Green Flash beer that I like". She meant "le freak".. this brew is pretty damn good.. but it does not verge on le freak category..

I am damn happy I have another glass to enjoy... now.... we just need to get this delicacy into boise.

4/4/4.5/4/4.5

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Photo of chefkevlar
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium dark chestnut brown color with a thick layer of white head which quickly subsides to a thin layer

S: There is a dominate aroma of pine and citrus hops which a heavy dose of orange and grapefuit smells. There is also a noticeable influence of the belgian yeast...fruity and spicy with a bit of honey sweetness in the backgroud

T: The hops are again dominate here, with a nice bitterness and citrus flavors. There are also definate flavors from the yeast, an earthy, herbal, spicy combination.

M: Moderately heavy on the palate with a fine carbonation

D: Very enjoyable. The addition of the Belgian yeast provides a nice twist to a typical IPA. Very very tasty brew here.

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Photo of ebin6
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not going into full review mode as I've had this beer dozens of times....perhaps that is an injustice to the beer, but so it goes.

Accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do: combine the styles of a Belgian and West Coast IPA. Hop profile is distinct on the front and back end while maintaining a palpable mouthfeel and overall flavor profile. Hides the alcohol extremely well; one of the more drinkable IPAs in my opinion. It seems that this beer led Stone in the direction of brewing techniques outside the US (Saison du Buff and their 14th Anniversary) not to mention their prospective brewing collaboration with a Belgian brewery. While the beers that followed were met with much more mixed reviews (I, for one, thoroughly enjoyed the 14th Anniversary), it is safe to say that this brew is approachable for all types of BAs.

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Photo of KBoudreau66
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- it definitely pours like an IPA with a light copper color that looks very refreshing. It has a nice white head that will leave a little bit of lacing down the glass.

S- you can really detect the hops and sweet yeast smell up front with some citrus and fruit smells in there as well.

T- you can really taste the Belgian style yeast and maltyness, but the best part is the hop flavor that comes in to play.

M- Lighter bodied

D- This beer is very drinkable. This is the first Belgian IPA that I've tried and I'm impressed with it. I hope that this newer styled beer takes off because it is really good.

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Photo of ksmi116
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours clear dark gold, with a decent white head with good retention

S - Belgian yeast and tartness

T - Wow, this is interesting. Tangy grapefruit, pineapple, belgian yeast, and other tangy, but not overly bitter flavors

M - Could be a little heavier, but the carbonation and overall mouthfeel is quite delightful

O - I was really impressed that this is as different from anything else that I have tasted. Stone has not disappointed me with a beer yet!

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Photo of hiku7
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear amber with minor bubble streams. Decent layer of foam remained after the head dissipated. Lacing wasn't great, but it could have been the glass.

Aroma is lemon citrus and rose petals, plus phenols that remind me of overripe peaches and a hint of banana.

Flavor is citrus peachy funk with an assertive bitter finish. The hint of banana makes its way into the flavor as well. Maybe ripe honeydew melon too. The malt is reminiscent of fresh bread and provides a welcome sweetness to balance the hop bitterness.

Medium body with pleasant foamy carbonation that has little bite. Overall, dangerously drinkable and very smooth and soft on the palate. The sweetness up front gives way to a moderately dry finish.

I'm new to the Belgian IPA style, so I don't yet have points of reference, but really enjoyed this beer. The phenols and esters really added to what is otherwise the malt and hop profile of Stone's IPA.

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Photo of NODAK
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has a definite IPA smell to it...reminded me at first of Stone's IPA. Straight pine needles. However, as it opens up, a distinct Belgian spiciness shows up. It remains in the background but noticeable.

Pours dark golden with a pretty large, fluffy head.

Starts off a pretty good bitter kick, much like their IPA...but soon thereafter, Belgian spice and some semi-tart lemony citrus show through and pair up nearly equally with the hops. It's a good pairing too, as the beer never gets to the same bitterness as the regular IPA, but still has a firm hop backbone. A bit of astringent bitterness lasts after the swallow along the sides of the tongue, along with a little breadiness that shows up briefly.

All in all, I'm a definite fan of this beer. I love their IPA and I'm a fan of Belgians, and this marries the two quite well.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber to orange with a good amount of cloudiness. Finger thick head on an 8 oz pour dorm this 22 oz bottle. Nice spotted lacing on the glass through consumption. Smells of a strong piney hop and similar to the regular Stone IPA. Flavor is also nicely bitter and sweet with the hops - I want to say the Belgian yeast makes this slightly less hoppy in taste and more balanced than the regular version. Very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of beergod1
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure what I was expecting with this. I was pleasantly surprised. Thanx DK. Poured into a St. Bernadus Goblet,clear Honey colored pour with a foamy ivory head that leaves significant lacing on the inside of the glass. The nose is...interesting, earthy, some Belgian yeast character, spicy hops, Grapefruit rind. Nice bitter sweet flavors, a hint of belgian yeast, caramel, grapefruit and pine. Fruity bitter finish. Active carbonation. Delicious beer. Drinks very well.

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Photo of ATPete
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

Pours a transparent golden orange color with a large white head that leaves some sticking. Nice hop aroma in the nose paired with a strong yeast character. Pineapple, apricot, banana and peach fruit notes. Nice big bright Cali hop flavor, excellent malt balance and a very distinct yeast note. Very true to its style, it really shows the best of both worlds. Medium bodied, and at only 6.9% i could drink this all day.

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Photo of cbros
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dirty straw yellow with an almost nonexistant white lace, no carbonation activity present after the pour. No cling to the side of the glass to speak of.

S- Strong combination of citrus hops and clove.

T- The hop and clove combination really comes out in the taste. The hops start off with the cloves coming in at the end.

My sister picked this up in NYC for me and I am very happy with the results. Duvel was one of my first Belgium/craft beers(and is still a favorite of mine) that helped push me into this 'scene' and because of my newfound beer hobby I have also taken a likeing to IPA's. To me this a great combination of the two beer realms. I love the clove/hop combination that this beer brings and I am going to explore further into the Belgium IPA style. My only negative is that even though Stone is offered in NC I cannot find this anywhere.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Slightly hazy golden-orange. Big and frothy white head. Great retention, lacing clings everywhere.

S: Unmistakable Belgian yeast. Slightly chalky. Estery with hints of banana, dash of cloves. Slight boozy undertones. American hops add scents of citrus and tropical fruits. Smells rather like a pina-colada when taken as a whole. Very nice.

T: A fairly strong dose of American, west Coast style hopping opens things up. Substantial bitterness throughout. Pine and sticky bud. Orange and pineapple flavors are contributed by both hops and esters. Clove taste butts in briefly. Banana is there, but hard to pick out at first. Alcohol has an impact too. Warming and a bit spicy. Finishes dry with chalky yeast and oily hop flavors.

M: Medium bodied, but very full and creamy. Moderate carbonation. Slick, oily feeling too. Enamel stripping hop mouthfeel.

O: Maybe my favorite example of the style so far.

Notes: A great marriage of the Belgian and IPA styles. Maintains a great balance of flavors, showcasing both aspects, but not letting one trump the other. A noteworthy beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky honey orange with a 2 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. A latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, herbal hops, and Belgian yeast. Taste is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and herbal hops up front with the Belgian yeast flavors coming through on the finish. There is a mild amount of citrus zest bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great flavor and high drinkability.

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Photo of rowew
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber, screen printed but it looks like its had a rough life. I couldn't find a date on it.

Appearance: Clear golden, large white head with good retention.

Smell: Lots of hops - bubble gum aroma is very appealing, there is a bit of Belgian yeast aroma in there as it warms.

Taste: The Belgian yeast is much more noticable in the taste - plenty of hop flavor, but not much bitterness, the belgian flavors round out the hops nicely.

Overall impression: Nice twist on a great IPA - plenty of great hop flavors with an interesting yeast note .. this one is pretty drinkable, I'd love to see it in 6 packs.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle from Brewdog online shop (£3.50):
Another outstanding Stone beer &despite being a bit past its 'enjoy by' date but it has managed to hold up very well and still seemed fresh, crisp & quite lively with good carbonation levels. The beer went down very well with a good balance & had plenty of yeast giving that Belgian twist; I'm already on the look out for this one again & hopefully I'll be able to get hold of a fresher bottle next time round.

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Photo of RedSpecial1
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale amber with a thick foamy head that slowly dissipates. The nose is complex with a characteristic Belgian phenol note, but it's subtly cut with a pleasant hop bitterness, a subtle hint of lighter fruits like apricot or mango. The flavor is more similar to an IPA than the aroma is, but there is still a distinct Belgian character to the front of the taste profile. The flavor lingers pleasantly in the back of the throat. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing, perfect for a warm evening. Overall, this is a solid session beer.

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Photo of EdTheEdge
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First I gotta say. I am a BIG fan of Stone especially their Arrogant Bastard stuff. So this might be bit biased.

Poured from a large bottle into my favorite pint glass.

Color is a pale coppery gold and clear. Head was a nice thick golden cream at first, but faded quickly to a thin foamy layer that lasted the entire tasting . Nice lacing on the glass during several pours.

I am a newbie at this but I get a nice pleasant whiff of hops and evergreen(?).

Taste. I love it! I like an IPA and this one is a top notch. Hops, evergreen, Simple but strong.

Mouthfeel is tough one for me. But I can tell you this beer has a pleasant aftertaste that lasted quite a while.

Like I said I am a fan of STONE but this is my first time tasting Cali-Belgie. I can tell you that I think I'll keep a bottle of this around at all times.

This is a very good Friday night beer.

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Photo of codfeast
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my notes

A: A golden hue, light carbination with a 1/4" head

S: Citrus(lemon mostly), Belgium yeast.

T: Citrus, flowers with a bit of a spicy finish from the yeast.

M: Medium body quite smooth with a nice bubbly carbination.

O: A really easy to drink very good tasting beer. Still get tripped out by the style. When you get the two distinct character of two distinct styles becoming one.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a snifter.

A- Hazy golden with hints of orange hue. Finger sized white head formed and dissipated quickly.

S- Fresh hops and citrus fruits give off a very nice aroma. Has a very distinct yeast scent similar to other Belgian IPAs I have had.

T- Great combination of west coast hops and Belgian style IPA. The citrus is there, but not as dominant as west coast IPAs can be. The typical Belgian yeast flavor is somewhat subdued from the dominant hops.

M- Smooth and medium bodied. Some carbonation. Perfect consistency as the final sip just sits on the back of the tongue giving off wonderful flavors.

D- Highly drinkable. That's all I can say about this one.

I tend to dislike Belgian IPAs, but this one was by far my favorite one to date. I really love west coast IPAs, but sometimes I just tend to get burned out on drinking them. On the other hand I really don't care for Belgian IPAs because they seem too reserved. This one fits right in the middle. A perfect blend of both characteristics.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sunny tangerine with a few fine floating flecks that don't look like yeast particles. It'll be interesting to see what the final pour adds to the glass (note: nothing much). Atop the beer can be seen three fingers of foam the color of pearls bathed in a soft orange light. The sturdy crown looks more American than Belgian, but then this is an American ale. Cheese grater-like lace sticks to all available surfaces.

The nose is as expected given the ingredients. Magnum, Centennial and Chinook hops add the Cali, while the yeast adds the Belgique. A pretty successful marriage if you ask me. Each sniff delivers orange, grapefruit, lemon and bubblegum. Clove and other spicy yeast esters aren't prominent. A hint of orange-flavored children's chewable aspirin keeps the score from the next highest number.

I like what Stone Brewing hath wrought in this attempt to merge New World hops with Old World yeast. That's a much more inviting combination than Old World hops (just one BA's opinion) and New World yeast (simple ale yeast). This brew may not be quite as delicious as Stone IPA, but it's close. Unfortunately, my flavor memory of their standard IPA is sadly fading since I have no easy access.

The balance between hop flavor and yeast flavor is close to perfect. The impressive tropical fruitiness of the former gradually morphs into the bready and bubblegum-like qualities of the latter. As in the nose, spiciness is kept to a minimum (without being completely AWOL). A blast of clove and cardamom wouldn't have worked as well.

Despite 77 IBUs, the beer doesn't seem overly bitter. Having said that, at roughly the midway point of the bomber, my tongue in beginning to quiver just a bit. Incidently, the alcohol is hidden very well. As the beer warms, kiwi and strawberry notes begin to filter in at the edges. This really is a sneakily complex ale.

The mouthfeel is merely good. It wouldn't be fair to expect something Belgianesque, since the only thing Belgian about this offering is the yeast. Still, it could be more full... or more smoothly creamy... or more softly fluffy. I'm not picky.

If Cali-Belgique IPA is an experiment, then it's a successful experiment. By virtue of one simple change, Greg and the boys at Stone have managed to create an IPA that tastes nothing like the original, yet is just as good. If the suggestion box is open, here's a vote for continued production. Distribution to Iowa is probably a pipe dream, but then that's why I look forward to traveling back to Ohio several times each year.

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,083 ratings.