Stone Cali-Belgique IPA | Stone Brewing

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPAStone Cali-Belgique IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

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-Belgiƫ 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
Ratings:
3,443
Reviews:
1,112
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
11.28%
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
709
For Trade:
2
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Photo of ThaJokerWild
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of DJ-22
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of berkshire413
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of N1Nkasi
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Mattyneg
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of ccm414
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 1 Pt 6 Fl oz bottle...

A- Poured with a nice, uniform 3 finger head. Slightly orange, but mostly a straw color. Leaves a decent lace while the head settles.

S- Rather sweet in the smell with the belgian yeast coming through very strong. Light grain. They really nailed the smell of a belgian ipa here, very nice. The hops come through on the back of the nose with some lighter piney scents.

T- Sweet and tart, very balanced with great flavor. Almost like a piney orange. I was expecting to get much more flavors from the yeast after the smell, but not much. For this "style" beer being a cali ipa with belgian influence, they really nailed it on the head. A great brew, I just wish it had a little more weight to it.

M- Light bodied, but packed with unique flavor. Not much carbonation. I feel it would be a little better with some more body to it, but still an excellent beer.

O- They really nailed it on this beer. It is exactly what I was expecting, and then some. The smells and flavors are all there for this california ipa with a belgian influence (mainly the yeast). I would grab for another one. Will visit again some time soon.

Cheers!
ccm414

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Photo of Tone
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, gold color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hint of pale malt, slight yeast, citrus hops, piney hops, slight alcohol, and slight spice. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pine hops, slight citrus hops, hint of alcohol, slight alcohol, strong yeast, and slight spice. Overall, good aroma, blend, appearance, complexity, and body.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Into a chalice:

A: hazy golden orange body has a small concave white half finger head appears and lasts for ten seconds and gently dies into the body. The body is too hazy for any carbonation to be seen rising. No lacing was left around the sides of the chalice.

S: nice combination between tropical/citrus fruit and the hops.

T: sharper bit of the tropical fruits such as pineapple and papaya come out. There is a certain juiciness in the taste

M: light to medium with nothing obscure to the tongue.

O: ok, is this really a Belgian IPA, because I'll take this any time any day again, though I thought I wasn't thrilled with this style, I am thrilled with this beer.

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Photo of tangentrider
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light amber beer with a white, disappearing head. No lacing.

S: Sweet, caramel malt; fruit, faintly spicy hop.

T: Very faint malt; citrus bitterness; very clean. Bitter finish lasts and lasts.

MF: Smooth, almost chewy, yet clean and crisp. Moderate carbonation.

D: Very good beer; I'll have this one again.

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Photo of nycwinter
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice.
A= Beautiful cream colored rocky head atop a light golden body.

S= This is where the beer delivers for me. It has floral notes up front that is not unlike a Belgian tripel. A tinge of grapefruit peel lingers in the background to remind you this is an IPA.

T= Mainly citrus peel dominates the taste buds. The taste is almost the opposite of the smell. A hint of the floral bouquet comes through, but overall the taste diminishes quickly.

M= Light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

D= Very drinkable, though not as refreshing as an IPA, and not as substantial as a Belgian. I guess that makes it just right for the style.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-a little over carbonated but nice hue
-sweet mellow hopes not to bright more mellow
- taste is mellow mellow ipa great flavor but a nice not to bouncy taste
- mellow with a very small bite
- a great mellow casual ipa

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Photo of afinepilsner
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gobuccos
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kylehay2004
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half finger head with nice lacing on a deep golden hazy body. Aroma is typical Belgian stone yeast with citrus, mostly grapefruit and pear. Flavor is also very citrusy with a tangy and bitter finish. Nice yeast and hop profile. Medium body and moderate carbonation. One of the better offerings from stone for my tastes.

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Photo of hillind
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hydes
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Stebow1289
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Was on tap at Hollingshead. Was amazed at the appearance, very clear, surprisingly. Fantastic lacing, a golden color. Great aroma, everything you'd expect out of this style: hops and sweet yeast.

Taste, more hops, good. Not a big Belgian fan, but this really makes it more palate-able having the customary Stone goodness to walk you along the path to something new.

Mouthfeel, very complex, you get bits of honey, grass, sweet, but hops is still at the forefront. F'n yum. Price is ouch. What'd I pay $10 for a pint/imperial pint? Worth it? You know it.

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Photo of apbarwood
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright golden color with a long-lasting white head. Spices dominate the nose with a slight citrus aroma. Spices and citrus again on the palate with maybe some lemon rind and/or orange peel. The hopping is definitely noticeable and comes through nicely to stand together with the fruity and spicy flavors. Very well blended overall but losing half a point for perhaps pushing the spice out front a little too much in my opinion. The variety of flavors really reaches every corner of the palate and creates a sensory whirlwind. Great carbonation that's lively and not overpowering. Very drinkable all in all but I would have liked the spices to be a bit more subdued. Nonetheless, this is an excellent beer.

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Photo of HugePlume
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the stone brewery.

A- Color reminiscent of a dried corn stalk, yellowish with a hint of orange. Had a decen 1 finger t head, not spectacular though. Good retention. Average lacing.

S- Interesting blend of spicy yeast and floral hops.

T- A winner here, with again the spicy yeast and malt giving way to a crisp bitter finish, with a grassy element present in the background.

M- Very good across the tongue light body, with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

O- The first Belgian IPA I have tried, and certainly good enough that I will go back for more of this and others of the breed.

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Photo of BigJim5021
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper hue with a big white head that leaves a whole lotta lacing.

Big floral hops meet the familiar Belgian yeast aroma that I love so dearly. Neither of the two overpower one another, striking a nice balance.

The flavor -- while slightly heavier on the floral and citrus hops than Belgian yeast byproducts -- is pretty well balanced between the two competing profiles. The finish is a nice combination of slight sweetness and big hops.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and damned dry.

Drinkability is pretty high. While this is in no way my favorite Belgian IPA to date (Houblon Chouffe, I'm looking at you), it's a really tasty brew. If Stone were to offer it in sixers, I would definitely grab one from time to time to spice things up a bit (no pun intended... ok, maybe a little bit).

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Photo of MiScusi
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Hollingshead's Deli in Orange, CA.

A- pours an orangish gold with a really rocky, dense white head. Look very inviting just from the start.

S- Definitely the Belgian yeast earthy smell. It's quite hoppy along with that. Similar to a Houblon Chouffe in terms of the earthiness combined with hops.

T- Really unique in this regard... you get a lot of orange citrus flavor right away, then fading to a huge amount of the Belgian yeast earthiness after that. It's quite complex as there's other stuff there I want to be able to describe but I just can't. Really good. The citrusy hops is where Stone puts its "Cali" in it.

M/D- The beer is on the lighter side overall, which is nice. Nothing too overwhelming in texture even at almost 7%. Still, this isn't my favorite type of beer, as the Belgian yeast character takes some getting use to along with a huge hop presence. Quite good still. Something different when us West Coasters want to go for something a bit different.

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Photo of CHickman
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy light orange in color with a 1 inch creamy white head; decent lacing that sticks to the glass.

Smells of sweet malt, orange peel, floral hops, yeast, lemon, caramel, and earthy / grassy notes.

Very hoppy, yet the flavor complexities seem to come from the yeast and hop combo, which leaves a nice malty taste which has mild spices and a subtle alcohol warming feel and taste. Some of the tastes include hops, floral hops are noticeable, malt, yeast, orange peel or citrus, faint caramel and there's an earthy grassy taste and feel that give it some texture. Really nice beer that is easy drinking with lots of flavor.

Mouthfeel is creamy, with little to no carbonation and a sweet malty finish that's slightly bitter. A great hybrid beer that goes down like water and was very enjoyable!

Another winner from Stone, and I really liked that they didn't feel the need to have a huge ABV to provide a huge flavor. It was very drinkable and enjoyable, and I highly recommend this beer.

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
3.99 out of 5 based on 3,443 ratings.
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