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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA | Stone Brewing

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPAStone Cali-Belgique IPA

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
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.

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Reviews: 1,091 | Ratings: 3,364
Photo of Wer34truh
3.32/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Surly snifter.

A light golden color, with a initially rather sizable head that dissipates quickly. A moderate amount of small bubbles that rise with varying degrees of velocity.

The prevailing scent that hits my nose is of sweet caramel, with noticeable hops in the background. The sweetness and caramel create a smell which reminds me of bubble gum. Definitely a nose I enjoy.

Considering the smell, the taste was surprisingly bitter. With me not being able to get past the sour and bitter taste which immediately hit my palate. The Belgian yeast-flavor is there, but relatively subtle. Bitterness is all well and good, but the taste (and style) had raised my hopes up for something that juxtaposed it. As one would expect from a Belgian inspired beer, the feel is marvelously light.

This beer looks and smells the part. In addition it's very drinkable. I just wish I could say more good things about the way it taste.

Purchased as part of a sampler 12-pack. Paid $20.

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Photo of dcotom
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled on 10/12/15. Poured from bottle (06/09/15) into TeKu glass. Deep golden color with a voluminous white head. Aroma of light roasted malt, Belgian yeast, a bit of coriander / orange zest. Some sweetness on the palate at first, then nice, resinous hoppiness with overtones of spice. Pleasant lingering bitterness and spiciness on the finish. Very solid and enjoyable offering from Stone.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone gargoyle pint. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of bready malt and lightly citrus noble hops; proper European influence. Flavor is neutral malt with mild caramel, Belgian yeast and Belgian style noble hops, but half way through the taste, a strong citrus hop flavor develops and this finishes with a more North American traditional grapefruit rind and light citrus bitterness. Medium bodied with good carbonation. An interesting hybrid o styles with a good flavor progression from old world to new. The initial flavor is quite true to Belgian style IPAs, but the finish has a lot more typical Stone citrus hop character. I like both and enjoyed the combination. This brewery really know how to put out a good and interesting IPA.

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Photo of gandres
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from the Escondido Store to wine glass 4.00 Color/Look: dark amber 4.00 Smell: Hoppy 4.00 Taste: nice bitter bite usual in IPA, well balance 4.00 "
Feel: really creamy" 4.25 Overall: Excellent beer, something to look forward to

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Photo of Safa1
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ok. If I didn't like cheeseburgers I wouldn't buy a cheeseburger then rate it. If you don't like Belgium yeast why would you buy a beer made from said yeast then give it a bad review knowing beforehand that you don't like the yeast used in brewing. Seems crazy. With that being said.

This beer is good. It's a sweet ipa with a great mouthfeel. It is not far off from what Stone always does and to be honest, it's worth every penny.

Try it once at least. But for Christs sake don't review cheeseburgers if you don't like meat.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice change..... A beer that is what it says.... A genuine IPA... All hops and oomph with a genuine twist of Belgian sweetness, but the whole is more than the sum of the parts.
Top stuff.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours hazy light golden with a frothy and creamy white head that laces quite well. Aroma is very faint but I get some sort of spice with Belgium yeast. Taste lemon, citrus, clove, orange peel not to bad.

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Photo of hotmailmsn
3.34/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

6.9% ABV, 77 ibu, 650ml bottle.
A - golden orange clear with one finger head.
S - grapefruit, lemon peel, tangerine, orange. banana indeed. raisin tartness.
T - Belgium yeast did play very well in this IPA, tastes like orange, with some rounded characteristic. bitterness come through, lack of maltiness.
O - very interesting marriage, u really can taste the diff from the yeast. complex, it's on the sweet IPA side, honestly I prefer piney malty IPA. but definitely worth to try! won't get it again tho.

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Photo of Samuel_Merryweather
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Loooooved this twist on a normal IPA. While everyone else is just adding more hops, certain brewers are creating whole new realms of what an IPA can taste like. Revelation in a bottle. Lovely for the summer.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.75/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

A: [3.75] Beer is a golden straw color and forms about a 1/2 finger of head. The head has chunky and irregular bubbles. The bottle has a best by date (10/01/15) and lists the ABV (6.9%)

S: [2.50] Mostly Belgian yeast on the nose. Also a melted plastic sort of smell.

T: [2.50] Belgian yeast is there to ruin the party. That is all I can taste Belgian yeast.

M: [3.75] Slightly tingly carbonation. The mouth feel is slick and coating. Probably the highlight for me.

O: [2.75] I really dislike Belgian yeast. So this was a stretch. I hoped that this would have the IPA character and some hints of Belgian style. I get no IPA and all Belgian.

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Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass

Appearance: pours a sudsy 1"+ white head that drops slowly with plenty of lacing. Color is golden-orange with tons of streaming carbonation.

Aroma: distinctive with floral and citrus hops along with Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, viscious and sticky with a mostly dry warming finish.

Flavor: citrus, pine, white bread, brett yeast flavors and a spicy sweetness.

Overall: interesting twist on an IPA

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 6'9% abv.

Appearance- Pours a seemingly glowing orange-yellow. Similar to the color of honey. Thick 2 finger head with lots of lacing.

Smell- Resinous pine aroma with touches of sweet bread.

Taste- A dry cracker malt taste quickly builds into a dank flavor of pine and citrus. The citrus takes over midway, becoming more grapefruit-esque and less piney. Faint touches of Belgian sugary yeast come near the end, but very subtle. Much more IPA than "Belgie". The finish is very different, as it finishes extremely hoppy while still being sweet like a Belgian pale ale.

Mouthfeel- Medium-heavy in body with much carbonation.

Overall- A stellar hop bomb, as to be expected by Stone, but with an interesting twist by being Belgian somewhat. The Belgian yeast was subtle but there (may of been overpowered by all the hopping). A fine addition to the Stone lineup.

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Photo of mobius71
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My palate isn't discerning enough to be able to tell what's Belgian about it. That said, it's delicious. As far as an IPA goes, it's up my ally of preference. Light/bright, floral, plenty of hop character without that medicinal super bitterness. I'll definitely get this again.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden yellow with a two-finger foamy white head. The head recedes quickly leaving a light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is Belgian yeast, orange peel, grapefruit, and light floral hops.

T - The flavor is Belgian yeast, biscuity malts, orange peel, grapefruit, and piney hops. The finish has a light lingering bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is very creamy with a dry finish.

O - A strong Belgian IPA. Very tasty.

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Photo of ludachris
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A puck of frothy white head holds steady on top of its peachy orange body. Long legs of lace stretch across the glass. Its soft haze makes it tough to see its level of carbonation. She's a quaffable looking lady.

Belgian phenolics and American hop derived tropical fruitiness makes for quite an intriguing nose. Its ripe peach, mango, and apricot character takes an edge over the sweet bubble gum and soft banana that's also present. A bit of clove and a bit of band aid come through as the nose unravels over time.

A big rounded kick of peach and papaya comes with an assertive dank, grassy, grapefruit pithy bitterness. The American side of this IPA is much more prevalent here. There's a bit of biscuit and a bit of bread on its edges, ensuring its bitterness doesn't get out of hand. Subtle hints of bubblegum and band aid come through in the finish.

I love this for its assertive West Coast dryness and its ultra clean and crisp feel. For an IPA lover like me, this is dangerously drinkable at 6.9%.

All the components of a delicious, fruity IPA are wrapped perfectly into an approachable, clean, and quaffable package. Like the best IPA's I've had, what stands out most isn't its ridiculous level of bitterness or alcohol, its the feel; the vessel it's delivered in. I'd take this over their flagship IPA 5 out of 7 days a week.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light straw gold with a fluffy white head that leaves nice lacing behind as it slowly breaks.

S: Smell is typical Belgian IPA, nice yeast profiles and hops.

T: Taste has the Belgian yeast come across first followed by a candi sweetness and then an explosion of hops.

M: Medium feel and medium carbonation, with a dry finish.

O: A nice Belgian IPA. Stone calls it a hybrid, I don't care, it's tasty. I wish my bottle were a bit fresher, but that's another story.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $9.00 for a 650ml bomber. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that is gone in seconds. Medium/light gold color and filtered clear

S- Good hops. Light and airy.

T- Good hop presence. Likeable malt base. Not too sweet. Very enjoyable overall but pretty single minded hop usage.

M- Creamy yet tart

O- Very good but price prohibitive. I like the blend and would buy out or if someone brought it over or opened it where I was. Will not seek out though

Food Pairing

This pretty good little brew went well with....... Roast beef with gravy from the drippings and root veggies. Believe it or not this one bites though the heavy meat but accentuates the hoppy presence


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Photo of thehyperduck
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Oct 1 2015 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a translucent golden-yellow hue, with one finger of frothy, off-white head seated atop. It wilts relatively quickly, lasting no more than three minutes, at which point only a thin collar and bubbly, filmy cap remain. Decent lacing. On the nose, I am getting a lot of citrusy tropical fruit and bubble gum - lemon and grapefruit definitely come to mind, along with peaches, pineapple, banana and some restrained piney notes. Smells pretty nice to me - let's dive in, shall we?

This is a very solid IPA, with the Belgian nuances working rather nicely alongside the base IPA. The malt backbone is fairly mellow - a hint of caramelized sugar here, some bready, biscuity malt there - but it is the fruity, hoppy flavours that assertively announce their presence and define this beer. Grapefruit, lemon rind and pineapple come through clearly, along with notes of juicy peach and some banana. Finishes with a nice bitter astringency - pithy and grassy, piney and floral all at once, with a mild yeasty spiciness fading quickly in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with very active carbonation that give the palate a good prickling. A bit slick in the mouth, but not in a lingering way. The alcohol content is rather well-masked, making this one of those 'dangerously drinkable' beers that I love so dearly.

Final Grade: 4.25, an A-. Stone's Cali-Belgique IPA is a very solid example of the style. I'd say it leans a bit more toward the American side than the Belgian one - with some slight bubblegum/banana ester flavours, and only a restrained yeastiness to speak of - but it manages to retain the delicious pithy citrus, tropical fruit and piney bitterness that the base IPA is so famous for. Very good; an exceedingly drinkable example of the style that I hope to return to again. The (Ontario) price point isn't great, but it's still totally worth a look.

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Photo of Tdenham
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours crystal clear with a thick white head which dissipates quickly.

Smells like a farmhouse saison, lots of grassy notes and bubblegum.

Tastes like no other IPA I have had before, lots of banana when it has warmed a little.

Very smooth, light carbonation.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure what this style is. I think it needs a new classification. Raging bitch was what I was expecting, and that's what I got. There have been several of these Aipa brews with Belgian yeast. They all are over the top being the Belgians. This one is too, but it is still behaved.

It's yellow with s thin head. It has a yeasty, hoppy aroma. The taste is a sharp, yeasty, bitter affair. I wish it were sweeter, but it is cool. The aftertaste sits hugely yeasty and bitter.

This is a good take on the style, whatever it is.

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Photo of frozyn
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy By 9/6/15.

L -- Pours a hazy golden color with a thick white head that sticks around for a long time and clings to the side, leaving a little lace behind.

S -- Yeasty and a little spicy. Hoppy to a lesser degree, mostly in the form of a light pine scent.

T -- Yeast and hops wrestle together for attention, with the yeast winning out at first. The hops add light citrus, floral flavors to it. The yeast leaves a spicy feel on the tongue in the aftertaste. Letting it warm on the tongue, I get more grapefruit rind and pine. Nearly room temp and banana becomes more prominent.

F -- Crisp, dry, bitter. Light-to-medium body. Reminds of the feel from some of the better Belgian tripels (not the same, but to me, similar).

O -- At first I was a bit confounded, trying to make this into an IPA or Belgian beer in my head. When I gave up making it one or the other, and let it be, it started to grow on me quickly. I ended up enjoying it quite a bit. The flavors seem to work well together, blending into something more than the parts. My favorite sips were the ones that came in piney and ended up yeThe Belgian yeast lends a lot to the scent/flavor/feel and is a good step away from hop bombs or malty marauders. If you have a friend who loves IPAs but was never sold on Belgians, this could be a good transition beer.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a shaker pint.

Look is a darker yellow with a thin full head. Absolutely crystal clear.

Lots of spicy Belgian banana in the aroma.

Taste is more of a blend of IPA and Belgian than the aroma is. Lots of estery Belgian spice and banana then hit with deliciously bitter hops.

Good beer, fun to drink.

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Photo of ajm5108
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bitter, resin hops doesn't mix well with the subtler dry malt / earthy tones of the Belgian style. Hop ends up overpowering it and the combo comes off like a stale ipa.

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Photo of Radome
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from a 22 oz bomber.

L - Dark straw color with a hint of orange. Not hazy but not clear; just slightly milky. Head thick, white, and persistent.

S - Aroma is yeasty, reminding me mostly of Belgian wit beer character, but there is a bit of farmhouse as well. All is backed up by West Coast hops. There is also a bit of bready malt. Everything is subtle and fresh.

T - Flavors of bready malt; cracked grains; piney, lightly citrusy hops. Yeast flavors are not as prominent as the aromas. Fresh and clean flavors, but still with depth and complexity.

M - Medium to thin body. Bracing hit of hops bitterness. Prickly carbonation. Alcohol not evident.

O - From the description, this is Stone IPA simply brewed with a Belgian yeast. It's hard to believe the yeast can make this so different, but it is a very tasty beer.

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Photo of car2052
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to tulip glass.

A: Hazy, full bodied orange. 1/2 in. of white head.
S: Pine, fresh grass clippings, lemongrass, orange peel, grainy malts, banana.
T: Piney, with bright citrus notes of orange and grapefruit at the front of the tongue. Towards the end the bubblegum yeast flavor takes over, with a bit of grapefruit rind bitterness that sticks around.
M: Medium.
O: Good Belgian IPA. I'm coming around to this style.

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 1,091 ratings.
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