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Stone Cali-Belgique IPAStone Cali-Belgique IPA
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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.

Added by gpogo on 07-23-2008

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1,097
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3,381
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
11.28%
 
 
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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 Psilo707
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very active golden color with truly minimal lacing. The amber tone of the beer rings out very invitingly. I am curious to why the lacing is so much less on this Stone brew than most other Stone's of IPA caliber.

S: A fruity and strong scent eminates from the glass. One of the best smelling Stone's I've ever had.

T: Distinct and cheerful. I don't know if I'd call the taste a "fruity" one, but it's definitely in that same class of thought. A slight piney undertone that reminds me of a sweet bark/sap flavor. This is definitely up to par with the rest of the Stone brewery.

M: A solid 5, or more. I can let this brew sit in my mouth forever and not get tired of it's high activity on my taste buds. Never gets old. A very solid IPA-thickness feel.

D: Also good. Solid on the stomach but definitely not overly so. Could drink a few and be happy!

Overall: My favorite India Pale Ale ever released by the Stone brewery. Distinct taste, smell, and presence. Would buy again!

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

Pours a very attractive hazy gold color with a moderate head that dissipates rather quickly. Tiny bit of sediment floating around. Smells fruity and hoppy, the yeast adds a pleasant note. Taste is impressive, a very flavorful mix of sweet fruit, citrus, and rather bold hoppyness. It is also slightly grassy, and the sweet aspect falls off in the finish to leave a satisfying bite. Medium body, active carbonation. A very pleasant, enjoyable spin on an IPA. I'll probably pick up another bottle in the near future.

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Photo of shacawgo24
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Orange Jell-O body. Glossy. In light, yolky bright orange. Off-white head. Three finger thick. Sudsy. More creamy actually. Pillow-y, spotty lacing. Head & lacing have great retention. Appearance meets the bar of a Belgian IPA.

S-Banana bread. Cinnamon. Clove. Yeasty. Honey wheat bread. Citrus. Sweet sticky pine. Very juicy. Floral.

T-Starts citrusy, combined with bananas. More orange forward. Excellent malt middle. A mushroom cloud of malt explodes in the center. Ends bitter and pine hoppy. Pine lingers nicely. Has the bittersweet aftertaste of grapefruit. Juicy. Sour yeast and baking spices on the finish as well. Resin billows up after sipping. Gets more bitter and resinous with time.

M-Medium body. Medium carbonation. Slight sediment on finish that feels like baking spices via Belgian yeast. Sour aftertaste. Tingly. Medium level of drying. And yet wets with every sip. You feel the beer evaporate at a nice pace off of the palate.

O-Thought would be better. The smell was good, but not thick and fragrant like a Belgo-IPA should be. The two worlds of Belgian brew & IPA were mild in scents and taste. Good for the style, but I didn't get too excited drinking. Just sipped nonchalantly. Good to slightly great beer, but not classic like a Stone brew should be.

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Photo of Norfawkers
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starts off like an IPA and finishes like a Belgian (as the name suggests)

Appearance: Clear golden; little head and lacing

Smell: Quite fragrant with spices, hops, and citrus

Taste: Hops up front, spices (cinnamon)

Mouthfeel: Robust, lingering bitter finish

Drinkability: An excellent sipping beer; very flavorful

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This Belgian IPA pours a golden color with a fairly small, but tenacious, effervescent white head. The smell is more Belgian than IPA with a malty banana scent. The initial flavor is all Belgian with classic flavors of banana bread, clove, cardamom, and a little pepper, though the spices are milder than in a full Belgian. In the aftertaste the IPA flavors (hops) kick in with both some pine and grapefruit elements. This beer is incredibly well balanced as I think many good Belgian IPAs are, which is why I’ve really come to love the style. Further this one walks a perfect line between the two being pretty much 50/50 belgian and IPA. Though I truly love many Stone beers I have to say that many are pretty intense in flavor and I wouldn’t want to drink too many of them in a row. This beer though, I could drink all day. Really this is one of the better Belgian IPAs that I’ve had and I think that California has quite a few good ones. My only complaint would be that some of the very elite push the alcohol limit a little higher and maintain good flavor as well. Even so I think this definitely deserves to be rated better.

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

Appearance - This is an amazingly brilliant orange in color with a modest white head that nonetheless left some good lacing.

Smell - The aroma here is modest even as the ale warms but I got some soft citrus hops that mixed well with a rich malt base. There's a nice sense of Belgian yeast to this nose as well delivering on the promised American/Belgian marriage.

Taste - This is much lighter in flavor than I expected. It is a very delicate ale. The hops show a particularly deft touch when considering past Stoner ales. The citrus from the nose I thought announced a heavy hop hand here but I was mistaken, and the obnoxious malt base that I anticipated was absent as well. This is a very balanced beer really with crisp but not overpowering orange-flavored hopping, little malt, and a clean, sophisticated yeast.

Mouthfeel - This is nowhere near as big as I thought it would be. I wouldn't even consider this medium-bodied, and the bitter feel is throughout the drink but again very reserved.

Drinkability - This is a very quaffable Cali/Belgian ale and proof that Stone can offer subtle quality when needed. This one grew on me as I went.

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

on tap at the BA Belgian fest yesterday, and reviewed based on notes, pours lighter amber, clear under an initially fluffy and dense off white head. I got resiny hops, some lime in the nose. Fruity, hoppy, yeast going on here. Complex, tasty offering. I love the regular Stone IPA, love the Belgian addition..so enjoying this one is a no brainer...I'd love to see this one in bottles locally sometime soon

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out hazy orange into tulip glass. Small white head that disolves quickly. Great lacing all the way down. The smell is very Belgium-like. Almost smells like a good wit. Lots of spiced scents. The taste was much the same. The hoppy bit of an IPA with the orange spice of a belgium wit. This made for a absolutly great compliment to the Grilled Tuna I had with this beer. The carbonation was just right for a great mouthfeel and overall a very drinkable beer.

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

ok....bought this at a deli in Penn Station NYC before boarding...took a chance since the best before date is past by a few months...! but can't find this one anywhere else. now we try...actually a bit concerned....thought it said best before 12 (december) 2009...but can't tell if the one is rubbed off or not....maybe it's before 2 (february) 2009....!!! yeah, and it was $8 (hey, its NYC...) aahhgh

pours a 'fresh' quasi-clear orangy-amber with a super belgie-fluffy head and intricate lacing. at least it LOOKS great

as expected...smells like smelling a belgion ale and an extremem ipa simultaneously. very inticing. hopefully the nominally strong ABV allowed it to remain fresh in taste.

and it is simply delicious and very FRESH (still!). yeah, it's the two traditional styles blended. simply and seamlessly. i often find myself quickly bored or turned off by the classic belgian ale...this has those notes expertly interwined with the classic (Stone) IPA hallmark. hop-smacking chewiness that is somewhat (not diminished but) mellowed/enhanced by the yeasty flemish character of the european style. it's not really extreme, but rather balanced. a probably upgrade for those who have jumped into signature but non-extreme IPAs etc.

mouthfeel is luscious. too drinkable. i can only wonder what it tastes like 'fresh' !

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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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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
3.99 out of 5 based on 3,381 ratings.
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