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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 | 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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,091
Ratings:
3,365
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
19.8%
 
 
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115
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680
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Reviews: 1,091 | Ratings: 3,365
Photo of portia99
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Cloudy, yeasty pale orangey gold. Nice single finger of dense, white, whipped creamy head with very good staying power...never really disappears, just sinks down a bit over time. Gorgeous looking beer. Nice lacing left down the sides of the glass.

S - Nice and hoppy. Lots of citrus - fresh orange blossoms dominate. Good sweet malt undertones enhance the citrusy fruit aromas. Maybe a hint of mint in the aroma too. Slightly off-beat aroma for an IPA, but I have to say I like it.

T - Taste is pretty interesting. Some typical stone flavors, especially the malt, rich and caramelly underneath...Stone's IPA's and hoppy beers in general all seem to have this same character at the base. Definitely a slight minty (spearmint, I think) flavor and some grassiness in the mix. Hops are quite bitter in typical Stone fashion. The yeast strain they use doesn't scream Belgian to me, but it definitely adds a layer of complexity to this beer.

M - Medium in body and medium high carbonation. Minty flavors give a slight cooling sensation in the mouth, before yielding to the resiny bitterness that sticks around seemingly forever. Beer easily slides over the tongue and down the throat and begs for another sip.

D - At 6.9%, a little high to be sessionable, but the taste makes it so tempting to sit back and have a few of these. Very enjoyable IPA...definitely not like your average IPA. Very interesting character and well worth seeking out. First time I've had one of these in about 6 months...really wondering why I haven't bought more...

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Photo of MadCat
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Nice golden color with a lushous white head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Very fragrant, orange, grapefruit, lemon, and a little bit of yeast

Taste: Taste follows the nose up front, citrusy with orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Then, the malt and yeast follows, bready, biscuity, spicy, yeasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation. Would have liked if it followed Belgian styles, but that is the only real downside I see in this.

Overall: Fantastic brew. Holds up to Stone's standards very well.

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Photo of scottyb88
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says enjoy by July 6, 2010
Poured into Duvel glass

A- hazy/semi clear dark orange with lots of carbonation bubbles; two finger white fluffy head that appears to have lots of lacing

S- really easy to pick it out the IPA and tripel aromas and blends really well; sweet tangerine and orange citrus, some pine, a touch of alcohol

T-a nice clean hop bitterness with predominate citrus flavor with this yeasty perfume-like taste...really enjoying this

M-a touch more carbonation would have been perfect, but its still quite nice; semi-dry finish in your mouth with a slightly sweet citrus that lingers

D-really impressed with this beer; to be honest, I find it a little more drinkable than the belgian versions of belgian ipas, maybe its the lower alcohol, but its really good; a 22 oz bomber is easy to finish

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Photo of bogus564
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tall weizen glass...

Golden amber in color, with a straw-colored head that holds for about a minute before dissolving into lace that stays on the glass. Seems to be a Stone thing, the lace... finally, a color that I can love.

Now this is a smell I can get into - I'm hit first with a grassy note, then a spicy sensation that reminds me of light clove, and a citrus aroma that I'm thinking is lemon.

First taste - Wow! I didn't think I'd like anything from Stone more than Arrogant Bastard Ale, but I'm liking this just a tad more. It's well-balanced, between the lemon, grassy, clove and slight caramel notes. I really like this beer.

Mouthfeel is very good - I'm impressed by the balance of this beer, and I've had quite a few beers in this category.

I could have several of these over the course of a day and be happy. I can't believe how much I liked this brew. Stone is clearly no joke in the brewing world.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden hay, clearish body with some carbonation streams moderately brimming within. Nice tall crown of crusty, big bubbly whitish foam grows firmly after a vigoruos pour into my Stone Ruination goblet. Lots of thick lacing in droopy strings and sheets is caked across the glass.

Aroma is a pretty decent combo of citrusy hops and Belgian yeast. Tangerine fuzz, lemony spritz, orange spray, and a twist of lime are co-mingling well with a dryish yeastyness that adds some clovish spice and slight medicinal tones to its nose.

Taste is crisp and steady with a good amount of hop flavors in the citrusy realm of bite and bitterness. All handled well with a good balance as the yeast pulls in a light puffy/airy dryness of yeast and mild bubblegum layered low underneath. Spiced mildly with a bit of brightness in citrus with lime, lemon, white grapefruit, and over ripe starfruit. Spiced in yeast with clove, floral pollen things, and some tannin. Overall, the balance is well-rounded and easy on the palate with a mellow tone that build slowly and gracefully into a stronger finish of complexity. Nice!

Feel, as mentioned within the taste, is crisp and steardy, round and a solid medium if not more so. Just a scootch more bubblegummyness and biscuity/doughy malt and this would be sublimely yummy. As is however, is still far more drinkable then one would think. The bomber flows fast and the glass drinks easy with this one.
Stone is finally making waves in Minnesota! Only took, what, like 8 years? But its here, at last!

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Had it about 70 days from the best-by date

Appearance: Beautiful golden-amber with a wavy, long-lasting head that settled into a sea of lace.

Smell: Piney hops and Belgian yeast.

Taste: The nose made me brace for massive bitterness, but that never came. Lots of Belgian yeast with moderate bitterness up front, into a bready malt backbone, and finishing with a long-lasting dry, bitter hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick with low carbonation, giving it a slick feel.

Overall: This was different than what I was expecting. Stone decided not to go overboard with the hops? Either way, all of the components went together well to create flavorful IPA.

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Photo of atsprings
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Belgian IPA has become one of my favorite styles, but like many other Belgian beers, they're never as good on-tap as they are bottle conditioned. This one, however, on-tap at Flying Saucer, is even better than the bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a crisp pale orange with a decent off-white head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves decent lacing on the glass. The aroma is a nice blend of spice and citrus hops. The taste is a wonderful blend of spices, citrus hops and sweet malts that leaves a nice blend of spice and hops on the tongue. The beer is medium bodied with decent carbonation and just a touch of sticky alcohol. This is likely one of the best Belgian style beers I've had on-tap.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful bright sunny gold color with perfect clarity. Big fluffy white head that had nice retention. There was wonderful sticky lacing all inside the glass.

Aroma was very spicy and fresh. I was sensing a lot of ginger.

Lots of cracker flavors at first then a lots of spice comes into the picture. Licorice, mint and ginger. Behind all this remains the nice like malt flavors. Certainly a bit if light fresh hops at the end. Fairly subdued.

Bright/light mouth feel and fairly light body. Fantastic drinkability. I enjoy this one quite a bit.

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Photo of Duttonic
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a dogfish head pint.

A- Poured with 3 full fingers of head, dissipating to one. Light copper in color.

S- Smells like an alt/wit beer. Fruity, hoppy, sweet, bread like.

T/M- Citrus, hops, maybe faint caramel? Crisp, light, smooth. Great aftertaste.

D- Excellent. I could drink this in large quantity, but I won't because it should be savored. Delectable. Get some.

Found at Whole Foods in Sacramento off Arden.

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Photo of brewdogmrb
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright copper color, like a classic west coast IPA, tight bubbles, almost no head.

S: Enormous mixture of belgian yeast and northwestern US hops. An intriguing, awesome blend. Really well executed. No malt on the nose at all.

T: Again, fruit and citrus from the hops mix very well with the fruit flavors from the yeast. An assertive yet transparent malt backbone, not too thin.

M: Not too thin, but not enough body to withstand the bitterness, almost. Like mostly pefect but a little bit off for my preference in the style.

D: Very drinkable beer with a reasonable, sessionable-for-Belgian IPA.

Lovely all around. I heart stone and this is no exception.

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Photo of itlnstallion11
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- beer pours a nice darker golden color with a nice white head that does not fade fast. Looks like your typical IPA with a hazy appearance.

S-smell is blissful! It's got that west coast ipa smell of grapefruit, pine, some orange, and I get a pleasant scent of pineapple. The unique part about this beer is the Belgian yeast smell that you would get from a Belgian trippel. It has that banana zest that I really appreciate in a Belgian ale with the west coast IPA tartness.

T- awesome flavor! It has the bitterness of the Stone IPA along with its quintessential pine, orange, grapefruit and that pineapple that follows the nose IMO. The end has that sweet spicy Belgian yeast flavor that I know and love that really makes this beer stand out from the rest.

O- great beer it's a unique hybrid that stands in a class of its own. It has the standard west coast IPA flavor that Stone does damn well. Then they throw in the Belgian yeast that seriously puts this beer in an awesome spot in my book. I think this beer can appeal to both the IPA drinker and the Belgian ale drinker. I'm more of a Belgian guy myself and this beer is super refreshing to me for the warmer California months I know and love.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cali-Belgique IPA is a very striking golden shade of amber. Only the slightest haze distorts what is ultimately a beer with excellent clarity. The puffy head after the initial pour seems like it wants to stay, but subsides to about 1/4" later. There is some moderate lacing left on the glass, and the beverage seems quite carbonated, as bubbles are seen rising top continuously.

The aroma is rich and alluring, though unexpected. Scents of port and wine, funky yeast, cranberry, kiwi, and grapefruit fill the nostrils, as well as bready grains. Interesting...
Flavor-wise, again, this is different than I imagined it would be. There are a lot of fruit esters present, for example, in addition to those already mentioned, I can pick up some granny smith apples, and plums. There's a decent bit of maltiness, in the form of a grainy taste, and even something in there that's sour.

It's really in the finish do the hops really pack a wallop, with a big, piny bitterness. The mouth feel is syrupy and full, for a beer of a relatively lower ABV. It's somewhat warming after each swallow. Although this is a little unusual for a Belgian IPA, it's complex, which I love and very enjoyable. I would definitely recommend it and purchase it again.

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Photo of silverevo9
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasty Brew! Love the flavors of this IPA. Head is so thick i could stand on it. It does not give up either. Remains strong and sticky for the duration of the beer. Waiting time on the head is long, but a good thing. I love observing the beer as long as i can. Carbonation is healthy. Nice sweet taste on a flat tongue. Brings out a lot of flavor. Pleasant sweet malts with a tinge of bitterness. The hops bring up the back and remain with the nose. Smells of banana, and bubble gum.Typical belgian yeast smell. Love how clean tasting this is. Really easy to drink.Aromas from the beer keep you focused and interested. Watching the beer descend in the glass is a show. Presentation is outstanding. I will continue to enjoy this for the winter. Definitely recommend.Cheers!

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle to Dogfish Head IPA glass
Enjoy by: 04-16-04

A - Pours a clear honey amber with 1 finger of pillowy white foam on top. Impressive retention with polka dot lacing.

S - Belgian yeast upfront, taffy, limes, malt, lemon pepper, hints of thyme and rosemary, candied grapefruit and lemon oils comes out as it warms.

T - Ruby red grapefruit, with a sweet taffy/candy like malt in the background, old school bubblegum, the sweetness in quickly wicked away with a dry middle to finish. Lemon oils and herbs, lemon thyme, and some rosemary, the bitterness has a spicy sensation. Lemon/lime really come out more as this warms. Nice spicy finish.

M - Medium body, oily at first but the carbonation turns creamy mid palate providing a lush feel.

Very expressive flavors from the yeast that really meld with hops and malt. Complex herbal notes really took this up a notch. The bitterness is there but you have to think about it to really notice it, which to me, is impressive. Mouthfeel is has great transition and glides over the palate nicely.
The best American made BIPA I've had to date.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: very hazy, orange colored, smallish white head.

aroma: spices, citrus, and funky-ass Belgian yeast. Beautiful. Like a trappist tripel with a hoppy kick. Nice, nice, nice.

Taste: Belgian yeast flavor leads it off, commands the palate, with the bitter hoppy edge riding side saddle. Funky, weird, wild, and hoppy as heck. If I were drinking this blind, I'd assume it was Belgian and never guess it was hailing from San Diego or thereabouts. Rounds out rather dryly, eases easily off the palate, but leaves one with the memory of fruity hops and esters, a blistering barrage of hops, and unmistakable Belgian yeast.

It's a wonderful marriage of Stone IPA and Belgian-style IPA. It's sweet, hoppy, wild, and dry, and I'm falling madly for it. Quite drinkably, passes the gullet with the greatest of ease. Each new sip leaves me loving this, and marveling at the mastery of it's creation. Mmm, mmm.

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Photo of jmz62565
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden/yellow with a giant white foamy head. Large head that leaves great lacing. The smell is strong with citrus,bread yeast,and sweet malt. The taste is very refreshing with a crisp bitter hop flavor along with bread yeast,citrus flavors,and some sweetness,malt? The m/f is light with the plentiful flavors mixing well. This is another great beer from Stone.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber with best by 5/13/10 printed near the bottom.

Served cool into my New Belgium chalice. Cali-Belgique is golden straw in color with great clarity and towering white head. Good longevity on the bubbles with some lacing left behind.

Aroma is a fantastic mix of Belgian saison spice/funk/sour and American IPA. Great citrus hoppiness is on the forefront with the "Belgique" a little more subtle.

Flavor is intense and diverse with a lot going on. It starts sweet with a little honey and caramel but then goes very bitter. Not all west coast IPA either - strong grass and red grapefruit with undertones of spicy saison. Finishes very dry which keeps me coming back.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with ample carbonation as the style would suggest. Very bitter and very dry, for better or worse.

Overall a very good version of the style. Tons of flavor, very broad spectrum of tastes.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Publick House in Brookline.

A: Poured a nice golden color with a one finger head. Visibly effervescent and has good retention and lots of lacing.

S: Not a strong smelling beer but pleasant; hops are the most prominent scent followed by a little Belgian years.

T: Tastes very much like an IPA but with a fuller sweeter taste. Well balanced but nothing crazy.

M: Great feel- medium carbonation with a light to medium body that makes for a very refreshing brew.

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Photo of bbkd3b
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Crystal-clear golden body with a finger-thick head that refuses to go away. Nice amount of bubbles rising to the top feeds the lacing dripping down the sides. Good looker, this one

S - Grassy hops and tarty scents, no doubt thanks to that strand of yeast. Some grapefruit juice and orange peel give it a nice, zesty character.

T - Nice, citrusy body leads a brigade of earthy tones. Spruce, grass… Much less apparent bitterness than their regular IPA makes for a more balanced flavor. Works together like a well-oiled machine.

M - Medium body with a real crisp carbonation and a slick finish. More refreshing and clean than a lot of IPAs makes this easy-to-drink and thoroughly enjoyable.

O - After a bomber of this, I have absolutely no complaints other than I wish I had more. Seriously, it’s so laidback for its style it almost doesn’t seem like a Stone brew, but it’s just as high-class as any other beer in their repertories. This re-affirms my high esteem for Belgian IPAs.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ON TAP at STONE. Dark honey color with a nice white head and heavy lacing.

Big lemon citrus assertive nose with hints of yeast, white bread and nose develops to a bit of burnt toast.

Big citrus/grapefruit flavors and a balance and character that belies the alcohol. Pleasant flavors and a very "all around" good drink.

A beer that really goes well with most foods and with a long grapefruit hop finish.

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Photo of Spikester
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber with a two finger cream color head. Still a small layer of head at the half way point and very nice fine lacings. Aroma is mostly ripe pear with a hint of citrus. Taste is bitter citrus hops with a rich malt backing. Carbonation is just right and the finish is bitter and dry with a bit of fruitiness in the background. Drinkability is limited only by price and the 6.9% abv. The Belgian yeast gives it a bit of a tang that makes this IPA more interesting than most.

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Photo of joeskirkie
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz. bottle to St. Bernardus Goblet. in which it sits translucent nearing opaque, a nice golden orange with a nice lacy white head.

I love the smell of this beer. It's like a 50/50 of Belgian yeast and citrusy hops.

Taste begins with an sweet, orange, citrusy hop presence that gives way to a bitter bite and a crisp yeast presence. An engaging combination.

Mouthfeel is, lets say medium bodied and syrupy, the hops tend to make it feel heavier.

Lets put it this way, I have maybe 5 stores a patronize semi-regularly. If I see a bottle of this, I buy it. I say that's drinkable.

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Photo of etaggie09
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the chance to try this again on tap at the Alamo Draft House. Belgian aspects were way more prevalent than in the bottle, and it was beautifully balanced between spicy tripel and hoppy IPA. This was damn enjoyable to drink. All of the qualities I picked up on in my previous review were there, but they were much more harmonious this time around.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this beer for a while.

Poured into a Great Divide Tulip

Appearance-Dark orange, almost brown body. 3 fingers of big bubbly white head that dissipates pretty quickly, lots of lacing remains.

Smell-Belgian Yeast, lots of biscuit. Big orange citrus aroma.

Taste-Sweet up front then the belgian yeast and spiciness comes through, lots of lemony coriander. The finish has a nice amount of citrus and pine hops, and the belgian yeast carries through the finish. Very very balanced.

Mouthfeel-Refreshing as fuck. Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Nicely balanced and very smooth.

Overall-Expecting more harshness from a stone IPA. This is very smooth and extremely drinkable. Great representation of the style.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium gold color with a two finger head that quickly goes away. Lots of carbonation happening in this one. The smell surprised me- very nice! Caught the malt first, then on to grapefruit and passion fruit. A nice balanced smell of tart and sweet. I lose a little of the malt on the taste, but this is one nicely balanced beer that's very drinkable. Great lacing. At 6.9%, you can also have a 22oz bomber and not be completely buzzed afterwords. A nice beer from Stone- they have yet to disappoint me!

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