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Stone Cali-Belgique IPAStone Cali-Belgique IPA

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

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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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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Photo of Go4aBrew
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Great choice if your usual Belgian is letting u down. I prefer this in general because I live in MN & most STONE beers don't let me down. Cheers!!!!!!!!

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Photo of barnzy78
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Enjoy By 07/24/15
A - golden hued ale with a persistent & creamy off-white head
S - spicy Belgian yeast, citric grapefruit
T - pale malt, grapefruity, grassy, piny hops, spicy Belgian yeast with a hint of bubblegum as the screen printed label suggests
M - medium body, finishes bitter and quite dry
O - fun to come back to rhis one after a few years. Just as good as I remember.

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Photo of E-McFarden
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy gold with immaculate head, lacing clings to the glass. Spicy notes of cloves fill the nose first, followed by piney aroma hops and caramel scents. The taste follows the smell, with spicy notes in the beginning followed by bittering hops and caramel malts. This one is medium bodied on the palate and finishes semi-dry. Overall this brew balances the two styles nicely, you could call this one an american saison.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold with a large head.
Nose shows spicy Belgian phenols alongside grassy, herbal and earthy hops.
Very similar flavours, light but hoppy. Very spicy and earthy.

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Photo of Act25
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Stone - a fave brewer lags in this category as compared with Clown Shoes, Green Flash (Verte!) and others.

A: Pours a slightly hazed yellow amber color with a modest but well made cap that rings the chalice with lace.

S: Plentiful. Herbacious, with piney, and ripe banana skin scent; but slightly over ripe and catty.

T: Follows smell gets bigger by way of the Belgian bent of herbal, banana, and bubblegum flavors and hoppy in the piney citrus direction. Good see-saw of flavors, but I find it tiring and didnt finish a couple of times I tried it. A great beer demands the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium with moderate carbonation, but far from a Belgique.

O: I never get there with this beer as it's too bubble gum and banana for me. lacks the back bone and bite of a true Belgian.

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Photo of rjs246
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally! A Belgian IPA that tastes how I always thought it should taste. The Belgian yeast is prominent and true to flavor. The IPA flavor and hoppiness is in full effect. Still not my favorite style, but this is an excellent beer.

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Photo of dd43
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This drinks like a beer that can't decide what it wants to be. It's an IPA first, with Belgian accents. That's how I would describe it. Reviewers who have called for a more assertive Belgian yeast presence hit the same chord I'm reaching for. I don't hold Belgian IPA as a style in high regard and this beer is just further evidence that some mash ups don't need to happen.

Anyone trying this beer should give it a few minutes to warm up from fridge temperature to something shy of cellar temp but still comfortably in the 40s. Belgian yeast esters are really muted at the low end of the temperature spectrum.

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Photo of Jovial_Libations
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

True as advertised it smells and tastes like a 50/50 mix of West Coast hoppy IPA and Belgian pale ale. Surprisingly balanced if a little underwhelming. Drink as fresh as possible.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
2.58/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Fresh 22oz bomber served in a large wine glass. Freshness date is BB 07/2015.

Appearance: clear and golden with a nice white head. Great Belgian lace.

Nose: sweet hops, malty, Belgian yeast funk, pears, strawberries

Taste: bitterness from the typical Cali-style hopping rates, not very Belgian flavor, fast finish with nothing but bitter.

Overall: underwhelming, next time less hops more Belgian. Especially if your going to call it Belgian. The SoCal twist didn't do it for me.

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Photo of ajbello
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A nice Belgian / IPA blend. Not very hoppy and very heavy on the Belgian creaminess and sweetness with a high ABV. A great summer / warm weather beer.

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Photo of MikeyBadnews
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden wheat with a minimal trace of squeezed orange, head is initially unrelenting and a fluffy whipped merengue head emerges before peacefully receding into a standard lacing on the glass.

smell is bitter Belgium dominant with good herbal notes, scant traces of lemon and a bit of a cut grass imperfection... the lemon smell gains more traction the closer you bring the beer to your nose.

Motuhfeel is unwashed fruit... ever bit into an orange rind? Ever dunk an unwashed orange rind into a Belgium beer? Theres the taste, doesn't linger on the tongue and washes down with a warm carbonated bread. The next several breaths are alcohol heavy.

More Belgium than IPA, in fact if this was labeled as simply a Belgium I'd say it was of good quality with some nice fruit hops on the backside.

Stone continues to roll, another gem that's worthy of their good name.


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Photo of Zach136
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 7-29-15, reviewed April 23 from an IPA glass.

Appearance: Light straw, crystal clear. Two finger head, OK lacing.

Aroma: Banana and bubblegum yeast ester, and other assorted fruitiness. Hard to tell where hops/yeast begin/end. Good blend.

Flavor/Mouthfeel: Oddly, hops and yeast seem to balance each other out to nothing, all thats left is a grassy bitter finish with something a touch medicinal... major dissapointment.

Overall: Reminds me of Delicious IPA, beautiful presentation and aroma, with an overly clashing overly bitter hop character...

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Photo of dmgeng
3.32/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Got this as part of the Deschutes sampler pack. Not typically a fan of white IPAs but I tried it anyway and it was a great choice

A - Bright golden color that is crystal clear. Brilliant fluffy white head with strong lacing. It looks really good.

S - Huge Belgian character. Very spicy with a herbal and floral bouquet. I can't pick up on any of the American hops that I thought would be in this beer.

T - Upfront Belgian Blond beer carries throughout with that spice character, phenolic, and grain. There is some hops there with some slight unripened orange peel, herbal, resin, and some floral. There is a light grain sweetness but it is overtaken with the Belgian yeast and the bitterness of the hops.

M - Low mouth-feel with moderate carbonation. It is crisp and bitter on the finish which would make it a very good drinking beer if you really enjoy the Belgian character.

Overall, this beer is the worst Belgian IPA that I've had so far. It is just all Belgian and almost no hops. I really don't enjoy just the Belgian character but do enjoy all the other esters and flavors that go with a Chimay or Unibroue. In the future I hope they add more American hops like most of the beers of this style already have. I would not recommend this unless you like bitter and love Belgian beers.

Glass- Tulip

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
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