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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Ratings: 3,443 |  Reviews: 1,112
Photo of IPAchris
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of aasher
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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

Appearance is slightly golden colored body with a deccent half finger white foamy head; decent amount of lacing left in the wake; carbonation is seen rising at a somewhat fast pace (bubbly - maybe sort of); aroma has strong Belgian yeastiness up front that ends up getting somewhat balanced through the hops that are added; taste is a balancing act of Belgian yeast to the hops - wow, really like how that is done; somewhat of a sweet yeasty aftertaste and a dry yeasty finish; easy on the palate - maybe, somewhat; overall, wow, a very well done beer that I would have again.

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Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Poured into my Stone Ruination pint glass a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little white fizzy head, with some small islands and sticky lacing left around. The nose is hoppy, malty, yeasty, with some spice, citrus. The taste is hoppy, malty/yeasty, a little citrus slips in, and some spice. Medium body, the finish is slightly bitter. Drinkable, you can definitely taste the beligian influence on this brew.

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Photo of tone77
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of yeast, a bit fruity. Taste is citrus, yeast, hoppy but not bitter, more fruits, complex and tasty, well done. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this beer is worth a try.

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

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 3" head. Mild lacing develops.

Smell: loads of belgian yeast and bitterness is detectable.

Taste: yeast, pepper, some grapefruit, pears, golden apples, and a nice hearty bitterness creates a nice version of a Belgian IPA. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Some dryness late. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is long as the yeast, spices, and bitterness linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: this one is a nice slow sipper and gets better as it warms. Worth picking this up if available.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of drabmuh
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from a bottle into a Stone IPA tulip (close enough). Beer is dark yellow and cloudy. Forms an off white head of medium to small bubbles (aggressive head) that falls away leaving lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate. Looks good.

Hop aroma is muted, yeasty smelling, interesting. The aroma is 100% Beligan amber or strong pale, not IPA. I'm always conflicted when reviewing this style of beer.

Beer is medium to low body, slightly metallic in flavor. I'm not getting hops as much as I'm getting the Belgian again. Second taste, there is a slight bitterness at the back of the mouth. I'm definitely getting a good strong pale ale vibe from this beer. So what do I do? Do I penalize it because it off style or rate it well because I like it. I'll give high drinkability because its one of my styles, but I'll knock it for a lack of hop flavor.

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Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

More Belgian than IPA, most of the facets of this brew lean towards Belgium. Starts with a funky, yeasty aroma, lightly hazy golden body and small, thin silky head. Taste brings on the yeast again, but the Stone hops come in to bite at the end. Finish reminds me of some French cheese. Interesting!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice looking beer that shows off a bit of sturdy head. Golden body with a slight haze to it. Perhaps a touch of copper.
Citrus aroma with some 'green' to it, like stems or something. Orange peel and some banana mixed in as well.
Cirsp feel to it that has a bit of a biscuity finish, a bit chewy...not much though.
The citrus and biscuit dance well together and the spice does well with both. Coriander and some sweet gum. A bit of a butterscotch finish, but I think that was the tap.

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Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of outoffocus
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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

Photo of WesWes
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aromam is great. It has a refreshing hop and Belgian yeast aroma. It's bitter with a solid malt base. It goes down easy and finishes nice and fruity. The taste is decent. It has a very bitter hop taste with a thin malt flavor and a dry fruity yeast finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a tastey beer, but it's too bitter and lacks malt character.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone has cloned its IPA and raised it in a different culture. How will this differ from their standard IPA? On to the beer:

No cloudiness to this one....it looks like its older sibling. A darker orange haze, tilting towards golden in the glass, with a thick and sticky head on top. Great lacing. Smells...hoppy. It's a different kind of hoppiness flavor. Grapefruit and lemon pepper are more pronounced. A bit of horse blanket sits underneath....ah, there's the Belgian influence.

In the flavor, the clean hoppiness found with the regular IPA is cut in intensity. The yeast really takes over the beer. You will taste some pine and assorted citrus, but that horse blanket, lemon, aspirin, and cloth notes sure tastes Belgian. The mouthfeel is medium-light, not heavy, and goes off the palate easy without much carbonation.

Cool experiment, and it's successful. This certainly proves that beer raised in different culture can indeed be influenced.

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Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dar482
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a light golden peach color with a white head.

The aroma is quite fruity with citrus, grapefruit, and Beligan yeastiness. You also get some bright yeast and fruit notes.

The flavor follows with grapefruit, some sweet bready malt, bubblegum. There's a bit of spiciness along with some herbal notes.

The finish is quite drying with lots of grapefruit. It's a strong bitterness that really shows you that this is an American BIPA.

An interesting brew. I prefer a few of the Belgian options I have, but this is quite good.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Mora2000
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is grassy hops, Belgian yeast and some lemons. You can get a lot of Belgian character in the aroma but you can tell the base beer is an IPA. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of Belgian yeast notes as well as some orange citrus and grassy hops. Low to medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel. The only thing I dislike about the beer is the carbonation, which is very high and prickly. Still, a nice Belgian IPA.

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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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