Stone Cali-Belgique IPA | Stone Brewing

Stone Cali-Belgique IPAStone Cali-Belgique IPA
BA SCORE
80.6%
Liked This Beer
3.96 w/ 3,447 ratings
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
Ranking:
#4,414
Reviews:
1,112
Ratings:
3,447
Liked:
2,779
Avg:
3.96/5
pDev:
11.36%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
707
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 3,447 |  Reviews: 1,112
Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber - $6.49 at Bullock's in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a light orange-hued body with a large, frothy, white head. Splotchy, sporadic lacing on the way down.

Smell: Delightfully aromatic nose smelling sweetly of bright, fresh tropical fruits and citrus oils with a minor backing of lightly bready malts and spice.

Taste: Sweet, lightly bready maltiness gently yields to a tropical mixture of juicy oranges and grapefruit with a late addition of pine. As the punchy bitterness dies down tastes of artificially-sweetened chewing gum and faint, peppery spice begin to appear. Finishes expectantly dry with lingering aftertastes of bitter, pithy citrus fruit peels.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Lightly oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability: As tasty and supremely drinkable as the original, though I dare say it's just a skosh bit better than the standard Stone IPA.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sunny tangerine with a few fine floating flecks that don't look like yeast particles. It'll be interesting to see what the final pour adds to the glass (note: nothing much). Atop the beer can be seen three fingers of foam the color of pearls bathed in a soft orange light. The sturdy crown looks more American than Belgian, but then this is an American ale. Cheese grater-like lace sticks to all available surfaces.

The nose is as expected given the ingredients. Magnum, Centennial and Chinook hops add the Cali, while the yeast adds the Belgique. A pretty successful marriage if you ask me. Each sniff delivers orange, grapefruit, lemon and bubblegum. Clove and other spicy yeast esters aren't prominent. A hint of orange-flavored children's chewable aspirin keeps the score from the next highest number.

I like what Stone Brewing hath wrought in this attempt to merge New World hops with Old World yeast. That's a much more inviting combination than Old World hops (just one BA's opinion) and New World yeast (simple ale yeast). This brew may not be quite as delicious as Stone IPA, but it's close. Unfortunately, my flavor memory of their standard IPA is sadly fading since I have no easy access.

The balance between hop flavor and yeast flavor is close to perfect. The impressive tropical fruitiness of the former gradually morphs into the bready and bubblegum-like qualities of the latter. As in the nose, spiciness is kept to a minimum (without being completely AWOL). A blast of clove and cardamom wouldn't have worked as well.

Despite 77 IBUs, the beer doesn't seem overly bitter. Having said that, at roughly the midway point of the bomber, my tongue in beginning to quiver just a bit. Incidently, the alcohol is hidden very well. As the beer warms, kiwi and strawberry notes begin to filter in at the edges. This really is a sneakily complex ale.

The mouthfeel is merely good. It wouldn't be fair to expect something Belgianesque, since the only thing Belgian about this offering is the yeast. Still, it could be more full... or more smoothly creamy... or more softly fluffy. I'm not picky.

If Cali-Belgique IPA is an experiment, then it's a successful experiment. By virtue of one simple change, Greg and the boys at Stone have managed to create an IPA that tastes nothing like the original, yet is just as good. If the suggestion box is open, here's a vote for continued production. Distribution to Iowa is probably a pipe dream, but then that's why I look forward to traveling back to Ohio several times each year.

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Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -24.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this one on tap at Barleys last night. Figured I would start off the night with it.

The pour was decent with a golden amber color, nice clarity to it and active carbonation leading to a nice white cap that fizzled out quickly and left little in the way of side glass lacing. Aroma was intresting. First aroma is that of light citrus hops, touches of lemon and orange coming through but warming brings out hints of pear, clove and a touch of almost a grainy touch. Really blends very well and creates a nice and very bright aroma. First sip was not as complex as I would have hoped. Light biting on the tongue, nice touches of grapeskin, hints of lemon and light grassy notes. Clean, very clean with little aftertaste other then a slight tartness on the tongue and a light floral note. Smooth, easy to drink and quick to be finished.

Overall while not being the most complex thing in the world, it worked, and worked well. I would have no issue putting another one down.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this bomber - poured chilled in a flared pint

A - A hazed apricot shade w/ a 2 finger cap which provides thick brussels lace. The lace sticks like spackle and appears like egg cream in a raised ring. The bead is pin sized + a swarm of carbonation hovers under the foam

S - A light fruit nose w/ pineapple + lychee w/ a mild herbal hop note. Spiced odor w/ belgian yeast esters give off a honey-like sweetness and the malt contributes some aroma w/ a tinge of pine from the hops

M - A smooth malty blend w/ a slight astringency and bitter effect from the hopping w/ medium high carbonation and sweet middle which leads to a bitter, slightly sharp bite. The texture while slightly fuller than average for an Ipa, has a sweet tip

T - The flavor of the Cali-belgique is gentle with orange notes up front which lead to a mild pine hop flavor and a sweet malt taste. The malt gives a honey-like element combined with mellow phenol from the yeast w/ a citrus acidity and the taste has a mild spiced flavor w/ grainy undercurrent. The American hops give this Belgian IPA a lot of complex and fresh flavors w/ mild kumquat tartness and lemony sweet aspect. The finish is acidic and warm

D - The Stone Cali-Belgique is quite the tasty Belgian IPA, not the best, but up there with some of the best examples of the style-easy to drink like an American IPA w/ lots of hop flavor and nice w/ yeasty Belgian influence - I recommend this highly

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 11/15/11 notes. Had on tap at Fireworks in Arlington, VA at their Stone steal the pint night event. Poured in a 10 oz. tulip.

a - Pours a hazy medium orange color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spice, Belgian yeast, mint, bananas, citrus hops, and light tropical fruits. Very nice and fruity mixing with the Beglian style yeast and spice.

t - Tastes of spices, Belgian yeast, cloves, bananas, floral notes, and some citrus hops. Again, quite nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, very smooth and creamy body. Very easy to drink, awesome mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was a great Belgian IPA. Nice Belgian notes mixing with fruit and very easy to drink a glass of. Would certainly order it again.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy golden-yellow color with a two finger head. Good lacing.

S: The nose is a bit more complex than your typical IPA. A nice bready, and yeasty aroma with some great citrus hop notes as well.

T: You definitely get the Belgian yeast character in this--orange, some slight spice. The hops are there but not as in-your-face as the typical Stone IPA. Very balanced and tasty beer.

M: Medium body, good carbonation.

D: Not my favorite offering from Stone, but a nice change of pace for them.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour continues! This stop pours a clear amber-tinted gold topped by a finger of light cream-white micro-foam. The nose comprises dank pine needles, wet grass, lime, light lemon zest, light-ish toffee, and pineapple. The taste holds notes of nutmeg, clove, black pepper, rich toffee, light pretzel, banana, pineapple, light pine resin in the back, and some very light balsa even further in the back. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a silky smooth feel. Overall, a very nice BIPA, one that goes down way the hell too easily...

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dry peppery and can't believe this is 6.9 for an Abv. A lovely example that I would be happy to belly up to again and again. Just so I can pad the would count from one of my favourite chalices for tastings the Schiltz American Abbey series. Nice residual sweetness balanced against aggressive dry hopping all making for a nice brew.

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Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of stakem
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange golden hue with a thick effervescent off white head, forming thick and rising well above my glass. Sporadic chunky lacing simply clings to the sides of my Gordon Biersch Imperial pint glass. I know not exactly the choice for many Belgian style ales, however this one retains enough American hops to fit smoothly into this style of glass. Big grapefruit and citrus tones simply crash down on my senses, excellent American hop profile...in fact it's one I don't think that I've enjoyed since early on in Stone's uprising. A bit of Candied sugar and sweet biscuit or cracker sweetened malts lay open to a load of citrus hops, and since that's the case that is all I can recall from recent Stone Cali-Belgique examples. Sweet sugary hops and malts with spicy Beglian malts not as much of a train wreck as some of the Belgian style ales, I just hope that Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale makes it out to southeastern Ohio more often. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft effervescent carbonation from your atypical Stone creation, I thought I was going to hate the American hops with Belgian yeast but this version worked for me and I hope to see more of it in greater Pittsburgh area. Btw, I snagged this bottle from the Piggly Wiggly at Market Common in Myrtle Beach.

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Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale copper with 1/4" of head that quickly fades. Smells primarily of Belgian yeast and faint alcohol esters. Taste is definitely Belgian yeast with some mild malts and faint hop character. Mouthfeel is smooth and moderately carbonated with an alcohol warmth.

Overall, it's not bad, but rather one dimensional. Not an IPA I'd look to get again.

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 80.6% out of 100 with 3,447 ratings
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