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:
1,111
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
11.28%
 
 
Wants:
124
Gots:
709
For Trade:
2
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Photo of HoppyBastard1
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of eldoctorador
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beer2day
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium gold with a nice head and good retention. Nice lacing, too.

I'm getting cloves and candy sugar in the nose. Very sweet smelling, overall.

Hops jump right in up front. Quite a mouthful of them. Sweetness creeps into the mouth partway through witha nice green, piney finish. Dry cherries in there as well.

Thick, malty, bready body.

Excellent sipper, but one was enough.

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Photo of Bear1964
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Stignacious
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bnoise11
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mdlb44
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Eman17
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of civicm87
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of micropale
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of prisdefer
4.76/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice bubbly white head with lots of lacing and a slightly hazy golden-orange hue to the body. A bubbly carbonation is evident. Nice

S: Fresh west coast raw juicy hops with a distinct belgian yeast/malt aroma mixed in. Grassy tropical fruit aromas from the hops evident.

T: Very fresh hop blast projected in the smell mixed with a bready BPA edge that fits nicely. Bitter aftertaste, and very good overall, if there was a bit more sweetness to balance the hop it would be even better, but it's great as is.

M: Very carbonated and bitter, wish it was a little less bubbly but still nice. I'd love to try this on cask or nitro, I bet it would be perfect.

D: Really solid Belga-ipa. Excellent fresh, I'll have to get my hands on it while it's still fresh as it is.

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Photo of pirmannt1
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of aleigator
3.21/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a filtered golden-amber color with a big, fluffy white head.

Smells of wheat, peppers, clove, banana and anise. Pretty much straight up, well put together Saison characteristics with no hops cutting through.

Has a low carbonation with a soft farmhouse-like beginning, which suddenly turns overly dry and bitter without caring about the initial smooth mouthfeel. The lack of carbonation leads to a watery, boring finish with the hops trying to mingle into the beers spice profile.

Tastes of banana, wheat and white bread dough, together with pungent herbal hops, containing lemon and orange rind, introducing instantly a pungent bitterness. This strange composition gets completed by peppers, cardamom and clove which cut through the hops and lead off to a spice defined finish, among water and an omnipresent dryness.

This is an odd duck, as it tries to combines so many things at the same time without making any compromises - which is the reason why it fails to convince. No subtle, harmonious flavors come up to tie the different strings together which makes this almost a mess, as for its missing balance. Put in the best of America and the best of Belgium and you'll end up with a beer combining best of both worlds, well, only on a gimmicky, superficial level.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of damndirtyape
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled on 11/12/15. Best before 03/11/16. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Clear/bright golden yellow with a thin skin of white foam across the top. Some fine strands of lacing.

Smell: Pine and citrus, and with the swirl, a tiny hint of sweetness that reminds me of a Belgian yeast. I hesitate to call it banana or clove like but it's notable.

Taste: Solid west coast IPA piney hoppiness + malt from start to finish, but with some other sweetness thrown in the middle. It's subtle and fleeting, but it's there. It's part Belgian and part sweet+spicy combination.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Light carbonation but not flat. Some stickiness on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: I could easily have another or a 22oz bomber, but more of a slow sipping beer. This didn't pair well with a vegetarian stuffed pepper dish (stuffed with beans and rice) so I'll have to find the right beer to pair this with, but, I could see it working nicely drinking by itself. A nice take on an AIPA with a Belgian twist to it. It's not a Belgian IPA - it really is an AIPA with Belgian characteristics. Seems like a quibbling distinction, but it's not. The strong piney hops make it more AIPA than a BIPA.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of videofrog
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of HollyHops
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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

Into a snifter.

A - Golden orange hue with a white head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Some rich tropical fruits, citrus and a nice blend of spicy malts.

T - Starts with some biscuit malts, advances to a frothy Belgain hop character and concludes with an oily pepper finish. Together it has a strange taste of bubblegum. Lots of piney hops to speak of, which compliment the oily citrus. Reminds me a bit of their most recent anniversary (lemon) IPA. Not as strong on the acidity or lemon though.

M - A frothy medium body that explodes across the palette. Medium carbonation that accents the oily mouthfeel.

O - This is a nice enjoyable IPA for sure! I wish the oily nature was a bit subdued but otherwise this is fantastic.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. No dating info but this was a fresh batch that the store just received within the past month. It was a hazy golden yellow color with good carb streams. It had a large white head that slowly settled to a constant foam cap and collar. Great sheeting with lots sticking. Really solid appearance.

This is a unique blending. The yeast, spice and bready malt from the belgique side blend in with the citric and pine hops from the cali side. Each is very good in it's own right and when combined they really do work together. So often, these hybrids had good parts but don't work together. That's not the case here. The taste is a really good blend as well. My taste buds keep going from really tasting one aspect to jumping to the other and then jumping back. Sounds odd but it really works and the combined taste is very interesting. Goes down very easy. Mouthfeel is medium to full with lots of carbonation and a pleasing citrusy and yeasty aftertaste.

Overall, a great beer and one of the best Belgian IPA's. Really enjoyed the Stone creativity here. Dangerously drinkable. Highly recommend. Available here in TX. Rotation - this will make the hop rotation for sure [R;Y]

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
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