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:
3,442
Reviews:
1,111
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
11.28%
 
 
Wants:
124
Gots:
709
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 3,442 |  Reviews: 1,111
Photo of dcollinsOX
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AD17
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of msscott1973
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ajwii33
3.42/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Malacant
3.07/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Don't like the combo here. Bitter and off putting.

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Photo of Getusome
1.12/5  rDev -71.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of K8nny
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Completly different aroma to other ipa

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking beer, great appearance, yellow/gold, clarity impressive, especially for a Belgian yeast and hoppy beer. Aroma hit the hops and yeast notes, very nice fresh. Very nice they put these in 12oz bottles too.

Taste hit more hops than anything I've had labeled Belgian ipa. The yeast (traditional) phenols are there in a Belgian way, but the hops are above it, and the yeast is complimentary instead of domineering over other aspects like most Belgian ipas. Some good grassiness and honey parts from the toasted malts.

This beer vastly exceeded my expectations every time I've had it fresh.

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Photo of Ac-dx
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting twist on an IPA. I think I would have prefer a bit more Belgique.
Good but not remarkable.

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Photo of puck1225
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, golden yellow with a white head and nice lacing. Very pleasant floral smell. Piney taste with some grapefruit, bitterness at the end. An enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Victor5150
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DCgolfpro
3.31/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of toadsmoto
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of carlborch
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brilliantly clear from a 12-oz bottle and produces a 2-inch, off-white collar of foam that is still evident at 1/8 inch towards the end. The carbonation appears to be modest. The nose has pine, citrus, and green pepper corn notes. The body is medium light, and the carbonation is confirmed as modest. Nice bitter notes and hint of sour on the palate, as if a subdued Saison. The lingering is pleasant, with a slight acidic twinge, and forward dry, hop-notes. Beautiful Belgian lace! This is a very nice ale.. Would I seek it out again? Well, I am not certain . . .

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Photo of WrockFit
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

M: poured from 12oz bottle into a 15oz goblet

A: a pale straw-gold, 1.5mm of head, great lining that does not fall and clings to the glass; beer is hella fresh, bottles on Feb 28 it is now Apr 7.

N: aroma of a string wheat and banana hints of both peach and mango, slight sour in the nose.

T: wheat and peach upfront with mild bitter hop presence that finishes with a minor tart cherry

O: excellent blend of the hefe and IPA styles here. This brew has the signature Stone Hops with a front end reminiscent of Franziskaner. Thumbs up to Stone Brew Co for this one.

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

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw like color with a two finger head that fades quickly leaving excellent lacing.

Smell is soapy and spicy with notes of mustard seed, sage, thyme, coriander and peppercorns. Slight hints of toasted oats. Yeasty and distinctly Belgian.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Yeasty, malty and floral, the taste follows the nose with cracked white pepper, hints of sage and coriander mingled with thyme and rosemary. A tropical hop backbone of citrus provides an integral yet understated contrast to the overwhelming floral taste. Finishes dry with a baked banana-esque toasted cereal sweetness.

Highly quaffable, an excellent example of the style.

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Photo of ChuckTom
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of psycHOPathy
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pale golden orange, half inch bubbly head
lemon zest, esters, grapefruit, pineapple, wheat, pepper
lemon and orange zest, wheat, ester, yeast, florals
very dry and light, a little abrasive
i hate that belgian shit, so its not great, but I like it better than most belgian shit. gets better as it warms a little

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Photo of jagada
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabre311
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BanditoJunkie
3.24/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kevintaraross
3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
3.99 out of 5 based on 3,442 ratings.
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