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 feloniousmonk
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: very hazy, orange colored, smallish white head.

aroma: spices, citrus, and funky-ass Belgian yeast. Beautiful. Like a trappist tripel with a hoppy kick. Nice, nice, nice.

Taste: Belgian yeast flavor leads it off, commands the palate, with the bitter hoppy edge riding side saddle. Funky, weird, wild, and hoppy as heck. If I were drinking this blind, I'd assume it was Belgian and never guess it was hailing from San Diego or thereabouts. Rounds out rather dryly, eases easily off the palate, but leaves one with the memory of fruity hops and esters, a blistering barrage of hops, and unmistakable Belgian yeast.

It's a wonderful marriage of Stone IPA and Belgian-style IPA. It's sweet, hoppy, wild, and dry, and I'm falling madly for it. Quite drinkably, passes the gullet with the greatest of ease. Each new sip leaves me loving this, and marveling at the mastery of it's creation. Mmm, mmm.

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Photo of jmgault1
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of TownDunkel
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

IPA - Never the biggest fan but it grows on me each time I drink a good one (and this was a great one)

Appearance - Pretty gold yellow color with a nice white head

Smell - Now that is some hoppy goodness! sweet and citrusy

Taste - A neat mix of sweet and spicy with a good aftertaste of hops, lots and lots of hops, very dry but in a good way

Mouthfeel - Keeps me long and refreshed but dry!

Overall - A great rep of the style, if you wanted to try a great IPA this is the one

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Photo of Cark
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of civicm87
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of thecheapies
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 07/25/13. Poured half into a shaker pint.

Light copper color to the beer. Beautiful clarity. The head turned down from what I expected. Maybe three-quarter inch.

Citrusy American hops with tropical notes plus fruity Belgian yeast aronas. Very fruity, in total. Mango, apricot, ruby red grapefruit, light pine, pear, pale malts, and almost a hint of maraschino cherry. Smells marvelous.

Clashing tanginess of super West Coast hopping and fruity/nutty/spicy Belgian yeast reminds me of drinking a glass of orange juice right after brushing your teeth. Like a lingering pine-like mintyness in the finish that's almost sanitizing in the mouth. Too loud with the Anerican hops. I still pick up grapefruit, pineapple, pine, papaya, and orange. Alcohol is a component, as well.Yeasty esters spins the spokes of tart apple and some nuttiness, but it's all getting a little lost. I really wanted to say great things (and I still enjoy drinking it), but something is strangely awry. Clearly an above-average beer, but slightly offending for the style.

Clean middling body with smoothness. Booze is popping out just a bit. Carbonated to a lower-medium.

Knocking it back a quarter of a point here. Has that imbalance that I've found in Heavy Seas Loose Cannon (albeit, that's an American IPA). Anybody else get me?? BROS, chime in here...

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Photo of Ajlvt
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of rkf1976
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of cuy50
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of SanFranJake
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of randylangford
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Skott1123
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Chris77McGrath
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of MShirokov
3.04/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes like an ok IPA to me. Where's the Belgian yeast? Where's the complexity of flavor?
One-dimensional, leaves a bitter aftertaste I don't like. The bottle was cheap, so that's at least one good thing about it. Not gonna drink the rest. When will I learn to stop taking advice from Binny's employees?

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Photo of JoshTellez
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Beermazter310
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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