Cali-Belgique IPA | Stone Brewing

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Cali-Belgique IPACali-Belgique IPA
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3.96/5
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Cali-Belgique IPACali-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:
#4,919
Reviews:
1,113
Ratings:
3,456
pDev:
11.36%
Bros Score:
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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed yellow orange color. Two and a half fingers of creamy off-white head. Retention is average and a moderate amount of lacing is left.

4.5 S: I had wondered while opening this if Stone would resist the urge of overpowering this with hops and removing any chance of this being Belgian in nature. Fortunately, they have and the results are splendid. Earthy, fairly dry Belgian character with notes of apple orchard funk. Peppery yeastiness. Perfectly balanced with tropical fruitiness from the hops with emphasis on orange.

4.0 T: The taste is like the nose, but a little less intense. Funky and earthy base beer. Mild bitterness. Hops offer less citrus than in the nose, but orange is still leading the way. Mild peppery spiciness.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. It's fine here, but it's missing the spritziness from a true Belgian and the creaminess from a true IPA.

4.0 D: Solid offering. Probably one of the better Belgian IPAs I've had in a long time.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of korguy123
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip.
Best before 4/06/2012

A- Crystal clear darker than straw yellow. Three finger foamy white head that drops to a soapy cap. Lacing is excellent.

S- Nice Belgian yeast, slight pepper spice with a wonderful west coast grapefruit hop aroma. Sort of saison meets ipa.There is a slight malt sweetness.

T- Very interesting. I was looking for an Belgian inspired West coast hop atomic bomb and it isn't the case. There is an excellent malt sweetness that mashes well with the yeast spiciness and the floral and citrus hops.

M- Light to medium bodied. Good carbonation, juicy finish.

O- Excellent, I wish I tried this much sooner. I've been missing out.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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

Poured from a bottle. Crystal clear amber with an inch of white foam in a tulip glass. Foam dissolves to a film with great lacing.

Smell is clearly Belgian. Nice bananna/clove with some juicy hop.

Taste is a little less Belgian and more IPA. Still plenty of bananna/clove but also a citrus hop flavor. A little more citrus as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/4" off-white head that dissipated quickly over honey-amber liquid with good clarity.l

S: Noble hops: grassy, earthy and citrusy with sweet malt undertones.

T: Grassy, earthy and citrus hops which give way to biscuity malt and a strong tasting yeasty finish.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: Its no La Chouffe Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Cali-Belgique IPA has a thick, creamy, white head and a hazy, yellow-orange appearance with lots of tiny streaming bubbles and a good amount of lacing. The aroma is of citrus hops and light barley malt. Taste is of citrus, biscuit malts, lots of wonderful bitterness, and even a faint bit of banana back taste. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Stone Cali-Belgique finishes dry, crisp, and easy drinking. This is a wonderful beer.

RJT

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 3,456 ratings