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Stone Cali-Belgique IPAStone Cali-Belgique IPA

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

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-België 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.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber to orange with a good amount of cloudiness. Finger thick head on an 8 oz pour dorm this 22 oz bottle. Nice spotted lacing on the glass through consumption. Smells of a strong piney hop and similar to the regular Stone IPA. Flavor is also nicely bitter and sweet with the hops - I want to say the Belgian yeast makes this slightly less hoppy in taste and more balanced than the regular version. Very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of beergod1
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure what I was expecting with this. I was pleasantly surprised. Thanx DK. Poured into a St. Bernadus Goblet,clear Honey colored pour with a foamy ivory head that leaves significant lacing on the inside of the glass. The nose is...interesting, earthy, some Belgian yeast character, spicy hops, Grapefruit rind. Nice bitter sweet flavors, a hint of belgian yeast, caramel, grapefruit and pine. Fruity bitter finish. Active carbonation. Delicious beer. Drinks very well.

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Photo of ATPete
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

Pours a transparent golden orange color with a large white head that leaves some sticking. Nice hop aroma in the nose paired with a strong yeast character. Pineapple, apricot, banana and peach fruit notes. Nice big bright Cali hop flavor, excellent malt balance and a very distinct yeast note. Very true to its style, it really shows the best of both worlds. Medium bodied, and at only 6.9% i could drink this all day.

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Photo of cbros
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dirty straw yellow with an almost nonexistant white lace, no carbonation activity present after the pour. No cling to the side of the glass to speak of.

S- Strong combination of citrus hops and clove.

T- The hop and clove combination really comes out in the taste. The hops start off with the cloves coming in at the end.

My sister picked this up in NYC for me and I am very happy with the results. Duvel was one of my first Belgium/craft beers(and is still a favorite of mine) that helped push me into this 'scene' and because of my newfound beer hobby I have also taken a likeing to IPA's. To me this a great combination of the two beer realms. I love the clove/hop combination that this beer brings and I am going to explore further into the Belgium IPA style. My only negative is that even though Stone is offered in NC I cannot find this anywhere.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Slightly hazy golden-orange. Big and frothy white head. Great retention, lacing clings everywhere.

S: Unmistakable Belgian yeast. Slightly chalky. Estery with hints of banana, dash of cloves. Slight boozy undertones. American hops add scents of citrus and tropical fruits. Smells rather like a pina-colada when taken as a whole. Very nice.

T: A fairly strong dose of American, west Coast style hopping opens things up. Substantial bitterness throughout. Pine and sticky bud. Orange and pineapple flavors are contributed by both hops and esters. Clove taste butts in briefly. Banana is there, but hard to pick out at first. Alcohol has an impact too. Warming and a bit spicy. Finishes dry with chalky yeast and oily hop flavors.

M: Medium bodied, but very full and creamy. Moderate carbonation. Slick, oily feeling too. Enamel stripping hop mouthfeel.

O: Maybe my favorite example of the style so far.

Notes: A great marriage of the Belgian and IPA styles. Maintains a great balance of flavors, showcasing both aspects, but not letting one trump the other. A noteworthy beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky honey orange with a 2 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. A latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, herbal hops, and Belgian yeast. Taste is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and herbal hops up front with the Belgian yeast flavors coming through on the finish. There is a mild amount of citrus zest bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great flavor and high drinkability.

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Photo of rowew
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber, screen printed but it looks like its had a rough life. I couldn't find a date on it.

Appearance: Clear golden, large white head with good retention.

Smell: Lots of hops - bubble gum aroma is very appealing, there is a bit of Belgian yeast aroma in there as it warms.

Taste: The Belgian yeast is much more noticable in the taste - plenty of hop flavor, but not much bitterness, the belgian flavors round out the hops nicely.

Overall impression: Nice twist on a great IPA - plenty of great hop flavors with an interesting yeast note .. this one is pretty drinkable, I'd love to see it in 6 packs.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle from Brewdog online shop (£3.50):
Another outstanding Stone beer &despite being a bit past its 'enjoy by' date but it has managed to hold up very well and still seemed fresh, crisp & quite lively with good carbonation levels. The beer went down very well with a good balance & had plenty of yeast giving that Belgian twist; I'm already on the look out for this one again & hopefully I'll be able to get hold of a fresher bottle next time round.

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Photo of RedSpecial1
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale amber with a thick foamy head that slowly dissipates. The nose is complex with a characteristic Belgian phenol note, but it's subtly cut with a pleasant hop bitterness, a subtle hint of lighter fruits like apricot or mango. The flavor is more similar to an IPA than the aroma is, but there is still a distinct Belgian character to the front of the taste profile. The flavor lingers pleasantly in the back of the throat. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing, perfect for a warm evening. Overall, this is a solid session beer.

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Photo of EdTheEdge
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First I gotta say. I am a BIG fan of Stone especially their Arrogant Bastard stuff. So this might be bit biased.

Poured from a large bottle into my favorite pint glass.

Color is a pale coppery gold and clear. Head was a nice thick golden cream at first, but faded quickly to a thin foamy layer that lasted the entire tasting . Nice lacing on the glass during several pours.

I am a newbie at this but I get a nice pleasant whiff of hops and evergreen(?).

Taste. I love it! I like an IPA and this one is a top notch. Hops, evergreen, Simple but strong.

Mouthfeel is tough one for me. But I can tell you this beer has a pleasant aftertaste that lasted quite a while.

Like I said I am a fan of STONE but this is my first time tasting Cali-Belgie. I can tell you that I think I'll keep a bottle of this around at all times.

This is a very good Friday night beer.

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Photo of codfeast
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my notes

A: A golden hue, light carbination with a 1/4" head

S: Citrus(lemon mostly), Belgium yeast.

T: Citrus, flowers with a bit of a spicy finish from the yeast.

M: Medium body quite smooth with a nice bubbly carbination.

O: A really easy to drink very good tasting beer. Still get tripped out by the style. When you get the two distinct character of two distinct styles becoming one.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a snifter.

A- Hazy golden with hints of orange hue. Finger sized white head formed and dissipated quickly.

S- Fresh hops and citrus fruits give off a very nice aroma. Has a very distinct yeast scent similar to other Belgian IPAs I have had.

T- Great combination of west coast hops and Belgian style IPA. The citrus is there, but not as dominant as west coast IPAs can be. The typical Belgian yeast flavor is somewhat subdued from the dominant hops.

M- Smooth and medium bodied. Some carbonation. Perfect consistency as the final sip just sits on the back of the tongue giving off wonderful flavors.

D- Highly drinkable. That's all I can say about this one.

I tend to dislike Belgian IPAs, but this one was by far my favorite one to date. I really love west coast IPAs, but sometimes I just tend to get burned out on drinking them. On the other hand I really don't care for Belgian IPAs because they seem too reserved. This one fits right in the middle. A perfect blend of both characteristics.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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 thomasrayw
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is about the taste and smoothness. It is nicely hopped, but not overly so. The taste is strong, but not so much that it hangs around on your palate long after the last sip is gone. It did not pour with much head, which was unexpected. But the extremely smooth taste is worth it. I'm going to pour another.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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 OCSA_1978
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours nicely into a tulip glass with some traces of lace. Color is like bright piny finished furniture. Aroma is quite appealing. Taste is uniquely Beguim, fruity and malty. Its a smooth feel with pleasant aftertaste. Overall, this brew is one to enjoy. Cheers!

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Photo of chrisjws
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle

A: Light golden, two finger head
S: Yeast forward, little hops and a little caramel
T: Citrus, grapefruit, yeast and little pop of bitterness
M: Slight bite from the carbonation, finishes up with a lot of yeast and hop flavors left on the palate between sips.
O: Very enjoyable take, little beligian and a little IPA that make for a very unique experience.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong aroma is hoppy and evergreen with a firm, sour citrus overtone, a mixture of lemon and orange with just a whisper of lime. It pours an average golden amber with a decent off-white head, but appearance is this beer's weakest suit. Flavor is fairly hoppy, but pleasantly sour citrus dominates with orange and lemon and a little bit of lime. Texture is exceptionally smooth, yet tingly and fizzy enough for a beer. Recommended to all hop-heads.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber courtesy of CrellMoset. BBD 11/13/2008 but I'm just getting around to this one now. Poured into a Reidel cab glass. Bring it on...

Clear honey color with tight Champagne-yeasty head that doesn't stick around but leaves good lacing.

Nice slight banana ester with an almost Saison kick. Backed up with good grapefruit/Centennial hop kick. Good, light malt presence.

This has a lot more of a Belgian feel than I recall in the tap. Almost honey-like with good coriander byproducts. The citrus is a little less pronounced than with original Stone IPA...a byproduct of the strength of the yeast differential. Hops emerge with a nice floral/citrus mix as it warms. Still excellent.

This treats the palate extremely well. Fullness of spice and light malt, hop flora and slight citrus brings it all home. Carbonation helps disperse everything nicely The beautiful bride says, "Now that's the perfect beer."

This one drinks very well - enjoyability is on par with the tap experience. I'd definitely like to see more of this stuff around.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 1L growler a couple of days after it was filled. Poured into tulip with great two finger head. Deep gold in color, good retention and lacing. At first the citrusy west-coast hops hit me but then I noticed a yeasty, hefe-like nose. Spice, banana and some sweet fruit all present. A definite bready and yeasty taste along with a pleastant bitter hopiness. A little more of a bitter hop kick than a citric hop kick. Some sweetness, some malt, and some grain as well. A very unique blend of flavors. Good, medium mouthfeel with slightly oil, chewy aftertaste. Overall a great beer and unique for stone. Tastes a bit like the 8-8-8 epic I thought, but thats not a bad thing at all.

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Photo of gpogo
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy orange with incredibly white head that stuck around. A very lively beer.

A- That distinct belgian yeast aroma. I definitely noticed citrusy hops. Perhaps a bit of orange and coriander as well.

T- Wonderful belgian taste. Coriander and orange as well as some more citrusy hops with nice malt to balance it.

M- Medium bodied with high carbonation. Eventaully left a slight alcohol warming.

D- I really liked this brew, I hope it becomes a more permanent brew. Quite refreshing and enjoyable.

Note: These notes are from memory, had this wonderful brew earlier today at the brewery.

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Photo of MunchkinDrinker
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Mostly clear amber with a good foamy head that settles into lacing the whole way down. Great color.

S - Very very very pleasant. Floral and citrusy. The hops are citrusy and pleasantly bitter (two things that seem rare), and there is a sweet belgian banana twinge through it all. Very few beers smell this nice. This would be the perfect air freshener smell. Lovely.

T/M - Bitterness is earthy and grassy. Juicy, some hints of grapefruit rind. Not as rich as the smell, unfortunately. Tastes like a good standard IPA, but nothing terriffic.

D - It's good and somewhat easy to drink, but not exceptionally so. Moderate alcohol creeps up on you.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange color, white head with tons of stick, although not as white and craggy as, say, the Houblon.

The nose is strongly aromatic, with tons of citric hops backed with some clove, aspirin, and other esters. The power is definitely there, and the ingredients are right.

Tastes exactly like you would imagine from the name; taking the Belgian high gravity yeast and imparting a serious hop edge to it. Some spiciness, although this is muted; so too is the alcohol.

Great ale, to be recommended with all but the very finest (I think that Houblon and Hopsinjoor are more drinkable) Belgian IPAs. Get thee to a brewery!

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Photo of hsway
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass in two sessions (over the course of one night, obviously). I put the open bottle back in the fridge between sessions.

a: Didn't generate much head despite a relatively strong pour - body is a medium golden color - glows nicely when you hold your glass up to a light.

s: Floral and hoppy.

t: I think this beer balances the Cali-style hopiness with the yeastiness of a Belgian quite nicely - rather than fighting each other, they complimented quite nicely.

m: Smooth but not especially memorable.

d: I thought this was quite easy going down, despite combining two rather intensely-flavored beer profiles.

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Photo of cpone
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from bomber to tulip.

Two inches of off white head - some spotty lacing. Hazy copper/orange body. Very clean aroma. Smells of Belgian yeast, spices, cloves, meyer lemon. Mild cereal grain. Taste is hop dominant, but not overpowering. Some malty sweetness and a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is refreshing, but a little thin. overall a solid beer i could see myself going back to again and again.

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
3.99 out of 5 based on 3,398 ratings.
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