Stone Cali-Belgique IPA | Stone Brewing

Stone Cali-Belgique IPAStone Cali-Belgique IPA
BA SCORE
3.96/5
3,447 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#4,455
Reviews:
1,112
Ratings:
3,447
pDev:
11.36%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
708
Trade:
2
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Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of popery
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm a little bit disappointed by this beer. It's a good Belgian IPA, but it just doesn't have the flavor intensity of some of the best ones. The color is a wonderful bright gold with an pretty good beige head. The nose is yeasty and hoppy. It's much more yeasty than I was expecting and not quite enough hop intensity. The same goes for the flavor, but lack of stronger hops kind of frustrates me. It might just be that they should have upped the malt and alcohol, so that the hops pronounced more flavor than just grapefruit rind bitterness and light astringency. The mouthfeel also doesn't quite work for me. The hops really want to be fruity, but the aftertaste is more astringent than bitter, nearly unpleasantly so. It's a fairly drinkable beer. I'm probably being a little too harsh. It's good beer, definitely enjoyable. My criticism is sort of nit-picky. I certainly wouldn't turn one down if offered.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of mjaskula
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. Pours clear golden with a thick soapy white head. The head thins and leaves some foamy lacing.

The aroma is mild with some up-front floral hops and belgian yeast character. The flavor is a nice merger of styles. The bitter and floral hop flavor is strong and leads the flavor, but it gives way smoothly to a slight malt flavor and clean Belgian yeast. A little bit of green apple tartness shows up as it warms. Mouthfeel is dry crisp and clean. Very balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of Slippinghalo
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 3,447 ratings
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