Stone Cali-Belgique IPA | Stone Brewing

Stone Cali-Belgique IPAStone Cali-Belgique IPA
BA SCORE
3.96/5
3,448 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:
#4,475
Reviews:
1,112
Ratings:
3,448
pDev:
11.36%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
708
Trade:
2
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear amber hued orange color. Aggressive pour at first warned of huge head so I backed it down and got about a two finger rocky white head that disappeared quickly to a whispy layer. Lacing is spotty.

S: Nothing is too overpowering, slight hop presence, definite Belgian bread-yeast profile and if I had to pick one aroma that stood out, it would probably be this one but I'm not sure it's fits in with the rest of the smells.

T: Falls in line with the aroma, again nothing is outstanding, all pretty toned down flavors. Slightly more balanced than the smell.

M: Creamy feel, hop oils coat the mouth nicely. Ample carbonation.

O: Man, this is a pretty average beer all around. I was really looking forward to this one as I love a good Belgian IPA and this one just felt so safe. I feel like Stone could have taken a few shots with this one and just didn't. I won't be seeking this one out again.

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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8oz pour (from a 22oz bomber bottle) into a blank goblet glass. This was another beer from the beer and grilled cheese dinner event.

A: Yellow orange color. Amazingly clean and clear beer. Bright white bottle conditioned head. Stays around a while. Fingers worth of head. Nice lacing trails on the glass.

S: Gets lots of that Belgian flavor. Spicy clove and banana. Then some of those CA citrus hops that Stone beers are known for. Some sweet malt is hidden in there behind all of that to hopefully balance it out.

T: Interesting sip. The pine hop flavors on the tip of the tongue, blend into the Belgian flavors nicely. Spicy floral notes. Citrus like orange and lemon. But also clove. The finish is long.

M: Medium bodied with bottle conditioning that really helps to clear the palate.

O: This is a nice A- to A beer for me. I don't think that I have had a BAD Stone beer. This certainly doesn't disappoint. I like the creative approach to brewing that they have. Expanding on their regular solid line, but not straying too far.

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

From notes while visiting the Stone Brewery in California at the World Bistro.

A - A light golden honey color that pours with a finger-width head. Good lacing and head retention. Very fresh (considering I was at the brewery, that's not surprising).

S - A subtle hoppy scent with a hint fruity spice to the nose.

T - A refreshing lightly hoppy beer that has flavors of pineapple and citrus. It has a slightly floral finish.

M - This beer is incredibly smooth, crisp and refreshing. Good carbonation.

O - This is one of my favorite IPAs and it's even more fantastic fresh on tap. The flavors are more subtle and for someone who is new to IPAs (like I was back when I had this), it's a great place to start.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Publick House in Brookline.

A: Poured a nice golden color with a one finger head. Visibly effervescent and has good retention and lots of lacing.

S: Not a strong smelling beer but pleasant; hops are the most prominent scent followed by a little Belgian years.

T: Tastes very much like an IPA but with a fuller sweeter taste. Well balanced but nothing crazy.

M: Great feel- medium carbonation with a light to medium body that makes for a very refreshing brew.

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3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, golden color with a thin, off-white head. Little retention or lace.

S: Bright citrus and bubble gum. Smells quite a bit like Juicy Fruit, but in a good way.

T: Leads with a whiff of Belgian funk before the sweet citrus fruit takes over. Fruit lasts long into the finish, joined by pepper and oak.

M: Fairly light with a bit of creaminess.

O: A nice example of the style, nothing earth-shaking, but definitely worth a try.

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4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (best by 3/9/2012) into a tulip. Pours crystal-clear golden color w/ a thick creamy white head.

Aroma is fruity, flowery Belgian yeast, bubble gum.

Taste is bitter & hoppy up front, mellowed by the Belgian yeast. Dry biscuity malt, floral hops.

Overall an interesting version of Stone IPA, thanks to the Belgian yeast. It's softer and mellower than the original. I may prefer Belgian IPAs like Houblon Chouffe - as those are Belgian first, IPA second whereas this is IPA first, Belgian second - but it's a good beer nonetheless.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a biggun

A: Golden, light tinge of amber. Bubbly and exciting. Nice pillowy head, but low head retention.

S: Yeasty, doughy, citrus, lemongrass.

T: Undeniably Belgique. Lemony, yet sweet. Good deal of complexity going on here. Similar to New Belgium's Belgo IPA, yet more restrained, thought not necessarily more refined. Both are great, and super similar in their hop profile, and yeast profile. Not as ballsy as some Stone offerings, but this one is quaffable, as well as giving you plenty to contemplate.

M: Medium bodied, high carbonation.

O: I re-iterate, similar in spirit to the Belgo IPA from New Belgium, but certainly bares the marks of its brewery. Lacked the hoppy freshness a lot of other Stone brews have.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 3,448 ratings
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