Cali-Belgique IPA | Stone Brewing

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Cali-Belgique IPACali-Belgique IPA
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Cali-Belgique IPACali-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-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

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3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours hazy light golden with a frothy and creamy white head that laces quite well. Aroma is very faint but I get some sort of spice with Belgium yeast. Taste lemon, citrus, clove, orange peel not to bad.

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

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3.27/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a nonic. No date stamp, but bought from a generally reputable retailer.

This brew pours a very hazy apricot color crested with three fingers of head that leaves nice retention and lacing. The aroma is a nice mix between some Belgian yeast funkiness and some nice west-coast hop dankness. Citrus aspects are also noted. The taste is a little less balanced then I thought, the Belgian aspects are really the stars of the shows here. There's a bit of a nice hop kick in the center, but the slightly funky Belgian yeast and fruity ester qualities really dominates the start and finish of this brew. More hops, please.

The mouthfeel is pretty good, it's firmly carbonated and a bit light on the mouth, and the drinkability suffers just a little bit from the Belgian dominance. Overall, still not my favourite style. I wish there was more of a focus on the IPA side of the "Belgian IPA" equation.

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3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

crustal clear golden yellow pour, 2 fingers white fluffy head, excellent lacing. smells of pepper, coriander, orange peel, piney hop smell. initial piney taste, with a sweet caramel orange flavor in the backbone, tastes more like a belgian than an IPA and is surprisingly not bitter (weird coming from Stone!!). medium bodied with a slight spicyness to it that makes it very refreshing, moderate carbonation, slight creaminess. overall, a great warm weather thirst quencher with a decent abv% that isn't overwhelming. very tasty and very refreshing - it's a shame it's so hard to get in my area.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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

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3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Mac's in Midtown Atlanta, at the recommendation of aforbes10 (not that I needed an excuse to try this).

Poured into several high-ball glasses to share. It's blood orange in color, with a whopper of a foamy head that gradually settles down into a thin creamy cover.
Nose is as touted - sweet fruity Belgian qualities intermingling with a solid hop presence. Taste is dry fruits and flowery hops. Simple but effective. Mouthfeel could be better, but it's still good. Same for drinkability.

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As a big fan of Belgium ales and an even bigger fan of Stone ipas, I was very excited to sample this hybrid. This ale pours a gorgeous golden color with a thick long lasting white head. Very European in appearance. The aroma is quite sweet with tons of Belgium yeast and malty notes. Though there is definitely and underlying aroma of west coast hops. This one has a lighter body than I expected. The flavor of this ale is more European influenced than I expected with a lot of sweet yeast flavors and Malt. Yet there is a definite American ipa influence. A very decent amount of hops that would not be found in a typical belgium ale. This is not my favorite Stone offering or my favorite belgium ipa but it is a very good well crafted ale blending two of the best styles if beer ever created.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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