Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Stone Cali-Belgique IPA | Stone Brewing

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Stone Cali-Belgique IPAStone Cali-Belgique IPA
BA SCORE
3.96/5
Very Good
3,451 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:
#4,692
Reviews:
1,112
Ratings:
3,451
pDev:
11.36%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
707
Trade:
2
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 3,451 |  Reviews: 1,112
Photo of RickS95
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's only an average looking IPA. Almost looks blonde. It's a dark straw color, pale-ish like you'd expect. Relatively clear with a thin white head that leaves the party quickly.

If you read the back of the bottle, it smells like you'd expect. It smells solely of fruit, but if you'd had a farmhouse saison, you get it. Like the bottles says, it's a funky yeast and it shines through in this beer.

Has a great flavor. The IPA influence is there, it's got a citrusy, piney backbone to it. However, the yeast gives off more fruity flavors as well. Making it both citrusy, sweet, and piney with the nice hoppy taste in the swallow.

Very complex. As I mentioned in the tastes, you get sweet, citrus, dry/piney and slightly bitter. A great test for your tongue.

This is one of my favorite beers, regardless of style. I love dark porters and stouts, and this is anything but. However, I also appreciate IPAs and fruit beers and this satisfies those likes very, very well. Good stuff.

 981 characters

Photo of h4ger
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ricecracker420
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of bbadger
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of dacrza1
4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: July 27, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Duvel snifter... OCCASION: post-Cinders dinner drink while viewing The King's Speech... APPEARANCE: beastly swirling tornado of effervescence ripples up to a snow-white two-finger head that frames a burnt-orange body--a beautiful glass to behold... AROMA: sugary, candied fragrance sits atop the classic Stone hops head bang--worth the price of admission just to soak in its aura... PALATE: soft, mildly hopped yet beguilingly medium-bodied; warming in the throat but not intrusive; a paradox that seems to bare out the uniqueness of the beer's namesake...TASTE: provocatively complex tart--grapefruit and pepper indelibly cascade with each swallow; balanced and substantial,, but in a way that invites a second bottle... OVERALL: Playing off the film, I will say this beer does not possess a stutter-inducing ABV, but the flavor, frame and aroma, this beer has a lot going for it...the over-babble on the bottle label could be severely edited, but no mistaking the beer is one I will recommend to friends, give as a gift and seek out when disposable income is more readily available...

 1,128 characters

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

Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of DelicateDelirium
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of brycevolk
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of eldoctorador
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of djtomain
4/5  rDev +1%

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

Photo of vkv822
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz : tulip

Pours a clear, golden orange with a dense, frothy white head.

Aroma and taste are both quite hoppy. With big citrus notes initially blended very nicely with a lightly spicy, phenolic Belgian yeast character.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

A really great beer. The hops and yeast compliment each other very nicely and make for a tasty, easy drinking, yet complex beer.

 386 characters

Photo of MacMalt
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into IPA glass. It pours a golden-honey color with a thick, snow white head and extensive lacing. It smells of Belgian yeast and spices, along with tangerine. It's a really interesting taste - something between a West Coast IPA and a Belgian Tripel. The flavors include grapefruit, Belgian yeast, Belgian yeast, and bitter hops. It has a biting, bitter aftertaste. This ale is crisp, dry, refreshing, and easy to drink with a manageable ABV of 6.9%. Overall, this ale is tasty and really fun to drink.

 515 characters

Photo of Budinetz
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Alpha309
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of kbutler1
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. YES! Stone is now available in MN, happy day! Poured into a DFH tulip glass a hazy amber honey color with a 1 1/2 finger white head that slowly recedes and leaves lace as it does. Fruity aroma right off the bat and as I inhale deeper I get a nice hops aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Fruit like notes up front which I can only really describe as Fruity Pebbles, a mixture of orange, grape, and cherry. The hops fight back with a flare in the end with a long drawn out bitterness. No real hints at the alcohol in the nose nor the taste. The bitterness is nice but lingers on just a little too long for me.

 605 characters

Photo of kybeerdrinker
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of lochef81
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.

 793 characters

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
1/5  rDev -74.7%

Photo of RobertColianni
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Eman17
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 3,451 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.