Stone Cali-Belgique IPA | Stone Brewing

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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-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.

Added by gpogo on 07-23-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,438
Reviews:
1,110
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
11.28%
 
 
Wants:
122
Gots:
708
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Schlafly33
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Ultimate
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stum-pub
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of deadliest
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Surprisingly clear, and lighter in color than I was expecting. Dusty white head with plenty of lacing.

Smell: The "Cali" shows up in the front, with the "Belgie" coming in strong farther along the line.

Taste: Excellent. All the flavor provided by the fresh citrus hoppiness stands atop the solid foundation of the Belgian yeasty goodness.

Feel: Not exceptional, but nothing off-putting about the lighter than expected feel.

Drinkability: Better drinkability than Raging Bitch, another American BIPA, it's tastes don't wear you down nearly as much.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased shortly after it came to chicago. drank from my duvel tulip.

A- this one pours out a golden orange colored body with a large bright white head on it. the head lasts a while before receding and leaves behind complete rings of lacing.

S- belgian yeast is the first thing i notice. after that comes some caramel malts, and hops. there is some grapefruit and pine in here, but the focus seems to be more on the tropical fruits. pineapple and mango come to mind. very nice.

T- the taste is full of belgian yeast like i could smell. the caramel malts take a backseat to the hops in this one. lots of pineapple and mango. theres lots of grapefruit and to a lesser extent, pine.

M- medium bodied bordering on full. highly carbonated.

D- wow, what a difference changing the yeast can make. this seems to have very little in common with the regular stone IPA. one of the better examples of a belgian IPA, this one is also on the lower end of the spectrum as far as ABV goes. check this one out.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer may have been made specifically for me. It's incredible, and incredibly weird. Basically, Stone has brought together two of my absolute favorite styles: saisons and (D) IPAs. And it tastes exactly how it should, which is freaking amazing (if that sounds good to you).

Appearance is highly IPA-esque. A light copper color with a two finger head that dissolves quickly, leaving a touch of white lacing. Not bad, although nothing really mind blowing.

Nose, on the other hand, is fantastic. All over the place, really - candy malt sweetness, balanced perfectly with strong fruity hops. Yeast, grapefruit, spiciness. Nose is really fantastic.

Flavor, thankfully, is likewise. The hops drop in there a lot stronger than in the nose, and this beer shows itself as a Stone. Some sweet candy up front, then strong fruity hops dominate. A touch of yeast in there at times, making this definitely unique in the IPA department. Definitely a touch of spicy Belgian pale ale in there as well, but this one is definitely a twisted IPA, not a twisted Belgian. Either way, delicious.

Body is great, peppy carbonation that doesn't overwhelm, and medium to full bodied so it coats your mouth but doesn't kick you in the face with its aftertaste.

Again, this is one of those beers that fits right in my wheelhouse, but I totally get others that might be a bit turned off by its weird Belgian-West Coast mix. For me it's a monster, one I could drink often (I'm going to head back down to the Wine Specialist and grab a couple more bottles...).

22 oz/$6.99/Wine Specialist

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Photo of jp32
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a transparent dark yellow color. Some head, not a lot, but there is some present.

Smells delightfully hoppy.

The taste is both interesting and very soothing for an IPA. The hops are paired with a belgian yeast strain, giving it notes of orange peel and overripe mango to give this more depth than your usual IPA.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Piccadilly, Champaign, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: tulip

Stone's Belgian IPA is a solid offering, with Belgian yeast and hop-forward additives, yielding a strongly funky and hop-intense Belgian IPA. While I might prefer New Belgium's hop choices more than Stone's, this is still a new go-to in the style.

Pours a thick, 2cm head, clean white in color, with above average retention, gradually declining to a thin cap atop the body. Lacing is exceptional, with strong spiderweb, clump, spot, and other artistry on the sides of the glass. Body is a mostly transparent, slightly hazy golden orange color, with active carbonation migrating up the sides and center of the glass.

Aroma is densely fruity, with pineapple, mango, lemon, grapefruit rind, and melon being readily apparent, sitting atop a Belgian yeast (slightly Brettanomyces-like mustiness) and a somewhat peppery blend of white and black peppercorns.

The overall flavor is a heavily yeasty tropical fruit mix, with some pineapple and melon being the most obvious descriptors. Front of palate picks up pale malt sweetness joined to strong grapefruit rind: bitter with some pithy, fibrous flavor yielded by yeast secondary metabolites. Mid-palate balances Belgian yeast, slight bit of Brettanomyces, hop bitterness, and pale malt sweetness quite well. Back of palate is pleasantly bitter, like grapefruit rind, but not juicy, very dry. Other components in the back include a bit of curry-like spice and modest ethanol. Lingering taste of Belgian yeast and a mix of spicy and bittering hops.

Beer is medium-bodied with medium to medium-low carbonation, creating a generally smooth, creamy, and well-flowing. Closes quite dry, as expected from the Belgian yeast and abundant hops.

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Photo of JDizzle
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of BrownAleMale
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of bzach
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brianmandell
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wizzle32
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DNICE555
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber with the usual Stone screen printed bottle. Thanks go out to BA PatronWizard for the chance to try this one. Stone special releases have not yet made it to GA.

Very nice, light golden pour with the very lightest hint of haze in the clear body. Head is above average but light but it does leave decent lace. Looks strong. Has a Tripel appearance.

Nose is hoppier and more IPAish than the beer drinks. The nose points more toward the West Coast IPA function of the name rather than the Belgian part.

Very smooth and really quite sweet. The hop edge only comes in at the end and in the aftertaste.

Very tasty and easy drinking and pulls off a very nice combo of styles in this relatively newly established hybrid slot.

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Photo of Gemini6
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brycevolk
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of jagada
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RDW
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of JTomczak
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of tmoneyba
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from River's Bend.

A - Poured a clear golden color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing.

S- Moderate to heavy sour citrus, yeast and pepper aroma.

T - Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy spicy bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

M - Medium body with a slick texture and flat carbonation.

D - This is a standout brew that was better than my expectations.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into my FW snifter glass
Notes taken from 05/03/14

A: Crystal clear light amber honey look. Tiny streaming bubbles are present producing about a half finger of cream colored suds. Moderate retention with a few streaks and dots of lace left clinging to the glass.

S: Minty herbal hops and banana like esters on the nose. I get some apricot like stone fruit action with a twist of citrus and some coriander type spices. Has a sweet breadiness to it from the pale and caramel malts. Interesting mix and the phenols are fairly strong. Not bad but definitely different.

T: Big peppery bitterness with dashes of citrus fruit and some menthol notes. Banana, bubblegum, and clove spice are all there with a touch of caramel sweetness. Man there is a lot going on here. I get some fruity apricot and a lemony tartness as well. The phenols are super sharp and almost smoky at times and the alcohol kicks in towards the finish. Not really a fan of this one.

M: The body is moderate and slightly filling but tends to land closer to the lighter side. Nearing astringent form the high hop bitterness and sharp yeast phenols. Dash of alcohol warmth. Finish has a solid drying effort with a slight resinous after affect.

D: Not a huge fan of this one. It’s not necessarily flawed but is a bit disjointed with too much going on for my liking. The 22oz was a bit of a chore and I don’t like doing chores without some type of reward.

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Photo of number1bum
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden amber color with about a finger and a half of off-white head. So clear it almost looks filtered, in fact. Head retention is not great, as the head is somewhat fizzy and only leaves a patchy, bubbly l ace. Does leave some decent stick on the sides.

Smells pretty much like an Americanized Belgian IPA should - citrus hops with an earthy, estery Belgian yeast strain. Also some bubblegum, pineapple and a bit of spicing, maybe clove. Fruit aromas really come alive as it warms up a bit.

Taste also has a nice balance between American hops and a pretty nice Belgian yeast strain and character. Hops are citrusy and quite fruity; there's a good amount of pineapple flavor to go along with the orange. It's a nice blend. It's fruitier than I expected given the smell, in fact. The hops also give a moderate amount of bitterness, which mingles with what seems to be a bit of grain. There's a slightly earthy, estery flavor from the yeast, as well as just a hint of spice. The body on this one is fine; it's a nice medium body, but the taste just feels a little thin. Every time I take a sip I'm looking for just a bit more robustness to the flavor. The flavor is good, but it doesn't quite reach greatness.

This is a very good, not great Belgian IPA. It's very smooth and has good flavor, but I wish that flavor were amped up just a decibel or so. It's very well balanced, however, and certainly quite enjoyable. It's also incredibly drinkable. Definitely recommended if you can still find it.

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Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured with beer homey in The Big, 8.22.11, poured into wine tumbers.

Full finger white head a bit rocky, fairly quick dissipation with some lacing. Clear Orangish deep gold, multiple streams of carbonation. Belgian yeast quite prevalent in the nose, a small bit of caramel and some bready malts, floral hops. Taste mirrors nose, mouthfeel medium, good effervescence leading to a very dry finish. Damn close to style, well done.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Crystal-clear, golden body with very visible bubbles that rise at a steady rate. The head is huge and fluffy, souffle-like. Lacing is left in puffy lines with some big bubbles. I keep wiping away condensation to gaze into this perfect brew

S- At first, it is too funky with yeast in front and on full assault. However, as you get used to the funk, you find the full aroma to be candy sweet with fruity flavors from the hops.

T- The fruity flavors dominate, but are not afraid to take a background role while the sweet honey and flowers shine. Simply delicious IPA made complex by the yeast funk which highlights all the flavors even though it tastes a bit like chalk on it's own

M- Silky-smooth carbonation helps carry the bitter hops across the tongue. Medium/Heavy body with a syrupy drag

D- Wow. I almost forgot how much I love Stone's creativity. I had no problem drinking the entire 22oz. bottle by itself. Needs no food, shines on it's own.

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Photo of RobertColianni
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
3.99 out of 5 based on 3,438 ratings.
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