Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.96/5 rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Poured from a 22oz bottle (Bottled On: 2/06/14) into a 12oz, Saxo branded, large mouthed, stemmed tulip. Although the artwork might seem random, it is quite amazing. Step back a few feet and you will see the gargoyle art in the chaotic lines of the 62,560 pixels used.
A- A conservative pour reveals a gorgeous, crystal clear, deep orange/copper hued beer with 1-finger's worth of a white, frothy head. Despite the non-nucleated glassware, a few conservative streams of carbonation emanate from the bowels of the glass. (4.75)
S- The grapefruit adjunct was immediately detectable...but hit my nose as being closer to a white grapefruit 'flesh' as opposed to the advertised 'rind' component from the fruit. After the initial sip and allowing the senses a moment to adjust, the intense grapefruit aromas fade rather quickly in favor of those familiar resinous, black tea-like aromas that is nothing but classic Ruination. Hints of other citrus and tropical notes (lemon/lime, peach, honeydew melon) from the Centennial dry hopping reveal themselves, but never dominate...the grapefruit is the steals the show with this offering. (5.0)
T- Grapefruit, grapefruit and more...yep, grapefruit. The palate is consumed with that very citrus fruit across the entire palate and its bitterness lingers well after the sip. As it warms, some of the other flavors as detected on the nose come to the party, but never dominate. However, I feel that the grapefruit 'peel' addition mellows the intense piney qualities found in standard Ruination. Despite 8.2% ABV, the malt stays well at bay, masking the alcohol completely. (5.0)
M- Stone's beers are never overcarbonated and always tend to weigh in on the more conservative side (IMO, 2.50 - 2.55 vols for all you brewers) and is no different here. Carbonation is on the softer side of medium and just enough to get the job done. Like its cousin, Ruination, the body of this beer ranks on the lighter side of medium. Hefty enough to support the generous hopping...no more and no less. (4.75)
O- A really nice variation and surprising improvement to an already proven (and recently amended), world-class offering. Although I have yet to perform a side-by-side comparison, I think I prefer this a bit more than Ruination. The addition of Grapefruit peel/flesh helps bolster the citrusy character from the Centennial dry hop as well as tone down the piney (i.e. 'dank') component from the Columbus...the result is a more balanced, yet just as pungent (aromatic and flavor) offering. However, due to the increased price for this 'special release,' I will be more than content sticking with Ruination (5.0)
Serving type: bottle
04-16-2014 23:50:09 | More by threeviews
2.7/5 rDev -32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
A: Burnished gold body with a very abundant head of white foam. The beer is slightly hazy and has lots of visible carbonation. Lacing is great, leaving rings on the glass.
S: It has a rather light nose. I pick up some grapefruit rind and pine.
T: I get a good deal of raw bitterness without a lot of flavor. It's like eating the rind of a citrus fruit without the fresh taste of the fruit itself. It's just bitterness without any complementary flavors.
M: The mouthfeel is nice and dry, but the palate is overwhelmed with an unpleasant astringency and nothing but bitterness to hopelessly cope with.
O: Overall the beer lacked in flavor and originality. It had plenty of bitterness without any malt or hop flavor to reinforce it. Unfortunately I can not recommend this beer.
Serving type: bottle
04-14-2014 23:38:00 | More by teromous
Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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