Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.03/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Huge ~4 finger pour in a large ale glass from a turbulent pour. Surprisingly dark coppery pour, settling to a golden straw color with orange highlights. Head is bright white and fluffy, which great retention and nice sticky lacing. Transparent and slightly bubbly.
Expected single IPA aroma, reminiscent of Mosaic, although apparently that's the Centennial and Magnum combo (I'm not very familiar with Magnum hops). Citrus and tropical fruit in equal measure, with some sweet dankness as well, floating on a biscuity maltiness. Slightly floral, with some honey. No significant grapefruit aroma.
Flavor dutifully follows the nose, with a balance of floral, tropical, citrus, dank, and pine hops that blends together in a way that makes it difficult to pick out the dominant flavors. Grapefruit peel is mostly present on the back-end, with a dry citrus finish, typical of older IPA hop profiles. Definitely a super bitter brew, impressively so (think Ruination), although mostly present on the back-end; the front and mid palate hoppiness is more of the hop juice variety.
Grapefruit acidity definitely builds up as you drink it, giving it a nice balance to the fruity hops.
Lively with a nice sting; juicy middle, with a semi-dry finish that lingers forever. A little sticky residue. Fairly drinkable.
This is a solid DIPA; I imagine this is how Enjoy By would be if they went for massive bitterness and astringency instead of fruity flavors. Worth trying, but I don't think I'm going to revisit it any time soon.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2014 19:15:04 | More by Roguer
4.35/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Served in thick fishbowl a deep amber, with limited lace. Lovely.
Aroma is rich tropical fruit hoppiness. Yum.
Taste is delicious and over the top grapefruit. Bitterness is almost nonexistent. Sweet and citrus tastiness. Finish is slight bitterness but mostly delicious and aromatic tropical hops wonderment. Very drinkable, and a unique and refreshing take on an Imperial IPA. Alcohol content isn't readily apparent, either.
Absolutely loved this IPA, and will be looking for a bomber now.
Serving type: on-tap
03-16-2014 14:27:50 | More by secondtooth
4.34/5 rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: ranges from burnt orange to a wide array of golden hues. Cream and steady 1" head.
S: piney, floral, herbal, nutty, medicinal, so far so good.
T: and BOOM! it's the perfect party in my mouth. Extremely well done and at the same time it achieves what it was meant to be. It's even better than drinking grapefruit on it's own. Not one ingredient from this beer outshines the rest, it's an easy drinker with some bittersweet notes that hide underbeath all that beer, this is some serious beer right here!
M: light, tangy and a bit resinous.
O: I'm amazed at how drinkable this beer is, and the grapefruit adds the right touch of citrus spark to give it an additional creative layer without disrupting the harmony in which the beer coexists. I'm not the biggest fan of Stone, but kuddos on this exceptionally delicious take on an IPA.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2014 07:11:27 | More by Uanof
2.51/5 rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75
The name is indeed "Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA," not "Stochast...India Pale Ale." So props so whomever added this correctly. Bottled 01/29/illegible. (I assume 01/29/14). 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label print and unbranded black pry-off pressure cap acquired at me local H-E-B grocery a couple hours ago and served into a Pinthouse Pizza conical pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given the brewery. Reviewed as an IPA since the label and description clearly identify it as such.
Served cold - at fridge temp. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a three finger wide head of very pale khaki colour. Okay creaminess, thickness, and frothiness. Okay complexion and consistency. Head retention is good - about 7-8 minutes. Leaves spotty inconsistent lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes.
Body colour is a transparent translucent copper of very good clarity and average vibrance. Clean; there's no visible yeast sediment or anything. Appears well-carbonated.
Overall, this is predictable standard fare for an IPA. Far from unique or special.
Sm: Soapy - I think this spent too long in primary. Bubblegum. Fresh citrus peel. Grapefruit. Faint pine. Floral hops. Fruity. Fairly resinous, but not real oily or nectary (much to my disappointment). The fresh citrus peel notes are a definite highlight for me personally, but the unwelcome bubblegum seems to drown the finer notes out. Maltwise, it's got a sweet bready undertone with plenty of pale malts and caramalts. Surprisingly, if anything it seems too sweet, not too bitter; did Stone brew this? I'm shocked they seem to have brewed an IPA without unnecessarily overaggressive hop bitterness.
Overall, this is a fairly pleasant clean aroma of mild strength, though it does seem too sweet and the bubblegum is unappealing.
No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.
Mf/T: Okay, right up front it's obvious this is too dry and pithy. It also comes off a bit stale and rough - which is disastrous for an IPA. Wow, this mouthfeel is poorly executed. Overcarbonated, soapy, and medium bodied. Slightly oily. A biteen coarse. Horrid presence on the palate. This is a poor texture for a beer in this style. I'd almost prefer a watery beer to this. Ugh. It just scrapes the tongue.
Not gushed, hot, boozy, harsh, or astringent. There is some tolerable alcohol warmth.
Soapy detergent dominates the flavour profile; this definitely spent way too long in primary. The backbone of the beer is a weak pale malt/caramalt core. I pick up on faint hints of graham cracker as well. Once you get past the soapiness, you're confronted with poorly integrated bubblegum tones. The pleasant citrus peel from the aroma becomes a bitter raw nightmare in the taste, and the grapefruit character is poorly executed. It doesn't quite have the bite of most grapefruit-based IPAs, but it has all of the pithy rindy bitterness. As a result, this flavour profile is soapy and off-putting throughout, but too sweet and bready up front and too bitter on the backend. Obviously, the imbalance is extreme. As it warms, I pick up on that stale orange juice note I always despise in IPAs - a note which lingers on the aftertaste along with the pithy bitterness. Ugh.
No yeast character comes through.
Lacks subtlety, complexity, intricacy, and nuance. The build lacks cohesion. Not a gestalt flavour profile by any means. Below average depth and duration of flavour. Average intensity of flavour. I'm having trouble liking this.
If the off notes don't get to you, the wretched imbalance will. I applaud the experimentation, but frankly this shouldn't have made it to market.
Dr: I swear I approach my reviews of Stone's beers with an open mind, but it sometimes seems like their hop choices and approach to brewing IPAs is just diametrically opposed to my personal tastes. This is absolutely not a beer I'd recommend to friends and not a beer I'd consider buying again. I'll finish this bottle without too much trouble - it's surprisingly drinkable in spite of its many flaws - but boy is this a sad attempt at an IPA. It's the kind of failure at brewing an IPA only Stone (and Green Flash) is (are) capable of. To all those who love this, I wish I was one of you. But unfortunately it's really not doing it for me. Not Stone's finest work, but then it's not a collaboration beer.
Surprisingly, it does get better (less bad?) as it warms. The bitterness becomes less obnoxious and the stale orange juice note picks up a little.
I'm surprised Stone has gone with this sneaky labeling approach. "Koochenvagner's Brewing Co" indeed. I tend to view Stone as a marketing company that happens to manufacture beer, but this marketing decision is somewhat confounding.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2014 05:42:28 | More by kojevergas
3.2/5 rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Pale yellow gold body, topped by six fingers of big bubbly snow white foam. Thorough lacing.
Citrus aroma, pleasant and inviting but somewhat low key.
Light and very sweet beginning. Splash of mixed juicy fruit. Very bitter bite at the swallow. Big punch of grapefruit in the finish, puckering the mouth in the afterglow.
Medium plus mouthfeel.
Grapefruit is not my favorite citrus, and it is overpowering here. Not saying it's a bad beer, but it's not for me. Can we try this with oranges?
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2014 04:38:46 | More by RonfromJersey
Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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