Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jzeilinger:
4.2/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A - Pours a light medium amber orange gold color (lighting isn't so good where I'm at rt now). Massive amounts of carbonation initially before equalizing after a few minutes to a steady trail of small bubbles. Thin white lacing ring.
S - Once again (as my previous review), a cold serving temp is masking the aromatic goodness. The majority of the aroma is coming from a spicy grapefruit resin.
T - Taste more than makes up for the lack of nose. MASSIVE amounts of spicy tropical rind: grapefruit, oranges/tangerines, passion fruit, guava, lemons, and some floral character in the background.
M - Thick medium texture that's borderline full body. The combination of tropical fruit leaves a metallic-like coating in the mouth.
O - Very well done, another impressive and superbly solid IPA from Stone.
Serving type: on-tap
02-19-2014 01:22:51 | More by jzeilinger
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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
3.88/5 rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A: Swirling soft orange against a decently carbonated clear golden. Quickly vanishing head and very little lacing.
S: Smells like a Stone beer (hop-forward, jungle-deep) mixed with a sweet undertone of grapefruit and clementine-citrus.
T: After reading the reviews of this beer that compliment its strong grapefruit flavor, I was a little surprised. The flavor was there, but it was way more subtle than I was expecting. At no point did I feel "slammed" by grapefruit. It was a refreshing and unique addition to Stone's usual IPA, but not prominent enough in my opinion. That said, the expectation in my head not being met didn't diminish the quality of the beer. A strong IPA overall, and the added fruit flavors made it unique. I just felt like it could have been astounding.
M: Hop as a vehicle for greater nuance. The tastes I mentioned surfaced upon lingering. Stone always gets it right in this regard. The fruit flavors masked the ABV, somewhat.
O: Very very good, but not the grapefruit IPA experience I was expecting. My expectations from Stone are pretty high, so that might have colored my review a little. I'm not sure if I would buy it again, but that's only because I like other Stone products much better.
Serving type: bottle
04-14-2014 15:14:12 | More by AlpacaAlpaca
4.11/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
A- Pours a light orange with a two finger off white head. Retention is decent, leaving a good amount of lace. Perfectly clear.
S- Grapefruit is big and bold, though I am getting almost as much herbal hop aroma as grapefruit. Can tell this one will be bitter.
T- Grapefruit wins the day, though there is a lingering herbal flavor which, though not unwelcome, is unexpected. Grapefruit citric bitterness definitely is the powerhouse in the finish. The slight bit of sweetness up front is gone by midsip.
M- Medium bodied, not as dry of a finish as many IPA's.
O- I like this beer, and it's flavors, but it is a tiresome beer. Definitely worth the try, but would have been fine with a twelve ounce or a pint.
Serving type: bottle
04-14-2014 03:14:41 | More by jsprain1
3.36/5 rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Pours a hazy yellow gold color with a 1 finger creamy looking off white head that faded on the average to slow side from a timing standpoint, leaving very good foamy lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down.
Smells of strong grapefruit pith up front, followed by citrus hops, lemon zest, light caramel, piney hops, citrus fruit and some mild spices. The grapefruit dominates and there is no real malt backbone present to give it balance.
Bitter up front, this tastes like grapefruit juice and has the same effect after the first sip. Tastes like a red grapefruit first, followed by citrus hops, lemon, tangerine, herbs, floral hops, light caramel, piney hops, mild spices like pepper and coriander, biscuit and tea leaf. If the goal was to make an IPA so bitter that it drowned out the ABV and malt content then this is a success, otherwise this experiment is too bitter and just didn’t do it for me. It tastes incredibly close to grapefruit juice thanks to the grapefruit peel added, but the lack of balance makes it not smooth and to me negated most of the normally tasty Centennial hop flavor.
Mouthfeel is thick and almost chewy, with light zesty carbonation, a sweet malty cracker taste that then gets washed away with grapefruit bitterness that leads to a puckering finish and almost clean aftertaste that has more grapefruit assaulting your palate.
Over the top, unbalanced and not the DIPA I hoped it would be, this missed the mark for me. I appreciate the experiment and effort on Stone’s part, but I would not have this beer again; it was just too bitter for me and I had to make an effort to finish the bomber. It does mask the ABV completely, but the bitterness trade off isn’t worth it in my opinion.
Serving type: bottle
04-13-2014 04:20:47 | More by CHickman
Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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