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Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPAStochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,914 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,914
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 70
Gots: 165 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sweffin on 08-23-2013

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3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/23/14.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a solid grapefruit presence all around, but it's a bit stronger in the flavor.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of metter98
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of grapefruit and grapefruit peels are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of grapefruit citrus from the hops but there almost seems to be nearly an equal amount of grapefruit zest, the latter of which stands out in the finish. There is a moderate to high amount of bitterness and this persists through the finish. Only slight traces of alcohol are perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: As advertised, the aromas and flavors of this beer are all about grapefruit, although the addition of grapefruit peel seems to mellow things out about and not make this as tangy as you would expect.

Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with an impressive head; nice retention and a significant amount of lacing

Smell: Citric and bitter, with a pithy grapefruit character

Taste: A bit of graham cracker, up front, and then there is a bitter assault on the taste buds; this is not a floral, citrusy hop blast but a pithy, aspirin-like bitterness; just a vague smidgen of the malt lingers into the dry, bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is quite a bitter experience and just what I would have anticipated from Stone, although the malt balance in many of their beers is missing from this one; not really the kind of hop profile I enjoy but one that a fan of really bitter beers might find appealing

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

With the always-arrogant hop dominance front and center, this special version of Ruination kicks those natural IPA flavors of grapefruit into hyper warp with actual citrus additions.

Pouring the steadfast hues of golden and amber, the ale carries a surprisingly filtered haze that strips any diffusion from the beer's appearance. It simply gleams in the glass and shows off its streaming carbonation brilliantly. Its ivory tinted lather builds on top with strong and long-lasting retention, lacing the glass beautifully as the ale fades.

Citrus aromas are backed with caramel for a perfectly imbalanced scent. The common focus on grapefruit is exacerbated by more prominent citrus character as the actual grapefruit pith, peel, juice and ribs all add as much of a leafy verbena-type character as the hops do. With just enough malt character to give a slim graham cracker note, the beer's hop dominance is evident.

Then to taste, much of the same transpires. High citrus character is of all things pink and white grapefruit- fully equipped with rinds, pulp and tangy fruit juice. The hops easily dominate the taste even as caramel and graham cracker rise first and further support the hops and fruit additions afterwards. Finishing with a leafy, stemmy sassafras herbal complexity, the hop bitterness and fruit acidity provides earthy taste to boot.

Medium-light on the palate, any residual sweetness is short lived as the malts simply dissolve off of the early palate. Its malty-dryness props up the hops as the intensifying bitterness introduces an acidic pang and hides its vegetative astringency well. Deeply resinous and spicy warmth close the session with high level of refreshment.

In theory, if the beer already tastes like grapefruit, then lets push that even higher by adding actual grapefruits to the beer, relying on the hop's "bigness" becomes its own complexity. But I would prefer richer taste by adding a different fruit to the mix- oranges, lemons, apricots would not only intensify the fruit character but give it greater variety as well.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

very cool beer, thinly veiled as something other than stone brewing, but thats cool. love the idea here, huge grapefruit hop buff, so this is right in my wheelhouse. i thought the execution overall was a little better than okay, but not as good as it could have been, or was in my head. a clearing orangey color, well carbonated with a bold white head that lasts. a nose as hoppy as it is grapefruity, plenty of bitterness, but some pale or maris otter malt backbone too. the flavor starts like a robust ipa, balancing grain and heavy handed hop additions wight he woodiness of centennial and the columbus citrus profile. the grapefruit waits until the end to show up, but it comes on strong. its all rind, not flesh so much, i get that bitter white pithy flavor, which is a really nice compliment to the hops, they both sort of play off each other, getting ever more bitter. the finish is forever, citrusy bitterness without the accompanying acidity. i wanted a little more fruitiness to this, and a little more sessionability. with all the bitterness and alcohol strength and malt body, its a very slow sipper for me, and when i was thinking of an all day style ipa with refreshing grapefruit, this is a little odd, but i love the idea, and maybe would like to see a series of these, one with flesh, one with ruby red fruit, one with pils malt, one around 4% abv… it would be a cool project. glad i got to try this beer, but i probably wouldn't buy it again.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A small white head on top of a perfectly clear, copper colored body. The aroma is full of grapefruit and pine with notes of caramel. Lots of malt up front with spicy hops. Finishes with pithy bitterness and citrus zest. Medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish. Not bad, but the bitterness is excessive to the point of surpassing pith and reaching full on aspirin harshness. Drinkable, but they really seemed to have grabbed some of the more undesirable aspects of grapefruit.

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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 3/11/2014 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, caramelized malts and floral hops.

T: The taste starts out with a tart and sweet citrus flavor. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a good beer but not as good as Stone’s other 2IPA’s.

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4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with a freshness date.

Stunningly tight and sticky lacing on top of this hazed out pale amber brew. Big bag of smashed grapefruits rush the nostrils, hints of alcohol and hops within. My palate is simply being abused by the onslaught of grapefruit and hops, the alcohol is clean and quite warming. Some light bready tones underneath but the finish is just more lingering grapefruit and hops.

Slam? This is a Smackdown, thanks Stone for this one and keeping things fun.

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Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,914 ratings.