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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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very good

1,818 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,818
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 54
Gots: 147 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sweffin on 08-23-2013)
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4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

BEERchitect, Feb 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

GraduatedCashew, Feb 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

unclekeith, Feb 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

bbrown12, Feb 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

acurtis, Feb 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

dedbeer, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of WolfBrothers
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S- Bomber bottled poured into a snifter
A- Love the coloring in this beer! Very similar to the Stone Enjoy By series!
S- The nose on this beer reminded a lot of some lemon pledge and citrusy fruits galore
T- Great taste in this offering! Lemony zest right into some grapefruity fantasticness!
M- Very clean and crisp mouthfeel
O- I really enjoyed this beer! It is definately right on point with the rest of the offerings that stone is producing! I thought the nice fresh lemon, grapefruit amongst the rest of the citrus fruit was a nice rerfreshing offering! The color and clarity is always top notch in the stone offerings! Well done in my opinion! Glad I have another one to enjoy!

WolfBrothers, Feb 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

ygtbsm94, Feb 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

AJ_Nungesser, Feb 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

errantnight, Feb 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

earinc, Feb 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

GABrew, Feb 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Zdrummer15, Feb 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

MrPlayboy, Feb 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

100200300, Feb 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

dt_gbpackersfan, Feb 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Sparty55, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of DerekCarruth
5/5  rDev +25.6%

DerekCarruth, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of Tony_D
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours light orange amber color with a quickly dissipating head and moderate lacing. A little lighter color than I expected but good for the style.

Smells like pine, floral, and a slight hint of citrus. Was expecting a grapefruit smell given the name of the beer

Taste is quite bitter due to the grapefruit and the slightly elevated abv. I think this combination may have been better in a pale ale or something with less hop bitterness. When combined this beer is quite potent and lingers in your mouth for awhile.

Mouthfeel is well balanced with a bit of a alcohol bite on the back end or it may be from the grapefruit itself.

Overall, this beer is good but nothing to write home about. However, I'm not the biggest fan of grapefruit so that may be skewing my opinion as well.

Tony_D, Feb 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

random846, Feb 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

srgj88, Feb 24, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A little on the lighter side, shading-wise. A nice amber-ing in the center, though. Not quite hazy. Good little white head, but it doesn't stick around. Good lacing.

That's more like it...
The aroma jumps straightaway into fruity hops, a little yeast, and more hops. Citrus, some sticky sweetness and a bit of breadiness underneath it all, which is probably where the yeast character comes from.

This starts off well balanced with a deceptively syrup sweet intro, but quickly gives up the facade and hammers down the citrus peel and hops. The grapefruit rind is very prevalent, both in flavour and mouthfeel. That pithy cloying bitterness, with a touch of pine peeking out from behind... this is an aptly titled beverage. There's a hint of florality somewhere in there as well. That grapefruit rind sure does like to hang out after eveyone else has left the party.
If you really enjoy high acidity, punishingly bitter citrus rinds, you will really enjoy this one. I'm not as enthusiastic about this profile, but can recognize a good beer when I drink one. I enjoyed this one, and am glad I grabbed it, but there will be those for whom this hits the spot moreso than myself.

kemoarps, Feb 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

jaemeno3, Feb 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

waddellc2, Feb 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

mconner666, Feb 23, 2014
Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,818 ratings.