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Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPAStochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA

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1,366 Ratings
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Ratings: 1366
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.45%


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:
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(Beer added by: Sweffin on 08-23-2013)
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz tulip, bottled on 1/29/14. Pours a cloudy yellow orange, with a one inch white head that leaves behind nice lace.

Smell is like the name grapefruit, lemon, pine, and oranges.

Taste is really large and as expected bitter grapefruit from start to finish.

Body is medium, plenty of life, a bit dry, and easy drinking for a hop head like me, but may be more than the average hop lover can handle.

Overall I am a fan myself, takes the enamel off from your teeth like no other DIPA I have had.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 20:36:47 | More by SawDog505
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JAFoley

New Hampshire

4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of dense white head over a crystal clear pale yellow body. Incredible retention, the head never leaves, and lots of good lacing.

S - Lots of grapefruit citrus as the name would suggest.

T - Nice bitter hops upfront; grapefruit, pine and floral. But then comes a rush of earthy smokey malts. Alcohol is subtle and masked by the big hop and malt flavors.

M - Medium body with moderate/high carbonation. Not very sticky, slick and refreshing.

O - What a great surprise and happy to get this on the East coast. After reading the label I was concerned that it would be overly fruit flavor. Instead what I got was yet another fantastic West coast IPA with massive hops taking center stage. However, I was impressed with how nicely balanced it is with a big malt base that comes through without overpowering the hops. Nice and complex, there are plenty of great flavors to take note of. I will most definitely be picking up more of these!

...and as I write this I now realize this is brewed by Stone?! That was not obvious from the bottle but should have been from the taste. This seals the deal, Stone Brewing is hands down my favorite large craft brewery. Although it's still a tight race with Sierra Nevada and Green Flash.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 00:40:08 | More by JAFoley
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pale orange body, somewhat hazy, some carbonation bubbles cling to the side of the glass. Foamy white head that fades, but clings to the sides of the glass.

S- Surprisingly noticeable bready malt, hints of citrus zest, some lemony aromas.

T- Nice balanced flavor, with the bready malt cutting through lots of bitterness. Citrus zest, lemon, grapefruit, herbal flavors.

M- Medium-full bodied, smooth with medium carbonation.

O- Interesting flavors for a stone IPA, as this one is a little more malty than I would have expected for a beer called grapefruit slam. Still lots of bitterness though, and good use of the grapefruit zest.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 23:49:47 | More by stephenjmoore
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A light clean copper pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head which left behind excellent amount of sticky lacing. Smells of.. You guessed it, grapefruit citrus.. Pineapple, pine, and caramel. The flavor is a bit bitter up front, then some nice grapefruit citrus, and finishes off with a soapy resinous bitterness. Subtle bready notes in the background.
Medium body with medium carbonation.
A pretty solid beer, but I don't get the whole changing the brewery name for a beer that would fit right in with stone's ipa style.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 00:41:40 | More by facundoCNB
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rdilauro

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sort of waiting for this one mainly because of the idea with Grapefruit Slam. I know that hoppy bears do have that grapefruit aroma along with other citrus noses. And I have always appreciated the level of citrus in Sauvignon Blancs, especially any from New Zealand which have the biggest grapefruit nose of any wine, plus tastes like butting into a pink grapefruit.

The nose here was big, but really not much more than I have had with other big hopped bears. The initial taste was light and crisp , like any other real good hopp'd bear.
But I missed everything about the grapefruit here.

I liked this beer, but the name to me doesn't go along with the taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 15:18:20 | More by rdilauro
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Tone

Missouri

4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold color. One inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus hops, wet hops, hint of grass, slight alcohol, slight citrus, slight sweet malt, and a hint of earthy malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, floral hops, hop oil, sweet malt, alcohol, hint of grass, and hint of caramel malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, and body.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 14:53:03 | More by Tone
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Auraan

Arizona

4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy golden color with a thin white head that dissipated quickly, but left nice lacing down the glass. A bit lighter in color than a lot of DIPAs, but overall not bad looking. Scents of citrus peel, overwhelmingly fresh grated grapefruit peel with lesser but still present aromas of pine resin,grassy hops, tropical fruit, and biscuit-like malt. A very good DIPA aroma with the grapefruit peel added being quite apparent. Very nice. Taste begins bitter with abundant flavors of fresh grapefruit peel, and also pine resin and herbal hops. There is a slight sweetness throughout and a hint of grainy malt on the finish. Bitterness, floral hops, grapefruit peel and pine resin carry throughout and into the aftertaste. Very nice, the grapefruit peel is certainly the main attraction here and it works quite well with the hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a resinous and slightly juicy feel, quite to style for a DIPA. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. Using grapefruit peel as an ingredient really paid off and adds to the usual citrus flavors of the West Coast hops. If you can try this one, go for it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2014 04:44:40 | More by Auraan
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hellobeerz

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: hmm, golden hue to a light orange.

S: piney, citrusy, floral, I can even smell the grapefruit.

T: NOMNOMNOM. Lots of piney, grapefruit explosions all in the mouth. Hits you like a truck and it is just like biting into a grapefruit... except it gives you an awesome buzz. :D

M: very light, extreme tang, can taste the resin and pineyness(is that a word?)

O: Insanely drinkable, alcohol is hidden well, and taste like a grapefruit mixed with a pine forest. Amazing. Simply amazing. MUST TRY!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 01:41:00 | More by hellobeerz
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Hendry

Vermont

3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber colored and relatively clear, one finger of khaki head recedes quickly, above average lacing in the tulip glass.

Aroma is a mix of piney and grapefruit pith and rind,some sweet malt poking through.

Taste starts out like a solid Stone IPA, which it essentially is. The hops are forward and aggressive, the grapefruit peel certainly prominent in the mix, magnifying the bitterness. As the bomber was consumed, the bitterness of the grapefruit peel resides on the back of the palate and remains there for an unusually long spell, hours... I tasted it for hours.

Mouthfeel is medium and relatively dry, but the astringent qualities of the grapefruit peel leave a not so desirable bitterness that makes a bomber a chore to crush.

I liked the coconut IPA and appreciate experimentation, but the unsavory aftertaste that hangs around like an unwelcome guest from the grapefruit peel is overbearing and reduces the enjoyment of an otherwise well crafted IPA. Worth trying once just to see what it's all about, but nothing I would revisit given all the alternatives.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 23:51:28 | More by Hendry
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Andover Liquors,
Crystal clear medium golden color with a good sized bubbly white head that slowly dissipates leaving spotty lace on the sides. Aromas of earthy spicy floral hops and a huge rush of citric pithy fruit. Malt, well yeah I assume this has some of that in there, but its hard to find. The flavor is very light bready malt flavor with a huge pithy citrus bitterness. Earthy spicy light green onion hop flavor round this one out. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous bitter almost puckering mouthfeel. Nice IPA, but dare I say a hint too bitter for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 23:12:47 | More by johnnnniee
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PeterParker

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Pours a light golden orange with a finger of head. Pretty good lacing.

Grapefruit expectedly dominates the nose, but not completely. Drier resin and pine also shine through. Very slight hint of sweet malts to balance it a bit.

Pretty much as expected. Bitter grapefruit, citrusy/lemony hops, and some pine all the way. The peels must add a touch of sweetness as well that makes this really nice. The more I drink the more grapefruit I seem to get.

Medium body medium carbonation, aftertaste is strong with grapefruit and only increases.

Very good overall. It delivers on the grapefruit and the IBU's.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 22:45:22 | More by PeterParker
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Roguer

Connecticut

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
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secondtooth

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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
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Uanof

Texas

4.34/5  rDev +8%
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
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kojevergas

Texas

2.51/5  rDev -37.6%
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.

Low C-

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 05:42:28 | More by kojevergas
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
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
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dirtylou

Washington

4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, pint at the Dray

Bright orange body - mostly clear, nice sudsy head. A hybrid IPA/DIPA - a little on the heavier end with a light booze sting. Grapefruit zest enhances the citrus hop profile - lots of hop resin, orange peel, lemon. A solid option - nothing real groundbreaking, just good.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2014 19:19:30 | More by dirtylou
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler purchase from Breeze In, brought over from a friend to celebrate me being allowed to drink beer again (off my meds, woohoo).

Into a tulip.

A: mostly clear golden amber almost crystal colored body with a one fingered white foamy head that leaves some light sticky lacing, no carbonation is seen rising

S: pine and grapefruit combine very nicely through the hops and shows a resinous aspect

T: sticky sweet piney grapefruit; grapefruit like aftertaste and super dry grapefruit rind-like bitter finish (could be construed as fairly bland, but that's definitely the rind that's coming through)

M: light to medium in body, somewhat sessionable, carbonation is good for the style as there's a decent harsh aspect to it but isn't anything overly done

O: this is a pretty good DIPA that I think I would have again

Serving type: growler

03-14-2014 23:01:21 | More by BeerKangaroo
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz, 1/23/14
IME snifter

A:Chrystal clear. Light orange yellow color. Bright white loose head. Sticky lacing.

S: Big pine and grapefruit blast. Resinous hops.

T: Big grapefruit. Bitterness. Bigger body than expected. Dry grapefruit rind. Like Enjoy By. Slicker. Dry bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 03:03:13 | More by inlimbo77
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden apricot in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate amounts of orange highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy off-white head that reduces to a couple of small to medium sized thick patches of moderate sized bubbles and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of grapefruit and citrus/grapefruit hops with some lighter notes of citrus/grapefruit pith and herbal hops. There is also a light hint of grainy malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of slightly sweet grainy malts with moderate amounts of white grapefruit juice. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/grapefruit pith, and herbal hops. Moderate amounts of bitterness are present and they linger well through the finish.

M: Medium bodied with just shy of moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Definitely an enjoyable brew and it does not disappoint with respect to the grapefruit - both the grapefruit juice and the hops are very present in both the aroma and taste. Alcohol is well hidden in my opinion and the beer is refreshing. Matched very well with my homemade General Tso's Chicken - nice contrast to the sweet and spicy flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 01:23:44 | More by dbrauneis
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Florida9

Illinois

3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Light golden in color. Forms a moderate sized sticky white head that quickly falls to a rocky surface coating. Lots of lacing.

S: Aroma is, unsurprisingly, grapefruit. Lots of dry, bitter, grapefruit. And grapefruit pith.

T: Yeah. Like a grapefruit to the side of the head and another stuffed in my mouth. This one is intensely grapefruited. Light notes of caramel malts. A hint of malty sweetness. Maybe a touch of orange blossom. But in reality, its a very strong grapefruit flavor that is only accented with notes of grapefruit pith.

M: Medium bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Intense, dry, pithy bitterness.

O: I'm not a huge fan of grapefruit, but I love hops. Most of the time when hops are referred to a grapefruit, it is a reference to the way grapefruit tastes or smells, but isn't really the real thing. This beer, however, tastes and smells like grapefruit. The hops accent the grapefruit flavor, but this is all grapefruit and not a lot of hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 00:20:03 | More by Florida9
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pristine orange soft glow in the glass, with a soft mesmerizing rise of carbonation. A bready, dairy white colored head is a good size with high rate of stickage being left behind.

S: The nose is fresh grapefruit juice, a lightly dry sweetness of caramel grains, and some freshly cut orange. A hint of lime sneaks in with some fresh citrus and flowery hops on the finish. Decent level of awarness.

T: The flavor was bitter orange peel, grapefruit peel, with a some dry flowery hops, pine brush and dry, pale grains. Bittering level of dry hopped citrus, bready caramel with a hint of untamed laquer alcohol from the 8.2% that felt a bit out of place and misflavored.

M: Dry hopped flowery coating on the tongue, some oily hop resins mixes in, sticky, medium consistency.

O: Overall a lingering dry hopped bitterness stays awhile. Sticky oily hop resins with a dry finish. Very good beer, but think honestly the flavor complexity wasn't as bright or forward as expecting (maybe im comparing this to harshly to thier ruination) but still brought an appreciable amount of hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 00:06:44 | More by beerthulhu
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andrewjraab

Michigan

4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Orange / amber with excellent clarity. Bright white head that retains nicely and it is sticky as hell.

S - Huge citrus hops aroma, floral, resinous, piney.

T - This is a medium to full bodied Citrus hop bomb - grapefruit, orange peel, citrus zest. Malts and some bread notes in the back ground. Finishes bitter and dry on the tongue.

O - Another walk off home run for Stone. This is a must try.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 02:45:37 | More by andrewjraab
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MaineBrewing

Maine

4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - poured a brilliant clear gold with orange highlights. One finger loose head that lasted only a few moments. Very little lacing, opposite of what I expected, but could very well be my glassware. I will give them the benefit of the doubt.

S - intense citrus aroma, grapefruit as expected, lemon pledge, lemon oil even. Just a very candy citrusy aroma. Malt notes peak around the corner, light Pilsen-ish is dominant.

T - The front is bitter, the middle is sweet and the end is bitter. The sweet middle is the crux that really pulls this together, providing a complexity of flavors between the bitterness upfront and in the finish, making me crave sip after sip. The citrus fruits flavors are very mellow but ever so present. Notes of grapefruit, lemon, grassy hops, and a pepper yeast bouquet. The malt holds it down with the background, but is certainly ample enough to provide some backbone to it. The bitterness is very similar to eating a grapefruit or zest of lemon, very fitting for the name of this beer.

M - slightly viscous, but very drinkable. The finish is very dry and bitter, making me crave another sip to get to those sweet citrusy notes.

O - Scarred from the overpowering lemon and tea notes of their 16th anniv brew, I was a little hesitant to try another stone IPA based on a citrus fruit. This one was done right, and i applaud stone for continuing to put out one offs like this that not only push the envelope, but maintain a consistently great execution and enjoyable experience.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 23:31:18 | More by MaineBrewing
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station as I await the tapping of a firkin of Odell's Tree Shaker. Guess it's gonna be a fruity IIPA type of night. Poured into a small Belgian tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a bright copper-orange hue with hints of darker shades based on how the light passes through. Almost red clay colored in spots. Atop the body sits a towering three-finger frothy head that looks more like pie meringue than it does beer foam. Just a few larger bubbles sit in the center of the foam on top from where the pour entered the glass, but otherwise, the head consists of bubbles so fine that it looks like a uniform off-white mass at a glance. Retention is excellent and leaves ample lacing as I drink it down.

Smell - The beer is aptly named. Yes, it is full of grapefruit and yes, there is so much that it feels like a slam. Big citrus notes are present, with hints of fresh-squeezed orange and lemon peel, but make no mistake: grapefruit juice is the overwhelming characteristic. It reminds me a lot of a grapefruit mimosa in the aroma. Very hard to detect much in the way of the malt backbone at all.

Taste - The aroma is a perfect herald for the taste that follows. There is so much grapefruit here that I feel like I can detect the different types of grapefruit. Sweetness, like red/pink grapefruit, and an arresting bitterness, as is common with white grapefruit. There are also some more herbal, piney elements to compliment the dominant grapefruit and keep it from getting out of hand. After all, if we wanted only grapefruit, we'd just drink the juice, amirite? Here I do get a little bit of water cracker and light grain to balance out the hop wallop, but the lupulin is the ringleader here.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Finish carries a significant amount of bitterness that lingers.

Overall, I must admit to being skeptical coming into this beer. So much so that I refused to buy a bomber. I've been burned by beers that derive grapefruit characteristics from the fruit/juice itself rather than the hops that often impart that sensation in the past. However, this one fully delivers on the promise. I just might have to go out and pick up a bomber now.

Serving type: on-tap

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