Stochasticity Project: Hibiscusicity | Stone Brewing

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Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
There is no happenstance or coincidence. Dumb luck is a fallacy and randomness a commonly accepted mistruth. Much of what seemingly falls into place yet seems so natural is a result of Stochasticity, a concept embraced and exalted by this special
and unpredictable series of beers where exotic notions, ingredients
and ideas coalesce at an interesting and often unexpected endpoint. In pushing the beer envelope, we aim to advance imbibers’ options for something far beyond run-of-the-mill with this immensely thirst-quenching alternative. As original as the tongue-twisting name we coined for it, this Belgian-style ale is brewed with wheat and rendered optimal for summer with the addition of orange peel and hibiscus, bringing forth floral and citrus notes against a brilliant pink hue.

Added by SuperbikeShaun on 09-15-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 446 |  Reviews: 58
Reviews by cfadams17:
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3.24/5  rDev -12.4%

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Photo of ObstinateOutcast
4.46/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drafted into a growler - Drank from a Weiss glass
Drank: 03.15.17
L: The head was light tan with mild retention. The body was a golden blonde with orange notes, displaying medium clarity.
S: Highly aromatic, sweet, floral, slight fruitiness.
T: Light and citrusy, strong hibiscus flavor with adequate hoppiness. There was a slight sourness to it that reminded me of a Saison.
F: Nicely carbonated, moderately acidic, and slightly astringent at the end (but not off-putting).
This beer was highly enjoyable. Its an excellent "Spring" beer to put you in a jovial mood; Perfect for warm weather before hitting the harsh, hot summers.

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Photo of KrajDoesBeer
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

maybe the worst stone ive ever had.. but a lot better than so many other breweries!

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Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Something off-putting in the taste

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Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Bomber bottle

Pours clouded plummy amber, sticky and fine light tan head.

More plums, perfume and ripe fruits on the nose.

Fruity, citric, with lime up front, cilantro, pepper, some smokiness and more ripe fruity adding to the party.

Seems more like a fruity saison then a dubbel, but hey...whatever..reminds me of the beers from Colorado's Funkwerks.....enjoyable enough, but nothing overly amazing....worth a try...

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Photo of aquazr1
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of riTLce
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass

A: Bright, orangy-pinkish red, cloudy, with a half-finger of slightly pinkish-white head. Dissipates to a thin line across the surface and around the edges.

S: Orange zest, tartness, some hay in there as well.

T: Tartness up front, then hop citrus and sourness from the hibiscus. Some of that Belgian sweetness starts to shine more as the beer warms. The yeast comes through about mid-flavor, the flavor is clean and crisp.

M: Crisp, clean hop flavor. Normal body for the style, tartness lingers pleasantly.

O: Interesting beer, refreshing and the tart bite makes you want to keep sipping. I would have liked a bit more hop presence.

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2.76/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of juicebox
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy pinkish red with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head which quickly fades into a thin patch.

Smell: A yeasty, floral, and sweet Belgian style aroma with hints of hibiscus, fruits, and spice. Belgian yeast with hints of clove and pepper spicing. Big scent of hibiscus. Big mix of fruit with hints of orange peel, raspberry, cranberry, cherry, and apple. Bready presence of wheat along with hints of biscuit, straw, caramel, and cracker. Light hints of earthy hops. A pretty interesting and good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a sweet, yeasty, and floral unique take on a Belgian style with notes of fruit and spice. Belgian yeast with spicy notes of clove and pepper. Floral taste from the hibiscus. Lots of fruit esters with some notes of orange peel, apple, and cherry along with some cranberry and raspberry. Pale malt and wheat with some bready notes of biscuit, caramel, straw, and cracker. Background note of hops. A pretty decent taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and slightly sticky.

Overall: A pretty unique and interesting twist on a Belgian ale. Nice presence of fruit and spice. Odd but good.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Not as horrible as I was expecting, all hibiscus beers beers have been nearly drain pours for me. Belgian style ale with a orange peel and flower additions. Pours pink with a slightly pink shaded foam as well the body is cloudy and unfiltered the beer looks really great in a Delirium Tremens glass with all of the pink elephants floating around.

Aroma honey tinged malts with floral hibiscus notes and orange peel zest, very mild hop additions here.

Flavor is full of citrus qualities from the hibiscus and actual orange peel zest, which play together quite nicely I was expecting something undrinkable this isn't bad. I'm enjoying it with each sip, it's growing on me. A playful mix of citrus, hibiscus and Belgian style yeast interplay making it a unique and tasty experience.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied a bit cloying carbonation not as effervescent as I would like in a Belgian style ale that's really a minor complaint, quite smooth and easy to drink even with citrus peel and floral hibiscus notes.

Overall, impressive more drinkable than I was anticipating...I mark it down as a win!

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Photo of valkyre65
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of timontheroad
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Color is dark pink with no head, just a thin film in the glass. Aroma is very flowery, with some grapefruit notes. Flavor is kinda funky Belgian yeasty flavors, with some citrus notes. Mouthfeel was pretty thin, lacking any bite as well. Overall, I was a little disappointed in this version of the Stochiasticity Project beer, compared to the previous releases.

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Photo of CrusinforaBrewsin
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JMS1512
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured relatively hard and vertical into a Maredsous goblet.

Sight- At first pour, my reaction was “Whoa.” Rosy pink and red. It definitely reminds me of the pulp of some grapefruits or blood orange. The head is an off-white that settles down to a thin cap on the top of my goblet. Lacing ends up delicate an spotty, with an occasional icicle-like patch.

Smell- I get a light flowery aroma from the hibiscus; a bit of citrus from the Sterling and Magnum. Rounding out the aroma profile I get a touch of orange and I’m pretty sure, some bit of yeast.

Taste- Wow. It tastes like it smells, in a good way. It’s orangey in the front, a little fruit in the middle, and (it’s got to be) the hibiscus in the end, with a little bit of hops on the end. As I licked my lip off, I got another orange dose. Just… wow. All flavors synchronized and played their part just like… what’s that band that sings about a message in a bottle?

Mouthfeel- I’ll give it a medium minus, though light and as I like to say “good bubble.” Refreshing and easy to take multiple sips in a short time.

Overall- Perhaps my second favorite (Quadrotriticale being #1) Stochasticity offering, Hibiscusicity is the glamorous, avant-garde and maybe “black sheep” cousin to Verboten or Maredsous 6. Keep up the strange work, Stone.

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Photo of nhirsch04
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Teenieyogini76
4.68/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sweetness is very refreshing. Definitely a mood beer. :)

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Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

450ml chalice, at Craft Beer Market's next day leftover not-so-extravaganza.

This beer appears a murky, medium salmon-tinged amber hue, with one fat finger of puffy, densely foamy, and frothy eggshell white head, which leaves a near solid wall of crumbling concrete lace around the glass as things slowly recede.

It smells of fruity hibiscus flowers, further indistinct red berries, pink bubblegum, mild orange rind, a faint grain sweetness, and a perfumed booziness. The taste is gritty, doughy caramel malt, more subdued, but still heady and inherently fruity hibiscus, musty orange flesh, wild strawberries, a bit of earthy yeast, and a softly bristling alcohol warmth.

The bubbles are involved, to be sure, in the way of a gentle fizziness, the body a steady middleweight, and mostly smooth, the florals going a bit acrid at this juncture. It finishes generally off-dry, the fruity component hard to deny.

A pleasant and duly enjoyable offering - usually (i.e., the handful I've yet had) hibiscus beers are patently underwhelming, as the delicateness of the flowers can't stand up to the process. Not here, oh not here - florals and fruit abound. Good stuff for a mere purported 'project'.

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Photo of mbratt93
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JuanG117
3.44/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Nick29
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.85/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Stochasticity Project: Hibiscusicity from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 446 ratings