Stochasticity Project: Grainiac
Stone Brewing

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American Imperial Red Ale
3.91 | pDev: 9.46%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: This hoppy, deep amber-hued beer was created to shine a light on rare, unexplored grains seldom used in the brewing world. In addition to barley, wheat, rye and triticale, we added malted millet and malted buckwheat to bring the total unique grain count to nine. The earthy, nutty notes of granola found in this experimental multigrain malt bomb are complemented by the citrusy, piney flavors of four classic American hops. We dry-hopped the beer with Cascade and Centennial hops at the end, adding more citrus notes and rounding out the grain bill’s rich, bready character.
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Reviews by Bpayne88:
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4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of beernewbie285
4.76/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

You can sme the malt of this beer and it is phenomenal. The hops are just present enough that you can taste them and smell them slightly but not so much that it feels like an IPA. I truly wish this beer was one of their year rounds because it would always be in my fridge.

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Photo of EMV
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass

L: Pours a deep copper color, semi-transluscent with 2 fingers of off-white head.

S: Freshly baked bread and malts. Slightly resinous pine.

T/F: This has a big whopping malt backbone and is doughy/bready without being sweet. It's a Stone beer so you get some piney hops at the finish and it's a crisp refreshing brew. A bit chewy. Nice as it warms with a more robust flavor.

O: This is a lovely little experiment from Stone, and I would equate it to Arrogant Bastard without the harsh (and beloved) bite. Maybe Friendly Bastard would have been a good name for this one. Goes down easily despite the high ABV and a beautiful Strong Ale.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dhmxray
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ocelot2500
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy garnet color with tight, off-white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of toasted malt along with some rye and earthiness.

Tastes of the toasted malt layered over some solid hops. Malts lead off with notes of caramel and toasted bread along with some nuttiness. Some rye comes towards the middle. Hops add in next with notes of grapefruit and pine. Finishes with a lingering earthiness.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is good, but nothing special.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sparx1100
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mississippi
3.24/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of puboflyons
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 650 ml. bottle dated 11/08/15. Sampled on December 25, 2015.

The pour is a deep amber color with a modest head that lingers.

Aroma of grain, floral and grassy hops, and toasted sweetness.

Medium body.

Same grain character vat first in the flavor but the bitterness kicks in after a moment.

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Photo of jakecattleco
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottling date of 11/08/15

Appearance - Pours mostly clear and deep reddish copper in color with a sandstone, finger-width head. Fair retention, then dissipates to reveal a thin, broken layer of suds. Lacing consists of broken sheets and small spotting.

Smell - Grain and caramel malt with hop that hits on floral character with lighter citrus sitting beneath.

Taste - Follows the nose. Actually, maybe more floral hop character than anything, with lesser grain and caramel malt sweetness and touch of citrus in the finish. Moderate notes of toffee. Spice from the rye. A bit of walnut shell. Well balanced throughout with a lingering, bittersweet aftertaste touching on grain and citrus pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Velvety texture makes it slick on the tongue with a mostly dry finish.

Overall - This is a pretty damn good beer. One that seems to age well (now at 6 months), though I now wish I'd have tried it fresh. I'm glad to see a brewery exploring the boundaries of malt experimentation while adding in the complimentary hops to make it quite interesting. Thank you, Stone!

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Photo of reizorc
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of corby112
2.78/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a slightly cloudy, dark golden amber color with deep ruby red edges and a frothy yellowish beige head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Excellent retention, lingering for the duration and completely coating the glass with sheets of soapy lacing.

I know that this beer is mostly about the malt bill but the hop presence is severely muted, hurting the overall aroma. Slightly earthy with some grassy resins but the nose of this beer is pretty bland. Very surprising for a Stone beer. Grainy with malted barley, subtle roast, dark bread and light sweetness. Caramel, toffee, blonde coffee, lightly charred toast and faint smokiness. Pretty boring.

Fuller body than expected and only slightly more interesting and flavorful than the nose suggests. Hop presence stands out a bit more with dry, sticky bitterness up front lingering over the heavy malt backbone into a dry finish. Grassy resins with pine sap and kind bud but again, the malts are the star here. Interesting balance of roast, earth and sweetness with hints of tobacco, leather, toast, lightly roasted coffee, oatmeal, caramel and chocolate. Slight boozy heat/sweetness on the finish. Overall, this beer is pretty odd. The hops show up more on the palate than in the aroma but are one dimensional, dry and bitter. The malt bill is intense but not all that complex which is surprising considering they used seven different grains. Not unpleasant, just kind of boring and slightly harsh. Hard to get through the bomber.

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Photo of teamwiggum
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerLover99
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rbodacious
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkermitj
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DucksFan16
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Stone gargoyle pint. Pours a dark bronze amber with a half finger off-white head that dissipates to patches and light lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt, rye, citrus and piney hops, a hint of mint. Flavor is rye toast, biscuit and slightly caramel malt, resinous pine and citrus hops with an odd, but intriguing terpene component. The citrus flavors meld into lightly tart rye, then a heavier oaty flavor that may be due to triticale and buckwheat. Great creamy mouth feel from the multiple grains, reminiscent of oat stout. Delivers what this brewery and the grain forward presentation promised. An interesting and novel malt base that supports the great piney and citrus hops I expect from Stone. There are a couple of flavors that seem like they should throw things off, but the resinous hops play well against the malt. Interesting and fun to drink.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle dated 11/13/15 poured into a pint glass
A: Slightly hazy brown with a one-finger head
S: Tons of plain & roasted malt & grain along with hops and caramel
T: Matches the nose. Malt forward, a touch sweet with caramel but then hops and a bit of earth to add structure
M: Medium-bodied, a touch sweet
O: As many beers showcase the hops these days I appreciate one that puts its focus on the malts. That being the case there are so many here they all make a blend that's a bit sweet and hard to focus anything particularly unique. That being said, a tasty brew overall worth a try

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Photo of bnes09
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pungent, unrelenting, dank, herbal, soapy hop with a solid malt backbone which struggles to balance. Bone dry finish. Good flavor. Just a little unbalanced.

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Stochasticity Project: Grainiac from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 270 ratings