Stochasticity Project: Grapefruit Slam IPA
Stone Brewing

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,612
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
89
Ranked #6,461
Avg:
4 | pDev: 11%
Reviews:
324
Ratings:
2,052
From:
Stone Brewing
 
California, United States
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SCORE
89
Very Good
Notes: First Release: February 2014
India pale ales harness the inherent flavor characteristics of hops to bring forward familiar flavors of pine, resin, spice, and citrus. In some cases, those botanicals are so potent, they exactly mirror specific edibles. Such is the case with Centennial hops, which hail from the Great Northwest and come across on the palate like a mouthful of citrus fruit. That sensation is amplified with this, the first beer introduced via the Stochasticity Project–a double IPA brewed with Centennial, Chinook and Magnum hops as well as an immense dosing of fresh grapefruit peel. The result is over-the-top bittersweet grapefruit intensity that is at once refreshing and bracing in its citrusy bitterness.
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Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/30/14; drank 4/12/14 @ the Yarchives.

Murky yellow-orange color.

Fresh grapefruit nose.

White head; nice lace.

Citrus forward flavor; grapefruit, of course, but nice orange notes too. Slight bitterness on the finish, but far from a tongue-scorcher.

A nice summer afternoon DIPA.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Oct 12, 2019
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3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big head that goes quick, the brew itself a cloudy amber. Aroma is consistent with other grapefruit forward beers on the market. Not huge, but there. Taste is mostly bitter hops, not a lot of grapefruit, but tasty and masks the big ABV well. Mouth fell is nice and smooth like most Stone brews. Not quite as good as other grapefruit brews I've had, but according to the label, that might be because this is one of the original recipes. Still, a solid drink.

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vladdswrath from Washington, Jul 27, 2019
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3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from a can into pint glass. Monsterous head, dissipates fairly promptly. A nice bubbly amber color, looks a tad darker than some other Stone offerings. No grapefruit on the nose or taste, perhaps it just mingles well with the hop aroma and bite? Doesn't have the typical 'Stone taste' to me (to me, most of their offerings have a taste that extends through all of their beers). Bitter, obviously, perhaps a subdued tropical hint, but I wouldn't have pegged grapefruit. Doesn't linger as much as their super-hoppy wonders but feels a little more refreshing than those...even at 8%. I'd get this again, no problem.

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Photo of Arjen
3.46/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Beer Temple, Amsterdam. Pours a hazy orange colour. Big dense off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma's of citrus zest, pine and soft fruit. Retronasal it's more soft/sweet fruit, then citrus zest, bitterish, a bit old it seems. Flavour: moderate sweet and above moderate bitter. MEdium bodied. Long firm bitter finish. Again not too fresh it seems.

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Arjen from Netherlands, Jun 15, 2019
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3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 fl. oz. can, canned on 16th January 2019, and with an enjoy by date of 16th May 2019. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: A clear copper colour with a big three finger slightly off white head that had good retention and left lots of nice lacing.

Aroma: Grapefruit peel, citrus rind and zest, caramel, pine, resinous.

Taste: Like the aroma, bittersweet, grapefruit zest and rind, caramel, pine, resin, and light biscuit.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: I think maybe the bittersweet grapefruit zestiness was probably a bit too intense for me. I preferred other versions of IPAs by Stone.

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kitch from Hong Kong, Apr 30, 2019
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2.81/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

12 oz. Can, no note of Stochasticity, just "Grapefruit Slam". Back advises to "Drink Fresh" and then gives an indecipherable date code. Nice. Got the 6 pack for $16 (over the 12 bottle Sierra Nevada sample pack).

Appearance: Amber glass with good clarity. Tan foam head drops off to a bare cover and gives some lacing to the glass.

Aroma: Mild leafy hop, citric, with a sweet malt base coming through.

Taste: Citric hops and mild enough to let a lot of the malt through leading toward a fairly balanced beer with a good hop flavor. The package is fairly mild overall.

Mouthfeel: Warming, medium low carbonation, medium body, oily finish.

Overall: Nice beer. No where near $16 nice. Not much grapefruit profile, most of it seemed hop driven. Clean malty base.

You can shear a sheep a hundred times, but you can only skin it once.
I feel skinned. I won't be dropping big money on Stone unless I see huge BA numbers.

I feel ripped off.

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3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT. Came in a tulip glass with about a half inch of head leaving behind a generous soapy film of lacing. The aroma is very subtle and bready from what I could pick up, really there wasn't much there. The flavor is as advertised with grapefruit kicking down the door there are some yeasty notes underneath it. It's a good beer.

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ravisingh from Connecticut, Apr 14, 2019
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3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 12 oz. can with the "enjoy by" date printed on the bottom of the can. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: The one finger head stays around for a little while but goes away fairly quickly. It leaves lots of patchy lacing all over the glass. It's a very hazy, dull gold color.

Smell: It's a soft, fruity aroma of fresh grapefruit and grapefruit peel with some dank, earthy hops.

Taste: It's fruity and slightly bitter but simple. Just grapefruit with hints of earthy pine resin and a soft, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: It's medium bodied and quite creamy but still refreshing with medium carbonation.

Overall: It's simple, refreshing and easy to drink despite the quite high 8% ABV. It still has character and body and body, though. A very good beer.

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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico, Mar 27, 2019
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4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So far I have only seen this in a 22 oz bottle, although Stone also released this in a 12 pack variety. Anyways, it's as if Stone decided to try to take on Ballast Point for the grapefruit ipa market. I poured this into my special IPA drinking glass and let it rest a minute. It was not a very hoppy IPA, unlike most of Stone's releases, which led to a small amount of head. It's not very bitter like most of Stone's beers either. As it was a hot day in Southern California I found it extra refreshing. I think most people prefer Ballast Point, but this is a wee bit stronger, but also a wee bit more expensive.

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Originally a Stochasticity Project from Stone that I missed out on.. glad they turned it into a nationwide distro. Canned 01/07/19.

The pour is a golden orange color, with a finger of frothy white head rising to the brim of the glass. As it settles, bogs of white lace cling to the glass. Large amounts of stagnant sediment float motionless in the glass, like grapefruit pulp. Harmless but unintended.

Definitely lots of grapefruit on the nose of this beer. With hints of sweet malt beginning to emerge, this beer was really cracked at the perfect time. The combination of sweet malt and bold grapefruit turns the aromas into that of candied grapefruit. Subtle undertones of lemony, grassy hops.

Again, this thing is all grapefruit. Huge citrus notes balance out that very familiar piney, resinous hop presence that is iconic to Stone Imperial IPAs. A slight bitterness is left behind, but not any moreso than what you'd get from biting directly into a ripe grapefruit. Zesty, hoppy, mildly boozy. Very balanced.

Medium mouthfeel with a light, resiny mouthcoating. Refreshing and smooth, with a mild warmth as it goes down.

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WickedBeer from Alabama, Mar 23, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, pours a clear orange/gold color with short white head leaving scant lacing. Nose is mostly citrus ,a little sweet malt and grassy hops. Taste follows with lots of citrus and pine and a little malt. The hop,malt and yeast profile are unmistakably Stone. ABV well hidden.

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sjrider from California, Mar 18, 2019
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4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours about a 9 on the SRM index,creamy head with much lacing, Smells like citrus and fresh hay, Tastes like grapefruit,black tea, mild toffee, Taste is much more refined than I expected,Nice citrus wash with a nice caramel malt finish- Feels well put together,nicely carbonated, finishes semi-dry. Overall I think this beer is hugely drinkable and refreshing. I really do not understand the lower ratings on this one- Unless they changed it this year. The can is different than shown-

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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey, Mar 17, 2019
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4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Hazy golden with a thick off-white head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving behind a lot of lacing - some particulate likely from the grapefruit peel
S - Bright citrus and piney hops with a hint of malt
T - Follows the nose: bright citrus (grapefruit) and piney hops up front and throughout tied together with a malt backbone - maybe some caramel in there.
F - Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Personally, I wish the body were a little lighter and more crisp, but overall it's still not a bad mouthfeel
O - This is a really nice IPA, but it really doesn't stand out for me. The grapefruit is nice, but personally I'd take a Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin over this - this one needs a little more crispness on the body and a little more hop bite.

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Photo of farrago
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Close to three fingers of creamsicle colored orange and tan, lightly dimpled surface, good overall density and retention, highly credible lacing as well. Cooper orange hued liquid, darkened by a considerable amount of suspended particulate, barely any visible bubbles. The nose is comprised mainly of dank herbaceous matter, roof tar and pine sap, as it normalizes the grapefruit is able to come more to the fore, brings with it light florality, hard to get any fruit scents beyond the grapefruit. Full-bodied, heavy upfront but releases well enough to start flowing by the finish. Pine, honey, caramel and scone accents, the dankness less dominant here. In turn the grapefruit more woven into the whole, albeit always noticeable. Carbonation adds a steady tickle. Peach, mango, nectarine fruit flavors, no full on tropicality. Nor is it especially bitter but it is damn dry. If served blind there’s a good likelihood it would be pegged as a Stone beer by someone familiar with the house style. Nothing truly stand out about it though.

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farrago from New Jersey, Mar 08, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Six pack copped from Bottle King in Livingston. Pours a golden, effervescent hue with moderate frothing. Assertive aroma replete with hints of citrus and grapefruit. Similar overall flavor profile.

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dsa7783 from New Jersey, Feb 24, 2019
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1.37/5  rDev -65.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This is really just not very good. Decent look and aroma almost non existant, but a very bad off flavor I recognize the hop bill but this appears mixed with the wrong yeast for that combo? Actually the aroma's just as bad as the fucking taste. Whatever it is, it's really just off, and the worst beer I've had recently (this year) by far. I don't drain pour anything, I paid for it, I'm drinking it, but this is really fucking bad. Waste of time. My $1.50 beer of this 7 pak for $13,50 I guess.

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RacerX5k from Pennsylvania, Feb 23, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice orange color with a white head, nearly clear - the ubiquitous “Stone IPA” look. Nose is fruity hops and a nice grapefruit component.

The grapefruit is a little more forward on the taste, and there’s a nice malt note, too. Nice job by one of my favorite breweries.

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ovaltine from Indiana, Feb 20, 2019
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3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. Can
CANNED: 01/07/19
ENJOY BY: 05/0719

Poured into a tulip a pretty nice hazy dark orangy color, with some pretty nice carbonation, which leaves a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango), piney. The taste is nice, hoppy, malty, with a nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango), piney. Medium body, ABV is hidden nicely, with a dry/bitter finish. Overall, a tasty brew.

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Wasatch from Colorado, Feb 13, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 1/16/19. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a burnt golden with solid clarity; fluffy off-white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have hints of grapefruit and caramel. Malts are there. The flavors follow the nose. More grapefruit and citrus. More caramel. Some pine. Solid bitterness. Solid malt backbone. Finishes juicy and slightly sticky. Mild warmth in the finish, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's slick.

This is a solid DIPA. It kind of has a "Red IPA" vibe going on. Caramel and malts aren't shy. The grapefruit shines and doesn't come off as artificial. The centennial and chinook hops come through. Enjoyable stuff.

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BB1313 from Ohio, Feb 11, 2019
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3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 2 finger off white head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: floral and grapefruit; a nice malt backbone;

T: floral with a hint of grapefruit from start to finish; moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: I expected more grapefruit in the flavor;

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CTHomer from Connecticut, Feb 11, 2019
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3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear copper with a small white head. Good retention, and spotty lacing.
Smells of grapefruit, pine, orange peel, wood and bark, caramel, and bread. Nothing gives away the addition of grapefruit peel, though; smells just like grapefruity hops.
Tastes of pink and white grapefruit flesh, grapefruit zest and pith, a hint of orange zest, toast, caramel, honey, and pine. A huge dose of bitterness from pure grapefruit oils. Nice and bitter and resinous throughout, with a lingering bitterness.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a tulip
Canned about a month ago

A- pours a clear amber color with a two-finger foamy white head that has great retention and leaves some lacing behind

S- citrusy hop notes of grapefruit and tangerine, along with some pine resin, the grapefruit peel adds a zesty note and enhances the citrus hops

T- equal parts of grapefruit zest and pine resin up front with undertones of tangerine, grass & mango. The finish gives bitterngrapefruit zest and pine

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to anfoamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- bitter grapefruit bomb with piney compliments

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Treyliff from West Virginia, Feb 10, 2019
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3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear golden brown pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Great lacing. Looks solid.

S: Strong grapefruit... lighter stone fruit and orange peel but mostly grapefruit.

T/F: Standard stone malt profile... biscuity grains followed by strong grapefruit peel. Grapefruit dominates... lighter peach/apricot and tangerine. Pine and herbal notes coming through later. Moderate bitterness... mild for a Stone brew. Medium bodied.

O: I have high expectations for Stone so this was kind of a letdown for me. It delivers what's promised... but it's not nearly as rounded a flavor as I'd hoped for. The grapefruit peel overwhelms the hops too much and I didn't enjoy it as much as expected. It's still a solid beer... but not one I'd seek out again. Hides the ABV well and very drinkable.

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EMV from Pennsylvania, Feb 06, 2019
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3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For the Stone IPA enthusiast that I am, this is a big letdown. I had massive expectations for this, and it's truly underwhelming.

Looks decent. No visible carbonation, thick white head that goes away after a few minutes. Some lacing around the glass. Amber color, no cloudyness.

Smells of grapefruit, peach, citrus.

So far it's ok, the problem is in the lack of depth in flavor. Extremely flat, which is odd coming from Stone.

Doesn't stick to the palate, very drinkable even with the high ABV, slight bitterness that fades quickly. Could have easily been lower ABV and the beer would be the same.

For $18.88 I will never be buying this again, if it's $8-9 I might take it once in a while.

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JPadilla from Florida, Feb 05, 2019
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: Canned on 01/07/19 consumed on 02/02/19.

Appearance: Poured out a nice amber gold color with two fingers of cream colored head. There is some floating particulate but overall it is fairly transparent.

Aroma: Big dank qualities pops up first with some green onion herbal notes. Pine is a little further back followed by a light sweet citrus zest, but nothing screaming grapefruit more than a typical west coast IPA would. Also, the malts appears to be heavier and darker in this than they are the typical Stone IPA. It smells good though, quite aromatic.

Taste: That big dankness hits first with that quintessential Stone bitterness enveloping the palate. Pine, herbs, and green onion are all here along with that refreshing bright citrus zest flavor which again doesn't scream grapefruit but it does sternly proclaim it. The caramel flavored malts are definitely more prominent than usual for a Stone IPA, maybe a bit too much. Medium body, no abv coming through, and good carbonation. It's an all around pleasant IPA from a reliable brewery, just tamper your expectations if you are looking for a giant blast of grapefruit akin to Grapefruit Sculpin or some kind of juice bomb and expect more of an assertive malt profile than usual. Grapefruit Slam is also just a little sweeter than is typical for Stone thanks to the malts but nothing abnormal for the west coast style. The only downside here is that it is one the higher end price wise, at $15 a six pack. Stone has several equally good offerings like their regular IPA or Delicious IPA for $4-$5 less.

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Stochasticity Project: Grapefruit Slam IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 2052 ratings