Grapefruit Slam IPA
Stone Brewing

Grapefruit Slam IPAGrapefruit Slam IPA
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Stone Brewing
California, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #2,056
Ranked #12,198
3.97 | pDev: 11.34%
Mar 23, 2022
Aug 23, 2013
Very Good
Grapefruit Slam IPAGrapefruit Slam IPA
Notes: Formerly Stochasticity Project: Grapefruit Slam IPA

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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1.25 by DerwinWentworth from Utah on Mar 23, 2022
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3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
by TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

#1 from the 12 days of IPA's pack. Decent citrus-hoppy DIPA..not overly dank or drying, but I'm missing the "slam" of grapefruit.

Mar 12, 2022
4.17 by AmitC from New York on Feb 28, 2022
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3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Mitchster from Michigan

Part of the 12 days of IPA mix pack. 8% ABV, hopped with Centennia, Chinook & Magnum. No IBU per the label or website.
Pours out to a hazy burnt orange, forming a small white head with a brisk pour which quickly recedes. Quite low carbonation. ~1.75-2 carbs or so. Lots of flittering gunk on closer inspection. The nose is definitely centennial, mango pineapple, juicy tropical fruit. The taste is quite nice. There is an upfront maltiness which is chewy and has some lingering sweet which hangs out until the bitterness kicks in a bit later. Some grain husk makes its appearance followed by some tannic astringency and pepper wave in the aftertaste, then finishing dry. The bitterness seems nicely first. Quite bitter in the finish. No off flavors or aromas. I can't say that the grapefruit adds anything that the hops already don't.

They got it right when they say "The result is over-the-top bittersweet grapefruit intensity that is at once refreshing and bracing in its citrusy bitterness." I can't say that I would buy it again though.

Jan 30, 2022
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4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BillAfromSoCal from California

bought as a 12 oz bottle off a room temp shelf about 2 months after bottling then consumed about a month later from a tall tulip glass. Nice deep amber color with 2 finger really dense, creamy, white head that lasts a a long time and leaves some lacing, although not an impressive amount. Smells like what is advertised; grapefruit rind plus nice complex malts and some hoppiness, although I can't pick out other details (identifying subtle smells is not my strength). Same taste as smell. Very nice, rich body with mild to moderate carbonation. I really like this balance between the less-than-overpowering grapefruit and the hoppy/ malty foundation. I also like the fact that this one delivers as advertised on the bottle; none of the common "flavors of X, y, and z" where I only get flavor A and perhaps a bit of x.

Dec 29, 2021
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3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by BalancingBrooms from Illinois

Murky orange to copper with one finger off white head. Nose is full of candied grapefruit and slight hint of pine. Opens with a sappy citrus pine that fades to hop resin. Body is light to medium with medium carbonation. Ends with a bitter resin. Overall a good IPA, but one note and missing complexity.

Dec 25, 2021
3.93 by uncleotis from Illinois on Dec 25, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Antg8989 from New Jersey

Part of the 12 days of ipa pack. I really liked it.

Dec 21, 2021
3.75 by KT3418 from Colorado on Dec 17, 2021
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4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Peach63 from New York

Amber with a 1/4" white head, which fades to a wisp. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is strong grapefruit, caramel, slight grass.

Taste is grapefruit zest, a touch of caramel.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Dry, bitter finish.

Very good. If you like grapefruit, you'll like this.

Dec 16, 2021
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4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by TerryMills from Tennessee

Grapefruit smell , just a hint of sweetness before the bitterness and citrus zest take over.

Dec 14, 2021
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Paradox1000 from Florida

Stone does a great job and this one is well balanced. It definitely gets bitterness from the rind. I think the bitterness over shadows any grapefruit flavor, so if you are expecting the flavor from the name, you will be disappointed.

Dec 05, 2021
4.25 by Winzlow from Florida on Nov 27, 2021
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by izraelc from New York

Pours a cloudy amber. Medium foam. Big grapefruit aroma. Big flavors. Bitter grapefruit up front. Hop resin body. Mellow bitterness in the end. Thick mouth feel. Heavy. Another winner from Stone.

Nov 25, 2021
4.28 by bump8628 from Oklahoma on Nov 24, 2021
3.9 by DOCRW from Washington on Nov 21, 2021
3.79 by lic217 from Connecticut on Nov 08, 2021
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3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Captain69 from Illinois

refreshimg grapefruit flavored ipa

Nov 05, 2021
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4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by VABA from Virginia

Pours a nice dark amber color with a nice head and lacing
Aroma has grapefruit, citrus and tropic hints
The taste follows the nose with pleasant grapefruit, citrus and tropical flavors
A medium bodied well carbonated beer
A good IIPA

Nov 01, 2021
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4.9/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
by ShureThing

I'm new to Beer Advocate, yet have been drinking beer for 55 years.
What do I know ?

This Stone Grapefruit Slam is the best beer I've ever tasted bar none!
I don't like sweets. I only eat chocolate to balance my sugar rushes.

I drink at least a pot of coffee a day. So I don't like sugar in general. It's a taste and health thing.

I have drank more alchol beverages than any ten posters here combined.
My pallet for alcohol beverages is way more sensitive than anybody who ever writes a review here, or has.

This is the best beer I've ever drank, period!

Oct 31, 2021
3.77 by Nitty703 from Virginia on Oct 27, 2021
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by RaulMondesi from California

Pretty good. Not the most balanced (think of that one time the pet pig got into mommy’s Xanax)… But it’s tasty enough. Not a Babe Ruth slam, but maybe that dude in your over 40’s league who still bombs one off the cook from Outback.


Oct 23, 2021
3.93 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Oct 23, 2021
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2.92/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
by MarshalLovesBeer

Tried this Stone re-release last night. I was skeptical because I wasn’t too much of a grapefruit IPA fan when I tried Ballast Point’s Grapefruit Sculpin, but given that this was from Stone—a brewery I just recently started exploring and enjoying—I figured I’d give a grapefruit IPA another shot.

Look: I honestly didn’t end up pouring this one—I drank it straight out of the 1pt 6fl oz glass bottle.

Smell: The smell was a fairly delicious smell; which I’ve found that all the Stone IPAs I’ve tried this far have. The citrus and hops hit your nose pleasantly, beckoning you to take a sip and try. Not too overpowering of a smell; just a pleasant citrus/hops smell.

Taste: You get hit with some hints of citrus and hops, but then a really weird off taste (like other reviews have pointed out) hits your tongue and it’s unmistakably unpleasant. From the name “Grapefruit SLAM” you expect to be hit with quite a bit of grapefruit flavor, but this is definitely not the case with this beer. I was instantly disappointed by this fact. The off taste makes the beer taste like it’s old; however, according to the date on the bottle, it was still supposed to be fresh.

Feel: A good medium mouth feel—I think the mouth feel is definitely what you would hope for with this IPA—not too light, not too heavy; nice and smooth.

Overall: Although I was instantly let down by the weird off flavor in this IPA, it wasn’t a bad enough off flavor for me to pour the whole bottle down the drain; I ended up drinking it anyways, and by the time I got almost done, I had a nice buzz going due to the decent 8% ABV and due to the 1pt 6fl oz bottle that I drank. At least I still had a good night cap by the time I finished this beer; however—I will definitely not be purchasing this particular one again, and I’m glad I decided to buy only one bottle in order to sample it first.

Oct 22, 2021
3.5 by Urk1127 from New Jersey on Dec 01, 2020
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3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Sellen from Connecticut


Jun 25, 2020
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

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.

Oct 12, 2019
4.02 by Wrigfen from South Carolina on Aug 26, 2019
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3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by vladdswrath from Washington

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.

Jul 27, 2019
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3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by JamarcusMarinovich from California

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.

Jun 28, 2019
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3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Arjen from Netherlands

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.

Jun 15, 2019
4 by jtnord from Colorado on Jun 08, 2019
3.97 by chris826 from Mississippi on May 25, 2019
3.77 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on May 16, 2019
4.05 by davidsonte2 from Washington on May 07, 2019
4.37 by mtnwesdew from New York on Apr 30, 2019
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3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by kitch from Hong Kong

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.

Apr 30, 2019
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2.81/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1
by HardTarget from Texas

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.

Apr 28, 2019
4.19 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Apr 21, 2019
4.21 by SmellsofMahagony from Texas on Apr 17, 2019
Grapefruit Slam IPA from Stone Brewing
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