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Grapefruit Slam | Stone Brewing

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Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Ratings: 2,021 |  Reviews: 312
Reviews by Adkins721:
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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Photo of Wasatch
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
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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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy amber/gold with decent head and excellent lacing.

The aroma features a solid malt backbone, with the expected citrus hop note present. More pith than meat of the fruit actually. Hints of floral aroma as well, but not much else. Rather subdued overall, without much complexity.

The aroma was subdued. The flavor is classic blunt Stone, which is appreciated, but not the best the brewer has offered. A bit heavy-handed on the bitterness, but the malt is still there to balance, in true Stone fashion. Like the nose, the flavor has more pith than flesh of the grapefruit, which skews a bit more bitter than necessary. The ABV, however, is well hidden.

The mouthfeel is solid and straight. Well carbonated, with a good crisp finish, especially for a DIPA.

Overall, I understand this is a "grapefruit" flavored DIPA. But the promise of "peel" was a bit off. This has more of a "pith" bitterness, which is fine, but not exceptional. Still, glad to have tried.

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Photo of Ryan4120
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
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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3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
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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Photo of EMV
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
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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Photo of tectactoe
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of GameOfBeers
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of woodchipper
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of SanFranJake
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Krafty34
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of SkiBum22
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of joemetric
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of sabitu
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of freshflesh
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Beaver13
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours clear golden orange with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sugary bready malts and tropical fruit / grapefruit.

The flavor is a little sweet fruity bready malt followed by a pretty big resiny bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall, a nice IPA, but not as good as I thought it sounded.

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Photo of Ryno3031
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of mverity
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle share at Proof done side-by-side with Proof's Guru IPA blended with Apollo aged on grapefruit. Pale straw in color with very little head. Big grapefruit and orange citrus with some tropical fruit in the aroma. Taste is spicy/citrus combo with a fair malt backbone. High carbonation (despite little head) and medium body. I enjoyed the Proof considerably more.

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Photo of cincysig
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Dbrulet
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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Grapefruit Slam from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 2,021 ratings