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Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA | Stone Brewing

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Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPAStochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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.

Added by Sweffin on 08-23-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 292 | Ratings: 1,962
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4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge ~4 finger pour in a large ale glass from a turbulent pour. Surprisingly dark coppery pour, settling to a golden straw color with orange highlights. Head is bright white and fluffy, which great retention and nice sticky lacing. Transparent and slightly bubbly.

Expected single IPA aroma, reminiscent of Mosaic, although apparently that's the Centennial and Magnum combo (I'm not very familiar with Magnum hops). Citrus and tropical fruit in equal measure, with some sweet dankness as well, floating on a biscuity maltiness. Slightly floral, with some honey. No significant grapefruit aroma.

Flavor dutifully follows the nose, with a balance of floral, tropical, citrus, dank, and pine hops that blends together in a way that makes it difficult to pick out the dominant flavors. Grapefruit peel is mostly present on the back-end, with a dry citrus finish, typical of older IPA hop profiles. Definitely a super bitter brew, impressively so (think Ruination), although mostly present on the back-end; the front and mid palate hoppiness is more of the hop juice variety.

Grapefruit acidity definitely builds up as you drink it, giving it a nice balance to the fruity hops.

Lively with a nice sting; juicy middle, with a semi-dry finish that lingers forever. A little sticky residue. Fairly drinkable.

This is a solid DIPA; I imagine this is how Enjoy By would be if they went for massive bitterness and astringency instead of fruity flavors. Worth trying, but I don't think I'm going to revisit it any time soon.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
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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4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with a freshness date.

Stunningly tight and sticky lacing on top of this hazed out pale amber brew. Big bag of smashed grapefruits rush the nostrils, hints of alcohol and hops within. My palate is simply being abused by the onslaught of grapefruit and hops, the alcohol is clean and quite warming. Some light bready tones underneath but the finish is just more lingering grapefruit and hops.

Slam? This is a Smackdown, thanks Stone for this one and keeping things fun.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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