Stone Brewing Company is known for their hopped-up, intense IPAs and Double IPAs, so I find it kind of curious that they are releasing a new American Double IPA under the label of Koochenvagner’s Brewing Company. In fact the word “Stone” is nowhere to be found on the bottle.This beer is called Grapefruit Slam IPA, and it is part of something called the “Stochasticity Project.” I tried looking into this whole thing, trying to figure out what the heck is going on, and the only conclusion that I’ve been able to reach is that prior to their product meetings, the people at that company might be treating their chronic migraines with some high quality chronic medication. If you’re able to figure it out, please post a comment with a summary.
Stone Grapefruit Slam IPA is a crystal clear amber colored beer, with a small off-white head topping it off, leaving behind quite a bit of lacing.
The nose has a touch of underlying pale malt, but is mainly focused on the hops, with floral, citrus and grapefruit notes.
Just enough pale malt starts things off in the taste to provide a base, neutral yeast in the transition, with plenty of hops rounding things out. A hint of floral to begin, lots of grapefruit accented with citrus, and a fairly big dose or resinous pine to finish things out. The mouth is medium bodied, fairly actively carbonated, with a fairly bitter aftertaste.
Despite my inability to figure out why Stone is releasing beers under a new label, there’s no denying that they have put out another tasty hop treat with Grapefruit Slam IPA. The grapefruit peel nicely accents the hop profile, and the whole presentation is quite juicy. Worth a look.
Stone Grapefruit Slam IPA : B+
Stone Grapefruit Slam IPA Specs
Malts: Pale, Light Crystal
Hops: Centennial, Chinook, Magnum
Other: Grapefruit peel
Beer Reviews by Prof Sudz