An IPA a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
Grapefruit Slam IPA (Stochasticity Project/Stone Brewing Company)
After looking up this beer, it’s apparently part of the Stone Brewing collection, which I didn’t even realize. That made me anticipate the beer more, not less, for those counting.
I thought it a weird idea to add grapefruit peel to an IPA. Not because it wouldn’t go together—obviously it would go together great. It’s weird because it’s so OBVIOUS to me, and Stone doesn’t typically go for the obvious choices. When you can make an IPA reek of grapefruit without even adding any, then why add some? Anyways, that’s just my initial impression.
The beer on aroma smacks you in the face with the mix of sweet tropical and citrus bitterness that you would expect from a good double IPA. The flavor is, if this makes any sense, very Stone-y. Before even looking it up and finding the beer was made by Stone, I tasted it and thought “that tastes like a Stone double IPA.”
The grapefruit comes out quite a bit more on the flavor than the aroma, but honestly this beer tastes like other double IPAs I’ve had that don’t have grapefruit added. In any case, it’s still tasty and worth drinking. I look forward to more beers coming from this Stochasticity Project lineup.