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Stone Brewing Co. releases Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA

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In what appears to be a stealth campaign of sorts, Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, CA) has released Grapefruit Slam IPA this week under the pseudonym "Stochasticity Project".

The Stochasticity Project is "a first-of-its-kind, broad-scale experiment exploring the limits of imagination and the concept of randomness through the craft of brewing." This concept of randomness, or stochasticity, is the overall inspiration for these beers that can be best summed up in the following excerpt from the press release:

There is no happenstance or coincidence. Dumb luck is a fallacy and randomness a commonly accepted mistruth. Much of what seemingly falls into place and seems so natural is a result of Stochasticity, a concept embraced and exalted by this special and unpredictable series of beers, where exotic notions, ingredients and ideas coalesce at an interesting and often unexpected endpoint.

Grapefruit Slam IPA is the first of many beers you can expect from the Stochasticity Project, but there is currently no information available on future releases. If you are big fan of the science of brewing and/or highly technical information, you can visit the Stochasticity Project website for pretty much every detail possible on this experiment.

As far as the beer itself, Grapefruit Slam IPA is a Double IPA weighing in at 8.2% ABV and 95 IBUs. Although the press release boldly promises that this beer will "usher in what will be . . . the next enthralling chapter in the history of American craft brewing", you can get a better understanding of whether or not this beer is for you from the website's description of Grapefruit Slam:

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.

Grapefruit Slam is a limited, one-time offering that is available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft. It has already turned up at Birmingham craft beer locations such as The J. Clyde, Piggly Wiggly Homewood and Hop City, but you can expect to track it down in most places you normally find limited release offerings from Stone Brewing throughout the state. These bottles are sure to disappear quickly, so happy hunting out there and don't hesitate to pull the trigger if you have any desire to give this beer a try. Prost!