Sto·chas·tic adjective: randomly determined; having a random probability distribution or pattern that may be analyzed statistically but may not be predicted precisely.
Stochasticity Project’s Grapefruit Slam IPA is a new Stone Brewing Company beer that is even more nerdy than the regular collection. The project aims at making extra nerdy beers and is pushing the boundaries with unique beer ingredients. This is an experiment, and no one knows what is going to happen! The Grapefruit Slam IPA in particular is playing with the thought that certain types of hops taste and smell citrusy. In response to this reaction the brewers added a load of fresh grapefruit peel to an already high alpha brew. This made for a delightfully bitter, yet refreshing 8.2 percent IPA that I would say is an imperial grapefruit ale! IGA! I wonder if that will be a new division of beer in the future. The label looks futuristic enough to make me believe this beer is straight out of the DeLorean, and “Doc” brewed it in Mr. Fusion out of grapefruit peels.
Where Art of Beer Meets the Chemistry of Brewing, would be a great tagline for this project. This beer is catering to beer nerds who, I guess, are not “arrogant” enough for the brewers at Stone, so they are brewing up this special beer that is more scientific than the rest of their brews. Well, they got this beer nerd. I found this beer to be delicious. A bit more floral than I was expecting at 95 IBU’s. I was thinking it would be extra bitter, but I guess I have already been “ruined” (Ruination IPA reference) and this one was very palatable. The grapefruit became more pronounced after about half an hour of the bottle sitting on the counter as I slowly sipped on this strong ale. I have to give the Stochasticity Project a thumbs up! What will be the next part of this project?
To artistic beer! To utilizing the scientific method to brew unknown beers, to boldly going where no brewer has gone before, to artfully discovering the best ingredients in beer other than barley, hops, water and yeast!