Drinking on a Monday is a short column where I share that one bottle that I open after the most dreadful of all weekdays.
There has been a lot of discussion lately regarding the first release from the (not so) mysterious Stochasticity Project. I’m not going to get into what has already been described so well by BeerGuyLA and later by Beer of Tomorrow. There’s no secret anymore – this is a Stone Beer, and its origin is nothing more spectacular than a variation on Ruination. But without all the smoke and mirrors, is it still worth mentioning?
Opening the bomber bottle you immediately get that very recognizable aroma of Stone (which I have mentioned previously regarding their Enjoy By series). Its big and citrusy and as the name suggests and hits you with a nice blast of bitter grapefruit. As the golden copper is poured into the glass though its followed with a nice whiff of resin, which makes me excited for how its going to taste. The bright white head settles calmly into a couple centimeters of nice froth. As the beer hits your tongue its actually quite dry off the bat. There is a nice explosion (or slam?) of citrus that evolves into some nice residual bitterness that gives this beer its name. Its a giant mouthful of grapefruit.
I’m of two minds about Grapefruit Slam. On the one hand its a solid beer, which isn’t surprising since Ruination is a solid beer in the first place. There’s not much to complain about except maybe that its a touch one-note with the citrus fruit (but they aren’t hiding that). One the other hand, a release that is accompanied by this much pomp and circumstance should feel special, and I’m not sure if this warrants it. Maybe I’ll grab a pint of this on draft, but I’m not likely to stock up on bottles. Hopefully the next few releases from Stochasticity will feel like they are pushing the envelope a little bit more.