Tasting: April 30, 2014
Beer #: 530
Stochasticity Grapefruit IPA
A few months ago, I heard about the band Arcade Fire playing shows under the pseudonym The Reflektors. It wasn’t much of a secret as the disc jockey spelled it out and told people the time and place of the shows in the area. I’ve seen other bands do the same thing – but in these other cases, the band just wanted to play in a small club without attracting stadium-sized crowds. I recall, REM playing small clubs under quite a few different names for just this reason.
A couple of months ago, I picked up a bottle of Stochasticity Grapefruit IPA and noticed a subtly placed but familiar looking gargoyle on the label. The label didn’t credit a brewery but it didn’t take long to solve the riddle that this beer was a product of Stone Brewing Company. Stone went so far as to create a website for this mystery brand and eventually stepped forward revealing themselves as the force behind Stochasticity. They’ve promised that there would be future installments in this new series with a bourbon-barrel aged Belgian golden ale (Verna Necropolis) followed by a helium-infused cream ale.
What is stochasticity and why the alter ego? I had to look stochastic up myself. In simplest terms it means probability of random system. Stone decided to have some fun showcasing the scientific side of brewing beer from gas chromatography (detecting off flavors) to extracting iso-alpha acids (determining bitterness). In keeping with the scientific theme, the stochasticity website spells out the vitals on this grapefruit IPA.
Original Gravity 18°Plato/1.072 Specific Gravity
Terminal Gravity 3°Plato/1.012 Specific Gravity
Alcohol: 8.2% v/v / 6.6% w/w
IBU: 95/ REALLY BITTER
Color: 9°L / 18 EBC
Onto Stochasticity the beer. Stochasticity in one word – Grapefruit. They’ve brewed it with grapefruit and wow is it potent and easily identifiable. Wonderful compliment to the citrus hops. It opens up a few sips in and reveals a decent malt base. Very strong bitterness with a nice crisp finish. I’ll give it 89 points.