not sure what’s the deal with Stone’s “Stochasticity Project” series,
but if it means they’re branching out from their usual offerings, then
I’m all for it. This particular entry in the series is brewed with
orange peel and hibiscus flowers, though it’s not a gimmicky beer as
many brews made with flowers and spices often are. It’s essentially a
standard saison with a little bit of flair, but it’s a very good beer so
I’m okay with it being eccentric.
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. It had an enjoy by date of 1/2/15.
Appearance: Deep pink/magenta hue. Hazy but translucent with visible
carbonation. Pours to a three-finger, white, foamy head that retains and
Smell: Strong orange aroma plus a general, clean floral scent.
Taste: Though this isn’t an IPA, “Hibiscusicity” certainly is citrusy.
The orange peel used as a spice, in addition to the hops Magnum and
Sterling, certainly create for an orange-tasting palette. It’s sweet
like orange ice cream, but in no way cloying. The hibiscus flowers are
surprisingly subtle, though, creating for a mild spice character.
There’s a distinct floral component to the aroma and it carries over to
the taste, but it’s not all the distinctive. The Belgian ale yeast is
also quite prominent, imparting a light fruit character as well as minor
pepper notes. There’s plenty to enjoy here.
Drinkability: Stone beers tend to be big, bold and intense, but
“Hibiscusicity” is remarkably drinkable. The mouthfeel is energetic, but
not abrasive and has a soft presence and a smooth finish. It’s actually
quite refreshing while in the mouth, and leaves little to no
aftertaste. Though pretty hefty at 7.4% ABV, it feels like something
much lighter. I could drink an entire bomber myself no problem.