Thursday, September 18, 2014

Stone Stochasticity Project Hibiscusicity


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1179) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2014
I’m 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 laces well.

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. 
Grade: 8/10