Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA

California
United States
Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
89
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

The brewers at Stone's substantial mettle and idiomatic approach to brewing allows them to consistently create works of art such as this justifiably self-righteous black IPA. Its bitterness hits our sweet spot. Its blackness lightens our hearts. Its liquid dichotomy pulls it all together in this sublimely sacrosanct ale.

Profile

ABV: 
8.7%
IBUs: 
90
Served at: 
50 - 55° F
Hops: 
Chinook, Simcoe, Amarillo
Judges Review 
BC Review's picture
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Stone Brewing Company continues to produce some of the most widely known and sought after beers in the country. Stone’s foray into the black ale market, Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale, is jam-packed with aromas of coffee, toasted grains, citrus fruit, pine trees, and even a touch of wood smoke. Peter picked out some light resiny and tangerine peel-like hop notes mixed in among the roasted malt and faint smokiness, but felt things were just a little too subdued. Contrary to Peter, Tyson commented on the skillful balancing of roast coffee, pine tree, and orange zest aromas, likening the overall effect to a “hop and malt dance off.” Inky, brooding black, this brew shows some ruby highlights at its edges, and is topped by a long lasting, creamy tan head. As promised by the aroma, roasted malt, coffee, and smokiness take center stage in the flavor. The balance of roast and malty sweetness struck Brandon as “cola-like” and in conflict with the spicy, citrusy hop flavors, yet he felt the emphatic bitterness kept everything in harmony. Marty enjoyed the light smokiness and assertive roast malt flavors, but found the high bitterness “mouth coating,” and felt the overall effect left the beer unbalanced. Dark and seductive, Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale should be at the top of the roster for your next gathering of fellow beer lovers.

Brewery Introduction

Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner, Stone Brewing has come a long way since opening up in San Diego, California in 1996. We have been listed on the Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list 11 times, and has been called the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate ... Read More

Advertisement

Advertisement