Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.95/5 rDev -6.4%
A- Poured with a thin, tan-colored head, which slowly receded to a collar. You have some little touches of lacing throughout. The body was a very dark garnet color, with no visible carbonation. Although any carbonation could easily be obscured by the dark color itself.
S- On the nose you're getting an incredible bouquet of hops... high alpha acid... citrus and tropical-fruitlike hops. There's some faint indications of pale and stewed malts in the background; but this is very much a hop dominant nose.
T- In the mouth, the hops are even more dominant. The pale and stewed malts appear right up-front, but are immediately overtaken by bucketloads of high alpha hops... which are bitter like citrus zest and citrus pith throughout the finish. The lingering hoppiness on the tongue is a little weaker than the midpalate suggested. Overall good flavor.
M- A medium body. Not much viscosity there... but a nice soft carbonation. There's a bit of astringency there, presumably from the hops.
D- Still quite drinkable, despite its unbalanced hoppiness. The alcohol is very well hidden throughout.
04-29-2010 00:41:25 | More by jgasparine
4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Enjoy by 12/18/09.
Black body with a chalky white head that leaves some lacing. Glorious hoppy, grapefruity, piney aroma. Taste continues to bring the hoppiness. If you've had a Stone beer before, you know what you're in for in that regard. Just a hint of roastiness in the finish. Mouthfeel isn't nearly as thick and syrupy as most IPAs. In all, I like this a great deal. It's different enough to be distinctive, but it manages to retain all the features of a great IPA. Stone's braggadocio is kind of grating at times, but I'll put up with it if they continue to back it up.
11-05-2009 23:13:50 | More by BarrelO
4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
Poured from a bomber into a 24 oz mug. Awesome bottle. So far, it's my favorite.
Pours a very dark brown, practically black. A finger of light brown foam retains well and leaves behind some nice lacing.
If you had no prior knowledge of this beer, you'd be absolutely floored by the aroma. Huge burst of west coast hops, plus bitter ground coffee and roasted barley. Tons of citrus. Amazing aroma.
The taste to me doesn't seem to follow the nose at all. There's a big piney hop character, rather than the citrus I had been smelling. An absolute in your face, aggressive bitterness. Six months ago, I would've hated this. This is more bitter than any beer I've tasted so far, moreso than Ruination. 13th Anniversary is in the fridge, so I'm interested to see how the bitterness compares. There's the aforementioned pine hop bitterness, then a chewed up coffee bean bitterness, and bitterness from the roasted barley that borders on harsh.
The texture is nice. It's got the body I'd expect from an IPA. Surprisingly smooth. There's a nice creaminess. Well done. The alcohol isn't present in the taste, but just as a warming sensation on the way down.
This one toes the line between bitter and unpleasant. Had Stone made this any bigger, I don't think it would work out at all. It's definitely a beer that grows on you. Those first few sips are almost overwhelming. I know they already used the "You're not worthy" line for Arrogant Bastard, but it's more applicable here. All in all, this is a pretty bad ass beer.
07-12-2009 01:37:47 | More by Gyle41386
4.18/5 rDev -0.9%
Pours a deep russet with a surprisingly foamy head, and web-like lacing around the glass. The aroma is almost pure citrus and pine hops with just a hint of alcohol.
The initial wave of cascade hops and earth are very up front and raw. Then the roasted malts and smoky wood flavors come through, not only balancing the beer, but continuously assaulting the taste buds. Many times brewers try to balance beers with lots of hops and the end result is disjointed and overly sweet. That doesn't happen here; everything is kept in delicate balance, although delicate is the last word I would use to describe the taste itself. There is an oily resin left in the mouth, and the finish is smooth and dry.
There's a lot to like about this beer, and I'm glad I tried it. One thing you can always count on from Stone is a finely crafted and interesting brew.
11-20-2007 14:29:20 | More by BBM
4.45/5 rDev +5.5%
A - Pours black as night with a generous mocha colored head.
S - Straight up hop goodness that takes the shape of grapefruit with barely present earthy notes.
T - Super fantastic fun time taste power! Grapefruit on top of oaked mmonshine that gives way to a smooth oakey finish.
M - A little more carbonation than I expected, but it's all good. A touch of burn throughout with a moderately heavy aftertaste.
I challenge Stone to make a beer that doesn't make me happy. This beer delivers very well. Perhaps the hoppiest Cascadian I've had yet!
12-21-2010 00:16:00 | More by gopens44
4.45/5 rDev +5.5%
For review #300 I picked a goodie.
Looks like a stout or schwarzbier; color is a super dark brown, not black IMO. Head is medium sized, sticky, tawny colored bubbles. Head lasts for-ev-er and looks almost nitro-infused. Really looks like a draught dry stout. YUM.
Smells like a hoppy wet dream. Piney, grapefruit zest and grassy, super west coast, but not too much malt in the nose. I maybe get a little bit of astringent roastiness.
Here is the malt, in the flavor. Malt is like charred, smokey BBQ flavor, and contrast the bright hops while at the same time balances the flavor by not being over- or under-powering. Hops are similar to the nose, but with more pine. A strong bitterness in the finish.
You expect a syrupy mess and get an IPA type of consistency. Fun to drink since your brain is constantly warning you to chew the beer, but unnecessarily so.
A great brew! Unique in that it balances contrasting flavors better than many others balance complimentary ones. I want to try the Amarillo hop edition!
01-23-2011 06:24:25 | More by tapman
4.3/5 rDev +1.9%
Pours a dark brown practically black with a huge unmovable head that last. Thick crusty lace.
Nose: Piney hops, sweet cherry soda pop,
Thick body. Unexpected hop explosions, mixes well with some sweet dark malts. Not roasty. Finishes with a long lingering piney hop bitterness.
Very drinkable and actually not outrageously priced as some other specialty brews seems to be. Highly recommended.
Review from notes: drank during the Pitt-Baltimore game a few weeks ago. Go Lers.
12-01-2007 13:49:21 | More by beerphan
3.9/5 rDev -7.6%
A- Dark chocolate brown color and head is tan and 1 finger. Opaque and lacing is very thick and sheety.
S- Very hoppy and a tad smoky and roasty.
T- Smoky and burntlike malts. Alcohol is strong and the IBU's are very high. This beer is a black IPA to me. Rich and pretty complex with some chocolate and liquorice.
M- Medium to thick and high carbonation.
D- Somewhat low due to alcohol taste and strength of the brew.
Overall- This one is a little overrated to me. Just a little bit too "in your face" but I guess that is what Stone is good at. All in all, good brew though. Very consistant for the brewery.
03-11-2008 02:08:05 | More by MMAJYK
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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