Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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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
3.88/5 rDev -8.1%
22oz dated bottle poured into a tulip glass.
pours dark brown with a thick tan head that slowly devolves into a thin film. leaves behind some nice sparkly, intricate lacing. that's right, sparkly.
smells beautifully of floral hops and citrus fruits. picking up grapefruit, orange and perhaps some berry notes with a bit of a nutty undertone. taste follows nose with added flavors of carmel and toasted malts and a dry, bitter finish. hop character is strong, and alcohol is hidden pretty well. malt character seems to come out a little more as it warms, almost reminds me of a scotch ale.
mouthfeel is on the medium to heavy side with a slightly oily quality. carbonation gives the bitterness a little more bite and helps the flavors pop, but feels a bit coarse.
this is quite an interesting beer from stone, but not one i could drink all the time. considering the higher abv and strong hop character i'd say you'd be done after 1 or 2 of these. ipa fans will love this, everyone else has quite the adventure ahead of them.
03-23-2010 04:42:02 | More by divineaudio
4.97/5 rDev +17.8%
Ruddy brown pour with a frothy, two fingered head.
Juicy hop aromas fill the room upon pouring. Grapefruit, passion fruit, sweet orange flower honey, everything an american hop has ever been or wanted to be. Some caramelized sugars and coffee aromas as well.
Flowery sweet grapefruit up front, roast and hop juice midtongue. Leaves a balanced hop bitterness and chocolate.
Fantastically designed beer. Very, very nice. I'll miss this when it is gone.
09-11-2007 01:47:31 | More by nortmand
4.23/5 rDev +0.2%
12 oz. bottle poured into a Stone pairing glass (short-stemmed goblet) adorned with the familiar gargoyle logo
Pours a nearly pitch black topped with a one and half finger cream-colored head. Great retention and significant web-like lacing. Roasted malt, light citrus, and pronouced piney notes on the nose. Opens with roasted malt and a bit of citrus joined by grapefruit rind. Finishes with bitter rind, pine, and roasted grain and malt. Well carbonated smooth, and silky. A fantastic black IPA; a brew that was one of the first to define the style.
12-11-2012 04:22:09 | More by chanokokoro
5/5 rDev +18.5%
I am so glad it finally made it to south texas! This is a wonderful beer!
Pours pitch black with a creamy tan head that has outstanding retention and lacing. The head never dissapears, that's always impressive.
The aroma is huge on the chinook and simcoe hops I believe. Big grapefruit citrus and piney hop aromas and pleasantly mild roasted barley and chocolate notes along with the typical sweet bread dough from their house yeast that I love so.
The flavor is much like the aroma but with a huge bitterness that kind of hide the roasty and chocolate notes a little, but they're still there. Lots of grapefruit and pine hop flavor with very hidden but there, chocolate malt flavors.
This beer has a big and juicy feel with a slightly dry finish and full carbonation.
This beer is extremely drinkable!
I think this beer deserves a perfect score for sure. I can't find anything wrong with this beer. I am very pleased with my experience indeed.
05-10-2010 04:49:51 | More by hoplover82
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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