Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Double Dry Hopped - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 117 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
4.33/5 rDev -0.2%
On tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA.
Pours an opaque black with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, slight cocoa, and some fresh herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of herbal hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is super drinkable but it tastes better than it smells in my opinion.
07-04-2012 06:56:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.28/5 rDev -1.4%
Just when you thought that IPA's can't get any more bitter or resiny... this!
Exactly like the original Stone 11th/Sublimely Self-Righteous, the beer pours a malty-viscous pour while building a dense and creamy head. The beer is dark brown while deep crimson low-lights allow light to penetrate the edges. Lightly tanned foam clings hard to the glass for classic Belgin lace with every sip.
Hops dominate the rim of the glass with sharply distinct grapefruit and pine aromas. Background notes of charred toast or grain reinforce the aromas without interferring with the hoppy nose. As the beer warms, lighter notes of burnt molasass and bitter cocoa rise.
Flavors follow suit with the sticky, sappy flavors of pine resin, grapefruit skins, sharp grasses, and acrid toast. The beer is every bit as bitter and bitey as the hop flavors are vibrant. Bullyish hops are tempered only by the dry-malt flavor of cocoa and heavy toast, offering a timid sweetness of scorched syrups. Lightly solventy in the finish and reminds me of nail polish remover; oddly, the taste accents the grassy hop flavor and bitterness well.
Full bodied, creamy and robust, the beer's mouthfeel is lush and nearly chewy at the onset. A quick procession through bitting bitterness, near astringency, and toasty dryness lands the textures with a minty evaporation, alcoholic warmth, and an acrid dryness that slams shut on the flavor. Only the strong citrus bitterness lingers in aftertaste.
I cannot recall having a beer with more bitternes or aggression in regard to hop content and character. The dryness of toasted barley plays well with the aggressive hop bitterness and aids in amplifying its intensity. As complex as the beer is with its power, it doesn't try to introduce too many elements to the flavor profile that would have muddled its flavor. A very well done beer, but you must be a serious hop head to appreciate.
03-27-2011 16:09:16 | More by BEERchitect
4.53/5 rDev +4.4%
On-tap at Naja's
A: The pour is the typical dark brown/black color of Sublimely Self Righteous with a rocky off-white head and some rings of lacing.
S: The hops are just overpowering in this beer. I had it a couple times on tap throughout the night and it was easily the best Stone beer available at this event. Incredible pine, grapefruit, and pineapple aromas along with the subtle roast that makes this beer what it is.
T: Fresh, pungent citrus hops along with a slightly sweet tropical fruit (mostly pineapple) character. Just amazingly fresh and hoppy with only the slightest be of roast and malt based bitterness. Plenty of pine and grapefruit rind bitterness to go around as well.
M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation. A bit of bitterness lingers on the tongue.
D: Self Righteous/11th Anniversary is one of my all-time favorite Stone beers and this probably one-upped it. Amazingly well done.
10-09-2010 08:49:19 | More by womencantsail
4.25/5 rDev -2.1%
A: large tan colored head on a jet black body. Thick lacing.
S: large citrus, pine, earthy and slightly floral hop aroma. Surprisingly no toasted malts.
T: flavor is again very hoppy with grass, pine, grapefruit citrus and earth notes but again the roasted malts are hidden making this one less balanced than I feel a black IPA should be.
M: medium body and moderate carbonation. Semi dry finish.
Overall: this is one hell of an IPA but as its is a BLACK IPA it's not well balanced with the roasted malts almost non existent. This is simply a black colored IPA.
07-10-2012 01:43:15 | More by kylehay2004
3.95/5 rDev -9%
Served on-tap at Beachwood BBQ into a standard pint.
A - Pours murky black with a small film of white head leaving thick sheets of lacing down the glass.
S - TONS of grassy hops mix well with the dark roasted malt. Hints of raisins, chocolate, and other dark flavors offer a bit of balance but this one is all about the hops.
T - Piles upon piles of grassy hops up front never really die down. Some dark roasted malt, and flavors similar to the nose, help keep things balanced as much as they can but this one is really all about the hops. One of the best black IPA's on steroids.
M - Medium body and heavy flavors with moderate carbonation. Finish is bitter with plenty of lingering dark roast.
D - Pretty good. I like the normal version of SSR a lot and this one is very good as well. An entire glass was a bit much but I finished it.
02-02-2011 21:14:51 | More by orangesol
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.63/5 rDev -16.4%
On tap at Beachwood.
Served with 1 finger of tan head. Good retention and lace. Color is a dark mahogany nearing black.
Aroma; Dank and weedy. Massive hops. Has a light roast and some chocolate malt. Some fruits sift through, but mainly hops.
Taste: Again, very hoppy, but more malts show here. Chocolate and roast again, but more of it. Grassy, floral, and weedy.
Mouthfeel: Bitter and roasty. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky and dry.
Overall, I kind of like it. I like all of the hops here. Very dank. Decent drinkability.
01-18-2011 20:03:41 | More by mothman
4.18/5 rDev -3.7%
1L growler filled today and poured into a snifter. The beer appears very dark brown with a crimson tinge, a large pillowy light brown head, excellent retention, and nice lacing.
The aroma is a mixture of pine resin, grapefruit flesh and rind, orange, earth, and a light roasted malt character. This boasts huge aromatics. Excellent, the hop character is gargantuan.
The flavor is very bitter, with huge grapefruit pith and pine resin notes. I haven't had regular SSR for a while, and I know dry hopping doesn't add bitterness, but I'll be damned if this isn't noticeably more bitter than regular SSR; the enamel has been ripped from my teeth. A light roasted malt character is perceivable in the background, but it's dwarfed by the hops. The finish exhibits a high level of bitterness with a strong alcohol presence, citrus, pine, and a light roasted quality.
07-16-2010 03:47:22 | More by HopHead84
4.25/5 rDev -2.1%
Stone Brew Co.
**Double dry hopped with Apollo and Target hops**
Appears black as night; a sticky chocolate milk colored head slowly grows to over an inch and stays unmoving for quite some time. Splotches and patches of sticky lacing coat the glass. A head turner!
Smells like fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice along with roasted and chocolate malt. Smells divine.
Some initial hop bitterness with a pungent punch of grapefruit and floral hops. An always present underlying chocolate and roasted malt presence.
Medium bodied and highly carbonated. Very little alcohol presence.
A terrific black IPA, though I think the 15th Anniversary is better.
10-07-2011 01:48:50 | More by ehammond1
4.15/5 rDev -4.4%
Enjoyed on tap at World of Beer, in a snifter.
Deep black, impenetrable by light. About an inch of tan foam hangs out for a long while, leaving behind sticky walls of lace.
Dank. Fresh-cut grass, resin, grapefruit. Very sticky, the extra hops kind of overpower the roast. Still , there's a hint of campfire smoke and dark chocolate.
More balance in the flavor, though the hops are still huge. Big grapefruit, dank weed, smoke. A smoother, sweeter, roasty chocolate finish.
Velvet-smooth medium body, with moderate prickly carbonation. Holds together well as it moves. No alcohol. 4.5
Delicious. Not very different from the original, just a touch stickier and more dank.
11-22-2012 19:03:26 | More by Phelps
4.65/5 rDev +7.1%
On-tap @ Tony's Darts Away - reviewed from notes; served in a tulip.
Very dark grayish-brown with a hint of cordovan, but opaque (at least when held up to the brightest lights in the bar) body with a thin sticky desert sand/khaki head. Superior retention, nice sandy lacing, and a light glassy varnish of legs.
Roast malt, black malt, faint coffee, scalded sugar, and earthy hops in the nose. Powerful, unique, and inviting.
Immense dry malt, licorice, grassy hops, loam, clay, chicory, cinnamon, tobacco, green peppercorn, the list goes on - this is just packed with flavor. Dry light-roasted finish with mild bitterness and citrus throughout. Hops are contributing substantial flavor on their own I think, but I can't put my finger on analogous tastes...Very fresh and perfectly crafted.
Moderate carbonation, medium-light bodied, zesty feel...alcohol is well hidden.
Hard not to drain your glass in moments - each sip demands the next and your thirst is never slaked.
01-22-2011 22:07:11 | More by augustgarage
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Double Dry Hopped from Stone Brewing Co.
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