Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA - Double Dry-Hopped | Stone Brewing

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by HopHead84 on 07-16-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 128 |  Reviews: 25
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5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of ehammond1
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

**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.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Blanc Burgers and Bottles.

Presented in a 12 oz sniffer. This beer pours a cola-esque brown with a massive 3 inch head that leaves tons of lacing down the sides of the glass. It has a very viscous look to it but it doesn't come off in the mouthfeel. The one thing that bothers me is that it really doesn't look like cask beer. The aroma is very hoppy. No shit right. Lots of citrus. Orange peel and ruby grapefruit. The flavor is also very hoppy also. Up front hits big citrus pith. Orange and grapefruit. Underlying is a nice pine. The mouthfeel is lacking. Most cask beer has a nice creaminess to it. This doesn't. Finishes dry, low carbonation. Overall its good but I think dry hopping this beer negates a lot of the positive characteristics of the bottle. To me, this is why Stone's motto of "Throw more hops at it, its just going to taste better" is off. Instead of being a curious and complex brew, its just hoppy.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 3f as a guest tap

A-pitch black with a great amount of tan head. What a beauty

S-nice amount of fruitiness coming off of the beer into my nose.

T-follows the nose. Fruity hops that stick in the back of your throat. Very smooth. Its good. But better than others?

M-medium body and smooth with a great hop bite

O- wish I had the normal to compare to but this is a Damn fine beer

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4.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

HOLY CRAP! best beer i have had this year. had a couple at the stone domination event at Aces & Ales in Las Vegas. Anything from Stone with a DDH attached to it is a winner.

beautiful color...dark, blackish-redish-amber-ish (can you see it?). light head...not white, but very distinct from the beer.

HOPPY! aromatic as can of those beer you smell and do a little happy beer dance. yup....that good. stong citrus and floral...herby like Humulus's cousin. some pine as well, but in the back ground. I'd say balanced, but only if balanced meant firing all hop cylinders at once.

tasted incredible...basically ordered another after the first taste. bitterly delicious with a balancing malt taste (black ale, after all). you get the hops up front, agressively...and then hops finish it of. in the middle is the delicious black maltiness.

just crazy good.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour was dark black with a light creamy head. had an oil like look but not in a stout way if that makes any sense.

tons of citrus on the nose. nice deep bitterness with a sweet grapefruit.

lots of grapefruit on this. the double dry hopping really made the hops quite dominating. a nice deep bitterness with a sweet grapefruit just like on the nose. the dark body really holds up well and has a nice light roasted flavor.

very full and thick. a bit rich. medium carbonation.

this was nice, very hoppy as i had anticipated. loved every sip.

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Photo of pants678
2.98/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Black with a good and puffy brown head, looks to be a stout.

Floral, like pine and sorta citric.

Toasted flavor like a black or a stout or a porter, but also zesty and acidic. A serious, intense hop bite. Something this dark should not be this sharp and crisp.

Very dry.

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4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark Amber to almost Black

Head: subtle amount of head here, dark tan

Smell: heavy rich malts with a sweet bitter note

Taste: Dark toasted malts with a rich earthy hops piney citric

Weight: Medium body with a low carbonation

Finish: Malty sweet with great layer of hops just stick around on the palate and stickiness on the lips

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Photo of Auracom
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5-6 oz. tasting sample at Kelleher's in Peoria in a mini-pint glass. One of the on-tap offerings from the Stone release party on April 5th, 2011.

I've had regular Sublimely on-tap and I wasn't the biggest fan of that one, so I was a little wary of trying this one.

Pours an extremely-dark brown, not fully black but about as damn close as you can get. Light brown head that doesn't stick around too long (probably because of the glass) with so-so lacing.

The aroma offers up the same characters as regular Sublimely, but more of it. More floral, citrus, and pine notes with a real westcoast profile. Underlying are some mellow spices and a slight caramel malt for a little balance in the smell. No heat detection here.

There's actually less bitterness in the drink than I was expecting. Lots of citrus (orange peel, lemon zest) and more pine essence. The medium-length finish feels very relaxed, which I like. Slight heat in the drink.

Mouthfeel is okay, feels maybe a little under-carbonated for the style. Medium body with some smoothness.

Drinkability isn't too bad considering the double hops. Stone did a nice job handling all of that potential biting bitterness and offered up a great aroma (which was a little better than the taste). Again, not much ABV presence throughout so it wouldn't have been too hard to get through multiple pints.

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4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of d4114
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at stone winter storm:
This beer was really good. I didn't expect this to be much better than normal but compared to the regular Sublimely Self-Righteous the double hopped has the perfect balance of hops and dark roasty malts. The hops are more up front but still has the smooth malty taste right there with it.

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Photo of orangesol
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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3.65/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA - Double Dry-Hopped from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 128 ratings