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Sunday, August 08, 2010

Day 220 Drink: Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale

Stone Brewing brewmaster Mitch Steele discovered Black IPA during a visit to the east coast in the 1990s and decided to create a version of the style back in San Diego. The beer was first brewed in 2007 to celebrate Stone Brewing’s 11th anniversary. The reputation was such that people kept asking for a chance to taste the limited release brew long after it was gone, which prompted the brewery to add it to its line up.

Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale, at 8.7 percent alcohol by volume, is really an Imperial Dark Pale Ale. The beer pours a dark black with a mocha colored foam. The aroma offers a ton of hops. Chinook, Simcoe and Amarillo hops are packed into this one, generating 90 IBU. The hops obviously dominate this brew, but the malt does show itself with a touch of sweetness and a roasted quality to the finish.

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