I am lucky enough to have great friends that know what I like. A few of my friends got together and made a great gift for my wife and I to share. It was a vast array of beers for us to taste and try. One of the beers in the bunch was a fantastic ale from Stone Brewing Co.
The name fits the beer perfectly. Stone’s Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale (Say that five times fast). Now that you have tried to say it five times we can continue. Stone knows that they made a damn good beer and it shows on their website. Here is a short quote from their website; “We’re certainly not perfect. Too often, we allow our modesty to get the best of us as we’re simply not inclined towards senseless braggadocio. When you’re good, you’re good. And when you do something great, the least you can do is acknowledge it. Others benefit from knowing. In this case, we find that we are compelled to point out how amazing this ale is that we rightly call the Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale.”
When you know you are doing something right, you are not afraid to tell people. Ben Franklin knew he had something when he flew a kite in the storm. The Wright brothers were confident they could take flight. Columbus knew that he found India… Well, two out of three isn’t bad. Let’s add one more, the guys at Stone knew that when they brewed this ale, that they did something right.
This black IPA has all the great qualities that you want in a beer. It pours out a nice dark rich color, produces a nice head, and the aroma that comes from the glass just makes you want to take another sniff. When you take your first swill of this delicious beer your lips feel a slight tingle while the rest of your mouth feels a velvety liquid coat your cheeks and tongue and then finishes nice and dry. It immediately invites you back for another sip to figure out the rest of the flavors. I am just finishing this 22oz bottle and am still trying to taste every last hint of goodness.
If you want a beer that will fill your senses, yet not overwhelm your pallet, this is the one. You will drink this down to the last drop and instantly wish you had another bottle to start the process all over again.