It’s coming back!!! The beer that (in some opinions) launched the highly unofficial “Black IPA” style is coming back! This beer is Sublimely Self Righteous IPA by Stone Brewing Company.
So I don’t get my hardcore beer geek readers all stirred up here (settle down, you know who you are) black IPA’s are not an official style. They are basically IPA’s with a twist – dark malts. Close your eyes and smell a black IPA, it will smell just like an IPA. Close your eyes and taste it. It will take just like an IPA. Initially that is. Digging deeper with your taste buds you will discover the darker complexity caused by these malts. It’s unique, delicious, and fairly rare. Not many brewers are brewing them.
2007. My first taste of Sublimely Self Righteous was when it was known by a different name – Stone’s 11th Anniversary Ale. It was fantastic. It was delicious. It was a 1 time brew. Upsetting to say the least. As I have come to find, I wasn’t the only one upset that this beer would never grace my glass again. Stone was apparently inundated with people complaining to this same end.
January 2009. Resurrected from the single batch beyond, enter in Sublimely Self Righteous Ale. Stone’s 11th Anniversary incarnate. Just as delightful as before. Yet, in a flash – gone. Small batch vs. popularity. Luckily I bought a lot.
April-May 2010. For the love of all things small batch your lips and tastebuds will see the liquid goodness of this ale once again! Slowly but surely finding it’s way to draft and soon – 22oz bottles. Sublimely is brewed. Sublimely is capped. Sublimely is on its way as you read this.
Hops – Chinook (Bittering) Amarillo & Simcoe (Flavor and Dry Hop)
Malts – Not sure. But Dark ones. Tasty ones.
Availability – Small batch, annually. (When Stone feels like it dammit.) 22oz Bombers, Draft offerings.
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Note: Perhaps for accuracy of the brew vs. style sake – brewers could consider calling Black IPA’s – India Black Ales? Food (Beer) for thought…
Another Note: Like this? Try these other similiarly brewed libations available now – Terrapin’s Capt’n Krunkles, Beer Here’s Dark Hops, Victory’s Yakima Twilight