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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Lukcy Basartd AleLukcy Basartd Ale

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1,339 Ratings
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Ratings: 1339
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%


Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Anniversary blend of Arrogant Bastard to celebrate the 13 Year Anniversary of Arrogant Bastard.

Blend of Arrogant Bastard Ale, Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale and Double Bastard Ale.

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wierdo1212d

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man this beer is great! Just had it and it blew me and my friend away. This is beer is the definition of craft beer. It has so much body and so much flavor. The head on the beer is just like a arrogant basterd and I loved that! The color is a dark brown amberish color. For an American strong ale, this is top of the line! I loved this beer! 9/10

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2011 01:28:45 | More by wierdo1212d
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JMayala


4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The Lucky Bastard (Lukcy Basartd). I am employed by Total Wine & More in CA and this is an item I've been looking forward to tasting and reviewing.

Whether you buy into "The Bastard" beers' messages or not it is true that this beer is meant for a certain breed. Liking or disliking it doesn't prove if you have good taste in beer, it's a matter of if you like this style, because no other beer really tastes like a Stone Bastard.

A - The appearance is a crystal clear ruby/blood tinted dark ale color. Although appearance of a beer is one of my least important factors, this one looks outstanding.

S - The smell is not much different to the other three bastards...hoppy of course, with that slight but nice oak from the oaked arrogant. The difference comes in the malts, which dull the hops enough to make it more subtle than any of the other bastards.

T - Almost exactly as the smell. The malts that aren't as present in the other bastards make this blend the most balanced of the group. Gives the drink-ability of a lighter I.P.A. with the flavor of a true strong ale, without compromising either field.

M - Mouth-feel is smooth and silky for a strong ale. Not perfect but just about as good as it gets for a beer in this field.

Overall...
This beer is fantastic. Again, it isn't for everyone but for some like me it'll be exactly what you'd hoped for. Blending all the Stone "Bastard" family into one beer that gives you all the advantages of the 3 and remarkable balance is like a dream come true to me. If you are a Stone/Bastard fan, try one if you can.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 10:38:08 | More by JMayala
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dbhall

South Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

to start this beer is great. all three of the bastards tried, and this might be my favorite. it pours a brownish red with a slight tan head. smell is awesome. smells of citrus, hops, and sweet fruit. great taste with fruit-like sweetness hitting the front of the tounge and hops hitting the back. balanced with a mouthfeel that is thick, but not like the double bastard. there is good carbonation, and you can feel it kind of bubble. i could drink a lot of these. but as for right now i think im gonna just enjoy this bomber.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 03:29:17 | More by dbhall
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rootbeerman

Virginia

4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from notes 12/17/10

A: pours deep brown with a dark tan finger and a half head, that leaves a good amount of lacing
S: malty, citrusy and sweet. citrus smells of potent fresh cut grapefruit. malt balances the grapefruit hops.
T: perfect flavor blend. great malt sweetness with good hop beginning and end, long hop aftertaste.
M: smooth, chewy and lightly coating. carbonation is decent.
D: could almost pound this. very balanced flavor. overall good brew/blend. wish it was added to the regular bastard line up.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 01:28:13 | More by rootbeerman
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bobmer itno a Hopus glsas puors a cirsp depe abmer wiht a decetn drak khaik haed. Amora is a ncie belnd of cirsp Erathy hpos adn caramle matls. Teh tatse is an asboluetly wodnreful comlpex belnd of bunrt caramle, pnie hpos, aok adn a hitn of friut. Teh bere is meduim bdoied wiht its aclohol cotnent vrey wele hdiden. Tihs is a trluy icnredilbe berw, I'll be pikcing up mroe of it if it hsan't sodl uot yte!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 01:32:33 | More by atsprings
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Tilley4

Tennessee

4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to crack this one tonight during Ghost Hunters...

Pours a rich deep red with a slow but steady forming head atop... Seems a little deeper than regular AB...

Loaded with pungent oily citrus and pine hops, this beer smells incredible... Dark sweet fruits and caramel malts as well... Definitely getting the oak and the deeper maltiness of the Double.... An earthiness as well which I think comes from the oak...

Sweet fruity malts are quickly eclipsed by oily resiny piney goodness that kicks like a mule with the bitterness it brings... Long, slow and intense... Definitely getting some oak as well but those Stone hops are the star and they shine bright here. This is an amazing brew...

This is better than the sum of its parts.... I wish they'd make this a rotational or seasonal at least... The blend of all 3 of these great beers combine to make an awesome world class one... I could drink this til I dropped. When Stone gets it right, they really get it right...

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 04:54:46 | More by Tilley4
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ebby82

Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany into a pint glass. There is a minimal head.

The aroma is slightly hoppy, with a very sweet, malty, bread like aroma as well.

The taste is quite nice. Hops, but not overwhelmingly so, sweet maltiness, and just the slightest alcoholic burn at the back of the throat. It's a very mellow mixture, and you can definitely taste
the oak flavor of the oak aged bastard.

The mouth feel is just slightly thick and syrupy. Although it's pretty boozy, it's very mild and pleasant.

Overall, I would recommend this beer, although at double the price of arrogant bastard, I would stick with regular Arrogant bastard most of the time.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 23:23:19 | More by ebby82
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TheSupremeAJ

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber from Abe's of Bethlehem, PA. Drank straight from the bottle.

A- N/A from bottle.
S- Very nice IPA citrus aroma with rich, bready malts.
T- Very straightforward and enjoyable! Well balanced and quite possibly the BEER OF THE YEAR. It has the nice maltiness of the double, the nice hop profile of all their beers, and some of the spice that made the straight oak one a little too overbearing. The blend of these 3 beers is truly spectacular.
M- Very nice carbonation and astringent flavor which is full in every way.
D- Very high, esp for 8.5%!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 04:10:51 | More by TheSupremeAJ
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jeffjeff1

California

4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My wife picked this up for me last night at her work.

Appearance- brownish color, good size head

Smell- piney hops

Taste- rich flavor, sweet malt, hops, very balanced and very interesting

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was very good. I will be trying to get some more.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 22:44:43 | More by jeffjeff1
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stewart124

Ohio

4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle with a drink by date of 01/31/13

Ruby red and brilliantly clear. Dense off-white head that lingers nicely.

The nose has plenty of pine and i'm not sure if I have started to get used to this smell or if it dissipates quickly but I lose some pine after just couple minutes.

Medium body with a smooth character overall. Huge background bitterness and just a touch of vanilla. Maybe some oak but I am stretching here. Very carbonated and it finishes very dry. Still that lingering piney bite on the tongue.

It doesn't take long for one's tastebuds to be beaten into submission. Medium caramel throughout. White grapefruit is probably the big citrusy note I get from the hops.

Delicious and well worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 03:48:09 | More by stewart124
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was served in an Imperil Pint glass.

Appearance; This Bastard is a sexy beast! The body of the beer is deep copper amber in coloration. The head is beige with nice head retention. The lacing looks like pancake batter on the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma of the beer is arrogantly hopped! The hops strike my nose with grapefruit, citrus rind, pine resin. My friend says it smells like bitter Pinesol. Nice caramel vanilla biscuit malty backbone supporting all those hops.

Taste: Dam near perfect flavors! Major hop assault in progress in my mouth. Nice citrus marmalade flavors with grapefruit, zest, thick oily pine resin, pine needles, dives through an oaked caramel biscuit and cuts down into bitterness. Long lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is thick. The beer is full bodied and the carbonation is light. The texture of the beer is hop oily and very smooth on the finish. The alcohol is present but not in an intrusive manner. This is a very nice blend of beers. This bastardized bastard of a beer is smooth. I wish I had another.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 14:55:22 | More by nlmartin
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BruceWineworks

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Typical IPA appearance with a tan body and lots of white foamy head.

S: Strong flowery fresh hop scent! So fresh.

T: In your face fresh hop taste with a smooth but bitter citrusy aftertaste.

M: Light and refreshing watery palate feel.

D: A great beer for any batard lucky enough to get your hands on it. Delicious. The rant on the back of the bottle is priceless.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 23:46:41 | More by BruceWineworks
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Goatshaver

Maine

4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a nice dark amber color with a 2 finger head

S: Very citrus and hops smells with some caramel.

T: Citrus flavors and the hops hit immediately, leave off with a piney and citrus flavor and that great bitterness.

M: Medium to full bodied

D: Drinking this is very easy, because it has a great taste with the combination of 2 of Stones great beers.

I had this on tap a few weeks ago and it was very delicious. I'm lucky to have found it on draft and bottle here. :)

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 01:31:50 | More by Goatshaver
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. A hard pour gives a strong frothy head tan in color with a lot of lacing and glass retention. It looks initially dark enough to be a porter during the pour, but that changed pretty quickly. When held up to the light it's more of a chestnut/mahogany color. Clearly not filtered,particles all over the place, pretty hazy.

Smell is wonderful. It's one hoppy smelling beer. The good part about this, is there are clearly a ton of hops put in, but it's never overly hoppy. Dry piney hops with a hint of citrus zest. Slight touch of alcohol to warm the nose, with just a hint of sweetness from the malts, slightly smokey/earthy tones. All of it's pretty well balanced, a really good smelling beer.

Taste is equally excellent. It's hoppy and bitter, yet much sweeter than I expected. As mentioned earlier, very hoppy. Dry hopped pine dominate the hoppy portion, still some slight citrus zest again, slightly grassy and a little herbal as well. Well malted for added sweetness. The oaked portion comes out in the flavor, it has a nice smokey and oak aftertaste that's a great addition to the flavor. Well balanced, close to perfect.

Mouthfeel is top notch. It's on the fuller end of medium bodied. Almost a sweet honey-butter texture with a clean/bitter, yet smokey, finish. Absolutely wonderful. This beer is dangerously drinkable. You could use this as a slow sipper, yet could easily pound it if you're not paying attention.

Another freaking home-run from Stone, absolutely wonderful brew. If this weren't a specialty brew and available year round, I'd probably always have it at my disposal.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 01:04:27 | More by AndyAvalanche
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surprenant1138

Connecticut

4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter. Approx 1/2 inch creamy, tan head that quickly fades away. Slow lacing. Dark amber in color. Earthy, dry aroma with hints of pecan, almonds. Taste is similar, and slightly oaky with a dry hoppy undertone. Taste lingers long after sipping. Mouthfeel is heavy, with a good amount of carbonation feeling. This is a fantastic addition to the line of "Bastard" ales.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 02:24:13 | More by surprenant1138
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snaotheus

Washington

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a large tulip shaped glass

Pours a dark ruby brown color, slightly cloudy, increasingly cloudy as you approach the bottom of the bottle. Head starts out large and fades fast, light tan color, seems to lace like crazy. Beer looks very thick because the carbonation rises so slowly, but definitely active carbonation. Smell is bright and fruity and really nice (I mean *really* nice) -- sweet and flowery and lots of hops. I could smell this all day. Maybe a slight hint of alcohol.

Taste is very interesting...it's a sort of mild toffee with nuts and a super hoppy finish, nice crisp bitter burnt-nuts and hops aftertaste. I don't really know what else to say about it, but it's quite good.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and thin for such a thick-looking beer, also very pleasant. Also surprisingly drinkable for a 9.2% beer.

Overall, pleasantly surprised. I didn't expect much, I sort of thought it would be gimmicky. Sometimes I think Stone's exceptional reputation is exaggerated, but this is really a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 02:06:07 | More by snaotheus
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Docer

Washington

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a couple of these and some Double Bastards this year..

50% Reg., 50% Dbl.. oaked.. dry-hopped... 8.5% alc.. can't go wrong!

- Poors a mean brown bastard. Off white light creamy head... a finger and a half down to big bubbly spotting, and a bubbly funky ring.. clear copper dark mahogany...

- Big aroma citrus hops.. zesty pine aroma.. sweet light brown sugar, malts, caramel... smooth hops bitter and not. Smells lovely.

- Bit zesty spicy hops... pine, rich woodiness.. grassy herbal citrus oh my... smooth caramel, roasty goodness... this is a huge winner for Stone and myself currently.

- Medium bodied, perfectly carbonated.. drying rightfully so.. but smooth sailing.

- Very drinkable and well made brew. I am amazed by this beer. The heat doesn't sneak up until the very end and is so so dangerously smooth to drink. Even the belch smells of fine fine hops. Get it while you can!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 00:42:20 | More by Docer
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CrookedStill

Alabama

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber with a thin white head that lingerings slightly before falling.

Hops are the star here. There is a malt sweetness present but pine/grassy/citrus dominate.

Wow. Right away the palate is hit with a sharp pine bitterness against a sweet malt background. There's a wonderful caramel and oak taste that really compliments the pine/grassy bite of the hops. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness. Very well balanced.

Medium carbonation with a body that skirts the line between full and medium.

Really a wonderful beer. There really isn't much I could say here that hasn't been said in the previous reviews. Intense hop bite against a nice oak and caramel background and easy to drink and even easier to enjoy. The Bastard line of beers have, in my opinion, set the bar for what a beer should be.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 01:13:29 | More by CrookedStill
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First had: bottle from the Foodery, Phildadelphia, PA

I wouldn't have thought blending these three beers would make a significantly different entity, but surprisingly, it did, with the regular Arrogant Bastard--strong as it is--mellowing out the flavors of the Double and the Oak-aged, making them not necessarily better, but perhaps more drinkable and accessible.

Poured from a 22oz. bottle a hazy, dark, orange-chestnut color with a dense but small white cap of bubbly, off-white head. Aroma is similar to Arrogant Bastard, with lots of pine and citrus hops being the prominent feature. Pine and citrus in the taste, with a strong caramel malt base, earthy, with notes of resin, orange, grapefruit, with subtle touches of booze in the background. Very strong, but uncommonly smooth. Heavy-medium mouthfeel, lots of flavor, and definitely drinkable, but not for the weak of heart.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 21:13:36 | More by Rifugium
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a snifter
Never thought Id get the chance to try out this bastard
2012 release

A- Pours a very deep amber color. A 1.5 finger of a slightly off tan colored head. Good head retention.

S- I get a fresh piney hop up front. A bit of an herbal, garlic note. Somewhat spicy. A slight woody character. A massive and smooth malt load.

T- A moderate bitterness up front. The malts sweep over and really dominate the moth of the beer. There is a ton of toffee, a bit of caramel and a slight herbal nutty note. There is a slight wood flavor to this beer that really rounds out all the flavors. The hop presence in this beer is strong. There is a slight pine at first and a minimal amount of citrus. The hops are mostly spicy, oniony, earthy hops. Aftertaste is bitter and sticky with a nice hoppy flavor.

M- Not quite doubly bastard thick but A huge bodied brew. Also quite bitter. Getting through a bomber by yourself is going to be all you can do for the night.

O- Awesome stuff. I wouldn't want to age it at all. Its amazing how different it is from the rest of the bastard series. This is a badass bastard and im glad it was re-released.

Also, I must have read the label at least a dozen times before I realized it was spelled incorrectly.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 23:26:13 | More by TwelveOunces
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acevenom

Louisiana

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large brandy snifter. Pours dark ruby brown with a two-finger length of-white head that retains very well. There is plenty of lacing left on the side of the glass during consumption. There are a lot of hop aromas in the smell. I get the typical citrus and pine. There's some oakiness and plenty of caramel malt. There's a lot going on here in the flavor. Those hops are up front and are somewhat dank with plenty of citrus. The piney hops are stronger in the back end and there is a nice lingering aftertaste. I get the caramel oakiness that is typical of the oaked bastard. There's a solid malt backbone here that is typical of the regular arrogant bastard. There is some alcohol too. It almost seems like I get different aspects of the different bastards with each sip. The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. It's a smooth beer that drinks very well. This is an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 23:52:05 | More by acevenom
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Trueant1

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown and sits in the glass dark amber. Off white head. Smells boozey, spicey, malty, grasslike, and toffee sweet.
This beer is similar to arrogant bastard, but, it is more balanced and drinker friendly. It is a huge hop/malt beer but somehow balances perfectly! A long bitter hop/alcoholic aftertaste.
Medium density mouthfeel with that bitter kick. This drinks WAY to easy for the abv! Need to buy a case of this offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 06:29:01 | More by Trueant1
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CampusCrew

Florida

4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is like the AB grand cru

appearance: deep dark copper/brown with some good head rentention and wonderful lacing

smell: caramel malts, huge hop presence

taste: very complex and complicated beer. which makes it interesting. awesome flavorful maltbackbone with some oak, vanilla, caramel notes backed up with tons of fresh hops.

mouthfeel: medium bodied and light for a dark beer

drinkability: this is the best bastard overall. great series and does the craft beer worl great justice.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 23:39:39 | More by CampusCrew
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this on a whim as I had no idea at the time there was a new bastard. Really digging this one!

A - Nice dark not quite see through amber colour pour with a big, foamy two finger light off white head. Light side lacing but a nice healthy cloud of foam remains atop the brew.

S - Picking up some nice oaky notes along with roasty malts and pleasant hops. Really the best aromatic attributes of each bastard blended into one.

T - Much like the nose this is really, really delicious. Picking up earthy, bitter hops, some roasty sweet malts, and a strong oak finish. Again, the best qualities of each combined into something amazing.

M - Nice and creamy, low almost medium carbonation on this one.

D - Great great appearance and taste really makes this stand out as far as bastards go. The alcohol is a bit more present than I'd like when holding it in the mouth. Plan on aging one of these for 2 years and seeing how it holds up!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 06:22:15 | More by rudzud
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

At the Mohawk House in Sparta, NJ. Into a tulip, it poured cloudy amber, with red highlights when held up to the light, and two fingers of beige head; great retention and lacing. Very hoppy nose; dry, bitter, grassy/herbal, orange peel, and caramel apple. The taste began on a very herbal bitter note, then evolved to more caramel apple maltiness, and then finished on a dry peel note. Very little hint of the alcohol content. Smooth, creamy (with great head retention), and medium thickness, yet I found it easy to drink. Fantastic 13th anniversary tribute to a classic beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2010 04:04:17 | More by donniecuffs
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,339 ratings.