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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Lukcy Basartd AleLukcy Basartd Ale

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759 Reviews
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Reviews: 759
Hads: 2,408
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 17.11%
Wants: 141
Gots: 435 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2010

Anniversary blend of Arrogant Bastard to celebrate the 13 Year Anniversary of Arrogant Bastard.

A dry-hopped blend of Arrogant Bastard Ale, Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale and Double Bastard Ale.
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Reviews: 759 | Hads: 2,408
Photo of emmasdad
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap last night at Fresh Craft in Downtown Denver. Pours a deep red color with a significant amount of white head on top. On the nose, I get both floral and earthy hops, light wood and dates. On the palate, full bodied, good carbonation, with a pretty nice balance between the toffee sweetness, the citrusy hops and the lingering alcohol.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in my Old Stock snifter. Pours the color and clarity of unpasteurized cider with a loose, tan-colored head that quickly dissipates into a frothy band around the edges and a cluster of bubbles across the center. Nose expresses dark fruit, toasted malts, a trace of citrus and spice and a hint of alcohol and wood. Taste consistent with nose; however some grapefruit acidity and bitterness also comes out in the mix before finishing with a light, lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with an assertive carbonation and some acidity that lightly stimulates the salivary glands. Decent, but not sure it's worth the hype. Flavors are a little jagged, but there might be some improvement with age on this one.

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Photo of deapokid
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on 3/12. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep amber color, with a hazy body and grainy hues. A white lily pad of foam rests on top, which was conjured up by a very lively rush of carbonation. Visually, it stands alongside its brother beers.

Aroma packs in sweet malt, some bitter hops, gooey caramel and smoky wood (provided by the Oaked Bastard). The slight booziness in the conclusion may be the only odd note, but it's admirable otherwise.

Ale is creamy in texture with a blast of hops that hit the back of the tongue. The hoppy dryness is accompanied by a buttery malt and a mild oakiness. The taste is a nice combination of the sweet/creamy and the hoppy/bitter. The aforementioned sweetness lingers just as much as the hop bite and you can certainly taste aspects of all 3 Bastards.

Mouth is a juxtaposition of malt on top of hops, with warming booze thrown in as the wild card. Hop scrape is subdued by the creaminess and the two differing flavors seem to play well together.

This may not be as insanely drinkable as the original or as mysterious and delicious as the oaked model, but the blend is certainly unique and the increased weight brought on by the Double Bastard doesn't detract from the flavor.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Cask Republic into a 12oz tulip.

A: Beautiful, clear ruby body with an inch of substantial tan head. Good retention and decent lacing. Quite nice.

S: Resinous, piney hops, and...wait, that's it. Maybe some faint caramel sweetness. Enjoyable enough, but nowhere near the complexity I was expecting.

T: Super hoppy, with pine and grapefruit backed up by caramel malt and a touch of fruity booze. Maybe some oaky vanilla on the bitter, hoppy aftertaste. Ok, but definitely less than the sum of its parts.

M: Sticky medium body with a ton of fine carbonation. Ok, but not great.

D: Too much going on here without adding up to anything interesting. It somehow manages to be too sweet, too bitter, and too boozy, all at once. Not the easiest to drink, although it is rather engaging in its sheer aggressiveness.

Notes: This is one arrogant beer all right, but I don't really think it has any right to be. I prefer all three of its constituent parts to it, easily. At least since I got it on tap I didn't have to read that god-awful gibberish on the bottle...


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Photo of krisandajt
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seen this around in a few places, figured I'd pick it up and give it a try.

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into my DFH Chalice, the beer is a deep, clear brown color with about a half inch worth of light tan colored head. The head fades away fairly quickly, leaving behind a thin layer of foam with sporadic bubbles across the top of the beer.

Smell: I'm getting a light grapefruit/citrusy smell, but it's not the sort of quality you get from hops. There's a sweet, bready, toffee-like quality to it too.

Taste: Got some bitterness from hops, that hits me right up front. The malt comes in a bit later, and it's not as strong as I would have thought it would be given the smell.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation, drinks easy.

Drinkability: Not a bad tasting brew. Its got a dry bitterness from the hops, which I like, and a decent malt profile to compliment the hops. I feel like it could have a bit more complexity and oomph, but it's not a bad brew. I'm glad I tried it, and I wouldn't turn one down if I was offered one, but I don't think I'd rush out to pick up another bottle anytime soon.

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Photo of gregshead
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy red with a half finger of head.

S: Belgian yeast. Faint smells. Nothing too strong.

T: Sweet caramel taste. Sweeter than the other bastards. Nice bitter taste at the end. Some belgian yeast funk.

M: Smooth and decent carbonation

D: An enjoyable drink. I had a hard time reviewing it because of it's similarities to the other Bastards. I prefer the double bastard the most of the four.

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Photo of TheDTrain
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip
Thanks to BeerFM's own Andy for sharing!

Rich mahogany color. This basardt has some nice aromas of malts, hops, caramel, brown sugar, but there an odd plasticy smell that is pretty apparent. Drinkability is fair with the balance of hops, malts, bitterness, and alcohol. Tastes a lot like other Stone ales. For an anniversary beer, I was hoping for a little more.

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Photo of charlzm
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Consumed December 1, 2010 in a standard pint glass. Stone branded, of course. Bottle claims 8.5% ABV, not the 9.2% listed here on B.A.

Beer pours a clear, deep amber/brown. A light yellow/off tan head forms two fingers high then reduces to a clingy, luxurious foam cap.

Aromas are resiny, piny hops with a touch of peppery spice thrown in. Medium-roasted grain also present in nose.

Flavor is strong: amber malts and a significant wash of concentrated hop flavor (herbal, pine tar and bitterness). Lightly smoky. Low sweetness. Oak flavor is subtle, verging on imaginary at times.

Mouthfeel is smooth, a touch chewy and a little creamy.

Tough to finish a whole bomber of this solo; the bitterness is beyond pleasant and verges on the unbearable.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cherry red, good lacing, but the head dissipates fast. Nice color - pretty beer.

Abrasive hops, cherry, oak.

Lots of oak, earthy flavors besides the hops, lemon. Candied sugar, almost some caramel.

Well carbonated. You can taste the ABV as well.

A very interesting and tasty beer, might be a good one to age too.

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Photo of SirRuss
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Rich chestnut brown with a strong two inch thick, rice pudding white head. Retention is fairly robust with some meaty lacing left in its wake.

S - Biscuitiness from the malts, a full dose of oak vanillins, and hints of hops bobbing about.

T - Great expression of the malts with the oak engaging them to produce a heavy toffee presence. The hops have a dominating bearing that manifests itself on the finish. Personally, the hops seem overdone - although cleansing, their resinous influence enters too early and too intensely creating a forced distraction from the luxurious malts that deserve to be the center of attention.

M&D - The carbonation, sugar, and alcohol all seem well balanced. However, there is a distinct puckering akin to a tannic onslaught that sucks the moisture from your mouth in an excessive and unpleasant manner. (This is a surprising character to find in this beer, and I can only wonder if there's some residual tannin resiliently hiding in some crevice of my mouth from a cab that I had an hour-or-so ago[despite palate cleansers]).

O - great potential, but a little disappointed that the off-balance hops prevent it being realized. If the excessive puckering is a standard feature (and not a personal mis-perception) then this is another major knock, but I will -for now - not include it in my overall rating. Better Lukc next time Stone.

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Photo of bort11
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz silk screened bottle, poured into a Karmeliet tulip. A gentle pour produces a thick, custard colored head, The consistency of the foam is creamy and milky. Lacing is gorgeous, very delicate bubbles slide across the glass. The body color is the same as the brown bottle glass.

Smell is a harsh and aggressive pine hops with some alcohol back burn. There is a woody resin aroma in there around the edges. This is kind of pungeant. The taste is equally aggressive, but at least there is an attempt at balance from the caramel malts. There is just a hint of vanilla. But over all it is like fresh pine and spruce needles. It is sharp and biting. Even though it is only 8.5% ABV, there is a deffinate alcohol rub.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of active carbonation. The body itself is smooth where flavors are harsh. That creates an interesting contrast. Stone is not afraid to challenge their drinkers, and that is why so many craft beer fans love them. I have had all three of the base beers for Lukcy Basartd in the past. Blended together, I feel that the Double Bastard is the dominant beer. Since Lukcy Basartd is a one shot anniversary beer, I doubt it will be part of the Missouri launch. However I do anticipate picking up the other Bastards.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%

Bottle from Tipples dated 10/20/14 and poured on 11/8/14. Pours beautiful amber red with a big fluffy off white to light khaki head with some yellowish hue. Aroma is like sticking my face in a bag of raw hops, lemon peel, soapiness, grass. Flavor is super sweet maltiness but not particularly heavy, big vegetal hops but not particularly bitter, caramel, biscuity malts, oak. A bit of a lemony pinesol note here, and the malts are on the bland side. Medium plus body, dry as expected for a bastard, with medium low carbonation. Not so sure I'm into this one, as it lacks both the the bitterness and the heavy malt profile of Bastard. Seems on the watered down side, flavor wise. It's pretty decent but just falls incredibly flat for me. Huh.

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Photo of 100floods
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich mahogany brow with a cream white head that does seem to want to stick around for long. It appears to be pretty cloudy, too. Hops Hops HOPS! Unfortunately I cant seem to smell much. This has the signs of the classic bastard flavor. The first sip, however, wasn't as strong as I would have expect. Rich hop flavor, earthy, chewy. Definitely a woody flavor from the oak aged portion. Notes of caramel as well. This beer starts with a very strong hop attack, very bitter, almost spicey, then kind of fizzles before you can get to the malt and some other hop flavors. That flavor kinda seems to pair up with some of the malt. There's a citrus-malt finish. The carbonation keeps things moving but seems a little too much, only because I like my strong ales with a little less carb. Perhaps it's a way to keep it from turning into a malt bomb, which actually, now that I think about it, saves the beer.. Overall a good beer to have tried. I don't think blending the three beers made a difference. I've had all the different versions of the Bastard, all which I like, all the flavors are familiar, which is nice, but blending it does bring anything new to the table.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip...

A: Pours a dark amber with hues of red and orange, frothy two finger head, decent retention and excellent lacing.

S: Aromas of sticky pine resin hops, boozy alcohol and heavy bready malt.

T: All the flavors of the nose but unfortunately they aren't very well balanced at the moment. I really think in a few months this will really come into its own and be a great beer, but right now the hops overpower everything in the start and the booze cleans everything up on the finish leaving a heavy flavor of malt and booze with bitter hops on the finish.

M: Medium body, slightly oily and thick but nice carbonation. Finish is a little long on the hops and not quite dry enough.

D: The unbalanced flavors and heavy booziness of this beer make it less than drinkable and while I like the beer and am really looking forward to what it will taste like in 6-12 months, right now it is off.

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Photo of jtk
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark brown. Head disappeared quickly and there was never much of one.

Smell: Heavy malt.

Taste: Heavy, bitter. Very slight hint of a root beer taste? Hops compliment the alcohol presence that is present.

Mouthfeel: Creamy. Low carb.

Drinkability: Not sure if I will get this one again. I wouldn't have had another one if it were in the fridge that night. Pretty much overpowered my palate and not in the best way. A good beer but not their best by a long shot.

22 ounce bomber.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Sierra Grille last week, reviewed from notes. Listed as 8.5%.

Pours dark red, off-white head turns to a thick ring leaving decent lacing.

Smell/taste/mouthfeel - HUGE oak, fresh dark fruits, caramel, pine, a little bit of chocolate. Smooth, lowish carbonation, alcohol very hidden, doesn't feel near 9.2%. Seems extremely malty with low hoppiness (maybe overly smoothed out from the oak), unusual for Stone.

For a blend this tasted pretty different than what I expected, it's good but I'd reach for any of the other Bastards before this one.

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Photo of BarrelO
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass. 8.5% ABV.

A: Deep ruby red body. Decent white head with some lacing.

S: Caramel and herbs, maybe come citrus.

T: Big herbal notes from the hops. Strong bitterness. Fruits and caramel from the malt. I'm not really picking up any oak.

M: Somewhat thick but not syrupy, medium carbonation.

D: I've realized that I don't really care for big herbal hops like Chinook and Columbus. My tastes definitely tend more toward the pine/grapefruit varieties. If you like that herbal spiciness, though, you'll probably really like this beer.

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Photo of nova009
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter

A- pours a dark reddish brown, a one finger tan head appears and slowly dissipates down to a ring, head clings to the glass well and leaves some nice lacing

S- super hoppy smelling, citrus notes particularly grapefruit, malty, slight sweet caramel smell present as well

T- very very hoppy even more so than most stone brews, slightly woody, partially sweet with a small amount of caramel, finishes pretty bitter

M- medium body with a nice balance of carbonation, smooth and creamy

D- the hops are a little overwhelming in this one, i can drink this but it's not really something that i want drink a lot of, okay to drink once but i probably wouldn't pick up another one of these

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Photo of Glennlawless
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer looks wise is BEAUTIFUL. A deep purplish red ....a touch cloudy.....and a frothy verrrry light brown tannish head. wow. Smell wise I'm getting a lot of carmel malts and pine like hops..woody.earthy hops. Almost a breadyness to it as well. very pungent and hoppy. This beer tastes awesome!!! pine punches up front...some citrus back bone to it as well. not really getting the vanilla that everyone is talking about yet.
mouth feel is very nicely carbonated, just perfect.very enjoyable.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz for about $8, poured into snifter.

A- Nice caramel/ruby brown beer with a huge sticky tan head. Laces nicely.

S- Hoppy! Nice WC fruity citric hop blast. Malty, caramel. Hops are center stage.

T- Caramel, mild malty goodness, a bit of molasses. The hops cut right through that stuff though and assault the tastebuds. In a good way... For the most part. Perhaps a bit too much pine for my taste.

M- Not as heavy as DB, more around the mouthfeel AB or OAB. Carbonation is suitable. Intense bitterness, it'd be interesting to see how this is in a month or two.

D- Moderate. An enjoyable beer, although one I won't rush to revisit. Tasty, though. I'd like to see it under $5-6, honestly.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sitarist for the generous LIF...this is one of the 4 offerings sent.
Pours a rust color w/ a generous two fingers of light tan head. Lacing is thick and lasts for the entire glass.
Decent aroma. More biscuit malt than hops which surprises me when it comes to Stone. With a lingering nose, some nice fruity notes shine through and things start to balance out.
Taste is more balanced up front. The good news is I like the hop profile and there is a solid bitterness that accompanies the fruitiness.
Not a thin beer, but does not feel very heavy for a strong ale. ABV is well hidden. I believe the body will thicken with a short time in the cellar, so I will look to pickup a bottle personally to age for 6 months. Stone's beers have proven themselves to age quite well, with the exception of their hop bombs.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/25/11
*From notes

A: It presents like rich molasses - hazy, dark brown and thick. A massive three finger head on a simple pour - Jesus. Residual lacing is impressive.

S: A badass mix of alcohol and hops. On a deep inhale, black cherries come out to play.

T: Sweet, rich toffee and caramel, followed by an über dose of malt. Bitter hop residue finishes this one off. Alcohol is quite apparent and doesn't hide one bit - it is a clear player here. As it warms, I get traces of pimento on the back palate.

M: It's voluptuous and rich, but it fades away a bit on the finish. It's properly carbonated, which is much appreciated.

O: Stone's Lukcy Bastard is a reasonably nice brew. It's different then most other offerings I've had recently, and provided my palate a nice change of pace. I don't feel that this is something I'll return to often, but I certainly respect Greg Koch and his blended one-time one-off.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy dark reddish brown color with a very small head of tan bubbles after a pretty aggressive pour.

Aroma: I started getting citrusy hops as I was starting to pour the beer. After the pour, smelling the beer will yield a whole bunch of hops, but there is also a substantial malt presence in there that reminds me of a lot of American Barley Wines.

Taste: The flavor is also dominated by the hops but there are some layers to it that the ordinary Bastard doesn't have. The overall mouthfeel and impression of this beer is very similar to their original Bastard, but there is a spot in the middle of the profile that you actually taste some of the malt. It is still coming across like a Barley Wine, but a little more aggressive on the hops. The second sip is gentler than the first and it is getting better. The hops are adding an oily feeling to the body of the beer, but they somehow allow the malt to at least feel like it is important in the end...though the hops still end up running the finish.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty good beer. I will have to read the bottle after reviewing this, but it is almost like they took their original recipe for The Bastard and stepped up the malt. This beer finishes quite a bit more drinkable than the original version does from the start. Though this beer is pretty good now, I think that I would prefer it after it has cellared for a couple years so that it would take the edge off of the hops in the initial part of the flavor profile as they are a bit aggressive right now. I would expect no less from a Stone Bastard iteration, but just personal preference. Either way, this beer is worth a shot no doubt.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22 oz brown pop top with quintessential Stone graphics and attitude; best by 1-31-13. Poured into my half-pint Black Sheep chalice.

Appearance: Bright, beautiful amber hue, with a large light tan cap which shows good retention.

Smell: Straight-up dank, herbal hops (Chinooks?). Just a bit of sweet caramel malt underneath, but it's almost completely overwhelmed by the hops.

Taste: Big bitterness (of course), with herbs and a touch of orange pith. The caramel malts are honestly pretty overwhelmed here. The alcohol is definitely there, but it's not overpowring. Not as much of the oaked Bastard as I'd like, but there is a bit of oaky astringency here.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, which really increases the drinkability, but I'd almost like just a bit more in a beer of this size/strength.

Overall: Bold, brash, and ballsy. Pretty much the only way Stone knows how to do it. I like this better than Double Bastard, which I found (even after a year) to be a bit too sharp and unbalanced. This is bolder than Arrogant Bastard, and just slightly rougher. Yet, I have to say I like this almost as well, or as well, as the Oaked Bastard, which might be my favorite of the four. For $6.99, this is something I'd pick up once or twice a year if I had access.


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Photo of GallowsThief
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bomber into a Duvel.

A - Pours a deep brown with a creamy brown head. One inch head.

S - Fruity smell with some definite citrus. Has a bit of an acidic smell as well. Hoppy of course. Has some pine in there as well.

T - Tangy to me for sure. Hops all over this one. Runs a little bit bitter at the end.

M - Medium bodied. Bitter. Has good carbonation.

D - Solid.

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Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 759 ratings.