Arrogant Bastard Ale - Dry Hopped - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.21/5 rDev -2.3%
Dry hopped with southern cross hops.
Color is a sunset copper. White head with lace.
Flavor profile is dank, weedy, and earthy. Very bright and citrusy. Grapefruit. It almost had a bubblegum flavor to it. Very malty. Caramel and bready.
Huge flavor profile. This is one of the better stone beers I have had! Lots going on here!
01-27-2013 04:19:21 | More by mothman
3.95/5 rDev -8.4%
This brew was served from the cask (dry hopped with centennial hops) at the Tap and Mallet Vertical Epic tasting event. It arrived in a chalice glowing a ruby red-amber coloring. It held a two finger head of tan bubbles, showing great retention. Thick sheets and rings of lacing were left around the glass as it went. Moderate haze was noted, but no sediment was seen. Carbonation appeared active. The aroma gave grassy and green hop oils as its biggest contributor. These became more citric with warmth, and had a bit more wet soapiness on the back than usual. The malts were pale, with huge syrupy sweetness, and added fruity sweetness of nectarines, tangerines, and white sugar. Grit and dryness characterized the yeast. Our first impression was that the flavoring gave big herbal qualities to the hops, with nice spice and warmth to mix. As we sipped, herbal hops and black pepper mixed with pale and caramel malts. Citric rind bitterness came to the peak, giving big lemony freshness against a stark sweetness of caramel malts. Green plant stem freshness helped to further cut the musky caramel sweetness. The finish gave an even more planty bite, with those green oils and astringent dryness of the nose. Yeast and booze gave additional bite, while cooled citric sweetness helped to cool the palate. The aftertaste breathed of herbal hops, black pepper, bittered piney hops, light caramel, and soured lemon rind. The body was medium, and the carbonation was low. The slurp, sip, and froth were all decent, giving a nicely cooling coating. Waxy astringency was left streaked down the palate and tongue, with the wet juiciness of the hops at the outset keeping things flowing. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily
Overall, what we liked best about this beer was the freshness of hops through the flavoring. The nose started things off with grit and bite, but kept the hops juicy as hell and borderline untamable. The flavor followed suit nicely, with wet juiciness of flavoring and freshness. To the feel things were a bit light, but not overwhelmingly disappointing. This is a tasty brew, and a juicy, hoppy variant of a great beer.
12-23-2012 14:32:33 | More by TheBrewo
3.8/5 rDev -11.8%
Glass: Pint glass
From: URGE American Gastropub in Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, Calif.)
Poured a mahogany color with two fingers (when I got it) of khaki tan head that took awhile to simmer down. Lots of nice lacing on the sides. Lots of nice retention the whole way down.
Smelled heavy toffee up front. Also caramel, butterscotch and vanilla.
Tasted not quite as good as the smell. Toffee, caramel, bourbon, grass and light pine hops.
Medium body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long smooth finish.
Pretty good beer overall. Now that I’m inputting the ratings, I’m not sure why I put the taste at just 3.5. But I guess I need to go with my initial ratings.
12-16-2012 00:12:54 | More by BucannonXC5
4.28/5 rDev -0.7%
special growler fill at stone's pasadena outpost. dry hopped bastard delivers on what it portends to be: a more aromatic rendition of the classic arrogant bastard. ruddy brown or deep copper in color with a surprisingly small head. floral, grassy aromas on the initial nose, with underlying notes of caramel and candied orange and dankness. malts come through on the palate, but harmonize with the bittering hops to create a multilayer drinking experience. right, so that sounds pretentious - how about this: dry hopped arrogant bastard improves on the aromas of the stone standard bearer while delivering a well-balanced (if any stone beer can be balanced!) strong ale with equal attention being given to malts and hops. finishes bitter as one would expect. carbonation was lower than i would have prefered, and my growler was only 2 hours old!
11-24-2012 03:31:42 | More by dannydetox
3.68/5 rDev -14.6%
Served in a tumbler at Firkin.
Dry-hopped with Chinook, according to the tap handle. This stuff pours a lightly hazy tawny topped by a finger or so of cream foam. The nose comprises pine sap, grapefruit zest, orange rind, sweet caramel, and a hint of green grass. The taste brings in more of the same, though the hops really provide a strongly bitter bite here, with the caramel in the back, still as sweet as before, unable to cope. The body is a strong medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, the dry-hopping seems to have really added a good amount of hoppy bitterness to an already beastly brew in that arena.
11-19-2012 23:23:01 | More by TMoney2591
4.95/5 rDev +14.8%
Got this growler while visiting the brewery, something everyone should do.
A: Forms a 1 to 2 finger ivory white head that sits above a deep nearly translucent ruby colored beer.
S: One of the most complex aromas I'm ever experienced. There is a intense blast of cascade hops in the beginning and it is followed up by a very very deep caramel from the body of the beer.
T: If you have had Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard the body is somewhere in the middle. A very deep malt and caramel with subtle hints of dark fruit. The intense body is perfectly balance with a generous portion of hops.
M: Great carbonation but the beer could have been a tiny bit heavier.
O: Amazing beer. This is beer is now in my top 15 I've ever had.
04-10-2012 17:56:01 | More by jvillefan
Arrogant Bastard Ale - Dry Hopped from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.