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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Dry Hopped - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Dry Hopped
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 8
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SDtastentune on 12-27-2010)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the ColLAboration beer fest at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is all about the hops with some herbal, grassy, pine, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is very much the same with all of the hop flavors and a nice malt backbone. There is a medium level of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is very hoppy yet very tasty.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

TMoney2591, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -7.2%

imperialking, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of mothman
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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!

mothman, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

CheapBeerBuzz, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of djaeon
4/5  rDev -7.2%

djaeon, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

CaptDavyJones, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of UltimateLivewire
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

UltimateLivewire, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of jvillefan
4.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

jvillefan, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of TheBrewo
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

TheBrewo, Dec 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

FLBeerGuy, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of spointon
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had 2 pints of this at Finnegan's in Plainfield, IL on 1/2/2011, served in a pint glass.

A= This ale poured a hazed reddish-brown color with a 1" tan head that retained very well. Huge sheets of foamy/sticky lace clung to my glass as the beer level receded.

S= Big burst of citrus and pine hoppiness, with some solid caramel malt undertones to back that up. Esters were medium and fruity. Alcohol aroma well hidden.

T= Just what I expected following the smell. Started off with lightly sweet caramel malt and biscuit notes, followed by an explosion of hop flavor. Complex citrus flavors reigned in by resiny pine dryness. The esters brought a tangerine/apricot fruitiness that melded well with everything else. Bitterness was classic Stone - firm but not overdone for the style - huge but not overpowering - in other words near perfect. Finished dry and bitter with amazing hoppy aftertaste.

MF= Medium body with a modest carbonation level that lifts the feel enough without it being too spritzy.

D= I liked this a lot and found it to be extremely drinkable despite the ABV and the huge hoppiness. Well made and worth seeking out.

spointon, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: Draft
Glass: Pint glass
From: URGE American Gastropub in Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, Calif.)
Price: $7.00
Misc.: N/A

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.

BucannonXC5, Dec 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

PopnLoads, Nov 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Proclarush, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of ncelauro
4/5  rDev -7.2%

ncelauro, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of Pahn
4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1L growler that my friend brought me back from Stone. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Opening the swing top produced a reassuring "hiss" of carbonation.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 2.5 inch frothy offwhite head that dissipates slowly leaving large streaks and islands of lacing. Pours a semi-translucent ruby, leaving spots and arches of lacing.

Smell: Smells dry hopped all right; big hop aroma. The tag doesn't say what kind of hop they used to dry hop it with, nor did contacting Stone yield any answers, but it smells like it might be Nelson Sauvin (great choice if so!)--has the telltale dank, funky, pineappley smells of Nelson. Maybe Pacific Jade (I have less experience with it, but Stone has been using it to great effect in a few recent beers).

There's sweet caramel and cake in the background, with lots of citrus, mango, strawberry, and other fruity hop aromas in the foreground. Undercurrents of dank weed and pine. Excellent aroma.

Taste: Tastes like fresh Arrogant Bastard, that is to say, it tastes delicious. Starts with a creamy feel, leading to fruity hops with a greenhouse/weed undercurrent, then a big hit of bitterness and lingering citrus zest in the aftertaste.

Each sip brings lots of different flavor up front: subtle notes of vanilla and anise, various hop flavors, caramel malt, always leading to that blast of bitterness, with a clean, dry finish leaving just the aforementioned citrus zest sensation. The amazing aroma brings out further nuances in the already incredible flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, occasionally feels a little thin. Moderate carbonation. Mildly dry finish.

Overall: Arrogant Bastard is a unique, classic, perfected beer. Skillful dry hopping adds another layer of greatness on top. Very happy to have had the chance to drink this.

Pahn, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Imbibed at Finnegan's in Plainfield, IL, 11/19/2010.

Appearance -- Pours a hazy chestnut brown with rosy highlights and a finger of stiff parchment head. Massive bands of lace all the way down the glass.

Smell -- Massive bright citrus/fruity hops: grapefruit, tangerine, wetnap, watermelon, peach. Sturdy caramel base underlying. Pine resin is detectable, but distant second to the bright fruitiness of the dry-hopping.

Taste -- Tangerines and tropical fruit, grapefruit, honeydew melon, apricot. Malt base is nicely caramelized; nowhere near sticky or cloying but enough residual sugar to make those citrusy/fruity notes pop. Baseline resin bitterness keeps the drinkability high.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to full in body, medium carbonation. Good, but nothing to write home about. It works.

Drinkability -- This was really incredible. Heads and shoulders above regular and, formerly my favorite, Oaked AB. Incredibly aromatic, probably the best tropical fruit bomb of a beer I've had yet.

yeahnatenelson, Dec 29, 2010
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

ZethOfTheNorth, Nov 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

SHCC, Apr 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

RoninTK3, Jan 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16%

iskeptopotamus, Feb 27, 2012
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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Dry Hopped from Stone Brewing Co.
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