Arrogant Bastard Ale - Dry Hopped - Stone Brewing Co.
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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.
Serving type: growler
04-01-2012 00:42:45 | More by Pahn
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.
Serving type: on-tap
02-27-2012 04:38:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.25/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - appearance was good. Nice carbonation that lasted with some lacing.
S - smell of high crystal 100-s/caramel. Hops pretty laid back compared to Pale, Double IPA, Verticle.
T - taste was nice. No alcohol taste, well blended hop and malt balance.
M - Good mouth feel.
O - The best of the Stone's tasted so far. I'll admit I am not a hop fan, and this beer and another of their beers was more balanced. I would possible drink again.
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2012 21:36:54 | More by beer272
4.5/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Saw this on tap at The Bad Apple in Chicago and had to give it a try. Served in an Arrogant Bastard pint glass featuring the slogan "It's not too expensive, you're too cheap." Wonderful.
Appearance is very much like the original Arrogant Bastard, with a deep burgundy hue to the body. A small head the color of ever-so-lightly toasted white bread sits on top and leaves behind generous lacing as the brew is consumed. Arrogant Bastard (in any of its forms) can deliver more in this department, but the bartender chose to fill the glass almost to the rim. Can't fault the beer for that.
This beer smells absolutely divine. I spent the first few minutes after it arrived at our table just savoring the aroma. Scents of resinous pine and tropical & citrus fruits abound. This particular form of Arrogant Bastard makes its hop-forward character known immediately, as the dry hopping brings out some of the more subtle hoppy aromas that can be missing from regular versions of the beer.
The first taste repeated what my nose had already told me. This Bastard starts off with a delicious toasted malt base that quickly gives way to a powerful smack of fresh, piney and citrusy hops. There's no surprise here, and indeed the Bastard never fails to satisfy when I'm looking for something with assertive bitterness. It accompanied my Slow Burn burger (onions, bacon, white cheddar, Left Hand Milk Stout sautéed spicy chilies) perfectly.
Mouthfeel and drinkability put this brew somewhere between an IPA and a barleywine. I certainly could have a few of these, but I'd probably put them near the end of the night. Multiple Bastards will do nothing short of assaulting the tastebuds with no remorse, leaving you unable to taste much of anything else for the rest of the evening.
Serving type: on-tap
01-22-2011 22:19:31 | More by Morphoenix
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.
Serving type: on-tap
01-03-2011 21:08:44 | More by spointon
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.
Serving type: on-tap
12-29-2010 22:49:23 | More by yeahnatenelson
4.72/5 rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A - Red & brown, great lacing, minimal head.
S - Very similar to regular arrogant bastard ale, but a hint of more hops.
T - Similar to normal ABA but more intense hop flavor, more bitter, more close to an IPA but obviously not. Earthy, caramel, deep malts, grapefruit, come citrus back there, bread, ale.
M - Has a great medium carbonation, full body, nice aftertaste.
D - Drinks great for a ABA enthusiast, that being said I like it more than a normal ABA. I like the bitterness and more hop flavor, I like the different recipe. Thumbs uP!
Serving type: on-tap
12-27-2010 19:36:25 | More by SDtastentune
Arrogant Bastard Ale - Dry Hopped from Stone Brewing Co.
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