Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Premo88:
4.81/5 rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
1 pint, 6 oz. bottle poured into pub glass
L: 3/4- 1-inch head really holds on, perfect tan head to offset murky dark caramel red. lacing is intense, especially for a head that doesn't start off as gargantuan. this beer is the definition of OPAQUE ... can't see through it; can't even see the carbonation inside it as it rises (but it's there).
S: flowers, sweet, citrusy ... and i think i smell malt, but i'm not good enough with the nose to say what I'm smelling -- i just know it's f-ing awesome. glade or febreeze should can this smell and sell it.
T: so damn bitter it makes me weepy ... goddamn is this beer good; like an English pale ale but with a very distinctive something different (grain, grass, ?what?) that is sharp the first time you drink one. but i'm drinking a second one right now, and all i taste is damn good ale. sharp bitter up front, smoother malt on the back end with everything hitting you all at once.
F: a perfect beer here. great carbonation, drinks light enough to trick you into thinking you could slam a 6-pack (and more!!!) of this. hell, i don't even know what "feel" means other than i want this in my mouth.
O: i've been stingy with my numbers so far, but damn is this about as good as it gets. it's placed in the American strong ale category, but if you handed this to me and told me it's a bitter, English pale ale or English IPA, I wouldn't be able to call you a liar (might say more about me than the beer).
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale has long been my favorite ale. Arrogant Bastard may have surpassed it ... can't say that just yet, but I can say as long as Stone BC keeps making this, I'll keep buying and drinking. Bravo!
Serving type: bottle
02-05-2013 02:17:42 | More by Premo88
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3.53/5 rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #43 of the ones I've reviewed here.
This is a very odd beer. Some things it does remarkably well, other things come out quite poorly.
Aesthetically it looks right -- Stone Brewing beers always seem to look fantastic in the glass and this is no exception, a really beautiful mahogany brown topped up with a light brown head that, if you pour it right, will linger forever. They also nailed the mouthfeel -- this has the "sticky", substantial feel that you would want in a beer advertising itself as an "Arrogant Bastard".
The nose is usually described as dark fruits and pine and that's true, but a little deceptive. It's a fairly weak hit of that, even when I let the beer warm up in the glass it never got much beyond "pretty light". I'm reminded of Stone's Smoked Porter, which would have been a better beer with more of a smoky nose. What is really surprising, though, is how out-of-balance this beer is. The light fruit on the nose is even lighter to taste, the flavors are mostly centered around a gigantic hop blast. It's not a bad hop blast but it's pretty one-dimensional, just a slap of piney hop bitterness that slowly fades away.
I confess I don't get this beer -- the hops are too one-dimensional for it to be a hop monster, and there's not enough fruit in here to make this a really good strong ale. What you end up with, actually, is something like an overhopped American Pale Ale -- not exactly bad or undrinkable, but certainly nothing all that amazing, either.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2014 17:13:14 | More by dougbassett
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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