Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by dmatsui:
3.63/5 rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
An aggressive pour from a bomber into a tulip yields a brownish, off-white four finger head with a touch of alcohol legs and good retention. Nice lacing. The brew itself is a malty, dark brown with low opacity. Definitely a mean-looking brew.
Roasty, sweet malts hit the nose first with grassy and caramel qualities dominating. The hops don't come through as piny or as grapefruity as northern california hops,, although there is definitely a bittering and california-esque hop presence.
Whatever hops were veiled in the nose are definitely more present in the taste. Big, bitter hops are present in this aggressively bitter brew with a touch of citrus, but not much. Hop-wise, there is a touch of grapefruity chinook and cascade, but more bittering hops than sweeter varieties. The malt backbone is what makes this beer. It is very sweet and very full-bodied. Hints of roasty coffee and slick oil come through followed by a pleasantly dry finish.
Mouthfeel is very full-bodied and rich, definitely staying with you as the malt characteristics develop. Dry finish and astringent aftertaste.
Arrogant Bastard, in my opinion, is the opitome of Southern California IPA's. I often find that the common denominator of many SoCal brews is very mineral-esque and super bitter, but lacking in the citrusy, sweet Norcal Hop department. Arrogant bastard was definitely one of the first brews that got me into craft brews, and I think it was more striking, more intense the first time I had it a long time ago. It's definitely an interesting beer, and definitely worth a try for anyone who appreciates the aggressive nature of the California strong ale (CAIPAFTW!)
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2012 02:31:23 | More by dmatsui
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3.95/5 rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle from a sample pack, poured into a pint glass. Enjoy by 9/5/14
Pours a deep reddish copper with a large slightly off white head. Decent carbonation, thick lacing.
Getting a very malty aroma
As the bottle states, this is an aggressive tasting beer, a bit boozy at times. Malts and hops battle it out, hops winning early on, before roasted malts pack a punch at the end. Lots of carbonation & bitterness on the tongue, and the heavily roasted malts in the back of the mouth.
Overall, it's good, but personally, I much prefer the oak aged version.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 03:41:26 | More by MikeWard
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,190 ratings.