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
More User Reviews:
4.45/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
I picked up a bomber of this to go with my last two beers I didn't finish from last night's session. I am glad I did! It's a bit pricey, but worth it.
Great colour on the pour, a deep coopery brown that smells slightly of bread and majorly of hops. Not overly-hoppy, but that's what comes through. A nice 1" head formed in my pilsner glass and finally settled to a not-very-thin disc of foam that stayed the entire time I was drnking. Heavy lacing appears, and you can easily tell where each sip started and stopped.
The taste... wow. A very well balanced ale, with up-front sweetness from the malts that immediately switches over to the hops for a very nice finish - not too dry, not too sweet. I mean, VERY well balanced, impressively so! Mouthfeel is thick enough without being too chewy, and nicely carbonated. The higher-than-average ABV is well-hidden, no alcohol is really present. This beer is an exercise in balance, it seems! Call it the Even Steven of beers.
Overall, I am mightily impressed with this beer, and will not balk at the premium price next time. I can see drinking this a lot!
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 05:31:17 | More by slym
4.2/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A: very seductive looking in the glass, very dark. Poured a brownish 2 finger head on an aggressive pour.
S: Subtly hints of fig and hop were the predominant smell but this beer is not very fragrant at all, barely detected any aroma.
T: Hop and fig presence evident on the taste, definitely not an IPA (which seems like the style the were "going" for) but only because of the lack of some key flavors, not for the lack of hop. Overall I'm a little disappointed on the taste, not because the beer was bad but because of that long diatribe on the back of the bottle... made it seem like the beer would be something incredibly unique, which it wasnt. The beer was good and very drinkable so I tried not to let that little speech have an impact on my rating.
M: Good mouthfeel, light carbonation, a little bit sticky for my taste.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 01:06:40 | More by Thebunnyrabbit
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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