Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by rickyleepotts:
4.4/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
I have had this beer before, but I don’t remember what it tastes like. After reading how this beer got started, I can’t wait to drink it. I LOVE a good hoppy beer, and while this one was once thought too hoppy, I am glad they decided to bottle it. I also like the story behind it… with one co-founder thinking it was horrible and the other thinking it was the best beer he had ever had. It was also fun to learn that this beer is the most sold in 22 ounce bottles. It must be good!
In the Glass: It is darker than I expected. I guess reading about how hoppy it is, I expected it to be the color of a typical IPA. I guess with the label and the name, it is anything but typical. I am a big fan of Stone, and pretty much every beer they make is loaded with aroma and flavor and always satisfies.
Nose: Imagine taking a bag of wet hops, letting them set outside, and then thrown into a bottle. Holy crap, this beer smells amazing. It doesn’t smell like hops, rather wet, dirty, rotten hops. But that’s OK. I like hops regardless of the aroma. On a second sniff I am getting more dark fruit notes and a little fig at the finish.
Flavor: Holy hops. This beer is LOADED with those same dirty wet hops you were smelling. They are deep and darker on the palate, too. The punch of hops that you expect from a big IPA isn’t there until the swallow. I am not sure why I keep calling this an IPA. It’s not. It’s a strong ale. But they have similar characteristics. When taking a second sip, I quickly realize why this beer is such a good seller. It’s smooth, extremely complex as it slides across the palate, and the aftertaste (which we will get to) is big and lasting.
Mouthfeel: A lot of beer doesn’t do much on the tongue. This one changes shape three or four times on the palate. At first it’s smooth and weak, then those hops start punching you along the way. Then the wet dirty flavors that I mentioned hit, and hops run wild. When you swallow, the bitterness kicks up and you are waiting for an impressive (and it is) aftertaste. It is everything I expected this large beer to be.
Aftertaste: The aftertaste is big. It starts off with a load of hops, then quickly finishes into a dry and bitter flavor. The dryness sticks around, too. The ABV isn’t outrageous, but big enough that one or two of these bottles by yourself could do some damage. The beer is also extremely affordable, so ordering a couple of these might be possible if you can find the right spot. They have a few other versions of this, one that is aged in oak barrels. Haven’t had that one next to this one to compare, but man… Arrogant Bastard Ale is amazing.
I was VERY impressed with this beer. The label might scare you, focused on a devil drinking beer… but as you drink this, imagine what beers of old used to taste like. I can see this beer being shared in a foreign land toasted by a bonfire telling stories of a younger day. No more daydreaming here… let’s drink. Bottoms up, people!
Arrogant Bastard Ale – The bottle says: “arr-ro-gance (air’s gas) n. – The act or quality of being arrogant; haughty; undue assumption; overbearing conceit.
“This is an aggressive ale. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth. We would suggest that you stick to a safer and more familiar terrify – maybe something with a multi-million dollar ad campaign aimed at convincing you it’s made in a little brewery, or one that implies that their tasteless fizzy yellow beverage will give you more sex appeal. Perhaps you think multi-million dollar ad campaigns make things taste better. Perhaps you’re mouthing your words as you read this.
“At Stone Brewing, we believe that pandering to the lower common denominator represents the height of tyranny – a virtual form of keeping the consumer barefoot and stupid. Bastard Ale openly challenged the tyrannical overlords in the shackles of poor taste. As the progenitor of its style, Arrogant Bastard Ale has reveled in its unprecedented and uncompromising celebration of intensity. There have been many nods to Arrogant Bastard Ale… even outright attempts to copy it… but only one can ever embody the true nature of liquid Arrogance!
“Ingredients: Nothing but the finest barley, most aggressive hops, clearest water, our proprietary yeast strain and abundant arrogance.”
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2012 05:19:52 | More by rickyleepotts
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4.23/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
A-Dark amber/copper color. Very clear. A light brown head that dissipates leaving a bit of lacing.
S- Pine, roasted malts, pine, caramel, and pine. Did I say pine?
T- Piney hops and bitter. This gives way to/is balanced by some roasted malts.
M- Medium with a decent amount of carbonation. Very smooth going down.
O- Finally tried this classic. Glad I did. If you like a hoppy/bitter ale this one is for you.
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2014 16:37:36 | More by nodder
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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