Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.38/5 rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Beer #2 (of 13) from my beer purchase in Indiana.
Stone Arrogant Bastard pours a beatiful reddish-brown color into my pint glass. A 3/4", off-white head forms, then slowly collapses into a soapy ring. Moderate carbonation; layers of delicate lace forms. The aroma is delightfully complex. To begin with, the sheer smell of the hops is dominating; this beer smells like fresh hop leaves. Wait a little bit, and the aroma elements come through - several fruit/citrus smells (grapefruit, pineapple, apple) along with a slightly sweet aroma from the alcohol. A slight hint of caramel rounds out the mix of smells.
This beer tastes amazing. Initially, the taste is fairly bitter (but not overpoweringly so); after a little bit, a fairly intense citrus flavor comes through - in particular, that of grapefruit. A slight toasted malty and alcohol-infused sweetnes. Everything comes together so very well. The mouthfeel is thick, yet light. Moderately dry, finishes very crisp, with a very pleasant acid citrusy bitterness.
Overall, Arrogant Bastard has lived up to the hype; it is one great and incredibly tasty beer. If only I could get it in Nebraska...
Serving type: bottle
11-22-2005 04:42:15 | More by swid
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