Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.4/5 rDev +5.5%
Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into my pint glass to produce a 1.5" creamy light tan head over the top of a copper colored, slightly hazy, liquid. The head dissipated gradually leaving pronounced lacing.
The aroma was subdued. However, a piney hop character dominated.
The taste: GREAT beer with many complexities. Enjoy this one.... savor it it by letting it embrace your mouth and tongue. Piney hops is the first taste that hits you. But some roasted malty sweetness balances it very well. Tastes of grapefruit rind, pine, and, in the background, caramel and roasted malt.
Mouthfeel: Nice and rich. appropriate carbonation. A nice thick and chewy feeling for this beer.
Drinkability: So far, my reference beer for "American Strong Ale". I will try many to see if any one can knock the Arrogant Bastard off his pedestal. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
07-30-2007 11:46:44 | More by TheBierBand
4.03/5 rDev -3.4%
A - dark red, but crystal clear, flashing beautiful red hues when held to a light, light tan coloured head ain't going nowhere and completely coats my snifter with lace.
S - bitter grapefruit hits the nose first, but it is quickly backed up some malt sweetness, very clean, very simple, but also very good.
T - flavour closely follows the aroma, but with more depth and fullness. More breadiness from the malt, juicy, firm bitterness from the hops. Finish is long, piney bitterness lingers.
M - medium body, could possibly be a touch fuller, though it would take away from the drinkability, resinous, dry finish, medium carbonation, almost zero alcohol presence
D - right up my alley, robust flavours, well put together, easy to drink
Based on the colour and other folks thoughts, I was expecting more malt sweetness and toffee flavour, but this still has quite a lean and mean malt profile. The hops are assertive, particularly in the finish, but still blend together well with the rest of the beer. Agressive and simple, but perfectly executed.
03-09-2009 00:26:24 | More by markaberrant
4/5 rDev -4.1%
Starts off thick, creamy and malty. Very aggressive flavor here. Next comes a strong rush of hops and a pretty bitter finish. A little overpowering, but a nice full flavor. You're certainly wearing out your taste buds with this one, but it's tough to have a session full of these. It's the type of big beer that Stone is known for.
06-23-2010 00:24:10 | More by uustal
4/5 rDev -4.1%
Poured form a 1pt 6oz bottle into a pint glass.
A - Reddish-brown color reminiscent of strong iced tea. The pour produced an off-white head that quickly gave way to a bubbly film. Spotty lacing throughout.
S - Malty, hoppy aroma. I definitly detected pine, grapefruit and butter in there. Very complex and intriguing.
T - The sweet maltiness and good amount of hop bitterness keep this ale well balanced. The presence of citrus and the high alcohol content give the finish a slight bite.
MF&D - Medium to full bodied ale. The oiliness of the hops really coated my mouth well and the malty sweetness made this one a lip smacker.
04-21-2008 21:23:21 | More by nasty15108
4.76/5 rDev +14.1%
Been a while since I had this ale, and I forgot how much I like this. I find the bottle narrative a little off-putting...slightly arrogant, but I purchased a 22oz anyway.
Color is a great copper look, and although the head was only 1 finger, it retained itself throughout. Usually I get little out of the smell, but this ale has a nice floral hoppy smell. What I find great though is that the taste isn't crazy hoppy, and has a nice balanced sweetness.
Really great ale without having an ABV that knocks me out - says a lot these days when 7.2% is mild. Great reliable beer from Stone.
04-21-2013 00:39:55 | More by BradMacMullin
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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