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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Arrogant Brewing
California, United States
arrogantbastard.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
First release: November 2010

Lukcy Basartd Ale was first released in November 2010 in celebration of the (lucky) 13th anniversary of Arrogant Bastard Ale. This powerfully complex beer is an amalgamation of three Bastards—Arrogant Bastard Ale, Double Bastard Ale and OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale—unceremoniously thrown together and then dry-hopped to excess. Those Worthy souls who possess the nerve to try it will be rewarded with a delicious assault on their taste buds.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2010

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768
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2,444
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
9.64%
 
 
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Reviews: 768 | Ratings: 2,444
Photo of ch_star
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from large-format bottle. Some head, not much, that dissipated quickly. Smell is not overwhelming, so lower score there. Could have more potency. Taste was surprisingly hoppy/bitter. I had expected more of a malty stout, but that isn't what this beer is. The Oaked part of the blend added some nice (sweet, malty) complexity that was evident as an undercurrent--not strong at all, but noticeable. Mouthfeel was like a double IPA rather than a creamy stout.

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Photo of ordybill
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 25 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear dark amber color and a medium sized beige head. The aroma is malt, pine, hops and some alcohol. The taste mirrors the nose. An outstanding beer.

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Photo of zshaft
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours nice dark Amber with thin head. looks great and clean in the glass. nose is light malt and some dark fruit but nothing overpowering. taste is what the description says. I get a nice blend of all the bastards seems like up front I get a tin mouthfeel with Some leathery sort of dark fruit taste followed by a oak like splash followed by nice end palate reminiscent of the double but with lighter mouthfeel. overall this beer seems more complex than regular bastard but lacks the punch of the double. im a huge double fan but reg is just ok. to me this splits the difference and edges out the og by a nose. double reigns supreme.

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Photo of Hop_God
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: brown to ruby. Thin khaki head

S: alcohol. Hops. Resin. Some subtle stone fruit. Oak.

T: see above

F: harsh and watery. Bitter finish

O: decent but a bit all over the place.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - nice ruby red clear with a tan head that sticks and leaves a nice lacing
S - smells like grapefruit, pine, caramel and bready malts, oak, very distinct
T - big grapefruit, pine, oak, caramel, bready malts, bitter, great beer and very distinct again
M - medium mouthfeel, alc covered, aftertaste is bitter grapefruit peel, very fresh
O - great beer.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter/tulip/wine hybrid glass from a 22oz bottle

A - A translucent blood red with a nearly light tan one finger head and some very sticky legs/lacing

S - very sweet, dense grains, slightly dry yet sweet and a hint of toastiness, bright and sweet hops, tropical everything, California style yeast, fresh sap, fresh green earth and the alcohol is awesome.

T - sugary sweet booze, dry and roasted grain/malt, pine, pineapple, sweet flowers, robust flowers, lots of citrus, super hoppy, very clean, crisp but creamy, CA yeast, the bitter really shines and sticks around with a nice sweetness to mellow it out.

M - Medium body, great but simple balance, great but simple complexity, medium plus acidity, medium carbonation and a hoppy, malty sugary sweet delightful ride.

D/O - For as huge as this ale is, it is very easy to drink. Sexy, smooth, clean and with a bite that pleases. For any day, night, time, occasion, weather and what have you. Drink fresh indeed but aging one or two won't hurt you or its taste. This is a must not miss ale.

Final thoughts - At $8 per bomber it is a little high but, very worth it and the 8.5% ABV will not disappoint. Get a few while you can!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hits those looks like ABA brown color notes. Dark enough that clarity doesn't fit into the equation. Aroma hits those pungent chinook notes, and you get to pick up on some of those oak notes.

Taste is as advertised, its a blend of those 3 beers. Makes double bastard ale more drinkable. Plenty of bitterness, hoppiness and alcohol in these. How will they age? I dunno, there isn't anything sweet about them, they aren't massive green vegetal hop bombs, I really should revisit this when I pop one of the old ones again, this review is based off fresh. Huge amounts of caramel malt. Its a big beer in every aspect.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I am reviewing a bottle that is a year old that was siting in my cellar. I got this bottle when I bought the Bastard Box 4 pack of bombers that Stone released in late 2014/early 2015 back when Arrogant bastard and all of its off shoots were still definitely brewed by Stone (even though we all damn well know that Arrogant Bastard Brewing Company is an off-shoot subsidiary of Stone and that Stone really are the ones brewing the Arrogant Bastard and all of its off shoots that were released in the 2016 Bastard Box, etc.) Anyways, onto the review. Poured out of the 22 oz. bottle into my snifter glass, this beer pours a fairly cloudy/hazy copper/light brown color with some amber highlights when held up to the light. Has a slightly off-white/tan head that's about 2/3 of an inch thick when first poured that settles pretty quickly to a thin ring lining the inside of the glass along with some small cluster swirls of surface foam. Barely any lacing to speak of. Aromas of somewhat toasted caramel malt sweetness, some woody notes, and a floral, earthy hop presence are all here smellwise. Has a nice, sweet, slightly toasted caramel malt presence upfront that gives way to wood notes followed by a nice earthy, floral, slightly piney, resiny hop presence along with definite booze. Has a slightly crisp, mainly smooth, somewhat creamy, slightly chewy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean, smooth finish. Yet another very enjoyable beer from the fine folks at Stone.

Eric

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Photo of Pegasus
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A huge, somewhat coarse-beaded, cream-colored head with superb retention presents. Thick, chunky lacing lines the glass walls, Clarity is largely absent, with an opaque body.

Aroma: Earthy hops, spicy alcohol, caramel and rich, toasted malts dominate the aroma. The woody notes from the Oaked Arrogant Bastard are prominent as well.

Taste: The taste begins with strong earthy hops, spicy alcohol, and prominent wood notes. Soon after, the malt and hops vie for supremacy, with a prominent, woody undercurrent, which lingers throughout the taste. The alcohol is notable too, proffering a strong, warming note throughout. Finishes with a long and lingering bourbon and wood note.

Mouth feel: Full and soft, with slight carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Simply excellent, and a bargain at the price.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice fluffy light Carmel colored head reaches a solid inch and a half with a strong pour. Body is a classic ancient Amber. Nose is a nice mix of grainy hope and carmalized malts. With first sip you get resin based hops and thick woodsy malts. This beer is surprisingly thick for the style. A nicely drinkable brew but I prefer double bastard with about the same level of mouthfeel.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my IPA glass....
I should say the label says drink by 1/1/15 and I'm drinking it on 4/8/15.
A - Pours an orange brown color with a dense thick head.
S - Smell is piney and hoppy.
T - Taste is caramel malts, some citrus and a little bitter.
M - A little sticky, medium carbonation.
O - This might be my favorite from the Bastard 4-pack they put out in the Fall. Great flavor, very drinkable.

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Photo of Gear54
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 22 oz bottle into a snifter

Smell is rich carmel malts and citrus hops. Also get pine and oak as well.

Taste follows smell very well with much more prominent hoppyness. It's bitter and amazing. No booze at all

Feel is nice and smooth with lasting flavor and nice drinkability.

Another sweet addition to the bastard series.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this once at my local craft beer store and haven't seen it since - not sure if its seasonal release but I'm on the lookout. Pours a muddled gold out of the bottle. Aroma of barley, pine, earth and floral notes...but there's a lot of oak in there, which also comes out screaming in the taste. It's a monster ale/pale ale/IPA hybrid, for sure, but a brawny one that leans more towards oak, earth and malt flavors than aggressive hop assertiveness. It took my palette for a ride, hence my eagerness to try it again and update the review. Buy it if you see it fresh.

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Photo of trekbiker3000
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You are truly lucky if you happen to find this exceptional IPA on draft. Smooth and strong with a great tasting hop bitterness that lingers on the palate

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Photo of Mongrel
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer had glimmers of promise, but just finished too bitter. There were moments that hinted at the sweet decadence of a Double Bastard, but the bitterness was a bit too abrasive for the style. Still an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of KarlosT
2.97/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dissappointed. Like Stone beers in general. No Aroma. Bitter taste, which seemed to me unrelated to the hops.

Had it on draft as part of a flight.

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Photo of hreb
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle commemorating the 17th "yaer of arorgnace". "Dirnk Me Now" prominently displayed. And well, crud, on the side I see it also says Dirnk by Jan 1, 2015, and here I am a week into March. Curse you, BevMo Northgate for your enormous selection of low-turnover brews! Ok, this review is clearly unfair and should be discounted.

Served in a craft pub glass, beer pours deep and coppery in color, with a lighter, substantial head. Smells like malt bomb, and a little bit oaky. Imperial red ale, perhaps? Of course, drinking more than two months after Stone's stated expiration date will do bad things to the promised dry hopping. The flavor, however, still carries a load of West coast style hops. Too much, even for the rather aggressive malt bill, full of bronze barley malt. The fractional dosage of oak barreling adds a really nice touch, and survives in the palate despite the strength of the other flavors.

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Photo of LordofthePings
2.55/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I recognize this beer has had many good reviews, but I find it to be very harsh and difficult to drink. Poured the rest of the bottle down the drain. I love the bottle and the hype they build in the writings on the bottles, so I was really wanting to like this one and the original arrogant bastard. While I appreciate the complexity and cleanliness of both, I can't recommend or purchase it again. Sorry Stone, I love your other brews!

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Photo of santomark
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Red body, mild head, hops, very malty, almost barleywine at times. I don't know what it is about this particular one. I can drink the Double and Normal AB just fine.. but if you give me this, I instantly feel mildly hungover. A great tasting beer, but I will regret it later.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy red color with a thin foamy head. Head retention is not that great. Lacing is mild. Has a caramel, boozy aroma. Slightly citrus. Smooth, bready, caramel taste with a nice hoppy bitterness at the end. Very smooth, resinous taste. Maybe some vanilla. The alcohol content is evident.

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Photo of mabermud
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This variation is decent, not bad.

Deep ruby red body, sexy appearance. Light tasting, easy drinking. Medium feel and medium body.

Overall - I like the other variations a bit better.

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Photo of almostjay
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Bailey's Taproom in Portland, OR. I always feel weird ordering Californian beers in Portland, but I had to try this when it was available. Not my favorite style, but certainly a good beer to warm the belly on a chilly night. More memorable than Arrogant Bastard for me, but would like to do a side by side.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22 oz. bottle from Fri., 01/02/2014 tasting (thanks, Erich and Sara!), unknown brewing/packaging dates, poured into a snifter glass, drank over ~30 minutes

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Photo of BethanyB
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: A glorious near-ruby red ale with brilliant clarity and a creamy white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell: Grassy hops are tempered by notes of caramelized peaches and newly baked bread. Meanwhile, hot buttered rum mixes with grapefruit and apricot. This bouquet is a merry dance, with ever-changing soloists moving to the same even beat.

Taste: Warm, buttery caramel adds just enough sweetness to toasty malt and resinous hops to bring this out from normal IPA territory. The medium bitterness lasts through the finish, but not without a fresh breath of spearmint mixed in with citrus. Complex YUM.

Mouthfeel: Creamy texture meets just enough fizz to keep this drink merry and bright. A slightly watery feel detracts somewhat--a bit more body would do the taste buds good.

Overall: A bit more viscosity, and you have yourself a masterpiece. Speaking subjectively, this beer more than encompasses and harmonizes my favorite elements of the moment: bright hops and sweet/hearty melanoidins. I will be seeking out this beer like a fox.

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Photo of ZAP
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L-Burgundy/brown colored...nice frothy tan head
S-Very fresh floral and piney hop aroma....
T-Big pine flavor.....malt is secondary but has some toffeeish characteristics...some hints of dark fruits as well.
F-Medium to full bodied....strong bitterness on the finish...
0-Not as complex as I had hoped but nothing wrong with this piney strong ale offering from Stone.

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