Beer Month Day 26: Arrogant Bastard Ale


This is an aggressive beer. 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 safer and more familiar territory - 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 beer will give you more sex appeal. Perhaps you think multi-million dollar ad campaigns make a beer taste better. Perhaps you're mouthing your words as you read this.
These bold words are printed on the back of the Arrogant Bastard Ale bottle and pretty much sum up what craft beer drinkers think to themselves, but don't actually say, about their "tasteless fizzy yellow beer" drinking friends. The best thing about Arrogant Bastard Ale isn't the rude and hilarious disclaimer; the best thing is that it totally lives up to this brash statement.

Stone Brewing Company from the San Diego area makes some of the best beer I've ever had and Arrogant Bastard Ale is one of their best sellers. The bold names and fantastic art work make Stone's brews stand out but it's whats inside the bottle that really makes them shine.

Arrogant Bastard Ale poured a dark brown with a light tan head. The head lasted throughout leaving a lot of lacing on the glass. It has generous amounts of the piney hops that I am so fond of but there is a lot more going on here as well. This a complex beer with hints of caramel, chocolate, citrus and roasted malts.

I really enjoyed this beer. The only real problem I could find with it is that it will ruin your taste buds for any other beers for a while and I'm not sure I would want to drink multiple 22 oz bottles.

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