LiamPatrick16 (124) - Montgomery, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Frothy thick light tan head. Dark red body light hoppy aroma. hoppy tate bitter finish nice lacing
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Over-hyped media blitz. Good job Stone! One minute it barely existed in a few bars, and then the next minute it was on the shelf in every 7-11. Nice logo, great artwork and attitude, fancy silkscreened bottles. Only available in 22s, from what Iíve seen. In the end the beer itself is another west-coast Cascade dry-hopped pale ale, with a little more character than Sierra Nevada. Itís definitely very tasty, just more hype and image than anything else. You could say that Iím arrogant and snobby about Arrogant Bastard. Stone is a good brewery though, Iíd recommend Stoneís Ruination IPA over this one, however.
rederic (3251) - montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It pours with a dense head, leaving good lacework, has a deep mahogny color, with hop and nutty barley-malt aroma, follows through a little malt accented, with a robust balance of hop bitterness in the palate with an agrissive bitter hops finish.
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Biting, strong flavor that is terrific for the palate and pleasing to the nose. Hits you quick and hard with the aroma, and appearance is fantastic.
jb (2831) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2005 This beer started out looking like just another nice small brewery beer. Reddish dark amber color with small head. Aroma fantastic, nice floral bouquet. I don’t buy that this is really hop heavy. It’s well balanced with enough hops kicking in to balance out the maltiness. I loved it though I didn’t find it the most complex beer in the world, just a style I love.
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted from a 22oz bottle. The label doesnt lie, this is a big beer, aggressively hopped. It pours out to a really deep ruby color in the glass with a creamy off-white/tan head. It starts with a sweet, almost chocolatey/caramely malt flavor before the real arrogance kicks in. There is an intense flavor of american hops that is somewhat citrusy. The alcohol isnít really detectable through all of the hops. It is highly bitter in the finish, but has a very thick mouthfeel. Good beer, but one bottle is probably enough.
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 24, 2004
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. who likes hops...mmm I do! nice tawny brown color with a half inch frothy head, great lacing! Initial sweet malt flavor quickly devoured by intense hops. hops hops hops. tiny smoky aftertaste, slight fruity orange subtilties...good, but you gotta love hops...the malt was a little syruppy for me, would have liked the malt a little less dark..just a smidge, all in all an amazing brew!! last bottle in the store! ( woodyís see my review if you live in middle TN)
Dub85323 (9) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2004 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is AWESOME!!..Beautiful deep amber with a delicous tan head. To me this beer smells somewhat fruity. Deliciously smooth but still with a bite. Awesome beer. Iím lucky to be able to get this anywhere here in Phoenix..
davidCC (130) - New York, USA - DEC 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I wasnít really a huge fan of this beer, was expecting a lot more out of it i guess. Had a great dark amber color but the taste never quite felt right. Maybe it was the high alcohol content, but it just didnít sit over well with my tongue. Guess "iím not worthy"
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this beer on tap at a small place in northeastern Pennsylvania (donít remember the bar). Rich brass pour w/ reddish highlights supporting a solid dirty white head. Aroma of big hops with a touch of roasted malt and smoke. Fantastic full bodied hops everywhere but with a little less bitterness than, say, Victoryís Hop Devil or Hop Wallop. Nice balance of malts. This beer is more complex than amy of the other intensely hoppy beers Iíve tried. Unfortunately, itís not available near me - or I havenít found it yet - so Iíll have to remember the name of that place so I can get another few pints.