StefanSD (2085) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUN 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2011 650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a slightly cloudy yellow gold color with a medium white head that has fair retention. The aroma is moderate in strength with lemons, pineapple, sawdust and salty sweat. The flavor is biter hops forward with citrus, especially pineapple, grapefruit, biter hazelnuts, biscuit and salt. The palate is full and malty with lively carbonation. The finish is medium in duration with lingering biter hops and a hint of pineapple. Overall: Wow, Iíve found a new favorite DIPA, get it while its fresh!
RickTStiles (707) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear amber with a thin white head and hefty lacing. Aroma is a bit acidic with citrus, dextrose, and yeast. Flavor is hop heavy with notes of honey and fruit. finish is moderate.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet, 1st rating of this beer (the 7 previous ratings donít matter to anyone, obviously) I decided to tick and drain pour this beer...or at least that is my intentions prior to popping the cap. I guess, in a way, when you go into it expecting not to want to drink more than a few sips, even a mediocre beer will be perceived as better than it actually is...and through evolution, I have finally found that this is necessary when attempting to to give stone an unbiased review. The back of the bottle states "all of our original offerings used traditional British styles as a jumping-off point"...now assuming "Arrogant Bastard" is one of their original offerings (and what "original" means is up in the the air...it was first released a year to year and half after the brewery opened...but there were only a very small handful of prior released styles, so Im going to assume "Arrogant Bastard" is considered an original offering from Stoneís point of view), I want to know what traditional British style that started from, or maybe itís obvious and Iím just dumb. So be it, the less i know of Arrogant Bastard, the smarter I am.
Pours fairly light in color, the large head signifying that it may be quite fizzy...begging the question, is this the fizzy yellow beer stone has been eluding to all these years? Ahhh..the nose...the first real indication of where the experience is about to lead you...(btw..appearance scores should be 3 choices, 1, 2, or 3...a scale of 5 for appearance is asking for meaningless variance in scores)...back to the nose..yes, the nose. itís weird....itís got like a husky/grainy element to it, a dry fruity characteristic as well...then theres a slightly, albeit almost enjoyable, skunkiness behind it, then like a cakey sweetness with some notes of peach compote. So, I will say this...I think i like the nose.
Flavorwise..this hits you with, what it seems at first, strange, maybe interesting/maybe not bitterness right up front...its bitterness you have to think about, it almost has a uriney tartness to it, but not overly offensive...itís floral but not soapy or powdery...well, actually...maybe itís both a bit soapy and powdery now that I think about it...but thereís a very dry yet sharp tangerine element here, but completely devoid of any sweetness whatsoever...and thereís a soil-like or root-like earthiness that is taking this thing to an almost rustic place, which is a mindbending phenomenon considering this beer is coming from Stone...
OK, at this point I think I have decided that I am not going to be drain pouring this bottle because...whether I decide I like it or not, itís going to at least take me most of this bottle to decipher my feelings..that right there is an accomplishment for stone...even should i conclude here that this beer fucking sucks...Iím proud of them for making me think for once.
After drinking some more, the bitterness tames down a little bit...but I think I dig the dryness of this beer as well as the lack of the stone house character I have come to despise over the last couple years...it actually reminds me a bit of old school stone...as they were still trying to figure out where they wanted to go...they didnít have anything restricting their beers, their free form created positive results...then some asshole had a vision of what a stone beer should taste like, and the next 36 beers released tasted like asshole....this is a break in the pattern, fuckiní A.
So, overall...what we have here is an IPA...with some very dry, earthy elements taking hold..some aggressive bitterness but dry fruity undertones....an earthy malt backbone with deceptive ability to be sweet enough to balance the hop bitterness, yet be earthy enough not to come across as sweetness when paid attention too.... whatís missing is that terrible stone house character that makes 99% of their beers suck my balls. The result, a beer...from stone...not brewed over 7 years ago...that I can honestly say that I, i think, i actually quite enjoy.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUN 23, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I am impressed. Dry as a bone, strict as a nun, memorable. Stones best new beer since Sublime, I mean 11. Yes, an english experiment gone west coast crazy. Smells of old world hops and malts yet mildly. I swoon to the lusciousness of the fat malt body. I break out my sword and fight off the hops that enchamber me. The carbonation is like quicksand dragging me down further and further with every sip. Hop factor is high. Sweetness is almost NIL yet I recall a kiss from a classy English gal. The finish is bittered all to hell like a date gone strangely horrible. I could drink this one everyday. TRUMP!
can8ianben (1315) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet aroma of grass and citrus. Maybe some peach? Appearance is a golden orange color with a thin white head. Tastes dry, but with a lot of fruity flavors going on - some apple, pear. A little dry wheat flavor? Really interesting. Tastes nothing like any British IPA Iíve ever had, but it sure tastes good!
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bomber in the glass gave a nice golden color with a plentiful white head. The aroma is great with peach, tangerine yeast, and apricot. Medium body. A quick burst of tropical fruit and sweet malt. Quickly the brazen hops jump in to assault your palate! Long long bitter hop finish. Pretty dry lasting impact. What is not to like?
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2010 Bomber from BevMo: Hazy golden color with a small, but fading white head. Aroma is lightly grassy with hints of peach, orange, grapefruit and pine. Flavor starts grassy followed by some citrus and toffee with a light, dry grassy/orange rind bitterness in the finish. Medium body is smooth with moderate carbonation.
JohnnyJ (4259) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the stone bistro. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow and a fluffy white head. Bitter hoppy aroma, musty malt, like dirt, almost shit. Flavor is more citrusy, with grapefruit, orange, toffee malt, pepper, and yeast. This one is not quite as clean as many other IPAs around here, not that it is a bad thing.
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUN 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle
Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow gold with a slightly red tint to it. Within the body you can see a few rising bubbles. Atop sits a gorgeous fluffy white head that subsides to a respectable sized creamy cap.
Aroma: Candied orange and grapefruit, pine and more citrus. As it warms, a light whiff of toffee peaks through.
Taste: Salty toffee, resinous pine and grapefruit hops and a very unique yeast flavour .
Mouthfeel: Sticky, modestly carbonated, and full bodied.
Overall: I had low expectations for this beer, as I am a California/USA craft beer patriot, and was worried Stoneís signature hopping style wouldnít shine through in this beer. Suffice to say I was completely wrong.