Description: First brewed back in 1997, Arrogant Bastard Ale was a tribute to craft brewing and a giant middle finger in the face of mass brewing and generic beer. Employing strong malts, a high alcohol content, and a hefty dose of unidentified hops, this beer defies convention and classification.
Tasting Notes: This beer is aptly named, and I do feel like it was brewed with people like me in mind! I mean, just look at the name on my blog. And I have been hearing its name uttered for quite some time by craft beer enthusiasts, so its high time I drank some. In terms of taste, it comes off in the vicinity between a strong dark ale and an IPA, with a darkly roasted malt base and a hefty dose of hops. It’s not exactly well-balanced, or easy-drinking, but it makes its point, and without a hint of subtlety!
Appearance: Dark reddish-brown, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Roasted malt, grassy, herbal notes, floral and citrus hops
Taste: Rich malt, hint of sweetness, strong notes of dry, herbal and citrus hop flavor
Aftertaste: Lingering hop bitterness, citrus rind and malt flavor