Sunday, 26 October 2014

Arrogant Bastard Ale: You're Not Worthy

ar.ro.gance (ar'o gans) n. The act or quality of being arrogant; haughty; undue assumption; overbearing conceit.

Hello fellow beer snobs. If you haven't already noticed, an occasional weekend hobby of mine is to sample different exotic craft beers. Today was no different, as I sampled another first: "Arrogant Bastard Ale." Does that name offend you? LOL. I'm sure they don't care.

My first sip of this California brew got me thinking, That's different. While I couldn't figure it out at first, I soon realized that it has a citrus-like flavour, and perhaps even more specifically, a hint of grapefruit, though I'm not even sure that's what I'm tasting. Still, this 7.2% alc/vol ale is refreshing and awakens the palate, just as if you had sucked on a slice or two of unsweetened grapefruit. Pucker-power; if you were half-asleep before, you would be awake after the first mouthful of this ale! I like it, and I'm sure I'll look for it again.

Maybe it's my twisted sense of humour, but I had to chuckle when I read the  Arrogant Bastard Ale label:

"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 beverage 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.

"At Stone Brewing, we believe that pandering to the lowest common denominator represents the height of tyranny - a virtual form of keeping the consumer barefoot and stupid. Brought forth upon an unsuspecting public in 1997, Arrogant Bastard Ale openly challenged the tyrannical overlords who were brazenly attempting to keep Americans chained in the shackles of poor taste. As the progenitor of its style, Arrogant Bastard Ale has reveled in its unprecedented and uncompromising celebration of intensity. There have been many nods to Arrogant Bastard Ale ... even outright attempts to copy it ... but only one can ever embody the true nature of liquid Arrogance!

"QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? If you don't like this beer, keep it to yourself - we don't want to hear from any sniveling yellow-beer-drinkin' wimps, cause this beer wasn't made for you."

Well, there you have it. I've enjoyed today's taste test, and even grinned a little as I read the previous descriptor. I will no doubt explore some of the other offerings from the Stone Brewing Company in the future. Please remember, enjoy responsibly and NEVER drink and drive.

For more about this or other brews, visit the Stone Brewing Company or arrogantbastard.com. Oh, and by the way, if you're a beer snob like me (and contrary to the label), "You Are Worthy!" Peace.

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