Review: Arrogant Bastard Ale
It's been quite a while since I've done a review - I've been busy for the past while and just haven't been able to keep up to date with all the new beers coming into Manitoba. One of the many new beers available in Manitoba is Arrogant Bastard Ale by Arrogant Bastard Brewing. Arrogant Bastard is one of Stone Brewing's most popular products of all time but in this case, Arrogant Bastard Ale is being contract brewed by Great Divide, Maui Brewing, Brew Dog, and Maine Beer Company, so it's tough to say where this is is being bottled - likely Maui Brewing as they already have a presence here in Manitoba.
Appearance: Arrogant Bastard pours a nice ruby red ale, close to no carbonation and a thin head of beige foam barely touching the side of the glassware.
Aroma: Sweet caramel malt, light-to-mild hop presence that gives off a hint of pine and grassiness. A hint of bread dough, and a hint of fruitiness.
Taste: The hops are more prevalent in the flavour as it gives off more of a piney bitterness that leaves a bit of a bitter metallic aftertaste. Mildly roasted malts to give it a nice red ale bite to it, sweetness from caramel and just a hint of booziness making an appearance.
Overall Thoughts: Kind of reminds me of a bunch of different beers I've had over the years. It's supposed to be aggressive in flavour.. but to me, it's actually pretty easy to drink. The most aggressive part about the beer is the metallic aftertaste, but other than that - it gets a bit sweeter the more I drink it. At $9ish, it's not bad.. I likely won't buy another one anytime soon but I'm glad I finally tried Arrogant Bastard after all these years.. and to think I almost bought a bottle down in North Dakota last month!