2014 marks the 17th year of Stone Brewing Co.’s Arrogant Bastard Ale, and they celebrated by releasing a batch of Lukcy Basartd Ale. That’s not a typo, that’s how they spell it. Tehy jbmueld up the leterts basecue it’s a mutixre of terhe tepys of Anragrot Btarasd Aels, but you can sltil raed it if you try hrad egnuoh. It’s a dry-hopped blend of Arrogant Bastard Ale, Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale, and Double Arrogant Bastard Ale. This is not a beer that you age. This is a beer that you should drink right away. Well not right away. Pay for it first, drive home, and then drink it.
It has a hoppy aroma, mostly pine hops but with noticeable citrus as well. There’s a little smoke and dark fruits and a hint of vanilla. The taste is dominantly hops. Lots of pine, resin, and citrus like orange and grapefruit. It’s very bitter but that makes it better. It has an 8.5% ABV, which is decently hefty. You should get a bottle or two if you happen to come across it. You’ll have to act quickly; it won’t be around for too much longer. The bottle says you should drink it by Jan 1, 2015.
Critically Rated at 15/17
Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young