Dallas has few diversions other than eating, drinking and shopping.....and shopping does not interest us.
So we spend our time hopping from restaurant to restaurant and to every pub that we can find in search of the perfect meal and the perfect beer.

We randomly review restaurants and bars, dishes and beers at whim and give our brutally honest opinions of our findings. And while we concentrate on Dallas, we travel far and wide to sample cuisine from all regions of the country and beyond.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Beer Review - Arrogant Bastard Ale

Arrogant Bastard Ale - 7.2% ABV

The first time I tasted this ale I was so overwhelmed that I just sat and stared at the glass, slowly blinking, waiting for death.  'Surely' I thought, 'I have just sipped from a vat of left over chemicals, meant to destroy jungle in Vietnam'.  I survived, but was never to be the same person again.

This is one of the most in your face beers I have ever tried.  The Stone brewing company call it "an aggressive beer".  Yeah, aggressive like a Grizzly Bear, crossbred with a rabid Wolverine, and trained by Michael Vick. 

The ale is clear brown with with a persistant head, medium carbonation and has a lightly floral smell, with no hint at all of the explosion of flavor to come.  Every part of this beer is over the top; huge hops, massive malts and an underlying dryness .... juniper?  The most unexpected part of all is that the ale is quite balanced, with the hops winning out and after you recover from that first sip, you realize that it is quite delicious and quite drinkable.  Casual beer drinkers will not be able to finish a pint of ABA, but if you are serious about your suds, this one is a very special treat.

Stone Brewing Company
1999 Citracado Parkway
Escondido, CA 92029

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