By definition, an IPA is hoppier and higher in alcohol than its pale ale brothers and Stone deliver in spades. One of the most well-respected and best-selling IPAs in the USA, this golden beauty explodes with tropical, citrusy, piney hop flavors and aromas, all perfectly balanced by a subtle malt character.
An abundance of hop-driven character in an beer that delivers all the fruit-forward and piney hallmarks of a much bigger IPA at a modest ABV.
By adding an irrational amount of hops during the final phase of brewing (hop bursting) brings out vibrantly hoppy flavours and aromas while imparting a desirably mellow bitterness.
Think of this beer as Stone IPA’s identical twin raised in a Belgian culture.
The use of a carefully selected strain of Belgian yeast adds banana and spice notes to its complex layers of flavour and aroma. The gentle sweetness from the yeast also lends new depth to the bright hoppiness of Stone's flagship IPA.
As craft beer has evolved over the years, so too have techniques for maximizing hop flavours and aromas.
For the second incarnation of this groundbreaking IPA, Stone employ dry hopping and hop bursting to squeeze every last drop of piney, citrusy, tropical essence from the hops that give this beer its incredible character.
This is an aggressive beer. You probably won’t like it. It’s quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth.
Arrogant Bastard Ale has revelled in its unprecedented and uncompromising celebration of intensity since 1997 and will never pander to the lowest common denominator.