I just listened to CYBI's third Arrogant Bastard clone show (yes, I'm behind on my beer casts). Mitch Steele, Stone's head brewer was there to taste the beer. It was a failed attempt.
Remember I told you (see http://blog.ericshepard.com/2011/04/arrogant-bastard.html) that last time everyone but Tasty called it cloned. They decided to let Mitch and AHA members try the next one at NHC. I thought they had agreed to do that same recipe, but Tasty switched up the recipe a bit. And it was a failure.
I'm so disappointed. I am not really disappointed that it was a failure as I am that Tasty decided to change up the recipe. I was really curious to hear what the brewer thought on a beer that CYBI declared a clone.
So, I'm still considering #2 the recipe.
Here it is again:
90% pale 2 row
10% special B
24g Chinook 85 min
24g Chinook 45 min
24g Chinook 15 min
24g Chinook 0 min
WLP 007 Dry English Ale
148 degrees mash
Again, since I love the description on the back of the bottle:
"This is an aggressive ale. 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 things taste better. Perhaps you’re mouthing
your words as you read this. "