“Lukcy Bastartd Ale” is a blend of their famous (and seminal) Arrogant
Bastard Ale, as well as its two variations: Double Bastard Ale and Oaked
Arrogant Bastard Ale (my favorite of the series). This is an
aggressive, full-bodied, and unapologetic brew and it’s quite wonderful.
Huge hop bitterness, but actual hop flavor as well, coupled with a
sturdy malt backbone and plenty of subtle notes. This is the craft beer
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 10/3/14.
Appearance: Gorgeous maroon/cherry red hue, transparent. Pours to a
two-finger, off-white, soapy/foamy head which retains and laces very
Smell: Classic Chinook hop aroma with intense pine needles and slight orange peel zest.
Taste: Hops are definitely the stars of the show here. From the first
moment there’s a strong, assertive and dry bitterness. It’s piney and
astringent with a slight smoky character to it as well (almost
deliberately phenolic, but without any off-putting traits). I taste pine
needles, tree bark, and sticky resin throughout the first half. Once it
crests and begins its descent, the sweet malty side emerges; toffee,
caramel, maraschino cherry, blood orange, and vanilla are flavors I
distinctly notice. There’s a mild woody/earthy character here from the
oak chips part of the beer is aged on, but is not as in-your-face as a
beer actually aged in barrels. There’s a dankness to the aftertaste, but
it’s quite pleasant. This isn’t the kind of palette you encounter often
and should be appreciated for its uniqueness.
Drinkability: Considering which beers go into this brew, it’s actually a
bit miraculous that Lucky Bastard Ale is not only drinkable, but highly
drinkable at that. The mouthfeel is full, but not to the point of being
sticky or chewy. It’s not spastically carbonated, in fact, it’s
actually a tad thinner than I’d prefer. At 8.5% ABV the alcohol is
well-masked, accounting only for the strength of the palette and not the
density of the weight.