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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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8,610 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,610
Reviews: 2,782
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 259
Gots: 928 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000)
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Reviews by demcorhip:
Photo of demcorhip
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

About freaking time I got to pour myself one of these. Thanks for coming to Wisconsin. A very nice looking brew, quite dark in colour, almost brown with ruby tinged highlights. Very nice, tight, pale tan head formed on a gentle pour into my jar, got almost three fingers worth and it really wants to stick around. Mildly yet persistently carbonated. Already leaving an interesting, intricate and sticky web inside the glass as the head slowly recedes.

Prickly hops with the aroma of ruby red grapefruit greet the nose first. Creamy toffee and whole grain crusty bread follows, along with a hint of toffee and some earthy qualities.

A damn fine brew. Toffee and hints of treacle and honey make for a sturdy malt backbone that stand up to the assault that follows. The hops appear towards the middle and last long into the finish, initially clean flavours of grapefruit appear, and give way to notes of burley tobacco and an almost earthy, woody bitterness.

This is a big, creamy, medium bodied ale. Just how this got started in the warmth of southern cali is beyond me, as this is big, sturdy beer that just seems to be made for a more unforgiving climate. A touch of the alcohol reveals itself in a slight warmth, but the interplay between the rich malts and somewhat aggressive use of hops is what gives this brew its well deserved arrogance.

Pretty drinkable for what this beer is, no quarter was expected and none was given. A nice brew for taking one's time with. Im starting to see just why Stone has experienced so much success, and look forward to experiencing more from this brewery, thankfully I have a few bottles from them in my cellar. This is a beer that was brewed to satisfy the arrogant bastard within me and it does a great job of it. Highly recommended for those that enjoy bigger beers that carry a substantial hop presence.

demcorhip, Oct 13, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%

Pours a medium brown with medium sticky head,aroma is somewhat hoppy and maybe a little orange-like.Taste is pretty hoppy and zesty to begin with,with some nutty tones as well as caramel tones on the palate.Wow this is a complex brew,have heard alot of stuff about this one,now I know why.

oberon, Jul 06, 2003
Photo of Kurpius
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%

Tasted really good, no harsh aftertaste, poured nice with a finger and half head, nice aroma. Had one bottle and wish i had a couple more....highly recommend this California beer and will be enjoying another very soon. Very filling beer as well and i think it would go great with a backyard bbq

Kurpius, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of Photobeeguy
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured a nice brown color with a quarter inch creamy head. Malty flavor with a good hop hit, but not overly bitter. Very balanced and easy drinking. Flavors really show through as the beer warms slightly. Aroma is roasty and mildly hoppy. This is a beer that sets the standard for quality and drinkability.

Photobeeguy, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of davemarc87
4/5  rDev -4.1%

davemarc87, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of RoyalT
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Appearance – Simply gorgeous. The deep, shiny brown flavor held some ruby coloring, and the brownish head built well (not overly so), and went down sensually.

Smell – The hops come out right away in this one. They are raw and aggressive, as if they are still in the ground. There’s a hint of something fruity as well, although I wasn’t able to make it out. It’s very sugary, like a carrot or maybe something man made (perhaps highly refined table sugar).

Taste – How did I not pick up the malt in the nose? I assumed that I was in for an unbalanced hop attack, yet the balance is amazing. This is unbelievable!

This one is a perfect mix of hops, malts, fruits, and sugars, and boy are they big. There’s a ton of fun in this bottle. The aromatic floral hops are evenly complimented by quality malts, sugars, and about a hundred different fruits. You could spend all day calling these ones out.

Mouthfeel – Little carbonation but a fine, smoothy foaminess on the cheeks. This one is very lively, yet not overpoweringly so.

Drinkability – I can’t stop drinking this beer.

Comments – I’m sure that it’ll label me the green newbie with his eyes caught in the headlights, but I’m falling all over myself drinking this beer. This will replace my cocaine/crack/tobacco/heroin/pot/obsessive-compulsive knuckle-cracking habits all at once. Why would I hit the pipe when I could tap the Bastard?

Seriously, this one is astounding. These guys have to be Stone crazy. The oak-aged Arrogant Bastard reviews certainly have my interest at this point. The, “Fluid malten beast,” (Classic Coke) just made a new fan.

RoyalT, Aug 22, 2003
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

aszatk01, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of Bmm281
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Bmm281, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of legalag11
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

legalag11, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

On tap at Jupiter in Berkeley.

Pours a dark crimson into one of Jupiter’s hoity-toity pint glasses. Medium thickness whitish head that quickly dissipates. Heavily loaded caramel base with powerful grapefruit and juniper aromas. Blistering hoppiness that manages to not overwhelm the strong caramel body. Some nice toast and roasted character. Wonderfully balanced. Quite impressive really. This beer has a reason to be arrogant. Body is firm. Finish is mouth coating maintaining its outstanding balance. Surprisingly drinkable.

DaPeculierDane, May 30, 2006
Photo of tectactoe
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

They always have Arrogant Bastard on tap at a pub close to my house. Pours a deep ruby shade of brown with a thin head that leaves tremendous lacing. I've found that many of Stone's brews leave awesome lacing, and this one is certainly no exception. The initial whiff has a floral essence with plenty of hops and flowers, which is quickly followed up by a nice helping of toasted malts and grains. The taste has pronounced bitterness from the hops up front that quickly becomes mellowed out and balanced by a deep, sweet caramel flavor with roasted barley and a hint of earthy and coffee flavors. The bitterness is nearly a whim by the end, but clearly leaves an impression on your tongue, teasing you to drink more. The mouth is somewhat thick, very smooth, and a bit creamy.

This beer contains a solid amount of malt flavor as well as hop flavor and does an incredibly nice job of balancing the two in near perfect harmony - one of the hardest tasks when making beer. This is a beer that I have had many times, and I'm sure many more times to come.

tectactoe, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of ExtraStout
4.38/5  rDev +5%

Pours with a big tan head, the beer is ruby brown in color. Smells sweet, citric, alcoholy. Almost no carbonation. From the first sip the alcohol makes its presence known. Bitter throughout with a nutty-bitter slightly astringent aftertaste, which really lingers. A faint mustiness can be tasted, which seems odd and out of place. A real hoppy kick in the crotch. I wanted to like this beer more, and I consider myself a hophead, but it was a little too bitter/astringent without enough balancing maltiness for me.

ExtraStout, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%

Reviewed from notes made on 10/29/10.

A: Pours an exquisite dark mahogany, bordering on brown, with a one finger beige head that results from a medium pour into a snifter. The head slowly goes away and leaves little onion-looking guys and some big old bubbles in the film that retains on top of the beer. Thick, chunky lacing coats the side of my glass.

S: A grassy, citrus hop smell leaps out of the glass and into my nose. Lemon, lime, and orange meld with freshly cut grass to create a great, fresh smell. A caramel malt backbone adds a thick sweetness to the smell and the house yeast contributes a dry biscuit presence.

T: The citrus, grass, and bitter hops assert their bold flavor immediately, then the caramel malt mellows out the flavor until the bittering hops kick in and leave my mouth with a very dry, tobacco-like aftertaste.

M: The feel of this beer is varied and intriguing. The hops ride their bitterness bike all over my mouth for the duration of the sip, while the sweeter malt element provide a nice coating, medium bodied experience for my palate.

D: Arrogant Bastard has a really enjoyable flavor and a solid mouthfeel that lead to a solid beer that I will enjoy many more times in the future. It's strange, though... maybe I've just gotten so used to drinking big, bold beer, but AB is not nearly the beast that I remember it being when I first tried it. Now I just think of it as a well crafted, solid beer.

TCHopCraver, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of MadScientist
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%

A: A copper colored beer with great clarity. The head is made of long lasting, rocky tan foam that leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: A moderately-strong malt aroma with moderate citrus hops that has a touch of tropical fruit. The malt has a light caramel character and a touch of that barley wine, malt complexity going on with undertones of chocolate and toast. There is a light floral alcohol note.

T: Moderately-strong hops bitterness with moderate caramel malt sweetness. There is a light bit of graininess to the malt flavor along with some chocolate and toasted bread flavors. There is a moderate amount of citrus hops flavor that is mostly a lemon-lime type of a flavor. The balance is fairly bitter with an of dry finish. A linger hops bitterness and citrus flavor in the aftertaste along with a touch of alcohol sweetness.

M: A warming beer with a medium body and moderately-strong carbonation. The alcohol warms you all the way down to you belly.

O: A great, got to, aggressively hopped beer that drinks like a fresh Americanized version of an Old Ale. This beer could hold it's own when paired with a spicy owing to how strong the flavors are or the bitterness could easily cut through a rich fatty dish. I'd enjoy this with pot roast of beef stew myself.

MadScientist, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of jono0101
4/5  rDev -4.1%

jono0101, May 18, 2013
Photo of npala86
4/5  rDev -4.1%

npala86, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev -4.1%

tbryan5, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of J2L
4/5  rDev -4.1%

J2L, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of GameOfBeers
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%

GameOfBeers, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of Shakerman
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Shakerman, Dec 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

ricksrealm, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of BenTherHppedThat
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

BenTherHppedThat, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of ajkiser12
4/5  rDev -4.1%

ajkiser12, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of Breen
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%

Pour/Appearance: Deep chestnut brown with a red hue. 1 finger head slowly dissipated with moderate glass lacing.

Smell: Lemon citrus and a floral bouquet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and low carbonation

Taste: Lemon and grass hops with a bit of caramel up front. A complex beer with changing taste throughout from less bitter up front to more bitter towards the middle. Rather complex, yet well-balanced on the whole.

Overall: When I first tasted this ale I said "wow." Though I've tasted many ales, and even several with the same characteristics described above, there was something about this particular one that stood out from the crowd in a positive way from the first sip.

Breen, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev -4.1%

SkiBum22, Feb 11, 2013
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Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,610 ratings.