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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

8,846 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 8,846
Reviews: 2,795
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 262
Gots: 1,046 | FT: 5
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 mayorwalda:
Photo of mayorwalda
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm told I'm not worthy, and you know what, it might be true.

Stone Brewery's Arrogant Bastard Ale is quite a beauty to behold. From the pour you get a nice, dark brew, a deep red glow, that generates a good two finger head atop your glass that sits around for a long while, and leaves behind a bit of lace.

The aroma of this beer, before the first sip, is a hop-centric, somewhat grassy, somewhat piney bitter aroma which surprised me considering this brew's dark, malt-rich appearance.

Upon the first sip, a sip savored quite a while, I got a huge array of flavors that bring in, seemingly, every ingredient in this beer in their own organized waves. Initially, you get the bitter, somewhat tart taste of resinous malts and heaping amounts of hopps. After that taste hits your palate, though, you start to taste some of the sweetness of the malt and fruits they brew with all those hops! From the malt selection in this brew you can taste, primarily, some caramel malts complimented--if not just for color--by a bit of dark roast malts followed closely by a light and citrusy sweetness, as well as maybe a bit of tropical fruit. In short the taste of this ale is a roller coaster ride to be enjoyed full nice and slow, sip after sip.

While in mouth the mouthfeel of this brew can almost be ignored due to the immense amount of flavor going on in this brew, but this beer has a very complimentary medium body.

A: Dark, red, and frothy, with a good head and some lace.
S: Piney, hoppy and green, with a little bit of sweetness on the tail end.
T: Whoa! The taste is the total selling point of this brew. From hopps to fruit to malt this brew has it all in an unmatched, organized array of flavor.
M: Mouthfeel can be ignored for the most part but this beer's medium body compliments every other aspect really well.
O: Arrogant Bastard Ale is marketed correctly, I'd say. It's a wild brew with some serious flavor and a lot of complexity, which is miraculously well organized--it doesn't taste like everything at once. It also does a good job of keeping a first timer on their toes looking like a dark brew, smelling like an IPA and tasting like a well balanced red ale (with some uncharacteristic qualities!). Arrogant Bastard Ale might have to be a repeat buy, you know, just so I can get more acquainted and perhaps even "worthy".

mayorwalda, Sep 11, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 -3.8%

davemarc87, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of RoyalT
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of aszatk01
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

aszatk01, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of Bmm281
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Bmm281, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of legalag11
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

legalag11, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

t2grogan, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev -3.8%

OhioBobcat, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of MadScientist
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 -3.8%

jono0101, May 18, 2013
Photo of npala86
4/5  rDev -3.8%

npala86, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev -3.8%

tbryan5, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of J2L
4/5  rDev -3.8%

J2L, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of GameOfBeers
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%

GameOfBeers, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of Shakerman
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Shakerman, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of ricksrealm
4/5  rDev -3.8%

ricksrealm, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of BenTherHppedThat
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

BenTherHppedThat, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of ajkiser12
4/5  rDev -3.8%

ajkiser12, Nov 27, 2012
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Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,846 ratings.