Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 2,889
Hads: 9,862
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 379
Gots: 1,992 | FT: 10
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000

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.

At Stone Brewing, we believe that pandering to the lowest common denominator represents the height of tyranny - a virtual form of keeping the consumer barefoot and stupid. Brought forth upon an unsuspecting public in 1997, Arrogant Bastard Ale openly challenged the tyrannical overlords who were brazenly attempting to keep Americans chained in the shackles of poor taste. As the progenitor of its style, Arrogant Bastard Ale has reveled in its unprecedented and uncompromising celebration of intensity. There have been many nods to Arrogant Bastard Ale…even outright attempts to copy it… but only one can ever embody the true nature of liquid Arrogance!
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Photo of nlmartin
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was served on tap at Eulogys in Philly. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a dark amber nearing crimson coloration. The head was thin and off white. The beer left some streaks down the side of my glass.

Smell: The beer has a toasted maltyness. The maltyness helps bring in waves of aggressive grapefruit and pine cone resin. The beer has a good spicey alcohol aroma.

Taste: The beer produced great loads of citrus zest, grapefruityness, and pine trees. Tucked up underneath all this is a great big caramel malty backbone. The alcohol combines in the flavor to bring a spiceyness to the beer. This isnt as aggressive as I remember it; however, it is still a Arrogant Bastard.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is full bodied. The beer has lingering hop oilyness. The beer is pleasingly complex. This beer was oddly very smooth on draft. This is a very drinkable bastard. I dont think I would try to make an evening with Arrogant Bastard. But Arrogant Bastard is a great beer to have on any evening. (1,045 characters)

Photo of rootbeerman
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into Duvel glass

A: pours dark brown with a finger thick dark off white head, laces on glass very well.
S: dark cookie like malts, citrus hops.
T: smell and taste go together with this beer. the sweet malt balances well with the bitter grapefruit of the hops.
M: thick but not syrupy. medium carbonation
D: ive had this beer both on tap and in bottle, i think it drinks better from a tap, but is ok from a bottle. (423 characters)

Photo of TheLiterati
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’ve enjoyed this ale on several occasions and thought it was high time that I actually review this brew.

Pours an absolutely lovely mahogany with golden highlights, with a rich, tan, two finger high head that dissipates slowly and hangs around in a slightly diminished state for the entire time this brew sits in the glass.

Smells overwhelmingly of grapefruit, with some amazingly scorched, woodsy undertones. Taken individually, none of these aromas would be particularly pleasant, but they work quite well in concert in my glass!

Tastes of big, bad hops with all the characteristics of the aroma translated to the flavor. This is a beer that tells you what it’s made of right up front, and dares to deliver. If you’re a hophead, you will not be disappointed.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth and velvety, with just the right amount of effervescence to tickle the palate and leave you absolutely begging for more.

Arrogant indeed! (955 characters)

Photo of SwillinBrew
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite brews so i thought i'd finally review it. Had on tap at Heroes in Fullerton.

A - a beautiful rich mohogany copper with a solid finger of bone white head. Nice lace down my glass. Color is really fantastic.
S - Mmmm, you will salivate. A wall of crisp grapefruit hit your nose then leans over towards a sweeter malt on the end... but the grapefruit is still present.
T - More grapefruit and you definitely know the hops are still here. Citrus grapefruit invade your tonge leading towards a milder sweet plum or dark fruit flavor. A great taste for damn sure.
M&Dr - Mouthfeel is solid with perfect carbonation that is ever present like scrubbing bubbles, not harsh but smooth if you can believe. I can drink this until i fall like a fresh cut tree. Way to go Stone. (789 characters)

Photo of Premo88
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

1 pint, 6 oz. bottle poured into pub glass

L: 3/4- 1-inch head really holds on, perfect tan head to offset murky dark caramel red. lacing is intense, especially for a head that doesn't start off as gargantuan. this beer is the definition of OPAQUE ... can't see through it; can't even see the carbonation inside it as it rises (but it's there).

S: flowers, sweet, citrusy ... and i think i smell malt, but i'm not good enough with the nose to say what I'm smelling -- i just know it's f-ing awesome. glade or febreeze should can this smell and sell it.

T: so damn bitter it makes me weepy ... goddamn is this beer good; like an English pale ale but with a very distinctive something different (grain, grass, ?what?) that is sharp the first time you drink one. but i'm drinking a second one right now, and all i taste is damn good ale. sharp bitter up front, smoother malt on the back end with everything hitting you all at once.

F: a perfect beer here. great carbonation, drinks light enough to trick you into thinking you could slam a 6-pack (and more!!!) of this. hell, i don't even know what "feel" means other than i want this in my mouth.

O: i've been stingy with my numbers so far, but damn is this about as good as it gets. it's placed in the American strong ale category, but if you handed this to me and told me it's a bitter, English pale ale or English IPA, I wouldn't be able to call you a liar (might say more about me than the beer).

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale has long been my favorite ale. Arrogant Bastard may have surpassed it ... can't say that just yet, but I can say as long as Stone BC keeps making this, I'll keep buying and drinking. Bravo! (1,680 characters)

Photo of danielocean03
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber with a nicely written label. Pours a rich dark cherry color that is amber at the edges. Thin off white head falls quickly to light lacing that sticks to the glass as I drink. Aroma is sweet and malty with some floral and citrus hoppy notes present as well. Smells of caramel/molasses and slight hints of alcohol sting the nose appropriately. Tastes rich and hoppy, nice malting holds it all together, very well balanced with a bit of a bite present in the tail from the 7.2% abv. Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth and slick, goes down great with a perfectly matched level of carbonation making this brew very drinkable. Would definitely seek out again, very well done beer, I love it. (711 characters)

Photo of tlinner
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best. Like any truly exceptional IPA, Arrogant Bastard uses it's hops as a keystone, not a monument. The bitter flavor is bold, but there's also citrus, malt and some spiciness. This is the IPA upon which I judge all others. Plus, the diatribe on the back label is absolutely hilarious. (297 characters)

Photo of TBCE
4.81/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorites. Very hard hitting and flavorful. Hated it when I first tried it, but bought it a few more times as my pallet grew and now I love it. (153 characters)

Photo of gmuller
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Off-red copper, almost soil colored.

Smells hoppy, green, earthy.

Tastes exceptional, medium bodied, perfectly balanced hop to malt flavor. mouthfeel not too think, not as thin as some of the other Stone brews.

Very drinkable beer as long as you can handle the alcohol content all night long (296 characters)

Photo of hustlesworth
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

poured from the double-deuce bottle with a menacing demon gargoyle scowling at me.

A- almost blood red with 2in of sticky clumpy beige head that settles slowly to 1/4 in and stays with it the whole time. the lace was like icing on tiers of cake that formed a layer with each gulp i took. there were 8 rings of dripping foam around my pint glass when i finished this ridiculously complex ale.

S- no room for explanation, i'm just gonna rattle em off: red wine cask (merlot shiraz cabernet) , raisins, prunes, sour citrus, dandilion wine, resinous hops, cereal, oats, rye, wheat, red wood, cherry wood, cedar, blackberry, pomegranate, dead flowers

T- at first, roasted malt, coffee, burnt caramel & toffee, unripe berries, orange peel, lemon peel, grapefruit rind, burnt toast, then toasted grains, floral citrus hops, tar, alcohol, and a hint of dark chocolate, with a lingering bitter hop aftertaste that makes me pucker.

MF- silky smooth AND sticky all at once with exceptional carbonation levels. goes down wayyy too easy, which is a good thing.

D- the label was right, this beer is exceedingly complex. after 22 oz, my world has officially been rocked. could be the best ale i've ever had, but like an IPA, its intense and complex taste would not allow me to drink this all night long. i guess i just can't handle it. (1,335 characters)

Photo of wailingwench
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Foam factor: Poured a beautiful crimson brown with a white billowy head that entertained me untill the last drop. I could stare at a pint of this all night, it's that pretty.

Skunk Factor: Big, bold, and complex. Floral hops with malt undertones gave way to citrus.

Tongueland: Mr. Tongue danced for joy. It is amazing to see a tongue do the Electric Slide. Anyways, the comlexity of this beer was amazing. Started off similar to one of my favorites, Wailing Wench (my namesake!!!). Bold hops overpowered with malt kicking in, and finally hops again. It felt like there was a boxing match in my mouth. Arrogant impressed me as if finished like an Ellicotville Pale Ale, all grapefruit. This fools your pre-frontal cortex into thinking that you are merely drinking grapefruit juice, and thus, can drink as much as you want.

I feel like a crack addict. I know that Arrogant is on tap not even 2 miles from my house. Arrogant is so good that I had to hide my wallet and car keys in order to avoid a bender. I have thought about walking, and would have been down at the bar drinking, instead of writing a review, except for the alligator filled moat that I built to keep my butt at my house, and not down at the bar. (1,221 characters)

Photo of MaineBrewing
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out of 12 oz bottle into goblet, never thought I would ever see this in a 12 oz, hopefully they expand beyond the stone mix pack and put out 12 packs of ABA. This has always been one of my favorite and go to beers since I started drinking craft beer.

A - Poured a solid 2 finger off white head with tinge of tan. Ruby in color, translucent with orange highlights around the edges when held to the light. Head dissipated after a while but was always foamed over and lively, abundant lacing through-out... this beer always looks fresh.

S - Nose is a great hop forward but strong malt character rounds it out. Notes of pine and resin from the hops and a strong toasted malt presence, with burnt sugar, and caramel notes. Has a smokey, bacon-y essence that's barely discernible but adds a layer of complexity. Slight pungent yeast and a little alcohol.

T - Taste is what a beer should be, IMO. Loads of hops from flavoring hop notes of resinous pine, herbal, peppery, through the bittering spectrum with loads of IBUs at the finish. Bittering hop character lingers in your mouth for an extended time. The malt cuts through the hops with a great unique to this brew flavor. I would guess it may be toasted malts that provide a smokey depth. It is very rich, but at no point is it ever too sweet, or sweet enough to cut through the hop bitter. The yeast bouquet makes a welcomed peppery appearance towards the end, and it finishes very clean/dry.

M - Ample carbonation and medium body, would be what I expect for the style, less sticky then some other stone offerings.

O - This is just the picture of a balanced american strong ale. Highly hopped with IPA quality hop flavor, but an amped up malt character that has a unique flavor profile I have never had in another beer. This is a great, if not the best, example of the american strong ale style that I have had yet. I have probably over-rated this compared to my BA peers, but to me, overall this is perfect. (1,971 characters)

Photo of Jordan
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Son of a B1@tc# Like a bouquet of flowers and garden hops on the nostrils. Dark amber brownish in color with a caramel colored head, the bubbles have a look of an oil slick to them. Starts off semi sweet and malty then turns down right bitter in the finish. The flavor lasts and lasts minutes after you swig. This brew has the most fitting name. Complex and has tons of character. Even though the drinkability is a joke, it deserves high marks because of this paradox. Great winter brew! (495 characters)

Photo of ILoveBeerMe
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"You can not be serious man, a tie?!"
Robert the Bruce Vs John McEnroe. Luscious, sweet maltiness against brash, Cascadian shouts. This beer is the one that invites non-believers over towards the light. Full malteser mouthfeel with concurrent bitter hungriness.
The Jesus of Beers. (283 characters)

Photo of Morningstar
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really love this beer. The first time I tasted it, I knew I would enjoy this ale for many years to come. I really like crisp taste it has. Definitely a beer to enjoy after a long day. It goes well with chicken and buffalo wings. It's well worth the search for a store that carries it. (286 characters)

Photo of Shiredave
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Damn this stuff is good! For a hop head like myself, this beer approaches perfection.
Slightly hazy, deep ruby color with slow, lazy trickles of carbonation. Frothy, pale tan head that left thick, clumpy lace at the top of the glass. Strong aromas of citrusy hop and fresh wort sweetness and ....more stuff. Initial flavors of juicy plums and cherries with maple and brown sugary grain that quickly blends easily with intense hop flavors of fresh oranges and ground pepper. This beer is aggressivly and arrogantly hopped yet still achieves just amazing balance. The strong, bitter finish is softened by left over roasty sweetness that makes you suck at the roof of your mouth to suckle every drop. I can honestly say I enjoyed this bottled version just as much ( tho, side by side taste test would be cool) the draft I sampled at the now infamous Blind Tiger 12, 12 @ 12 NYC Stone event. Now... the oak aged Arrogant Bastard.....that was a special thing indeed. (964 characters)

Photo of SkitzIrish3
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark woody brown with a modest creamy head.

Caramel and toasted malts, floral and fruity hop aromas. Fantastic, I was just smelling it for a while.

Sweet, caramel and toasty malts give way to aggressive hop bitterness, not something to underestimate. A bit grainy and dry with the finish. Medium mouthfeel, and a little sticky.

Arrogance is bliss…heavy malt and hop flavors along with a decent ABV makes for a solid brew, personally leaving little to be desired. (468 characters)

Photo of orcasteve
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

mega malty, then hops take your toung on a wild ride, all beers should strive to be this one, this is world class, this is great beer, and a great bottle, any bottle that talkes crap about "fizzy yellow" piss beer is ok in my book, and this delevers the tast to back up the crap the bottle talks. GREAT, GREAT, GREAT BEER!!! (324 characters)

Photo of kmcnair
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled on tap at my house, from the kegerator. Booyah.

Bastard pours a rich redish brown color and makes a thick offwhite head. Head retention is great and laces the glass nicely all the way down. Smell is rich and inviting. Heavily roasted and malty aromatics fill my nose. Flavor opens up bitter and spicy, and then the rich and roasted character appears again with a nice layering of hop flavor and finishes with a malty sweetness. This beer is so unique, the flavor profile is really unlike any other beer I have ever tried. Mouthfeel is medium to full and leaves a slight sticky coating on the throat, warming as it goes down. Arrogant Bastard is incredibly tasty, drinkable and in my opinion a nice session beer... cause frankly you can't drink much else after the havok this wreaks on your pallate. (809 characters)

Photo of bluesfan1181
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation - A 22oz bomber into a snifter glass.

A - Pours a nice amber/dark red color with a 2 finger off white head.

S - Smells strong of hops, spiciness, and alcohol. Citrus notes also come through all the hop power.

T - The front has a strong, bitter, citrus hoppiness that tickles the senses and warms the soul. The back is caramel malt flavors with a nice alcohol finish.

M - Full bodied with mild carbonation. Your mouth will explode from the powerful hop flavor.

Overall this is a really good beer. Great hop character and a great name. It fits me very well. (nose in the air) (592 characters)

Photo of mophie
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Oh baby, this is a fantastic beer. Beautiful rich copper/brown with a frothy tan head; luscious. Exceptional fruity aromas, almost tropical, with some grapefuit balanced by some caramel sweetness. Taste is also fruity (guava?), grapefruity, slightly piney. Huge malt backbone in this beer gives it a sweetness that envelopes your tongue. But in the end hops rule, and the beer finishes with a bitter hop twang that makes you wonder whether you're worthy. I am, dammit. (468 characters)

Photo of JohnnyKuhl
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 Oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown with hints of dark red and a hint of orange.

Smell: Hop heavy, but not overpowering. Slightly earthy, pine, and caramel.

Taste: The hops want to be overpowering, but with the sweet malts it is extremely balanced.

Mouthfeel: A little too carbonated for my particular taste, but that's just me.

Overall: One of my favorite beers. For novice beer drinkers, it will be a little overpowering, but once you're palate starts evolving, you can't go wrong with it. (525 characters)

Photo of shredsofautumn
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber purchased from Kappy's Liquors in Chicopee, MA by my fantastic girlfriend on 10/19/2010.

Appearance- Lots of amber and orange colors in the brew. Poured aggressively, the beverage achieved a massive 3-finger head that's taking forever to dissipate.

Smell- Just like another guy said, Pineapple! Lots of pineapple, extravaganza of potent pine hops. This smells beautiful. Second ONLY to Troegs Nugget Nectar.

Taste- Year after year, this beer never ceases to amaze me. I taste so many different things in this beer. Everything from medicinal & rejuvenating spicy citrus hops to the delicate taste of raisins, the finish is very nice- bitter & decent warming sensation from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Not too slick & resin-like, like many high hop beers seem to have. Great consistency- exactly what I look for in a badass hoppy beer.

Drinkability- Only let me have one double deuce. Cause I could put these down all night long. They just taste so amazing. One of my top three American brews of ANY style. (1,036 characters)

Photo of bultrey
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When this beer is fresh and served at the right temperature, it is a revelation. It is, quite simply, the most flattering reflection of the few quality ingredients that go in to making this beer. I feel like I'm at the brewery when I smell this -- fresh amber-roasted barley, and fresh picked hops flowers collide to make an incomporable aroma. The taste is more of the same. Do you want to know what high-quality, unadulterated roasted barley tastes like? Drink this. Do you want to see what pure, concentrated hop flower oil tastes like? Drink this. Oh, I suppose I could go on about nuances of vanilla, and hints of peatiness, and blah, blah, blah. But in a world that is full of beer that cuts corners and utilizes cute gimmicks and eventually loses sight of the goal, Arrogant Bastard reminds us: give yeast something great to work with, and it will produce something greater.

10-25-04 -- Re-reviewed after tasting this on draft at O'Brien's in San Diego last week. Just a totally different beer, even better. Hints of maple and a little whiskey peatiness come through. Hops and malt seem even better balanced. Fan-friggin-tastic. (1,138 characters)

Photo of icheadle90
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

This beer was great. Poured wonderfully with a big head and drank very bitter and hoppy, which I expected and wanted when I bought it. Definitely worth the money and not too hard to find in my town. More bars should have this on tap. (260 characters)

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,889 ratings.