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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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8,477 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,477
Reviews: 2,772
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 249
Gots: 854 | 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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Photo of goz


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

Deep red pour, with a big beige head that laces all the way to the end. Aroma fills the room with citrus and hops, much like the IPA and Ruination do, but a little stronger. Light caramel is present initally, followed by a hops onslaught that never seems to let up. Truly a fantastic brew.

01-16-2003 07:15:13 | More by goz
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours into a pint glass a beautiful clear dark copper, light orange brown color with an off-white bubbly head.

Smells of strongly citrusy floral hops and a toasted malt note with dark aged fruits.

Very rich with sweet maltyness and roasted barley tastes in harmony with an aggressive hop bitterness. The alcoholic bite is faintly detectable, but the beer is very well-balanced and complex; everything fitting exactly in its place. It is medium/full-bodied and lightly carbonated. Very drinkable.

02-12-2010 00:26:54 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
Photo of Clembo1957

United Kingdom (England)

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

Served on tap at The Euston Tap in London, a half pint served in an half pint imperial glass.

This would normally be the highlight of my day but i followed it with a glass of Stone Ruination which was even better!

the beer is an Amber color, very hoppy aroma,with a well malted taste with traces of toffee or Caramel. excellent mouthfeel which left me wanting more.

Excellent beer from Stone, it lives up to its reputation.

01-16-2012 22:06:44 | More by Clembo1957
Photo of GreatPondBrewer


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

I could take it no further. After 3 days of sitting my growler had to be opened. After an initial smell and taste a few people readily came to mind that fit the description of this Ale. Bombastic, arrogant, however all of those people are lacking the intricacy that Stone Brewing has accomplished with this beer. The head was thick, foamy resembling the color of coffee with cream just added. The only clear part of the body of the beer was right at the base of the glass. The rest had a substantial, murky, red cloud hanging. The smell was infinitely complex with such varied aromas as coffee, HUGE hops, grapefruit and toffee interweaving. The taste watered my mouth, leaving me wanting more. It was super hoppy with a big robust citrus flavor and some more subtle smoked notes mixed in. Although the appearance was not as spectacular as the Bigfoot the taste was far more refined, truly being able to claim the name Arrogant.

05-15-2003 16:43:16 | More by GreatPondBrewer
Photo of happygnome


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

a: pours a deep amber brown color with red hues around the outside edges
s: sweet caramely malts paired with citrus and herbal malts
t: at the beggining its nice citrus and piny hops then as time progresses the malt backbone is present
m: medium to full bodied beer with good carbonatoin

overall, wow im very glad stone is in wisconsin finally

08-05-2008 20:16:01 | More by happygnome
Photo of CFHMagnet


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

Poured this Bastard into a mug.
A. Beautiful beer. Two fingers of nice foamy head that sits there indefinitely. Nice lacing too.

S. Citrus, especially grapefruit, strong caramel malt (yum!), floral scents. Hints of dark fruit.

T. Hops hit you in the face when you take a sip. Pine and citrus, they fade into a decent roasted malt flavor that you enjoy rather than get smacked with, then it ends up with a bitter biscuity taste.

M. Medium bodied, this bad boy coats the mouth well. The bitter biscuit flavor builds up and definitely stays with you. Doesn't dry too much though.

O. This is an amazing beer. It was one of the beers that helped me out on the road from macro to micro brew, and has earned a special place in my heart.

06-15-2011 02:42:14 | More by CFHMagnet
Photo of marcpal

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

Poured into glass from a 22oz bomber.
Expectations were high with this beer and the beer came through.

A: Crimson read with a great tope head. Lacing also well done through glass.

S: Pure hops and malt. Can almost smell the strength coming and the hops/grains are enticing.

T: Again, malts and hops. Have to say this is one of the best tasting beer surprises Ive had in a long time. For those who like ths kind of ale, the malt is perfect and it great up front and on the back end. The deep chocolate alcohol on the aftertaste is warming and great.

M: Just a bit of carbonation there that settles perfectly with the alchohol and the malt of the beer.

D: Very drinkable, dangerously so. Plan on enjoying a couple bombers tomorrow with football- look forward to having at home because this bad boy is better without having to travel.

This was truly a great beer, lived up to all expectations. This is what a real beer should be- looking forward to more.

REVISED after having on cask at Linkery in SD. Unreal.

10-14-2007 02:05:25 | More by marcpal
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4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

Got this at a great beer bar in Rochester, definetly a town with a happening beer scene. Finally had my chance with the legendary Arrogant Bastard, been waiting a loooong time!

A: Pours a perfectly clear dark copper color with a red tint. The head is one-finger of frothy off-white goodness that dissipates into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is pretty sticky.

S: Smells great. Lots of floral hops and a sweet malt at first, then as it warms up the hops turn more pine-y and the malt smooths out a bit, with more of a caramel aroma.

T: Piney hops and sweet malts from the get go, and as it warms the piney flavor is toned down a bit. The caramel malt flavor really helps provide an excellent base! A bitter kick that gains steam as the beer warms.

M: Mouthfeel is good. A bit thin at first, but as with the rest of the beer's attributes it gets better as it warms. Hops are a bit overpowering lacking a bit of balance.

D: Well, finally got the pleasure of enjoying this brewhaha and was not disappointed. I liked the thick malty/ extreme hoppy combo and I can see why this brew has created such a buzz and almost it's own niche style. I will gladly grab this brew again and being a big Stone fan can't wait to try the Double and Oaked versions!

09-28-2008 16:37:47 | More by jdg204
Photo of youngblood


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

A - Pours a coppery red with a white finger height of sticky head. Laces the glass on the way down.
S - Alcohol and hops all over the place. Bits of bread and fruit in there also.
T - This is where it shines. Very smooth alcohol spice mixes well with the bite of the hops. The caramel malt blends and balances everything together.
M - Smooth and slightly sticky. Good body, semi thick.
D - This is easy to put back which could be dangerous in that 7% tier.

Oddly enough, this is the beer that got me into IPA's. I fell in love with hops through this beer.

04-07-2009 13:13:00 | More by youngblood
Photo of SirDrinxAlot


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

Poured a dark copper/ amber with some cloud cover. 1 inch cream colored head that disippated quickly but left a decent lace.

Smell was spicey, cinnamon, malt, and slight pine. It smelled DAMN good.

Tasted as good as it smelled. Unbelievable balance. Malt and hops together in harmony. Slightly cinnamon spicey, but a lot more going on with a little bitterness at the finish. SMOOTH though.

Mouthfeel was frothy, rich, and almost creamy with a slight carbonation.

Very drinkable. The type of beer that would end up knocking me on my ass because it smells great, tastes great, is very smooth, and just begs for its next slug. Thats what the look of the Gargoyle on the bottle says to me. "So...you think you could just drink this all night huh?" Maybe its MY arrogance he's looking at.

04-16-2009 19:43:37 | More by SirDrinxAlot
Photo of Dantes

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

Presentation: ~10oz. from draught in a tulip glass at The Blind Tiger’s Stone 12 event. Cost: $5.

Appearance: Hard to distinguish from the Double Bastard and lighter than the oak-aged version. A beer that shows its lovely red-amber color very nicely in the glass. Capped with a medium-thick ½” of foam, which lasted very nearly through the glass.

Smell: An aroma leaning more heavily toward the hoppy end of the spectrum, while still displaying a nice fruity, malty scent.

Taste: The alcohol seemed more prevalent in the AB than the DB, which surprised me. Perhaps it was the thinner body and more dominant hops. Somehow avoided becoming medicinal as some highly-hopped beers sometimes do. Less well-balanced and sharper than the DB, but exhibited a greater degree of spice.

Mouthfeel: Not as creamy as the Double Bastard, it is still a warming, smooth beer that fills the mouth with a nice effervescence that carries the wide range of flavors.

Drinkability: Nicely drinkable. Clean, hoppy, and refreshing; while providing a boatload of flavor and deeper, malty notes.

I hesitate to call this “Double Bastard Lite,” but in a sense, this is what it is. This by no means is intended to be derogatory. The AB sacrifices some body and malt in the interest of providing a lower ABV. A noble goal that! I go back and forth as to which one I prefer and have decided that I probably lean toward the DB, but I wouldn’t turn this down. I do find the hops a bit more oppressive here, but this only results in a more refreshing, cleaner beer. I urge you find out for yourself! This is one of the few highly-hopped beers I truly enjoy, falling closer to the Sierra Nevada Celebration than Rogue’s 60-Minute IPA or Stone’s own Ruination.

Bottom Line: No need to question the parentage of this beer. It clearly is the spawn of Satan himself!

05-08-2003 12:56:38 | More by Dantes
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

22-ounce bomber with a bunch of humorously-arrogant puffery written on it, poured into a shaker pint glass yields a clear dusky garnet body capped with a finger of rocky tan foam. The head retains at a thick creamy sheet and leaves wide bands of lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is spicy and citrusy, with lots of grapefruit and a resinous sting.

The taste of the drink is complex and semi-dry, with toasty interjections of sweet caramel. The malt character is complex-- both sweet and dry; fruity and biscuity; succulent, but chewy?
The hops onboard the drink are similarly multitalented, bringing their citrusy-tropical-fruit-hoppiness and the toasty, crispy, juicy pale-maltiness together with a spicy blast of more/different fruity hops that raises the bitterness level a bit. Earthy hops dry the aftertaste, even as a dry malty syrup lingers, sticky and soothing in the mouth. Uh, hoppy.

Exquisite feel, fullish-medium in body and drinkability off the scale for style. Kickass.

08-28-2008 03:35:39 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

The first time I had this beer, I was not ready for it. I was very new to beers outside of the mega scene, but willing to try. All I remember is bitter and unpleasant. Since then, I've done a lot of tasting and wanted to try this again. Good thing, too, as I realized why the first tasting wasn't so great.

To start out, ABA pours reddish brown, it looks like iced tea in the glass. A one to two finger head which really gives a strong citrus aroma on the nose like maybe orange peel. Don't be too easy on the pour, you want that head to be substantial. Stop halfway to see how the head is forming up and if you've been too gentle and need more foam, pour into the center of the glass instead of down the side.

Okay here's something to try: Once the glass is filled with a nice head hat, lick the foam so it just gets the tip area of the tongue. While some of the hop taste is there, you almost can get a straight fruit taste of what you are smelling. The taste is very citrusy and to me all orange.

The hops certainly prevail once you get past the head, but the citrus stays there also, right through to the aftertaste, which finishes warmly if you'll let this beer get above 55 degrees before you start, which leads me to the point I was alluding to at the top. I think the first time I had ABA it was too cold and the citrus was masked too much. Like night and day, much more enjoyable this time around. Keystone fans... up yours!

11-05-2002 12:55:17 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

Arrogant indeed! But hey, if ya got the goods to back it up...

Everything about this beer is strong. Pours an deep, angry red that looks like the glow in their gargoyle's eye. Anf if the message on the bottle wasn't enough to warn the weak-kneed quaffers off, the aroma ought to be. Sure it's got a nice sweet malty undertone with a fruity boquet, but this beer doesn't keep its 7.2 ABV a secret.

Things don't get any gentler once this beer gets in you mouth. A medium body, which starts off with a mix of caramel malty sweetness and rind-like edginess, followed by the warming feel of alcohol and a big (what about this beer *isn't* big?) hop finish.

Another great beer from Stone. And you're surprised?

09-07-2002 22:35:25 | More by mzwolinski
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4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

Great Head. Fantastic lacing. Big Bubbles. The head doesn't dissipate immediatiely. The beer is dark brown in color and opaque.

Smell: The malts are caramel in smell with hints of molasses. bright floral hoppy notes blend very well. I like the malted flavor of this beer. This is different from IPA's in that respect. The beer isn't astringent in character but rather seems approachable

Taste: Same as above but wow does this beer sit well on my palate. This beer is very sweet but still has a slight hoppy bitterness There is a good balance between the malts and hops. This beer really gives the drinker a sense of the potential of good malts in a beer. The beer finishes sweet and doesn't linger at all. This beer packs a heavy punch but still taste very good.

Mouthfeel: This is good stuff. This beer is full and foams up in my mouth when I swish it around. It's chewy and smooth. This is a great wintertime drink. I can really appreciate a beer like this which doesn't leave me wondering if it has anything to deliver other than a watery taste.

Drinkability: Yep. This beer really delivers. Don't be intimidated by it's name or the menacing looking gargoyle on the bottle. I suppose this beer is wicked in a sense that it really has some strong memorable characteristics. I suppose those strong qualities make it "arrogant". This is a great example of a well made American Strong Ale. I would recommend this beer as a gift to those who you would like to introduce to the fine world of craft beers.

12-09-2010 08:33:19 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
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4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours a deep amber with a small head that goes down and thinly covers the beer.

Smell is of caramel and a little orange peel.

Tastes of caramel and dark chocolate. Starts off with those smooth flavors and then has a nice medium hop finish. Ever so slight alcohol on the end. Mouthfeel is nice as the beer wonders its way down. Great drinkability for this beer since I think I could easily knock out a few bombers if available.

01-29-2009 23:57:44 | More by brewintheLou
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

Thanks to Naerhu for recently bringing this across the Pacific. You've brought so many good beers into my life -- thanks!

It pours a deep dark garnet red capped with a finger-and-a-half of yellowed parchment foam. A beautiful beer.

Coniferous hops...a veritable forest of hoppy aromas assault my senses. Sweet (?!) sap-laden spruce cones and grapefruit. A thick aroma, with a good malt underbelly. Sweet despite the near-overwhelming hops.

The first taste is juicy. While I expected nothing but hops, this beer has so much to offer. Yes, it's hoppy, but it maintains a very nice balance, with a great malt base that is almost sweet. Hops are definitely the main attraction -- not a bad thing! -- and they lead to a long, bitter finish. I can taste deep, green spruce forests long after the beer is gone. Mmm.

It is extremely resinous and bitter. This is not a problem, but when coupled with carbonation and a bit of alcohol heat, it feels somehow "sharp" on my palate. It's certainly not unpleasant, though. Just a bit less impressive than the other aspects. I can feel lingering hop oils coating my mouth. Nice.

While it does a decent job of living up to its own self-professed aggression, it manages to still be a well-balanced, highly drinkable beer. Obviously not something I would drink all night (unless the ability to stand was not a priority) but...wow. I definitely want to get my hands on more of this.

12-11-2005 13:40:06 | More by thesilverhand
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4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

A: Pours a dark amber color with an off white creamy frothy one finger head that has wonderful retention. Good looking lace left on the glass.
S: Aromas of floral and grapefruity hops fill the nose. A little spicyness tingles the nostrils.
T & M: Tastes of hops fill the mouth first with a malt flavors of chocolate and caramel. Bitterness fills the mouth and stings the tongue. Dry finish that hangs around in the mouth. Wonderfully balanced and very complex requires you to take a number of sips in order to fully appreciate and get a grasp on the flavors. Excellent tasting ale with a good body.
D: Drinkable? Hell yes! Stone doesn't dissapoint with this arrogant bastard. What a great tasting beer.

06-10-2006 19:49:57 | More by bjohnson
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4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

This beer is fabulous. First of all, I like the name. I think it really fits this beer. Deep amber color with a thick khacki head. Lots of lacing. A lot of caramel candy malts combined with a blast of bitter grapefruit hops. A little sweet but not over done with just the right amount of hop/malt balance. Rich and full. Finishes bitter and dry. I love this beer! I look forward to trying the Double Bastard.

08-24-2008 17:30:40 | More by changeup45
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4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

*22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.*

a: it's a dark, cloudy copper color with lots of head and thick lacing.

s: a great aroma of citrus and pine.

t: the slight taste of sweet malt hits the palate first, then it's a hops explosion. very intense hop flavor.

m: medium-bodied, medium carbonation.

d: very drinkable. one of my favorite beers.

01-26-2011 01:01:03 | More by Ty1erC
Photo of blackheartbilly


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

To start off, my friends that drink Pabst wouldn't understand, but a beer snob like myself this is all-around good brew. I would give this beer to someone who wanted an intro into craft beer, as others have said, a great "gateway beer."

I got another 22 Ounce bomber, yes I have had this before. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Reddish amber, the head was gone quick leaving a slight creamy head. I swear there "things" floating in this beer.

S: I instantly thought HOPS, with fruity undertones, didn't noticed the malt others have said. I thought "I wonder what kind of hops this is, cause its good." haha I used this beer to show my sister what hops smelled like.

T: Great hop presence, not too overbearing like an IPA. The aftertaste is fruity and maybe a tad bread-like. After tasting a few more sips, I did get the malt tones, but overall I tasted hops.

M: Stays with you, a little dry, but over-all good!

D: If it wasn't so expensive I would drink this all day.

Price = bad Taste = good
Thats usually the case with Stone, but a great brewery. great beers! This one will not let you down.

07-26-2007 03:13:44 | More by blackheartbilly
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4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

Definitely looks like something you'd want to drink. Reddish glow with bubbly head.
Very fruit aroma but though I could pick out different scents (Ihave a hard timeidentifying particular fruits) it all seemd to come together so that totality is something special.
Once again, I could taste different flavor but it all came together and didn't clash in any way. The whole was definitely greater thant he sum of it's parts.
Nice, long lingering taste that you never want to leave.
Full of flavor but not so overwhelming that you're ready to move on to something else after one.

04-25-2006 15:58:36 | More by bgraney
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

A - Pours a deep red/brown into my pint glass with about one finger of nice head that retains well and leaves excellent lacing.

S - Very intoxicating. Toasted grains, hops, some citrus, and just a hint of alcohol.

T - Big bold flavors. Nice caramel sweetness that balances perfectly with hops, citrus, and mild alcohol sensation.

M - Medium body and relatively dry, well balanced.

D - Drink on and enjoy, this is the beer that made me become a true beer fanatic!

08-04-2010 02:45:48 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

I really enjoyed this brew the first time I had it and I'm still enjoying it after drinking it many times. Aggressively poured a three inch frothy light brown head w/ a cloudy dark amber/ caramel hue. The head last throughout the drink and left good amount of lacing. The aroma was outstanding. Heavy malt/ caramel and a moderate piney or perfume hop. Although this brew is an American Strong Ale, the amount of hops would make you think its a IPA. (YUM). Finally, when I taste. It began w/ a moderate sweet caramel and had a long lasting heavy citrus hop ending. The bastard has a nice medium body, watery and lively feel to it. IMO this brew rocks, but it could turn many drinkers off. If your a hophead, I recommend this brew. Enjoy

10-12-2006 02:34:44 | More by GimpyCane
Photo of giblet


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

i realize that i am not worthy. this beer is excellent. i like it more than the double. pours a beautiful dark color. the smell and taste is going to smack you up side da head! very good malt and hop balance. about halfway through i really started tasting and feeling the alcohol. this beer kicks ass!

i very highly recomend this bad boy!

suckem up and movem out!


07-27-2007 14:52:28 | More by giblet
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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