Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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9,801 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,801
Reviews: 2,966
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 373
Gots: 1,929 | 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 nickss
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby redish brown with a beautiful rocky 1" head. Gorgeous lacing throughout.

First whiff: malty
Second whiff: hop kick straight to my sinuses
Third whiff: a beautiful earthy combination of the two.

Big unbalanced hop flavor... this beer is a swift kick the palate. Unabashedly cocky, an in your face profile that matches the name of the beer. That being said, there is so much going on here it is hard for me to distinguish distinct flavours.

Moderate thickness in the mouth with a hop kick to the tastebuds... moderately carbonated.

Decent drinkability for the abv, although as I mentioned before, very in-your-face, which I think hurts its drinkability somewhat.... call me a sissy if you wish =P

Photo of tekstr1der
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful looking brew - deep, clear garnet topped with sticky off-white head. Smells of citrus, caramel and alcohol. Flavors are bold indeed - pine and grapefruit leaving a lasting, heavy bitterness.

Photo of Gump
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrogant Bastard
Solid, tight, light tan head. Good carbonation. Looks great.
Moderately clear, dark amber color and reddish hue.
Mostly malty flavors, some rich dark fruit and citrus.
The balance is malt heavy, but you get some great pine and grapefruit flavors from the flavor hops.

Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy. Good dry aftertaste.

Photo of Nascartailgatefa
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap from rattle and Hum NY. pours very dark...small off white head. strong smell of hopps and a hint of cherry. very heavy tste of malt which almost magically turns into a malty but almost coffee/chocolate taste. this would probably be the first time I ever described something as a "desert beer" Nice for what it is but one is enough as far as drinkability.

Photo of neilgavigan
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Medium reddish brown. Cream head persists and leaves thick lacing

S - Cherries and chocolate and many layers of biscuit and roasty notes. Nice hops but definitely the hops dont dominate. Set off against a sweet funk that matches nicely with the sweet and nutty smells.

T - Bitter coffee and roasted malt with a good amount of floral hops. Bitterness balanced nicely between hoppy and roasty. Long finish starts sweet and then through coffee and finally the lingering herbal hops.

M - Medium body, med-low carbonation and slight chalkiness. No burn from high alcohol level.

O - Complex and rich without being over hopped. Great job hiding the booze and nice profile overall.

Photo of lxCheshireCatxl
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice dark ale. It looks kind of like Shiner in a glass but quite stronger. I can only buy it on tap or in 22oz, but its worth it. Just be ready for the kick. It is much stronger than other ales and will knock you back if you aren't ready. It isn't for the faint of heart or weak tasting beer lovers.

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Awesome bottle. Possibly the most bad ass beer bottle ever. Complete with "bad ass message" on back. Poured from a big boy bottle into a giant crystal stein.

A: Dark amber/brownish red with a frothy tan head. Respectable lacing.

S: Quite hoppy, piney and citrusy both. Notes of apple cider, caramel and dark fruit. Smells syrupy.

T: A creamy, slick mouthfeel accompanies the piney, semi-sweet body. Definitely hints of grapefruit peel and maple. Finishes sticky and slightly bitter. Like Stone IPA, but less hoppy.

D: I got one, and I'm not really sorry I didn't get another. One is enough for me.

Value: $4.50 for a 22oz. Not bad at all considering in a bar you'd pay that for a 22 oz of crud.

Photo of clvand0
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer is quite different out of the bottle than it is on tap, so I feel compelled to write about it again. Comes only in a 22oz bomber. It pours a dark amber color with a large white head that doesn't ever go away and leaves lots of pretty lacing on the glass. The aroma is very strong with the pine hops, but has a caramel malt backing it up. The flavor is much more 'arrogant' from the bottle than from the tap. Less smooth. Very aggressive hop flavor that masks most of the malts. It's still really good, but if you can get this on tap, try that version.

Photo of breadnerd
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark amber, with head that just won't quit. Nice clarity.

Based on what I remember from this beer the last time I had it, I as expecting more hop aroma. Notes of bread, caramel. I say the hops are there, they just don't jump up my nose. Nothing spectacular here.

Ahhh.... There's the hops! Beautiful. Resiny and spicy. Citrus notes slice through the sweet backbone.

After the 3rd sip or so, I notice malty sweetness. A bit sticky on my lips. Spicy counterparts of the hop character balance it out, but not quite enough.

Overall, great work from Stone. I look for this beer whenever I can, but I can't find it in Kansas. A real treat indeed.

Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a snifter

A-pours a dark amber with finger and half of light mocha head, lots of carbonation

S-bready biscuit malt

T-caramel biscuits up front with back of strong hops

M-lots of carbonation with caramel malt dancing on your tongue

O-simple great strong ale, lots of malt and hoppyness

Photo of Gmann
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the 22oz bomber. The color was an auburn brown color that was clear, had a pillowy tan head that left fantastic lacing. The smell was weaker than expected but still had a good wiff of buddy hops. The taste is what makes this brew unique. It has qualities of a porter and an AIPA. The taste is of floral hops, roasted malts, strong. The ale has a nice creamy, moderate mouthfeel, that finishes a bit dry.

Photo of AppalachianTrout
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice brown color with a tan head - not much carbonation on the pour. The smell is a pleasant fruity smell. This beer is very well balanced and is just a great beer that I could drink over and over again. Great mouthfeel, excellent taste with a fruity aftertaste.

Photo of Illinick
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber
A: Dark amber in color with a sticky, foamy, yellow-tan/hay colored head that stays put. Superb lacing. A great looking brew.
S: Malt smell t-out, but especially at the end of whiff, bread, some dark fruits present. Citrus pulp and pine throughout.
T: Balanced, smooth at first with plenty of malts and malt sweetness present. Bread and some nut flavors. Pine and citrus pulp with more prevalent hop piney-ness at the end. Strong bitterness throughout and again esp. at the end. Smooth malt flavors stick around for most of the sip.
MF: Medium, extar bitter end.
Overall: Definately strong and bitter throughout, but has nice flavor profile. Not for the novice, but enjoyable for the experienced.

Photo of Dalem
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper and clear in color with decent size head from a medium pour but quite a bit of lacing though out the entire sipping from the glass. It smells of smoky dark fruits (black cherry and raisin is what I'm thinking), caramel and roasty malt but for the high hop profile it has not much of 'em really show up in the aroma. The flavor is quite complex and much different from what one would think strictly based off the scent. A spicy tart hop kiss touches the taste buds first but a warming molasses & malt thing surrounds it calming down. Somewhere in the middle there's a touch of black tea too. The hops and tea thing do tend to somewhat stick to the roof of the mouth but the finish, especially in the throat, is crisp and clean with a just a slight hop burn coming up as it's down the hatch.

Photo of Valley_Town_Sipper
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Put this beer up to the light and be amazed at how blood-red it appears. . . Has a lush dark look away from the light. The biggest knock against it is the beer lacks any real aroma. For what it lacks in smell though, it does a bang up job with the flavor profile. So crisp and malty up front that you don't really even notice the bitter bite till a few seconds later on the back of your pallet. For its price and how main stream it is, a very nice go-to. . .

Photo of Ranger337
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Nice thick head that you can float a bottle cap on. Very strong malt smell and flavor, and heavy aftertaste. This is not a beer for beginners, nor the faint of heart. I am fairly new to the beer tasting scene, and this is very strong and defiantly way out of my league. I read the reviews and wanted to try it out. It's gonna be a while before I try this one again. But considering other reviews from the more experienced beer drinkers this is a great beer.

Photo of marburg
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great color -- liquid pennies! A reddish copper in color with a piney, caramel, household cleaner kind of aroma to it. In short, you know that this shit will take the paint off the side of your house.

The taste is like a piece of some crazy candy that a lot of kids eat -- extreme! With kids, it might be a sour gumball that starts sweet and then destroys you with overwhelming sourness. In the case of this beer, it starts malty sweet and then just LEVELS you with hop bitterness. Frankly, I don't think the flavor is terribly complex. It's just an intentional exercise in extremism, which is fine -- but almost by definition cannot really be exceptional.

My friend and fiancee, both beer drinkers, couldn't stomach their portion of the 22oz bottle. And they're both pretty tolerant (even loving!) of beers with a lot of flavor. In this case, however, they couldn't drink it. It's a bit extreme to be drinking in significant quantities.

Definitely tasty, definitely good, but I'm not sure that this is something I'd drink often.

Photo of Baileyuk
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - True definition of exceptional. Great head that retains some of its head throughout the pint. Lacing was also exceptional. A very attractive beer.

S - little bland but still good. A sweet malt smell where a good level of hops was also present.

T - Good ale, it was pleasant drink but the whole time I was trying to figure out the style. A definate hybrid

M - heavier than I thought. As you swallow the tastes develop greatly.

D - Surprisingly drinkable for the abv but by no means a session beer and one that I would not mind revisiting but I like others more.

Photo of pmarlowe
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 11/03/13. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep brownish copper color with crystal-clear clarity. A half finger of dense, sand colored head. Very good retention and some uneven dots of lacing. Looks superb.

S: Rich malt, toffee, cinnamon.

T: Malt, more malt, a little caramel, and moderate bitterness. A little subtle dark fruit. The malty sweetness doesn't quite offset the moderate but not overpowering or off-putting bitterness. Still, not enough flavor here to really hit the spot.

M: Medium body, smooth, with medium but slightly sharp carbonation.

O: Solid though unexceptional beer from Stone.

Photo of cjgiant
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Review on 11/15/2014 from bottle enjoy by 1/11/15:
Pours a deep reddish amber color with a small amount of reddish tan head on a light pour (first half of a 22oz). The beer appears pretty clear, but color prevents much light through. Lacing is decent. Nose is grapefruit rind and light pine bittering notes. I get some fruit notes, pitted in nature, and maybe even some cranberry.

Taste is more centered on the bitter, but there is a bit of maltiness to supply some balance. The base reminds me a bit of an English bitter beer, a clean cereal like base, some copper, but with the addition of a hint if fruit (again I get cranberry or maybe white raisin). The hops are what this beer prides itself in, and they definitely pack a punch. Grapefruit and orange hints, pith-based to be sure. Even though this isn't a barrel aged version, there's is a woody to piney flavor and feel as well. The hops seem to provide more bite than the carbonation, and the beer is fairly dry, more so than you might initially think from a clear amber beer, but not enough so to make the beer too one-sided.

Had numerous times before. A very nice beer, and a classic in the craft beer world. A must try once if you haven't had it yet. I only need to grab it once in a while, that's enough for me.

Photo of nkersten
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into imperial pint. Hazy dried blood red with a small off white cap with great retention and lacing. Smells of burnt sugar, candied fruit, resinous hops. Taste is bitter at first, mellowing out a bit to let the caramel and brown sugar maltiness through. Finishes bitter. Medium body and carbonation. A good readily available brew.

Photo of Armand
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is their signiature beer and one that just kicks you where it hurts. Yes, this is an angry beer. Bitter to the bone.

A: Dark in color, amber to black or somewhere in betwen.
S: Burnt coffee, too much present. I'd order it again, but the last few sips are just too much sometimes.
T: Alcohol is present. Caramel, strong coffee.
M: Very rich in flavor, and thick.
O: I love Stone. This is one I like to have from time to time.

Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Appearance - Copper/brown colour with a small size frothy beige coloured head. It's hard to make out the level of carbonation and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, dark fruits, caramel

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste raisins, malts, and a caramel flavour. I can also taste hops and pine mixed with an odd vegetable flavour. I've had this beer before and I don't recall this odd flavour, but it's something along the lines of cauliflower.. I must be losing my mind. Anyways, it ends with a malty hoppy aftertaste.

Overall – When I had this from a bottle I was impressed with how complex the flavour was. It was like a mixed bad of all kids of tastes. I was disappointed with how it tasted on tap, but I really have no idea how old/fresh the keg was.

Photo of Pballa4lyfe
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- very dark brown, lasting light brown/whitish head throughout the entire beer

S- hoppy

T- i was expecting a very good hoppy beer, but i was somewhat overwhelmed by it with this one, a little musky i thought

M- good mouth feel, slight carbonation

D- it was smooth, crisp, but i couldn't imagine having very many of these in a night, filled me up

Overall, good beer at that, would probably buy again for another tasting review, but just didn't blow me away- i enjoyed the IPA a little bit more than this one, not bad though, worth a try!!! it is good

Photo of xoqx
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - This beer pours amber-red with a tan, two finger head exhibiting moderate retention and heavy lacing.

Smell – There are heavy, dark citrus smells coupled with spicy, honey, fruity, and even herbal scents.

Taste - This beer tastes bready, with complex caramel, fruity, and herbal tastes. The hops are fruity, but not Belgian-tasting. There is a long, dry, spicy finish with wonderful bitterness.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is alcoholic, chewy, and somewhat creamy.

Drinkability – Its high ABV% makes it slightly less drinkable, but its complexity and taste make it super desirable.

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,801 ratings.