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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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8,201 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,201
Reviews: 2,761
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 229
Gots: 715 | 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.

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Photo of Drinkerofales


4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper brown with ruby red highlights. A big tan head leaves plenty of lace and retains well.

Smells of toasted malts and dark candy, rich, a hint of pine and booze round out the aroma.

Taste is similar to nose, but a bit more piney, toasted malts, and a nice tangy hops finish.

Texture is very smooth for this medium bodied brew. Not super drinkable however, as the happy warmth it gives means don't drink too many.

A nostalgic beer for me here, as when I read this label the first time almost 20 years ago, I knew this beer was for me, and the label was for the BMC crowd.


Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 07:00:25 | More by Drinkerofales
Photo of CrookedStill


4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep mahogany with a one/two finger off-white head that slowly falls.

Piny hops upfront and by far the most dominate aroma in front of a nice caramel malt backbone.

Right away the pine hops bite (chinook?). Sharp bitterness that's balanced perfectly against a caramel sweetness. Taste like a well rounded IPA (better, in fact, than many other beers labeled IPA). The bitterness lingers but isn't overpowering and finishes dry. There's a simplicity that really works here.

Medium bodied with a mild about of carbonation. Everything here really compliments the flavor of the beer.

This is an amazing beer. I mentioned above the simplicity with this beer and it really is fairly straight forward. A lot of pine bite against a strong caramel sweetness and wrapped in what has to be one of the best looking beers I've ever had the pleasure of drinking.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 01:51:29 | More by CrookedStill
Photo of hyland24

New York

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pilsner glass. Drank this with the brew crew Moxley and Pleepleus.

A- Poured heavy settling to a dark brown amber with a huge thick firm off white head with sticky thick spider web lacing that stuck to the glass like concrete. Beautiful looking beer.

S- Heavy, heavy malt. The thick malt smell is all over this one followed by delicious toffee, nutty smell with hints of pine.

T- Similar to the smell with heavy malt followed by pancake syrup sweetness. Really impressed by the flavor of this one.

MF&D- Medium to full bodied especially for an ale. Coats the mouth well leaving leaving behind a nice sticky feel. Does not taste anywhere near its 7.2 ABV so beware. Stop reading this review immediately and go out and by a bunch of these bastards.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 01:55:39 | More by hyland24
Photo of Wildman


4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very deep amber/red colored beer that forms a decent head white head that left trace lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt and hops with some caramel elements. It has an interesting flavor to it. A flavor of malt, hops and carmel. A bit stronger than I like my beers unless they're heavier to offset the taste of alcohol. So the finish was a bit heavy alcohol wise, but still another fine Stone product.c

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2002 18:50:59 | More by Wildman
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a huge head that really delivers in the lacing department

Smell: Ruby red grapefruit, with an underlying caramel aroma

Taste: The citrusy grapefruit is front and center, while the caramel tries to fight it out and ultimately succeeds somewhat by mid-palate; after the swallow, both flavors come together in the finish, creating a unique aftertaste that has a lot of brown sugar sweetness and grapefruit bitterness - kind of like a grapefruit topped with sugar for breakfast

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The last bottle I had of this was a couple of years old and was a bad experience; a fresh bottle has a lot more delicate and citrusy hoppiness and a balanced malt profile; lesson learned about aging the Bastard

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 00:42:06 | More by brentk56
Photo of delta490


4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a deep clear ruby brown with a big foamy tan head. Modest retention with big lacing

S-Rich and robust, blending citrus hops with caramel malt and dark fruit

T-taste follows closely with smell. The hops is a prominent feature, with some pine notes added, but the malt backbone holds it up well and adds some fruity sweetness on the finish.

M-big hop bite punches at first but fades away

O- a big flavored, hop-forward ale with great flavors across the board

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 22:08:58 | More by delta490
Photo of cretemixer


4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cola colored with a thick, light tan head. Hangs in at about 1/4 inch leaving a clingy lace.
There is a resinous pine aroma that is trying to drown out the earthy sweet malts.
Taste opens up with a deep roasted maltiness with caramel characteristics. These are joined by an incredible hop bitterness. The resinous pine aroma is no fluke...It's there in the taste too. Awesome balance.
Slightly sticky full body that just forces you to drink more and more. I'm so thankful to Gusler for the trade and even happier that I willl be seeing this in stores near me real soon. What a beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2003 19:23:50 | More by cretemixer
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New York

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a 22 oz bomber into the Stone Arrogant Bastard glass -- a tall, somewhat narrow glass that widens slightly as you go up. Sort of like a pilsner glass, but it doesn't taper all the way to a point at the bottom. Anyhow, a 2-finger khaki/tan bubbly head with staying power settles over a dark amber body with mahogany hues when held to the light. Rings and webs of foamy lacing are left behind all the way down the glass.

S: There's a lot going on in the nose: wet, grapefruity hops recall the 10th Anniversary IPA in many ways, but there's also a sugary-sweet malt scent clearly present underneath as well, hinting at brown sugar, berries and dried fruit.

T: Like the nose in a lot of ways -- candied grapefruit on top of big, sweet caramel malt hit the mouth early in the taste. Dry, bitter and even piney or leafy hops linger at the finish, with a hydration-sucking dry tang that makes the mouth water and really encourages the next sip. Great balance between the sweetness of the malt and the big hops, with a long bitter aftertaste lingering.

M: Medium to heavy in heft, and maybe just a tad bit too sharp and prickly in feel.

D: For a strong beer, this is pretty drinkable. It left a pretty solid buzz about 2/3 of the way down the bomber.

Notes: This bottle says it was best by April 30, 2007; I consumed it about 7 weeks beyond that, but I don't think that detracted from it at all. I recently drank a bottle from my cellar that had a best by date of September, 2005 that hadn't aged well; it had lost the hop bite just about completely. Younger, as this one was, it was a better balanced beer, smelled better and was more drinkable. I still liked it better on tap, but this is solid in a bottle too. Just don't let it get too old. . . .

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2007 18:57:04 | More by Kendo
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4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled this beer on tap. Poured into a half pint glass. Not the best of glassware, but it's all I had.

A- The beer pours a mahogany color. If you hold it up to the light, it also looks amber. The ale leaves moderate head that retains well.

S- The beer has a very malty nose. The hops are also very apparent. I think the beer strikes a nice balance between the two aromas.

T- The beer is very malty and delicious. This beer is very balanced. A lot of beers boast of being complex, but Arrogant Bastard comes across complex without being undefined. I think you can pick apart the various tastes more so than you can with other 'complex' beers.

M- This is a very smooth beer, moderate in body. I think it is much more enjoyable when served on the colder end, as the alcohol taste really comes out when served warmer.

D- I think this is one of the most drinkable beers you can find. At least for those of us in the western half of America, the beer is very easy to find, affordable, and of the finest quality. I'd recommend this to anyone who is interested in American ales.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2007 21:33:51 | More by sessycuban
Photo of DrJay


4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear chestnut red/brown colour topped by a dense tan head. Thick lace was left on the sides of the glass and the head retention was excellent. Very nice to look at. Great combination of malts and hops in the aroma. Hops consist of a raw grassy smell and a light floral aroma. Caramel and toffee come through fairly strong, and there's some very nice ripe fruit in there as well as very light alcohol.

There's a big malt flavour that starts it off closely followed by a pine resin bitterness that lasts all the way into the long, bitter finish. As it warms, the malt becomes more pronounced, with a hint of chocolate showing up. This really helps the flavours mellow and balance very well. Remarkably well balanced, actually. Very full body with moderate carbonation. Bubbles were on the small side and added some smoothness to the slightly creamy texture. Slightly drying at the finish with a bit of alcohol warming.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer. The strong flavours and aromas make it quite distinctive, while the craftsmanship keeps it very balanced and sinfully easy to drink. Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber with no best before date.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2005 14:00:52 | More by DrJay
Photo of Fugazme


4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby in color... 1/2" thick, foamy head with tons of staying power. Quite nice.

Aroma: Floral, grapefruit, spicy cinnamon... awesome

Taste: A wonderful bitter punch upfront across the top of the palate, quite juicy. A lot of hops! Middle is full of orange and bitterness... a touch of malt on the tongue, but it lasts for only a brief moment. Dry finish... very dry.

Mouthfeel: Dry all over... yet the swallow can be quite smooth and slightly creamy.

A tremendous beer...

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 23:29:25 | More by Fugazme
Photo of adammetz

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the few beers I've had on tap in New Brunswick, NJ that I can honestly enjoy. I've had it many times out of the bottle and on tap its much more enjoyable than the typical beers served in a college town. I was pleasantly surprised to find the beer on tap and have had it a few times. The flavor is noticeably better on tap and considerably more enjoyable. Perhaps it was the environment or maybe my state of mind, but either way it is an all around great beer. I recommend to anyone who is in the mood for a flavorful/somewhat strong beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2011 01:36:43 | More by adammetz
Photo of kennyo

New York

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What could I say that the other 472 bastards didn't. This is one of my favorite beers. Is it great? Its not a New Belgium LaFolie or a Southhampton Grand Cru, but man do I luv this stuff.

Mahogany brown with a white head. Aroma is malty, alcohol, citrus, hops, bubblegum. Taste is everything good, malt, hop biterness, alcohol, malt, malt, and morre malt. For a big tasting, 7.2% brew, this things goes down to quick.

What a great drinking beer to review for my 50th one.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2004 20:59:28 | More by kennyo
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the Potsdam IGA. From notes.

A - Poured a dark ruby red. Bright. Good carbonation and a two finger tan head. It looked great in the wine glass I used. The thick and creamy head left great lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Fruity hops, Pacific Northwest hops, caramel, juicy and piney hops with some bread and caramel. A great blend. An Americanized take on a beefy ESB? Really quite complex and inviting.

T - Deep rich caramel and a giant pure hop punch. Tons of pine and resin. Huge, aggressive hops blending with caramel and bread. Very nice.

M - Medium carbonation , full body, fairly bitter.

O/D - Great. Sessionable while being extremely aggressive. Nice with alot of well blended flavours. It works well. Good job.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 18:49:44 | More by tbeckett
Photo of Siriusfisherman


4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, dark ruby with nice pillowy off-white head with good retention. Great lacing.

S: Big on the hops in the nose, pine resin, citrus, and spice (classic Chinook). The malt is very substantial as well, with burnt caramel candy and some bisciuty breadiness.

T/M: Nice kick of bitterness upfront, moves into some big hoppy and malty flavor. The hops are more of the big resiny pine notes, citrus, spice, and some herb. The malt showcases nice burnt sugar, biscuit, and caramel flavors. The finish is pretty dry, but has some nice sweetness from the caramel malt.

Overall, this is one in your face beer. SNPA made me realize that there are beers with a lot more flavor than what society would lead you to think. This was the beer that made me realize that beers could blow the roof off of your palate. My palate has tamed this beast since then, but I still find this to be a great beer to keep on hand at all times.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 23:46:06 | More by Siriusfisherman
Photo of whartontallboy

New York

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge frothy head crowns a nice brown pour and leaves lace all over my snifter. Smell is hoppy and alcoholic with some malt straining to sneak through. The taste is hoptacular, but it's balanced well by a malty sweetness and candied fruit taste. The sweetness hides the alcohol pretty well, and then a nice hop and caramel interplay starts on your tongue. Quite entertaining. I'd label this one as medium-to-full bodied, and the complexities really shine through as it warms up a bit. Not just a clever bit of marketing, this one kicks ass, like all the other Stone brews I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2005 02:54:57 | More by whartontallboy
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4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am writing this review wearing my Stone Brewing T-shirt and listening to the Rolling Stones. Coincidence? I think not!

Ap- deep rich brown amber. Pours a beautiful 2 finger head that is creamy in color. Great retention on the head. Excellent lacing on the glass.

Ar- roasted caramel malts, sweetness. Hops seem to have a slight advantage over the malts in the smell department.

T- Roasted, toasty malts at first and hops at the end. After a while the hop aftertaste really takes over.

M- Great feel with medium body. Perfect carbonation.

O- One of the best beers I have had yet. Doesn't really get any better. I love this stuff. I wish it was available in 12 packs for $7.99 like Natural Ice is.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 03:38:55 | More by BeerNutz324
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4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber poured in a snifter

A- A great dark red/burgundy color with large 2 finger tan head that stay for a while.

S- Mainly hoppy with hints of malts, a sweet smell I can't put my finger one, and alcohol

T- This is a hoppy beer and you notice this right away. When drinking it there are hints of wood and caramel. The finish gives a smooth but untamed bitter punch that makes this drink unforgettable.

M- For how bitter the taste is, it is surprisingly light and refreshing, and of course it is very smooth

D- You will feel like an arrogant bastard drink it because it is so good. It is very easy to down a bomber is a short amount of time and still be ready for another.

I feel that if you read that back of the bottle and like what it says, you will love this beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 01:39:52 | More by larryi86
Photo of smanders


4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try this one for awhile, and at $4.59/bomber I couldn't pass it up. Poured into a British pint glass for review.

Appearance - Dark amber with two fingers of foamy head.

Smell - More hops than expected. Lots of sugars and caramel too.

Taste - Sweet with a nice hop balance. Like the mixture of a DIPA and an Altbier. Great!

Mouthfeel - pretty heavy but not too much.

Drinkability - High. I will definitely be searching for more of Stone's "Arrogant" series in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 20:44:28 | More by smanders
Photo of MOB210SA


4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick 1 finger dense mocha/tan head retains well and stays put. Deep rich ruby red mahogany nice looking in color. Some good lacing

Sweet nose, caramel candy sugar

Strong hoppiness bite and taste. Loads of caramel maltiness and a little roasted malt. Its balanced nice and formitable ale. Big in the taste department.

Smooth, slick, lingering and a slight alcoholic after feel.

Ive always loved Arrogant Bastard. I will return to review again and improve on this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 00:50:45 | More by MOB210SA
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never actually reviewed this one. Rock on!

Served in a Stone shaker pint.

A: Poured a crystal clear, amber color, with an amazingly dense and foamy 2 finger head that clung to the glass and then some.

S: Malty.... just kidding. Seriously, this had a tremendous hop profile with a good bit of yeastiness that almost resembled a nitrogen pour.

T: Palate-wreckingly bitter, but with tons of flavor in every drop. This had all the bitterness of an IPA, but without the citrus. This could be best described as a bitter, melted Jolly Ranch.

M: Lots of lacing on the glass and a good bit of lingering on the palate as well, but it was that special, nihlistically, "man candy" type.

O: As most hop heads will tell you, "One of the all time greats!"

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 20:35:12 | More by Chaney
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4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark reddish amber with little clarity. Tons of head and sticky lace. Impressive

S - Smell is amazingly hoppy, with some sweet smells of caramel and toffee

T - Sweet up front. Oaky. Hop kick in the butt and bitter at the end. The 7.2% is well hidden by the thick mahogany malts and bitter hops

M - Medium bodied, lots of carbonation.

O - An amazing beer, simply put. So much going on here. It tastes like an Imperial Red, but isn't.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 04:08:07 | More by BeerDawgs
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4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fantastic dark copper color with a solid 2 finger head of a nice tan color.

Amazing, complex smell. Really gets you excited for the beer.

Phenomenal taste. Right away you can tell there was some time put into this beer. As the bottle indicates, this beer isn't for the faint of heart. Some real intense tastes.

I consider this beer to be the staple of an American Strong Ale. It reminds be of a fantastic American IPA that was taken to the next level. Try this, you won't be disappointed.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2009 20:55:39 | More by sbw138
Photo of caminiti

New York

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An excellent beer at a great price, can usually pick up a bomber for under $5 even at grocery stores.
Pours a dark copper all over my state issued laptop. seriously. my Dell is now going to smell like ale, and I will have explaining to do, fortunately none got on the keyboard, mostly the power cord...Back to topic, dark copper with large head, partly due to the fact that it is warmer than it should be. Smells hoppy, yummy, and a bit nutty, and taste is as named, bitter, but not as bitter as advertised. A bit creamy and full bodied, heavy carbonation. A must.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 01:42:24 | More by caminiti
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4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage: 2013
Appearance: Deep amber, copper; Dense off-white head; great lace; great carbonation
Smell: Molasses; Pine; Smoke; Like a wonderful campfire in the forest.
Taste: Toasty Malts; Molasses; Smoke; Piney hop goodness, Resiny finish
Mouth-feel: Medium Body; Lingering Resiny finish, Dry.
Overall: Complex, Balanced, Strong… Like a good woman.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2014 03:33:35 | More by JoshuaMason
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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