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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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8,413 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,413
Reviews: 2,767
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 246
Gots: 820 | 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 sessycuban


4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

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


4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

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


4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

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...

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

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

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

New York

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

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


4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

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

New York

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

02-24-2005 02:54:57 | More by whartontallboy
Photo of BeerNutz324


4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

09-22-2011 03:38:55 | More by BeerNutz324
Photo of larryi86


4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

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!

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


4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

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


4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

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

District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

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!"

04-10-2012 20:35:12 | More by Chaney
Photo of BeerDawgs


4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

07-22-2012 04:08:07 | More by BeerDawgs
Photo of sbw138


4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

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

New York

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

01-22-2009 01:42:24 | More by caminiti
Photo of JoshuaMason


4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

02-08-2014 03:33:35 | More by JoshuaMason
Photo of wagenvolks


4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

Picked up a tall bottle of ABA at a little gas station outside of Abiquiu, New Mexico (near ghost ranch). Best part: only $3.50.

Pours a cola-colored ale with a frothy, light tan head that retains well and leaves sticky, layered lacing. An intricate aroma ensues, comprised of sage hops blended with spice, lemon, vanilla, and a touch of malt. Truly exquisite.

Taste is of bitter, ascerbic hops with some coffee, roasted nut, and an alcoholic note to boot. Mouthfeel is definately not shy about its bitterness, as it attacks the back of the palate sans remorse. Some might consider it a bit overwheming in relation to the taste, but it's still enjoyable. Finishing remarks: Big aroma. Big taste. Big beer. Definately not to be taken lightly, but nonetheless an enjoyable drink.

05-29-2007 06:12:17 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of ultralarry2006


4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Tan one finger head with good retention and nice lacing. Body is a deep reddish brown.

Smell - kilned bready malts and some piney hops. Some toasty malt and caramel, slight citrus, some woodsyness, grassy, and herbal tones, too.

Taste - much like the smell, but also more going on as well. Bready, toasty, even roasty, malts - pine, lemon hops. Amongst all that are hints of vanilla and bourbon. Slight alcohol astringency at the end, with a bready malt, and slight bourbon aftertaste, also a little bit of lemony tea.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, low carbonation. Thick hop oil slickness.
Slight dryness.

Drinkabilty - very good beer, goes down easy. Would have several of these anytime.

06-03-2006 22:19:26 | More by ultralarry2006
Photo of Gehrig


4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

The label is funny, issuing a tongue-in-cheek challenge to drinkers to dare to declare themselves worthy of such a product. Upon trying it, I have to say that this beer holds up its end of the bargain. Much to discuss.

Two fingers of tan froth top a copper body with crimson tinges that's very easy on the eye. The smell brings loads of caramel to the nose, but is sufficiently complex to allow for fruit to present itself. Combined with the malt, this continues to please.

As does the taste, Arrogant Bastard sends the message that it means business. The caramel is very pleasant, but not too sweet, and combines with the fruit very nicely. I was surprised at the rather dry aftertaste, which doesn't go well with the rest in my humble opinion. Yet this is a very good and worthy brew, more than worth trying but worth its weight in gravitas. This beer has nerve and lives up to its braggadoccio. Well done.

02-15-2008 02:18:22 | More by Gehrig
Photo of alexgash


4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

Deep, rich garnet body with a rabid, frothy, light-tan head.
Aromas of sweet, candy-ish malt are strong, but so are the piney, scotch-tape hops. Oh yeah.
Big sweet malt flavors up front. Pineapple and candied fruit set against a caramelly background. Huge hops come in midway to balance out the sweetness. Pine resin with deliciously spicy notes. Finish is bitter, with lingering sweetness. Big, bold body; chewy feel. It might destroy my palate (even though I think I’m worthy), but I don’t care. One of my favorites or one of my favorite styles.

10-27-2004 18:13:04 | More by alexgash
Photo of DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured from a 22oz into a hefeweizen glass. Best before date May 5th, 2011.

A - deep brown, clear brew with a moderate tan head that resolves after a few minutes leaving a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

S - grapefruit hops on top of some toasty malts; after it warms a little some really strong caramel malts come through

T - big powerful flavor with strong citrus hops backed with a big caramel malty profile that give a very slight hint of sweetness at the end in the middle of the enduring bitterness

M - velvety mouthfeel with subtle but abundant carbonation

D - quick drinkable even though it's super-powered; moderate booziness and warming

Obviously a classic and a really, really tasty and complex beer. I prefer this to the Oaked version (though that's pretty decent as well)!

03-28-2011 23:45:28 | More by DoktorZee
Photo of beerorRIP

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

On tap @ the office

Poured into a regular pint glass, yields a nice off-white head one-finger head that sticks around. A deep ruby / burgundy body shows small bubbles streaming to the top. Throughout the drink, sticky lace hangs around. nice.

Smells mostly of hops... floral, with some notes of pine mixed in. Some malts in there as well, a touch of fruit but not too much, but the hops are the focus.

Diving in gives the hops up front with malts. Not sweet malts but there are caramel and estery flavors. somewhat unexpected, but helps the balance. then more hops come charging in to finish things off on more of a bitter and dry note. Can't really catch too much of the alcohol taste even at this abv... well hidden. i like.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some bite from carbonation. not oily or thick like one might expect.

surprisingly easy drinking.... perhaps too easy.

overall, a great brew!

08-30-2008 19:26:00 | More by beerorRIP
Photo of Offa


4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

This is a nicely strong, slightly rough but delicious, complex, full-bodied beer.

It has a deep red body with a big, off-white head that slowly shrinks and leaves some good lacing.

The aroma is flowery pine, citrus (esp. grapefruit), caramelly malt.

The flavour is strong and rich with a lot of malty-caramelly sweetness offsetting the strong hoppy bitterness. It has citrus and pine flavours. It just maintains the balance to avoid being harsh.

04-18-2008 23:09:28 | More by Offa
Photo of CrellMoset


4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured into a wide-mouthed glass from a 22 oz. bomber.

Appearance: A deep, ruddy, ruby-brown beer with a creamy, light head. It's INCREDIBLY sticky and foamy, and both the lacing and the head don't go anywhere. At all. Most excellent.

Smell: Deep, sugary fruits - plums, and mild citrus - a piney hop presence, sweet and toasted grains, and alcohol. Oy. Very pungent.

Taste: I feel arrogant drinking this beer. It's rich and full, and the grainy malts are both sweet and caramelly, as well as smoky and rustic. The alcohol is warming and pungent and its spicy presence is noticeable throughout the body. There's also an assertive, sharp, juniper and citrus hop presence. So good.

Mouthfeel: Pure heavy, rich, thick, creamy velvet. Stellar.

Drinkability: Maybe it's just the arrogance talking, but this beer is definitely a sipping beer, to be appreciated and puzzled over. I'm discovering new tastes and aromas as I take each new sip. Not eminently drinkable, if only because of it's formidable alcohol character.

A rich, complex, and satisfying ale, almost a wine in many ways. There are more flavors and aromas here than I can begin to count, and my grasp of the english language isn't firm enough to describe all the sensations this beer brings about.

03-13-2008 22:15:58 | More by CrellMoset
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,413 ratings.