Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,889 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 2,889
Hads: 9,863
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 380
Gots: 1,996 | 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 zplug123
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Maple-brown color, good head with attractive lacing that lasts for the whole time

S: Definitely strong hops aroma, pine/spice with a hint of malt sweetness

T: The hoppiness is apparent at the beginning, with a lingering mouthfeel. Subsequent sips exhibit a malt sweetness underneath, but overall strong and hop-bitter.

M: The carbonation lets it stick to the palette for a few seconds, definitely pleasant due to appropriate carbonation level. The hop resin feeling is definitely overbearing, but otherwise smooth.

D: I have half of a 22 oz bottle while I shared the rest with my brother, a good beer to sip and talk about, but definitely not anywhere on my top list. (674 characters)

Photo of Stigs
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

an old classic...one of my first craft beers. been awhile so i ordered a 16oz pour at fatheads, english-style pint glass.

A - bit over a finger of frothy, very light tan colored foam which just wouldnt go away. already covering the glass with a thin film which eventually sticks to it like glue. the beer is dark, dark amber in color and relatively clear. impressive.

S - hops, very heavy on the pine with a slightly citrusy sweet vibe at the end. sharp sweet caramel malt struggles for attention.

T - sharp and dark roasted malts coat the tongue before a massively bitter piney hop attack. hints of grapefruit and a lightly floral touch as well. a little one sided and everything seems to be fighting for attention at once instead of playing nicely.

M - a bit astringent...i know its meant to be bitter but with the aid of strong prickly carbonation it distracts from the flavors a bit. very dry finish with lingering piney bitterness.

D - arrogant indeed. right up a lot of craft drinker's alley, and i like them as hoppy and robust as they come but this is just lacking some grace, control. too many bold flavors at once do not leave much room for anything else. hits the spot on certain days, this must not be one of them. (1,232 characters)

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: pours a dark brown and leaves the same colored body with a soft lumpy creamy looking half finger head. The head lasted about a good three minutes. The lacing was mild in that there wasn't any rings or any foamy leftovers.

S: mainly the hops in front through a nice bitter sort of way. Some malts appear in the background as she warms.

T: mild bitterness backed up by some citrus and hops.

M: medium sort of body and comes across somewhat surprisingly smooth. Still, there's a decent sort of sessionable aspect to it.

O: this is a decent beer, nothing to scream about. I guess I just thought it would've been better but hey I'd still have it again. (674 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ignite!

A: Reddish brown color with a thin tan head.

S: Big malty aroma with some citrus hops and a good amount of resin.

T: I started out loving this beer, then I hated it, and now I'm back to liking it again. Big, chewy malt throughout, citrus hop resin and a good amount of booze. (298 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 20 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: A beautiful dark red amber. Magnificent head with surprisingly creaminess and retention. Good lacing.

S: Hoptastic! Crisp hops overwhelm my nose mingling with malty sweetness.

T: After such a strong start, I was a bit let down by the taste. It's not thin, exactly, but rather unsupported. It's a very nice ale with excellent hops undergirded by malt. Other than that, it's a very nice ale with excellent...You get the picture. Bitter aftertaste lingers, pleasant at first, but fading with time.

M: Average. I don't really have much to say. Hops have a mild drying taste.

D: Starts strong, but doesn't quite hold out. The more I drank, the less I liked it. Still, all around, a very solid choice. Avoid if you dislike hops. Not a problem for me though, and I think grab another someday soonish. (849 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a shaker pint, Arrogant Bastard is clear ruddy brown, with a huge light khaki head that subsides to thick skim leaving moderate lace.

The nose is caramel malt and citrus hops, but not the same brightness as an IPA, they form an interesting combination that is more then the sum of the parts. Frankly, I'd prefer the hops unadulterated.

The taste is initially malty and grainy, but is quickly obliterated by the hops, finishes dry and bitter. I wonder how fresh the hops are, here they come across more grassy/leafy then much citrus or pine that I would expect. While the taste is pretty strong, it's not the richest strong ale, which is good because the finish quickly beckons another sip.

Light bodied for the style, moderate carbonation.

This is pretty drinkable for the style, but it's ultimately not the most memorable or inspiring ale. (887 characters)

Photo of rvdoorn
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: The beer pours a an amber brown color with a nice off white head.
Smell: Fruits and piney hops
Taste: Fruits and piney hops again, malts and caramel sweetness.Finish is hppy bitter
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium body
Overall: Nice beer, a bit too sweet for the style (279 characters)

Photo of jeffsala
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark Brown with reddish hues. Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber. Very nice head that lingers in the glass.

S - Malty with sweet tones. Lightly hopped with citrus and pine smells present.

T - There is a lot going on with this brew. The malt hits first and then a pine/citrus tone as an aftertaste. It's an interesting beer and definitely well crafted, but not to the point where would put it on my top 10 list.

M - Rich and Satisfying. The ABV is not to noticeable and agreeable aftertaste.

D - To me this is a one and done beer as least when presented in the bottle. I remember a somewhat different experience when I had it on Draft at Mad Mex in State College PA. I would like to try it again on tap and then revise this review if the experience is different. (783 characters)

Photo of BrewSomerville
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aroma: Citrusy, malty-sweet smelling, pine, grass, dirty hops.

Looks: Copper with amber/ red highlights. Big cream coloured head. Some lace.

Taste: Ruby red grapefruit, pine, malty taste reminded me of the candy; Big red foot. Orange peel. Good bitterness that you can feel at the back of your tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Lower than average carbonation.

Overall, I like it very much. I would drink it more often if it were lower in alcohol and if I could find some in smaller bottles. (502 characters)

Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a 1 finger head that recedes quickly. Sweet nose, with notes of hops. Some dark malts, spice (pinch of nutmeg?), hint of citrus and a dash of hops compose a rather banal flavor profile. Nice and light, yet almost creamy mouthfeel. This is a good craft beer, but not a great one - and not worth the $6 a bomber. Maybe a 6-er is a better format for this very sessionable beer. (398 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle into goblet on 4/27/09. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing.

A - Poured an attractive clear ruby red body with one-finger beige head that settled into a patchy film and yielded some elaborate lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Sweet and sugary nose with an earthy hop character and a hint of floral notes. I also detect a dark fruit presence that suggests raisins and apricots.

T - Dark fruit notes up front with the aforementioned raisins and apricots paired with a subtle resiny hop character and earthy notes, albeit a bit restrained. Definitely not as aggressively hopped as I was anticipating. Hop presence is a bit muted overall.

M - Medium body with a warm, bristly mouthfeel and slight syrupy texture. Mild bitterness on the palate.

D - I found this to be good but not mild-blowing. Perhaps the bottle was slightly past its prime. I would like to sample this on tap soon, because I know there is potential here. With a name like Arrogant Bastard, it HAS to be good, right? (996 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice draft pour, but while it feels a bit more assertive on the hop profile than bottled versions it is close to compromising a bit the richness and balanced experienced there.

Presentation: 16 oz draft offering. Menu offers a fair one liner description and brewery location. Served in a pilsner-like glass.

A - Deep amber color with a fine off-white foamy head. Fine retention and showy lacing as it goes down to an assertive surface lid.

S - Smell is not particularly assertive, It has a faint not of sweet caramel malt notes with a citrus hoppy hint.

T - Taste remains far more assertive and rich than the smell. There is still a good sense of malt and somewhat fruity flavor finished, but the rich citrus hoppy bite takes a far more prominent role than what it does on the bottle.

M - Fine carbonation on a medium to full bodied beer. Creamy and smooth feel.

D - Still drinkable on tap but feels like a different beast, not far from other versions but while good maybe a bit less memorable.

Notes: Remains a nice offering on tap, but feels a bit subdued... Too cold probably and the glassware is fair but not ideal. (1,129 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into my Duvel glass. No bottle date or drink by date present. Awesome looking label though.

(A)- Pours a medium reddish brown/mahogany that has a slight cloudiness to it. The off white head was at least 3-fingers and is still staying strong! Its almost thick like Cool Whip!

(S)- Rather closed and tight in the smell department. However, I am getting a mix of hops and malts. A small bite of some spice and lemon-pine coming through.

(T)- Wow, serious hops blast at the beginning that really coats the tongue with the telltale bitter, lemony-citrus pine essences of hops. It then mellows out at the end into an interesting tea-like flavor; like a fruity Earl Grey or Darjeeling tea with some honeyed malty sweetness.

(M)- It has a good carbonation level that intermixes well with everything else. The 7.2% alcohol is hidden really well, so it can be deceiving! Its got a good bite to it, but is also smooth on the finish. Good complexities of both flavor and texture. It actually reminds me of Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot Barleywine to a certain extent.

(D)- The balance of bitter and sweet really brings out some complex flavors in this guy. The alcohol is hard to find amidst the bittersweetness, but it could sneak up on you after a few, but I definitely wouldnt mind having 2-3 of these no problem. (1,324 characters)

Photo of redteg02
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is a beautiful auburn, with a quarter inch head that recedes into a nice fine mist at the top and lasts all the way down the glass.

Smell is unbelievable, sweet and very complex. took me by surprise.

Taste is good at first; sweet that is perfectly countered by bitter. however things take a turn for the worst at the end and i am left with a very bitter, almost repugnant, taste in my mouth that lasts and lasts.

Drinkability is severely hurt by this bitter aftertast.

Note: Since it has been said a few times that this brew has a sweet after taste. I may try another. This may not have had proper storage and the gargoyle may have fail to ward off the bitterness. (688 characters)

Photo of johnnybgood1999
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, I've been waiting to come back home to Virginia to try this one for a good while. I can't find it in Missouri!

A: Nice looking dark amber. It has an average head and nice lacing.

S: Smells like a barleywine.

T: Very nice. This is the best brew form Stone I've had. This tastes like a SA Boston Lager on steroids! To me, that is a good thing. I like that beer and this is similar, but much stronger and alot maltier. Sorry to base the taste portion off of SA, but it is the best description in my mind, as most people have had that beer.

M: Creamy, smooth, and well carbonated.

D: Pretty darn drinkable. I would love to try it oak aged. (647 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cherry red and thick in density. Really good layer of white carbonation that remains layered in the glass. Not great lacing, but the thickness is enough to give this really high points.

Smell: Mostly pine hops. Pretty effective but not as complex as I expected.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Exceptionally active carbonation that makes this quite an enjoyable beer. Mostly pine hops in the flavor and alcohol comes through as it warms. Definitely some dark fruit and even apple as well. Smokey wood as well. Something bitter in the end as well. All in all very good but it doesn't all add up.

Drinkability: Something doesn't quite add up.

Overall: See taste and drinkability. Very good, but not quite what I hoped. (717 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. The oaked version of this was my first true love. Back then, a beer like this was as rich and flavorful as they come. Seems like those days are over though. The last Oaked AB I had didn't have the effect it did those years ago given the amount of good beer I've put down and the growth of my palate since.

4.5 A: Clear deep amber/mahogany color. Nearly three fingers of beige creamy/frothy hybrid head. Average to good retention and plentiful nonuniform lacing.

3.5 S: Caramel, brown sugar, and even a touch of nuttiness. Hops add pine, orangy citrus, and a touch of flowers.

3.5 T: The taste is still aggressive enough to warrant a name like Arrogant Bastard. The first thing I noticed was a decent hop bitterness punch. Orange, grapefruit, and piney hop flavor. Good amount of caramel and toffee malt flavor with a general biscuity maltiness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Smooth, but could be creamier.

4.0 D: I was glad I had a bomber. AB is a solid beer and a good introduction into the world of higher ABV, more flavorful beers. While now it doesn't impress me like it once did, drinking it again takes me down memory lane when craft beer could not have been any more exciting. (1,228 characters)

Photo of jmich24
3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber

A: Beautiful two finger fluffy white head. Ruby red amber color. Lacing and head remains for the entire beer.
S: Hops!!! Very piney, slight citrus.
T: Wet, hoppy and bitter. Fairly high ABV is well hidden. Much smoother as it warms up a bit.
M: Creamy and bitter on the tongue.
D: Drinkability is somewhat difficult for me. The high ABV and bitterness would make this 22 bomber all I could handle or want.

I would purchase this beer again. It is the type of beer I can enjoy and relax with after a 12 hour shift at work. (550 characters)

Photo of badbeer
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a reddish brown color with a white head leaving a little lacing. Smell is full of piney hops, there's definately a strong malt base, but this is hops all the way. Taste starts a little sweet with some caramel, but is quickly full of piney hops. Pretty good. Medium bodied, higher carbonation. Once again, pretty good, and is worth a try. (344 characters)

Photo of trackstar1043
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a rich copper-reddish-brown, with a light chocolate colored head that had great retension.

S - Strong aroma of hops, bright and bitter, with a deep roasted malty character.

T - Dark and strong, the bitter hops bite at your taste buds first the the deep roasted malts followed by on hell of an alcohol kick, this is a serious brew.

M - Abrasive and lively, you know it is a strong ale.

D - This brew have a sinister side but good. (443 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

PPours a deep amber with a 1 finger off white head. Decent head retention, visible carbonation. Smells of sweet caramel malts with a citric hop presence on the back end. Lots of sweet malts up front, some biscuit and caramel. Hops take over quickly though and aggressively, with a minty ester presence. Medium to full in body with a chewy grainy presence. Very dry finish with big bitterness. Delicately floral flavors are present for such an arrogant beer.

Liked this beer more than I though I would (went into not wanting to like it cause of its cult following) but it is rather decent and stands out amongst the crowd slightly.

Does it stand out from other stone ales though? That's another question. (705 characters)

Photo of ronniebruner
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As usual, Stone have created a quality brew. While I would not agree that this is a world class brew, I would definitely agree that this is an outstanding brew. The brew's strongpoint being its nice balanced aroma of fine malts and an amazing pour. The brew is very strong, pungent and acidic in a good way and leaves a great aftertaste that sticks for a while. A very worthy brew and as always, many thanks to Stone, who are easily one of the better American breweries. (470 characters)

Photo of shadow1961
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arrogant Bastard Ale pours a dense tan head over a clear
ruby brew. the nose is herbal hop, malt, and ale yeast. There
is no detectable carbonation in this sample, though the head
seems to have impressive staying power. The flavor is malt
and herbal hop, with an intense grassy hop finish. The mouthfeel
is full and round, yet also a bit astringent due to the big hop
profile. All that flavor makes the 7.2% alcohol by volume a sneaky
surprise. I'm not a big fan of grassy hops, but it you are that kind of
a drinker, this one's for you. Impressive. (559 characters)

Photo of Intrinsic
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although I`m a fan of many Stone beers, this one doesn`t really stand out to me, however it does look nice. It`s got a clear, rusty red colour that I can`t recall seeing before. The downside is that the head isn`t very creamy and disappears pretty fast. You can really notice the hops in the smell, which I wasn`t expecting. On second smell, you really notice the malt too. Good balance. Which of course transfers very well to the taste. Sweet malty flavour up front that finishes moderately bitter, with some anise and grapefruit. It`s quite dry. Overall, nothing amazing but it is a good beer, no doubt. (605 characters)

Photo of jeffmonarch
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pt. 6 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Red/brown color with a light tan color.

S - Hops, nice roasted grain scents.

T - Hops from the start. Sweet grain flavor with high alcohol content.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer. I love this. If you like this also try Oaked Arrogant Bastard and Double Arrogant Bastard. (340 characters)

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