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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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8,827 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,827
Reviews: 2,794
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 264
Gots: 1,034 | FT: 5
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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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

ebin, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of udubdawg
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber

This stuff is a favorite, and I won't pretend to be objective.

This is a very small beer, tiny even. All soft, unassuming, puppies and kisses and cuddling, reminiscent of a Kansas grocery store 3.2% watered-down macro. Cute.
...OK, fine, I'll try to be serious. I remember the first time I had this - first sip was full of alcohol, then hop bitterness hits, and with some high initial carbonation it feels harsh and not at all pleasing. I probably cried when this brutal beast beat my palate to a pulp, what can I say.

Now I want to cry when I run out.

Pours a gorgeous dark amber, with excellent clarity and a three finger thick light tan/slightly yellowed head. Most of this recedes soon, but a cap lasts to the bottom, and lacing is excellent.

This beer smells good, don't get me wrong...but it is a little lighter than expected...perhaps this is intentional so the flavor is even more of a shock to the uninitiated. Toasted grains fail to hide behind some interesting citrusy hop aromas.

Again, the first thing I notice is alcohol. This beer, especially on first sip, could pass for a lot more than 7.2%. The initial spritziness that I don't enjoy dies down after only a few sips, resulting in a nice smooth medium-bodied mouthfeel. Complex and very full flavored - let's call it rich even. Ample grapefruit and bitterness that lasts well after the swallow. And we're not talking some sweetened pink grapefruit juice cocktail shit here - this is the real deal - yellow bitter grapefruit you choke down for breakfast cause you were too lazy to drag your fat ass over to the treadmill. Maybe even a little numbing to the palate - would you expect anything less?

Probably should be a sipper...but one can feel the beer making fun of your (lack of) manhood and you find yourself unable to stop drinking this awesome beer.

udubdawg, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of rievelx6
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Similar to an amber color with a slightly colored caramel head.
S- I get some hops and a little malt at the same time with every whiff.
T- Slight hop taste that sticks around on the pallet after swallowing.
M- Pretty smooth with unexpected hints of hops very good.
O- Overall very enjoyable beer. Would recommend to any pale ale/IPA lover.
I havent had a beer from Stone brewery that I didnt like

rievelx6, Sep 16, 2013
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4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a nice brown color with a quarter inch creamy head. Malty flavor with a good hop hit, but not overly bitter. Very balanced and easy drinking. Flavors really show through as the beer warms slightly. Aroma is roasty and mildly hoppy. This is a beer that sets the standard for quality and drinkability.

Photobeeguy, Aug 05, 2014
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4.48/5  rDev +7.7%

phil215, Sep 16, 2014
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4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Food Pairing - Just trust me on this: Peanut butter. Oh yeah. I had a weird sense that this might work, and sure enough, boy. Hard to explain. Try it!

A - Immense frothy head over rich maple colored body. Zero bubbles rising to the surface. Wonderful lacing throughout.
S - Sweet, roasty, makes you want to jump in. Also lets you know that those hops are there, waiting for you.
T - Complex...trying to unravel and identify its flavors is fun! Bread made with molasses, walnut and almond, raisin, a bit of cream, cinnamon, brown sugar, bitter punch of piney orange rind. Remarkable balance of complexity and boldness. Delicious.
M - Electric sensation up front, which runs almost the length of the tongue. Rush of bitterness takes over a few seconds after the initial taste, scrubbing the buds just enough for the next one before receding. Slight metallic sensation remains without being obnoxious.
O - When first I had this beer years ago, as the bottle itself states, I was not worthy. Truly, casuals will find little to enjoy from this one as it certainly isn't for the uninitiated! Now, I'm proud to count myself among the highest echelon of drinkers: those who this beer was made for. Arrogance achieved.

ChugMan, Mar 17, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle with an "Enjoy By 2/2/14" date code. Seems fresh.

A: Nice two finger head that settles and doesn't look like it's going anywhere. Nice lacing. Beautiful filtered amber body with a tan head.

S: Caramel covered hops. Bread, bisuit, sweetness. Grapefruit and citrus.

T: Caramel sweetness with a bitter grapefruit hop bite at the back end. Haven't had this in a while but wow this isn't how I remember it tasting. This is delicious.

M: For the style it has nice carbonation. I like how it feels more like an IPA than a barleywine. Makes me want to take another sip.

O: I now understand why this is a classic. I really want to re-try the Oaked version. Would definitely drink again, especially for the price.

TastefulNudity, May 29, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev +7.7%

benjamin_dallas, Sep 17, 2014
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4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 2/28/13
Pours brown with some reddish hues when held to a light, great frothy beige head holds good retention & leaves excellent lacing all over the glass as the head dissipates. Nose is fresh piny hops, grapefruit, sweet caramel malt, bready, pungent. Tastes are definitely bold with pungent, piny, grapefruity hops, bitter up-front, sweetness comes through as bready malt and heavy caramel, almost burnt. Slight earthiness, but the pine rides out the finish and lingers. Medium body, creamy, nice carbonation. Overall, always a favorite of mine & nice to come back to after waiting too long to pick one up!

barnzy78, Jan 06, 2013
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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from brown 1pt. 6oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has the abv at 7.2%, there is no freshness date and there is an amusing description arrogance, there beer and there brewery.

Appearance: The beer has a beautiful dark ruby red hue with good clarity and a creamy light tan head. The thick creamy head has good retention and slowly fades to a thin cap of frothy foam. From this head I get lots of cool lacing and lace rings on the glass.

Smell: It has a big juicy citrusy hop presence over nice bready maltiness in the background.

Taste/Palate: There is a good solid mix of bready, caramely, grainy malt with loads of juicy of citrusy, grapefruity, lemony, and piney hop notes. The hops bring solid bitterness which slowly fades off the tongue deep into the finish. The palate has a firm yet still easy drinking texture with active carbonation and a good solid medium to full body.

Notes: This is one very tasty, well crafted flagship beer.

generallee, May 07, 2010
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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Village Draft House in Raleigh

Arrived a deep amber with a very thin lacing of head. Smells malty with hops coming through. Taste is initially malty and slightly sweet, but quickly changes to a piney, floral hop characteristic. Very well hopped and very well balanced. As the beer warms the alcohol begins to come through in the nose and in the finish, but in a very complimentary way; adds further balance in the nose, meshing well with the malts and hops, and adds warmth to the finish adding to the overall balance. This beer is nicely carbonated and medium bodied; I actually thought it was quite light on the palate given the style and alcohol content.

Just another great beer from Stone. I have this beer several times a year, and I've never had a bad pour.

tdm168, Jul 28, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As if the Stone Brewing flagship beer needed more praise...

Since i'm at a bar with wifi i might as well throw a few words towards the infamous Bastard. Deep amber/copper color on the double deuce pour into a standard pint glass. Significant lacing residue left behind. Aromas of pine, roasted malt and a touch of fruitiness greeted me when the head settled down. This is, as we all know, a bitter beer but it does provide a pleasing quantity of malt to the hop dryness. Finish is very dry - just the way i like it. A great beer from a company that caters to my taste profile purchased for a paltry fiver at Mom's Bar happy hour in West LA.

dannydetox, Dec 21, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice medium brown color with a modest layer of head that leaves some lacing on the side of the goblet.

S: Zesty citrus hop aromas mingle with malty backbone offering caramel and raisin notes.

T: Ample bitterness blends nicely with the roasted malt flavors. There's some minty hop bite late, preceded by toast and toffee flavors.

M: Nice creamy texture that helps mute the significant hop bite. Carbonation feels very light, similar to bottle conditioned Belgians.

D: This beer lives up to its name... it's no wimpy beer and it ain't afraid to show it. At only 7.2% ABV, a bomber won't leave me feeling sleepy either.

ewright, Sep 26, 2008
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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Arrongant Bastard, one of my first real introductions to the world of big and bold craft beers yet somehow I've never reviewed it.

Wonderful dark chestnut colored body with some ruby red highlights. Capped with a thick and frothy ecru shaded head that slowly slips down the edge of the glass to leave a thick, sticky lace behind.

Storng malt presence on the nose with lots of toffee and caramel notes paired well with an aggressive citrusy and slightly resiny hop aroma.

Malty biscuit backbone with a good bit of sweet caramel and slightly fruity flavors show off one half of this beer before the hops come along and take over. This hop profile exemplifies your typical American hop flavor with boat loads of grapefruit (and some of its closest citrus friends) as well as a floral and piney character. Finishes with a good bit of bitterness that helps balance out the sweetness of the malt.

Mouthfeel comes across as smooth and creamy with a thick full bodied feel. Overall, AB is a classic American craft beer and one that, in this beer drinkers opinion, truly defines American beer. Bold and assertive, yet well-balanced and drinkable... hard to get much better.

Kinsman, Jul 29, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Orrshow shared his bomber with me, yet another hauled home from Las Vegas by his father. This review is from the notes.

Arrogant Bastard pours a clear mahogany colour, and had a one finger thick tan head. The head was creamy and lasted a long time.

The smell is dominated by the hops. Citrus, lemon-lime like bitter hops, with a raisin like malt base. My wife says she finds cherry in it, and digging in I could see where she is coming from. Lots of smell, in ways it reminds me of a barley wine.

The taste is quite impressive, nothing in it is watery in the least. The is a dark malty flavour that does its best to balance out a long lingering citrus hop bite. Alcohol is apparent in the finish, and provides a somewhat earthy heat.

The beer is somewhat oily in its body, and has a medium amount of carbonation. Altogether the beer is comfortable on the tongue and pleasant to swallow.

This one is too damn drinkable, I found myself longing for another. Even with the extra alcohol, Arrogant Bastard is dangerously easy to down. This will be on my list of beers to seek out.

elricorico, Jun 05, 2006
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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big ups and massive props to DaftCaskBC for this one. Drank it several times before, but no tick yet?? Anyways, respek.

Appearance. Pours a hazy deep brown-amber with a smallish off-white head.

Smell. Pineapple, sweet grains and caramel, a little booze and brown sugar with some orange rind and nice hops.

Taste. Sweet caramel and roasty malts. Some bitter, piney hops, Orange and grapefruit rinds, a little brown sugar. Bitter piney, woody, citrus rind finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium carbonation.

Overall. Booyakasha! This is one big, malty, hoppy, sweet monster here. A beer more eviler than Skeletor. R.E.S.T.E.C.P! Do ya even know wha it spellz?

Rutager, Dec 22, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

goz, Jan 16, 2003
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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

MrHassellYaHurd, Feb 12, 2010
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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Clembo1957, Jan 16, 2012
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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

GreatPondBrewer, May 15, 2003
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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

happygnome, Aug 05, 2008
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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

CFHMagnet, Jun 15, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

marcpal, Oct 14, 2007
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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

jdg204, Sep 28, 2008
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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

youngblood, Apr 07, 2009
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,827 ratings.