1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

8,497 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 8,497
Reviews: 2,773
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 250
Gots: 862 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Arrogant Bastard Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 8,497 | Reviews: 2,773 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of RingoBro
RingoBro

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

A - Beautiful ruby color. Thick, foamy head with a lot of sticky lacing throughout.

S - Citrus and pine with a nice hop aroma.

T - Citrus and pine with some earthy tones. Moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body and medium carbonation. Can definitely feel the hops. Smooth.

Overall, a great beer by a great brewery. I shall be picking up more 22oz bottles.

12-15-2013 16:27:32 | More by RingoBro
Photo of Yesac
Yesac

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

A - Very dark amber/red off-white head that keeps a small layer throughout the glass. Awesome

S - Pretty complex, hops are dominating. Smells like an imperial IPA. Some dark fuits, and alcohol.

T - Excellent hop taste similar to an imperial IPA, just enough big bitterness. Great spice and alcohol warming as well like a great barley wine. This is one complex brew and is a challenge to disifer which type of beer this is.

M - Pretty sticky on the palate, but not dry. Nice coating

11-20-2008 03:00:47 | More by Yesac
Photo of cameraman
cameraman

Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

A dark amber color with a excellent creamy head. Strong hop aroma, from flowers to earthy scents. The first taste has a little bit of barley there, then BAM, the hops come right out and announce their presence. The mouthfeel is slightly rich, but is still very smooth going down, leaving a nice dry finish. Overall this beer backs up the label, AGGRESIVE, the intense hop flavor make this a must try beer.

01-30-2006 01:54:49 | More by cameraman
Photo of trentley87
trentley87

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

Picked up the pint bottle tonight...I was going to wait on this one for a special occasion but I just can't resist.

A: Pours a cloudy, dark orange-amber with a two finger width orange-tan head. Excellent head retention with good lacing.

S: Mild, citrus and hops.

T: Very bitter, lots of hops flavors, but a pleasant sweet citrus finish and aftertaste. Definitely some alcohol flavor present as well. Not as aggressive as the back of the bottle would suggest. I throughly enjoyed it.

M: Perfect. Carbonation is right on. Not watered down but not too thick for an ale.

D: The only thing keeping this from being one of my go-to brews is that here in Michigan the price is pretty steep at $4.29 a pint. But you're definitely paying for quality. I will definitely be getting one of these every few weeks or so.

01-08-2008 01:08:41 | More by trentley87
Photo of mayorwalda
mayorwalda

New York

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

I'm told I'm not worthy, and you know what, it might be true.

Stone Brewery's Arrogant Bastard Ale is quite a beauty to behold. From the pour you get a nice, dark brew, a deep red glow, that generates a good two finger head atop your glass that sits around for a long while, and leaves behind a bit of lace.

The aroma of this beer, before the first sip, is a hop-centric, somewhat grassy, somewhat piney bitter aroma which surprised me considering this brew's dark, malt-rich appearance.

Upon the first sip, a sip savored quite a while, I got a huge array of flavors that bring in, seemingly, every ingredient in this beer in their own organized waves. Initially, you get the bitter, somewhat tart taste of resinous malts and heaping amounts of hopps. After that taste hits your palate, though, you start to taste some of the sweetness of the malt and fruits they brew with all those hops! From the malt selection in this brew you can taste, primarily, some caramel malts complimented--if not just for color--by a bit of dark roast malts followed closely by a light and citrusy sweetness, as well as maybe a bit of tropical fruit. In short the taste of this ale is a roller coaster ride to be enjoyed full nice and slow, sip after sip.

While in mouth the mouthfeel of this brew can almost be ignored due to the immense amount of flavor going on in this brew, but this beer has a very complimentary medium body.

A: Dark, red, and frothy, with a good head and some lace.
S: Piney, hoppy and green, with a little bit of sweetness on the tail end.
T: Whoa! The taste is the total selling point of this brew. From hopps to fruit to malt this brew has it all in an unmatched, organized array of flavor.
M: Mouthfeel can be ignored for the most part but this beer's medium body compliments every other aspect really well.
O: Arrogant Bastard Ale is marketed correctly, I'd say. It's a wild brew with some serious flavor and a lot of complexity, which is miraculously well organized--it doesn't taste like everything at once. It also does a good job of keeping a first timer on their toes looking like a dark brew, smelling like an IPA and tasting like a well balanced red ale (with some uncharacteristic qualities!). Arrogant Bastard Ale might have to be a repeat buy, you know, just so I can get more acquainted and perhaps even "worthy".

09-11-2011 07:08:27 | More by mayorwalda
Photo of BladeRunner
BladeRunner

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours a beautiful ruby red, with a nice foamy head that stays for awhile. Lacing is great aswell.

Nose isn't too strong, and almost makes this beer seem tame at first. Though, I did get some nice fruity overtones.

Taste is very strong/aggressive while also offering complex flavors, then it kicks you in the ass when it finishes, but in a good way. I do taste slight roast grain and strong hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a kick in the ass. First it seems mellow than right after it warms up the mouth a second later it slaps you in the face with an aggressive aftertaste that isn't for everybody. This is not a session beer by any means. This is a beer you will want to drink when you want something that is no holds bar tough, or an arrogant bastard.

I give them high kudos for the name they gave this beer. It fits it in everyway. Damn, arrogant bastard!!!

06-10-2007 08:01:03 | More by BladeRunner
Photo of rabidawg
rabidawg

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

Appearance: Deep ruby chestnut with perfect carbonation. Nice soft head that stuck until the end, leaving substantial lacing.

Smell: Wonderful floral hops well balanced by an earthy, yet sweet, malt background. Nice citrusy hop nose, with an almost candy (caramelized sugar) tone. Smells like a homebrew boiling.

Taste: Sharp, juicy hops at first, followed by dark, rich roasty malts. Finishes dry with a lingering hop bitterness. Alcohol is evident in the finish, nicely tying things up. But the hops, the beautiful hops, they linger . . . .


Notes: I first tried this about three years ago, and I definitely was *not* worthy. After trying it again, I'm already aching to prove my worth with another bomber.

09-23-2003 02:06:06 | More by rabidawg
Photo of gus
gus

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

First thing that hits you is the strong hop aroma, along with a very toasty carmel malt flavor. A very dark red color. Medium off white/tannish color head with medium carbonation. Flavor is very bitter, but tends to leave you with a good aftertaste. Strong but goes down somewhat smooth. This is one of the best beers I have tasted to date. Not one for drinking in large quanities, one to be enjoyed slowely at the end of a very long day.

06-07-2006 04:52:47 | More by gus
Photo of ZimZamZoom
ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. No idea about freshness date.

This beer pours a beautiful dark amber with about two fingers of light tan head. Deep malty aroma with bold notes of citrusy hops. Much more fruity aroma than I remember the few times I had it before.

Taste is the same as aroma. Malty and high in citrus. Nice lingering bitter aftertaste.

Nice smooth mouthfeel with not too much carbonation. I like this beer a lot.

This is a nice drinkable strong ale. No too strong to down a couple but don't let them creep up on you!

01-06-2007 00:42:54 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of kgotcher
kgotcher

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours a very dark and hazy amber to brown color.with a tannish creamy head. Aroma is HUGE toasty malt backbone with some piney hops. Taste is more of the same, goes down really smooth for a "strong ale" A very full body with a thick aftertaste with a bitter and dense malty feel. You can chew on this one for a while.

This beer is like a DIPA with a lot less bittering hops and thus a more obvious malt profile. Lots of aroma hops give the taste of a highly hopped ale but in reality it is very malty. I love it and frankly I don't find it "strong" at all. This is an awesome beer. Super malty with a very nice hop ambiance that does not interfere with all that great maltyness but just lets it do it's thing.

07-20-2006 03:18:23 | More by kgotcher
Photo of thedoubler55
thedoubler55

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

A: A dark wood color, brown, leaves a nice off white head at the top that does not go away, and sticky lacing around the glass.

S: A toasty smell, caramel, brown sugar, and vanilla, a very nice smell on this brew.

T: Lots of barley, they are so evident they cover up the other tastes completely almost, vanilla notes on the tailend.

M: Meduim bodied, goes down very smooth, mid carbonation.

O: A great brew and so easily available. Definitely buying more of this goodness.

12-14-2011 17:14:58 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of KJK-1
KJK-1

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

A- A nice amber rusty look with a 1.5 finger head. Lacing is good.

S- Light hops with a sweet caramel like malt presence

T- Hops and malts hit you immediately. A real surprise from the smell. Hop bitterness lingers awhile and is very welcomed. Excellent tasting beer.

M- Thick, smooth, good carbonation

O- A staple beer in my house for sure. I love the hop and malt presence here. I currently have this on tap in my kegerator, and it is a delicious beer.

11-20-2013 17:46:09 | More by KJK-1
Photo of Drinkerofales
Drinkerofales

California

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

DOA

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

Alabama

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

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

New York

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

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

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

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

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

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

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

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

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

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

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

Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

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!

03-19-2003 19:23:50 | More by cretemixer
Photo of Kendo
Kendo

New York

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

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. . . .

06-28-2007 18:57:04 | More by Kendo
Photo of sessycuban
sessycuban

California

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
DrJay

Massachusetts

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
Fugazme

Nebraska

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
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
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
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,497 ratings.