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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

8,640 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 8,640
Reviews: 2,785
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 259
Gots: 943 | 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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Photo of elNopalero
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’m not worthy.

On draught, poured a dark, heavy, intimidating amber. What did you think with a name like that?

This beer has a bold, spicy hop aroma matched by a sharp assault on the palate. Slap, slap, slap. You know you like it like that so just enjoy it. Make sure you pause long enough to catch the sweet side of things, too. Big, caramelly, malty. The hops scrape across the tongue but the malts soften the edge. Give ‘til it hurts!

I remember when this was one of the only craft beers I could easily find. Glad those days are over but this is still one solid brew. There’s a saying that asks which is better, the devil you know or the devil you don’t know. Get to know this devil.

elNopalero, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of argock
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz etched brown bomber into an oversized wine glass.

A: Dark, Tootsie roll burned caramel brown with slim off-white head but lace streams down the glass in delicate formations.

S: Delcious floral and fruity hops (pineapple and grapefruit) meet the nose first followed by toffee and dark fruit aromas.

T: An unparalleled combination of caramel and dark fruit flavors with a bit of spicy zing completed by a grapefruit-pineapple hops finish.

M: Body is full with fairly active carbonation for a strong ale. Aftertaste is mildly drying and malty.

D: One of the ultimate American ales: explosive flavor matched with surprising drinkability. The bottle version gives more control of serving temperature and thus better exposure of the depth of flavor and aroma of this beer.

argock, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of Oxymoron
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The story on the side of the bottle is ever so clever.

Poured out a cloudy amber color with mahogany highlights when held to the light. A ample head with very small bubbles and good lacing throughout the tasting.

The smell is big with strong complex malts and ample hops. The malt is hard to pick up, but notes of toffee and caramel are noticeable. Some burnt but not quite astringent smells are noticed. The hops have a citrus extreme twinge that boarders piney or grapefruit notes.

The taste is well balance and hoppy for a Strong Ale. If the stronger notes from the malt were less or at least lighter, this could be a DIPA. To start the hops are aggressive but not to the point of oily. A more specific grapefruit taste where citrus meets tart. The bitterness has a good kick that stays ever after you finish your taste. Over time you adjust to it and more of the finishing hops come out with a earthy piney taste to them. The malt is big with a full body and flavor. A good mix of caramel and molasses. The ABV is not as noticeable but as it warms becomes more apparent.

Overall a good beer. Very smooth with good taste. Despite what the bottle says, you are worthy.

Oxymoron, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of steinlifter
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! Pours a beautiful dark clear amber! nice head, with some retention
Smells of malt hops and fruit,quite complex and lovely.
taste, is fairly well balanced, but a big wallop, of both hops and malt, if you want a big taste, this is it! and it has the best of both worlds(hops&malt) dueling it out!
Mouthfeel is very pleasant, well carbonated, crisp with a bit of creamyness also.
drinkability, I'm not sure?,... It IS a class act, but I don't think, I could put down too many of these, but just to sip a couple, is an experience you should not miss!!! excellent!

steinlifter, Aug 07, 2004
Photo of Admiraldinty
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber. Pours a dark brownish-red with a big, frothy off-white head. Aroma is of lemon-grass and lots of citrus. Hop bitterness and toasted malt. Taste is pretty much the same. Starts out with the citrusy bitterness, and ends with the malts. Very crisp to start, but ends somewhat smooth. Has a great warming effect. This is an oh so complex brew, and should be respected. Definitely a once in a while brew.

Admiraldinty, Apr 30, 2003
Photo of maundythirsty
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very reddish-brown beer, clear in the first glass but lots of yeast particulate in the second. Big, off-white head. Some sticky lacing. Sweet, boozy and loaded up with citrus hops.

Toffee, toasty malt taste. Great aggressive bitter hops that leave a mild little tea-like aftertaste. Substantial mouthfeel, bordering on thick. You certainly know it's there. Sparky carbonation and pleasantly apparent alcohol.

Not too shabby. So well made. I sat down on a winter night after working a swing shift and enjoyed the heck out of it. Got a little loopy, too. If only I didn't have to get it mail order.

maundythirsty, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of billshmeinke
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bomber into a large mug. This is the beer that started it for me, so I'm surprised I haven't taken the time to review it until now.

Fairly aggressive pour yields a monstrous 3 finger light tan head, one finger of which is actually above the rim of the glass. Amber/brown in color (reminiscent of the color of the brown glass of the bomber it was just poured from) with brighter amber hues towards the edge of the glass. The head retention is quite nice as a significant layer of foam hangs around all the way through, and coats the sides of the glass with lacing.

Smell is dominated by a citrus/pine hop aroma. There is a pleasant bready yeast in there too as well as a faint caramel malt.

The flavor packs a punch. Intensely bitter and hoppy. The hop flavor manifests as bitter pine, resin, dank, and a hint of citrus (lemon/orange rind/grapefruit). Also in there is a biscuit like yeast flavor and light sweet malt that comes through as caramel/toffee. There's also a light fruit flavor in there as well that I can only describe as strawberries. The bitterness of the hops linger in a very satisfying way. Truly a complex and aggressive beer.

The body of this is on the fuller side of medium. Tiny bubbles, medium carbonation. Glides over the tongue. Quite smooth.

A beer I can easily drink all night. This is one of those beers that I keep coming back to. No matter how much I explore new and strange craft beers, I can always crack open an Arrogant Bastard and know that I will be satisfied.

billshmeinke, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of Natural510
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the trademark 22oz bottle, this gives a nice head which lingers and a deep amber color with brownish overtones.
Smells hoppy & malty sweet. The taste is hoppy & bitter, as I expect from a California ale, but not overly so...as in a Sierra Nevada product (which for me is almost undrinkable).
There is an underlying sweetness to the finish, which resembles apples & pears...and somewhat acidic as such. It's also spicy like the food region from which it originates. Some caramel & cinnamon going on here too.
I can see why this ale is so popular, there are alot of different flavors going on...the bitter, sweet & spicy all complement each other.
I'll definitely buy this label again.

Natural510, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of digitalketchup
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this for the first time over xmas vacation. What a brew!

Bomber poured into a pilsner glass.

I'm fairly new to craft beer, so this was quite an experience on xmas day. The Bastard definitely has a bitter kick and it reminded me of what my tongue went through the first time I had a bitter SA Boston Ale. My taste buds really went wild searching for the different ingredients.I really noticed the caramel notes and the alcohol was covered quite well. It was a beer I grew to love as I sipped.

Other reviews can provide more depth on this ale, but I decided I should start writing reviews at some point. What better place than with this beer!

digitalketchup, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of yelterdow
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber served at a few degrees over fridge temperature in a pint glass. Best before 05 09 07.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear fiery orange with chestnut and deep amber tones... really quite a beautiful color. On a good pour, the head rises quickly to a full three fingers... and it stays there for minutes. Eventually the big, soapy head begins its digression... leaving craters while retaining much of its mass. The lacing is fantastic, leaving gobs of sticky sheets behind. Big.

Smell- A simply incredible balance of huge, juicy hops together with a rugged, yet bready malt backbone. The more I dive my nose into the glass, the smoother and more balanced the aroma. I do sense an alcohol presence, although in no way does it interfere. I can't wait to taste this.

Taste- A full bodied tribute to the bigness of hops and malts, with a bonus kick to the head in ABV. Wonderfully intense, it challenges the timid beer drinker for sure... these are really big flavors. Wildly wicked bitterness in the back of the mouth, carrying the malt profile somehow right along with it. There is a unique interplay of sweet vs. bitter that is executed better here than in any other beer of this type. Definitely well deserving of the big ratings.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- A "wimpy" texture is all we get here after all this haughtiness? Surprisingly, most of the carbonation of this beer is released and spent in the enormous, magnificent head. Thin on its way in the mouth, it never develops an interesting enough body to showcase the massive character... but since the flavor holds its own, it's not a dealbreaker. With a smile, I gulp and belch the rest of this ale down, realizing that one of these is enough... but damn I'm enjoying this tasting.

yelterdow, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of alkemy
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep amber out of the bomber. When held up to light, beautiful chestnut is revealed. Head is off white (slightly yellow) and left its mark all down the glass. Grapefruity hops is the first scent followed by caramel malts. The hops definitely dominates. I'm a hophead, but I really appreciate the balance of this beer. The odd thing is that right in the beginning, you get a hint of malty sweetness. This sweetness is very quickly overpowered by a nice hit of hops, and then reappears on the back-end. The carbonation is right on tingling the tongue along with the hoppy bite.

alkemy, Oct 03, 2009
Photo of ggroller
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. silk screened bottle. Great verbage on the back.

Pours amber with a thin tannish head that dissipates quickly. Some lacing on the glass.

Smells like ALCHOHOL, cinnamon, brown sugar.

The gargoyle on the bottle is very fitting. This beer really punches you in the face and demands your attention. Very balanced, though. I taste the hops along with sweet caramel, brown sugar.

For me, this is very drinkable and could take me through a session although I don't think I'd be able to stand up or see straight after only a few.

This is a beer lover's beer and like the bottle says, not for the faint of heart.

ggroller, Apr 04, 2005
Photo of greg202stewart
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You have ever right to be arrogant...you bastard. I like it a lot!

a- pours a dark reddish brown with a decent frothy head into a pint glass

s- Very spicey flavor also some hops

t- Malty, hoppy and a bit citrusy, but not at all bitter

This beer drinks very smooth and was very unique for me. I thought from some of Stone's other beers that it was going to be overly hoppy, but this is an awesome blend.

Can't wait to try the oaked and the double bastard

greg202stewart, May 04, 2009
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(On tap at Eulogy Belgium Tavern)-- Pours a deep red brown in color. Lace is off-white color, frothy, and sticky; retains very well. On the nose the aromas of toasted grains, fruity esters, and the alcohol is evident as well. Mouthfeel is smooth. On the palate the flavors erupted; complex malty sweetness, toasted bread, hints of caramel, pine, grain, and fruity/figs. Medium to full bodied brew. Alcohol really kicks in at the end. This stuff rocks....

WilliamPhilaPa, Jan 27, 2003
Photo of phishgator
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! ...this poured into an imperial pint glass allows the head to foam freely. Impressive aroma of grainy malt, much like a scotch ale. The flavor is unique. I find it hard to place my finger on it, but thick, sticky-sweet malt mixed with a bit of roated quality. Very close to the taste of a scotch ale, whiskey-like upfront bite. The taste is the highlight of this brew (one of a kind)! The mouthfeel is full and sticky, not too many of these in any one sitting. The drinkability suffers from the same and the fact alcohol isn't light. I enjoyed this brew and will look for it in the furture. I was also plesantly surprised by the taste.

phishgator, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of deuschbag
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

after about a year of tasting this fine ale, i've now decided to finally review it.

22 oz. bomber pored into its own arrogant bastard specialty glass. beautiful clear ruby red color with a light tan head that lasts forever. great lacing. this is by far one of the most beautiful looking beers i've ever had.

smell has a very nice floral hop scent to it. also has a big oaked wooden character to it along with a nice cherry scent.

the taste is very complexed. very hopy and very malty, yet it is a great balance between the two. i actually detect some chocolate malts? it also has an oaked character to it.

medium to full bodied mouthfeel. slighty thick and very chewy. great mouthfeel.

for being pretty strong on the alcohol content, this is a fairly easy brew to consume. just not too many. drink this one carfully, or else it'll trick you.

deuschbag, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of jkbusman
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - relatively dark red but not cloudy at all; a cream coloured head that sticks around and leaves some nice lacing

S - strong hoppy citrus with a bit of malty sweetness at the back

T - sweet citrusy flavor up front supported by a rich malty middle and a nice lingering piney hop finish

M - medium full body with medium carbonation and almost no alcohol presence

D - an absolutely delicious ale, one of my all-time favorites

jkbusman, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of bighoppymonster
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brownish-ruby. Offwhite head is thick at first but settles down after a few sips from the glass. Sweet aromas of cinnamon and caramel. Different taste than I expected after the smell. Hops dominate up front but are quickly rounded out by the sweet maltiness. Overall, a damn good brew. Many complexities and layers to this one, and at only $3 per deuce-deuce, I will be purchasing this one pretty frequently.

bighoppymonster, Sep 10, 2005
Photo of mixitchugit
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my favorte beer. Its is very drinkable but has the sublte alcohol notes along with an almost nutty essance and overall hoppy charecteristics. Its got great between dark and amber color. Its got a mild head that laces pretty good in the glass.

mixitchugit, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of TheCondor
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my continuing quest to imbibe all the Beers of Fame, I consumed some Arrogant Bastard Ale. THe last Stone product I drank was Ruination, which was way too much for me. It kind of soured me on Stone products for a while. Side poured with vigor from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a beautiful clear brown color with a big, fluffy, rock to finger head that disspiates very slowly, still retaining much of the head down to the last drop. Excellent lacing as well, leaves tons of residue all down the glass. Fabulous presentation

Smell - Smells so unique, especially given its appearance. Breads, toasty malts, and aggressive hop characteristics such as pine, citrus, and grapefruit collide in the nose of this brew. So unique, I hardly know how to charaterize this brew!

Taste - Outstanding, one of the best tasting beers I have had for a while. Strong hop notes up front such as citrus and pine give way to the malty, bready backbone. As the brew warms, there is a bit of dried fruit flavor as well.

Mouthfeel - Finishes crisp and bitter, like an IPA. Letting this beer warm only makes it more refreshing and drinkable. This is truly an exceptional brew.

Overall - One of the the best beers I have ever had, and I've drank quite a bit of beer in my day. Warm or cold, this beer is outstanding. I was taken aback by the beer that poured like a brown or amber ale, smelled like an IPA, and tasted like, well, nothing I've ever really had. It is a true conglomeration of styles. A hybrid of styles, done absolutely correctly. If you haven't had this brew, you need to get it.

TheCondor, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of flyingpig
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Half Pint of tap at Craft Beer Co, Farringdon, London (£4.50):
Deep ruby amber to copper colour in the glass with a thin white lacing on top and around the sides.

Fresh hops with strong caramel notes and further grassy hops. There is a lot of sugar upfront and some sweetness along with hints of toffee and a generally quite rich aroma. There is some roasted malts as well but overall it is the hops with some citrus that dominates.

Caramel and rich, sweet flavours with grassy hops from the smell and a lot of bitterness. There is some grapefruit coming through and a lot of sweetness. Surprisingly refreshing and had a pleasant alcohol kick to it that went down well.

Smooth with a medium to full body and a lot of carbonation. There bitterness levels were very in your face and the mouthfeel was complimented by some sweet malts too.

An exceptional beer and one that did not disappoint in any way, shape or form upon first trying it. The beer was insanely hoppy with lots of bitterness. Surprisingly easy to drink and went down well with the mouthfeel complimented the taste and smell quite well. A must try.

flyingpig, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of pkalix
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

no head, color is like a coke. with rum in it. little moldy, yeasty colonies appearing floating on top.
smells a little hoppy. citrusy.
i admit i didnt like it much my first time either, but since trying the double bastard version also, i can appreciate this more. tastes a little citrusy, grapefruit oil-ly. some bitterness from the hops. the bitterness lingers on the side of the tongue after it's gone, kind of like after chewing on a grapefruit rind.
overall, this is a nice refresher. the clear brownish-red says coke in the head, and the tongue says refreshing. but not coke. easy to drink and i like the abv. relatively simple taste, and straight-forward.

pkalix, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of alemakesmestrong
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on my 1st night in Oregon.

In the glass from the waitress at the little jazz club, Jimmy Macks. Dark brown, but not brown ale. Just an IPA color with some malt. Looked like a winner right away.

Smelled like a winner. Nice malts, no sucker punches, american goodness. Hops were there, but nothing to cringe about.

First sip...Holy Fuck!!! This beer is worth writing home to my mother about. Arrogant Bastard has it all. Delicious malts, like caramel and honey. Delicious hops like grapefruit and earth. This thing is a beast, but not an evil arrogant beast. More in the vain of...I taste delicate and complex and I WILL MAKE YOU PLAY WU TANG on the jukebox and make an ass out of yourself. This beer jams, you should drink it!

alemakesmestrong, May 12, 2007
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On- Tap...Pint Glass....

A- Dark amber-brown- darker than usual but still brown. Huge head-tons of lacing, lasted throughout the glass.

S- Tons of hops- dried fruits- raisins

T- Holy mother of hops- intense flavor- never lost any speed- some citrus- some oak.

M- Smooth and silky on my tongue- some burning on my throat.

D- 7.2% not bad- after one glass I was feeling it already- not for the faint at heart.

So complex, so hoppy, and so good. This is a true classic.

One of the best.

DavidSeanNJ, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of Ohiolager
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale 22 oz bottle $3.99(OH)

No freshness date? come on stone, why? Your all about freshness, read the bottom of Stone's 6pks. Yet no date on 22 oz bottles? The CA prop 65 warning made me laugh.

pours a deep red color. Light brown if you can call it that. A two and a half finger creamy dark peach white head lingers for a long time. The thick creaminess being higher and thicker towards the middle of the glass. It eventually gives way to good lacing, a nice thick ring at the top of the glass and lines of lacing that run down towards the now half finger head.

the aroma is very close to that of an IPA. I smell a strong hoppy citrus up front. Smells kind of like mango's, that's new. Roasted malts and very piney.

the taste is good, but wierd. It's citrus up front almost like a mango, then a strong hoppy piney taste. Its like an IPA, with the hoppy citrus. But a roasted malt balances things out. The after taste is less dry than an IPA also. There is a nice slight bitterness going on though.

mouth feel is pretty light for a 7.2% ABV beverage. although I have no complaints. a medium body brew that has great carbonation. It leaves a nice light citrus feel, followed by a dominate pine clinging to your palate. Pretty nice.

Overall this brew is great. However is it just me, or is this brew a stone's throw away from a red/amber IPA? It's hoppy with a citrus piney knockout. great american strong red ale. I would buy this again. For something in between an IPA and a American ale this fits the build just right. I love how the bottle says "you're not worthy" and this is an aggressive beer "you probably wont like". I like it, and it's great for those in between nights.

Ohiolager, Apr 17, 2014
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,640 ratings.