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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,915 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,915
Hads: 9,991
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 22.78%
Wants: 398
Gots: 2,135 | 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 vobr0002
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- looks like a dark amber, with a bit of red when held up to the light. A creamy head with about a finger and a half height.

S- good smell but not as powerful as I expected. Thought there would be more.

T- definately more bitter hop flavor than aroma leaving a lasting impression on your tongue. Caramel notes in the flavor but smacks you with bitterness.

M- lots of carbonation on your tongue. Goes well with the hops.

O- its a good beer and definately worth trying. Don't think its one I would want all the time but its a good change of pace from other beers and it gets a +1 for the story on the bottle. Had better beers but still a good beer.

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Photo of LiquidBreadMan
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Arrogant Bastard Ale is like a roller coaster ride. It pours a rich dark amber/copper with a one-finger (short lived) head. It's absolutely beautiful in a pint glass. It's aroma is a little on the light side, with an indistinguishable fruitiness. A sip yields a sharp hoppy bite right off the bat, yielding to double-strong coffee and banana, with an extremely dry finish. A good beer.

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Photo of mjtiernan
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma included pine and a touch of grape. Taste was unique...intense with malt and hops that went on FOREVER. Insanely complex. Finishes a little bitter and dry but nothing to detract from my enjoyment. A big, big beer but not too, too strong at 7.2% ABV. Stone is really good at incorporating big beer flavor without knocking you on your ass with inflated ABV numbers.

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Photo of BrookieRookie
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first review but a good one.

A: dark brown reddish color with a nicely textured 1 finger tan head that barely dissipates at all with time. Nice looking lacing on the glass walls as the beer is consumed.

N: At first I smelled dark fruit and caramel, and some citrus smells. About halfway through the glass i smelled a huge pine aroma, once the chill from the fridge wore off.

M: medium feel for a split second followed by spikey carbonation.

T: very bitter hoppy flavor. I do get some tiny bit of maltiness in there but the hops dominate that. Its easy to taste only bitter hops if you're not paying attention.

O: very interesting and tasty, i dont think i can compare it to anything else. I would buy this again but mainly to hoard and savor it on my own in a quiet room, not something i'd break out at a family party or watch a game with.

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Photo of flaminghomer
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

wow, this one is flavorful. lots and lots of hops thrown into what would normally be a very malty beer. i like that though, it's different. taste is pretty full, thick, and overwhelming. i'd suggest drinking only one in a sitting. well, when it comes to ales this one is indeed an arrogant bastard and only tolerable in small doses.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

as of this review, there are 1040 reviews applied. I got one of these via trade!!! Not sure the age but I think it's around a year or so in the bottle. Tasty, a bit reserved in the hops flavor and aroma compared to a fresh version. I liked it better with some age on it. I could imagine it cellaring a year or two longer and seeing how it comes out. While not in my market, I can see why people like this brew. For today I'll leave the expansive descriptions to the other 1040 people.

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Photo of Vixie
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Really nice looking beer, a deep red color with a nice tan head that takes it's time letting up.

Smells seems to be a lot of roasted malt and yeast, a touch of caramel as well.

The taste is quite hoppy, but I am detecting a bit more. There's some fruit there, as well as a peppery spice. I'm also picking up just a hint of what almost tastes like Belgian candy sugar.

Feel is not a problem for this beer, it's not shy, and lets you know it.

Definitely an interesting beer. A bit too hoppy for my tastes, but has more depth and flavor than most IPA's I've had. If you are looking for something a bit different, this one is worth a try.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 22 oz. bomber.

A: Pours out to a cloudy reddish brown color with a large and full head of tan / white foam. Lots of lacing in the glass, and a medium to medium low level of carbonation.

S: Strong aroma of citrusy hops and sweet maltiness. Element of wood and earth burrow in the back, with hints of grain and fruits lingering about.

T: Strong. Powerful. Flavors of pronounced fermented malts and full bodied grain clash against sweet, yet tamed hops and hushed wood notes. Grandfather like caramel fills the palate and permeates throughout. Nice.

M: For something so strong, I would've expected a more dense or pronounced mouthfeel. Mildly carbonated, slightly sharp and slick. Average.

D: Not an everyday brew, but a great example of a STRONG American Ale. Everyone should try this, at least once!

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Bruery tulip glass at about 45 degrees.

Pours a deep mahogany with a finger-thick off-white froth...nice lacing. On the nose are characteristics of chocolate, citrus, pine, hop flowerm roasted malts, subtle coffee, & dark berries. On the palate, the beer has a nice mouthfeel, definite hope bitterness, long finish with a slight hop astringency. Overall a good beer...I remember when I first had this beer, I didn't like it...i was not worthy.

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Photo of iabeerbaron
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color pour. An off white head that was very thick. Some great, lacing that sticks.Smell of caramel, malts, and hops. The flavor was dark fruit, malty and little piny with the sweetness of caramel to round it out. A very bold beer with a lot going on but very easy to drink and enjoy. A well done brew!

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Photo of RyanLigeia
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Clear amber color with a decent head that sticks around for a while and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell- Smells very hoppy with some malt sweetness in there too. In a blind test I'd probably guess it was an IPA.

Taste- Same as smell. It tastes very similar to an IPA with hints of caramel and other mildly sweet flavors that balance out the bite of the hoppiness a little. It packs a bit of a punch and has a lasting piny hop IPA taste.

Mouthfeel- Some good carbination that goes nicely with the flavor of the beer.

Overall- Overall I give it a 4 1/2. Great beer for the price and the availability is very convenient. Not one of my favorites by Stone but it's a good plan b when nothing else in the store catches your eye.

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Photo of afausser
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at McGrady's in Charlottsville.

Appearance: A very deep, translucent copper. Okay lacing, but I'm not particularly impressed by that or by the lack of head/head retention. Of course, this could have something to do with the pour, but in my experience there was little to no head and what there was did not last.

Smell: I wasn't able to get too much out of this one, but it was also served in a pint glass, so I'll have to give it another try later and see if my opinion changes. What I was able to get were grains, sweet malts and citrus--lemon and grapefruit. Nothing too surprising, but decent.

Taste: Very, very hoppy, and along with that, the taste of very bitter (but delicious) grapefruit. Heavy bread flavors, as well as a hint of caramel.

Mouthfeel: One of the best parts of this beer, in my opinion. Not too much carbonation--good with this much flavor--and it goes down pretty smoothly. Not much of an aftertaste considering the amount of hops, and what is present is a light grapefruit. Additionally, I'm not noticing any warming, (which I do like sometimes, but works well with the taste of this one). I approve.

Drinkability: A decent, drinkable beer, which hopefully will be more appreciated when I try it outside of a bar and in a proper glass.

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Photo of Retsinis
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. Bomber.

The bottle art alone is unmistakable, along with the long "epitaph" like statements on the back.

On Appearance, it pours a dark copper-brown in color with a good few inches of head that retains well. The head is sticky throughout, and hold to the glass wall. Cloudy haze is also noticeable, even though it is a dark brown.

On Aroma, caramel malt scents are present, but the hops are the most upfront to me. Citrus and grapefruit being the most prevalent.

On Taste, just as with the nose, smooth caramel malt flavor up front, quickly followed by citric hops, finishing with roasted malt notes. The Toasty notes linger on the palate as well, as does the sharp hop flavor.

On Mouth feel, medium, with a light amount of carbonation, but the hop bite make up for that. Alcohol is less noticeable to me, but my ABV average is about 8% lately anyway.

It is quite drinkable.

While the beers reputation is such an established one in the craft beer scene, in my humble opinion, the recipe has been a bit eclipsed by other similar beers in the last few years, but on its own, it is still a solidly good beer, with its flavor profile still being almost unmistakable.

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Photo of Ragedman
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reading all the reviews of Arrogant Bastard I was expecting this wonderful beer full of flavor and easy drinkability. Arrogant Bastard is full of flavor. Grapefruit and hops are the most powerful. At first the taste is smooth and once finished a bitter taste lingeres in the back of your mouth. From the outside Arrogant Bastards looks and smells amazing. Dark orange/brown color and I found it to smell very sweet with some hoppy overtones. What set me back was the drinkabilty toward the end of the 22oz bottle. It started to taste like dandilion flowers and had warmed up a bit much. Needless to say for anyone looking for a strong ale with alot of flavor Arrogant Bastard hits the mark.

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Photo of Kelp
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice ruby red red hue as it pours into my glass. Two fingers of head grow. Fades at a decent rate slight lacing.

Medium hops smell, along with pine and light caramel finish.

A quick hop bite right off the bat. Followed by the maltiness of the beer and finishing with a piney after taste.

Medium body to the beer smooth across the tongue. Good but not great feel to it.

I couldn't drink more than one, maybe two. Not really my cup of beer as they say. Good once in a great while.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours reddish with soft head. Aroma is bready biscuits, caramel, assertive pine hops. Taste has nice caramel and booze flavor, with a pine bitter crisp finish to balance things out. A complex and strong beer, dry, and assertive. Medium slick palate, medium carbonation. Very nice.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brewed in the style of an American Strong Ale. Available as a year round release in 22 oz. bottles, 12 oz. bottled 6 packs and on standard draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Stone Brewing pint glass. Served above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a golden-caramel tone over a mildly hazy copper body with light, lively carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is moderate and draped. 4.5

(Smell) Bready, biscuity caramel grains and syrups, ample fruity and piney hops with a moderate bitterness, relatively clean and simple overall despite a moderate potency, the malt and hop characters are perceptibly dominant in the aroma. 3.75

(Taste) Smooth, bready caramel malts forward with a low sweetness, fairly dry with a moderate hop profile of piney, resinous and light citrus hops. Finishes smooth and moderately dry with a lingering malt dryness and a light piney hop note with a subtle bitterness. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slick, lightly creamy, clean and moderately dry. Carbonation is light, generating a modest frothiness and a faintly crisp finish. Balance is slightly hoppy bitter and grainy over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no notable off characters. 3.75

(Overall) My first foray into Arrogant Bastard Ale came in my early years of drinking, as one of my very first craft beers, and it genuinely took me by surprise at how startling the flavor profiles were. Nearly 5 years and a much more seasoned (or weakened) palate later, it's not pulling the same weight that it once did with me in particular, as I find the hops and malt character much milder now than I did then, and the striking lack of malt sweetness unusual. It is much more drinkable now than I found 2010, although I would only find myself visiting this beer on rare occasions. It continues to carry an excellent price tag per bottle, which is one reason I recommend this beer to budding craft ale connoisseurs, as it demonstrated to me early on that there was a great deal of flavor to enjoy in craft-brewed ales, this is a good starting point for many who want to explore this potential. 3.75

Stone Brewing Co.'s
Arrogant Bastard Ale

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Photo of dunit697
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Let me start out by saying I am not a big Stone fan. I think the hops are normally a bit extreme. This beer is no exception, I tried grading very objectively and most standards its a good beer. I personally only recommend Stone Beer's in general if you love hops to death. I can say I won't be buying this one again.

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Photo of AndIWantYou
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally! I've been meaning to try out the venerable AB since.. well.. since I discovered good beer. My last attempt met with failure when Vintage Cellar was temporarily out of stock, but here it is today. 24 ounce bottle with the devil on the front and a lot of talk on the back...

I love the cranberry red color of this beer. The cappucino head was not something I expected (I would have guessed white or off-white) and didn't stick around too long. Smells much sweeter than it tastes; the hops cut the sweetness just enough. A little hop bitterness and a little alcohol warmth. Almost a vodka-like quality when I swallow (not so much the alcohol but the flavors). Fills the mouth with just enough body but not overly much.

I'm not sure this beer lives up to the hype on the bottle, though. Sure, most people don't like strong beers like this, but I don't think it's any less palatable to a BMCer than a DFH 60 Minute or even a SNPA.

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Photo of brushtachio
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I looked at this beer after pouring it into my glass and thought "this is what all beer should look like" beautiful glowing amber color and a dense long lasting head that looked positively sculptural as it receded.

The aroma was dominated by bitter hop tones and the taste followed suit. Short-lived (im talking did-I-taste-it-or- just- imagine- it short- lived) caramel malt follows by big hops. That's the story. I haven't drank much of this style so I don't know if this is typical for it. Certainly the makers were looking for a big hoppy ale and they did it well. Still not as drinkable as some other beers (IPAs mostly) that also featured this same dominant trait.

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Photo of Robert_Ray
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I like to be adventurous and I knew what I was getting into when I bought it, but I was hoping for a little less of the hop after taste back-end and more of the sweet malt front-end.

It taste very similar to several of the popular IPA's and I am just not an IPA fan. I don't blame this Bastard.

For a guy that absolutely loves Belgian Ales, I should have known better. I think that I will try and recap it and give it to one of my adult kids (who loves IPA) . I will then open a Belgian style Tripel and enjoy.

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Photo of zplug123
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of Stigs
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,915 ratings.