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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,926 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,926
Hads: 10,061
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 408
Gots: 2,233 | 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 jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of Intrinsic
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerMark
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber purchased at Green's in Atlanta. The beer looks beautiful in my glass with it's almost brown appearance and slightly fluffy head. The smell was nice also with malts and hops in the nose. The taste is where I was disappointed. Sure there are malts and hops on my tongue but I must confess that something is not quite right here. There is some type of too-sweet ingredient that I find out of place in this beer. Other reviewers have stated that they detect citrus flavors. Well, I cannot taste them. This beer is still quite drinkable and I will have more in the future. It has the potential to be a world class beer but with that sweetness thing going on I'll have to say that this beer is slightly overrated.

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Photo of Iguana
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence - Poured an amber/reddish color with a 1 inch very frothy head.

Smell - Smell is citrusy, piney hops, very strong hop aroma.

Taste - Seems kinda average, a bit sweet, a bit bitter, citrusy hops. Seemed quite similar to an IPA.

Mouthfeel - Clean, crisp, refreshing. A bit syrupy sweet.

Drinkability - Could down a few of these in a night, but I dunno, I found this to be nothing special so I prolly wouldnt do that.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

P: Served on-tap @ Romans' Pub on 7-18-08 and presented in an Arrogant Bastard Ale pint glass.

A: Pours a deep ruby color with a one-finger, tan-colored head that hangs impressively.

S: Citrus hops aroma with layers of malty sweetness.

T: Citrus hops with big notes of sweet, caramel malts and hints of oak. As it warms, grapefruit and pine come into play. Bitterness buzzes the palate throughout the session and lingers at the finish.

M: Full-bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Active carbonation attacks at mid-tongue.

D: An American Strong Ale, indeed. Two and you're worthy.

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Photo of jayrod20
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a hell of a beer, another great offering from stone. Pours a nice dark orange with a medium head. Smells sooo hoppy, can't wait to dive in. Tastes like it smells very hoppy and bitter, absolutely excellent. After the bomber I feel like I've had a 4 course meal, great beer. If you are not ready take the warning on the back seriously.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The world needs another AB review like a sharp stick in the eye. And yet, here we are.

Appearance- A deep amber color. A half inch of white head, nice lacing. Very sticky.

Smell- Hop burst. Lots of citrus and grapefruit. Some pine and dank. A hint of roast. Nice.

Taste- Hops. Pine. Very bitter. Caramel malt follows. Lots of pine on the finish. A hint of burnt caramel.

Mouthfeel- Creamy. It's a little syruppy and I'd like some more bubbles.

Drinkability- Bitter and syrupy. It's nice and aggressive.

It's iconic for a reason. Definitely an interesting beer.

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Photo of DFN
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arrogant Bastard pours a nice coppery red in color, somewhere between the color of iced tea and Coca-Cola. The head is thick and creamy, tan in color, and lasts a long time.

Overall, the taste is nicely balanced, although more on the hoppy/bitter side than the malty side. Since I prefer a less-bitter brew, this is not a strong point for me. Mouthfeel is good, but there's a "puckery" quality to the beer that I do not find appealing. Overall, I'd rate this about 3.7 because I can tell it's a quality brew, but I won't buy it for myself again.

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Photo of RMBoswell
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz into a pint glass

Smell - kinda hoppy a little citrus maybe a little chocolatey

Taste - taste similiar to smell hoppy a little bitter and some chocolate like tones

Appearance - nice deep red browish color with a brownish head good lacing

Mouthfeel - very good not too much carbonation

Overall a good beer will drink again

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Photo of MaximalC
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky garnet color with a sumptuous head of cream-colored froth. The aroma smells primarily of bread and grapefruit, with some caramel and pine resin as well--maybe even some bubblegum if I use my imagination.

The nose is a good forebear of the taste, as pine resin and grapefruit pith are the headliners, making you well aware of their presence from the get-go. The malt does its best to push back though, with flavors of toasted bread and caramel, while the yeast adds a zesty character of its own, making for a rather lively and balanced concoction. The medium-high body and ample carbonation create a full, velvety mouthfeel that takes some of the edge off of the bitterness.

Overall, this is a bold and flavorful brew with a terrific presentation and mouthfeel. The hops are a little heavy-handed for my tastes, but it’s Stone, so I knew what I was getting into. With that said, it’s easy to see why this is one of their flagship brews.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

amber copper not to big of a head. big lace though. nose is pine, apple, orange peel, malt. taste is apple and malt yeasty with a pine flavor. good. tastes like their IPA and their pale ale at the same time. don't really know what the ruckus is all about. particularly compared to some of the other ones. expecting some more richness... maybe some nice caramel and leather malt would be nice. didn't get that. would definitely like to try the double bastard though.

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Photo of barleyman
3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 1pt-6oz painted label brown glass bottle into my straight sided glass tumbler. The mahogany colored beer leaves little lace in the glass. The smell is predominately of malt, with date and raisin undertones. A bit of hop smell is evident at the onset. Taste is of clove, raisin, date, fig, pine, and hop. Very complex, this is a beer to savor. Absolutely superb malt, hop balance. Mouthfeel is excellent, with just the right amount of hop finish. I'm afraid I have found a new favorite beer. This is a world class product, in keeping with west coast standards; if you have the opportunity to try this beer, do not pass it up.

just a thought,


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Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

smell; quite a good hop odor, with other characters that reminded me of typical American microbrews with too much hops. A little more balanced than most.

taste; very complex, with some toasty barley notes, hops mostly prevailed but not too excessive, still could be less. However I can't blame them, nearly every American beer drinker I know, who is a step above macrobrew garbage, is a hophead! They just must be catering to the consumer but not so much so that non-hopheads can't enjoy as well.

mouthfeel; sharp carbonation takes away any watery qualities, almost some thickness but no, I think it's the alcohol numbing my tongue. Very nice, perhabs the most memorable feature.

drinkability; one is enough! I'd drink Doppelbock in excess before this. Not enough malts to balance with the hops for me but would certainly drink again.

Not really my kind of beer but I have still much to learn of the style. I liked it but I guess I'm not arrogant enough to be worthy.

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Photo of brantadid
3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brownish red color into a pint glass. Not much head or lacing. Head was a light tannish color.

Smells of grapefruit and that is really the only smell I get.

Tasts is slightly malty and sweet on the front palate but transitions quickly to a dry, hoppy, bitter flavor. Quite refreshing. Very long finish with this beer. Flavor goes on and on.

The surprising low carbonation and not overblown hops make this a very drinkable beer. Moderately creamy mouthfeel

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Photo of Dizzy
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours reddish brown with creamy off white head that lingers for a while. Aroma is all hops, I know the malt must be there, but I can't detect it. Flavor is complex hop bitterness and flavor, then carmel like malt flavor. The hop bitterness does seem to overwhelm everything else though. Mouthfeel is medium to full with noticeable alcohol burn in my throat after a few drinks. The bitterness seems a bit out of balance for my taste, but its still an ok beer. I think it is a little overrated.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Heroe's Bar & Grill, La Verne, CA

Really good-looking beer - deep, dark amber color with sticky tan head and nice lace.

Smell: pretty good blending of sweet caramel maltiness, hints of plums or raisins, and a citrusy, piney aroma.

Taste: Initial taste is a sweet...holy crap!...hops, hops, hops! Just like my pint glass and the bottles say, this is an aggressive beer. I had about two seconds to try and sort things out before the hops booby-trap exploded on my tongue. I was immediately seized by a strong citrusy - grapefruit, peel and all - blast of hops. There was a vague pine taste also and an alcohol astringency that showed up as I swallowed. Long on bitterness, short on sweet.

Feel was medium bodied, somewhat slick.

This beer is best as a sipping beer, IMO. Rather unbalanced taste will appeal to hops-lovers. The alcohol content is pretty well masked and could really sneak up on the unwary drinker. This is an intense beer that really grabs you by your tastebuds. Arrogant Bastard Ale fires a veritable artillery barrage of hops at the drinker. Not the first beer I'd aim at a person who only drinks macros.

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Photo of atomicbeer
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany color with a yellowish off-white large head. The head is mousse-like and thins to a chunky covering. Laces the glass a good deal. Tiny carbonation bubbles rise along the side. The aroma is floral and pine hops. Taste is roasted grapefruit pith. This is a bit syrupy-oily in character. Has a warming alcohol finish.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with a tan head. In the aroma, a big malt presence, and a gritty hop. In the taste, hoppy, small grapefruit notes, and an abrasive maltiness. A bitter medium to big mouthfeel, and a dryer hop aftertaste. Big hops, abrasive, and a palate destroyer. Good, but an ending beer.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank on 5/24, from notes
"Drink by" date of 5/09/07, hence some poor marks (perhaps?)
Pours a beautiful dark caramel color, some nice ruby highlights. Fairly clear but with a slight cloudiness; tons of big bubble dirty white head.
In the nose it was rich and toasty, sweet caramel malts. Surprisingly, hops were not dominant and even hard to notice but a little spruce and pine were noted, overall the alcohol was quite noticeable, giving it a barleywine feel.
In the mouth it starts off big, but unfocused. Some dark ripe fruits are there like plum and raisin, but its vague, stale, old flavors are very dissapointing. Despite it being passed its prime (date), I imaginged a high alcohol would have preserved its flavor better (maybe the store's storage was poor). There is an okay hop bitter finish, but nothing to write home about. Mouthfeel couldn't make up for its flavor being syrupy ; it had a "big" body but it also finished thin and watery. Drinkability suffers for it just being so unfocused and boring, but I still wonder if it's just its age coming through?

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Photo of jonziefle
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a dark brown, hard to see through, and slightly cloudy. Two finger khaki colored head, with good retention. Very good lacing.

Smell: Smells of stronger hops and fruit. Darker fruit combined with citrus (grapefruit), pine, and raisins. Not much in the way of malts, in the nose.

Taste: Interesting balance of hops and malts. A nice hop bite to start, but darker and smoky malts move in quickly and overwhelm the hops. Not quite an "aggressive" beer as Stone suggests, but quite a bit stronger in flavor than a traditional ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied beer, a little harsh in the mouth, but not too bad. The flavor coats the mouth and lingers. Chewy.

Drinkability: A decent IPA, one to try just for reading the bottle. It is decidedly more "aggressive" than the normal ale, but a little too dark and raw for me. Not enough hops, and too much malts.

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Photo of TLove
3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber last night to kick off a great Halloween party.

Malty and sharply bitter. I would venture to call this a DIPA if I hadn't known better. All in all, a well-structured ale, though a bit unrefined in its sourness.

Pours a deep burnt amber with a thick, yellow head and moderate lacing. A strong, floral hop structure in the smell with some roasted caramel malts and an oak-laden sweetness. A bit of alcohol in the nose, which rolls into the taste. Most of the alcohol and hops are present up front, which turns a bit sour on the back end, almost like a rhubarb bitterness that hide the sugars in the beer. Smooth, long draw in the mouth that is surprisingly well-balanced. Sourness from the rhubarb and grains hold through to the end, but aren't particularly accompanied by any other dominant flavors to finish.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 8/16/12

Appearance: Clear, copper brown with some amber tones - big, creamy beige head that fades to a nice cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Hops and cooked malts - lots of orange and grapefruit, flesh and pith - herbal, earthy, and spicy, with some pine and a hint of mint - cooked, caramelized malts - some hints of dried, dark fruits - some sweetness, but mostly dry

Taste: Hoppy and bitter, what else would anyone expect from Stone? - grapefruit pith and flesh, with some oily pine - earthy and spicy - cooked, caramelized malts, with some toasty notes - some dark fruit sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, nicely carbonated, dry yet oily

Overall: Always a pleasant time with this bastard

Arrogant Bastard was the first beer I ever had from Stone, and I have had it a number of times since. Honestly, it's not my favorite beer from Stone, but that's only because their lineup is so solid. Hoppy, earthy, spicy, oily, bitter, cooked, caramelized... classic.

Edit: 2/14/15
In the last couple of years my respect for Stone has remained at a very high level, yet my interest in this particular icon of a beer has dropped. It's just too earthy with a uniquely dry, yet oddly medicinal, lingering bitterness. Score reduced from a 4.03 (8/16/12).

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Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,926 ratings.