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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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9,539 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,539
Reviews: 2,892
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 335
Gots: 1,635 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000

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Ratings: 9,539 | Reviews: 2,892
Photo of FosterJM
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

151st review on BA
On draft to pint

App- A nice dark amber/light brown with a 1 finger head that was a little darker than white.

Smell- Its a big scent to take it. Hits me each time I have drank this. Its very hoppy with citrus and some floral. Matly spiciness as well.

Taste- It's been a long time since I had one of these and it's a lot better than I remember. Its strong and it's meant to be as the flagship beer. Hoppy strong and a little spicy with some nice undertones.

Mouth-Medium bodied and medium carbed. Nice aftertaste.

Drink- It was very good especially paired with a green chili burger. Last beer of 2010. Thanks Stone for a great sendoff!

Photo of powerss13
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

ST: Bottle poured into a glass

A: Darker hazy amber, almost rusty look; good head and lacing

S: Light on the hop aroma; definitely get more of the malts

T: Rich and complex; get a real good hop flavor throughout from upfront to the finish; Get a good amount of malt up front, then the hop takes over at finish; Hides the alcohol level very well

MF: Light on the body; starts off soft, then finishes dry making you want more

O: Outstanding brew. Great beer for anytime of the year/season. Also, their marketing is awesome...."It's not too expensive, you're too cheap."

Photo of Andya2442
4.2/5  rDev +1%

Photo of tyanow
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber, clear, small tan head.

S - sweet alcohol, a little leathery - but in a good way

T - very malty, some hop bitterness, a touch of burnt caramel, and a very slight hint of fruitiness.

M - fills the palate and stimulates all parts of the mouth. Goes down smooth and warm (7.2%)

D - For a 7+% beer this is about as drinkable as it gets. This beer, despite its name, is quite approachable.

I love this stuff, but I still like the oaked version a tiny bit better.

Photo of Bogdawg
4.2/5  rDev +1%

Photo of KAP1356
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pt. 6 fl oz. bottle into a Hoppin' Frog pint glass. I have to say, I always thought this was another one of those mass marketed, staple in any bar type of beers. That was before I was a BA. Here's a review with my new found knowledge and thinking...

A - Pours a deep copper color with a slightly fluffy, one finger head that quickly recedes.

S - Caramel malt and a nice stong piney hop presence. Some brown sugar notes as well. Not really a lot going on here, but what is mixes together quite well.

T - Very strong hop bitterness to this and completely up front. The bitterness carries all through the taste to the back of the palate. Nice citrus and pine hop mix with a very strong caramel/brown sugary malt backbone.

M - Pretty heavy assault on the tastebuds. Almost a stinging sensation as it hits the tongue and works around the palate.

D - Fairly drinkable, but not for the faint of heart (i.e., not new beer drinkers). This one is for the hop lovers who really go for the hop assault on the palate.

Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper with a super fluffy white head that never seems to fade. Leaves pretty amazing lacing.

S - Caramel malts followed quickly by citrusy hops.

T - Lots of grapefruit and pine. A bit of spice from the hops, but overall tasty. I think this tastes like hop-flavored malt juice.

M - Prickly, as in leaves a tingle all over the mouth. Moderate to high carbonation and medium in body.

D - Pretty easy to kill a bomber of this. It's probably too strong in flavor to really give to any kind of newbie.

Photo of DannyBuckets
4.2/5  rDev +1%

Photo of beerwolf77
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know I'm late to the party but, give me a break I'm just starting out in my serious craft journey.

Poured from a awesome looking bomber. That insulted me several times while reading the back story. I loved it. It's a deep red brown color with a wee bit of head. I was expecting more head but, I'm not that concerned about. The aroma is faint but,there. I really had to get my nose in this one. It smells of citrus and hops. The taste was wonderful. There's the initial bite of the citrus hops and nice caramel smoothness that makes this very drinkable. The mouth feel is pleasant with a decent heartyness moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a winner in my book. I'm not a hop head by any means but, if this the gateway to bigger and stronger hop flavors. The door has been kicked wide open my friends.

Photo of treque
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very deep amber in color semi hazy a little traslucentwhen see it through light, the head is off white a little tan with good retention and it remains a small layer, and waste left on the glass

S: some esters, and spicy clove floral hop, American hop a little malt caramel dark fruits

T: medium body, excellent hop taste some roastiness and spicy

Photo of crwills
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split my last bottle of this three ways with family members. Poured a very nice cloudy red/brown with an off-white head in each glass. Stuck around, lots of lacing.

Aroma is very strong, even from a distance. Caramel or chocolate malts backing up a huge pine and grapefruit hop assault. Taste is excellently balanced, with good bready malt flavours and powerful earthy hops. Excellent mouthfeel, and a sour citrusy aftertaste. Well done, of course, and a great drinkable hoppy beer that doesn't waste the taste buds.

Photo of Capsfan90
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of taez555
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a thick yellowish tan head with a deep translucent amber red body.

The nose was interesting. A thick malty sweetness with touches of smoke, caramel, milk chocolate, hints of meat, and even some slight citrus smells.

The taste was full bodied with a huge sharp citrus peel hop punch. Almost astringent and metalic. But a very tight hop bitterness with touches of a spicy soft black pepper. Very bitter. Lots of dark roasted bitter malt flavors. Coffee, caramel, wood, earth.

It then ended with this very very very long bitterness that took it's time to finish.

Basically the label says it all, this is an aggressive beer. So very bitter and complex. If you're not paying attention all of the wonderful flavors in this beer will fly right past you. Deffinatly a beer to take your time with.

Photo of 99bottles
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I finally got to try this last night at KClinger's Publik House. When I saw it on the board, I almost fell off my stool. Finally, I get to try this West Coast marvel, and on tap no less.
Appearance: AB is a really deep reddish brown color, like mahogany. There is a small off white head that disappeared on mine.
Smell: There's a lot going on here, but the predominant smell is of sweet malt. Some hops come through, but mostly sweetness.
Taste: The first sip is very intense. The heavy malt reminds one of cane sugar or carmelized sugars. Very sweet and full. After that, an angry bunch of hops assert themselves, and meld with the malt. There is quite a bit going on here, good interplay of flavors.
Mouthfeel: Not overly heavy, but rather just a good full drink. Leaves slight coating on the tounge from its higher alcohol.
Drinkability: Good. I could have another. This really is an intense beer though, so I doubt I could toss them back in succession. Nice to have had it though. I'm going back for a growler.

Photo of vess
4.2/5  rDev +1%

Photo of lbusch1313
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I preferred the "Oak Aged" variety but no one near me seems too carry it any more. I guess I'm truly not worthy.

Photo of BirdFlu
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice auburn color, dark amber with lacing white head. There is a lot of hop presence in the aroma and flavor, a sort of fruity hop, but not to any extent where its overpowering. A very nice balance with the malt, as well. Caramel and molasses-like characters from the malt are just behind the hop to give a warming, full flavor. Mouth is very nice, full but not chewy. Its got a light feel for the robust flavor and full body. Perhaps not one of the best, but very, very good. I had this for the first time a very long time ago, before being introduced to many other beers and styles. Since then I had tried double bastard and oaked AB, but hadn't come back to the normal version. Certainly a pleasure.

Photo of NEhophead
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pt 6 fl oz brown bomber, served in a snifter.

Pours a deep brown, maple in color with highlights of ruby in certain lighting. Creamy and porous, lightly tan head that keeps most of its strength along the snifter's sides. Thin, webbed lacing with impressive strength.

Strong hop aromas: grapefruit, melon, lime, and apple. Very faint, underlying semi-sweet caramel malt. Hints of alcohol combined with the citrus and tropical fruit make for a pleasant tartness.

Apples, lime, grapefruit; tartness right up front. Oily with some aggressive hop resin. Very evident alcohol presence at mid-sip adding a slickness to the hops and fruit flavors. Faint milk chocolate, toffee that turns dry and nutty with an aggressive hop bite. The aftertaste is filled with alcohol, aged fruit, and bitterness.

Full in body; gritty from the hops, but slick from the alcohol presence. Well rounded mouthfeel to balance such an array of intense flavors.

A unique concoction that's both intense and aggressive to the tastebuds. This one's best enjoyed shared and savored. Also, if you let this warm up a bit, the darker malt characteristics seep through.

Photo of GJ40
4.2/5  rDev +1%

As I hophead, I don't venture into the American Strong category often but of course Stone makes the deviation easy. Fantastic malts with just enough hops to keep it interesting. Between the artwork, appearance, aroma and flavor, what's not to love about this beer?

Photo of Intelligentsia
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber, without any discernible freshness date.

Apeearance: Lovely dark brown with pockets of amber through which light shines. Medium head that fades fairly quickly, leaving behind nice lacing. A bit darker than I imagined.

Nose: Dried fruit, grapefruit, a bit of alcohol. A very nice introduction to that awesome taste that follows.

Taste: I hope I'm worthy! Big taste explosion, with immediate hop presence that fades into a rush of malt on the finish. Bitterness stays on the tongue -- don't expect to enjoy many weaker beers after this one. Certainly for big hop-heads, as this beer leaves a big presence everywhere the beer has touched.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, relatively heavy. Hope you like hops on the end!

Drinkability: Well, I could drink more and more of this same beer, but probably not many others.

All in all, a really awesome brew that separates the hop-heads from those who aren't. I'll count myself in the former.

Photo of bogus564
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall weizen glass...

Dark amber in color, with a wheat-colored head that takes up two thirds of the glass' volume, and lasts for a few minutes before dissolving into lace that stays on the glass.

Smells hoppy - clearly a Stone thing. A little malty once you get past the hops. Neither smell is overpowering - I had to hunt for them.

Tastes nice; the hops are not as powerful as in their Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale, which makes me like this one more. There's pine, there's white grapefruit, there's a slight hint of caramel from the roasted malt - in combination, it's quite well done. East coast bias gone. I'd compare it favorably to Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe IPA. I might have to get some friends together and do a taste-off of some sort...

Mouthfeel is nice - there's a bunch of stuff going on to keep your interest, and it doesn't stay in your mouth a half hour afterward.

I could have a few of these in a night. I feel a bit guilty, as I made another grilled cheese sandwich to eat with it. This is one tasty offering from Stone.

Photo of bboelens
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at world of beer, poured into a pint glass

So after reading all the rave reviews, I had to try this bastard they speak of, I went in feeling skeptical (things always turn out better that way) and wow were they right.

A- Red khaki color, medium visibility, nice head that stays long enough for you to ponder your worthiness.

S- Hops, hops, hops, light malt, very slight citrus smell, and hops

T- Similar to the smell, the hops hit you in the mouth in the best kind of way, slight citrus taste (grapefruit or orange perhaps) and a longing for another sip

M- Bubbly and tangy

D- One or two is going to be enough for a night, the high bitterness and medium to high ABV are enough to keep you humble. Overall a great beer though

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, dark copper orange with one finger of pale tan, billowy head. Good retention and lace.

S: Good dose of sweet malt with distinct citrus poking through.

T: Leads with the citrusy hops, but then the malt swells underneath with caramel and toffee, on the dry side (unlike the aromas) but not too much. Finish is long with the hops (now more pine than citrus) winning in the end.

M: Medium mouthfeel, pretty creamy, slight astringence.

O: I enjoyed this a lot, and would buy it often if only Stone would distribute in Iowa. Definitely one to seek out on the occasional road trip to Illinois.

Photo of domtronzero
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a large stemless red wine glass (serves as a brandy snifter, without the embarassment of "snifting" beer while my friends are drinking it).

A - Pours a dark, deep redish brown, with a two finger, tightly pached, long lasting head. Lacing left all over the glass, lasting until I was finished. Appearance is very appealing.

S - Strong malty notes with a definite piny resinous hop presence.

T - Very malty, with an excellent balance of hoppy bitterness and hoppy flavor (citrus/grapefruit). Caramel notes with hints of alcoholic warmth. Aftertaste lingers as a malty thick moutcoating, but it isn't a bad thing.

M - Thick and oily. Mouthcoating and delicious. Very enjoyable on a cool night.

Photo of hophead247
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into an Imperial pint glass..Pours a wonderful deep copper. Lots of lacing and a great 3 finger head. The aroma of this bastard was mainly piney, grapefruity, and even a little sweetness. It tastes very sweet upfront, a mixture of different malts with that uniique stone yeast strain. It then turns into a complex mix of hops and malts, which isn't too bitter, just right. The back end is very nicely accompanied by various hops flavors and bitterness.

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Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,539 ratings.