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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,901 Reviews
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Reviews: 2,901
Hads: 9,922
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 384
Gots: 2,052 | 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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Reviews: 2,901 | Hads: 9,922
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A : Cherry-mahogany colored body with 80% opacity. The head is giant and popcorn yellow, with tons of IPA-like lacing left behind as it recedes slowly. Initial measurement is at 3 fingers. Simply stunning.

S : Some armpit-like smells, some aged mahogany, faint nut and cellared fruit. Definitely a cousin of the IPA from the aroma.

T : A robust roasted maltiness out front, followed by a fresh slap of wet hop, mixed with grapefruit rind and lemon rind, and then...metallic diarrhea. The finish is slightly smokey but tastes like a blended sweat sock and crushed aluminum pop cans. That finish is...well, it kills the beer. But the more I drink it the better it gets?

F : Dense, substantial, creamy...with moderate carbonation underneath and a dry finish.

O : An interesting tryout, although I wish I could have bought a smaller bottle. I can respect it, but that finish is pretty awful. (894 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

SRM 17-20 (deep rich copper) clear with a modest creamy off-white head that lasts, while dispensing a fine coating of lace on a Cisco fisheye pint glass.

A good balance of caramel and pine resin with earthiness and dried hay in the background.

Quite bitter through and through as expected. Caramel mixes with pinesap and grapefruit. This one lacks layers of complexity and is best at proper temperature. The finish is long and tasty.

A medium body with creamy texture punctuated by modest carbonation and light astringency. Alcohol is as expected.

This is an iconic and certainly enjoyable beer. However, it has never been, for me, a standout as the hype would lead one to believe. I find it enjoyable after a long day while talking with friends and eating fried food. (772 characters)

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks deep copper with red highlights. Thick yellow foam head. Smells like american hops, citric, pineapple, some yellow fruits. Taste is intense, complex, malt and hops character are there and balanced, but bitterness is high. Very good beer for usual craft beer drinkers. (273 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for around the $9.00 mark for a 650ml bottle. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a huge light brown head that lasts forever. Very dark almost brown color. Filtered clear

S- Light character. Clove, pepper.

T- Very mild compared to the double bastard. This one is mild and easy going. Nice overall brew but mellow and subdued.

M- Average

O- Pretty good. Not a huge fan but would drink if I see it on tap. The double bastard is something completely different. I thought this one might be something like it but it's not.

Food Pairing

This nice brew went very well with....... BBQ's eggplant and zucchini. Just a touch of a glaze using soy sauce, brown sugar and olive oil to coat

Enjoy (738 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Sept 3 2015 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a murky copper-amber colour with a brilliant ruby-red look under the light. It is initially crowned with just over one finger's worth of frothy, yellow-beige coloured head, which proceeds to seep away steadily over the next couple of minutes, depositing a smooth, uninterrupted ring of lacing as it does so. A bubbly cap and foamy collar are the eventual remnants. The nose features an aggressive, no-holds-barred onslaught of rich, bold aromas - toffee and brown sugar sweetness, prune/plum, raisins and even a touch of cocoa. The hop contribution is similar robust in scope, showing off some intensely dank, piney, resiny bitterness, as well as plenty of pithy citrus. The booze also opens up a little as the glass has time to warm.

This is a goddamn delicious beer. Rich with malt flavour from the start - I can pick out some toffee sweetness, bready malt and some lightly toasted biscuit flavour. The dried dark fruit notes (prune/raisin) from the nose are less prominent here, but still detectable mid-sip before being washed away by a tsunami of hops. It is eminently piney, dank and resiny, with a lot of grapefruit citrus and some vaguely floral qualities. This one finishes on the bitter side, with a lingering mixture of resin and pith in the aftertaste, as well as some restrained residual sweetness. On the lighter side of full-bodied, with low levels of natural carbonation that gently agitate the tongue - which allows this strong ale to possess an impressively silky-smooth mouthfeel. This is a truly outstanding beer, and I now understand the hype behind it.

Final Grade: 4.4, an awesome A. It's not hard to see why Arrogant Bastard has remained relevant for more than a decade now. The craft beer scene has been moving onwards and upwards ever since its release, and while some relics from that era don't quite hold up these days, I'd argue that Arrogant Bastard is one antiquity that continues to stand the test of time. My main regret is that I didn't try this beer years earlier - because it probably would have REALLY blown me away back then, before the force of 1000+ reviews numbed my palate. Glad to see it finally available in Ontario (though I wish they could have brought it in before the currency exchange rate went to shit - 9 bucks a bomber is pricy). (2,374 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was interesting. Not really a mind blower, but I do have quite a bit of respect for this beer. There are plenty of layers of complexity behind this brew and it hides it's higher ABV very well. The malt is the most dominant flavor here, with the rich, slightly sweet roasted flavors staying front and center. Layers of caramel, oak, and earthiness popping up as it settles on your tongue. Hints of coffee and hops begin to pop up toward the end. The hops give a slight balance to the carefully crafted layers of flavor put forth by the malt. This beer has a certain level of drinkability that keeps you coming back for another sip. There is a slight carbonation that prickles the tongue throughout and keeps this brew dancing on your tongue.

Not going to knock your socks off, but it is a pleasant experience and a great example of balance between malt and hops, while still keeping the malt in the forefront. I think it may be a bit over rated here, but is still worth a try and a possible revisit.

Would drink again. May even seek this one out from time to time. (1,070 characters)

Photo of BigGold
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had most recently poured from 22-oz. bomber into pokal. Apparently, Mississippi is still "not worthy," but at least Liquid Arrogance now surrounds our borders. (160 characters)

Photo of CNoj012
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is a maple syrup color with amber hue. Head is very thick and frothy with a khaki color. Also excellent lacing from the beer. Smell is very in your face, pine and grapefruit hop aroma with a sweet bready smell from the malts. Taste is as aggressive as the smell. Sweet malts up front that fade to a nice piney bitterness on the back. Feel is medium with giod carbonation. Overall a very complex beer that is very enjoyable and readily available. (450 characters)

Photo of DrifterBrew
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gave it all 5s because Im partial to this one for a reason. This was my first IPA / Heavily hopped beer. Fast forward MANY years later, and I brew this kind of stuff every other month. Cheers to you Stone! Love the brewery too, much love! (238 characters)

Photo of hopphead31415
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I vaguely recall trying this beer a few years ago, but wanted to remind myself of how good it is. It boasts the amusing angle of it being too good for you to try which is summed up by its catchy name and the iconic demon smirking at you with his own glass of this excellent beer. It has 7.2% ABV and lots of flavor.

Look-It pours a beautiful mahogany amber ale color with deep copper read hues. The head is very thick and is probably about 3 fingers and settles to 2 fingers. The head is tinged with an off-white brown color. It leaves thick creamy lacing on the glass.

Smell-This one smells of sweet bourbon barrel malts and a spicy hoppiness to follow.

Taste-You first taste the sweet malts that taste like this beer was cellared in a bourbon barrel to give it the oaky flavor and the dark color. There is a noticeable yet subtle spicy hop component that follows and the carbonation mixes well with these flavors.

Mouthfeel-It feels of silky sweetness and a pleasant coating on the tongue.

Overall-This is a delicious beer that deserves its world-class rating. (1,070 characters)

Photo of CantankerousCaveBear
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

(On Tap)
Pours mahogany, almost garnet. Rich thick head, light tan colour.
Hops immediately discernable in the nose. Hop aroma largely composed of stone fruit, grapefruit and pine. Huge malt presence, large dose of caramel is apparent.

Tastes as it smells, brash and in your face. Features the cavalier and unapologetically aggro Stone hopping style, wherein everything is amped up several notches and unflinchingly in your face. Mouthfeel is medium, with a crisp and dry character. Balanced and smooth yet an aggressive ale. Nice trace bitterness in the finish. Sweet bready malts fade without being cloying.

Extremely potent collision of hops and malt, that balances out enough to allow for a showcase of caramel, biscuit, breadiness, citrus notes (especially grapefruit and blood orange), and all of that dank, dank, piney, resiny goodness. Yum, extremely tasty and satisfying. (882 characters)

Photo of Danmullens1
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't believe I've never had Arrogant Bastard before now. A malt-hop collision of delicious proportions. Into a snifter, poured a beautiful mahogany with a thick off-white head. Smell is hops. And malty goodness. What a great beer, can't wait to try the barrel aged variety. (274 characters)

Photo of 360logic
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Deep amber, medium carbonation, 2 finger lightly yellow head.

S: Piney hops, sweet malts....and sweat?

T: Up-front grapefruit rind-bitterness, richly sweet malts lead into burnt sugar caramel, finishing with a strong herbal hoppiness

F: Pretty velvety feel for this amount of carbonation. Very slight oily and resin-y feel.

O: The epitome of Stone. Massive hops and deep maltiness gives you the biggest beer you can buy at a 7-11 at 3 A.M. Classic. (455 characters)

Photo of twage04
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice red color, malt and piney hops are first thing that hit you. The alcohol and body are readily apparent. If the hop flavors were deeper and more complex we'd have a perfect beer. as it is, this was really really good. Great American strong ale! (248 characters)

Photo of jhavs
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle served at a bar poured into a snifter.

A=Really deep bronze/amber color, pretty clear with lasting white head, lacing remains on glass throughout.

S=Malt sweetness is the most assertive factor in the aroma of this beer.

T=Big and bold flavors, get the deep malt backing, some sweetness, some alcohol. Very bold.

M=Moderate to low carbonation, a good amount of body, creamy and smooth.

O=It is what it is, just as they described. Big and bold, classic craft beer at its best. (496 characters)

Photo of Dikfour
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Deeply amber in color. A couple of fingers of off white head. Beautiful lacing.

Smell: Sweet and syrupy followed closely by big bold hops

Taste: More of the smell but also quite a bit toasty and quite a bit of alcohol.

Feel: Medium to medium-big body. Margarine creaminess. Alcohol and carbonation is mildly entertaining.

Overall: Big and Crazy as advertised. Super Complex and all over the place. Totally worth a bomber. Would never turn one of these down. Probably might totally seek this one out. All over the place. (529 characters)

Photo of morris786
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark amber large head with good lacing. Much more visually appealing than most beers. It's not overly aromatic but I'm detecting malts earthy hops and maybe hints of light Carmel and black licorice. Taste is more earthy hop forward with malt backbone and lingering hop finish. You still taste the hints of Carmel and licorice but it's very drowned out by the hops and also the alcohol that is very pronounced in the flavor. A very good beer overall and will definitely purchase again. (490 characters)

Photo of Chickenshack
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This mother is a lot of beer. The neighborhood restaurant four blocks from my house has this on tap so I go for it and sometimes I have to ask myself whether its just a little more than I bargained for. Its kind of like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale has been doing cross fit for two years- definitely heavy on the hops but with a big malt back bone, high in alcohol, creamy head, tight carbonation, sweet and bready in the middle, dry at the end. Not an IPA or a barley wine- still a pale of sorts but really its own category, a double pale ale? (538 characters)

Photo of lastmango
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a red birch beer color with a think creamy 3 finger head. Aroma has a hint of malt and chocolate. First taste is of sweet malt then overpowered by bitter hops on the end, then a slight hint of black licorice. Second taste, the malt explodes in your mouth with equal hoppiness :) with a more pronounced black licorice note. Hints of chocolate and root beer. This is a very arrogant ale indeed. I would worship this beer if it were a little less hoppy. (462 characters)

Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.59/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

There's really no aroma to speak of, but it looks beautiful. It's a fine ale with a roasted bitterness, but it's not nearly as potent in flavor as I was expecting. (164 characters)

Photo of MizzouBrew
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 ounce bomber, purchased at Friar Tuck for $4.29. Impressed with the deep rich orange brown color. More impressed with the flavor of this strong ale - very hoppy and delicious; enjoyed savoring each sip. You have to try this one at least once. (260 characters)

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep dark red with a rich thick head.

S-Malt aroma is readily apparent with some other fruit notes

T-Contains a lot of malt that produces a huge body but the hop flavor balances out the malt, and it also provides a measure of sweetness.

M-Taste buds come alive under the rich malt, citrus hops and other flavor at work. A moderate amount of carbonation.

O-While this is classified as an American Strong Ale, it is a full bodied beer that reminds me of porter. A unique and purely enjoyable beer I will have again. (521 characters)

Photo of MA_hops
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From one of my earliest reviews:
As soon as I crack open the bottle I instantly can smell the hoppy goodness that is within. As I sip the beer I taste notes of grapefruit. It appears to be a dark amber like color and it definitely goes down very smooth.
O: I hope to try this beer again as it was the first "craft" beer that I ever had. I need to revamp my above review from January of 2015 (390 characters)

Photo of risendragon
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this on a whim at my local Market Basket. I vaguely remember having this in my formative drinking years and not liking it, but now that I am a bit older and (somewhat) wiser I needed to give it another try.

L- Nice and brown/ruby red, thick head dissipates after a few minutes but with nice lacing (4).

S- Malt, sweet sweet malt. Some prunes, deep dark fruits (grapes), and some light chocolate in there as well. (4)

T- Malty, hoppy bite, sweet sugary finish. The sweetness is from the caramel malts I am guessing, a little cloying as the glass wears on. (3.5)

F- This is not a pounding beer; medium-full body, very filling. (4)

O- This is the same hoppy, malty, sweet brew that I remember from my early drinking years. I still enjoy it! (4) (755 characters)

Photo of TBoneJones
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tried once years ago when I got into the beer scene and recall not caring for it. Now that I've sampled quite the scope, this beer comes off as a great-feeling malty/ caramel ale that pops with a sharp dose of piney/ citrusy hops.
Drinks easy for a 7%+ brew. Reminded of Celebration by Sierra Nevada for some reason, although I suppose this is more aggressive with the hops and grainy as well. It lived up to its description the first try years back. Now I can see it in a different light. Well-made. (501 characters)

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Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,901 ratings.