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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

9,251 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 9,251
Reviews: 2,830
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 297
Gots: 1,268 | FT: 7
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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Very dark ruby/Garnett color. Clarity is very good. Two fingers of beige head show excellent retention. Lacing sticks in wispy patches.

S: Hops are forward on the nose with an overall earthy and resinous aroma. Subtle whiffs of tangerine and tropical fruits are there too if you let them come out. Big malt backbone isn't bashful either. Heavy toast, caramel, brown molasses. Perhaps slightly candied too. Suggestions of red berries. Well balanced. Over the top in general, but in a good way.

T: Big piney and resinous hop bite. Very earthy. Pine, leaves, bark. Flashes of orange and other citrus fruits. Hardcore bitterness. Malts are equally abrasive. Heavy, heavy toast. Crusty. Burnt caramel. Flashes of berries. Clamping earthy and resiny bitterness never relents and owns the finish. In fact, forget the finish, you'll still taste it when you wake up the next morning.

M: Full medium body. Very smooth and even velvety in texture. That is until the hop astringency cuts through and clings to your tooth enamel. Moderately carbonated.

O: The craft beer scene has changed so much since this beer first came onto the market, but it still feels as relevant today as it did back then. This beer helped define the new era of craft beer. To hell with all those breweries in the early going that were content to churn out some safe "fizzy yellow lager". This was brewed in direct opposition to those beers. In fact, it is so ridiculously aggressive that I still find it miraculous that it caught on at all. We all love it today because the context in which we drink beer has changed. Big, aggressive, hoppy beers are now more or less the norm. I wish I could go back in time just to watch people's faces contort as they tasted this, when the wildest beers they'd tried to that point were a pale ale and some mundane amber. We've come a long way.

As an aside it's nice to see Stone pumping the core brand again. With all the one-offs and special releases they've been doing it's easy for the consumer to overlook Arrogant Bastard. The value of this new Bastard Box bomber four pack is so ridiculous that it's a no-brainer buy for the consumer. Hopefully it brings some attention back to this great beer.

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4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone World Bistro in Escondido, CA. Served in a stemmed glass 12/14/14.

A- Dark reddish-brown body. Copper hue. Half finger white head, good retention time, nice collaring. No lacing.

S- A blast of piney hops and sweet syrupy malt. Extremely potent stuff. Rich, intense and pine-forward with some grapefruit that is barely detectable underneath an incredibly strong malt sweetness that does not let up. Wow.

F- The malt sweetness comes out more as a mild caramel, heavy resin type of sweetness that just somehow works quite well with the amount of hops used here. On one hand, it tastes quite malty, but on the other hand, my palate is being blown up by the sheer pine bitterness of this beer. This is what I think Stone set out to accomplish and while it's not my thing, I do have to respect their intention.

M- Thick bodied, syrupy and dry. Bitter pine forward finish that makes this one a bit of a sipper. In some ways tough to drink, but in other ways, so easy to drink due to how flavourful it is. The bitterness can be well above what most people would be used to.

O- Very nice strong ale with a crap-ton of hops in it. The description and the story behind this and Double Bastard is quite novel and I have to give credit to Stone for coming up with these beers, even if they are not my favourites. Well worth trying at least once for the novelty, history and respect for Stone and what they've done for craft beer.

Final score: 4.01

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Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,251 ratings.