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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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7,459 Ratings

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Ratings: 7459
Reviews: 2739
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.44%

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

Vintage: 2013
Appearance: Deep amber, copper; Dense off-white head; great lace; great carbonation
Smell: Molasses; Pine; Smoke; Like a wonderful campfire in the forest.
Taste: Toasty Malts; Molasses; Smoke; Piney hop goodness, Resiny finish
Mouth-feel: Medium Body; Lingering Resiny finish, Dry.
Overall: Complex, Balanced, Strong… Like a good woman.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2014 03:33:35 | More by JoshuaMason
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4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap at Phil's BBQ next to Gate 45 at San Diego Airport. Hooray, a bar with craft brews at an airport!

Pours a dark amber, like a Sam Adams fighting a pile of Lobsterbacks with a brew in one hand and a musket in the other. Smells overwhelmingly like hops, but luckily for me, tastes like a nice, hoppy IPA with a good amount of malty backbone to balance out the brew.

Overall, if you're a fan of the so-called 'East Coast IPA', which experience has lead me to believe is any sort of IPA that has enough malts to balance the hoppiness, you're likely to enjoy this brew. Fortunately, Stone has a wide-ranging distribution, and most of the Continental United States (Gawd Bless Amurikuh!) can enjoy this enjoyable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2013 22:43:38 | More by Foamicron
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4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a dark amber hazy with a white head with good lacing
S-aroma of caramel and zesty citrus hits you
T-has a taste of roasted malt, caramel and pine/grassy
M-great mouth feel high bitterness that is balanced with the malt
I love this beer give, me a another

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2013 17:25:59 | More by reebtaerG
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South Carolina

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

A- A nice amber rusty look with a 1.5 finger head. Lacing is good.

S- Light hops with a sweet caramel like malt presence

T- Hops and malts hit you immediately. A real surprise from the smell. Hop bitterness lingers awhile and is very welcomed. Excellent tasting beer.

M- Thick, smooth, good carbonation

O- A staple beer in my house for sure. I love the hop and malt presence here. I currently have this on tap in my kegerator, and it is a delicious beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2013 17:46:09 | More by KJK-1
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3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft poured into a pint Pilsner. It has a 1/8" head which dissolves quickly, then lovely lacing down the glass. Medium brown in color, unfiltered. Aroma is hops and caramel. Flavor is hops, malt, well-balanced and very pleasing, with a bit of pine. Medium mouth feel. Overall an outstanding ale.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2013 02:32:28 | More by Dsimenson
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New York

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

On tap at Amsterdam Ale House in Manhattan.

Pours a deep amber with a lasting head. The lacing was impeccable. Rings of froth coated the glass after each sip. The aroma was a bit of a letdown as it was very much subdued. I only caught some herbal hoppiness. The taste was sweet at first, caramel, then a mint hop explosion. Mouthfeel was a bit gritty, thick.

Overall the flavor of this beer delivers big time. I prefer this more than the Oaked version.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2013 16:15:33 | More by WheelsPSU
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New Jersey

3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A dark, clear amber with strong ruby highlights, and a smooth and creamy tan head with moderate retention.

Smell: Gently roasted dark malt, with a subtle chocolate quality. Hop aroma is light and earthy.

Taste: The taste is in line with the smell: Roasted nuts, light mocha, and resinous hops. The bitterness is strong, and lasts well into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light mouthfeel, with a crisp, carbonic bite. It's the type of mouthfeel I would expect from a light lager, and it seems to thin out the taste. Alcohol warming is light.

Overall: Like a stronger, slightly less flavorful, highly carbonated porter. Well done, but not an ale that particularly peaks my interest. I was expecting more, due to its popularity. If I wanted this level of bitterness, I would go with an IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2013 17:56:42 | More by BethanyB
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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Levitation was the first brew I'd ever had from Stone (great beer-surprisingly low alcohol content, consistent on tap & yet seemingly impossible to find in the southeast) followed by Arrogant Bastard. The first time I ever tasted it was on liter night at Crowbar, a favorite local dive, although one of the worst places to try a beer for the first time.

The conditions were terrible, the carbonation on the beer mediocre (I was sloshing it around in the giant liter cups they gave us for what must have been 30 minutes before finishing it).

I felt like I needed to give the beer another chance, and I'm glad I did.
Strong malt presence, strong alcohol presence, intense hops. What a perfect trio. I consider this one of my favorite beers to date, and it's one of the first craft brews I was introduced to.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2013 02:23:41 | More by BurlesqueRadio
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3.49/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this Bastard on Tap at a respectable Irish pub in Decatur, IL.

A- The color scheme for this brew had me questioning myself if I ad it right. The bottom of the glass seemed to be significantly lighter than the top of the glass. The bottom had a deep cherry red color and was quite clear. The top seemed to be almost black and a tad bit cloudy. One finger head that dissipated to thin lacing after letting it sit for a minute of two.

S-Hops was prevalent in the nose. that was the dominant scent while I felt I had some traces of caramel malts and toffee. Smell was consistent throughout the warming of the beer.

T-Hops baby, and damn was there a bunch of it. I am more of a stout and porter fellow and tonight was an exploration into the bitter world of hops. Well I had an experience. I couldn't necessary pick out any other flavors in the beer other than its overwhelming bitterness. There may have been a trace of coffee aftertaste. The bitter just sat in the back of your mouth and didn't leave, quite pronounced.

M-Hard carbonation and a nice thick beer; the kind you scoop out of the glass.

O-I had a ride on the hopsmobile. I don't know if I will be so willing to hop on again. However, that is just due to preference.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2013 03:22:20 | More by AmishLightning
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3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy deep reddish-tawny color with a dense tan head giving moderate retention. Nice lacing in the glass.

Pine needles, resin, light citrus, toffee, brown bread on the nose. The hop notes are upfront, but nicely balanced aginst the beers other elements.

Agressive hops on the palate. Pine and resin dominate. Bitter on the finish, but balanced. Mouth watering on the finish for some time.

Medium+ body and very dry on the palate. Bold in its feel with a long aftertaste.

Really more like a Double IPA in its approach. If you like a bold beer that loads up on hops, look no further.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2013 05:49:29 | More by Libationguy
Photo of macrosmatic


3.36/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Mellow Mushroom (Brandon). Served in a pint glass.

A: Very dark copper to brown, not quite clear, with a half-finger of off-white creamy head and low visible carbonation.

S: Malty, toasty sweetness, somewhat boozy, and touches of nuts and toffee.

T: Big toasty malt, significant booze, and light hop bitterness. Some booze and malt sweetness in the hang.

M: Medium body, but lighter than I expected. Alcohol quite noticeable, and more so that I expected given the relatively modest ABV. Medium carbonation sensation.

O: I am real disappointed in this one. I thought that I'd had this one before and enjoyed it; I remember enjoying the Oaked Arrogant Bastard. But this particular example - not doing it for me. Malty and boozy, and not in a good way. EDIT: Reading some other reviews, I'm wondering if this was old or just a bad batch. I got almost no hop flavors/bitterness, let alone aroma. Guess I'll really have to try it again and see if it's better the next time around. Will update review if it changes significantly.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2013 13:30:36 | More by macrosmatic
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3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from tap into pint at yardhouse in palm beach gardens. I can't believe I never had this before...
Pours a deep amber almost brown. Nice white lacing and a bit of head.
Piney sweet malt aroma..meh
Taste is very bitter piney hop meets sweet bready malt. A bit dry.
I hate to be that guy but I just don't get this beer...its good but just way too bitter and one dementional. I think its one of those pioneer brews that are classically good but maybe don't live up to the current trends....

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2013 22:56:07 | More by DrinkSlurm
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New Jersey

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

Appearance: Dark amber, with a light brown head. Head is about average, but dissipates somewhat quickly leaving its presence behind

Smell: Hops. Lots of hops. Piney resinous hops, along with some citrus and floral hops. There is nice malt character in the background

Taste: First thing you notice is the hoppy bitterness. It is a rather intense bitterness, but a delicious bitterness. There is some nice roasted malt flavor in there as well. Some nice citrus, pine, and floral flavors, along with caramel malt sweetness. A very good, and complex brew. Better on tap.

Mouthfeel: Some thickness to it, a good carbonation level, some bite, overall very good

Overall: An excellent brew. Better on tap than in the bottle. More drinkable. More malt sweetness to balance out the intense, but delicious hop flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2013 01:37:24 | More by MadCat
Photo of Alextricity


4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at One-Eyed Betty's in Ferndale, Michigan.

The beer is a dark, ruby-ish color. A very nice little head on it with super sexy lacing... a very pretty looking beer, for sure. Arrogant Bastard has a taste not quite like beers I've had before... there's some bitterness in there, for sure, but it's not as intense as it seems a lot of people like to describe it. The hops in this beer mixed with the malts balance it perfectly. I've had some people try and tell me it tastes/feels "soapy", but I don't get that at ALL ... maybe that's because I had it on-tap. The taste is complex to the point where I can't pinpoint exactly how I remember it being, but it was interesting, and it was super tasty... a seemingly wild blend of hops and malt, and I couldn't get quite enough of my sample. Crazy drinkable, tasty beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2013 03:41:26 | More by Alextricity
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Half Pint of tap at Craft Beer Co, Farringdon, London (£4.50):
Deep ruby amber to copper colour in the glass with a thin white lacing on top and around the sides.

Fresh hops with strong caramel notes and further grassy hops. There is a lot of sugar upfront and some sweetness along with hints of toffee and a generally quite rich aroma. There is some roasted malts as well but overall it is the hops with some citrus that dominates.

Caramel and rich, sweet flavours with grassy hops from the smell and a lot of bitterness. There is some grapefruit coming through and a lot of sweetness. Surprisingly refreshing and had a pleasant alcohol kick to it that went down well.

Smooth with a medium to full body and a lot of carbonation. There bitterness levels were very in your face and the mouthfeel was complimented by some sweet malts too.

An exceptional beer and one that did not disappoint in any way, shape or form upon first trying it. The beer was insanely hoppy with lots of bitterness. Surprisingly easy to drink and went down well with the mouthfeel complimented the taste and smell quite well. A must try.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2013 15:48:29 | More by flyingpig
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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant deep copper-red with a frothy, dense quarter inch khaki head that won't dissipate.

Floral, fruity hops, resin, pine, fresh cut grass leap from the glass. There's a subtle caramel malt sweetness in the background that hints of dark fruit.

Dank hops dominate the initial flavor, with sweet caramel malt coming in and fading mid palate, bowing to resinous bitterness that lingers through the finish. Grapefruit, catty hops, and pine emerge in subsequent sips, but the balance is decidedly resiny and bitter. The malt sweetness provides nice respite in later sips, along with dark fruit.

Body is on the full side, with moderate carbonation and slight alcohol warmth, with a big resiny bite.

Decidedly bitter, but balanced in extremes, to an extent. A glutton for punishment, the promise of sweet malt draws me back in for the bitter hop beating.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2013 00:08:19 | More by barczar
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4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a snifter glass

Appearance-Served a mahogany colored brew with ruby highlights shining throughout. Upon serving there is a one finger cream colored head that fades rather quickly to leave a persistent film on the top of the brew and a very nice level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a nice mix of bready malts, caramel, and a moderate hop aroma. The hop while mainly grapefruit citrus in nature is also mixed with aromas of a pine hop aroma as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and biscuit base with a lighter caramel sweetness. Up front there are also some hop flavors of a pine nature. The caramel fades as the taste advanced with the pine getting stronger and more potent. While the caramel fades, fruit flavors of a light cherry and apple flavor come to the tongue. While the pine levels out in the middle, it is joined by a lighter grapefruit citrus hop flavor. This citrus grows stronger more toward the end of the taste with it, when mixed with the rest of the flavors, leaving a bitter pine and citrus flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel-The body of the beer is on the slightly creamier side with a carbonation level that is a b it on the higher side. The creaminess allows all the hop flavors of the brew a chance to linger on the tongue, while the carbonation level makes it easier drinking and more refreshing.

Overall – A quite tasty brew. It’s on the hoppier side, but balanced quite nicely by the sweeter fruit, caramel, and more malty flavors of the brew. Its well know for a good reason; its quite a good moderate strength IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2013 02:45:32 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Chadhowie


4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is by far one of my favorite all time beers. The strength and fortitude of the hoppy full flavor makes this a perfect beer. It's no wonder that multiple variations have been and are attempted based on this beer. Pretty much all of those are excellent too. You can't go wrong with Stone!

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2013 22:22:00 | More by Chadhowie
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4.86/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a good solid beer to go along with a strong flavored meal. I usually will have one with a steak or burgers but to be honest it's a good beer to have just about anytime.

If you can find it on tap it's worth it every time. I've only seen it at the Brewery and at Barney's Beanery but I'm sure there are more. Out of the bottle this is a great beer also.

Overall I highly recomend this beer to everyone, if you like dark beer or not it's worth trying it out.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2013 19:35:31 | More by Misajet90
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4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at BJ's Restaurant and Brewery in Temple, Texas on New Year's Eve. All I can say is "wow!" What a great way to start off 2013...

Appearance - 2-3 fingers of nice, thick head; dark brown in color; head subsided over time as I drank it but left brilliant traces of lace down the sides of the glass. Great looking beer...

Smell - Citrus fruity smell, caramel, extremely aromatic; can smell the hops; incredible smelling beer.

Taste - Wow...initial reaction is, "wow, this beer is hoppy." Then I began to taste the incredible citrus taste, a hint of coffee, caramel, and malts. Incredible beer by the second sip; almost rind-like in it's taste. Very complex tasting beer....one of the most complex beers that I have ever tasted.

Mouthfeel - Very hoppy; bitter hops tend to linger slightly in your mouth and throat but this subsided as the beer warmed and I made my way through it.

Overall - In short, not for the faint of heart! Complex, intense, mildly overwhelming, with a sharp bite. However, extremely enjoyable; well-crafted; aromatic, full-bodied; delicious. Probably not for a novice (and definitely not for a BMC drinker!) but definitely recommend this to those that appreciate such a well brewed beer. Wow...

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2013 16:31:50 | More by AAG
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4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was one of my first forays into the aggressive hop-foward west coast beers, and I have never looked back.

Pours a deep brown color, almost black in appearance with a slight whitish head.

The smell recalls citrus notes with pine and maybe even some oak in there, the hops are certainly at the forefront and Stone makes no attempt to hide that.

Powerful malt and hop flavors dominate the brew, bitter without being too bitter, plus some sweet notes of citrus and caramel. Absolutely delicious.

Certainly a bold mouthfeel that captures the essence of the style. Although classified as a strong ale, I put it more towards Black IPA on the spectrum thanks to the hops and intensive, but smooth finish.

Overall one of my favorite beers out there, and a true product of the fine men at Stone.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2012 16:25:05 | More by Mikecap
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Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this brew at Jerome Bettis Grille in Pittsburgh

Pekoe Tea in colour.

A nice thin head that stayed thoroughout the drink creating a nice lace spider web.

Hints of toffee in the noise.

Tea with a hint of qunine at the beginning. The bitters come in and they are aggressive yet not overwhelming.

If you enjoy IPA's this Brown ale may beat a few you have had.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2012 02:40:27 | More by jaz58
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1.75/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Had 3 other persons at my table. No one would dare try a second taste of the overly hoppy bitter beer.
I'm not a huge fan of hops , So it was all I could do to hold my nose and choke down this beer I paid $7 dollars for. But if you are a fan of bitter tasting hop flavored beers give this a go. This just happens to be on the opposite spectrum of my liking.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2012 14:50:53 | More by ToddL
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4.98/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap in a sample glass.

Appearance: Deep amber color with a white head.

Smell: Hops, citrus, malts. Some sugars too in the background.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied and smooth. Hoppy, citrus taste that dominates the palate.

Overall: Great beer, this one definatly lived up to it's reputation. I will have this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2012 14:38:44 | More by Cavanaghty
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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

It has been to long since my last go at the classic Bastard. This beer is a deep amber color and is extremely hazy. The head is slightly off white and really doesnt stick around too long. The nose is mostly pine, herbal and floral hops. The taste of this beer starts out with a high bitterness and an intense hop profile. There is a ton of grassy, herbal, spicy notes and a lot of pine and some lemon zest. The beer has a ton of mouth feel and helps to deliver the beers flavors. The other flavors of the beer are toffee, caramel and bread yeast. This is a classic go to beer, best fresh in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2012 15:34:03 | More by TwelveOunces
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Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 7,459 ratings.