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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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8,209 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,209
Reviews: 2,761
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 229
Gots: 719 | FT: 6
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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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

04-27-2013 15:23:25 | More by dsolonenko
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-27-2013 14:26:10 | More by odement
Photo of roundthewaygirls


3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip glass.

A: dark, hazy. appears brown. ruby tint shines through when held up to the light. got a little carried away with the pour. three fingers of frothy, off-white head. substantial lacing.

S: piney stone hop profile. caramel notes. burnt toast or biscuit. sugar or molasses. maybe something citrusy buried in the malts.

T: hops up front. malt bomb. mostly sticky molasses with a hint of caramel. more dimensional than the smell. The sweetness is offset by the burnt toast, bready character. there's a certain dryness to it that doesn't come from the hops. definitely burnt malts, but maybe wood notes as well. don't really pick up on the alcohol.

M: medium bodied. slight carbonation on the tip of the tongue. burnt malts and hops really resonate on the palate.

O: love stone. this one is a little deeper and darker than their ipas. complex malts. not particularly refreshing, but i think it follows through on its intention. bold brew for bold nights.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 04:16:44 | More by roundthewaygirls
Photo of Alextricity


4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
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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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

04-27-2013 01:20:06 | More by msondel
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4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful beer. I don't get the aroma, it's not nearly as telling as the taste. We drink beer for the taste primarily, so I rank this beer highly. I enjoy the hoppy, burnt malt taste, it's one of North America's best. The aroma has bread, malt, and pungent hops undertones, it's just not prevalent to me. The taste is the key, it's outstanding.

Rich amber color, a beautiful red.

Thick, frothy head that dissipates quickly, lacing was moderate.

Aroma is mild, does not give an accurate portrayal of the flavors.

Taste is nice, pungent hops, intense compared to most American ales.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 23:51:50 | More by Clinterjack
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-26-2013 14:14:09 | More by WallE89
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

04-25-2013 19:30:24 | More by trotnixon
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

04-25-2013 17:49:50 | More by DougLana
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.46/5  rDev +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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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

04-25-2013 03:31:58 | More by Black_ox
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4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - dark brown but clear. medium head forms upon pour

S - smells of hops, lots of hops. a very good smell indeed

T - wow! initially very bitter. after swallowing i taste the sweet malts

M - medium carbonation, rolls past the tongue smoothly

O - a bit too bitter for my tastes but still a very good beer

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 01:25:52 | More by mjc3151
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

04-25-2013 01:18:26 | More by dmk91
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-24-2013 16:55:13 | More by beav19
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

04-24-2013 02:09:33 | More by Kcman91
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

04-23-2013 22:18:36 | More by hoosiersapper27
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

04-23-2013 22:16:45 | More by s1ckboy
Photo of Phillyz


3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

04-23-2013 02:37:45 | More by Phillyz
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1.5/5  rDev -64%

04-23-2013 02:33:56 | More by ronbo5421
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-22-2013 22:07:05 | More by J_Dub
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New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-22-2013 17:10:09 | More by Dogzbone
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New York

5/5  rDev +19.9%

04-22-2013 05:32:29 | More by BeerPunk1312
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

04-22-2013 04:32:52 | More by Victor
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-22-2013 02:12:42 | More by bmurray10
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4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, dark ruby with nice pillowy off-white head with good retention. Great lacing.

S: Big on the hops in the nose, pine resin, citrus, and spice (classic Chinook). The malt is very substantial as well, with burnt caramel candy and some bisciuty breadiness.

T/M: Nice kick of bitterness upfront, moves into some big hoppy and malty flavor. The hops are more of the big resiny pine notes, citrus, spice, and some herb. The malt showcases nice burnt sugar, biscuit, and caramel flavors. The finish is pretty dry, but has some nice sweetness from the caramel malt.

Overall, this is one in your face beer. SNPA made me realize that there are beers with a lot more flavor than what society would lead you to think. This was the beer that made me realize that beers could blow the roof off of your palate. My palate has tamed this beast since then, but I still find this to be a great beer to keep on hand at all times.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 23:46:06 | More by Siriusfisherman
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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