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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,915 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,915
Hads: 9,990
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 22.78%
Wants: 398
Gots: 2,133 | 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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Photo of surlyberg
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale caramel brown in appearance with a piney aroma. It's bitter sweet with a boozy grapefruit profile dominating the overall flavor. The mouth feel is light, watery, and flat. My overall impression is that it is enjoyable for those seeking an American strong ale with fairly strong grapefruit flavor.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great looking almond color with a full, frothy head. Aroma doesn't jump out at you but it's got a nice malty scent with a bit of hoppiness. Generally, that's how the taste goes as well, though the malt flavor is fairly complex with hints of brown sugar and molasses. There's a touch of hoppy bitterness as well, especially in the finish. Texture is surprisingly frothy - lighter and bubblier in feel than you would expect for the style. I found that letting this warm a good deal smoothed out the bitterness and brought out the complexity of the malt. A recognized classic and a really solid beer, but one that I always want to like a bit more than I actually do.

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Photo of EdgarFriendly
3.13/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

I've been meaning to try for years. Finally grabbed a bottle today from my local chain grocery in Atlanta. Beautiful pour into standard English pint glass. Nice head, color and aroma. From there it disappoints. A little too sweet and malty upfront, followed by a diabolical hop-head finish. Not a great combo on its own. Likely works better with very spicy foods.

There are so many other brews that do variations on both styles and the melding of the two so much better... at least in 2015.

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Photo of KRussell
2.4/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Unfortunately, I can't even review this beer now and the reasons are listed below.

I've been drinking this for years now. Every time I visit my local establishment which has had Arrogant Bastard since day 1, I get a draft glass of it. It used to be great but has suffered from inconsistencies over the last couple years. I had some today from a keg and it tasted more like an IPA than arrogant bastard. I've had some in the past that tasted more like a Yuengling. I thought maybe it was a keg issue so I grabbed some in a bottle and it tasted different in the bottle also.

I'm starting to think that the bourbon and oaked versions were just batches that didn't turn out right. Unfortunately, Stone has some work to do to get this beer consistent and tasking like it used to.

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Photo of melbow
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great head. Potent smell. Bitter but balanced. Definitely a good beer and I'm never unhappy having one, but never have I thought, "man I could really go for an arrogant bastard..." There are so many better beers out there today.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Simply gorgeous. Crystal clear ruby-brown, foamy head that recedes to nothing but leaves some webs of lace.

S: Mmmm. Standard hop offerings, orange juice, pine, slightly perfumey, but very expressive, with sweet warm toffee malt behind it, even raisin.

T: Bitter, to say the least. Good balance between hops and malt; pine and orange prominent, but quickly relieved by some malt. Definite floral note, quite welcome in an otherwise bleak and almost ordinary profile.

M: Tiny touch of a syrup quality, but overall drinkable.

O: Hopbomb for sure, but even a non-hophead like myself can appreciate this, once we get past the nearly overwhelming pine and bitterness. Gotta pay homage to (what I believe to be) one of the first mega-hopped IPA's.

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Photo of Trentt2
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not an ale fan. I'll make an exception for this one. Everything about it, brilliant!! Crisp, hoppy just to edge of permissiveness, a great linger factor.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint glass. Pretty dark red color with fairly thick creamy head. The smell is malty but I don't detect the sweetness suggested by others. There is some nice malty sweetness in the taste but this ale is hoppier than I anticipated. There is also a degree of spice. Very nice mouth feel; rather thick for an ale. Overall, this is fine ale, although I prefer one less bitter, scotch ale.

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep red amber with a big pillowy head that laces the glass beautifully. Absolutely one of the best looking beers I've ever seen. Smell is subtle, mostly pine scented hops. The taste is complex and assaults your taste buds from every angle. I wonder if that was what was behind the hilarious marketing on the label. You are not worthy...Almost a challenge to the drinker to find something he likes in this cacophony of flavors. I'm not ashamed to say I've fallen for it, because every time I drink this I taste something new...and it's always delicious.

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Photo of bgillespie
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark red brown with a thick off white head.

Smell: A little hops, a little caramel, a little malt. Well blended.

Taste: Sweet with malt and caramel. Hoppy and a touch of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, dry finish.

Overall: A great beer that is very flavorful. Sweet, but hoppy. One of my favorites.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

greater than one inch cream colored head aloft a deep copper cloudy active brew

hints of dark fruits, earthy tones.

creamy malt flavors, very biscuity, some plum, almost a ginger or root beer tone. Also a noticeable lingering spice finish. Accompanied by, of course, hop bitterness.

Very bubbly, but very snooth; big bodied but easy drinking. delicious

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Photo of Bone53
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: clear amber color with a finger or two tan head

Smell: Sweet (mainly caramel, light toffee) and bready malts, piney and light citrus hops

Taste: Lighter on the malt than i would have guessed from the nose. I get sweet bready malt upfront then mid palate and finish is all piney and bittering hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body and goes down very, very smooth. Pretty aggressive bitterness throughout

Overall: This is an average strong ale for me. The aromas had some promise but i was disappointed in the taste. Theres not enough malt to balance out the hops. I thinks its too hoppy and bitter for the style. I really enjoy a few of Stones' IPAs but i personally feel they are a bit overrated as a whole. Ill probably pass on this one from now on. Cant really go wrong at $5 a bomber though

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear dark brownish red.

Overall: This is a bold and flavorful brew. Has sweet malty flavors and bitter hops for a great combo. Excellent ale.

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Photo of sheetbird
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - deep red and clear
S - surprisingly faint to the nose, with more malt than hops present
T - starts of light and works into a strong hop that lingers long on the tongue
F - light body, but not thin
O - The faint nose makes the strong hop character a nice surprise

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

- thick long lasting head something i look for
- smells more like a ipa than strong ale but alot of hops!
-taste is a very very hoppy beer the body keeps it from tasting to much like a ipa but top notch flavor!
- feel is a little to much carbonated for me
-overall it is one of my favorite grab and go beers!

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Photo of SmashAdams
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice sweet caramel smell. It has a good balance of malt and hops. Overall it is a strong and delicious beer. It paired really great with Buffalo wings. yb

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Photo of MaximalC
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky garnet color with a sumptuous head of cream-colored froth. The aroma smells primarily of bread and grapefruit, with some caramel and pine resin as well--maybe even some bubblegum if I use my imagination.

The nose is a good forebear of the taste, as pine resin and grapefruit pith are the headliners, making you well aware of their presence from the get-go. The malt does its best to push back though, with flavors of toasted bread and caramel, while the yeast adds a zesty character of its own, making for a rather lively and balanced concoction. The medium-high body and ample carbonation create a full, velvety mouthfeel that takes some of the edge off of the bitterness.

Overall, this is a bold and flavorful brew with a terrific presentation and mouthfeel. The hops are a little heavy-handed for my tastes, but it’s Stone, so I knew what I was getting into. With that said, it’s easy to see why this is one of their flagship brews.

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Photo of 50marathons
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good dark copper color. Lacks something in taste. Seems like a bit of a burnt raisin finish. Good strong ale. Great head when poured into a pint glass from a bottle. Overall a good beer but not my favorite Stone by a long shot.

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Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark ruby color that is crisp and hazy with lots of lace.. A/T piney hop, peach, pie crust, caramel, toffee, citrus.. Slight notice of alcohol.. Good balance with an edge to the bitterness.. Medium body.. Good beer

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Photo of TBCE
4.81/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorites. Very hard hitting and flavorful. Hated it when I first tried it, but bought it a few more times as my pallet grew and now I love it.

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Photo of ElJacobian
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Definitely a big beer. It's very bitter but the malts even it out and it has just enough grapefruit in the aftertaste to keep it well-balanced. I'm getting hints of dark fruits on the aftertaste as well. This would be a great beer to have with a hearty German food meal.

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Photo of JRMothershead3
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very good beer, but for the faint of heart. If you've never had this style before, the first sip can be intimidating. It's a beer to be sipped and savored, not chugged. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear cooper brown color with a two finger off white head. Aroma is toffee, caramel, and resin. Taste is pine, resin and bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium with a bit of an oily feel. Overall, a very good strong ale that is undeniably stone, no mistaking it.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear, very dark brown. Nice two-finger fluffy brown head with good retention and lacing.
Smell: Sweet caramel, toffee and roasty malt aromas up front, some slight grassy notes in the background.
Taste: the sweet malty flavors slap you in the face on the first sip, but then the bitter piney hops come on for a good combo punch.
Mouthfeel: Thick and kinda chewy, just what you'd expect from the taste. Lingers on the palate long enough to make you want another slap.
Overall: Just a great beer, every time I drink one I remember just how damn good this beer is. Really stands the test of time. Well done, Stone!

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Photo of CAcreeks
2.96/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This ale is not worthy to reach my stomach. Actually I drank the whole pint poured on tap. It is unremarkable given verbiage on the label. Looked like muddy water. Had nice aroma but not as good as any Stone IPA. Aftertaste was poorly balanced bitterness and sweetness (can't put my finger on it). Lagunitas Brown Shugga is far superior. What a surprise, Stone brews are usually great.

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Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,915 ratings.