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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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7,470 Ratings

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Ratings: 7470
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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Photo of arescan


3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A - Absolutely gorgeous ruby color with a medium sized head. A treat to look at.

S - Incredibly aromatic. The beer has a very sweet, inviting scent that draws you in.

T - The beer tastes great. There's a slight taste of raisins with the hoppiness. The hoppiness lingers and becomes very strong in the after taste. Almost overpowering.

M - Very smooth and good flowing

O - My only knock here is the after taste. It's very, very strong and ruins and otherwise near perfect beer. Though, with that, it's still very good.

Serving type: growler

10-12-2013 01:17:11 | More by arescan
Photo of thickgirth


4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.

Serving type: growler

09-26-2013 00:38:24 | More by thickgirth
Photo of oidrink

1.9/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Taste like asprin... effin hate it so much.. yuck! I had that taste on the tip of my tounge that was numbing. I thought it would be awesome without that nasty taste. Its however smooth.. If they change that taste I would engage another drink. Its not horrible but maybe you should buy 1 22oz. and try it out... who knows you might like it. It also was like 4 dollars at a store in Portland oregon.

Serving type: growler

10-26-2012 00:01:17 | More by oidrink
Photo of TangTKE402

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a 1-day-old growler into a pint glass. Deep rosy/brown in color with a nice 1-finger, frothy, mother-of-pearl head and some wispy lacing.

S: Good hop and resin aromas with some faint dark fruit notes: like congealed cranberry ooze with a hint of incense...

T: Bold and bitter, with a good mix of flavors. Some raisin and malt up front, with a pine tar hop swallow and a bitter aftertaste that bites hard. This is a beer without any major flavors popping out, but all of them working in concert to deliver a bold, smooth experience.

M: This is a beer you can chew on, but it's not so big in your mouth that the feel gets in the way. It's satisfying, yet gritty, with a bone-dry after-feel. A unique texture to it, to be sure.

O: A nice treat beer with a feel all its own. Best enjoyed on a cool night, under some blankets, curled up on the couch.

Serving type: growler

12-20-2011 00:26:58 | More by TangTKE402
Photo of MCorrea


4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer that started it all! (for me anyhow)

Shuffled on down to the new stone store in south park today and picked myself up a growler of some good 'ole AB. I've been drinking this beer for 10+ years, so time for a quick review!

A: pours a deep clear copper red with a copious off white head that lingers and lingers.

S: A perfect mixture of malt sweetness with piny and citrusy hops.

T: malt, hops, bitterness, caramel, citrus. Yum.

M: Good and solid. Not thin or dry, but not too thick or sticky either. Juuust right.

O: A true classic in the craft world, and deservingly so. Am I worthy? I don't know, but I like it!

Serving type: growler

07-03-2011 05:01:38 | More by MCorrea
Photo of jwinship83


4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler that my sister brought me back from kentucky. drank out of a stone brewing pint glass the day after this one was filled.

A- this one pours out a deep ruby red colored body with a large tan colored head. the head lasts for a long time, and leaves behind large globs of lace.

S- lots of grapefruit and pine hops are the first thing to greet my nose. after that comes sweet caramel malts. a little bit of toasted bread in here also.

T- the nose and the taste are pretty similar. lots of sweet caramel and toasted bread malts upfront. a more than generous dose of grapefruit and pine hops as well. simple yet excellent.

M- medium to full bodied with ample carbonation.

D- i dont drink this beer that often, but im impressed every time that i do. the growler itself was a little more than i could finish, and the last pint and a half drank the next day had pretty much gone flat. id take another one of these at the next available chance, but i wont crack it until i have a friend to share it with.

Serving type: growler

07-26-2010 15:08:35 | More by jwinship83
Photo of eyeheartIPA


4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First craft beer I tried back in my early drinking days. The bar had it on tap, and being a bit of an arrogant bastard, I had to try it. Couldn't really take much of it then, but now it's one of my favorites. Drinking from a growler filled at the brewery last night, poured into my AB pint glass.

A - Clear dark brown with slight reddish tint. Good thick head that hangs around for a while. Lacing on the glass sticks around until the end.

S - Smells like malt. Sweet, with maybe a hint of caramel.

T - I'm not very good at picking out individual flavors. Starts sweet and then the hops come through for a bitter finish. The taste lingers on the tastebuds for quite a while.

M - Beer goes down smooth and wets the palate, no drying effect here. Not a heavy beer despite the intense flavor.

D - Very drinkable. High alcohol content might limit you to one or two, but doesn't sit heavy and I never get tired of the flavor.

Serving type: growler

03-16-2010 05:17:56 | More by eyeheartIPA
Photo of BretSikkink


4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours really dark with little head from the growler. Aroma's more vinous than bottled or on tap: less carbonated and sweet. Lots of raisins, but quite bitter, almost like an amber ale that got tipped into a vat of hops. Without the bubbling buffers in the mouth it's not quite as drinkable as in its other forms, but it's still a damn fine ale.

Serving type: growler

11-06-2009 02:46:12 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of gory4d

New York

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my mug with a tan three-finger head that dissipates quickly though some remains all the way down to leave thick lacing down the glass. The smell is woodsy, maybe some cedar in there, with hints of fruit (berry?) and some biscuity notes. The taste is huge from start to finish: starts off with sweet malts, moves through to diacetyls and faint caramel, then hits you hard with a hop finish that goes on and on -- big hits of grapefruit or tangelo, maybe even lemon rind. The hop finish also makes for a rather pleasantly dry mouthfeel in the end, though before that what strikes me is the smoothness of it: perfectly carbonated, just enough to fill your mouth with all this goodness. Glad to find this fresh from the keg: I prefer it to the bottled version.

Serving type: growler

10-31-2008 22:33:46 | More by gory4d
Photo of Celt44

New York

4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a dark amber with creamy head right out of the growler. Lacing lasts throughout.
Aroma is a beautiful floral combo of chocolate,licorice, and pine - alcohol aroma is present.
Taste is exceptional for the ABV. Chocolate is present along with hints of coffee - very smooth with a beautifully bitter hop bite finish.
Alcohol is present but not overbearing. The best strong ale I've ever had. This one will be residing in my fridge this winter!

Serving type: growler

11-05-2005 20:38:53 | More by Celt44
Photo of Ohiolager


4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale 22 oz bottle $3.99(OH)

No freshness date? come on stone, why? Your all about freshness, read the bottom of Stone's 6pks. Yet no date on 22 oz bottles? The CA prop 65 warning made me laugh.

pours a deep red color. Light brown if you can call it that. A two and a half finger creamy dark peach white head lingers for a long time. The thick creaminess being higher and thicker towards the middle of the glass. It eventually gives way to good lacing, a nice thick ring at the top of the glass and lines of lacing that run down towards the now half finger head.

the aroma is very close to that of an IPA. I smell a strong hoppy citrus up front. Smells kind of like mango's, that's new. Roasted malts and very piney.

the taste is good, but wierd. It's citrus up front almost like a mango, then a strong hoppy piney taste. Its like an IPA, with the hoppy citrus. But a roasted malt balances things out. The after taste is less dry than an IPA also. There is a nice slight bitterness going on though.

mouth feel is pretty light for a 7.2% ABV beverage. although I have no complaints. a medium body brew that has great carbonation. It leaves a nice light citrus feel, followed by a dominate pine clinging to your palate. Pretty nice.

Overall this brew is great. However is it just me, or is this brew a stone's throw away from a red/amber IPA? It's hoppy with a citrus piney knockout. great american strong red ale. I would buy this again. For something in between an IPA and a American ale this fits the build just right. I love how the bottle says "you're not worthy" and this is an aggressive beer "you probably wont like". I like it, and it's great for those in between nights.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 05:28:05 | More by Ohiolager
Photo of Valley_Town_Sipper


3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Put this beer up to the light and be amazed at how blood-red it appears. . . Has a lush dark look away from the light. The biggest knock against it is the beer lacks any real aroma. For what it lacks in smell though, it does a bang up job with the flavor profile. So crisp and malty up front that you don't really even notice the bitter bite till a few seconds later on the back of your pallet. For its price and how main stream it is, a very nice go-to. . .

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 03:06:15 | More by Valley_Town_Sipper
Photo of nodder

New York

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Dark amber/copper color. Very clear. A light brown head that dissipates leaving a bit of lacing.

S- Pine, roasted malts, pine, caramel, and pine. Did I say pine?

T- Piney hops and bitter. This gives way to/is balanced by some roasted malts.

M- Medium with a decent amount of carbonation. Very smooth going down.

O- Finally tried this classic. Glad I did. If you like a hoppy/bitter ale this one is for you.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 16:37:36 | More by nodder
Photo of PA-hunter


4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bottle into glass. 6/9/14 freshness date. 7.2% abv

Appearance- A dark deep reddish brown. Almost opaque. Has a two finger head that has a slight brown tint to it with decent retention.

Smell- Apparant bready malt aroma with a bit of a roasted quality. Faint hints of dark fruit with some caramel like sweetness in there as well.

Taste- A few things going on simultaneously as it is hard to give a profile: the malt character of the nose is most obvious as there is a bread/cracker note that still has somewhat of a toasted flavor. Hops are there as well with earthy notes of pine. Not much citrus going on here. On the back end there is a spicy finish with only a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Moderate with an appropriate amount of carbonation. Extremely smooth which translates to the great drinkability.

Overall- I actually found this pleasant and not as wildly strong as I thought it would be. Maybe this was because the funny label and crazy bragging on the back of the bottle caused me to think this would be wicked strong, oh and the name. Read the label on the back though, it is funny. This is a very smooth beer and really is not a hop explosion, when compared to most IPA's. Not near as strong as Stone's Sublimely Self Righteous Ale (their black ale). That is because it is not an IPA, so it is much more malty. Nice and complex beer. Try it if you're worthy haha.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 03:24:09 | More by PA-hunter
Photo of MaineBrewing


4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out of 12 oz bottle into goblet, never thought I would ever see this in a 12 oz, hopefully they expand beyond the stone mix pack and put out 12 packs of ABA. This has always been one of my favorite and go to beers since I started drinking craft beer.

A - Poured a solid 2 finger off white head with tinge of tan. Ruby in color, translucent with orange highlights around the edges when held to the light. Head dissipated after a while but was always foamed over and lively, abundant lacing through-out... this beer always looks fresh.

S - Nose is a great hop forward but strong malt character rounds it out. Notes of pine and resin from the hops and a strong toasted malt presence, with burnt sugar, and caramel notes. Has a smokey, bacon-y essence that's barely discernible but adds a layer of complexity. Slight pungent yeast and a little alcohol.

T - Taste is what a beer should be, IMO. Loads of hops from flavoring hop notes of resinous pine, herbal, peppery, through the bittering spectrum with loads of IBUs at the finish. Bittering hop character lingers in your mouth for an extended time. The malt cuts through the hops with a great unique to this brew flavor. I would guess it may be toasted malts that provide a smokey depth. It is very rich, but at no point is it ever too sweet, or sweet enough to cut through the hop bitter. The yeast bouquet makes a welcomed peppery appearance towards the end, and it finishes very clean/dry.

M - Ample carbonation and medium body, would be what I expect for the style, less sticky then some other stone offerings.

O - This is just the picture of a balanced american strong ale. Highly hopped with IPA quality hop flavor, but an amped up malt character that has a unique flavor profile I have never had in another beer. This is a great, if not the best, example of the american strong ale style that I have had yet. I have probably over-rated this compared to my BA peers, but to me, overall this is perfect.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 20:54:31 | More by MaineBrewing
Photo of itsscience


3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm going to do my best to ignore the lame, obnoxious bottle text, which more or less aims to belittle you if you don't agree that this is an awesome beer.

Pours cranberry juice red with a pillowy two-finger head that retains well. It smells like piney hops but with a huge malt presence: I get brown sugar, toasted oats, and some dark fruit notes. It has a bitter pine needle taste from the beginning of the tongue until the end and leaves the back of the throat tingling. Alongside the hoppy flavors, there's a caramel malt with hints of indistinct dark fruits.There's a dichotomy in this beer and the hoppy characteristics don't work well with the malty ones. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 01:30:55 | More by itsscience
Photo of StanfordBlack


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

What can I say? I love this beer.
It took me by surprise the first time, it was rather strong for an ale, yet it was everything I ever wanted in my drink. It's dark color as well as the rather fitting cup "fizzy yellow beer is for wussies" made me laugh the first time I had this, and it was rather fitting, I think for someone who doesn't like a full bodied strong beer that doesn't taste overly hoppy or citrus that they really should avoid this beer. I buy Arrogant Bastard quite often, it's usually my go to craft brew. The bottle is pretty hilarious as well.
All in all, Arrogant Bastard proves that there does exist some great ales, and all my friends I have introduced it to love it as well.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 22:03:30 | More by StanfordBlack
Photo of theteleman


4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a deep amber color with a big pillowy head. This is a very good looking beer. The head is exclellent and the color of deep redish amber is beautiful. Its listed as a "American Stong Ale", but this beer is pretty unique in its own right. For me, its hard to classify. An amber ale with a lot more hops and more of a biscuty, malty taste to it with the lingering aftertaste of booze...that would be a start but it still doesnt do it justice. Its pretty damn complex. Its really delicious. A very heavy brew, I could only drink a pint of this personally, but its a very very tasty pint. Purchased at 7-11 in San Diego. Tells you something about the SD beer scene if the 7'11's are stocking these bad boys :)

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 05:17:16 | More by theteleman
Photo of Keith425

New York

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

At this point in time,this is my favorite beer.i drink it almost daily

Appearance : pours a beautiful almost ruby red color,especially when you shine light through it.A nice creamy tan 1.5-2 finger head forms with great lacing throughout...absolutely love the look of this beer,it really goes well with the attitude Stone purveys

Smell : the first thing that hits me is the hops,there's definitely some citrus in there but the hops are the most predominant smell for sure

Taste : this beer is extremely strong,bitter and hoppy...but incredibly balanced.nothing about it is really overpowering to me...just tastes great from the first sip to the last

Mouthfeel : extremely smooth for such a strong brew.there is definitely some lingering from the bitterness and a little tingling from the alcohol,but all it does is make you want the next sip.

Overall : 5/5 I love everything about this beer,definitely one of,if not,the best beer I've ever had.would recommend to anybody interested in this kind of beer,but certainly not for someone who doesn't like a beer that is very bitter and very straight forward

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 14:52:35 | More by Keith425
Photo of ArrogantJoseph


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

Good ol' Arrogant Bastard.

Appearance: Dark red-ish caramel color, with a very VERY light tan head, just about finger and half of a head.

Smell: VERY wild strong upfront smell of pine needles, hops ,citrus and alcohol.

Taste: Crazy intense amount of bitter grapefruit,pine and caramel, but not that much alcohol is present in the taste.

Mouth Feel: Smooth and creamy all the way to the last drop just like it has been.

Overall: This has been one of my favorites for a long time. Whenever I go to the grocery store for another haul of goodness I always grab this.. If you have NEVER tried this and are looking for a pretty strong beer I would recommend you give this a go.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 08:26:16 | More by ArrogantJoseph
Photo of BastardKing24


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

The first stone beer I ever had, and one of the first craft brews I ever had. This is an all original classic that stands out on its own.

Pours a reddish brown with a small offwhite head that falls to bubbles and lacing.

Smell is piney hops with a burnt brown sugarness, dark fruits, and some cirtus in there somewhere. To me its the weakest aspect.

Taste is mostly bitter, with a decent maltiness thats adds to its complexity. Hints of dark fruit and caramel are there, along with brown sugar, but the taste is mostly one dimensional, but it works.

Feel is light to medium carbed and medium bodied.

Overall this is something I don't usually buy anymore cause I've had it alot and I like to try new things. But when it stands alone at a store I'm at I will buy it, and I always enjoy it. It's quite bitter but my palate has changed over time and It's rather subdued to me. At any rate it's a good beer, but I can't quite rate it as high as others.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 22:50:02 | More by BastardKing24
Photo of dougbassett


3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #43 of the ones I've reviewed here.

This is a very odd beer. Some things it does remarkably well, other things come out quite poorly.

Aesthetically it looks right -- Stone Brewing beers always seem to look fantastic in the glass and this is no exception, a really beautiful mahogany brown topped up with a light brown head that, if you pour it right, will linger forever. They also nailed the mouthfeel -- this has the "sticky", substantial feel that you would want in a beer advertising itself as an "Arrogant Bastard".

The nose is usually described as dark fruits and pine and that's true, but a little deceptive. It's a fairly weak hit of that, even when I let the beer warm up in the glass it never got much beyond "pretty light". I'm reminded of Stone's Smoked Porter, which would have been a better beer with more of a smoky nose. What is really surprising, though, is how out-of-balance this beer is. The light fruit on the nose is even lighter to taste, the flavors are mostly centered around a gigantic hop blast. It's not a bad hop blast but it's pretty one-dimensional, just a slap of piney hop bitterness that slowly fades away.

I confess I don't get this beer -- the hops are too one-dimensional for it to be a hop monster, and there's not enough fruit in here to make this a really good strong ale. What you end up with, actually, is something like an overhopped American Pale Ale -- not exactly bad or undrinkable, but certainly nothing all that amazing, either.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 17:13:14 | More by dougbassett
Photo of GOBLIN


2.5/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Stone Arrogant Bastard

I'm just not worthy !

Poured into pint glass

A: I'm just not worthy

S: Again, not worthy

T: Eh' . . . Still not worthy

M: I can't handle the worthiness

O: I sound like a Wayne's World episode I know. Maybe I'll come back to this one again someday. After all . . . There was a time that I could not stand ipa's either (parish the thought I know). But for now . . . Well, you guessed it, I'm not worthy and I'm ok with that.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 04:53:33 | More by GOBLIN
Photo of SteveB24

New York

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

Beautiful color, thick white head

Citrusy and spicy, lots of alchohal

Very bitter, lemon peel, grapefruit and spice

Full body, medium carbonation, slightly crisp and a little oily at the same time.

This beer leaves an impression with its boldness, but the bitterness is very strong and the balance is lacking, the flavors don't blend as well as I like. Happy I bought but won't but again for awhile.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 06:09:09 | More by SteveB24
Photo of Johnny_Muir

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into tulip. Im happy that with all the hype surrounding this beer, it did not fail to live up. Darker than most beers I drink, I was put off at first, but soon grew to like it. The most interesting aspect to me was the head of the beer, being a tan/khaki, almost light brown color, really cool. I also love the attitude displayed by Stone. They brew beer for people like me, who think that opinions are fact, cuz when youre right, youre just right.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 04:12:51 | More by Johnny_Muir
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Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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