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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

8,131 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 8,131
Reviews: 2,759
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 223
Gots: 686 | 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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Hendry

Vermont

4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having enjoyed the Stone IPA, I was taken by the high rating displayed on a tag in front of the beer, so I thought it was worth a try. Pours like a super creamy British Brown Ale with a tall frothy tan colored whipped cream head that sticks around for an eternity.

Not getting the powerful aroma of hops in the nose as much as a malt explosion: sure, the hops are in there, you can certainly get a whiff of them amongst the caramel and bread tones that dominate.

Flavor reminds me of a highly hopped British Ale, more specifically the Landlord Strong Ale by Timothy Taylor. There is a degree of toastiness to this ale that takes center stage in the flavor, and while interesting, not exceptional.... something lacking the way my palate reacts, sort of a cough syrupy & malty toasty aftertaste that seems to be halfway to a black IPA.

A reasonable buy at $5 for the bomber, but there is a sort of rich heaviness to it that wasn't inviting me back for another sip. Worth a try? Why the hell not, but fans of tart cloudy IPAs are not likely to be back for a second helping.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 03:39:08 | More by Hendry
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a clear dark ruby color with a good size creamy white head that retains forever leaving walls of lace down the entire glass.

S- oily and pungeant grassy hop, vegetal, sweet doughy and bready malt, caramel and powdered sugar

T- great balance in this one, the bready sweetness of the malt provides caramel and custard notes, the hops are grassy, herbal and slightly floral. Finish is dry with a clean hop linger and a touch of alcohol

M- medium-full body, creamy viscous mouthfeel with a smooth and velvety finish and just a touch of warmth at the end, very nice

O- great balance and very drinkable, one of the easier drinking strong ales that I can remember, with great mouthfeel to boot

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 02:50:54 | More by Treyliff
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drrone

Utah

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-10-2013 02:38:08 | More by drrone
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JG-90

New Jersey

2.81/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

220z poured into glass gives a large coffee-cream colored head that was an interesting mix of creamy yet still bubbly. The color is a deep mahogany with hints of red and gold. The head recedes slowly to a thin film on top with heavy lacing. The aroma consists of toasted malt, piney hops, caramel, and toffee.

Taste starts with toasted malts, then a hint of floral hops along with a big hit of resinous hops. Finishes with more malt along with toffee and caramel. Has a bit of an unwanted medcinally bitter aftertaste, kind of like if you let a tylenol disolve on your tongue. Flavor was great until this after taste. Mouthfeel is creamy, medium/heavy body and low carbonation.

Very interesting beer, would be great without the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 01:58:02 | More by JG-90
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Caleb

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

04-08-2013 20:55:56 | More by Caleb
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Imperial_Sapient_Groat

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-08-2013 15:22:22 | More by Imperial_Sapient_Groat
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Martinecu

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

04-08-2013 13:41:24 | More by Martinecu
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wil19b85

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

04-08-2013 04:36:57 | More by wil19b85
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stevetheconfused

California

3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

04-08-2013 03:42:49 | More by stevetheconfused
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Lelampp

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-08-2013 02:23:51 | More by Lelampp
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Indian0

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

04-08-2013 01:27:01 | More by Indian0
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-07-2013 23:43:27 | More by Sludgeman
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-07-2013 22:37:53 | More by bostonryan
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irish01980

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-07-2013 12:48:58 | More by irish01980
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SStein

Belgium

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

04-07-2013 08:44:03 | More by SStein
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drinkAK

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

04-07-2013 05:24:22 | More by drinkAK
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bsopko

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -52%

04-07-2013 02:26:53 | More by bsopko
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wroywel

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

04-06-2013 21:35:54 | More by wroywel
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JSchock7

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

04-06-2013 06:01:27 | More by JSchock7
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tgatort

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-06-2013 05:42:43 | More by tgatort
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ScottieD

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

04-06-2013 01:11:04 | More by ScottieD
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Celtics76

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

04-05-2013 20:56:53 | More by Celtics76
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zepher70

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

04-05-2013 17:59:35 | More by zepher70
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flyingPharmacist

New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

04-05-2013 12:32:35 | More by flyingPharmacist
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GoldHorde

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I am not familiar with the style specifics of [American Strong Ale] so i wasn't sure where to place the expectations of my palate mitt. I was tense, like a catcher waitin' for a wild pitch from a cocky young rookie freshly on the mound from the farm league.

POUR/APPEARANCE: An extremely clean and red shifted amber color of immediate intrigue.

OK, so first pitch showed some maturity with a clean strike.

HEAD: A quickly fading one finger pitch with loose lacing.

OK, so one in the dirt - count it up to junior jitters.

AROMA: Virtually non-existent bouquet - could be a cola for all I know.

Foul, in the dirt.

FLAVOR: The promise of oak maturity whistled into the mitt here - a sharp fast ball right down the middle takes both hitter and catcher by surprise. This kid's "been around" - what's his name again? Oh yes, "ARROGANT BASTARD ALE"...I think this kid will be around for a couple of seasons or so...

Welcome to the major leagues - of American Strong Ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 04:43:48 | More by GoldHorde
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,131 ratings.