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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

9,254 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 9,254
Reviews: 2,830
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 297
Gots: 1,272 | FT: 7
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 Gerred
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of RedChrome
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pour produced a medium brown color with very nice vibrant red hues. A half inch eggshell colored head stayed a few minutes before shrink to slick the top. Very little carbonation bubbling. Nice wispy clumps of lacing.

A very strong aroma of roasted barley. There is a light wooded scent that reminds me of sawdust. A subtle but pleasing scent of hops was able to be deteted in a second whiff. As it warms a light citrus blend can also be noticed.

Has an initial taste of burnt bread. A finish of the first taste brought a nice hops kick. A very nice second taste had a blend of citurs and woody flavors. Flavor changes as it warms, and runs from what was mention and also includes a light butterscotch and caramel blend. A light alcohol note can be detected as this one finishes on the back of the tongue.

A very nice thick feel in the mouth. A decent kick of carbonation on the tongue helps you appreciate the multitude of flavors. Nice amount of taste hangs on the surfaces.

A fantastic offering. A friend brought me this back from a trip to California, and now, I am begging her to go back. Would go very well to start of with the appetizers at an italian eatery. A nice table cheese, with some bread and red pepper infused olive oil would be heavenly. A must try for anyone with even a moderate appreciation for hops.

Photo of Bobbydigi
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of BryanK
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of TheDM
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a large head of light brown fine to medium sized bubbles and a cloudy dark brown body. It has a pineapple like aroma. Wow what a plate! It really give you a wake up call on the first sip. Lot's of flavor, strong initial bite, very complex with notes of spice roasted malt, and of course lots of hops. It leaves a stong afterbite too where the alcohol content shows itself.

Photo of gafferjohn
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of rogerthegill
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of rudy0908
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of claytri
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a great clear amber with a nice tan head. The aroma was very strong and consisted of hops over burnt malt, it was simple but effective. It had a strong hop taste with burnt malt in the background. The feel was oily with an extremly dry finish. I happened to be in Irvine for a few days and decided to take the opportunity to find an AB and sample it. I found mine at the Yardhouse, and it was worth the effort. The beer definately was well put together and would be a hallmark for it's style. The amount of hops would always put this on my alternate list though.

Photo of scooter231
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ah, Bastard. I've had so many bottles of this and never reviewed it- I figured it was about time. Bottle is one of, if not, my favorites. Warns you right off the bat that you probably won't like it- which is why I had to try it. To prove them right, or, hopefully, wrong.

Beautiful looking beer. Deep red/ruby color, lots of tan head that balances perfectly with it. Lacing all down the glass. Almost too pretty to drink. Smell is hoppy, with lots of burnt/roasted scents coming through. A bit of floral scents as well. Intriguing, to say the least.

Taste is just amazing. Lots of coffee and roasted flavors. Espresso. Bitter. Hoppy- and these hops aren't shy, either. There's a subtle sweetness in there, a bit of caramel. The sweet, bitter, roasted flavors all harmonize perfectly- a complex flavor for those who can handle it.

Mouthfeel is chewy, smooth. Bitey after you take a sip. Drinkable for those who enjoy it, definitely. Awesome beer.

Photo of PintOHops
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a beautiful dark amber/brown color with a perfect frothy head, carbonation can hardly be seen through it's wonderfully dark cherry glow. Head retention is decent and it leaves some patchy, spotty lacing. Smells pungent, floral & spicy! Lots of dry, floral hops flood the aroma, fruity grape, cherry, apricot, dates, plum, and grapefruit. Undertones of grainy malty notes, some caramel & a tad of chocolate in there, and of course alcohol, which becomes sharper as it warms.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes intensely of fruits, over ripened plum, cherry's, black cherry's, black berry's, peach, grapefruit, the fruits are all over the place! Lots of burnt biscuit like hop bitterness that lingers, subtle molasses, some semi sweet grainy, malty flavors in between everything, finishes very dry with alcoholic flavors of course. As it warms the alcohol becomes stronger & burns the mouth a bit. Mouthfeel is creamy, chewy, silky, full bodied, and some sediment can be felt as it goes down.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - I couldn't wait to put down a review on this one, this beer is intense, pungent, in your face, and leaves you thinking about what you thought was a good beer. I absolutely loved everything about this beer, especially the flavor & the outstanding body, I got to say that I'm not big on the alcohol burn of these stronger brews, but I'm willing to over look that because this is just to good. I could have a couple pints of this stuff when the day is done, and I'm ready to just unwind and let the fruity, pungent hops flood my brain. Highly recommended. Cheers!

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jpaulsen
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Mar02x
3.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this beer during a beer tasting session in the Mug (a pub in Middelburg, The Netherlands).

A - A nice clear red fluid with a white/pink head. No visible carbonation.

S - Fruity and flowery hops, a light malt scent and sweet.

T - Extreme hoppy, to much for my liking. Light sweet upfront and (surprisingly) not to bitter in the finish.

M - Light to medium carbonation

O - A good beer, but to hoppy to my taste. It causes a lingering aftertaste.

Photo of MightiestBeard
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of balinor
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours deep red/amber, almost purple, with a dark creamy head.

S - Hits you right away, hops and fruit. Some grapefruit, other citrus scents. A bit of 'earthy' smell as well, somewhat a mixture of flower and pine.

T - Very first sensation I get is pine needles. Starts a bit sweet with those fruity notes from the smell, before resolving into piney bitterness. Great amount of hops in this beer, almost peppery.

M - It neither coats nor dries the mouth. The pep of the hops settles near the back of the mouth. Mouth is left a little moistened for the next drink. Just nice and smooth the entire way

D - Remarkably drinkable. It hits you in the face, but it goes down really well. Can barely taste the alcohol in this beer.

Overall - Just a delicious, delicious beer. I love the balance in this beer, the bountiful amount of flavors and how the beer moves from sweet to bitter so seemlessly. Just outstanding

Photo of goalie33
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle into 16oz pint glass.
A: Large, creamy, off white head on top of a red/amber colored beer. Leaves nice lacing in the glass. Little to no carbonation.
S: Citrusy hops
T: Citrusy hops balanced very well with a malty finish. Nice lingering bitterness.
M: Medium body with a very soft mouthfeel.

This beer wastes no time in making its presence known. The hop flavors hit you as soon as the beer enters you mouth and is balanced nicely with a malty finish.

Photo of Goobastic
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - this was a great looking beer. Strikingly dark orange, almost brown, with a thick head. I gave myself a generous first pour, but I was really captured by the look.

S - good. Lots of citrus and some hop character. Not too sweet or sour.

T - also good. I tasted quite a bit of woody flavor here, not the sweetness or citrus I thought I would. The alcohol content, although low, played a role, but it wasn't intense by any means.

M - this beer was definitely quaffable. I enjoyed the sharp character the semi-carbonation gave it, but it was also smooth and drinkable.

O - I'm not sure how many more times I'll get this one, but it was certainly a good offering. I'd love to try it on tap.

Photo of NickSMpls
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of JOrtt
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of waston
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,254 ratings.