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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

8,134 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 8,134
Reviews: 2,760
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 223
Gots: 687 | 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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Phocion

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this in my "cellar" along with a couple '05 RIS's, so I have no idea how old it is. Pours a very dark crimson head with a thick beige head that slowly fades away into light lacing around the glass.

Smells of rich caramel malts followed by the bitter citrusy hops that this beer is known for.

Yes, the hops in this are almost overwhelming, but this is truly a well-balanced brew, with the sweet roasted/caramel hops just as strong. The fact that both flavors can both be so rich, yet coexist peacefully (and deliciously) with one another is what makes this brew such a legend.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, but the drinkability suffers due to the strength of the hops. Although not nearly as bitter as the Ruination IPA, this is definitely one for the hopheads. Would recommend this one to anyone who thinks they are "worthy."

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 04:06:59 | More by Phocion
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jdubjacket

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade with limesmut.

Poured out of the badass bottle into a pint glass. Has a very nice color with a good head that dissipates fairly quickly. This beer is very unique - but definitely tasty. It certainly lives up to its name as it is very in your face with all of the hops. I can't quite put my finger on any particular flavor in the taste, but it is relatively complex. Definitely glad I got my hands on this. An excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 02:33:48 | More by jdubjacket
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weerezboy

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

03-06-2013 20:53:21 | More by weerezboy
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

3/5  rDev -28.1%

03-06-2014 02:41:51 | More by bulldogg915
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aliving1

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +19.9%

01-03-2012 06:23:06 | More by aliving1
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brokentee

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

12-10-2011 23:03:12 | More by brokentee
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berkshire413

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

01-25-2014 20:26:37 | More by berkshire413
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ttylicki

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-20-2014 16:01:59 | More by ttylicki
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Realale

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear rich mahogany in color. Light beige 1" head settles slowly to an incomplete rocky cap leaving nice lacing.

Nose is very well-balanced mixture of rich bready/caramelly malt and piney hops. Some earthy notes develop as it warms adding more complexity. Very nice.

Less well-balanced on the palate. The malt is there, but its fighting for its life against the hops. It holds its own into the midpalate, but then the piney, citric hops take over. The finish is very long and bitter, but its a quality, smooth bitterness.

Very good slightly creamy soft carbonation helps keep the hops in check. Surprisingly drinkable for style.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2003 18:48:33 | More by Realale
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stella77artois

New York

4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into Weizen Glass.

A - Powerful, gorgeous looking beer. Dark reddish brown, with some carbonation noticeable at the bottom. Poured a very thick, tannish colored head. Head shrunk slightly, but remain prominent at all times. Thick, good looking residuals left behind.

S - Lot's going on. Up front there's a lot of malt, some caramel, and lot's of spices. Difficult to put a finger on them, so we'll just call it "spicy". When warmed a bit, I noted a bit of a roasty smell, similar to a bock.

T - The great thing about the Bastard brews is how much is going on in the taste department. Up front, there's a lot of malt, notes of caramel, lot's of spice. I could really notice the spices in the aftertaste, which is delicious. Almost a light red pepper taste, very nice. As with the aroma, some cocoa and roasty flavors. Alcohol slightly noticeable when warmed. This is one of my favorite beers because like I said, there is so much going on flavor wise, but they all compliment each other so well, and nothing is out of place.

F - Good thickness, carbonation is felt. Not dry at all, which I like. Can really feel the spice in the aftertaste.

O - A damn good beer, that's all that needs to be said. I highly recommend this brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 14:34:58 | More by stella77artois
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rob99er

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-08-2012 16:14:23 | More by rob99er
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gr0g

New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, dark amber in color with a nice creamy head. Good head retention and some nice looking lacing. Hop notes are the primary components of the aroma but aren't as prominent as in an IPA -- some muted pine and grassy aromas come through.

On the other hand, the hops definitely show up in the flavor. Solid hop bitterness from start to finish, lingering for a bit afterwards. This is backed up by a solid caramel malt profile. Malt and hops do battle, with the hops winning out in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel just seems "right". Despite the 7.2% ABV strength, there's no boozy fuel note.

A strong, beefy ale with IPA-like flavor components, Arrogant Bastard slots nicely into the Stone lineup of aggressively hopped beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 19:18:10 | More by gr0g
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StoicBeast

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

02-12-2012 07:03:05 | More by StoicBeast
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zestd

Idaho

4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-01-2013 21:53:59 | More by zestd
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LooseMoose1978

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

01-28-2013 19:14:56 | More by LooseMoose1978
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tabhill

New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-26-2014 02:38:54 | More by tabhill
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hotsudge

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

11-09-2013 22:43:01 | More by hotsudge
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AmericanGothic

Iowa

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, dark copper orange with one finger of pale tan, billowy head. Good retention and lace.

S: Good dose of sweet malt with distinct citrus poking through.

T: Leads with the citrusy hops, but then the malt swells underneath with caramel and toffee, on the dry side (unlike the aromas) but not too much. Finish is long with the hops (now more pine than citrus) winning in the end.

M: Medium mouthfeel, pretty creamy, slight astringence.

O: I enjoyed this a lot, and would buy it often if only Stone would distribute in Iowa. Definitely one to seek out on the occasional road trip to Illinois.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 22:40:10 | More by AmericanGothic
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bckayaalp

New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-14-2014 01:19:17 | More by bckayaalp
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BuckeyeFaninMI

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.1%

10-10-2013 20:54:34 | More by BuckeyeFaninMI
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Guitars_and_beer

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.1%

10-17-2013 13:47:19 | More by Guitars_and_beer
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Yellolab2010

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

03-09-2014 21:09:07 | More by Yellolab2010
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abcsofbeer

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time trying this one. Bought a 22ouncer, love the bottle. Pours beautiful mahogony amber red color. Has ample carbonation with a good deal of bubbles rising to the top. The head is about two fingers wide, tan and very creamy. The head is so creamy, in fact, that it sticks around to the bottom of the glass, something that I have witnessed seldom. There is a good deal of Belgian lace that clings thickly to the glass throughout.

The aroma is subtle and hard to pinpoint, but is very pleasant. The first taste, full of creamy foam is wonderful. The abv is somewhat apparent throughout with a strong alcohol flavor, but definitely not overwhelming. The mouthfeel is tingly on the roof of the mouth with ample carbonation and hop flavor. This is a very drinkable beer and is not for everyone, like the label says, "You are not worthy".

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2004 00:34:58 | More by abcsofbeer
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Dougwillhike

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

09-07-2013 00:45:01 | More by Dougwillhike
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.1%

02-17-2013 07:32:22 | More by BuckeyeSlim
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,134 ratings.