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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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8,621 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,621
Reviews: 2,784
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 259
Gots: 931 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

John_Beeryman, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of obywan59
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear glorious amber (or ruby away from the light). A thick light tan head rests atop, leaving awesome lacing as it recedes.

Some light aromatic sweetness from the malt, but the nose is almost entirely hops. Huge over-ripe citrus with caramel, but at the same time, a fresh grassy scent.

Sweet malt with a light twang of grapefruit and the bitterness of it's peel. Caramelly, with a hint of coffee. Much more roasted malt in the taste than was evident in the nose.

Medium-bodied with a light prickle. Syrupy enough to hold all that superb flavor on the tongue.

I actually prefer this to the oaked version. The oak, while good, had a bit of harshness to it. This is way smoother, and in my estimation, much more drinkable.

obywan59, May 25, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

scottiethebody, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of Auracom
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle on February 25th, 2011 in a C&B tulip. From notes.

A - Very dark ruby that almost looks brown at first. Off-white medium head, good lacing just for kicks.

S - Hoppy nose with some acidity/citrus, malts *might* be in there.

T - Caramel or some initial sweetness immediately followed by a shitload of hops at mid palate. The balance isn't really achieved imo because the hops are just overbearing.

M - Medium body, fine carbonation, ABV is fairly hidden.

D - Just not that drinkable for me because of the hops. Gotta respect Stone though for delivering a brew that is exactly what they claim.

Auracom, Mar 07, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

jmmy3, Jul 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

FirstBrewsoon, Jan 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

yokken, Feb 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.1%

canders0927, Jan 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Lelampp, Apr 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

wesside89, Oct 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

BWH999, Feb 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

BuckeyeFaninMI, Oct 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Kingcurio, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of sacfly
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby red color. Made me think of blood for some reason. Wonderfully sweet, fruity smell. Sweet beginning rapidly becomes an intense (but not too intense) bitterness. Nicely balanced. This place had a great selection of beer on tap, but I every time I looked the beer list over, I found myself ordering another Bastard. Goes down very easily. Maybe due to the slightly lower ABV for a IIPA? Hope it is as good in bottles.

sacfly, Jul 30, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

smekermann, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of CBlack85
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: this beer pours a ruby color with about two fingers worth of foamy head. A fair ammount of lacing. This is a beautiful looking beer.

Smell: This beer has a definate hoppy citrus smell. Very complex, I can barely smell the alcohol aroma until the beer warms up abit.

Taste: Hoppy initial taste with a grapefruit hint on the back of your tongue. A slightly malty undertone.

Mouthfeel: Not much carbonation, fairly smooth

Drinkability: Once you have started with this beer it is very difficult to switch gears and drink anything else. A very big beer, although I think I still prefer Oaked Arrogant Bastard.

"You are not worthy"...Indeed

CBlack85, Sep 08, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

gafferjohn, Jan 17, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

AWB3, Jul 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

BrooklynPanch, Jan 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

jscheuf, Feb 27, 2014
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3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a truly beautiful dark, amber red with a very thick white head that won't go away.

Aroma carries some fruity hoppiness, with some bitter smelling herbal and earthy notes. I'd prefer it to have some more aggressive hops in the nose.

Taste is bitter, just bitter enough to be considered aggressive and make you wince a bit, but still enjoyable as more than just a hop delivery system. Malt character is big on this beer, with some toffee notes reminding me of a bitter heath bar.

Mouthfeel is heavy, smooth, and not too bubbly despite the grand head of foam that sticks to this beer. A bomber of this beer is a nice treat, but I wouldn't want to have much more of it. It's more like an IPA than any other style, but it doesn't take on the role of a big session beer like a lot of the IPA's do.

jeffthecheff, Aug 12, 2009
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4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a frothy dark amber, thick head and heavy lacing.

Notes of caramel and citrus in abundance, I took a minute to put on my wonder woman underoos at this point, and continued with caution. This is a big beer.

The taste is a wonderful balance of over-hopping and over-malting that continues all the way into a strong lingering finish. This is an arrogant bastard of beer that is hard not to love. It is powerful shit that doesn't need to offer apologies.

grayburn, Dec 27, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

redliner8, Jul 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

NHhomebrewguy, Mar 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

dbrelsfo, Apr 21, 2013
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,621 ratings.