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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

9,118 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 9,118
Reviews: 2,817
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 284
Gots: 1,192 | 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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

vma, Mar 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

BalancingBrooms, Aug 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

sillyhed8, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of mintjellie
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrogant Bastard is a deep red-brown in colour topped with thick french vanilla foam heaped on top. Waiting for the retentive head to die down so I can start drinking it is an excercise in patience, but at least I have all this pretty lace it leaves behind to look at. Has a coarse, piney, citric sort of hop aroma with a hint of raisiny esters underneath. Loads of grapefruit and pine flavour goes toe to toe with toasty, slightly nutty malt and dried fruit esters, with the hops winning the battle. The knockout punch is a blast of coarse, leafy bitterness in the finish. This is a palate destroyer for me, and I like it. Alcohol is just barely noticeable and doesn't contribute any heat or warmth.

It's full body and fine carbonation provide a rich and smooth mouthful. In every way, this full flavoured ale tastes as big as it promises to on the back of the bottle. When I first tried it almost two years ago it was overpowering to me, and today I can say I love it. Great beer.

mintjellie, Jun 17, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the Arrogant bomber (which is a treat in its own) into chalice. Pours a richp mahogany brown with a slightly off-white head. Not a huge head but not too small, not the greatest retention, some lacing. Smell is hoppy with some caramel and some alcohol. Taste is great, very complex so I'm sure I'm missing something here. Some citric notes, mainly pineapple with a touch of hops and some sweetness too. An almost chocolate taste as it goes down. Medium to almost thick mouthfeel I would argue and a slightly oily feeling left behind but its not necessarily unpleasant. Overall a good beer, ABV is a little high but for the most part easily drinkable and a real treat.

bunnyhustle, Nov 29, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

rmehughes, Jan 06, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

cofeeguru, Jan 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Jmick28, Aug 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

MNMike, Dec 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Rothobinide, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of ark57
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a symbol for what is so good in brewing today. It is large and in your face and does not care which companies pay lots of money to promote their product. It is brown in color with ruby highlights. The aroma is full of hops and some malt. The bitterness is up front and the body is a sweet and smooth maltiness. It has a big hop finish that is herbal and minty. This beer is extreme and just wonderful.

ark57, Mar 02, 2004
Photo of HeyItsChili
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours clear garnet with a medium, ecru, foamy head that dissipates into a viscous film.

S - A pretty good blend of bitter hops with sweet malt, nothing too extreme in either direction.

T - While the taste remains balanced in terms of bitterness-sweetness, the sweet malt takes a cherry character that I haven't found in many other brews.

M - Thinner than medium bodied, slightly viscous.

Notes - Another home run from Stone.

HeyItsChili, Feb 14, 2009
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

GoGators, Jan 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

dlello2, Dec 30, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

ZachRusk, Dec 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

joeseppy, Nov 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Steve_Oldrati, Jan 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Duvel, Mar 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

JDeming, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of shroompod
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red. Very rocky head , the lasts a pint. Good lacing.

Smell is grapefruit & pine. Not a lot of malt making it through the hops.

This beer is all hops , bittersweet , and almost medicinal. Alcohol and a slight caramel are slightly evident on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat drying from the high hop rate. Carbonation is good.

Overall a very nice treat I'll try and stock up on.

shroompod, May 10, 2008
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I suppose this is the beer that got my into good beer. It was described as my favorite for a long time. Rudy reddish brown with a coffee ice cream colored head, light tan I suppose. Plenty of lacing. Large aromas of grapefruit, piney, resinous, and a hint of cacao. Packed with hoppy goodness, but balanced by a big ol' malt bill. Flavor follows nose closely. Grapefruit, sticky tree sap resin, clean yeast flavor, a bit of cacao. The hops are well rounded out by the size of this beer. Not a complex beer. Pretty full bodied and thick beer. An iconic beer.

pmlondrigan, Aug 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

PsilohsaiBiN, Feb 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

roblund, Jan 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

greyghost86, Mar 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

sblanton83, May 29, 2013
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,118 ratings.