Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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9,271 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,271
Reviews: 2,831
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 299
Gots: 1,299 | 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%

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1.75/5  rDev -57.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of zerk
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As I sit here pondering this work of art, the bottle calls out "You are not worthy."

Pours a chill hazed deep amber with a thin but persistent tan head. There is a little bit of lace left on the glass. Aroma is a blend of sweet caramel malt, spicy and floral hops. Flavor bursts in the mouth... coming in all directions... I can't even detect what comes first - it's an all out palate assault. Caramel, pine, citrus, pepper, bread dough, and a bitter spicy finish - incredible balance. Has a thick and full body, and a velvety mouthfeel. As I finished this beer, I wish there were more in the bottle... did I leave even a drop behind?

This is a truly outstanding brew... and I find that I'm one of the few... I am worthy.

Photo of Jarod
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured into the glass a dark red/brown color. The head was a thick and creamy. The lace seemed sticky and clinged to the sides of the glass to the end. The aroma was strong, dominated by hops and toasted grains with a hint of toffee and/or caramel. The flavor was actually very complex it combined a sweet malt, hoppy bitterness with notes of citrus which did not show up on the nose. This was a very good beer to the end.

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

Picked up a bottle at Brookline Liquor Mart in Brighton, MA.

A: Dark reddish brown. Brilliant clarity. Pours with a thick and rich tan head that dissipates to a light dusting. Sticky lacing.

S: Nice mellow but prominent musky hop aroma with subtle grapefruit notes. Some sweet malt aroma but decidedly a background characteristic. Pretty prominent yeasty sulpher notes.

T: Flavor is dominated by grapefruit hop flavor. Hop flavor is somewhat soapy. Tannin astringency. Bready malt hanging out in the background. Flavor is strong and aggressive. Slightly woody.

MF: Medium light mouthfeel. Bitterness/hops adds to perception of fullness. Alcohol warming.

Comments/D: A strong in your face aggressive beer. Leans a little heavily on the hop side for me. Drinkability is good. Certainly worth getting more.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of kels
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a bomber of this with bamadog last night. This is my first experience with AB, and he tells me he thinks the bomber was a little old (no date on bottle). I still liked it a lot, but good to mention just in case this review seems way off.

Appearance: Pours deep reddish-brown with a short, fluffy tan head that fades immediately to a skim. The liquid is clear with light carbonation running throughout, and traces of light, sticky lacing remain.

Smell: Very hardly detectable - only the lightest chewy maltiness comes through.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very sweet, caramelly malts dominate the front end of this brew, followed by sticky, not-too-bitter citrusy hops . The bright, effervescent mouthfeel contributes to the smoothness of the feel, and the aftertaste is slightly bitter and quite sticky.

Drinkability: Really high. There's a nice balance of the flavors going, and it's not nearly as intimidating as the bottle suggests. Perhaps it has mellowed with age.

Photo of goschool
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I gave this straight fours a couple of years ago. Lets see how I feel about today. 900 million people have reviewed this brew so I'll make this brief.

Appearance: The pour is ruby with a massive tan head that lasts until the last few sips.

Smell: The nose has citrusy and piney hops in front of caramel malts.

Taste: The flavor profile is about 60/40 hops. Citrus hops come in first and caramel malts enter the mix at the mid-palate, sticking around until the burst of bitterness at the finish. This one is big and balanced.

Mouthfeel: It's fairly smooth, but it still has that Stone stickiness.

Drinkability: I understand why I give it the score I gave it, it just goes to show that palates change from time to time.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of cichief
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber.

A- Pours a very deep amber with a thick tan head.

S- Very powerful nose, spicy, flowery, fruity, with strong malt scent coming through.

T- Powerful, very spicy with a strong alcohol kick, more hoppy than malty, with a dry finish.

M- Reasonably smooth, nice dry finish.

D- A decent strong beer, too many though and you will pay for it.

Photo of kinger
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The back of the bottles describes this as an "aggressive" beer, I was curious as to the meaning of this. After one taste I immediately understood and was instantly hooked. This is one of the best ales ever to pass my lips. The flavor is so complex it was like the fourth of July in my mouth. I can't wait to try their other brews. //12-7-07: I've enjoyed a number of bombers since my initial review including one tonight. This brew is one of the first beers that really lead me to the craft beer craze and for that I am very thankful. Some additional comments in regards to this great beer to complete this review. Pours a dark, burnt copper color with a very large tan head and sticky lacing. A very aromatic hop scent is emitted into the air. Bitter citrus with caramel and sweet breads. I can't believe how well the aroma permeates the air surrounding the top of the glass. Creamy on the palate with a nice bite and puckering finish. Medium bodied and filling. Grand flavor of resinous hops and roasted, sweet malts. A touch nutty, grapefruit and spruce. The flavor sticks to your ribs and assaults the senses. Overall a nicely aggressive and flavorful ale, still one of my favorites that I look forward to returning to every once in a while. A sentimental beer that deserves it's rating.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: It's a dark shade of brown when poured, and in the glass it is nearly black with only a hint of brown. It is opaque, and has a very small head of white foam that quickly dissipates. Good lacing.

S: This has a very odd smell to has a sour scent, like spoiled milk.

T: I'm so relieved this doesn't taste spoiled. I'm not sure what's up with the smell. I smell my glass before pouring so I know it's not that. The taste is very nice, and there's a smooth blend of malt and hops. It's very well balanced.

M: The mouthfeel is very nice. It is smooth with just enough kick to wake up the mouth. I'd say that it's a full bodied beer, but it borders on medium depending on the sip.

O: Overall the beer is really good, but the smell is very off-putting. I'm not sure what's wrong with my bottle. I would have to buy the beer again to determine whether or not it's the beer or my individual bottle. As it stands, I can't even rate this as average because of the smell.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,271 ratings.