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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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8,458 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,458
Reviews: 2,769
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 248
Gots: 845 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

07-03-2013 03:33:26 | More by Kingcurio
Photo of CBFanWish

New York

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

I have wanted to try this for a long time. The bottle tried to hurt my feelings, but it failed, for it was wrong. I do like this beer. A lot. A copper colored beer with a sweet yet bitter taste. Very hoppy and nicley malted at the same time for a near perfectly balanced brew. The alcohol was just the right level. The warm feeling it left made me decide to drink a lot of this this winter.

11-01-2003 15:51:09 | More by CBFanWish
Photo of jar2574


4.58/5  rDev +9.8%

Very nice looking beer. Ruby red color when held up to light, dark red/brown color otherwise. Good head, and retains its head throughout the session. Great lacing the whole way down.

Smells extremely sweet and hoppy. The hops are of the pine-smelling variety.

Tastes excellent. Complex. Honey sweetness up front, then loads of piney hops, then a crisp dry finish. Great blend of sweetness and hops.

Great mouthfeel. Perfect density, and blend of creaminess and hoppiness is very nice.

Where else can you find a ruby colored, sweet, hoppy, high ABV beer? I'm sure one exists but I haven't seen it. This beer earns the right to be arrogant.

05-28-2011 23:23:42 | More by jar2574
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

A: Deep red but still barely transparent when held to the light. Head is a beautiful 2-finger showing with excellent lacing and retention. A very good looking beer.

S: Pine hops, malt, and a bit of fruit. Strong showing here too.

T: Strong pine hop flavor with caramel malt in the first wave. After swallowing, bitterness begins and secondary flavors of coffee, some fruitiness, and perhaps a bit of chocolate. Bitterness isn't overpowering, but is a little too much for my palate. Alcohol is very well covered up - almost undetectable.

M: Pretty astringent, and sticks to the tongue long after swallowing. Doesn't leave the mouth feeling clean. Carbonation is perfect. Medium-bodied.

D: This is very drinkable except for the bitterness in the aftertaste. I will probably end up drinking this again, but it is not my favorite.

11-17-2007 06:59:47 | More by ralree
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

22oz. Bomber with a lot to read on back of label about Arrogance. Front of label has a gargoyle with a beer. He's saying "You're Not Worthy"

A: Pours a dark blood red, with a nice tan fluffy one finger head. Leaves really nice sticky lacing down the glass.

S: Very aromatic. Hops with a faint alcohol aroma.

T/M: Smooth and medium bodied. Very complex and tasty. Alcohol can be tasted, but is not overpowering. Hops are huge and malts are also. This makes for a very nice balance. Barley is also used. The finish is a little dry.

D: This Brew is Excellent! I could drink this one all night. As the bottle cap say's "Fizzy Yellow Beer Is For Wussies."


11-18-2009 02:01:07 | More by mnrider
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New York

4.68/5  rDev +12.2%

Arrogant Bastard Ale | 650 ml. | 7.2% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Stone Brewing Co. (North County, San Diego)
Style: American Strong Ale
Glass: Snifter

Brown bomber featuring a cocky gargoyle silk screen printed on the front, and some choice words on the back:
"This is an aggressive beer. You probably won't like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth. We would suggest that you stick to safer and more familiar territory -- maybe something with a multi-million dollar ad campaign aimed at convincing you it's made in a little brewery, or one that implies that their tasteless fizzy yellow beer will give you more sex appeal. Perhaps you think multi-million dollar ad campaigns make a beer taste better. Perhaps you're mouthing your words as you read this."

A mahogany brown with deep red highlights. The head is small, but as it diminishes it leaves an attractive swirling film on the top.

Coarse hops, toasted grains, fruity esters and a deep, alcoholic backbone.

Big malty sweetness with prominent caramel notes. caramel, Toasted/roasted flavors hang in the background swathed in a layer of prickly alcohol. The hop profile has a raw, coarse quality to it that's all the more visceral. Finishes with a lingering sweetness, caramel, and grainy, roasted coffee.

Medium bodied and very smooth.

Wow, I'm very impressed with this brew. It's extraordinarily complex whilst keeping the alcohol in check to maximize drinkability.

Price = $5.89 at DAG's

07-09-2010 00:22:18 | More by BeerNemesis
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

03-02-2014 23:12:56 | More by mfl620ks
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-20-2014 19:11:00 | More by darcange
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

01-28-2013 19:14:56 | More by LooseMoose1978
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4.63/5  rDev +11%

Appearance: Pours a pretty reddish color with perfect clarity. A tan head starts out big, shrinks to a respectable cap, and leaves lots of lace down the side of the glass.

Smell: Incredible aroma of fresh hops...it's raw, spicy, and pungent with lots of grapefruit and pine. A touch of sweet malt hides deep underneath the hop blitzkrieg.

Taste: This brew has a solid backbone of malt that comes across as caramelly, fruity, and slightly roasted. But that foundation gets beat down by a huge bitchslap of bitter hops. Flavors of pine, citrus, and grapefruit commit 3rd degree assault on my tastebuds, and I love every precious drop! There's a nice dose of alcohol in here as well. The hop flavor turns into a faint, burnt character on the tail end. Amazing...

Mouthfeel: Very full-bodied with a slighty, syrupy mouthfeel. Finishes with a dry edge from the alcohol.

Drinkability: To be honest, I'd love to drink this all night, but I'd really pay the price in the morning. It's so aggressive in flavor, yet so easy to down...that's a scary combination!!

03-09-2003 20:43:29 | More by MJR
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

08-28-2013 04:28:28 | More by DCgolfpro
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-11-2013 02:01:14 | More by NHhomebrewguy
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-07-2013 12:48:58 | More by irish01980
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

10-02-2013 02:01:30 | More by ThisMoonlife
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

11-26-2013 18:19:47 | More by dsnyder61
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

12-24-2013 23:03:44 | More by jaemeno3
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

07-01-2014 01:56:39 | More by JDeming
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%

I was really excited about trying this beer. Even the pubescent boyish 'Tenacious "D"' label couldn't put me off. A clear clean reddish chestnut brown colour which is topped by a dense multi layered head. And as I drank this, probably faster than I should have, the beer left some of the thickest clinging lacing I can remember.

Resiny on the nose and tongue the beer evokes a burnt almost rubbery edge which is mighty delicious and addictive.

This is what big bold American beer should be-intense, assertive and complex. Feckin "A".

09-24-2010 20:58:47 | More by Zimbo
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New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

08-13-2012 02:17:12 | More by BryanK
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

09-28-2012 23:50:35 | More by ObiWanKushnobi
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-24-2014 10:42:47 | More by jmsedgwick
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

10-23-2013 16:25:11 | More by Wortman1998
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

08-06-2013 23:01:38 | More by VinsanityDiesel
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-10-2013 15:58:17 | More by Shawner
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4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

Paid $4.99 for the 22oz. bomber at Jungle Jim's....

The beer pours a cloudy copper-amber colored base, with a large white head, 1/4" head retention and amazing lacing effects on the glass, a stunner. The aroma was rather faint at first, but when the beer warms up, the aroma makes its presence known. I am smelling dates/raisins, a nice whiff of floral hops and sweet malt; neat hybrid.

The taste is "one-of-a-kind"; when it first enters you think, "heavy stuff", and this may turns some off like a motor-oil-thick imperial stout. Thereafter, the hops sting your palette with freshness and the date-raisin-sweet malt flavors reacts to your palette, finished off with a creamy head making it smooth as is the mouthfeel; yet after 8 oz. of this, I was realizing how difficult it would be to finish it off; its a great sign of craft, but still limits the drinkability.

Final Thought: The label doesn't lie, this is a monster of a beer that receives valedictorian status! One of the best I've ever had...

05-10-2008 00:58:11 | More by mobyfann
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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