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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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9,490 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,490
Reviews: 2,882
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 332
Gots: 1,570 | FT: 11
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000

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4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep reddish amber with great carbonation and head retention.

S- Hop bitterness with hints of caramel, malt, hints of grapefruit and pine as well.

T- Bittersweet. Tons of hop flavor; citrus and grapefruit at first and then some pine. Slight amount of malt, and it didn't interfere with the hops and bitterness, but gave the drink a lot more character by being there. More on the bitter side which is how I like it. All aspects of the taste are balanced so well. There are notes of roasted and burnt malts, and it's quite elaborate. Tastes like an IPA base with some of the character you see in porters. Coffee and chocolate were deep in this one and quite subtle.

M- Creamy and smooth. Medium full body. Slightly dry and sticky finish.

D- Aggressive taste, while easy to drink and even subtle at times. The cockiness on the back of the label was justified. There is 7.2% of alcohol in it, but I forgot about that with all the flavor. This drink is quite impressive, and I think I prefer it over their OAB. I'm not sure that Stone has or will make a beer which isn't exceptional.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Luigi
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out deep hazy almost dark red amber color. A massive creamy head, three finger in size. Lacing around the glass is consistent and the retention of the head last until the last drop.

The aroma is rich with hops! Sour citrus and pine notes, yet the sweet malt and alcohol pulls through.

Rich flavor of intense hops. Sour citrus and bitter pine hops dominate. But at the same time the malt in this ale still makes is presence. Finishes dry and hoppy, mostly the pine notes but the citrus lingers on the palate.

Full bodied and dangerous to drink haha! Slightly slick on the tongue.

Over all this Ale is Arrogant and perfect for arrogant bastards like me!! Major thumbs up!!!

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jmalex
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Time to revisit the first "extreme" beer I ever had. It was only three years ago that, at the end of the night, some friends saw this on the menu and ordered me one. Not one minute after receiving it, the group I was with announced we were all leaving, so I had to chug down a bomber of this. It didn't take me long to realize this beer was unlike anything I'd ever had before.

APPEARANCE: Pours an amber brown with ruby highlights and a sizable, large-bubbled beige head. It has a lot of staying power too - morphing into a rocky cap that doesn't dissipate. Tons of lace is visible all down the glass.

SMELL: Very modestly hoppy. With all of the insane hop profiles of so many beers, this one kind of subdues itself just enough, but still is able to let you know what's in store. The hops are citrusy and spicy and highlight a sneaky caramel malt base that lurks in the background.

TASTE: Usually it's obvious which flavor to begin describing, but AB is so balanced, the decision is tough. The beer starts off somewhat on the malty side, lending a sweetness that will soon be balanced out by some tasty hops. They come on quite strong and are predominantly citrusy and piny. The finish remains hoppy and lingers long.

MOUTHFEEL: Perhaps the one area where I feel this beer is lacking. It seems somewhat thick at first, but I can't help but find it a bit watery. I think with a beer this robust, it should have a bit more body to it.

DRINKABILITY: Excellent. The 7.2% is well disguised. It's strange how our definition of "extreme" has changed when one can imagine themselves drinking AB all night, but it really is the case.

After that first taste of Arrogant Bastard three years ago, I had to look it up online. A quick Google search led me to my first ever visit to beeradvocate.com. I have a lot to owe to AB and rightfully so. It's a great beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber in color. This pint had very minimal tan head. A better head and appearance would have scored 4.5.
Nice aroma mostly of floral hops. Malts and fruitiness underneath.

Nice level of bitterness to the taste. Big, sweet malt backbone with a toasty, caramel character. Floral hops chime in nicely. I'm torn between giving the taste a 4.0 or 4.5. Depends on my mood I guess. Sometimes I really enjoy this beer, while sometimes I think the taste is a bit too bitter.

Good mouthfeel. Plenty of body.
Good drinkability.

Overall, a good beer with lots of character. I'm puzzled why I hadn't managed to review this one on BA yet.

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4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown hue with a tint of red –nice tan head, small bubbles – nose hops, French vanilla coffee grounds –hops, dark roast coffee taste – raw palate- aftertaste hops and coffeeDark brown hue with a tint of red –nice tan head, small bubbles – nose hops, French vanilla coffee grounds –hops, dark roast coffee taste – raw palate- aftertaste hops and coffee

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4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle was pretty badass, the info on the back made me laugh like an idtiot.

It poured a nice deep ruby red with a thick head that retained nicely and left a lacing residue on the glass.

Smelled very hoppy, vaguely funky.

The taste was interesting, difficult to describe, but interesting. The hops hit heavy first, tasted like a blend of hops; a slight bite hit the mouth, and the alcohol was a bit strong. The more I drank of it, the better it tasted, a bit sweet perhaps, but not overly so. There's a lot of depth in the taste of this one.

Smooth in the mouth, rolls nicely over the tongue.

Very drinkable despite the strong presence of alcohol.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.28/5  rDev -21.2%

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,490 ratings.