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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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8,624 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,624
Reviews: 2,784
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 259
Gots: 932 | 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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Photo of JDM44
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

JDM44, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of TTripp725
3/5  rDev -28.1%

TTripp725, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of Erice78
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Erice78, May 07, 2013
Photo of ndekke39
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I drank a bomber of this to celebrate passing my dissertation defense. I figured that now I've got the Ph.D., I can act like an arrogant bastard, and should therefore drink accordingly.

I've heard a lot about this beer, so I was excited to try it. I eventually drank the whole 22 oz by myself. Pours a delicious reddish-brown, nice and clear, with a thin, off-white head. Very good retention, some lacing on the pint glass. Smells and tastes of toasted malts, caramel, toffee, nuts. I thought this was a strong, chewy Brown Ale at first. Good balance with some mild hops. A bit of warming alcohol. Excellent mouthfeel for the decently thick flavors - I think this was spot-on; I've had far too many watered-down "Strong" Ales. Overall, an exceptional beer. Great body, wonderful balance of flavors, all the elements work together to make this a highly drinkable beer. I can see why so many people consider this a standard in the American craft beer repertoire.

ndekke39, May 12, 2007
Photo of Lerxst
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a Stone Imperial Pint Glass

A-Pours a dark, dark amber with a nice two finger head and nice lacing.

S-For a Stone brew there isn't much nose to this. But I seem to note a faint citrusy/hoppy aroma mixed with some nice maltiness.

T-A nice hoppy bite with a complex palate of flavors including citrus, nuts and malt. Outstanding in my book.

M-Surprisingly smooth with a nice balance of carbonation. But this is a full bodied ale that really coats the tongue. Nice!

D-For a brew of this magnitude, it is surprisingly drinkable. Friends have said one is enough, but I disagree. I could session this brew!

Another great brew from Stone. Those guys are amazing.

Lerxst, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of abrand
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

23 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass

Pours a dark amber color with an off white head that lines the glass throughout. Smell is pretty malty with some breads as well as raisins. Nice complexity to the nose. Taste is amazing. Lots of dark fruits, hints of chocolate, plenty of malts with a yeasty finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall this is a great beer. So much going on with this.

abrand, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of 9InchNails
3.18/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Arrogant Bastard on tap at the Gaslight Brewery and Restaurant in South Orange, NJ

Reddish amber in color. A nice, more on the white side of khaki color head. Looks quite creamy as the head settles. A noticable amount of lacing on the glass.

Not really impressed with the smell maybe a slight metalic aroma and hoppy.

Smooth and creamy. Carbonation isn't over the top. Leaves the mouth dry.

This is quite bitter. The hops are very noticable, smacks you right in the face! I think they're some subtle dry fruits... maybe grapes? Very piney. A slight boozy taste, there's a pretty high alcohol content to not notice the taste.

Quite heavy for an ale after it sits. Maybe one or two of these, that's it!

I've had this in a bottle before but it's a whole new experience and a lot better on tap. Less of the metalic flavoring and smell when it is on tap, so it's more enjoyable.

9InchNails, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of gr0g
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, dark amber in color with a nice creamy head. Good head retention and some nice looking lacing. Hop notes are the primary components of the aroma but aren't as prominent as in an IPA -- some muted pine and grassy aromas come through.

On the other hand, the hops definitely show up in the flavor. Solid hop bitterness from start to finish, lingering for a bit afterwards. This is backed up by a solid caramel malt profile. Malt and hops do battle, with the hops winning out in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel just seems "right". Despite the 7.2% ABV strength, there's no boozy fuel note.

A strong, beefy ale with IPA-like flavor components, Arrogant Bastard slots nicely into the Stone lineup of aggressively hopped beers.

gr0g, May 05, 2013
Photo of bkrbdan
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

bkrbdan, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of MrBuckHigh
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

MrBuckHigh, May 09, 2013
Photo of packetknife
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark crimson which barely let any light through. Off-white lightly persistent head, very thin. Smells of baker's chocholate, caramel, and a bit of citrus. Malts and barley overwhelm the hops and the taste is almost like the smell. The hops made a strong impression on the finish. No discernable aftertaste and felt very full in the mouth although the carbonation could've been less aggressive. Don't drink too fast though or you'll forget what you were drinking by morning.

packetknife, May 30, 2005
Photo of mooseo
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, poured into pint glass.

A - Dark brown and hazy. Average head with heavy lacing.

S - Strong, sweet malt aroma with a hint of pine and caramel.

T - Toasted malts up front with some caramel and coffee flavors. Spicy, piney hops in the back. Every sip is delicious and complex. The finish is slightly bitter with a hint of alcohol.

M - Smooth, medium to heavy bodied. Slightly creamy mouthfeel.

D - A really complex, interesting brew. To me this is strictly a sipping beer, so the drinkability is not high. The taste is impressive. This is the first time I've had it on tap, and it does not disappoint.

mooseo, Aug 27, 2011
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3/5  rDev -28.1%

spoonhawk, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of YobroitsJoe
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

YobroitsJoe, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of Arborescence
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown, a little hazy, pours a creamy head that lasts.

Aroma: Hoppy, reminds me of a strong pale ale, a hint of iron?

Taste: Hoppy bitterness, IPA-like characteristics, not much malt at all, although one might expect it from looking at the beer. It is nevertheless quite smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with medium carbonation.

Overall: I’ve had the Arrogant Bastard from tap before, and I recall quite liking it. It’s hoppier than I remembered, and indeed you’d think that this is a particularly bitter IPA from just tasting it. The strange thing is that it looks like a brown ale, and the creamy head would suggest something completely different than what you get: in your face hoppy intensity. Stone Brewing makes a case for this beer being something alternative that not many people will like, but actually I think that this comes quite close to some of the stronger and bolder IPAs or maybe Double Pale Ales that are not uncommon in the US. This makes me surprised about how highly rated the beer is. I think that there are certainly better beers in this category out there.

Arborescence, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of jordanimal
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

jordanimal, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of McStagger
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy, murky reddish orange with two fingers of mocha colored head. Carbonation is minimal to moderate. Head retention, on the other hand....that is great. Rocky and awesome.

S: Pine, hops, malt syrup, floral notes, spice notes...maybe a little ginger.

T: Toasted sap, spruce, pine nuts, dark fig. The malt subtleties are much more noticeable in this beer than the other "standard" Stone beers. The hop punch is less prevalent. The bitterness is less cloying...less burning. This is balanced with a beer that is large on a roasted malt and dark fruit flavor. The combination of the roastiness and nutiness of the malt, in combination with the fruit characteristics and the bitterness of the hops makes for a damn balanced taste.

M: Deliciously balanced, if not a bit on the dry and carbonated side.

O: Another brew that is simultaneously opulent and balanced. Stone shows that they are one of the best.

McStagger, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Augustiner719
3.03/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Office in Morristown NJ in a 16oz pint glass.

Appearance: Nice amber brown colored ale. Yielded a strong 2 to 3 finger head that dissapated very slowly. Nice lacing, the glass was covered by the end of the session.

Smell: Smelled a little funky, but in a good way. Strong hops and malts came through, a little bit of alcohol as well. Some fruitiness, but overall not very explosive or memorable.

Taste: This was memorable. It tasted like an IPA from a mediocre brew pub that had been filtered through a sock. Very funky, almost feet like taste covered my palate. Alcohol flavors take over the beers other flavors only hindered slightly by the essence of feet.

Mouthfeel: A little bit too carbonated, but overall not bad viscosity. Would have expected a slightly thicker feeling ale from its strong aromas and taste.

Drinkability: I can see where a lot of people would like this beer. Myself however, cannot get over the overwhelming taste of socks. It had some high points aswell, like its full bodied flavor with complexities if you look for them. Overall, i think its an acquired taste as many beers are, but its definately a beer you should try if you see it on tap just based on its uniqueness.

Augustiner719, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of mklinger
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Small slightly orangish head. Deep red-brown color. Minimal lacing. Not as nice looking as might be expected for such a high reputation beer.

Nice Chinook hop, pine scent along with a strong amount of caramel with figs. Nice aroma.

Malt focus at the start of the tasting. Rich mouthfeel with some nice sweetness and dark fruit character. This is followed by a strong punch of hop bitterness. Not as much hop flavor as I might have expected -- the hops are more bitterness oriented than flavor oriented. Definitely some alcohol presence at the end with the bitterness.

Nice beer, easy to drink for a strong red ale. I enjoyed it, though I think for a similar style I prefer a few others like Bear Republic's Red Rocket Ale.

mklinger, Apr 17, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Fitzmke, Feb 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

PaulUH, Aug 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

BalancingBrooms, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of hyuga
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I must say, this one starts to impress while it's still being poured! Burnt amber color topped by a huge sticky tan head that stays almost endlessly. Leaves tons of lace as the glass is emptied. Grand aroma of ultra-citrusy hops, as well as piney hop character. Just a little sweet malt backs it all up. The first taste is a war between malt and hops, both in full force. Rich and sweet maltiness comes on strong, along with sharp spears of citrus and rind-like hop bitterness. Hints of spicy alcohol. Grainy malt and bitter hop finish. It's usually hard to find that complexity in the finish of a beer. Tingly yet smooth mouthfeel. Not one part of the experience of this beer lacks flavor. Yes, that means a full body, this is one of the most full-bodied beers I've ever tasted. An aggressive beer that doesn't even think of holding back. Most are not worthy of this brew. I say bring on the arrogance!

hyuga, Oct 04, 2002
Photo of drxandy
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An awesome extra to find in trade from Ben4881, Thanks man! :D

Served slightly above room temperature, Bomber to standard pint glass, a heavy pour yields a foamy tan head, good retention - pours a hot amber golden shade

smells of deep good malts, caramel/toffee sweetness, hops add a herbal zest

taste is hot but very smooth, bitter, aggressive citric hop finish, sweet malts, creamy, lots of character and depth, very nice

mouthfeel is thick and delicious, the hop resins cling around forever and the alcohol presence is muted but still present. Drinks very nicely, but I wouldn't want to drink many in a sitting unless it was in the interest of getting drunk.

drxandy, Jul 30, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

koes0024, Sep 02, 2012
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,624 ratings.