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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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9,259 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,259
Reviews: 2,831
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 297
Gots: 1,279 | 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%

Photo of Boca-X
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a Bomber into a snifter. Deep red amber hue, almost a liquid velvet red. Nice white/yellow head with beautiful alcohol lacing, sticky throughout my drinking.

Malt and hops up front on the nose, light spiciness with a hint of lemon, maybe pear, brandy?

Just as with the smell, hops and malt overtake the tongue. Nice carbonation, a dry shot of sweet brandy, a hint of honey, followed by a bitter, burnt toast on the finish. I'm shocked at how smooth it is considering the bitterness of the hoppy finish.

This is considered a strong ale, I think for the in your face hop smack down. Yes the alcohol is there but it's hidden pretty well, doesn't feel like a 7+ ale...that could be dangerous. I think a bomber is a perfect size for consumption. Much more and either the buzz or the hops would take over.

This is my first Stone brew, looking forward to trying more, looking forward to adding this Bastard into regular rotation in my beer fridge.

Photo of BeanBone
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A brooding red body capped by over a finger of off-white head that leaves good lacing on the trip down.

Aroma: Citrusy and piney hops over a big, sweet caramel malt body. Imagine a nice IPA with the volume turned up a notch on the malt side and you should have a pretty good idea.

Flavor: Up front, the hops grow a little leafier, but retain lots of the citrus and pine. Underneath, the big caramel malt body is sweet, roasty, and up to the gauntlet thrown down by the hops. Overall, it's bitter yet balanced nicely. The alcohol contributes some great spiciness throughout, but stays generally restrained. Leafy bitterness and sweet grains in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little sticky with good carbonation and a dry finish. There's a few hints of alcohol in the check and throat as it warms.

Drinkability: It treads a path somewhere between "session favorite" and "punch-you-in-the-face imperial."

Verdict: Hardly a gimmicky label-engineered beer, Arrogant Bastard is a true classic that has the chops to back its supercilious attitude. If you're reading this, you should try this beer--just don't give it to your dude-bro friends.

Photo of WeedKing4
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in the past and realized I haven't reviewed it yet. 22oz bombers poured a dark ruby brown colour with a decent amount of foam. The taste up front if a strong malt hop bite, followed with a almost sweet like floral hop taste. It drinks incredibly smooth and each bomber I had of this disappeared in short time. After watching the beer wars dvd, I had a craving for this beer. Glad I got to try it, and it was quite delicious. Bring on the double bastard next.

Photo of joegard
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Cvescalante
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Liberatiscioli
1.75/5  rDev -57.9%

Photo of Cook82
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Lupe
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber with a smallish cream colored head with decent retention. Awesome lacing, practically a sheet down the entire glass, even with the smaller head.

Lighter than expected aroma with caramel, toasted malts, and citrus hops.

Starts nice and malty with caramel, toasted bread, and biscuit flavors. Hops overtake the malt with a big dose of pine, cirtus, and lots of grapefruit. Hops are not harsh, and this beer has great complexity and depth of flavor. I really enjoy how it starts malty and fades to hoppy. Finishes dry with lingering alcohol spice.

Medium in body, rich, smooth, and chewy. Very drinkable - aggressive, but complex and smooth enough to have a couple in a sitting. Great beer.

Photo of Padron4KM
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle.
Pours a dark muddy copper color, with a decent tan head. Spotty lacing.
Citrus and pine dominate the aroma, with some raisin hiding in the back.
Flavor starts off malty sweet with a grapefruity finish.
Alcohol is well hidden, until you finish the bottle. :-)

Photo of hurshybear
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of beerman207
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure how I've never had this beer but started checking the top 100 and foud a few from stone that need a review. Let's start with the bastard!

A: Has a light orange clear color with a 2 inch head that leaves lacing all over the place. Very nice.

S: Hops, sweet malt, caramel

T: Wow - the malt and hops hit at the same time and then my palate is overrun with the bitter hops that linger for an eternity. Wow, this beer is the real deal in terms of bitter.

M: The bitter rings through and warms with the carbonation - couldn't ask for much more here

D: Wow, the bitterness makes me want to sip this one even though the ABV is moderate. Great offering from Stone!

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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a gigantic plastic mug. One litre, $5. I couldn't pass that up, could I? Presentation aside the beer has a nice chocolatey color and maintains a pretty good head.

In the nose it has some nice malty sweetness with a slight bitterness.

The taste follows the nose fairly well. A little more bitterness on the finish with a sweet lingering taste.

In the mouth it is a little light but not watery.

Pretty drinkable. My next one may be the same.

Photo of GiantMidget
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of BRD14
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of cdizinno
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz brown bomber.

A: Deep reddish brown color with a thick light tan head and moderate lacing.

S: Coarse hops and caramel malts. Some toasted grains.

T&M: Smooth and slightly fluffy texture. The malty sweetness balances the dry, fruity hops. Medium bodied, yet rich, and complex.

Strong ales are not my favorite, but this is the best I've had in this category. Very drinkable and the alcohol is masked very well.

Photo of boudreaux
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had last summer during a weekend road trip to my buddy's beach house in Mexico Beach, FL.

It tasted great. The idea of naming a beer "Arrogant Bastard" pretty much defines the confidence of the brewery in this ale. You definitely taste alcohol, but more as an aftertaste. The first thing I noticed was the hoppiness.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of MNMike
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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

This beer is a very versatile beer and should be enjoyed wherever and whenever!

Appearance - deep rich mahogany red that is clear and consistent throughout. Produces airy head that is off-white to light caramel hue. Minor lacing.

Aroma - bitter initially with a citrusy glow showing through after. Malty as well with some coniferous waft.

Taste - Incredible. Like the smell, it hits you with a quick bittery punch but mellows out as other flavors come out. The main citrus taste is of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel - Slight carbonation that is not too strong to take anything away from the rest of the experience, which in my opinion is very important. The feel is semi-dry with minor stickiness.

Drinkability - A full flavored beer with impeccable balance. It leaves a lasting impression to encourage you to pop another one open.

Excellent beer that you can enjoy anytime. A true Stone.

Photo of Snow81
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Reddish amber clear haze

Head: Dark tan frosty head

Smell: Sweet maltyness with a bit of a citric hop

Taste: Big malts with a nice biter hop

Weight: Medium body with a medium to high carbonation

Finish: A bitter hops with a little maltyness

Photo of mfl620ks
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of craftbrew502
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of RangnaR
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,259 ratings.