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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

8,196 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 8,196
Reviews: 2,761
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 229
Gots: 713 | 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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Pensfan0782

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

11-14-2012 00:01:21 | More by Pensfan0782
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radiofish

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

07-10-2013 04:38:12 | More by radiofish
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andy1701

Florida

3/5  rDev -28.1%

09-06-2013 18:01:57 | More by andy1701
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jkd03c

Florida

4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-26-2014 00:25:56 | More by jkd03c
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BrandonOakes

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

11-16-2013 23:59:55 | More by BrandonOakes
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SteveO1231

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I decided to re-review this beer because either the beer is different or my palate has changed. Either way I will give this beer another review. Same ol' AB raised lettering, no freshness date found. Pours a dark brownish red, almost like blood with some ruby red highlights. Nice light tan head, thick and chewy. Nice spider webbed lacing in the glass. Low carbonation. Aroma of generous amounts of caramel malts along with a large American hop profile hints of damp wood. Smooth, full bodied texture. Pleasant caramel malt sweetness upfront. A refreshing juicy middle, tiny hints of chocolate. The hop is bold with a spicy/citrus hop bite towards the end. The finish has an earthy/ pine bitterness that leaves the palate pretty dry. This beer is strong yet very balanced. This sample was delicious. Perhaps my palate has matured. Perhaps the fact that I moved 3,000 miles away from getting a growler fill directly from the brewery on a weekly basis to not being able to purchase this beer in the state of CT has changed my opinion. Oh well, too much thinkin' not enough drinkin'! I really enjoyed this beer.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 02:27:13 | More by SteveO1231
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flayedandskinned

California

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by 10/8/13 (so by Stone's freshness plan, this was bottled on 7/8/13)
Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Appearance: (4.5)
Pours an absolutely gorgeous, transparent dark amber that has some lovely ruby red highlights. A tight bubbled, light beige, 3 fingers tall head quickly forms and has awesome retention.As the head slowly recedes, it leaves some thick, sticky lacing in it's wake.

Aroma: (4)
Spicy Chinook hops leap out of the glass as you raise the glass to your nose; resinous pine, grapefruit and some lemon zest. There is a slightly roasty, chocolate malt presence lingering in the back ground with a slight nuttiness to it. Faintly sweet biscuit malt is behind the chocolate. Subtle alcohol presence.

Taste: (4)
Very similar to the nose; Spicy Chinook hops right upfront with their strong herbal spiciness, pine resin and bright grapefruit. Beneath the spicy hops there is a slightly chewy malt backbone; Lightly sweet chocolate with a distinct, subtle nuttiness about it. Finishes off dry, with some residual sweetness on the corners of mouth that really helps take some of the "sting" out of the assertive and very bitter Chinook hops. Lingering notes of pine, grapefruit pith and an airy-like biscuit presence. A light alcohol presence makes itself known as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: (4)
Robust, full bodied with some moderate carbonation to help lift the heavy crystal malts off of your tongue.

Overall: (4.25)
The notorious beer that invented the "American Strong Ale" category and also introduced a whole lot of people to the true art of craft beer. While this certainly isn't the best American Strong Ale I've had, (Stone's Lucky Bastard takes that honer, which is actually a blend of all 3 Arrogant Bastard variants) this is a landmark beer that can be enjoy both by the craft beer neophyte and the most seasoned craft beer enthusiast. Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 12:15:39 | More by flayedandskinned
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wo87810

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

11-22-2011 19:46:29 | More by wo87810
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xseanprimex

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

08-17-2013 15:59:00 | More by xseanprimex
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Wobbly

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

02-02-2014 18:38:49 | More by Wobbly
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wellsnb

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.1%

03-27-2014 00:55:09 | More by wellsnb
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Gaisgeil

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Update: 10/29/06
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Well it's been more than a year and my, how tastes change. I still think this is a horribly out of balance beer, but somehow, that works for me now. I'm not sure this is something I'd want all the time, but if in in the mood, this is a well crafted hopbomb. Well crafted.



Original Review 3/23/05:
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I've been really stoked to try this one for quite a while, would it live up to it's lip flapping arrogance? Not really.

Poured a quite beautiful deep reddish brown with a thick light tan head. Nose is quite hoppy, hints of pine and malt as well. Taste is a bit overwhelming at first, all you taste is the hop bite and pine that comes with it, maybe a bit of the dryish finish as well. After a few sips though I began to detect the malt profile and the fruit notes within.

Overall, too much hops, totally unbalanced. Some like that about this beer, but it's just not my bag. As usual arrogance is all dependant on perspective.

Slàinte!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2005 08:27:41 | More by Gaisgeil
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Hobbit

Oregon

4/5  rDev -4.1%

08-02-2013 00:53:21 | More by Hobbit
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jlenik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-26-2011 23:34:43 | More by jlenik
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KevinmusPrime

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

07-10-2014 02:02:43 | More by KevinmusPrime
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SharkNado

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.1%

03-21-2014 03:05:51 | More by SharkNado
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palliko

California

5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I finally got a gallon of this brew this week! A local pizza parlor had my favorite beer on tap, and Oh my Lord. This is so awesome. The color is a deep brown - thick creamy head that lasts - the aroma of pungent grapefruit rind comes just short of overwhelming the senses - you want hops? HOPS in three foot high letters. Alcohol fumes drift up and are overcome by the sweet malt which is in turn over come by a killer dry, bitter aftertaste, redolent of black coffee. This beer has become a local favorite. You gotta try this!!

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2004 04:15:18 | More by palliko
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have to admit, I was a little intimidated tasting this brew for the first time, but I quickly learned I had little reason to be.

My Arrogant Bastard poured thick and amber with a thin beige lace atop it, with a smooth, hoppy scent. Damn, this is good - a complex, big beer with a nice bitterness, subtle layers of smooth malt, and some light touches of dark fruits here and there.

Big, bad, bold, and brilliant. I'm hooked.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2003 02:06:47 | More by RockyTopHeel
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bosco7

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper with huge rocky head.

Plum, apricot, pine needles, and caramel aromas.

Complex doesn't do this beer justice. Toffee, plum, apricot, roasted malt, grapefruit, black cherry, pine, grapefruit and black pepper flavors all come to mind. Hop foward. Harsh bitterness(in a very good way).

Smooth mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. One of my all time favorites. Complex and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2007 04:52:49 | More by bosco7
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beerbrains

Nebraska

4/5  rDev -4.1%

09-02-2013 03:49:49 | More by beerbrains
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pastramionrye7

Germany

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

07-16-2013 01:54:05 | More by pastramionrye7
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yossarian14

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +19.9%

01-29-2013 01:28:39 | More by yossarian14
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spoonhawk

Iowa

3/5  rDev -28.1%

11-23-2011 23:28:53 | More by spoonhawk
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Nutwood

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

06-30-2012 20:20:50 | More by Nutwood
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Ben7773

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

07-20-2014 18:22:31 | More by Ben7773
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,196 ratings.