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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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8,008 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,008
Reviews: 2,756
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 220
Gots: 627 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

06-11-2014 21:43:47 | More by Vogt52
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4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this brew many times before, but I figured might as well get it down (as well as the other 1000+ reviewers)

A- A Clear deep red mahogany, copper color. An off white 3/4" head from a gentle pour. Left a decent amount of lacing clinging to the glass.

S- Smells of sweet roasted malts, with some alcohol heat, some piney hops at the end.

T- As on the smell, sweet roasted malts, well balanced with strong piney hops. There is some subtle caramel-toffee flavors, but definetly subtle compared to the strong piney hops. HAs a long lasting heat to it.

M- Full, heavy bodied, lots of carbonation.

D- Very strong and distinct beer, yet very drinkable. This is the beer that turned me into a craft beer enthusiast, so it will always hold a special place in my liver.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 06:09:14 | More by m1ked
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4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ruby amber with a brown head that has average retention that fades to some solid side glass lace.
Aroma: Has some decent balance, as roasted malts as well as aromatic hops both hit the nose.

Taste: Malty, but smooth and creamy. I pick up some caramel and it is on the sweet side up front but ends hoppy dry.

This is an outstanding brew but at $17.99 a six pack and $65.00 a case, who is being arrogant here.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 22:52:31 | More by jadpsu
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District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber last night to kick off a great Halloween party.

Malty and sharply bitter. I would venture to call this a DIPA if I hadn't known better. All in all, a well-structured ale, though a bit unrefined in its sourness.

Pours a deep burnt amber with a thick, yellow head and moderate lacing. A strong, floral hop structure in the smell with some roasted caramel malts and an oak-laden sweetness. A bit of alcohol in the nose, which rolls into the taste. Most of the alcohol and hops are present up front, which turns a bit sour on the back end, almost like a rhubarb bitterness that hide the sugars in the beer. Smooth, long draw in the mouth that is surprisingly well-balanced. Sourness from the rhubarb and grains hold through to the end, but aren't particularly accompanied by any other dominant flavors to finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 22:11:28 | More by TLove
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

06-02-2012 03:42:54 | More by bigbeerfan
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

03-09-2014 01:20:02 | More by GratefulEdd
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

05-28-2013 15:37:03 | More by KevT
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You don't really get many beers like this. Strong and at times overwhelming, this beer is everything it reputed to be. One has to love hops to enjoy this one. What makes this beer really different from other seriously hoppped beers, is it's texture. Full- with even a slight sweetness that kicks you, hard. I used to drink this more then I lived in San Francisco-a must try for any beer lover.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2002 09:00:56 | More by AaronRed
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4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazingly balanced brew. Pours a nice reddish amber with a big head that lasts a long time. Complex flavor that never seems to be overbearing - the malt and hops balance out nicely in what seems to be a fight for dominance. I found myself drinking this slowly and savoring each sip, revelling in the complexities. Very tasty brew. Even inspired me to write a blues tune called Arrogant Bastard :) Available at


Serving type: bottle

12-16-2002 06:10:26 | More by LarryV
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4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber/orange color. Nice creamy, densly packed tan head. Left good lace.
Aromas of sweet malt, caramel and spicy/citrusy hops with a bit of acidity. Seemed well balanced in the smells.
While the flavors were not as balanced as the smell indicated, it was nonetheless an outstanding beer. Tangy sweet toasty malt upfront gives way to caramel and spicy hops. Finishes with a juicy hop bitterness accented by grapefruit, pine resin and citrus rind. Excellent!
Awesome mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied with a smooth creamy, slighly oily mothfeel and perfect carbonation.
The drinkabilty was great for such a huge, uncompromising beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2004 00:05:10 | More by rkhaze
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4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle with a highly amusing, arrogant rant against lesser beers.

Pours a pretty dark amber color with a good, thick head and nice retention.

The aroma is hoppy, as could be expected, and citrusy with a bit of malt.

The flavor is sweet with a citrusy, hoppy, almost tangy quality. The finish is clean and nicley bitter from all those hops. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied with not too much carbonation.

Fairly strong in the large bottle, so I guess not the most drinkable beer in the world, but certainly something I was glad to have 22 oz of.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2006 17:16:27 | More by AaronHomoya
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

06-25-2012 16:10:06 | More by rkcrozier
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New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-29-2013 02:30:49 | More by mtnwesdew
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New York

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

The gateway brew that got me into craft beer. Decided to re-review this bad boy.

Poured into a nonic pint.

Pours a rustic dark golden caramel color that's barely translucent and forms a thick tan head with a nice amount of retention time and lacing on the glass. Smells exactly like I remembered when I first tasted it. Piney hoppiness and grapefruit juice and rind are the most prominent, with the bready malt and subtle spice underlying the rest. To me, it sort of has a soapy scent overall in a good way.

Taste is exactly how it smells. Delicious hop goodness throughout the mouth. You can really taste the pine characteristic to the beer, alongside the breadiness of the malt. It's like a piece of spicy bread with a sort of cinnamon quality to it. The flavor then follows to the sweet and sour citrus of the grapefruit and short astringency of the hop bitterness that lingers for a couple of seconds in the aftertaste before dissipating. And finally it all ends to the gentle warmth of the alcohol left in the back of the throat. The mouthfeel is just right, with a medium body and enough carbonation to the brew. The bitterness isn't as discouraging as I had originally thought when I first tried it, so I say that the drinkability is excellent. And it's definitely more of a drinker than a sipper. Such a reliable strong ale, I can always go back to this brew. Thanks again, you Bastard! I still am not worthy.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 03:13:46 | More by infi
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New York

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I haven't had this beer in a looong time and, the last time I had it, my palate was so underdeveloped that I could not appreciate how great it was/is. A very dark amber body with a nice creamy tan sticky head gives off aromas of hops, citrus, piney and floral. The taste matches this with sweets and bitters in a medium bodied ale. I love this beer. It's so good.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2010 01:35:00 | More by wcintula
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4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For me, this was the craft beer that started my obsession. I used to live just down the street from the brewery and went to it on a whim. Never before drinking craft beer I got their sampler and Arrogant stood out to me. Not too bitter, not too sweet!

A: Pours a deep amber that reminded of liquid caramel. It was topped off with a massive 2+ finger head that left tons of lacing in its wake. Bubbles persist until your last gulp.

S: Malts, floral hops with pine undertones, finishing with grains and some citrus.

T: Lots of toasty malts with some great citrus undertones. An intense punch of floral hops follows and leaves behind an ever so slight hint of sweet caramel.

M: Medium bodied, highly carbonated.

O: This beer is special to me, so I probably inflated the scores a bit. I still feel, even after everything else I've had, that if I could only have one beer for the rest of my life, this is the one it would be. Thank you stone!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 23:08:59 | More by tjkinate
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

04-22-2012 19:13:24 | More by tln13
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

10-30-2012 16:12:02 | More by VaterRoss
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

12-14-2013 18:30:59 | More by Doyle
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3.08/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark ruby red with a tan two finger head. Left a massive amount of lacing everywhere. Smells of very dark grains, roasted malt and burtn toast. The up front is a large amount of burnt bread along with burnt malt. Another drink adds a whiskey like charcoal hit into the mix, along with a large smoky flavor. The mouthfeel makes this beer seem just like a scotch ale. Keeps all of the mentioned flavors but adds a MASSIVE punch of smokeyness to the finish. Overall, this is a big, flavorful beer, and as the lable states, it is not for snivling yellow beer drinking wimps. Though it didn't appeal to my particular taste

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 00:28:53 | More by SometimesIfart
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

05-24-2013 21:10:47 | More by Spaz7
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

02-02-2014 18:38:49 | More by Wobbly
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

05-26-2014 07:27:02 | More by SitkaSteve
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Quebec (Canada)

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

Big thanks to jasonjlewis for this bomber! Sampled it with my big brother along with DFH punkin and New belgium's Fat Tire.

Pours deep redish copper with a good size head that laces nicely to the glass. Aroma of bready malt and huge hop additions. Interesting mouthfeel from all those bitter hops. Taste is extreme and almost unbalanced but none the less very very delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 02:29:07 | More by bloberglawp
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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