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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

8,493 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 8,493
Reviews: 2,773
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 249
Gots: 860 | 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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bifrostguard

California

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%

A - A deep translucent amber color with a tall, lasting light tan head that hung around long enough to leave a good amount of lacing down the glass.

S - Hops, grapefruit, some sweet malt and perhaps some wood.

T - Interesting. Grapefruit hops are up front but the malt is not too far behind. A little sweet, spicy and bitter. A woodsy taste hits with the malt and leaves a pleasant and long lasting after taste.

M - Medium bodied.

D - Strong tasting and satisfying. This is a good beer for sure, but I might tire of the strong flavors in this one after a couple.

11-01-2008 06:14:17 | More by bifrostguard
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LauraAlberts

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +5%

Had this at a Stone beer dinner at the Old Village Post House with Southeast Stone Rep. Scott Sheridan. The chef paired this with Pan-Seared Local Grouper over a Charleston Okra Gumbo. The gumbo didn't stand up to the beer. I would've liked a little more spice in the gumbo but overall a brave and beautiful pairing by the chef. Awesome dinner - if you ever have the opportunity to go to a dinner or tasting with a Stone beer rep DO IT - truly a great beer experience - very nice/easy going/like family atmosphere with great stories, cheers, and presentation.

Appearance: Dark Amber/Brown

Smell: Pure Hoppiness...

Taste: Perfection - hoppy bitter - sweet finish - hop malt with definite hoppiness up front.

Mouthfeel: Fullbodied with nice tannins.

Drinkability: Session or sipper... you choice - whatever you can handle. Beautiful beer.

04-15-2009 02:52:01 | More by LauraAlberts
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jlandis

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%

Bomber poured into Chimay Chalice

A - Beautiful deep ruby in color with a thin white head

S - Malty grapefruit goodness.

T - Bitter up front with tons of grapefruit hops and a solid malt backbone. There are also a lot of earthy, woody flavors that start to come through. Carmel and remnants of dark fruit.

M - Solid carbonation that perfectly compliments the bitter flavor on your tongue.

D- This is an amazing beer that I grown to love over the years. This was my first craft beer that I purchased when I was 21 and I hated everything about it. Now it had become one of my favorites. One bomber fills the chalice twice and that is plenty for me.

06-04-2010 15:02:05 | More by jlandis
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tstigz

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

06-02-2013 02:42:25 | More by tstigz
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locckdown

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

03-24-2012 22:33:52 | More by locckdown
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minneapolitanjim

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-12-2012 00:25:03 | More by minneapolitanjim
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OoReFLuXoO

California

5/5  rDev +19.9%

02-02-2012 02:25:50 | More by OoReFLuXoO
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Chadhowie

California

4.7/5  rDev +12.7%

This is by far one of my favorite all time beers. The strength and fortitude of the hoppy full flavor makes this a perfect beer. It's no wonder that multiple variations have been and are attempted based on this beer. Pretty much all of those are excellent too. You can't go wrong with Stone!

01-17-2013 22:22:00 | More by Chadhowie
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MaltAndHopsFC

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-05-2013 22:17:46 | More by MaltAndHopsFC
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JMohl3

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-10-2014 18:10:35 | More by JMohl3
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SoxFan

Indiana

4/5  rDev -4.1%

07-23-2014 11:34:37 | More by SoxFan
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Gump

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -7.7%

Arrogant Bastard
Solid, tight, light tan head. Good carbonation. Looks great.
Moderately clear, dark amber color and reddish hue.
Mostly malty flavors, some rich dark fruit and citrus.
The balance is malt heavy, but you get some great pine and grapefruit flavors from the flavor hops.

Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy. Good dry aftertaste.

05-13-2009 01:11:34 | More by Gump
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jiggahertz

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -11.8%

A: Burnt amber beer with a frothy two finger cappuccino colored head and excellent lacing.

S: Nutty malts come through and more hops than expected.

T: Roasted nuts and chocolate, strong hops in the end. Presence of alcohol is definitely there. The amount of hops was definitely more than I was expecting.

M: Full bodied and low carbonation. Finish is incredibly long and dry.

D: A good beer, but not very drinkable for my tastes. The finish just hangs around too long to have more than a couple.

12-29-2009 01:17:17 | More by jiggahertz
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ClavisAurea

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

Appearance: Creamy head that stuck around and rode the glass to the bottom. Dark copper color, very clear and inviting.

Nose: Malty, hop forward, caramel, slightly fruity.

Taste: Sweet up front, powerful hop pineyness, nice malt backbone, no warming alcohol despite being 7.2%. Hops lead to a dry finish.

I don't know how many times I've had this beer. It is always a great staple at my local pub and I'm glad I can get growler fills of it down the street. Stone is doing some amazing things with beer styles and capitalizing on the hop-frenzy of the West Coast.

08-30-2014 01:03:41 | More by ClavisAurea
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DwnTwnBwn

California

4.38/5  rDev +5%

A - Pours a deep copper color. An off white to tan head forms of 2 fingers. Not perfectly clear. Laces very well on the way down.

S - Very big caramel sweet malts up front. Hops come through the fresher it is. Citrius and grapefruit hop character. There is a good finish of a bready yeast to finish off the smell.

T - Very strong caramel sweet malts assault the palette up front. Bitter hops then meld into the beers taste. A clean finish is achieved from the proper yet not overpowering hops. A slight dry sweet malt after taste

M - Full bodied. Carbonation is medium. Some alcohol warming is present.

O - Awesome "go to" for a strong American ale. I like to keep a few bottles to age a bit if I want a more subdued hop character. It's a perfect hop fix when fresh. A cornerstone of any beer fridge.

08-15-2009 01:19:08 | More by DwnTwnBwn
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surprenant1138

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured from bottle into snifter. Deep red/mohogany in color with small amount of beige head that sticks around. Excellent lacing. Aroma is of barley, light on hops, some walnuts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Taste is of barley, some hops, earthy, slightly nutty, dry, slightly sweet. This is one of my favorite Stone brews. The "Bastard" line starts here.

03-29-2011 00:54:00 | More by surprenant1138
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Kelly88

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%

Had on tap at Cock and Bull. Served in it's appropriate arrogant bastard pint glass.

A- dark hardwood floor brown that gradually becomes lighter further down the glass. Brilliant english pith helment brown head tops this beer that is gushing lace onto the glass.

S- a malty fruitiness of plums and faded cherries grace the nose along with some dank hops, typical of a stone beer. Good but not great.

T- strange, a suggestion of bourbon followed quickly by a layer of caramel and bread and ending with a blast of alchohol. Suprising amount of woody flavor for a non barrel beer.

M- nicely carbonated and a very light to a moderate medium feel for a strong ale. Really it is perfect.

O- stone must have invented this style because this beer is what I imagine the style should be. Taste could be more developed and the aroma could be stronger, but I'm reviewing in a bar so... Seek this beer out!

06-23-2011 21:15:12 | More by Kelly88
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druptight

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-21-2012 02:50:59 | More by druptight
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evilkorova

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.1%

02-15-2012 04:31:18 | More by evilkorova
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quantumcipher

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-07-2012 10:13:26 | More by quantumcipher
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PrivateEquity

Kansas

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

11-10-2013 02:56:53 | More by PrivateEquity
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crowsoup

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

10-03-2012 19:26:25 | More by crowsoup
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phattman073

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-14-2011 15:13:16 | More by phattman073
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JoshuaWagy

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

12-11-2012 15:33:55 | More by JoshuaWagy
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Snarf103

Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

02-12-2013 04:08:30 | More by Snarf103
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,493 ratings.