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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

9,259 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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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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Photo of MarkyMOD
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Sierra Nevada tulip.

a - Pours a mohogany-brown amber color with one and a half fingers of off white fluffy head that has decent retention. High carbonation evident and a little bit of lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of caramel malts, fruity malts, and fruity hops. Light pine and tropical fruit.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, fruity malts, bready malts, and citrus hops. Some slight bitterness in the taste as well thanks to the hops. Tiny bit of alcoholo comes through as well.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty good strong ale. Definitely a lot of malts coming through in the smell and taste, but the citrus hops come out nicely in the taste to create a little bitterness. Have had many times and will have again.

Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark ruby red color with a thick off-white head that slowly fades. The aroma is great! It has a rich malt scent which is enhanced with the presence of beautiful citrous hops. The taste is good. It has a complex malt core which gives it a dark, yet very bitter flavor along with some intense flavoring hops. This brew is truely fantastic. It goes down easy and has a lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great sessions brew. It has great flavor; a good drinker.

Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured deep caramel with a thin white, bubbly head that left some lacing.
The smell was of floral hops, caramel and a touch of alcohol. Quite inviting.
The taste was well-balanced. Citrusy, crisp hops, caramel malt with a slight alcohol finish. Medium to full bodied. Flavors lingered a bit.
It was incredibly smooth. The alcohol taste was retained, but didn't interfere with the lingering flavors.
A very good brew - easily drinkable - a bit thinner than it could have been, but still aggressive - esp. in the mouthfeel.

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the piney hops and the caramel malt. The flavor is very hoppy and high in alcohol. I get a lot of pine and orange, as well as some caramel malt. Still, this beer is all about the hops and the bitterness is about medium. Fairly boozy overall. Low carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

Photo of smcolw
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cascading full head that poured three fingers thick; this is something I expect only from the nitro-can stouts. Unfiltered cloudiness with an orange hue from a bright backlight. Maroon-brown in normal light. Very impressive sticky lace on the glass sides.

Grassy dark malt aroma up front; strong molasses-like smells. Sweet like caramel candy or maple syrup.

The flavor is rich and complicated. Strong carmelized sugar flavors in the beginning of the sip. The hops crecendo slowly and powerfully. I am fascinated with the experience after the swallow: the molasses sweetness returns followed by an intense IPA-like hop bitterness. This beer has a body like light cream. The higher-than-typical carbonation provides the perfect foil to nearly overwhelming flavors.

This beer offers one of the best carnival taste rides: malty to hoppy to candy sweetness to dry hop bitterness. I'd love to know how they made this beer. It's like drinking a symphony.

PS I notice that my reviews are longer when the beers are interesting and complicated. It seems that my ratings are proportionate to the length of the review.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper color with a nice fluffy head. Taste is medium bodied, great caramel malt upfront with some nice balancing hops on the back end. Refreshing not to have a hop bomb from Stone and this a is a great all around beer. Super smooth with great drinkability, this beer is dangerously good.

Photo of kojevergas
2.53/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1 pt 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Three finger head of good cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a dark copper colour. Semitransparent.

Sm: Musty caramel, nuts, and fair cream. A mild strength aroma.

T: Caramel ridden body alongside some very slight roast notes. A little cream is present. Generally, it's a bit simply built. The nuts don't come through. It's not really well balanced, but it could be worse.

Mf: Pretty smooth and pretty wet. Doesn't really suit the flavours of the body.

Dr: Too difficult to drink for the ABV. The flavours are a damned distraction. The price is higher than it should be. It's far from awful, but I wouldn't have it again.

Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brewery has a unique marketing approach, definitely read the bottle as you drink this one. This beer for all of the hype is quite balanced between the hops and the malt. Definitely hop flavor, aroma and bitterness crawling all over the place in this one, but a nice strong maltiness & sweetness that carries the hop brigade quite well. This is a great beer that is a nice amber color.

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

05/10/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 22oz bomber poured into my Stone IPA tulip. No dates seen on the bottle.

Appearance- Opened to be greeted by a volcanic erruption of beer all over my counter, sink and floor. Damn glad I didn't open in over the carpet. Probably lost a good 4oz or so of quality brew :( Pours a very red-copper color with a large bubbled head which disapates fairly quick. About average lacing.

Smell- Very hoppy with a dark caramel malt scent as well.

Taste- Gee, what a suprise....hops, in a Stone brew? I never expected that! This one is both hoppy and malty at the same time. Like drinking a barleywine with lots of hops, then tasting a sweet caramel on the finish. Very woody flavored hops. A bit of citrus, but mainly pine.

Mouthfeel- More carbonation than expected. Took a while to finish the whole thing. Fairly heavy mouthfeel as well. Very mouthcoating.

Drinkability- Was excited to try this brew for the first time and it held up pretty much to my expectation. I was expecting a bit more of a "spiritual awakening" from it, but, nonetheless, it still is an excellent brew that I'm sure I will be having again in the future. Pretty yummy concoction.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a dark ruby red, almost brown with a thick yellowish tan head which lasts for the whole glass, unbelievable lacing, thick and rich.

S: Dark toasty bready malts and piney hops.

T: Much of the same as in the smell, toasty bready malts start out the flavor, backed by incredibly strong piney hop bitterness.

M: Smooth, resiny, a bit oily, a good American Strong Ale.

D: As warned on the label, this ale is definitely not for a novice beer drinker. Strong flavors abound, good drinkability though, a great beer from Stone, definitely shows what they're about.

Photo of Gavage
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The ale arrived sporting a lovely dark amber color with a perfect off-white head. The aroma was good, with some hoppiness being the strong effect on the nose.This has a fantastic malt and hop balance that has your tastebuds wanting more. The sweetness and bitterness lasted together on the tongue well after the swallow. A nice lace formed on the glass as the ale was being emptied from the glass. Very drinkable and overall a great product.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My third and final beer at Pour 24 (New York, New York), Las Vegas.

I did say I'd never have this again after my bottle review, but seeing it on-tap I thought I'd do the decent thing and give it another go.

Looked like the bottle version, ruby red and with an off-white head, thin covering and very little lacing.

The smell was sweetish caramel, malts and a splattering of hops.

Still not a huge fan, the flavours don't blend too well in my opinion, the hops don't like the malts and vice versa.

Glad I've had it from a tap and it is still the only Strong American Ale I've reviewed so far.

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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

A: Pours a lightly hazy dark amber in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a creamy finger tall beige that reduces to an extremely thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malt sweetness upfront with lots of piney hops.

T: Heavy flavors of pine/resin hops that are quite oily - there is an intense and aggressive bitterness to this beer. Underneath there is a caramel malt sweetness. Not quite in balance but still enjoyable. The bitterness lingers.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: The alcohol is well hidden in this beer but it is not an easy beer to drink - the hoppy bitterness is kind of too intense for my palate. It is an enjoyable but more of a slow sipper - not the greatest match with food (in my opinion) as the flavor is too dominant.

Photo of stakem
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am kind of confused why I don't already have a review up for this. I have consumed it on many occasions and I guess it just goes to the way side with paying more attention or picking the double bastard or the oaked version when it is available. Oh well, here goes.

Poured from a bomber into a fitting stone pint glass. For the life of me I can't make out the best by date on the bottle but I believe it to say by the end of this month. AB appears a clear amber color with 2 fingers of creamy head that is tanned but has a bit of yellow about it as well. The cap of foam retains well but as it receeds, sticks around the glass with quite a bit of patchy lace.

The aroma of this brew is a pleasant mixture of hops meets malt. There is a sweetness about the nose that suggests carmelized sugars and it blends very well with the hops. The hops come forward with a scent of oranges and pine with a little bit of floral aspect about it as well. Just smelling this brew is very deceiving, it smells like this brew is going to be sweet.

The flavor of this brew includes toasty malt that is a bit like carmelized sugars leaning toward a bit of smokiness. The hops are resinous with a flavor of pine and orange rind. There is a false sense of vanilla-like sweetness before the bitterness of the hops comes back in to pierce the tongue. The hops cling in the mouth and stick long into the finish. Quite a bold presense of alcohol is included and meshes very well with the flavors of the toasty malt and hops.

This is a medium bodied brew with moderate level of carbonation. Well rounded and overall just a good example of how enjoyable hops can be when done right with a modest amount of malt and moderate abv to back it. About the only thing holding this brew back from being super drinkable is the bold character of the alcohol, there are beers with twice as much abv that are not this forward with the alcohol presence. Regardless, the name of this brew is quite fitting. A must try.

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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

There are several ironies afoot here. First, as a long-time reviewer with over 2,300 reviews under my belt, I have not reviewed this one until now, despite its being one of the most reviewed beers on this site. Second, I HAVE reviewed Double Bastard, which leaves me scratching my head.

From the bottle: Let's come back to that as an edit. I want to drink some beer. "'You're Not Worthy'"; "ar-ro-gance (ar o gans) n. The act or quality of being arrogant; haughty; undue assumption; overbearing conceit."; "This is an aggressive ale. You probably won't like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth. We would suggest that you stick to safer and more familiar territory - maybe something with a multi-million dollar ad campaign aimed at convincing you it's made in a little brewery, or one that implies that their tasteless fizzy yellow beverage will give you more sex appeal. Perhaps you think multi-million dollar ad campaigns make things taste better. Perhaps you're mouthing your words as you read this."; "At Stone Brewing, we believe that pandering to the lowest common denominator represents the height of tyranny - a virtual form of keeping the consumer barefoot and stupid. Brought forth on an unsuspecting public in 1997, Arrogant Bastard Ale openly challenged they tyrannical overlords who were brazenly attempting to keep Americans chained in the shackles of poor taste. As the progenitor of its style, Arrogant Bastard Ale has reveled in its unprecedented and uncompromising celebration of intensity. There have been many nods to Arrogant Bastard Ale ... even outright attempts to copy it ... but only one can ever embody the true nature of liquid Arrogance!"; "Ingredients: Nothing but the finest barley, most aggressive hops, clearest water, our proprietary yeast strain and abundant arrogance."; "QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? If you don't like this, keep it to yourself - we don;t want to hear from any sniveling yellow-swill-drinkin' wimps, 'cause Arrogant Bastard wasn't made for you."

Larry, the former bartender at Hemingway's in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, used to refer to this as "The Medicine" because no matter how bad a day (or morning) you might be having, he believed that this would put you "on the Recovery Trail". Ha! He once put down an affluent customer who was waffling over Bud Light, Coors Light or Miller Lite the morning of the guy's daughter's graduation as I looked on, amused as hell, and he poured himself a draught of "The Medicine". Larry, this one's for you!

My pour created just over a finger of dense, foamy, tawny head that sat atop the beer in arrogant defiance of my desire to begin drinking. Color was a garnet-red with NE-quality clarity. Nose was ticklish with its inherent heat along with a toffee-like sweetness. I felt as though I might sneeze for a moment. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full and the heat of the alcohol felt as though it were evaporating on my tongue. I may not be worthy of this beer! Getting past that, I began to take in flavors of anise; dried, dark fruit; caramel/toffee and an odd mintiness. Finish was dry, to the point that it was making me sweat and tear up involuntarily. I could only bow in deference to its glorious intensity. Make sure that you know what you are getting into if you open a bottle of Bastard!

Photo of corby112
5/5  rDev +20.2%

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