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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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7,489 Ratings

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Ratings: 7489
Reviews: 2740
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.44%

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 mevett89


4.86/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance: opaque dark copper with a light tan head.

Smell: hops and malt mingle, with strong pine notes backed up by caramel sweetness.

Taste: caramel malt with bitterness and pine from the hops. Some roasty notes as well. Strong presence of both malts and hops, with a nice balance achieved between them.

Mouth Feel: smooth and heavy. Low carbonation. This ale coats the tongue and mouth, and thus the taste lingers for a while.

Overall: damned delicious! Smooth and deep in complex flavor, and well balanced. Sticks to the tongue, but not enough to be too sticky.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 21:26:21 | More by mevett89
Photo of zrbeer1579


4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep ruby with some brownish/black hues. One and half finger thick tan head. Some good lacings.

Aroma: Grapefruit, floral, and piney. Some caramel malts. Also, picked up a little roasted malts. Aroma is much lighter then I thought it would be.

Taste: Piney, grapefruit, some earthiness and citrus. Bit floral and spicy. Caramel malts along with roasted and/or burnt malts. Malts seem a bit dominate but hops are strong and plentiful.

Mouthfeel: Median-heavy with median carbonation. A little sticky. A touch dry in the finish. There is definitely bitterness that lingers. Goes down smooth.

Overall: I kinda had a high expectation for this beer. One thing I really like was the malts in this beer. It's an interesting combination with the heavy hops. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 18:50:40 | More by zrbeer1579
Photo of UnderPressure

South Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, dark red to light brown colored beer with a rocky, tan 1.5 inch head. Great retention and lacing.

Floral and spicy hops in the aroma. Some roasted malt sweetness in the background.

The flavor is more to the malt side than the aroma would suggest. There's an upfront dark, burnt sugar flavor along with roasted grains and slight alcohol. Some hop flavor in the finish, along with plenty of bitterness.

A medium bodied beer. Smooth, with delicate carbonation. A wet, yet bitter finish.

A great beer. But, a slightly smoother flavor would have been more up my alley.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 13:02:21 | More by UnderPressure
Photo of JWU


4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bottle poured into a tumbler glass

A- A clear amber/brown with red hues. A big pillowy light khaki head sits on top, and laces fantastically. Head sticks around quite long.

S- A really nice mix of caramel malts and earthy/piney hops. Very aromatic.

T- A big smack of earthy, spicy, and piney hops hits up front, some malty caramel sweetness balances, but the bitterness hits hard on the end and lingers well after the sip.

M- Impressively medium to full, and slick on the palette up front even though it's very, very dry on the back end.

O- This stuff is a marvel of modern craft beer. Imitated, but certainly never duplicated.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 01:31:08 | More by JWU
Photo of keithmurray

New York

3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark copper color with fluffy white head

Smell - Pine, caramel, citrus

Taste - pine, grapefruit, caramel

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, low carbonation, very bitter on the back end, bitterness lingers long in the aftersip

Overall - decent beer that I haven't had in quite a while, figured I would give it a proper review this time around. Solid. I wish this came in 6 packs along with the bomber format

Price Point - $4.99/22 oz bomber

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 01:20:59 | More by keithmurray
Photo of Darkmagus82


4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a snifter glass

Appearance-Served a mahogany colored brew with ruby highlights shining throughout. Upon serving there is a one finger cream colored head that fades rather quickly to leave a persistent film on the top of the brew and a very nice level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a nice mix of bready malts, caramel, and a moderate hop aroma. The hop while mainly grapefruit citrus in nature is also mixed with aromas of a pine hop aroma as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and biscuit base with a lighter caramel sweetness. Up front there are also some hop flavors of a pine nature. The caramel fades as the taste advanced with the pine getting stronger and more potent. While the caramel fades, fruit flavors of a light cherry and apple flavor come to the tongue. While the pine levels out in the middle, it is joined by a lighter grapefruit citrus hop flavor. This citrus grows stronger more toward the end of the taste with it, when mixed with the rest of the flavors, leaving a bitter pine and citrus flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel-The body of the beer is on the slightly creamier side with a carbonation level that is a b it on the higher side. The creaminess allows all the hop flavors of the brew a chance to linger on the tongue, while the carbonation level makes it easier drinking and more refreshing.

Overall – A quite tasty brew. It’s on the hoppier side, but balanced quite nicely by the sweeter fruit, caramel, and more malty flavors of the brew. Its well know for a good reason; its quite a good moderate strength IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2013 02:45:32 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of pcguitarwzrd


4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Appears stout-black at first pour but hold it to the light to reveal a deep reddish-brown. Head is khaki and dissipates quickly.

S: Deceptively mild. Some malty and chocolate notes. Can't pick up too much of the hops.

T: Hop explosion followed by baking chocolate, espresso, prunes and an aftertaste of chocolate milk. Alcohol is never apparent except to dry the finish nicely.

M: Rich and satisfying but never syrupy.

O: Even if I hated this beer I would give it points for the monologue on the bottle. In fact this is an excellent beer that may become one of my go-to's.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 01:38:13 | More by pcguitarwzrd
Photo of AleEnthusiastSorensen


4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a dark amber color with a four finger tan colored head that lingered for quite a while. The head recessed with beautiful mounds leaving a medium tracing behind. Had a light aroma that gave to a surprisingly strong hop taste that left a medium amount of bitterness on the palate. Mouth feel was medium with an almost light chewiness to it, all together I found it to be a delightful beer for any afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 22:14:00 | More by AleEnthusiastSorensen
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead


4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured entire bomber into 34oz mug; dark, slightly cloudy orange with a thick white head that sticks around with some great lacing. Smells flowery and hoppy like an IPA, although with a bit thicker malt backbone. Taste follows nose exactly; sweet thick and malty at first, and bitter and hoppy to finish. Mouthfeel is medium, not too full or fizzy. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 02:37:04 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Photo of Moose90


4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy By: 03.04.13
22oz bomber into tulip

A – Dark translucent brown with copper hues. Head doesn't last long but lacing left behind is solid.

S – Sweet malts and quite hop forward. Dried dark fruits, raisins, plums.

T – Coffee, bitter chocolates and dark roasted malts. Quite dry and floral hops come through on the finish.

M – Quite smooth and crisp, dry and no cloying sweetness.

O – No idea what to expect. Lots of coffee and bitter chocolate, as well as nice dry floral hops. Nice, truly unique beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 07:24:10 | More by Moose90
Photo of kshizzle101


4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into pint glass

A - dark reddish with a thick 3 inch head. thick lacing as it's drunk down

S - smells of booze, pine, caramel, with a deep malt background

T - pine hops come through strong, carmely and malty background with a strong after taste of booze. there is something sweet going on here too but i can't quite place my fingers on it - possibly dark fruits like cherry or plum

M - exactly how it should be. sticky, but very drinkable - even at 22oz at a time!

Overall - One of my favorites - I'll never get sick of this beer. Not quite perfect, but about as close as you can get.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 02:31:47 | More by kshizzle101
Photo of seagullbeer


4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

i doubt i have the taste or sophistication to appreciate but...

A- beautiful dark amber, only slightly cloudy, nice lasting head out of bottle

S- malt balls

T- Rich strong and malty. i dont like beers that are to heavy on the malt flavor but this is really interesting and not too sweet

M- Perfect, nice carbonation and sticks around just long enough

this beer is a jerk.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 02:08:20 | More by seagullbeer
Photo of Ilafan


4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As my beer palate has diversified, my attitude toward this abundant beer has changed. I used to recoil at its hoppiness. Now, for some reason, I love it.

Pour: Average coloring, head, lattice
Smell: Lovely! I can smell a strong, bitter grapefruit
Taste: very hoppy with a slightly pleasant tartness at the end
Mouthful: just right/balanced

Very nice beer!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 23:48:38 | More by Ilafan
Photo of M_C_Hampton


4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, deep red brown amber with a thick tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: heavy on caramel malt, citrus hopa, orange, lemon, honey

T: dry grapefruit hops up front, heavy sweetness of honey, fig, bitter finish

M: full bodied with good carbonation

O: solid ale that is balanced with sweet and bitter flavors

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 23:36:22 | More by M_C_Hampton
Photo of Fatehunter


4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A finger of head on a dark straw colored body.
The aroma is fairly malty/grainy with a big dose of lemon.
The taste is bold and strong. An excellent malt bill with a healthy lemon bitterness. The balance is great.
The texture is smooth and soft with moderate carbonation.
The balance on this beer allows it to be big and bold, yet still quite drinkable. An amazing ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 06:54:48 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of Bosoxfan20


4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured 22oz bomber bottle into Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a crisp, deep amber with a perfect 2-2.5 finger thick cream colored head. Super thick. Fantastic lacing. Just a beautiful looking beer.

S- Robust aroma. Floral hops with some pine notes. Touch of sweetness.

T- Oh my. Fantastic balance. Taste truly follows nose. Hop forward with citrus notes. Crisp. Sweet malt base that is very complex. A number of waves of flavor rolling through here. Warm finish with a touch of alcohol, but not overpowering the terrific flavor. Dryness and bitterness lingers, but in a good way. So smooth!

M- Mid to full body. Nice and creamy. Silky smooth and velvety as it covers your mouth. Perfect carbonation

O- Simply one of my favorites. Love the complexity and feel of this beer. In this case, arrogance, not ignorance, is bliss.

22oz bomber for $5.99

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 22:09:44 | More by Bosoxfan20
Photo of inglebk

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass
1 1/2 inch head. Deep clear amber with lingering creamy head. Lacing that just won't go away. Pretty sexy.

Smells of citrusy hops and grapefruit. Sweet and bready malts. Really nice and complex aroma.

Hops hit the tongue at first, followed by the perfect balance of malty sweetness. I could definitely make a habit of drinking this stuff.

One of the most balanced beers I've tried. Mouthfeel is thick and lingering. Citrus hops stay on the tongue with a bread/biscuit aftertaste.
Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 06:01:15 | More by inglebk
Photo of Premo88


4.81/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

1 pint, 6 oz. bottle poured into pub glass

L: 3/4- 1-inch head really holds on, perfect tan head to offset murky dark caramel red. lacing is intense, especially for a head that doesn't start off as gargantuan. this beer is the definition of OPAQUE ... can't see through it; can't even see the carbonation inside it as it rises (but it's there).

S: flowers, sweet, citrusy ... and i think i smell malt, but i'm not good enough with the nose to say what I'm smelling -- i just know it's f-ing awesome. glade or febreeze should can this smell and sell it.

T: so damn bitter it makes me weepy ... goddamn is this beer good; like an English pale ale but with a very distinctive something different (grain, grass, ?what?) that is sharp the first time you drink one. but i'm drinking a second one right now, and all i taste is damn good ale. sharp bitter up front, smoother malt on the back end with everything hitting you all at once.

F: a perfect beer here. great carbonation, drinks light enough to trick you into thinking you could slam a 6-pack (and more!!!) of this. hell, i don't even know what "feel" means other than i want this in my mouth.

O: i've been stingy with my numbers so far, but damn is this about as good as it gets. it's placed in the American strong ale category, but if you handed this to me and told me it's a bitter, English pale ale or English IPA, I wouldn't be able to call you a liar (might say more about me than the beer).

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale has long been my favorite ale. Arrogant Bastard may have surpassed it ... can't say that just yet, but I can say as long as Stone BC keeps making this, I'll keep buying and drinking. Bravo!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 02:17:42 | More by Premo88
Photo of Joshpu


4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a duvel glass.

A: Poured a transparent amber color. Two finger tan creamy head. Quite a bit of carbonation.

S: Smells like a citrus hop smell. Im also getting the sweet caramel malt notes. Also has the spicy smell to it.

T: Definitely getting the hop presence, malty caramel, earthy spice.

M: Medium bodied. The hops linger for a while, more of a slow sipper for me. Feels like alot of carbonation on the mouth.

Overall its a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 08:01:27 | More by Joshpu
Photo of flayedandskinned


4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
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
Photo of fireman10

4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

i am not the biggest ale fan...until now. this ale is a wonderful blend of hoppy, bitter, and full body greatness...with a slight trace of an exotic spice from some small tribal community in southern Iran that i've never heard of. At first the inexperienced drinker may find this beer a bit vulgar, cocky and downright mean...but as the offensive posturing of this beer starts to mellow down and slides smoothly down your throat, you will find yourself begging for yet another fake beating. by the fourth gulp, you will be writing love notes.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 02:36:58 | More by fireman10
Photo of TheCondor


4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my continuing quest to imbibe all the Beers of Fame, I consumed some Arrogant Bastard Ale. THe last Stone product I drank was Ruination, which was way too much for me. It kind of soured me on Stone products for a while. Side poured with vigor from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a beautiful clear brown color with a big, fluffy, rock to finger head that disspiates very slowly, still retaining much of the head down to the last drop. Excellent lacing as well, leaves tons of residue all down the glass. Fabulous presentation

Smell - Smells so unique, especially given its appearance. Breads, toasty malts, and aggressive hop characteristics such as pine, citrus, and grapefruit collide in the nose of this brew. So unique, I hardly know how to charaterize this brew!

Taste - Outstanding, one of the best tasting beers I have had for a while. Strong hop notes up front such as citrus and pine give way to the malty, bready backbone. As the brew warms, there is a bit of dried fruit flavor as well.

Mouthfeel - Finishes crisp and bitter, like an IPA. Letting this beer warm only makes it more refreshing and drinkable. This is truly an exceptional brew.

Overall - One of the the best beers I have ever had, and I've drank quite a bit of beer in my day. Warm or cold, this beer is outstanding. I was taken aback by the beer that poured like a brown or amber ale, smelled like an IPA, and tasted like, well, nothing I've ever really had. It is a true conglomeration of styles. A hybrid of styles, done absolutely correctly. If you haven't had this brew, you need to get it.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 01:30:55 | More by TheCondor
Photo of BMMillsy


3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours reddish with soft head. Aroma is bready biscuits, caramel, assertive pine hops. Taste has nice caramel and booze flavor, with a pine bitter crisp finish to balance things out. A complex and strong beer, dry, and assertive. Medium slick palate, medium carbonation. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 16:43:42 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of MCain04


4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured out of a 22 oz bomber into a spiegelau large snifter. 6 weeks fresh.

a: deep amber and clear, dark cream head of 2 fingers with awesome retention and lacing. pretty beer.

s: might just be my stuffy nose but it's not too aromatic. I get some nice piney and floral notes with some malt and a little caramel but it's not strong

t: arrogant hop bitterness overwhelms the palate. a touch of sweetness from the malt body. just very very bitter... very bitter.

m: smooth, a tad dry, a little over carbonated, crisp.

o: frequently enjoyed given availability. it ruins the palate a bit but when I'm in the mood for a bitter bomb this is an old standby.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 07:35:07 | More by MCain04
Photo of djjacobsen


4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a fun one. AB introduced me to the craft beer world. I knew little about it all. The color is a gorgeous amber brown. the smell is of nothing but earthy hops and booze. The taste follows the nose...super bitter upon a canvas of earthy notes that are centered in this American Strong ale. It is a decent jump-off point and is always fun to revisit but the Arrogant Bastard is nothing more than a well-labeled, over-marketed beer beast. I guess I'm not worthy

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 23:06:32 | More by djjacobsen
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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