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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,915 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,915
Hads: 9,990
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 22.78%
Wants: 398
Gots: 2,133 | FT: 10
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000

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 upon an unsuspecting public in 1997, Arrogant Bastard Ale openly challenged the 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!
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Reviews: 2,915 | Hads: 9,990
Photo of 360logic
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Deep amber, medium carbonation, 2 finger lightly yellow head.

S: Piney hops, sweet malts....and sweat?

T: Up-front grapefruit rind-bitterness, richly sweet malts lead into burnt sugar caramel, finishing with a strong herbal hoppiness

F: Pretty velvety feel for this amount of carbonation. Very slight oily and resin-y feel.

O: The epitome of Stone. Massive hops and deep maltiness gives you the biggest beer you can buy at a 7-11 at 3 A.M. Classic.

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Photo of twage04
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice red color, malt and piney hops are first thing that hit you. The alcohol and body are readily apparent. If the hop flavors were deeper and more complex we'd have a perfect beer. as it is, this was really really good. Great American strong ale!

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Photo of jhavs
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle served at a bar poured into a snifter.

A=Really deep bronze/amber color, pretty clear with lasting white head, lacing remains on glass throughout.

S=Malt sweetness is the most assertive factor in the aroma of this beer.

T=Big and bold flavors, get the deep malt backing, some sweetness, some alcohol. Very bold.

M=Moderate to low carbonation, a good amount of body, creamy and smooth.

O=It is what it is, just as they described. Big and bold, classic craft beer at its best.

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Photo of Dikfour
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Deeply amber in color. A couple of fingers of off white head. Beautiful lacing.

Smell: Sweet and syrupy followed closely by big bold hops

Taste: More of the smell but also quite a bit toasty and quite a bit of alcohol.

Feel: Medium to medium-big body. Margarine creaminess. Alcohol and carbonation is mildly entertaining.

Overall: Big and Crazy as advertised. Super Complex and all over the place. Totally worth a bomber. Would never turn one of these down. Probably might totally seek this one out. All over the place.

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Photo of morris786
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark amber large head with good lacing. Much more visually appealing than most beers. It's not overly aromatic but I'm detecting malts earthy hops and maybe hints of light Carmel and black licorice. Taste is more earthy hop forward with malt backbone and lingering hop finish. You still taste the hints of Carmel and licorice but it's very drowned out by the hops and also the alcohol that is very pronounced in the flavor. A very good beer overall and will definitely purchase again.

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Photo of Chickenshack
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This mother is a lot of beer. The neighborhood restaurant four blocks from my house has this on tap so I go for it and sometimes I have to ask myself whether its just a little more than I bargained for. Its kind of like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale has been doing cross fit for two years- definitely heavy on the hops but with a big malt back bone, high in alcohol, creamy head, tight carbonation, sweet and bready in the middle, dry at the end. Not an IPA or a barley wine- still a pale of sorts but really its own category, a double pale ale?

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Photo of lastmango
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a red birch beer color with a think creamy 3 finger head. Aroma has a hint of malt and chocolate. First taste is of sweet malt then overpowered by bitter hops on the end, then a slight hint of black licorice. Second taste, the malt explodes in your mouth with equal hoppiness :) with a more pronounced black licorice note. Hints of chocolate and root beer. This is a very arrogant ale indeed. I would worship this beer if it were a little less hoppy.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.59/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

There's really no aroma to speak of, but it looks beautiful. It's a fine ale with a roasted bitterness, but it's not nearly as potent in flavor as I was expecting.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 ounce bomber, purchased at Friar Tuck for $4.29. Impressed with the deep rich orange brown color. More impressed with the flavor of this strong ale - very hoppy and delicious; enjoyed savoring each sip. You have to try this one at least once.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep dark red with a rich thick head.

S-Malt aroma is readily apparent with some other fruit notes

T-Contains a lot of malt that produces a huge body but the hop flavor balances out the malt, and it also provides a measure of sweetness.

M-Taste buds come alive under the rich malt, citrus hops and other flavor at work. A moderate amount of carbonation.

O-While this is classified as an American Strong Ale, it is a full bodied beer that reminds me of porter. A unique and purely enjoyable beer I will have again.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From one of my earliest reviews:
As soon as I crack open the bottle I instantly can smell the hoppy goodness that is within. As I sip the beer I taste notes of grapefruit. It appears to be a dark amber like color and it definitely goes down very smooth.
O: I hope to try this beer again as it was the first "craft" beer that I ever had. I need to revamp my above review from January of 2015

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Photo of risendragon
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this on a whim at my local Market Basket. I vaguely remember having this in my formative drinking years and not liking it, but now that I am a bit older and (somewhat) wiser I needed to give it another try.

L- Nice and brown/ruby red, thick head dissipates after a few minutes but with nice lacing (4).

S- Malt, sweet sweet malt. Some prunes, deep dark fruits (grapes), and some light chocolate in there as well. (4)

T- Malty, hoppy bite, sweet sugary finish. The sweetness is from the caramel malts I am guessing, a little cloying as the glass wears on. (3.5)

F- This is not a pounding beer; medium-full body, very filling. (4)

O- This is the same hoppy, malty, sweet brew that I remember from my early drinking years. I still enjoy it! (4)

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Photo of TBoneJones
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tried once years ago when I got into the beer scene and recall not caring for it. Now that I've sampled quite the scope, this beer comes off as a great-feeling malty/ caramel ale that pops with a sharp dose of piney/ citrusy hops.
Drinks easy for a 7%+ brew. Reminded of Celebration by Sierra Nevada for some reason, although I suppose this is more aggressive with the hops and grainy as well. It lived up to its description the first try years back. Now I can see it in a different light. Well-made.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber into the glass. The description arrogantly tells me I won't like it, but I do. ...and unlike this beer, I am legitimate. So, here we have an arrogant beer that is an illegitimate son liked by a legitimate son who brews...does my drinking this beer legitimize it and remove any stigma that it has, thus rendering it's name irrelevant? ..or does drinking the beer de-legitimize me? Buy a 22 oz bottle, drink it and think deep thoughts about unmarried parents and beer.....

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Photo of FutureMan91
1.5/5  rDev -64%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

Good idea to barrel age beers but there's no barrel presence at all. Its like they put in the barrel for 48 hours then bottled. I will never look at stone's beers the same after this ruse

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz Brown bottle with pry-off cap and best by date of 08/01/15. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany with 1 finger of head

Smell: Piney and earthy hops

Taste: Hop flavors of pine and spruce with some caramel and bread malt in the middle and finish

Mouthfeel: Sticky hop finish

Overall: I finally got around to this review. A classic that I believe was the first stone beer I ever had. I just reached a stirring realization, that this is essentially original stone pale ale on steroids and seriously hopped up. The same caramel malt notes are present but the hops take over. This may be overshadowed by newer beers, but this is a classic that still kicks ass.

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Photo of Carrier4
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer, beautiful looking. I almost get more enjoyment out of looking at it. Good overall beer, and a great starter for someone trying to get into craft ale.

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Photo of gcasher
4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer.
The appearance is a deep reddish brown.
The aroma is hops in your face with a spicy scent.
The taste is upfront and personal with a dank hoppy punch.
The mouthfeel is heavy and rich.
There is nothing sweet about this beer. If you love bitter hops and a strong ale, this is for you.

Poured out of a bottle (with an Enjoy By date by the way - August 8, 2015) into an old fashioned glass.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had Double Bastard, and I assumed this one would share most characters with it. However, the assumption is pretty wrong, this bottle is much more like a DIPA, hoppy (floral and citrus) and bitter. i.e. It's not as balanced as its bigger bother, which is more similar to barleywine. Nevertheless, it's still a decent American style beer.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Caramel brown with a good head of foam that sticks around. A lot of carbonation.

Smell: Bready malts, caramel, pine, and a hint of citrus.

Taste: Bready malts, caramel, pine, and a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, and dry. Moderate hop bitterness in the finish.

The Verdict: Good beer. Full of flavor while still well balanced between hops and malts, sweet and bitter. A rare feat.

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Photo of kerry4porters
3.03/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing special about this beer maybe after hearing so much about this beer over the years I was just expecting more flavor and hops wise was OK nothing special and not overwhelming in any way shape or form maybe I expected too much from something labeled a strong ale this strong ale needs a 2.0 IMHO

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Photo of hopmashian
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark amber in color with light carbonation. First taste was slightly bitter, hops forward. But as the ale's head dissipated the taste mellowed and sweetened. Alcohol was not forward but was present. All in all I would drink this again.

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Photo of Taybeh
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a bomber into a tulip

a: beautiful garnet red, 2 finger tight puffy off-white head, tons of lacing
s: some toffee/caramel sweetness and bready malts, some piney and rounded citrus hops...good but not great
t: follows the nose...big and aggressive but also fairly smooth and balanced.
m: very good, medium carbonation, refreshing, both smooth and chewy, substantial, with a hoppy edge

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brewed in the style of an American Strong Ale. Available as a year round release in 22 oz. bottles, 12 oz. bottled 6 packs and on standard draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Stone Brewing pint glass. Served above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a golden-caramel tone over a mildly hazy copper body with light, lively carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is moderate and draped. 4.5

(Smell) Bready, biscuity caramel grains and syrups, ample fruity and piney hops with a moderate bitterness, relatively clean and simple overall despite a moderate potency, the malt and hop characters are perceptibly dominant in the aroma. 3.75

(Taste) Smooth, bready caramel malts forward with a low sweetness, fairly dry with a moderate hop profile of piney, resinous and light citrus hops. Finishes smooth and moderately dry with a lingering malt dryness and a light piney hop note with a subtle bitterness. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slick, lightly creamy, clean and moderately dry. Carbonation is light, generating a modest frothiness and a faintly crisp finish. Balance is slightly hoppy bitter and grainy over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no notable off characters. 3.75

(Overall) My first foray into Arrogant Bastard Ale came in my early years of drinking, as one of my very first craft beers, and it genuinely took me by surprise at how startling the flavor profiles were. Nearly 5 years and a much more seasoned (or weakened) palate later, it's not pulling the same weight that it once did with me in particular, as I find the hops and malt character much milder now than I did then, and the striking lack of malt sweetness unusual. It is much more drinkable now than I found 2010, although I would only find myself visiting this beer on rare occasions. It continues to carry an excellent price tag per bottle, which is one reason I recommend this beer to budding craft ale connoisseurs, as it demonstrated to me early on that there was a great deal of flavor to enjoy in craft-brewed ales, this is a good starting point for many who want to explore this potential. 3.75

Stone Brewing Co.'s
Arrogant Bastard Ale

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful looking brew - deep, clear garnet topped with sticky off-white head. Smells of citrus, caramel and alcohol. Flavors are bold indeed - pine and grapefruit leaving a lasting, heavy bitterness.

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Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,915 ratings.