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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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9,554 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,554
Reviews: 2,895
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 334
Gots: 1,651 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000

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Ratings: 9,554 | Reviews: 2,895
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

I'm a bit surprised about the positive reviews on this beer. I hope they didn't fall for the legend on the back of the bottle.

A- Nice caramel color, seemed to need a bit more carbonation
S - lots of hops, pine, hoppy, hoppy
T- All I could taste was hops, it was so strong that at the beginning I had half a pint alone and then had it with steak, just like I thought, the taste of the steak was completely masked by the bitter hoppy flavor of this beer. It definitely didn't pair up with any food and at time had an unflavored cough syrup after taste, so bitter like gin. Completely out of balance.
M - good consistency, but extremely strong bitter hoppy flavor, long lasting.

I didn't know if I had a bad batch, however when I was choosing at the supermarket, I was aiming for the one with the least hoppy flavor since I had tasted other beers from this brewery and always thought the hops were out of balance, and surprise!, I got something really out of balance on hops.

The Stout and the one they brew on oak barrels are the best out of this brewery, but a total let down, if the hop is so strong you can't pair it up then that's telling you something.

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look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my first Beer review so i will give it my best shot

I bought this beer for mainly the name sake and i was not disappointed this beer was a feast for every sense imaginable.

sight: pouring this beer and watching the glass fill with a beautiful crimson amber beer that quickly darkens into a rich dark red and a thick white head making this the beer you want to show to your friends.

smell: you are immediately hit with a strong hops sent but there are a lot of dynamic elements in play here. while the hops jumps out first there is also a fruity sent that if i had to guess i would say grapefruit, roasted coffee, sugar, chocolate a truly rich blend of smells that give you a strong hint at the beer to come.

taste: rich decadence is the best way to describe this beer. a slightly syrupy mouth feel that delivers a rich tapestry of flavors that if i would have had seen a list of them i would not think they would work. a bright grapefruit flavor with caramelized sugar notes. the bite of the hops is there but subdued by the weaving of flavors. after the initial sweet the tides shift to the rich smoky coffee and light chocolate flavor that is a great tail ride for this beer as it is hard to find a beer that can activate taste buds for every flavor. Also for a beer with a 7.2 alcohol content the alcohol taste was virtually non existent. the beer has a beckoning aftertaste that begs for you to grab another drink.

as you can tell by my rating and my review i loved this beer i think that it is a must have for anyone wishing to cut their teeth in the beer world and if i was more experienced in reviewing i would have spent more time on the taste of this beer cause there is a very complex amalgamation of flavors. my only complaint is that the only size you can get is that big bottle while a regular six pack wouldn't do it justice the big bottle is a little bit intimidating to some drinkers.

have a great day

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a Bomber into a snifter. Deep red amber hue, almost a liquid velvet red. Nice white/yellow head with beautiful alcohol lacing, sticky throughout my drinking.

Malt and hops up front on the nose, light spiciness with a hint of lemon, maybe pear, brandy?

Just as with the smell, hops and malt overtake the tongue. Nice carbonation, a dry shot of sweet brandy, a hint of honey, followed by a bitter, burnt toast on the finish. I'm shocked at how smooth it is considering the bitterness of the hoppy finish.

This is considered a strong ale, I think for the in your face hop smack down. Yes the alcohol is there but it's hidden pretty well, doesn't feel like a 7+ ale...that could be dangerous. I think a bomber is a perfect size for consumption. Much more and either the buzz or the hops would take over.

This is my first Stone brew, looking forward to trying more, looking forward to adding this Bastard into regular rotation in my beer fridge.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is like an old friend coming to visit. You dont remember how much you missed or enjoyed time with them until they are there.
A- Pretty deep amber color, nice persistent head, good lacing.
S- Mmmmm mm!You can smell the hop spiciness and awesome malt profile.
T- Yup, thats a strong ale. Alcohol is present, but it ties in good with the other flavors. It is welcome. Spicy and floral hops. Malt makes itself known and it is awesome. Perfect synergy- its like a malt and a hop bomb all in one. The hops sort of linger and takeover, being a lil more prominent, but just under what Id consider an IPA.
M- Chewy, full bodied creamy goodness. Smooth, thats why I like the presence of the alcohol, so you dont drink too many of these.
Overall, this is probably in my top 10 beers. Im suprised I dont drink it more often. Stone kills it every time.

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Bomber poured in a pint glass

A - Rusty-caramel with a 2 finger beige-tan head. Lacing was very long lasting, coating the entire length of the glass

S - Citrus, pine, toasty malt with hints of caramel.

T - First few sips had an incredibly strong bitter hops taste. Made you wonder if you were drinking a DIPA instead. There were touches of malt but I got slammed with intense bitterness. Everything seemed out of balance as I began to wonder if maybe I was not worthy as the label said. After about 10 minutes the beer warmed up to an amazing mix of citrus, caramel, hop bitterness and sweet malt, everything fell into place and was in perfect balance.

M - Medium body but once it rounded out the beer had a full flavor mouth feel with just a tinge of alcohol. A nice smooth finish.

O - Once this beer warmed up for a few minutes it turned into an incredible brew. I will be enjoying this again and again....letting it rest a few minutes first before drinking.

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Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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