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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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7,478 Ratings

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Ratings: 7478
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 slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My friends ordered this for me when I caught my first trophy muskie. They said it was fitting, since now I'll become an arrogant bastard. Anyways... Holy smokes, this beer looks good. A deep, coppery red colour with a thick head. Smelled very hoppy. Whoa. Also detected some floral hops, pine, a little citrus and barley malt. Tastes great. When this beer enters your mouth, the tongue is hit with a complex mosaic of malts, citrus, smoke and alcohol. When it leaves through the throat, that sweetness becomes a bitter taste, as if the hops are making their final stand. Heavy mouthfeel. It's a bit thick, sort of like watered down syrup. For this beer, that's a good thing. Drinkable in that yes, I shall be drinking this again. And again. And again. But at one sitting, any more than three would seem too much. This beer is a treat to be savoured, not a drink to be guzzled.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2003 17:22:02 | More by slitherySOB
Photo of euskera

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost a cherry wood in color. Nice hoppy aroma with a slightly smoky undertone. Taste is smooth, hops in the foreground. A slight cognac feel in the middle, with spice and caramel feel on the end. Certainly arrogant, but certainly not obnoxious. A well crafted highly drinkable brew that is perfect for this summer's day. Bravo!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2003 23:05:24 | More by euskera
Photo of ADR


4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Clear dark mahogany color, great speckly 3/4 of an inch head with a pale orange color. Good complex sticky lacing. Some juicy hop to the smell, and a lot of a Marzen-like toasty quality. Boy, this baby is a malt monster, with the hops lurking and snapping the end like a trap door slamming shut. Maple and brown sugar malts, an almost scorched pine Chinook-style hop turns up the juice mid mouth to close -- with alcoholic punctuation. Very well done medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Whew, a big American Old Ale here, aggressively balanced and maybe slightly more than I'm usually looking for...you get a lot to taste in a bomber of this brew.

Source: Liquid Solutions

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2003 18:06:36 | More by ADR
Photo of cokes


4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A blurred cherrywood river rages through its channel, spitting ample khaki froth.
Rich toffee malts and pine hops scents accompany the rushing water. Black cherries and rum-soaked pineapple provide fascinating olfactory flourishes.

The dam bursts as a massive wall of liquid caramel rushes forward. Coating and blanketing sweetness, but not sticky. The tsunami rushes past orange groves, stripping the peels clean off the fruits. The wall of malt-laden water gains speed and attains a buttery diacetyl within its depths. The wave consumes pineapple plantations and ravishes cherry orchards. In its wake resides a sense of twisted, charred strawberries.

Down the road, the civilians pile hop-sandbag after hop-sandbag, in preparation for the ensuing blast. Pine boards are hammered up against all windows and doors. Resinious anticipation.

It works.

The fluid malten beast smashes against the hoppy barriers and is pushed back. At the crux, lightly roasty nougat clashes with a pink grapefruit bitterness . Neither one giving way. A stand still. No advances made. No property lost, and just a few alcoholic ripples reach town.. An upswell of vanilla-tinged celebration ensues.

A complicated situation, it was. A test of malt heft versus hoppy assertion culminating in perfectly heavy, splendidly carbonated, and ultimately consumable collision.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2003 16:06:43 | More by cokes
Photo of bierman2000


3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not being a hop head I can't rate this beer highly as it is very hoppy and my taste buds were tingling or just smacked hard by the bitterness.. the quintessential Pale Ale for hops and bitterness with little malt balance in the glass that I tried. Alcohol to boot that is disguised in the hoppy overtones.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2003 09:56:55 | More by bierman2000
Photo of kmo1030


4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ruby brown, with a light brown head. fresh hops in the smell with some mixed fruity aromas, almost a fruit punch like effect. as for the taste, piney hops provide the backbone, but then it mellows a bit to fruity malt character raspberries dominating, a little caramel is present as well with hint of a grainy malt characteristic. the aftertaste is very hoppy. well carbonated with a meduim body. this beer has some balls. devlivers big in the hops dept. but has enough complexity of other flavors to be enjoyed on many other levels. an incredible beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2003 12:42:29 | More by kmo1030
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown with medium sticky head,aroma is somewhat hoppy and maybe a little orange-like.Taste is pretty hoppy and zesty to begin with,with some nutty tones as well as caramel tones on the palate.Wow this is a complex brew,have heard alot of stuff about this one,now I know why.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2003 15:16:04 | More by oberon
Photo of fattychubs

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at Porter's in Erie PA.

Dark brown, reddish highlights thick creamy head that laces nicely. First taste was a tad bitter, but balanced as I drank more. Taste starts hoppy, but moves to a very diverse flavor, fruit, caramel, even a tad bit earthy or smokey with clean creamy malts. It still leaned toward the hoppy bitter side, but was very well balanced and complex. Body is creamy and rich, with mild carbonation, pretty strong ABV, but alcohol is not dominant in the taste

I enjoyed this beer the more I drank, very impressed.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2003 13:10:58 | More by fattychubs
Photo of RBorsato


3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate brown, mahogany, bronze (to light) with a full brown head, sediment floaters, good carbonation, and little lace. Nice balanced malt and hop aroma; chocolate malt notes and piney hop aroma. Tastes much like it smells with an overly bitter finish; not pleasantly hoppy. Full bodied and creamy with a harsh bitter finish.

I definitely do not understand the hype behind this one and I have tried it many times; not a recurring purchase from here on out.

($3.99 / 22 oz.)

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2003 07:47:05 | More by RBorsato
Photo of tavernjef


4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid deep brown chestnut in color, magnificent head of yellow cream thats tight, spongy froth about a half inch high and fades some to leave a solid ring and very sticky, super finely stitched lacing. Smell is deep roasted malts, some dark fruit of raisin and fig and a solid backing of earthy hops lending citrus and pine. Taste is rich, earthy, full of sweet dark roasted maltyness and solid earthy hops. One incredibly balanced "bastard" of on ale. Feel is full bodied creamyness, a bit buttery in front with a solid hop grab texture and excellent lingering piney bittered dryness into the finish. Everything about this beer states attitude and quality, hence its arrogance. I just love the bottle, the gargoyle is super cool, and the powerful, gutsy statement on the back is a true mark of a rebellious warrior in the war of brewing.

Thanks to Gusler for getting me the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2003 06:28:11 | More by tavernjef
Photo of far333


3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper color with a big and foamy orange head. The head rises to crispy tips like merengue and sticks around a good long while. The aroma is low, but sweet, with hints of cinnamon and alcohol. Flavor is rich, sweet, and malty, with a very noticeable alcoholic kick. I'm not getting the hop profile that others describe. It only seems to come through in the finish. Fine wispy lacing crawls down the glass. I'd like more balance in the flavor, and less sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2003 09:22:45 | More by far333
Photo of FranklinPCombs


4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this brew pours a beautiful deep reddish brown, with a thick tan head. It leaves a nice thick lace which remains at the top of the glass by the end of the pint. The smell is immediately fruity, mostly pineapple, with just a hint of hops and malt to complement, and a strong undertone of pure alcohol. The smell, I soon learned, was no indication of what the taste was to be. THe first sip was wonderfully smooth, with a smaller, yet fitting, amount of carbonation. the first taste sensation was a sharp alcoholic bitter, which although hoppy, seemed to include something more, which i find myself unable to pinpoint. the bitter immediately reaches a high point, and there it plateaus, remaining for a long time, while more subtle flavors begin to appear. a burnt earthy flavor lingers behind the bitterness, while a general hint of fruityness makes itself apparent. as the pint progresses, the bitter simply refuses to abate, and after finishing this glass, i think i could rightly call myself an Arrogant Bastard

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2003 15:27:59 | More by FranklinPCombs
Photo of Mitchster


3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark-mahogany in color, forming a whipped, sticky beige head atop small bubbles with superior retention and lacing. Aroma is spicy with citric hops, big-time apricot, deep amber malts, deisel exhaust, black permanent marker, and methane (?!). Carbonation is mild to moderate with a suprisingly smooth mouthfeel and heavy, syrupy body. Taste begins with intense piney hops. The malts are rather soft and a bright, acidic moderately bitter finish of resinous hops is offset by a large amount of dryness and retained vanilla. Alcohol is briefly noted with some mild residual sugars and very slight fusels in the finish. I was expecting some dark fruits here, but didn't find any. The initial taste is very pleasing, but the longer you let the finish hang in your mouth, the more bitter and unpleasant it becomes, hampering it's drinkability.

A spicy, well-crafted brew, but lacking of enough finesse to make it very drinkable. Still, when you're in the mood for a Stone brew, you can rely on them like a hammer to the head.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2003 17:57:46 | More by Mitchster
Photo of vitesse


1.98/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

the beer looks nice and the bottle tries hard to stand out, but that's about all i like about this beer. the hops are just so overbearing that it left me with a muddy/earthy flavor in my mouth. have you ever smelled plain ole raw hop pellets before used for brewing? that's what this beer tastes like. there's absolutely no malty sweetness to balance it out either. yeah it masks the alcohol well, but so what? this beer is just so gimmicky to me. hops are great for adding bitterness and aroma, but this beer uses way too much of them.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2003 12:54:54 | More by vitesse
Photo of hotstuff


3.3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Yikes! Talk about hops! When this brew was poured into my glass, it poured with a large tan head that was fairly long lasting and there were fine-large bubbles. The body hue was dark brown and there was a little bit of carbonation observed. The first whiff of this brew reminded me of pineapples. From the first taste to the last taste of this brew it was constantly a strong bitter tasting brew that I did not enjoy very much. The taste of this brew stays around for a while.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2003 07:45:21 | More by hotstuff
Photo of steelreign

New York

4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wow. Maybe I really AM not worthy to be trying this! This is not a beer for the meek and the mild; perfectly suited to my tastes, and my favorite style. I love this beer. It pours a nice reddish brown with a two finger, off white head. Very strong nose full of hops, pine needles, fruit (pineapple?), and malts. Truly awe-inspiring!

The hops in this one hit you over the head like a runaway tractor trailer. NOT for the weak! Excellent, full bodied, highly potent flavors just as bold as the hop character, but very enjoyable. Alcohol is noticeable, but not unpleasant. It should A smooth drinking brew, but rather strong for an extended session beer, unless you don't mind crawling on your knees! This is an exceptional example of the style, and the double will probably send me into orbit.... CHEERS to Stone Brewing once again!!

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2003 05:32:46 | More by steelreign
Photo of TheDM


3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a large head of light brown fine to medium sized bubbles and a cloudy dark brown body. It has a pineapple like aroma. Wow what a plate! It really give you a wake up call on the first sip. Lot's of flavor, strong initial bite, very complex with notes of spice roasted malt, and of course lots of hops. It leaves a stong afterbite too where the alcohol content shows itself.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2003 17:43:19 | More by TheDM
Photo of beerguy101


3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What can be said about this beer that hasn't been said already.
"YOU'RE NOT WORTHY" Dark brown color, medium head. WOW This is a very aggressively hoppy ale, very bitter strong hop taste. Extremely bitter finish. Nice balance of malt and hops. An aggressive beer, nice taste but not for everyone. Nor would I want to drink this beer all the time. High alcohol (7.2%). Nice etched bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2003 17:35:17 | More by beerguy101
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Props to Linc for giving me the chance to try this)A hop bomb. No subtle use of hops to be found here. Very sharp hoppy aroma (grapefruit/pine), with some raisins. The flavour is pretty full on, hops everywhere, quite bitter and very sharp and a bit sickly, particularly as you work your way through it, the amount of hops throws the balance out a bit. Pretty much everything i was expecting, a massive hop bomb. Did i mention it was hoppy?

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2003 01:44:46 | More by rastaman
Photo of pheurton


3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

pours a deep hell-fire red with an awesome off white head that would not go away. carmel and piney hoppiness on the nose. huge carmely malt presence holds up nicely against an equally huge piney PNW hop prsence. this beer looks and tastes like the definition of "strong". a wonderfully powerful delicious ale, only gets low drinkability score in my book b/c i couldn't imagine putting away more than two of these. still, a great beer to sip and admire the craftsmanship. better on draught than in the bottle. a great, unique brew.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2003 14:39:08 | More by pheurton
Photo of assurbanipaul


4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a tawny brown with a healthy moderate tan head. Aroma is rich and caramelly with a sharp orangey hop bite already.

Taste is immediately a rush of malt and hops, filling the whole flavor spectrum. Malts are dark caramel, roasty, strong and a little on the sweet side. Hops ride proudly alongside the malts, not bright and happy like an IPA but smokey and dark with hints of citrus and chipotle. Finish is dry and grainy, almost cigar-like.

Mouthfeel is medium but drinkable with an acidic bite on the tongue. Not quite quaffable due to its strength -- not just alcoholic strength but just strong, pushy, aggressive flavors. This one makes you sit up and notice it.

Edit: Rating upgraded on draft sample. The freshness really comes through in a long-weekend hop-fest in your mouth. I felt the sides of my throat pucker like sucking on a sour candy. Not just hype or a gimmick, this beer really does make you stand up and respect it.

Mixed emotions about the drinkability, though. It's like the brain-freeze from a Slurpee: You can't help yourself by ordering one after another, but it hurts so good you can't stop.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2003 09:33:37 | More by assurbanipaul
Photo of beergeek279


4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served as a sample at the Penn Festival. The color was a dark amber, with a good bit of head retention. The smell was a distinct mix of hops and malts. The taste was quite hoppy like an IPA, but somehow much more than that. The mouthfeel seemed a bit heavy, but not to the point of a stout. As for drinkability, I would gladly have another, and another, and another......

This was served on the hour, every hour, and without fail there was a line 5-10 minutes before, even though most had had the beer before. The Bastard had fallen off the Top 50 for a while, but I'm glad to see it back as this is truly one of the great beers of the American microbeer revolution. From the wonderful reverse psychology of the painted-on label to the wonderful contents inside, this is a beer that should be on everyone's favorite list!

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2003 08:30:14 | More by beergeek279
Photo of jcalabre


4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally sampled 29 December 2001. Yes, I am worthy! When you take the Arrogant Bastard out of the fridge, let it sit on the counter for 10 or 15 minutes before you crack it open. This way, you can enjoy the explosion of flavors. This is one big beer; get some.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2003 14:54:45 | More by jcalabre
Photo of irishmoss


4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bad-ass amazes my every time I have one. (which is very, very often) Pours a tremendously dark brown. Thick tan head that sticks around to hang out for a while. Play on words there to describe what the head does to the glass, "sticks" & "hangs". Over the top scent of hops, over the top taste of hops. Hops with perhaps toasted malt and caramel and some spuce-like undertones. A very strong malt backbone holds this beer together and it does a damn fine job. This is a aggressive beer, somewhat of a bittersweet symphany. (to be corny) Job well done, making this a must have in the fridge at all times kinda beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2003 08:50:46 | More by irishmoss
Photo of Elemental


4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark amber colored brew with just the right amount of head. After a great pour the ol factory senses kick in. This beer has a strong almost spicy smell that is coplemented by the aroma of the hops. The taste is strong and bitter with a slight spice flavor that melts away and is overtaken by the hops. Overall a great beer that kinda makes you want to be an arrogant bastard.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2003 19:51:41 | More by Elemental
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 7,478 ratings.