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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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8,009 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,009
Reviews: 2,756
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 220
Gots: 627 | FT: 6
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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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

11-14-2011 07:40:15 | More by Travisnin
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

11-14-2011 07:03:37 | More by Aberration
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

11-14-2011 06:56:30 | More by beerme411
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New York

5/5  rDev +19.9%

11-14-2011 06:54:57 | More by Pahn
Photo of hotliquor


5/5  rDev +19.9%

11-14-2011 06:41:52 | More by hotliquor
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4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug.

This beer is a clear amber with a creamy off white head.

It's smells very grassy. There is also a heavy pine note.

This beer is malty! It's hops are highly grassy and slightly piney.

This beer is creamy with a nice amount of carbonation.

Thanks Stone! This beer is top notch.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 13:41:35 | More by TippySelenoid
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4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Caramel brownish red color. 2 fingers of tan and fluffy head. Great lacing. Really good looking brew.

S: It's warmed up a bit so I'm getting some piney hops followed by rich caramel malts. Some sweetness lingers there too.

T: Really rich caramel malt backbone. Then a huge, bold hop flavor. Malts taste a little roasted. Hops are nice and piney at the finish. Long, long after taste.

M: Great carbonation and medium body. Coats your mouth. Creamy.

O: I love the bold hops. But surprisingly they aren't the only star of the show. The malts really show up to balance the beer. Even moreso than I remember. This beer is worthy of the accolades it receives

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 06:14:55 | More by tony223366
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2.55/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Re-review because I never cared for my first review.

A: Pours a reddish mahogany with a well-retaining beige head.

S: Bitter, resiny pine hops, dark fruit, caramel.

T: As in the nose, bitter hops lead the way. The emphasis on bitter pine needles and resin is something I've never gotten accustomed to with this beer. Mild citrus elements in the mid-taste, which transition into caramel and dark fruit. The finish is a piney hop punch again.

M: Medium-full bodied with tons of sticky, lingering bitterness. I prefer a cleaner flavor profile, one that doesn't totally ruin your palate. But that's arguably my own shortcoming.

O: I've never enjoyed this beer, and I can't figure out why. I like Stone, I like hoppy beers (is that redundant?), but the particular flavor profile here rubs me the wrong way, whether I have it on tap or out of the bottle. Ah well, more for everyone else.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 05:23:15 | More by Arbitrator
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4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2002 vintage
Thanks Tavis!

Pours a dark dark brown. Nice reddish tint. Not really any head but still well carbonated. Smells malty and rich. Raisiny notes and nice vanilla underneath. Tastes similar. A bit bitter. Very interesting overall. Not something i would recommend aging per say but it's really not bad

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 00:52:03 | More by Urbancaver
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New York

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in my stone pint glass

A: pours a thick deep amber/deep brown, pours with a bit over a finger of frothy medium brown colored head that lingers beautifully and leaves a ton of lacing caked all over the inside of the glass, possibly the most lacing ive ever seen
S: nice sweet caramel notes, slight roasty nut flavors and an overall nice sweetness
T: begins with a great roasty malt flavor with slight nuts, moves into a bit of sweetness in the middle, finishes with a nice depth and smooth taste
M: light carbonation, thick on the palate through and through, leaves a nice bitterness as well as dryness on the palate
O: a really solid brew, drinks real easy for a strong ale especially gievn the thickness that it pours with, nice nose and solid taste, stone does it right as usual

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 00:18:38 | More by BigPlay1824
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4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I hope this beer is as fun as the hype leads me to believe. For starters, the rant on the bottle definitely does not let you down.

Poured into a pint glass, the hue is flat out blood red, not even amber. It almost looks like it could be some kind of crazy fruit cocktail, except that it it has a nice off-white, creamy head that sticks around for quite a while. The lacing is pretty cool looking, as it coats the entire glass in a layer of frosting.

The smell is surprisingly laid back and subtle, and I would be inclined to agree with a previous reviewer here; it's almost confectionery in nature. As I allowed the beer to warm up a bit, the hops showed up a little bit, but still the scent was distant and whispering.

And wow, I was definitely not prepared for the taste. Immediately, there is a kick of sweet, dark fruits. Followed by a full out hop attack, with lingering bits or grapefruit and warm, piney alcohol. All this is supported by a superb prickly mouthfeel that foams up in your mouth.

Yep, this is a good beer. Countless reviews before me have echoed the same sentiment, and I don't doubt that I will be buying more of this in the future in hopes that I can get to know this Arrogant Bastard a little better... Maybe we could even be friends.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 06:30:05 | More by troysoy2
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3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Re-doing this one with just a brief write-up; definitely not satisfied with the crappy metaphors and excessive simplicity my first review had. When I first had this one, I was taken aback by how well the 'supposed extreme' hop bitterness was balanced by a sweet malt base; the second time, I was unimpressed by how generically bitter and one note it was. After having it for a third time a while back, I can safely say - if nothing else - it's one of the nuttiest-tasting beers I've ever had before.

It is what it is, and that's a good thing here.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 21:31:43 | More by ThisWangsChung
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4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (best by 5/5/2011 - uh oh - well, if it's not good I'll withhold my review and try another fresh someday) poured into a tulip.

Pours a nice brownish ruby amber with a thick, creamy 3-finger khaki head that hangs around, leaves some great sticky lacing. So far so good.

Aroma is mostly rich caramel malt and some dark fruit notes. A little subdued on the nose.

Taste is rich, malty, and bitter. Dry, smoky, fruity. Great smooth mouthfeel. Good balance between malt and hops. Bold flavor, well executed.

Another favorite from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 05:12:04 | More by draheim
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4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a rich caramel color and settles into a much darker mahogany with a dense, spongy biscuit hued head.

S: Aroma is huge: sweet, thick maltiness, honey, and earthy, citrus hops, but all in balance.

T/M: Has a hefty amount of carbonation with the hop bitterness becoming most apparent at first. Slowly, it gives way to biscuity malt and leaves more bitterness on the finish. It’s not as aggressive as the label implies, but times have changed since then.

I’ll be haughty enough to say this isn’t Stone’s best beer, but at the same time, one could see how this was viewed as blasphemy back when it was made. It’s a very good beer but best of all, it’s paved the way for even better beers. I think I’m worthy.


Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 00:28:02 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ Raleigh Times

Pours that distinctive Arrogant Bastard red color with a creamy, bubbly beige head on top. Smells of pineapple and hoppy greenness with some sticky malt. Big, juicy, bitter flavor...sugary malt underlying a fruity hop attack. Medium bodied, on the slick side and bitter. Good as always and with Raleigh Times going for Most Arrogant Bar, offering $2 pints, I might be in trouble tonight.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2011 22:06:13 | More by wedge
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4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Indianapolis Colts Grille in downtown Indy.

A: pours a deep mahogany, almost black color with a silky 1-finger head that leaves behind admirable lacing

S: caramel, vanilla, and some toastiness are very evident here, with some hints of floral hops

T: At first taste, roasted barley hits like a ton of bricks. There's so much barley detectable that some of the other flavors have trouble getting through. There is some definite toffee/vanilla at the tail-end.

M: medium-bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation, this beer is silky-smooth and stays around for quite some time after drinking

O: fantastic beer, and one that I will gladly enjoy again, maybe next time I will try it from the bottle though

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2011 14:58:55 | More by Keithstone44
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3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured into a Weizen glass (only kind I have), it was a dark brown/reddish color. pretty good head with good lacing throughout the process

S- Sort of a subtle malty smell, not much to really stand out

T-Holy crap, not expecting it to be as robust as it is. it was a good experience for me, strong hoppy taste with an almost earthy aftertaste that somehow made me want more.

O-This beer was a good experience that opened the doors to Strong Ales and hoppy beers in general. Oh, and you gotta love the attitude in the rant on the bottle

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 03:19:56 | More by Innocentexile
Photo of D11


4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from bottle into tulip

A- pours a really dark amber, with a medium caramel color head that lasts.

S- hops and caramel

T- the hops are blended nice with caramel and some toffee. also the grapefruit is blended nice.

M- has a real good mouth feel. carbonation is good. has a nice creamy feeling.

O- this is a nice beer. complex enough to enjoy tasting but blended together well. the alc is masked well. after a while i was feeling pretty arrogant , myself. ;D i wish they had more 'stone' around here.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 05:12:07 | More by D11
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4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. torpedo into my Celtics Tervis Tumbler pint glass.

Pours dark red with a finger's thick head, which dissipates into a thin film of head which remained throughout.

Smell is very subtle, but malty if anything.

Taste is hoppy with maltiness. Medium bodied with a solid carbonation.

Overall a delicious American Strong Ale which is a year round offering from the guys at Stone Brewery down in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 23:56:42 | More by rstone57
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4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark reddish color with two finger light brown head.

S - Caramel, toffee, hops.

T - Starts off with some toffee, caramel malts. Next comes a wave of bitter hops. Finish is some molasses.

M - Medium with good carbonation.

O - Very good year around offering from Stone. This beer fulfills your craving for hops and malts in a single beer. This beer would be a staple in my fridge if Stone would only distribute to Nebraska. Maybe someday.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 00:52:51 | More by pigc
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4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Unrelenting, sticky beige head, real hop power in the nose with some malt breadiness behind it. A big kick from the hops up front followed by spicy black pepper, sweet bread, and a dry, grassy, excessively bitter finish.

It's so aggressive, but I can't stop drinking it. All around, it's an outstanding beer with bold, complex flavors and Stone, as always, provides the perfect attitude.

I feel it gets overlooked sometimes by some of the rarer and seasonal beers, but it's one of the best out there. Perhaps it's becoming ubiquitous in the craft beer world. However, you can't go wrong with Arrogant Bastard.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 00:37:39 | More by McNealc31
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4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a draft into a pint glass. Color was reddish brown. Probably an inch of head. Lots of lacing on the top. Also lots of film on the sides.

Smelled citrusy first, more than anything else. Got some roasty malts and caramel in there, too.

Couldn’t put the finger on the taste, but I’d go with toasty and roasty malts leading the way. Caramel bread comes in there as well. Smooth, but bitter.

Medium body. Lively carbonation. Sticky syrupy texture. Smooth finish.

Surprisingly this was my first time trying this beer. Not too bad, though.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2011 05:54:14 | More by BucannonXC5
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4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App- The beer pours dark amber that has copper highlights. There is one finger of white head with an orange tinge. And man is the head creamy looking!

Smell- It is all hops in the smell with just a touch of malt. The hops used are of a citrus and grassy variety. There are notes of grapefruit and tangerine. The malt is more of a mellow vanilla and slight biscuit quality. It is definitely good to sniff.

Taste- The hop is strong with this ale. It goes through the entire drink and lasts long into the finish. Again there are the powerful citrus notes, mainly grapefruit and some orange in there. There is also a sense of resin hop too, sort of pine. The grassy hop is there but is more of a hay flavor. The malt is almost completely masked, although there is a creamy feeling that is sort of sweet, biscuit malt like.

Mouth feel- It is medium bodied and gets some carbonation lift going on the tongue. The intense hop action also manages to dry this one a little, but it isn’t bad.

Overall- This strong ale is incredibly intense with its hop bitterness and semi-dry finish, yet you can’t stop sipping. I am blown away by my first strong ale, and can’t wait to try many more.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 18:02:59 | More by Pintofbrown
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United Kingdom (England)

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark copper in color with no haze. There is a nice two fingered tan / off-white head that has moderate retention and lacing.

S- Rich oak with sweet malt characteristics that smells a little nutty with coffee and fresh bread. Also a moderate hop bite in the background with a some citrus notes and a little pine.

T- There is an interesting "malt sandwich" going on with the taste. There is an initial hit of hoppy-fruitiness. A really subtle but nice citrus flavor. Then the malt rolls in with a good oakey taste and some sweet carmel notes and a carry over of some coffee. The malt is followed quickly by a punishing amount of tongue-numbing hoppy citrusy bitterness. Seriously, the happiness blew me away this first time i tried it. It is a powerful, beautiful bitter aftertaste that is balanced out by the malts before.

M- Smooth and well bodied. Good mouthfeel for the strength and flavor.

O- Awesome beer. Seriously, awesome. But I guess if you are a member of this site, then you probably already knew that already . . .

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 19:20:19 | More by IPA4LIFE
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3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First review in a while but not a bad beer to come back into the game with. Drink before 11/2/11 on bottle and poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep reddy brown, almost like wood shavings, with a think 2.5 fingers of off white head that retains for a long time. Beautiful lacing all the way down. Not what I was expecting but it looks nice.

S: Some caramel up front followed by piney hops.

T: Whatever else I smelled initially tries to make its way out on the front end of this beer, but it is fairly futile effort. This beer is dominated with hops. Resiny, piney hops. Coats the back of the tongue and lingers for minutes after the sip. Finishes dry. This beer hides the alcohol well as it isn't really present.

M: Medium to full body and has enough carbonation to not leave a syrupy feeling.

O: A good beer, not overly complex in my eyes but maybe I just don't know that much. Either way, I liked it and could drink it again. A thumbs up from my girlfriend as well.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 03:02:58 | More by JohannBock
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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