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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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9,489 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,489
Reviews: 2,882
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 332
Gots: 1,566 | FT: 11
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

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a mason jar at Coalhouse Pizza, Stamford, CT.

Appearance: Dark hazy copper-amber beer with a light tan to light orange head. Initial 1/4" head upon serving died down to a thin skin across the top, but plenty of persistent lacing noted as I drank the beer down. Dark, inviting, rich in color and lacing. A great looking beer.

Smell: For all the taste, a bit surprising it wasn't as strong in aroma. A bit of nice malt and citrus hops, but not very strong in aroma. Maybe the glass?

Taste: Strong hop flavor right up front with citrus, orange and just a hint of pine, then moving into a solidly wonderful malt base to counter that hop flavor, and then a just right bitter finish - hoppy, but not a mouth-puckering bitter finish. Oh so good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, nicely creamy, just right carbonation. To my surprise, did not stick to the teeth as much as I expected.

Overall / Drinkability: A very dangerous beer...I could easily see myself having another one and regretting it later. On the other hand, while strong in flavor, balanced enough that you can get all the flavors in each sip and deeper drink as well such that you want to come back for more. I've had the oaked version of this beer in bottle, but on tap and unoaked...I think it's an even better beer although the smell wasn't as strong as I though it would be. Still, a great beer I will seek out again.

Photo of lewbeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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2/5  rDev -51.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mattaps
1/5  rDev -76%

Photo of n00blar
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Stockfan42
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Drk93TT
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of leviathan85
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of gbrill
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle with a BB of April 2012, so it's a little out of date (but hopefully still in good condition). Picked up the other week from Great Grog in Edinburgh. Love the printed label. I've been wanting to try this beer since I first heard of it.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A deep reddish-amber hue with good carbonation. Produces a huge head of creamy tan foam with excellent retention; this slowly subsides to a surface layer. Aroma of sweet, biscuity malt with notes of aromatic citrus hops, dry yeast and a serious whiff of booze.

Tastes of sweet malt with an intense bitter finish. Notes of grain, candy sugar, grapefruit, citrus, subtle pine and dry yeast. A warming hint of alcohol in the background. Spicy and prickly, with considerable bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and full-bodied; it flows nicely over the tongue. Highly astringent - dries the palate thoroughly. Aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops and malt.

Fantastic - a definitive US beer. The flavour is perfect, with superb balance between the malt and the bitter/aromatic hops. The body is also solid; the only let-down is the aroma, which is less suggestive than you might expect. If only I could get this regularly for a reasonable price. A true classic - put this on your list of must-try beers.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a snifter

A-pours a dark amber with finger and half of light mocha head, lots of carbonation

S-bready biscuit malt

T-caramel biscuits up front with back of strong hops

M-lots of carbonation with caramel malt dancing on your tongue

O-simple great strong ale, lots of malt and hoppyness

Photo of TimH
3/5  rDev -27.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of acevenom
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a brandy snifter. Pours deep caramel brown with a large soapy light tan head. The head retains well, dissipating slowly to leave some lacing on the side of the glass. There are aromas of big malts and resinous hops. It has an earthy smell. There's a nice big caramel malt backbone in the taste that brings some mild sweetness and breadiness to the table. There are some nice piney malts that balance the malt flavors. It's a well balanced flavor with a hoppy aftertaste. The alcohol is not detectable in the taste. The body is medium to full with adequate carbonation. The beer is smooth and the drinkability is very high. Overall, this is an excellent beer and worth all the praise it gets. It is an excellent accompaniment for a meal that also has big flavors or if you're looking for a beer to have with a steak dinner.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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