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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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9,481 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,481
Reviews: 2,881
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 331
Gots: 1,555 | 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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of 01001111
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep rust and copper caramel.

S: Toffee with a light floral hop bite.

T: The hop bitterness bites first and the syrupy caramel flavor follows close behind. Bitterness from the hops swells up and dominates once more, slowly subsiding until the taste of caramel is left lingering on the tongue.

M: Syrup.

O: A solidly good brew. Personally I'd appreciate a weaker hop presence given the great flavors lingering beneath.

Photo of Arborescence
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown, a little hazy, pours a creamy head that lasts.

Aroma: Hoppy, reminds me of a strong pale ale, a hint of iron?

Taste: Hoppy bitterness, IPA-like characteristics, not much malt at all, although one might expect it from looking at the beer. It is nevertheless quite smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with medium carbonation.

Overall: I’ve had the Arrogant Bastard from tap before, and I recall quite liking it. It’s hoppier than I remembered, and indeed you’d think that this is a particularly bitter IPA from just tasting it. The strange thing is that it looks like a brown ale, and the creamy head would suggest something completely different than what you get: in your face hoppy intensity. Stone Brewing makes a case for this beer being something alternative that not many people will like, but actually I think that this comes quite close to some of the stronger and bolder IPAs or maybe Double Pale Ales that are not uncommon in the US. This makes me surprised about how highly rated the beer is. I think that there are certainly better beers in this category out there.

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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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2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/8" tan coloured head over mahagany liquid.

S: Citrus and some pine hops.

T: Refreshing grapefruit citrus with some pine hops over rich toffee malt backbone.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Very drinkable and refreshing American Strong Ale as compared to others in the style.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of hopheadipaman
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of JCaweinstein
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber colored and crystal clear. It has a beautiful two finger off white to yellowish, creamy head with excellent retention. Wonderful amount of carbonatation and lots of lacing down the glass.
I smell piney hops, pepper and caramel as well though I did have to work hard to pick these up.
Earthy tasting hop bitterness which is followed by a bready toastiness. I like that the malts were more bitter/toasty than sweet. This is a bold tasting beer.
It's medium to full bodied. I get a resinious hop texture right along with some crispness up front. After the toasty malts I'm left with a strong after taste that lingers on the tongue for a few seconds.
This is a quality beer at a very competitive price. this 1pt. 6oz. bottle cost 4.99 at a local gas station.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,481 ratings.