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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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9,399 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,399
Reviews: 2,861
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 317
Gots: 1,460 | 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%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle: poured into a pint glass.

A-nice amber ale color with a big creamy head that does not fade. Lacing galore.

S-spicy and friuty hop aroma with a slightly sweet malt backround. Pronounced alcohol smell.

T-here come the hops...spice, citrus hop flavors and bitterness.

M- hearty and crisp. No alcohol burn at 7.2%.

O-another good strong ale that won't let you down. If it wasn't so strong, I'd drink iit more often.

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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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  rDev -27.9%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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2/5  rDev -51.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Clear amber color with a decent head that sticks around for a while and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell- Smells very hoppy with some malt sweetness in there too. In a blind test I'd probably guess it was an IPA.

Taste- Same as smell. It tastes very similar to an IPA with hints of caramel and other mildly sweet flavors that balance out the bite of the hoppiness a little. It packs a bit of a punch and has a lasting piny hop IPA taste.

Mouthfeel- Some good carbination that goes nicely with the flavor of the beer.

Overall- Overall I give it a 4 1/2. Great beer for the price and the availability is very convenient. Not one of my favorites by Stone but it's a good plan b when nothing else in the store catches your eye.

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4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this brew several times, and I don't think I've ever actually sat down to evaluate it. So, here goes…

The distinctive 22oz painted bottle sticks out on the shelf like a sore thumb. The gargoyle catches your eye immediately. If you take the time to read the back of the bottle, you endure a few insults, insinuations, and some other comical anecdotes.

The Arrogant Bastard pours a dark rusty color, and fairly opaque. The foam is heavy at first, but subsides relatively quickly. The almond-colored foam leaves behind a fairly heavy lacing. There is very little, if any, carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass, which surprises me. At 7.2% abv, I expected more visible carbonation.

Putting my nose in the glass, I'm getting some hops, but nothing over-whelming. It's not nearly as hoppy in the nose as the Lagunitas Hop Stoopid I had last night. I'm also getting a bit of malts, but very roasty, almost burnt malts.

Once I take a sip, I remember why I never review this beer. It really is just like they describe on the bottle! The Arrogant Bastard is mildly hoppy, but well "balanced" with some dark roasted (burnt) malts. I say "balanced" because the two don't really seem to balance either other at all. It's as if you took the oil and vinegar and through them into a pot in exactly the same proportions. Just because it's equal, doesn't mean it's balanced.

The malt sweetness is definitely present, but very short-lived. The hops seem to stick to my tongue for hours. The brew overall is kind-of rough, strong, and I don't know, the exact opposite of mellow, smooth and balanced?!

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,399 ratings.