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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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8,181 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,181
Reviews: 2,761
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 227
Gots: 707 | 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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Photo of cdizinno

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz brown bomber.

A: Deep reddish brown color with a thick light tan head and moderate lacing.

S: Coarse hops and caramel malts. Some toasted grains.

T&M: Smooth and slightly fluffy texture. The malty sweetness balances the dry, fruity hops. Medium bodied, yet rich, and complex.

Strong ales are not my favorite, but this is the best I've had in this category. Very drinkable and the alcohol is masked very well.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 19:41:50 | More by cdizinno
Photo of uustal

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Starts off thick, creamy and malty. Very aggressive flavor here. Next comes a strong rush of hops and a pretty bitter finish. A little overpowering, but a nice full flavor. You're certainly wearing out your taste buds with this one, but it's tough to have a session full of these. It's the type of big beer that Stone is known for.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2010 00:24:10 | More by uustal
Photo of Sam21


4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a brilliant deep red with a dense off-white head that doesn't seem to be going anywhere. Leaves thick rings of lace as the head recedes.

Smell - Fresh citrus hops dominate the nose. Smells really juicy. Big and inviting.

Taste - Bitter grapefruit up front with a nice roasted flavor adding some depth part way through. Finishes with a strong bitterness, which may be perceived as slightly harsh by some. Absolutely not balanced, but that's exactly what Stone was shooting for. The bitterness is bold and assertive in this brew and it is definitely the defining feature. I wish there was more citrus depth to the bitterness as the nose led me to believe. I should say that the malt does hold its own against the onslaught of hops and plays enough of a balancing role to make this another delicious beer from Stone.

Mouthfeel - Medium-full body. Smooth.

Drinkability - For those that aren't into hop bombs, beware. This is right up my alley, although I'd never want to follow this up with anything as it has a pretty aggressive taste. One bomber was plenty as the hops beat my taste buds pretty good, although the bomber went down surprisingly fast. Good work, Stone!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 18:08:03 | More by Sam21
Photo of bmwats


4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle in my standard Stone Brewing "FIZZY YELLOW BEER IS FOR WUSSIES." -Arrogant Bastard Ale pint glass.

A: Dark reddish brown hue. Pours a large cascading, frothy brownish head. Settles very slowly leaving giant peaks and craters, and dry sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Substantial sticky lacing coats every inch of the glass as you drink it down.

S: Lightly roasted malt, pine nuts, and a very subtle bittersweet chocolate.

T: Robust malt, bitter hops. Very piny.

M: A touch of sweetness accompanies the bitter which coats and envelopes the entire palette. The steely, dry finish lingers relentlessly.

D: This one is something you'll sip and enjoy. The bitterness compels the issue.

Atmosphere is great. Deep and dark with a great head... a regal appearance. Nose is inescapable. The malt and pine is infectious. Flavor is not complex, but full and heavy. No subtlety or dilution here. Overall, this is a great quaff.

I am not worthy.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 03:39:01 | More by bmwats
Photo of joeland


3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

apparance- brown color with an off-white head that goes away quickly leaving a nice looking lacing

smell- a weak hoppy smell with a slit hint of malt.

taste- a hoppy taste that suprised me because the hoppy taste is a lot stronger then the smell was. the deeper i got into the beer the more I got a hint of sweet tastes.

mouthfeel- A smooth carbnation mouthfeel.

Drinkability- I'm set with one twenty-two oz of this.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 12:30:10 | More by joeland
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml brown bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A. Deep burgundy with with a massive off white bordering on yellowish creamy head.

S. Cherries, hints of banana, raisins, reed berries, a touch of dark chocolate and coffee notes.

T. Bitter chocolate, fruity malt, very hoppy.

M. Chewy - medium bodied

D. An easy drinking ale that doesn't taste 7.2%ABV. Really nice but the alcohol content would slowly creep up on you if you had a couple. Another sublime ale from the guys at Stone.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 17:55:01 | More by AEK
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Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrogant Bastard is a deep red-brown in colour topped with thick french vanilla foam heaped on top. Waiting for the retentive head to die down so I can start drinking it is an excercise in patience, but at least I have all this pretty lace it leaves behind to look at. Has a coarse, piney, citric sort of hop aroma with a hint of raisiny esters underneath. Loads of grapefruit and pine flavour goes toe to toe with toasty, slightly nutty malt and dried fruit esters, with the hops winning the battle. The knockout punch is a blast of coarse, leafy bitterness in the finish. This is a palate destroyer for me, and I like it. Alcohol is just barely noticeable and doesn't contribute any heat or warmth.

It's full body and fine carbonation provide a rich and smooth mouthful. In every way, this full flavoured ale tastes as big as it promises to on the back of the bottle. When I first tried it almost two years ago it was overpowering to me, and today I can say I love it. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 17:10:51 | More by mintjellie


4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass for $5.50. First pour after the tapping of the keg. Dry hopped with citra.

A: The head filled all but the bottom inch of the glass. After slowly rising and a subsequent pour to push out the remaining head, the beer is served with two fingers of an airy and creamy light cream head. The retention is excellent and the sea foam style lace is immaculate so far. The body is a murky tawny color and completely impenetrable by light. Brown with orange tints.

S: The nose is incredible. The citra dry hopping completely transforms the Arrogant Bastard into a much hoppier brew. By far the most citrus oriented hop bill I've ever had in an American Strong Ale.

T: Literally bursting with citrus and tropical aromas and flavors. Mango, overly ripe peach, clementine, bitter orange pith and white grapefruit. Hops are heavy, bready malts are medium in intensity. The yeast flavors are big too, doughy and earthy with a touch of must.

M: The mouthfeel is slightly lacking which may or may not have something to do with the massive amount of head that is commonplace for the first pour from a keg. Seemingly soft carbonation (almost cask-like) and very smooth on the tongue. Medium-heavy bitterness throughout with a fairly dry finish. Slightly thin body. If the body and carbonation were beefed up, the mouthfeel would score well. Instead, the rating drops to a 2.5.

D: Very good. This is a vast improvement on a pretty good beer to begin with. Mouthfeel aside, I was extremely impressed with this version of Arrogant Bastard.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2010 00:37:19 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

the first taste is wow this is really a strong "this is the way beer is supposed to taste" euphoria..then briefly "oh wait, railroad tie in the summer sun"..then quickly "ew, it may get sweet - NO the bitter killed that completely"...now just after it goes down the bitter is finishing back into that original wonderful "way beer's supposed to taste" lingering...ok, i'm ready for another swig right now! toward the end of the pint tho, i've had enough cuz it accumulates more bitter as you go...but just as well, because by then you are appreciating the substantial kick and the great ride that this bottle has taken you on.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 22:41:21 | More by rattleweed
Photo of wolfinthemirror


3.33/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep ruby red with a perfect, creamy head that sticks around. Nearly transparent with just a slight haze, glimmers sweet and mellow.

smell is big on bready malts, hop aromas permeate through and mesh together.

This is not for the faint of heart. extremely big beer here, and quite filling. Heavy malts and pungent hops. Nearly too strong for me, I must admit.

nearly full bodied, had a very chewy quality to me like a barley wine or something. moderate carbonation, with palate wrecking qualities.

As I poured a 2nd glass from my 22oz bomber I realized I really was not worthy of this brew, and I feared I wouldn't be able to finish it. but alas I prevailed, and it left with me with the best buzz i've ever gotten from a single bomber which leaves me suspicious of the abv, it seemed much stronger than %7.2 because it kicked my ass. 22oz was plenty for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 02:44:19 | More by wolfinthemirror
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Version I had was citra dry hopped.

A - Mostly clear amber brown with a one finger tan head that has good retention and good lacing.

S - Big roasted, caramel malts up front followed by pine resin hops, then grapefruit in the background.

T - Follows the nose with the citra hops adding grapefruit notes and bitterness through the finish.

M - Medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, creamy and smooth across the palate, slightly sticky through the finish.

D - Just what the AB needed, IMO. The citra dry hopping is done nicely to just a touch of complexity at the end palate to both aroma and taste. Excellent drink.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2010 17:21:41 | More by garuda
Photo of IPASetter


4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A very dark amber color with a slight head. Some nice lacing throughout the beer.

S- A little confusing to the nose..smell some malts and also a hint of hops which i appreciate.

T-The label on this beer doesn't lie, if you haven't had a fare share of flavorful beers then your mouth will be all sorts of confused. At first it hits you with a nice toffee malt flavor then as it sits you will experience a nice hop bitterness that smooths out to leave you wanting more. For such a high ABV you can't notice either.

M- Medium mouth feel with some carbonation.

D- If you enjoy a flavorful beer that will challenge your taste buds then this beer is for you.

After all I have heard and read about this beer I had to try it. Stone has not let me down in the past with their IPA and again they came through with this one. The only complaint I have is the price but you pay for good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 19:43:43 | More by IPASetter
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a redishe tined brown, cloudy with minimal off white head. Scent is of citric hops with a pretty niced carmel backbone as well as roasted nuts. Taste at first hits you with aggressive grapefruity hops but quickly turns to the sweet carmel matl side. Evens out with a nice fruity and nut finnish. Medium bodied, lightly caronated, juciy in the mouth. Citra hops are catching on quick and they work well here, i wish the maltyness would be turned down just a notch.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2010 14:03:49 | More by rfgetz
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4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13-oz. tulip at Clark St. in Chicago.

A - Dark auburn-brown, but shows bright cherry red when held to the light. Foamy, 2.5 finger head forms and slowly recedes, leaving thick lacing behind that coats the glass.

S - Toffee, roasted malts, earthy hops. I smell cherries too, much moreso than I recall when I first had this bottled.

T - Smooth and balanced. Sweet bread with bing cherries, a toasted malt backbone, and a strong but not overwhelming hoppy dry finish.

M - Moderate carbonation, lighter bodied than I expected, but still heavy enough to support the complex flavor profile.

D - A beast, but compellingly drinkable. This was gone a lot quicker than I'd intended.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2010 02:07:19 | More by AJacob81
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Quebec (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Mondial de la bière 2010 in Montreal without any notes, so this is from pure memory so the review can be somewhat inaccurate.

A: Orange fully transluscent color with pure white head. Good retention with ok lacing.

S: AFAIR, it was quite nicely hoppy with a good level of piny and citrus (read: grapefruit) hops. Good caramel malts. Was pretty straightforward.

T: Kicks with a nice level of caramel malts but this is more about the piny and grapefruit hops.

M: Mid mouthfeel with mid carbonation. What you'd expect.

D: Very easy to drink regardless of the good level of bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 00:49:01 | More by flipper2gv
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4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes: I like the aggressive nature of this brew, captures the taste buds and provides a complex flavor.

A: Pours a dark Indian red. Nice 2 finger head of tan head.

S: Sweet with some dark fruits and caramel tones, some citrus like grapefruit, and some floral/earthy smells.

T: This beer kicks your ass from the start. Nice bitterness from hops/citrus tones. The earth/dark fruit tastes come through with aftertastes.

M: Aggressive carbonation, leaves a nice tingle that fits the strong ale perfectly.

D: Wow, great example of a strong ale. I would place this in front of other ASAs.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2010 23:35:57 | More by cagocubs
Photo of ScottyC


3.3/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: Very deep color. Really nice red color when held up to the light. Toasty tan head color.

Aroma: Complex! Sweet and floral. Full aroma. Some notes of apricot and plum. Not overpowering, but nice.

Taste: Hits you hard on the front and back end. Really that powerful smackdown dominates the palate. Otherwise a toasty malt flavor. Finishes with a bitter kick in the mouth. Baste paired with strong cheese. A bit too strong for my tastes, I'm afraid. Like an old man who enjoys aged Scotch, I feel like to properly enjoy this beer, your taste buds need to be hardened from many years of drinking. I'll have to come back to this one in a few years when my taste buds have become bored with everything else that's out there.

Drinkability: Gotta take it slow on this one. The 1 pint lasted me a good hour and a half.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 14:03:47 | More by ScottyC
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4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into Chimay Chalice

A - Beautiful deep ruby in color with a thin white head

S - Malty grapefruit goodness.

T - Bitter up front with tons of grapefruit hops and a solid malt backbone. There are also a lot of earthy, woody flavors that start to come through. Carmel and remnants of dark fruit.

M - Solid carbonation that perfectly compliments the bitter flavor on your tongue.

D- This is an amazing beer that I grown to love over the years. This was my first craft beer that I purchased when I was 21 and I hated everything about it. Now it had become one of my favorites. One bomber fills the chalice twice and that is plenty for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 15:02:05 | More by jlandis
Photo of Golden


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

Poured bomber into a stocky tulip. Clear and deep red with a pale golden yellow head that reduces quickly and leaves some lacing. Smells hoppy with caramel but leaves me wanting more. Taste is sweet and hoppy in the beginning, followed by biter hops in the middle. The sweetness is balanced by the aggressive hopping as well as the vigorous carbonation. Sweet and bubbly mouth feel has a bit to much carbonation for my taste, but that very carbonation makes the beer more drinkable.

A fine ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 02:17:51 | More by Golden
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United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My third and final beer at Pour 24 (New York, New York), Las Vegas.

I did say I'd never have this again after my bottle review, but seeing it on-tap I thought I'd do the decent thing and give it another go.

Looked like the bottle version, ruby red and with an off-white head, thin covering and very little lacing.

The smell was sweetish caramel, malts and a splattering of hops.

Still not a huge fan, the flavours don't blend too well in my opinion, the hops don't like the malts and vice versa.

Glad I've had it from a tap and it is still the only Strong American Ale I've reviewed so far.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2010 19:48:46 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of elvisnj

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel chalice from a Stone 24oz bottle.

This beer is beautiful.

It has a hard ruby color that is just perfect. Maybe the best looking beer ever.

Beautiful light colored head.

The nose is nice floral hops and a great malt edge. The taste is heavy hops left hook. Its malt character only barely makes an effort to keep up with the hops. In fact, the malts fail to keep up with the hops.

The hops are grassy and herbal. Very bitter. I also get some grapefruit, light yeast and a slight bitter finish.

I am not a huge hop head and would have a problem drinking this all the time.

But just because I am not crazy about hops does not mean I cant tell a good beer when I drink it.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 02:19:22 | More by elvisnj
Photo of nano


4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pick this one in a trip that i made to laredo tx, buy it in a HEB of lamar av., i think

A- beautifull deep cooper color, with a nice cream head

S- mal, a lot of malt, and aromatic hops

T- Bitter and caramel malts

M- good carbonation, bitterness is very strong

D- it will be dificult to mi to drink more than 2 of this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 08:08:43 | More by nano
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3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a pint at the local Fox and Hound.  

A - Transparent dark copper color with  a thick cream colored head. Nice carbonation. Decent lacing. Good head retention. 

S - Sweeter malty aroma. 

T - Nice initial bitterness that sticks with you. Nice malty finish. Bitterness seems to accumulate as you drink. 

M - A little prickly from carbonation. Bitterness overpowers maltiness. 

D - Decently drinkable beer. Bitterness factor may limit the number of these brews you can have.  

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2010 23:05:53 | More by BeardFacePhD
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.
Pours a lovely copper red with a pillowy, thick head that sticks around for awhile.
The aroma at first is malt, roasted caramel malt, and alcohol. There is hop aroma as well, a bit resiny and earthy with a touch of fruityness... perhaps grapefruit, maybe a hint of orange?
For taste... mmm yum. Starts with a sweet maltiness that has some woodiness to it, then comes a smooth hop flavor balanced with the malt. As the beer exits there is a strong hop bitterness that lingers on my tongue. The finish is bitter but not necessarily dry, there is a bit of lingering dark fruit/burnt caramel.
Overall this beer has some very strong flavors but they play well together. It has a long finish that makes you remember the hops but the flavor is not just hop-minded, there are plenty of interesting things happening with the malt as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 00:39:52 | More by trevorjn06
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4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apparently Safeway carries this now.

a - Very dark rose-red color with creamy head that stays around. Almost looks like foamy, red wine.

s - Has a sweet, malty smell.

t - Again, very sweet and malty, with pretty prominent hints of chocolate and nuts.

m - Incredibly smooth, almost like cough syrup how it feels like it coats your mouth.

d - Usually these unique beers aren't very drinkable because they're so strong, but this one just goes down so easy. The flavor is so unique. Shame these are 5 bucks a pop.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 04:31:13 | More by wesclaypool
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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