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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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8,819 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,819
Reviews: 2,794
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 264
Gots: 1,029 | FT: 5
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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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  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

avaldivia, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

mater, Nov 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

hotliquor, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of TippySelenoid
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

TippySelenoid, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of tony223366
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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

tony223366, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of Arbitrator
2.55/5  rDev -38.7%
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.

Arbitrator, Nov 10, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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

Urbancaver, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of BigPlay1824
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
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

BigPlay1824, Nov 09, 2011
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4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

troysoy2, Nov 08, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

ThisWangsChung, Nov 06, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

draheim, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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.


TheBeerAlmanac, Nov 05, 2011
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,819 ratings.