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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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7,998 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,998
Reviews: 2,756
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 219
Gots: 620 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000)
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3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 1/19/2008 (bottle):

Pours a dark brown colored body, with a brownish head that is big & lasting. Has a very bitter hoppy aroma. Wow sourness in the mouth. Very bitter dry, malty sour taste. Almost acidic. Warming. I didn't like this beer so much before, but now, it's growing on me.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 03:57:15 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of BierFan


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

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Dark brown. Looks fairly murky but you can still see through it if it's held to a light. Has a light tan head.

Smell: Big aroma of dry hops and not really anything else.

Taste: Lots of hops and a bit of alcohol. Malts are there but they definitely take a back seat in this beer.

Mouthfeel: Appropriately full mouthfeel with some hoppy dryness.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 00:12:18 | More by BierFan
Photo of SudNut


3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The back label left me cackling like a chuckle monkey!

After the pre-opening entertainment I poured the 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The pretty amber glow with a lacy brown head makes me all warm inside. Chug the suds!

The smell while good was a little limp wristed. The typical suspects were present a light piney grapefruit aroma. I guess I was expecting more, but the taste, oh the taste, mmm. Amplify the smell by at least 3X. Like licking a grapefruit in a pine forest, POW! I mean that in a good way.

Take it for a tour around the molars and you really notice the grapefruit hoppy taste with pine undertones. Swallow it down for sweet malty pine tree bliss.

Gave it lower drinkability because of ABV. This is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 00:03:51 | More by SudNut
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4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

First off, this brew had good head that left ample lacing as the chugging commenced. The head did fizzle down after a minute or so.

This ale has a rich mahogony color to it, somewhat cloudy but not overly so.

The aroma that srtuck me was a sort of blend of malty caramel and pine; there was a strong hop presence.

The flavor was well balanced between the malts which seemed to hit me first and the hop aftertaste. I'm not a super hop-head and this was pretty well balanced in my opinion.

High alcohol content in this one though, I didn't really detect it while drinking this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 21:25:17 | More by davexisxrabid
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4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A deep translucent amber color with a tall, lasting light tan head that hung around long enough to leave a good amount of lacing down the glass.

S - Hops, grapefruit, some sweet malt and perhaps some wood.

T - Interesting. Grapefruit hops are up front but the malt is not too far behind. A little sweet, spicy and bitter. A woodsy taste hits with the malt and leaves a pleasant and long lasting after taste.

M - Medium bodied.

D - Strong tasting and satisfying. This is a good beer for sure, but I might tire of the strong flavors in this one after a couple.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 06:14:17 | More by bifrostguard
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4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle was pretty badass, the info on the back made me laugh like an idtiot.

It poured a nice deep ruby red with a thick head that retained nicely and left a lacing residue on the glass.

Smelled very hoppy, vaguely funky.

The taste was interesting, difficult to describe, but interesting. The hops hit heavy first, tasted like a blend of hops; a slight bite hit the mouth, and the alcohol was a bit strong. The more I drank of it, the better it tasted, a bit sweet perhaps, but not overly so. There's a lot of depth in the taste of this one.

Smooth in the mouth, rolls nicely over the tongue.

Very drinkable despite the strong presence of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 03:57:04 | More by donteatpoop
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New York

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my mug with a tan three-finger head that dissipates quickly though some remains all the way down to leave thick lacing down the glass. The smell is woodsy, maybe some cedar in there, with hints of fruit (berry?) and some biscuity notes. The taste is huge from start to finish: starts off with sweet malts, moves through to diacetyls and faint caramel, then hits you hard with a hop finish that goes on and on -- big hits of grapefruit or tangelo, maybe even lemon rind. The hop finish also makes for a rather pleasantly dry mouthfeel in the end, though before that what strikes me is the smoothness of it: perfectly carbonated, just enough to fill your mouth with all this goodness. Glad to find this fresh from the keg: I prefer it to the bottled version.

Serving type: growler

10-31-2008 22:33:46 | More by gory4d
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4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The dogs bollox.
I had a couple of (imperial) pints of AB at the British Beer Co in Walpole MA the other night.
I'm not really a big drinker of anything 6% ABV and above, but I'm glad I made an exception.
The beer travelled really well from CA to the East coast.
This is a mighty pint: it looks great just the way a beer should -clear medium amber colour with half an inch of creamy head.
I'm not one for smelling beer but I didn't notice anything untoward.
Arrogant Bastard is an all out assault on the taste buds: hops a plenty with multitudes of malty afternotes.
I'd like to try this for a full session (with a designated driver) the more I drank, the more I enjoyed it. It is a beer with so much depth and character, words can't do it justice.
Go out and get some - you won't regret it - at least until the next morning.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2008 15:09:04 | More by ElGeordie
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South Carolina

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

A - Pours dark amber with a 2 finger light tan head with excellent lacing

S - lots and lots of grapefruit

T - Fairly bitter throughout with the hops opening up after the initial taste. Not really unbalanced, but definitely heavy on hops! The malt really comes out as the beer warms.

M - A bit sticky, not overly carbonated

D - more drinkable than I expected at the first sip, it's starting to grow on me

Not as good as I was led to believe, but then again I'm not really a hophead. Still probably the best hoppy beer I've had so far!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 00:14:52 | More by Gish
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4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz etched brown bomber into an oversized wine glass.

A: Dark, Tootsie roll burned caramel brown with slim off-white head but lace streams down the glass in delicate formations.

S: Delcious floral and fruity hops (pineapple and grapefruit) meet the nose first followed by toffee and dark fruit aromas.

T: An unparalleled combination of caramel and dark fruit flavors with a bit of spicy zing completed by a grapefruit-pineapple hops finish.

M: Body is full with fairly active carbonation for a strong ale. Aftertaste is mildly drying and malty.

D: One of the ultimate American ales: explosive flavor matched with surprising drinkability. The bottle version gives more control of serving temperature and thus better exposure of the depth of flavor and aroma of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 02:48:33 | More by argock
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4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

"You're Not Worthy!" I love it!!! I have to say I almost shit myself when I read the bottle. Everything about this beer screams hilarious. The cool thing about Arrogant Bastard is it walks the walk too! I can't believe how close this tastes to Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye Ale - only much much better. The hop character is amazing.

I poured mine into a Duvel tulip glass. A nice frothy head appeared and then reduced to a thin lace. This beer is cloudy and you can definately tell it's from the hops from the first whiff down to the last swig.

The aroma is of moutains of fresh hop resin and miles of barley and what I believe is at least some rye. Who knows the IBU count on this one? I think it's classified.

The flavor is amazingily complex. The first thing you taste is sweet grain and a biscuit mouthfeel that quickly and suddenly morphs to a mouth, nose, and throat full of hops. Weird in a really cool way. I love this ale!

The mouthfeel is full and robust. I love the fact that this ale is not fully attenuated. The 7.3% abv is just about perfect for the body and flavor. The alcohol is almost imperceptible.

I would give this ale high marks for drinkability if not for the huge hop bite. I love it and can drink a gallon of it, but I am afraid I must rate the style without regard to personal preference.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 00:53:23 | More by PerzentRizen
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New Jersey

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

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. The beer is a toasted color of caramel. The head is thick, fluffy, and sticky. There are several layers of lacing in this bad boy. The smell is deceptively sweet with a hint of alchohol. The brew is smooth. This a very well balanced beer. The first sip is sweet and almost bready, Then a wonderful waterfall of alcohol coats the tongue. The finish is of wonderful aromatics, with hints of pear. The beer has medium body and is very drinkable. I think it would complement a steak very nicely.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 00:06:28 | More by bonkers
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4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber color with a tan head. Good retention. The nose is a nice mixture of subtle sweet malts and bitter hops. Taste also has a nice collection of piney and floral hops over mellow candy malts. Medium body well carbonated. Classic brew from stone.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 16:25:09 | More by rye726
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4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Off-red copper, almost soil colored.

Smells hoppy, green, earthy.

Tastes exceptional, medium bodied, perfectly balanced hop to malt flavor. mouthfeel not too think, not as thin as some of the other Stone brews.

Very drinkable beer as long as you can handle the alcohol content all night long

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 23:50:45 | More by gmuller
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4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served cool (50 degrees) in a wheat beer glass.

A - Deep amber body, tightly tan head that lingers and laces down the glass, perfectly dispersed carbonation that begs to be tasted.

S - Deep coniferous forest scent under the cover of a soft layer of sweet malt. Very well balanced presentation for a hoppy ale.

T - Deep coniferous forest scent paves the way to a rich piney taste that is absolutely wonderful. Malt shows itself through various tastings at assumed different temperatures in the middle of most tastings.

M - Medium bodied pine palate that feels clean going down and leaves a trail on the palate of the rich hops.

D - This is by far one of my favorite high gravity beers... glad to see it finally got restocked.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 01:48:11 | More by n00tz
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3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 1pt-6oz painted label brown glass bottle into my straight sided glass tumbler. The mahogany colored beer leaves little lace in the glass. The smell is predominately of malt, with date and raisin undertones. A bit of hop smell is evident at the onset. Taste is of clove, raisin, date, fig, pine, and hop. Very complex, this is a beer to savor. Absolutely superb malt, hop balance. Mouthfeel is excellent, with just the right amount of hop finish. I'm afraid I have found a new favorite beer. This is a world class product, in keeping with west coast standards; if you have the opportunity to try this beer, do not pass it up.

just a thought,


Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 01:14:58 | More by barleyman
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4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised to find this beer at one of our regular haunts.

A- Nice, crisp, clear, dark copper with a thin tan head.

S- Served a bit cold, so the aromas were not immediately available. Piney hoppy, but noticable maltiness.

T- Fair when cold, but developed nicely as it warmed. Good balance of hops and malt. Pine type hoppiness, but subtle.

M- Pleasant texture, not oily as expected based on hop level.

D- Too drinkable for a 7%+ beer. After 2, I took a walk to test the affects. OK, but 3 would be pushing it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2008 13:39:09 | More by cdmastro
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2.05/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

wow was this hard to drink. i wound up throwing more than half of the bottle away because it had such a harsh taste & aftertaste that lingered. it was not enjoyable to drink in the least. Maybe some will like it, but I don't get it.
Very, almost too hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 08:01:58 | More by thehillsbar
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber bought at the local beer store.

A: Pours a very clear, rich amber color with a long-lasting light-tan head that has the consistency of cappucino foam.

S: Smells of citrusy hops and a bit of malty sweetness.

T: Sweet at first, and then the hops hit. Hop bitterness lingers for a long time.

M: Rich and smooth up front, aided by the creamy head and malty sweetness. Carbonation and hops take over from there, with an almost spicy tingle towards the end of each sip.

D: Exceptionally drinkable, at least if you're a hophead. The complex and agressive flavors are overwhelming, and you can easily forget this is a 7.2% ABV beer... until you try to stand up.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 04:31:11 | More by spokeydonkey
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North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a huge head that really delivers in the lacing department

Smell: Ruby red grapefruit, with an underlying caramel aroma

Taste: The citrusy grapefruit is front and center, while the caramel tries to fight it out and ultimately succeeds somewhat by mid-palate; after the swallow, both flavors come together in the finish, creating a unique aftertaste that has a lot of brown sugar sweetness and grapefruit bitterness - kind of like a grapefruit topped with sugar for breakfast

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The last bottle I had of this was a couple of years old and was a bad experience; a fresh bottle has a lot more delicate and citrusy hoppiness and a balanced malt profile; lesson learned about aging the Bastard

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 00:42:06 | More by brentk56
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New Jersey

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

Poured from the standard Bomber.

A-Simply beautiful: Pours a deep ruby maroon which appears exceptionally clear when held to light. Light tan head which holds up well, with delicate weblike lacings on the glass as it is consumed.

S-pinecones and pink grapefruit/citrus aroma

T-the pine flavor dominates initially, then mixes with the citrus creamy malt taste, then hops kick in roll across the tongue, a mild alcohol vapor, and a finish with a nice hop pop and tingle. Nothing quite hits the spot like a Bastard.

M-full and creamy

D-Very drinkable...thank you sir, may I have another?

Notes: This one is a treat, and inspired me to get off my duff as a longtime lurker and finally write my first review. This review is written while drinking the second one in as many days. Every sip brings a nuance. absolutely is one of the best ales that I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 23:46:15 | More by caddybuyer
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4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a tan head and good amount of lacings. Aroma is piney.
Taste is big strong piney resinous hops with enough roasted malts to subdue the hops. Strongly hoppy without the dark bitterness of many of this type.
Mouthfeel was full and pleasant.
Drinkability is exceptional. Would drink this until I fell over. If I had that much.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 07:10:32 | More by Spikester
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been looking forward to this one. Well worth the wait - fantastic beer. Its dark and heavy and riddled with flavor. Beautiful head. Malty aftertaste. The hops aren't overpowering at all, but definitely there - and the alcohol is hidden well. Wonderfully blended beer. I finished the bottle and wanted another one right away. This is one of my favorite beers - now I need the Double Bastard!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 18:49:48 | More by prsguitarsr4me
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4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is hard to determine as I drank it from the 22oz bomber I got at HEB .. smell is top-notch, of good ingredients, not pasturised like most domestic beers (and many imports) Exceptional taste and mouthfeel, I paired this off with pizza and am very impressed. Outstanding drinkability as well, but the high alcohol volume (7.2%) makes it hard for most drinkers to have more than one or two in a session. Well worth the $3.99 price tag. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 05:10:55 | More by marc956
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one was a bit of a shocker. Bought this a few weeks in advance, waiting for the right time to crack it open. That moment came and this was the supreme beer for the occassion. It pours a dark, rich brown with a velvety tan head. It smells as complex as it tastes. Notes of hops and strong maltiness, but its also earthy and somewhat bitter, but sweet at the same time. It was crazy. I was in love. Somehow all of these flavours; the honey notes, the bitter coffee, the earthy richness, and the bite of the alcohol, all work together marvelously. It has a creamy mouthfeel that makes it even better. I was so glad I had this on reserve and I look forward to trying more from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 03:13:32 | More by MyGoodness
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