Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 9,272
Reviews: 2,831
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 299
Gots: 1,300 | FT: 7
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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Photo of FoamyMustache
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very similar in color to the bottle it came out of...hits of bright red in the light. 2 finger off white head dissipated leaving plenty of lacing.

S - Beautiful smell! Everything I want in a beer. Initially you get a nice aroma of roasted malt and dark fruit that transitions to citrus and piney hops.

T - Very complex..takes quite a few sips to really get a feeling for the beer. Initially get cedar notes followed by the same dark fruits I was getting through the nose. The beer finishes very balanced with a background of hops coming through.

M - Very smooth, medium-bodied, nice residual flavors left in the mouth.

D - For a "big beer" and 7.2% it goes down pretty smooth. Overall, enjoyable and delicious.

Photo of pharmer
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color with a nice 1 finger off-white head.

Smells of fruity esters, alcohol, and for me only a faint hoppy presence

Nice medium mouthfeel with a perfect carbonation. Starts with a nice sweet malty flavor and then finishes strongly bitter with the taste of grapefruit being predominant. This beer leaves an impressive amount of lacing as consumed.

The drinkability of this ale for me is very high. I've has this now several times, and every gulp leaves me wanting more. Highly recommended

Photo of briankrespan
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first site review, and first review of anything by Stone Brewing Co. Arrogant Bastard Ale is an excellent beer going down. Has a great start, mouthfeel, and finish. I'm enjoying mine as I'm writing this. Looks wonderful in a glass, has a beautiful amber glow to it, with lots of froth. Poured wonderfully from bottle to glass.

Photo of thatlongname
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Red/Brown color and clear. Tons of froth. Pretty beautiful. Sticks to glass.

Smell: Hoppy and fruity. There's something zesty about it. Maybe some citrus. Not sure of what this scent is but I keep smelling it.

Taste: Strong hops with some intense other flavors. Everything is strong. There is no "hint of" anything. I think the other strong flavors are the fruits and malts mostly.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body. The frothiness plays a big role in the mouthfeel too. The kind of beer that gives you a moustache afterwards.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Don't know if you could drin ka lot of this stuff though. IT's a little high on the alcohol content.

Photo of claytong
3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

An A? I remember having it on tap and liking it more. The second time around it seemed there wasn't much to it. I can't say I remember it all too well but that says something since it was less than a month ago that I had it last. I remember a slight hint of fruit that wasn't strong enough to really do much for the beers otherwise bland taste.

Photo of Wattsox
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, consumed Feb 2011.

A - Dark mahogany colour with some ruby highlights. Decent head with good lacing.

S - Balanced aromas with malts coming through with citrusy hops.

T - Sweet malts open but quickly give way to the hops which bring in the bitterness in the middle and a bittersweet finish.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation, doesn't get too dry.

D - Very drinkable, goes down well though the ABV is getting up there for a session drink.

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

A - Pours a nice dark caramel colour with a ruby red hue, finger of tan head with solid retention, nice sticky lacing and solid body carbonation. Delicious looking ale indeed!

S - Sweet lemon iced tea hops off the top, delicious caramel presence with a touch of pine and cedar on the finish.

T - Sweet citrus hops off the top which convert to earthy cedar notes with a bitter finish. The bitterness is not offensive, rather, it complements the hops nicely. Malts definitely take a back seat but do come through on the palette with a sweet honey and buttered caramel flavour.

M - Finishes surprisingly wet given the bitterness, and is a nice medium bodied ale that goes down smooth.

D - Easily poundable ale, offering some nice bold hop flavours with malt undertones. The ABV goes completely unnoticed and the hops are easily appreciated by any hop head. There's a reason this one is top rated... It ain't no joke.

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I honestly forgot how good this beer is.16oz draft in a tall pint at the Hyatt SFO. Dark reddish brown with a creamy off white head. Smell is sweet goodness. More malt than hops coming through for me.

Taste is so balanced. Huge malt upfront followed by tongue sucking bitterness. Grapefruit and citrus, followed up with earthy maltiness. I honestly pick up no heat at all.

This is such a distinctive beer. I really can't compare it to anything else and I like that. To me, this is a world class beer.

Photo of wstuart
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

the name says it all. even the label is arrogant. this brew is a very crisp ale with slight bitterness and can also be purchased as double ale. the ABV makes this brew a little bit of a kick, and the price is a little high, but the taste and smell dont let you down. it comes in a four pack as well along with three other Stone brews. excellent, thank you.

Photo of Shrews629
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very beautiful amber/copper color with some burnt orange highlights at the bottom. An off white head that was very pronounced. Fluffy and creamy. Very nice retention and some great, great lacing. The body is mostly hazy also.

Smell - Wonderful aromas of sweet caramel. Dark fruit swirling around on the nose also. Hop notes and malt character. Resinous aromas. Even a bit of peach in there.

Taste - The taste was a wonderful piny, resinous flavor. Some grapefrut"y" type flavors with a very small alcohol bite. Enough bitterness to satisfy most anyone. Caramel sweetness follows to round out this very well balanced taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium/full mouthfeel. Smooth and chewy. A slight bit of "slickness" makes it glide down easy. Some alcohol warmth right at the back of the throat in the finish. Really covers the palate well. Nicely dry in the mouthfeel also.

Drinkability - Man!!! This beer is really, really good. Unbelievably easy to drink considering the bold characteristics and the high ABV. I don't know how or why I haven't tried this yet considering how popular it is. I definitely won't pass this up ever again. A very, very nice and well made beer.

Photo of Avantyawn
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bomber into pint glass. My first try of this beer and boy am I impressed...

A: Deep translucent brown with reddish hue, thick head with large bubbles, tons of lacing down the glass as I drink more and more.

S: Sweet caramel and some sweet floral fruitiness, strawberry jam, sweet tarts, gentle malt presence and a touch of alcohol at the end.

T: What a nice surprise this beer is. I am getting more and more into Stone with each beer I sample. Tastes like a rustic deep strong IPA. Slightly sweet and salty, sour, bitter, fruity. Very dry bitter ending but there is enough of a nice oily taste here that the bitterness is not overwhelming. It just borders on that aesthetic.

M: Delicious fresh hop oils. Strong but not overpowering carbonation. Medium thick but with a light smooth finish. Excellent!

D: I am pounding this bomber, it just hits the spot amazingly well after walking around the city for a few hours. I had a slightly rough throat, I would say this is an excellent beer for allergies or a slight sore throat form a cold. When I have a cold I like bitter soothing hoppy beers , this would fit the bill. Exceptional drinkabilty. Amazing beer.

Photo of paulginva
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Poured from the tap into a pint glass, by the time it reached my table, this brew had a 1/2" light tan rocky head with excellent head lacing that dissipated slowly. Body color was a nice chocolate brown that was cloudy with particulates and had a moderate amount of carbonation.

AROMA: Aroma was a very nice moderate barley with a light floral and pine hops smell.

TASTE: The taste surprised me. The barley taste was quite light and the floral, grass and pine hops flavors were heavily prominent -- much more so than I would have suspected. Nonetheless, the brew was quite tasty.

MOUTHFEEL: This beer was medium bodied with a slick texture and moderate carbonation, a combination that was pleasing to the tongue. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and finished heavily bitter with a long finish. Body lacing was fair and dissipated slowly.

DRINKABILITY: This strong ale lived up to its name. It was certainly memorable, grabbing hold of the taste buds and not letting go. This isn't the kind of beer you select for a night of continuous drinking. It's a sipping beer, not an easy-drinking one. For a proper purpose, I'd definitely buy it again.

Photo of Auracom
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle on February 25th, 2011 in a C&B tulip. From notes.

A - Very dark ruby that almost looks brown at first. Off-white medium head, good lacing just for kicks.

S - Hoppy nose with some acidity/citrus, malts *might* be in there.

T - Caramel or some initial sweetness immediately followed by a shitload of hops at mid palate. The balance isn't really achieved imo because the hops are just overbearing.

M - Medium body, fine carbonation, ABV is fairly hidden.

D - Just not that drinkable for me because of the hops. Gotta respect Stone though for delivering a brew that is exactly what they claim.

Photo of mpcrump
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a nice deep brown with a light tan head that lasts.

S: Hops, malt, and the oak chips seem to come through.

T: A start of bittersweet that melts into a sweeter taste. The wood comes in at the end.

M: Decent carbonation and a nice smooth feel.

D: Slightly higher ABV but a nice medium bodied beer.

Photo of colforbin73
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear, dark, ruby red with a decent head and carbonation. foams up nicely and leaves a little lacing as you drink it down.

this is a Bitter beer... extremely bitter. i can't find the supposed IBUs anywhere, but it has to be in the 70+ range. this deep chinook (?) hop bitterness is smoothed out by a nice rich texture, malty presence, and nice warming alcohol.

i think you might want to start with another beer before you have one of these.... otherwise it takes a few sips before your palate can adjust and start to pick up on the nuances of this heavy ale. one of the only beers of it's kind in the general marketplace -- a dark bitter american red.

Photo of YouSkeete
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark red and mahogany, just in between cloudy and clear. Weak off-white head, fades into moderate lacing.

S: Dry bitter hops, caramel sweetness, bready and dry-hopped malts, rye and pumpernickel, earthy pine, and some hints of dark fruits and citrus zest.

T: Extremely fresh hop bite, right in the beginning. Caramel, smooth and dry malts, and dark fruits are the main components of the flavor. Towards the end of the drink the rye and pine notes show themselves. Described commonly as an aggressive flavor, i can agree with it, though it's just more complex than necessarily 'aggressive'. A well balanced strong ale with a bit more emphasis on the hops.

M: Smooth, dry and somewhat sticky. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Tame aftertaste consisting of caramel and dry-hopped malts.

D: Spectacular. The name is fitting, i believe.

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

Pours a reddish brown color topped with a fluffy, light tan head. Looks impeccable
The nose is varied and delicious, smells of citrus, pine, malts and a faint hops.
Taste is strong and hard to describe, the hops bitterness is most evident although a pine/fruitiness shows through too.
This beer is vibrant and complex, the mouth feel is dry and just like the smell and flavor, aggressive.
This brew is definitely something worth seeking out and trying, it is strong and complex making it exciting to drink, a beer that no two drinkers will describe as exactly the same.

Photo of peensteen
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper colour, one finger of sticky white head, some lacing on the glass...this one looks mean. Smells of citrus, pine, grapefruit, malty, toffee notes and a faint sweetness are present. Taste is nice and hoppy, citrus and pine notes come out in the flavour, great balance with the malt, dry hop finish with grapefruit rounding it out. Nice full mouthfeel, hop oil slickness and a medium amount of carbonation. Drinks very well, could session this if ABV wasn't so high, near perfect really, solid brew as usual from Stone.

Photo of mjtiernan
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma included pine and a touch of grape. Taste was unique...intense with malt and hops that went on FOREVER. Insanely complex. Finishes a little bitter and dry but nothing to detract from my enjoyment. A big, big beer but not too, too strong at 7.2% ABV. Stone is really good at incorporating big beer flavor without knocking you on your ass with inflated ABV numbers.

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

A: pours a deep brown with a fluffy light tan head. It looks a bit evil.
S: Smell is a bit herbaceous with a bit of caramel from the malt. A touch piney as well.
T: Deliciously bitter at first taste giving way to a slight caramel sweetness that is battered back by a wave of pineyness. The sweetness and bitterness battle for dominance on the taste buds with it melding to a bittersweet flavor. A bit of pine in the aftertaste with a touch of toffee like sweetness. Very well done.
M: Slightly prickly carbonation and a slightly silky smooth mouthfeel accompany it. Definitely not watery, but not heavy either.
D: It's gonna be fun drinking this bomber, but that's about the limit. This bad boy wasn't made for sessioning.

Overall: A very outside the box product from the folks at stone. I can't wait to move to a state where their products will be more available to me.

Photo of SteelerNation
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lets see if this lives up to the name.

This brew eminates a strong aroma of hops that I can smell a few feet away from the glass. Has a sticky sweet malty smell. Lacing and head are both pretty sick and beat everything but nitrogen carbonation. The beer pours a dark bronze color. There is still foam left 15 minutes after the pour.

Citrus American hops dominate the palate for most of the taste. The hops taste of pine and grapefruit. Roasted malt makes up the malt backbone with a dark chocolate-like aftertaste. Tastes very much like an ESB, only with more punch.

The mouthfeel is thick and heavy, which is a big plus for me. I can hardly feel the alcohol content, even after drinking 22oz. The aftertaste isn't overly dry either.

This beer packs a punch and puts light beers in their place. I was skeptical from the big talk marketing campaign, but this beer lives up to its own smack talk. I cannot see any flaws in this brew.

Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into pint glass.

A: Dark red/brown. Thick, dense off-white head that doesn't go away.

S: Citrus and pine from hops. Caramel, red/brown ale malts.

T/M: Aggressive hop bitterness. Grapefruit-like citric and resiny/pine notes in the middle fading to just bitter in the finish. Malt profile is pretty typical red/brown ale and definitely not the focus. It supports the complex hop bitterness. There is a slight sweetness up front, with toasty notes in the middle, but it doesn't come anywhere near balancing out that bitterness.

D: Surprisingly drinkable...though can have the effect of turning the drinker into an arrogant bastard if overdone.

Photo of LVBen
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bottle.

Color: medium brown w/ red highlights

Very small off-white head that persists.

aroma: light malt, american hops with light grapefruit that blends together magnificently.

Mouthfeel: It has the carbonation level of a lite american lager. Slightly creamy.

taste: Hop bitterness that lingers for several seconds after every sip. Hint of ethanol, but it is not overpowering.
Good balance between malt and hops. Strong biscuit flavor.

This beer is best to be enjoyed at a steady sipping pace. It would be a good beer for drinking while chatting with friends at a pub after work.

Photo of jayhawk73
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium dark caramel color with a perfect two finger head. The smell is fruity hoppiness, with a little malt thrown in. Knowing Stone's reputation for big beer tastes, I'm surprised the smell isn't a little stronger. Maybe it will get stronger when it warms a little. Ah- but the taste delivers! This beer slaps you in the face and says 'Pay attention!' Great taste, with lots of hops mixed w/ citrus and some malt thrown in as well. Mouthfeel is nice, and it has a slightly bitter aftertaste- which lingers. The drinkability is good, but this beer makes me want to sip it.. enjoy it.. It feels like an 10-11% beer, but it's only 7.2%. Another great beer from Stone. Everything I've had of theirs has been great, and this is no exception. Cheers!

Photo of Dotcubed
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had numerous bottles of this but never got around to a review.

Unfortunately I moved into a state that for some reason didn't seem to offer Stone, and as a result have not been into their offerings. I love their beer, so a little over three years ago I decided to buy some to cellar.

Bought in Livonia, MI moved to Minnesota and brought into Jersey. I expect it to be decent. But you never know.

Smells good opened with that nice sound. Looks like it's still beer, a nice silky smooth foam and some soap like bubbles in the bottle. Glass looks very hazy. Smells fruity, malt with over ripe banana.

Foams in the mouth with an unholy bitterness. Carbonized goodness, that has no equal in recent memory.
Warming, and dry with some heavy hints of spice.

No telling how much older these can get.

The only problem is that I can't say I'd drink alot of these.
I would love to have a case of these.

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,272 ratings.