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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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9,381 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,381
Reviews: 2,857
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 316
Gots: 1,436 | FT: 11
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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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Photo of HOMEPL8
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich coppery brown...with a dense two finger long lasting head on a midly aggresive pour. Moderate lacing. Good mouthfeel, with a bitter bite on the back of the tounge that is lasting. I like the beer far more than i was expecting and would enjoy drinking this beer at any time.

Photo of Stretch270
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a very nice dark amber color with a oat colored head.

Smell - you certainly get an aggressive hop smell that really comes across very well.

Taste - hops, hops, hops certainly dominate the flavor but you really get a good sense of a strong ale. It really lingers in the tongue. Not one to guzzle, but certainly one to enjoy.

Mouthfeel - I certinaly would say that this is a beer that weighs on the tongue. The carbonation and bitterness really attack the mouth.

Overall - I think this is the flagship beer that really communicates what stone is all about, bold flavors. It really gives a nice hoppy ale.

Photo of SkitzIrish3
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark woody brown with a modest creamy head.

Caramel and toasted malts, floral and fruity hop aromas. Fantastic, I was just smelling it for a while.

Sweet, caramel and toasty malts give way to aggressive hop bitterness, not something to underestimate. A bit grainy and dry with the finish. Medium mouthfeel, and a little sticky.

Arrogance is bliss…heavy malt and hop flavors along with a decent ABV makes for a solid brew, personally leaving little to be desired.

Photo of RTJakarta
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass, of course.

Pours a very nice reddish brown with a slight off-white head that hangs around for awhile and leaves a good deal of lacing.

Smell is a lot of hops. A very slight burnt coffee-esque note in the background, but hops power this brew.

Taste is a lot of the same. Big, strong flavor like you get in every Stone brew. Big hop presence, with a little woody touch to it. Very, very bold.

Very full mouthfeel. Some notable carbonation. Seems pretty fitting.

Overall, definitely a good brew. Would serve as a good introduction to Stone and how big their beers can be.

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

First had: bottle as a gift

Really hard to get all the way through when I first tried this hefty beer years ago. But it gets easier once you know what to expect. Its greatness can't be denied. Pours a dark reddish-brown with a small off-white head that retains well and generally leaves a bit of clingy lace. Lots of strong hops in the aroma, rough around the edges, with notes of toasted grains and malts, and hints of dark fruits. Taste is complex; strong with pine hops, woody, bitter, biting, with toasted caramel malts, and notes of resin, raisins, tobacco, molasses, and coffee. Alcohol presence is noticeable. Medium bodied but full of flavor, can be a bit harsh to drink for beginners, but is a wondrous quaff for the experienced palate.

Photo of Armand
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is their signiature beer and one that just kicks you where it hurts. Yes, this is an angry beer. Bitter to the bone.

A: Dark in color, amber to black or somewhere in betwen.
S: Burnt coffee, too much present. I'd order it again, but the last few sips are just too much sometimes.
T: Alcohol is present. Caramel, strong coffee.
M: Very rich in flavor, and thick.
O: I love Stone. This is one I like to have from time to time.

Photo of ranger7
2.38/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at the Holy Grail Pub in Plano.
I'm much looking forward to this.

A - A medium to dark brown color. Some head, but not much retention. Good.

S - Very hoppy. Honestly, all I could smell was a strong pine scent that is enhanced after taking a sip. Like a cheap car air-freshener.

T - Strong. Again, hops and an unpleasant piney aftertaste that lingers far too long. Not much balance here, unfortunately.

M - Quite a bit of hop aggressiveness. Some carbonation gives the hops more bite. The feel does improve as the beer warms and loses the carbonation, however.

Summary - I've been wanting to try this brew for a while. I had heard great things about it, and it's extremely popular, but I was left disappointed. It is far too strong in the hop department. I learned that Arrogant Bastard Ale is not my style.
Note: I drank this at the same place as the 90 min Dogfish Head, with the same fish and chips. Not even close to the same experience.

Photo of Kelly88
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Cock and Bull. Served in it's appropriate arrogant bastard pint glass.

A- dark hardwood floor brown that gradually becomes lighter further down the glass. Brilliant english pith helment brown head tops this beer that is gushing lace onto the glass.

S- a malty fruitiness of plums and faded cherries grace the nose along with some dank hops, typical of a stone beer. Good but not great.

T- strange, a suggestion of bourbon followed quickly by a layer of caramel and bread and ending with a blast of alchohol. Suprising amount of woody flavor for a non barrel beer.

M- nicely carbonated and a very light to a moderate medium feel for a strong ale. Really it is perfect.

O- stone must have invented this style because this beer is what I imagine the style should be. Taste could be more developed and the aroma could be stronger, but I'm reviewing in a bar so... Seek this beer out!

Photo of awesomeandrew
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark amber looking, reddish with a light head. Good lacing. Head retains well.

S: Caramel, flowery hop smell. Smells sweet.

T: Hops on the forefront. Good hop aftertaste. Tiny hint of chocolate. Floral hops. Aggressive yet stayed balanced enough to enjoy. A little sweet too.
M: Smooth and drinkable, I thought it was a nice medium body, everything reacts and bubbles on tongue.

O: Very awesome beer. I love it and will drink again.

Photo of jballeng
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft pour at Grotto Beer and Wine Bar in DeLand, Florida.

Pours a burnt amber with a moderate head and retention. Light lacing.

Aromas of piquant hops, bitter citrus, orange peel, coriander, singed toast, and dry spices.

Big hoppy bite in the front with immediate notes of toast and grapefruit rind. Finishes smooth with some residual hop dryness. Distinct blueberry and blood orange back-note.

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

Had on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York City. Served in a tulip. Review from notes.

Never had this on tap before, so I'm excited to see how this is when its as fresh as you can get it.

Look: red body with a thin layer of creamy, white lacing with good retention and lacing.

Smell: holy Chinook hops. Light caramel and dark fruit, but mostly the aggressive aromas of Chinook; grapefruit and resin.

Taste: follows the nose with a fairly harsh hop attack; citrus and pine beating my tastebuds down. Caramel, bread, and brown sugar are there too but too weak to balance anything out.

Feel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, alcohol hidden. Not something you'd wanna session; it overwhelms my palate so it isn't something I would get a second glass of.

Overall: the difference between the bottle and the tap of this is extraordinary. While the label on the bottle seems to be hyperbole, it accurately describes the tap version. Cheers!

Photo of Redfoot19
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow...that is all I could say after my first sip. I must say Arrogant Bastard is a "one-of-a-kind" beer. If you can't handle a strong beer...look away.
You can smell it from a table away, and it looks awesome. Power is all I can say with taste, I really enjoy how potent it is. It isn't my all-time favorite strong beer...but it fights for the top. My friends think I'm crazy when I bring out the ole Arrogant Bastard at dinner.

Photo of FARGO619
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber.
A. Dark caramel, dark with red tinting on the bottom from the light. Nice lacing too.

S.Strong caramel aroma. floral scents. Hints of dark fruit.

T. Hops hit you in the face when you take a sip. Bitter as hell. Burnt chocolate.

M. Full bodied.

O. It is a strong beer, and one that kicks you the more you drink it. Had it with dessert. Really good with a cigar.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of SawDog505
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured 22 oz bomber into 13 oz tulip. Pours a clear ruby red. Fluffy off white, sticky head. Lacing is bountiful. Smell is some pine, bready, & a touch of carmel. Taste similar, but more intense with a smack of piny hops in the finish. The mouth feel is hearty for it's easy drinkability with plenty of life. This was one of my first true craft beer experiences a little more then a year ago. Still awesome, especially this fresh best buy 8/30/11. Stone is great.

Photo of Knapp85
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fell in love with Stone after having this beer. I loved everything
about it, The bottle was awesome looking the name was great. The story on the back was also very cool. This beer was just a really good starting point for me when venturing out into the beer world. Had my first bottle on 4-17-2008. The beer poured out as a deep amber color. The head is pretty thick looking and white. head that laces the glass really well. The smell was stronger than what I was used to at the time, It was big and hoppy, a subtle sweetness on the nose as well. The taste has a strong pine flavor to it. The hop character of this beer is very good. The other tastes were of some caramel malts that gave is a slight sweetness and a light wooden flavor too. The mouthfeel is medium and had a good drinkablity to it. Overall, I think this beer is a classic in it's own way. As long as Stone makes this beer I don't see them going out of business anytime soon. It's a beerthat's got the balls to stand up against all the others out there and say "I'm better than you".

Photo of CFHMagnet
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this Bastard into a mug.
A. Beautiful beer. Two fingers of nice foamy head that sits there indefinitely. Nice lacing too.

S. Citrus, especially grapefruit, strong caramel malt (yum!), floral scents. Hints of dark fruit.

T. Hops hit you in the face when you take a sip. Pine and citrus, they fade into a decent roasted malt flavor that you enjoy rather than get smacked with, then it ends up with a bitter biscuity taste.

M. Medium bodied, this bad boy coats the mouth well. The bitter biscuit flavor builds up and definitely stays with you. Doesn't dry too much though.

O. This is an amazing beer. It was one of the beers that helped me out on the road from macro to micro brew, and has earned a special place in my heart.

Photo of andrewinski1
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Nice foamy head leaves sticky lacing atop a dark amber body.

The aroma is full of sweet mango. The hops blend nicely with the sweet malt in the aroma.

The taste starts out with sweet tangy malt. The hops are flavorful and bitter leaving slightly spicy citrus flavor. The aftertaste is distinctly bitter and harsh but seemingly appropriate for this beer.

This beer is light bodied considering the ABV making it more drinkable. Served cool enough, this could be refreshing.

Really tasty, a sweeter alternative to Stone's IPA's.

Photo of perrymarcus
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

finally getting around to reviewing an old fave.

22oz bottle served in a standard shaker pint.

pours a beautiful translucent, deep copper shade with orange highlights; yields a frothy 2" head that demonstrates great retention and lacing. to me this is the prototype for 'how a beer should look'.

nose is not quite as aromatic as i recall, but does offer nice notes of hops (primarily citrus, some earthy characters) and a background presence of caramel malt.

taste easily one-ups the aroma. bold and flavorful, it's hop forward but with a strong toasty, caramel malty backbone. big bitter presence persists through the finish. the kind of beer that will put hair on your chest.

medium-bodied mouthfeel, a touch below average carbonation.

overall arrogant bastard is, simply put, a great beer. i'd stop short of calling it world-class, but just very well-crafted and one i will always return to.

Photo of DocBrewsky
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Stone brewery approximately two weeks ago.

Appearance: Delivered to my dinner table in a beautiful chalice. About a one finger goldeny/yellow head sits atop an enticing burnt orange to amber body. Fairly clear, but it was slightly dark where I was sitting to really see how the light shined throufh.

Smell: This beer is so much better freah than from the bottle, the smell is fresh citrus, strongly bitter grapefruit, faintly earthy. I feel like the bottled version is unable to convey the same hop/citrus bouquet that a fresh tap can.

Taste: As this cool amber liquid passes the borders of my taste department, I am hit by a bitter/citrus hop bomb followed by a phenolic alcohol greeting. Medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Above average mouthfeel with a mildly dry finish. I drink this fairly often, and it never becomes old; this IS my Coors Light.

Overall: A great beer, certainly an acquired taste by some standards. But a wonderfully big beer, none the less.

Photo of doughanson78
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into snifter.

A: Very deep amber color. Very clear. 1 finger slightly tan head. Beautiful lacing. Nice looking beer.

S: Citrusy hops. Grapefruit. Sweet apples. Light caramel malts. Very fruity smell. Smells very refreshing.

T: More of a floral taste from the hops. Not overly bitter. Little bit of citrus. Very light caramel in the background. Little spiciness.

M: Medium-bodied. Fairly crisp. Finishes dry. Light creaminess.

O: A well crafted beer. Maybe overly hyped, but stands up to it. Goes down a little to easy for 7.2%. Definitely not an all day drinker.

Photo of Teleweizen2
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - the beer pours a rusty amber color with a thick two fingers worth of tan foam on top. Spotty yet thick lacing on the glass.

S - an assault of citrusy hops at first wiff, but on closer inspection there are tons of rich caramel sweetness, along with some hints of red fruit.

T - honey like sweetness followed by toffee just before the tongue is hammered with citric hop bitterness. Finish is dry, smooth and clean.

M - medium bodied. Smooth and creamy. Low on carbonation.

O - this is just one of those great year round beers. Enough malt character for chilly nights and tons of bitterness for a warm afternoon. I need to pick this one up more often.

Photo of BigDRS
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. ... am I worthy?

A - Color is a deep amber with a rich, thick tan head. Tons of tiny bubbles linger in the head and retention is awesome. Lacing is also top notch. A suburb visual specimen.

S - The nose is very interesting. Lots of caramel notes up front, with a little roasted/nutty character and some hops in the background.

T - The caramel and nuts from the nose are there, with a nice hop bitterness on the back end. There's a nice bit of sweetness right in the middle of everything on my palate with just a bit of dark fruit. This is a really, really great tasting beer.

M - Mouthfeel is good, but I'd like just a bit more carbonation to make this a 5/5. There is a slight syrupy quality to this beer that I really enjoy.

O - This is an awesome beer for anyone who thinks they're worthy.

Photo of drowninginhops
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Says on the bottle that I will not like it, adn they were not right.

A: Dark red in color, and a head that wont quit with good lacing.

S: Smells like a couple of the English ales I have had. Dark fruits are the most prominent with alcohol.

T: Extremely bitter and spicy.

M: Mouth feel is very think.

D: Not the kind i would want to session but a very good beer.

Photo of jgurley
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty opaque reddish brown color in my snifter. Has a perfect tan creamy head that sticks around with great lacing when swirled. This beer has a perfect nose. Sweet and malty with floral hops. Brings good sweetness to the tongue. Not at all cloying. The sweet on the front balances well with the back of the tongue bitterness. Mouthfeel is perfect for my taste, great effervescence, slightly sticky. Bitterness on the finish sticks around a bit too long for my taste and is the one and ONLY drawback, but overall, an almost perfect drinking experience.

Photo of danieelol
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a pretty red colour with good persistent head and lacing.

S: smell is very English to me. Reminds me of rich dark fruit flavours you get in English ales and their Australian interpretations. Definitely has old/scotch ale and/or barleywine characteristics. Nice malt profile. Biscuity and chocolatey. You get some ethanol breaking through which contributes to the smell.

T: is more American. Very substantial bitterness. I suspect this is very high IBU. The noticeable alcohol integrates really well to create spiciness on the palate.

M: Quite thick with a lot of carbonation which emphasises the bitterness.

O: I can tell this is a high quality beer. It also surprises me with its Englishness. Really not what I expected from such a high profile US beer. I have to take into account it may have lost substantial amounts of hops from its journey to Australia, but this bottle still holds up in its own right.

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,381 ratings.