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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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8,140 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,140
Reviews: 2,760
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 224
Gots: 688 | 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 Natural510


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the trademark 22oz bottle, this gives a nice head which lingers and a deep amber color with brownish overtones.
Smells hoppy & malty sweet. The taste is hoppy & bitter, as I expect from a California ale, but not overly so...as in a Sierra Nevada product (which for me is almost undrinkable).
There is an underlying sweetness to the finish, which resembles apples & pears...and somewhat acidic as such. It's also spicy like the food region from which it originates. Some caramel & cinnamon going on here too.
I can see why this ale is so popular, there are alot of different flavors going on...the bitter, sweet & spicy all complement each other.
I'll definitely buy this label again.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 01:45:57 | More by Natural510
Photo of Bamabrew22


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

Finally got a chance to try an Arrogant Bastard while I was in DC this past week. Definitely lived up to its billing.

A= Deep brown body with a taupe, creamy head. Served from tap into a snifter of sorts.

S= Creamy goodness. Hints of caramel, mild alcohol aroma with a hop spicyness

T= Just plain excellent! Smooth and creamy with a burnt caramel taste and a punch of hops. You can feel the booze, but it's not in your face like you'd think. Well balanced by the malt.

M= smooth and comforting, lingers for awhile

Overall, this is a quality ale. Would definitely recommend tipping this one back. I was much impressed with this Stone offering, as it clearly lived up to the hype.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2008 20:30:06 | More by Bamabrew22
Photo of BradLikesBrew


4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No freshness info.

Stone's label are always great, but this may be my favorite:
A menacing gargoyle holds a pint on the front and on the back:

"Arrogant bastard Ale: This is an aggressive beer. You probably won't like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to able to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth. We would suggest that you stick to safer and more familiar territory --- maybe something with a multi-million dollar ad campaign aimed at convincing you it's made in a little brewery, or one that implies that their tasteless fizzy yellow beer will give you more sex appeal. Perhaps you think multi-million dollar ad campaigns make a beer taste better. Perhaps you're mouthing words as you read this."

Perfect beer for my BA Initiation.

a: Deep and hazy reddish brown body, cream colored head and excellent lacing.

s: Caramel toasted malt makes an appearance, but the aroma is mainly hops.

t: Biscuity malts are noticeable but are quickly swept aside as the hops takeover. Great depth of flavor. The hops are raw and display notes of pine, citrus, and flowers.

m: A rich, sticky, chewy beer, though the body isn't too full. Good carbonation. Wraps itself around your tongue and invades your taste buds, don't think I'll be tasting my diner tonight.

d: Its a great beer, but being the arrogant SOB that it is, I wouldn't want to mess with more than one.
Terrific depth, both the hops and malt show up big.
I really wish Stone distributed here in Missouri, but I guess those of us out here in Anheuser-Busch country aren't worthy.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 01:04:07 | More by BradLikesBrew
Photo of JohnGalt1


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

22oz from the Coop for about $4.50.. shared with Brenda, mine from my New Belgium goblet.

Huge 2" tan head that came out of the glass and left behind beautiful lacing. The brew looks walnut brown until held to a light revealing deep cherry red... pretty for sure.

Aroma is a good balance between American hops and caramel and toasted malts... some fruitiness.. more refined than previous years notes reveal.

Full flavored obviously.. citrus and pine hops shine but are shadowed perfectly buy the big malt flavors... bitterness is less that remembered but still very nice. Leans toward the sweet side with caramel and toasty malts... a touch of milk chocolate is highlted by the sorta creamy mouthfeel. Big and brash across the board..

AB leaves nothing to guess... it is Big. It is a beer I unfortunately always overlook/take for granted... I really should buy it more often... but the rational side of me always says "the AB will always be here.. try something different." I will make an honest effort to enjoy it more often.... too often, other beers leave you wondering what if the upped the malts/hops/alcohol ... ETC. AB leaves nothing to guess.... that being said, personally I prefer its bigger brother.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 07:58:37 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of Tolann


4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review copied from previous notes:

I really remember enjoying this one. I may need to make an occasion to re-visit this beer.

A - Some head. Dark in color. Ruby in color and crisp in appearance.

S - Sweet and fresh hops, floral scent. This is all about the hops!

T - Bitterness at the top of your throat. Big hops presence. Fresh is the best to describe it.

M - Light to medium body. Noticeably carbonated, but not too much.

D - This beer is all about hops. Quite nice IMO!

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2008 03:23:31 | More by Tolann
Photo of DackAchan


4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Good appearance. Pours a nice looking dark red with a dark tan one finger head. Head stays a while.

S- Dominated by hops. Hops hops and more hops. Definative citrus taste to it.

T- Drinks like an IPA. Hops dominate, clear citrus taste to it with some taste of alcohol.

M- Okay mouthfeel, medium body, with a slight bite of the alcohol.

D- This is hurt because of the hoppy bitterness to it. Alcohol also hurts it as well. But a beer that is definately worth a second try.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 21:38:49 | More by DackAchan
Photo of Ryanbob


4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hmmmm. I've had this beer a few times before and I have always enjoyed it, but tonight its just not as aggressive as I remember it. Still very good, but not as insanely hoppy as I thought it was.

Appearance is a nice dark brown almost reddish color with a huge three finger head. It smells great with a strong hoppy, floral and sweet aroma. This ale is clean and fresh tasting with plenty of hops, however there is less residual bitterness than in Stone IPA. The hoppy freshness is balanced with some malty sweetness and hints of toastiness. There is some fruity (perhaps grapefruit rind?) taste mixed in there as well. While there is a significant hoppy character to this brew, it is a delicious beer I could drink often. There is no need to be intimidated by the label or the name, if you enjoy Sierra Nevada Pale Ale or Liberty Ale you will probably like this one as well. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 03:26:42 | More by Ryanbob
Photo of trentley87


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

Picked up the pint bottle tonight...I was going to wait on this one for a special occasion but I just can't resist.

A: Pours a cloudy, dark orange-amber with a two finger width orange-tan head. Excellent head retention with good lacing.

S: Mild, citrus and hops.

T: Very bitter, lots of hops flavors, but a pleasant sweet citrus finish and aftertaste. Definitely some alcohol flavor present as well. Not as aggressive as the back of the bottle would suggest. I throughly enjoyed it.

M: Perfect. Carbonation is right on. Not watered down but not too thick for an ale.

D: The only thing keeping this from being one of my go-to brews is that here in Michigan the price is pretty steep at $4.29 a pint. But you're definitely paying for quality. I will definitely be getting one of these every few weeks or so.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 01:08:41 | More by trentley87
Photo of shabbtastic

New York

4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I FINALLY came to my senses to try the Arrogant Bastard in which my buddy talked me into...

I want to first start off by saying the smack talk on the bottle was a little annoying and made me think it was a queer gimmick or something. Also, and I had to laugh but the bottle decorations are embedded with "cadmium" which is highly TOXIC!! It should be called Dumb Ass Bastard!! Any-who...

A - Pours a dark robust amber with a thick head that lasted...

S - Rich malt with strong hop presents. The strong combination made this really make a statement. Floral grains were abundant with light citrus background notes.

T - Very Piney up front with pungent hop overtones. Sort of classic comparisons to traditional ESB's but a bit tangier than most. Very nice follow with a malty finish.

M - Full bodied and a bit sticky on the palette. Not a clean finish but very tasty, almost like a meal within itself.

D - Very respectable brew, I'll look for this one more often. My buddy said it was an extreme but not so much for me.

I will be visiting the "Bastard" again soon, I just might wear gloves the next time I handle the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 01:53:45 | More by shabbtastic
Photo of ruckzuck


4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up while at home.

A - lovely red-brown, nice head

S - citrus, hoppy, malty/sweet

T - woo nice bitterness/hoppiness, bit of sweetness which comes through, really nice

M - medium bodied, not too much carbonation, finishes nicely and leaves an enjoyable aftertaste

D - pretty good, I really like this beer (I like the IPA even more) and wish Stone sold more of their stuff in Texas or at all in Georgia. I'd definitely enjoy this more often if I could buy it where I lived! Get in GA, Stone! Anyway, pick it up if you can.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 06:42:56 | More by ruckzuck
Photo of Absumaster


3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A murky brown, reddish beer with lots of carbonation and a creamy head that collapses almost immediately.

Smell is strong malty with some smoke and a good dose of alcohol. The hops are abundant and are citric and resinous.

Taste is strong bitter with citric hops that show a bit rough edges. Maltiness is not as strong as the smell would make me suspect, but it still is heavy on the malt. The alcohol is warming and mouthfeel is sweet and a little thick.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 15:32:19 | More by Absumaster
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a clear ruby with a thick cream-colored head. Besides general beeriness, pungent aromas of pineapple, red fruit and a touch of pine are evident. Initial tasting gives as impression of a big malty ale with a touch of booziness and toastiness and apple. Definitely on the richer side, but dry enough to avoid being cloying, and with the hop flavour to stave off too heavy a maltiness.

I think this achieves a nice balance between maltiness and hops, and is no doubt quite a bit bitterer (objectively) than the impression it gives. Quite drinkable for such a big beer. I think the two strong points of this one are balance and nose.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 17:45:04 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of lightindarkness


4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A 22oz bomber with a pretty hidden Enjoy By date printed directly below the label, only visible with condensation on the bottle.

A - Deep, deep dark reddish amber. An aggressive pour left a 2 finger creamy light-tan head lasting with some good lace all around.

S - Bright hops, fresh. Full sweetness of pineapple, pear, and some yeast. A pretty tame and soft nose for the experience to come.

T - Intensely bitter from start to finish, masking the apparent complexity of the beer. By about the 8th sip my mouth is acclimated to the bitterness, becoming somewhat numb to the intensity, revealing a very appealing and tasty ale. Some hints of pine are met with fruity grapefruit and raspberry tartness, along with a surprising amount of roasted malt, somewhat dry and dark. the intense hops keep it bright with a lot of depth, accomplished with very little sweetness. It's now 2 minutes after my last sip and I'm still discovering flavors I hadn't noticed before.

M - Complex - slightly dry with a hoppy oil feel. Fairly medium bodied, difficult to discern from the bitterness.

D - Okay. So complex it becomes intriguing. This is one elusive beer, hiding itself beneath folds of hop and bitterness. It leaves much to discover, but will certainly turn off those who are weak of palate and cannot handle the intensity.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 19:18:33 | More by lightindarkness
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cherry brown with a lingering massive head that leaves a fair amount of lace on the way down. Nose at first seemed like blueberries, but calmed down after a minute. Taste is massively complex and thorough. Sweet edge follows a burst of hop flavor with a deep almost oaky presence, which turns into what I want to say is a slight alcohol presence on the end. Not for the faint of heart, or palate. This beer is complex and lacks mercy for those who are immature in beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 05:27:59 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of BeaBeerWife


4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best of class. Still uncertain what the class is! Dark Double IPA??? American Strong Ale I guess!

Certainly one that should be mandatory for all IPA lovers to try.

Big Complex beer, I highly recommend having one of these on an empty stomach BEFORE dinner. You will then appreciate all of what it has to offer. Drinking with a meal would just be too complex! :)

This brewery continues to amaze me. Need to visit it someday.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2007 19:56:59 | More by BeaBeerWife
Photo of jeffmonarch


3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pt. 6 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Red/brown color with a light tan color.

S - Hops, nice roasted grain scents.

T - Hops from the start. Sweet grain flavor with high alcohol content.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer. I love this. If you like this also try Oaked Arrogant Bastard and Double Arrogant Bastard.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 04:49:17 | More by jeffmonarch
Photo of kirok1999


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

Pours a nice clear mild copper. Thick white head and massive lacing. Smells of hops only, bitter aromatic hops of citrus and pine.
Taste is massive hops up front, followed by more hops, then a lingering hop aftertaste. There's a mild malt presence that gives it a dry quality. Feels slightly thin and bubbly.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 01:10:19 | More by kirok1999
Photo of scottblaze


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

My second time to drink this...the first time I didn't know what to expect, it caught me a little off guard.This bottle sat in the fridge for almost 2 months for no reason except that I guess just wanted to sit and enjoy it on my own sweet time. Here goes...I humble myself..

Dark hazy, redish amber...Frothy head looks almost like foam on a cappicino, excellent retention and lacing. Smell of molasses, vanilla, chamomile, citrus, fresh cut hay and pine...complex...yes. Taste the hops, this is what they're about and what they're good at....pine, citrus combined with a toasted malty fruitiness, reminiscent of molasses, dried cherries, pineapple, raisins, that takes this brew in a most interesting flavor direction along with a creamy but carbonated bite that makes for a inticing mouthfeel and drinkability.

I am not worthy...

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2007 00:00:52 | More by scottblaze
Photo of Homerbag


4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky Copper red with one the best heads out there. The head lasts until the very end. If you are into visual stimulating beers, this has to be on your list.

Nice aroma balance of strong hop and roasted grains. Some alcohol is present but burried under the fruitiness of the yeast.

Hoppy from the get go. Almost IPA hoppy. Sweet malty grains balance of the hard hop kick. Good fruity undertone that adds complexity to a very outstanding flavor.

Feel is the only place that this does not overly impress. Good carbonation and enough viscosity to let the flavor soak in but leaves clean aftertaste for a beer this strong.

This is a very goog beer and I wish it was more availible in the upper midwest. This is a very good example of the style and I hope to enjoy it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 08:33:45 | More by Homerbag
Photo of bloberglawp

Quebec (Canada)

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

Big thanks to jasonjlewis for this bomber! Sampled it with my big brother along with DFH punkin and New belgium's Fat Tire.

Pours deep redish copper with a good size head that laces nicely to the glass. Aroma of bready malt and huge hop additions. Interesting mouthfeel from all those bitter hops. Taste is extreme and almost unbalanced but none the less very very delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 02:29:07 | More by bloberglawp
Photo of ghostmech007


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

Big bomber with a nice label. Pretty funny stuff printed on it too. Poured this into an over sized pint glass.

Deep red coloring with an good beige lace and head. Very sticky, just hugs the glass.

Very rough hops nose. Grains, and alcohol are also very present but not overpowering. Balance and lovely.

Nice full body. Very rich, very complex brew. Smooth considering the amounts of hops. Malty sweetness that immediately gets cut down by the hops. The alcohol really comes through when this one warms up. The raw hops palate is very complex, the brewers must have used a million different styles in this one. Finishes very sweet and dry but taste great from start to finish.

Just a side note: this brew is not for the faint of heart. It's big, complex, very raw, and very sophisticated. You need to know what you're getting into before you buy it. If you don't like hops don't get it, if you don't like big brews don't get... if you dare. But I'm defiantly going to get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 21:08:39 | More by ghostmech007
Photo of hellcatsjg


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

Appearance: Dark brown with a finger of creamy head that leaves after the first sip to make way for a thin layer of foam with decent lacing.

Smell: Hoppy. Big citrus and pine hops in the smell. Also present is a bit of a caramel aroma.

Taste: Sweet citrus hops lead off the sip along with some maltiness and then quickly transitions to the piney hop flavor that rounds out the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Decent thickness and finishes clean and hoppy. You get a big blast of pine hops that sticks around for a long while after the sip. Also, although there is not a relatively low ABV, you get a bit of a nice warming feeling in your throat.

Drinkability: A beer that has such a strong, long lasting hop flavor is not something you could drink a ton of. Very tasty and something I would drink often, just not several in an evening.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 02:14:14 | More by hellcatsjg
Photo of ncvbc

North Carolina

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

While I think I enjoy this more than the Oaked, it isn't as balanced or rounded out. Needless to say, I'm a hop head so I'll take all the bitter I can get. Basically looks the same as the oaked, pretty close to brown in color and an off white head. Decent lacing and steady carbonation. Smell is great and the hops come through much more here than in the Oaked. The smell in general is much bigger. Hops, hops, and more hops with a pretty big malty backbone that consists of caramel and toasted biscuits. Taste doesn't quite live up to the smell but tries to follow the same suit. I prefer the Oaked in terms of taste simply because the vanilla flavors help to round it out in a good way. Mouthfeel here is fairly bitter and dry. Medium bodied and a good tingle from the carbonation on the tongue but slick. I could drink a good bit of this. A couple bombers would do me good. Pretty much exactly what I remember from a tasting in Asheville and it remains a solid selection in my book.

Cheers to NCSUdo for the extra.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 02:20:20 | More by ncvbc
Photo of jasonpeckins32


4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is amber in color with some extreme red notes. One of the reddest beers Ive ever seen. Small khaki head layers the top of the glass.

The nose is very piney and citrusy. Awesome hop aroma.

A thrashing amount of citrus and bittersweet hops make for quite a bold taste. Earthy, piney, resiny. A welcomed kick in the palate with this ale.

The mouthfeel is soft and creamy, yet still decently carbonated.

The drinkability is decent, but the heavy flavor would make it difficult to enjoy several of these.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2007 22:29:04 | More by jasonpeckins32
Photo of NitroGen


4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: 1 PT. 6 Fl. Oz. 7.2% Alc. Vol., Brown Bomber Bottle

A: Mahogany pour with reddish hues into a into a pint glass with an intense finger head of foam that lowers to a scant cover and enough lacing for three glasses.

S: Grapefruit pith, roasted grains

T: Carbonation brings a burst of bitter grapefruit pith then a trickle of sweet roasted malt that mingles as a slightly slick hop slick on the tongue and palette.

M: Enjoy the face slap of bitter hops but I really enjoy the myriad aftertaste of sweet roasted malt that I have not found elsewhere.

D: I would like to spend an afternoon with a number of these, as I cannot see tiring of this great brew! I especially like how it changes as it lowers in temperature, started at 50 degrees. I will be offering to guests.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 01:52:32 | More by NitroGen
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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