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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

8,467 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 8,467
Reviews: 2,771
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 248
Gots: 854 | 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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gonzo46and2

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +5%

Pours a brown sugar reddish brown. A huge head collected at the top and edges of the glass and didn't want to budge. It stuck around!

Aroma is caramel malt with tons of hop character. This smells great. Grapefruit, Pine, and brown sugar dominate the nose.

Taste mostly reflects the nose. It tastes like a good amber ale on steriods. Kind of reminds me of an imperial version of Bell's Amber Ale.

Long finishing beer with a medium body and sticky texture.

I really enjoyed this beer and will buy it again.

11-24-2008 05:37:35 | More by gonzo46and2
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aubuc1

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

poured from a 22 oz bomber in to a tulip glass

pours a clear reddish brown with a big fluffy tan head

smell is brightly piney second grapefruit and finally some sweet malt

big bitter pop with a malt taste second that mellows

full mouthfeel and clean finish make it very drinkable

11-23-2008 23:42:15 | More by aubuc1
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assmasterson

Missouri

4.63/5  rDev +11%

Picked up from an online retailer.

A: Pretty dark, with a slight touch of dark red around the edges. The bottle is pretty amusing as well.

S: Some fruits, some floral.

T: Hops, hops and more hops. With the first sip, it almost seems way too bitter. Gradually, it becomes a little more subdued as you go on. Aftertaste sticks around for quite a while. Fantastic.

M: Slightly sticky, but not too thick.

D: Moderate. As good as the taste is, this is not a beer for hot summer days. For the winter, though, it does just fine.

11-23-2008 02:25:03 | More by assmasterson
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%

Notes from tap (although I've had this one too many times to count from bottle too).

Poured a dark brown color with an averaged size head. Smells of molasses, piney, and some citrus. Sweet and bitter tasting (nicely balanced). Hoppy. Dark fruity. Chewy.

11-21-2008 14:47:56 | More by hopdog
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swizzlenuts

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%

The nose on the beer has a sweet caramel nose to it with a bit of hops in the background. The malty nose is pretty solid, and the sweetness comes across very well. The beer is poured a deep ruby red with a creamy white head of about an inch in height. The beer looks absolutely awesome; exactly how a strong american ale should look like! The beer is incredibly balance with a huge bitterness coming through at the end, but a sweetness lingers through the whole tasting. There is a great complexity of hops and maltiness that I can't quite put my tongue on. It's like the hops and malts are fighting for the forefront of the flavour but end up having a great compromise! I think I might have to check into chinook hops! This remeinds me of a beefed up Red Ale. The mouthfeel is nice any creamy! Exactly what I'd expect! The ale is pretty god damn drinkable as well! I could easily have another.

11-21-2008 03:58:41 | More by swizzlenuts
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Yesac

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

A - Very dark amber/red off-white head that keeps a small layer throughout the glass. Awesome

S - Pretty complex, hops are dominating. Smells like an imperial IPA. Some dark fuits, and alcohol.

T - Excellent hop taste similar to an imperial IPA, just enough big bitterness. Great spice and alcohol warming as well like a great barley wine. This is one complex brew and is a challenge to disifer which type of beer this is.

M - Pretty sticky on the palate, but not dry. Nice coating

11-20-2008 03:00:47 | More by Yesac
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Shaw

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

It's been at least two years since I had this beer. Stone just arrived in Florida this week! I picked up some of the first bottles at Whole Foods.

A glowing amber in color with a foamy off-white head. It smells of West Coast hops, hops and more hops.

Ahhh, this is a beer I've missed! Great malt character of caramel and bread battles with massive citrus and herbal hop flavors and bitterness. But it's not over-the-top.

The body is glassy and chewy.

Overall this is a great beer. Just add this glowing review to all the others.

11-19-2008 07:04:34 | More by Shaw
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ThreeWiseMen

California

3.85/5  rDev -7.7%

Poured this into a "Cheers" (like the TV show) mug. Never reviewed a beer in a mug before, so I thought I'd give it a try. This is Wiseman Nick btw.

Appearance: Pours a dark, earthy red with 1 finger, tight, creamy, khaki head. Head is very sticky and retains well. Body is very hazy - almost completely opaque. Beautiful web-like lacing follows the head all the way down.

Smell: Right off the bat I get strong citrus and caramel. Caramel aroma is very rich, more like molasses or syrup. Nice wood and pine aromas accompany a solid hop backbone. Getting some apple and faint alcohol as well.

Taste: Wood and caramelized malts upfront. Earthy, resiny hops in the back. Citrus kick comes in about midway and hangs around into the aftertaste. Finishes very bitter, especially for a strong ale. Kind of surprised the flavor wasn't more pungent. Tastes like an above average, full-bodied IPA.

Mouthfeel: Starts off extremely smooth and creamy and finishes oily and bitter. Carbonation is pretty low and body is full. Very nice warming and good numbing to boot.

Drinkability: Pretty damn drinkable, but not very true to the style. We were all big fans of Oaked Arrogant Bastard, but this one is a pretty big step down. Still a good brew that I would recommend.

11-19-2008 02:08:47 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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nick76

Florida

3.8/5  rDev -8.9%

The aroma is very hoppy with pine and grapefruit. It's also got plenty of caramel. The appearance is reddish with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. This is a good beer. Despite the fact that it doesn't really have a weakness there is not as much to write about this beer as I was expecting. It's pretty straight forward.

11-18-2008 08:33:05 | More by nick76
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glid02

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%

Had this on-tap at the Thinking Man Tavern in Atlanta.

Pours a dark copper color with a foamy one-finger off-white head. The head eventually subsides into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells of caramel malt and slight pine aromas. I remember the bottle version having much more of a hop presence.

Tastes the same way it smells, lots of malt with subtle piney hop flavors and a mild bitter ending. As with the smell, I remember the bottle version having bigger hop flavors and a more bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. Good thickness, with the carbonation being a little on the light side.

Drinkability is good. I prefer a bit more hop presence, but it's still a solid beer.

Overall I'm a bigger fan of this from the bottle. I like the more robust hop flavors and bitterness. I'd like to try this on-tap again to see how much it varies.

11-17-2008 05:11:42 | More by glid02
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Manosbeeroffate

Maine

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%

After what seems like forever, Stome's beers are finally in Maine, Arrogant Bastards everywhere. Pours a deep brown/copper color with a thick head. Smells quite hoppy, tastes quite hoppy too, not as much as say Bigfoot, but quite hoppy with a nice malt background too. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for my liking. But overall a nice beer and a welcome addition to us here in true part of New England.

11-17-2008 01:16:35 | More by Manosbeeroffate
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kirkmichel

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%

A - Very pretty. Crystal clear, dark red with an amber tint. Thick dense foam, which turned into dense lace and stuck to the glass and stayed there throughout consumption.
S - Nose is complex, with lots of different fruity scents including bananas and berries (this one was tough to get due to the mo sitting behind me who just lit up a cigar..)
T - Taste is much different than expected due to the appearance - the hops are strong, but are very well balanced with malt; pleasant. And as in your face as the bitter hops strat out at first sip, the malt seems to mellow them as you continue to sip.
D - Very nice, I could drink a few of these. Even though it has an elevated ABV, it doesn't taste necessarily heavy on alcohol (or are the strong malt & hops masking it? Either way, I can't really taste it, so beware.
M - Pretty clean but definitely coats the mouth.

on draft - std pint

11-16-2008 19:41:34 | More by kirkmichel
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admiralcrunch

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

AB is a beer that practically speaks for itself. This is the third time I've had the good fortune of drinking a bottle of Arrogant Bastard.

The other reviews paint a good picture of what to expect with this beer, so I'm mostly just posting this to suggest a food pairing. Arrogant Bastard is really excellent with peanut butter cups. Specifically, Trader Joe's brand. I haven't had it with Reese's but I imagine that it's also quite good. Enjoy!

11-15-2008 04:29:25 | More by admiralcrunch
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GRPunk

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

On-tap poured into a nonic pint.

A- It poured with a nice 1 finger head that was well sustained and left great sticky rings down the glass. The body was a deep amber, a little difficult to describe under the lighting situation.

S- The hops were very pronounced, but the malt balance wasn't lacking. Citrus and grassy hops mixed with a malt sweetness.

T- Much as the aroma would suggest. Solid organic hops with a sweet malt balance.

M- A slightly oily feel. A tingle was provided by both the hops and alcohol.

D- The great flavor and feel make up for the alcohol in this one. It was remarkably drinkable.

11-12-2008 02:57:10 | More by GRPunk
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

A: Poured a deep crimson red, clear, with a thin frothy khaki colored head. Retention was better then average yielding a sparse covering with a thin stratified layering for a lacing. Visible carbonation appeared moderate.

S: The nose yielded fresh pink grapefruit with fresh green pin needles. Some sugary notes sweetens things up a bit.

T: The initial flavor was fresh pink grapefruit, pine resin, with a nice dry maltiness similar in nature to rye. Some dry booziness of whiskey cask notes with a moderately strong and pungent grapefruit hoppinesss that was flowery. Some sticky pine resin and dry boozy alcohol finishes things up here.

M: A rich, boozy nature and dry palate leaves the tongue perched from the massive helping of Chinook hopping contributing its big pungent grapefruit hoping and fade on the tongue. A nice full viscosity, oily, with a very light carbonation factor. Malty, smooth with a big boozy finish.

D: At first tasting it lives up to its name but seems to continuously get smoother with every sip there after. You may be taken aback at first by its arrogant nature, but deep down you will find this a boozy, dry hopped treat that gets progressively smoother with every sip and will grow on you.

11-12-2008 00:38:27 | More by beerthulhu
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supercolter

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +5%

Oh arrogant bastard, where have you been hiding all my life. I have never seen Stone in my neck of the woods, so you can imagine my excitement when I saw this. Appearance is something to behold. I wish I could give higher than 5, deep, deep copper color, over two finger head. Lacing follows it all the way down. Smell is a bit weak at first, but it was cracked open at 35 degrees. As it warms, up a wave of hops his as well as a bit of sugar and a touch of alcohol. Taste is great, overwhelming hops and a decent malt backbone. A little bit of sweetness but mostly just bitter hops. Mouthfeel is perfect. Drinkability for the style and hop content is very good.

11-11-2008 21:52:19 | More by supercolter
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auburngrad82

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

Purchased at Whole Foods in Durham, NC and poured into a pint glass.

A- Nice dark red color with a tan head and lots of lacing.

S- Hoppy but not overpowering.

T- You can really taste the hops in this one. Also quite fruity. High alcohol content but doesn't negatively affect taste. Very good.

M- A nice chewy feel to this one.

D- Very good ale. Looks as good as it tastes.

11-09-2008 23:45:30 | More by auburngrad82
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mugglesandhops

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Poured 22 oz. bomber into pint glass

Nice, dark red/brown color. fizzy two finger head, great lacing. Smells like an IPA/Pale little darker smelling. taste nutty, cofee, carmel finish. I have drank this many times but this is the first time reviewing. This is a good beer.

11-09-2008 05:37:59 | More by mugglesandhops
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Goregazm

Rhode Island

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%

A BEER THIS GOOD HAS THE RIGHT TO BE ARROGANT

Appearance: Pours a clean red/brown color with no bubbles rising to the surface. Has a foamy, two-finger head which lasts for a minute or two and leaves great lacing behind.

Smell: Heavy on the hops, woodsiness, pine, and some citrus. Underneath you can detect a little sweetness, but the hops are king here.

Taste: Has a hoppy bite to it, kind of like an IPA. It's bitter with some toastiness and woodsiness, along with a slight sweetness at the bottom. Maybe a few hints of caramel and delicious apples.

Mouthfeel: Frothy and slightly creamy, with no unpleasant acidity or overcarbonation. Aftertaste is similar to the taste, with bitter malts predominant.

Drinkability: This is a strong, hoppy beer that fans of either American Strong Ales or IPAs will enjoy. The kick is one that you won't forget, and it's a great beer to eat with pasta, like I did. Stone has done it again, giving us another reason to praise them.

11-08-2008 01:34:51 | More by Goregazm
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daledeee

Iowa

4.13/5  rDev -1%

I bought this beer because I recognized the name from the Top 100. A 22 oz bottle on a weeknight. Oh well. here goes.

This pours a dark clear brown that is reddish if held up to the light. The head was actually two tone with different bubbles. This is a fairly bland smelling beer with malt.

Taste is much like an IPA to me. Lots of hops but not as much grapefruit. A hint of malt. Very easy to drink. Well crafted beer and very "clean" tasting. Medium mouth feel but not a lot of bite.

11-07-2008 00:29:08 | More by daledeee
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SouthAtholSuds

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +15.1%

Fizzie yellow beer is for wussies. That says it all. Beer pours a dark ruby copper hue with a frothy head. The malts on the nose in this beer are quite powerful and mask the smell of the hop profile nicely. The thick malty syrup-like quality to this beer makes it like no other (except oak aged and double bastard). The huge malt character to the beer balances so nicely with the hops that they are almost undetectable. Strong alcohol is masked nicely and balanced perfectly. I want to pour this beer on my ice cream.

11-06-2008 01:17:08 | More by SouthAtholSuds
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jujubeast6000

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -19.7%

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.

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

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev -1%

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.

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

Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

11-05-2008 00:03:51 | More by SudNut
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davexisxrabid

California

4.38/5  rDev +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.

11-03-2008 21:25:17 | More by davexisxrabid
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,467 ratings.