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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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9,556 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,556
Reviews: 2,896
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
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Gots: 1,654 | FT: 12
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000

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Ratings: 9,556 | Reviews: 2,896
Photo of YourMomDrinksBud
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a beautiful three finger off white khaki head that sticks around. The lacing is fantastic all the way down. Brew itself is a dark mahogony with red highlights. Visible stream of carbonation.

S- Caramel dominates. Notes of dark chocolate and dark fruits. Lightly citric hoppiness brings it all together wonderfully.

T- Starts sweet and chewy, finishes nice and dry with some hoppy bitterness. Caramel still dominates the flavor on my palate with dark fruits and dark bread in the back. Light grapefruit twang in the finish.

M- Creamy and lush. Full bodied, good carbonation. No evidence of the 7%+ abv at all.

O- Very balanced and drinkable. Excellent beer for the price, I still prefer the oaked version though.

Photo of LAMAGS
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep bronze color and massive head, fabulous retention and lacing, looks and behaves like a beer from an old cartoon. The nose is comprised of citrus, pine and oak with a floral hops, it is a little boozey but it adds to the character. The flavor is hops, and malt with a toffee sweetness, bitter bite at the finish. Medium body and carbonation, well crafted. One of the better ales I’ve had, really interesting and flavorful

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

For me, this was the craft beer that started my obsession. I used to live just down the street from the brewery and went to it on a whim. Never before drinking craft beer I got their sampler and Arrogant stood out to me. Not too bitter, not too sweet!

A: Pours a deep amber that reminded of liquid caramel. It was topped off with a massive 2+ finger head that left tons of lacing in its wake. Bubbles persist until your last gulp.

S: Malts, floral hops with pine undertones, finishing with grains and some citrus.

T: Lots of toasty malts with some great citrus undertones. An intense punch of floral hops follows and leaves behind an ever so slight hint of sweet caramel.

M: Medium bodied, highly carbonated.

O: This beer is special to me, so I probably inflated the scores a bit. I still feel, even after everything else I've had, that if I could only have one beer for the rest of my life, this is the one it would be. Thank you stone!

Photo of rockyfire
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells of hops and deep roast. Slight alchohol aroma. Very strong scent for sure.

Taste is strong of hops. this beer has alot of flavors going on aside from the hops. some deeper tones I attribute to roasted malts of some sort. Hops characted remains throughout though.

Feels very strong in your mouth. almost to the point where it's hard to hold onto. I guess this is part of the "strong ale" character.

Extremely drinkable one time. only faulted because it is hard to drink it for an entire night. very heavy feel once it hits your stomach.

All in all this is a good beer. Very Very complex. I think the heavy hops are overpowering and I have trouble recognizing the other flavors

Photo of paxchristi
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at "The Smoking Lounge" at the Denver Airport.

Appearance: Badass looking beer! Very dark brown with one finger of nice, khaki head. Head leaves remnant all the way down glass.

Smell: Roasted malts and some pine. Hops meet grain for an intense scent. Alcohol burns the nostrils a bit.

Taste: Piny hops hit you initially. Bready and sweet malts and yeasts bring up the back end. A caramel sweetness lies right in between. Creates a very pungent flavor not to soon be forgotten. Finishes dry.

Mouth: Totally medium body. Spot on. Good even carbonation gives the strong flavor a prickliness that advances its already strong flavor.

Overall: This is a total classic in craft beer. A total "go-to" beer for those who like strong ales. Will get this again, aboslutely! Stone continues to blow my mind.

Photo of theRooster90
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Twenty Tap in Broad Ripple

A: Very nice dark brown with a nice head.

S: Hops, citrus, caramel.

T: Suprising! A mixture of nice citrus hops and dark malts

M: Dances on your tongue with nice carbonation and medium body.

O: Definitely give this a try! Very nice!

Photo of mayorwalda
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm told I'm not worthy, and you know what, it might be true.

Stone Brewery's Arrogant Bastard Ale is quite a beauty to behold. From the pour you get a nice, dark brew, a deep red glow, that generates a good two finger head atop your glass that sits around for a long while, and leaves behind a bit of lace.

The aroma of this beer, before the first sip, is a hop-centric, somewhat grassy, somewhat piney bitter aroma which surprised me considering this brew's dark, malt-rich appearance.

Upon the first sip, a sip savored quite a while, I got a huge array of flavors that bring in, seemingly, every ingredient in this beer in their own organized waves. Initially, you get the bitter, somewhat tart taste of resinous malts and heaping amounts of hopps. After that taste hits your palate, though, you start to taste some of the sweetness of the malt and fruits they brew with all those hops! From the malt selection in this brew you can taste, primarily, some caramel malts complimented--if not just for color--by a bit of dark roast malts followed closely by a light and citrusy sweetness, as well as maybe a bit of tropical fruit. In short the taste of this ale is a roller coaster ride to be enjoyed full nice and slow, sip after sip.

While in mouth the mouthfeel of this brew can almost be ignored due to the immense amount of flavor going on in this brew, but this beer has a very complimentary medium body.

A: Dark, red, and frothy, with a good head and some lace.
S: Piney, hoppy and green, with a little bit of sweetness on the tail end.
T: Whoa! The taste is the total selling point of this brew. From hopps to fruit to malt this brew has it all in an unmatched, organized array of flavor.
M: Mouthfeel can be ignored for the most part but this beer's medium body compliments every other aspect really well.
O: Arrogant Bastard Ale is marketed correctly, I'd say. It's a wild brew with some serious flavor and a lot of complexity, which is miraculously well organized--it doesn't taste like everything at once. It also does a good job of keeping a first timer on their toes looking like a dark brew, smelling like an IPA and tasting like a well balanced red ale (with some uncharacteristic qualities!). Arrogant Bastard Ale might have to be a repeat buy, you know, just so I can get more acquainted and perhaps even "worthy".

Photo of kcinlober
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark amber with a small head

Aroma: slightly hoppy and with a little citrus. not a strong smelling beer, i had to work to get a smell

Palate: grassy with citrus; floral; bitter finish that feels good on the ol' mouth. roasted malts are also available to the taste buds. very good tasting

Photo of soulfly1492
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown amber, thin tan head. Nice lacing and retention.

Grapefuit, darker malts, caramel.

Sweet red grapefuit, some milder hops. Definitely some roasted malts in the mix.

Medium/full body. Very oily. Mild carbonation.

Nice bold beer.

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

22 oz. bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

Had this a few times before but never reviewed.

A: Pours a reddish-brown with half a finger of mocha head; okay retention with a little lacing.

S: Smells of some citrus-y hops. Not much else. Still, it smells good.

T: Taste is fresh citrus hops, roasted malt and a sharp lingering bitterness.

M: Medium body with some nice fine carbonation.

D: Drinkability is pretty high although the bitterness can be tiring.

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

22oz bomber poured into a perfect pint glass

A: The beer is a deep auburn color: very clear and crisp in appearance, and it sports a nice creamy head of a tannish color. The deepness of the color makes the beer look quite inviting. A healthy amount of bubbles are rising from the bottom of the glass. The two fingers of head hung out for 3 or 4 minutes. A thin layer of head remained as I drank the beer down. Impressive lacing was left on the glass all the way down.

S: This beer has a very present scent. The malt hit me first followed by the hops. On subsequent smells, the hops and malt blended quite well. I get roasted and biscuit malt scents with resiny, spicy hop scent.

T: This is a big tasting beer. Lots of roasted, biscuit malt with a generous amount of dank, bitter hops. The balance achieved between the two is phenomenal.

M: The beer has a medium to heavy mouthfeel. It leaves an after taste that is slightly dominated by the malt but the hops are definitely present. The aftertaste mostly lingers on the middle and back of my tongue and not on the roof of my mouth as I find happening with some of the extreme IPAs.

O: This is a phenomenal beer. This is the second American strong ale that really made me take notice of the awesomeness of beer (the first being Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale) several years ago before I started to get all nerdy about beer.

Photo of ianjsullivan
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

ST: 22oz bomber that tells me I am not worthy. More importantly, it also tells me the alcohol percentage, but it does not have a brewed on date or drink by date.

A: Dark iced-tea brown, cloudy, with a huge brown tinged head almost a finger long. The head sits on top and has great retention, and wonderful thick lacing is left as the beer is consumed.

S: Aggressive lemon and grapefruit hops, sweet malt, biscuit, slight smoke, slight sweet syrup.

T: Sweet malt, grapefruit, bread, caramel, and lots of bitter notes that cling to the tongue and throat.

M: Medium body and drier with smooth moments.

O: A solid strong ale that is, as it states, not for everyone. It has wonderful bitter flavor, but also has some sweet sugar notes that balance the beer. The head is wonderful, and the finish has great bite. However, it is not a beer to sit back and drink a six pack. It is a beer that you enjoy a bit at a time.

Photo of kojevergas
2.53/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1 pt 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Three finger head of good cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a dark copper colour. Semitransparent.

Sm: Musty caramel, nuts, and fair cream. A mild strength aroma.

T: Caramel ridden body alongside some very slight roast notes. A little cream is present. Generally, it's a bit simply built. The nuts don't come through. It's not really well balanced, but it could be worse.

Mf: Pretty smooth and pretty wet. Doesn't really suit the flavours of the body.

Dr: Too difficult to drink for the ABV. The flavours are a damned distraction. The price is higher than it should be. It's far from awful, but I wouldn't have it again.

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

A: Blood red. Clear. Khaki head that leaves great lacing. Some carbonation rising up. Great looking beer.

S: A little puzzling aroma. For some odd reason the dominant scent is straight up gummy bears. It's uncanny. Then there is a sour scent, slightly acidic and vinous. Malt lingering in the background, but gummy bears way up front. It makes me curious as to what kind of hops they used in this one. (website says "CLASSIFIED")

T: Huge caramel malt taste with heaps of hops, eventually the sweetness gives way to the copious amounts of flavor and bittering hops. The hops are pine all the way. Hugely resinous hops on the back of my tongue that stick like glue. Very bitter. Finishes quite dry, a little alcoholic, and slightly chalky.

M: Quite thick, oily, and viscous mouthfeel. Perfect amount of carbonation.

This beer packs a pine punch in the face with the most curious and enigmatic aroma I've come across. The aroma has almost nothing to do with the taste, but that just adds to the complexity of this fine ale. After drinking my first glass of this bomber, I feel like I can scrape hop resin off my tongue. It's hard to imagine what kind of food would hold its own against this monster of a beer.

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

Served in a pint glass.

Brown with a reddish hue when held to the light. Thick tan head that dispersed slowly and left thick clumpy lacing all the way down.

Roasted malt and pine dominate the nose.

Sweet maltiness up front that turns piney in the middle and ends creamy and bitter.

Been a while since I had this on tap, it used to be my go to beer when I was craving some hops and bitterness. I had this beer after an DIPA and it still had that awesome bitterness. It doesn't have that same affect that it did so many years ago but still in my top ten that is readily available.

Photo of Crowquill
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark, translucent red with a 2 and 1/2 finger light head.

Smell: Grapefruit, pine, hops, citrus, and booze.

Taste: Exceptionally hoppy, fruity, and overall, very aggressive. Caramel and pine are definitely present. This is not for the faint of heart.

Mouthfeel: Relatively smooth and slightly heavy, but not exceptionally thick.

Overall: This is definitely one of my absolute favorite beers and it's one that I drink very frequently.

Photo of mattboyer182
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A mahogany reddish color and a thick off white head. One and half finger head.

S - A strong piney hop smell and a fairly sweet malty scent.

T - Hops hit you initially. Citrus and pine in the taste. then comes the sweet caramel malts and the alcohol brings up the rear.

M - Medium bodied and highly carbonated.

O - Fantastic beer. It's what really got me into craft beer.

Photo of jadpsu
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ruby amber with a brown head that has average retention that fades to some solid side glass lace.
Aroma: Has some decent balance, as roasted malts as well as aromatic hops both hit the nose.

Taste: Malty, but smooth and creamy. I pick up some caramel and it is on the sweet side up front but ends hoppy dry.

This is an outstanding brew but at $17.99 a six pack and $65.00 a case, who is being arrogant here.

Photo of wnh
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a rich, clear mahogany topped by a foamy, creamy light tan head. Decent lacing.

Nose is big and hoppy, with juicy fruit and candied citrus leading the way. A solid caramel malt character holds everything up. There's an earthiness that, combined with the malt profile, reminds me of a German bock.

Rich and malty on the palate, supporting my initial thoughts of bock. Turns quickly into an almost acetic, acrid note, leading into a bruising and lingering bitterness. I'm taken aback at the overall similarity to a classic German bock, sip after sip, minus the hops. One would be hard pressed to mistake this for a bock, of course, but I can't overlook the similarities. There's a subtle note of citric juiciness, but otherwise the hops seem to lend themselves only to bitterness.

Quite thick and viscous, between soft and firm. Lingering bitterness diminishes drinkability, especially in a 22 oz. bottle. A good beer, but overrated in my opinion.

Photo of gregsandiego
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one of my personal favorites. The beer that weened me from fizzy Corona to a more sophisticated palate.

The taste is rich and strong. The flavors are complex combination of chocolate and spices. In contrast to Stone's IPA this one not bitter at all.

I best like it ice cold straight out of the bottle. The fact that they say "you probably won't like it" right on the bottle itself - is that reverse psychology or what?

In California they serve this on the Pacific Surfliners - the trains that go up and down the coast. That along with Stone's IPA. And I think the best way to enjoy one is from right in the cafe car of the #784.

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

I can't believe I haven't reviewed Arrogant Bastard on BA yet. This is one of the first beers I had when I started drinking craft beer, mostly because the label art was so cool and the reputation of Stone ales.

This beer is a tawny red with a reddish cappuccino head. The lacing is fantastic. The nose has green tea aroma with toasty and caramel notes. The hops come on in the second half and leave a deep sprucey bitterness that lingers that draws you in for another drink. The mouthfeel is full and lush. I think this is a great beer that is not nearly as bitter and extreme as I remember but a great drink.

Photo of mooseo
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, poured into pint glass.

A - Dark brown and hazy. Average head with heavy lacing.

S - Strong, sweet malt aroma with a hint of pine and caramel.

T - Toasted malts up front with some caramel and coffee flavors. Spicy, piney hops in the back. Every sip is delicious and complex. The finish is slightly bitter with a hint of alcohol.

M - Smooth, medium to heavy bodied. Slightly creamy mouthfeel.

D - A really complex, interesting brew. To me this is strictly a sipping beer, so the drinkability is not high. The taste is impressive. This is the first time I've had it on tap, and it does not disappoint.

Photo of enzocc
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - the appearance was better than i thought. Very thick and creamy head. Cloudy dark brown color.

S - Hints of roasted caramel, smoky, sweety, and a kick of a very nice spices.

T - Smoky, toasted coffee, and hints of roasted caramel and vanilla. The flavors are perfectly balanced. The taste is better than the smell.

M - Not watery, not heavy. good balance. Almost smooth.

0 - An excellent ale with alot of body and character, perfectly combined ingredients that makes this beer an outstanding A.

Photo of abgba121
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a brown color with an inch of light tan head that lingers for a long time and leaves a strong trail of lace down the glass.

S: smells sweet and chocolatey, very little hops on the nose

T: sweet at first, then quickly followed by hop bitterness and some chocolatey overtones, nice hop finish

M: medium body, great carbonation

O: a great ale, good hop presence though it could do with some more hop presence throughout

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

Can't believe I've never reviewed this...

A: Deep, deep copper-red. Off white head, thick as mud, dissipates slowly, rings on top of rings of lacing.

S: Bursts of citrus hops, a pine tree falling into the glass, yeast, sweet malt, booze.

T: Big, warm hop punch. Like the nose suggest, citrus and pine tag team for a hop throw down, but look out, here comes the malt. An avalanche of caramel sweetness comes down, with a gentle sunbeam of alcohol warmth shining down your throat and into your stomach.

M: Medium bodied, greatly carbonated, super smooth, touch of alcohol burn.

O/D: It's a classic, aggressive beer. On tap is ideal, but take it any way you can get it.

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Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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