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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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8,466 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,466
Reviews: 2,771
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 248
Gots: 853 | 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 donteatpoop


4.15/5  rDev -0.5%

The bottle was pretty badass, the info on the back made me laugh like an idtiot.

It poured a nice deep ruby red with a thick head that retained nicely and left a lacing residue on the glass.

Smelled very hoppy, vaguely funky.

The taste was interesting, difficult to describe, but interesting. The hops hit heavy first, tasted like a blend of hops; a slight bite hit the mouth, and the alcohol was a bit strong. The more I drank of it, the better it tasted, a bit sweet perhaps, but not overly so. There's a lot of depth in the taste of this one.

Smooth in the mouth, rolls nicely over the tongue.

Very drinkable despite the strong presence of alcohol.

11-01-2008 03:57:04 | More by donteatpoop
Photo of gory4d

New York

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours into my mug with a tan three-finger head that dissipates quickly though some remains all the way down to leave thick lacing down the glass. The smell is woodsy, maybe some cedar in there, with hints of fruit (berry?) and some biscuity notes. The taste is huge from start to finish: starts off with sweet malts, moves through to diacetyls and faint caramel, then hits you hard with a hop finish that goes on and on -- big hits of grapefruit or tangelo, maybe even lemon rind. The hop finish also makes for a rather pleasantly dry mouthfeel in the end, though before that what strikes me is the smoothness of it: perfectly carbonated, just enough to fill your mouth with all this goodness. Glad to find this fresh from the keg: I prefer it to the bottled version.

10-31-2008 22:33:46 | More by gory4d
Photo of ElGeordie


4.72/5  rDev +13.2%

The dogs bollox.
I had a couple of (imperial) pints of AB at the British Beer Co in Walpole MA the other night.
I'm not really a big drinker of anything 6% ABV and above, but I'm glad I made an exception.
The beer travelled really well from CA to the East coast.
This is a mighty pint: it looks great just the way a beer should -clear medium amber colour with half an inch of creamy head.
I'm not one for smelling beer but I didn't notice anything untoward.
Arrogant Bastard is an all out assault on the taste buds: hops a plenty with multitudes of malty afternotes.
I'd like to try this for a full session (with a designated driver) the more I drank, the more I enjoyed it. It is a beer with so much depth and character, words can't do it justice.
Go out and get some - you won't regret it - at least until the next morning.

10-30-2008 15:09:04 | More by ElGeordie
Photo of Gish

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%

A - Pours dark amber with a 2 finger light tan head with excellent lacing

S - lots and lots of grapefruit

T - Fairly bitter throughout with the hops opening up after the initial taste. Not really unbalanced, but definitely heavy on hops! The malt really comes out as the beer warms.

M - A bit sticky, not overly carbonated

D - more drinkable than I expected at the first sip, it's starting to grow on me

Not as good as I was led to believe, but then again I'm not really a hophead. Still probably the best hoppy beer I've had so far!

10-29-2008 00:14:52 | More by Gish
Photo of argock


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

Poured from 22oz etched brown bomber into an oversized wine glass.

A: Dark, Tootsie roll burned caramel brown with slim off-white head but lace streams down the glass in delicate formations.

S: Delcious floral and fruity hops (pineapple and grapefruit) meet the nose first followed by toffee and dark fruit aromas.

T: An unparalleled combination of caramel and dark fruit flavors with a bit of spicy zing completed by a grapefruit-pineapple hops finish.

M: Body is full with fairly active carbonation for a strong ale. Aftertaste is mildly drying and malty.

D: One of the ultimate American ales: explosive flavor matched with surprising drinkability. The bottle version gives more control of serving temperature and thus better exposure of the depth of flavor and aroma of this beer.

10-28-2008 02:48:33 | More by argock
Photo of PerzentRizen


4.03/5  rDev -3.4%

"You're Not Worthy!" I love it!!! I have to say I almost shit myself when I read the bottle. Everything about this beer screams hilarious. The cool thing about Arrogant Bastard is it walks the walk too! I can't believe how close this tastes to Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye Ale - only much much better. The hop character is amazing.

I poured mine into a Duvel tulip glass. A nice frothy head appeared and then reduced to a thin lace. This beer is cloudy and you can definately tell it's from the hops from the first whiff down to the last swig.

The aroma is of moutains of fresh hop resin and miles of barley and what I believe is at least some rye. Who knows the IBU count on this one? I think it's classified.

The flavor is amazingily complex. The first thing you taste is sweet grain and a biscuit mouthfeel that quickly and suddenly morphs to a mouth, nose, and throat full of hops. Weird in a really cool way. I love this ale!

The mouthfeel is full and robust. I love the fact that this ale is not fully attenuated. The 7.3% abv is just about perfect for the body and flavor. The alcohol is almost imperceptible.

I would give this ale high marks for drinkability if not for the huge hop bite. I love it and can drink a gallon of it, but I am afraid I must rate the style without regard to personal preference.

10-28-2008 00:53:23 | More by PerzentRizen
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. The beer is a toasted color of caramel. The head is thick, fluffy, and sticky. There are several layers of lacing in this bad boy. The smell is deceptively sweet with a hint of alchohol. The brew is smooth. This a very well balanced beer. The first sip is sweet and almost bready, Then a wonderful waterfall of alcohol coats the tongue. The finish is of wonderful aromatics, with hints of pear. The beer has medium body and is very drinkable. I think it would complement a steak very nicely.

10-28-2008 00:06:28 | More by bonkers
Photo of rye726


4.13/5  rDev -1%

Nice amber color with a tan head. Good retention. The nose is a nice mixture of subtle sweet malts and bitter hops. Taste also has a nice collection of piney and floral hops over mellow candy malts. Medium body well carbonated. Classic brew from stone.

10-26-2008 16:25:09 | More by rye726
Photo of gmuller


4.83/5  rDev +15.8%

Off-red copper, almost soil colored.

Smells hoppy, green, earthy.

Tastes exceptional, medium bodied, perfectly balanced hop to malt flavor. mouthfeel not too think, not as thin as some of the other Stone brews.

Very drinkable beer as long as you can handle the alcohol content all night long

10-24-2008 23:50:45 | More by gmuller
Photo of n00tz


4.28/5  rDev +2.6%

Served cool (50 degrees) in a wheat beer glass.

A - Deep amber body, tightly tan head that lingers and laces down the glass, perfectly dispersed carbonation that begs to be tasted.

S - Deep coniferous forest scent under the cover of a soft layer of sweet malt. Very well balanced presentation for a hoppy ale.

T - Deep coniferous forest scent paves the way to a rich piney taste that is absolutely wonderful. Malt shows itself through various tastings at assumed different temperatures in the middle of most tastings.

M - Medium bodied pine palate that feels clean going down and leaves a trail on the palate of the rich hops.

D - This is by far one of my favorite high gravity beers... glad to see it finally got restocked.

10-23-2008 01:48:11 | More by n00tz
Photo of barleyman


3.6/5  rDev -13.7%

Poured from the 1pt-6oz painted label brown glass bottle into my straight sided glass tumbler. The mahogany colored beer leaves little lace in the glass. The smell is predominately of malt, with date and raisin undertones. A bit of hop smell is evident at the onset. Taste is of clove, raisin, date, fig, pine, and hop. Very complex, this is a beer to savor. Absolutely superb malt, hop balance. Mouthfeel is excellent, with just the right amount of hop finish. I'm afraid I have found a new favorite beer. This is a world class product, in keeping with west coast standards; if you have the opportunity to try this beer, do not pass it up.

just a thought,


10-21-2008 01:14:58 | More by barleyman
Photo of cdmastro


4.13/5  rDev -1%

I was surprised to find this beer at one of our regular haunts.

A- Nice, crisp, clear, dark copper with a thin tan head.

S- Served a bit cold, so the aromas were not immediately available. Piney hoppy, but noticable maltiness.

T- Fair when cold, but developed nicely as it warmed. Good balance of hops and malt. Pine type hoppiness, but subtle.

M- Pleasant texture, not oily as expected based on hop level.

D- Too drinkable for a 7%+ beer. After 2, I took a walk to test the affects. OK, but 3 would be pushing it.

10-20-2008 13:39:09 | More by cdmastro
Photo of thehillsbar


2.05/5  rDev -50.8%

wow was this hard to drink. i wound up throwing more than half of the bottle away because it had such a harsh taste & aftertaste that lingered. it was not enjoyable to drink in the least. Maybe some will like it, but I don't get it.
Very, almost too hoppy.

10-19-2008 08:01:58 | More by thehillsbar
Photo of spokeydonkey

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Poured from a 22 oz bomber bought at the local beer store.

A: Pours a very clear, rich amber color with a long-lasting light-tan head that has the consistency of cappucino foam.

S: Smells of citrusy hops and a bit of malty sweetness.

T: Sweet at first, and then the hops hit. Hop bitterness lingers for a long time.

M: Rich and smooth up front, aided by the creamy head and malty sweetness. Carbonation and hops take over from there, with an almost spicy tingle towards the end of each sip.

D: Exceptionally drinkable, at least if you're a hophead. The complex and agressive flavors are overwhelming, and you can easily forget this is a 7.2% ABV beer... until you try to stand up.

10-19-2008 04:31:11 | More by spokeydonkey
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a huge head that really delivers in the lacing department

Smell: Ruby red grapefruit, with an underlying caramel aroma

Taste: The citrusy grapefruit is front and center, while the caramel tries to fight it out and ultimately succeeds somewhat by mid-palate; after the swallow, both flavors come together in the finish, creating a unique aftertaste that has a lot of brown sugar sweetness and grapefruit bitterness - kind of like a grapefruit topped with sugar for breakfast

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The last bottle I had of this was a couple of years old and was a bad experience; a fresh bottle has a lot more delicate and citrusy hoppiness and a balanced malt profile; lesson learned about aging the Bastard

10-19-2008 00:42:06 | More by brentk56
Photo of caddybuyer

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured from the standard Bomber.

A-Simply beautiful: Pours a deep ruby maroon which appears exceptionally clear when held to light. Light tan head which holds up well, with delicate weblike lacings on the glass as it is consumed.

S-pinecones and pink grapefruit/citrus aroma

T-the pine flavor dominates initially, then mixes with the citrus creamy malt taste, then hops kick in roll across the tongue, a mild alcohol vapor, and a finish with a nice hop pop and tingle. Nothing quite hits the spot like a Bastard.

M-full and creamy

D-Very drinkable...thank you sir, may I have another?

Notes: This one is a treat, and inspired me to get off my duff as a longtime lurker and finally write my first review. This review is written while drinking the second one in as many days. Every sip brings a nuance. absolutely is one of the best ales that I have ever had.

10-18-2008 23:46:15 | More by caddybuyer
Photo of Spikester


4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours dark brown with a tan head and good amount of lacings. Aroma is piney.
Taste is big strong piney resinous hops with enough roasted malts to subdue the hops. Strongly hoppy without the dark bitterness of many of this type.
Mouthfeel was full and pleasant.
Drinkability is exceptional. Would drink this until I fell over. If I had that much.

10-18-2008 07:10:32 | More by Spikester
Photo of prsguitarsr4me

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

I've been looking forward to this one. Well worth the wait - fantastic beer. Its dark and heavy and riddled with flavor. Beautiful head. Malty aftertaste. The hops aren't overpowering at all, but definitely there - and the alcohol is hidden well. Wonderfully blended beer. I finished the bottle and wanted another one right away. This is one of my favorite beers - now I need the Double Bastard!

10-17-2008 18:49:48 | More by prsguitarsr4me
Photo of marc956


4.6/5  rDev +10.3%

Appearance is hard to determine as I drank it from the 22oz bomber I got at HEB .. smell is top-notch, of good ingredients, not pasturised like most domestic beers (and many imports) Exceptional taste and mouthfeel, I paired this off with pizza and am very impressed. Outstanding drinkability as well, but the high alcohol volume (7.2%) makes it hard for most drinkers to have more than one or two in a session. Well worth the $3.99 price tag. Enjoy!

10-17-2008 05:10:55 | More by marc956
Photo of MyGoodness

New York

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

This one was a bit of a shocker. Bought this a few weeks in advance, waiting for the right time to crack it open. That moment came and this was the supreme beer for the occassion. It pours a dark, rich brown with a velvety tan head. It smells as complex as it tastes. Notes of hops and strong maltiness, but its also earthy and somewhat bitter, but sweet at the same time. It was crazy. I was in love. Somehow all of these flavours; the honey notes, the bitter coffee, the earthy richness, and the bite of the alcohol, all work together marvelously. It has a creamy mouthfeel that makes it even better. I was so glad I had this on reserve and I look forward to trying more from Stone.

10-16-2008 03:13:32 | More by MyGoodness
Photo of orangedive


3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

A - Maroon / Brownish-burgundy. Mostly opaque. Half inch tan head that dissipated quickly. It's a beautiful looking beer, very clear.

S - Sweetness initially. Hints of brown sugar & vanilla--maybe a little maple. Some malt and oak.

T - Malty sweetness initially. The oak kicks in pretty strongly with a little bitterness in the aftertaste. It gets more palatable as it warms. Some maple & vanilla flavors are definitely present. Good but the slight bitterness at the end bugs me.

M - Medium to Medium-thick on the tongue.

D - Not bad. Not a session beer. One at a time--maybe two at the most. The bitterness really prevented me from enjoying this beer.

10-16-2008 01:47:15 | More by orangedive
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.68/5  rDev +12.2%

Praise Bacchus that this great brew is finally available in Georgia! It pours a rich, semi-transparent, appetizing brown with a thick, tan, fine-bubbled head. Aroma is strong fiercely hoppy and has a pine undertone. Flavor is richly hoppy, a hops lover's dream; it is fairly but not harshly bitter and has just a whisper of sweetness. Texture is lively and tingly, and the aftertaste is hoppy and piny.

10-16-2008 00:23:36 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

About freaking time I got to pour myself one of these. Thanks for coming to Wisconsin. A very nice looking brew, quite dark in colour, almost brown with ruby tinged highlights. Very nice, tight, pale tan head formed on a gentle pour into my jar, got almost three fingers worth and it really wants to stick around. Mildly yet persistently carbonated. Already leaving an interesting, intricate and sticky web inside the glass as the head slowly recedes.

Prickly hops with the aroma of ruby red grapefruit greet the nose first. Creamy toffee and whole grain crusty bread follows, along with a hint of toffee and some earthy qualities.

A damn fine brew. Toffee and hints of treacle and honey make for a sturdy malt backbone that stand up to the assault that follows. The hops appear towards the middle and last long into the finish, initially clean flavours of grapefruit appear, and give way to notes of burley tobacco and an almost earthy, woody bitterness.

This is a big, creamy, medium bodied ale. Just how this got started in the warmth of southern cali is beyond me, as this is big, sturdy beer that just seems to be made for a more unforgiving climate. A touch of the alcohol reveals itself in a slight warmth, but the interplay between the rich malts and somewhat aggressive use of hops is what gives this brew its well deserved arrogance.

Pretty drinkable for what this beer is, no quarter was expected and none was given. A nice brew for taking one's time with. Im starting to see just why Stone has experienced so much success, and look forward to experiencing more from this brewery, thankfully I have a few bottles from them in my cellar. This is a beer that was brewed to satisfy the arrogant bastard within me and it does a great job of it. Highly recommended for those that enjoy bigger beers that carry a substantial hop presence.

10-13-2008 21:49:57 | More by demcorhip
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear, deep red/brown. Huge 3-4 finger beige head with excellent retention. A thick cap remains through the duration. Decent lacing.

S - Huge piney and grapefruit hop aroma with just a touch of pineapple. Something sweet and fruity lurks in the background.

T - Citrus and fruity flavors from the hops ride atop a simple, sweet malt profile with a suggestion of brown sugar and butterscotch. Late palate the brew dries out with a big piney/grassy and bitter hop note coupled with a slight peppery burn from the alcohol. A coarse, citric bitterness lingers in the aftertaste, the only thing keeping this from a 5.

M - Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - Good drinkability considering the alcohol, but the bitterness is a bit much for me. Excellent mesh of flavors, even if somewhat simplistic.

10-10-2008 07:05:03 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of MSchae1017


4.6/5  rDev +10.3%

This beer was tasted in a snifter from the 22oz bottle.

This beer pours a brownish ruby amber with a frothy tan head that holds quite nicely with an even film and plenty of lacing. The smell is of toasted malts and HOPS! The taste is also fantastic. Its malty up front with the toasted malts and then it hits you afterwards with a huge amount of flavorful hops. The mouthfeel is a great body and has a nice carbonation. Overall, a great beer.

10-09-2008 23:26:41 | More by MSchae1017
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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