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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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8,477 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,477
Reviews: 2,772
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 249
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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Photo of kinger


4.55/5  rDev +9.1%

The back of the bottles describes this as an "aggressive" beer, I was curious as to the meaning of this. After one taste I immediately understood and was instantly hooked. This is one of the best ales ever to pass my lips. The flavor is so complex it was like the fourth of July in my mouth. I can't wait to try their other brews. //12-7-07: I've enjoyed a number of bombers since my initial review including one tonight. This brew is one of the first beers that really lead me to the craft beer craze and for that I am very thankful. Some additional comments in regards to this great beer to complete this review. Pours a dark, burnt copper color with a very large tan head and sticky lacing. A very aromatic hop scent is emitted into the air. Bitter citrus with caramel and sweet breads. I can't believe how well the aroma permeates the air surrounding the top of the glass. Creamy on the palate with a nice bite and puckering finish. Medium bodied and filling. Grand flavor of resinous hops and roasted, sweet malts. A touch nutty, grapefruit and spruce. The flavor sticks to your ribs and assaults the senses. Overall a nicely aggressive and flavorful ale, still one of my favorites that I look forward to returning to every once in a while. A sentimental beer that deserves it's rating.

07-29-2008 19:12:27 | More by kinger
Photo of mcmidc


4.4/5  rDev +5.5%

It poured a beautiful deep amber color with a tan head that left quite a bit of lacing. The aroma is a hoppy and floral with some lingering spices. Taste is malty up front with sweet spices, some tangerine maybe also. Then there is an abundance of hops that explode in your mouth, and it finishes clean. There is slight carbonation up front, with nice creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability is fairly good. I'm on the bandwagon, very nice brew.

07-28-2008 21:12:46 | More by mcmidc
Photo of swigger


4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass (topped off twice before finished). Served at 60 degrees.

Appearance - Really good looking copper color with a tan, 2-finger foamy head that dissipates and leaves moderate lacing down the glass.

Smell - Slight floral hop smell and sweet malt. Don't smell too much in this beer.

Taste - Knocks you on your ass from the first sip. Huge hop bitterness, but fairly balanced with malt sweetness. Starts off very sweet and the bitterness comes in alongside the alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Fair amount of carbonation. Feels very, very heavy in the mouth. Hop bitterness stays in your mouth until the next time you brush your teeth. The alcohol can be felt as well, there's no hiding the 7.4 ABV in this brew.

Drinkability - Took me nearly 90 minutes to drink the 22oz bomber and there will be no more imbibing for me tonight. Definitely something you'll want to set aside some time to drink.

Overall, something I will definitely buy again. It's a bit pricey but worth it for those occasions where you want a very strong brew.

07-28-2008 01:27:25 | More by swigger
Photo of laituegonflable


4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours a deep ruby red colour with a thin but sticky head. A little bit of lacing which looks sticky and great. Very mild carbonation. Looks robust and impressive.

The brew has a sweet, brown-sugar kind of character on the nose, but brimming with potential. It's a strong and complex nose with essence of sultanas peeping through as well.

Wow, doesn't that taste knock your balls off. It's a bit of everything; sour and gritty in parts and a little bit sweet on the finish. The taste just hangs around with a powerful depth like really dark coffee. There's so much to it and it's good, really good. The flavours I can pick are hints of burnt toffee, espresso and a slight plummy character. Very gritty finish, but gritty as in a strong coffee. Mouthfeel is astonishingly smooth and creamy for such a rich, complex ale.

Overall, very impressive and venerable. Not drinkable all the time but I definitely dig this.

07-25-2008 01:34:00 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of KeefD


4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Dark brown in color. Smell is hoppy, which is odd for a dark beer, but I like it. Taste is heavy on the citrus hops, backed up by a sweet roasty malt character that gives this brew an interesting complexity. Like nothing I've had before. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and well carbonated, but goes down fairly easy. We'll put this one in the medium-bodied category. The bomber is going down fast, mostly because the flavor is so big and so delicious. But the ABV, which isn't incredibly high, can be felt and tasted keeping this to a once in sitting delight.

07-24-2008 03:30:42 | More by KeefD
Photo of Baileyuk


3.78/5  rDev -9.4%

A - True definition of exceptional. Great head that retains some of its head throughout the pint. Lacing was also exceptional. A very attractive beer.

S - little bland but still good. A sweet malt smell where a good level of hops was also present.

T - Good ale, it was pleasant drink but the whole time I was trying to figure out the style. A definate hybrid

M - heavier than I thought. As you swallow the tastes develop greatly.

D - Surprisingly drinkable for the abv but by no means a session beer and one that I would not mind revisiting but I like others more.

07-24-2008 01:39:26 | More by Baileyuk
Photo of Gtreid


4.4/5  rDev +5.5%

22oz. bomber poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Vibrant, mahogony red color with one finger of tan colored head that retained well and left a good amount of sticky lacing.

A: Much more hoppy than what I was expecting. Citrus and pine hops with a very nice sweet malt that balances the nose very well.

T: Man, this is a fine tasing ale. The citrus and pine hops are balanced so well with the malts. Sweet, citrusy, and finishes extremelly smooth.

M&D: The moderate amount of carbonation makes for an increadiblly smooth mouthfeel for this medium bodied ale. Drinkability is through the roof, at 7.2% ABV I could session this. Probably my favorite American Strong Ale I have had to date. Excellent! Skal.

07-20-2008 13:12:29 | More by Gtreid
Photo of lacqueredmouse


4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

Thanks very much to my GF for bringing this back from the States for me.

Pours with a ruby-flecked dark amber body. Shiny and clear, capped with a yellow-white head of filmy bubbles. Fantastic lacing, but minimal carbonation. Love the colour, looks like a great, strong, ale.

Amazing nose, huge hits of American hops, tropical fruits, aniseed, pineapple, passionfruit, capsicum, resin, berries. Delicious, luscious, rich. Hint of something deeper and darker as well, perhaps bourbon or strong vanilla. One hell of a rich smelling beer.

Initial vegetative hint of crushed lime leaves on the palate; that fresh, natural character, followed by quite a strong resiny hop bitterness. Peppery, astringent and robust. Quite delicious and fragrant. Pine, lime zest and lots more of the pointy end of the taste spectrum. Alcohol hidden behind the hop character. Quite delicious. Mouthfeel is quite syrupy, thick and smooth.

This is, truly, an aggressive beer. But it's a well brewed one, and it has a measure of balance to its madness. Full-flavoured, rich, robust and unforgettable.

I'm very glad I got to try it.

07-20-2008 07:31:00 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of CaptainIPA


3.68/5  rDev -11.8%

P: Served on-tap @ Romans' Pub on 7-18-08 and presented in an Arrogant Bastard Ale pint glass.

A: Pours a deep ruby color with a one-finger, tan-colored head that hangs impressively.

S: Citrus hops aroma with layers of malty sweetness.

T: Citrus hops with big notes of sweet, caramel malts and hints of oak. As it warms, grapefruit and pine come into play. Bitterness buzzes the palate throughout the session and lingers at the finish.

M: Full-bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Active carbonation attacks at mid-tongue.

D: An American Strong Ale, indeed. Two and you're worthy.

07-19-2008 16:47:54 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%

The dark amber in body topped by gargantuan off-white head. Smell is of cloves, grass, plastic action figure (no joke), some pepper, hop resin. The taste is smooth and has flavors of grass, plastics, hop resin, mild breadiness, toast and roast, booze, smooth bitterness, dry grainy finish but some resiny aftertaste persists. A little smokey and medium bodied in mouthfeel. This beer can hang out in the palate for a while, light carbonation doesn't attack the tongue and it smoothly flows down. The drinkability allows for you to keep hanging out with the Arrogant Bastard, hell, he could even stay the night. But he may want a brew too.

07-16-2008 22:52:22 | More by JRed
Photo of Reagan1984


4.72/5  rDev +13.2%

Deep Red/Amber in color with a thick creamy head. This beer is crystal clear and there is very little visible carbonation. A mild amount of lacing remained in the glass.

I was most shocked by the rather intense hop aroma. I loved it, but was not really expecting aromas that were this much out of the hop family. Pine aroma, citrus fruit..

The taste was excellent. Very well balanced with a very smooth taste throughout. A nice spiciness and more pine/ grapefruit flavors. There was a nice malt presence that really worked well with the assertive hops.

Medium in body but extremely drinkable for a 7% plus brew. The Alcohol was very well hidden. Again, this was a remarkably smooth beer.

This is one that you must try and one that I will be enjoying again.


07-16-2008 12:26:13 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of ibbjamin


4.3/5  rDev +3.1%

Paid $3.99 for a bomber from Monument Liquor in Concord, CA. Poured into a snifter.

Nice inch and a half somewhat frothy creme colored head that retains quite well. Very deep and dark ruby in color. Thick lasting lace.

Smells like silky smoked malts and hints of alcohol with a slight balance of hops in the background. Mmmm....

Silky smooth, rivaling some of the better Belgians I've had. Very easy to drink. Tasty. Smoky and sweet malts balanced out by some bitter hops in the finish. Alcohol well hidden. Lightly carbonated.

Big fan of this brew. Highly recommended.

07-16-2008 02:27:11 | More by ibbjamin
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%

A-deep chestnut ruby body with large and airy off-white head. Very nice clarity and tons of lacing all over the glass. Steady stream of carbonation. Really cannot find any flaws in this.

S-Resinous, piney, hop shot. Well balanced with a caramel malt sweetness.

T-This reminds of a big Rye IPA with some great balance. The hops a re big and aggressive yet not overpowering of the malts. This seems like a big beer with nice complexity, yet it finishes very soft and delicate with brown sugar sweetness.

M-So crisp and refreshing. Huge flavor yet semi-thin body makes it so much easier to enjoy. Wonderful hop presence in the mouth, yet not abrasiveness.

D-Really a great beer all around. Not a whole lot to complain about and this one is worth the hype - good price to boot. Drinks like a much bigger beer but there is enough room to drink more than 1 or 2.

07-14-2008 02:32:53 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
Photo of Dalem


3.83/5  rDev -8.2%

Dark copper and clear in color with decent size head from a medium pour but quite a bit of lacing though out the entire sipping from the glass. It smells of smoky dark fruits (black cherry and raisin is what I'm thinking), caramel and roasty malt but for the high hop profile it has not much of 'em really show up in the aroma. The flavor is quite complex and much different from what one would think strictly based off the scent. A spicy tart hop kiss touches the taste buds first but a warming molasses & malt thing surrounds it calming down. Somewhere in the middle there's a touch of black tea too. The hops and tea thing do tend to somewhat stick to the roof of the mouth but the finish, especially in the throat, is crisp and clean with a just a slight hop burn coming up as it's down the hatch.

07-10-2008 05:42:03 | More by Dalem
Photo of Spidey13


4.05/5  rDev -2.9%

First off, I love the way Arrogant Bastard looks. It pours a deep, rich, clear, burnt maroon with a nice tan head that leaves tons of lacing. The nose has lots of juicy, citrussy, candied hops with a bit of grassiness and caramel maltiness underneath.

The taste starts with a bit of sweetness but the hops take over very quickly with spicy notes and a lot of lingering bitterness. Some bready notes also show up on the finish. You can also start to taste the alcohol as the beer nears room temperature. The mouthfeel is nice and full. The bitterness is a bit much if not broken up with some food, which hurts the drinkability a tad.

This is a really good beer, and deserving of its status as one of the classics of the American craft beer scene.

07-10-2008 02:05:17 | More by Spidey13
Photo of bound4er


3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

My first Stone - this is a good beer (leans towards great at times) but I was expecting more given all the hype. It pours beautifully with a thick, rich head. The nose is pretty muted - mostly a maltiness which surprised me. Nice mouth feel and some classic ale flavors but it is just a touch too bitter for my taste - and I am not afraid of a well hopped beer. Next up on my list is Ruination.

07-09-2008 03:09:59 | More by bound4er
Photo of Pauly2X


4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

A- Massive two finger head, deep ruby in color.

S- Strong pungent hops atop a solid caramel backbone.

T- Great balance for a strong ale. The hop bitterness is the driving force throughout offset only an almost equally assertive malt backbone which does its best to keep the hops from running a muck. The finish is suprisingly soft and smooth.

M- Slightly fizzy ip front with very smooth finish.

D- Considering the overall strength of this beer it is very drinkable.

Honestly I was hoping to dispell the hype. I have to admit this is a really great beer.

07-07-2008 22:26:49 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of lapbplayr


3.85/5  rDev -7.7%

It is funny that this beer is labeled as an american strong, becuase I feel it is more like a red, or more exact a double read or an imperial red. Stone starting making this beer before the doubles and imperials were being applied to beer, so there was not a category for it then. I had this beer off of tap and in a 32 oz glass. It looked rather normal, similar to other beers. The aroma is through the roof hoppy and a little like honey from the malts. the taste is very strong bitter on the front end, but leaves smoothly. There is a full bodied mouth feel to this beer, where you will almost gag on it if you have had too much to drink. This is a great beer and I am thankful I live in CA so I can buy this is some grocery stores.

07-06-2008 14:59:41 | More by lapbplayr
Photo of ectomorph


4.63/5  rDev +11%

I compare all ASA's to this beer.

Poured from the bottle into a tall pilsner glass.

A - Held up to the light, this rich deep ruby/burgundy color is quite nice. Full finger head that LASTS with the lacing that covers every inch...

S - Grapefruit? I swear I smell grapefruit and something else. Really nice, must have taken 10 sniffs and wanted more. ;)

T - The grapefruit again with a great balance to be a 7.2%'er.

M - Great body, not too rich but far from watery.

D - If I ever win the lottery, I doubt I'll ever drink anything else.

07-06-2008 14:05:18 | More by ectomorph
Photo of charlzm


3.15/5  rDev -24.5%

Consumed 07/02/08 at some place I can't remember the name of in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a dark copper/brown. Good carbonation leads to a nice white head with some lacing.

Aroma is not as strong as I remembered; almost nothing there but a subtle hint of citrus hops.

Flavor is equally subdued, with a dark malt character that submerges below a raw, green hop flavor. Bitterness comes on after, but all these flavors are more muted than I remember.

Maybe this was an old keg. And it was served pretty darned cold.

07-04-2008 01:09:03 | More by charlzm
Photo of maximum12


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%

Thanks to TexasStout for a bomber of this strong ale a couple of months ago.

Pours with a nice thick head that slowly dissolves into the beer, which is a rusty, murky reddish color. Smells surprisingly of fruit; I wasn't expecting that. Any swirl brings it back to the top. Excellent nose on this Bastard.

Now I see where the Oaked AB (a fantastic beer!) gets its backbone. This is very good. Hopped enough to warrant an IIPA label in my book, with the strong fruits pushed into the background.

Drinkability is high, high, high. I was going to drink this with a nice dinner, but the dinner is still ten minutes in the future & I don't know if this 1/2 of a bomber is going to survive that long.

Very excited to have this one (& Oaked AB I'm hoping!) across the border in Hudson soon. This one's a winner.

07-04-2008 00:17:22 | More by maximum12
Photo of Hojaminbag


4.13/5  rDev -1%

A brownish/ruby colored body. Off-white head that leaves lots of lacing.

Bready yeast in the aroma, with some hop presence.

Very hoppy, very yeasty. Citrus hops hit you first, with some grassiness. But malt is equally as strong, tasting bready and sweet. Fruit notes abound. Strong flavors, good taste. Slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Pretty drinkable, a good beer.

07-03-2008 18:29:04 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of Buebie


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%

Thanks to finnman for this one!

Poured from a brown bomber into an oversized merlot glass.
transparent ruby red in color with a big fluffy cream colored 3 finger head. Big laceing and great retention.

Smell is very good. Like fresh bread out of the oven, with a grain presence. Good creamy buttery sweat malty aroma's, hops are mildly detected in the smell, hop oil? Its mildly grassy.

Up front its sweet buttery cream with a grainy bread like flavor. through the middle the malt comes through with a woosh of grassy hops. So well balanced with malt grain and hops, very rich in flavor.
At the swallow the hops come back with the creamy buttery thick mouthfeel. At the swallow its dry in flavor with pine and grassy citrus hops and a good thick body.
Afte rthe swallow the hops linger and linger and linger. Oohhh, this one is good. And no, I'm not worthy.

Been trying to get my hands on this for a while. I have been missing much, this is one damn fine beer.

The bottle is quite hilarious! I will trade for this again and again, its that damn good.

07-03-2008 01:01:32 | More by Buebie
Photo of dancinwillie


4.72/5  rDev +13.2%

A: Dark red, with an impressive 2 finger light tan head. head drops a bit upon resting, leaving some nice lacing.

S: Citrus, and floral hop, with a bit of bready malt.

T: A strong hop presence, with citrus/ pine hops up front, which is what I expected, but also bready malt flavors hit you quickly as well. almost a maple syrup sweetness way down in there. Every drink I take seems to highlight a different aspect. Although I expected it to be rather unbalanced, but I really feel it is one of the more balanced beers I've had in awhile. It's certainly well hopped, but good solid malt backbone here, that can really take it. Very tasty indeed.

M: Good level of carbonation. Somewhat thick mouthfeel, but I think it fits with the plan just fine.

D: I will definitely drink this many more times. It is quite assuredly one of the finer beers I have tried in long time. I don't know if this is considered "extreme" or not, but for my tastes, it's almost simple, and I sincerely mean that as an absolute compliment. And for $3.99 for a bomber, I think I'll have at least 2 in my refrigerator at all times.

07-02-2008 03:21:22 | More by dancinwillie
Photo of BucBasil

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%

Appearance: Poured from the 22oz bomber into a snifter. The bottle itself is hilarious, hurling insults at any and all "sniveling yellow-fizzy-beer-drinking wimps." The beer is a dark murky brown color, but when held to light it's pure red. Head was about 2 and a half fingers thick, tan, and creamy.

Smell: Hops are front and center, fruity and piney with a balancing bready malt character along with caramel.

Taste: The beer introduces itself with a surprising smoothness and huge maltiness that includes caramel, chocolate, and a thick biscuity/bready character. Hops then come into the picture, drying things up a bit with a piney and zesty taste. Finish is smooth, thick, and drying. Not for the faint of heart.

Notes: This is one huge ass-kicker of a beer... in a good way. Thick, over the top, and ridiculously delicious. Thank you Stone.

06-30-2008 04:36:07 | More by BucBasil
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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