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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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9,254 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,254
Reviews: 2,830
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 298
Gots: 1,273 | FT: 7
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000)
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Photo of LacquerHead
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured an amber color, more on the red side with a 3finger head of foam that settled to less than an inch and never went away. (Poured this into a Sam Adams pint)

S: Floral hops dominated the aroma, but it was not too pungent. There was also a smell that reminded me of pine cones.

T: Bitter, but not obnoxiously bitter. Behind the bitterness there was a floral pine taste. There was also a bitter citric flavor - not necessarily grapefruit, but close. At colder temps the bitterness and the hops were very pronounced. As it warmed, however, the malts began to cut through. There was a nutty brown sugar malt flavor that lingered about aiding the hops.

M/F: bitter aftertaste that lingers for a while. Very pale. As it gets warmer the a malty profile develops giving it a little sweeter texture.

D: good drinkability when I'm looking for a hoppy bitter beer. I typically drink this at bars, and usually it's only two or three pints. I don't really buy the bomber anymore.

Overall, a good revisiting of an old beer I use to drink a lot of. It has never let me down. I like suggesting this to people I'm with at a bar: they order it and go, "ugh what is this!" They take 3-4drinks then they pass the beer to me and I finish it for them free of charge. Then they order their usual swill macro and give me a mouth-smacking look like, "ugh the bitterness wont go away, how can you drink that stuff." Ho Ho! No point in saying it's worth a try because it appears everyone already knows that.

Photo of gford217
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, hazy amber brown, very cola-ish, with a small thick beige head that recedes to a hefty cap and leaves some clings streaks of lacing.

The aroma is very hoppy with bright citrus, including lemons and tangerines, and some floral pine. There is a light malty sweetness in the background but the hops are dominant in the nose.

The hops lead the charge in the taste as well with bitter/tart lemon zest up front. The backbone is malty with lots of caramel and toasted malts. But the sweetness is swept away again in the finish, which leaves a dry hoppy bitterness.

The mouthfeel is bitter, dry and prickly with the bright citrus leaving a nice coating on the tongue. Moderate carbonation and medium body overall.

This is a very tasty beer, especially given it's relatively low ABV, and the hops are the main attraction here. I'd probably prefer it a little more balanced but that's not exactly Stone's style.

Photo of Luk13
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber. Floral aroma with a hint of honey. Dark red amber color. Heavy on the bitterness, my friends guess the IBU for this one at 90 I'd love to know it's score. Creamy texture that works beautifully against the bitterness. It's pretty much as bitter as I can drink without being bothered. Very well made hop oriented beer.

Photo of StephenRich
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After being teased by Stone's Oakquinox festival which I cannot attend, and happens to be on my birthday, I have been in a Stone mood. So lets take a look at one of the most outrageous beer labels to exist, and also one of Americas best selling pale ales, the Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale.

Stone certainly does not beat around the bush with this one. This is what is printed quite clearly on the back of the bottle:

"This is an aggressive beer. You probably won't like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth. We would suggest that you stick to a 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 will make a beer taste better. Perhaps you're mouthing you words as you read this."

They have produced an American Strong Ale bearing very close to a Double IPA, and yes, they are aware than some people may not be able to handle it, but no, they don't care. I do think that the marketing behind this beer, whether intentional or not (and I bet not), is practical genius. There is something about its arrogance that draws to me it and makes me want it. And really, anyone who sees it pretty much wants to try it! Its kind of like that cocky jerk in the corner of the bar with his collar popped surrounded by a pack of girls. You know he's just an arrogant bastard, but somehow that lours them in.

This Arrogant Bastard was able to reel me in and seduce me with its rich powerful malt and hop flavors. It is certainly extremely pungent and not for the faint of heart. But its nothing insane, at 7.2% abv it is right in the mid range among Strong American Pale Ales. It is available widely throughout the United States in 650 ml bottles, but somehow I doubt that the LCBO will ever allow a bottle like this on their shelves... Just a guess.

The Bastard is a fiery amber red beer with golden browns shining through it. It lift a nice deep and pollowy one and a half inch head richly on top of the surface. Head retention was quite powerful; a short half inch head relaxed with me the entire time I enjoyed it.

The nose is vastly rich and complex, but most apparent are west coast hops. Fresh grapefruit, apricots, pine and woody hops erupt in your nose with a huge floral impact. Warm pale and caramel malts are playing in behind with a soft toasted nut character, spices and earth. The nose is very full and very complex with layers of soft and rich aromas. Overall it prepares you for a full flavored beer, but does not scare your palate.

You shouldn't sip this beer, don't let it intimidate you - get right in there and get a nice full mouthful. Loads of crisp bitter hops pour over your tongue and invade your cheeks brining with it huge pine and citrus grapefruit, solid caramel and light oak malts. Nothing hides or waits for you here, all the flavors come right away and make themselves known, as the bottle does predict. When cold, mostly the bitter-rich hops are what pour out at you, but as the beer gets closer to cellar temperature warm malts show layers of toffee, warm bread, herbs, pepper, clove and a hint of cinnamon.

The mouthfeel is really soft and smooth without letting carbonation attach your palate. Its a nice contrast to the aggressive flavors here and actually suits it quite well. It has a mild oil like characteristic and glides over your palate soothing and caressing your taste buds. The finish is crisp, warm, and still full. But it is very quenching and would be amazing with a huge range of foods; go for red grilled meats, fried anything, heavy cheese, breads, pizza, meaty pasta, or chocolate.

Although it seems menacing, the alcohol is balanced and hidden within the beer, the aggressive flavors are mirrored by floral herbs and spices, and the drinkability of the beer is superb. I would never hesitate to buy a bottle, and soon will post a discussion of the Double Bastard!

Photo of zhanson88
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber color with copper highlights, with a couple fingers of off white head that really sticks around and clings to the edges of the glass. Great looking beer.

Smell: Toasted malts and strong hoppy aromas are by far the most prevalent in this one. A bit of caramel as well. Not the most complex, but there are certainly some big aromas that waft up.

Taste: Right off the bat there is a lot of toasted malt flavor, followed by loads of hops. Also some cherry-like fruits and caramel. The flavor profile is huge and fairly complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with pretty smooth carbonation. Very nice feel in the mouth, overall.

Drinkability: If you like bland beers this isn't for you. In my opinion it's quite drinkable, and something I would have often.

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

A - Very nice looking ale. Pours a deep, chestnut brown with an amber hue. A nice two finger tan head sticks around the whole time and leaves significant lacing. Great retention.

S - Good nose on this one. Herbal hops, grass and maybe some lemon mixed in there. Pretty strong. Makes me look forward to taking my first sip.

T - Very complex taste. Hits you hard with a plentiful hoppy taste. Then gives way to a different kind of hop taste. This one a little more subtle. After that there is a great whirlwind of after taste for lack of a better term. At first i thought it was just going to be a regular pale ale but its a pleasant grass, pine, lemon and hops after taste that keeps you wanting another sip.

M - Very, Very smooth. Close to perfect. The only thing I would add is a little more carbonation.

D - I don't usually like hoppy ales but this one is great. Goes down easy. Very nice and the palate

Photo of srandycarter
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised that I had not reviewed this one yet!

A - Dark copper, dark caramel. TONS of near white thick viscous head. TONS of lace. Somewhat murky, but beautiful.

S - Deep malt dominates the smell. Bitterness pushes up on the back end.

T - Yum. Nice fat caramel center completely surrounded by pine hops. Excess flavors colliding in just the right levels.

M - Creamy, well carbonated, medium to full body. Nice balance, considering all the huge flavor.

D - Big beer, big abv and flavors that don't easily leave the palate. I love this beer but I couldn't do too many at a time.

Photo of dasenebler
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber. Pours a clear, deep reddish copper hue with a dense head and fantastic lacing and good retention. Very nice.

The aroma is full of dry, piney hops and toasty malt.

Quite bitter, but with a delicious malt backbone of roast and toast. The hop flavor is again extremely dry and piney, with a very resinous character. Touch of sweet caramel and sticky malty goodness. The mouthfeel is medium-full, with pleasing moderate carbonation. The alcohol is slightly noticeable, but the drink is quaffable, though this beer is not a guzzler.

A very bitter and rich brew that will please hop heads and malt lovers alike. Classic.

Photo of billab914
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Alesmith pint glass. Poured a deep red in color with a very active off-white head. Very good head retention and lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma shows a lot of citrus and pine hoppiness to it with grapefruit playing one of the bigger roles. A malty sweetness seems to come through a bit providing a nice base for the hops.

The taste also shows a bold citrus and pine hoppiness to it with even more pine coming through in the finish. The malty, caramel, sweetness helps it from becoming overly bitter in the finish. It's big and bold and has a great mix of flavors.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate. Drinkability is very good, it's an excellent beer with a lot of bold flavors. All the flavors really mesh well together though and make for a great beer.

Photo of FrothyBeverage
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a super dark rich mohogany color. Creamy head that took a while to settle. Epic lace on the glass. The apperance looks menacing of things to come. The smell was not that prevalent. Very complex taste. Rich hoppyness yet also creamy. Bitter yet smooth. Malts are also a prevalent factor. The mouthfeel is very tingly and refreshing. The bitterness stays with you. This is a delicious yet dangerous brew. I often turn into an arrogant bastard when drinking this so be carefull memeber of the general population.

Photo of nickd717
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber pours dark clear amber in color with a clingy two-finger off-white head and great lacing.

The aroma is an intense hop smack of pine and citrus, backed up by excellent caramel malt notes and even a little dark fruit presence.

The flavor is also complex and enjoyable. Sweet caramel malts and toffee, raisin, spice, and hops that lend notes of citrus peel and pine needles.

Sticky on the palate with medium-full body and fairly soft carbonation.

A really excellent beer overall. I should revisit this one more often.

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

From Notes:

Dark amber with some nice light brownish hints. There is a nice 1 inch head that is rocky and light tan colored.

S - A good doseof grassy and piney hops with some caramel malt.

T & M - Nice malt sweetness and caramel but the grassy and piney hops kick in full force. It is smooth and finishes neatly with the right amount of carbonation.

D - Asmooth beer butthe flavor rush and abv make this a sipper.

Photo of Kaiser81
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a rough soccer game tonight, so I needed something. Figured this was appropriate.

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my snifter glass

A - A deep mahogany with reddish hues. A finger width of head settles nicely, kind of quickly, and leaves nice lacing on my glass.

S - Deep caramel malts are up front. It is followed with pine, some raisins, and other misc. dark fruits.

T - The taste kind of follows the nose. There's a touch of sweetness from the caramel malts followed by some dark fruit. There's a lingering pine bitterness.

M - I would say a medium body with medium carbonation.

D - I can enjoy a bottle of this once in a while, but I wouldn't call it your typical sessionable beer.

Photo of BillHaverchuck
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a pint glass

A - a whole lot darker than I had imagined it would be, deep chocolaty-orange, nice looking huge fluffy head of foam

S - deep malty caramel scent with a touch of pine, hardly smells like alcohol at all

T - fairly bitter fruity hop taste with a malty caramel bite to it

M/D - a little heavy for my taste, yet very tasty

Photo of king75
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great looking beer, solid head finger of head.

smells better than it looks with a complex smell of different hops and citrus nodes that drive the senses wild.

Not bad tasting, but very hoppy with a bitter aftertaste that leaves the mouth feeling puckered.

Will drink again, but not too often because the taste is almost too strong for my liking.

Photo of ryanonline
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

very deep dark (but still very clear) brown color with ruby highlights, with a thick billowy crown of off white head. Gobs of lacing on the side.

the smell is very malty (bran like with a hint of caramel) with a nice even yet clearly available hop presence that sits between fruity and floral.

wooh does the bitterness kick in on this one and, with a relatively easy malt profile, does it ever shine bright. very bitter almost grapefruit like flavor with an extremely piney finish. even maltiness throughout caramel and bran, same as the taste.

very creamy mouthfeel, nice carbonation sort of foamy. medium bodied and very dry in the finish.

easy on the mouth, a little heavier in the gut and has an extremely lasting flavor. tasty enough to be enjoyed many times but probably best in moderation as its very filling.

man i love this beer, and the double bastard is awesome as well. here's to ya'.

Photo of ChrisPro
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Bottleworks tasted blind.

Pours a dark amber with light tan bubbly head.

Honey, molasses and alcohol aroma.

Strong sweet honey flavor balanced well with light bitterness.

Thick, syrupy but a good finish.

Overall, a very solid brew. I'm sure if I had this 10 years ago I would've been blown away by it, but as it is, it's very well made and still relatively unique.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Sam Adams pint.

A - Very gorgeous look. Nice dark amber with some nice light brownish hints. There is a nice 1 inch head that is dense and light tan colored. To me this is a perfect look. While it recedes slowly it goes down to a nice mat.

S - Initial grassy and resin pine aroma with some nice good caramel malt. The malt hints are delicious and meld very well with the slight piney hops. The aroma is well balanced and complex.

T & M - Starts of with some nice malt sweetness and a bit of caramel but then quickly turns into a strong hop and grassy citric character. Very nicely toasted grains are also felt around the crisp and dry hop profile. It is smooth and finishes dry with nice carbonation and good roasted flavors.

D - Crisp and smooth yet complex flavors might hinder the drinkability as well as the higher ABV.

Photo of TheHopMonster
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best brews out there thanks to Stone Brewery.

The appearance is almost considered beautiful in my opinion. It has a magnificent red tint and an amazing looking foam head but just like most Stone brews it is a bit carbonated and bubbly when first poured.

The aromas are definitely caramel with a hint of pine. The smell of the alcohol is covered up by the intense aromas of the hops and malts which make it even more enticing than its appearance.

The taste of this beer is absolutely mind blowing. You can pick out the flavors so easily and it almost seems to change flavors as you get deeper and deeper into the glass.

One of my most favorite ales by far. Good job Stone Brewery

Photo of 2DaMtns
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this from a bomber into a tall glass and had it while I finished cooking a burger. It was initially a bit harsh, but the more I drank the more I liked it. It was chilled but not ice cold when I poured it, and I liked it more once it warmed up a couple degrees. Worth another try for sure.

Photo of uhhhaaron
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

consumed 03-16-2009, 22oz bomber into pint glass.

appearance: pours a rich mahogany color with a creamy 2 finger, off-white head.

smell: immediate pine aroma. strong grapefruit/citrus with some sweetness (caramel, fruity, malts, a bit bready) . surprisingly balanced between hops & malts, but hops are more dominant.

taste: starts off sweet with a pineapple like taste. then the grapefruit bitterness takes over. more citrus along with a good malt backbone to support the hop bitterness. hints of bready notes also. finishes with a pine, resin, orange peel bitterness.

mouthfeel: surprisingly smooth with good carbonation. you get the hop resin oils which is GREAT! i'd say its a medium bodied beer.

drinkability: excellent in my opinion. decently balanced brew. wouldn't session more than one of these though.

Photo of SLObeer
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from a 24oz bottle into a pint glass

A: wonderful amber reddish hue, crystal clear with no haze at all. two finger light brown/white head that disappeared after a few minutes. lacing sticks to the glass

S: hoppy, caramel malty goodness. no alcohol smell at all

T: bold. more hops and caramel malt here. piney hops come through in the aftertaste. every few sips i can taste the alcohol, but its not too bothering.

M: not too heavy, but a bit over-carbonated for my liking

D: i could have one or two of these and be done and happy. the higher alcohol content says not a session beer for me

Photo of punkrkr27
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear cherry wood color with a one-finger, foamy off-white head. Grapefruit, spice, orange and caramel aroma. Big caramel and piney hop flavor with spicy hops lingering in the mouth. Medium-full body with moderate carbonation but a bit sticky and syrupy.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown with yellow highlights with a finger of head that left good blotchy lacing on the glass.

S: nice citrus hoppy aromas with a good malt presence thae had a little caramel coming through.

T: the hops were more potent on the taste with citrus grapefruit that propeled the bitterness which had a decent malt backbone and caramel accents.

M: the brew was medium body with a fair amount of carbonation that had a citric hop bitter oily finish.

D: drank very good and I feel like this beer is way better on tap and goes good paired with crab, calamari, and lobster.

Photo of Schmaltzy
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice dark red almost brown with 1-2 fingers head that hangs around for a little while leaving sticky lacing all over my pint glass.

S- Great Hoppy aroma with nice citrus and earthy scent, followed by an overwhelming smell of huge caramel malt, really nice.

T- Nice caramel flavors and bitter citrus hops, pretty good balance, both are exceedingly over the top. Alcohol is noticeable on the back end with a mild heat and nice dry bitter finish.

M- Medium body with loads of sharp carbonation that doesn't quite feel right and a slight warming alcohol sensation.

D- Nice, I enjoy drinking this beer on occasion, more on colder days/nights because you notice the alcohol.

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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