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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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8,449 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,449
Reviews: 2,768
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 247
Gots: 842 | 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 praufs01


4.72/5  rDev +13.2%

Appearance - Clear brown with a creamy tan head.

Aroma - Pine bark, very woody smelling.

Palate - Smooth full bodied brew.

Flavor - Complex Oaky, woody, pine cones, and notes of fresh grass through the front middle that leads to a sweet caramel finish.

Final thoughts - Extremely smooth, one of a kind brew. Definitely worthy of the name.

04-14-2008 14:48:42 | More by praufs01
Photo of Proteus93


4.38/5  rDev +5%

A: A deep amber, with a bit of a shorter head... still, a nice and sticky one, though.

S: The expected grapefruit citrus peel, floral notes, some herbal scents in there

T: A very tasty hop front... arrogant, yes, assaulting, no. They've managed to not cross a line into something offensive, instead coming out with a bold and wonderful brew. Citrus peel, some pine essence, and a little bit of a malty backbone rounding it all out

M: Great here... oily, and a little fuller than medium ody. Great to swish around through the mouth the savour the flavours.

D: Tasty enough to deserve another. A little more subtle than its oaked brother, and perhaps my personal preference. That's not to really say it's "more mild," though. Delicious.

04-09-2008 19:22:45 | More by Proteus93
Photo of Jerico

New York

3.35/5  rDev -19.7%

Poured this into a Bordeaux wine glass.

A - A pretty, dark beer with a fluffy, dense head.

S - Potent, dense, malty and a distant fruit taste - almost like raisins and caramel forced on top of each other. This beer wants you to know you are about to drink it.

T - Heavy and malty and dense. The aftertaste I got from it was unpleasant, almost salty. Call me one of the unworthy.

M - Creamy and heavy, it sticks on your tongue for a while.

D - I fall in the minority on this beer. Complex and beefy, yes. But the salty taste does not appeal to my taste buds. The advertising punches above it's weight.

04-07-2008 01:12:33 | More by Jerico
Photo of armock

New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

A - Poured a dark amber color with an of white head that leaves lacing

S - Is mostly of citrus hops with a touch of malt

T - Damn this is some good stuff a ice citrus hop flavor

M - This has a medium body with a good level of carbonation

D - This is an awesome brew if the abv was a hair lower I could session this for a strong ale the taste is great everyone should give this beer a try

04-06-2008 22:55:44 | More by armock
Photo of RickSawyer


4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours ruby brown with a mahogany heart. Tight, compact white head slides down to an atoll around the glass. Smell is piney, resiny sap with some tangerine zest and backed up by a sweet, bready caramel malt background. Taste is very refreshing. Sort of similar to a bigfoot without the creamed mouthfeel. Hits the front of the tounge with sweet, toasted raisin bread, hints of maple syrup, all quickly balanced out across the tongue with a bit of piney hop. Finishes clean and dry, not to heavy on the mouthfeel. Refreshing.

04-05-2008 23:04:18 | More by RickSawyer
Photo of mattster


4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

Opened 22 fluid ounce bomber bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Pours a small but nice bubbly off-white head with thick lacing on glass. Tea brown colored brew with good clarity.

Smell is hoppy with some malts. Taste follows through with good hops and nice dry citrus notes. Tones of conifer and a slight herbaceous and clean finish round out this brew.

Really a good beer, no matter who may or may not be worthy. Really good sipping beer.

04-05-2008 09:09:23 | More by mattster
Photo of Matty1918


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%

Poured from a 22oz growler and poured into a pint glass.

Poured a cloudy, dark amber with a minimal amber head but good lacing.

A very good aroma...slight citrus..grapefruit, sweet malt, this smellsgood

Yup that first sip is HOPPY..citrus, dry bitterness very good. I can feel the warmth of this one..7.2%. Nice finish. the malt and hops blend together nicely. A very good ale....I've never been disapointed with STONE.

04-05-2008 00:51:31 | More by Matty1918
Photo of dyingwrist

New York

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%

From a bottle into a pint glass with a slow pour. Deep red brown color like mahogany. Foamy off white 1.5 inch head. Head retained for a while. Lacing down the whole glass. Smells of pine, maybe hints of grapefruit, and I get some grass. Not fresh cut grass, but grass you smell when your out in the field playing some baseball. Makes me think of my little league days. Nice hop profile balanced with a great malt backbone. Nice long finish. Pretty arrogant brew. Does a good job of ripping through my tongue but I am loving it. Incredibly smooth and easy to drink. Don't think i could do more than the 22 oz bottle at once. This beer screams to be paired with game or steak imo.

03-31-2008 20:37:34 | More by dyingwrist
Photo of Pencible


3.95/5  rDev -5.3%

I thought this would be up there with the Rogue IPA, but it wasn't quite that good. It was still more robust than a typical IPA, and it had a good, clean hops flavor with some malt. But it didn't have as much flavor, and it wasn't as well-balanced as the Rogue. However, the Stone was deceivingly smooth and easy to drink, considering it's 7.2% alcohol.

03-31-2008 20:10:40 | More by Pencible
Photo of callmemickey


4.3/5  rDev +3.1%

A: Dark amber red.. big off-white head..

S: Piney and grapefruit hops... but not quite in a ipa way.. good malt base..

T: Good hop character... sweet caramel malts.. roasted and toasted grains.. some fruity tones too..

M: Smooth. good hop bitterness finish... crisp and enjoyable..

D: A good beer... tends to slow down after the second serving..

03-31-2008 02:31:15 | More by callmemickey
Photo of johnnyirishman


4.3/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Pint glass.

Apperance- Poured a Dark cloudy amber color, which yeilded a good head and good lacing.

Smell- Slight hop smell with a touch of grains.

Taste,Mouthfeel- Hops, roasted grains and malt flavors, very well balanced, Delicious. Medium body and Carb.

Drinkability- Very good beer, dangerously drinkable, will sneak up on ya.

03-29-2008 04:46:54 | More by johnnyirishman
Photo of Grimes


4.9/5  rDev +17.5%

I've had this beer many times on tap, but for fear of coming across as the pretentious a$$hole in the bar, I have yet to review it. I finally found it bottled and decided to give it my utmost attention.

I smelled it first in the bottle because I couldn't wait, and my mouth is watering.

Pours a deep, dark amber with a pillowy off-white head.

Smells of huge amounts of piney hopsand bright citrus notes. If only I could find a cologne with a similar smell, I'd probably spend many a night home alone :)

Taste is sweet and bright with a powerful hops bite at the very end.

I'm in love with this beer. If Stone has a musician endorsement program, someone please let me know because I would drink this beer on stage every night!

03-26-2008 22:21:23 | More by Grimes
Photo of cjgator3


4.55/5  rDev +9.1%

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head that turns leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass. The aroma is very nicely balanced with a good amount of malt to support the hops. The taste much like the aroma is very nicely balanced. The hops definitely holds the spotlight in this brew, but the malt holds its own providing a very nice backbone. Overall, this is a very enjoyable brew that is extremely well balanced but features enough of a kick to satisfy any hop fix. If this were available here, I would Arrogant Bastard by the case. Highly Recommended!

03-26-2008 05:04:12 | More by cjgator3
Photo of ckeegan04


4.53/5  rDev +8.6%

Bomber into pilsner glass.

A - Deep amber color with excellent two finger head.

S - Hops. This was the best part of the beer. The aromas were strong and fresh and very unique.

T - Very good. Not as bitter as I was expecting. The malts provided some good balance. The taste was not near as overwhelming as I expected it to be.

M/D - Top notch. This beer had a great taste, good carbonation and was very easy to drink. Cant wait for these guys to start showing back up in Tennessee.

03-24-2008 21:09:23 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of dill


3.63/5  rDev -12.9%

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

A - deep amber color with a thick, cream-colored head
S - toasted aromas as well as plenty of hops. you can smell the alcohol a little bit as well.
T - malt flavor, a bit of caramel, but the hoppiness comes on and overpowers it. very complex flavor overall. i will have to try this a few more times.
M - medium body, surprisingly smooth.
D - when a strong ale is called for this isn't a bad option at all.

03-24-2008 18:30:28 | More by dill
Photo of MrIncognito


3.9/5  rDev -6.5%

Had on tab at Tuskies in Leesburg, VA.

A - A decent white head that left a thin layer for th duration of the beer. Coppery red beer.

S - Hops for sure. That's pretty much all I can smell at first. Then as it warms up, call me crazy, but I swear I smell raspberry. Just a hint of it. Very aromatic beer.

T - The hops smack me right in the tongue at first and my reaction is "what a hoppy beer!" I wasn't that impressed with my first sip because of the overpowering hops, but as the beer warms more characteristics come out. Towards the end of the glass, if I breath in my nose and take a sip at the same time I can smell and taste a little bit of the raspberry. Notes of caramel as well in the aftertaste.

M - Nice and smooth. Not overly carbonated.

This was actually quite good in the long run. I was not impressed at first but the beer seems to wake up as it warms in the glass and breaths.

03-19-2008 12:59:17 | More by MrIncognito
Photo of jeremyd365


5/5  rDev +19.9%

Poured dark amber. The menu called it an "amber ale" but I would call it something heavier myself.

You can smell the delicious hops from some distance away, luring you in.

The taste is strong, but not overwhelming. It feels great in your mouth and goes down smooth.

On tap and from the bottle, the Arrogant Bastard is always great.

Highly recommend!

03-16-2008 00:20:46 | More by jeremyd365
Photo of Hophead101


3.88/5  rDev -7%

appearance: nice thick foamy head. nice reddish brown color. head went down quick. good lacing however.

aroma: good malty hop combo smell. almost chocolate malt. very strong ale smell - not too complex, but nice.

taste: good taste. more malty than not. crisp in malt flavor. top of the tongue hop flavor.

mouthfeel: awesome. good overall balance.

drinkability: very nice - good drinking beer.

03-15-2008 00:12:04 | More by Hophead101
Photo of bboven


4.38/5  rDev +5%

Deep amber/red body, clear with a rocky head and lots of lacing.

Huge caramel aroma along with dried prunes.

Taste s not as rich as the aroma, but still excellent. Slightly warming alcohol if felt but not tasted.

Smooth, moderate/low carbonation and coating without being sticky.

An excellent example of the style, really a joy of a sipper.

03-14-2008 02:37:41 | More by bboven
Photo of CrellMoset


4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured into a wide-mouthed glass from a 22 oz. bomber.

Appearance: A deep, ruddy, ruby-brown beer with a creamy, light head. It's INCREDIBLY sticky and foamy, and both the lacing and the head don't go anywhere. At all. Most excellent.

Smell: Deep, sugary fruits - plums, and mild citrus - a piney hop presence, sweet and toasted grains, and alcohol. Oy. Very pungent.

Taste: I feel arrogant drinking this beer. It's rich and full, and the grainy malts are both sweet and caramelly, as well as smoky and rustic. The alcohol is warming and pungent and its spicy presence is noticeable throughout the body. There's also an assertive, sharp, juniper and citrus hop presence. So good.

Mouthfeel: Pure heavy, rich, thick, creamy velvet. Stellar.

Drinkability: Maybe it's just the arrogance talking, but this beer is definitely a sipping beer, to be appreciated and puzzled over. I'm discovering new tastes and aromas as I take each new sip. Not eminently drinkable, if only because of it's formidable alcohol character.

A rich, complex, and satisfying ale, almost a wine in many ways. There are more flavors and aromas here than I can begin to count, and my grasp of the english language isn't firm enough to describe all the sensations this beer brings about.

03-13-2008 22:15:58 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of peck95


4.08/5  rDev -2.2%

pours a very nice dark red with a good tan head, there is nice sugary/caramel smell with some hops, the taste is fairly smooth good mix of hops and malts but there is a slight alcohol aftertaste,
mouthfeel no noticeable warming feeling from alcohol and seems to be a bit thin. Very drinkable alcohol aftertaste seems to dissipate after a few drinks and the thinness allows you to drink it very easily could be a very dangerous beer at 7%

03-13-2008 01:43:01 | More by peck95
Photo of MarkSCCOT

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

POured from a 22 ounce bomber received in trade from Lothore months ago into a seidel.

A. Beautiful amber brew with a fluffy 2 fingers head that leaves decent lacing.

S. Complex beer. Nice floral hops and other hard to pin down aromas. Nice hint of malt.

T. Just as complex as it smells. The hops are foremost and piney/floral with a finish of malt. This is a complex brew that is so hard to pin down.

M. Medium body with a great texture and perfect carbonation.

D. Again, lower due to the abv and non-availability in SC.

This is a great and complex beer that I would love to try repeatedly and on-tap. A strong offering from Stone.

03-13-2008 00:40:26 | More by MarkSCCOT
Photo of Biscuit033


4.65/5  rDev +11.5%

A: Clear deep amber with large light tan fluffy head that clings to the glass as it receeds.

S: Strong citrus, caramel, and some butterscotch. There nose is very strong and layered.

T: Bright citus hops hit you almost immediately as well as some mint, caramel (great malt backbone), a little roasted notes, some faint dark chocolate, and a nice slight tingle of alcohol that creates a crisp dry finish.

M: Creamy, crisp, and dry.

D: The flavors are layered one after another which makes me want to drink sip after sip to find more flavors. Not something to party all night with but nice to have a bomber while hanging out alone.

03-12-2008 01:40:15 | More by Biscuit033
Photo of trackstar1043


3.63/5  rDev -12.9%

A - Pours a rich copper-reddish-brown, with a light chocolate colored head that had great retension.

S - Strong aroma of hops, bright and bitter, with a deep roasted malty character.

T - Dark and strong, the bitter hops bite at your taste buds first the the deep roasted malts followed by on hell of an alcohol kick, this is a serious brew.

M - Abrasive and lively, you know it is a strong ale.

D - This brew have a sinister side but good.

03-10-2008 23:19:04 | More by trackstar1043
Photo of barleywinefiend


4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured a deep red/copper color to it. It has a big hop aroma, too, very citrusy and piney. These people must love using cascade, chinook or perle hops. It has a slightly heavy body, but is definitely drinkable. With your first taste you get the wonderful citrus piney hop flavor on your palate and then it mellows out and the bitterness flows through leaving a nice crisp finish. This is a very nice beer to drink and because of the big hop flavor you don't even realize it weighs in at 7.2%.

03-10-2008 18:55:12 | More by barleywinefiend
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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