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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

9,249 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 9,249
Reviews: 2,830
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 297
Gots: 1,266 | FT: 7
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 VTaler
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Same color as the bottle. Big reddish head.
S - Hops and some other big bold smell
The question begs to ask "Am I Worthy?"
Taste: Lots of hops. And apricot. At first the hops just smack you in the face and you start to question whether or not you are worthy. But the die down and you get the nice warm sensation of apricots, or at least I think that is what I taste. Wow this has a lot of flavor. Lots of good flavor. This is a really good beer. I am worthy.
M - Not very carbonated, I love it
D - No this beer is not very drinkable. I could only have one but maybe some people could have more but not me.

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

bomber into a tulip.

pours a hazy, deep reddish copper. gives me a big, belgian like, rocky, tan head right away and takes its time calming to a thin cap. tons of sticky lace left in this glass.

has a wonderful citrusy and floral smell. grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, grassy malts and a bit of fresh bread.

taste wise this beer explodes with hop flavor. fruity, herbal, toffee and bready notes all ride a big wave of hop bitterness all the way to the end. then the bitterness lingers for a while longer just to remind you of what you're drinking. no trace of the 7% abv in the flavor at all. pretty well balanced for being so, well, arrogant.

mouthfeel is the lighter side of medium, kinda chewy, with lots of carbonation.

very drinkable and superbly crafted. i credit this beer as my introduction/gateway to hop bombs and imagine a lot of other people can too. worth seeking out if you haven't had it yet.

Photo of tlazaroff
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a strong and malty beer. It's thick, and dark brown. Little hop presence on the nose, but mostly carmel and toffee scents and flavors. The beer lingers in your mouth for quite a while and is quite alcoholic which is hidden well by the maltiness. I wouldn't seek out this beer, but I would buy it if I saw it again.

Photo of faubs
2.17/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I apologize for all you hop hounds out there that cant get enough crammed into a pint glass but the choice of hops is what did this one in. As stated above the nose, appearance and gravity of this one were all good. But the hops. It wasn't that there was too much alpha acid, that I can handle. It was the aftertaste. Too rancid ,very piney. I might have had a bad batch but until i get the chance again my grade will remain low.

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

A-Medium brown color. Large head, good lacing.

S-sweet and rich smell. brown sugar. a bit hoppy fruit scents as well.

T-One of the first craft brews I've ever had. Still delicious. Has some nice spice and a complex overall taste. A well balanced hop flavor sets in. Deep malts give way to a lasting bitterness.

M-rich mouthfeel. alcohol is present. warming

D-nice and drinkable but the alcohol makes your cheeks hot

One of the best starters to get a newbie into craft beer.

Photo of RobertTh3Texian
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers. Deep amber on the pour. Hops Hops and more Hops on the nose, as well as sweet malt and some fruit on the nose. Small tan head in the glass. Oh I can't get enough of this hop smell. One of those things that you can smell even when you are not around it. The taste is one a the great bitter balancing acts of all time. Not saying this is a balanced beer. But like a good hot salsa, it is just uncomfortable enough to make you want to came back for more. Tons of hops and malt on the tongue. Lots of sweet from the malt coming out as well. BUY THIS BEER AS MUCH AS YOU CAN.!!!

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

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a golden-brown body with a creamy thick beige head that last for a good bit and a slow carbonation of bubbles.
S- The full green citrus hops aroma has pineapple weed and resin aromas to it. As the beer warms up the caramel malt comes through and adds nice balance.
T- The green herbal and citrusy hops have green grapefruit zest notes and a nice pine bite to it. There was just a bit of grassy flavor but not much. The malt was a nice sweet malt with some toasted flavors and caramel qualities. The hop bitterness finished the beer and lingered a bit after each sip. M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft fizz that boost the hop finish and no alcohol heat noticed.
D- I'm not sure I could distinguish between this and the regular AB but it as a great beer. It would have been nice to have a full 12. oz glass but I'm not sure I could drink many of these in one sitting.

Photo of jwinship83
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler that my sister brought me back from kentucky. drank out of a stone brewing pint glass the day after this one was filled.

A- this one pours out a deep ruby red colored body with a large tan colored head. the head lasts for a long time, and leaves behind large globs of lace.

S- lots of grapefruit and pine hops are the first thing to greet my nose. after that comes sweet caramel malts. a little bit of toasted bread in here also.

T- the nose and the taste are pretty similar. lots of sweet caramel and toasted bread malts upfront. a more than generous dose of grapefruit and pine hops as well. simple yet excellent.

M- medium to full bodied with ample carbonation.

D- i dont drink this beer that often, but im impressed every time that i do. the growler itself was a little more than i could finish, and the last pint and a half drank the next day had pretty much gone flat. id take another one of these at the next available chance, but i wont crack it until i have a friend to share it with.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a deep mahogany with a creamy light brown head - quite a sight sitting in the pint glass begging to be explored more.

In the nose it smelled of a mountain pine forest. The pine comes through strong, but it is clear, clean. On second smell, I could detect a hint of floral sweetness, which did not come through in the taste.

The bitter piney notes hit in the back of the mouth, while a cool almost cucumber taste balances it out for a smoothe delivery up front. It finishes with a lingering bitterness that would be nicely accompanied with something sweet - I'm thinking whoopie pies.

Photo of mash4077
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Deep, dark amber color. Two fingers of biege head which disipates slowly. Nice lacing.

S- Smell isn't very strong, a little citrusy, hints of hops. Not at all as intense as I expected but very nice.

T- The hops come out much, much stronger in the taste. There is a sort of peach flavor to the citrus, nice but hidden. I get a feel of lavender midway through. Strong floral and citrus hops presence, a little off balance, but all around great taste. Hops remain in the aftertaste. Gets better as it warms. This could have been sold as an IPA, in a good way!

M- Carbonation is good. Feel is a good middleground between water and milk.

D- Low, objectively speaking, but great relative to the style. I could have a second right now.

Photo of bogus564
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall weizen glass...

Dark amber in color, with a wheat-colored head that takes up two thirds of the glass' volume, and lasts for a few minutes before dissolving into lace that stays on the glass.

Smells hoppy - clearly a Stone thing. A little malty once you get past the hops. Neither smell is overpowering - I had to hunt for them.

Tastes nice; the hops are not as powerful as in their Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale, which makes me like this one more. There's pine, there's white grapefruit, there's a slight hint of caramel from the roasted malt - in combination, it's quite well done. East coast bias gone. I'd compare it favorably to Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe IPA. I might have to get some friends together and do a taste-off of some sort...

Mouthfeel is nice - there's a bunch of stuff going on to keep your interest, and it doesn't stay in your mouth a half hour afterward.

I could have a few of these in a night. I feel a bit guilty, as I made another grilled cheese sandwich to eat with it. This is one tasty offering from Stone.

Photo of evilkalla
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this one many times from bottles and on tap, but never sat down to review it until now.

Serving: Bomber into an ale glass.

A: Dark amber/copper with a very slight haze to it. About a quarter inch or so of head which dissipated fairly quickly, leaving behind a lot of lacing.

S: Not bursting with smell but I can smell some pleasant hoppiness and maltiness.

T: A thoroughly malty backbone with an aggressive hoppiness. Flavor hints at cinnamon and ginger bitterness while retaining the slightest bit of malt sweetness. Extremely well balanced.

M: Dry and astringent with a lot of fizziness.

D: Awesome. I would drink it until I fell off my chair.

Photo of dgilks
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rounded, resinous hop aroma. There's a bit of toffee too. A touch of fruit is a nice addition but I can't help but feel that something is missing here.

Clear, mahogany colour with a thick, creamy light tan head. Really sticky lacing. Nice.

Rounded malt with a sticky, resinous bitterness and a some piney hop character. Good with a firm bitterness that challenges the palate.

Medium body with moderately-low carbonation is good.

A tasty beer with lots going for it.

Photo of begforme4484
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the beer that turned me.. so I may be a tad biased..

ABA pours a very attractive dark copper color with a good amount of dark tan head that recedes rather quickly.

Right upfront in the smell is a woodsy caramel scent. In other terms, it has a crisp piney hop smell with a nice malt backbone.

The taste is very aggressive.. almost arrogantly aggressive. The flavor is a like a rush onto the palate. You almost miss the flavors if you're not paying attention. There is a quick sweet bready flavor that draws your attention for a brief second. Then you are blind side punched by a very grassy hop shot. It finishes bitter, and the bitterness lingers for a while. Until the next sip that is!

Medium carbonation.. slight resinous feel.. but bearable for the taste.

Drinkability is all dependent on what is on tap. But I love ABA cause I can find the bombers anywhere and they are relatively cheap. Talk about bang for the buck.

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

Brilliant copper to reddish brown color with a fine and lingering head that still coats the glass upon dissipation.

Aromas of meats and iron with hints of grassy brightness give way to rich malty flavors accented by assertive but not overwhelming hops. Top notes of muskmelon on the palate. A really balanced brew that seems to do what it's supposed to do.

The texture is outstanding and I could drink a bunch of this beer.

Photo of Bravo4
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A- Deep, dark red mahogany color with a 2 finger tan, creamy head.

S- It smells of hops with a decent malty backing.

T- It has a strong malty hops flavor that has to be experienced to understand.

M- Medium mouthfeel that goes down smooth.

D- I would rate this as very drinkable but not for beginners or the weak of heart.

Photo of beergambit
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From begining this ale is wonderful, the mouthfull of fruitiness that is lifted into the palate and then the onl thing is the more drinks I get into this wonderful concogtion the less I tend to like it, but either way I still like this drink and in my opinion not a drink for everyone..

Photo of Shamgar
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.

appearance: held up to the light this thing is a deep rubby color with hint's of golden brown in the bottom of the glass. Nice 1 inch head that dies down to a filmy head within a few minutes but stays with the rest of the drink. Nice lacing.

smell: hops, and that distinct Stone mixture of hops, followed by a toasted malt behind this.

taste: That is delightful. Hops up front, followed by nice malt flavors that are slightly toasted, with a dry hop finish. The smell and the taste are very similar to each other.

mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lighter than the taste would suggest, which is a good thing. Not too much carbonation.

drinkabiliy: this bomber went down smoothly. I could drink more, not the 7.2 percent abv discouraging me here, just feel like I need to change up the after taste after a little while.

Great brew, cheers!!

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

A - Pours a very dark amber or mahogany color with a thick, rocky head with medium retention and visible carbonation. Head becomes less rocky and more creamy/foamy as it recedes to slightly under a finger thick. (4)

S - Grainy hops with very mild floral notes and a solid malt backing. Generally, not a very strong nose. (3.5)

T - Citrusy hops attack upfront releasing a good amount of bitterness; sweet, caramel-backed malts show up in the middle along with light roasty notes. The hop aromas and bitterness return and lingers on in the finish. (4)

M - About medium bodied thickness with a very light carbonation bite; slightly chewy, perhaps, and with a watery foamy smoothness as it goes down. (4)

D - A pretty approchable beer that's fairly easy drinking, smooth and with the alcohol pretty well masked. Definitely something pretty sessionable for the American craft beer lover. (4.5)

Photo of Axic10
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark amber with a finger of slightly "dirty" foam.

Smell: When smelling this at first and it is still cold, nice mixture of caramel malts and a hoppy character. As it warms up it really accentuates the malt character.

Taste: Bready malt at first taste. As it rolls towards the back of your tongue it has a really intense bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Very good beer that impressed me more as my palate has improved since the days when I like this only for its name. I think this is a steal of a deal for about $5/bomber.

Photo of mikepuke79
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

seved from a bomber into a DFH specialty.

A: a deep amber/mahogony color with a thick slightly brown head...nice lacing.

S: lots of hops up front with some toasty malts on the back end.

T: Alot like the smell...very hop forward, with a slight malt backbone.

M: a medium mouthfeel, with a lingering hop after taste.

D: For me, the drinkability would be high...but thats just me.

A truley delicious beer

Photo of JDH2000
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into generic pint glass.

A- Pours deep red with about a finger of caramel-colored head. Nice lacing on the glass.

S- Deep malt scents with some hints of the hops lurking within.

T- The hops hit you first with a nice strong bitterness. But then fades to the rich malts. Citrus earthy hops with slight alcohol finish.

M- Medium bodied with slight oily feel

Drink- Mine was slightly past the sell-by date, but I don't think I was missing much. I found it to be really good overall. Will try again for a fresher batch. Will definitely add to my favorites list.

Photo of chickenm
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber brown color with a huge head and plenty of lacing. Smell is mostly malt, and some hops noticable in the aroma as it warms up. The taste isn't so malt-forward like the smell, with strong hops bitterness and a little nuttiness. Really nice chewy mouthfeel, and a bitter aftertaste. Great beer!

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

have had this a few times before and enjoyed it so now am reviewing it.
poured from bottle into glass

a- pours a rich dark amber. thick, creamy, tan 2 finger head with nice lacing. half finger head is still left as i finish off the last drops of my glass.

s- rich malt aroma

t- goes down smoothly with more hops flavor than was present in the smell. good balance between malts and fairly bitter hops. not quite as extreme as the name and label would imply, but definitely a solid and delicious beer. would very much like to try the double bastard ale.

m- fairly light carbonation with fine bubbles. can taste the alcohol and has slight alcohol warming effect. overall has great mouth feel.

d- the two glasses worth that comes in a bottle is the perfect amount. not sure i would want more of this than that in one sitting. would gladly drink another.

Photo of BeerNemesis
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Arrogant Bastard Ale | 650 ml. | 7.2% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Stone Brewing Co. (North County, San Diego)
Style: American Strong Ale
Glass: Snifter

Presentation:
Brown bomber featuring a cocky gargoyle silk screen printed on the front, and some choice words on the back:
"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 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 make a beer taste better. Perhaps you're mouthing your words as you read this."

Appearance:
A mahogany brown with deep red highlights. The head is small, but as it diminishes it leaves an attractive swirling film on the top.

Aroma:
Coarse hops, toasted grains, fruity esters and a deep, alcoholic backbone.

Taste:
Big malty sweetness with prominent caramel notes. caramel, Toasted/roasted flavors hang in the background swathed in a layer of prickly alcohol. The hop profile has a raw, coarse quality to it that's all the more visceral. Finishes with a lingering sweetness, caramel, and grainy, roasted coffee.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied and very smooth.

Harmony:
Wow, I'm very impressed with this brew. It's extraordinarily complex whilst keeping the alcohol in check to maximize drinkability.

Price = $5.89 at DAG's

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,249 ratings.