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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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9,554 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,554
Reviews: 2,895
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 334
Gots: 1,650 | FT: 12
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000

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Ratings: 9,554 | Reviews: 2,895
Photo of mjtiernan
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma included pine and a touch of grape. Taste was unique...intense with malt and hops that went on FOREVER. Insanely complex. Finishes a little bitter and dry but nothing to detract from my enjoyment. A big, big beer but not too, too strong at 7.2% ABV. Stone is really good at incorporating big beer flavor without knocking you on your ass with inflated ABV numbers.

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

A: pours a deep brown with a fluffy light tan head. It looks a bit evil.
S: Smell is a bit herbaceous with a bit of caramel from the malt. A touch piney as well.
T: Deliciously bitter at first taste giving way to a slight caramel sweetness that is battered back by a wave of pineyness. The sweetness and bitterness battle for dominance on the taste buds with it melding to a bittersweet flavor. A bit of pine in the aftertaste with a touch of toffee like sweetness. Very well done.
M: Slightly prickly carbonation and a slightly silky smooth mouthfeel accompany it. Definitely not watery, but not heavy either.
D: It's gonna be fun drinking this bomber, but that's about the limit. This bad boy wasn't made for sessioning.

Overall: A very outside the box product from the folks at stone. I can't wait to move to a state where their products will be more available to me.

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

Lets see if this lives up to the name.

This brew eminates a strong aroma of hops that I can smell a few feet away from the glass. Has a sticky sweet malty smell. Lacing and head are both pretty sick and beat everything but nitrogen carbonation. The beer pours a dark bronze color. There is still foam left 15 minutes after the pour.

Citrus American hops dominate the palate for most of the taste. The hops taste of pine and grapefruit. Roasted malt makes up the malt backbone with a dark chocolate-like aftertaste. Tastes very much like an ESB, only with more punch.

The mouthfeel is thick and heavy, which is a big plus for me. I can hardly feel the alcohol content, even after drinking 22oz. The aftertaste isn't overly dry either.

This beer packs a punch and puts light beers in their place. I was skeptical from the big talk marketing campaign, but this beer lives up to its own smack talk. I cannot see any flaws in this brew.

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

Bomber into pint glass.

A: Dark red/brown. Thick, dense off-white head that doesn't go away.

S: Citrus and pine from hops. Caramel, red/brown ale malts.

T/M: Aggressive hop bitterness. Grapefruit-like citric and resiny/pine notes in the middle fading to just bitter in the finish. Malt profile is pretty typical red/brown ale and definitely not the focus. It supports the complex hop bitterness. There is a slight sweetness up front, with toasty notes in the middle, but it doesn't come anywhere near balancing out that bitterness.

D: Surprisingly drinkable...though can have the effect of turning the drinker into an arrogant bastard if overdone.

Photo of LVBen
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bottle.

Color: medium brown w/ red highlights

Very small off-white head that persists.

aroma: light malt, american hops with light grapefruit that blends together magnificently.

Mouthfeel: It has the carbonation level of a lite american lager. Slightly creamy.

taste: Hop bitterness that lingers for several seconds after every sip. Hint of ethanol, but it is not overpowering.
Good balance between malt and hops. Strong biscuit flavor.

This beer is best to be enjoyed at a steady sipping pace. It would be a good beer for drinking while chatting with friends at a pub after work.

Photo of jayhawk73
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium dark caramel color with a perfect two finger head. The smell is fruity hoppiness, with a little malt thrown in. Knowing Stone's reputation for big beer tastes, I'm surprised the smell isn't a little stronger. Maybe it will get stronger when it warms a little. Ah- but the taste delivers! This beer slaps you in the face and says 'Pay attention!' Great taste, with lots of hops mixed w/ citrus and some malt thrown in as well. Mouthfeel is nice, and it has a slightly bitter aftertaste- which lingers. The drinkability is good, but this beer makes me want to sip it.. enjoy it.. It feels like an 10-11% beer, but it's only 7.2%. Another great beer from Stone. Everything I've had of theirs has been great, and this is no exception. Cheers!

Photo of Dotcubed
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had numerous bottles of this but never got around to a review.

Unfortunately I moved into a state that for some reason didn't seem to offer Stone, and as a result have not been into their offerings. I love their beer, so a little over three years ago I decided to buy some to cellar.

Bought in Livonia, MI moved to Minnesota and brought into Jersey. I expect it to be decent. But you never know.

Smells good opened with that nice sound. Looks like it's still beer, a nice silky smooth foam and some soap like bubbles in the bottle. Glass looks very hazy. Smells fruity, malt with over ripe banana.

Foams in the mouth with an unholy bitterness. Carbonized goodness, that has no equal in recent memory.
Warming, and dry with some heavy hints of spice.

No telling how much older these can get.

The only problem is that I can't say I'd drink alot of these.
I would love to have a case of these.

Photo of HopHead84
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3


On tap at Stone.

A: Dark reddish brown with a creamy off white head. Good retention.

S: Caramel accompanies big pine resin notes. Grapefruit and earth are evident. Pretty aromatic.

T: Upper moderate bitterness with lots of resin and grapefruit. Caramel malt makes an effort to balance, but that tilts toward the aggressive hops. Alcohol is noticeable in the flavor.

M: Upper medium body with upper moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and dry with some astringency.

Overall: An aggressive American Strong Ale. Nothing particularly special about it.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to having this, which surprised me since I've been reviewing beers for years now and this is one of the most popular brews on this website. Although it's not as flavorful and memorable as the other beers from Stone that I've had, this was a good beer and certainly worthy of the name that it carries!

Nice vibrant brown hue to this as I poured it out. The head was good and frothy and there was a bit of lacing on this as well. The taste had a nice, solid hop presence to it with notes of citrus mixed in with a dry-hopped aftertaste. Like the Green Flash beers, this had a "stink" to it that was reminiscent of weed. This never felt strong or overpowering but certainly had the hallmarks of a good West Coast beer in the way it looked, tasted, and smelled.

No resin to be found like Sierra Nevada but the greatness of this beer lies in the taste. It's relatively strong in the alcohol department but when I drank this, I would have never have guessed that. I split this with a friend but it would have been pretty easy to finish on my own and even though there are better offerings by this brewer and in this style of beer, one couldn't do wrong with this. I could easily see it being the standby for quite a few people that enjoy craft beer!

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

You're not worthy! Split a bomber with friends; poured in ale glass.

A: very nice two-finger head; dark, slightly reddish brown; not many carbs; great lacing
S: bacon, mealy smell, heavy on the hops
T: very dry, bitter, and *highly* hopped (nearly like a hop concentrate); that doesn't make it undrinkable, but just be forewarned
M: silky, smooth

A very aggressive strong ale, highly hopped.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. The oaked version of this was my first true love. Back then, a beer like this was as rich and flavorful as they come. Seems like those days are over though. The last Oaked AB I had didn't have the effect it did those years ago given the amount of good beer I've put down and the growth of my palate since.

4.5 A: Clear deep amber/mahogany color. Nearly three fingers of beige creamy/frothy hybrid head. Average to good retention and plentiful nonuniform lacing.

3.5 S: Caramel, brown sugar, and even a touch of nuttiness. Hops add pine, orangy citrus, and a touch of flowers.

3.5 T: The taste is still aggressive enough to warrant a name like Arrogant Bastard. The first thing I noticed was a decent hop bitterness punch. Orange, grapefruit, and piney hop flavor. Good amount of caramel and toffee malt flavor with a general biscuity maltiness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Smooth, but could be creamier.

4.0 D: I was glad I had a bomber. AB is a solid beer and a good introduction into the world of higher ABV, more flavorful beers. While now it doesn't impress me like it once did, drinking it again takes me down memory lane when craft beer could not have been any more exciting.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes 2/5/11. Thanks to THECPJ for sharing.

A: Pours a very dark amber, almost ruby color with an off-white one finger bubbly head. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Some juicy citrus and a little bit of tropical fruit. Also get a good bit of malt, lots of caramel.

T: Nice citrus fruit flavor and some pine. A little bit of spiciness and a lot of sweetness from the malt. There is some brown sugar and some biscuit/caramel as well.

M/D: Medium bodied very creamy. Has a bitter dry finish. Overall, quite good. A little heavier on the malt than expected, but something I would definitely drink again.

Photo of zrab11
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a Amber crimson red color with a nice head with good retention

S-Has a sweet but bitter maltiness smell

T-Has a strong bitter taste at the beginning but then blends well with some sweet carmel notes

M-Medium bodied with good carbontation

D-May be hard to drink for some but i love the bitter malty sweet flavors that come with this beer. Very good beer. Have a few of these and get pretty tipsy!

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful offwhite head that just doesn't come off the glass or dry out.

Smells moderately of herbs, smoke, and flora.

Has a strong taste of burnt tobacco and the blackest of coffee which is quickly masked by the aftertaste.

Extremely bitter aftertaste that stays with you for a long time. The after taste is harsh like eating a lime peel.

I don't think I could have more than one of these in a night unless I felt particularly aggressive.

Photo of wrcraigl
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is my go to. It has a great taste and is easy to get anywhere for the reasonable price. I have had this on draught as well and its even better. If you are an ale fan this is one to try or retry. I would like to try and make my own personal brew similar to this one.

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

This is my favorte beer. Its is very drinkable but has the sublte alcohol notes along with an almost nutty essance and overall hoppy charecteristics. Its got great between dark and amber color. Its got a mild head that laces pretty good in the glass.

Photo of whatthehull
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Voice Noted

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A a beautiful coffee, blood red with a huge 3 finger head and nice lacing

S malty! Sweet hop, maybe some oak, barley, rice, and maybe some sap and more hops

T - huge barley up front, followed by a earthy malt with a bit of sweet, floral hop, oak, a bit of yeast, maybe some tart berries or cherries, and finishes with a huge malt and bittersweet hops

M - heavy, almost tannic, lingers with a huge bittersweet hop

D - pretty nice. Not balanced but not overwhelming. If you like beer, this is a staple

Final thought - big but easy to drink huge but not overwhelming. Just wish this one came in a six pack

Photo of kwjd
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Mr. Goodbar in Buffalo. I haven't had this for a while, so I had to order it when I saw it on tap. Pours an amber-brown colour with small off-white head. Some lacing down the glass, head remains the whole way. Smells of citrus hops with a huge caramel malt blast. Very sweet flavour, bitterness comes through more in the after taste. Smooth mouthfeel. This beer is a classic for a reason.

Photo of Dhren1979
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010:

Serving Type: 22 oz Bomber poured into a Tulip glass.

A: Pours a crimson, amber color. Head is thick and rentention is strong. Lacing is very sticky!

S: Slightly sweet from the malts. Hops are present, but not overpowering at all! Smooth beer perhaps??

T: Blananced. Roasted bread with sweet malts. Caramel malts can also be detected.

M: Medium body...smooth as it warms up. Boozy malty sweetnes.

D: Very drinkable! This should be in the firge at all times!

Photo of IchabodcraneIpa
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a few of these little devils served in mason jars at a bar in indiana.

The color of this demon of an ale was a nice clear dark brown with a head of heavy cream colored foam billowing up the top.

The smell of this ale was a strong smoky aroma with a nice malt and hop finish

The taste of this ale was like sipping a jar of pure power. A perfect blend of strong malty goodness with a powerful blast of smoky flavor. This flavor really can boast the arrogance of it's name.

The mouth feel of this one was pretty heavy as this guy tends to be on the darker side of beer.

The drinkability of this is pretty fantastic for as strong as it is, you can still taste the nice alcoholic power behind this one.

This is one of my favorites and to see it on tap was pure mind blowing goodness.

Photo of JDFish
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber dropped into a beer mug:

A: Cloudy dark amber colored. 1-finger deep off-white head that has some staying power. Tons of lacing all around the glass

S: Super bready malts and yeast. So strong, I didn't even pick up the hops in the smell before drinking. Very interesting

T: Hoppy bite when the juice first enters the mouth. The malts come a little later. Dry on the finish with a little alcohol burn. I was a little confused on the first sips, but the more I drank it, the more I loved it.

M: Good mouthfeel. I would say medium bodied and the perfect amount of carbonation

D: Pretty good drinkability for the alcohol content. In fact, thats the only thing keeping it from being almost session-like.

Overall, my system was shocked by this unique balance. One of the few I had where the taste didn't necessarily follow the nose. Great beer!!

Photo of mjrod2142
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a Perfect Pint glass

This beer pours a rich-looking dark amber color that resembles cola. A thick light-brown head stood firm for several minutes and almost had a whipped cream texture. Excellent.

The aroma is nondescript and consisted more of malts than of hops. There's a slight hint of citrus and I couldn't tell if it would taste bitter or not.

There's a delicious roasted malt flavor with the bitterness coming late on the back of the tongue. I'm getting a not-quite chocolate, not-quite hazelnut flavor.

Excellent mouthfeel and creaminess. Very drinkable. Highly recommended.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - clear rich reddish brown with frothy tan head, retained well with very sticky lacing all over
S - herbal and floral hops, sharp grain, a little fruity and spicy
T - oily herbal and lemon citrus hops dominate, raw grainy malt with some caramel, light candied fruit and alcohol spiciness
M - medium/low carbonation, starting creamy smooth moving to a hop bitter but retaining the creamy character throughout
D - the alcohol blends seamlessly with the sharp flavours, definitely in your face but dangerously drinkable

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

a - appears nice deep crimson amber with generous and frothy top and sick, I'm telling you, SICK lacing! Looks good. Looks real good.

s - sweet and malty, hops

t - a very nice pine and citrus hop character with a nice malty backbone with some brown sugar and caramelized sugar.

m - not too chewy but not even close to thin by any means. Very balanced actually. Carbonation is adequate but not over-powering but leaves a bit of boozyness in the long haul.

d - good. very good. You could have a great night with nothing but AB but not a world class beer by any means.

All good. Very good but not bowl-me-over good. So we're clear, this beer is very sessionable and drinkable. I wouldn't hesitate to grab this again but not worth a road trip either.

Photo of brunrn1
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Someone picked this up for me as a gift. Very large bottle and very large alcohol content which is always good. I really enjoyed this beer. The only problem with large bottled beer, they get warm too quick and you have to down them. I would rather see smaller bottles, cans so you can enjoy it more.

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Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,554 ratings.