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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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9,490 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,490
Reviews: 2,882
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 332
Gots: 1,570 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000

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Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stone always knows how to properly hop their beers in the manner they describe it... I'm never disappointed, when they say its going to be bitter or very hoppy it always is. As soon as you smell it you get that trademark Stone brewery pine smell with citrus and the sweet malt in the background. I love how Stone is one of the only breweries that gets that pine hop resin taste and mixes it real well with citrus hops. The malt really comes into play in this beer and almost reminds me of what some breweries would call a black ipa. It kind of reminds me of a hoppier Victory Yakima Glory but better. The roasted malt blends in so nicely with the resinous hop bite it gives. That's the word that sets Stone IPA or highly hopped beers aside from other breweries highly hopped IPA's...resinous. Nobody can ever complain they don't get an amazing hop flavor and bite unless its past due its expiration date. This might be even hoppier than their regular IPA they brew mostly because of the different hops they use and the roasted malt coming together for a more bitter bite. Amazing beer that regular beer drinkers might have a hard time drinking because of the intense amount of flavor this has. Beer never tasted so rich, potent and good. I don't think this brewery can make a bad beer. My favorite California brewery.

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

220z bottle poured into a tulip glass. Enjoy by date is 2/14/11. Pours an opaque reddish brown with three fingers of frothy foam. Good lacing. Nose is a bit subtle. Syrupy sweet roasted malt with a bit of bite from the hops. Full bodied with low carbonation. Drinks like a breast. Not too rich or syrupy in texture though. Nice, resiny hops cut the malty sweetness to make it more drinkable. Nice roasted, almost nutty flavors play on the palate before a wave of hop bitterness cuts through all that to the point that you think your palate might be ruined for the next sip. Bright, bitter hops linger on the finish. Every time I have this I am reminded how good it is. This is the definition of a classic microbrew.

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

The beer that popped my "Stone Brewing cherry" years ago. Usually poured from a 22 oz. bomber into pint glass. Dark amber brownish body with light brown / off white frothy head with excellent lacing. Interesting aroma - Citrus, earthy, caramel, toast....overall gentle on the nose...but what a surprise thereafter! Taste is predominant bitter and woody, some spice. Bitter is not in a pale ale or IPA sort of way, and much more aggressive than smooth. Palate is moderatley thick and syrupy residue that lingers a good while. Depth and complexity that leaves you guessing and wanting more. A nice beer!

Photo of latackbeer
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think this was my first of this style! Awesome, I had one bottle and went back for more. Poured a finger head with bright red body!! Color was awesome and the taste was even better. The smell of dark fruit and smoky!! Taste the same as smell with a great hop presence of grapefruit and zesty lemon. The smoky flavor was the last to leave. I could drink this all day!!

Next is the double Bastard and if it's anything like this I'm doubly excited!!

Photo of mbusster88
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A: Pours with off white head and dark amber color. No real carbonation to speak about here.

S: Dark fruit and malty notes in the nose. Also get some faint notes of hops but not a ton.

T/M: The hop character hits you right away with this. Very much different from the aroma, the taste is all hop. Really bold and in your face, but yet well balanced. Great malt backbone that helps keep the hops in check.

D: Really great beer that starts strong and continues throughout. Good balance and quality makes this a go to beer.

Photo of BB1313
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. This has always been a winner to me! Pours a dark copper with a nice fluffy white head and sticky lacing. Hoppy! Lots of fruity hops, blended with a musty/woody aroma. I'm picking up alot of grapefruit, lemon, and a slight amount of pine in the taste. The taste is very aggressive, but balanced; bittersweet. Mouthfeel is right on, rich and smooth; full-bodied. Drinkability is good, although this one can catch up to you, it's hard to stop drinking since it tastes so good.

Excellent offering from Stone! If you've never tried a Stone product, this is the perfect place to start. Classic brew! Recommended.

Photo of diomz88
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S-smells great! full of hops but at the same time fruity.
A-amber, hazy with one finger of whittish head that recedes quickly.
T-Boom! its bitter, very bitter, but in a great way! Spicy and sweet, like there's caramel in it. This will be a great beer to pair with so many foods.
M-medium bodied, hop will hit you right away but goes away smoothly. Can't even stop drinking once I took my first sip.
D-so drinkable, and will drink again.

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

Vessel: Dogfish Head Signature Glass

What more can be said about this beer? It pours a beautiful dark brown with a nice fluffy head... lacing falls down the glass as you begin to drink much like a good IPA would have .

The taste is piney and hoppy at first sip but ends with a beautiful sweet caramel/malty flavor much like a British ale.

There is carbonation there, but not a lot. Smooth mouthfeel.

This beer is endlessly drinkable and is something I always keep a few bottles of to drink. Fantastic.

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

20oz pour in a large shaped pint-like glass at the Standard Pour, Standard (Sonora), CA.

This bastage is deep candy apple red, a little redwood and coppery. Its head is nice, it's a very nice pour by the nice young lady tending bar.

The nose isn't super harsh; hits of bitter citric hop, grapefruit rind, orange oil, and bitter alcohol. Yeah, it is a bit coarse.

The flavors are equally rough, with caramel dropped on top of bitter alcohol. Orange oil is bitterly fruity. Simple but tasty.

The mouthfeel is a little bit of a bastard, but the beer goes down smooth. It's expectedly rough with bitterness and alcohol but that's just part of it's character.

I still find the drinkability a bit dangerous, possibly more dangerous, on-tap. I do like this beer but it really isn't a favorite of mine. If I give the bottle another go I'll re-review because I think my score is a little high.

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

Dark amber color, slightly hazy. About one finger off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. Vaguely peppery smell with some fruitiness underneath. Good mouthfeel with fairly minimal carbonation. The hops really come out in the initial tasting but finishes out smoothly. Stone Brewery products just became available in my area in the last year and this is the third example I've tried and is as good as the other two. Looking forward to more of the work.

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

Bomber poured into imperial pint. Hazy dried blood red with a small off white cap with great retention and lacing. Smells of burnt sugar, candied fruit, resinous hops. Taste is bitter at first, mellowing out a bit to let the caramel and brown sugar maltiness through. Finishes bitter. Medium body and carbonation. A good readily available brew.

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

A- Pours deep red/amber, almost purple, with a dark creamy head.

S - Hits you right away, hops and fruit. Some grapefruit, other citrus scents. A bit of 'earthy' smell as well, somewhat a mixture of flower and pine.

T - Very first sensation I get is pine needles. Starts a bit sweet with those fruity notes from the smell, before resolving into piney bitterness. Great amount of hops in this beer, almost peppery.

M - It neither coats nor dries the mouth. The pep of the hops settles near the back of the mouth. Mouth is left a little moistened for the next drink. Just nice and smooth the entire way

D - Remarkably drinkable. It hits you in the face, but it goes down really well. Can barely taste the alcohol in this beer.

Overall - Just a delicious, delicious beer. I love the balance in this beer, the bountiful amount of flavors and how the beer moves from sweet to bitter so seemlessly. Just outstanding

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

Appearance -- Pours a burgundian ruby hue with two fingers of stiff khaki head. Thin drape of sticky lace. It's a bitter beast for certain.

Smell -- Juicy citrus, pine resin, musty vegetation (cannabis?), Caramelized fruits, . Slight solvent-like burn on the nose, but otherwise the alcohol is undetected.

Taste -- The hopping is dank and fruity: grapefruit rind, pine resin, leafy and musky hops. Bitterness is significant. Malting is on the sweet side with toasted malt, and caramel, bitter chocolate, and bread pudding. Mild mineral character is also present; this seems to be a Stone calling card. Additional dry amber/red malt flavor toward the finish. Lingering flavors of candied orange peel and pine resin.

Mouthfeel --Medium-bodied, a bit viscous, with well-balanced carbonation: feels somewhat gentle but still quite energetic. Lovely!

Drinkability -- This beer is a must-try, without question: wall of citrusy hop bitterness tempered by a well-malted base that brings to mind red ale-meets-barleywine.

Beyond being a great beer, this is an important beer in terms of the history of American craft brewing: its roots are in classic English brewing, but it doesn't conform to any pre-established style. Its imitators are legion, its equals few. While its spin-off beers may outshine it, there is no denying AB's mark on the craft beer landscape.

Photo of OuthouseBrewing
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I never drink it out of the bottle. I have to pour into a glass to see the gorgeous amber color. The smell is unmistakable and I take a whiff before every drink. The taste is everything the bottle says and pairs with many Pub foods. Drinkability makes my first choice if I grab a beer from Stone. A good beer to take the training wheels off and really dive into the beer community.

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

151st review on BA
On draft to pint

App- A nice dark amber/light brown with a 1 finger head that was a little darker than white.

Smell- Its a big scent to take it. Hits me each time I have drank this. Its very hoppy with citrus and some floral. Matly spiciness as well.

Taste- It's been a long time since I had one of these and it's a lot better than I remember. Its strong and it's meant to be as the flagship beer. Hoppy strong and a little spicy with some nice undertones.

Mouth-Medium bodied and medium carbed. Nice aftertaste.

Drink- It was very good especially paired with a green chili burger. Last beer of 2010. Thanks Stone for a great sendoff!

Photo of therica
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this so many times but apparently never stayed awake long enough to post a review.

A= amber-orange with a modest head and some consistent rimming and lacing.

T= beautiful, complex hops, both floral and bitters. Nice sweet malts, citrus, a complex boldness that needs to be experienced.

T= immaculate, inspiring, a "standard" in this style. Delicious, plentiful flavors, complex bitterness and floral hops yet nice sweet and possibly roasted malts and very light carramel notes.

M= very clean and true despite higher ABV and hoppy presence. Slightly grassy remnants, very light honey hints, dry malts and a variety of hops florals and bitters. A standard.

D= as much as you can 1) afford, 2) tolerate with the slightly elevated 7.2% ABV.

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

22oz bottle split with the Father in Law into two pint glasses.

Brown-red, near garnet like. 2 fingers of head of eggshell white head. lacing is very nice, leaving both lines and a nice trail after each sip. Excellent.

Nose is a filling of piney, peppery hops. Malt backing is there, more bready and grainy than anything. This is one you tread lightly on.

Malt base comes to play early, giving a bit of saltine like breadiness and good caramel cream nature. Mild sweetness, but it is quickly overtaken by the hops. A piney mixture with a good pepper like spiciness that resonates well past the first sip.

So dang quaffable. Moderate creaminess, silky smooth, very nice and enjoyable mouthfeel. If it was more drink. This is one is dangerous, because the abv is in that realm of too much and not enough. It is well hidden and can quickly become a problem. Watch out, this one comes to play, and has a nasty bite.

Buy two, because after the first, you will be wanting another. What a dirty devil

Photo of mavbrew
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bomber into Portsmouth Brewery snifter.

A: Pours a deep copper color with amber highlights and a nice thick, light tan head that slowly dissipates leaving some nice lacing down the glass.

S: Has a nice hoppy nose to it with some citrus scents and some caramel malts.

T: Up front taste is pretty hoppy and has nice citrus notes to it with a sweetness from the caramel malt. The finish is bitter and smooth all at once. Hops leave a bitterness in the palate well after the beer has passed.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation.

D: This offering has a nice hoppy presence, highly flavorful and enjoyable beer. The alcohol is hid well by the hops and is highly drinkable. I can't believe it's taken me so long to try it.

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

Experienced both on-tap and bottled. The difference between the two is staggering beyond what is normally expected.

Bottled: I would be tempted to rate the beer almost half a point lower in almost ever category, especially taste. The hazy bite of this potent beer seems to be somewhat lessened, but the bottled version retains the same strong malty smell and spiciness.

On-Tap: Wow. A solid and awesome beer that lives up to its name! The flavor is much stronger on the front end when consumed on-tap, the spices and malt practically kicking in the face of any bastard lucky enough to drink a sip. The hops wash away the spice toward the end, leaving just a trace of malt and hops on the tongue. Extremely drinkable!

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

22 oz bottle.

Great looking beer. Very clear, ruby/garnet color. A thick, rocky head that sticks to the sides of my mug, forming huge penisulas of solid foam.

I get a huge hit of grapefruit for aroma. A slight bready-ness.

Taste is a sharp sweetness, quickly mixing with citrus/grapefruit. The alcohol is present and pleasant. I get a little bit of a dark chocolate kind of taste (that I also find in Duvel). Aftertaste is very nice, biscuits or bread.

Drinkablity is high for a beer of this substantial character.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Stone Brewery. The beer is a beautiful red-copper color, with a thin ring of head. It has a malty smell with hops undertones. The flavor is initally a spicy-malt blast, followed by light bitter hops. The flavors are very strong and full, and very well balanced. There is a spicy, bitter aftertaste to the beer, with a hoppy finish. Great beer with heavy, non-apologetic flavors. Kudos!

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

Poured from a Bomber into an Imperial Pint glass.

A - Poured a deep carmel/copper color with a creamy, tan, three-fingered head that persisted and laced the edge of the glass.

S - NIce hoppy scent and malty sweetness.

T - Taste is sweet carmel, malt, and coffee with an ample amount of hops and abundant malt.

M - Low level carbonation, medium-body, hoppy bitterness and carmel lingers on the tongue.

D - Very good American style ale, long on flavor.

Photo of LtCracker20
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Taken from notes.

A- Brown body with a 2-finger khaki head. Great retention. Great lace.

S- Hop smack up front, with some caramel malt as well.

T- Hops punch you in the mouth. Slight caramel again. Very bitter finish.

MF/D- Big body, very creamy. Only downside is that it's a palate wrecker.

Photo of Chile
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy reddish brown. Frothy head with decent retention. Great lacing.
22 oz.

S - Aromatic. Floral hoppiness with sweet malt and a hint of yeast.

T - Flavorful and complex. Mildly roasted maltiness that finishes with a nice bitterness that is not overwhelming. The faintest taste of yeast in the background. A tanginess develops after warming a bit.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D - Smooth; hides the alcohol well.

Overall, a very enjoyable brew.

Photo of nataku00
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint glass. Beer is a vibrant red / brown, clear to show some carbonation in the beer. Initial two fingers of tan colored fluffy head that left some nice lacing on the glass.

Nose is citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, and rye like malt that lends a bit of caramel.

Citrus is the first thing you taste, grapefruit and orange, the bitterness coming shortly thereafter balanced by the sweet caramel malt through the finish. Slight lingering bitter aftertaste but it's not overpowering. Not much of an alcohol bite, which is nice.

Medium bodied with light carbonation to keep the tongue clean. Fairly easy to drink but the hops are bold enough to keep your pace slower.

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,490 ratings.