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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

8,654 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 8,654
Reviews: 2,786
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 259
Gots: 954 | FT: 5
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 treyrab
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one numerous time, poured into a pint glass...

A: Clear golden ale with a nice three finger off-white head. The ale has a reddish hue to it as well and the carbonation is nicely rolling.

S: Very malty, but also very hoppy as well. It has a pleasant smell and also some astringent alcohol in the nose.

T: The taste is very flavorful and dry, just the way I like it. The hoppiness is the real kicker here. It has a great taste of pine and citrus hops balanced by tons and tons of malt sweetness. The alcohol is noticed only when it starts to warm.

Overall, a fantastic beer by Stone that does nothing less than satisfy.

treyrab, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of Strix
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish-brown, thick head.

Hoppy smell, very rich and powerful.

Taste is bold, but honestly not as overpowering as their write-up made it seem. I was prepared to lose my tastebuds... Obviously a serious hop kick to this, but also supported by a whole host of complex flavors: woody, earthy, roasted and citric. A long-lasting aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is oily and smooth, goes well with the complex mix of flavors.

Drinkabilitywise, one was enough for me, considering how much was going on. A dense beer.

Certainly a nice beer and well worth trying.

Strix, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of mtstatebeer
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber. Pours a hazy brownish-red witha creamy light brown head, decent lacing. Aroma is of caramel, nutty malts, and plenty of hops, spruce, and citrus. Flavor has a sweet malt start, buttery, and very nice hoppy finish. Very good all around beer, well balanced, and delicious.

mtstatebeer, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of Bugsey
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bold and eventful ale.
Huge citrusy hops offer a big bite, with some oilyness to the mouth feel. But in spite of the strong bite, there is a nice smoothness and cleanness in the drinkability. Definitely a beer that commands your attention. Nothing boring here.

Bugsey, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of stoutman
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ONE nice brew!! Pours dark brown with a nice tan head. Caramel apple aroma, smells great. Flavors of caramel and citrus around the hops. Smooth body, bitter finish. A nice all-around ale with a bit of aggression at the finish but not too over-powering.

stoutman, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of abfraser
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark mahogany, massive cream-colored head that quickly dissipates leaving substantially think lacing.

S: Hops and caramel malt. Surprisingly, not a potent smell.

T: Hop bitterness, sweet caramel malt; typical North County flavor profile

M: Thick and creamy with lingering hop bitterness. Low carbonation.

D: A very drinkable brew but the alcohol sneaks up on you, so watch out

This beer has a special place in my heart. It's one of the first brews I fell in love with when I moved out to SF. I don't have it nearly as much as used to, but an excellent bear.

abfraser, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of paco1029384756
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty ruby/brown color. Not much head with a nice ring of lacing.

Scent of hops with sweet and earthy malts. Caramel malts and cherry are present as well as some earthy malts and some cherries. Hops and a hint of yeast make this one nice and balanced.

Taste of caramel malts and hops initially, fading slowly with earthy malts and some spice coming in. Finish is dry and hoppy with a bit of spice.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, but kind of uneven. Somewhat heavy with a hoppy bite.

paco1029384756, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of webmanspidey
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A caramel dark brown with a thick creamy head, smells hoppy. Best way for me to describe this beer is heavy. This is a beer that I think tastes stronger than its abv suggests. It is very bitter but also malty... not sure if it qualifies as "balanced", but seems like the brewer threw as much of everything into it as he could. This is not one of my favorite beers, but something I would have again.

webmanspidey, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of Squelch
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark Ruby read crystal clear with a billoy tan thick head that lasts forever. Nice lacing.

Smell: Lacks in the hops dept. Strong malt. Still nice but would benefit from more aroma hops.

Taste: Wonderful. Sweet dark caramel, slight biscuit, and slight roasted flavors balanced nicely by the moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy. coats the mouth well. Nice low level of alcohol warmpth in the finish.

Drinkability: One of my staples. Excellent choice for any occasion.

Squelch, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of mtbbaboon
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a pint glass. Color is dark amber with moderate head that doesn't want to go away. Leaves lacing all over the glass. The smell is somewhat mild...mostly malt with some hoppiness in the background. Smells a little fruity but I can't place it. Medium to heavy body, but very smooth. Mild carbonation that makes this easy to drink for a heavier than average beer. Taste is malty. Tastes a tad smokey to me, but I like it (maybe I'm drinking it wrong?). Hops and bitterness round out the taste. A real easy beer to drink. My wife would love this. Too bad I'm going to drink it all.

mtbbaboon, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of philipquarles
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark copper with a thick off-white head. Good retention and fantastic lacing.

Smells of roasted malt primarily with hops in the background. Many other earthy/woodsy scents. The hops really come out in the tasting. Lots of bitterness initially but it is mellowed out by the malt. Not exactly what I was expecting.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. Good, thick body with a very nice, creamy head; little carbonation. This is really where this beer excels.

Overall, a very decent beer, but a bit more bitter than I would like in a beer like this; the hops are a bit overpowering. Maybe I'm just used to Belgian ales...

philipquarles, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from a liquor store in Nashua, NH. Pours a hazy copper-red body with a good half-inch of off-white head. Smells amazing, juicy, citrusy, piney hops at the forefront with malt in the background. Tastes citrusy and piney with a fair bit of caramel and toffee malt to back it up. On the lighter side of moderate carbonation with a body bordering on viscous, slick. A plethora of pleasant tastes all balanced perfectly. Rich slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is hardly detectable until you start to feel the warmth. What a magnificent beer. Glad I'll be able to get this a bit more often.

MrHurmateeowish, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of mattffrost
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A= Beer is a medium to dark brown but not really really dark. Almost like a really dark Ice Tea color. Head is between a light brown and white.
1pt 6oz bottle.

S= Roasted malt, spicey, hint of flower, a little fruity.

T= Spicey and dry with a nice kick. Earthy taste I really enjoy it.

M= Makes my taste buds pucker. A contrast to a sweet beer but not sour. Very lasting.

D= Not so heavy, you could drink a few. Very refreshing. I really like this beer. I could drink more than just a pint of this stuff in one sitting.

mattffrost, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of Duffman
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish brown. A really kind of rustic oaky color. Beautfiul looking beer. An extremely distinctive and aromatic scent. Somewhat musky, with a kind of sour, mildly piney hoppiness. The taste isn't too distant from the scent. Nice hops coming through, dry and piney with citrus tones. Reminds me a bit of potpurri. Sour and woody, befitting of its name this one with a long, though not terribly complex finish. On the light side of medium in body. Mouthfeel isn't poor but does seem to be the most notable downside for me. Though it does have a smooth woodyness to it not unlike scotch. Overall a strong beer and well done though not exceptional.

Duffman, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of hreb
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cold 22oz bottle poured into UK-size pint glass. Beer pours a deep orange-brown and lands with a gigantic tan-white head. The foam is intensely bitter, but the nose is only faintly of hops.

The beer lands on the palette with a big, round hop flavor. Really crisp, but also satisfyingly filling. The level of carbonation is just right to give the beer a brightness or sharpness which stops short of being acidic.

I'm used to this arrogant bastard, which may be why I find it well calibrated for American Strong Ale (i.e. not IPA). It does have that overpowering, palette-smashing bitterness to it which makes me think that a second glass would be a waste. It really needs something salty to balance it out.

Huh. The bottle (or the paint on the bottle, anyway) apparently contains Cadmium and is therefore going to kill me and eat my children. Well done.

hreb, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of Bookseeb
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance dark red amber with a thick head and nice lacing. Smell of hop, malt and sweet bread, light citrus and molassas. Taste of hops that is nicely balanced with the malts, citrus rind leaving with a nice sweet bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick and full of body. A excellent IPA and one that stands out amongst many great American IPA's.

Bookseeb, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of mjryan
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper with an outstanding tight white head. Great lace and retention. Smells a bit like plums and roasted malt with a great fruity hop undercurrent. It has a very elusive aroma profile. Not too malty, yeasty or hoppy. They all meld very well. Flavour is way hoppier than the aroma would lead you to think. Again kind of elusive. Bitter hops, some plum and then an almost chocolate like malt presence. Dry and bitter and slightly roasty on the finish. Mouthfeel is full but not heavy or oily. Carbonation is medium. Wow what an interesting beer. Unlike anything Ive ever had. It is like they took the best aspects from a bunch of different beer styles and fused them together into one glorious beer. Highly recommended.

mjryan, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of unionturf
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got a bomber on trade from OWSLEY069...thanks!!!!

Had this after one of my favorites, Hop Rod Rye so I was ready to finally have a taste.

Appearance was deep red/brown color with a good thick head that lingers through the pint. On first smell hops and carmel, not too strong and just about right. The smell of the beer is amazing...

Taste is great, very hoppy and at the same time perfect malt balance. Between the smell and taste you would think you are chewing on flowers/hops...love it.

Drinkability is wonderful with this brew...glad I have another glass to go. Can't wait for Stone to be sold in NC...not sure my tastebuds are ready for this...lol.

unionturf, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of Silenus89
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a dark amber color in my stone pint glass. the head was mininal with good lacing.

s. roasted malts at first, a caramel sweetness and citrus

wow the first drink was amazing i needed more immediatly. nice bitter hops that linger the whole time and a good amount of carbonation.

This beer is a favorite and im always drawn to the bottle when im not sure what beer to get. Thank you Stone!

Silenus89, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of beerorRIP
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the office

Poured into a regular pint glass, yields a nice off-white head one-finger head that sticks around. A deep ruby / burgundy body shows small bubbles streaming to the top. Throughout the drink, sticky lace hangs around. nice.

Smells mostly of hops... floral, with some notes of pine mixed in. Some malts in there as well, a touch of fruit but not too much, but the hops are the focus.

Diving in gives the hops up front with malts. Not sweet malts but there are caramel and estery flavors. somewhat unexpected, but helps the balance. then more hops come charging in to finish things off on more of a bitter and dry note. Can't really catch too much of the alcohol taste even at this abv... well hidden. i like.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some bite from carbonation. not oily or thick like one might expect.

surprisingly easy drinking.... perhaps too easy.

overall, a great brew!

beerorRIP, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22-ounce bomber with a bunch of humorously-arrogant puffery written on it, poured into a shaker pint glass yields a clear dusky garnet body capped with a finger of rocky tan foam. The head retains at a thick creamy sheet and leaves wide bands of lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is spicy and citrusy, with lots of grapefruit and a resinous sting.

The taste of the drink is complex and semi-dry, with toasty interjections of sweet caramel. The malt character is complex-- both sweet and dry; fruity and biscuity; succulent, but chewy?
The hops onboard the drink are similarly multitalented, bringing their citrusy-tropical-fruit-hoppiness and the toasty, crispy, juicy pale-maltiness together with a spicy blast of more/different fruity hops that raises the bitterness level a bit. Earthy hops dry the aftertaste, even as a dry malty syrup lingers, sticky and soothing in the mouth. Uh, hoppy.

Exquisite feel, fullish-medium in body and drinkability off the scale for style. Kickass.

cvstrickland, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of kmeves
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark copper amber body topped by a medium creamy tan head. Aroma is medium sweet with intense grapefruit and citrus. Flavor is grapefruit, chocolate, grapefruit and light chocolate. Perfect balance. Medium to full body. Somewhat long bitter grapefruit finish. Fuckin great beer, my hats off to Stone.

kmeves, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of beersheppard
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: rich clear mahogany color with a lingering tan head and nice lacing.

Smell: piney flowery hops and sweet malt.

Taste: hop forward as advertised with a delicously balanced malt backbone a little alcohol in the aftertaste, 7.2 %, that adds richness and depth of flavor.

Mouthfeel: not watery, substantial on the palate, with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: an execellently crafted brew, especially for a hop head, well balanced with malt. A quality product from Stone.

beersheppard, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A khaki dense foam slowly builds up to two fingers in my snifter. The head looks dense and chewy, and tons of wet lace slides down the glass. This looks dark brown on the desk, but shows clear deep garnet hues when held to the light. The purple-brown-red hue is hard to describe, but it sho' is perty. Head retention is decent, but not magical. I guess an Arogant Bastard is likely to quickly loose his head right?

S - This smells much more subdued than I would expect from a beer that touts it's arrogance. I expected a wall of nose-hair-curling hops or a sharp acidity or a heavy load of malt. Instead, this is like a mild late-autumn day. Mellow, pleasant, and earthy. There are some really nice aged hop notes here, but they are not the star of the show. This smells like a harvested corn field littered with crackling brown autumn leaves.

T - Initially mild and sweet, this begins to show it's arrogance on the midpalate, when it starts to build a nice sour lactic flavor than intensifies at the finish. This is definitely par for the course for an Old Ale...you can almost taste the passage of time in a dank moldy basement. Earthy and leafy...like a deep hole full of dead leaves. Much more assertive than the nose, with a good dose of 2XIPA level hops.

M - Full bodied and sugary. I can feel the dextrinous sweetness coating my tongue, and the very subdued carbonation is insufficient to wipe away the sugar. Fat and blubbery. Chubby even. The bitterness intensifies after the swallow and keeps building for a few minutes. That amazing level of bitterness saves this beer's ass....big time.

D - This definitely has some complex an interesting flavors, but I really don't see what all of the hoopla is about. This is a good beer, but the name has me puzzled. Arrogant Bastard makes me think of a massive 2XIPA that gives you the shivers with hop electricity, a RIS that kills you with thick motor-oil black evil, or a puckery geueze/lambic that strips the enamel from your teeth with battery acid chemistry. What is so aggressive about a mildly sour old ale? It's good, but not stellar.

pmcadamis, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of changeup45
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is fabulous. First of all, I like the name. I think it really fits this beer. Deep amber color with a thick khacki head. Lots of lacing. A lot of caramel candy malts combined with a blast of bitter grapefruit hops. A little sweet but not over done with just the right amount of hop/malt balance. Rich and full. Finishes bitter and dry. I love this beer! I look forward to trying the Double Bastard.

changeup45, Aug 24, 2008
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,654 ratings.