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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

8,186 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 8,186
Reviews: 2,761
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 227
Gots: 707 | 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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rsyberg01

California

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber courtesy of IntriqKen, my first Stone AB ever.

A - Pours a clear garnet like hue with a substantial beige head. Head recedes to a nice full cover on the beer. Beautiful.

S - Big hoppy character, citrus, grapefruit, slight piney aroma, floral. Very good.

T - Citrusy, big hop bitters, malty sweet backbone, slightly earthy/grassy undertone, rye a little as well. Classically Awesome.

M - Covers from tongue to tooth then the hops clear it all out and leave a hoppy lingering flavor to keep the buds in check.

D - I must say I'm not worthy, but a bomber or two would be quite the pleasure.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2006 20:44:21 | More by rsyberg01
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xav33

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale
22 oz bomber
Recent brewing, argued over 10/06
Medium pour in a tulip glass

Poured dark ruddy brown with a medium sized mostly lasting fizzy off white head.

Smelt of strong citrusy lemon lime hops, some light piney perfumey hops as well, with light sweet caramel tones. Pineapple candy overall.

Taste was upfront strong grapefruit and moderate pine, with light nutty maltiness, followed by a dark breaded maltiness, somewhat bittersweet, followed by a second front of hops, this time harshly grapefruit in nature, followed by an herbal, tea-like bitter hops, licorice, and the same sweet gelatineous lingering finish. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, slightly creamy, fizzy and moderately astringent.

Overall, the nose is spellbinding, the appearance good. The balance of hops to malt seems such to enliven the hops, but to not let it get overly out of character. Perfect in that sense. The finish is rich with flavors, but I would have liked to see a bit more complexity on the foretaste though. Excellent overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 05:26:49 | More by xav33
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, the Arrogant Bastard pours an amber/brown color with about an inch thick tan head. Good lacing too. The aroma is of sweet malt, caramel and citrusy hops, very nice. The initial taste is malty sweetness, and then has a good bitter hop finish with a bit of noticable alcohol warming after drinking it a while. The mouthfeel is medium/full bodied, and it's very smooth. Drinkability is high as well, it goes down easy. This is an excellent beer that's very well balanced, I'd recommend it to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 23:41:04 | More by bluejacket74
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EPseja

New Jersey

4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On the eve following the first frost in Westwood, NJ for the autumn of 2006, the Arrogant Bastard finally finds its way to my lips... if only to take the chill out of the evening air.

Served from an exquisitely screen printed 22oz bomber at just below cellar temperature into a Duvel tulip -- my tasting glass of choice.

A - Medium brown coming out of the bottle, transforming into a very lightly hazed, smog-filtered sunset blazing red-orange. The airy, tan colored head explodes toward the upper flare of the glass, rising a good three inches before sitting put. The bubbles below the head's surface range from tiny to huge, and they all buoy up the rocky, fluffy and inconsistently bubbled crown. The lacing immediately sets up, leaving sticky, volcanic crags etched against the sides of the glass. If my words didn't give it away, I'll say it plainly: perfect.

S - West-coast hoppiness presented as an orange-blossom wreath atop a Cascade mountain pine tree with drippy sweet malt-sap covered pinecones. Warm and chilly at the same time, earthy and heady. Wonderful!

T - Superbly round, warm and supple mudium-toasted maltiness starts you out as it hits the tip of the tongue. A transformation then takes place that squeezes out a flowery, honey-laden juiciness as it continues on towards the back of the tongue where the hops begin their dance. A bitterness starts to grow that just falls short of ruining the delicate balance... everything remains in check. The aftertaste is that of toasted pretzel sticks and hoppy bitterness that works together to tell your brain that it's time for another sip as your belly warms and your inhibitions slip into the shadows.

M - With only a trace of tingle on the tongue, the beer flows into the mouth, like the low grade angle flow of water across a sheet of glass. It grows ever so slightly in the mouth to become a creamy, frothy delight as it slips and slides down the gullet and into my eager stomach.

D - There is no denying that this beer is worthy of every accolade it has thus received from all other raters, and now me. Smooth and delicious, but full of bold and assertive flavor -- as well as alcohol! Be careful. This beer may be good, but it's still a Bastard.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 00:59:10 | More by EPseja
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gonzo138

Arizona

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a deep clear red color with a big cream colored head that retained for a good while and then proceeded to lace beautifully

S- just a tiny bit sweet at first followed by a big citrusy hop aroma that tingles the nostrils, somewhat balanced but hops tend to dominate

T- complents smell very well, just a hint of sweetness when it first touches the tounge then followed by a big super hopped (as stone does tend to do) citrusy bitter taste

M- low/moderate carbonation, nice medium body, taste sticks around in mouth for a good amount of time

D- very drinkable for a beer with a 7.2 ABV%, one of my faves, first tried this beer at the age of 17 and thought it was absolutely disgusting, how things change, a truly awesome beer

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2006 09:56:57 | More by gonzo138
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athensbeermaster

Georgia

4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a cool hazy amber color this is for a strong ale!
Nice thick tan head with good lacing down the glass.
The nose is a pleasant balance between citrus and roasted malts.
The mouthfeel is the greatest quality about this beer. I thought this beer would be over the top on bitterness, but what a surprise how smooth and drinkable it is. Yes of course there is to much flavor for your yellow beer drinkers, but I could drink several 22 0z. btls.
At least the name will scare away any not worthy beer drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 20:23:23 | More by athensbeermaster
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malty

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliantly clear ruby color with a slightly bronzy tint with a billowing loose 2" khaki head that displayed staying power. Visible sparse slow-rising carbonation. Thick sheets of layered lovely lace.

Ultra fresh scents of sweet French burnt candied peanuts which showcase a hearty malt presence and of course, a blossoming bouquet of hops galore. The balance of these two fresh components is staggering, can't wait to taste it...

Ahhh! The slightly prickly and grapefruit rind flavored hops greet you with a friendly handshake. The sweet malt I received in the nose is a little tamer than I expected, but sturdy none-the-less. Again, the balanced components of malt & hop are expertly displayed. The gentle sweetness of the malts permit the dry and succulently bitter hops to really shine.

Mouthfeel is very nice. The slow rising visible carbonation is very indicative in the mouthfeel; restrained and fine carbonation really showcase the graceful full flavored long finish.

Drinkability is insane. I can't for the life of me think of a scenario where this beer wouldn't perfectly fit-in. I'm sad I only bought one bomber.

Overall a very graceful and gentle ale that doesn't reflect its name at all. Don't get me wrong, this ale can throw haymakers with the best of them, but I'm very impressed with its remarkable balance and pleasant demeanor. I'm very glad to greet Stone's entry into the Michigan market with open arms (and mouth). The masterfully showcased hop profile in this beer would make me believe it was an IPA. I'll gladly submit to this strong ale any day.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 22:12:57 | More by malty
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plaztikjezuz

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a reddish brown with red hues from the light, beige head that quickly drops into a thin haze.
the aroma is very rich, malty, earthy, hop funk, a hint of some fruit maybe apricots or peaches.
the flavor is very rich with malt, hopsack,carmelized malt, fruit maybe apricots, lingering bitterness.
this is an awersome beer, so glad there is distro in michigan now.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 04:08:56 | More by plaztikjezuz
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mnj21655

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark garnet in color with an excellent and very thick off-white head and lacing that never ends. Smell is dominated by big floral hops with hints of piney hops and a touch of roasted malts. Taste is damn good, there are some malts up front but they are quickly overtaken by floral hops. The taste is much like an IPA but more subdued and balanced. Nice mouthfeel with a medium body. The alochol content is well masked. Drinkability is excellent as the flavor is superbely balanced.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2006 23:07:59 | More by mnj21655
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brought over a bomber to my Uncle's house last night to split. Its been a while since I had one. After the chicken wings, cleaning up our filthy faces, and rinsing out our mouths, it was time to crack it open.

Poured a deep amber with a creamy beige head. Smelled of caramel maltiness, apples?, and citrus hops. Great smelling beer.

Then came the taste test. This is where it all gets a tad hairy. First I would like to say that the beer does get a little smoother, rounding out the biscuity maltiness, as the beer warms up a little bit. With that said, upon sipping the beer, you get notes of caramel, biscuity, very flavorful malty goodness with some hops poking through...then BAM! the maltiness dissapears and you get smacked upside the head with a huge astringent hop blast. Very aspiriny hop punch like that of Amarillo hops. Very dry, total hop-dominant finish. This beer is NOT smooth at all and that is it's downfall. The Bastard is too uneven and the flavors dont mesh well. Like I said, as it warms, it gets a little bit more even and smooths out a bit but not too much.

Mouthfeel is good, not overly carbonated but the drinkability isn't really there. This beer could be an EXCELLENT brew, and live up to it's hype, if it was just smoother and not so uneven -- but that's just my opinion. It's still much better than most beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2006 16:32:26 | More by Doomcifer
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badbeer

Iowa

3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a reddish brown color with a white head leaving a little lacing. Smell is full of piney hops, there's definately a strong malt base, but this is hops all the way. Taste starts a little sweet with some caramel, but is quickly full of piney hops. Pretty good. Medium bodied, higher carbonation. Once again, pretty good, and is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2006 01:36:56 | More by badbeer
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GimpyCane

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this brew the first time I had it and I'm still enjoying it after drinking it many times. Aggressively poured a three inch frothy light brown head w/ a cloudy dark amber/ caramel hue. The head last throughout the drink and left good amount of lacing. The aroma was outstanding. Heavy malt/ caramel and a moderate piney or perfume hop. Although this brew is an American Strong Ale, the amount of hops would make you think its a IPA. (YUM). Finally, when I taste. It began w/ a moderate sweet caramel and had a long lasting heavy citrus hop ending. The bastard has a nice medium body, watery and lively feel to it. IMO this brew rocks, but it could turn many drinkers off. If your a hophead, I recommend this brew. Enjoy

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2006 02:34:44 | More by GimpyCane
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jeffjfindley

California

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep cherry in color, with a one finger head that dissipates after a minute or two. Eventually you are left with a ring around the glass and very light lacing in the middle.

Smell: Dominated by hops, but if you look hard enough you'll pick up a nice fruity texture, and a surprisingly grassy freshness.

Taste: Sweetness is the first to arrive, exhibiting some fruitiness and a touch of caramel. The hops kick this in the ass after about 1.5 seconds. The hop profile is absolutely massive, and grows as the flavor matures on your tongue. Flavor becomes more balanced toward the fruity end as the glass warms a bit.

Mouthfeel: Satisfying maltiness and a predictably dry hop-bite at the finish.

Drinkability: I discovered this gem at Murphy's in Prescott, AZ in 2000. I saw it on the beer list, and thought the name was hysterical so I had to order one. I quickly realized that this was no mere novelty beer. This is by no means for the faint of heart, but if you're up to it, I think you'll find this to be very quaffable for a brew of this magnitude.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 04:29:18 | More by jeffjfindley
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TheBeerWolf

Nevada

4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me just say right now this review may be a bit biased. My beer drinking "journey" started with this beer and I always find myself coming back to it. And I will declare right now Stone is my favorite beer company. Thier beers are not for the timid, the gargoyle has just punched me in the nuts a few times but of course he helps you up and burshes you off. In general all of the stone beers are pretty strong and this one started the tradition I think. Well anyway on to the arrogant bastard! Pours a dark cherry with a very light tan head that stays and laces very well. The smell is hops, alcohol and citrus fruits. A complex tate the hops jump out but I also pick out peach, dark fruits, fresh bread, and the alcohol sting just in the background. The mouthfeel is pretty thick but enjoyable. Not a chore to drink at all! At least for me. I could drink this stuff all night but after more then 2 bombers I would need to take a cab. As I said before stone is truly one of my favorite beer companies and I always love trying thier special releases. And they never let me down! Thier beer is always good and strong! This beer gave me an appreciation for craft beers in general so I do owe it somewhat of a debt. Never a bad choise but if your looking for something "lighter" then go with something rogue and don't mess with the gargoyle!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 21:31:34 | More by TheBeerWolf
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uberabr

California

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found this beer at a local wine store tonight, what a nice surprise. Poured from bottle into a tulip. Dark red brown with some gold hues, average carbonation. Surprisingly thick, creamy head with good lace. A good centimeter of fluff lasted all the way through.

Wow, the aroma is truly amazing! Subtle for it’s complexity. You have to stick around and give it a chance, but it doesn’t exactly have to twist your arm, either. Grassy. Clear, strong, and very fruity. Passion fruit, guava, and mango. Definitely some grapefruit, some more citrus is there, but not overbearing. Also a distinct berry sweetness, cherry and cranberry. A little pumpkin too, kind of zesty.

Tastes a bold, hoppy, somewhat bitter roasted caramel malt. Mouthfeel is excellent, bold but adequately watery with just the right carbonation and hoppy after-bite. The fruits are still there but the alcohol taste is stronger… Perhaps a little too strong for this AbV, but I’m already sold by this point. It really is an arrogant bastard. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2006 06:23:38 | More by uberabr
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a pint glass. It's been a while (more than 1 year) since I last had this beer.

A: Murky red-brown with a chunky 1/2 finger tan head. Small carbonation percolates to the top, where the head faded to a sliver of film. A velvety curtain of lace pulls the score up to a solid '4'.

S: Grassy hops get top billing but a nice balance of maltiness keeps them in check. Some hints of dry fruit and a subtle roastedness.

T: Loads of flavor. Very hop-forward but with a malty, lightly sweet caramel backbone. Some of that ripe fruit sneaks in and gives a tang and richness. Finish is mostly bitter.

M: Quite a full mouthfeel. Lingering toasted malt and bitter hops. Clingy - to the point of feeling sticky or gummy. Causes some salivation. I don't hate the mouthfeel but don't love it either.

D: A good beer...under the right conditions, a great beer. Tonight, this beer was hitting me as a little too bitter and sticky. A bomber took a long time to finish, though it was enjoyable and is definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 01:21:50 | More by msubulldog25
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stouty1

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ruby red pour with a nice fluffy white head whic leaves a nice fine lacing around the rim. Smells of hops and some berries. A hint of alcohol when you really get down into it.

Tastes like hops and a small bit of malt. Sweet hops with just a touch of bitterness. Leaves a nice "you had ahoppy beer" in your mouth.

Slight thickness in the mouth but defintely not chewy. Just enough to savor the flavor. Definitely a worthwhile brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 02:07:55 | More by stouty1
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bkett01

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky ruby red covered with a dusty brown head. Amazingly dark for an ale, warns of the complexity of the beer.
Smell is very malt dominated, can't even detect hops. Tastes of sweet malt with hints of molasses and caramel. A brief bite of hops makes an appearance in the finish, rounding out an amazingly intense taste in every sip.
I remember trying this beer years ago when I was still into BMC, and not being able to handle all the flavor. It's great to look back and see how this is the epitome of craft beer in how much really goes into it. A bastard among the rest, this one speaks for itself.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 01:36:01 | More by bkett01
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Drew966

Florida

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Arrogant Bastard Ale pours a dark reddish brown with a thin off white head. This is a really good, aromatic beer. Hops dominate the aroma, but there are esters noticeable too. Taste is definitely heavy on the hops, but the malt is doing a fairly good job of balancing it out. There is an estery, almost metallic flavor near the end. This was an older sample, I'd say it would only be better fresh, with stronger hop flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2006 23:09:02 | More by Drew966
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vtfan77

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another classic that must be reviewed!

A- Simply beautiful. Deep ruby red with a big tan head and fabulous lacing. If nothing else, this beer is gorgeous!

S- Quite fruity. I can pick up apples, pears, and oranges along with other citrusy, hoppy aromas. Caramel malts are also present, along with a bit of a roasty smell. The smells are blended so well together that it's tough to pick out the hops and the malts, although it's obvious that both are present in vast quantities.

T- Wow, quite unique. Once again, it's tough to separate the malts and the hops, they're so well blended. The flavors meld quite well together. A fruitiness similar to the smell is apparent with pomacious fruits, a sort of apple-like flavor that is fairly unique to any beer that I've had; it's somewhat similar to a hard cider. There's also a vinous quality to it, kind of like an off-dry white like a Suavignon Blanc. Whatever, it's quite complex and quite nice. Quite bitter in the finish, which for me just adds to the appeal.

M- Full, thick and rich. Very enjoyable.

D- Based on the flavor and overall appeal of this beer I'd have to rate the drinkability rather high, but it is pretty alcoholic and complex. This is really a beer that should be drunk slowly and savored rather than quaffed. I'd have another, but probably not more than two.

What a fantastic beer! I'd had this a couple times before and thought it was good, but not this good. I guess my palate has developed enough that I can truly appreciate it. This beer is quite common in my area, so I tend to overlook it in favor of more exotic options. That's a mistake on my part. Truly a great beer that often gets overlooked due to its abundance and hype. Marketing tactics aside, this beer kicks ass! Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2006 04:24:21 | More by vtfan77
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BigRedN

Nebraska

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally had an Arrogant Bastard on trip to Ft. Worth, TX. From notes.

Appearance: Poured from 22 oz bomber into a pint glass (actually more than one pour). The beer is a dark amber, close to brown in color. A 1/2 inch off white head sits atop the liquid, lingers for a while before settling to a solid covering. Good lacing as the beer is consumed.

Smell: Big hoppy aroma, a little piney and floral. Nice little roasted malt as well. Decent balance but hops win out.

Taste: Amazing balance. Rich, chewy malts followed by strong hop presence which really took control as the beer warmed. Just about the best beer of the trip.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full in body. A little chewy and dry. The high alcohol content is well hidden.

Drinkability: Deceptively easy to drink, dangerous with the 7%+ alcohol content. Wish I could get this in Nebraska. Texas BAs should not complain too loudly, as they can at least get this.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2006 04:08:08 | More by BigRedN
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ruinationation

Arizona

4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost a light brownish to dark ruby red. Topped with a hearty two to three inch head that last and leaves a good lace wich stays until you wash the glass. Good strong smell of malt with citrus mabey grapefruit. Smell doesn't show the true hops that are in this beer. Great ballance, this beer smells good. Taste like nectar from heaven. A good malty, piney, begining then with a sweet, grapefruit again middle. The hops are present the whole way through but especially after. A very thick coating ale by all means. Not all good things last as long as AB ale. I know I have many more beers to try, but right now this is very close if not at the top of my list. If you haven't you should ASAP. I will re-review this if necessary, but not likley.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2006 03:57:25 | More by ruinationation
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mjc410

Vermont

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Raises a one inch puls head, light tan-orange hued head, slow to fall, with dense lacing. The body is ruby-copper, and barely transparent. The nose is of light grapefruit and pine (light for an IPA, anyway), with lots of caramel sweetness. The taste starts with strong bitterness and hop flavor, which fades quickly to a sweet caramel finish. Nice citrus notes. This beer is really balanced! Has a medium-low mouthfeel, with medium carbonation. Reminds me of a jacked-up ESB somehow. What a surprise, I hated this the first time I had it, at a place I continue to suspect for its tap lines.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2006 23:15:51 | More by mjc410
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vanrassel

Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I brought back a 650 mL bottle from a recent trip to San Diego (three days before the strict new airline carry-on restrictions went into effect) and had a chance to see what all the acclaim is about. It's well-earned.

It poured into my pint glass with a large, three-finger head over a dark amber/ruby body. It was a little cold coming out of the fridge, so I let it sit for awhile and marvelled at the head's unbelievable staying power. The warmth also brought out an incredibly complex aroma of pine, citrus and a hint of floral hops as well. You can smell a bit of caramel, but only a whiff.

The malt backbone of this beer revealed itself in the taste, which started with a bready fullness and caramel sweetness up front. Then came the bitterness, oh, the wonderful bitterness: it started piney and citric (all at once, it seemed) ended dry, sharp and crisp. The carbonation and full body made it lively going down and it created a nice alcoholic warming in my belly.

Anyone familiar with this beer has no doubt seen the brewers' tongue-in-cheek "You probably won't like it," warning on the back. What a bunch of arrogant bastards! This beer is great!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2006 16:17:27 | More by vanrassel
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Rudgers73

New York

2.7/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served cold on-tap at Fat Heads in Pittsburg.

A- Red and caramelly. Frothy head that settles to nothing but a ring of bigger bubbles.

S- Wow this is gonna pack a punch... Hops, hops, and more hops. Is that a faint roasted smell?

T- This is a tough beer. Light and smooth but oh man does it slam you with hops. Dry, bitter, grapefruit, dark cheeries, hoppity hop hop.

M- Leaves your mouth dry as a bone. *Gasp* This sure is a bastard...

D- I didn't really enjoy this beer. I'm glad I got to try it at a bar for $5 a pint instead of buying a 22 oz bomber and suffering through it. I don't enjoy this beer much at all.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2006 23:37:54 | More by Rudgers73
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,186 ratings.