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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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9,259 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,259
Reviews: 2,831
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 297
Gots: 1,278 | 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 nano
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pick this one in a trip that i made to laredo tx, buy it in a HEB of lamar av., i think

A- beautifull deep cooper color, with a nice cream head

S- mal, a lot of malt, and aromatic hops

T- Bitter and caramel malts

M- good carbonation, bitterness is very strong

D- it will be dificult to mi to drink more than 2 of this one.

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

Grabbed a pint at the local Fox and Hound.  

A - Transparent dark copper color with  a thick cream colored head. Nice carbonation. Decent lacing. Good head retention. 

S - Sweeter malty aroma. 

T - Nice initial bitterness that sticks with you. Nice malty finish. Bitterness seems to accumulate as you drink. 

M - A little prickly from carbonation. Bitterness overpowers maltiness. 

D - Decently drinkable beer. Bitterness factor may limit the number of these brews you can have.  

Photo of trevorjn06
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.
Pours a lovely copper red with a pillowy, thick head that sticks around for awhile.
The aroma at first is malt, roasted caramel malt, and alcohol. There is hop aroma as well, a bit resiny and earthy with a touch of fruityness... perhaps grapefruit, maybe a hint of orange?
For taste... mmm yum. Starts with a sweet maltiness that has some woodiness to it, then comes a smooth hop flavor balanced with the malt. As the beer exits there is a strong hop bitterness that lingers on my tongue. The finish is bitter but not necessarily dry, there is a bit of lingering dark fruit/burnt caramel.
Overall this beer has some very strong flavors but they play well together. It has a long finish that makes you remember the hops but the flavor is not just hop-minded, there are plenty of interesting things happening with the malt as well.

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

Apparently Safeway carries this now.

a - Very dark rose-red color with creamy head that stays around. Almost looks like foamy, red wine.

s - Has a sweet, malty smell.

t - Again, very sweet and malty, with pretty prominent hints of chocolate and nuts.

m - Incredibly smooth, almost like cough syrup how it feels like it coats your mouth.

d - Usually these unique beers aren't very drinkable because they're so strong, but this one just goes down so easy. The flavor is so unique. Shame these are 5 bucks a pop.

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

My review of this beer in the bottle is here: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/147/92/?ba=mullenite

Again a beautiful looking beer. Reddish-brown in color with a one finger white head. Lots of lacing all the way down the glass.

Smelled strongly of pine hops and dark caramel malts (lots of chocolate and caramel sweetness.) No citrus or herbal character, just lots of pine and earthiness from the hops.

Taste was similar to the smell, noticeable hop aroma and lots of chocolate in the after taste. Much different than the bottled version in my opinion. Very well balanced.

Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Very slick mouthfeel.

Overall I like that tap version much better than the bottle, to the point where this is all I've been drinking when I go out anymore.

Photo of grittybrews
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice with around half a finger of pale yellow head receding to almost nothing, nice brownish amber color.

Very rich grapefruit aroma that is fully realized after tasting. Slightly above average carbonation fills the mouth nicely with citrus, caramel, and a nice hoppy bitterness that dominates the finish and grows over time. Really makes you slow down and appreciate this one!

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

s- Pint glass.

a- Very pleasant. Nice ruby-brown color. Thick head didn't just leave lacing, there was full-on head clinging to the sides all the way down. Crazy retention.

s- There's some nice notes of hops and citrus and bitter earthiness, but I wasn't especially pleased. Well-rounded but not drool-enducing.

t- Complex. You really can get a different sip each time you go back to the glass, and different flavors cold or warm, and different flavors with pairings. There's mostly some hops, with caramel and citrus. Quite a bit of bitter, ending with a touch of astringent. You really understand why this beer is called "arrogant bastard" here- there's a lot to take in, and it leaves quite a lingering impression on the palate.

m- Good body and carbonation, feels a bit creamy overall. Good for lingering and tasting.

d- You really want to savor the complex flavors while you're drinking it, but the overall bitter and aftertaste has you putting it down for a bit to collect yourself. A great beer to start or end a night, but you'd have to be the beer's namesake to drink this all through the night.

verdict- A great tasting beer, and certainly an experience you want to have once (and maybe again), but I don't really see this as more than an occasional drink.

Photo of JamisonM
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Arrogant Bastard Ale Pint glass, I have had this beer 20+ times about time I reviewed it.

A: a wonderful reddish brown color I think this beer is past amber and going into the deeper colors, a tan head with great head retention and lace

S: great mix of malts and hops pine and grapefruit hops along with the sweet malts, I also get caramel malts and milk chocolate in here amazing

T: I wont say this beer is balanced but it does have a nice balance but hops tip the scale, hops hit you first grapefruit and pine then comes malts caramel malt with a small amount of chocolate in the back ground

M: med body good carbonation

D: 22 oz bomber down no problem and I really enjoyed it

overall: this is one of the best high standard flagship beers out there its very complex and enjoyable and full of flavor. the other arrogant bastards are top notch as well but this one is just fantastic. drink this on a hot day or a cold day it goes with both cheers to stone for this mighty brew.

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

Bottle into The Bruery tulip. Best by date of June/2010, so we should be good to go on this one. Drank at probably 50 degrees and up.

I should point out, it's absolutely ridiculous that after almost 650 ratings, I'm just now reviewing this beer, one of the true stalwart pioneers on the scene. Duvel is, I think, the only other beer so conspicuously absent from my ranks, and it's a safe bet that that one will also be rectified soon enough.

Anyway, on to the beer: pours a deep ruby brown, beautiful color, with a one-finger tan head that literally lasts forever. Just phenomenal retention from this one. Solid walls of lacing.

Nose is nice and full. Nice, robust citrusy hop note well with a toasty malt body carrying just a bit of cocoa, and a a nip of caramel. Light alcohol comes through as well.

Taste is almost perfectly balanced - starts off with toasty malt, just a bit of caramel, sitting just underneath a soft, grapefruit rind-like hop bitterness that lasts from beginning to the very end. Burst of fruity esters towards the back of the palate. Finish is dry, with a firm, lightly astringent bitterness that carries through with a lingering toasted caramel presence as well.

Mouthfeel is dry, a bit creamy, medium-full bodied with a very nice, almost fluffy carbonation.

Bitterness got to me a bit - drinkability takes a bit of a hit as a result. Just lingers a hair too long for me. Still, an all time classic that has held up pretty well.

Photo of Chico1985
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this 5 or 6 times now, in the bottle and on-tap. First a prelude: This was the first craft beer I ever had. I was instantly drew to the name, artwork, the speech on the back, that it used only natural ingredients, and admittedly, the alcohol content. I drank my bomber out of a paper bag while watching the fireworks with some friends. I was intrigued enough to start buying more of these "cool" beers, looked them up on Google, found BeerAdvocate, and the rest was history. Onto the review -

Bomber to a pint glass. Pours very dark red with a huge fluffy beige head. Shrinks down to 1-finger and stays there the entire beer, excellent retention. Leaves decent lacing. The smell lets out some nice citrus and dark fruit, and some bread scents. The taste is great - hops are assaulting at first but seem to hold back after the first few sips and let the flavors shine. Pine, caramel sweetness, candied bread, grapefruit and plum are tastes I pick up. There is some alcohol bite that shows up now and then. The mouthfeel is good, but feels a little watery and unbalanced after having Double Bastard not too long ago. Still there is a nice creaminess. A bomber is plenty for this beer, lots of palate assaulting going on. I love this beer, I will continue to get every once in a while.

Photo of generallee
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from brown 1pt. 6oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has the abv at 7.2%, there is no freshness date and there is an amusing description arrogance, there beer and there brewery.

Appearance: The beer has a beautiful dark ruby red hue with good clarity and a creamy light tan head. The thick creamy head has good retention and slowly fades to a thin cap of frothy foam. From this head I get lots of cool lacing and lace rings on the glass.

Smell: It has a big juicy citrusy hop presence over nice bready maltiness in the background.

Taste/Palate: There is a good solid mix of bready, caramely, grainy malt with loads of juicy of citrusy, grapefruity, lemony, and piney hop notes. The hops bring solid bitterness which slowly fades off the tongue deep into the finish. The palate has a firm yet still easy drinking texture with active carbonation and a good solid medium to full body.

Notes: This is one very tasty, well crafted flagship beer.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Reddish mahogany hue, off-white head, huge blanketing lacing.

S - There is an unwelcome aroma in the nose, I didn't write it down when I could specifically identify it, so as of now it is just a generally unwelcome aroma taking down the overall dynamic.

T - The taste is simply malt and hop, and quite unspectacular. The hop is nice on the outro, and that about sums up the highlights of the taste for me.

M - Big feel, viscous, well-carbonated.

D - Like a average Sierra Nevada product. Yes, a average. I didn't learn me not no nothing in school. That didn't stop me from preparing for the BA misspelling bee, with my eyes on the prize.

Photo of Ragedman
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reading all the reviews of Arrogant Bastard I was expecting this wonderful beer full of flavor and easy drinkability. Arrogant Bastard is full of flavor. Grapefruit and hops are the most powerful. At first the taste is smooth and once finished a bitter taste lingeres in the back of your mouth. From the outside Arrogant Bastards looks and smells amazing. Dark orange/brown color and I found it to smell very sweet with some hoppy overtones. What set me back was the drinkabilty toward the end of the 22oz bottle. It started to taste like dandilion flowers and had warmed up a bit much. Needless to say for anyone looking for a strong ale with alot of flavor Arrogant Bastard hits the mark.

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

I've been drinking this one since the late nineties, back when Stone was a tiny production brewery in San Marcos. Figure it's time to finally review it. Pours a moderately hazy chocolate brown color, with ruby highlights and a big mocha head. Aromas of milk chocolate, piney hops and just a hint of citrus. On the palate, I get a lot more piney/citrusy hops, along with caramel and cocoa. This has been a really good beer for a really long time. Very nice.

Photo of ne0m00re
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on-tap at the Old Mohawk in Columbus, Ohio in a pint glass.
A: Ruby brown with a huge cream head that diead to a creamy lace, leaving rings on the glass.
S: Hoppy caramel, grapefruit citrus, and creamy with rum alcohol and blackberries.
T: Caramel sweet malts with a hoppy alcohol aftertaste. Overall, it's creamy with a bite.
M: Slightly syrupy and creamy with a bite.
D: Pretty good for the style.

Photo of Mancer
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a honey amber with a 1 finger high off white head. There's some nice head retention with thick lacing all around the glass. Slowly drifted down to a thin layer, still fully covering the beer. The bubbles appear to be quite lively and resulted with a medium carbonation feel. The initial smell of the beer was that of dark fruits, pine, malts, and citrus hops. The initial taste of the beer was that of pine, malts, slight citrus (possibly grapefruit), and hops. The alcohol does not seem to be apparent . The brew finished bitter and dry, with a slight wheaty and dark fruit flavor. The after taste was a rather pleasant hoppiness that I have come to love thanks to IPA styles. The beer has a medium to full body.

The first time I had this beer (several months ago) I was definitely not prepared for it. What I have to say is that I actually really like it this time around, especially that bitter and dry bite it has. I think Stone has some of the best priced bombers and the quality of the brews is always excellent and refreshing. However, given that it does have the bitter and dry bite, it receives a lower drinkability factor because it requires more time for savoring and sipping. Excellent beer, a must pour if you're a beer lover!

Photo of jkempe11
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Honestly, I drank one of these a long time ago when I was just young and naïve... But now that I am a much more experienced beer drinker, I had to try it again. I have learned to love hoppy beer, so I wanted to give it a shot and see what I would think now that I know what to look for.

Appearance - this beer is a deep reddish color. Very dark, almost mahogany. Some dark orange notes.

Smell - Honestly, everything. I can smell bready malts, I think. And citrusy hops.

Taste - Just strong and great. Hops upfront, the alcohol and bitterness appears in the back.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and syrupy in the mouth. Great texture.

Drinkability - It's ruinous, but at the same time very drinkable. I feel like I could drink a few of these, but then again I know my tastebuds would just be ruined.

Photo of nicnut45
3.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1.5

A-Deep dark red color almost purple looking. A fat fine beady head. Great retention. One of the best.

S-Smells awesome. Fresh hop aroma gives away to burnt brown sugar molasses type scent. Just wish it was stronger.

T-A big hop flavor. But it tastes too similar to there regular I.P.A. Lots of burnt sugar flavors, wasnt expecting the hop overload. Hops dominate and dont really go to well with the burnt flavors in my book. Kind of leaves me dry mouthed and unhappy especially with all the esteem surrounding this beer and there arrogant bastard attitude.

M.F. Great M.F. Very full carbonation sustains throughout the session. Full and meaty. Liquid bread.

D-Wont do it again. Cant stand the headache hops.

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

Picked this up at Lakeview Binny's for $3.99(!). Enjoy by March 15th, 2010, so this is about a month old. Served in my Stone Arrogant Bastard pint glass.

A - Pours a lovely transparent dark caramel-orange color. There's a huge three fingers of tan foam that dissipates to a thick cap and leaves intricate patterns of lacework.

S - Aggressive piny and floral hops, notes of orange, with perhaps a touch of soapiness. There's a hefty malt backbone full of toffee, spicy fresh-baked bread, and brown sugar.

T - Taste is chock full of piny bitterness that lingers well into the aftertaste. Mid-palate there is an eruption of orange milk chocolate, and brown sugar. A bit of spicy alcohol pops up as well at the back end, which is surprising for a 7.2% brew.

M - Smooth medium-full body that implies a much bigger beer. Lower end of the carbonation spectrum, with just enough zing to keep things from getting syrupy. Lots of bitterness in the finish and a lightly sticky residual feel.

D - I can down a bomber of this one, but the bitterness gets punishing and palate-destroying. This certainly is a bastard in that respect. An American classic - marrying the strong a German-influenced malt tradition with American bruising hoppiness. This should be one of the beers representing the US on the global market instead of BMC.

Photo of mjurney
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

[Appearance]: Dark ruby red color, clear, nice amount of carbonation, head looks pretty creamy, leaves a nice lacing on the glass.
[Smell]: Citrus hops (grapefruit), floral, maybe some dash of piney, sweet malts (almost candy-like), touch of ripe cherries.
[Taste]: Grapefruity up front, floral/piney, fruitiness in the mid-palate, sweet caramel malts, dry bitterness at the end.
[Mouthfeel]: Medium bodied, carbonation is about light to medium, smooth.
[Drinkability]: Drinkability is good.

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

My first taste of a Stone product. So much hype, Hope I won't be disappointed. But it is just beer, right?

1Pt. which I put in the freezer about 15 minutes so it's not very chilled.

A- Dark ruby-brown. Nice thick chewy looking head is a very light brown/beige. It,s been 5 minutes without a sip and it's now only a thin layer but left some bunched up lacing.

S- Floral hops, some grapefruit. Soft alcohol. Malty and sweet candy/red licorice and dark fruit. Some light woodiness. I'm not blown away yet. Not an impressive smell but a great one. I'd be smelling my pint all night if I had this in a bar.

T- I was bracing myself... So not as shocking as I thought. Some of the most flavorful and floral bittering hops I've had the chance to taste in a beer. The very first sip allowed for a very tasty soapy hop burp. Some sourness. Considerably woody. Very bitter. Alcohol appears through aeration.
Would be a just tasty as an IPA but is a delicious Ale.
Few last sips now and this kind of tastes watery.

M- Close to full. Close to high carbonation. Feels good, nice and smooth. A bit sticky though. I'm done now and my teeth are numb.

D- Very good. Quite light yet complex.

This is a very good beer but I think all the arrogance on the bottle was better suited for the scene some years ago when extreme beers were fewer. High quality. I can't say I would try very hard to score some more but finding it on tap and having it with some food would be great.

EDIT: My ratings gave this an A- which is cool but I was thinking B+

Photo of drtth
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. The bottle has a "best by" date of May 11th so this is a bit on the mature side for a beer that relies a lot on its hops.

Appearance: As the beer is poured it is a clear deep mahogany color with a light tan 1 ½" head that is filled with lots of large and small foamy bubbles. The head recedes slowly leaving a spider web of lacing clinging to the glass. Sipping leaves behind scattered patches of lacing that cling as well.

Smell: There was a burst of hop aroma upon opening the bottle, but from the glass as the beer warms there is dark rich caramel and dark brown sugar from the roasted malts, combined with some grapefruit zest and some almost burnt character hiding way in the background. The aroma is definite and reasonably complex as it changes over time.

Taste: While at first the dominant flavor in a sip is that of a slightly sweet fruity maltiness, there is a sudden, aggressive wave of bitter grapefruit that takes over in the back of the mouth. However that wave of bitterness appears without the tongue rasp and rip that some hoppy beers display. There are also some roasted malt flavors that suggest some very dark roast may have been used in the grain bill to maintain the bitterness even after hop fade sets in.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to full bodied with a smooth, creamy feel from the persistent fine carbonation. The finish is moderately long and predominantly bitter grapefruit that fades away as the dryness lingers on and on.

Drinkability: As noted above the beer has a bit more bottle age than I'd like for reviewing something with this much reliance on hop flavors. However, I did enjoy it and found one sip followed another easily. Although this will not go on my list of beers to have regularly, I'll probably be having this one again and I'll be trying it much fresher next time and will modify this review if needed.

Photo of larryi86
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber poured in a snifter

A- A great dark red/burgundy color with large 2 finger tan head that stay for a while.

S- Mainly hoppy with hints of malts, a sweet smell I can't put my finger one, and alcohol

T- This is a hoppy beer and you notice this right away. When drinking it there are hints of wood and caramel. The finish gives a smooth but untamed bitter punch that makes this drink unforgettable.

M- For how bitter the taste is, it is surprisingly light and refreshing, and of course it is very smooth

D- You will feel like an arrogant bastard drink it because it is so good. It is very easy to down a bomber is a short amount of time and still be ready for another.

I feel that if you read that back of the bottle and like what it says, you will love this beer!

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

This is a craft beer classic that I have enjoyed itermittantly over the bast eight or nine years. Finally adding my review to the hundreds of others.

Pours a clear amber-brown color with a pretty full tannish head. There is quite a bit of rising bubble activity notable through the glass. Pretty nice lacing as well.

Smell is dominated by malt, hops and caramel. There are nice hints of citrus and other fruits here. This is a very full and somewhat complex aroma.

Taste is full and malty up front. Presence of caramel and a bit of biscuit is comleted by the nice bite of hoppiness. Pretty bold and aggressive. A bit of a burn from alcohol is also noted.

Mouthfeel is very full with medium carbonation. Quite a presence with a bit of bite.

This is a very nice beer overall. In earlier days, it stood out as unique and bold. Since then, many stronger, more extreme beers have been recognized as more potent, and perhaps, flavorful. On the whole, though, for the price and availability, as well as overall quality, Arrogant Bastard deserves its place among the legends of the industry.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man I had this before and didn't review it? Well I just got a case and now I can put mine down!

A -Dark amber hues with a surprising amount of head even though the brew is beyond best before date
S - Slight woody with hops smell. Malts and grassy smells follow.
T - Not too bitter and hoppy yet more malt and wood flavor from this bottle. Very good and balance!
M - Dry yet smooth it's a very complex brew
D - Well since I have 9 more bombers relatively high

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,259 ratings.