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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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9,252 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,252
Reviews: 2,830
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 297
Gots: 1,268 | 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 afausser
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at McGrady's in Charlottsville.

Appearance: A very deep, translucent copper. Okay lacing, but I'm not particularly impressed by that or by the lack of head/head retention. Of course, this could have something to do with the pour, but in my experience there was little to no head and what there was did not last.

Smell: I wasn't able to get too much out of this one, but it was also served in a pint glass, so I'll have to give it another try later and see if my opinion changes. What I was able to get were grains, sweet malts and citrus--lemon and grapefruit. Nothing too surprising, but decent.

Taste: Very, very hoppy, and along with that, the taste of very bitter (but delicious) grapefruit. Heavy bread flavors, as well as a hint of caramel.

Mouthfeel: One of the best parts of this beer, in my opinion. Not too much carbonation--good with this much flavor--and it goes down pretty smoothly. Not much of an aftertaste considering the amount of hops, and what is present is a light grapefruit. Additionally, I'm not noticing any warming, (which I do like sometimes, but works well with the taste of this one). I approve.

Drinkability: A decent, drinkable beer, which hopefully will be more appreciated when I try it outside of a bar and in a proper glass.

Photo of Mavajo
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer definitely lives up to its billing: its quite the assault on the tastebuds. There's a lot of complexity here that my novice palate couldn't distinguish. I found it to be quite hoppy and intense, but still very drinkable. The taste improve as it warmed. It's recommended for drinking in the 50-60 range, but I really started to enjoy it as it warmed to an almost lukewarm temperature.

I tend to favor beers with a more "session beer" drinkability, but this still stuck my fancy. Deep copper color with decent lacing. Definitely a must-have for any hopheads out there.

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

A rich copper color with a tan head. Hangs around with some good lace. Smells of sweet malt flavors and citrus (lemon rind?). The hops are strong with a lot of lemon citrus flavor but the toasted malt acts as a strong counterpoint and really softens them. It has a campfire quality in the taste that I found very appealing and definitely something that lends this beer to a more dynamic range of food pairings than perhaps a straight American IPA. A nice display of flavors overall and a good, dry finish on the end. I think this was Stone's original flagship beer before the IPA caught on and it's easy to see why. It's a lovely beer that is worth a try and one that is definitely worthy of it's level of respect and popularity.

Photo of thartman
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle, deep reddish brown, thin tan head, minimal lacing. Smell of toasted grains, hops and cookie dough. Bitter hop flavor mixed with toasted malt, some caramel-like sweetness, mixed with malt and a tart, bitter hop finish. Nice balance of flavors, with a hoppy bitterness ruling. Medium bodied with a slick feel, goes down easy. Definitely a quality brew, a great beer to start to start or finish a session with.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. Extremely popular beer here in Los Angeles, hopefully a gateway to craft beer for some, though many more probably buy it for the label. Anyway:

Liquid is a distinctive combination of rust, scarlet, and mahogany topped by a dark kahaki, thick, creamy head with good retention and lovely dense lacing. Dark but clear.

Prominent hop aroma with an interesting balance of floral, berry, and citrus - caramel-like malt presents strongly as well. Molasses, goji berry, and light brown sugar are in there too.

Toasted malt, chocolate, grapefruit seeds, toffee, and flamed orange zest suffuse the palate with an unusual balance of flavors. Alcohol seems strong for the ABV, but adds significant flavor. A collision of styles that really works...like a barley-wine influenced amber (red) ale.

Smooth, velvety, medium-body with good mouth-filling effervesence.

Overhyped for sure, but this is still a unique and tasty beer - worth trying if you haven't.

Photo of BostonBrewins
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a deep ruby, frothy tan head with nice retention and lacing. Looks fairly carbonated.

S - There's alot going on aromatically. Sweet scents of caramel and toffee combine with hoppy floral notes.

T - Very complex and balanced flavor. Sweet caramel is contrasted by citrussy hoppy bitterness. Ends with a hoppy, alcoholic finish.

M - Medium bodied with some moderate carbonation.

D - Despite the high alcohol content this one is surprisingly drinkable.

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

Poured into a standard pint glass. Appearance is a burnt orange/amber with an inch of off-white head that sticks to the glass all the way down. Some of the best head retention I have ever seen!

Aroma is exploding with citrus hops with a more subdued malty sweetness in the background.

Taste is some major hop bitterness that lingers all the way through and long after the sip is done (multiple minutes after). The bitterness mingles with hints of malt and alcohol.

Medium mouth feel with great carbonation.

Overall, a very well done hoppy brew.

Photo of burnerfinger
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Arrogant Bastard Ale

A: Poured from the 22 oz bomber into my mug. Generous 3 finger head, Brew has an orange-amber color, nearly clear but not 100%. Best lacing I've seen in a beer.

S: Tart, citrusy hoppiness.

T: Tart/bitter. Hits you up front with the hoppiness, the malts are more understated, and a nice bitter follow up. Tons of depth here.

M: (in a good way) the alcohol does come thru enuf to add to the mouthfeel. carbonation adds to the ultra-full body.

D: Well this beer is great, really great, but certainly NOT a session - type beer.

Photo of mikel52588
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's a pretty beer. Dark reddish brown, 2 finger length head, leaves a thin soaplike lacing that glides down the glass

Smell: a distant sweet caramel underneath a woody scent, and oh you definitely smell the hops

Taste: a very complex beer, smooth, yet subtle notes of buttery popcorn and citrus. Id say its slightly hoppier tasting than the oaked arrogant bastard ale, which did seem to bring out the more malty qualities

Mouthfeel: sweet yet bitter, smooth and malty, subtle aftertaste, its a nearly perfect feel

Drinkability: Decent drinkability, drinks light for such a high abv; its so delicious, so I'd drink it anytime. cheers.

Photo of craftaholic
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from a bomber into a sampler glass. Pours a hazy amber/brown hue with a nice 2 finger head that leaves behind some serious lacing.

Smell: Chock full of hops and toasted grains, there is a hint of fruit and esters.

Taste: Such a rich and complex brew that goes down smooth. Starts off with a caramel malty slickness which intertwines with a buttery cornhusk dryness which is then kicked into high gear with a massive wallop of herbaceous hops to round it out. Finishes with a lingering sweetness, caramel, roasted coffee.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and carbonated, in a nice balanced way. Leaves behind a "bastard was here" bitter stamp but then fades away into a coffee/sweetness.

Drinkability: Goes down so easily for a 7.2 abv, i accept the challenge to continue drinking.

Overall: A staple from the stone brewery with good reason, this brew has it all from malt to hop. You're not worthy

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

Pours a deep majestic copper with a nice tan head that laced thickly down the sides of the glass. Smell is strong, piny, sticky, hoppy, resiny, malty, yeasty, clean, refined, wonderful. Taste is very bitter and very balanced. The bready malts are right there on the tails of the hops. Mouthfeel is thick and substantial, and drinkability is good.

Photo of deapokid
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Decided to sit down with a classic and give it the full once over.

Pours a thick and commanding off-white head. Deep amber color seems a bit too candied and pretty for what this complex beer has in store, but it certainly looks fruity and enticing.

Scent boasts a rich, malty character with hops immediately stepping forward. Notes of tart citrus fruit and a confrontational dryness are also present.

Taste is citrusy, dry and hoppy. The conclusion packs a nice maltiness and, as it warms, the hop character takes a back seat to a buttery richness. A nice grapefruit bitterness peaks out towards the end of the glass and I totally love the fact that this brew doesn't totally rely on hops for its flavor profile. Complex and innovative.

Upon first taste, the liquid sizzles on the front of the tongue and gradually dries out as it moves along. The aftertaste is decidedly citrusy and floral, while never being wimpy or over spiced.

For a beer with 7.2% alcohol and a wide range of bold flavors, I'm quite impressed with its chugablity (which would be more commonly associated with a pale ale).

This is a profound beer that lives up to all the hoopla and the essay on the bottle is an arrogant call to arms for all craft brew fans.

Photo of BayouBengal1537
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into Nonic Pint Glass
A - Poured a dark ruby reddish color with a huge off-white head

S - caramel malt aroma strongest followed up with grapefruit, hops

T - caramel malt, brown sugar, citrus hop background

M - medium thick mouthfeel

D - Yes damn drinkable, it was delicious. it was pretty strong, but i thoroughly enjoyed it.
I'm glad I got to try this one from Stone, can't wait till they come to Louisiana and I can enjoy this more often.

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

Tasted on tap while in San Diego on a quick Labor Day vacation (sadly was not able to go to Stone itself).

Appearance - When given to me, it was a deep copper color with about an inch of head and nice lacing.

Smell - Smells of pine, citrus, fruits. I get made fun of by my fiancée for smelling the beer in the restaurant we are in.

Taste - Complex and relatively consistent with the smell. I am expecting the "oaked" arrogant bastard taste seeing as that is the only arrogant bastard I have ever had before and I love dearly. The non-oaked is pretty flavorful on its own surprisingly. A bit more bitter from the hops than I remember from the oaked, but nonetheless pretty good.

Mouthfeel - The feel is nice, medium bodied. You can taste the hop oils and alcohol on the tongue and the carbonation lends quite nice to the appropriate thickness.

Drinkability - Quite drinkable indeed. I had a pint of this and was going to get another but have been wanting to try SA Octoberfest on tap so I held out. Overall quite nice and better than I was expecting seeing as I hold the Stone Oaked AB so highly!

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber/caramel color with a large, thick tan head. The head disperses slowly, with all kinds of lace. Actually the head disperses VERY slowly, it starts quickly but then seems to stop. Lots of foam and lots of lace.

Smell: Hops all around. Does have a slightly toasty-sweet malt aroma, but mostly I can smell nutty and floral hops with hints of grapefruit.

Taste: Begins with an apple-like sweetness, finishing very bitter and nutty. Hints of buttered toast and, as the smell suggested, grapefruit. Notes of alcohol as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than what I expected, but still has a medium body. Very smooth and the alcohol warms you right up.

Drinkability: Definitely a beer I would have again and it is no wonder that I have heard so much about this beer from both BA users and friends of mine who enjoy good brews. If you haven't tried this yet, do it immediately- I feel stupid for not buying this one sooner.

Photo of CBlack85
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: this beer pours a ruby color with about two fingers worth of foamy head. A fair ammount of lacing. This is a beautiful looking beer.

Smell: This beer has a definate hoppy citrus smell. Very complex, I can barely smell the alcohol aroma until the beer warms up abit.

Taste: Hoppy initial taste with a grapefruit hint on the back of your tongue. A slightly malty undertone.

Mouthfeel: Not much carbonation, fairly smooth

Drinkability: Once you have started with this beer it is very difficult to switch gears and drink anything else. A very big beer, although I think I still prefer Oaked Arrogant Bastard.

"You are not worthy"...Indeed

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had an oaked bastard on tap before, but never the OG bastard. Can't beat the price @ under $5 for a bomber .

A- Poured from 22oz bottle into wide snifter. A rich caramel color is shimmering and looks amazing. A frothy tan head settles nicely.

S- This is a hoppy beer, for sure. Classic Cali hops bombard the nose. A malty richness is there, but is hard to separate from the huge hop boat.

T- Wow. This beer is no joke. A huge hop wallop is counterpunched by an amazing, rich, deep malt. This is almost like 'beer extract', by far one of the most flavorful beers I've ever had. Compared to my notes from the Oaked version, this one is a lot more 'in the raw' as far as flavors go. Fantastic.

M- Fantastic, awesome, great, amazing... I could go on. This is a world-class beer.

D- moderate though enjoyable. This beer grabs you by the throat and demands to be enjoyed. At 7% it's not the strongest one you'll have, but the flavors are so intense you have no choice but to bow down and drink it at a slow pace. A world-class brew.

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

Appearance: 22oz bomber into a tulip. Pours a brick red, slightly brown hue with ruby tones when held to the light. Three fingers of tan, creamy head, leaving lacing on the glass as it settles a bit.

Smell: amazingly sweet and complex. This beer has a shit ton of different aromas. Mango, pineapple, pine, grapefruit, tangerine, some malt sweetness. As the beer warms, a slightly peppery alcoholic aroma comes forth.

Taste: Not as complex as the smell would indicate, although still exceptional. The sweetness of the malt gives a very nice caramel/brown sugar backbone that provides a backdrop for the HUGE citrus/pine bitter flavours from the hops. Alcohol taste is present, but becomes more prominent as the beer warms.

Notes: though i am thoroughly impressed with the caramel/brown sugar malt flavours in the presence of this wonderful hop onslaught, the alcohol is a bit too pronounced, affecting the drinkability and taste as the beer warms. so drink it fairly cold!

Photo of Cylinsier
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint 6 oz bottle.

The appearance is light reddish brown with a cherry red glow when held up to the light. Basically clear. Small film of a head.

Smells of bitter hops and maple syrup and something like green wood.

Initial taste is mildly malty sweet and mostly just a fresh barley taste. The dry hops are very pronounced immediately after the first part of the taste subsides and they stay through the aftertaste. There's also a slight brown sugar sweetness accompanying the hops.

Mouthfeel is thick but mildly coarse from a subtle carbonation that is present but doesn't bubble in your mouth. Goes down very smooth.

Delicious but a bit too hoppy for me personally. A must try for all but will appeal to hop heads more than others. Not to say this beer is especially hoppy; there are much hoppier beers, but it does make the hop presence known.

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

From draft at Pete's Apizza (DC).

Appearance = Nice reddish brown color. A few dispersed carbonation bubbles. Solid two finger's worth of light tan head that goes down to beer algae. Nice lacing.

Smell= Very piney smell. Some hops in there. Caramel and hints of sweet malt. A little citrusy smell.

Taste = Like the smell but a bit less malty and a bit more hoppy. Grapefruit and hops dominate, but there's a nice malty backbone.

Mouthfeel = Low to medium amount of carbonation. Gets smoother as it warms. Medium to heavy body.

Drinkability = I first reviewed this beer on 4-19-2008. At that point, I hated hoppy and/or bitter beers. That has really changed, and now I love them. So, while back then I said this beer was too bitter for my taste, now I think it's just right.

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

Appearance: Pours to a mildly hazy amber with a tan head that laces quickly.

Smell: Complex and interesting! I pick up some grapefruit overtones, hops, and some malt.

Taste: Also very interesting and complex. Nicely bitter, but malt hangs around the edges and provides some balance. I detect some hints of coffee and grapefruit in the taste. The finish is long-lasting

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, with light carbonation.

Drinkability: I could definitely have a few more of these! At 7.2 ABV, this isn't going to go quietly, though! I think this beer would be and outstanding complement to strongly flavored foods. Its strong and interesting character could stand up to any spicy or rich food.

Photo of dbossman
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark amber color with nice head; thin lacing

S: A nice, woody scent with subtle grapefruit; there is also a bit of a biscuit smell

T: Quite malty/caramel; even a little coffee smell. Much more malty than I expected

F: Creamy with a nice mouthfeel; the alcohol is a bit much on the way down--even burning a bit

D: Okay but a bit too strong to drink much of in a night.

Photo of guinness310
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: a very dark reddish amber and body, supports an off-white dense head with mild head retention.

S: hoppy and clove-like phenolic scents entice my nose.

T: WoW! so much hop! in such a good way. great lacing. its got a wonderful creamy feel to it. the bitter at the end slightly stands out more than the boldness at the beginning and the middle of the drink. definitely stimulates the mouth as it claws its way down your palate with a hoppy kick at the end... definitely a great session beer for Hop-Heads!

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

Poured into a pint glass.

I need more of this beer.

Pours a deep ruby color...It looks like the walls of rich sophisticated mans library. An offwhite 1 finger fluffy head is great too. Lacing is sticky and stays clinging to the glass all the way through.

Smell is really citrusy with an apparent malt presence. The hoppy smells are there such as light light floral notes but theyre hard to detect.

Taste is freakin awesome...an arrogant bastard indeed. Vicious flavors of hoppy bitterness along with that light citrusy finish. definite one of the more aggresive tastes ive had.

Mouthfeel is great. Very nicely carbonated not too thin and not too thick. Perfect constistancy for this the style.

Drink this beer everyday and youll be satisdied for the rest of your days.

Photo of riotom
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep and complex without being overwhelmingly heavy. Great oak and spice mix, but subtle enough not to be overwhleming. This has become my favorite beer - as it works on wintery cold nights and I've even stretched it to be drinkable during water volleyball in 103 degree temperature without feeling too heavy or out of place. The marketing is brilliant and is always a conversation starter.

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,252 ratings.