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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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9,539 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,539
Reviews: 2,892
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 335
Gots: 1,635 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000

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Ratings: 9,539 | Reviews: 2,892
Photo of ryanonline
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

very deep dark (but still very clear) brown color with ruby highlights, with a thick billowy crown of off white head. Gobs of lacing on the side.

the smell is very malty (bran like with a hint of caramel) with a nice even yet clearly available hop presence that sits between fruity and floral.

wooh does the bitterness kick in on this one and, with a relatively easy malt profile, does it ever shine bright. very bitter almost grapefruit like flavor with an extremely piney finish. even maltiness throughout caramel and bran, same as the taste.

very creamy mouthfeel, nice carbonation sort of foamy. medium bodied and very dry in the finish.

easy on the mouth, a little heavier in the gut and has an extremely lasting flavor. tasty enough to be enjoyed many times but probably best in moderation as its very filling.

man i love this beer, and the double bastard is awesome as well. here's to ya'.

Photo of ChrisPro
3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Bottleworks tasted blind.

Pours a dark amber with light tan bubbly head.

Honey, molasses and alcohol aroma.

Strong sweet honey flavor balanced well with light bitterness.

Thick, syrupy but a good finish.

Overall, a very solid brew. I'm sure if I had this 10 years ago I would've been blown away by it, but as it is, it's very well made and still relatively unique.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Sam Adams pint.

A - Very gorgeous look. Nice dark amber with some nice light brownish hints. There is a nice 1 inch head that is dense and light tan colored. To me this is a perfect look. While it recedes slowly it goes down to a nice mat.

S - Initial grassy and resin pine aroma with some nice good caramel malt. The malt hints are delicious and meld very well with the slight piney hops. The aroma is well balanced and complex.

T & M - Starts of with some nice malt sweetness and a bit of caramel but then quickly turns into a strong hop and grassy citric character. Very nicely toasted grains are also felt around the crisp and dry hop profile. It is smooth and finishes dry with nice carbonation and good roasted flavors.

D - Crisp and smooth yet complex flavors might hinder the drinkability as well as the higher ABV.

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

One of the best brews out there thanks to Stone Brewery.

The appearance is almost considered beautiful in my opinion. It has a magnificent red tint and an amazing looking foam head but just like most Stone brews it is a bit carbonated and bubbly when first poured.

The aromas are definitely caramel with a hint of pine. The smell of the alcohol is covered up by the intense aromas of the hops and malts which make it even more enticing than its appearance.

The taste of this beer is absolutely mind blowing. You can pick out the flavors so easily and it almost seems to change flavors as you get deeper and deeper into the glass.

One of my most favorite ales by far. Good job Stone Brewery

Photo of 2DaMtns
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this from a bomber into a tall glass and had it while I finished cooking a burger. It was initially a bit harsh, but the more I drank the more I liked it. It was chilled but not ice cold when I poured it, and I liked it more once it warmed up a couple degrees. Worth another try for sure.

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

consumed 03-16-2009, 22oz bomber into pint glass.

appearance: pours a rich mahogany color with a creamy 2 finger, off-white head.

smell: immediate pine aroma. strong grapefruit/citrus with some sweetness (caramel, fruity, malts, a bit bready) . surprisingly balanced between hops & malts, but hops are more dominant.

taste: starts off sweet with a pineapple like taste. then the grapefruit bitterness takes over. more citrus along with a good malt backbone to support the hop bitterness. hints of bready notes also. finishes with a pine, resin, orange peel bitterness.

mouthfeel: surprisingly smooth with good carbonation. you get the hop resin oils which is GREAT! i'd say its a medium bodied beer.

drinkability: excellent in my opinion. decently balanced brew. wouldn't session more than one of these though.

Photo of SLObeer
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from a 24oz bottle into a pint glass

A: wonderful amber reddish hue, crystal clear with no haze at all. two finger light brown/white head that disappeared after a few minutes. lacing sticks to the glass

S: hoppy, caramel malty goodness. no alcohol smell at all

T: bold. more hops and caramel malt here. piney hops come through in the aftertaste. every few sips i can taste the alcohol, but its not too bothering.

M: not too heavy, but a bit over-carbonated for my liking

D: i could have one or two of these and be done and happy. the higher alcohol content says not a session beer for me

Photo of punkrkr27
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear cherry wood color with a one-finger, foamy off-white head. Grapefruit, spice, orange and caramel aroma. Big caramel and piney hop flavor with spicy hops lingering in the mouth. Medium-full body with moderate carbonation but a bit sticky and syrupy.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown with yellow highlights with a finger of head that left good blotchy lacing on the glass.

S: nice citrus hoppy aromas with a good malt presence thae had a little caramel coming through.

T: the hops were more potent on the taste with citrus grapefruit that propeled the bitterness which had a decent malt backbone and caramel accents.

M: the brew was medium body with a fair amount of carbonation that had a citric hop bitter oily finish.

D: drank very good and I feel like this beer is way better on tap and goes good paired with crab, calamari, and lobster.

Photo of Schmaltzy
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice dark red almost brown with 1-2 fingers head that hangs around for a little while leaving sticky lacing all over my pint glass.

S- Great Hoppy aroma with nice citrus and earthy scent, followed by an overwhelming smell of huge caramel malt, really nice.

T- Nice caramel flavors and bitter citrus hops, pretty good balance, both are exceedingly over the top. Alcohol is noticeable on the back end with a mild heat and nice dry bitter finish.

M- Medium body with loads of sharp carbonation that doesn't quite feel right and a slight warming alcohol sensation.

D- Nice, I enjoy drinking this beer on occasion, more on colder days/nights because you notice the alcohol.

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

Deep Amber not at all cloudy. Head was two fingers for 2 minutes, then gone. Didn't know what to expect from the smell, you get a faint hops aroma. First sip, a full on assault on your mouth, very hoppy at first, but after a few sips it becomes more complex, once you get past the initial hop attack. Unlike some other beers that are very hoppy, there is a nice sweetness of malt comes through about half way though the glass. Really good with extra sharp Cheddar and whole grain crackers. As intense as this beer is the 22 oz. bottle is the perfect size.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Stone Arrogant Bastard Poured a very dark amber color, with a small head that didn't with the beer. It didnt have a very strong smell, but a very heavy smell. It tasted very strong, very heavy and very very bitter. It had a very strong flavor, and the bitterness made it hard to drink. Overall a very good beer.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty, dark red, almost brown color with a huge manilla head. The scent is very hoppy with a bit of citrus fruit. It kinda has an apricot scent to it (reminds me of a lees intense Aprihop scent). At first the taste is very subtle, nice and smooth...then the hops hit you. The hops, with citrus and apricot are very well balanced. The bitter hops seem to linger in the aftertaste for awhile. The malt presence is more at the beginning of the sip, and diminishes with each passing second. Alcohol very well hidden. Loving the way this one is tasting right now. The drinkability is very full-bodied...but just a tad on the watery side at the beginning IMO. Drinkability is VERY HIGH!

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

A: dark amber, off white persistent head, clingy lace

A: intense bitter hop aroma w/ strong pale malt backing, no esthers, no diacetyl,

F: theres a slight malt presence but floral and bitter hops make the malt their bitch. Lingering hop bitter finish. Balance is hop dominant, but has malt backing for body.

M: medium heavy through body and mouthfeel and medium carb.

O: I enjoy drinking with the bastard. Intensely hoppy and pairs great with this baked potato pizza...or anything for that matter. Its not too expensive, its because you're too cheap.

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep red/brown into my pint glass with about one finger of nice head that retains well and leaves excellent lacing.

S - Very intoxicating. Toasted grains, hops, some citrus, and just a hint of alcohol.

T - Big bold flavors. Nice caramel sweetness that balances perfectly with hops, citrus, and mild alcohol sensation.

M - Medium body and relatively dry, well balanced.

D - Drink on and enjoy, this is the beer that made me become a true beer fanatic!

Photo of VTaler
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Same color as the bottle. Big reddish head.
S - Hops and some other big bold smell
The question begs to ask "Am I Worthy?"
Taste: Lots of hops. And apricot. At first the hops just smack you in the face and you start to question whether or not you are worthy. But the die down and you get the nice warm sensation of apricots, or at least I think that is what I taste. Wow this has a lot of flavor. Lots of good flavor. This is a really good beer. I am worthy.
M - Not very carbonated, I love it
D - No this beer is not very drinkable. I could only have one but maybe some people could have more but not me.

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

bomber into a tulip.

pours a hazy, deep reddish copper. gives me a big, belgian like, rocky, tan head right away and takes its time calming to a thin cap. tons of sticky lace left in this glass.

has a wonderful citrusy and floral smell. grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, grassy malts and a bit of fresh bread.

taste wise this beer explodes with hop flavor. fruity, herbal, toffee and bready notes all ride a big wave of hop bitterness all the way to the end. then the bitterness lingers for a while longer just to remind you of what you're drinking. no trace of the 7% abv in the flavor at all. pretty well balanced for being so, well, arrogant.

mouthfeel is the lighter side of medium, kinda chewy, with lots of carbonation.

very drinkable and superbly crafted. i credit this beer as my introduction/gateway to hop bombs and imagine a lot of other people can too. worth seeking out if you haven't had it yet.

Photo of tlazaroff
3.22/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a strong and malty beer. It's thick, and dark brown. Little hop presence on the nose, but mostly carmel and toffee scents and flavors. The beer lingers in your mouth for quite a while and is quite alcoholic which is hidden well by the maltiness. I wouldn't seek out this beer, but I would buy it if I saw it again.

Photo of faubs
2.3/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I apologize for all you hop hounds out there that cant get enough crammed into a pint glass but the choice of hops is what did this one in. As stated above the nose, appearance and gravity of this one were all good. But the hops. It wasn't that there was too much alpha acid, that I can handle. It was the aftertaste. Too rancid ,very piney. I might have had a bad batch but until i get the chance again my grade will remain low.

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

A-Medium brown color. Large head, good lacing.

S-sweet and rich smell. brown sugar. a bit hoppy fruit scents as well.

T-One of the first craft brews I've ever had. Still delicious. Has some nice spice and a complex overall taste. A well balanced hop flavor sets in. Deep malts give way to a lasting bitterness.

M-rich mouthfeel. alcohol is present. warming

D-nice and drinkable but the alcohol makes your cheeks hot

One of the best starters to get a newbie into craft beer.

Photo of RobertTh3Texian
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers. Deep amber on the pour. Hops Hops and more Hops on the nose, as well as sweet malt and some fruit on the nose. Small tan head in the glass. Oh I can't get enough of this hop smell. One of those things that you can smell even when you are not around it. The taste is one a the great bitter balancing acts of all time. Not saying this is a balanced beer. But like a good hot salsa, it is just uncomfortable enough to make you want to came back for more. Tons of hops and malt on the tongue. Lots of sweet from the malt coming out as well. BUY THIS BEER AS MUCH AS YOU CAN.!!!

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

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a golden-brown body with a creamy thick beige head that last for a good bit and a slow carbonation of bubbles.
S- The full green citrus hops aroma has pineapple weed and resin aromas to it. As the beer warms up the caramel malt comes through and adds nice balance.
T- The green herbal and citrusy hops have green grapefruit zest notes and a nice pine bite to it. There was just a bit of grassy flavor but not much. The malt was a nice sweet malt with some toasted flavors and caramel qualities. The hop bitterness finished the beer and lingered a bit after each sip. M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft fizz that boost the hop finish and no alcohol heat noticed.
D- I'm not sure I could distinguish between this and the regular AB but it as a great beer. It would have been nice to have a full 12. oz glass but I'm not sure I could drink many of these in one sitting.

Photo of jwinship83
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler that my sister brought me back from kentucky. drank out of a stone brewing pint glass the day after this one was filled.

A- this one pours out a deep ruby red colored body with a large tan colored head. the head lasts for a long time, and leaves behind large globs of lace.

S- lots of grapefruit and pine hops are the first thing to greet my nose. after that comes sweet caramel malts. a little bit of toasted bread in here also.

T- the nose and the taste are pretty similar. lots of sweet caramel and toasted bread malts upfront. a more than generous dose of grapefruit and pine hops as well. simple yet excellent.

M- medium to full bodied with ample carbonation.

D- i dont drink this beer that often, but im impressed every time that i do. the growler itself was a little more than i could finish, and the last pint and a half drank the next day had pretty much gone flat. id take another one of these at the next available chance, but i wont crack it until i have a friend to share it with.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a deep mahogany with a creamy light brown head - quite a sight sitting in the pint glass begging to be explored more.

In the nose it smelled of a mountain pine forest. The pine comes through strong, but it is clear, clean. On second smell, I could detect a hint of floral sweetness, which did not come through in the taste.

The bitter piney notes hit in the back of the mouth, while a cool almost cucumber taste balances it out for a smoothe delivery up front. It finishes with a lingering bitterness that would be nicely accompanied with something sweet - I'm thinking whoopie pies.

Photo of mash4077
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Deep, dark amber color. Two fingers of biege head which disipates slowly. Nice lacing.

S- Smell isn't very strong, a little citrusy, hints of hops. Not at all as intense as I expected but very nice.

T- The hops come out much, much stronger in the taste. There is a sort of peach flavor to the citrus, nice but hidden. I get a feel of lavender midway through. Strong floral and citrus hops presence, a little off balance, but all around great taste. Hops remain in the aftertaste. Gets better as it warms. This could have been sold as an IPA, in a good way!

M- Carbonation is good. Feel is a good middleground between water and milk.

D- Low, objectively speaking, but great relative to the style. I could have a second right now.

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Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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