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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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8,896 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,896
Reviews: 2,796
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 264
Gots: 1,067 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000)
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Photo of orangedive
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Maroon / Brownish-burgundy. Mostly opaque. Half inch tan head that dissipated quickly. It's a beautiful looking beer, very clear.

S - Sweetness initially. Hints of brown sugar & vanilla--maybe a little maple. Some malt and oak.

T - Malty sweetness initially. The oak kicks in pretty strongly with a little bitterness in the aftertaste. It gets more palatable as it warms. Some maple & vanilla flavors are definitely present. Good but the slight bitterness at the end bugs me.

M - Medium to Medium-thick on the tongue.

D - Not bad. Not a session beer. One at a time--maybe two at the most. The bitterness really prevented me from enjoying this beer.

orangedive, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Praise Bacchus that this great brew is finally available in Georgia! It pours a rich, semi-transparent, appetizing brown with a thick, tan, fine-bubbled head. Aroma is strong fiercely hoppy and has a pine undertone. Flavor is richly hoppy, a hops lover's dream; it is fairly but not harshly bitter and has just a whisper of sweetness. Texture is lively and tingly, and the aftertaste is hoppy and piny.

Cyberkedi, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of demcorhip
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

About freaking time I got to pour myself one of these. Thanks for coming to Wisconsin. A very nice looking brew, quite dark in colour, almost brown with ruby tinged highlights. Very nice, tight, pale tan head formed on a gentle pour into my jar, got almost three fingers worth and it really wants to stick around. Mildly yet persistently carbonated. Already leaving an interesting, intricate and sticky web inside the glass as the head slowly recedes.

Prickly hops with the aroma of ruby red grapefruit greet the nose first. Creamy toffee and whole grain crusty bread follows, along with a hint of toffee and some earthy qualities.

A damn fine brew. Toffee and hints of treacle and honey make for a sturdy malt backbone that stand up to the assault that follows. The hops appear towards the middle and last long into the finish, initially clean flavours of grapefruit appear, and give way to notes of burley tobacco and an almost earthy, woody bitterness.

This is a big, creamy, medium bodied ale. Just how this got started in the warmth of southern cali is beyond me, as this is big, sturdy beer that just seems to be made for a more unforgiving climate. A touch of the alcohol reveals itself in a slight warmth, but the interplay between the rich malts and somewhat aggressive use of hops is what gives this brew its well deserved arrogance.

Pretty drinkable for what this beer is, no quarter was expected and none was given. A nice brew for taking one's time with. Im starting to see just why Stone has experienced so much success, and look forward to experiencing more from this brewery, thankfully I have a few bottles from them in my cellar. This is a beer that was brewed to satisfy the arrogant bastard within me and it does a great job of it. Highly recommended for those that enjoy bigger beers that carry a substantial hop presence.

demcorhip, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear, deep red/brown. Huge 3-4 finger beige head with excellent retention. A thick cap remains through the duration. Decent lacing.

S - Huge piney and grapefruit hop aroma with just a touch of pineapple. Something sweet and fruity lurks in the background.

T - Citrus and fruity flavors from the hops ride atop a simple, sweet malt profile with a suggestion of brown sugar and butterscotch. Late palate the brew dries out with a big piney/grassy and bitter hop note coupled with a slight peppery burn from the alcohol. A coarse, citric bitterness lingers in the aftertaste, the only thing keeping this from a 5.

M - Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - Good drinkability considering the alcohol, but the bitterness is a bit much for me. Excellent mesh of flavors, even if somewhat simplistic.

PatrickJR, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of MSchae1017
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was tasted in a snifter from the 22oz bottle.

This beer pours a brownish ruby amber with a frothy tan head that holds quite nicely with an even film and plenty of lacing. The smell is of toasted malts and HOPS! The taste is also fantastic. Its malty up front with the toasted malts and then it hits you afterwards with a huge amount of flavorful hops. The mouthfeel is a great body and has a nice carbonation. Overall, a great beer.

MSchae1017, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of davedahl
3.28/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Impressively thick head - small bubbles and hop oil make this head stick around for the duration. Clear but dark amber in color.

Nose is wet grassy hops.

First sip is a big mouthful of hops (big but not BIIG). There's malt in the middle but it cries out for help against the persistent hop characteristic. Slightly slick mouthfeel. More bitter hop in aftertastes.

Good beer but malt and hops are out of whack. Not a hopbomb, but just tons of one-dimensional bitter hops and just a whimper of timid but rich malt.

davedahl, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of avalon07
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a reddish-brown color and a fairly clear consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Very strong aroma of hops, malt and something sugary.

T: Lots and lots of hops in this one. Also had malt, a mild yeast, and a sugary quality. Very tasty.

M: A high carbonation rate and a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: If you like beers with big hoppy flavors, give this one a shot. It's complex, vibrant and highly drinkable.

avalon07, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of kingjames1
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful, rich amber with a thick, fluffy tan head that stickes around a good while.
Smells of citrusy hops - grapefruit - and sugary malts - carrot cake, comes to mind for some reason. Taste is pine resin with grapefruit peel, apples, caramel. Surprisingly balanced, given the reputation as a hop bomb. But my mouth is puckering involuntarily. Very nice. Medium body, and very drinkable for the style.

kingjames1, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of wescj
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22oz bomber into a snifter.

Pours a heavy, dark brown, with a hint of red. The head starts as about half an inch of off-white froth, but dissipates quicker than I would like into little continents of thin foam. Lace, however, is the most impressive aspect of the head, and the everlasting ring around the glass paints it afresh with every sip.

Smell of citrus hops, specifically grapefruit, is present, though not overpowering. Also some heavier notes, such as caramel.

Tastes true to the aromas, with hints of pine. Something about the name led me to believe that this would be super hoppy, though the hops are actually well balanced.

Nice mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation, medium bodied overall.

Drinkable enough, though I wont be opening another bottle tonight. I'd say it's as strong as it needs to be, though. Very pleasing all around.

wescj, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of spointon
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this ale from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a pint glass.

A= This ale poured a clear dark caramel-copper color with a 3/4" tan head. Lots of sticky lace down the glass.

S= Lots of hop aromas, as well as lightly toasted malts, floral and fruity yeast notes, and a hint of alcohol when swirled.

T= This was a nice malty ale, yet still had a wonderful spicy and bitter hop character. Nice complexity to this one. I tasted sweet malt all the way, with the spicy hops dancing in and out through the middle. The finish was dry and full of warming alcohol goodness.

MF= Heavier side of medium bodied. Carbonation was present and gave a clean mouthfeel without being too sharp.

D= I've now had this ale on tap, in the bottle and also the oaked version. I have to say that I really love this ale. It has enough oomph to satisfy my taste for big beer flavors, yet was balanced and complex. I will definitely drink a lot more of this one!

spointon, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of morimech
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear scarlet hued brown with a large off-white head that has excellant retention. Rings of lacing is left on the glass after each sip.

The aroma is a combination of sweet malt, resiny hops, and a touch of alcohol.

Nicely balanced flavors of malt and hops. I was expecting a hop bomb. Solid caramel malt base with a pine hop compliment. Bitterness is moderate. The alcohol is apparent but not hot. It adds to the overall flavor profile of this beer.

Medium body with low carbonation. Has a semi creamy texture. Good but not overly impressive.

The 7.2% ABV is not overly high for this beer. Still only wanted the one bottle. Gave me a bit of a stomach ache but it was well worth it.

morimech, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of jdg204
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this at a great beer bar in Rochester, definetly a town with a happening beer scene. Finally had my chance with the legendary Arrogant Bastard, been waiting a loooong time!

A: Pours a perfectly clear dark copper color with a red tint. The head is one-finger of frothy off-white goodness that dissipates into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is pretty sticky.

S: Smells great. Lots of floral hops and a sweet malt at first, then as it warms up the hops turn more pine-y and the malt smooths out a bit, with more of a caramel aroma.

T: Piney hops and sweet malts from the get go, and as it warms the piney flavor is toned down a bit. The caramel malt flavor really helps provide an excellent base! A bitter kick that gains steam as the beer warms.

M: Mouthfeel is good. A bit thin at first, but as with the rest of the beer's attributes it gets better as it warms. Hops are a bit overpowering lacking a bit of balance.

D: Well, finally got the pleasure of enjoying this brewhaha and was not disappointed. I liked the thick malty/ extreme hoppy combo and I can see why this brew has created such a buzz and almost it's own niche style. I will gladly grab this brew again and being a big Stone fan can't wait to try the Double and Oaked versions!

jdg204, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of Fumanchu
1.65/5  rDev -60.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Arrogant? yes Tasty? Not so much.
The taste of this ale is citrusy, not a sweet citrus, but a bitter citrus, thanks to the abundant taste of hops. The first half of the bottle was pretty hard to get down, and I am puzzled by the great reviews of this brew. Near the end of the bottle, I guess I have acclimated a bit to the bitterness presence of hops, giving leaving me with a non-sweet citrus only taste. Kind of reminds me of grapefruit. I really haven't minded the presence of hop flavor in beer, but lately I've had a few that seemed to hopped without any balance, leaving me with a bitter taste in my mouth for a half hour after drinking them.... this is one of those.

Fumanchu, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of guntherhophead
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Dark amber w/tones of burnt sienna. Opaque w/frothy beige head. Very nice lacing.
S-Malt, floral and citrusy hops, light spice, anise.
T-Rich bold malt, faint esters (apple & fig), spice, and aftertaste of bitter hops and citrus, both orange and grapefruit.
M-Rich body, moderate carbonation, and excellent overall balance.
D-Good session beer for the BA w/a higher tolerance.

guntherhophead, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of ewright
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice medium brown color with a modest layer of head that leaves some lacing on the side of the goblet.

S: Zesty citrus hop aromas mingle with malty backbone offering caramel and raisin notes.

T: Ample bitterness blends nicely with the roasted malt flavors. There's some minty hop bite late, preceded by toast and toffee flavors.

M: Nice creamy texture that helps mute the significant hop bite. Carbonation feels very light, similar to bottle conditioned Belgians.

D: This beer lives up to its name... it's no wimpy beer and it ain't afraid to show it. At only 7.2% ABV, a bomber won't leave me feeling sleepy either.

ewright, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of ckaufman
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber into a Stone pint glass (isn't marketing great)...

A: Deep reddish copper in color with a nice off-white head. Great lacing and retention.

S: Very hoppy with strong floral and pine notes in the nose. A subdued aroma of caramel and toasted malts as well.

T: A nice complex blend of caramel and toasted malts mixing with a very intense hop flavor. Strong bitterness up front fading into a bitter malty backbone, and once again back to a bitter hop finish. A long sustained bitterness in the mouth after you swallow!

M: A very full bodied beer with a nice viscous feel. My sample had minimal carbonation.

D: This beer slides down real easy-like, and will sneak up on you if you try to tackle more than one in a sitting. A good beer to finish the evening with! One of my favorites.

ckaufman, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of TerjUGA
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark rustic color, darker than i expected, with a half inch pillowey off white caramel toned head with good lacing. smell of strong hops, citrus and very sweet aromas throughout. taste of initial strong hops and citrus grapefruit notes. finished with a slight malt, a very good blend and combination of flavors that go together very well. this beer is flat out great! everything blends well and its very smooth, i would recommend this stuff to anyone, Great brew!

TerjUGA, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an attractive rusty brown with just a tad of cloudiness and topped with a thick 1/2-inch caramel colored head. First sip is spicy hot with sweet malts and then finishes very bitter with a slight whiskey taste. What really stands out is this brew's mouthfeel. It is creamy almost bordering on milkshake like thanks to a fantastic malt backbone. The 7.2% ABV is not well hidden.

ATLbeerDog, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of treyrab
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

treyrab, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of Strix
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish-brown, thick head.

Hoppy smell, very rich and powerful.

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

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

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

Certainly a nice beer and well worth trying.

Strix, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of mtstatebeer
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

mtstatebeer, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of Bugsey
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Bugsey, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of stoutman
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

stoutman, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of abfraser
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

paco1029384756, Sep 14, 2008
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 8,896 ratings.