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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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9,495 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,495
Reviews: 2,884
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 331
Gots: 1,573 | FT: 11
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000

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

Version I had was citra dry hopped.

A - Mostly clear amber brown with a one finger tan head that has good retention and good lacing.

S - Big roasted, caramel malts up front followed by pine resin hops, then grapefruit in the background.

T - Follows the nose with the citra hops adding grapefruit notes and bitterness through the finish.

M - Medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, creamy and smooth across the palate, slightly sticky through the finish.

D - Just what the AB needed, IMO. The citra dry hopping is done nicely to just a touch of complexity at the end palate to both aroma and taste. Excellent drink.

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

A- A very dark amber color with a slight head. Some nice lacing throughout the beer.

S- A little confusing to the nose..smell some malts and also a hint of hops which i appreciate.

T-The label on this beer doesn't lie, if you haven't had a fare share of flavorful beers then your mouth will be all sorts of confused. At first it hits you with a nice toffee malt flavor then as it sits you will experience a nice hop bitterness that smooths out to leave you wanting more. For such a high ABV you can't notice either.

M- Medium mouth feel with some carbonation.

D- If you enjoy a flavorful beer that will challenge your taste buds then this beer is for you.

After all I have heard and read about this beer I had to try it. Stone has not let me down in the past with their IPA and again they came through with this one. The only complaint I have is the price but you pay for good beer.

Photo of rfgetz
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a redishe tined brown, cloudy with minimal off white head. Scent is of citric hops with a pretty niced carmel backbone as well as roasted nuts. Taste at first hits you with aggressive grapefruity hops but quickly turns to the sweet carmel matl side. Evens out with a nice fruity and nut finnish. Medium bodied, lightly caronated, juciy in the mouth. Citra hops are catching on quick and they work well here, i wish the maltyness would be turned down just a notch.

Photo of AJacob81
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13-oz. tulip at Clark St. in Chicago.

A - Dark auburn-brown, but shows bright cherry red when held to the light. Foamy, 2.5 finger head forms and slowly recedes, leaving thick lacing behind that coats the glass.

S - Toffee, roasted malts, earthy hops. I smell cherries too, much moreso than I recall when I first had this bottled.

T - Smooth and balanced. Sweet bread with bing cherries, a toasted malt backbone, and a strong but not overwhelming hoppy dry finish.

M - Moderate carbonation, lighter bodied than I expected, but still heavy enough to support the complex flavor profile.

D - A beast, but compellingly drinkable. This was gone a lot quicker than I'd intended.

Photo of flipper2gv
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Mondial de la bière 2010 in Montreal without any notes, so this is from pure memory so the review can be somewhat inaccurate.

A: Orange fully transluscent color with pure white head. Good retention with ok lacing.

S: AFAIR, it was quite nicely hoppy with a good level of piny and citrus (read: grapefruit) hops. Good caramel malts. Was pretty straightforward.

T: Kicks with a nice level of caramel malts but this is more about the piny and grapefruit hops.

M: Mid mouthfeel with mid carbonation. What you'd expect.

D: Very easy to drink regardless of the good level of bitterness.

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

Notes: I like the aggressive nature of this brew, captures the taste buds and provides a complex flavor.

A: Pours a dark Indian red. Nice 2 finger head of tan head.

S: Sweet with some dark fruits and caramel tones, some citrus like grapefruit, and some floral/earthy smells.

T: This beer kicks your ass from the start. Nice bitterness from hops/citrus tones. The earth/dark fruit tastes come through with aftertastes.

M: Aggressive carbonation, leaves a nice tingle that fits the strong ale perfectly.

D: Wow, great example of a strong ale. I would place this in front of other ASAs.

Photo of ScottyC
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: Very deep color. Really nice red color when held up to the light. Toasty tan head color.

Aroma: Complex! Sweet and floral. Full aroma. Some notes of apricot and plum. Not overpowering, but nice.

Taste: Hits you hard on the front and back end. Really that powerful smackdown dominates the palate. Otherwise a toasty malt flavor. Finishes with a bitter kick in the mouth. Baste paired with strong cheese. A bit too strong for my tastes, I'm afraid. Like an old man who enjoys aged Scotch, I feel like to properly enjoy this beer, your taste buds need to be hardened from many years of drinking. I'll have to come back to this one in a few years when my taste buds have become bored with everything else that's out there.

Drinkability: Gotta take it slow on this one. The 1 pint lasted me a good hour and a half.

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

Bomber poured into Chimay Chalice

A - Beautiful deep ruby in color with a thin white head

S - Malty grapefruit goodness.

T - Bitter up front with tons of grapefruit hops and a solid malt backbone. There are also a lot of earthy, woody flavors that start to come through. Carmel and remnants of dark fruit.

M - Solid carbonation that perfectly compliments the bitter flavor on your tongue.

D- This is an amazing beer that I grown to love over the years. This was my first craft beer that I purchased when I was 21 and I hated everything about it. Now it had become one of my favorites. One bomber fills the chalice twice and that is plenty for me.

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

Poured bomber into a stocky tulip. Clear and deep red with a pale golden yellow head that reduces quickly and leaves some lacing. Smells hoppy with caramel but leaves me wanting more. Taste is sweet and hoppy in the beginning, followed by biter hops in the middle. The sweetness is balanced by the aggressive hopping as well as the vigorous carbonation. Sweet and bubbly mouth feel has a bit to much carbonation for my taste, but that very carbonation makes the beer more drinkable.

A fine ale.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My third and final beer at Pour 24 (New York, New York), Las Vegas.

I did say I'd never have this again after my bottle review, but seeing it on-tap I thought I'd do the decent thing and give it another go.

Looked like the bottle version, ruby red and with an off-white head, thin covering and very little lacing.

The smell was sweetish caramel, malts and a splattering of hops.

Still not a huge fan, the flavours don't blend too well in my opinion, the hops don't like the malts and vice versa.

Glad I've had it from a tap and it is still the only Strong American Ale I've reviewed so far.

Photo of elvisnj
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel chalice from a Stone 24oz bottle.

This beer is beautiful.

It has a hard ruby color that is just perfect. Maybe the best looking beer ever.

Beautiful light colored head.

The nose is nice floral hops and a great malt edge. The taste is heavy hops left hook. Its malt character only barely makes an effort to keep up with the hops. In fact, the malts fail to keep up with the hops.

The hops are grassy and herbal. Very bitter. I also get some grapefruit, light yeast and a slight bitter finish.

I am not a huge hop head and would have a problem drinking this all the time.

But just because I am not crazy about hops does not mean I cant tell a good beer when I drink it.

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
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
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
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
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
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
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
3.17/5  rDev -23.8%
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
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,495 ratings.