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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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9,392 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,392
Reviews: 2,858
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 317
Gots: 1,443 | 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 rootbeerman
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into Duvel glass

A: pours dark brown with a finger thick dark off white head, laces on glass very well.
S: dark cookie like malts, citrus hops.
T: smell and taste go together with this beer. the sweet malt balances well with the bitter grapefruit of the hops.
M: thick but not syrupy. medium carbonation
D: ive had this beer both on tap and in bottle, i think it drinks better from a tap, but is ok from a bottle.

Photo of mdwalsh
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a two-three finger head of beige. The beer is a dark dark brown-red. Great texture on the cap. Maybe too much head though, and just a little active carbonation.

S: Full bodied, but it isn't overly hoppy or anything like that. Not much else though, but somehow it just works.

T: Vanilla, malt, mild hops, very smooth. Very interesting in how smooth it can be with the lingering bitterness it leaves. Also, no roast, which I expected.

M: Super smooth, no bite at all. I want to drink this with Dragon's Milk from New Holland.

D: Just wow. I could put back this one all night long.

Photo of Kelp
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice ruby red red hue as it pours into my glass. Two fingers of head grow. Fades at a decent rate slight lacing.

Medium hops smell, along with pine and light caramel finish.

A quick hop bite right off the bat. Followed by the maltiness of the beer and finishing with a piney after taste.

Medium body to the beer smooth across the tongue. Good but not great feel to it.

I couldn't drink more than one, maybe two. Not really my cup of beer as they say. Good once in a great while.

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

Poured from a 22 Oz. Bomber into a tulip. Two finger head over a dark red/brown body. Good clarity. Head dissipates to fine foam cover leaving significant lacing.

Hops all the way. From earthy to floral. Biscuity malt beneath.

Biscuit and nutty malt flavors give way to hops. The hop notes range from grassy to floral to peppery over the course of a sip. Everything in fine balance.

Mouth feel:
Full bodied, light carbonation, very satisfying.

I really like this one, a very well proportioned beer. It may be a little too large in all dimensions for a regular addition to my fridge but I will certainly be back again.

Photo of vdread
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale comes out swinging. the first thing you notice about this beer is the label, which does its best to ward of weiners and those with heart conditions. the bastard pours red and dark orange with a huge foamy head. the head disappates rather quickly, but leaves a solid collar that deposits thick sheets of lace all the way down the glass.

the smell is of citrus hops and caramel malt, a good indicator of what is to come.

thick caramel malts are balanced and accentuated by bright spicy citrus hops, which are just bitter enough to allow the rich and complex flavors to meld together. alcohol is apparent, but not overwhelming. this sure is a beast of a beer! full bodied and thick, this leaves a good impression on the palate and great aftertaste.

easily drinkable (if you aren't some sort of weiner boy that is), rich and complex but not overpowering. a good combination of thick malts and bright hops make this a winner.

+ great all around, solid beer with lots of complex flavors.

+ exactly what you would expect from Stone. a well crafted, delicious brew. this bastard has every reason to be arrogant

- as the bottle says, and as some of the other reviews state, this really isn't for the faint of heart. some just can't handle the arrogance. and that's okay. there are a couple bottles of st. pauli girl in the fridge if you want em.

Photo of baseballrock
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a - pours a deep cloudy red. frothy baige head of about 1 inch with great retention and lace.

s - the smell is of mild hops, nothing over powering and nothing standing out, but not bad by any means.

t - an explosion of sweet malts and bitter hops. i really noticed a smooth roasted flavor that was awsomely pleasant. my lips are coated with sweetness after every sip. i was able to sip on every drop from my 22 oz bottle, and i was impressed. this is truely some great stuff.

m - dry and balanced

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

I poured this out of a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is amber colored with a 2 finger off white head that is frothy and leaving some nice lacing. The beer smells of hops, a little malt, and some floral notes. The beer has a nice pale flavor with hops, malt, and a little bitterness. Their is a little sweetness on the front end. The aftertaste is bitter, hoppy, and lingers for along time. The beer has a medium body and is nicely carbonated. It is frothy and a little silky in the mouth. This is a very good beer and I would be happy to have another.

Photo of MisterTiat
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Beautiful amber color, creamy thick head, off white, little yellowish brownish, lacing is good, not fantastic.

S: strong hop, piney smell. Balanced with some roastiness

T: Complex. Earthy hop notes at the back of the tongue and throat, sweet maltiness at the tip of the tongue, roastiness comes in along the sides. Taste of hops lingers long after finishing.

M: Feels good, rolls around of tongue pleasantly, not fantastic but good

D: With such full flavor it is hard to drink a bunch of these, and also dont expect to be able to sample other beers after this one, the hops stick to the mouth

Photo of Tilley4
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I can't believe I've never reviewed this brew... I've had it several times over the years and I guess I overlooked it...

Pours a beautiful ruby red with a thick creamy eggshell head... This is one beautiful beer to look at...

Piney citrusy aromas mingled with dark sweet malts and maybe even a little fruit on the nose... A bit subdued but still nice..

Huge oily piney hoppiness mingled with those sweet dark malts very well here... There's a bitterness on the finish that is a bit astrigent and almost earthy or dirty tasting... Its still very tasty and has me ready for another sip...

Not my favorite Stone offering but a solid very accessible brew that never disappoints...

Photo of marcobrau
3.54/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very bright amber-red ale. Smells of cooked broccoli at first (hope I'm not getting a sinus infection.) Calibrated my sniffer and I get more pine tree and less cooked veggies. Very spicy hop flavor mixes well with what tastes like a complex array of caramel malts. Very smooth. Aggressive hop bitterness is subdued by a pleasant sweetness. Not too bad. Drinkability is surprisingly good. I'm not sure how old the bottle is, it may be a little oxidized. Based on the other reviews I have to wonder if a I have a bottle that is slightly bad. Massive hop burps though...

Photo of MOB210SA
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick 1 finger dense mocha/tan head retains well and stays put. Deep rich ruby red mahogany nice looking in color. Some good lacing

Sweet nose, caramel candy sugar

Strong hoppiness bite and taste. Loads of caramel maltiness and a little roasted malt. Its balanced nice and formitable ale. Big in the taste department.

Smooth, slick, lingering and a slight alcoholic after feel.

Ive always loved Arrogant Bastard. I will return to review again and improve on this one.

Photo of berley31
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with an average-sized, off-white head that had some staying power before finally diminishing down to 1/2-finger or so. Pretty good lacing. Body is a nice, dark ruby-brown color, and almost totally clear.

S: The aroma is quite sweet, very fruity, with a light lingering of hops.

T: Starts fairly sweet, just like the aroma, with a light fruit flavor that rolls along the tongue. Builds up to a bitter and quite dry finish, with a long-lasting duration. Slight warmth from the alcohol warms the throat.

M: Medium-bodied and quite creamy, with average carbonation.

D: I have yet to be disappointed by Stone, and all of the good things I had read about Arrogant Bastard were completely justified.

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

A: Pours a dark amber with 1.5 fingers worth of off white yellowish head. The head slowly dissipates and leaves GREAT lacing down the glass.

S: Smells of tropical fruits and hops with a hint of alcohol.

T: Starts off with a malty sweetness which turns into grapefruit and citrus, and ends with a nice hoppy bite.

M: Medium to full bodied with perfect carbonation! Bitter yet smooth.

D: Very drinkable beer! Great complex taste with perfect mouthfeel. If I could get this beer at home I would drink it all the time. I will definitely be picking a couple more bottles of this up before I head home!

Photo of Lldeegan
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany, rust color with an off white to khaki frothy head that recedes after a few moments of grandeur and leaves a chunky ring of lace as it settles. Smells of caramel malt hit first and hen give way to pine and mostly grapefruit hop aromas. Nice fruitiness from the yeast, some grain and alcohol heat. Later as it warms some nutty smells and phenols are present. From the start it has a very complex taste. At first the boldness tease then beats the hell out of the palate until you submit. Sweet malt flickers upfront but then backs off to the powerful hops (which are part of the classified recipe). The hop flavors start as pine, and then grapefruit follows it up and kowtows to the massive bitter finish. It has a medium to full body, with good carbonation and it is actually quite pleasant once you get a hold of this beast. Definitely a bold beer to drink all night or to pair with mild cuisine, but it might be paired well with spicy barbeque, other seasoned or smoked meats, strong cheese, or something that can fight back in the battle of your tongue.

Photo of nickadams2
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Uptown Grille in Commerce, Michigan.

I,ve read the bottle and its full of shit. Chances are you are worthy of this beer.My wife who hates beer took a sip of mine and said "mmm fruity!". Highly overrated in my opinion.

A_ Dark reddish brown almost purple with a thin off white head. Moderate lacing.

S_Hops and fruit. Not much else.

T_Pretty sweet and fruity. Some caramel malt coming through but subdued by the hops and fruit. Taste kind of like a watered down IPA. (Had this many times at Uptown and went to a Two Hearted as soon as I finished.)

M_Medium bodied moderately carbonated.

D_Would make for a good session but I find this beer unworthy. (Irony!)

Photo of WeedKing4
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in the past and realized I haven't reviewed it yet. 22oz bombers poured a dark ruby brown colour with a decent amount of foam. The taste up front if a strong malt hop bite, followed with a almost sweet like floral hop taste. It drinks incredibly smooth and each bomber I had of this disappeared in short time. After watching the beer wars dvd, I had a craving for this beer. Glad I got to try it, and it was quite delicious. Bring on the double bastard next.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-hued brown with a nice head and plenty of lacing. The aroma starts out with plenty of bitter, resinous hops as well as some toasted malt and accompanying sweetness. Good caramel scent, which follows through into the flavor with a bit of toffee. Some floral hops alongside the bitter piney hops. Medium-bodied and well carbonated; very drinkable.

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

From a 750 into an imperial pint glass. There were a few ounces left in the bottle that I'll finish off after the first glass.

A very dark reddish-amber with an inch of dense, off-white head that stuck around the glass and for a while. It's a great color - I think they should sell it at paint stores as "Arrogant Bastard Amber."

Tangy grapefruit, lime and lemon with floral notes. Very open and clear flavors with some malt behind - nothing more than barley and toffee.

Like the nose suggests, grapefruit starts this beer off. It moves quickly from the citrus into pine & other saps into bitters. Clean malts balance the beer.

Easy to drink, medium-light mouthfeel. The slightly high alcohol is well hidden. Great beer, and would pair well with many foods.

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

01.11.10 at Monk's Kettle in San Francisco.

A: dark copper goodness

S: heavily malted hop

T: It's got bite! The only way to describe it

M: feels nice and smooth, balancing the agressive flavor

D: I can drink lots of these -- and I have!

I just plain love this beer. It's been a favorite for almost a decade. Yum, yum, yum, keep 'em coming.

Photo of honeybrewer
2.46/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Quite an original looking label; it's nice to see something different. This beer poors a nice copper color, with a good white head that fades away pretty quick. Looks appealing.
The smell is nothing remarkable; moderate hop aroma in no way prepares you for what is coming.
Intense, hot, overpowering hop flavor. Very sharp, very bitter. As it warms this mellows just enough that I can get a taste of the malt behind the hops. Definetly needs to go with a big rare steak.
Definetly for the dedicated hop lovers only. From the arrogance on the label I was expecting a beer with big full malt and hop flavors, but all I got was the hops. I didn't really like this beer, but that does not mean it isn't any good. If you like to chew on mouthsfull of hops, this brew is for you.

Photo of colefsuwr
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer from a 24oz bottle. The first time I had it, it was a LOT of beer in one bottle. It was heavy and bitter! I was not worthy just like the back of the bottle says. After going back to it knowing what to expect I loved it. It also prompted me to make my own american strong ale.

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

A- Pours a red/brown like the color of iced tea. One finger head dies down quick. Lacing is good.

S- Dare I say pineapple? Some grapefruit, but I really smell pineapple. Alcohol!

T- Just like my nose; my taste buds pick out a slight pineapple taste with hints of grapefruit. There is a slight malt presence also. You can also taste the alcohol.

M- Medium body, smooth, bold, balanced well with the malt.

D- Very drinkable as long as you respect it. In other words a good sipping beer. Beer swillers beware of this one.

Photo of chenzo9999
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There have been many a time in my life that I myself have been called an arrogant bastard. If I had even half the bite this beer has, when people assigned these characteristics to me, I am shocked that they would still be talking to me.

I underestimated the flavor from first smell, but it quickly grabbed me by the shins and shook the money from my pockets. It was delicious and there was no question that I was drinking a beer.

Delicious and I cannot wait for a second encounter... and then a third... and so on...!

Photo of JustinJTisdale
3.1/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The music venue I work at has this on tap all the time so Ive had my fair share in order to review appropriately.

Stone brewers may be alot of things but liars they are not. It says on the bottle "You probably wont like this" and for the most part there right. Everyone I know hates this beer but I beg to differ. Despite its slightly acrid overtones and overbearing amount of hops I find it has a specific character and mood to it and as a beer serves its overall purpose.

The color is slightly reddish and it pours a lighter head that sticks around surprisingly long. The beer is often chilled a little too much where I get it but at the right temperature (maybe out of a bottle) the tastes ring true and if you can get past the aftertaste its really not as terrible as one might think.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.42/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aug 5, 2007

22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark reddish brown with a nice 1 finger light tan head that dissipates to a light covering, but retains to the bottom of the glass. Excellent lacing.

Aroma is okay...something about it is a little off for me though.

Flavor is nice with grapefruit, piney hops. Somewhat sweet, moreso as it warms. Little bit of alcohol kick, but not too bad.

Smooth, full mouthfeel without too much carbonation.

A strong beer, it certainly gets your attention...

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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