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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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8,822 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,822
Reviews: 2,794
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 264
Gots: 1,030 | 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 Gtreid
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Vibrant, mahogony red color with one finger of tan colored head that retained well and left a good amount of sticky lacing.

A: Much more hoppy than what I was expecting. Citrus and pine hops with a very nice sweet malt that balances the nose very well.

T: Man, this is a fine tasing ale. The citrus and pine hops are balanced so well with the malts. Sweet, citrusy, and finishes extremelly smooth.

M&D: The moderate amount of carbonation makes for an increadiblly smooth mouthfeel for this medium bodied ale. Drinkability is through the roof, at 7.2% ABV I could session this. Probably my favorite American Strong Ale I have had to date. Excellent! Skal.

Gtreid, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks very much to my GF for bringing this back from the States for me.

Pours with a ruby-flecked dark amber body. Shiny and clear, capped with a yellow-white head of filmy bubbles. Fantastic lacing, but minimal carbonation. Love the colour, looks like a great, strong, ale.

Amazing nose, huge hits of American hops, tropical fruits, aniseed, pineapple, passionfruit, capsicum, resin, berries. Delicious, luscious, rich. Hint of something deeper and darker as well, perhaps bourbon or strong vanilla. One hell of a rich smelling beer.

Initial vegetative hint of crushed lime leaves on the palate; that fresh, natural character, followed by quite a strong resiny hop bitterness. Peppery, astringent and robust. Quite delicious and fragrant. Pine, lime zest and lots more of the pointy end of the taste spectrum. Alcohol hidden behind the hop character. Quite delicious. Mouthfeel is quite syrupy, thick and smooth.

This is, truly, an aggressive beer. But it's a well brewed one, and it has a measure of balance to its madness. Full-flavoured, rich, robust and unforgettable.

I'm very glad I got to try it.

lacqueredmouse, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

P: Served on-tap @ Romans' Pub on 7-18-08 and presented in an Arrogant Bastard Ale pint glass.

A: Pours a deep ruby color with a one-finger, tan-colored head that hangs impressively.

S: Citrus hops aroma with layers of malty sweetness.

T: Citrus hops with big notes of sweet, caramel malts and hints of oak. As it warms, grapefruit and pine come into play. Bitterness buzzes the palate throughout the session and lingers at the finish.

M: Full-bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Active carbonation attacks at mid-tongue.

D: An American Strong Ale, indeed. Two and you're worthy.

CaptainIPA, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of JRed
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The dark amber in body topped by gargantuan off-white head. Smell is of cloves, grass, plastic action figure (no joke), some pepper, hop resin. The taste is smooth and has flavors of grass, plastics, hop resin, mild breadiness, toast and roast, booze, smooth bitterness, dry grainy finish but some resiny aftertaste persists. A little smokey and medium bodied in mouthfeel. This beer can hang out in the palate for a while, light carbonation doesn't attack the tongue and it smoothly flows down. The drinkability allows for you to keep hanging out with the Arrogant Bastard, hell, he could even stay the night. But he may want a brew too.

JRed, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep Red/Amber in color with a thick creamy head. This beer is crystal clear and there is very little visible carbonation. A mild amount of lacing remained in the glass.

I was most shocked by the rather intense hop aroma. I loved it, but was not really expecting aromas that were this much out of the hop family. Pine aroma, citrus fruit..

The taste was excellent. Very well balanced with a very smooth taste throughout. A nice spiciness and more pine/ grapefruit flavors. There was a nice malt presence that really worked well with the assertive hops.

Medium in body but extremely drinkable for a 7% plus brew. The Alcohol was very well hidden. Again, this was a remarkably smooth beer.

This is one that you must try and one that I will be enjoying again.


Reagan1984, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of ibbjamin
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Paid $3.99 for a bomber from Monument Liquor in Concord, CA. Poured into a snifter.

Nice inch and a half somewhat frothy creme colored head that retains quite well. Very deep and dark ruby in color. Thick lasting lace.

Smells like silky smoked malts and hints of alcohol with a slight balance of hops in the background. Mmmm....

Silky smooth, rivaling some of the better Belgians I've had. Very easy to drink. Tasty. Smoky and sweet malts balanced out by some bitter hops in the finish. Alcohol well hidden. Lightly carbonated.

Big fan of this brew. Highly recommended.

ibbjamin, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-deep chestnut ruby body with large and airy off-white head. Very nice clarity and tons of lacing all over the glass. Steady stream of carbonation. Really cannot find any flaws in this.

S-Resinous, piney, hop shot. Well balanced with a caramel malt sweetness.

T-This reminds of a big Rye IPA with some great balance. The hops a re big and aggressive yet not overpowering of the malts. This seems like a big beer with nice complexity, yet it finishes very soft and delicate with brown sugar sweetness.

M-So crisp and refreshing. Huge flavor yet semi-thin body makes it so much easier to enjoy. Wonderful hop presence in the mouth, yet not abrasiveness.

D-Really a great beer all around. Not a whole lot to complain about and this one is worth the hype - good price to boot. Drinks like a much bigger beer but there is enough room to drink more than 1 or 2.

ALESwhatCURESya, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of Dalem
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper and clear in color with decent size head from a medium pour but quite a bit of lacing though out the entire sipping from the glass. It smells of smoky dark fruits (black cherry and raisin is what I'm thinking), caramel and roasty malt but for the high hop profile it has not much of 'em really show up in the aroma. The flavor is quite complex and much different from what one would think strictly based off the scent. A spicy tart hop kiss touches the taste buds first but a warming molasses & malt thing surrounds it calming down. Somewhere in the middle there's a touch of black tea too. The hops and tea thing do tend to somewhat stick to the roof of the mouth but the finish, especially in the throat, is crisp and clean with a just a slight hop burn coming up as it's down the hatch.

Dalem, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of Spidey13
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First off, I love the way Arrogant Bastard looks. It pours a deep, rich, clear, burnt maroon with a nice tan head that leaves tons of lacing. The nose has lots of juicy, citrussy, candied hops with a bit of grassiness and caramel maltiness underneath.

The taste starts with a bit of sweetness but the hops take over very quickly with spicy notes and a lot of lingering bitterness. Some bready notes also show up on the finish. You can also start to taste the alcohol as the beer nears room temperature. The mouthfeel is nice and full. The bitterness is a bit much if not broken up with some food, which hurts the drinkability a tad.

This is a really good beer, and deserving of its status as one of the classics of the American craft beer scene.

Spidey13, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of bound4er
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Stone - this is a good beer (leans towards great at times) but I was expecting more given all the hype. It pours beautifully with a thick, rich head. The nose is pretty muted - mostly a maltiness which surprised me. Nice mouth feel and some classic ale flavors but it is just a touch too bitter for my taste - and I am not afraid of a well hopped beer. Next up on my list is Ruination.

bound4er, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of Pauly2X
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Massive two finger head, deep ruby in color.

S- Strong pungent hops atop a solid caramel backbone.

T- Great balance for a strong ale. The hop bitterness is the driving force throughout offset only an almost equally assertive malt backbone which does its best to keep the hops from running a muck. The finish is suprisingly soft and smooth.

M- Slightly fizzy ip front with very smooth finish.

D- Considering the overall strength of this beer it is very drinkable.

Honestly I was hoping to dispell the hype. I have to admit this is a really great beer.

Pauly2X, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of lapbplayr
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

It is funny that this beer is labeled as an american strong, becuase I feel it is more like a red, or more exact a double read or an imperial red. Stone starting making this beer before the doubles and imperials were being applied to beer, so there was not a category for it then. I had this beer off of tap and in a 32 oz glass. It looked rather normal, similar to other beers. The aroma is through the roof hoppy and a little like honey from the malts. the taste is very strong bitter on the front end, but leaves smoothly. There is a full bodied mouth feel to this beer, where you will almost gag on it if you have had too much to drink. This is a great beer and I am thankful I live in CA so I can buy this is some grocery stores.

lapbplayr, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of ectomorph
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I compare all ASA's to this beer.

Poured from the bottle into a tall pilsner glass.

A - Held up to the light, this rich deep ruby/burgundy color is quite nice. Full finger head that LASTS with the lacing that covers every inch...

S - Grapefruit? I swear I smell grapefruit and something else. Really nice, must have taken 10 sniffs and wanted more. ;)

T - The grapefruit again with a great balance to be a 7.2%'er.

M - Great body, not too rich but far from watery.

D - If I ever win the lottery, I doubt I'll ever drink anything else.

ectomorph, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of charlzm
3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed 07/02/08 at some place I can't remember the name of in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a dark copper/brown. Good carbonation leads to a nice white head with some lacing.

Aroma is not as strong as I remembered; almost nothing there but a subtle hint of citrus hops.

Flavor is equally subdued, with a dark malt character that submerges below a raw, green hop flavor. Bitterness comes on after, but all these flavors are more muted than I remember.

Maybe this was an old keg. And it was served pretty darned cold.

charlzm, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of maximum12
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to TexasStout for a bomber of this strong ale a couple of months ago.

Pours with a nice thick head that slowly dissolves into the beer, which is a rusty, murky reddish color. Smells surprisingly of fruit; I wasn't expecting that. Any swirl brings it back to the top. Excellent nose on this Bastard.

Now I see where the Oaked AB (a fantastic beer!) gets its backbone. This is very good. Hopped enough to warrant an IIPA label in my book, with the strong fruits pushed into the background.

Drinkability is high, high, high. I was going to drink this with a nice dinner, but the dinner is still ten minutes in the future & I don't know if this 1/2 of a bomber is going to survive that long.

Very excited to have this one (& Oaked AB I'm hoping!) across the border in Hudson soon. This one's a winner.

maximum12, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A brownish/ruby colored body. Off-white head that leaves lots of lacing.

Bready yeast in the aroma, with some hop presence.

Very hoppy, very yeasty. Citrus hops hit you first, with some grassiness. But malt is equally as strong, tasting bready and sweet. Fruit notes abound. Strong flavors, good taste. Slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Pretty drinkable, a good beer.

Hojaminbag, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of Buebie
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to finnman for this one!

Poured from a brown bomber into an oversized merlot glass.
transparent ruby red in color with a big fluffy cream colored 3 finger head. Big laceing and great retention.

Smell is very good. Like fresh bread out of the oven, with a grain presence. Good creamy buttery sweat malty aroma's, hops are mildly detected in the smell, hop oil? Its mildly grassy.

Up front its sweet buttery cream with a grainy bread like flavor. through the middle the malt comes through with a woosh of grassy hops. So well balanced with malt grain and hops, very rich in flavor.
At the swallow the hops come back with the creamy buttery thick mouthfeel. At the swallow its dry in flavor with pine and grassy citrus hops and a good thick body.
Afte rthe swallow the hops linger and linger and linger. Oohhh, this one is good. And no, I'm not worthy.

Been trying to get my hands on this for a while. I have been missing much, this is one damn fine beer.

The bottle is quite hilarious! I will trade for this again and again, its that damn good.

Buebie, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of dancinwillie
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Dark red, with an impressive 2 finger light tan head. head drops a bit upon resting, leaving some nice lacing.

S: Citrus, and floral hop, with a bit of bready malt.

T: A strong hop presence, with citrus/ pine hops up front, which is what I expected, but also bready malt flavors hit you quickly as well. almost a maple syrup sweetness way down in there. Every drink I take seems to highlight a different aspect. Although I expected it to be rather unbalanced, but I really feel it is one of the more balanced beers I've had in awhile. It's certainly well hopped, but good solid malt backbone here, that can really take it. Very tasty indeed.

M: Good level of carbonation. Somewhat thick mouthfeel, but I think it fits with the plan just fine.

D: I will definitely drink this many more times. It is quite assuredly one of the finer beers I have tried in long time. I don't know if this is considered "extreme" or not, but for my tastes, it's almost simple, and I sincerely mean that as an absolute compliment. And for $3.99 for a bomber, I think I'll have at least 2 in my refrigerator at all times.

dancinwillie, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of BucBasil
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from the 22oz bomber into a snifter. The bottle itself is hilarious, hurling insults at any and all "sniveling yellow-fizzy-beer-drinking wimps." The beer is a dark murky brown color, but when held to light it's pure red. Head was about 2 and a half fingers thick, tan, and creamy.

Smell: Hops are front and center, fruity and piney with a balancing bready malt character along with caramel.

Taste: The beer introduces itself with a surprising smoothness and huge maltiness that includes caramel, chocolate, and a thick biscuity/bready character. Hops then come into the picture, drying things up a bit with a piney and zesty taste. Finish is smooth, thick, and drying. Not for the faint of heart.

Notes: This is one huge ass-kicker of a beer... in a good way. Thick, over the top, and ridiculously delicious. Thank you Stone.

BucBasil, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of grub
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this one from Lupe as part of the 80s BIF. thanks jason!

22oz bomber. sampled june 27/08.

pours hazy red-brown with a small dense dark yellow head. the head drops fairly fast, but leaves lots of lace behind.

aroma is good. pine. grapefruit. orange peel. alcohol. caramel. biscuit and bready malt. bit of earthy character. the hops sometimes come across slightly catty.

taste is great. just over medium bitterness level. grapefruit and pine. light caramel. bready malt. bit of alcohol. light orange. biscuit. bit of cracker.

mouthfeel is good. medium well integrated carbonation, super smooth. medium body. fairly clingy bitterness, but not enough to be unpleasant.

drinkability is good. slightly unbalanced towards hops, somewhere between an american iipa and an american barleywine. i've had this one many times and finally sat down and reviewed it. hard to go wrong with the arrogant bastard.

grub, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of 1fastz28
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful deep copper color with a white head, it looks like a Belgian almost. Smells of hops, vanilla, caramel, wonder aromas dominate the nose. taste is wonderful, full of hops, chocolately maltiness, just really damn good, pardon my french. mouthfeel is full and thick, robust. drinkability is low, 1 being that i can't buy it in illinois and had to smuggle in from indianapolis. 2ndly the price lol regardless i can't wait for my next trip to indy

1fastz28, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of timbro81
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a really nice ruby red/brown color that is topped by a very creamy soft beige head. Settles to a hefty little layer. Smell is a tad tame but seems to lean toward a rich maltiness with faint traces of dark fruit, soft amounts of roasted malts too. Silky mouth feel with decent amounts of carbonation. Wow! Thats different? Hops control the palate. Spicey, earthy, and consistant, not a hop bomb but really well represented. Some of the dark fruit struggles to peak out but is soon overcome by the hops. Had heard a lot about this beer, wasn't let down. Well done.

timbro81, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A-Pours a very deep redish brown with a nice foamy head.

S-Like i've found with most stone brews there is alot to take in here Rosted malt, with a sweetness of carmel, also a nuttyness with slight hop notes.

T&M-Spicy bitterness comes to the forefront with a nice smooth malty finish, medium body with a very clean finish from what i expected

D-For the experienced palate go for it if your just starting out read the bottle and heed the warning "Your not Worthy"....yet

SpecialK088, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of naterock
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

All I can say is the bottle is right.
"You are not Worthy"
if you ever get a hold of one, be sure to give the bottle a good read. you might just laugh, or be offended depending on your sense of humor.
C: Redish brown, tan small head, with surprisingly steady lacing.
S: Malty with undertones of yeast, smells like a strong belgian ale.
T: Very bitter malt character. hops are present but aren't overwhelming. I am tasting a slight black cherry undertone. Medium bodied with a bold flavor that takes no criticism. I really wish I could buy this in Springfield. for it would be a certain regular in my fridge.

naterock, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of matty
3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber colored ale with a three inch head that has good staying power.Aroma is pine.Taste is hops,sugar and pine.Another beer that is way overhyped on this site.This ale is not terrible but it is not something that I would purchase again.Give me a Budweiser over this any day!!

matty, Jun 20, 2008
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,822 ratings.