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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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000

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

A= Beer is a medium to dark brown but not really really dark. Almost like a really dark Ice Tea color. Head is between a light brown and white.
1pt 6oz bottle.

S= Roasted malt, spicey, hint of flower, a little fruity.

T= Spicey and dry with a nice kick. Earthy taste I really enjoy it.

M= Makes my taste buds pucker. A contrast to a sweet beer but not sour. Very lasting.

D= Not so heavy, you could drink a few. Very refreshing. I really like this beer. I could drink more than just a pint of this stuff in one sitting.

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

Pours a deep reddish brown. A really kind of rustic oaky color. Beautfiul looking beer. An extremely distinctive and aromatic scent. Somewhat musky, with a kind of sour, mildly piney hoppiness. The taste isn't too distant from the scent. Nice hops coming through, dry and piney with citrus tones. Reminds me a bit of potpurri. Sour and woody, befitting of its name this one with a long, though not terribly complex finish. On the light side of medium in body. Mouthfeel isn't poor but does seem to be the most notable downside for me. Though it does have a smooth woodyness to it not unlike scotch. Overall a strong beer and well done though not exceptional.

Photo of hreb
3.46/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cold 22oz bottle poured into UK-size pint glass. Beer pours a deep orange-brown and lands with a gigantic tan-white head. The foam is intensely bitter, but the nose is only faintly of hops.

The beer lands on the palette with a big, round hop flavor. Really crisp, but also satisfyingly filling. The level of carbonation is just right to give the beer a brightness or sharpness which stops short of being acidic.

I'm used to this arrogant bastard, which may be why I find it well calibrated for American Strong Ale (i.e. not IPA). It does have that overpowering, palette-smashing bitterness to it which makes me think that a second glass would be a waste. It really needs something salty to balance it out.

Huh. The bottle (or the paint on the bottle, anyway) apparently contains Cadmium and is therefore going to kill me and eat my children. Well done.

Photo of Bookseeb
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance dark red amber with a thick head and nice lacing. Smell of hop, malt and sweet bread, light citrus and molassas. Taste of hops that is nicely balanced with the malts, citrus rind leaving with a nice sweet bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick and full of body. A excellent IPA and one that stands out amongst many great American IPA's.

Photo of mjryan
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper with an outstanding tight white head. Great lace and retention. Smells a bit like plums and roasted malt with a great fruity hop undercurrent. It has a very elusive aroma profile. Not too malty, yeasty or hoppy. They all meld very well. Flavour is way hoppier than the aroma would lead you to think. Again kind of elusive. Bitter hops, some plum and then an almost chocolate like malt presence. Dry and bitter and slightly roasty on the finish. Mouthfeel is full but not heavy or oily. Carbonation is medium. Wow what an interesting beer. Unlike anything Ive ever had. It is like they took the best aspects from a bunch of different beer styles and fused them together into one glorious beer. Highly recommended.

Photo of unionturf
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got a bomber on trade from OWSLEY069...thanks!!!!

Had this after one of my favorites, Hop Rod Rye so I was ready to finally have a taste.

Appearance was deep red/brown color with a good thick head that lingers through the pint. On first smell hops and carmel, not too strong and just about right. The smell of the beer is amazing...

Taste is great, very hoppy and at the same time perfect malt balance. Between the smell and taste you would think you are chewing on flowers/hops...love it.

Drinkability is wonderful with this brew...glad I have another glass to go. Can't wait for Stone to be sold in NC...not sure my tastebuds are ready for this...lol.

Photo of Silenus89
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a dark amber color in my stone pint glass. the head was mininal with good lacing.

s. roasted malts at first, a caramel sweetness and citrus

wow the first drink was amazing i needed more immediatly. nice bitter hops that linger the whole time and a good amount of carbonation.

This beer is a favorite and im always drawn to the bottle when im not sure what beer to get. Thank you Stone!

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

On tap @ the office

Poured into a regular pint glass, yields a nice off-white head one-finger head that sticks around. A deep ruby / burgundy body shows small bubbles streaming to the top. Throughout the drink, sticky lace hangs around. nice.

Smells mostly of hops... floral, with some notes of pine mixed in. Some malts in there as well, a touch of fruit but not too much, but the hops are the focus.

Diving in gives the hops up front with malts. Not sweet malts but there are caramel and estery flavors. somewhat unexpected, but helps the balance. then more hops come charging in to finish things off on more of a bitter and dry note. Can't really catch too much of the alcohol taste even at this abv... well hidden. i like.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some bite from carbonation. not oily or thick like one might expect.

surprisingly easy drinking.... perhaps too easy.

overall, a great brew!

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

22-ounce bomber with a bunch of humorously-arrogant puffery written on it, poured into a shaker pint glass yields a clear dusky garnet body capped with a finger of rocky tan foam. The head retains at a thick creamy sheet and leaves wide bands of lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is spicy and citrusy, with lots of grapefruit and a resinous sting.

The taste of the drink is complex and semi-dry, with toasty interjections of sweet caramel. The malt character is complex-- both sweet and dry; fruity and biscuity; succulent, but chewy?
The hops onboard the drink are similarly multitalented, bringing their citrusy-tropical-fruit-hoppiness and the toasty, crispy, juicy pale-maltiness together with a spicy blast of more/different fruity hops that raises the bitterness level a bit. Earthy hops dry the aftertaste, even as a dry malty syrup lingers, sticky and soothing in the mouth. Uh, hoppy.

Exquisite feel, fullish-medium in body and drinkability off the scale for style. Kickass.

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

Pours a deep dark copper amber body topped by a medium creamy tan head. Aroma is medium sweet with intense grapefruit and citrus. Flavor is grapefruit, chocolate, grapefruit and light chocolate. Perfect balance. Medium to full body. Somewhat long bitter grapefruit finish. Fuckin great beer, my hats off to Stone.

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

Appearance: rich clear mahogany color with a lingering tan head and nice lacing.

Smell: piney flowery hops and sweet malt.

Taste: hop forward as advertised with a delicously balanced malt backbone a little alcohol in the aftertaste, 7.2 %, that adds richness and depth of flavor.

Mouthfeel: not watery, substantial on the palate, with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: an execellently crafted brew, especially for a hop head, well balanced with malt. A quality product from Stone.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A khaki dense foam slowly builds up to two fingers in my snifter. The head looks dense and chewy, and tons of wet lace slides down the glass. This looks dark brown on the desk, but shows clear deep garnet hues when held to the light. The purple-brown-red hue is hard to describe, but it sho' is perty. Head retention is decent, but not magical. I guess an Arogant Bastard is likely to quickly loose his head right?

S - This smells much more subdued than I would expect from a beer that touts it's arrogance. I expected a wall of nose-hair-curling hops or a sharp acidity or a heavy load of malt. Instead, this is like a mild late-autumn day. Mellow, pleasant, and earthy. There are some really nice aged hop notes here, but they are not the star of the show. This smells like a harvested corn field littered with crackling brown autumn leaves.

T - Initially mild and sweet, this begins to show it's arrogance on the midpalate, when it starts to build a nice sour lactic flavor than intensifies at the finish. This is definitely par for the course for an Old Ale...you can almost taste the passage of time in a dank moldy basement. Earthy and leafy...like a deep hole full of dead leaves. Much more assertive than the nose, with a good dose of 2XIPA level hops.

M - Full bodied and sugary. I can feel the dextrinous sweetness coating my tongue, and the very subdued carbonation is insufficient to wipe away the sugar. Fat and blubbery. Chubby even. The bitterness intensifies after the swallow and keeps building for a few minutes. That amazing level of bitterness saves this beer's ass....big time.

D - This definitely has some complex an interesting flavors, but I really don't see what all of the hoopla is about. This is a good beer, but the name has me puzzled. Arrogant Bastard makes me think of a massive 2XIPA that gives you the shivers with hop electricity, a RIS that kills you with thick motor-oil black evil, or a puckery geueze/lambic that strips the enamel from your teeth with battery acid chemistry. What is so aggressive about a mildly sour old ale? It's good, but not stellar.

Photo of changeup45
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is fabulous. First of all, I like the name. I think it really fits this beer. Deep amber color with a thick khacki head. Lots of lacing. A lot of caramel candy malts combined with a blast of bitter grapefruit hops. A little sweet but not over done with just the right amount of hop/malt balance. Rich and full. Finishes bitter and dry. I love this beer! I look forward to trying the Double Bastard.

Photo of grs8313
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: 650ml bottle with no bottling or freshness date. Pours clear red with a thick off-white head that gets to about two fingers, then starts to die down. Not much lacing to see.

Smell: Apples (cider), yeast, malts, citrus, hops and slight alcohol notes towards the end. A truly amazing smell.

Taste: Hops, sweet malts, caramel, and chocolate. Extremely well balanced, the hops come through at just the right time and leave a subtle hop aftertaste that leaves the you wanting another sip.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy mouthfeel, that leaves the mouth feeling slightly dry.

Drinkability: Remarkable! A truly great beer and one of my favorites. Perfectly balanced and an amazing taste. I will definitely buy this beer again and again.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally I get to try my 1st Arrogant Bastard Ale.

A- Pours a dark copper and settle in the wide cylinder glass a semi-transparent dark red/brown. Head is one of the most beautiful I've seen with a light slightly tan color with lace that sticks to the glass and stays there.

S- Smell is mostly sweet, sticky caramel malts with a hint of alco-hops. Light fruit profile alike a pear.

T- Taste is wonderfully balanced, but beware, all the ingredients seem to have been practically doubled to make for a powerful taste that you may not expect. Begins with sweet caramel/chocolate malts on the tongue and then starts to fill the mouth with pungent hops and more malt. Ends with a sting of alcohol and hops that leaves you wanting another sip

M- Feel is excellently medium-full bodied and makes my mouth feel alive in many ways I haven't felt in awhile

D- Drinks almost too good for how strong it is. I think I may be drunk...

Even burping this stuff up is enjoyable

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

Pulled out a bomber and proceeded to bomb...

Dark ruby hues, much darker than Dorothy's slippers. White frothy head. Like a red wine, only more manly. Just kidding, I know less than zero about red wine. But it looks like what I imagine a manly red wine would look like.

Smells like Geotech I (inside joke, way, way, inside) which means it smells like mother nature.

Ok so the bottle was right. I'm not worthy! This beer bitch slaps you in the face. Unfortunately for this beer, I enjoy a good bitch slap now and then. We'll see who's standing at the end.

This is a good, strong, thick beer. Quite arrogant. Hated by many, loved by few. Nice 7.2%, I will be one of the few.

Overall: beer

Photo of BeerCon5
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in a stein

Poured a hazy, dark amber color with about 2 inches of fluffy tan head that slowly dissipated to a thin ring that created lacing that lasted throughout the beer.

The fruity pineapple/citrus scent dominates, also a scant alcohol scent.

The taste was of roasty malts, pineapple with a slightly bitter hoppy finish.

Light, smooth feel with good carbonation.

It was easy to drink one bomber, but I'm not sure if I could go beyond. This is probably the best tasting beer I've tried so far.

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

Semi-cloudy, deep red/mahogany color. Already lots of gumption for an Ale. True tan head displayed good retention and great lacing. Semi-sweet nose of biscuity malts and tropical fruits. Wow! Lives up to the label and name. Aggressive and complex brew. Earthy hops, rich malts and behind them subdued caramel and fruits most notably pineapple. Long finish and rewarding albeit powerful all the way through. This is a good thing but not for everyday drinking or the feint of heart. Stunning. If there is a better Ale in this world I know not what it is.

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

On tap at RFD in DC. Into a pint glass

A: Deep reddish brown with a light brown head. Good retention, great lacing

S: Rich, piney hops with pineapple and caramel. Biting bitterness on the nose

T: Starts off with a solid dose of pine hops that's big on flavor and moderate on bitterness. Rich, caramel flavors meld well with the hops. The malt backbone is pretty complex with some fruit as well as plum and figs before finishing dry

M: Great carbonation, excellent m/f, dry finish - I like!

D: I'd drink another but I had to hop on a bus to NY. Did I sleep good!

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Freshness date 9/28/08.

A - Pours a deep mahogany with a creamy off-white head that dissipates slowly. Lots of lacing.

S - A lot of complexity here. Floral hop aromas, dark fruit, oak, and a hint of alcohol.

T - Dark fruits and hop bitterness come through the strongest, but there's also a solid malt backbone here to balance this monster of a beer. Some subtle phenolic tones from the alcohol give way to sweet fruit flavors as it warms.

M - Full-bodied, wet finish. My God, it's like drinking a meal! The carbonation keeps it from being too rich to stomach though. A touch of bitterness lingers on the palate.

D - This is an unbelievable beer. Deceptively smooth, very enjoyable, and a definite must-try for all beer fans. Be sure to drink it with respect, however. It's a monster!

Photo of johnd513
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally got to try this beer! Pours a dark amber color with a tan head that disapears quickly. Smells sweet and hoppy. This beer is nicley carbinated, has a great mouthfeel. Maybe im not worthy because there is so much going on here! I can taste the malt and nice citrus flavors. This is a big beer with moderate drinkability. I couldn't see myself drinking more than a bomber of this. Highly reccomended.

Photo of gameface23
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! A dark amber body with a tan head that dissipated quickly. I was smelling a strong pineapple/citrus nose with plenty of hops, but other people disagreed with me about the pineapple. A big, yet balanced, taste finished off one of the better beers I have ever had.

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

Bomber poured into a pint.

A - Pours a deep red with huge head that quickly settled to 1/8th inch. Good lacing to the end.

S - Slightly sweet, hoppy.

T - Hoppy. Bitter linger and alcohol warmth in the finish.

M - Smooth. Nicely carbonated.

D - Yes.

Photo of SickBrew
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Most men are indeed unworthy of the Bastard Ale! It is something special and different. The malt and hops come through in all aspects, are balanced to perfection and just kick a$$. Of the beers I've reviewed recently this is my new favorite.

Cheers to the Brewers!

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It had been about a year since I last had this beauty from Stone, while up near Seattle with my wife for the tulip festival. Back then, the name alone drew me to pull it off the rack, while my second time around it was more of a desire to revisit what so many other beer friends quaff on a regular basis. Friends at the campfire got a good kick out other 'your not worthy' and PR campaign diatribe on the back of the bottle.

A: Bomber poured into over sized wine glass to display a dark amber top and coppery bottom. Tough guy one and head khaki head that laced to the moon and retain at medium level till the very last drop. It pleasure to hoist above my head and look at with true admiration.

N: Nose was roasted malts to start off with, then moving to caramle sweentess then settling in to a citrus neighborhood. Now that is what I call a true allure to the beer aficinado.

T: Clench your stomach because your about to get your pallet smashed with a library of flavors. The ABV level is a non factor in putting this fine creation down your throat. You can say it follows the nose but that's if you can keep up with the merry-go round of flavors. I would say the hops with citrus accents are what you get first off, but quickly get bumped off by the wonderul and more powerful sweet malts that probably have caramel coated all over them. The malts and hops marry each other well like any good marriage of opposites.

M: A rugged chewyness of medium to thick body, good tangy carbonation and slick third finish.

D: The boys in San Diego gave this beer a perfect name and it will keep you very happy through the entire quaff. Even better than I remembered from a year ago, Get this beer now!

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,392 ratings.