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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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9,489 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,489
Reviews: 2,882
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 332
Gots: 1,564 | 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 Japerrault
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, Reddish-brown with a creamy .5 inch head. Some lacing present.

S: Fruity caramel malt, grapefruit

T: Complex. Sweet carmel malt at first with a fruity citrus hops right behind. Slight bitterness in the finish. Toasted grain aftertaste. Very nice.

M: Texture is just right. Good carbonation and solid mouthfeel as one would expect from a beer name Arrogant Bastard.

D: I like this beer. Balanced flavors and good texture make me want more of this.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being from Chicago, when I was in San Diego I knew that it was imperative to try out some good local brews, especially from Stone Brewery. I saw this one at a liquor store the first night I was in town, and I read the label:

"This is an aggressive beer. You probably won't like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste of sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth..."

Wow, I would have gotten it based on the name, the gargoyle, or the first line, but this beer is actually daring me to drink it. Ok, I said, let's get a 22 oz bottle and see if I can handle it.

Well, needless to say I was quite impressed. This beer kicks your ass and wonders why you are being such a wuss while taking your beating.

Appearance: Deep, dark amber with a thick off-white head that goes absolutely nowhere. As you sip it down the lace reminds you of every level the beer had been at previously. Wow, it's hard to make a beer look any better.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Smell: Strong hops, a bit of alcohol, strong roasted malt. I definitely smell and advanced bouquet of spices and fruit, with just a floral hint as well. A very complex aroma.

Taste: Bam! Arrogant bastard hits you with an assault of roasted malt, bringing a strong flash of caramel at first. The roasted malt also brings forth some chocolate flavors, with just a hint of vanilla as well. Just before the alcohol kicks in, I can taste a bite of cloves, which is a nice touch. From the middle on out, the hops clearly dominate. There is a fruit taste I can't quite distinguish exactly, but the bitterness is clearly there. Right at the end there is a slight, mild sweetness, with the hops still carrying the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Although medium bodied, this packs such a punch. The roasted malt adds a chewy aspect to the feel.

Drinkability: I only had to take off a half point because I wish you could session this one. It might take you 20 or so of these to figure out all of the smells and flavors.

As mentioned above, the brewers are not lying when they say this is not for the faint of heart. Don't give this to your friend who you are trying to ween off Miller Lite.

Photo of UDbeernut
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap poured into pint glass

a: dark brown amber, decent 1/2" head that retains well

s: carmel and coffee, slight hint of yeast and hop bitterness

t: sweet malt with a nice hop bitterness underneath.

m&d: medium bodied beer, finishes slightly dry.

Another Solid Ale


Photo of nickfl
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One and a half fingers of off-white head on a reddish brown body with good clarity and ruby colored highlights. The head reasonable retention and leaves excellent lace. An unusually nice looking beer.

S - Spicy, floral hops and a strong backbone of caramel and malt.

T - Strong, smoky hop bitterness, supported by dark caramel malt and a hint of roast barley. The hop flavor has a secondary role with spicy and floral flavors and a bit of citrus. Strong hop bitterness and dark malt characterize the finish.

M - A thick, chewy body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is a pretty intense beer, but as every word on the bottle indicates, they were not trying to make a session beer. The hops are very aggressive and while the malt does its best to keep up with them, they dominate the flavor profile. Personally, I would prefer less emphasis on bitterness and more complex and subtle hop flavor, but that might also require less dark malt to let the hops shine through. Overall, this is an enjoyable and interesting beer, but there are better west coast hop-bombs out there.

Photo of colts9016
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I first started my adventures in beer drinking then tasting, I heard about this beer. It peaked my curisoity as to what in the heck all the fuss was about. My brother who travels alot got this beer for me. I wasn't dissapointed with this beer.

Appearance: Is a beautiful dark brownish amber hue with a one finger head.
Nose: The aroma off this beer is wonderful and it make my mouth salivate. There is nice toasted malt, floral, citrus, hints of resin.
Taste: A is full body, very aggressive with the hops, there is a nice complex malt backbone that stand up to the aggressive hops. There are notes of citrus, alcohol, resin and esters.
The finish is lasting, make you want to drink more. Very well made beer

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

Arrogant Bastard is a crystal-clear mahogany ale that is quite sparkling and is adorned with a small, rocky, light muscovado-colored head that is mostly diminishing and leaves tenacious lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma is mostly of grapefruit from the hops, followed by rich malt that is slightly sweet. There are hints of nuts, resin, plum, honey and vanilla. It is medium-to-full bodied with slightly soft carbonation. It is ever so smooth. It is well-bittered, lightly sweet and perhaps a bit umami. It starts citrusy and turns wooden. The aftertaste is on the long side and exhibits notes of oak, pine and juniper. The balance is superb. This really hit the spot. It's a great representation of how an American strong ale can be.
(rated Jun 30, 2007)

Photo of AMoceri7
2.99/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the definition I got for arrogant. 1 : exaggerating or disposed to exaggerate one's own worth or importance often by an overbearing manner. This beer seems to be far from the truth...ha.

A: Great burnt nut brown color. Nice head and lacing, looks very pretty, but maybe arrogant if I was being arrogant.

S: Nothing really, maybe some funky yeasty notes, some malt, a pinch of hops possibly. Overall, fairly un-aromatic.

T: Same as the smell. Nothing to it besides maybe some hop bitterness. I was really trying hard on the after taste to pick out some fruitiness but that might as well have been useless imagination. Some malt sweetness may seep through but really nothing going on here. Just some bitterness which really isnt all that bitter based on some bitter funky ales Ive had.

M: Quite smooth to say the least due to lack of flavor. I was actually put off by this due to the description on the bottle backing micro breweries and disgracing commercial brews with FLAVOR and UNIQUENESS as key players in this beer. None of which I found because uniqueness to me isnt a waste of water.

D: Okay I guess. Bought a 1 PT bottle. Couldnt finish it. So I guess it was pretty heartbreaking, glad it was only 5 bucks out of the budget.

Overall: If you are looking for flavor, intricateness, beauty, statements of faith for micro brews, this is not your beer. If you are hoping you'll look like an asshole buying this in the grocery line this might be for you. Dont waste your time or money and buy something else. And by all means, dont read the disclaimer on this, its definitely some of the best reverse psychology I have ever been a part of.

Photo of Jablonski
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loved the beer the first time I had it a few months back. Still impressed the second time, but it wasn't as good as I'd remembered.

Appearance: first appears a deep mahogany color, but the edges change to a ruby red when held up to the light; head retention not great, but it doesn't disappear entirely

Smell: hops dominate the smell, but there is a alcohol smell afterwards that I usually don't notice an a beer that doesn't have an extreme alcohol content

Taste: the hops are most apparent, but there are sweet undertones; like others have said, I also sense a warming alochol as well (small bit of whiskey?)

Drinkability: one or two is nice, but I'm pretty satisfied after one

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

A- Crystal clear amber with a finger of light tan head.
Not so much lacing as just a solid curtain of foam all the way down the glass...

S- Good sourness and reminiscent of a German beer house, which can be attributed to a lot oh hops. there is some nice maltiness in the background, but the hops are the star of the show...

T- Hops pierce the taste buds, but before it becomes overpowering a maltiness comes through and balances everything out nicely...

M- Resinous in its aftertaste, but subdued and not overpowering. Medium bodied without too much carbonation to get in the way...

D- Drinking my second bomber as I write my review, so I would say yes, very drinkable....

Photo of Vendetta
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
May 15, 2008

I really liked the aroma from the beginning- fruity and sweet. Looks fabulously, it's a nice dark amber in a trappist glass with a nice red tint to it. The taste is the very aggressive, as stated. This is a good, very balanced, very smooth beer. Surprisingly easy to drink for such a strong, in your face taste. It's a malty taste, a little bit of dark berry with some bitterness, but not overly bitter. A bit of hoppiness as well. Lots of flavor to this beer. The finish was the best part for me, it sticks around for a while and that's not at all a bad thing. American ales don't get too much better than this.

Update (06.28.2008) - Had this again tonight, and it's still as perfectly balanced as I remember. You really can't go wrong with this beer- super hoppy for an American ale and super enjoyable for anybody who enjoys beer.

Photo of HIFF
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was really looking forward to trying this tasty treat. Picked up a bottle at the local liquor store. Poured great dark ruby red color. Nice frothy head good lacing. Complex smell fruity, piney, burned the nasal cavities. Taste complex as well. Strong hoppy flavor lots of biterness. This is no ordinary ale. Thick texture at times thought I was drinking a delicious pint of blood. Really enjoyed one of these thats all I could handle in one sitting.
Overall great ale looking forward to my next.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 4/19/08. Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small white head. Hoppier than I expected (a blend of floral, citrus, and piney hops), but blended really well with the malt base. The first time I had this was early in my beer palate development, so it wasn't anything special to me (especially since I didn't appreciate hops at that point). Having it a second time (now a time when IPAs and ASAs are becoming my new fave styles), I was quite pleasantly surprised and blown away by this beer! It was amazing and I can't wait to have some more again! Also I love the commercial description of this beer--so accurate! 8/4/9/4/16 (4.1/5)

Photo of mdagnew
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle bought from Beersofeurope.co.uk...

Poured a deep coppery red / burgundy colour. Creamy mocha head poured very big thick and foamy with a meringue like top then faded slowly to nice thickish covering... barely any carbonation... some decent lines of lacing...

Aroma - Lots of toasted toffee and caramel maltiness, strong piney, citrusy and peppery hop notes, dark dried fruits (figs, prunes, cherries), toffee apples, some booziness, toasted nuttiness, earthy, light liquorice, some overripe banana and orange, malt loaf, burnt sugar sweetness, some faint coffee traces, hints of leather...

Taste is very complex... initial blast of citrus hops and piney resin followed by good toasted bready and toffee malts, fruit cake notes, treacle sweetness, lots of rich fruits (figs, prunes, raisins, spicy apples, bitter oranges), hint of warming alcohol (traces of rum ?), butterscotch, faint metallic traces, some medicinal notes...

Feel - Smooth and slightly oily initially then a little sharpness comes through... medium / full bodied... for a big, bold and boozy brew this is dangerously drinkable stuff...

Overall - My first ever Stone beer and i wasn't disappointed... i'm so glad this stuff has finally made it to the UK... definitely recommended...

Photo of Patrick999
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap last night at the Titanic.

A - Clear reddish brown, a solid thumbnail of off-white head.

S - Citrusy hops.

T - Big hit of grapefruit Cascades, big hit of relatively sweet caramel malt underneath. Some alcohol noted. Comes off here to me as an extra malty double IPA, which is fine with me. No real difference noted between tap and bottle, as I'd just had a bomber a few days ago.

F - Very good; crisp and drying with a little sweet hop stickiness to accent.

D - I did a double-take, seeing Stone on tap at a local brewpub. It's good to have them here. Arrogant Bastard is a drinkable beer in the sense that you could have one or two with dinner. Beyond that, tread lightly, as to me it seems to drink stronger than 7.2%.

Photo of beckje01
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Amber color with a thick creamy head and no activity.

S- Clean hop nose light and nice

T- Big hop kick in the front, somewhat aggressive but backs off and is very approachable overall. It's a nice taste.

M- Creamy with a touch of activity.

D- Very drinkable and very nice.

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

Enjoyed this on-tap at the Limelight Cafe in Augusta, GA.

Appearance is a gorgeous deep ruby with a rich, creamy half-inch of light tan froth. Head dissipates slowly and shows good retention, leaving behind nice thick rings of lace on the glass.

Aroma is not very strong, and notes are hard to discern, but citrus hop notes and perhaps some dark fruits appear.

Medium in body; carbonation is tingly and just right. Tastes very much of grapefruit and other citrus notes, with a tart sour cherry flavor discernible as well, with some bitter hop notes showing themselves in the middle. All of this is surrounding a core of fruity, sweet malt and yeast flavors. Finish is mildly bitter with a lingering tart dryness.

Not the most drinkable of brews, though the finish does beg for more. Alcohol makes itself known a little as the beer warms, but overall is well-hidden. Extremely pleasurable; the arrogance is not unfounded.

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, about cellar temp

4 appearance. clear ruby, short head drops to a ring (a harder pour produces a fairly lasting, rocky head of one to two fingers), cascading lace.

4.5 smell. very interesting . . . tart cherries, new leather, milk choc? but predominately tropical: pineapple, papaya. and there's an underlying resiny smell, hints of deep cherry sweetness, and perhaps bubble gum. practically no alcohol odor intrudes. nice.

4 taste. deliciously complex and surprisingly reserved up front. layers of flavor build in quickly, with the sweet fruity resinyness battling a bitter grapefruit rind sharpness. for a moment it seems the rind will be too dominant then the finish tapers quickly, though certainly not completely--a bit of the tart bitterness hangs on pretty much indefinitely. the fruitiness at times seems a bit overdone, like they added essence of tropical juicy fruit. if that's all from yeast it sure is intriguing--SN said they're the only ones with the tropical flavored citra hop, so.... the acidity can detract a bit too, and there is certain palate-numbing effect i keep getting, very odd. overall still interesting and good.

3.5 mouthfeel. plenty of carbonation, but a bit thin for the abv and flavor profile. a tad on the light side of medium.

3.5 drinkability. despite the interesting flavor profile, not sure i'd want to drink this often. the numbing effect and the acidity are deterrents, but there is also something missing in the flavor spectrum that could tie it all together and leave a greater sense of satisfaction.

Photo of cleeze
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I was quite pleased to see my new favorite hangout decided to bring in the arrogant bastard on tap. I knew I was in for a treat.

Started with the appearance, it pours a beautiful dark reddish, amber color. The appearance is maybe one of my favorite aspects of the beer.

It smells very hoppy, almost like they're gonna jump right outta the glass and bitch smack you.

Taste started off sweet... Nice and malty with a great bitter hopp finish. It had a pleasant mouthfeel. Expecially for the 7.20 abv... Great BREW, Stone

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

Pours a nice dark amber color with a thin tan head. Great lacing and some head retention.

Nice fragrant hop aroma.

Sweet malty taste at first then a wonderful bitter taste with a strong hop finish.

Hops may be presenting a slightly acidic taste.

Wonderful brew! Very drinkable and I enjoy it so much!

Photo of philbe311
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Thin fluffy slightly off-white head... Rich cranberry color that is darker in the center or the glass and lighter at the top and bottom... Moderate carbonation... Enticing lacing...

S - Citrus hops... Alcohol... Cherry... Roasted grains... Faint hints of caramel... Aromatic and complex...

T - Piney hops... Grains... Dried fruit... Layers of complexity build on one another...

M - Chewy yet slightly creamy... Oily and slightly sticky... Syrupy... Lots of carbonation... Fills mouth well... Well balanced... Aftertaste lingers with a dry bitterness...

D - This is an excellent brew... Good looks, good scent, good taste, and good moutfeel combine to make a good beer... Complex and slightly aggressive... Alcohol provides a warming feeling... A go to craft brew for all occassions...

Photo of rtepiak
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

amber copper not to big of a head. big lace though. nose is pine, apple, orange peel, malt. taste is apple and malt yeasty with a pine flavor. good. tastes like their IPA and their pale ale at the same time. don't really know what the ruckus is all about. particularly compared to some of the other ones. expecting some more richness... maybe some nice caramel and leather malt would be nice. didn't get that. would definitely like to try the double bastard though.

Photo of gonzo46and2
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown sugar reddish brown. A huge head collected at the top and edges of the glass and didn't want to budge. It stuck around!

Aroma is caramel malt with tons of hop character. This smells great. Grapefruit, Pine, and brown sugar dominate the nose.

Taste mostly reflects the nose. It tastes like a good amber ale on steriods. Kind of reminds me of an imperial version of Bell's Amber Ale.

Long finishing beer with a medium body and sticky texture.

I really enjoyed this beer and will buy it again.

Photo of aubuc1
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22 oz bomber in to a tulip glass

pours a clear reddish brown with a big fluffy tan head

smell is brightly piney second grapefruit and finally some sweet malt

big bitter pop with a malt taste second that mellows

full mouthfeel and clean finish make it very drinkable

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

Picked up from an online retailer.

A: Pretty dark, with a slight touch of dark red around the edges. The bottle is pretty amusing as well.

S: Some fruits, some floral.

T: Hops, hops and more hops. With the first sip, it almost seems way too bitter. Gradually, it becomes a little more subdued as you go on. Aftertaste sticks around for quite a while. Fantastic.

M: Slightly sticky, but not too thick.

D: Moderate. As good as the taste is, this is not a beer for hot summer days. For the winter, though, it does just fine.

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

Notes from tap (although I've had this one too many times to count from bottle too).

Poured a dark brown color with an averaged size head. Smells of molasses, piney, and some citrus. Sweet and bitter tasting (nicely balanced). Hoppy. Dark fruity. Chewy.

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,489 ratings.