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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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9,477 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,477
Reviews: 2,879
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 329
Gots: 1,550 | 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 adams82
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly cloudy deep reddish brown color with a decent off white head. Lots of lacing is left behind as the head dies down a bit.

Smells fairly malty with large doses of caramel and toasted malts upfront balanced with a nice bold wave of hoppy aroma.

Tastes fairly sweet and robust with huge notes of caramel, toasted and roasted malts and it finishes with a huge dose of spicy and citric pine like hops. Loads of hops flavour in this offering, very spicy hops lend a perfect balance to the huge malty start. Not quite an IPA dose of hops, but they're defiantly in there and they provide a great amount of bittering to round out a pretty damn good beer.

Full bodied, very creamy/chewy mouth feel. A huge beer... Delicious on so many different levels.

Photo of Ben4881
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrogant Bastard Ale
Stone Brewing Company

The Arrogant Bastard is a deep amber color with red and orange highlights. The beer has minor translucence, making it almost clear. Exploding to the surface is a thick, billowing, cream-colored head with excellent retention and heavy lacing.

There is a balancing act between a spicy hop aroma and a sweet caramel malt aroma. The hops tip the balance slightly it their favor.

A very smooth, sweet, and subtle flavor up front characterizes this beer. Then, out of seemingly nowhere, is a swift tongue numbing kick to the face of bitter hop goodness. The aftertaste is dry with miniscule traces of pine flavor which comfortably fade.

Contrary to the massive head, there is minimal carbonation. Despite this fact, the body is on the lighter side.

The lighter body makes this an easy drinker. However, the strong bitterness makes it a worthwhile sipper. The malt flavor presence is enough to make it very drinkable. 7.2% ABV is not too high, not too low, it fits right in there.

Photo of trpng0bily
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean mahogany, with a glorious white head and serious lacing. The smell is of floral hops, malts with some serious sweetness. The taste is predominantly of hops, though they are nicely complemented by toasted malts. There is a definite sweetness to this beer. Also, the yeast peeks through, making this brew far more interesting than your average hop monster. The mouthfeel is not quite up to par with the rest of the beer, a bit syrupy and not quite crisp - this seems to be a characteristic with which hoppy beers seem to struggle in general.

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

Poured a deep brown, nice clarity, with some slightly reddish highlights.

Smells strong, very earthy hop smell, with a malt sweetness that's hard to pinpoint with the impressive hop aroma.

Taste. Very, Very hoppy. Piney- very present Grapefruit taste (Centennial hops?). Backed by a interesting malty foundation... reminded me of toasted, almost burnt nuts... walnuts, cashews... just very rich complex roasted tastes... but not sweet or overwhelming.

Mouthfeel feels substantial... but not syrupy, just alot of flavor. Benefits from warming a tad bit to unearth some of those other flavors.

Great Beer, even pretty drinkable... in fact, you'll only want to drink this once you've had it, which is good, because all other beers will most likely taste slightly "light" after this one.

Photo of BrewmasterNPB
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was worthy enough to have A.B. tonight at dinner. I poured it from a bomber into a pint glass. It's a deep mahogany color and has good clarity for a high gravity beer. It has an off-white head that sticks around for awhile, not frothy. Earthy hops dominate the aroma, smells nice.
It is very hoppy, a little more than I like, but it didn't overpower the malt, which still came through. Fruity esters come through pretty strong, but are not off-putting at all.
It's a good beer to sit back and appreciate. One bomber was all of the beer I needed for the evening.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to largadeer for this extra!

Pours an amber color color with a great sized head, lots of retention and lacing.

Smell has a strong piney hop aroma, pretty much all piney hop aroma.

Taste starts with a kick of hops and bitterness, some slight caramel malt presence, and reverts back to the bitter aftertaste, very earthy.

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

Hops. and more hops.I put down porter as my favorite style when I joined beer advocate, but it seems for the last couple of years I've been trying mostly I.P.A's and hop monsters,or malty wee heavy scotch ales. Or trying to find the elusive cheap drinkable macro lager so I don't go broke.
I've come to love big beers. big malty beers, or big hoppy beers, something out of the mainstream. this is a definite favorite.

Someone at Stone decided to cram as much malt and hops, and more hops, as possible into this one, with excellent results. If you're in the mood to try a big ale, a 22oz. bomber of arrogant bastard isn't a bad place to start.

Careful, grasshopper, this could be like a gateway drug to Barleywine.
Once THEY bite you on the ass, you're hooked for life.

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

Everything about this brew screams I'm better than you. name is most appropriate.

Pours a deep amber, huge off white head that I am not certain if it will ever go away. When and if the head subsides leaves lacing around the entire glass.

The aroma of the hops is quite evident, but then we are talking about Stone, you always smell hops. Other slight smells appear as it warms yet none significant enough to contend.

Taste, of course, Hops. Now its not all hops but boy does it hit you out of the gate. It does balance as you go with the malt, however the piny hop taste stay with you.

Medium mothfeel does not get overly heavy. Carbonation suit brew well.

As the bottle mentions you are not even worthy of drinking one, but that doesn't stop me. Definitely not suited for all but very drinkable by those "worthy".

Photo of nrbw23
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep rich amber color with a tannish colored head that left a good amount of lacing.

S- Having some difficulty picking up what is in this...some roasted malts and floral hops. Maybe some pine odors also.

T- A rich bold taste to this similiar to an IPA. Hops dominant up front and then turns to some sweet malts. Nice from start to finish.

M- Nice carbonation. Thick but not too think. Just about right.

D- Very good brew. I enjoy this one but not one I could have every day.

Photo of brushtachio
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I looked at this beer after pouring it into my glass and thought "this is what all beer should look like" beautiful glowing amber color and a dense long lasting head that looked positively sculptural as it receded.

The aroma was dominated by bitter hop tones and the taste followed suit. Short-lived (im talking did-I-taste-it-or- just- imagine- it short- lived) caramel malt follows by big hops. That's the story. I haven't drank much of this style so I don't know if this is typical for it. Certainly the makers were looking for a big hoppy ale and they did it well. Still not as drinkable as some other beers (IPAs mostly) that also featured this same dominant trait.

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

Can't believe it took me so long to review this beer; it's been a staple in my diet for years.

Appearance: A body of reddish-amber with an off-white two finger head served in a 16 oz mug. Clarity is excellent.

Smell: Earthy, piney hops, a touch of citrus and caramel.

Taste & mouthfeel: An utterly unique and instantly recognizable combination of caramel and toasted malt flavors and intensely bitter resiny/earthy hops. Hops come out with even greater presence in the finish, drying the palate with flavors of pine and bitter lemon peel. Body is on the fuller side of medium.

Drinkability: High, though the aggressive bitterness can take its toll on the palate after a couple of pints.

Notes: I never seem to get sick of this beer; an absolute classic of American craft brewing.

Photo of mobyfann
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Paid $4.99 for the 22oz. bomber at Jungle Jim's....

The beer pours a cloudy copper-amber colored base, with a large white head, 1/4" head retention and amazing lacing effects on the glass, a stunner. The aroma was rather faint at first, but when the beer warms up, the aroma makes its presence known. I am smelling dates/raisins, a nice whiff of floral hops and sweet malt; neat hybrid.

The taste is "one-of-a-kind"; when it first enters you think, "heavy stuff", and this may turns some off like a motor-oil-thick imperial stout. Thereafter, the hops sting your palette with freshness and the date-raisin-sweet malt flavors reacts to your palette, finished off with a creamy head making it smooth as is the mouthfeel; yet after 8 oz. of this, I was realizing how difficult it would be to finish it off; its a great sign of craft, but still limits the drinkability.

Final Thought: The label doesn't lie, this is a monster of a beer that receives valedictorian status! One of the best I've ever had...

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

Pours a dark red. Very rocky head , the lasts a pint. Good lacing.

Smell is grapefruit & pine. Not a lot of malt making it through the hops.

This beer is all hops , bittersweet , and almost medicinal. Alcohol and a slight caramel are slightly evident on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat drying from the high hop rate. Carbonation is good.

Overall a very nice treat I'll try and stock up on.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark amber/brownish color. White fluffy head with lots of lacing

S: Hops smell was the most prevalent smell but has some citrusy hints.

T: A dry citrus flavor, very tasty had some hints of pine I think, but I could be wrong. Very balanced beer, tasted great.

M: Medium body beer, decent carbonation.

D: Higher ABV is a little higher that makes it hard to drink many in one sitting but it is delicious.

Photo of Shiloh
3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not a pretty brew, arrived a hazy medium brown with a very short crown of less than one finger which quickly disolved into a centre island lace.
The carbonation is lacking.
Mouthfeel is exceptional, nice fuzzy, warming feeling and very smooth going down.
The taste is well balanced to the hops, roasted barley seems prevolent,some sweetness to back, but limited.
Aroma is a little grainy, corn like.
Drinkability for me is limited due to the high ABV, but is rewarded high marks due its unique taste.
Very nice.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I can't believe I haven't rated this beer (until now)! I've put down quite a few bitter and high-ABV beers in my time on earth (and hope to have many more in my remaining time!), yet I still find this beer a bit difficult to drink. It is a substantial beer, and while I like the strong hop bitterness, there is a robust maltiness that when combined with the hoppiness feels like a punch in the mouth to me. I might have enjoyed it more if I had not been having it with food, and if it were my first beer of the evening rather than my 3rd and final one. Appearance is surprisingly red and head is sturdy. Aroma is serious hoppiness (with some nice fruity under-tones) and a substantial maltiness that comes across as to me as metallic, caramel-y, and bitter in a non-hoppy way.

I had this on-tap at the Houston Flying Saucer Draught House and Emporium.

Photo of jayrod20
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a hell of a beer, another great offering from stone. Pours a nice dark orange with a medium head. Smells sooo hoppy, can't wait to dive in. Tastes like it smells very hoppy and bitter, absolutely excellent. After the bomber I feel like I've had a 4 course meal, great beer. If you are not ready take the warning on the back seriously.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is reddish brown with medium head and has the aroma of alcohol,grains and hops. The taste is malts,caramel and with a touch of sweetness & hops. The feel is smooth,balanced carbonation and a stinging sensation that is left behind with it's dry finish. Nice hoppy tones.

Notes: I think the diatribe on the bottle is really funny and I was intrigued to try it.One could say this Brewery is pretty self confident and cocky but when you got it,you got it.

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

Certainly a unique beer. Pours a deep dark ruby with good off white fluffy head. Nose is citrus hop and sweet malt. Taste starts off sort of malty, with slight barleywine notes, then cascades into a short sweet sugar taste, followed by a long ride of citrus/pine hops. A good bitter bite on the finish, and the malt sweetness licks the lips. Mouthfeel is quite good, great thickness to it, reminds you of the good malt presence, and the drinkability is quite good for the style. Great beer, and a go to classic when in the mood for some plain old arrogant gluttonous hop and malt face slapping goodness. sweeet!

Photo of iuhophead87
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint 6 Oz bottle after a long day of work!

A- A beautiful reddish-brown color when poured with a whit head that diminished quickly.

S- Syrupy hop aroma. You can obviously smell the hops but a slightly sweet sent is also observed. An almost pancake syrup smell lingers when you hold it up to your nose.

T- This beer is a great blend of hops and the sweetness of the malt. At first you taste the hops but a malty sweetness lingers in your mouth.

M&D- A light but creamy beer with a syrupy sweet aftertaste. There is an average amount of carbonation that makes the flavor linger on your palate. Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. I could drink this beer at almost anime. On a hot day after working the yard, or on a snowy Sunday watching football. In fact I can't think of a time that this beer would not be acceptable. However, the ABV does creep up on you after a few. Be careful not arrogant when sucking a few of these bad boys down.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Probably one of the most gorgeous glass of beer I've ever poured with it's deep red/brown hue and tan head.

S - Immediate hop aroma followed by a little spiciness, but mainly hops hops and more hops.

T - HUGE flavor right from the start with the immediate bitterness from the hops but mellows out and the true arrogance shines through. It also becomes more complex as it warms, I don't know what the suggested serving temperature is from Stone but a bit below room temperature def. seems best as the beer opens up a lot.

M - Very smooth on the palate, kind of like an IPA, and definitely a heavy beer feel from the high alcohol content.

D - This beer promotes longevity when you drink it. I don't know if I could possibly drink it quickly because of the way it's crafted. Very easy to sip on all through the night...or day.

Definitely not a beginners beer, it will take some appreciation for beer to understand the complexity and care that is taken into every batch of Arrogant Bastard. Wonderful balance of hops, alcohol, and raw ale flavors. Now I just need to find somewhere on the East Coast that sells it on tap....

Photo of nasty15108
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured form a 1pt 6oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Reddish-brown color reminiscent of strong iced tea. The pour produced an off-white head that quickly gave way to a bubbly film. Spotty lacing throughout.

S - Malty, hoppy aroma. I definitly detected pine, grapefruit and butter in there. Very complex and intriguing.

T - The sweet maltiness and good amount of hop bitterness keep this ale well balanced. The presence of citrus and the high alcohol content give the finish a slight bite.

MF&D - Medium to full bodied ale. The oiliness of the hops really coated my mouth well and the malty sweetness made this one a lip smacker.

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

This is a nicely strong, slightly rough but delicious, complex, full-bodied beer.

It has a deep red body with a big, off-white head that slowly shrinks and leaves some good lacing.

The aroma is flowery pine, citrus (esp. grapefruit), caramelly malt.

The flavour is strong and rich with a lot of malty-caramelly sweetness offsetting the strong hoppy bitterness. It has citrus and pine flavours. It just maintains the balance to avoid being harsh.

Photo of hyland24
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pilsner glass. Drank this with the brew crew Moxley and Pleepleus.

A- Poured heavy settling to a dark brown amber with a huge thick firm off white head with sticky thick spider web lacing that stuck to the glass like concrete. Beautiful looking beer.

S- Heavy, heavy malt. The thick malt smell is all over this one followed by delicious toffee, nutty smell with hints of pine.

T- Similar to the smell with heavy malt followed by pancake syrup sweetness. Really impressed by the flavor of this one.

MF&D- Medium to full bodied especially for an ale. Coats the mouth well leaving leaving behind a nice sticky feel. Does not taste anywhere near its 7.2 ABV so beware. Stop reading this review immediately and go out and by a bunch of these bastards.

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

Pours a nice dark mahogany color with a beautiful yellowish head that quickly takes up the space at the top quarter of my glass. Its a sight to behold really, such a rich color in a liquid and such a perfectly formed head on its top. The head is tight and slowly begins to leave little islands of foam floating atop this inviting elixir.

The smell is arrogant. Well, not really. Its more like super fresh, piney hops that almost sting your nose. Its slightly grassy mixed with hints of malt sweetness mixed with the acidic bitterness of citrus, both orange and grapefruit.

First taste is sharp! Its astringent, its hoppy, its got some serious bite! It slowly becomes smoother and provides that nice hop fix that draws me to beers like this. The hop bite and the alcohol warming are a nice combo. There is not a lot of malt backbone to the Arrogant Bastard, but you know what? Who cares? It doesn't need to be a well balanced example of anything. Its supposed to be what it says it is...aggressive!

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,477 ratings.