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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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9,492 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,492
Reviews: 2,882
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 331
Gots: 1,572 | 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 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!

Photo of Moxley
4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a nice 3-way tasting with fellow BA members Pleepleus and Hyland24. I'd love to get nasty one day.

A - A first time drinker of this beer may think it will over flow when pouring it into a glass, but this arrogant bastard magically forms a perfect deep amber body with a thick 1 ½ inch tan head leaving you feeling like you truly are not worthy to drink this beer. And let me not forget to mention the heavy, heavy, doily-like lacing that dominates the walls of the glass until the bitter sweet end.

This is a mother fuckin' good lookin' beer. I'd give this one a 10 if that were an option. Immediately reminded me of the way Guinness looks as its swirling, opaque-black body forms its perfect head.

S - Lots of malty sweetness with a strong maple, toffee aroma and nutty undertones.

T - Nice balanced malt flavor with a bitter sweet finish. Also picked up on some coffee nuances thanks to Pleepleus' seasoned beer palate.

M&D - Thick and creamy and seriously smooth. Minimal carbonation, perfectly balanced body. Hyland24 makes a very good observation - it's quite heavy for an ale and you certainly wouldn't guess you were drinking a beer with a 7.2 ABV.

So, unless you want to become an arrogant bastard please drink responsibly.

Photo of Pleepleus
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this Arrogant Bastard with fellow BA members Hyland and Moxley. While selecting a few beers for us to sample, I must admit the clever name and the Demon on the bottle played a big part in choosing this one.

Poured from a bomber into a pilsner glass, was an adventure in itself. It looked as if the pourer had made some error and the head would overflow the glass and just as it was about to get ugly it settled and came together perfectly. The heavy head joined the liquid like a Guinness pour on speed and what was foam on top quickly joined the beer on bottom. It had a chesnut brown color and a half inch of head with heavy lacing. The smell was a mellow maple malt. It had a maple fruity taste with a bittersweet aftertaste, almost like coffee but not so strong. Was heavy bodied for an ale, but in a good way. A well balanced tasty treat, delicious to the last drop. Need to keep in mind the 7.2 APV because I don't get a stong alcohol flavor and I could definately have a few of these. The Devil made me do it and I will do it again soon, you should too.

Photo of praufs01
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear brown with a creamy tan head.

Aroma - Pine bark, very woody smelling.

Palate - Smooth full bodied brew.

Flavor - Complex Oaky, woody, pine cones, and notes of fresh grass through the front middle that leads to a sweet caramel finish.

Final thoughts - Extremely smooth, one of a kind brew. Definitely worthy of the name.

Photo of Proteus93
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A deep amber, with a bit of a shorter head... still, a nice and sticky one, though.

S: The expected grapefruit citrus peel, floral notes, some herbal scents in there

T: A very tasty hop front... arrogant, yes, assaulting, no. They've managed to not cross a line into something offensive, instead coming out with a bold and wonderful brew. Citrus peel, some pine essence, and a little bit of a malty backbone rounding it all out

M: Great here... oily, and a little fuller than medium ody. Great to swish around through the mouth the savour the flavours.

D: Tasty enough to deserve another. A little more subtle than its oaked brother, and perhaps my personal preference. That's not to really say it's "more mild," though. Delicious.

Photo of Jerico
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a Bordeaux wine glass.

A - A pretty, dark beer with a fluffy, dense head.

S - Potent, dense, malty and a distant fruit taste - almost like raisins and caramel forced on top of each other. This beer wants you to know you are about to drink it.

T - Heavy and malty and dense. The aftertaste I got from it was unpleasant, almost salty. Call me one of the unworthy.

M - Creamy and heavy, it sticks on your tongue for a while.

D - I fall in the minority on this beer. Complex and beefy, yes. But the salty taste does not appeal to my taste buds. The advertising punches above it's weight.

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

A - Poured a dark amber color with an of white head that leaves lacing

S - Is mostly of citrus hops with a touch of malt

T - Damn this is some good stuff a ice citrus hop flavor

M - This has a medium body with a good level of carbonation

D - This is an awesome brew if the abv was a hair lower I could session this for a strong ale the taste is great everyone should give this beer a try

Photo of RickSawyer
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours ruby brown with a mahogany heart. Tight, compact white head slides down to an atoll around the glass. Smell is piney, resiny sap with some tangerine zest and backed up by a sweet, bready caramel malt background. Taste is very refreshing. Sort of similar to a bigfoot without the creamed mouthfeel. Hits the front of the tounge with sweet, toasted raisin bread, hints of maple syrup, all quickly balanced out across the tongue with a bit of piney hop. Finishes clean and dry, not to heavy on the mouthfeel. Refreshing.

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

Opened 22 fluid ounce bomber bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Pours a small but nice bubbly off-white head with thick lacing on glass. Tea brown colored brew with good clarity.

Smell is hoppy with some malts. Taste follows through with good hops and nice dry citrus notes. Tones of conifer and a slight herbaceous and clean finish round out this brew.

Really a good beer, no matter who may or may not be worthy. Really good sipping beer.

Photo of Matty1918
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz growler and poured into a pint glass.

Poured a cloudy, dark amber with a minimal amber head but good lacing.

A very good aroma...slight citrus..grapefruit, sweet malt, this smellsgood

Yup that first sip is HOPPY..citrus, dry bitterness very good. I can feel the warmth of this one..7.2%. Nice finish. the malt and hops blend together nicely. A very good ale....I've never been disapointed with STONE.

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

From a bottle into a pint glass with a slow pour. Deep red brown color like mahogany. Foamy off white 1.5 inch head. Head retained for a while. Lacing down the whole glass. Smells of pine, maybe hints of grapefruit, and I get some grass. Not fresh cut grass, but grass you smell when your out in the field playing some baseball. Makes me think of my little league days. Nice hop profile balanced with a great malt backbone. Nice long finish. Pretty arrogant brew. Does a good job of ripping through my tongue but I am loving it. Incredibly smooth and easy to drink. Don't think i could do more than the 22 oz bottle at once. This beer screams to be paired with game or steak imo.

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,492 ratings.