1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

8,620 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 8,620
Reviews: 2,784
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 259
Gots: 931 | FT: 6
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Arrogant Bastard Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 8,620 | Reviews: 2,784 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of xgrigorix
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%

Twenty two ounce brown silk screened bottle - no dates.

Pours thick, dark auburn in colour with a slight haze. Capped with a dense off white head, perfect two fingers in height. Amazing head retention.

Yes, as a matter a fact I do smell some hops!

Down the hatch. Notes of caramel, toffee, and a touch a plum. Astringent hop loaded finish, with pine flavors wraping it up tight. Enough malt sweetness is left to keep the hops from running completely wild. But it clear that the hops are definitely in control.

Medium - full bodied. Unique, and enjoyable. More of a sipping beer for yours truly, but one I will certainly seek out again.

xgrigorix, Aug 12, 2003
Photo of taez555
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

This beer poured a thick yellowish tan head with a deep translucent amber red body.

The nose was interesting. A thick malty sweetness with touches of smoke, caramel, milk chocolate, hints of meat, and even some slight citrus smells.

The taste was full bodied with a huge sharp citrus peel hop punch. Almost astringent and metalic. But a very tight hop bitterness with touches of a spicy soft black pepper. Very bitter. Lots of dark roasted bitter malt flavors. Coffee, caramel, wood, earth.

It then ended with this very very very long bitterness that took it's time to finish.

Basically the label says it all, this is an aggressive beer. So very bitter and complex. If you're not paying attention all of the wonderful flavors in this beer will fly right past you. Deffinatly a beer to take your time with.

taez555, Aug 07, 2003
Photo of chilidog
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

Wow, my first bomber bottle and or Stone. First of all, great bottle, both the info and humor, not to mention the attitude. The brew poured a ruby red with a nice one inch tan head. Lace was very nice. The aroma was of light hop, grass and malt background. Taste is a surprise hop overtone bonanza. Very slight malt to balance this very smooth and drinkable brew. The mouth is left tart but moist, not a dry beer. Hop lingers on in the aftertaste. A very well-done, well-crafted brew. Reminded me of a Great Lakes "Elliot Ness", Thats a compliment!

chilidog, Aug 02, 2003
Photo of Rumrunner
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%

22oz. bottle
Wowza!! I forgot what an all around powerful ale this one is.

It pours a deep copper color. Good head at first but not much retention. Some minor lacing. The scent is strong malty dark caramel. Some fruit bite and a toasted finish. Soak in the scents. Many to be had.

Flavors are numerous and bold. Burnt chocolate and roasted dark coffee. Caramel and then if that is not enough? Here come the deep floral hops to grab your taste buds and take them for a spin. The flavors of this ale take you on a journey. There is an alcohol essence but it only ads to the ride.

A nice medium bold mouthfeel. It drinks well. There is a bite feeling to this ale. I truly enjoyed the bite. I could not drink this on a daily basis but for a nice swift kick in the taste buds it will do nicely.

Rumrunner, Aug 01, 2003
Photo of avylover
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%

Nice reddish golden color with a tan head that leaves decent lacing on the glass. Smell is of strong bready maltiness and some major floral & citrous hops. This is very hoppy & very malty all at once. Hops dominate the taste but there is definitely a nice & tasty strong malt backbone holding everything up and somewhat balancing things, which is pretty amazing considering how hoppy this brew is. There is also a very welcome alcohol warmth here. This is a hop lover's meat & potatoes beer. Nice silky mouthfeel and incredibly drinkable. Even though I won't rate it as high, I prefer this over the Double only because I can drink it without getting sh*tty! It's amazing what Stone can do with only "hops,water,barley & yeast"

Once again, Cheers Stone!!

avylover, Jul 30, 2003
Photo of slitherySOB
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

My friends ordered this for me when I caught my first trophy muskie. They said it was fitting, since now I'll become an arrogant bastard. Anyways... Holy smokes, this beer looks good. A deep, coppery red colour with a thick head. Smelled very hoppy. Whoa. Also detected some floral hops, pine, a little citrus and barley malt. Tastes great. When this beer enters your mouth, the tongue is hit with a complex mosaic of malts, citrus, smoke and alcohol. When it leaves through the throat, that sweetness becomes a bitter taste, as if the hops are making their final stand. Heavy mouthfeel. It's a bit thick, sort of like watered down syrup. For this beer, that's a good thing. Drinkable in that yes, I shall be drinking this again. And again. And again. But at one sitting, any more than three would seem too much. This beer is a treat to be savoured, not a drink to be guzzled.

slitherySOB, Jul 24, 2003
Photo of euskera
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

Almost a cherry wood in color. Nice hoppy aroma with a slightly smoky undertone. Taste is smooth, hops in the foreground. A slight cognac feel in the middle, with spice and caramel feel on the end. Certainly arrogant, but certainly not obnoxious. A well crafted highly drinkable brew that is perfect for this summer's day. Bravo!!!

euskera, Jul 20, 2003
Photo of ADR
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%

Clear dark mahogany color, great speckly 3/4 of an inch head with a pale orange color. Good complex sticky lacing. Some juicy hop to the smell, and a lot of a Marzen-like toasty quality. Boy, this baby is a malt monster, with the hops lurking and snapping the end like a trap door slamming shut. Maple and brown sugar malts, an almost scorched pine Chinook-style hop turns up the juice mid mouth to close -- with alcoholic punctuation. Very well done medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Whew, a big American Old Ale here, aggressively balanced and maybe slightly more than I'm usually looking for...you get a lot to taste in a bomber of this brew.

Source: Liquid Solutions

ADR, Jul 19, 2003
Photo of cokes
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%

A blurred cherrywood river rages through its channel, spitting ample khaki froth.
Rich toffee malts and pine hops scents accompany the rushing water. Black cherries and rum-soaked pineapple provide fascinating olfactory flourishes.

The dam bursts as a massive wall of liquid caramel rushes forward. Coating and blanketing sweetness, but not sticky. The tsunami rushes past orange groves, stripping the peels clean off the fruits. The wall of malt-laden water gains speed and attains a buttery diacetyl within its depths. The wave consumes pineapple plantations and ravishes cherry orchards. In its wake resides a sense of twisted, charred strawberries.

Down the road, the civilians pile hop-sandbag after hop-sandbag, in preparation for the ensuing blast. Pine boards are hammered up against all windows and doors. Resinious anticipation.

It works.

The fluid malten beast smashes against the hoppy barriers and is pushed back. At the crux, lightly roasty nougat clashes with a pink grapefruit bitterness . Neither one giving way. A stand still. No advances made. No property lost, and just a few alcoholic ripples reach town.. An upswell of vanilla-tinged celebration ensues.

A complicated situation, it was. A test of malt heft versus hoppy assertion culminating in perfectly heavy, splendidly carbonated, and ultimately consumable collision.

cokes, Jul 15, 2003
Photo of bierman2000
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%

Not being a hop head I can't rate this beer highly as it is very hoppy and my taste buds were tingling or just smacked hard by the bitterness.. the quintessential Pale Ale for hops and bitterness with little malt balance in the glass that I tried. Alcohol to boot that is disguised in the hoppy overtones.

bierman2000, Jul 15, 2003
Photo of kmo1030
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

ruby brown, with a light brown head. fresh hops in the smell with some mixed fruity aromas, almost a fruit punch like effect. as for the taste, piney hops provide the backbone, but then it mellows a bit to fruity malt character raspberries dominating, a little caramel is present as well with hint of a grainy malt characteristic. the aftertaste is very hoppy. well carbonated with a meduim body. this beer has some balls. devlivers big in the hops dept. but has enough complexity of other flavors to be enjoyed on many other levels. an incredible beer.

kmo1030, Jul 14, 2003
Photo of fattychubs
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

Had this beer on tap at Porter's in Erie PA.

Dark brown, reddish highlights thick creamy head that laces nicely. First taste was a tad bitter, but balanced as I drank more. Taste starts hoppy, but moves to a very diverse flavor, fruit, caramel, even a tad bit earthy or smokey with clean creamy malts. It still leaned toward the hoppy bitter side, but was very well balanced and complex. Body is creamy and rich, with mild carbonation, pretty strong ABV, but alcohol is not dominant in the taste

I enjoyed this beer the more I drank, very impressed.

fattychubs, Jul 02, 2003
Photo of RBorsato
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%

Chocolate brown, mahogany, bronze (to light) with a full brown head, sediment floaters, good carbonation, and little lace. Nice balanced malt and hop aroma; chocolate malt notes and piney hop aroma. Tastes much like it smells with an overly bitter finish; not pleasantly hoppy. Full bodied and creamy with a harsh bitter finish.

I definitely do not understand the hype behind this one and I have tried it many times; not a recurring purchase from here on out.

($3.99 / 22 oz.)

RBorsato, Jul 02, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%

Solid deep brown chestnut in color, magnificent head of yellow cream thats tight, spongy froth about a half inch high and fades some to leave a solid ring and very sticky, super finely stitched lacing. Smell is deep roasted malts, some dark fruit of raisin and fig and a solid backing of earthy hops lending citrus and pine. Taste is rich, earthy, full of sweet dark roasted maltyness and solid earthy hops. One incredibly balanced "bastard" of on ale. Feel is full bodied creamyness, a bit buttery in front with a solid hop grab texture and excellent lingering piney bittered dryness into the finish. Everything about this beer states attitude and quality, hence its arrogance. I just love the bottle, the gargoyle is super cool, and the powerful, gutsy statement on the back is a true mark of a rebellious warrior in the war of brewing.

Thanks to Gusler for getting me the bottle.

tavernjef, Jul 01, 2003
Photo of far333
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%

Pours a dark copper color with a big and foamy orange head. The head rises to crispy tips like merengue and sticks around a good long while. The aroma is low, but sweet, with hints of cinnamon and alcohol. Flavor is rich, sweet, and malty, with a very noticeable alcoholic kick. I'm not getting the hop profile that others describe. It only seems to come through in the finish. Fine wispy lacing crawls down the glass. I'd like more balance in the flavor, and less sweetness.

far333, Jun 29, 2003
Photo of FranklinPCombs
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

this brew pours a beautiful deep reddish brown, with a thick tan head. It leaves a nice thick lace which remains at the top of the glass by the end of the pint. The smell is immediately fruity, mostly pineapple, with just a hint of hops and malt to complement, and a strong undertone of pure alcohol. The smell, I soon learned, was no indication of what the taste was to be. THe first sip was wonderfully smooth, with a smaller, yet fitting, amount of carbonation. the first taste sensation was a sharp alcoholic bitter, which although hoppy, seemed to include something more, which i find myself unable to pinpoint. the bitter immediately reaches a high point, and there it plateaus, remaining for a long time, while more subtle flavors begin to appear. a burnt earthy flavor lingers behind the bitterness, while a general hint of fruityness makes itself apparent. as the pint progresses, the bitter simply refuses to abate, and after finishing this glass, i think i could rightly call myself an Arrogant Bastard

FranklinPCombs, Jun 28, 2003
Photo of Mitchster
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%

Clear dark-mahogany in color, forming a whipped, sticky beige head atop small bubbles with superior retention and lacing. Aroma is spicy with citric hops, big-time apricot, deep amber malts, deisel exhaust, black permanent marker, and methane (?!). Carbonation is mild to moderate with a suprisingly smooth mouthfeel and heavy, syrupy body. Taste begins with intense piney hops. The malts are rather soft and a bright, acidic moderately bitter finish of resinous hops is offset by a large amount of dryness and retained vanilla. Alcohol is briefly noted with some mild residual sugars and very slight fusels in the finish. I was expecting some dark fruits here, but didn't find any. The initial taste is very pleasing, but the longer you let the finish hang in your mouth, the more bitter and unpleasant it becomes, hampering it's drinkability.

A spicy, well-crafted brew, but lacking of enough finesse to make it very drinkable. Still, when you're in the mood for a Stone brew, you can rely on them like a hammer to the head.

Mitchster, Jun 22, 2003
Photo of vitesse
1.98/5  rDev -52.5%

the beer looks nice and the bottle tries hard to stand out, but that's about all i like about this beer. the hops are just so overbearing that it left me with a muddy/earthy flavor in my mouth. have you ever smelled plain ole raw hop pellets before used for brewing? that's what this beer tastes like. there's absolutely no malty sweetness to balance it out either. yeah it masks the alcohol well, but so what? this beer is just so gimmicky to me. hops are great for adding bitterness and aroma, but this beer uses way too much of them.

vitesse, Jun 22, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
3.3/5  rDev -20.9%

Yikes! Talk about hops! When this brew was poured into my glass, it poured with a large tan head that was fairly long lasting and there were fine-large bubbles. The body hue was dark brown and there was a little bit of carbonation observed. The first whiff of this brew reminded me of pineapples. From the first taste to the last taste of this brew it was constantly a strong bitter tasting brew that I did not enjoy very much. The taste of this brew stays around for a while.

hotstuff, Jun 19, 2003
Photo of steelreign
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%

Wow. Maybe I really AM not worthy to be trying this! This is not a beer for the meek and the mild; perfectly suited to my tastes, and my favorite style. I love this beer. It pours a nice reddish brown with a two finger, off white head. Very strong nose full of hops, pine needles, fruit (pineapple?), and malts. Truly awe-inspiring!

The hops in this one hit you over the head like a runaway tractor trailer. NOT for the weak! Excellent, full bodied, highly potent flavors just as bold as the hop character, but very enjoyable. Alcohol is noticeable, but not unpleasant. It should A smooth drinking brew, but rather strong for an extended session beer, unless you don't mind crawling on your knees! This is an exceptional example of the style, and the double will probably send me into orbit.... CHEERS to Stone Brewing once again!!

steelreign, Jun 19, 2003
Photo of TheDM
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%

This brew pours a large head of light brown fine to medium sized bubbles and a cloudy dark brown body. It has a pineapple like aroma. Wow what a plate! It really give you a wake up call on the first sip. Lot's of flavor, strong initial bite, very complex with notes of spice roasted malt, and of course lots of hops. It leaves a stong afterbite too where the alcohol content shows itself.

TheDM, Jun 18, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%

What can be said about this beer that hasn't been said already.
"YOU'RE NOT WORTHY" Dark brown color, medium head. WOW This is a very aggressively hoppy ale, very bitter strong hop taste. Extremely bitter finish. Nice balance of malt and hops. An aggressive beer, nice taste but not for everyone. Nor would I want to drink this beer all the time. High alcohol (7.2%). Nice etched bottle.

beerguy101, Jun 18, 2003
Photo of rastaman
3.28/5  rDev -21.3%

(Props to Linc for giving me the chance to try this)A hop bomb. No subtle use of hops to be found here. Very sharp hoppy aroma (grapefruit/pine), with some raisins. The flavour is pretty full on, hops everywhere, quite bitter and very sharp and a bit sickly, particularly as you work your way through it, the amount of hops throws the balance out a bit. Pretty much everything i was expecting, a massive hop bomb. Did i mention it was hoppy?

rastaman, Jun 16, 2003
Photo of pheurton
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%

pours a deep hell-fire red with an awesome off white head that would not go away. carmel and piney hoppiness on the nose. huge carmely malt presence holds up nicely against an equally huge piney PNW hop prsence. this beer looks and tastes like the definition of "strong". a wonderfully powerful delicious ale, only gets low drinkability score in my book b/c i couldn't imagine putting away more than two of these. still, a great beer to sip and admire the craftsmanship. better on draught than in the bottle. a great, unique brew.

pheurton, Jun 15, 2003
Photo of assurbanipaul
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours a tawny brown with a healthy moderate tan head. Aroma is rich and caramelly with a sharp orangey hop bite already.

Taste is immediately a rush of malt and hops, filling the whole flavor spectrum. Malts are dark caramel, roasty, strong and a little on the sweet side. Hops ride proudly alongside the malts, not bright and happy like an IPA but smokey and dark with hints of citrus and chipotle. Finish is dry and grainy, almost cigar-like.

Mouthfeel is medium but drinkable with an acidic bite on the tongue. Not quite quaffable due to its strength -- not just alcoholic strength but just strong, pushy, aggressive flavors. This one makes you sit up and notice it.

Edit: Rating upgraded on draft sample. The freshness really comes through in a long-weekend hop-fest in your mouth. I felt the sides of my throat pucker like sucking on a sour candy. Not just hype or a gimmick, this beer really does make you stand up and respect it.

Mixed emotions about the drinkability, though. It's like the brain-freeze from a Slurpee: You can't help yourself by ordering one after another, but it hurts so good you can't stop.

assurbanipaul, Jun 14, 2003
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,620 ratings.