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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an oversized snifter.
Color is deep dark amber, darker than I was expecting with a light tan head.
Aromas are toffee, light malt, a touch of hoppiness.
Initial taste is the typical Stone bitterness. It fades a bit as you drink more.
Taste of toffee, lightly toasted malt, grapefruit.
Mouthfeel is nice. A touch of creaminess.
Overall, this isn't a bitter bomb like Ruination, but the bitterness is there.
It's a well crafted west coast style IPA.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Foamicron
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap at Phil's BBQ next to Gate 45 at San Diego Airport. Hooray, a bar with craft brews at an airport!

Pours a dark amber, like a Sam Adams fighting a pile of Lobsterbacks with a brew in one hand and a musket in the other. Smells overwhelmingly like hops, but luckily for me, tastes like a nice, hoppy IPA with a good amount of malty backbone to balance out the brew.

Overall, if you're a fan of the so-called 'East Coast IPA', which experience has lead me to believe is any sort of IPA that has enough malts to balance the hoppiness, you're likely to enjoy this brew. Fortunately, Stone has a wide-ranging distribution, and most of the Continental United States (Gawd Bless Amurikuh!) can enjoy this enjoyable beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of heygeebee
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Warners - BB around now.

One of those beers... it looks the part all deep brown/red, with a fabulous looking head, lace and retention, the aromas are maybe just a little muted, and then the well balanced, complex, rounded taste hits you and ...

you just really don't like it.

Ah well, too treacly, a bit too dry.

Apart from that, I can't fault it :-)

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of brurevu
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From my tasting notes: With my first taste my initial thought was “what the hell?” It had a very off-putting bitterness that was not necessarily an intense hoppiness like an IIPA and it was surprising. The label states “It is quite doubtful that you have the taste of sophistication to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth,” and I was beginning to believe them! I have to admit I was a bit disappointed. I finished the first glass and slowly poured the rest of the bottle with growing dread. By now the beer had begun to warm a bit as I left it out of the refrigerator. As it warmed, Arrogant Bastard took on a much smoother more balanced taste as the malts began to balance out the hop bitterness with a more roasty almost toffee flavor. I easily finished glass #2 and completely erased my earlier disappointment. This is definitely an aggressive and sophisticated beer as the label suggests, and a very good, highly recommended introduction to Stone. Just let it warm a little first.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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