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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

7,458 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 7458
Reviews: 2739
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.44%


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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000)
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Gusler

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been a while since I had this bad boy, and it is a beer that 99.9% of the beer drinkers will not like? But I believe if you "Can't Run With The Big Dogs, Stay On The Porch". Pours a deep dark ruby brown, portly beige head and lots of lace. Nose is malt, some what toasted, hop floral tones.The start is malt, the middle full, robust, the finish is devastatingly hopped, potently acidic, and the aftertaste malt dry. Very hearty, a "Beer Lovers" beer, not meant for the Palate Challenged Lite Beer Drinkers".

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2002 17:30:31 | More by Gusler
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Mark

California

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a session ale that's for dang sure! Dark reddish brown with a thick long lasting tan head, exceptional lacing. Strong smell of citrusy hops most notably grapefruit. Very bitter blast of hops coat the palate, good mouthfeel. A very complex full bodied, hoppy ale. Very decadent and a good one for that indulgent mood we want to satisfy. While very enjoyable to drink it packs a wallop at almost 8.0%. I will have it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2002 21:02:00 | More by Mark
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweeter than the bottle, bit more deep caramel and highly toasted malt come through before the hoppiness sets in. Quite a treat but quite estery after it warms up, lovely mix of flavours. Something to start or end with but not make the night of being that it is such a strong ale.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2002 17:42:07 | More by Jason
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Longstaff

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The bartender poured my samples right to the top of the pint glass, so there was not much head to speak of -but I'm not complaining, just means more beer to drink. The body was apple red colored and slightly cloudy and left drink marks down the side of the glass. Fruity aroma of grapefruit and pineapple lifesavers. The first few sips were like a multi layered flavor explosion. At first it seemed too sweet, too grapefruity, and too bitter, then after a few sips all these flavors seemed to join together as a cohesive unit that was in awesome balance. After about a half a pint I realized what all the hype was about since this was a very drinkable, full flavored beer. After a while I didn't even notice the bitterness of the hops. Could have sat and drank this all night, but someone would have had to carry me home.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2002 07:52:15 | More by Longstaff
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hyuga

North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I must say, this one starts to impress while it's still being poured! Burnt amber color topped by a huge sticky tan head that stays almost endlessly. Leaves tons of lace as the glass is emptied. Grand aroma of ultra-citrusy hops, as well as piney hop character. Just a little sweet malt backs it all up. The first taste is a war between malt and hops, both in full force. Rich and sweet maltiness comes on strong, along with sharp spears of citrus and rind-like hop bitterness. Hints of spicy alcohol. Grainy malt and bitter hop finish. It's usually hard to find that complexity in the finish of a beer. Tingly yet smooth mouthfeel. Not one part of the experience of this beer lacks flavor. Yes, that means a full body, this is one of the most full-bodied beers I've ever tasted. An aggressive beer that doesn't even think of holding back. Most are not worthy of this brew. I say bring on the arrogance!

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2002 02:19:28 | More by hyuga
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jtw5877

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Xlperro for the sample. Nice dark color with a thick tanish head. Nice hop smell. I first notice the citrusy grassy hops, yet the maltiness is right there too. Great drinkability, I could drink this all night, if it wasn't for the 7+ alcohol. I love it.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2002 13:18:02 | More by jtw5877
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jackndan

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrogant Bastard: damn straight I’m worthy. Huge beer, hops, malts, aroma and alcohol. Seems a little rough around the edges, but a balanced taste. Long lasting cider/coffee aftertaste, and alcohol warmth. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2002 20:03:22 | More by jackndan
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usualpulp

Texas

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one harsh and potent beer, but quite good at the same time. It pours a dark brown color with a nice fizzy light brown head. The brew smells very hoppy with a slight spice hint. The first sip leaves the mouth exploding in hop flavor. then suddenly the mouth is overwhelmed by a fruity grapefruit flavor mixed with clove. The beer finishes very harsh, but not in a bad way. This would be a good beer for a cool fall night.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2002 17:07:01 | More by usualpulp
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mzwolinski

California

4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Arrogant indeed! But hey, if ya got the goods to back it up...

Everything about this beer is strong. Pours an deep, angry red that looks like the glow in their gargoyle's eye. Anf if the message on the bottle wasn't enough to warn the weak-kneed quaffers off, the aroma ought to be. Sure it's got a nice sweet malty undertone with a fruity boquet, but this beer doesn't keep its 7.2 ABV a secret.

Things don't get any gentler once this beer gets in you mouth. A medium body, which starts off with a mix of caramel malty sweetness and rind-like edginess, followed by the warming feel of alcohol and a big (what about this beer *isn't* big?) hop finish.

Another great beer from Stone. And you're surprised?

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2002 22:35:25 | More by mzwolinski
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mophie

Delaware

4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Oh baby, this is a fantastic beer. Beautiful rich copper/brown with a frothy tan head; luscious. Exceptional fruity aromas, almost tropical, with some grapefuit balanced by some caramel sweetness. Taste is also fruity (guava?), grapefruity, slightly piney. Huge malt backbone in this beer gives it a sweetness that envelopes your tongue. But in the end hops rule, and the beer finishes with a bitter hop twang that makes you wonder whether you're worthy. I am, dammit.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2002 12:00:30 | More by mophie
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jreitman

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first thing I noticed was intense pineapple and grapefruit smells. Grapefuit was very obvious in the mouth as was some pleasing malt sweetness that was kept in check by a fair amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel was slightly lighter than the bottled version.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2002 09:17:31 | More by jreitman
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QXSTER1

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was expecting a butt kicking hop explosion from this bastard, which would of been excellent, but to my surprise there was enough malt backbone to highlight but not overpower the superb bitterness. Fruity and medium bodied with an initial grapefruit rind bitterness followed by some caramel and toasted grains, this was deceptively light and refreshing giving it's relatively high alcohol content. Finished with more flavorful but curiously balanced hop notes. I could of pounded a few of these, but it was too far to walk home.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2002 15:41:13 | More by QXSTER1
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sinistersteve

Oregon

4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Heed the warning on the label non-believers, because this is one tough beer that is only meant for the big boys. The pour was dark and thick, the head was dark and thick, and the taste is like a malt explosion in your mouth. Stone is probably the God's of mixing water, hops, malt and yeast together. They haven't failed me yet.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2002 16:44:00 | More by sinistersteve
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marc77

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy, thick light tan sticky head tops a dark ruby hued brew w/ excellent clarity. Countable rings of bubbles interconnected by lace is left down the glass. Quite attractive. The aroma is a combination of a citrus hop nose and dark caramel malt, biscuit malt and a hint of diacetyl. Mild hints of roasted grain are present as well. Assertive hop bitterness hits the palate initially, but quickly gives way to a fairly rich malt profile comprised of deep caramel and toffee, buttery malt, and mellow dark fruity esters. The piney chinook hop flavor is not obtrusive, and melds well with the caramel malt and hints of darker roasted barley. Overall the flavor balance is skewed towards hop bitterness and flavor, but only slightly. Full in body, w/ well calculated smooth carbonation that helps accenuate the malt profile. Finishes w/ toasted malt quickly fading and clean hop bitteress lingering. Arrogant Bastard is an aggressively hopped brew with a rich malt foundation. It's not unlike Red Rocket ale, albeit with less roasted barley and a slightly higher hop bitterness. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2002 17:27:42 | More by marc77
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Bogie

Texas

4.95/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was spotted on this site in one of the Best catagories and had a very high rating so I thought I'd give it a try. First off I like this style of Ale so I have tried a number of Strong ales. So I go to Mr G's in Plano and pull that 22 oz bad boy out of the cooler and read the lable and was cracked up!!. Said to myself this has to be good. Put it in refrigerator
untill the next day. Friday I pour it into a pilsner glass and witness a beautiful glass of beer. The color was a nice copper, the head was thick and foamy with tight small bubbles and the stayed on and didn't dissipate at all. The taste was so smooth I couldn't believe I was drinking 7.2 % ale. This beer is so well brewed I could find no faults with. I am not sure if there are some Cigar smokers out there, if so this is the beer to enjoy with your best cigars. FS.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2002 09:24:19 | More by Bogie
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Jdiddy

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This may be the first beer I have given a 5 all around to. I just had this at Fatheads in Pittsburgh. One word: Amazing!
Great deep copper color. Tastes much different than I expected. Upon the look, it looks like it would be very heavy but it actually isn't. Don't get me wrong,this beer is strong and very bitter and hoppy. It is one of the most perfectly balanced beers I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. I much prefer it alone because food tends to alter the great taste. Brilliant! Perfect!

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2002 07:38:55 | More by Jdiddy
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily one of the best beers I've ever had. A really unique beer utilizing a heavy charge of dark crystal malts and hop flavor. Highly hopped and luxuriously malty. The balance is clearly toward the bitter & hoppy side, but the malt balances perfectly! It's this razor sharp balance that allows the beer to finish clean and dry - not too flabby from alot of malt, and not too grating from back-of-the-mouth hop bitterness. Precision!

The body is a hazy orangish-copper with crimson highlights, and its full and foamy tan head holds quite well. It drops to a thin 1/4" that remains throughout the first half of the glass, and it leaves dense, clinging rings of lace.The beautiful colr and head make up for any distraction that the haziness might cause the inexperienced taster. The bouquet wafts from the glass loaded with fresh hops (somewhat earthy and leafy, but also clearly citrusy... Goldings and Cascade?) over rich caramel malt. The firm body is accentuated by an exceptionally fine carbonation and it's smooth and creamy in the mouth. The flavor is rich and fairly complex with a sweet caramel and lightly fruity malt note up-front that combines with earthy and citrusy hop flavors as it crosses the palate. It finishes with a firm, drying bitterness and residual earthy and leafy hop flavors. If there's anything that hinders it's drinkability (apart from the fact that it's a full-charged malt & hop attack!) it's the 7.2% alcohol by volume. I may not be able to drink more than two, but I want to drink more than two! Well worth seeking out!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2002 06:04:33 | More by NeroFiddled
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa! What a great amber/chestnut color! Beauteous!! I just easily fall in love with biers this color!! Came equipped with a big, frothy head (which shrank to a lasting, thin layer, but only after quite some time) and excellent lace. Nose was real strong on the hops, which I enjoyed mucho! But it wasn't all hops. Some malt and caramel notes were present as well. Pretty good body, and passes verry nicely over the tongue! Had a tasty, chewy maltiness to start, with some caramel there, but then you get blown away by the hops. It's a big, floral hoppiness, with a very long-lasting aftertaste. The finish is a tad dry, and the aftertaste sticks for a bit, with that caramel/hoppy combo. Thnx to Murph for my first Bastard!!

overall: 4.6
appearance: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

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Serving type: bottle

07-19-2002 05:32:43 | More by Bierman9
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sponberg

New York

4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark reddish brown color. The aroma is hoppy, roasty, fruity - very complex.

Starts out with an assertive citrusy hop bitterness that's almost immediately joined by roasty toasty chewy malt - again, very complex. There are a lot of different flavors going on, all of them slapping your tastebuds around for kicks, and finding them all is a LOT of fun. The brew maintains its flavor balance throughout the sip, leaving the alcohol content well in the background. The roasty, bitter, and citrusy flavor contribute to a kind of "rough" mouthfeel that suits the beer well. It finishes as it started, with lingering roastiness, bitterness, hoppiness, and toasty maltiness and you heading back to the keg for another.

Aside - Thanks to the guy who decided we WERE worthy to try this beer and hauled a keg up from Pennsylvania to his place for a bunch of us to enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2002 06:06:14 | More by sponberg
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a firm rocky head, with very small bubbles of carbonation topping an appealing amber/brown liquid. Nose is slightly sulphur-y, taste is very hoppy and a bit fruity...every hopheads delight. Lots of the lovely bitter flowers are evident in this beer Finish is malt, sulphur, alcohol & hops...very long. A nice super-hopped ale...cool silkscreened bottle, too!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2002 15:24:46 | More by beerluvr
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BeerManDan

California

2.8/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not impressed with this beer. I heard so much and maybe expected to much. I didn't like the beer in general. It was different, but not my cup of tea!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2002 01:03:26 | More by BeerManDan
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coffeybreak

Ohio

4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had heard about this brew from a friend of mine at work. He had met the owner of the brewery and told me that the breer was named appropriately. I found it on tap at my favorite bar. I thought I was ready for the intense flavor of this beer....I was wrong. The hops were intense and the citrus aroma was excellent. The malt helps to offset the inital assult of the hops to make it a well balanced brew. Not fot the faint of heart.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2002 19:05:15 | More by coffeybreak
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Wildman

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very deep amber/red colored beer that forms a decent head white head that left trace lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt and hops with some caramel elements. It has an interesting flavor to it. A flavor of malt, hops and carmel. A bit stronger than I like my beers unless they're heavier to offset the taste of alcohol. So the finish was a bit heavy alcohol wise, but still another fine Stone product.c

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2002 18:50:59 | More by Wildman
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AaronRed

New York

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You don't really get many beers like this. Strong and at times overwhelming, this beer is everything it reputed to be. One has to love hops to enjoy this one. What makes this beer really different from other seriously hoppped beers, is it's texture. Full- with even a slight sweetness that kicks you, hard. I used to drink this more then I lived in San Francisco-a must try for any beer lover.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2002 09:00:56 | More by AaronRed
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proc

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hops, bam! Malt, bam! Hops, Malt, Hops, Malt, (alcohol), Hops, Malt....This is one seriously cool beer. I couldn't tell which I tasted more or which assaulted me more, the hops or the malt. I liken this to the Thomas Hearns vs. Marvin Hagler boxing match from back in the 80s, while not a lengthy fight, it was a 3-round war which led to a a knockout.

I can't call this a fine beer or a good beer.

Its an attitude.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2002 20:01:09 | More by proc
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 7,458 ratings.