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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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9,259 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,259
Reviews: 2,831
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 297
Gots: 1,279 | FT: 7
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)
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4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 650 ml bottle (enjoy by May 14, 2014) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces about two fingers of tan head. Retention is good at more than three minutes with some chunks of lacing left behind. The beer has a reddish hue and is deep amber in color. It is clear and mostly still.

S-The aroma is assertive with a big dose of orange zest, some leafy, minty green hops, some pine bitterness, but also lots of caramel and a subtle brown sugar sweetness from the malts. There is also a good bit of spice. Classic and unique.

T-The taste is definitely in-your-face, even by today's standards. Orange zest and green, leafy, minty, herbal hop notes combine with big malt flavors of caramel and toasty sweetness. The finish dries out a bit and gives just a hint of alcohol burn to go with the spice.

M-The feel is medium in heft with a smoother carbonation and a slightly oily feeling.

O-Nice to finally review one of the classic craft beers and a true American style icon. I may enjoy other beers more, but this one still drinks wonderfully (especially with pizza) and for $4 per bomber, it may have to find a more regular spot in my rotation.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute

a: Gorgeous clear dark ruby with an inch and a half tall perfectly formed off white head which receded very slowly to heavy surface foam and considerable lacing.

s: Mild dark fruit.

t: Plums and prunes balanced by a powerful hop bite which lingered. Later the malt became more prominent than the initial fruitiness, but the hop bite remained quite strong. Tasty.

m: Moderate, smooth and mellow.

o: The label suggests the drinker is likely to dislike this, and if so would be unworthy of it. It's a clever ploy to put him or her on the defensive in order to encourage them to have an open mind and give it a chance to be enjoyed. It's got way more flavor than the usual popular mainstream corn and rice adjuncted lagers and pilseners, so the suggestion is this will be too shockingly different to be liked right off or ever by the average beer drinker.

At the moment, I'm feeling pretty darned worthy.

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Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,259 ratings.