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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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7,468 Ratings

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Ratings: 7468
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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Photo of Clockwork420


3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a glass stein.
$4.09 + tax per bomber.

A - Dark red, wood color. Clear with no haze or sediment. Thick, sticky 2 inch head.

S - Hops. Smells bitter, like I IPA. Sort of a grapefruit smell.

T - Initially sweet, then immediately followed with an IPA hops taste. Grapefruit and orange peel tart. After taste leaves me bitter. Even sort of soapy. Pine sap?

M - Perfect carbonation. Sort of a biscuit-y breadiness. Soapy slippery feeling to it.

O - This is a very solid brew. Although its bitterness will turn most people away underneath it seems fairly complex and special. I think if this one (since the IBU and hops type is secret) was labeled as an IPA, I would buy it regularly. Ale like it is not, at least not to my tongue. The higher IBU rating doesnt bother me, but if it was categorized differently, it may change a few people. If this is the companies Ale and its got this high of an IBU, I would be curious as to what the actual IPA they sell might taste like. Not for everyone. Not for the faint of heart. Most are definitely not worthy I think.

Very good. Intricate. Not for the bubbly yellow fans, and I like it that way.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 02:50:27 | More by Clockwork420
Photo of sergeantstogie


4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How many of these have I had? Not tonight, but in total. Hmm A lot of 'em. Well it deserves to be reviewed.

A damn good beer. Nearing perfection. An oldie but a goody in our microwave and fastfood world.

Perfect deep mahogany. Clear but dark. A nice sticky head. Tastes like bold pine forward hops. with a strong caramelly malt backbone.

I really love this beer and it only gets better through the years which is really rare these days.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 04:42:57 | More by sergeantstogie
Photo of Weston19


3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Beer pours a dark amber with about 3 fingers worth of head. Head is a vanilla color which eventually turns into about half a pinky. This beer looks absolutely beautiful and the head retention and lacing is dead on.

S: Some pineapple, nuttiness, apple, caramel, roasted notes.

T: Caramel, major kick of hops, grapefruit, a tiny hint of sweetness like apple but hops quickly kick in and overtake. Nuttiness becomes more apparent as beer warms up.

MF: light mouth feel and a dry finish.

O: A great beer if you can handle the hops. It has a very complex set of flavors but you need to look past the bitterness to really find all the great ingredients that went into making this awesome beer. Very nice ale indeed.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 07:30:29 | More by Weston19
Photo of HighGravityMan


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

Going at a bomber of this thing on my own after a nice Thanksgiving meal. I have been looking forward to this one since I bought it.

A - Dark red amber with a ruby red appearance through light. Nice creamy tan head about 2 fingers thick. Good retention and lacing. Honestly idgaf when it comes to appearance but it looks nice to me.

S - Mmm... subtle scents tingle my nostrils. I can smell the balance of hops and malt. Some burnt sweetness comes through. Caramel, chocolate, etc. Definitely caramel.

T - Wide range and balance here. Nice hoppy bitterness up front that evolves effortlessly into a roasted and caramel darkness. Honestly there is a lot going on here. I can't possibly get everything right but all of the flavors mesh extremely well. Noticeable alcohol adds nice warmth.

M - Thick, kinda sticky. Perfect carbonation as usual. Feels like a darker beer should.

Hot damn, I have never been disappointed by Stone. Here is another great offering and it is perfect for the cold weather coming through. Now excuse me while I finish off the rest of my 22 oz. Wish me luck!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 22:02:39 | More by HighGravityMan
Photo of reebtaerG


4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a dark amber hazy with a white head with good lacing
S-aroma of caramel and zesty citrus hits you
T-has a taste of roasted malt, caramel and pine/grassy
M-great mouth feel high bitterness that is balanced with the malt
I love this beer give, me a another

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2013 17:25:59 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of KJK-1

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A nice amber rusty look with a 1.5 finger head. Lacing is good.

S- Light hops with a sweet caramel like malt presence

T- Hops and malts hit you immediately. A real surprise from the smell. Hop bitterness lingers awhile and is very welcomed. Excellent tasting beer.

M- Thick, smooth, good carbonation

O- A staple beer in my house for sure. I love the hop and malt presence here. I currently have this on tap in my kegerator, and it is a delicious beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2013 17:46:09 | More by KJK-1
Photo of afinepilsner


4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz brown bottle

Arrogant Bastard Ale was a gorgeous reddish brown color. It has a thick, rocky, beige colored head with excellent retention and lacing. The smell was mainly piney hops with some sweet malt. The taste was piney hops and sweet caramel malt with balancing bitterness. The finish was long, hoppy and bitter. The mouthfeel was good with a medium-full body and medium body. Overall this is a very good, hoppy beer, and should be tried by any hop-lovers.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 00:25:41 | More by afinepilsner
Photo of DenverHopHead


4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle with an "Enjoy By" date of 12/29/2013; into a pint glass.
Appearance - burgundy, swirling carbonation; very thick, foamy, orange cream colored head that never leaves! Lots of sticky lacing!
Smell - citrus, pine and floral hops, some sweet candy; can slightly pick up on the alcohol.
Taste - aggressive hops, mostly floral. Subtle roasted barley and caramel malts.
Feel - a lot more bitterness from the hops than I was expecting...and I love it! Easy beer to drink for a hop head!
Overall - a hop forward standard for the style. I will now seek out Double Bastard and Oaked.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 00:32:01 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of Dsimenson


3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft poured into a pint Pilsner. It has a 1/8" head which dissolves quickly, then lovely lacing down the glass. Medium brown in color, unfiltered. Aroma is hops and caramel. Flavor is hops, malt, well-balanced and very pleasing, with a bit of pine. Medium mouth feel. Overall an outstanding ale.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2013 02:32:28 | More by Dsimenson
Photo of delta490


4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a deep clear ruby brown with a big foamy tan head. Modest retention with big lacing

S-Rich and robust, blending citrus hops with caramel malt and dark fruit

T-taste follows closely with smell. The hops is a prominent feature, with some pine notes added, but the malt backbone holds it up well and adds some fruity sweetness on the finish.

M-big hop bite punches at first but fades away

O- a big flavored, hop-forward ale with great flavors across the board

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 22:08:58 | More by delta490
Photo of freakdiablo


4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful amber coloring, off-white head that sticks. How I expect an ale should look.

S - Milder. almost sweet smell with a little bite

T - Surprising when paired with the mild smell. Strong, bitter kick up front, hoppy aftertaste. Smooths out nicely towards the end of the bottle as it began to warm.

M - Slightly thicker, with a fair amount of carbonation

O - This beer has both surprised and spoiled me. Less hoppy than an IPA, which I like as I tend to find IPAs too hoppy, but still a strong flavor. I've only had a few bottles, but it's already one of my favorites. If I'm sampling several different beers, I try to stick AB towards the end, as many beers seem mild compared to ABs...arrogance, for lack of a better term. I'll admit, I may be new to the whole beer review thing, but even I can tell where Stone was going with this.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 02:31:03 | More by freakdiablo
Photo of GrizzleFist

New York

2.98/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Looked amazing, could tell it had some carbonation with the foam on top when the bottle wasn't even opened yet. Color was a nice amber.

Smell: Slight Malty smell and a little sweetness of fruit

Taste: Just a bitter taste to me. But it was bearable and wasn't too much that it became disgusting.

Mouthfeel: foamy and carbonated.

Overall: This wasn't a bad beer, but for the amount of bitterness that came with it you would expect a little more ABV to go with it. I would drink it again, just not that often.

I see now why they call it Arrogant Bastard and why most of us won't "enjoy" this beer. Its because its nothing special, its an okay beer, nothing more.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 00:54:23 | More by GrizzleFist
Photo of USAF77


4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Im having my first AB and am impressed. I cleaned a pint glass from my collection per usual and a spot free glass is worth it for this brew. Its just a gorgeous carby amber that begs to be poured slow. A rich foam head that laces very nicely. Just pouring and swirling in the light is an experience. AB is a beautiful Ale to look at.

And it smells great. Fruity hops are dry and just sharp enough. The smell doesnt jump at you either. Its subtle and takes a minute or two to soak your personal space. I must find a joint where this is on tap just to smell the air in it.

Taste wise its everything I like in an Ale. A little bitter and dry but sharp in a way that leaves your mouth wet, wanting the next sip. This is "sipping" ale. Anything else is criminal. A wonderful dry hoppy after taste thats using all my taste buds that still feels smooth. The rich foam head sticks around too. Wonderful!

I usually like wheats and Pilsners with my food but this is an exception. Most of all if spicey food is on the menu. This is a wonderful Ale. Im sipping it and the taste is going up thru my nasal passages from my mouth. Im increasing my rating on it.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 03:17:10 | More by USAF77
Photo of Haydn-Juby

Quebec (Canada)

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

A: An amberish brown color in appearance. About a finger of tan creamy looking head.

S: A bit of hops and some nice toasty maltyness. A good amount of balance on the aroma.

T: Once again I found the beer was balanced very nicely. The malts provide a nice caramel flavor but also some darker fruits, like a bit of raisin or fig maybe. The hops are not so overly pungent as advertised but I am drinking the beer a bit past the "Enjoy by date". None the less west coast hops are evident and quite present just not overly so. Piney, citrusey, you get the idea.

M: Very creamy and smooth. The alcohol does not get in the way what so ever and really I wouldn't notice it if it weren't for the label on the bottle.

O: A classic of the craft origins and just a great drinking beer overall. I could easily make this an everyday beer if it was readily available.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 15:29:04 | More by Haydn-Juby
Photo of Dope


4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by 11/x2/13. (can't read part of it)

A: Pours a dark, almost opaque red. Big frothy tan head. Head fades slowly with top notch retention (big island of foam). Thick, fluffy tendrils of lacing.

S: Big bread crust aroma with some grapefruit and pine and maybe even a hint of grass? Probably not as fresh as it could be (see above date) but still pleasant maltiness at least.

T: Decent hoppiness up front. Nice crisp grapefruit primarily. Hints of resinous pine follow but lead into a really nice strong bread crust malt. Just a hint of raisins. A little wave of bitterness on the far side, still with some bread crusts. Crust taste is remarkably strong, really conjures up some big, stale, dried up bread crusts...in the best way possible. Lingering grapefruit between sips.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Nice carbonation.

O: Really nice hoppy strong ale. It's not quite an IPA, not qutie an amber, something in between. Really nice hop flavor and malt flavor. Both are strong and balanced, but sharp at the same time. I'll have to get a little fresher version of this sometime, might be on the edge of starting to fade, hop-wise. Or maybe this is just really balanced.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 05:17:53 | More by Dope
Photo of Aaron_Ramson


4.86/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance as poured into a 20 oz pint glass is stunning; a khaki head of foam that does not fall after nearly 5 minutes of sitting, a reddish brown color with absolute clarity that appears almost blood red when held to the light. Smell is very potent and powerful with equal part resiny, herbal hops and dark malts; dried fruit, prunes, leather, botanicals, pine and resin. The taste is bitter, dark and satisfying with a burnt sugar, caramel, toast, roasted cereal grains and black coffee, offset by earthy and resinous hop character, ending astringent and slightly drying. It sits heavily in the mouth, coating; medium carbonation that is completely fitting. This beer is good to the last drop, a combination of IPA, amber ale and Imperial stout in my opinion. It's a classic that has stood the test of time and one that I come back to over and over again.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 16:58:35 | More by Aaron_Ramson
Photo of arescan


3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A - Absolutely gorgeous ruby color with a medium sized head. A treat to look at.

S - Incredibly aromatic. The beer has a very sweet, inviting scent that draws you in.

T - The beer tastes great. There's a slight taste of raisins with the hoppiness. The hoppiness lingers and becomes very strong in the after taste. Almost overpowering.

M - Very smooth and good flowing

O - My only knock here is the after taste. It's very, very strong and ruins and otherwise near perfect beer. Though, with that, it's still very good.

Serving type: growler

10-12-2013 01:17:11 | More by arescan
Photo of scotorum


4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 04:26:29 | More by scotorum
Photo of Taylor1989

New Hampshire

2.95/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep brownish copper color with a bit of sediment and A half finger of dense of white almost tanish head Very good retention.

S: Rich malt, toffee, pine and citrus

T: Malty at the beginning a little caramel, some dark fruit in there aswell. Moderate bitterness that coates the sides of the tounge that lingers for a couple of seconds.

M: Medium body, smooth, with medium but slight sharp carbonation.

O: Good beer. Not the best stone beer but a good runner up.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 18:37:16 | More by Taylor1989
Photo of thickgirth


4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.

Serving type: growler

09-26-2013 00:38:24 | More by thickgirth
Photo of CMUbrew


4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a tulip

A: Dark varnish brown color. Bubbly and creamy looking khaki head forms on top and lingers for some time.

S: Smells quite strongly of citrus and pine. Quite a nice hop aroma.

T: Citrus and pine hops, sizeable bitterness, bready and slightly caramely malt. Some earthy and tea-like flavors towards the end.

M: Nice feel that delivers the right amount of carbonation for this beer.

O: The arrogance is deserved. A highly bitter, fairly complex brew that certainly would frighten those used to mass market beer. I'm looking forward to trying its bastard brethren.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 02:00:52 | More by CMUbrew
Photo of rievelx6


4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Similar to an amber color with a slightly colored caramel head.
S- I get some hops and a little malt at the same time with every whiff.
T- Slight hop taste that sticks around on the pallet after swallowing.
M- Pretty smooth with unexpected hints of hops very good.
O- Overall very enjoyable beer. Would recommend to any pale ale/IPA lover.
I havent had a beer from Stone brewery that I didnt like

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 01:04:28 | More by rievelx6
Photo of pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 11/03/13. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep brownish copper color with crystal-clear clarity. A half finger of dense, sand colored head. Very good retention and some uneven dots of lacing. Looks superb.

S: Rich malt, toffee, cinnamon.

T: Malt, more malt, a little caramel, and moderate bitterness. A little subtle dark fruit. The malty sweetness doesn't quite offset the moderate but not overpowering or off-putting bitterness. Still, not enough flavor here to really hit the spot.

M: Medium body, smooth, with medium but slightly sharp carbonation.

O: Solid though unexceptional beer from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 23:14:02 | More by pmarlowe
Photo of WheelsPSU

New York

4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Amsterdam Ale House in Manhattan.

Pours a deep amber with a lasting head. The lacing was impeccable. Rings of froth coated the glass after each sip. The aroma was a bit of a letdown as it was very much subdued. I only caught some herbal hoppiness. The taste was sweet at first, caramel, then a mint hop explosion. Mouthfeel was a bit gritty, thick.

Overall the flavor of this beer delivers big time. I prefer this more than the Oaked version.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2013 16:15:33 | More by WheelsPSU
Photo of ronniebruner


3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As usual, Stone have created a quality brew. While I would not agree that this is a world class brew, I would definitely agree that this is an outstanding brew. The brew's strongpoint being its nice balanced aroma of fine malts and an amazing pour. The brew is very strong, pungent and acidic in a good way and leaves a great aftertaste that sticks for a while. A very worthy brew and as always, many thanks to Stone, who are easily one of the better American breweries.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 07:56:27 | More by ronniebruner
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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