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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000

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Photo of Liverpool08
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light amber red. Good sticky off white head that also had a great taste. Smell is very hoppy, also piney with a hint of citrus. Taste is very smooth. Nice bite of hops and pine with a slight metalic feel in the mouth. A little bit of the bitter stays on the tongue. Nice drinkibility, very smooth and easy to drink. Kind of surprising given the name. But easily one of the best of this style.

Photo of BDLbrewster
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thank you Metalmonk. Believe the hype.

Poured into a shaped pint. Dark amber, kind of a caramel-plum color.
Head formed slowly, tiny bubbles that dissipated quite quickly leaving nice lacing.

Smell is hop/ alcohol forward, pine notes along with sweet, sugary-malty accents.

Bittersweet, caramel toned up by a nice piney hop kick on the back of your tongue. That nice hop bite almost totally covers up the alcohol, although when it starts to warm up there is a trace metallic taste in the finish. Even warmer and a bitter toffee flavor emerges and the brew really smooths out.

Mouthfeel is suitable for the style with decent carbonation (wish the was more.)

All in all this is a very drinkable brew. Would love a chance to try this on tap. Good offering.

Photo of showell
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had really mixed results from this beer. The first bottle of it that I had was absolutely outstanding. The second bottle was also outstanding. The third bottle was... let's say not so good. Okay, actually the third bottle was really pretty bad. I'm going to assume that I just had a bad bottle though, and rate it from the first couple bottles. It pours fairly dark with a nice piney scent, with a hint of citrus. The taste is just about what you expect from the scent. Hoppy... very hoppy... with a nice caramel flavor. The feel is good, and the drinkability pretty good. One bottle was enough for me. I'll eventually get some more of it, if I can get past the worry that I'll get another bad bottle. The bad one was really nasty... but when it's what it should be, it's a really great beer.

Photo of PDXHops
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber, poured into a snifter.

Imposing deep reddish brown body. 2 fingers of puffy light tan head. Nice head retention. Extensive network of creamy, crackly and clumpy lacing. Seriously, there are clumps of head/lace hanging onto the side of the glass like a spiderweb.

Nose is all "big". Big sweet brown sugar and toffee, plus a hint of molasses. Big pine/herbal/citrusy hops. Healthy dose of booziness. Not doing this justice- it smells damned good.

This stuff tastes great. Caramelized brown sugar and black strap molasses burn up front. Lots of caramel malt sweetness. Plentiful dark fruit- raisins, dates, plums, maybe even cherry- and baked apples yielding to a earthy, piney, and citrusy hop explosion.

Medium full body with fairly vigorous carbonation. Chewy and sticky. Something about this beer invites you to chomp on it a bit and explore the complexity.

Overall impression: My wife's favorite beer, and for good reason. Somehow it manages to be aggressively malty and aggressively hoppy at the same time. Great brew, one I like to have in the old beer fridge at all times.

Photo of beer2day
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lot darker than expected. No hint of black or even dark brown, but just a very opaque redish gold. Thin head, but decent retention. Little visible carbonation. Good lacing.

Nose is a little fruity. The body of the beer is evident in the thickness of the aroma coming off the head. Lot of malt in this one.

Hits thick. Finishes thick. I don't even want to know how many calories are in this beer ... because I'm going to drink a lot of them. There's a hint of peatiness here (ala a scotch ale), but the alcohol leads you to a barleywine feel as well. A lot of complexity going on.

Photo of Gosox8787
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a growler at the store today. Served into a glass mug in two parts. I also have to add the note at the back of the beer was pretty funny and entertained my friends I was drinking with. Onto the beer.

Poured with a beige, one finger head. The beer was dark amber to brown in color and almost appeared black at points. The nose was balanced between pine notes from the hops and caramel sweetness from the hops. The taste was dominated by the hops, although there was a significant malty backbone. Pine flavors came through the hardest. There was a noticeable bitter aftertaste after each sip. The malts were not quite strong enough to shine through the hops. Mouthfeel was heavy with a slight carbonation, about what you would expect. The drinkability was not really high. After the growler, I did not feel I needed any more. The alcohol is not noticeable at all, however.

Overall, a good offering from Stone. It is certainly not my favorite from them. It reminded a lot of Troeg's Nugget Nectar, although I preferred that. Note: I drank over a half and hour and allowed to warm to room temperature. The flavor was enhanced by this and I enjoyed the second half of the beer immensely. A good but not great offering.

Photo of Psilo707
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a really deep mahogany red with tons of bubbles rising to the top immediately. The head and lacing are both solidly thick and lasting. Smell is absolutely awesome, and I'd have to say this beer has one of the best aroma's you could ever possibly smell, 5/5 without a doubt.

Tastes extremely piney with a very distinct low-tone sting to it. Unique to any other beer. It's well-balanced and there is an alcohol bite at the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel is creamy and its presence is heavy. Drinkability is a bit lower than the other aspects, I've never been one to down too many Stone's in a night, but still decent.

Overall this is one of the most popular microbrewery beers out of San Diego for a reason. Great stuff all around.

Photo of jimj21
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Twenty twp ounce bomber poured into a wine glass. This one pours an opaque caramel-copper color and is topped with two fingers of beige head. Retention is decent with lots of lacing all around the glass.

Smell is pretty good. Actually quite malty, but the hops are definitely present. Maltiness is caramel and burnt sugar. Hops add a nice citrusy character and some spiciness too.

Again, the maltiness is really coming through. There is a lot of caramel sweetness. A little smokiness as well. In my opinion, the malt character actually is pretty similar to that of Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA. This fades into some spicy hops and a touch of citrus. Nice bitter and piney finish.

Good creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation level is good. Could be a little smoother, but good overall. A little alcohol heat on the finish.

This was good overall. There is a nice balance between the hops and malt. This is an older bottle, so the hops have faded a bit. Still very good though. Another winner from Stone.

Photo of smanders
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try this one for awhile, and at $4.59/bomber I couldn't pass it up. Poured into a British pint glass for review.

Appearance - Dark amber with two fingers of foamy head.

Smell - More hops than expected. Lots of sugars and caramel too.

Taste - Sweet with a nice hop balance. Like the mixture of a DIPA and an Altbier. Great!

Mouthfeel - pretty heavy but not too much.

Drinkability - High. I will definitely be searching for more of Stone's "Arrogant" series in the near future.

Photo of njthebestofme
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

what a beutyful beer and well balanced... when pouired you get a nice copper color ale with a thick head around two fingers smells of hops where great.. taste was nice with lots of hops it was smooth but not a chuggable beer i really wanted to enjoy the taste... nice lacing and great after taste .. i loved it ... cheers

Photo of greg202stewart
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You have ever right to be arrogant...you bastard. I like it a lot!

a- pours a dark reddish brown with a decent frothy head into a pint glass

s- Very spicey flavor also some hops

t- Malty, hoppy and a bit citrusy, but not at all bitter

This beer drinks very smooth and was very unique for me. I thought from some of Stone's other beers that it was going to be overly hoppy, but this is an awesome blend.

Can't wait to try the oaked and the double bastard

Photo of spratmi
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark copper color with a thin one finger head. Excellent lacing remained on the sides of the glass throughout of the tasting.
S: Dominated by sweet pine notes and citrus hops.
T: Delicious. There was an immediate note of sweet pine and bitter citrus hops with a well balanced hint of floral hops and malt. The taste closely matched the nose.
M: Medium bodied with decent carbonation. A dry bitter finish.
D: Very tasty and drinkable.

Photo of Foolmonkey
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance was very dark red, with a small tan foam top.
Smell was very sweet and flavorful.

The Taste was big and creamy, and if you weren't ready for the style you'd feel like your mouth just got punched.
Both the mouth feel and drink ability reflect how powerful this ale is. Certainly too flavorful to drink 3 or 4 pints of the stuff. Overall, a good experience from this bastard.

Photo of jkbusman
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - relatively dark red but not cloudy at all; a cream coloured head that sticks around and leaves some nice lacing

S - strong hoppy citrus with a bit of malty sweetness at the back

T - sweet citrusy flavor up front supported by a rich malty middle and a nice lingering piney hop finish

M - medium full body with medium carbonation and almost no alcohol presence

D - an absolutely delicious ale, one of my all-time favorites

Photo of captenaj
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep red or brown with a thick, persistent head.
S: Rich, malty aroma with a nice hops presence.
T: Hoppy start and finish, but not overpowering. Very pleasant without being too strong.
M: A little thin but still very nice.
D: With 7.2% alcohol, you couldn't have too many of these, but it was still very pleasant.

I don't like the name or the tag line ("You're not worthy") but this beer was very pleasant.

Photo of ffejherb
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle into goblet on 4/27/09. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing.

A - Poured an attractive clear ruby red body with one-finger beige head that settled into a patchy film and yielded some elaborate lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Sweet and sugary nose with an earthy hop character and a hint of floral notes. I also detect a dark fruit presence that suggests raisins and apricots.

T - Dark fruit notes up front with the aforementioned raisins and apricots paired with a subtle resiny hop character and earthy notes, albeit a bit restrained. Definitely not as aggressively hopped as I was anticipating. Hop presence is a bit muted overall.

M - Medium body with a warm, bristly mouthfeel and slight syrupy texture. Mild bitterness on the palate.

D - I found this to be good but not mild-blowing. Perhaps the bottle was slightly past its prime. I would like to sample this on tap soon, because I know there is potential here. With a name like Arrogant Bastard, it HAS to be good, right?

Photo of Fish113d
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

** Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass at 50 degrees (refrigerated).

Pours a dark brown-copper color with two-fingers thick of pinkish/tan head that seems to not want to go away. Very nice feature.

Aroma is slightly earth hoppy with a caramel aroma along for the ride. A lot of yeast hits my nose actually after smelling multiple times. Very nice nose.

Sipping reveals a rather malty flavor. Some caramel flavors come through along with a fruit flavor maybe of plum from what i can gather. A slight biscuit flavor comes through as well on the swallow with a slightly boozy aftertaste. Very very nice. Afterflavors is rather hoppy honestly...interesting!

Well-balanced carbonated body with a slightly chewy body. Drying finish with solid flavors throughout the experience (up front through the swallow and aftertaste).

Too yummy for words! Very drinkable in flavor and feel, but scarily boozy to end an evening early. Be very very careful with this one! Cheers.

Photo of BeenJammin
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It has a dark copper color with a fair amount of ruby red tint to it. The aroma is sweet, spicy and nutty. The taste is so very complex with dark plums, caramel, spicy, and nutty flavors. It also has some hot alcohol flavors mixed in with its great bitterness. It has a fairly thick body and is very complex.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark copper with a two-finger tan head. The smell is a bunch of different types of hops including citrus and piney with a thin overlay of malt. The taste starts off With some sweet malt that is cut pretty quickly by some citrusy hops followed by some piney and floral hops with a good balance. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with a moderate amount of carbonation. This is a good beer to be sure, but I think I may prefer to subtleties of the oaked version better.

Photo of wchesak
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Allagash chalice

A - poured a ruby brown with a good fingers worth of light tan head, some lacing already forming

S - lots of hops, like opening a bag of hop pellets from the west coast, lots of grapefruit...only a slight caramel malt taste

T - nice sweet malt start that quickly recedes and is overtaken by astringent hops that leaves a dry/bitter taste in the mouth, start to pick up on the alcohol half way through the glass

M - medium bodied, a bit sticky, good carbonation

D - not too much of session beer, but something that I like to enjoy on a regular basis

Photo of GoodBeerTire
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured copper-brown, with a 2 finger tan head. Slightly cloudy. Head stayed well, and decent lacing.

S - Malty, some citrus from the hops. Not overpowering. Not very memorable.

T - Starts malty, not a lot of sweetness. Hops bring some bitterness, but not a lot. Tasted the alcohol on the 3rd or 4th mouthful. Pretty strong and staying aftertaste of alcohol and hops.

M - Nice and creamy. The carbonation was just right.

D - Bomber was about the right size. Will drink again, but not a session beer in my opinion.

Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby with a big, fluffy tan head.

The nose is dominated by sweet malts. Caramel and brown sugar. Some hops provide a piney and floral character, but the malts take center stage.

This remains sweet throughout, the hops adding flavor and bitterness, but never working their way to the top. The pine character provides a drying astringency in the finish. I'd almost rather it weren't so sweet.

It won't be hard to finish the bomber, but I doubt I'd want more right away. That seems like enough for a sitting.

Photo of jonziefle
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a dark brown, hard to see through, and slightly cloudy. Two finger khaki colored head, with good retention. Very good lacing.

Smell: Smells of stronger hops and fruit. Darker fruit combined with citrus (grapefruit), pine, and raisins. Not much in the way of malts, in the nose.

Taste: Interesting balance of hops and malts. A nice hop bite to start, but darker and smoky malts move in quickly and overwhelm the hops. Not quite an "aggressive" beer as Stone suggests, but quite a bit stronger in flavor than a traditional ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied beer, a little harsh in the mouth, but not too bad. The flavor coats the mouth and lingers. Chewy.

Drinkability: A decent IPA, one to try just for reading the bottle. It is decidedly more "aggressive" than the normal ale, but a little too dark and raw for me. Not enough hops, and too much malts.

Photo of OnThenIn
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A inch and a half thick off white head. It has great head retention. It is a nice dark dark amber color.

Smell: A little bit of bit of fruity citrus smell and mostly malt, but not a lot of smell in this.

Taste: Some malt taste at the beginning with a great deal of pine hop taste and a strong bitter kick at the end.

Mouthfeel: This is a nicely medium carbonated bigger beer. It is somewhat creamy.

Drinkability: This beer is very drinkable and is very enjoyable also. Definitely something I will buy again soon.

Photo of TommyW
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Dark, reddish brown with a tan head that has great retention and leaves a sticky lace.

S- Sweet malts, dark fruits (prune) and notes of floral hops.

T- Sweet and toasted malts with notes of caramel. Alcohol notes dance around the tongue. The sweetness is balanced well with an assertive hop fill. Finish is dry with some dark fruity flavors that linger.

M- Medium to full body with a perfect carbonation level.

D- One of my favorite beers to date. Would gladly drink it all the time.

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