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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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8,815 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,815
Reviews: 2,794
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 263
Gots: 1,028 | FT: 5
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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Photo of witster18
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow....this is good stuff. Pours with a huge well-retaining head..hue is dark brown and the nose is a strange combination of chocolate,banana, hops, and lemon. This head is going nowhere! Taste is very good....bitter hops up front give way to some glorious malts with a nice roastedness and a re-appearance from the banana. Mouthfeel is excellent and the finish is earthy and it makes my mouth water like quench chewing gum. The alcohol is pleasantly subdued for the abv%. This is seriously growing on me...even though the alcohol isn't overpowering it still gives you a little chest warmth. The aftertaste is caramel-like with a load of grassy bitter hops. Ok the head is still 70%after five minutes...impressive...I appreciate their arrogance....this is first rate....would like to try the 'oaked' version.

witster18, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of jaxon53
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass. Poured a beautiful reddish-copper color with about one finger of bubbly white head. Head slowly dissipated into a thick swirl of lace in the center of the glass. Smelled of strong bittering hops, Dark dried fruits, and faint notes of alcohol. Tasted pretty hoppy, somewhat malty with moderate carbonation and plenty of smooth alcohol in the finish. Was a great well balanced ale that gets high marks for leaving me wanting more..

jaxon53, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of xzqrut
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured a nice dark red, almost black. Carbonation appropriate, with mild head. Smell very hoppy and floral, with some nice spice. Taste was hop, hop, and hop. Very nice, great bitter finish. Nice strong mouthfeel, good consistency. Very drinkable, very good, very recommended.

xzqrut, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of OSUbrewman
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first round with the bastard, and I'm looking forward to more in the future.

Poured from the traditional 22 oz. Bomber:

Appearance: A brilliant amber hue with a fluffy 2-finger off white head. Fantastic retention and attractive lacing.

Smell: Hoppy and Flowery (makes the mouth water ;-))

Taste: Definitely not a disappointment in the hops department! Hops dominate the taste but are not overpowering or off-putting by any means.

Mouthfeel- Smooth. Goes down great with lingering hops in the finish.

Drinkability- Definitely a good session, if you ca afford it. High ABV might get you as well...

For the uninitiated, the "You're not worthy" moniker may apply (as it may take a slightly more refined palate to appreciate this one), but for those looking for a hoppy "bastard" of a brew you should look no further!

OSUbrewman, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of SaucyA
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an amazing beer. I thought I'd hate it, and went into the experience just KNOWING I would.

Boy was I surprised! I poured it out of a bomber into a standard pint glass. Nice light brown/dark amber coloring with a slightly tinged head. Lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell is fantastic, fruity and floral hops... tons of grapefruit.

Taste is spectacular, a hoppy treat, but not offensive by any means. Oils coat your throat but they're welcomed, and beg you to keep drinking. Lots of fruit, bitterness, no alcohol bite at all. The malts are very understated, but present.

Arrogant Bastard is medium bodied and medium carbonation. Not too much, and not too little.

This was a pleasant surprise, and I'm excited to try more from Stone.

*as a side note, i've been drinking this beer a lot recently, and still love it just as much or more than when i originally wrote the review. i managed to try some on tap last night and was absolutely floored... the head was remarkable.

SaucyA, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of bigdeuce
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was a little harsh for me the first couple times. But after that, I see the hype. Beautiful looking beer, as most of Stone's are. Nice head, thick lacing down the glass. Bloody red color with some banana, maybe plum and high hops on the kickback. Almost like a souped up IPA. Lots of banana on the smell, and many malts. A bit harsh on the go down, but an excellent beer nonetheless.

bigdeuce, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish amber, apricot color, clear translucence. Really nice head. No carbonation.

Grape, ripe fruit, American hops – bitter and citric, like grapefruit. Bready malt. Light toffee/butter. Mild chocolate/coffee notes. Smells like some otherworldly fruit.

Strong hop juice, significantly bitter with piney citric bouquet. Beneath there is a bed of malt, lightly sweet but strong enough to balance the heightened hop level. Light spicy undertones. Notable dry bitter aftertaste. Quite tasty.

Smooth and thick. Mild carbonation and foamation. Could have a little more carbonation spunk.

This is a brew that isn’t afraid of hops, and knows how to use them. Its not over-the-top; its strong and balanced nicely. Arrogant Bastard gets a good deal of publicity as some superbeer. It is undeniably good, much better than your average available, but it is nothing to obsess over. Also, I like the arrogant bottle.

MrHungryMonkey, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of Gmann
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the 22oz bomber. The color was an auburn brown color that was clear, had a pillowy tan head that left fantastic lacing. The smell was weaker than expected but still had a good wiff of buddy hops. The taste is what makes this brew unique. It has qualities of a porter and an AIPA. The taste is of floral hops, roasted malts, strong. The ale has a nice creamy, moderate mouthfeel, that finishes a bit dry.

Gmann, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of younger35
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank out of a Weizen glass. Maybe not the most appropriate glass but it got the job done.

Appearance- A very lovely brownish red ale. Great lacing that really enhances the look of the beer.

Smell- A malty, semi-floral alcohol smell. Not the greatest but the taste makes up for it.

Taste- First thing that jumps out at me is the Alcohol. The hops tingle the back of my throat nicely with a fruity kick. A nice caramel toasty sweetness that is very pleasant. Overall a very tasty brew!

Mouthfeel- A very fine carbonation that matches the beer very well.

Drinkability- Very tasty beer that deserves the recognition it's received. Can't wait to go poor the rest of that 22oz's and really enjoy that 7.2% ABV!

younger35, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of barrettds
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy brown-red with a great head that leaves sticky lacing all the way down. Magnificent looking brew.

S - Smell is actually the weakest aspect of ABA. Nothing really jumps out at me when give it the old waft n' sniff. Maybe some nutty malts.

T - Citrus hops at first followed by a rush of delicious nutty malt. A bitter but welcomed hop finish, as well as a nice warming trait. Good winter brew.

M - Smooth, slightly creamy and with the perfect amount of carbonation. Very satisfying.

D - A very heavy ale that packs a good punch. I'm now left with about 9 oz left of a 22 oz bottle and I feel pretty happy. Good thing this is expensive, otherwise you'd be in a world of hurt the next morning.

barrettds, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of maundythirsty
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very reddish-brown beer, clear in the first glass but lots of yeast particulate in the second. Big, off-white head. Some sticky lacing. Sweet, boozy and loaded up with citrus hops.

Toffee, toasty malt taste. Great aggressive bitter hops that leave a mild little tea-like aftertaste. Substantial mouthfeel, bordering on thick. You certainly know it's there. Sparky carbonation and pleasantly apparent alcohol.

Not too shabby. So well made. I sat down on a winter night after working a swing shift and enjoyed the heck out of it. Got a little loopy, too. If only I didn't have to get it mail order.

maundythirsty, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of bigreduw64
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 22 oz bomber into a wide mouthed wine glass. Pours an amber brown color. I didn't get too much on the nose. At first taste all I got was the flavor of hops, but after it warmed up the hoppiness dissipated and it showed a malty, nutty flavor that was complemented by hop bitterness. The flavor makes me long for almond crusted walleye to complement it.

bigreduw64, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of penguinjive7
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice mahogany color with not much of a head. What little head it had dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Strong grapefruity smell dominates.

The initial blast of flavor is of strong grapefruit followed by hops. The malts show up very briefly but are indeed present. The carbonation is a bit strong for my taste but works well with the tangy grapefruit notes.

Overall it is a fine example of the style. I could not have more than one in a sitting that is for sure. It is complex in many ways and is a must have for American Strong Ale lovers. I am more of an Imperial Stout man myself, but can definitely appreciate what this brew has to offer.

penguinjive7, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of karengarys
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This looks great in the glass, pouring a clear mohagony and leaving a little head from my slow pour.

Smells nice and malty and sweet.

Taste is quite hoppy - lots of pine flavor, along with a bit of dryness. There is a malt behind it to balance it out a bit.

Mouthfeel is very nice and foamy - not too creamy, not too coarse, and nice and cold (somehow).

Finish is a bit edgey - this is where the taste falls off a bit to me. It is creamy at the end, but there is a bit of a bitter aftertaste - too piney for my likings.

This is a great brew worth giving a try. To avoid the aftertaste.... ...keep drinking!!!

karengarys, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of TheSarge
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Arrogant Bastard Ale gives off aromas of lemon/grapefruit characters, with a little bit hint of spruce. I find there is also a slight smokiness that is unique to pale ales.

It tastes brilliantly balanced with thick maple syrup like malt, and strong as hell hops aroma. This beer is brilliant.

It’s very richly carbonated and produces mammoth head, which lasts upwards of 10 minutes after being initially poured. The body is a richly deeply dark reddish amber in color and is somewhat translucent.

This feels very syrupy and smooth, with a moderate amount of CO2. There is a slight oilyness from the hops and a warm follow through after each sip.

TheSarge, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of Normski
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sometime hard to find but a exceptional beer form the first mouth full one is forced to say "Holy molly that's good beer". I would love to try this beer on tap I think you lose a bit of taste in a bottle. The Bottle is good try this beer!!!!

Normski, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

as of this review, there are 1040 reviews applied. I got one of these via trade!!! Not sure the age but I think it's around a year or so in the bottle. Tasty, a bit reserved in the hops flavor and aroma compared to a fresh version. I liked it better with some age on it. I could imagine it cellaring a year or two longer and seeing how it comes out. While not in my market, I can see why people like this brew. For today I'll leave the expansive descriptions to the other 1040 people.

barleywinebrewer, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of Eirerate
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pt 6 fluid oz bottle into a glass. Love the bottle which is worth the read for the entertainment. Wonderful ruby brown color with a sturdy tan head that left an appealing lace in my glass. Smell was very complex — there is a lot going on here. Hops are all over the place as well as the roasted grains the fruit esters. Very enjoyable. Complex flavor that I found to be more enjoyable as the beer warmed a bit. This beer is hard to find in my area, but it was worth all the effort. I enjoyed this beer very much and would gladly purchase more.

Eirerate, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of Conrad
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not available in Canada, but I was lucky enough to get a bottle as a Christmas present. The label and script on the bottle is a hoot. Even if you are not a bitters fan, you should get one just to read the thing.
As a hop head, I can say this ale is one of the best ESBs I have ever tried.
Appearance is a nice dark ruby amber with a thick attractive head that lasted several minutes and left sparkly lacing.
Smell: The hops bitters hit the nose with a punch. Then you pick up on strong malt with a bit of spice.
Taste: Aggressive hops bitterness jumps on the tongue and wants to stay there. The malts are big enough to keep the hops in line, making this a well build beer. Yum. One of my favourites.
Mouthfeel: Heavy, with perky carbonation as a big ale should have. Long bitters finish. Very refreshing.
Drinkability: I want more! This goes down smooth and easy. Top marks.
Now if only they would export this from USA to CAN.

Conrad, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of BrewMonkey
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Probably my favorite beer ever.

Pours very dark with tons of sticky head. Even with a slow light pour you end up with a good 1 inch of head.

Aroma is hoppy but with a strong malty background. Taste follows suit. As the bottle indicates, the hop flavor is very aggressive, but the body and maltiness is perfectly balanced with the hops. Body is heavy, almost syrupy, but finishes with the hoppy bitterness that sticks to your pallete.

Only the slight heaviness keeps this beer from being more drinkable. Otherwise, it's the most flavorful beer I've enjoyed to date.

BrewMonkey, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of scorched
3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 1 pt 6 fluid oz bottle into a glass...

The color is quite nice. A deep amber color, which almost looks like barley wine. Unfortunately, this is not barley wine. The head doesn't stick around that long, no matter how hard you pour it.

The smell is interesting, to say the least. A very yeasty smell, with some sweet malt smell, and a definite hop presence. Not sure what the IBU is here, but its definitely high. Not quite balanced with the malt profile.

The taste like I said before, is unbalanced, and very hoppy. Hoppy beers are my forte, but I'm not sure I can get into this one so well.

The mouthfeel is heavily carbonated, as one would expect with an ale, not smooth at all.

Not really that drinkable, due to the overly carbonated profile and unbalanced profile... Just like the bottle says, I probably won't like it... well, I'll give it a "why the hell not."

scorched, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Reddish brown with a one and a half finger head that leaves thick lacing all down the glass.

S - Sweet caramel malt, strong pine hops - not much else.

T - Bitter immediately. Mostly bitter pine hops with a bit of grapefruit pith bitterness too. It almost tastes sour, but I think it is just a side effect of the bitterness.

M - Thin, a little harsh, pretty refreshing.

D - Alright. If you love bittering hops, then this is for you. I think it could use a bit more depth in flavor to be a truly great beer, but a great delivery of what I believe the brewer is intending this to be.

mrasskicktastic, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of halfassedjedi
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first beer review, and as im not very skilled in the art of beer tasting, im kinda winging it here.
Bought this beer after the chargers lost to the patriots in this years playoffs. Big bummer for me, but whatever.
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Beer poured a very nice amber mahogany shade. Nice thick one finger head that stayed more or less towards the end of the drink. Lacing was decent. Mouthfeel, to me, was pretty good but a bit bitter. I like bitter, but it lingered a bit longer than I would have liked. Other than that, taste was awesome. Nice and malty, with enough hops to balance it out. I would recommend this to any fan of nice dark ales.

halfassedjedi, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of RobertDwight
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Waited quite a while to try this beer. Have to come right out and say that its a damn tasty brew and I wish I could have more already! This beer has a deep amber color with decent head that fades quite a bit, but has a slight amount of retention. Smell is dominated by hops, but doesn't over power it. I think they are amarillos, but not sure. Taste is wonderful, a close perfect balance between malt and hops...one doesn't over power the other. Mouthfeel and drinkability are very high. I could confidently say that I would drink one of these everyday if given the chance! Stone PLEASE distribute to Iowa!

RobertDwight, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of riversider76
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've heard a lot about this beer. Pours amber nice head with good retention, and lacing. Smell is not as strong as expected. Sweet citrus, and hops mostly. Body is thick with some carbionation. Taste is a good combionation, of sweet dark fruits, and nice earthy hops. Very good.

riversider76, Jan 11, 2007
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,815 ratings.