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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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9,481 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,481
Reviews: 2,880
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 331
Gots: 1,555 | FT: 11
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000

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Photo of admiralcrunch
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AB is a beer that practically speaks for itself. This is the third time I've had the good fortune of drinking a bottle of Arrogant Bastard.

The other reviews paint a good picture of what to expect with this beer, so I'm mostly just posting this to suggest a food pairing. Arrogant Bastard is really excellent with peanut butter cups. Specifically, Trader Joe's brand. I haven't had it with Reese's but I imagine that it's also quite good. Enjoy!

Photo of GRPunk
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap poured into a nonic pint.

A- It poured with a nice 1 finger head that was well sustained and left great sticky rings down the glass. The body was a deep amber, a little difficult to describe under the lighting situation.

S- The hops were very pronounced, but the malt balance wasn't lacking. Citrus and grassy hops mixed with a malt sweetness.

T- Much as the aroma would suggest. Solid organic hops with a sweet malt balance.

M- A slightly oily feel. A tingle was provided by both the hops and alcohol.

D- The great flavor and feel make up for the alcohol in this one. It was remarkably drinkable.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep crimson red, clear, with a thin frothy khaki colored head. Retention was better then average yielding a sparse covering with a thin stratified layering for a lacing. Visible carbonation appeared moderate.

S: The nose yielded fresh pink grapefruit with fresh green pin needles. Some sugary notes sweetens things up a bit.

T: The initial flavor was fresh pink grapefruit, pine resin, with a nice dry maltiness similar in nature to rye. Some dry booziness of whiskey cask notes with a moderately strong and pungent grapefruit hoppinesss that was flowery. Some sticky pine resin and dry boozy alcohol finishes things up here.

M: A rich, boozy nature and dry palate leaves the tongue perched from the massive helping of Chinook hopping contributing its big pungent grapefruit hoping and fade on the tongue. A nice full viscosity, oily, with a very light carbonation factor. Malty, smooth with a big boozy finish.

D: At first tasting it lives up to its name but seems to continuously get smoother with every sip there after. You may be taken aback at first by its arrogant nature, but deep down you will find this a boozy, dry hopped treat that gets progressively smoother with every sip and will grow on you.

Photo of supercolter
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Oh arrogant bastard, where have you been hiding all my life. I have never seen Stone in my neck of the woods, so you can imagine my excitement when I saw this. Appearance is something to behold. I wish I could give higher than 5, deep, deep copper color, over two finger head. Lacing follows it all the way down. Smell is a bit weak at first, but it was cracked open at 35 degrees. As it warms, up a wave of hops his as well as a bit of sugar and a touch of alcohol. Taste is great, overwhelming hops and a decent malt backbone. A little bit of sweetness but mostly just bitter hops. Mouthfeel is perfect. Drinkability for the style and hop content is very good.

Photo of auburngrad82
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Whole Foods in Durham, NC and poured into a pint glass.

A- Nice dark red color with a tan head and lots of lacing.

S- Hoppy but not overpowering.

T- You can really taste the hops in this one. Also quite fruity. High alcohol content but doesn't negatively affect taste. Very good.

M- A nice chewy feel to this one.

D- Very good ale. Looks as good as it tastes.

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

Poured 22 oz. bomber into pint glass

Nice, dark red/brown color. fizzy two finger head, great lacing. Smells like an IPA/Pale little darker smelling. taste nutty, cofee, carmel finish. I have drank this many times but this is the first time reviewing. This is a good beer.

Photo of Goregazm
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Appearance: Pours a clean red/brown color with no bubbles rising to the surface. Has a foamy, two-finger head which lasts for a minute or two and leaves great lacing behind.

Smell: Heavy on the hops, woodsiness, pine, and some citrus. Underneath you can detect a little sweetness, but the hops are king here.

Taste: Has a hoppy bite to it, kind of like an IPA. It's bitter with some toastiness and woodsiness, along with a slight sweetness at the bottom. Maybe a few hints of caramel and delicious apples.

Mouthfeel: Frothy and slightly creamy, with no unpleasant acidity or overcarbonation. Aftertaste is similar to the taste, with bitter malts predominant.

Drinkability: This is a strong, hoppy beer that fans of either American Strong Ales or IPAs will enjoy. The kick is one that you won't forget, and it's a great beer to eat with pasta, like I did. Stone has done it again, giving us another reason to praise them.

Photo of daledeee
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer because I recognized the name from the Top 100. A 22 oz bottle on a weeknight. Oh well. here goes.

This pours a dark clear brown that is reddish if held up to the light. The head was actually two tone with different bubbles. This is a fairly bland smelling beer with malt.

Taste is much like an IPA to me. Lots of hops but not as much grapefruit. A hint of malt. Very easy to drink. Well crafted beer and very "clean" tasting. Medium mouth feel but not a lot of bite.

Photo of SouthAtholSuds
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fizzie yellow beer is for wussies. That says it all. Beer pours a dark ruby copper hue with a frothy head. The malts on the nose in this beer are quite powerful and mask the smell of the hop profile nicely. The thick malty syrup-like quality to this beer makes it like no other (except oak aged and double bastard). The huge malt character to the beer balances so nicely with the hops that they are almost undetectable. Strong alcohol is masked nicely and balanced perfectly. I want to pour this beer on my ice cream.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 1/19/2008 (bottle):

Pours a dark brown colored body, with a brownish head that is big & lasting. Has a very bitter hoppy aroma. Wow sourness in the mouth. Very bitter dry, malty sour taste. Almost acidic. Warming. I didn't like this beer so much before, but now, it's growing on me.

Photo of BierFan
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Dark brown. Looks fairly murky but you can still see through it if it's held to a light. Has a light tan head.

Smell: Big aroma of dry hops and not really anything else.

Taste: Lots of hops and a bit of alcohol. Malts are there but they definitely take a back seat in this beer.

Mouthfeel: Appropriately full mouthfeel with some hoppy dryness.

Photo of SudNut
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The back label left me cackling like a chuckle monkey!

After the pre-opening entertainment I poured the 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The pretty amber glow with a lacy brown head makes me all warm inside. Chug the suds!

The smell while good was a little limp wristed. The typical suspects were present a light piney grapefruit aroma. I guess I was expecting more, but the taste, oh the taste, mmm. Amplify the smell by at least 3X. Like licking a grapefruit in a pine forest, POW! I mean that in a good way.

Take it for a tour around the molars and you really notice the grapefruit hoppy taste with pine undertones. Swallow it down for sweet malty pine tree bliss.

Gave it lower drinkability because of ABV. This is a very good beer.

Photo of davexisxrabid
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

First off, this brew had good head that left ample lacing as the chugging commenced. The head did fizzle down after a minute or so.

This ale has a rich mahogony color to it, somewhat cloudy but not overly so.

The aroma that srtuck me was a sort of blend of malty caramel and pine; there was a strong hop presence.

The flavor was well balanced between the malts which seemed to hit me first and the hop aftertaste. I'm not a super hop-head and this was pretty well balanced in my opinion.

High alcohol content in this one though, I didn't really detect it while drinking this beer.

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

A - A deep translucent amber color with a tall, lasting light tan head that hung around long enough to leave a good amount of lacing down the glass.

S - Hops, grapefruit, some sweet malt and perhaps some wood.

T - Interesting. Grapefruit hops are up front but the malt is not too far behind. A little sweet, spicy and bitter. A woodsy taste hits with the malt and leaves a pleasant and long lasting after taste.

M - Medium bodied.

D - Strong tasting and satisfying. This is a good beer for sure, but I might tire of the strong flavors in this one after a couple.

Photo of donteatpoop
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle was pretty badass, the info on the back made me laugh like an idtiot.

It poured a nice deep ruby red with a thick head that retained nicely and left a lacing residue on the glass.

Smelled very hoppy, vaguely funky.

The taste was interesting, difficult to describe, but interesting. The hops hit heavy first, tasted like a blend of hops; a slight bite hit the mouth, and the alcohol was a bit strong. The more I drank of it, the better it tasted, a bit sweet perhaps, but not overly so. There's a lot of depth in the taste of this one.

Smooth in the mouth, rolls nicely over the tongue.

Very drinkable despite the strong presence of alcohol.

Photo of gory4d
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my mug with a tan three-finger head that dissipates quickly though some remains all the way down to leave thick lacing down the glass. The smell is woodsy, maybe some cedar in there, with hints of fruit (berry?) and some biscuity notes. The taste is huge from start to finish: starts off with sweet malts, moves through to diacetyls and faint caramel, then hits you hard with a hop finish that goes on and on -- big hits of grapefruit or tangelo, maybe even lemon rind. The hop finish also makes for a rather pleasantly dry mouthfeel in the end, though before that what strikes me is the smoothness of it: perfectly carbonated, just enough to fill your mouth with all this goodness. Glad to find this fresh from the keg: I prefer it to the bottled version.

Photo of ElGeordie
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The dogs bollox.
I had a couple of (imperial) pints of AB at the British Beer Co in Walpole MA the other night.
I'm not really a big drinker of anything 6% ABV and above, but I'm glad I made an exception.
The beer travelled really well from CA to the East coast.
This is a mighty pint: it looks great just the way a beer should -clear medium amber colour with half an inch of creamy head.
I'm not one for smelling beer but I didn't notice anything untoward.
Arrogant Bastard is an all out assault on the taste buds: hops a plenty with multitudes of malty afternotes.
I'd like to try this for a full session (with a designated driver) the more I drank, the more I enjoyed it. It is a beer with so much depth and character, words can't do it justice.
Go out and get some - you won't regret it - at least until the next morning.

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

A - Pours dark amber with a 2 finger light tan head with excellent lacing

S - lots and lots of grapefruit

T - Fairly bitter throughout with the hops opening up after the initial taste. Not really unbalanced, but definitely heavy on hops! The malt really comes out as the beer warms.

M - A bit sticky, not overly carbonated

D - more drinkable than I expected at the first sip, it's starting to grow on me

Not as good as I was led to believe, but then again I'm not really a hophead. Still probably the best hoppy beer I've had so far!

Photo of argock
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz etched brown bomber into an oversized wine glass.

A: Dark, Tootsie roll burned caramel brown with slim off-white head but lace streams down the glass in delicate formations.

S: Delcious floral and fruity hops (pineapple and grapefruit) meet the nose first followed by toffee and dark fruit aromas.

T: An unparalleled combination of caramel and dark fruit flavors with a bit of spicy zing completed by a grapefruit-pineapple hops finish.

M: Body is full with fairly active carbonation for a strong ale. Aftertaste is mildly drying and malty.

D: One of the ultimate American ales: explosive flavor matched with surprising drinkability. The bottle version gives more control of serving temperature and thus better exposure of the depth of flavor and aroma of this beer.

Photo of PerzentRizen
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

"You're Not Worthy!" I love it!!! I have to say I almost shit myself when I read the bottle. Everything about this beer screams hilarious. The cool thing about Arrogant Bastard is it walks the walk too! I can't believe how close this tastes to Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye Ale - only much much better. The hop character is amazing.

I poured mine into a Duvel tulip glass. A nice frothy head appeared and then reduced to a thin lace. This beer is cloudy and you can definately tell it's from the hops from the first whiff down to the last swig.

The aroma is of moutains of fresh hop resin and miles of barley and what I believe is at least some rye. Who knows the IBU count on this one? I think it's classified.

The flavor is amazingily complex. The first thing you taste is sweet grain and a biscuit mouthfeel that quickly and suddenly morphs to a mouth, nose, and throat full of hops. Weird in a really cool way. I love this ale!

The mouthfeel is full and robust. I love the fact that this ale is not fully attenuated. The 7.3% abv is just about perfect for the body and flavor. The alcohol is almost imperceptible.

I would give this ale high marks for drinkability if not for the huge hop bite. I love it and can drink a gallon of it, but I am afraid I must rate the style without regard to personal preference.

Photo of bonkers
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. The beer is a toasted color of caramel. The head is thick, fluffy, and sticky. There are several layers of lacing in this bad boy. The smell is deceptively sweet with a hint of alchohol. The brew is smooth. This a very well balanced beer. The first sip is sweet and almost bready, Then a wonderful waterfall of alcohol coats the tongue. The finish is of wonderful aromatics, with hints of pear. The beer has medium body and is very drinkable. I think it would complement a steak very nicely.

Photo of rye726
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber color with a tan head. Good retention. The nose is a nice mixture of subtle sweet malts and bitter hops. Taste also has a nice collection of piney and floral hops over mellow candy malts. Medium body well carbonated. Classic brew from stone.

Photo of gmuller
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Off-red copper, almost soil colored.

Smells hoppy, green, earthy.

Tastes exceptional, medium bodied, perfectly balanced hop to malt flavor. mouthfeel not too think, not as thin as some of the other Stone brews.

Very drinkable beer as long as you can handle the alcohol content all night long

Photo of n00tz
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served cool (50 degrees) in a wheat beer glass.

A - Deep amber body, tightly tan head that lingers and laces down the glass, perfectly dispersed carbonation that begs to be tasted.

S - Deep coniferous forest scent under the cover of a soft layer of sweet malt. Very well balanced presentation for a hoppy ale.

T - Deep coniferous forest scent paves the way to a rich piney taste that is absolutely wonderful. Malt shows itself through various tastings at assumed different temperatures in the middle of most tastings.

M - Medium bodied pine palate that feels clean going down and leaves a trail on the palate of the rich hops.

D - This is by far one of my favorite high gravity beers... glad to see it finally got restocked.

Photo of barleyman
3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 1pt-6oz painted label brown glass bottle into my straight sided glass tumbler. The mahogany colored beer leaves little lace in the glass. The smell is predominately of malt, with date and raisin undertones. A bit of hop smell is evident at the onset. Taste is of clove, raisin, date, fig, pine, and hop. Very complex, this is a beer to savor. Absolutely superb malt, hop balance. Mouthfeel is excellent, with just the right amount of hop finish. I'm afraid I have found a new favorite beer. This is a world class product, in keeping with west coast standards; if you have the opportunity to try this beer, do not pass it up.

just a thought,


Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,481 ratings.