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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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9,547 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,547
Reviews: 2,895
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 334
Gots: 1,645 | 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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Ratings: 9,547 | Reviews: 2,895
Photo of gabe23
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber color with a nice creamy head. Lacing looks great and occurs all the way to the bottom of the glass.

S - Hoppy aroma with some fruity sweetness deep in the background. Some alcohol, but it blends nicely.

T - Starts sweet but citrusy hops hit you quickly. The hops flavor seems to cling to the inside of your mouth until the next drink. It's fairly dry with a nice, green aftertaste.

M - Full and substantial, but still goes down smooth.

D - I could easily put away a few pints of this fine beer. I'm not really a hophead, but this one has just the right balance that ensures the hop profile doesn't completely dominate. Arrogant Bastard is a regular fixture in my fridge.

Photo of melagnus
4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a deep copper color with a nice foamy head. Head retention is spot-on and leaves a wonderful residue (no lacing though) on the side of the glass as it recedes.

S - Instant smell of hops (Cascadian?) Balanced well in aroma with a malty smell at the end. Hops seem to dominate, though nothing out of style.

T - A very smooth taste across the palate with a bitter finish from the hops. Malts hit your tongue in the center of the palate to wash over with a bitter finish. Creaminess completely covering the tongue with a long subdue on the second swallow. Balance strikes me as more balanced than was the case upon first sample. Third sample exposes itself to a malty finish, though quickly subsides to expose the more aggressive hoppy-side.

M - Taste is similar to the smell, though more hoppy aromas are prevalent in the smell than in the taste. Very smooth, properly carbonated and well-balanced!

D - Extremely drinkable and a beer I could easily drink into the wee-hours of the night.

Definitely a highly recommended beer and by far one of my favorites. I'm enjoying it so much I wish I didn't use some it for my brussel sprout recipe!


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

Pours a clear dark red with orangish edges, billowing cream colored head, meringue-like one finger chunk sticks around forever, thick sheet of lace all the way down. Smell: pine needles, floral, pink grapefruit, caramel, hints of cherry and plum. Taste: grapefruit, citrus rind, caramel, some leafy raw edges, roasted with a hint of dark chocolate. Given the finish, I'd swear there were oats involved. Even with all of the other amped ASAs out there, AB is still the king... brash, abrasive, but well rounded.

Photo of SerieDNo3
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a mug

A: Pours a very deep ruby. Despite being clear, it is very dark, and hard for light to penetrate. About a finger and a half of a fluffy, reddish-tan head. Decent head retention, and lots of lacing.

S: A lot of hops on the nose, as well as some dark fruit and caramel.

T: Varying hop flavors competing with some caramel, toffee, and a lot of pineapple. The pineapple flavors are very evident as the beer warms up.

M: The carbonation level is about right. The beer feels a bit oily and slick, with a little bit of a tingle on the back of the throat as it goes down.

D: It may not be as beautiful or complex as its seasonal bigger brother, but it's much more balanced. I've had nights wherein I put down several pints of this like water (only to feel the effects later). It's scarily drinkable. The alcohol is extremely well-hidden, so what remains is a wonderfully tasty beer that begs to be drunk again and again.

Photo of FishHeadLover
4.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This (obviously) is one of my favorite beers to drink on a regular basis.
A- Dark amber color with a good white head that laces around the glass. I love the way this beer looks.
S- Aggresive hop odor, very aggresive hop odor. Everytime I drink this beer, and I drink it often, I forget how hoppy it is and it always brings a smile to my face.
T- WOW!! So stong and hoppy. I get a piny after taste with a bite in the back of my mouth. Yum!
M- Once its in your mouth you know its a stong ale and you can definatly tell the ABV. Makes your tounge happy before destroying your tastebuds.
D- Yes Yes YES!! Sorry I just really enjoy this beer. I recomend it to anyone who mentions they like a hoppy beer.

Photo of Grathan
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is mainly about hops. Strong flavours of cascades type flavor reminiscent of Sierra Nevada's pale ale with plenty of bitterness to boot. The second most prominent feature is the creamy head. It's almost like whip cream floating on a sundae mmm! I love the label on the back of the bottle,"warning this is an aggressive beer. You probably won't like it."

Photo of talkinghatrack
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clearly this beer doesn't hide its intentions. So even if it isn't perfect for your tastes, you know what you're getting into.

Nice pour head retains a little foam mound after settling. The aroma is great - solid hits of freshly cut fruit (apricot?). Each sip is its own little rollercoaster. It starts with the fruity smell as you raise the glass to your nose, then you get the medium bodied mouthfeel. Next is the sweet fruit that gives way to a bitter kick that appears and mellows after each swallow. I'm not a big bitters fan but I find this one tolerable and I know it's by design. The whole package of taste and smell easily masks its 7.2% alcohol content and keeps it highly drinkable.

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

A muddy brown, quite opaque hints of copper around the edges. Head pours thick and off-white and damn does it stay. Tons of lacing around the glass. Smell is malty with essence of grapefruit and pine. More grapefruit than anything though. This is an aggressively hopped beer, though more mellow than I remember. Perhaps, the bottle is a bit on the older side. Hops come forward first, with a piney taste. A malty sweetness persists in the middle that gives way to a strong bitterness. Not quite astringent, but the alcohol is definitely there. Mouthfeel is just about perfect for this beer. Well carbonated to carry the hops and booze off the tongue. The beer is quite coating though and does seem to stick to the tongue.

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

22oz bottle poured into a nonic glass.

Pours a very nice dark amberish-brown color. One and a half to two finger head that leaves an impressive lacing.

Smells sweet, you can pick up the malts right away. At the same time, the hops are definitely noticeable too, great balance.

On taste its slightly bitter, with some citrus notes added. Good roasted malt also. Seems to be medium bodied and overall the perfect balance. I really enjoyed drinking this.

The 7.2 abv is hidden very well, could drink many of these. Don't let it sneak up on you though, as I picked up a hint of the alcohol near the end.

Awesome brew, highly recommend it!

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

This is simply one superb ale. Pours a beautiful burgundy-amber color under a durable, wispy off-white head. Aroma is initially dominated by the sweet malt profile. Lots of roasted malts, caramel and wheat toast notes are up front supported by a background of citrus-pine needle hop aromas. Mouthfeel is just perfect; smooth, chewy and round. Flavors in turn are definitely all about the hops here, but the sweetness of the malts balance things out very nicely. Starts out with somewhat semi-sweet dark wheat bread, smokey, fig flavor, but quickly transcends into a big, crisp and bitter hoppy long finish. It reminded me a lot of Bigfoot without the big alcohol kick and with a touch more malt.

Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured bomber bottle into a pint glass. Nice head and lacing to followed. I smell black licorice, nutmeg, and black olives. Drinking slightly above room temp. gives off the hoppyiness mixed with the flavors of a strong ale. Well done sums it up.


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

A clear deep garnet red/brown. One finger head little evident carbonation. Good lacing.

Piney hops and light caramel malt as well. A big floral and complex bouquet.

Hops hit first with force. Malt tries to balance it out initially but it is a losing battle. As it warms the balance evens out. A nice malty core checks the effusive hop blend. Strong hops are like Sierra Nevada Celebration on steroids. Finish is complex and hoppy with roasty malt.

Mouthfeel is and the slightly lighter side of medium. Good carbonation level as it scrubs the tongue in a long drying finish.

Excellent drinkability. Alcohol is nowhere to be found until you finish the glass.

On tap at the House Of Brews NYC from tasting notes 4/12/08

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

On-tap in pint glass at Craft Ale House in Limerick.

A - Amber/copper pour with big 2 finger head. Great head retention and heavy lacing.

S - Big aroma of citrus and hops. Slight hint of malt as well.

T - Sweet citrus notes, predominately grapefruit. Sweeter than one may expect. Very hoppy as well. Finishes with a slightly bitter aftertaste, but for a hoppy beer it's nicely balanced.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D - Surprisingly well-balanced and highly drinkable for such a hoppy beer.

A fantastic beer - even better on tap than when I've had it in the bottle. Definitely worth it's arrogance!

Photo of ncstateplaya
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Upon initial inspection I was like, damn that is brown!!! Actually, this bastard poured a cloudy orange hued amber when held up to the light. The off-white head was fizzy and quickly receeded, leaving a sheet of head and subtle lacing.

Smell: The malts are extremely sweet, date like almost. There is a nice hoppy aroma that lends citrusy fruit zest to the nose. I also picked up hints of vanilla that was very welcoming.

Taste: This brew was very hoppy, more so than I was expecting going on smell alone. The hoppy bitterness is the underlying characteristic, and a nice malty backbone smoothes everything over. There is also a satisfying bite of alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel: It is full of carbonation, keeping the tastebuds honest I say. AB is definitely crisp and has a drying bitter finish, but it goes down oh so smooth.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer. It is extremely well crafted with no quality being overwhelming. I have reviewed both the oaked and unoaked versions...I enjoyed both, but probably would rather have the unoaked myself.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.31/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

GLASS: Young's Imperial Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Pours a nice dark brown/amber. Medium pour produces a good two-finger head of lightly tan foam. Retention is very good and lacing is slightly impressive.

Nice, big caramely malt notes. Citrus hops notes, mostly grapefruit. Very bready.
For such a 'big' beer, I expected a bigger nose.

Starts with a kiss of sweet caramel and brown sugar on top of some dark fruits. Just before you can get into that, though, it blasts you with the bitter bite of big citrusy hops.
Needs to be a touch more balanced. The hops overpower everything else.

Good body. It's at the higher end of medium, on the scale. Almost gets into full-bodied, but not quite.

It's very good, but could be so much better with more balance. Not my favorite from Stone, although it is their flagship brew.

Photo of Wackyfoot
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Contrary to the opinion written on the bottle, I found myself to be worthy of this beer. I must be pretty damn sophisticated. This one pours a deep, dark brown with a nice head and has a nice aroma and a nice malt taste with a huge bitter hop finish.

Photo of biggred1
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby amber colored with a nice fluffy two fingers of tan head that leaves decent lacing down the glass. Smells of toffee and caramel,fresh bread dough and grapefruity hops. The taste starts sweet and caramely then becomes nice and hoppy, a beautiful combination of massive flavors that pummel the palate. Complexity improves as it warms. Medium heavy mouthfeel, it coats your throat and sticks to your ribs. Highly drinkable, I always forget how good this stuff really is. Very nice.

Photo of grayburn
4.87/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a frothy dark amber, thick head and heavy lacing.

Notes of caramel and citrus in abundance, I took a minute to put on my wonder woman underoos at this point, and continued with caution. This is a big beer.

The taste is a wonderful balance of over-hopping and over-malting that continues all the way into a strong lingering finish. This is an arrogant bastard of beer that is hard not to love. It is powerful shit that doesn't need to offer apologies.

Photo of Riverwarrior
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S = Big notes of pine and citrus with sweet malt in the background.

T = Huge blast of pine and orange zestiness upfront. A sweet, caramel maltiness controls the hop and pine bitterness for a great balance. Finish was bitter-sweet and no alcohol detected.

MF = Rich, thick body with moderate carbonation. Very creamy.

Overall, this is a well balanced, super hoppy ale that goes down very easy.

Photo of RickS95
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Two fingers of tan head. Looks like icea tea, only darker.

Malty chocolate in the nose. Mouthfeel is like a porter...if it didn't sale ale on the bottle I would have guessed this to be a porter.

Really nice lacing. The finish will keep you busy. It starts off a bit sweet, then you notice what I think may be orange peel, it's bitter but not hoppy bitter. Then the 7.2% alcohol warms your mouth.

Photo of hoplover82
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber almost brown color with a creamy tan head with good retention. Great strong lacing.

Aroma is very hoppy with lots of caramel malts. Dark fruits come through.

Flavor is the same as above with substantial bitterness. A little spicy too.

Full bodied smooth and creamy.

Drinkable indeed.

Photo of DoShek
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - poured into a snifter with two fingers of tan head, beer is a deep amber with some crimson color, head subsides over a few minutes to a thin layer and solid ring where beer meets glass

Smell - piney hops, brown sugar/molasses notes, grapefruit aromas, some toffee or caramel as well, as the Bastard warmed hints pineapple came forth as well

Taste - light malt sweetness on the front that gives away to pine and citrus hop flavors, the hop profile sticks to the palate until the next sip, also picking up some slight bread and biscuit, as the beer warms it balances enough to make sure the hops aren't overpowering but still leaving them in the forefront

Mouthfeel - very full and smooth, slight astringency, great carbonation

Drinkability - this Bastard is magnificent, would definitely drink again

I had been waiting to try Arrogant Bastard until I developed the taste for hops and am glad that did. This is a great beer that I don't think I would have fully appreciated before. I'm proud to say that I am worthy!

Photo of JayNH
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear deep copper color with a decent foamy head. Leaves a nice lacing in the glass.

S- The first thing I detect is hops. Slightly citrus sweetness with a hint of alcohol.

T- A somewhat dry sweetness with plenty of hops. Well balanced, though the more I drink the more the hops coat the tongue. Leaves a sweet grassy aftertaste.

M-VERY smooth. Slides over the tongue like silk. Carbonation is perfect.

D- This brew goes down way too easy....

Photo of DunDun
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my first review and I just had to say something about this beer. At 21 I have already developed a bitter taste for brews. I'm always searching for something I haven't tried yet that will leave my mouth tingling from bitterness. Once I saw this brew said "You're not worthy" I knew I had to try. It poured almost a brown which was cloudy with bubbles rising from the depths instantly. I chilled it to a near freezing temperature because I love cold brew, this might have made it more stronger tasting but I loved it. I can barely describe the taste because it changes so much so fast. After a swallow an immediate hoppy bitterness congregated on my palate. A fantastic beer! And still as my pilsner glass sits it is covered from top to bottom in the thickest lacing I've ever seen. A must do for any beer connoisseur!

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into an imperial pint

Appears a deep red, with a bit of a murky presence. A large, cream colored head rose two+ fingers. Excellent lacing coats my glass.

Dried dark fruits, raisins/figs, spicy hops, and clean caramel malt. Notes of fusel alcohol are present.

Sweet, grapefruit hops come to the forefront. Caramel, dried dark fruit, raisins and an underlying smokiness. A good amount of bitterness from the hops lingers.

Full-bodied, thick and chewy. Moderate carbonation.

A little boozy, but still, on par for the style.

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Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,547 ratings.