Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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9,810 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,810
Reviews: 2,967
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 375
Gots: 1,945 | FT: 10
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

This is an aggressive ale. You probably won't like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth. We would suggest that you stick to safer and more familiar territory–maybe something with a multi-million dollar ad campaign aimed at convincing you it’s made in a little brewery, or one that implies that their tasteless fizzy yellow beverage will give you more sex appeal. Perhaps you think multi-million dollar ad campaigns make things taste better. Perhaps you're mouthing your words as you read this.

At Stone Brewing, we believe that pandering to the lowest common denominator represents the height of tyranny - a virtual form of keeping the consumer barefoot and stupid. Brought forth upon an unsuspecting public in 1997, Arrogant Bastard Ale openly challenged the tyrannical overlords who were brazenly attempting to keep Americans chained in the shackles of poor taste. As the progenitor of its style, Arrogant Bastard Ale has reveled in its unprecedented and uncompromising celebration of intensity. There have been many nods to Arrogant Bastard Ale…even outright attempts to copy it… but only one can ever embody the true nature of liquid Arrogance!
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Photo of superdavex
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer many times and at first I really didn't like it. Then I became arrogant. Now the hoppier and more complex the brew, the better it is. The taste is one of substantial hops and enough malt to make you notice. This beer really overdid it in the flavor department.

A huge advantage to this one is the fact that you can buy it at damn near any convienience store on the west coast. Big up's to Stone for making that possible.

Photo of woemad
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big-ass bomber purchased at an Albertson's in Spokane. I've had this many, many times on-tap, but never from a bottle before.

Poured a color somewhere between reddish-brown and brownish-red. Big, off-white head that was thick and took a few minutes to drop. Lots of lace.

This beer was a cornucopia of scents. Foremost was a piney hoppiness. There were also a caramel sweetness and a tosted grain scent. Quite a lot going on!

Taste is glorious. The big piney hoppiness in the scent is here, but it's equal partner is a big, almost crude maltiness. This beer tastes big. It IS big.

Medium bodied, with an oily mouthfeel.

This is a great beer. While I've had this on-tap many times, I've never actually bought a bottle of it before. I may have to do that more often.

Photo of bighoppymonster
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brownish-ruby. Offwhite head is thick at first but settles down after a few sips from the glass. Sweet aromas of cinnamon and caramel. Different taste than I expected after the smell. Hops dominate up front but are quickly rounded out by the sweet maltiness. Overall, a damn good brew. Many complexities and layers to this one, and at only $3 per deuce-deuce, I will be purchasing this one pretty frequently.

Photo of numenor1
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first stone brew...
Pours a deep amber with a thick, but short-lived head that quickly reduces to a collar. Smells of caramel malts and piny hops with some bourbon notes. Starts off with very assertive hops. A beautiful combination of earthly woody hops and citrusy piney hops. Wonderful, then the hops step back a bit as the malt makes itself known with a hefty yet subdued caramel flavor. The hops and malt and traces of diacetyl meld into a nice long, somewhat bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium full and works with the medium low carbonation to create a very creamy smooth assault on the palate. Alcohol is present throughout but well integrated. Really terrific, unique. (as far as what i've tried). A sipper.

Second half of this bomber now, and this is really beginning to grow on me. And to think, next year i'll have (i think) access to this in NC.

Photo of orfeu
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

yes, okay, this is one arrogant bastard of a beer. but i'm liking it.
a dark reddish brown ale, capped with a thick, frothy, sticky tan head that laces like some kind of goo. aroma contains maltiness, caramel, some toffee, and a faint smell of something that i can only describe as five-pound nutty christmas fruitcake. the taste is big, juicy and meaty wth bitter grapefruit rind hops asserting themselves after the creamy and caramelly malt blast with a slight tingle of warming alcohol at the end. got some bitterness in the aftertaste there, too. and it lingers, even after a bite of edam...the mouthfeel is rich, creamy and certainly big. this is one tough-ass brew, and it's almost overwhelming at times. i was in the mood for this today, but i'm not sure i'd go for it on a regular basis. nonetheless, top-notch stuff and absolutely worthy of such self-proclaimed arrogance.

Photo of flaminghomer
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

wow, this one is flavorful. lots and lots of hops thrown into what would normally be a very malty beer. i like that though, it's different. taste is pretty full, thick, and overwhelming. i'd suggest drinking only one in a sitting. well, when it comes to ales this one is indeed an arrogant bastard and only tolerable in small doses.

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

22 oz bomber - great label

Pours a dark amber/red color. An off white head rises and dissipates quickly but this beer leaves some of the stickiest lacing i've ever seen. Strong smell of hops but it is balanced with caramel malt smell. My initial taste impression was that this is too sweet but that quickly changed to WOW. What a great balance of powerful hops and huge malt taste. The bottle says that "you are not worthy," i'm glad i didn't listen. Mouthfeel is nice with a smooth dry finish. The high ABV shows through slightly at the end. Moderate carbonation level that dosn't distract from enjoying the feel of this on the tongue. You certainly won't sit down and drink 3 or more of these in a sitting but i could enjoy one of these every night. I highly recomend.

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

Hitting a hefty 7.2%, it's not a lightweight, and in a 22oz bottle, you better not have plans for the evening. The bottle has a wonderfully emotive sketch of a smug demon leaning out of the print, leering at your inability to comprehend his brew.

It pours a light red, becoming a medium amber in the glass. Develops about a finger's-worth of head which sticks around for a few minutes, shrinking to a ring which clings to the glass all the way down.
You can definitely taste the alcohol in this brew, as it adds a bit of an astringent quality to the taste, however this tends to hit at the very end of the swallow, as an aftertaste, giving you all the more reason not to stop swallowing.
The initial hit is very smooth and subtle, with a definite malt presence (with some caramel?), but closely followed and neatly balanced by some pretty harsh hops. The overall taste of this ale is somewhat sweet though, which is surprising considering just how harsh it can be when sipped timidly, allowing the aftertaste to dominate. This beer was meant to be drank outright.
Somewhere in the middle of the taste is a background of nuts (almonds?), and maybe some raisins.
All in all, the taste comes on strong and syrupy (with a definite strength of hops), and fades quickly, with a hint of smoky/bitter showing up later to bite you. It'd be hard to drink much more of this beer than the 22oz serving (I have a hard time almost finishing the 22oz bottle), as the aftertaste of bitter smoke keeps growing.
A definite recommended brew, but as far as the rule of "Is it worth the money" goes, this beer stays strictly as a "Man, I really want a harsh Ale tonight" beer, as it clocks in at $6 for a 22oz bottle.

Photo of hojuwestlake
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The first thing I notice is the burnt red color of the beer and the persistent head.
The aroma is very hoppy and an apple sweetness.The mouth feel is very smooth and slightly weighty on the tongue. Although it is smooth the flavor is very strong and to the point with lots of hops and caramel. The finish is quite bitter leaving the need for another taste.
I very much enjoyed this beer and would definitely recommend this beer to anyone looking for a beer with a dominent flavor!!!

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

Appearance: Pours a clean and clear almost blood-red color with about an inch of tan foam at first pour. The head maintained for quite some time. There is quite a bit of lacing on the glass when this beer gets done.

Aroma: Through the foam, all I really get is hops. As the head settles a bit, you can pick out some roast malts and some caramel. The aroma is so hoppy that it is like potpourri.

Taste: This is an aggressive beer! It starts out oozing with hops, and then it somehow ends up being a bubbly malty mess across your palate until it fades into a residual bitter dryness on the back of your throat. Eventually the alcohol will start to show up to try and burn the residual hop oils from your palate. The mouthfeel is right on for a beer this aggressive. It would be practically unpalatable completely flat.

Opinion: OK, here is where it all comes down...what did I think of that all out assault on my face. For the record, I don't really care for really hoppy beers...especially heavy Chinook, which this beer reeks of. Even still, I have to keep trying them because I respect a well-made hoppy beer. I just don't brew any. This beer along with DFH 90min IPA are ones that I frequently enjoy because they are very well crafted beers. I would definitely recommend this beer, but don't expect to be able to taste anything with less than 50 IBU's after you drink this beer.

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

Served in a tall 22 oz. brown bottle. No date.

A - Poured a dark ruby brown, with a thick rocky head that slowly settled down to a patchy lace, and continued to leave lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of roasted malts and dark fruit . . . raisins and maybe a touch of licorice. Oh wait, and alcohol - which is a tad astringent.

T - More dark fruits and roasted malts, a touch on the burnt side, but not as burnt tasting as a stout or porter. There's a solid hop kick going on here, but the bitterness seems pretty controlled by the malt flavors. The hops definitely show up in the aftertaste, which seems to linger for a while. And oh wait, the alcohol! Which definitely makes itself felt in the warming and some what astringent finish. this reminds me of Spaten Optimator only with more of a kick. Similar taste in the malts.

M - This is definitely a full bodied ale. This is one your mouth will be talking about for while. The carbonation is nicely controlled and works well with the alcohol, malts, and hops.

D - This is a juggernaut of an ale. Big bottle. Big Taste. Big Alcohol. A beer this big just can't be consumed in quantity. Ah, if only . . .

This is a fierce ale. One to be treated with respect. I'll reach for Stone's IPA first but this is still an excellent beer. And I think my favorite part is the note on the bottle that reads "Keep Refrigerated Numbskull!!" Stone's sense of humor isn't necessarily a selling point, but it definitely adds to such good beer.

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

Got this bottle at Dyess, AFB in Texas.

Poured a dark brown/reddish color, with a good 1 inch head, and has a nice hop and malt smell to it.

Taste is pretty strong hops, a little roasted malt, caramel and alcohol. You have to like hops to like this beer.

This is my first beer from Stone Brewing, and I can say that I'm thoroughly impressed. I was able to pick up some of their IPA as well, and I now can't wait to try that.

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

Finally! I get to taste a great American cult beer in Oz. I'd read soooo much about this beer, managed to work myself up, got all flustered, and was pleasantly suprised with the outcome. Thanks to David Logdson, pres. of WYeast for the brew, plus a few others. You rock! Shared with ScottDog and Tits.

Firstly, I must say that I love the packaging and design, etc. of the bottle, awesome. The Arrogant Bastard poured into oversized wine glasses a dark amber red, with a thin (1cm) lacing of foam that hung around nicely. The glasses were probably a tad warm and dusty... Worked well, plenty of carbonation, a little yeast cloudy. Beer was probably a tad cold too.

Aroma: the AB smelt of a slight hop, a huge malt, a rummy, fruityness, that followed with more hops that became slightly piney. A great aroma, hints of crystal malt and some roastiness.

Flavour: This is what I've been waiting for for sooo long. I gently lift the glass to my lips, and bam! Malt! Hops! Malt! Yum. Evident alcohol, an enourmous malt backbone that carries the 60-odd (?) IBUs along nicely, yet not as hoppy as I would have expected... A piney hop flavour, a slight gummy viscosity in the malt profile. Awesome. There's a lingering of crystal malt in the back palate, alcohol warmth and more definate hop bitterness. Great charachter, loads of body, and definitley worth the wait. I sadly thought there'd be MORE of everything, more of a Double IPA feel, but I guess I'll have to wait for the Ruination for that.

I just wish there were breweries in Australia who have the balls to produce a beer like this. A great beer, I am worthy.

Brew Before Dishonour!

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

Arrogant Bastard is a deep amber color, sort of a mahogany or cherry wood shade, with some bright highlights at the bottom. There is a 1" beige creamy head with great retention and perfect lacing all the way down.

The aroma is toffee, nice fresh hops and a light roasted malt. The hops smell great and the aroma is very rich overall.

Arrogant Bastard has a wonderful hop bitterness from start to finish. The flavor is complex with caramel, toffee and some fruity banana character thrown in there. There is not much of the roasted character that I usually associate with beers of this color. There is plenty more going on here though. Very well balanced and gets better as it warms up closer to "cellar" temperature.

The beer is very full-bodied and rich. As much as I would like to make it a session beer (just split 6 bottles with my old man), be careful, this one is capable of knocking you on your ass!!! Great beer and I highly recommend this one to any BA who has never had it.

Photo of scooter231
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ah, Bastard. I've had so many bottles of this and never reviewed it- I figured it was about time. Bottle is one of, if not, my favorites. Warns you right off the bat that you probably won't like it- which is why I had to try it. To prove them right, or, hopefully, wrong.

Beautiful looking beer. Deep red/ruby color, lots of tan head that balances perfectly with it. Lacing all down the glass. Almost too pretty to drink. Smell is hoppy, with lots of burnt/roasted scents coming through. A bit of floral scents as well. Intriguing, to say the least.

Taste is just amazing. Lots of coffee and roasted flavors. Espresso. Bitter. Hoppy- and these hops aren't shy, either. There's a subtle sweetness in there, a bit of caramel. The sweet, bitter, roasted flavors all harmonize perfectly- a complex flavor for those who can handle it.

Mouthfeel is chewy, smooth. Bitey after you take a sip. Drinkable for those who enjoy it, definitely. Awesome beer.

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

Nice Luscious pour, thick head that faded a bit but a nice layer just sat there covering the entire surface. Color was red, maybe cherry red? and the contrast of the reddish brew, off-white head was pretty damn appealing.

Smell is slightly alcohol, some malt with hoppiness, and.... man this smell is a bit complex. I guess I picked up on some plum, apricot and maybe oatmeal? Smells great, looks sexy, time to have a taste.

Ok, this is hard to describe. I think the strength of the alcohol taste is masking some of what I was smelling. I was actually quite surprised that this is a 7.2 as I'd have put it around 8.5 based on the flavor. It's also slightly more bitter than I had anticipated, but not in a bad way, it fit's this beer perfectly as it goes down quite smooth and there is a nice light bite after gulping down. Lacing was all down the side of the glass. This baby is tasty (I wish I had bought a couple tonight instead of one), I'll look forward to some more of this one.

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

22 oz. bottle. Not available here in Wichita. Thanks, Bruiser81!

Appearance: This clear pouring beer was more red than any other color, though there were some hints of copper. The peach-tan head rose up easily to three fingers, even with a careful pour. It dissipated very slowly, picking up hints of fluffiness. The foam was very sticky and the side of the glass was covered with lace when the beer was gone.

Smell: A great aroma, though I've always thought that the sweetness comes across as sickly. Kind of like how rotting things sometimes have a sweet smell to them. Plus, I've always noticed a certain quality to the aroma that I can only describe as dirty. I just can't quite come up with a better descriptor than that. Oh, well . . . I still like it. :-) Heavy on the sweet malt with hints of raisins, especially right after the pour. Lots of bread, crackers, and lightly roasted malt help to provide a solid base. Oddly enough, I pick a good dose of bubblegum as well. The hops are rather subdued, but are definitely present and are probably being masked by the huge amounts or malt in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth. Slightly buttery on the tip of the tongue, becoming fuzzy in the back of the mouth. Lightly chewy.

Taste: No other beer tastes quite like Arrogant Bastard. Thick sweet malts, sharp dark fruits, raisins, and light caramel hit the tongue first. Underneath was a bready malt component and a husky, almost astringent, quality. Then on the finish, the hops rose up big and their dry, herbal bitterness dominated, though the malt was strong enough to still be present. There was a definite numbing effect from the alcohol, though its flavor was just barely detectable in the aftertaste.

I've had AB numerous times in the past, from bombers to 3-liter bottles to tap. This is the first time that I have gotten to sit infront of my computer, analyze it, and review it. It's a great beer that I will always seek out.

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

I had this draft at Collin's, near Pioneer Square in Seattle.

Lots of depth to the flavour of this big brew.

Excellent bitter/sweet balance, spicey undertones, moderate-to-heavy mouthfeel.

Very drinkable... it takes time for your taste buds to decipher the complex flavours.

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

This is a extrodarie beer. Pours a dark amber/red. Not much of a head and leaves a small trace of lacing. Scents of hops and malt in a sweet surrounding. Medium body with a great sweet taste with a little hop bite at the end. I really like this brew.

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

Just about time for a revisit for this brew. This was one of the first beers I tried at the beginning of my beer advocacy and at the time this was too big a step for me to take in order for me to enjoy it. I do consider myself lucky for having stumbled upon this so early on in my sampling career as it makes for a good road marker of the evolution of my tastes.
As to the bastard himself-
there's no getting around the appearance of this beer. It's beautiful in the glass and the bottle is kick ass. It is very at home in my Chimay goblet as it looks very much like a dark Belgian brew; deep ruby color with a tan head that stays for a lengthy period of time. No lack of lacing to be found.
Smells good. It's in a style that's so broad and varied that it's difficult to criticize it in that way so I'll just go with what my nose tells me. Floral, a little pungent, a little roasted, definately hoppy. This brew makes solid first impressions.
The taste is somewhere between an ipa/barley wine and a stout/porter. Definately a fusion of styles going on here. Deep, dark, roasted to burnt flavors. It is a challenging flavor.
The mouthfeel is right up my alley. There is softness there, as well as a reminder of espresso.
I can definately drink more of this now than when I first started on my high quality beer path. Arrogant Bastard is necessary in ones beer resume... though I still think Bear Republic's Red Rocket ale is better.

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

Produces a quarter inch off white head when poured into the snifter. The initial head soon recedes, altough some bubble-fed atolls of carbonation remain. A simple swirl or two is all it takes to revive the head. A small amount of this carbonation clings to the sides of the glass as it is drained. The color of the beer is a very dark amber or mahogany color with quite an amount of red showing through.

The first thing I notice is not only the wonderful abundance floral hops, but how well they are balanced with that sweet, toasty malt. The odor progresses from more malt character to more bitterness over the course of a single sniff. Plenty of sweet fruit aromas linger in the background...including pineapple, plums, red bananas, and tropical fruits. The hop characteristic is great...pleasantly bitter and fragrant all at once.

This one is medium to medium high in carbonation. The bubbles of CO2 are small and delicate and do not impart the effervesence usually associated with this level of carbonation. The body is medium with a slight slickness.

The hops and the malt do their work on the tastebuds at the same time, but the hops are unquestionably at the forefront here. That is not to say that there isn't enought malt to counter the hops, however, because there is. In the background are flavors of tropical fruits. The hops behave somewhat strangely on the tongue. After the initial hop rush, they subside considerably...revealing more of the malty and fruity flavors present. Then, coming out of nowhere, the hops again make themselves known in the form of a very long and bitter finish with some toasted malt hiding way in the back. The long lasting hop bitterness eventually kicks the proverbial ass of everything else to become the last remnant of this formidable liquid.

An extremely complex beer. Resinous, piney hops abound on both the nose and palate...but with a nice malt characteristic as well. A must-try. I'm feeling a little loose after the entire bomber...though the alcohol is not otherwise evident. This one sat in the 55 degree F cellar for slightly over two months after I purchased it. If hops are as good a preservative as I think they are, I'd like to be embalmed with this stuff when I kick the bucket.

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

Really nice caramel and thick with good carbonation and a nice head.
Rich malty favor with a good but not over-whelming hops presence. The body on this is huge!
I really wish this were a little easier for me to get because this is a very drinkable beer. I haven't been let down by Stone yet...

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

A: Poured into my new favorite glass (oversized wine glass) a dark brown with some amber highlights. Nice 1 inch head that gives way to a thin layer of clingy, sticky suds.

S: Sharp note of grapefruity hops just smacks me in the nose. Underneath the hops is an almost sweet smell of malt. Very nice.

T: Hop Bomb. Blissful bitterness. Nice taste of a bread crust flavor supporting the hops. Big bold flavor. No excuses. In your face attitude that I love dearly. As it warms a bit the hops seem to mellow a bit and let the other players join them on the stage, melding the flavors oh so nicely.

M: Sharp. Medium body with just above moderate carbonation. Alcohol is deliciously warming. Perfect after a day of frustration at work.

D&N: Almost makes me want to wax loquacious and write some back of the bottle stream of thought. This is just a damn fine beer, and far from scaring me, I've come to see the gargoyle as my guardian against the world of mediocre beers. Fire up the Ronnie James Dio CD, grab my D&D dice, and let's go slay the dwarves of average and their craptastic beer catapult of crud! My vorpal sword is sharp and cuts you away from your ties to the Elf King PBR.
Damn good beer. Go buy some, already!

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

22 oz. with no freshness date - served slightly chilled in an oversized wine glass. Pours a nice ruby brown that kinda looks like red wine when light shines through. It's topped with a thin tan head that leaves minimal lacing, but I was swirling it constantly, thus removing any possible lacing. Smells very fruity - pineapple juice, tropical hops, and some sweetness and bitterness. Tastes like pineapple and mango with piney and citric hops (predominantly grapefruit) that are very bitter but complement the flavors nicely. It has low to medium carbonation with a smooth body that is oh so thick and feels wonderful. This is a great beer for the price and a great beer in general.

Photo of jdm
2.25/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1.5

this is a visually stunning brew. it is dark red with a huge tan head that has great staying power and that tries to pull the sides of the glass down with it as it dissappears (great lacing). i put my nose to this one and things go south from there. i know everyone tends to like this one, but sorry folks, it smells and tastes an awful lot like grapefruit juice to me. i can taste and smell grain, citrus, and definitely hops but the malt is nearly invisible behind the gaggingly sharp bite of monstrous hops. i can tell from the mouthfeel that they did not spare the malt in manufacture. i appreciate that this could not be a cheap beer to manufacture, but i can't jump on the bandwagon with this one. it is all i can do to finish a whole bottle.

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,810 ratings.