Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 8,468 | Reviews: 2,771 | Display Reviews Only:
4.7/5 rDev +12.7%
Dark ruby red color. Made me think of blood for some reason. Wonderfully sweet, fruity smell. Sweet beginning rapidly becomes an intense (but not too intense) bitterness. Nicely balanced. This place had a great selection of beer on tap, but I every time I looked the beer list over, I found myself ordering another Bastard. Goes down very easily. Maybe due to the slightly lower ABV for a IIPA? Hope it is as good in bottles.
07-30-2004 17:03:22 | More by sacfly
4.28/5 rDev +2.6%
Dark red-orange color. With a vigorous pour, a finger of dense beige head. Goes down, but reappears with a gentle swirl. Substantial lace.
Smells like sweet malt, citrusy hops, dark fruit, brown sugar, some spice.
Big flavor, delicious. Rich sweet malt well balanced with orange rind, grapefruit, and pine hops. Some nutty roastiness. Very refreshing hop bitterness, and plenty of it. Long finish, mostly bitter citrusy hops.
Creamy carbonation, and somewhat sticky. Quite drinkable.
12-02-2006 08:28:15 | More by Beerzebub
4.6/5 rDev +10.3%
Pours a clear glorious amber (or ruby away from the light). A thick light tan head rests atop, leaving awesome lacing as it recedes.
Some light aromatic sweetness from the malt, but the nose is almost entirely hops. Huge over-ripe citrus with caramel, but at the same time, a fresh grassy scent.
Sweet malt with a light twang of grapefruit and the bitterness of it's peel. Caramelly, with a hint of coffee. Much more roasted malt in the taste than was evident in the nose.
Medium-bodied with a light prickle. Syrupy enough to hold all that superb flavor on the tongue.
I actually prefer this to the oaked version. The oak, while good, had a bit of harshness to it. This is way smoother, and in my estimation, much more drinkable.
05-25-2011 03:57:32 | More by obywan59
3.73/5 rDev -10.6%
Pours a truly beautiful dark, amber red with a very thick white head that won't go away.
Aroma carries some fruity hoppiness, with some bitter smelling herbal and earthy notes. I'd prefer it to have some more aggressive hops in the nose.
Taste is bitter, just bitter enough to be considered aggressive and make you wince a bit, but still enjoyable as more than just a hop delivery system. Malt character is big on this beer, with some toffee notes reminding me of a bitter heath bar.
Mouthfeel is heavy, smooth, and not too bubbly despite the grand head of foam that sticks to this beer. A bomber of this beer is a nice treat, but I wouldn't want to have much more of it. It's more like an IPA than any other style, but it doesn't take on the role of a big session beer like a lot of the IPA's do.
08-12-2009 00:38:29 | More by jeffthecheff
4.88/5 rDev +17%
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.
12-27-2008 19:53:34 | More by grayburn
4/5 rDev -4.1%
Perhaps the prettiest beer I have seen - just a stunning deep cherry amber in color with a magnificent 2" head of tight cream foam that clung like rings on a tree. Nose was of course hoppy with a sweet lightness to it - unusual for such a great visual. Hops right up front on the tongue, then flavors like bread and some sweetness. The term "sweet bitter" came to mind. The only drawback is a noticable chalky aftertaste I could really do without. A very enjoyable drink.
04-13-2005 23:11:25 | More by BuckSpin
3.78/5 rDev -9.4%
Pours a dark brown color but is still translucent with minimal carbonation and a tan-colored head that has good retention and is rather thick. I detect a lot of malt, some yeast, and some dried fruit aromas. Very interesting and appealing. The taste is complex and rich with a hoppy bitterness upfront followed by a strong malt presence. A bit of warming alcohol sensation as well. The aftertaste is sour and lingers longer after each sip. A bit of astringent taste over time in the back of my throat. A very good beer that is enjoyable, but the aftertaste reduces the drinkability in my book. One of Stone's best brews.
11-02-2005 14:52:00 | More by jaluria
4.68/5 rDev +12.2%
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass
Appearance: this beer pours a ruby color with about two fingers worth of foamy head. A fair ammount of lacing. This is a beautiful looking beer.
Smell: This beer has a definate hoppy citrus smell. Very complex, I can barely smell the alcohol aroma until the beer warms up abit.
Taste: Hoppy initial taste with a grapefruit hint on the back of your tongue. A slightly malty undertone.
Mouthfeel: Not much carbonation, fairly smooth
Drinkability: Once you have started with this beer it is very difficult to switch gears and drink anything else. A very big beer, although I think I still prefer Oaked Arrogant Bastard.
"You are not worthy"...Indeed
09-08-2009 01:31:53 | More by CBlack85
4.23/5 rDev +1.4%
A-Dark amber/copper color. Very clear. A light brown head that dissipates leaving a bit of lacing.
S- Pine, roasted malts, pine, caramel, and pine. Did I say pine?
T- Piney hops and bitter. This gives way to/is balanced by some roasted malts.
M- Medium with a decent amount of carbonation. Very smooth going down.
O- Finally tried this classic. Glad I did. If you like a hoppy/bitter ale this one is for you.
04-15-2014 16:37:36 | More by nodder
4.03/5 rDev -3.4%
Twenty two ounce brown silk screened bottle - no dates.
Pours thick, dark auburn in colour with a slight haze. Capped with a dense off white head, perfect two fingers in height. Amazing head retention.
Yes, as a matter a fact I do smell some hops!
Down the hatch. Notes of caramel, toffee, and a touch a plum. Astringent hop loaded finish, with pine flavors wraping it up tight. Enough malt sweetness is left to keep the hops from running completely wild. But it clear that the hops are definitely in control.
Medium - full bodied. Unique, and enjoyable. More of a sipping beer for yours truly, but one I will certainly seek out again.
08-12-2003 15:53:39 | More by xgrigorix
4.15/5 rDev -0.5%
The dark amber ale poured quite nicely leaving a frothy head. This ale has a fruity scent to it. The hops dominates the malt in nose even though it doesn't when you actually consume the worthy beverage. The ale is sweet and fruity initially and then turns almost sour. The sour soon turns to the hops with a burnt and bitter taste. I found nothing unappealing with this variation of tastes. You mouth feels slightly bitter and dry when all said and done. The more you drink the better this tastebud rollercoaster becomes. I found that the initial tennis match back and forth the sweet and bitter ended well balanced by the bottom of the glass.
08-01-2007 00:57:06 | More by Rootdog316
3.85/5 rDev -7.7%
Poured into a standard size pint glass (Smuttynose pint glass)
Appearance - Beautiful mahogany color. Tan head with good consistency. Sticks around for good amount of time. Nice lacing going on. No Visible carbonation.
Smell - Citrus hops up front. Smells like grapefuits and a little bit of pine in the background. Smells sweet and citrusy. Well balanced.
Taste - This beer is bitter sweet. Citrus hops smash your palate at first but then the malts come in nicely to balance it out. Alcohol is minimally present in the taste.
Mouthfeel - Full bodied, smooth, slightly bubbly. Love it.
Drinkability - Although very delicious I couldnt see drink too many of these. The taste could become a little bit overwhelming and the ABV is substantial.
Notes - Excellent offering from Stone brewing company. Also widely available. At 3.49 a bomber its a bargain. Thats only a dollar more than a 24oz BMC product at most convenience stores.
11-16-2010 21:32:39 | More by depechemode1983
4.45/5 rDev +6.7%
A: A deep crimson amber with a light caramel-colored, thick, sticky head that retains very well and settles to a solid disc of froth, leaving some decent sheets of lace on the glass.
S: Very interesting and peculiar. Dark fruits (plums, raisins, dark cherries), caramel malts, and a citrus and herbal hop character. Some smoked wood-like characteristics emerge, as well. Robust, complex, and unique.
T&M: Like the smell, taste is highly complex and unique. Roasted caramel malts, barley, and citrus and herbal hops. Alcoholic spiciness adds a tinge of flavor that helps tie the bitter hops and sweeter malts together nicely. Body is medium with a crisp carbonation and a long, lightly bitter finish.
D: Arrogant Bastard is an extreme, complex, and quality beer. The ABV, flavor complexity, and bitter finish limit drinkability somewhat, but it's still a high-quality beer that everyone ought to try at least once.
06-14-2008 01:40:36 | More by BamaBeerBuff
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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