Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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9,290 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,290
Reviews: 2,836
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 299
Gots: 1,320 | FT: 7
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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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of wingman14
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red with an off white head. Smell is mostly hops with citrus and some yeast. Taste is bold with a medium body, mostly hops followed by some citrus characters and fruit maybe prunes. For such an intimidating label the taste reminds me of flowers. It has a bitter aftertaste that lingers from the hoppy presence. The mouthfeel is ok, lots of carbonation, decent balance. This beer is strong and if you are afraid of hops then stay away. It does represent a potent beer, but the label got me amped up for something much more. A good stone offering and worth checking out. This one has me wondering now about the double bastard, I will probably try that one soon.

Photo of uziangis
5/5  rDev +20.2%

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

Poured from a 22 oz. Bomber.

The bottle art alone is unmistakable, along with the long "epitaph" like statements on the back.

On Appearance, it pours a dark copper-brown in color with a good few inches of head that retains well. The head is sticky throughout, and hold to the glass wall. Cloudy haze is also noticeable, even though it is a dark brown.

On Aroma, caramel malt scents are present, but the hops are the most upfront to me. Citrus and grapefruit being the most prevalent.

On Taste, just as with the nose, smooth caramel malt flavor up front, quickly followed by citric hops, finishing with roasted malt notes. The Toasty notes linger on the palate as well, as does the sharp hop flavor.

On Mouth feel, medium, with a light amount of carbonation, but the hop bite make up for that. Alcohol is less noticeable to me, but my ABV average is about 8% lately anyway.

It is quite drinkable.

While the beers reputation is such an established one in the craft beer scene, in my humble opinion, the recipe has been a bit eclipsed by other similar beers in the last few years, but on its own, it is still a solidly good beer, with its flavor profile still being almost unmistakable.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Luigi
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out deep hazy almost dark red amber color. A massive creamy head, three finger in size. Lacing around the glass is consistent and the retention of the head last until the last drop.

The aroma is rich with hops! Sour citrus and pine notes, yet the sweet malt and alcohol pulls through.

Rich flavor of intense hops. Sour citrus and bitter pine hops dominate. But at the same time the malt in this ale still makes is presence. Finishes dry and hoppy, mostly the pine notes but the citrus lingers on the palate.

Full bodied and dangerous to drink haha! Slightly slick on the tongue.

Over all this Ale is Arrogant and perfect for arrogant bastards like me!! Major thumbs up!!!

Photo of atr2605
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a nice dark red/amber color with a foamy tan head with great retention
S-moderate citrus hop aroma with a hint of biscuit and caramel
T-Starts with a mix of the malt sweetness matched with bold hop flavor, finishes with the dry biscuit flavor and malt sweetness lingers on the palate
O-a nice complex contrast of malt sweetness and full hop flavor creates a really drinkable beer that still packs a punch. I've had it numerous times on tap but just got around to reviewing. It never disappoints.

Photo of BBP
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep reddish amber with great carbonation and head retention.

S- Hop bitterness with hints of caramel, malt, hints of grapefruit and pine as well.

T- Bittersweet. Tons of hop flavor; citrus and grapefruit at first and then some pine. Slight amount of malt, and it didn't interfere with the hops and bitterness, but gave the drink a lot more character by being there. More on the bitter side which is how I like it. All aspects of the taste are balanced so well. There are notes of roasted and burnt malts, and it's quite elaborate. Tastes like an IPA base with some of the character you see in porters. Coffee and chocolate were deep in this one and quite subtle.

M- Creamy and smooth. Medium full body. Slightly dry and sticky finish.

D- Aggressive taste, while easy to drink and even subtle at times. The cockiness on the back of the label was justified. There is 7.2% of alcohol in it, but I forgot about that with all the flavor. This drink is quite impressive, and I think I prefer it over their OAB. I'm not sure that Stone has or will make a beer which isn't exceptional.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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