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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

9,389 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,389
Reviews: 2,857
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 317
Gots: 1,441 | 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 dugly2ugly
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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

Thanks to Drew for the sample.

I tried my best to hate this beer, but all my efforts have failed. Rich with hops, obviously, but fantastically layered with fruity and sweet malts, licorice-tinted hop resin, and yeast. The balance is phenomenol for such a huge beer and this drinks remarkably smooth. Unendingly complex and, after you accept the huge hop and alcohol nose, this is suprisingly subtle.

Relax, relax.
ng

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

on tap poured into pint glass

a: dark brown amber, decent 1/2" head that retains well

s: carmel and coffee, slight hint of yeast and hop bitterness

t: sweet malt with a nice hop bitterness underneath.

m&d: medium bodied beer, finishes slightly dry.

Another Solid Ale

Cheers!!

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

Caramel brown with a lush thick 4mm head that holds extremely well. A good tiny-bubbled lace is left on sides of glass. Malty-earthy smell--fairly non-descript--does have some buttery elements not diacetyl-ish though. The taste is a full-on malt assault and quite lovely. Has nuttiness of cashews or hazelnuts. There is little to no bitterness but it does finish slightly too syrupy and sticky. The mouthfeel is fuzzy and syruppy but still quite pleasant. AB on tap is too damn drinkable (7.2abv) --very smooth but maybe a little too sticky--so have water with it. Much better on-tap than in the bottle.

Photo of MSchae1017
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was tasted in a snifter from the 22oz bottle.

This beer pours a brownish ruby amber with a frothy tan head that holds quite nicely with an even film and plenty of lacing. The smell is of toasted malts and HOPS! The taste is also fantastic. Its malty up front with the toasted malts and then it hits you afterwards with a huge amount of flavorful hops. The mouthfeel is a great body and has a nice carbonation. Overall, a great beer.

Photo of Shmeal
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ReeseMax3
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of KillaB
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of Rudgers73
2.73/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served cold on-tap at Fat Heads in Pittsburg.

A- Red and caramelly. Frothy head that settles to nothing but a ring of bigger bubbles.

S- Wow this is gonna pack a punch... Hops, hops, and more hops. Is that a faint roasted smell?

T- This is a tough beer. Light and smooth but oh man does it slam you with hops. Dry, bitter, grapefruit, dark cheeries, hoppity hop hop.

M- Leaves your mouth dry as a bone. *Gasp* This sure is a bastard...

D- I didn't really enjoy this beer. I'm glad I got to try it at a bar for $5 a pint instead of buying a 22 oz bomber and suffering through it. I don't enjoy this beer much at all.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20oz pour in a large shaped pint-like glass at the Standard Pour, Standard (Sonora), CA.

This bastage is deep candy apple red, a little redwood and coppery. Its head is nice, it's a very nice pour by the nice young lady tending bar.

The nose isn't super harsh; hits of bitter citric hop, grapefruit rind, orange oil, and bitter alcohol. Yeah, it is a bit coarse.

The flavors are equally rough, with caramel dropped on top of bitter alcohol. Orange oil is bitterly fruity. Simple but tasty.

The mouthfeel is a little bit of a bastard, but the beer goes down smooth. It's expectedly rough with bitterness and alcohol but that's just part of it's character.

I still find the drinkability a bit dangerous, possibly more dangerous, on-tap. I do like this beer but it really isn't a favorite of mine. If I give the bottle another go I'll re-review because I think my score is a little high.

Photo of mcphish22
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of gabedivision
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a Duvel snifter glass.

A- Dark reddish brown with a fluffy white head that sticks to the side of the glass.

S- Nice mild hop scent with faint sweet almost fruity touch.

T- The taste makes up for the smell. Smokey sweet hops, very bold and full. Finishes bitter sweet on the tongue. The alcohol becomes present as it warms, and adds to the delicious taste.

M- Bold and hearty, well bodied.

D- Fantastic drinkability, every time i put this beer down, i pick it right back up again. I would go well out of my way for this beer if it weren't available to me.

Photo of Popp24
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of tenacioustomato
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Cooper
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of fisherman34
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red in colour with a lasting, slightly off white head. Fairly low carbonation. Lots of hoppy aroma to this one (grapefruit, pine, earth), although slightly more restrained than I had expected. For an "aggressive" beer, it’s actually fairly well balanced. Flavors of caramel malts, some minor roasted malt notes, more citric hop notes, and a bit of a tea-like tannic note too. It’s bitter enough to balance everything out, but not over the top. A full bodied example of an American Strong Ale.

Photo of Naes
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with dense tan head that has wonderful lacing.

S: Fruity, almost like a citrus, yet hints of hops surface as well.

T: This ale starts off sweet and finishes with a wonderful bitter flavor of hops. Just before the bitterness hits, you can detect its alcohol on the palate. The initial flavor matches the aroma quite well, but that aftertaste was unexpected and definitely makes this beer. If you like hops, this is one of those must tries.

M: For such a bitter beer, it is very smooth.

D: Very drinkable, but be forewarned; its 7.2% alcohol could definitely turn you into an arrogant bastard, if overdone.

Photo of Pauly2X
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Massive two finger head, deep ruby in color.

S- Strong pungent hops atop a solid caramel backbone.

T- Great balance for a strong ale. The hop bitterness is the driving force throughout offset only an almost equally assertive malt backbone which does its best to keep the hops from running a muck. The finish is suprisingly soft and smooth.

M- Slightly fizzy ip front with very smooth finish.

D- Considering the overall strength of this beer it is very drinkable.

Honestly I was hoping to dispell the hype. I have to admit this is a really great beer.

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,389 ratings.