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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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8,627 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,627
Reviews: 2,784
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 258
Gots: 932 | FT: 5
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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Photo of callmescraps
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The world needs another AB review like a sharp stick in the eye. And yet, here we are.

Appearance- A deep amber color. A half inch of white head, nice lacing. Very sticky.

Smell- Hop burst. Lots of citrus and grapefruit. Some pine and dank. A hint of roast. Nice.

Taste- Hops. Pine. Very bitter. Caramel malt follows. Lots of pine on the finish. A hint of burnt caramel.

Mouthfeel- Creamy. It's a little syruppy and I'd like some more bubbles.

Drinkability- Bitter and syrupy. It's nice and aggressive.

It's iconic for a reason. Definitely an interesting beer.

callmescraps, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of ineva
5/5  rDev +19.9%

ineva, Nov 17, 2011
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

TEAMHOLT, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of teromous
3.3/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: It's a dark shade of brown when poured, and in the glass it is nearly black with only a hint of brown. It is opaque, and has a very small head of white foam that quickly dissipates. Good lacing.

S: This has a very odd smell to it...it has a sour scent, like spoiled milk.

T: I'm so relieved this doesn't taste spoiled. I'm not sure what's up with the smell. I smell my glass before pouring so I know it's not that. The taste is very nice, and there's a smooth blend of malt and hops. It's very well balanced.

M: The mouthfeel is very nice. It is smooth with just enough kick to wake up the mouth. I'd say that it's a full bodied beer, but it borders on medium depending on the sip.

O: Overall the beer is really good, but the smell is very off-putting. I'm not sure what's wrong with my bottle. I would have to buy the beer again to determine whether or not it's the beer or my individual bottle. As it stands, I can't even rate this as average because of the smell.

teromous, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep red/brown into my pint glass with about one finger of nice head that retains well and leaves excellent lacing.

S - Very intoxicating. Toasted grains, hops, some citrus, and just a hint of alcohol.

T - Big bold flavors. Nice caramel sweetness that balances perfectly with hops, citrus, and mild alcohol sensation.

M - Medium body and relatively dry, well balanced.

D - Drink on and enjoy, this is the beer that made me become a true beer fanatic!

StoneBrewFanatic, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of mcorwin
4/5  rDev -4.1%

mcorwin, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of LaChupacabra
4/5  rDev -4.1%

LaChupacabra, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of Number3red
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Number3red, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of Danno48
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Danno48, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of SpasmWaiter
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

SpasmWaiter, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of tabhill
4/5  rDev -4.1%

tabhill, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of jrand2621
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

jrand2621, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of MmmIPA
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.Ive had this beer plenty of times but I cant believe that I havnt reviewed it yet.

Dark red,very clear body with a nice thick tan head that falls to a nice ring.Leaves thick lacing on the glass.
Plums,Dark fruits and piney hops and some brown sugar.
Dark fruit and some chocolate.The hops have a nice piney taste.The dark fruit really sticks to the center of your tongue.The hops make you pucker. and I taste brown sugar.
The mouthful is very creamy and some velvetiness.It is also in the middle of think and thick, so I guess that would be a medium mouthful?
I got through about 10 oz. of the bottle and I started to feel a buzz.So the drink. comes down a bit for that.Other then that this beer is very awesome and I recommened anyong "WORTHY" to try it.Ive had the beer on tap and it is even better.

MmmIPA, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of Beerzebub
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.


Beerzebub, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a deep mahogany with a creamy light brown head - quite a sight sitting in the pint glass begging to be explored more.

In the nose it smelled of a mountain pine forest. The pine comes through strong, but it is clear, clean. On second smell, I could detect a hint of floral sweetness, which did not come through in the taste.

The bitter piney notes hit in the back of the mouth, while a cool almost cucumber taste balances it out for a smoothe delivery up front. It finishes with a lingering bitterness that would be nicely accompanied with something sweet - I'm thinking whoopie pies.

Chickenhawk9932, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of troegaarden
5/5  rDev +19.9%

troegaarden, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of jmmy3
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

jmmy3, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of Andonato
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Andonato, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of waston
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

waston, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of John_Beeryman
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

John_Beeryman, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of Stoneman78
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Time for an official review of Stone's flagship beer.
A- Pours a clear dark ruby/brown hue, head is an off-white layer of suds-like foam that mostly sustains, swaths of lace one the glass
S- Nose is caramel malts with grass/pine hops and alcohol
T- Initial taste is dominated by bitter dry hops which persist throughout, sweet caramel in the middle is followed up by a warming alcohol finish
M- Medium-bodied, watery texture, mild carbonation
D- Ah, I remember the day when AB was too strong for my delicate palate, now I find it smooth, balanced, and honestly, easy-to-drink; i usually have access to various forms of AB and other Stone special releases, so I am rarely going out of my way for the regular old AB, but it is still delicious!

Stoneman78, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of Sinewave
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Sinewave, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4/5  rDev -4.1%

PsilohsaiBiN, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of Dougwillhike
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Dougwillhike, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of 3Hops
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

3Hops, Jun 28, 2012
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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