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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

9,396 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,396
Reviews: 2,859
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 317
Gots: 1,450 | 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 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.

Photo of wiscokid920
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of DCgolfpro
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of vma
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Anaxagoris
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%

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

Looks pretty, beautiful fluffy 3-finger white head on top of a dark burnt orange ale. Some serious lacing on the glass. Smells of some deep resiny hops and some burnt toasted malts in there as well.

Well hops obviously, especially in the finish. Up front there's are some burnt malts. This is a very intense brew with bold flavors of strongly bitter, resinous hops and roasty malts. That said, its very well balanced between the two. More booziness comes out as it warms up and the flavors all become magnified but somehow less intense. The mouthfeel is creamy and very full-bodied.

All in all this beer is very quality, but maybe not for everyday drinking. It's not the most refreshing beer I've had but I think this would be perfect for a fall night after a hard day. Good stuff, great beer for a hophead.

Photo of McBraniel
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of JohnofUpton
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Dwkasper
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Bobbydigi
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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
M-medium-full
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 Teleweizen2
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - the beer pours a rusty amber color with a thick two fingers worth of tan foam on top. Spotty yet thick lacing on the glass.

S - an assault of citrusy hops at first wiff, but on closer inspection there are tons of rich caramel sweetness, along with some hints of red fruit.

T - honey like sweetness followed by toffee just before the tongue is hammered with citric hop bitterness. Finish is dry, smooth and clean.

M - medium bodied. Smooth and creamy. Low on carbonation.

O - this is just one of those great year round beers. Enough malt character for chilly nights and tons of bitterness for a warm afternoon. I need to pick this one up more often.

Photo of Franch
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of chasmandocharles
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of 2Xmd
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Cook82
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Retsinis
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of jlindsey
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of CFHMagnet
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this Bastard into a mug.
A. Beautiful beer. Two fingers of nice foamy head that sits there indefinitely. Nice lacing too.

S. Citrus, especially grapefruit, strong caramel malt (yum!), floral scents. Hints of dark fruit.

T. Hops hit you in the face when you take a sip. Pine and citrus, they fade into a decent roasted malt flavor that you enjoy rather than get smacked with, then it ends up with a bitter biscuity taste.

M. Medium bodied, this bad boy coats the mouth well. The bitter biscuit flavor builds up and definitely stays with you. Doesn't dry too much though.

O. This is an amazing beer. It was one of the beers that helped me out on the road from macro to micro brew, and has earned a special place in my heart.

Photo of wilfonzo
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of ubufan2112
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of wingman14
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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 ComRock12
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,396 ratings.