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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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8,388 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,388
Reviews: 2,765
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 243
Gots: 809 | FT: 6
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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4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

23 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass

Pours a dark amber color with an off white head that lines the glass throughout. Smell is pretty malty with some breads as well as raisins. Nice complexity to the nose. Taste is amazing. Lots of dark fruits, hints of chocolate, plenty of malts with a yeasty finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall this is a great beer. So much going on with this.

04-17-2012 20:09:47 | More by abrand
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%

A: Rich, reddish brown with a pretty nice off-white head to it that seems to have infinite retention. I drank an entire pitcher of this over the course of dinner and the head was still there at the end. Lots of lacing.

S: Big aroma on this beer with lots of toasty malts, notes of caramel a slightly astringent smell from the esters and a lot of hops.

T: Lots of sweet malts are up front bringing in caramel and toffee and a nice roasted flavor before the hops make their presence felt in a big way. The hops bring a spicy, piney flavor and leave the mouth with a nice bitter aftertaste. Big flavor on this beer, with a lot of balance between the sweet and bitter.

M: Medium bodied, with a tingly spiciness, but still comes off as creamy...

O: Big flavor, lots of balance and a heavy hit of alcohol. This beer is definitely a classic for a reason. I wouldn't try to drink anything afterwards because it leaves your mouth feeling totally ravished, but it's worth it.

10-03-2011 20:45:50 | More by DaveBlack
Photo of 9InchNails

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -23.7%

Arrogant Bastard on tap at the Gaslight Brewery and Restaurant in South Orange, NJ

Reddish amber in color. A nice, more on the white side of khaki color head. Looks quite creamy as the head settles. A noticable amount of lacing on the glass.

Not really impressed with the smell maybe a slight metalic aroma and hoppy.

Smooth and creamy. Carbonation isn't over the top. Leaves the mouth dry.

This is quite bitter. The hops are very noticable, smacks you right in the face! I think they're some subtle dry fruits... maybe grapes? Very piney. A slight boozy taste, there's a pretty high alcohol content to not notice the taste.

Quite heavy for an ale after it sits. Maybe one or two of these, that's it!

I've had this in a bottle before but it's a whole new experience and a lot better on tap. Less of the metalic flavoring and smell when it is on tap, so it's more enjoyable.

11-17-2010 04:39:46 | More by 9InchNails
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-17-2011 22:49:35 | More by Leftofthedial
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

03-08-2012 03:44:32 | More by Bubbalito
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

05-09-2013 04:07:39 | More by MrBuckHigh
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

08-22-2013 03:50:48 | More by C_S
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

05-11-2014 21:33:14 | More by sebaastionb
Photo of packetknife


3.98/5  rDev -4.6%

Dark crimson which barely let any light through. Off-white lightly persistent head, very thin. Smells of baker's chocholate, caramel, and a bit of citrus. Malts and barley overwhelm the hops and the taste is almost like the smell. The hops made a strong impression on the finish. No discernable aftertaste and felt very full in the mouth although the carbonation could've been less aggressive. Don't drink too fast though or you'll forget what you were drinking by morning.

05-30-2005 17:51:14 | More by packetknife
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-08-2012 16:14:23 | More by rob99er
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-20-2013 10:50:35 | More by Rwalford74
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

03-01-2012 18:41:46 | More by bkrbdan
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

07-28-2013 00:59:39 | More by JOrtt
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New York

3.03/5  rDev -27.3%

Had on tap at the Office in Morristown NJ in a 16oz pint glass.

Appearance: Nice amber brown colored ale. Yielded a strong 2 to 3 finger head that dissapated very slowly. Nice lacing, the glass was covered by the end of the session.

Smell: Smelled a little funky, but in a good way. Strong hops and malts came through, a little bit of alcohol as well. Some fruitiness, but overall not very explosive or memorable.

Taste: This was memorable. It tasted like an IPA from a mediocre brew pub that had been filtered through a sock. Very funky, almost feet like taste covered my palate. Alcohol flavors take over the beers other flavors only hindered slightly by the essence of feet.

Mouthfeel: A little bit too carbonated, but overall not bad viscosity. Would have expected a slightly thicker feeling ale from its strong aromas and taste.

Drinkability: I can see where a lot of people would like this beer. Myself however, cannot get over the overwhelming taste of socks. It had some high points aswell, like its full bodied flavor with complexities if you look for them. Overall, i think its an acquired taste as many beers are, but its definately a beer you should try if you see it on tap just based on its uniqueness.

12-17-2008 10:07:08 | More by Augustiner719
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North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured into a snifter. Small slightly orangish head. Deep red-brown color. Minimal lacing. Not as nice looking as might be expected for such a high reputation beer.

Nice Chinook hop, pine scent along with a strong amount of caramel with figs. Nice aroma.

Malt focus at the start of the tasting. Rich mouthfeel with some nice sweetness and dark fruit character. This is followed by a strong punch of hop bitterness. Not as much hop flavor as I might have expected -- the hops are more bitterness oriented than flavor oriented. Definitely some alcohol presence at the end with the bitterness.

Nice beer, easy to drink for a strong red ale. I enjoyed it, though I think for a similar style I prefer a few others like Bear Republic's Red Rocket Ale.

04-17-2010 23:49:56 | More by mklinger
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

02-08-2012 22:10:46 | More by Fitzmke
Photo of Arborescence


3.85/5  rDev -7.7%

Appearance: Deep brown, a little hazy, pours a creamy head that lasts.

Aroma: Hoppy, reminds me of a strong pale ale, a hint of iron?

Taste: Hoppy bitterness, IPA-like characteristics, not much malt at all, although one might expect it from looking at the beer. It is nevertheless quite smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with medium carbonation.

Overall: I’ve had the Arrogant Bastard from tap before, and I recall quite liking it. It’s hoppier than I remembered, and indeed you’d think that this is a particularly bitter IPA from just tasting it. The strange thing is that it looks like a brown ale, and the creamy head would suggest something completely different than what you get: in your face hoppy intensity. Stone Brewing makes a case for this beer being something alternative that not many people will like, but actually I think that this comes quite close to some of the stronger and bolder IPAs or maybe Double Pale Ales that are not uncommon in the US. This makes me surprised about how highly rated the beer is. I think that there are certainly better beers in this category out there.

02-16-2012 02:13:40 | More by Arborescence
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

08-23-2013 18:39:34 | More by PaulUH
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-24-2014 14:01:23 | More by ChrisChagnon
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.1%

07-15-2014 18:20:25 | More by jshusc
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North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +15.1%

I must say, this one starts to impress while it's still being poured! Burnt amber color topped by a huge sticky tan head that stays almost endlessly. Leaves tons of lace as the glass is emptied. Grand aroma of ultra-citrusy hops, as well as piney hop character. Just a little sweet malt backs it all up. The first taste is a war between malt and hops, both in full force. Rich and sweet maltiness comes on strong, along with sharp spears of citrus and rind-like hop bitterness. Hints of spicy alcohol. Grainy malt and bitter hop finish. It's usually hard to find that complexity in the finish of a beer. Tingly yet smooth mouthfeel. Not one part of the experience of this beer lacks flavor. Yes, that means a full body, this is one of the most full-bodied beers I've ever tasted. An aggressive beer that doesn't even think of holding back. Most are not worthy of this brew. I say bring on the arrogance!

10-04-2002 02:19:28 | More by hyuga
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

An awesome extra to find in trade from Ben4881, Thanks man! :D

Served slightly above room temperature, Bomber to standard pint glass, a heavy pour yields a foamy tan head, good retention - pours a hot amber golden shade

smells of deep good malts, caramel/toffee sweetness, hops add a herbal zest

taste is hot but very smooth, bitter, aggressive citric hop finish, sweet malts, creamy, lots of character and depth, very nice

mouthfeel is thick and delicious, the hop resins cling around forever and the alcohol presence is muted but still present. Drinks very nicely, but I wouldn't want to drink many in a sitting unless it was in the interest of getting drunk.

07-30-2008 10:14:56 | More by drxandy
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

03-25-2013 01:13:42 | More by YobroitsJoe
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

09-02-2012 23:55:23 | More by koes0024
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

10-10-2013 20:54:34 | More by BuckeyeFaninMI
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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