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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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8,655 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,655
Reviews: 2,786
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 259
Gots: 954 | 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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4/5  rDev -4.1%

BWH999, Feb 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

BuckeyeFaninMI, Oct 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

LooseMoose1978, Jan 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Kingcurio, Jul 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

AWB3, Jul 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

BrooklynPanch, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of sacfly
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby red color. Made me think of blood for some reason. Wonderfully sweet, fruity smell. Sweet beginning rapidly becomes an intense (but not too intense) bitterness. Nicely balanced. This place had a great selection of beer on tap, but I every time I looked the beer list over, I found myself ordering another Bastard. Goes down very easily. Maybe due to the slightly lower ABV for a IIPA? Hope it is as good in bottles.

sacfly, Jul 30, 2004
Photo of CBlack85
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: this beer pours a ruby color with about two fingers worth of foamy head. A fair ammount of lacing. This is a beautiful looking beer.

Smell: This beer has a definate hoppy citrus smell. Very complex, I can barely smell the alcohol aroma until the beer warms up abit.

Taste: Hoppy initial taste with a grapefruit hint on the back of your tongue. A slightly malty undertone.

Mouthfeel: Not much carbonation, fairly smooth

Drinkability: Once you have started with this beer it is very difficult to switch gears and drink anything else. A very big beer, although I think I still prefer Oaked Arrogant Bastard.

"You are not worthy"...Indeed

CBlack85, Sep 08, 2009
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

BuckeyeSlim, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of jeffthecheff
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a truly beautiful dark, amber red with a very thick white head that won't go away.

Aroma carries some fruity hoppiness, with some bitter smelling herbal and earthy notes. I'd prefer it to have some more aggressive hops in the nose.

Taste is bitter, just bitter enough to be considered aggressive and make you wince a bit, but still enjoyable as more than just a hop delivery system. Malt character is big on this beer, with some toffee notes reminding me of a bitter heath bar.

Mouthfeel is heavy, smooth, and not too bubbly despite the grand head of foam that sticks to this beer. A bomber of this beer is a nice treat, but I wouldn't want to have much more of it. It's more like an IPA than any other style, but it doesn't take on the role of a big session beer like a lot of the IPA's do.

jeffthecheff, Aug 12, 2009
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4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a frothy dark amber, thick head and heavy lacing.

Notes of caramel and citrus in abundance, I took a minute to put on my wonder woman underoos at this point, and continued with caution. This is a big beer.

The taste is a wonderful balance of over-hopping and over-malting that continues all the way into a strong lingering finish. This is an arrogant bastard of beer that is hard not to love. It is powerful shit that doesn't need to offer apologies.

grayburn, Dec 27, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

redliner8, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of DaveBlack
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

DaveBlack, Oct 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

ScubaSteve00, Jan 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

CaptainPancakes, Feb 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

dbrelsfo, Apr 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Perhaps the prettiest beer I have seen - just a stunning deep cherry amber in color with a magnificent 2" head of tight cream foam that clung like rings on a tree. Nose was of course hoppy with a sweet lightness to it - unusual for such a great visual. Hops right up front on the tongue, then flavors like bread and some sweetness. The term "sweet bitter" came to mind. The only drawback is a noticable chalky aftertaste I could really do without. A very enjoyable drink.

BuckSpin, Apr 14, 2005
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3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color but is still translucent with minimal carbonation and a tan-colored head that has good retention and is rather thick. I detect a lot of malt, some yeast, and some dried fruit aromas. Very interesting and appealing. The taste is complex and rich with a hoppy bitterness upfront followed by a strong malt presence. A bit of warming alcohol sensation as well. The aftertaste is sour and lingers longer after each sip. A bit of astringent taste over time in the back of my throat. A very good beer that is enjoyable, but the aftertaste reduces the drinkability in my book. One of Stone's best brews.

jaluria, Nov 02, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

hoosier222002, Aug 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

JDeming, Jul 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Jstark5150, Nov 19, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

mrosenfeld32, Jul 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

zestd, Apr 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

C_S, Aug 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

BalancingBrooms, Aug 08, 2014
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,655 ratings.