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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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9,118 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,118
Reviews: 2,817
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 284
Gots: 1,191 | 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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Photo of beerman207
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure how I've never had this beer but started checking the top 100 and foud a few from stone that need a review. Let's start with the bastard!

A: Has a light orange clear color with a 2 inch head that leaves lacing all over the place. Very nice.

S: Hops, sweet malt, caramel

T: Wow - the malt and hops hit at the same time and then my palate is overrun with the bitter hops that linger for an eternity. Wow, this beer is the real deal in terms of bitter.

M: The bitter rings through and warms with the carbonation - couldn't ask for much more here

D: Wow, the bitterness makes me want to sip this one even though the ABV is moderate. Great offering from Stone!

beerman207, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a gigantic plastic mug. One litre, $5. I couldn't pass that up, could I? Presentation aside the beer has a nice chocolatey color and maintains a pretty good head.

In the nose it has some nice malty sweetness with a slight bitterness.

The taste follows the nose fairly well. A little more bitterness on the finish with a sweet lingering taste.

In the mouth it is a little light but not watery.

Pretty drinkable. My next one may be the same.

RomaniIteDomum, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4/5  rDev -3.8%

SammyJaxxxx, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of BRD14
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

BRD14, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of Cvescalante
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Cvescalante, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of waston
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

waston, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of cdizinno
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz brown bomber.

A: Deep reddish brown color with a thick light tan head and moderate lacing.

S: Coarse hops and caramel malts. Some toasted grains.

T&M: Smooth and slightly fluffy texture. The malty sweetness balances the dry, fruity hops. Medium bodied, yet rich, and complex.

Strong ales are not my favorite, but this is the best I've had in this category. Very drinkable and the alcohol is masked very well.

cdizinno, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of boudreaux
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had last summer during a weekend road trip to my buddy's beach house in Mexico Beach, FL.

It tasted great. The idea of naming a beer "Arrogant Bastard" pretty much defines the confidence of the brewery in this ale. You definitely taste alcohol, but more as an aftertaste. The first thing I noticed was the hoppiness.

boudreaux, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of kevwcamp
4/5  rDev -3.8%

kevwcamp, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

sabitu, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of GiantMidget
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

GiantMidget, May 30, 2014
Photo of visualmartyr
4/5  rDev -3.8%

visualmartyr, Feb 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

ronricorossi, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of OakedCanuck
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a very versatile beer and should be enjoyed wherever and whenever!

Appearance - deep rich mahogany red that is clear and consistent throughout. Produces airy head that is off-white to light caramel hue. Minor lacing.

Aroma - bitter initially with a citrusy glow showing through after. Malty as well with some coniferous waft.

Taste - Incredible. Like the smell, it hits you with a quick bittery punch but mellows out as other flavors come out. The main citrus taste is of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel - Slight carbonation that is not too strong to take anything away from the rest of the experience, which in my opinion is very important. The feel is semi-dry with minor stickiness.

Drinkability - A full flavored beer with impeccable balance. It leaves a lasting impression to encourage you to pop another one open.

Excellent beer that you can enjoy anytime. A true Stone.

OakedCanuck, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of Danno48
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Danno48, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of craftbrew502
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

craftbrew502, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of RangnaR
4/5  rDev -3.8%

RangnaR, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of Loco_Joe
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Loco_Joe, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Boca-X
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a Bomber into a snifter. Deep red amber hue, almost a liquid velvet red. Nice white/yellow head with beautiful alcohol lacing, sticky throughout my drinking.

Malt and hops up front on the nose, light spiciness with a hint of lemon, maybe pear, brandy?

Just as with the smell, hops and malt overtake the tongue. Nice carbonation, a dry shot of sweet brandy, a hint of honey, followed by a bitter, burnt toast on the finish. I'm shocked at how smooth it is considering the bitterness of the hoppy finish.

This is considered a strong ale, I think for the in your face hop smack down. Yes the alcohol is there but it's hidden pretty well, doesn't feel like a 7+ ale...that could be dangerous. I think a bomber is a perfect size for consumption. Much more and either the buzz or the hops would take over.

This is my first Stone brew, looking forward to trying more, looking forward to adding this Bastard into regular rotation in my beer fridge.

Boca-X, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of jreitman
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first thing I noticed was intense pineapple and grapefruit smells. Grapefuit was very obvious in the mouth as was some pleasing malt sweetness that was kept in check by a fair amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel was slightly lighter than the bottled version.

jreitman, Aug 31, 2002
Photo of EPseja
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On the eve following the first frost in Westwood, NJ for the autumn of 2006, the Arrogant Bastard finally finds its way to my lips... if only to take the chill out of the evening air.

Served from an exquisitely screen printed 22oz bomber at just below cellar temperature into a Duvel tulip -- my tasting glass of choice.

A - Medium brown coming out of the bottle, transforming into a very lightly hazed, smog-filtered sunset blazing red-orange. The airy, tan colored head explodes toward the upper flare of the glass, rising a good three inches before sitting put. The bubbles below the head's surface range from tiny to huge, and they all buoy up the rocky, fluffy and inconsistently bubbled crown. The lacing immediately sets up, leaving sticky, volcanic crags etched against the sides of the glass. If my words didn't give it away, I'll say it plainly: perfect.

S - West-coast hoppiness presented as an orange-blossom wreath atop a Cascade mountain pine tree with drippy sweet malt-sap covered pinecones. Warm and chilly at the same time, earthy and heady. Wonderful!

T - Superbly round, warm and supple mudium-toasted maltiness starts you out as it hits the tip of the tongue. A transformation then takes place that squeezes out a flowery, honey-laden juiciness as it continues on towards the back of the tongue where the hops begin their dance. A bitterness starts to grow that just falls short of ruining the delicate balance... everything remains in check. The aftertaste is that of toasted pretzel sticks and hoppy bitterness that works together to tell your brain that it's time for another sip as your belly warms and your inhibitions slip into the shadows.

M - With only a trace of tingle on the tongue, the beer flows into the mouth, like the low grade angle flow of water across a sheet of glass. It grows ever so slightly in the mouth to become a creamy, frothy delight as it slips and slides down the gullet and into my eager stomach.

D - There is no denying that this beer is worthy of every accolade it has thus received from all other raters, and now me. Smooth and delicious, but full of bold and assertive flavor -- as well as alcohol! Be careful. This beer may be good, but it's still a Bastard.

EPseja, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of cynical1027
4/5  rDev -3.8%

cynical1027, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Jeeb, Jul 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

mfl620ks, Mar 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

BuckeyeSlim, Feb 17, 2013
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,118 ratings.