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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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9,537 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,537
Reviews: 2,892
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 335
Gots: 1,633 | 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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Ratings: 9,537 | Reviews: 2,892
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served cold on-tap at Fat Heads in Pittsburg.

A- Red and caramelly. Frothy head that settles to nothing but a ring of bigger bubbles.

S- Wow this is gonna pack a punch... Hops, hops, and more hops. Is that a faint roasted smell?

T- This is a tough beer. Light and smooth but oh man does it slam you with hops. Dry, bitter, grapefruit, dark cheeries, hoppity hop hop.

M- Leaves your mouth dry as a bone. *Gasp* This sure is a bastard...

D- I didn't really enjoy this beer. I'm glad I got to try it at a bar for $5 a pint instead of buying a 22 oz bomber and suffering through it. I don't enjoy this beer much at all.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red in colour with a lasting, slightly off white head. Fairly low carbonation. Lots of hoppy aroma to this one (grapefruit, pine, earth), although slightly more restrained than I had expected. For an "aggressive" beer, it’s actually fairly well balanced. Flavors of caramel malts, some minor roasted malt notes, more citric hop notes, and a bit of a tea-like tannic note too. It’s bitter enough to balance everything out, but not over the top. A full bodied example of an American Strong Ale.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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