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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,926 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,926
Hads: 10,058
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 22.78%
Wants: 407
Gots: 2,230 | FT: 10
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

This is an aggressive ale. You probably won't like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth. We would suggest that you stick to safer and more familiar territory–maybe something with a multi-million dollar ad campaign aimed at convincing you it’s made in a little brewery, or one that implies that their tasteless fizzy yellow beverage will give you more sex appeal. Perhaps you think multi-million dollar ad campaigns make things taste better. Perhaps you're mouthing your words as you read this.

At Stone Brewing, we believe that pandering to the lowest common denominator represents the height of tyranny - a virtual form of keeping the consumer barefoot and stupid. Brought forth upon an unsuspecting public in 1997, Arrogant Bastard Ale openly challenged the tyrannical overlords who were brazenly attempting to keep Americans chained in the shackles of poor taste. As the progenitor of its style, Arrogant Bastard Ale has reveled in its unprecedented and uncompromising celebration of intensity. There have been many nods to Arrogant Bastard Ale…even outright attempts to copy it… but only one can ever embody the true nature of liquid Arrogance!
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Reviews: 2,926 | Hads: 10,058
Photo of honeybrewer
2.46/5  rDev -41%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Quite an original looking label; it's nice to see something different. This beer poors a nice copper color, with a good white head that fades away pretty quick. Looks appealing.
The smell is nothing remarkable; moderate hop aroma in no way prepares you for what is coming.
Intense, hot, overpowering hop flavor. Very sharp, very bitter. As it warms this mellows just enough that I can get a taste of the malt behind the hops. Definetly needs to go with a big rare steak.
Definetly for the dedicated hop lovers only. From the arrogance on the label I was expecting a beer with big full malt and hop flavors, but all I got was the hops. I didn't really like this beer, but that does not mean it isn't any good. If you like to chew on mouthsfull of hops, this brew is for you.

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Photo of sensorglitch
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured beer into glass. Color was very good. The odour was very nice, it implied that there would be a hoppy bite to it, however when I drank it, the hops were not really overtly there. There beer had a smooth finish to it, and definitely tasted good. I had it in a comparison to the oaked arrogant bastard. I found this beer to be better than the Oaked Arrogant Bastard, but that just may be a taste preference.

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Photo of BatsforBeer
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful 3 finger head, caramel, frothy and persistent, reddish mahogany nice stream of bubbles, good lacing ; if this didn't look so inviting I would put it on a shelf and leave it there forever!

Citrusy hops sweetness

Mildly sweet, a hint of caramel, overwhelmed by piney, herbal, hops, hint of grapefruit

Quite neutral at first, a bit frothy, nicely carbonated; Finishes extremely bitter, bit of mouth pucker

This is defiantly a "hey guys try this" beer, if you know what I mean. This one is best left for the hop heads, but it I really do appreciate it, and will enjoy this bomber to the last drop.

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Photo of bravejoejoe
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Deep amber color, nice 1 finger head. As the head retreats there is a nice lacing on the side of the glass.
Smell - I smell oak maybe, lots of malt that is balanced by hops.
Taste - Very strong, Malt upfront followed by hops on the backend. Overall a very strong great flavor, it seems really well balanced.
Mouthfeel - Seems full.

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Photo of mzrebiec
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The arrogant bastard is an all around great beer. It is well balanced with plenty of hops for bittering, yet a lot of malt to balance it all out. The mouth feel is right on par and is not anything close to a pale or "yellow fizzy beer."

It is not particularly drinkable because of its strong character. It is however, a nice beer to split amongst friends whilst BS ing.

The arrogant bastard is just what you would expect from Stone. A good go-to beer when you need one, the AB will never let you down.

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Photo of 6thomas3
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Bold and frothy, tan eggshell sea foam head that has copious retention with robust lacing; wicked dark coloration with limited light penetration and mickle carbonation bubbles that are raging upwards in my glass near the outer edge

Smell - Faint hints of bread with an all most sweet floral aroma

Taste - As the beer warms it has a sweeter flavor and a less dry finish that is loaded with appealing complexity; magnificent combination of hops, barely, and yeast to formulate an exquisite beer that is extremely drinkable and zippy

Mouthfeel - Impeccable density with a uniform and smooth start and finish

Overall - "You're Not Worthy" Perhaps not, but it's 1 Pt. 6Fl. Oz. of 7.2% ABV ale that is both invoking and satisfying

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Photo of Pouland77
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great combo of malt and hops and the yeast tops it off and brings it together with a subtle sweetness and velvety feel. You really have to look hard to find anything wrong with this one.

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Photo of NickLovesBeer
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Anam Cara

Arrogant Bastard pours a deep red pint with medium sized tan head, and great retention and lacing. It smells extremely hoppy but infinitely more complex with citrus overtones. The taste? Talk about arrogance, this brew is so complex I almost don't have the vocabulary to describe what I'm tasting. It has a big malty sweetness which masks the alcohol content really well. Smooth, warming, and complex, Arrogant Bastard lives up to its name and is utterly amazing.

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Photo of dave750
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark amber in color with a medium height and thick head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is fruity, green grapes and dried apricots with a nice chocolate aspect thrown in.
A bold minty roasted malt initial flavor remains to the finish. Chocolate and bitter, herby hops join in at mid-taste and continue to the end.Fades as a bread-like flavor rounds out the taste. Leaves a lingering minty chocolate taste on the sides of the mouth. Thick body with excellent carbonation and a very good balance.
Very enjoyable beer overall. Heavy on the hops, with just enough malt to balance it out.

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Photo of shark262
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy ruby/amber color with a thick, creamy head. Nice lacing on the sides of my pint glass.

Floral, citrus, semi-sweet caramel and grainy notes come through in the aroma.

The taste comes in pleasing waves: a gentle sweetness hits the front of the palette first, followed by an earthy and gradually strengthening malt/hop combo. Perfumy hops fill the nose while roasted, almost vegetal flavors give way quickly to an aftertaste with a slight alcohol bite and lingering hop bitterness.

Medium-bodied ale with medium carbonation.

Complexity and drinkability in the same package. Great offering from the craft beer world.

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Photo of Kreuger
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tall 22 oz. brown bottle. No date.

A - Poured a dark ruby brown, with a thick rocky head that slowly settled down to a patchy lace, and continued to leave lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of roasted malts and dark fruit . . . raisins and maybe a touch of licorice. Oh wait, and alcohol - which is a tad astringent.

T - More dark fruits and roasted malts, a touch on the burnt side, but not as burnt tasting as a stout or porter. There's a solid hop kick going on here, but the bitterness seems pretty controlled by the malt flavors. The hops definitely show up in the aftertaste, which seems to linger for a while. And oh wait, the alcohol! Which definitely makes itself felt in the warming and some what astringent finish. this reminds me of Spaten Optimator only with more of a kick. Similar taste in the malts.

M - This is definitely a full bodied ale. This is one your mouth will be talking about for while. The carbonation is nicely controlled and works well with the alcohol, malts, and hops.

D - This is a juggernaut of an ale. Big bottle. Big Taste. Big Alcohol. A beer this big just can't be consumed in quantity. Ah, if only . . .

This is a fierce ale. One to be treated with respect. I'll reach for Stone's IPA first but this is still an excellent beer. And I think my favorite part is the note on the bottle that reads "Keep Refrigerated Numbskull!!" Stone's sense of humor isn't necessarily a selling point, but it definitely adds to such good beer.

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Photo of JohnY
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tastebuds be warned, this beer has an incredible kick. For true hopheads. I found this beer on tap at a local pub. Poured with an adequate tan head that left small amounts of lacing on the glass. Fresh hops on the nose. Grapefruit and hop resin on the front, backed by a rich caramel maltiness. Finishes clean, leaving you refreshed. Good by itself but but with food. Especially something that has alot of Garlic. Yum.

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Photo of morayeel
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I loved this ale. It’s like Stone Brewing advertises most people would not appreciate an ale of this quality and complexity. I fond this ale to be very satisfying in taste with a nice grapefruit flavor and a very nice citrus aroma. This is one of the ales that the dryness at the end really stands out and is appreciated. Pours a nice dark amber color with a nice semi thick head. This is one of the most amazing ales I have had in a long time. GREAT job Stone Brewing.

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Photo of steamingheap
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Deep red in the glass with a quickly collapsing head.

Aroma - Piney hops and roasted malt with the hops dominating. Strong aroma - no need to bury your nose in the glass to get a whiff of this one.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Full mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. The flavor keeps your mouth busy. Starts with malt and some sweet caramel with roasted flavors. Then for a half second, you notice that this one has some alcohol right before the hop flavor takes over thorough a dry finish and into the aftertaste. Every time I take a drink, I notice some new detail, but the general description above holds true.

Drinkability - I am not worthy, but fortunately they still let me buy a bottle and taste this fantastic brew. I wouldn't want this at a summer picnic after a day in the sun, but fortunately for me it is February. This is highly drinkable and enjoyable as there is nothing about the complex profile that isn't incredibly enjoyable.

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Photo of Bobdope
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a beer. There is no surprise this comes from Stone Brewing Company. This beer has a great head, appearance, and taste. It has a nice hopped bit to it, and a delicious citrus tang. I feel this beer has a strong body with a great mouthfeel, coats well and leaves a delightful linger. One of my personal favotite American Strong style beers.

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Photo of americanwolfdrea
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a nice pleasent mahogany brown color. It had a nice foamy head that stuck trough my drinking. I prefer it cold, when it got warm the taste sorta got over powering. The mouthfeel was rather heavy but pleasant. It tasted fantastic with some great hot wings!!! It finished a lil strong for my taste but when I am in the mood for a heavier beer I would definately go for this one!!!!

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Photo of GweedoeBRew
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

well... just what you would expect from Greg.... a beer named for him... JUST KIDDING!!

I think that what Stone is doing is great. Greg Koch has brought the beer that is brewed on the left coast to the peak... With the epic series... and the other beers Stone is brewing I never pass up a bottle of something new when i stop at the beer store.

Arrogant Bastard... the redish appearance almost makes you think that you are going to drink unfermented carbonated wort... But on the first sip you realize that you are drinking an arogant bastard of a beer....

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Photo of kreeper
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very deep amber/red colored beer that forms a decent head white head that left trace lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt and hops with some caramel elements. It has an interesting flavor to it. A flavor of malt, hops and carmel. A bit stronger than I like my beers unless they're heavier to offset the taste of alcohol. So the finish was a bit heavy alcohol wise, but still another fine Stone product.c

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of turnerr79
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle from Fred Meyers in WA State.

Deep reddish brown pour, solid frothy head that stayed around to chat for a while. You lacing fans will be happy with this one, though I don't personally believe lacing matters.

Nose is nothing special, sour bar room stale keg odor. Oh, but the first sip was spectacular! Bold malt and bitter hops that will give you goosebumps. Several other notes round off this ale.

Mouthfeel is med-heavy, but balanced well with the mild carbonation.

Aftertaste is of those complex notes I spoke of (and I'll gag if anyone describes those notes as chocolate or cocoa, because they are not.)

Watch out! The 7.2 abv will sneak up on you.
This just might be my new favorite ale.

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Photo of vrushing88
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had two bottles of this beer in the past weekend. This beer is what it promises except for the fact that it states "You probably won't like it." It is aggressive(a commonality among Stone beers), hoppy, and malty.

This beer is somewhere in between I.P.A. and double I.P.A. It pours a nice redish, with an aroma of hops and fruit. Generally double I.P.A.'s I've tried have had a powerful grapefruit characteristic. This beer had a balance of the hop character of a highly-hopped single I.P.A., and a fruit after-taste of a double I.P.A. It is one of the most complex brews I have tried recently. This is definitely worth picking up for any hop lover.

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Photo of sturner26
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

What to say about a beer that told me in advance I wouldn't like it...

In general, they were wrong, I did enjoy it. The first quarter of the bomber was spent just trying to orient myself to the extremely bold yet complex flavor of the beer. Once my mouth and brain adjusted I enjoyed the majority of the beer finding it to be bold obviously, but also decently balanced, only slightly too bitter for my taste as times. The final quarter of the bomber was a challenge however. I found the alcohol to really take over and the bitterness to be too much to handle. I did finish the beer, but considered dumping the bottom of the glass more than once.

Service: Pint. Drank to halfway then refilled with the remainder of the bomber. 50 degrees.

Appearance: dark amber, translucent but not cloudy. Very thick head, three-four fingers that stayed for half the beer.

Smell: Excellent, very hoppy but surprisingly inviting.

Taste: Described above. Generally balanced but very aggressive.

Mouthfeel: Unremarkable, I left neither impressed or unimpressed.

Drinkablity: Described above. For all the build up I was expecting something more undrinkable. I enjoyed the majority of the beer but would have preferred a 12oz bottle to a bomber.

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Photo of Breen
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour/Appearance: Deep chestnut brown with a red hue. 1 finger head slowly dissipated with moderate glass lacing.

Smell: Lemon citrus and a floral bouquet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and low carbonation

Taste: Lemon and grass hops with a bit of caramel up front. A complex beer with changing taste throughout from less bitter up front to more bitter towards the middle. Rather complex, yet well-balanced on the whole.

Overall: When I first tasted this ale I said "wow." Though I've tasted many ales, and even several with the same characteristics described above, there was something about this particular one that stood out from the crowd in a positive way from the first sip.

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Photo of jojoluvsbeer
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish amber with a very slight orange tint and a off white head that forms a ring after a few minutes and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet with a floral hoppiness and some earthy, pine scent as well. Taste is splendid has a sweet hoppy bitterness with a distinct pine flavor along with some fruity sweetness. Body is medium. Has a nice alcohol burn at the end.

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Photo of terradactle
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

After trying Stone's IPA and loving it, I decided to pick up a pint, 6oz bottle of Stone Arrogant Bastard ale at a grocery store in VA. I was not disappointed.

Appearance: Pours a dark caramel color with a thin head. This was maybe the least appealing aspect of this beer.

Smell: Hoppier than anticipated. Rich, complex and enticing scent.

Taste: Lives up to the scent and then some. Smooth at first, with a grapefruit-like kick towards the finish. there's a pleasant mixture of hops, malt and alcohol that lingers in the mouth after you swallow.

Mouthfeel: Slightly flat, as anticipated due to the thin head that this beer poured.

Overall: fantastic beer out of California. Would recommend and will buy again.

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Photo of rievelx6
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Similar to an amber color with a slightly colored caramel head.
S- I get some hops and a little malt at the same time with every whiff.
T- Slight hop taste that sticks around on the pallet after swallowing.
M- Pretty smooth with unexpected hints of hops very good.
O- Overall very enjoyable beer. Would recommend to any pale ale/IPA lover.
I havent had a beer from Stone brewery that I didnt like

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Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,926 ratings.