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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

8,151 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 8,151
Reviews: 2,760
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 225
Gots: 692 | 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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Dmann

California

4.93/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! After all of my friends hyping this beer up I took the plunge and and I ever glad I did! This has got to be the best smelling beer I have ever had. After I poured it, I let it sit for awhile and warm a bit and took in the aroma that had hints of pine and carmel. The beer bursted with flavor once it hit my mouth and just opened up, dominated by hops but I could taste the malt sneek in there before the great hoppy finnish. I'm glad this is a year 'round brew because it will be a regular in my fridge from now on.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2003 01:52:52 | More by Dmann
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lightindarkness

Florida

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A 22oz bomber with a pretty hidden Enjoy By date printed directly below the label, only visible with condensation on the bottle.

A - Deep, deep dark reddish amber. An aggressive pour left a 2 finger creamy light-tan head lasting with some good lace all around.

S - Bright hops, fresh. Full sweetness of pineapple, pear, and some yeast. A pretty tame and soft nose for the experience to come.

T - Intensely bitter from start to finish, masking the apparent complexity of the beer. By about the 8th sip my mouth is acclimated to the bitterness, becoming somewhat numb to the intensity, revealing a very appealing and tasty ale. Some hints of pine are met with fruity grapefruit and raspberry tartness, along with a surprising amount of roasted malt, somewhat dry and dark. the intense hops keep it bright with a lot of depth, accomplished with very little sweetness. It's now 2 minutes after my last sip and I'm still discovering flavors I hadn't noticed before.

M - Complex - slightly dry with a hoppy oil feel. Fairly medium bodied, difficult to discern from the bitterness.

D - Okay. So complex it becomes intriguing. This is one elusive beer, hiding itself beneath folds of hop and bitterness. It leaves much to discover, but will certainly turn off those who are weak of palate and cannot handle the intensity.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 19:18:33 | More by lightindarkness
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BlackBearForge

Florida

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

Arrogant Bastard, pours a deep ruby brown with a huge rocky tan head with loads and loads of sticky lacing all across the glass as it falls.

The aroma has a big strong caramel malt presence backed up by an equally huge floral and citrusy hop scent.

The flavor has the same huge malt backbone from the scent, big biscuity flavors with somewhat buttery caramel and toffee tones and a touch of salt and cocoa. Big hop flavors of pine resin only somewhat citrusy as well. Alcohol is extremely well hidden but noted mostly as a bit of burn on the tongue in the finish which is long and bitter but buffered by the sweetness from the malts.

Mouthfeel is full and ceamy, and very smooth. Carbonation is fairly robust.

Arrogant Bastard. was I worthy? I can't say, my wife doesn't doesn't like you and my son thinks you are pure evil in bottled form, but I could certainly warm up to you. I will say I still have half a bomber to enjoy all to myself!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 01:40:08 | More by BlackBearForge
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splendidsplinter

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-17-2011 21:29:38 | More by splendidsplinter
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BigBarley

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pilsner glass, rich, deep amber color with a finger head that maintains for a long time. This beer looks flavorful, with a deep color that gets much more clear and closer to an orange when held up to the light. Somehow it can be dark and light at the same time, which to me says powerful stuff.

S - Smells very balanced, the nose hits hard with a hop presence and a malt sweetness all at once. Very faint hints of caramel and something almost sour smelling that hide below a heavy hop profile.

T - Strong ale indeed! This is one hell of a beer, touching on all sorts of flavors. As is the case with many Stone brews, the hops seem to dominate, but there are hints of a biscuit taste, a minor touch of dark chocolate, a note of caramel, all seemingly wrapped in a hoppy bitterness that attacks the tongue. This is not a beer for a standard beer drinker. Extemely flavorful.

M - I feel this beer would be a better fit with a thicker body, but the carbonation is nice, and it does go down smooth. Not too thin, just lacking a really ALE-worthy construction. Luckily the mouthfeel is not my primary attraction.

O - A great beer for seasoned craft drinkers. Heavily recommended to hop heads who want more than another IPA. All around flavorful and satisfying beer. I personally feel that Stone has better beers out there, but this one has plenty of merit, and stands above most beers as a truly strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 15:37:05 | More by BigBarley
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6demonbag

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

04-22-2012 05:28:42 | More by 6demonbag
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wakajawaka76

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

05-30-2012 15:31:15 | More by wakajawaka76
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drinkAK

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

04-07-2013 05:24:22 | More by drinkAK
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JesseLara

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

07-09-2013 05:43:58 | More by JesseLara
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TheBronze

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-19-2011 06:23:34 | More by TheBronze
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radiofish

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

07-10-2013 04:38:12 | More by radiofish
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waston

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

08-28-2013 04:13:04 | More by waston
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jkd03c

Florida

4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-26-2014 00:25:56 | More by jkd03c
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BrandonOakes

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

11-16-2013 23:59:55 | More by BrandonOakes
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SteveO1231

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I decided to re-review this beer because either the beer is different or my palate has changed. Either way I will give this beer another review. Same ol' AB raised lettering, no freshness date found. Pours a dark brownish red, almost like blood with some ruby red highlights. Nice light tan head, thick and chewy. Nice spider webbed lacing in the glass. Low carbonation. Aroma of generous amounts of caramel malts along with a large American hop profile hints of damp wood. Smooth, full bodied texture. Pleasant caramel malt sweetness upfront. A refreshing juicy middle, tiny hints of chocolate. The hop is bold with a spicy/citrus hop bite towards the end. The finish has an earthy/ pine bitterness that leaves the palate pretty dry. This beer is strong yet very balanced. This sample was delicious. Perhaps my palate has matured. Perhaps the fact that I moved 3,000 miles away from getting a growler fill directly from the brewery on a weekly basis to not being able to purchase this beer in the state of CT has changed my opinion. Oh well, too much thinkin' not enough drinkin'! I really enjoyed this beer.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 02:27:13 | More by SteveO1231
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Pensfan0782

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

11-14-2012 00:01:21 | More by Pensfan0782
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flayedandskinned

California

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by 10/8/13 (so by Stone's freshness plan, this was bottled on 7/8/13)
Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Appearance: (4.5)
Pours an absolutely gorgeous, transparent dark amber that has some lovely ruby red highlights. A tight bubbled, light beige, 3 fingers tall head quickly forms and has awesome retention.As the head slowly recedes, it leaves some thick, sticky lacing in it's wake.

Aroma: (4)
Spicy Chinook hops leap out of the glass as you raise the glass to your nose; resinous pine, grapefruit and some lemon zest. There is a slightly roasty, chocolate malt presence lingering in the back ground with a slight nuttiness to it. Faintly sweet biscuit malt is behind the chocolate. Subtle alcohol presence.

Taste: (4)
Very similar to the nose; Spicy Chinook hops right upfront with their strong herbal spiciness, pine resin and bright grapefruit. Beneath the spicy hops there is a slightly chewy malt backbone; Lightly sweet chocolate with a distinct, subtle nuttiness about it. Finishes off dry, with some residual sweetness on the corners of mouth that really helps take some of the "sting" out of the assertive and very bitter Chinook hops. Lingering notes of pine, grapefruit pith and an airy-like biscuit presence. A light alcohol presence makes itself known as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: (4)
Robust, full bodied with some moderate carbonation to help lift the heavy crystal malts off of your tongue.

Overall: (4.25)
The notorious beer that invented the "American Strong Ale" category and also introduced a whole lot of people to the true art of craft beer. While this certainly isn't the best American Strong Ale I've had, (Stone's Lucky Bastard takes that honer, which is actually a blend of all 3 Arrogant Bastard variants) this is a landmark beer that can be enjoy both by the craft beer neophyte and the most seasoned craft beer enthusiast. Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 12:15:39 | More by flayedandskinned
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wo87810

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

11-22-2011 19:46:29 | More by wo87810
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xseanprimex

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

08-17-2013 15:59:00 | More by xseanprimex
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ronin926

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.1%

09-04-2013 16:02:01 | More by ronin926
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Gaisgeil

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Update: 10/29/06
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Well it's been more than a year and my, how tastes change. I still think this is a horribly out of balance beer, but somehow, that works for me now. I'm not sure this is something I'd want all the time, but if in in the mood, this is a well crafted hopbomb. Well crafted.



Original Review 3/23/05:
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I've been really stoked to try this one for quite a while, would it live up to it's lip flapping arrogance? Not really.

Poured a quite beautiful deep reddish brown with a thick light tan head. Nose is quite hoppy, hints of pine and malt as well. Taste is a bit overwhelming at first, all you taste is the hop bite and pine that comes with it, maybe a bit of the dryish finish as well. After a few sips though I began to detect the malt profile and the fruit notes within.

Overall, too much hops, totally unbalanced. Some like that about this beer, but it's just not my bag. As usual arrogance is all dependant on perspective.

Slàinte!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2005 08:27:41 | More by Gaisgeil
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Hobbit

Oregon

4/5  rDev -4.1%

08-02-2013 00:53:21 | More by Hobbit
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jlenik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-26-2011 23:34:43 | More by jlenik
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KevinmusPrime

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

07-10-2014 02:02:43 | More by KevinmusPrime
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andy1701

Florida

3/5  rDev -28.1%

09-06-2013 18:01:57 | More by andy1701
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,151 ratings.