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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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8,651 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,651
Reviews: 2,786
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 259
Gots: 953 | 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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Photo of Rootdog316
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The dark amber ale poured quite nicely leaving a frothy head. This ale has a fruity scent to it. The hops dominates the malt in nose even though it doesn't when you actually consume the worthy beverage. The ale is sweet and fruity initially and then turns almost sour. The sour soon turns to the hops with a burnt and bitter taste. I found nothing unappealing with this variation of tastes. You mouth feels slightly bitter and dry when all said and done. The more you drink the better this tastebud rollercoaster becomes. I found that the initial tennis match back and forth the sweet and bitter ended well balanced by the bottom of the glass.

Rootdog316, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of depechemode1983
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard size pint glass (Smuttynose pint glass)

Appearance - Beautiful mahogany color. Tan head with good consistency. Sticks around for good amount of time. Nice lacing going on. No Visible carbonation.

Smell - Citrus hops up front. Smells like grapefuits and a little bit of pine in the background. Smells sweet and citrusy. Well balanced.

Taste - This beer is bitter sweet. Citrus hops smash your palate at first but then the malts come in nicely to balance it out. Alcohol is minimally present in the taste.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, smooth, slightly bubbly. Love it.

Drinkability - Although very delicious I couldnt see drink too many of these. The taste could become a little bit overwhelming and the ABV is substantial.

Notes - Excellent offering from Stone brewing company. Also widely available. At 3.49 a bomber its a bargain. Thats only a dollar more than a 24oz BMC product at most convenience stores.

depechemode1983, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep crimson amber with a light caramel-colored, thick, sticky head that retains very well and settles to a solid disc of froth, leaving some decent sheets of lace on the glass.

S: Very interesting and peculiar. Dark fruits (plums, raisins, dark cherries), caramel malts, and a citrus and herbal hop character. Some smoked wood-like characteristics emerge, as well. Robust, complex, and unique.

T&M: Like the smell, taste is highly complex and unique. Roasted caramel malts, barley, and citrus and herbal hops. Alcoholic spiciness adds a tinge of flavor that helps tie the bitter hops and sweeter malts together nicely. Body is medium with a crisp carbonation and a long, lightly bitter finish.

D: Arrogant Bastard is an extreme, complex, and quality beer. The ABV, flavor complexity, and bitter finish limit drinkability somewhat, but it's still a high-quality beer that everyone ought to try at least once.

BamaBeerBuff, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of hawkmage
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of ATXRyan
4/5  rDev -4.1%

ATXRyan, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Leftofthedial
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Leftofthedial, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of JALIEN
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

JALIEN, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of jmw4437
4/5  rDev -4.1%

jmw4437, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of Wortman1998
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Wortman1998, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of jbarletto
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

jbarletto, May 18, 2013
Photo of 420Rick
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

420Rick, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of Brian700
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks mtnlover for sending me this to try for my first time. I've been waiting a long time to get my hands on a bottle. This beer poured a deep amber color with a mocha colored head that stuck around and was very creamy. It almost looked like it had the consistencey of whipped cream. Yum. The nose has is slightly hoppy with a phenolic twist (slightly band-aid). It's a good aroma, I like it. The taste is malty sweet with a generous hop bite. The hop addition is just right. Good mouthfeel. Full bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This is a good drinkable beer. I can't wait to get my hands on some more of this. I highly recommend. As if its reputation doesn't speak for itself.

Brian700, Jul 15, 2005
Photo of chugamugofsud
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

chugamugofsud, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of ThaBobfather
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnt honey color with a very thin, barely a rimming of off-white head.
Smells got a bold citrus/sweet aroma with some malt character.
Taste has a bitter malt notes with sweet hops and a twinge of cherries on the very back.
Finish is crisp with a bitter/citrusy/sweet after-taste.
Drinks incredibly smoothly and is very refreshing, zero bite here.

ThaBobfather, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of king75
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great looking beer, solid head finger of head.

smells better than it looks with a complex smell of different hops and citrus nodes that drive the senses wild.

Not bad tasting, but very hoppy with a bitter aftertaste that leaves the mouth feeling puckered.

Will drink again, but not too often because the taste is almost too strong for my liking.

king75, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of stella77artois
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into Weizen Glass.

A - Powerful, gorgeous looking beer. Dark reddish brown, with some carbonation noticeable at the bottom. Poured a very thick, tannish colored head. Head shrunk slightly, but remain prominent at all times. Thick, good looking residuals left behind.

S - Lot's going on. Up front there's a lot of malt, some caramel, and lot's of spices. Difficult to put a finger on them, so we'll just call it "spicy". When warmed a bit, I noted a bit of a roasty smell, similar to a bock.

T - The great thing about the Bastard brews is how much is going on in the taste department. Up front, there's a lot of malt, notes of caramel, lot's of spice. I could really notice the spices in the aftertaste, which is delicious. Almost a light red pepper taste, very nice. As with the aroma, some cocoa and roasty flavors. Alcohol slightly noticeable when warmed. This is one of my favorite beers because like I said, there is so much going on flavor wise, but they all compliment each other so well, and nothing is out of place.

F - Good thickness, carbonation is felt. Not dry at all, which I like. Can really feel the spice in the aftertaste.

O - A damn good beer, that's all that needs to be said. I highly recommend this brew.

stella77artois, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of mater
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

mater, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of nharres
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

nharres, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of JesseLara
4/5  rDev -4.1%

JesseLara, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of TTripp725
3/5  rDev -28.1%

TTripp725, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of BryanCDM
4/5  rDev -4.1%

BryanCDM, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of Arch578
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Arch578, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Believe the hype. I had had this beer once before, unfortunately the first time was not very "memorable" if you know what I mean. For a beer that has traveled across the country it has held up remarkably well.

Appearance: Deep mahogany, the type of beer you'll notice from across the room.

Smell: Crisp, clean, smokey, pine and orange.

Mouthfeel: The smallest sip (full)fills your mouth. Nice follow thorough from front to back.

Taste: Reminds me of the smell of a campfire on an early fall night. Not very descriptive, I know, but it's one of those tastes! Caramel, chocolate, fruity.

Drinkability: Fantastic, I am 1/4 way through a pint, several satisfying burps and I am on the verge of being unable to type. Look for posts later.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Mar 14, 2005
Photo of Vengeance526
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish amber color with a rich 3-finger tan head that has good retention and leaves lots of nice lacing.

Smells of pine and citrus with a spicy presence in the back.

Hops hit hard at the first sip, spicy, piney, citrusy all there. Some hints of brown sugar come in at the finish. Not exactly balanced nor is it really intended to be, but more malt presence than they would have you believe.

Meidum bodied, fairly smooth. Drinkability is a little hard to rate for this one, its gotta be a matter of how accustomed you are to this kind of stuff. I've given tastes to the so-called "fizzy yellow" beer drinkers described on the label and they weren't too thrilled...but personally I love this stuff. So if you've ever had anything even slightly on the extreme side, this shouldn't be too overwhelming. Definitely a keeper in my book.

Vengeance526, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of DCgolfpro
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

DCgolfpro, Aug 28, 2013
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,651 ratings.