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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

8,701 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 8,701
Reviews: 2,787
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 261
Gots: 966 | 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 LooseMoose1978
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

LooseMoose1978, Jan 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Kingcurio, Jul 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

BalancingBrooms, Aug 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

MaxPowers, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of sacfly
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby red color. Made me think of blood for some reason. Wonderfully sweet, fruity smell. Sweet beginning rapidly becomes an intense (but not too intense) bitterness. Nicely balanced. This place had a great selection of beer on tap, but I every time I looked the beer list over, I found myself ordering another Bastard. Goes down very easily. Maybe due to the slightly lower ABV for a IIPA? Hope it is as good in bottles.

sacfly, Jul 30, 2004
Photo of jeffthecheff
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a truly beautiful dark, amber red with a very thick white head that won't go away.

Aroma carries some fruity hoppiness, with some bitter smelling herbal and earthy notes. I'd prefer it to have some more aggressive hops in the nose.

Taste is bitter, just bitter enough to be considered aggressive and make you wince a bit, but still enjoyable as more than just a hop delivery system. Malt character is big on this beer, with some toffee notes reminding me of a bitter heath bar.

Mouthfeel is heavy, smooth, and not too bubbly despite the grand head of foam that sticks to this beer. A bomber of this beer is a nice treat, but I wouldn't want to have much more of it. It's more like an IPA than any other style, but it doesn't take on the role of a big session beer like a lot of the IPA's do.

jeffthecheff, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of grayburn
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a frothy dark amber, thick head and heavy lacing.

Notes of caramel and citrus in abundance, I took a minute to put on my wonder woman underoos at this point, and continued with caution. This is a big beer.

The taste is a wonderful balance of over-hopping and over-malting that continues all the way into a strong lingering finish. This is an arrogant bastard of beer that is hard not to love. It is powerful shit that doesn't need to offer apologies.

grayburn, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of redliner8
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

redliner8, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of DaveBlack
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich, reddish brown with a pretty nice off-white head to it that seems to have infinite retention. I drank an entire pitcher of this over the course of dinner and the head was still there at the end. Lots of lacing.

S: Big aroma on this beer with lots of toasty malts, notes of caramel a slightly astringent smell from the esters and a lot of hops.

T: Lots of sweet malts are up front bringing in caramel and toffee and a nice roasted flavor before the hops make their presence felt in a big way. The hops bring a spicy, piney flavor and leave the mouth with a nice bitter aftertaste. Big flavor on this beer, with a lot of balance between the sweet and bitter.

M: Medium bodied, with a tingly spiciness, but still comes off as creamy...

O: Big flavor, lots of balance and a heavy hit of alcohol. This beer is definitely a classic for a reason. I wouldn't try to drink anything afterwards because it leaves your mouth feeling totally ravished, but it's worth it.

DaveBlack, Oct 03, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

mrosenfeld32, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of visualmartyr
4/5  rDev -4.1%

visualmartyr, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of BuckSpin
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Perhaps the prettiest beer I have seen - just a stunning deep cherry amber in color with a magnificent 2" head of tight cream foam that clung like rings on a tree. Nose was of course hoppy with a sweet lightness to it - unusual for such a great visual. Hops right up front on the tongue, then flavors like bread and some sweetness. The term "sweet bitter" came to mind. The only drawback is a noticable chalky aftertaste I could really do without. A very enjoyable drink.

BuckSpin, Apr 14, 2005
Photo of jaluria
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color but is still translucent with minimal carbonation and a tan-colored head that has good retention and is rather thick. I detect a lot of malt, some yeast, and some dried fruit aromas. Very interesting and appealing. The taste is complex and rich with a hoppy bitterness upfront followed by a strong malt presence. A bit of warming alcohol sensation as well. The aftertaste is sour and lingers longer after each sip. A bit of astringent taste over time in the back of my throat. A very good beer that is enjoyable, but the aftertaste reduces the drinkability in my book. One of Stone's best brews.

jaluria, Nov 02, 2005
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Patlee3324, Sep 02, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Jstark5150, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

jmw4437, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of zestd
4/5  rDev -4.1%

zestd, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of TTripp725
3/5  rDev -28.1%

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

C_S, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of dseanv
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

dseanv, May 16, 2014
Photo of xgrigorix
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twenty two ounce brown silk screened bottle - no dates.

Pours thick, dark auburn in colour with a slight haze. Capped with a dense off white head, perfect two fingers in height. Amazing head retention.

Yes, as a matter a fact I do smell some hops!

Down the hatch. Notes of caramel, toffee, and a touch a plum. Astringent hop loaded finish, with pine flavors wraping it up tight. Enough malt sweetness is left to keep the hops from running completely wild. But it clear that the hops are definitely in control.

Medium - full bodied. Unique, and enjoyable. More of a sipping beer for yours truly, but one I will certainly seek out again.

xgrigorix, Aug 12, 2003
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
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,701 ratings.