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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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8,833 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,833
Reviews: 2,794
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 265
Gots: 1,038 | 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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Dapper_Dan_Man, Aug 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

DeadWalkerAir, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of IceAce
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Auburn colored body capped with two fingersof dense tan collar. The slowly receding foam leaves behind 80% coverage of lace on a beer-clean glass.

Nose is ful of floral pine and deeply rich (& sweet) malt. Entry is hops, hops, hops...quickly followed by the aggressive sweetness of a huge compliment of grain. Malty goodness dominates the midtaste while the finish is a long, slow hop fade.

The only pretense to balance in this beer is that both the malt and hop bills are over-the-top!

IceAce, Sep 21, 2005
Photo of durwood64
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

durwood64, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Beerzebub
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark red-orange color. With a vigorous pour, a finger of dense beige head. Goes down, but reappears with a gentle swirl. Substantial lace.

Smells like sweet malt, citrusy hops, dark fruit, brown sugar, some spice.

Big flavor, delicious. Rich sweet malt well balanced with orange rind, grapefruit, and pine hops. Some nutty roastiness. Very refreshing hop bitterness, and plenty of it. Long finish, mostly bitter citrusy hops.

Creamy carbonation, and somewhat sticky. Quite drinkable.


Beerzebub, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of Redwood21
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: There is a nice thick dark color with little head, that does last for a long time as a thin veil nice to look at.

S: Hops Hops Hops its more faint than i would like but its there

T: Hops and bitterness, i know the point of this beer is to be extreme, and in that it is a success. its sweet and the overwhleming hops and bitterness dont linger for too long

M: medium in body, a little dry and is full, its just feels big.

D: not too high in alcohol, but not a session beer either. I think this is one of those beers you get a hankering for and really enjoy, but probably isnt the type of beer youd want a sixer of. Very fun, tasty and enjoyable beer * note: as it warms it becomes more smooth

Redwood21, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of KGarrett
5/5  rDev +20.2%

KGarrett, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of mostpoetsdo
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can't believe I've never reviewed this...

A: Deep, deep copper-red. Off white head, thick as mud, dissipates slowly, rings on top of rings of lacing.

S: Bursts of citrus hops, a pine tree falling into the glass, yeast, sweet malt, booze.

T: Big, warm hop punch. Like the nose suggest, citrus and pine tag team for a hop throw down, but look out, here comes the malt. An avalanche of caramel sweetness comes down, with a gentle sunbeam of alcohol warmth shining down your throat and into your stomach.

M: Medium bodied, greatly carbonated, super smooth, touch of alcohol burn.

O/D: It's a classic, aggressive beer. On tap is ideal, but take it any way you can get it.

mostpoetsdo, Aug 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

outsider, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of core42
4/5  rDev -3.8%

core42, Jul 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

ScubaSteve00, Jan 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Psychmusic, Sep 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Dawkins, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of baconman91
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

baconman91, May 31, 2012
Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a deep mahogany with a creamy light brown head - quite a sight sitting in the pint glass begging to be explored more.

In the nose it smelled of a mountain pine forest. The pine comes through strong, but it is clear, clean. On second smell, I could detect a hint of floral sweetness, which did not come through in the taste.

The bitter piney notes hit in the back of the mouth, while a cool almost cucumber taste balances it out for a smoothe delivery up front. It finishes with a lingering bitterness that would be nicely accompanied with something sweet - I'm thinking whoopie pies.

Chickenhawk9932, Jul 25, 2010
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

AaronBurr, Jun 04, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

CraftFan5, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I did not want to like this beer. Everyone raved about it and I thought "so what?" I picked up a bottle, and read the label, "you're not worthy." "And you are?", I thought. It poured dark amber with a nice head. The first sip was exhillerating. I was not quite prepared for this. Mega hops and a BOLD taste. I thought, "this will soon subside." It didn't. The last drink tasted just like the first. I killed the bottle an about an hour and a half. A 22oz usually lasts me 30 minutes if it is my first. Not this time. I enjoyed and savored every gulp. When I finished, I could drink no more. I had only bought one bottle and all my other beers were, "not worthy".

bewareOFpenguin, Nov 19, 2002
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4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is amber in color with some extreme red notes. One of the reddest beers Ive ever seen. Small khaki head layers the top of the glass.

The nose is very piney and citrusy. Awesome hop aroma.

A thrashing amount of citrus and bittersweet hops make for quite a bold taste. Earthy, piney, resiny. A welcomed kick in the palate with this ale.

The mouthfeel is soft and creamy, yet still decently carbonated.

The drinkability is decent, but the heavy flavor would make it difficult to enjoy several of these.

jasonpeckins32, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of obywan59
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear glorious amber (or ruby away from the light). A thick light tan head rests atop, leaving awesome lacing as it recedes.

Some light aromatic sweetness from the malt, but the nose is almost entirely hops. Huge over-ripe citrus with caramel, but at the same time, a fresh grassy scent.

Sweet malt with a light twang of grapefruit and the bitterness of it's peel. Caramelly, with a hint of coffee. Much more roasted malt in the taste than was evident in the nose.

Medium-bodied with a light prickle. Syrupy enough to hold all that superb flavor on the tongue.

I actually prefer this to the oaked version. The oak, while good, had a bit of harshness to it. This is way smoother, and in my estimation, much more drinkable.

obywan59, May 25, 2011
Photo of TommyW
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Dark, reddish brown with a tan head that has great retention and leaves a sticky lace.

S- Sweet malts, dark fruits (prune) and notes of floral hops.

T- Sweet and toasted malts with notes of caramel. Alcohol notes dance around the tongue. The sweetness is balanced well with an assertive hop fill. Finish is dry with some dark fruity flavors that linger.

M- Medium to full body with a perfect carbonation level.

D- One of my favorite beers to date. Would gladly drink it all the time.

TommyW, Apr 23, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Bubbalito, Mar 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

tabhill, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Jon
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, clear copper color with a nice tan-hued head. Leaves giant trails of lace down the glass. Smell is very inviting with big notes of fresh hops, caramel malt, etc. This is an incredibly tasty brew. Hops hit you at first, followed by a more than sufficient caramel malt backbone that supports the bitterness nicely. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and for a brew of its magnitude (7.2%), AB drinks quite easily. I'm glad I finally got to try this one. Arrogance is bliss.

Jon, Dec 21, 2002
Photo of callmescraps
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The world needs another AB review like a sharp stick in the eye. And yet, here we are.

Appearance- A deep amber color. A half inch of white head, nice lacing. Very sticky.

Smell- Hop burst. Lots of citrus and grapefruit. Some pine and dank. A hint of roast. Nice.

Taste- Hops. Pine. Very bitter. Caramel malt follows. Lots of pine on the finish. A hint of burnt caramel.

Mouthfeel- Creamy. It's a little syruppy and I'd like some more bubbles.

Drinkability- Bitter and syrupy. It's nice and aggressive.

It's iconic for a reason. Definitely an interesting beer.

callmescraps, Nov 01, 2010
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,833 ratings.