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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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7,994 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,994
Reviews: 2,756
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 219
Gots: 619 | 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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Photo of twkirkby


4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

12-17-2011 13:39:33 | More by twkirkby
Photo of snansel


4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-12-2014 17:47:08 | More by snansel
Photo of sinistrsam


4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a deep reddish-copper hue, with a clean, clear body. It had a small head which left very nice lacing about the glass. It's aroma about knocked me over; plenty of hops and sweet fruits, piney, caramel, roasted malts. The taste was much of the same, but balanced excellently, with a barrage of sweet caramel and roasted malts up front, fading into a spicy, bitter hop finish. I can not emphasize enough the complexity and balance of this beer. Since I had it in the larger bottle, and the ABV is decently high, AND the tastes are in your face, I wouldn't try to polish off more then one or two of these in one sitting. Plus, if you do, you're not savoring and enjoying this beer, which is exactly what you shuold do. Truly worthy of it's stellar rating.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2006 21:31:48 | More by sinistrsam
Photo of umustdrink


4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Received in a trade from BeerTruth!

A - Deep ruby amber or brown color. Head is slightly rocky, light brown and fades to a quarter inch. Strong lacing, thick sheets and tracks.

S - Smells great! Piny and citrusy hops excellently balanced with, rich sweet, creamy and spicy cereal malts. Malts are slightly ahead here.

T/M - Starts out very creamy and malty with a slight hop kick, then into some spicier malty flavors, coffee interestingly enough, and some sweeter hoppy bitterness. Finish leaves some spicy, hoppy and some darker chocolate flavors. Overall very minimal carbonation, I would have liked to have seen more.
I'd probably classify this one as an Imperial Amber Ale, as it is very malty and yet still very hoppy.

D - This is great! Very easy to drink, and still very complex. I will definitely keep this one on my wants list.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2007 03:42:48 | More by umustdrink
Photo of wnh


3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a rich, clear mahogany topped by a foamy, creamy light tan head. Decent lacing.

Nose is big and hoppy, with juicy fruit and candied citrus leading the way. A solid caramel malt character holds everything up. There's an earthiness that, combined with the malt profile, reminds me of a German bock.

Rich and malty on the palate, supporting my initial thoughts of bock. Turns quickly into an almost acetic, acrid note, leading into a bruising and lingering bitterness. I'm taken aback at the overall similarity to a classic German bock, sip after sip, minus the hops. One would be hard pressed to mistake this for a bock, of course, but I can't overlook the similarities. There's a subtle note of citric juiciness, but otherwise the hops seem to lend themselves only to bitterness.

Quite thick and viscous, between soft and firm. Lingering bitterness diminishes drinkability, especially in a 22 oz. bottle. A good beer, but overrated in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 21:11:26 | More by wnh
Photo of kdown


3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

06-25-2014 04:09:27 | More by kdown
Photo of AApparel


4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-26-2011 18:48:00 | More by AApparel
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

05-17-2012 04:32:21 | More by ChrisKuhns
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

11-27-2011 21:50:24 | More by akinsja
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

07-05-2013 18:31:12 | More by Matthewpakula
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-03-2012 20:27:08 | More by BlackTuesday
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-12-2014 03:17:58 | More by Ewhite2121
Photo of mjc410


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

Raises a one inch puls head, light tan-orange hued head, slow to fall, with dense lacing. The body is ruby-copper, and barely transparent. The nose is of light grapefruit and pine (light for an IPA, anyway), with lots of caramel sweetness. The taste starts with strong bitterness and hop flavor, which fades quickly to a sweet caramel finish. Nice citrus notes. This beer is really balanced! Has a medium-low mouthfeel, with medium carbonation. Reminds me of a jacked-up ESB somehow. What a surprise, I hated this the first time I had it, at a place I continue to suspect for its tap lines.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2006 23:15:51 | More by mjc410
Photo of hiikeeba


3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours up light brown with reddish highlights and a thick creamy head.

S - Smells of sweet malt, with a hint of hops

T - Starts of slightly sweet, then roast flavor develops and finishes with hop bitterness on the back of the tongue.

M - Full mouthfeel

D - The hop finish could quickly overwhelm my palate, but the malt flavors balance it well.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 01:34:52 | More by hiikeeba
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

12-19-2013 03:12:06 | More by crowbar540
Photo of PartyBear

United Kingdom (England)

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep burgundy in colour. Little carbonation; small bubbles. A nice big fluffy head, that appears to have a very creamy consistency, and persistent lacing.

S - Malts. Slightly fruity. Fresh floral

T - An initial sweet maltiness, entwined with a hint of grains. After the sweetness, this ale turns incredibly bitter with dominant hops, supported by floral undertones. The aftertastes bitter hoppiness is accompanied by a noticeable kick from the alcohol.

M - Medium bodied, and slightly dry. The alcohol also provides a nice warming feel.

D - This is the first beer from the acclaimed Stone Brewery that I have had the chance to try, and the hype is justified. This ale's bittersweet profile of flavours provides a beautifully balanced beer, with just enough kick to make you realise that you are drinking a strong ale. Thankfully, certain shops and bars in the UK are catching on to the Stone range of beers, and this is definitely something I will be taking advantage of in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 20:32:00 | More by PartyBear
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

10-25-2012 12:22:01 | More by Pat316
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

08-18-2013 13:51:49 | More by JT99125
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

08-06-2013 23:01:38 | More by VinsanityDiesel
Photo of Stubbie1


4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hot Dam! What a brew!
Pours a red/ruby color leading to a fine creamy tan head. The head slowly gave away to a thick lace that held on to the very bottom of the glass. The aroma was great hops and a strong citrus smell, grapefruit comes to mind. The taste is just as satisfying as the aroma. Malt with a bold attack of hops. Great carbonation and drink ability! A must for all to try!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2003 07:36:33 | More by Stubbie1
Photo of moulefrite


4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, what a beauty of a beer right out of the gate! Pretty mahogany with bright orange and ruby hues. The head lays thick, and creamy, unflinching, begging to be tasted. The stick is solid all the way. A complex aromatic brew featuring sweet, grainy, breadlike aromas followed by inticing hop bitter. In the mouth this baby is thick and rich, bordering syrupy. A taste delight, once past the lips, the beer drips with flavor-toasty malt, a wonderfull fruitiness mid-palate adds a kiss of sweetness. A well balanced, while never delicate brew. A twangy, peppery, highly assertive hop bitter prevails on the mile long finish. A mouthfull of un-apologetic goodness, and a great way to cap off a fine day off here in Chicago, courtesy of the downright, upright, Jackndan! Thanks for the treat my friend!!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2004 01:45:10 | More by moulefrite
Photo of SpecialK088


4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A-Pours a very deep redish brown with a nice foamy head.

S-Like i've found with most stone brews there is alot to take in here Rosted malt, with a sweetness of carmel, also a nuttyness with slight hop notes.

T&M-Spicy bitterness comes to the forefront with a nice smooth malty finish, medium body with a very clean finish from what i expected

D-For the experienced palate go for it if your just starting out read the bottle and heed the warning "Your not Worthy"....yet

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 00:56:31 | More by SpecialK088
Photo of taylorhamrick

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep ruby color with some notes of brown. A massive off-white/yellow head forms that clings up and down the glass, making a very nice looking drink. I can smell the hops from a distance kind of fruity, and there are even some sweet bready, caramelly malts in there. Overall, a very nice mix of smells - almost straightforward, and sort of wavers between bold and subdued. I like it. The flavor comes up kind of like the smell. Not a harsh bitterness, but there's a good kick. Also, not a huge amount of hop flavor - I get some spiciness though, like mint almost in the finish, though I know clearly that quite a bit of hops were used in here. The maltiness shines through pleasantly, biscuity, kind of sweet. Overall, the taste is very nice. The mouthfeel is a little bit disappointing when compared to the rest of this beer. Mine seems a little watery, kind of clingy, and there's an odd burn (I don't think it's alcohol related) as it goes down. This one drinks pretty well. I mean, it's a well-executed beer. An old favorite of mine, which I'm finally getting around to reviewing, and I can say that I will probably buy more in the future. Recommended to all.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 22:28:23 | More by taylorhamrick
Photo of Steimie


4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

03-05-2012 01:31:17 | More by Steimie
Photo of mttdls

New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

09-19-2012 18:12:40 | More by mttdls
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 7,994 ratings.