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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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9,485 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,485
Reviews: 2,882
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 332
Gots: 1,558 | FT: 11
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000

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Photo of Lupe
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber with a smallish cream colored head with decent retention. Awesome lacing, practically a sheet down the entire glass, even with the smaller head.

Lighter than expected aroma with caramel, toasted malts, and citrus hops.

Starts nice and malty with caramel, toasted bread, and biscuit flavors. Hops overtake the malt with a big dose of pine, cirtus, and lots of grapefruit. Hops are not harsh, and this beer has great complexity and depth of flavor. I really enjoy how it starts malty and fades to hoppy. Finishes dry with lingering alcohol spice.

Medium in body, rich, smooth, and chewy. Very drinkable - aggressive, but complex and smooth enough to have a couple in a sitting. Great beer.

Photo of Padron4KM
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle.
Pours a dark muddy copper color, with a decent tan head. Spotty lacing.
Citrus and pine dominate the aroma, with some raisin hiding in the back.
Flavor starts off malty sweet with a grapefruity finish.
Alcohol is well hidden, until you finish the bottle. :-)

Photo of durwood64
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of beerman207
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure how I've never had this beer but started checking the top 100 and foud a few from stone that need a review. Let's start with the bastard!

A: Has a light orange clear color with a 2 inch head that leaves lacing all over the place. Very nice.

S: Hops, sweet malt, caramel

T: Wow - the malt and hops hit at the same time and then my palate is overrun with the bitter hops that linger for an eternity. Wow, this beer is the real deal in terms of bitter.

M: The bitter rings through and warms with the carbonation - couldn't ask for much more here

D: Wow, the bitterness makes me want to sip this one even though the ABV is moderate. Great offering from Stone!

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a gigantic plastic mug. One litre, $5. I couldn't pass that up, could I? Presentation aside the beer has a nice chocolatey color and maintains a pretty good head.

In the nose it has some nice malty sweetness with a slight bitterness.

The taste follows the nose fairly well. A little more bitterness on the finish with a sweet lingering taste.

In the mouth it is a little light but not watery.

Pretty drinkable. My next one may be the same.

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.

Photo of BRD14
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mbeerdino21
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of cdizinno
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz brown bomber.

A: Deep reddish brown color with a thick light tan head and moderate lacing.

S: Coarse hops and caramel malts. Some toasted grains.

T&M: Smooth and slightly fluffy texture. The malty sweetness balances the dry, fruity hops. Medium bodied, yet rich, and complex.

Strong ales are not my favorite, but this is the best I've had in this category. Very drinkable and the alcohol is masked very well.

Photo of boudreaux
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had last summer during a weekend road trip to my buddy's beach house in Mexico Beach, FL.

It tasted great. The idea of naming a beer "Arrogant Bastard" pretty much defines the confidence of the brewery in this ale. You definitely taste alcohol, but more as an aftertaste. The first thing I noticed was the hoppiness.

Photo of hotsudge
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of ac22rush
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mintjellie
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrogant Bastard is a deep red-brown in colour topped with thick french vanilla foam heaped on top. Waiting for the retentive head to die down so I can start drinking it is an excercise in patience, but at least I have all this pretty lace it leaves behind to look at. Has a coarse, piney, citric sort of hop aroma with a hint of raisiny esters underneath. Loads of grapefruit and pine flavour goes toe to toe with toasty, slightly nutty malt and dried fruit esters, with the hops winning the battle. The knockout punch is a blast of coarse, leafy bitterness in the finish. This is a palate destroyer for me, and I like it. Alcohol is just barely noticeable and doesn't contribute any heat or warmth.

It's full body and fine carbonation provide a rich and smooth mouthful. In every way, this full flavoured ale tastes as big as it promises to on the back of the bottle. When I first tried it almost two years ago it was overpowering to me, and today I can say I love it. Great beer.

Photo of OakedCanuck
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a very versatile beer and should be enjoyed wherever and whenever!

Appearance - deep rich mahogany red that is clear and consistent throughout. Produces airy head that is off-white to light caramel hue. Minor lacing.

Aroma - bitter initially with a citrusy glow showing through after. Malty as well with some coniferous waft.

Taste - Incredible. Like the smell, it hits you with a quick bittery punch but mellows out as other flavors come out. The main citrus taste is of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel - Slight carbonation that is not too strong to take anything away from the rest of the experience, which in my opinion is very important. The feel is semi-dry with minor stickiness.

Drinkability - A full flavored beer with impeccable balance. It leaves a lasting impression to encourage you to pop another one open.

Excellent beer that you can enjoy anytime. A true Stone.

Photo of mfl620ks
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of cofeeguru
2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

Photo of schimschim
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of craftbrew502
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of joeseppy
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of Satsuma
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Loco_Joe
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of jreitman
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first thing I noticed was intense pineapple and grapefruit smells. Grapefuit was very obvious in the mouth as was some pleasing malt sweetness that was kept in check by a fair amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel was slightly lighter than the bottled version.

Photo of EPseja
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On the eve following the first frost in Westwood, NJ for the autumn of 2006, the Arrogant Bastard finally finds its way to my lips... if only to take the chill out of the evening air.

Served from an exquisitely screen printed 22oz bomber at just below cellar temperature into a Duvel tulip -- my tasting glass of choice.

A - Medium brown coming out of the bottle, transforming into a very lightly hazed, smog-filtered sunset blazing red-orange. The airy, tan colored head explodes toward the upper flare of the glass, rising a good three inches before sitting put. The bubbles below the head's surface range from tiny to huge, and they all buoy up the rocky, fluffy and inconsistently bubbled crown. The lacing immediately sets up, leaving sticky, volcanic crags etched against the sides of the glass. If my words didn't give it away, I'll say it plainly: perfect.

S - West-coast hoppiness presented as an orange-blossom wreath atop a Cascade mountain pine tree with drippy sweet malt-sap covered pinecones. Warm and chilly at the same time, earthy and heady. Wonderful!

T - Superbly round, warm and supple mudium-toasted maltiness starts you out as it hits the tip of the tongue. A transformation then takes place that squeezes out a flowery, honey-laden juiciness as it continues on towards the back of the tongue where the hops begin their dance. A bitterness starts to grow that just falls short of ruining the delicate balance... everything remains in check. The aftertaste is that of toasted pretzel sticks and hoppy bitterness that works together to tell your brain that it's time for another sip as your belly warms and your inhibitions slip into the shadows.

M - With only a trace of tingle on the tongue, the beer flows into the mouth, like the low grade angle flow of water across a sheet of glass. It grows ever so slightly in the mouth to become a creamy, frothy delight as it slips and slides down the gullet and into my eager stomach.

D - There is no denying that this beer is worthy of every accolade it has thus received from all other raters, and now me. Smooth and delicious, but full of bold and assertive flavor -- as well as alcohol! Be careful. This beer may be good, but it's still a Bastard.

Photo of cynical1027
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Psychmusic
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,485 ratings.