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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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8,646 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,646
Reviews: 2,786
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 260
Gots: 949 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

LouDogg114, Mar 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

berkshire413, Jan 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

longisland1983, Aug 19, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev -0.5%

Nbdreher, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of Realale
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear rich mahogany in color. Light beige 1" head settles slowly to an incomplete rocky cap leaving nice lacing.

Nose is very well-balanced mixture of rich bready/caramelly malt and piney hops. Some earthy notes develop as it warms adding more complexity. Very nice.

Less well-balanced on the palate. The malt is there, but its fighting for its life against the hops. It holds its own into the midpalate, but then the piney, citric hops take over. The finish is very long and bitter, but its a quality, smooth bitterness.

Very good slightly creamy soft carbonation helps keep the hops in check. Surprisingly drinkable for style.

Realale, Nov 29, 2003
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Pensfan0782, Nov 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

StoicBeast, Feb 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

SammyJaxxxx, Jan 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

groleau, Aug 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

jtransel, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of AmericanGothic
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, dark copper orange with one finger of pale tan, billowy head. Good retention and lace.

S: Good dose of sweet malt with distinct citrus poking through.

T: Leads with the citrusy hops, but then the malt swells underneath with caramel and toffee, on the dry side (unlike the aromas) but not too much. Finish is long with the hops (now more pine than citrus) winning in the end.

M: Medium mouthfeel, pretty creamy, slight astringence.

O: I enjoyed this a lot, and would buy it often if only Stone would distribute in Iowa. Definitely one to seek out on the occasional road trip to Illinois.

AmericanGothic, Jul 28, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

twkirkby, Dec 17, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

MrGone, Apr 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

jbdpsu82, Jul 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

xseanprimex, Aug 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

BrewClint, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of abcsofbeer
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time trying this one. Bought a 22ouncer, love the bottle. Pours beautiful mahogony amber red color. Has ample carbonation with a good deal of bubbles rising to the top. The head is about two fingers wide, tan and very creamy. The head is so creamy, in fact, that it sticks around to the bottom of the glass, something that I have witnessed seldom. There is a good deal of Belgian lace that clings thickly to the glass throughout.

The aroma is subtle and hard to pinpoint, but is very pleasant. The first taste, full of creamy foam is wonderful. The abv is somewhat apparent throughout with a strong alcohol flavor, but definitely not overwhelming. The mouthfeel is tingly on the roof of the mouth with ample carbonation and hop flavor. This is a very drinkable beer and is not for everyone, like the label says, "You are not worthy".

abcsofbeer, Jun 14, 2004
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

beerbrains, Sep 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Chrixsus, Jul 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Milkysunshine, May 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

robieobie1, Mar 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

twizzbeatz, Mar 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Bjlps, Dec 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

HopGrazer, Mar 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Stagga_Lee, Jul 22, 2014
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,646 ratings.