Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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9,290 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,290
Reviews: 2,836
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 299
Gots: 1,319 | FT: 7
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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000)
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Photo of sponberg
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark reddish brown color. The aroma is hoppy, roasty, fruity - very complex.

Starts out with an assertive citrusy hop bitterness that's almost immediately joined by roasty toasty chewy malt - again, very complex. There are a lot of different flavors going on, all of them slapping your tastebuds around for kicks, and finding them all is a LOT of fun. The brew maintains its flavor balance throughout the sip, leaving the alcohol content well in the background. The roasty, bitter, and citrusy flavor contribute to a kind of "rough" mouthfeel that suits the beer well. It finishes as it started, with lingering roastiness, bitterness, hoppiness, and toasty maltiness and you heading back to the keg for another.

Aside - Thanks to the guy who decided we WERE worthy to try this beer and hauled a keg up from Pennsylvania to his place for a bunch of us to enjoy.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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

22 oz Bottle. This one poured dark amber with nice fat tan head that left great lacing. Strong hops and malts greet your nose and the richness takes over your mouth in a hurry. Flavor is sublime. Hops are agressive, yet still under control This is everything a craft beer should be. Yum, yum, yum. Love this one.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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

I absolutely loved this beer. Pours dark brown with reddish highlights. Aroma of caramel, tonnes of hops, dark fruit and toastedness. Delicious beer - sweet, toasty, caramel, dark fruit, tremendous hop flavours. Full bodied, rich, and extremely complex. Hidden alcohol, and very drinkable. Full of flavour and definitely one of the best beers I've had.

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.


Photo of mooseo
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, poured into pint glass.

A - Dark brown and hazy. Average head with heavy lacing.

S - Strong, sweet malt aroma with a hint of pine and caramel.

T - Toasted malts up front with some caramel and coffee flavors. Spicy, piney hops in the back. Every sip is delicious and complex. The finish is slightly bitter with a hint of alcohol.

M - Smooth, medium to heavy bodied. Slightly creamy mouthfeel.

D - A really complex, interesting brew. To me this is strictly a sipping beer, so the drinkability is not high. The taste is impressive. This is the first time I've had it on tap, and it does not disappoint.

Photo of alkemy
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep amber out of the bomber. When held up to light, beautiful chestnut is revealed. Head is off white (slightly yellow) and left its mark all down the glass. Grapefruity hops is the first scent followed by caramel malts. The hops definitely dominates. I'm a hophead, but I really appreciate the balance of this beer. The odd thing is that right in the beginning, you get a hint of malty sweetness. This sweetness is very quickly overpowered by a nice hit of hops, and then reappears on the back-end. The carbonation is right on tingling the tongue along with the hoppy bite.

Photo of BradMacMullin
4.76/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Been a while since I had this ale, and I forgot how much I like this. I find the bottle narrative a little off-putting...slightly arrogant, but I purchased a 22oz anyway.

Color is a great copper look, and although the head was only 1 finger, it retained itself throughout. Usually I get little out of the smell, but this ale has a nice floral hoppy smell. What I find great though is that the taste isn't crazy hoppy, and has a nice balanced sweetness.

Really great ale without having an ABV that knocks me out - says a lot these days when 7.2% is mild. Great reliable beer from Stone.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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