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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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9,381 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,381
Reviews: 2,857
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 312
Gots: 1,432 | 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 TheBeerbarian
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Totalpackage411
2/5  rDev -51.9%

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

I had this one on tap and poured into a standard pint glass.

The beer poured a very deep reddish brown with a thick foamy of off white head that peaked up a little over the top of the glass. The head retained incredibly well, and it left plenty of fine lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is of huge a huge hop character and also some fruity scents. The taste is big too: big hops and big malts. Everything flavor-wise bounces off around the high alcohol content, which oddly enough is a part of this beer: an integral part of the flavor. A medium to heavy mouthfeel comes with this too, and although the alcohol is high and registers on the palant its still highly drinkable.

The "Arrogance" of the gargoyle who adorns the bottle, which I've had but not reviewed, and the tap handle is appropriate, and it's true throughout this beer. Not just the taste but everything that really goes along with this beer. Arrogant Bastard is not for everyone; it's probably too big to for many tastes. But I would recommend this to anyone. I like it a lot, but trying a beer of this nature, which has garnered a sort of mythical following, is worth trying for anyone.

Photo of mattknueven
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of bbkd3b
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First of all, let me say that I love this bottle. I wonder how many people have actually been alienated by the whole "You probably don't want this" paragraph on the back. Hilarious! Now that I've gotten that out of the way, the review!

A - Pours a color that looks like cherry-wood. Very pretty, and with a 1-finger head the shade of light tan? Please... From the others I've had by Stone, I can say that they make very pretty beers, and this is no different. Great clarity, carbonation, and with good lacing too! Excellent all around.

S - Spruce and hoppiness. Very powerful, really. Apple-like quality to the hops as well, along side with a very slight hint at maltiness. Really quite pleasant.

T - Very aggressive, as I'd expect. Hops to the max all around. There's a sort acidic sourness to it, and that makes a really rough one to drink (though not bad!). Very bitter on the back end. Good overall.

M - Light-bodied and with sparkling carbonation. Feels good on the tongue, and finishes just a smidgen dry. Not surprising considering the hop quality.

D - On one hand, it isn't powerfully alcoholic nor is it too expensive. It is very bitter, though, and it is a rough drinking beer. I'll come back to it, but probably not in the same night.

Overall/notes - Another really good beer from a really good brewery. I actually had this once long ago, before I had any IPAs that I enjoyed, and was put off by it. This go-round was much more pleasant. In fact, I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed drinking this beer. I guess I'm an arrogant bastard after all.

Photo of backfat
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a brilliant and sexy copper tinge with a perfect tan head that sits neatly on my beer. picture perfect. smells of caramel malt and freshness. tastes glorious. apples and sweet pine hops hops hops. bitter finish but not harsh like ive heard. great carbonation and creamy mouthfeel. strong malt back. you can just taste the quality put in this brew. always my go to $5 beer.

Photo of Thullin187
2/5  rDev -51.9%

Photo of Tamaquadan
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of indybearsfan
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Jirin
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of TNeedles
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of gwilikers6
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of dabarton
2.47/5  rDev -40.6%

Photo of Petersfavoritebrews
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of Slizy22
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%

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

Presented in a 22oz bottle with quite a humorous description on the backside and a cool pic on the front, all painted label. Poured a deep, dark ruby brown color with two finger off white head. Pretty good retention on the head and leaving sticky lace. Aroma is spicy citrusy hops, sweet fruit, with a background of chocolate maltiness - really a pleasant unique aroma. Taste starts as a malty cocoa, toasted grain flavor, and finishes with a really spicy kick from the hops and a bitter, warming alcohol effect at the very end. Excellent beer, and still very drinkable despite the aggresiveness that the back label describes. While it is aggressive, if you like a hopped up strong ale this can't be beat. Very balanced and unique.

Photo of john0721
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of danielocean03
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber with a nicely written label. Pours a rich dark cherry color that is amber at the edges. Thin off white head falls quickly to light lacing that sticks to the glass as I drink. Aroma is sweet and malty with some floral and citrus hoppy notes present as well. Smells of caramel/molasses and slight hints of alcohol sting the nose appropriately. Tastes rich and hoppy, nice malting holds it all together, very well balanced with a bit of a bite present in the tail from the 7.2% abv. Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth and slick, goes down great with a perfectly matched level of carbonation making this brew very drinkable. Would definitely seek out again, very well done beer, I love it.

Photo of gjoker321
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of Foxtrot
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally had this on tap at the local bar scene.

Poured a nice rusty ruby reddish color with a ivory colored head with a generous amount of lacing and retention. That head stuck around a long time.

Quite a formidable scent that stings the nostrils (gotta love Anchorman!). Lots of hops and fruits with the delicious smell of alcohol.

This beer is big on the malts and big on the hops. Love the balance between the sweet caramel and toffee goodness coupled with pine and hops makes this quite tasty. Great finish, medium bodied.

Once you get past its strong hop presence, this beer has alot to offer. Good carbonation as well

This is not for lightweights. Arrogant Bastard has a modest drinkability factor due to the strong hops and elevated ABV.

Photo of berpwillie
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy brown copper color with average off white head and good lacing that recedes at an average rate. soft carbonation and a harsh piney hop smell. bread like malt flavor that is moderately bitterand a little tart. medium body with a tart bitter finish. slick texture that goes down smooth. dollar for dollar probably one of the best brews out there. if you have any doubt hit up "jrish" and i'm sure he can persuade you.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,381 ratings.