Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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9,815 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,815
Reviews: 2,968
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 373
Gots: 1,947 | FT: 10
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

This is an aggressive ale. You probably won't like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth. We would suggest that you stick to safer and more familiar territory–maybe something with a multi-million dollar ad campaign aimed at convincing you it’s made in a little brewery, or one that implies that their tasteless fizzy yellow beverage will give you more sex appeal. Perhaps you think multi-million dollar ad campaigns make things taste better. Perhaps you're mouthing your words as you read this.

At Stone Brewing, we believe that pandering to the lowest common denominator represents the height of tyranny - a virtual form of keeping the consumer barefoot and stupid. Brought forth upon an unsuspecting public in 1997, Arrogant Bastard Ale openly challenged the tyrannical overlords who were brazenly attempting to keep Americans chained in the shackles of poor taste. As the progenitor of its style, Arrogant Bastard Ale has reveled in its unprecedented and uncompromising celebration of intensity. There have been many nods to Arrogant Bastard Ale…even outright attempts to copy it… but only one can ever embody the true nature of liquid Arrogance!
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Photo of liamt07
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Whole Foods Union Square. 22oz into a tulip, best before June 6, 2011.

Pours a dark mahogany, huge dense cream coloured head. Super thick and creamy. Leaves a helluva lot of lace. Medium retention. Nose is hopped to high heaven, lots of tropical notes with a sturdy malt base to support it. Taste kicks off with a blast of hops and massive malt backbone. Citrus and tropical notes contend with and intense bitterness imparted by the alpha acids. Huge caramel toffee base giving this loads of body. An interesting cinnamon spiciness comes out here as it warms, along with some dark tea flavours. Great bitterness here and a full, hefty feel. A suggestion of the alcohol is made, but that only adds to how good this was. An off center imperial red, methinks...

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

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" dark tan head over the clear burgundy red brew. Hearty holds on well, with ample lacing. Aroma is dominantly hoppy, with citrus and pine powering the experience. Taste starts a bit lacking in my mind, not as richly malty as I would expect. But never fear, the hops kick in a take over, with bursts of bitterness that impress, without making you cringe from overdoiung it. Mouthfeel is smooth for such a hoppy offering, and drinkability is dangerously good. Had this many times, just never got around to reviewing, reminds me why I keep coming back.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


22oz from the Coop for about $4.50.. shared with Brenda, mine from my New Belgium goblet.

Huge 2" tan head that came out of the glass and left behind beautiful lacing. The brew looks walnut brown until held to a light revealing deep cherry red... pretty for sure.

Aroma is a good balance between American hops and caramel and toasted malts... some fruitiness.. more refined than previous years notes reveal.

Full flavored obviously.. citrus and pine hops shine but are shadowed perfectly buy the big malt flavors... bitterness is less that remembered but still very nice. Leans toward the sweet side with caramel and toasty malts... a touch of milk chocolate is highlted by the sorta creamy mouthfeel. Big and brash across the board..

AB leaves nothing to guess... it is Big. It is a beer I unfortunately always overlook/take for granted... I really should buy it more often... but the rational side of me always says "the AB will always be here.. try something different." I will make an honest effort to enjoy it more often.... too often, other beers leave you wondering what if the upped the malts/hops/alcohol ... ETC. AB leaves nothing to guess.... that being said, personally I prefer its bigger brother.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Notes from a Recent Beer Tasting Party.

Th Arrogant Bastard is another fine creation from Stone. The color is deep amber with thin head, there is a slight hop and citrus nose, taste is a struggle between malt and hop which can linger on the pallete angrily, mouthfeel is a bit tough and bitter, but I like it!

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"Enjoy by" date of 9/26/10
Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Medium brown colour with a slight amber glow and two fingers of creamy cream-coloured head.

S - Some bitter hops up front with light citrus and piney notes. A sweet caramel malt profile rounds out the nose.

T - A nice better hope bite up front with some citrus and pine notes. There is a sweet caramel malt flavour that blances this out nicely. The bitter hops linger in the finish. Overall a good palate but a little to malty for me.

D - A good beer but it got a little boring to me after a while.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep crimson red, clear, with a thin frothy khaki colored head. Retention was better then average yielding a sparse covering with a thin stratified layering for a lacing. Visible carbonation appeared moderate.

S: The nose yielded fresh pink grapefruit with fresh green pin needles. Some sugary notes sweetens things up a bit.

T: The initial flavor was fresh pink grapefruit, pine resin, with a nice dry maltiness similar in nature to rye. Some dry booziness of whiskey cask notes with a moderately strong and pungent grapefruit hoppinesss that was flowery. Some sticky pine resin and dry boozy alcohol finishes things up here.

M: A rich, boozy nature and dry palate leaves the tongue perched from the massive helping of Chinook hopping contributing its big pungent grapefruit hoping and fade on the tongue. A nice full viscosity, oily, with a very light carbonation factor. Malty, smooth with a big boozy finish.

D: At first tasting it lives up to its name but seems to continuously get smoother with every sip there after. You may be taken aback at first by its arrogant nature, but deep down you will find this a boozy, dry hopped treat that gets progressively smoother with every sip and will grow on you.

Photo of aasher
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

This bottle says enjoy by February 2011. This beer pours a deep, rich mahogany with a one finger beige head. It smells of bitter citrus hops and has a light sweet maltiness to it. It's very earthy. I'm definitely surprised by the level of hops in the nose. It tastes of bitter and very dry citrusy hops. It also has this slight woodiness to it. It drinks exceptionally smooth. I'm very surprised by this bottle. I remember it being a little more harsh the previous two or three times I'd had it. It's a very good beer but I couldn't drink more than this bottle. It leaves this strange, earthy and dry after taste that I'm not a fan of. It makes even finishing the bottle unappealing.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red amber with a thick, long lasting off white head with nice lacing. Dark malts, dark fruit, pine and citrus hops finishing with a nice lingering pine hop finish. Medium bodied and tasty. A very nice ale. I am not worthy.

Photo of beertunes
2.63/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is a beer I used to drink regularly, then one day I found myself bored with it and haven't had one in at least two years. This style doesn't have a lot of clear definitions, and versions vary greatly. Let's see what's up.

Served in straight pint glass. Poured an attractive mahogany color with about a half inch of light tan head that quickly dissipated and left minimal lacing.

A mostly bitter hop aroma wafts through the olfactory area, with just a touch of malt in the background. The flavors are the mix of sweet and bitter, with that harsh metallic taste I remember still dominant.

The body is decent, solid and not heavy. Drinkability is not good, this beer is just not very enjoyable. This beer is very popular so my opinion is going to be the minority, but I won't be seeking this beer out again for a while.

Photo of Derek
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this draft at Collin's, near Pioneer Square in Seattle.

Lots of depth to the flavour of this big brew.

Excellent bitter/sweet balance, spicey undertones, moderate-to-heavy mouthfeel.

Very drinkable... it takes time for your taste buds to decipher the complex flavours.

Photo of Tone
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, amber/brown color. 1/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retentiona and good lcaing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, hops, slight roasted malt, and dark citrus. Fits the style of an American Strong Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, dark citrus, slight roasted malt, and alcohol. Overall, a good body, blend, and great flavor.

Photo of flagmantho
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: rich amber-brown with two fingers of medium tan compact foam head. I'm thinkin' it's looking pretty good.

Smell: rich aroma of slightly toasty, slightly caramelly malt with a nice dose of quite funky hops. This is not one of Stone's wood-aged varieties of AB, but it does have what I would call a slightly woody aroma to it. I guess that's just a bonus.

Taste: a thick, unforgiving, uncompromising malt flavor paired with funky, herby and bitter hops. It's certainly not subtle, but it's also not terribly refined. My mind's eye pictures an unfinished, un-sanded 2x4. Maybe that's just because this beer reminds me a lot of pine resin. In any case, it's quite tasty, if rough around the edges.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice carbonation. The mouthfeel is seriously smooth, in great contrast to the suckerpunch flavor. I like it.

Drinkability: Arrogant Bastard is not for beginners. I recall having a trying time of it not too long ago. Still, despite its rancor for humanity, it maintains as an extremely enjoyable beer. This is one serious package.

Photo of DrJay
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear chestnut red/brown colour topped by a dense tan head. Thick lace was left on the sides of the glass and the head retention was excellent. Very nice to look at. Great combination of malts and hops in the aroma. Hops consist of a raw grassy smell and a light floral aroma. Caramel and toffee come through fairly strong, and there's some very nice ripe fruit in there as well as very light alcohol.

There's a big malt flavour that starts it off closely followed by a pine resin bitterness that lasts all the way into the long, bitter finish. As it warms, the malt becomes more pronounced, with a hint of chocolate showing up. This really helps the flavours mellow and balance very well. Remarkably well balanced, actually. Very full body with moderate carbonation. Bubbles were on the small side and added some smoothness to the slightly creamy texture. Slightly drying at the finish with a bit of alcohol warming.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer. The strong flavours and aromas make it quite distinctive, while the craftsmanship keeps it very balanced and sinfully easy to drink. Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber with no best before date.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown with yellow highlights with a finger of head that left good blotchy lacing on the glass.

S: nice citrus hoppy aromas with a good malt presence thae had a little caramel coming through.

T: the hops were more potent on the taste with citrus grapefruit that propeled the bitterness which had a decent malt backbone and caramel accents.

M: the brew was medium body with a fair amount of carbonation that had a citric hop bitter oily finish.

D: drank very good and I feel like this beer is way better on tap and goes good paired with crab, calamari, and lobster.

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

Pours a brown, almost ruby red, eggnog coloured head that sticks everywhere. Smells like sweet malt, but tempered with a floral hoppiness. Taste is sweet up front with a floral and citrusy hoppy middle, and a nice bitter finish. Very balanced beer, very full and a caramel maltiness thats very pleasant. Thanks DrJay.

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

This beautiful mohagony colored beer throws out a creamy and somewhat bubbly brown head that laces nicely. Really nice malty aroma. A unique aspect about the aroma is the scent of pineapple I pick up and it doesn't seem like the citrusy hoppy type of aroma. The first impression I get on tasting is alcohol. But not overbearingly. Then come the piney hop accents. Hops impart a nice bitterness. Pretty well balanced (but tipped in the favor of hops) and very tasty. Ranks right up there with some of my favorite "Winter" strong ales. There's a pretty complex fruitiness in this one. Great brew.

Stone is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. Top 5 maybe Top 3 in my book right now.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems like yesterday this beer was blowing my mind. Pours deep brown, seems way heavier than just the regular stuff out at the time. Smell is robust, hops, here come the Chinook. Taste = damn. Are you ready? Takes you on a wild massive malt, massive hop ride. You could call this a weaker barleywine almost. Not quite. But its up there, but so damn drinkable. An American classic, you don't have to just be a straight pale/ipa west coast style, you can incorporate those into the strong ale, amber or whatever you want to call this category. Good stuff.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled opened on 7-7-11
22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark amber with deep, dark ruby red fingers. There is a huge tan head that also has some unique red tint. Strong retention and some patches of lacing left on the glass.

S - Malts, barley, wheat, and hoppiness.

T - A wild mixture of hops, barley, malts. Unique to me.

D - Full body and nice carbonation.

O - Not sure why I have always passed this one up, but I am glad I finally gave it a try.

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

Pours from 22oz bottle(room temp) a clear deep amber with a huge head of foam that just won't quit. Solid layer with lots of lacing.

The smell is very hoppy. I note grapefruit in big abundance.

The taste on first sip is hugely hoppy. Lots of citrus that makes your mouth want to pucker but just before it does, the malt moves in and somewhat tames the hops. No, more than that. The malt actually takes over the flavour and I'm not talking really sweet caramel malt...wait...yes I am. Wow. You fooled me. ;^) Boy, is this a treat.

Further sips in and I'm getting more of the balanced flavours but mind you, while the hops and malt seem to be working in unison, I cannot deny that the said flavours are as big and bold as the great outdoors. Like the label says, this is an aggressive beer and it refuses to let you just sit there and reach a comfort zone; when you're sipping on it, it takes center stage and all others things going on around you become mere side shows. What an egotistical brew and...I'm loving it!

Bottom line: A fantastic brew that will earn your attention whether you wish to or not. Highly recommended!

Photo of cjgator3
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head that turns leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass. The aroma is very nicely balanced with a good amount of malt to support the hops. The taste much like the aroma is very nicely balanced. The hops definitely holds the spotlight in this brew, but the malt holds its own providing a very nice backbone. Overall, this is a very enjoyable brew that is extremely well balanced but features enough of a kick to satisfy any hop fix. If this were available here, I would Arrogant Bastard by the case. Highly Recommended!

Photo of wordemupg
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bomber poured into over-sized wine glass 28/8/11 at Burger Bar at Mandelay Bay in Vegas

A hazy reddish brown with a thick 2 finger head that quickly falls to a thick tan film leaving lots of lace with no particular pattern

S lots of citrus and toffee with some faint nuttiness

T much stronger then the smell but I'm sure this ice cold serving dose little to help its cause, faint molasses and strong toffee with a pile of hops

M enters silky and syrupy, pretty thick stuff that leaves a fair bit behind in your mouth to taste later and my lips are stuck together

O interesting stuff and not what I expected but then again I didn't know what to expect. I like hops and this beer has a fair bit of them and just enough malt to keep things in check

I'd drink this again for sure but perhaps not ice cold like this was served too me. I hope Stone comes to Alberta and seeing how it's in BC already I don't think its much of a stretch

Photo of Brad007
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the beers in a trade with Nathan15.

Beer pours a nice reddish hue with ample head. Aroma is very strong and malty, even hoppy.You can easily tell that this one is gonna be a slobberknocker. The taste starts out all innocent and malty but once it hits the back of the throat, the alcohol comes into play, leaving a nice but dry aftertaste. However, I detected a hint of raisin in the beer, if not much.

Strong, malty and definitely not like anything I've had from around this area. I can easily see why beers from the Stone Brewing Company are held in such high regard. I especially like the aftertaste it leaves. Very good!

Photo of scruffwhor
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a soft yet thick head with good retention. The slight beige color compliments the almost dried blood color of the beer itself. The beer is such a deep garnet, that I had too hold the glass up to the light to see the bubbles. Plenty of strong hop and rye flavors hit me nostrils immediately. The flavor reflects the smell very well. I would say this was an IPA, but the caramel malts and other un-nameable sweetness pursuaded me otherwise. The palate is strong and thick with bitterness.

Photo of bark
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is deep amber; the liquid clear. The finger thick firm head is pale brown.

The smell is bitter with lots of fruity matured bitter hops. Some odd notes of metal and meat, too.

The taste is very bitter. There is some lightly roasted malt in the background. Some sour notes. The bitterness is not so extreme that I have expected. Some mild alcohol. It develops into a sour-bitter flavour with notes of citric fruits and citric acid. The aftertaste is long, fruity and bitter.

The carbonation is medium strong. The liquid is a little creamy.

I had, in fact, expected a lot more from this one.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, caramel color. Poured a 2 finger tan head with excellent retention. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Intense, citrussy hops; pine and green apple. Sweet caramel malt character in the background.

T: Dominant, resiny hop character very consistent with smell. Burnt caramel and biscuits in the middle. Finishes sharply bitter. Balanced nicely.

M: Medium to light body. Moderate carbonation. Resiny, dry and warming.

D: Good flavor, good balance. I like the flavoring and bitter one-two hop punch. ABV a little rough to be too drinkable (in quantity).

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,815 ratings.