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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Arrogant Bastard Brewing Co.

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2,926 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,926
Hads: 10,065
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 22.78%
Wants: 408
Gots: 2,236 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Arrogant Bastard 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 MUTINY
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear deep maroon, almost mahogany. 1" of khaki head recedes at a moderate pace. Retention & lacing are both above-average.

S: Cedar, brown sugar, some resinous hops, hints of macerated fruit. Pitted fruit as well, date being the most apparent. Vanilla is subtle but evident.

T: Comes on with a decidedly bitter hop note that leans toward pine & resin. This develops into a very evolved malt character on the mid palate, featuring bready notes along with dense, heavy spice - think clove & nutmeg. The bitterness increases throughout, but is tempered by a resurgence of slightly more citrus-leaning hop tones along with brown sugar & molasses. The finish is a remarkably-balanced mix of biscuit & bitter hop. Altogether, very deep & well-executed.

M: Moderate carb married to a mid-weight malty body. Finishes surprisingly light & a bit slick.

O: Just fantastic.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep toasted amber red color with a thick, frothy creamy looking head that stays on and doesn't dissipate.

S - Toasted caramel malt aroma, a little grainy, some citrus, and a touch of oak woodiness (very slight).

T - Nice toasted caramel malt throughout morphs into a very hop forward, biting and long lingering piney/citrus finish that wipes all the sweet malt right off the tongue.

M - Full medium body, slippery, somewhat sticky on the lips, dry finish, somewhat creamy in the body.

O - Been a long time since I last had this one, still enjoyable.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.67/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

She pours a dark brown and leaves the same colored body with a soft lumpy creamy looking half finger head. The head lasted about a good three minutes. The lacing was mild in that there wasn’t any rings or any foamy leftovers. The smell has mainly the hops in front through a nice without better words "arrogant" bitter sort of way. Some malts appear in the background as she warms. The taste has a mild bitterness backed up by some citrus and hops. On the palate, she’s about a medium sort of body and comes across somewhat surprisingly smooth. Still, there’s a decent sort of sessionable aspect to it. Overall, this is a decent beer, nothing to scream about. I guess I just thought it would’ve been better but hey I’d still have it again.

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Photo of FrothFanatic
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first beer I ever rate 10 out of 10 all the way around. This is actually one a friend of mine recommended to me when I first started to lose my craft beer virginity, and this is as good as it gets. Drinking the full 1 pt bottle as I type this, almost done, with such a strong ale, high abv at 7.2% it tastes miraculous. Its sweet, perfectly balanced bitter, a sort of tinge of grapefruit, awesomely delicious. Just drink this beer, drink it till' the bottle goes dry.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bomber (from the Bastard Box) poured into nonic pint.
Look - Deep, rich reddish brown. Poured vigourously. Head that wouldn't go away. Lacing all down the glass.
Smell - Some breadiness, molasses, hops. Caramel sugars.
Taste - Wow! Malt to hops ... neither overpowers. Sweet fades to bitter.
Feel - Rich and creamy. Coats the tongue to let the hop finish linger.
Overall - I finally get the fuss. This is a huge beer and it does not disappoint. Puts the "strong" in strong ale. Gives you everything you want in a beer.

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Photo of UniversalIPA_69
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First time, very strong for me but in time my pallet adjusted to it perfectly. Love stone brewing company, another great creation by them. This brewery always has me interested in trying more of their beers. Keep it up guys.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark ruby red, almost brown-like color. It smells like caramelized brown sugar and fruity hops. The taste is a perfect blend of bitter hops, mild grapefruit, and malty sweet molasses. As it warms the brown sugar/molasses-like sweetness comes out more. It feels smooth and creamy, with medium carbonation and body. This is a truly satisfying, bitter but sweet, work of art in a bottle.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.44/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle poured into Spiegelau glass says bottled on 10/15 drink by 12/31/15

A: burnt amber in color with perfect clarity. Foamy soapy head that inches down the glass.

S: huge maltiness with burnt sugar and caramel with some floral hops

T: over the top malts with a decent bit of bitterness and some floral hops. Lots of burnt sugar residual bitter caramel taste with lots of bready doughy aftertaste

M: medium to fuller the beer has a lot of bitterness to it

O: very average I was hoping to be seared with hops but it is just sugary bready malts with huge bitterness. I absolutely love double bastard but this beer is average

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Photo of Kymikev
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

My first review
I recently started drinking beer again (after a long hiatus on the wagon) my first beers were all on tap: Guinness, Youngs Double Chocolate Stout, Belhaven Scottish Ale, and Stella. My past was all mass produced garbage. Anyway I liked these so much I started trying whatever craft stuff I could get my hands on. I've tried a lot of bourbon barrel aged stuff (it's okay) and IPAs (NOT a fan - chick beer) but the brass tax of the matter is this: if you like a good (non-barrel aged) stout or porter, but aren't a fan of the crazy critrus bitterness of IPAs AND used to like (crap) mass produced beer, this is your beer. I love it.
I am glad it only comes in 22oz (cause I'd get hammered) and sad I rarely find it on tap (which has a more plumb taste on the front end).
I highly recommend reading the back of the bottle because it is FACT. Tried this first at Flagler Fish Company out of a growler in June 2015. Been in love ever since

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Photo of tomghiley
2.66/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

looks great, smells okay, tastes not too good :( thoroughly disappointed with this beer, considering Stone have put out some far superior products. I've got to say, I think the best thing it has going for it is the label that attempts to make you feel bad/stupid for not liking this beer, unfortunately, I've had way too many good and great beers to appreciate this one, and for that, I just can't say that I was too impressed.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a small foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacine is good. Has a nice, smooth, malty, piney aroma with some hints of tropical fruit and caramel. Very smooth taste. Malty and piney a the same time. Great malt to hop transition. Slightly fruity with hints of toffee and some astringency at the end. Pronounced bitterness that is very much appreciated. Medium bodied with low carbonation.

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Photo of kitch
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 22 oz bomber with an enjoy by date of 9th October 2015 and poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Poured a very nice clear dark copper amber colour with a one finger tanned head with low retention but leaves spotty lacing.

Aroma: Strong caramel malt aromas followed by maple syrup, toffee, almond and pineapple. There were also hints of minerals and also piney hops towards the finish.

Taste: Sweet-ish roasted caramel malts mixed with grapefruit and pine hop bitterness. The finish is a very nice long lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Mid to full bodied with medium carbonation and nice light alcohol warmth.

Overall: I haven’t had the chance to try many American Strong Ales, but this one was really good. Great balance and the lasting bitterness at the end along with the light alcohol warmth make it really enjoyable.

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Photo of Hahnin
4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This bitter fuck has no dad.
Fruity smell, large foamy head, bitter crisp taste with a hint of citrus(?) fruit(?), perfect color and awesome oily feel. Great drink ability and all around perfect beer for a Friday night!

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Photo of Strat58cat
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is no pale ale. This is Arrogant Ale. Arrogant or confident? Is the difference whether you live up to it? Perhaps this ale is more confident than arrogant, since it lives up to the extravagant billing.

The color is a deep reddish brown. The head foams up without restraint and retains, leaving a lot of lacing down the glass.

The smell is neither overly fruity nor overly piney. It's simply right. This is an extravagantly hopped ale, but it's been hopped with the right hops! I'm looking at you Samuel Adams Hoppy Red. There's none of the stanky hops found in Sierra Nevada's Flipside or Hoppy Red. It's a delightful aroma blending fruit, pine, spice and ale.

With Arrogant Bastard Ale, the wildly extravagant hops are balanced by the extravagant malt. Nothing is out of proportion here. The hops bring the fruit, pine and spice with the requisite bite, but it's never unpleasantly flavored or oily feeling. (I'm looking at you Sculpin IPA.) The malt is powerful and stands up to the hops. The result is a balanced, very fully flavored ale. Yes, the ale is somewhat demanding but it's never unpleasant.

The malt has plenty of character and body. The feel is of a powerful, full-bodied ale.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark brown with a thick viscous dark tan head. Pretty good head retention as well. Slight murkiness. Smelled slightly mineral with a dark brown sugar sweetness. Taste start off with a light steel and mineral flavor but quickly turns earthy and malty. Dark roasted grains and minor molasses and coffee notes added a tich body through the midsection. A sharp dry bittering finishes the the beer. After getting into the second half of the 22oz bottle? The rich earthiness dry texture turned to more acrid dirtiness. What once stood out as the best quality to me slowly morphed into the Achilles heel. Maybe chalk it up to being an aggressive beer, but it built and built and ended up more than I wanted after 22 ounces. The feel is dry and slightly grain and sandy. Overal this is a great unique beer. A nice change of pace from the run of the mill ipa.

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Photo of stlfatguy
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opened a bomber straight from the fridge and it fizzed over. Poured a great looking, dark, reddish body with a huge, tan head. Head was thick and creamy. This is a really good looking beer. Smell didn't hit too strong... light maple, and something roasted. Taste was not what I expected. It's like a stout, thrown into a Boston Lager, and chased with a hop bomb.

The carbonation kept a nice, thin head until the end of the glass, but it wasn't prickly on the tongue. Tasted smooth and thick. I swear i caught a chocolate covered cherry at the beginning of the sip, then caramel roasted malt, and on to a heavy, bitter hop taste. Aftertaste was a little too tart on the tongue, but besides that you wouldn't guess at the abv.

Stayed away from stone for a Long time. The bottles turned me off and looked a little too gimmicky... something I would have seen way back in my fraternity days just sitting on someone's shelf for decoration. Bombers were on sale so I gave it a try. Glad I did. I'll definitely be back to pick up a few more.

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Photo of 50wolves
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours amber with small head that disappears quickly. Presence of astringency with lacing that does not hold. Cloudy. Aroma - smells of vanilla. Taste - mild sweetness that has a bitter lasting aftertaste. Touch - feels fresh with some astringency. Overall - would recommend. Easy to drink and the mild astringency compliments the flavours well. Does not feel like a 8% beer.

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Photo of beernewbie285
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The label is great and true to its warning.
I will say it is more bitter than i expected, but a great introduction to the american strong ale style. Loving stone and having many more other stones before having the original i still have a great love of this brand and will continue to drink this perfect sipping beer.

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Photo of mark5692
2.72/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Slightly disappointed with this beer. Heard such great things but it didn't do much for me. The head was quite large and stuck to glass, color was dark brown and smelled overly caramel like. The taste was good at first but the sweetness and caramel taste was unpleasant. I could definitely taste the hops which were quality but it seemed to sweet and lacking much fizz. I'm thinking I got a bad bottle and willing to try again but first time was highly dissapointing.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What can be said that hasn't already been said about this beer. This is a brutal hop bomb of a beer and very delicious. Earthy dank hops with a nice maltiness that backs it up.

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Photo of Justin82
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter from a 12oz bottle
Look: This honestly might beer one of the best looking beers I've ever seen. I hate to give 5s but I'm almost tempted. Deep, semi-clear mahogany in color. Not all light gets thru, but most. Pours with a beautiful 3/4 inch tight bubbly head that clears fairly quickly to a thin layer. I seriously wish i could stain my floors with this beer
Smell:Caramel and bread. Very slight pine and floral, but no distinct hop aroma considering how bitter this beer is
Taste: Very bitter, very bready, reminds me of bread crust. Was expecting maybe more toffee/caramel flavors but i really didn't get any.
Feel: Low to medium carb. More watery mouthfeel than i would've liked
Overall: Don't really drink a lot of american strongs, so i don't have much to compare it to, but an overall pretty enjoyable beer. I'll certainly pick this up again at some point when i feel like a variety pack or if its the best thing on tap somewhere i go but i don't see myself really seeking it out individually

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Arrogant Bastard has a distinct malt smell, with some underlying citrus present.

The taste reflects the small, with a lot of malt and hop flavor. A very subtle caramel/chocolate flavor in the aftertaste, otherwise the malt and hops dominate.

Great body with very mild carbonation. Just to my taste.

Overall a really good beer, which I'll gladly have in the future. Even though it's not the type of beer that pushes the frontier of brewing.

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Photo of mick303
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - from bottle (at LCBO) bb of sept 3. Dark mahogany brown with a really full initial head and good retention and film. Sticks around quite awhile and beer itself is quite clear and has a nice ruby hue.

S - rich aromas of sappy piney hops, sticky caramel malt, nutty, treacle fudge, maple syrup, all overlayed with really pungent hoppy aromas, lemons, strong florals.

T - fairly big body with lots of interesting malt flavours, munich malts and caramel, maple syrup, bready and slight roasty and nutty. Also a lot of really robust hop character, pine resin, florals, lots of aggressive hi-alpha hops, rich dried fruit cake, with raisin and prune notes. Finishing with a nice dry bitter finish.

F - nice initial prickle of carbonation, quite a smooth body with some malty sweetness and growing bitterness, finishes long with a substantial body.

Quite a well done and balanced ale. Interesting interplay between the competing malt and hop flavours, aroma is quite aromatic, while the taste I feel falls off a bit. Still this one was a nice treat.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A : Cherry-mahogany colored body with 80% opacity. The head is giant and popcorn yellow, with tons of IPA-like lacing left behind as it recedes slowly. Initial measurement is at 3 fingers. Simply stunning.

S : Some armpit-like smells, some aged mahogany, faint nut and cellared fruit. Definitely a cousin of the IPA from the aroma.

T : A robust roasted maltiness out front, followed by a fresh slap of wet hop, mixed with grapefruit rind and lemon rind, and then...metallic diarrhea. The finish is slightly smokey but tastes like a blended sweat sock and crushed aluminum pop cans. That finish is...well, it kills the beer. But the more I drink it the better it gets?

F : Dense, substantial, creamy...with moderate carbonation underneath and a dry finish.

O : An interesting tryout, although I wish I could have bought a smaller bottle. I can respect it, but that finish is pretty awful.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

SRM 17-20 (deep rich copper) clear with a modest creamy off-white head that lasts, while dispensing a fine coating of lace on a Cisco fisheye pint glass.

A good balance of caramel and pine resin with earthiness and dried hay in the background.

Quite bitter through and through as expected. Caramel mixes with pinesap and grapefruit. This one lacks layers of complexity and is best at proper temperature. The finish is long and tasty.

A medium body with creamy texture punctuated by modest carbonation and light astringency. Alcohol is as expected.

This is an iconic and certainly enjoyable beer. However, it has never been, for me, a standout as the hype would lead one to believe. I find it enjoyable after a long day while talking with friends and eating fried food.

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Arrogant Bastard Ale from Arrogant Bastard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,926 ratings.