Arrogant Bastard Ale | Arrogant Brewing

BA SCORE
93
outstanding
10,567 Ratings
Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Arrogant Brewing
California, United States
arrogantbastard.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
At Arrogant Bastard Brewing Co., 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!

Added by kbub6f on 11-15-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
10,567
Reviews:
3,050
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
12.23%
 
 
Wants:
454
Gots:
2,613
For Trade:
12
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Photo of kotocar
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer gets a really high rating here at Beer Advocate which makes me want to follow along with everyone else. However, I am trying my hardest to judge unbiased because I review for myself, and like to rate accordingly.

The beer obviously has a lot of ingredients in it. It's got a high ABV and it's made by a well known brewer. The name is also super catchy. This is a recipe for a great rating. It's a good beer, if "mom" said I could only have one beer.

If I want to throw back a couple, it can become a bit much. It's bitter. It's strong. It's blunt. It tastes like all all the other imperial beers were thrown into a mason jar and you took a swig. I think this is a good thing?

I will continue buying this beer because of social proof / herd mentality and also because I think I like it. It's got flavor. I wish it had flavor and smoothness. It's not smooth. It doesn't have a really complex yeast profile either which would be awesome if it did. Lots of malts, lots of carbonation, and lots of hops.

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Photo of teddibrewski
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber ale with a slight ruby tint to it, Off white egg shell coloured head that leaves loads of lacing down the glass. Sweet malts caramel, and maple syrup on the nose with a touch of hops, (i think this would be a little more prominent if it was fresher) Sweet and malty up front and finishes with bitter hops and a touch of Alcohol. Medium thick body, goes down easily. Typically not my favourite style but overall this is a great beer that I really enjoy

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Photo of JNPIII127
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emeyer
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jcbogantes
4.91/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional beer, Deep ambar, hazy, super-thick frothy head earthy hops on the nose, flavor dominated by its maltyness, sweet caramel, wort, very hoppy with just the right balnce sweetness/bitterness.
''If you don't like this beer keep it to yourself'' "not for yellow-beer-drinkin' wimps''

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Photo of hopsonhopsonhops
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gangstabobangsta
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jhart96
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of IBUBrew
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chris826
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Shaun_S
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SCproUA
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of -steve-
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A pleasure to have this beer up here in Canada. Lovely dark amber colour with generous foamy head that leaves copious lacing on the glass. Sweet malty smell. Assertive dry, tart hop taste giving way to the malty sweetness. I think the malt sweetness balances this beer and prevents the hops from becoming overpowering. Excellent brew!

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Photo of monkist
4.94/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Nat1975
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MackT
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this in a 16oz. can. Had it previously from a bottle. I feel as nothing was lost in transference. Pours dark amber, think maple syrup. Aromas of brown sugar, malts. Pleasant mouthfeel. Nice blend of hops and malt. Definitely will purchase again.

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Photo of bshefftz
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NMA
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rsuarez1982
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TylerGray27
4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of EmeraldMist
2.82/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Look - Pours a deep amber color, big billowing off white head, lacing all the way down the glass.
Aroma - Spicy hops, citrus, root beer, toast, warm.
Taste - Bitter pine, caramel, toasted malt flavor, light raisin or prune, slight citrus, caustic, finish is sweet and sour with aggressive bitterness, like chewing on aspirin or tylenol. All over the place on the palate, such a weird mix of flavors.
Feel - Medium bodied, sticky, slightly oily, lively carbonation, finishes on the drier side.

Overall - There's a lot I like and a lot I don't like. The malt and fruit flavors are pleasant. The hops seem out of place to me. Bitterness lingers on way too long and becomes tedious. Not my kind of beer.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of TimberSwanson
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Arrogant Bastard Ale from Arrogant Brewing
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