Arrogant Bastard Ale | Arrogant Brewing

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10,587 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:
10,587
Reviews:
3,057
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
12.23%
 
 
Wants:
458
Gots:
2,626
For Trade:
12
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Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dentist666
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ADG2995
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Buck89
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. A clear copper color with a thick and impressively resilient tan head. Caramel malt and citrus on the nose. Aggressively bitter taste with pine, orange pith, some herbal notes and floral ones. Roasted malt with some caramel and even some coffee notes. Medium-bodied and medium carbed. First one of these in 10 years (?) and still very enjoyable.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Toasty toasty malts and hint of caramel and chocolate, sweetness. Very bready and rich, also some floral and piney hop notes. Grapefruit and orange coming through on palate, again very floral and some earthy spice

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Photo of Guppy314
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can, pours as a clear brown with a khaki medium dense head. Mild aroma of caramel and malt. Taste is fully bitter hops, caramelly sweet malt, and pine. Strong overall (and lasting) tastes. OK, while this is an admirable creation as a beer, it is not an especially pleasant beverage.

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

Very good brew. Slightly overpowering.

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Photo of Fine-Ale-Countdown
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Lovely red colour. A sort of musty smell, reminds me of the library. Distinct sweetness but not to the point of being unbalanced. Gentle warming boozy drinky feeling on the way down. Aftertaste is lingering and pleasantly spicy. A bit pricey but I really like it.

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Photo of xanadu1988
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveCash
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dmecca
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of baldy00
2.48/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle. Copper colored, smells of raisins. Pours an awesome head that retains itself throughout. "This is an aggressive brew"...you know the rest. Though I love the attitude, I can think of many greater brews. Still, this beer is a pioneer in the Strong Ale category, and will always be world-class.

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Photo of Muffdiver27
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On vacation and bought this ($5.99) thinking it would be a nice accompaniment to a steak dinner. Sat down to eat and cracked it open, only to later look at the bottle and notice a best before date: 7/10/14... Almost three years past. Oh boy, here we go.

Pours a dark Amber with a full off-white head. Leaves a nearly unperturbed sheet of lacing all the way down the glass. Smell is very sweet, sticky and syrupy, lots and lots of malt and no detectable hop aroma. Taste follows suit; very sweet malt flavors, slightly dry, little to no hops. Slight bitterness at the tail end, faint hint of booze but not overpowering by any means. Carbonstion is very light and leaves a nice coating on the mouth, not unpleasant.

Reminds me of some Barleywine ales I have had. Overall glad I tried it and surprisingly am not dissatisfied, however I may have some trouble finishing the entire bottle myself.

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Photo of Demi
3.28/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kkarimi
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of TCP2017
3.13/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of rex_4539
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Dark brown color, four finger light brown head, superb lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Light hops, malts. Very faint aroma.

T: Hops, malts. Very bitter on the back end. Nice.

F: Medium bodied, full flavored. Very refreshing.

O: Good beer. I just wish it had some aroma to go with the great taste and mouthfeel.

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Photo of hazedandconfused13
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DavidRandall
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of igl
4.87/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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