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Arrogant Bastard Ale | Arrogant Brewing

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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Arrogant Brewing
California, United States

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

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Ratings: 10,667 |  Reviews: 3,086
Photo of Ri0
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured 16oz can into snifter. Dark brown with some copper highlight and a 2 finger khaki head. Fades slowly and leaves behind lacing that coats my glass. Aroma is very earthy and piney from the hops then mellows into a sweeter caramel malt. Flavor starts bitter, very earthy and woody, some caramel in the middle. Hints of citrus and piney bitter finish similar to a hoppy barleywine. Feel is medium with good carbonation and a dry finish. I was hoping for a bit more malt, but it is enjoyable.

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Photo of JoeLev
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sully194
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was at the end of my rope with my day, so I picked up a big bottle of this to take to the face.
I was supposed to have band practice, but after driving all the way out to the storage space, NO ONE showed up!
On top of that, the code for the gate wouldn't work, so I had to drive right through the thing. Luckily it was just a 2x4, so my 2000 Nissan 200SX took care of that no problem. I was at my boiling point. I called all the guys on their home phones - no answer (of course!), so I left a message. Then I tried sending them all a text message - no reply. Then I sent each of them an email to let them know to check their voicemail and read their texts - crickets.
It wasn't a total loss at least, as I was able to fire up the space heater and get some song writing done on Old Faithful. I guess you could say I have a songwriter in me, dudes. And once I got this Strong Ale in me, things really took off. I wrote a pretty F'n sweet tune! It sounds like a love song, but it's really about playing video games.
Anyway, I have always liked this beer - especially the name. You know what I'm sayin? You know what I mean?

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Photo of Iwanttheonewithhops
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hudi2
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Overall a decent beer. Drinking from a Belgian chalice from a canned beer. Pleasant beer finish isn't too strong head dissipated
Quickly nice malty texture and flavor. Hop taste isn't too strong. Reminds me a little of wheat beer without the banana taste, here it's closer to a prune flavor. Would drink again but would run out to get them.

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Photo of VanRobinson
1.58/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Not too pleasant. Tastes like metal. High percentage is nice but I would not drink it again.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Though you are not at all told, this is an amber ale. Lots of heavier (caramel/chocolate/black?) malt, dark color, a classic looking winter beer.
And that's absolutely great.....if you knew what you were buying. Which this brewery does not help do in any way....other than to overtly insult you into thinking you're an idiot for anything less than loving it.
Well eff y'all.
I liked it, just don''t appreciate being bullied into what to think. How's that for 'arrogant'? There are lots of good amber ales out there....and IMO, this is nothing special enough to create a brewery over, even if it does make for a good website tale.

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Photo of Handsome_Steve
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a very interesting beer! Deep color, leaning more toward a red ale...caramel? Very sweet note upon first taste, ending with a bitter hoppy aftertaste, like an IPA does. I'd pair this with red meats - steak, roastbeef sandwiches (beef on a weck) and burgers with really sharp cheddar cheeses. Quite impressive.

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Photo of BFrederickJudd
4.91/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing. Simply amazing. The only thing average about this ale is the colour—semi-dark. But all else—wow. Smells great, everything you would expect from a strong beer; malt, hops, slight fruity aroma, etc. The taste is on par with the Trappist beers—no way you would be able to discern that it packs 7.2 % alcohol. Such a shame that it is available all over Central Europe with Czechia being the sole exception.

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Photo of Khaack
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ABabbidge
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark reddish-brown color with sitcky light tan head.

S: Caramel malt and fruity hops. Lots of aroma.

T: Big caramel malt taste up front followed by some chocolate notes, but then finishes with more bitter hoppy flavors. Hops are floral and slightly fruity.

F: Medium body, finishes a little dry.

O: I heard someone describe this as a hoppy red ale or amber ale once. I think that pretty much nails it.

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Photo of Sk8sean86
3.02/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ICTguy21
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I remember when I first had this beer in the mid the 2,000s when I just started getting into beers, yes I was a late bloomer when it came to "hard drinks", I remember thinking it wasn't really all that, I didn't hate it but I didn't love it. I then quickly got into British, Irish, and German beers and forgot all about this one. Last night my girlfriend bought it for me on a recommendation of a mutual friend who knows what sort of beers I liked. I was amused to see it, so I cracked the top off, gave it a sniff, you could really smell the hops as well as caramel, slight hint of toffee, as well as some darker notes. As soon as I put the bottle to my lips and tasted the sweet bread it was exactly the way beers are meant to be, room temp and bitter is better. I instantly loved it and drank the pint happily, I'm def going to check out their other beers as well. If you want a beer the way beer should be than this is def it.

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1.89/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Photo of msp88
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PuffySAJ
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Arrogant Bastard is not for your average beer drinker. It’s for the lover of beer. It’s for the one who’s pallet craves a strong, slightly sweet, full-flavor ale that goes down smooth with a awesome bitter finish. Slowly becoming my favorite brew!

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Photo of -archetype-
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cbei1261
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emincems
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dainbramage637
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Maudrey
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bloodsnot77
3.57/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Urs
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Luckydog91
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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