Arrogant Bastard Ale
Arrogant Consortia

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Arrogant Consortia
California, United States
American Strong Ale
Ranked #57
Ranked #4,599
4.14 | pDev: 12.56%
Thursday at 03:14 PM
Nov 15, 2000
Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale
Notes: 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!
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Ratings by krantul:
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Reviewed by krantul from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
I give this beer a 5 for appearance. Sure, it's a gorgeous, deep dark beer with a menancing reddish glow to it, and it pours with a thick head worthy of Belgian beers, but it ascends to the next level with the best bottle design in the industry.

A strong malty scent is hightlighted with a floral hoppy zip; Stone is certainly one of the more masterful hoppers out there, and they really get the aroma into their beers.

To be fair, the bottle warned you. This is a rough-and-tumble, take-no-prisoners strong ale. The malt character is present but doesn't get in the way of some powerfully bitter hops that leap to the forefront of your palate. The faint alcohol burn is present, but contrubutes quite well to the character of this ale, like a good whiskey.

Drinkability? It seems wasteful to drink too much Arrogant Bastard. It's so powerfully distinct in its big, up-front flavors, that I appreciate it best in the context of other beers. After enjoying an AB, IPA's seem crisper, english bitters seem smoother, and doppelbocks seem sweeter.
Jun 24, 2006
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Reviewed by highdesertdrinker from Arizona

4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours dark amber with ample tan head. Smells like toasty malts and bitter hops. The taste is brawny, bitter, toasty, herbal with some citrus and fig, perhaps. It’s kinda like a less fruity more bitter version of Celebration bit i still like it, and it’s pretty similar to what I remembered before, cheers!
Wednesday at 12:32 AM
Rated: 4.03 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Mar 17, 2023
Rated: 3.82 by joran from Kansas

Mar 10, 2023
Rated: 3.95 by SoundMakesSense from Indiana

Mar 05, 2023
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Reviewed by tyden46

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Quite bitter, but that's to be expected, I suppose. There is some balance with a nice maltiness but not enough balance for me, I would prefer more malt flavor. Fortunately for me the hops aren't too dank or piney (which I don't enjoy) - just a little bitter grapefruit.
Mar 04, 2023
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Reviewed by Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Appearance is a mahogany color with a thick foamy beige head. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma: dark fruit, caramel, chocolate, roasted malt, roasted nuts.

Taste: just like the aroma and very crisp and bitter, which is a nice change from the typical lower IBU beers that I've had. Other notes of grapefruit, toffee, and maybe even coffee. Body is medium-light.
Feb 13, 2023
Rated: 3.1 by bruindre from Massachusetts

Feb 08, 2023
Rated: 3.72 by Crabmando from Ohio

Jan 28, 2023
Rated: 3.53 by RamonaBeer from California

Jan 03, 2023
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Reviewed by StickmasterFlex

3.27/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
Compared to the original Arrogant Bastard, this is a poor sequel. The original had a strong malt backbone to balance the bitterness. This incarnation has no malt to speak of. It's just another beer substituting IBUs for flavor.
Dec 30, 2022
Rated: 4 by McSeal from Connecticut

Dec 28, 2022
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Reviewed by Briangratton

4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
This is the greatest beer in the United States of America only accepting the barrel aged arrogant bastard which is no longer available. And if you don't agree you obviously don't deserve it.
Dec 27, 2022
Rated: 3.88 by QuintusHorace from California

Dec 14, 2022
Rated: 4.37 by 68Scout

Nov 28, 2022
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Rated by MadMike740 from Ohio

1.09/5  rDev -73.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
Tastes like straight butthole. Please don't be stupid and waste your money on this. Both cans were dumped out. Wasted $6.
Nov 15, 2022
Rated: 4.77 by Beergod420 from Texas

Oct 24, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by dms1767 from Nebraska

Oct 19, 2022
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Reviewed by LucidoMMA from California

4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours a dark amber color with two finger darkened head that is very retentive in the middle and not so much on the sides.

Smells of very earthy hops.

Immediate bite some roasted notes in it. Lots of very roasted flavors.

Overall bitter hops and roasted malts dominate The taste with a nice bitter finish.
Oct 12, 2022
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Reviewed by Sandys_Shack from Florida

2.86/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
Sorry but I can't help it... this is for me ... so common... so "basic" I cannot give an enthusiast rating.
I feel the alcool overpush, I don't understand the flavor progression. For me this beer is disorganised.

But Again... I must confess... I am not into the "strong" beer at all cost... I am about the feel... if you surprise me with a extra strong beer and I don't notice it... Yeah.... I can be in our religion... otherwise... nop ... sorry ... I like beer... not being tipsy for fun.

Co-Owner at Sandy's Shack
Oct 11, 2022
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 oz can poured to a pint glass.
Rich foam sticks and laces.
Smells musty, lil dank, hoppy, a sweet thing lurks.
Taste isn’t like a common beer of genre, it’s rather refined - you like it you like it, you don’t.,. well, I do.
Feel is mid. Carb is fine.
Overall, I like an Arrogant Bastard when I can get my hands on one.
Sep 28, 2022
Rated: 4.02 by misteil from Ireland

Sep 17, 2022
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Reviewed by LunchMoney from Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Picked up a bottle then realized it is a few months past the enjoy by date. I’m not sure how much that affected it.
Great strong ale. Reminds of some of the Belgians I’ve had. But the IBU’s on this one are too much. The bitterness kind of overwhelms the flavor.
Sep 10, 2022
Rated: 3.9 by dan_amdg from Illinois

Aug 26, 2022
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Reviewed by BillAfromSoCal from California

3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
dark amber, somewhat loose 1 finger head receding to very little. A bit of lacing. Smell is more malt than the taste. Much more bitter in the taste than I expected from look and smell. Clean finish, medium body, but thinner than I expected from the looks.
Aug 18, 2022
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Rated by azak99

2.34/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
Not a personal fan of the taste but has an interesting kind of spice to it
Aug 05, 2022
Rated: 4 by JohnnyForeign from New Jersey

Aug 02, 2022
Rated: 4.16 by JoeDKSki

Jul 21, 2022
Rated: 4 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada

Jul 16, 2022
Rated: 4 by Robertas from Lithuania

Jul 12, 2022
Rated: 4.12 by Sinister from New York

Jul 02, 2022
Rated: 4.59 by Beecham from California

Jun 28, 2022
Rated: 4.15 by wdavis47

Jun 27, 2022
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Reviewed by nizzle8287 from Texas

5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This beer is so good! This was one of the first brews that has extreme levels of hop IBUs that I ever tried, long ago...
Look: Expansive light-khaki colored head that extends a finger above the rim of my snifter, and leaves so much lacing, all atop a cloudy, deep crimson body. Smell is a bit of citrus on top of dark fruit, on top of a hop factory, with caramel drizzled on top of all of that. Taste is relentlessly hoppy, leaving hop resin in the mouth so very thick, leaving an extremely bitter aftertaste, that in my opinion, is quite pleasing. I'd be lying if I said this tasted like anything but a hop hurricane in the mouth. Mouth feel is actually very smooth for being such an abrasively hoppy brew. Carbonation is above average, but it makes this hop tornado so sparkling and delicious. ABV is all there, but I don't know of many people who drink strong ale that shy away from a little booziness. Overall a fantastically hoppy brew. LOVE it.
Jun 13, 2022
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Rated by Havoc88

1.65/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1
Too Boozy, hard to enjoy the flavors with its poignant banana peel flavor.
Jun 11, 2022
Rated: 3.38 by Best_Username from Florida

Jun 09, 2022
Rated: 3.8 by Hawkfish from Washington

Jun 05, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Older bottle just over a year but hopefully the darker color and abv helped it age. 22oz bomber.

On the pour a fine 1 finger head forms that slowly recedes to a very light covering and a ring around the glass. Light haze, and very dark, a murky reddish brown that lest some but not a lot of light through. Light lazy carbonation, no lacing.

Aroma is very nice despite the age. Some traditional west coast IPA notes and some nice floral aromas on top of an earthy chocolate caramel malt note. Some umami and a slight dryness on the finish presumably from the age, but it all ties together quite nicely.

Flavor follows the aroma pretty closely and introduces some fig and date dark fruit flavors followed by a stouty and hoppy bitterness. Still quite drinkable and smooth despite the bitterness nice and complex, lots of flavor but surprisingly balanced. And not as aggressive as the bottle makes it out to be, but perhaps that's just modern tastes talking.

Feel is quite big and chewy. The abv makes itself known relatively quickly too even when paired with food, and let me tell you 22ozs of 7.2abv will get you there, so don't be an arrogant bastard. Also quite filling.

Overall a beer that's big in every way, hoppy malty, mouthfeel, and abv, but without being completely overwhelming or gimmicky, although a small bit of both. It's a good beer for those who want big malts and big hops.
May 20, 2022
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