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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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Photo of Seumas
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I may not be worthy, but I've got this thing about sweet, high-test beers.

This was definitely a beer I wanted to enjoy more than I did. It has everything I like, big body and big hops. Unfortunately it also has a fair bit of residual sweetness, which I don't much like outside a Scotch or Old Ale.

Dry it out a bit and it'd be magnificent.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer certainly belongs in the ranks with SN's Celebration and Rogue's Santa's Special Reserve. It is a large beer, bigger than either of these two I think. Huge hops that sit solidly on a massive malt edifice make for a very enjoyable beverage all around. However more than a couple of these from the 22oz bottles make appreciating them fairly difficult.

Very cool bottle as well.

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Photo of Winter
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear ruby-brown with a thick light brown head. Thick sheets of lacing down the side of the glass. Aroma consists of citrusy hops, malt, some dark fruit, dark rum and has a sweetness to it. Medium-bodied mouthfeel. A firm bitterness is present throughout. Nice caramel malt background. Hop bitterness and malt flavor seem to balance each other out rather well. Warming alcohol effect is noticed as the ale goes down. Excellently crafted. I only wish this was available in Wisconsin on a regular basis and that I didn't have to travel 2 hours to track down a bottle.

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Photo of Mustard
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz. brown bomber; no "bottled on" or "best before" warning; btw, the $2.99 I paid for this tells me I'm worthy.

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber-tinged, honey brown with a fat, two-fingered, mocha-colored head; fine, sheet style lacing; very good head retention.

Aroma: Largely of thick, toasted malts complimented by citrusy, piney hops.

Taste: Fierce, toasted, caramel malts upfront and throughout; heavy, aggressive hop bitterness in the finish; sweet; notes of toffee, grapefruit and pine; faint overtones of cherry-like fruits. Medium thick body; smooth-to-chewy mouthfeel.

Notes: Absolutely delicious. Great beer worthy of me.

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Photo of Enygma
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first tasting of this beer, or any Stone brew for that matter, and I thought it would be a fitting first review.

Appearance: Thick and deep amber. Somewhat small head, though it has beautiful lace and quite remarkable retention.

Smell: Hops, hops and more hops. fantastic smell, with many beautiful estery notes and a trace hint of the alcohol that lies within.

Taste: Medium bodied, with a very nice mouthfeel. The malty sweetness is quite inviting, and then overthrown by the aggressive hops. Slightly dry finish leaving hints of grains and malt sweetness, and of course the unforgettable hoppiness on the back of your tongue.

Overall: Fantastically complex brew, and quite fantastic overall. I can't imagine drinking a ton of this beer, it's certainly not a session brew. However, at the same time I don't think I could ever see myself leaving a drop in the bottom of the glass. In all an extremely hoppy brew, and yet very well balanced.

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Photo of Running4beer
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Whoa Hot Damn this beer is good and weird in a good way(can something be weird in a good way?) Anyways...Pours out dark amber reddish highlights, thin off white head that ends up turning into a sticky lace that hangs around until you done with this brew....Aroma was spicy and hoppy and some kind of fruit that I can't tell what it is. Taste is wow some fruit, definetly has hops, chocolate or carmel malts, a smokey taste as well and a hint of alcohol. The mouth feel was smooth with a slight carbonation, medium bodied but very good. I could drink a sixer of this stuff but after 3 I'll probably be shit faced to the max, very good stuff.

Everytime I see an Arrogant Bastard brew these words come out of my mouth " Get in my belly" with a Fat Bastard scottish accent..

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Photo of tar
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 22 oz. bottle pours a dark brown (slightly red when held up to light) beer with a somewhat foamy off-white thickish head. A good looking beer. The aroma is rather mild, it has some spiciness to it, but is fairly unimpressive. Nice complex taste--some spiciness, but also tastes of sweet malt, bitter hops, and fruit. Becomes more flavorful as it warms and the complexity really comes out. A very good tasting beer. Fairly smooth and drinkable--overall a pretty good beer (especially in terms of taste) although it does not seem to live up to its own hype on the label, which I guess makes sense for an Arrogant Bastard.

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Photo of BrewDoctor
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After a nice 5 mile run through Central Park, I decided to head over to the Gingerman for a few new beers. Unfortunately, no buddies were around so it was a solo trip. After reviewing the menu extensively, the Stone products caught my eye as I have a hard time finding them in CT.

After all the hype, I settled on the Arrogant Bastard for my introduction and man - it was like a surprise party! I didn't have a pen and paper so this is from memory... which may have been altered after 20 oz. of this beast.

Bastard has a beautiful deep amber color dominated by red highlights. The appearance is smooth and the modest, lightly colored head fades quickly.

After 3 attempts to seize the aroma of this brew, I came up with a blank each time. I simply didn't smell anything. Hell, maybe I was a bit stuffed up that day, but usually the sniffer is pretty good. Either way, I prefer to drink a beer through my mouth.

Wow ... Hops! Tasty, fresh, lovely, hops! At first, it takes control of your mouth and leaves little room for other flavors. Be patient, the caramel malt flavor creeps out to balance the hop explosion. Overall, the flavor and mouthfeel are wonderful.

This beer is definitely not for the weak. It’s powerful and aggressive in taste and ABV. After 20 oz and a 5 mile, run – this brew went straight to my head.

A great brew that I look forward to enjoying again in the future.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Simply gorgeous. The deep, shiny brown flavor held some ruby coloring, and the brownish head built well (not overly so), and went down sensually.

Smell – The hops come out right away in this one. They are raw and aggressive, as if they are still in the ground. There’s a hint of something fruity as well, although I wasn’t able to make it out. It’s very sugary, like a carrot or maybe something man made (perhaps highly refined table sugar).

Taste – How did I not pick up the malt in the nose? I assumed that I was in for an unbalanced hop attack, yet the balance is amazing. This is unbelievable!

This one is a perfect mix of hops, malts, fruits, and sugars, and boy are they big. There’s a ton of fun in this bottle. The aromatic floral hops are evenly complimented by quality malts, sugars, and about a hundred different fruits. You could spend all day calling these ones out.

Mouthfeel – Little carbonation but a fine, smoothy foaminess on the cheeks. This one is very lively, yet not overpoweringly so.

Drinkability – I can’t stop drinking this beer.

Comments – I’m sure that it’ll label me the green newbie with his eyes caught in the headlights, but I’m falling all over myself drinking this beer. This will replace my cocaine/crack/tobacco/heroin/pot/obsessive-compulsive knuckle-cracking habits all at once. Why would I hit the pipe when I could tap the Bastard?

Seriously, this one is astounding. These guys have to be Stone crazy. The oak-aged Arrogant Bastard reviews certainly have my interest at this point. The, “Fluid malten beast,” (Classic Coke) just made a new fan.

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Photo of brakspear
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a beer. Not for the faint of heart, but the label should have scared timid beer drinkers aways anyway. This beer poured a dark amber and brown body with a chewy thick tan head. The nose is a blast of thick dripping malt, toasted, caramel, biting, smokey, with a nice citrus hop snap. The flavors are full bodied, roasted malt flavors with a nice balancing faint sweetness, which is then slammed by a slicing hop bitterness. A true joy to drink, I just wish the Arrogant One was available in Wisconsin....

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Photo of dmarch
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When someone asks, "What is American style beer?" I point them to this. It's big and it's hoppy. Pours a deep burgundy color with a slight haze. The head is thick and never goes away. One of the most complex beers I've ever had. Starts out sweet with the taste of caramel and maple syrup and finishes with the intense bitterness of chinook hops.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Heroe's Bar & Grill, La Verne, CA

Really good-looking beer - deep, dark amber color with sticky tan head and nice lace.

Smell: pretty good blending of sweet caramel maltiness, hints of plums or raisins, and a citrusy, piney aroma.

Taste: Initial taste is a sweet...holy crap!...hops, hops, hops! Just like my pint glass and the bottles say, this is an aggressive beer. I had about two seconds to try and sort things out before the hops booby-trap exploded on my tongue. I was immediately seized by a strong citrusy - grapefruit, peel and all - blast of hops. There was a vague pine taste also and an alcohol astringency that showed up as I swallowed. Long on bitterness, short on sweet.

Feel was medium bodied, somewhat slick.

This beer is best as a sipping beer, IMO. Rather unbalanced taste will appeal to hops-lovers. The alcohol content is pretty well masked and could really sneak up on the unwary drinker. This is an intense beer that really grabs you by your tastebuds. Arrogant Bastard Ale fires a veritable artillery barrage of hops at the drinker. Not the first beer I'd aim at a person who only drinks macros.

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Photo of xgrigorix
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twenty two ounce brown silk screened bottle - no dates.

Pours thick, dark auburn in colour with a slight haze. Capped with a dense off white head, perfect two fingers in height. Amazing head retention.

Yes, as a matter a fact I do smell some hops!

Down the hatch. Notes of caramel, toffee, and a touch a plum. Astringent hop loaded finish, with pine flavors wraping it up tight. Enough malt sweetness is left to keep the hops from running completely wild. But it clear that the hops are definitely in control.

Medium - full bodied. Unique, and enjoyable. More of a sipping beer for yours truly, but one I will certainly seek out again.

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Photo of taez555
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a thick yellowish tan head with a deep translucent amber red body.

The nose was interesting. A thick malty sweetness with touches of smoke, caramel, milk chocolate, hints of meat, and even some slight citrus smells.

The taste was full bodied with a huge sharp citrus peel hop punch. Almost astringent and metalic. But a very tight hop bitterness with touches of a spicy soft black pepper. Very bitter. Lots of dark roasted bitter malt flavors. Coffee, caramel, wood, earth.

It then ended with this very very very long bitterness that took it's time to finish.

Basically the label says it all, this is an aggressive beer. So very bitter and complex. If you're not paying attention all of the wonderful flavors in this beer will fly right past you. Deffinatly a beer to take your time with.

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Photo of chilidog
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, my first bomber bottle and or Stone. First of all, great bottle, both the info and humor, not to mention the attitude. The brew poured a ruby red with a nice one inch tan head. Lace was very nice. The aroma was of light hop, grass and malt background. Taste is a surprise hop overtone bonanza. Very slight malt to balance this very smooth and drinkable brew. The mouth is left tart but moist, not a dry beer. Hop lingers on in the aftertaste. A very well-done, well-crafted brew. Reminded me of a Great Lakes "Elliot Ness", Thats a compliment!

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle
Wowza!! I forgot what an all around powerful ale this one is.

It pours a deep copper color. Good head at first but not much retention. Some minor lacing. The scent is strong malty dark caramel. Some fruit bite and a toasted finish. Soak in the scents. Many to be had.

Flavors are numerous and bold. Burnt chocolate and roasted dark coffee. Caramel and then if that is not enough? Here come the deep floral hops to grab your taste buds and take them for a spin. The flavors of this ale take you on a journey. There is an alcohol essence but it only ads to the ride.

A nice medium bold mouthfeel. It drinks well. There is a bite feeling to this ale. I truly enjoyed the bite. I could not drink this on a daily basis but for a nice swift kick in the taste buds it will do nicely.

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Photo of avylover
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice reddish golden color with a tan head that leaves decent lacing on the glass. Smell is of strong bready maltiness and some major floral & citrous hops. This is very hoppy & very malty all at once. Hops dominate the taste but there is definitely a nice & tasty strong malt backbone holding everything up and somewhat balancing things, which is pretty amazing considering how hoppy this brew is. There is also a very welcome alcohol warmth here. This is a hop lover's meat & potatoes beer. Nice silky mouthfeel and incredibly drinkable. Even though I won't rate it as high, I prefer this over the Double only because I can drink it without getting sh*tty! It's amazing what Stone can do with only "hops,water,barley & yeast"

Once again, Cheers Stone!!

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Photo of slitherySOB
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My friends ordered this for me when I caught my first trophy muskie. They said it was fitting, since now I'll become an arrogant bastard. Anyways... Holy smokes, this beer looks good. A deep, coppery red colour with a thick head. Smelled very hoppy. Whoa. Also detected some floral hops, pine, a little citrus and barley malt. Tastes great. When this beer enters your mouth, the tongue is hit with a complex mosaic of malts, citrus, smoke and alcohol. When it leaves through the throat, that sweetness becomes a bitter taste, as if the hops are making their final stand. Heavy mouthfeel. It's a bit thick, sort of like watered down syrup. For this beer, that's a good thing. Drinkable in that yes, I shall be drinking this again. And again. And again. But at one sitting, any more than three would seem too much. This beer is a treat to be savoured, not a drink to be guzzled.

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Photo of euskera
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost a cherry wood in color. Nice hoppy aroma with a slightly smoky undertone. Taste is smooth, hops in the foreground. A slight cognac feel in the middle, with spice and caramel feel on the end. Certainly arrogant, but certainly not obnoxious. A well crafted highly drinkable brew that is perfect for this summer's day. Bravo!!!

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Photo of ADR
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Clear dark mahogany color, great speckly 3/4 of an inch head with a pale orange color. Good complex sticky lacing. Some juicy hop to the smell, and a lot of a Marzen-like toasty quality. Boy, this baby is a malt monster, with the hops lurking and snapping the end like a trap door slamming shut. Maple and brown sugar malts, an almost scorched pine Chinook-style hop turns up the juice mid mouth to close -- with alcoholic punctuation. Very well done medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Whew, a big American Old Ale here, aggressively balanced and maybe slightly more than I'm usually looking get a lot to taste in a bomber of this brew.

Source: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of cokes
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A blurred cherrywood river rages through its channel, spitting ample khaki froth.
Rich toffee malts and pine hops scents accompany the rushing water. Black cherries and rum-soaked pineapple provide fascinating olfactory flourishes.

The dam bursts as a massive wall of liquid caramel rushes forward. Coating and blanketing sweetness, but not sticky. The tsunami rushes past orange groves, stripping the peels clean off the fruits. The wall of malt-laden water gains speed and attains a buttery diacetyl within its depths. The wave consumes pineapple plantations and ravishes cherry orchards. In its wake resides a sense of twisted, charred strawberries.

Down the road, the civilians pile hop-sandbag after hop-sandbag, in preparation for the ensuing blast. Pine boards are hammered up against all windows and doors. Resinious anticipation.

It works.

The fluid malten beast smashes against the hoppy barriers and is pushed back. At the crux, lightly roasty nougat clashes with a pink grapefruit bitterness . Neither one giving way. A stand still. No advances made. No property lost, and just a few alcoholic ripples reach town.. An upswell of vanilla-tinged celebration ensues.

A complicated situation, it was. A test of malt heft versus hoppy assertion culminating in perfectly heavy, splendidly carbonated, and ultimately consumable collision.

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Photo of bierman2000
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not being a hop head I can't rate this beer highly as it is very hoppy and my taste buds were tingling or just smacked hard by the bitterness.. the quintessential Pale Ale for hops and bitterness with little malt balance in the glass that I tried. Alcohol to boot that is disguised in the hoppy overtones.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ruby brown, with a light brown head. fresh hops in the smell with some mixed fruity aromas, almost a fruit punch like effect. as for the taste, piney hops provide the backbone, but then it mellows a bit to fruity malt character raspberries dominating, a little caramel is present as well with hint of a grainy malt characteristic. the aftertaste is very hoppy. well carbonated with a meduim body. this beer has some balls. devlivers big in the hops dept. but has enough complexity of other flavors to be enjoyed on many other levels. an incredible beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown with medium sticky head,aroma is somewhat hoppy and maybe a little orange-like.Taste is pretty hoppy and zesty to begin with,with some nutty tones as well as caramel tones on the palate.Wow this is a complex brew,have heard alot of stuff about this one,now I know why.

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Photo of fattychubs
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at Porter's in Erie PA.

Dark brown, reddish highlights thick creamy head that laces nicely. First taste was a tad bitter, but balanced as I drank more. Taste starts hoppy, but moves to a very diverse flavor, fruit, caramel, even a tad bit earthy or smokey with clean creamy malts. It still leaned toward the hoppy bitter side, but was very well balanced and complex. Body is creamy and rich, with mild carbonation, pretty strong ABV, but alcohol is not dominant in the taste

I enjoyed this beer the more I drank, very impressed.

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