Arrogant Bastard Ale | Arrogant Brewing

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4.15/5
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10,761 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
Ranking:
#1,540
Reviews:
3,106
Ratings:
10,761
pDev:
12.29%
Bros Score:
4.39
 
 
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469
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3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Maddi97
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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2.21/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of ChazFqy
2.55/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Aggressive grapefruit flavor

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Photo of StevenTowne
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a growler. Pours a nice dark amber with a nice head. Smells like a brown ale. Not overpowering smell, but hints of caramel and nut. Taste is not overbearing like some IPA's. Nice blend of raw brown ale taste and molasses. Very drinkable and not obvious alcohol. Great beer!

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3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

16oz can best by 4/28/18. Pours a reddish-brown with a finger of tan head. Smells of alcohol and molasses. Medium feel. Taste is earthy, an almost black tea-like bitterness. Distinctive, but a bit harsh.

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

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

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2.83/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Not dogging the body because trust me it's there. But to me this tastes like alcoholic celery. And I'm not a fan of celery .
Just not for me.

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of illpass78
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into stemware.

Appearance: Slightly opaque ruby with a short cream head.

Aroma: Booze. And dark fruits.

Taste: Plums, raisins, dried figs. And booze. Lots of booze. Bitter backing.

Mouthfeel: A sipper, but not super harsh.

Overall: Eh. People love this stuff. I just think it tastes like a boozy raisin.

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3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Went down pretty smooth with a pretty classic ale, if a little muted, ale smell. Reddish-brown body, a little hazy, fun packaging. The aftertaste is the only real flaw since it's dry, astringent, and more bitter than the initial taste.

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4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought I did this one already... turns out it was the Bourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard, easy mistake to make as in my memory the labels looked EXACTLY THE SAME [actually there is a slight difference in them]. So here we are Arrogant Bastard! What? No I wasn’t insulting you, that’s the name of the beer... jeez, Arrogant Bastards. That was insulting you, see the difference? No, well maybe I was insulting you then. As far as American Strong Ales go this is the most popular on a little site I go to called Beer Advocate - 10,712 ratings so for, here comes #10,713! Will it be as great as Bourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard? Only minutes will tell, around 30 to be precise.

Poured from a 473ml can into a Duvel tulip.

A: This beer is truly arrogant from the get-go: exploding right out of the can and into my sink, jeez Arrogant Bastard. Colour is a deep tawny brown, cloudy or hazed? Hard to tell, I’m gonna say hazed, with a sand-coloured head that simmers down after the initial explosion leaving a nice thin blanket, and lace. 8/10.

S: Boozy from the off, with a mix of dark fruits (prune, plum, dates) and a freight train full of molasses - this thing is as unstoppable as a train with Jon Voight riding on it. Aroma comes across with a decent amount of sugar but not a truckload, it’s not Founders Curmudgeon in that respect (my dentist BANNED me from drinking that beer when I told him a piece of my tooth broke off while I was sipping it). Pretty balanced aroma based on several scientific whiffs. 9/10.

T: Booze, booze, booze. Dark fruits (prune, plum, dates) and molasses. Much like BBAAB (as in the other Arrogant Bastard) there are woody notes throughout. Sweet mid palate, but not overbearing, bit better balanced than Curmudgeon in that respect - Curmudgeon is a bit “all aboard sugar train heading for candy mountain!”. Finish is long dry, with a medium herbal hop bitterness. Overall flavour is tasty, the booze isn’t crazy in your face, and there’s plenty going on. 8/10.

M: Definitely no Curmudgeon when it comes to mouthfeel - medium bodied with a slight creamy carbonation - had better, had worse. 7/10.

D: Yes I know Founders Curmudgeon is a different style beer but it’s the beer that most springs to mind as I sip this... I miss my Curmudgeon days (which are paradoxically behind me). I feel after drinking half a glass that the hops are a tad aggressive now (I found that in BBAAB too). Still decent though. 9/10.

Food match: “Runaway train never going back, pastrami salad is a beautiful snack”.

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4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Classic. A good strong ale to punch you on the face with some aggressive hops. This beer was big and hoppy before today's 21 year olds were even born.

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Arrogant Bastard Ale from Arrogant Brewing
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 10,761 ratings