Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
3.48/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Single 12oz bottle poured into a Shaker pint glass. There is a date/time stamp, but what it means is not obvious to me.
Appearance: Orange brown on the table, clear orange-copper when held up to the light. Poured an initial 1/4" off white head which died down to a very thin skin across the top and an equally thin ring at the edge. No lacing noted.
Smell: Very faint floral and orange citrus, but beyond that nothing. I really had to inhale very deeply and I still didn't get very much.
Taste: Quite smooth - toasted malt with some toffee and caramel flavors up front - a little buttery even. Transitions smoothly into an English bitter flavor. Not a very complex beer, but well done in balance.
Mouthfeel: A bit overcarbonated for an English ale. Almost fizzy. The beer after the carbonation leaves the tongue is just a bit thicker than water, but not by much.
Overall / Drinkability: Not bad, but not great either. I've had better English pale ales. Okay with a meal of fish and chips and after the meal not as good as it was with food. I probably won't get again.
Serving type: bottle
05-07-2011 22:32:13 | More by damndirtyape
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United Kingdom (England)
3.04/5 rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
A 500ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2014. Acquired a while back from a supermarket. A classic English ale that I've been meaning to review - will it surpass the hype?
Poured into a tulip pint glass. A deep orange-amber hue with medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a minute or two before collapsing to a thin surface layer. Faint lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt with hints of grain, fruity ale yeast, subtle banana, a touch of grass/hay and stewed leaves. A bit dull.
Tastes of grainy malt with a mild finish. Notes of light caramel, cooked grain, husks, fruity ale yeast, estery hints, faint grass/hay and stewed leaves. A twinge of eathiness/cardboard in the background. Slightly sweet, followed by a delicate, leafy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with prickly carbonation and average body. Could be a shade more substantial. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of husky grain, caramel, stewed leaves and ale yeast.
Hmmm, so-so. Looks OKish, while the aroma and flavour are quite bland and insipid. Bit too harsh and lacking in hop undertones. Lacklustre body - wants beefing up. This has an underlying character that suggests drinkability, but the bottled form also has flaws. I suspect a good example on cask is a marked improvement, though I've never seen it round these parts. Oh well. No need to rush out and track it down.
Serving type: bottle
07-03-2014 22:43:13 | More by jazzyjeff13
Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
77 out of 100 based on 2,088 ratings.