Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited
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United Kingdom (England)
3.04/5 rDev -9.3%
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
3.96/5 rDev +18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
Bass, being the world's first pale ale set the standard for this type of beer. It's much more subtle than it's American counter parts and while it's been an mainstream beer for a while it still holds its own against the new breeds. The first thing you notice is just how damn smooth and drinkable this beer is. All you can say is the balance and mouthfeel are on point and this is truly a well crafted beer. Carmel malt body with a light vinegar note and a hop presence that is subtlety in the background but enough to know its there. Overall a great session ale, a must try classic.
Serving type: bottle
06-24-2014 03:42:08 | More by zander4dawin
Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
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