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India Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 17.58%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bass Brewers Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: puboflyons on 11-23-2012)
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Photo of williepep
5/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful reddish amber color. Smells of sweet malt and aromatic hops. The strong hop flavor is counterbalanced perfectly by the maltiness of the brew. The medium body is just right.

I hadn't had a Bass IPA since the 80's when most local taverns were still serving Bud and Miller almost exclusively. At the time, I thought that Bass was the best thing to ever happen to us. Now, after drinking countless domestic IPA's which are far superior to the Buds, Millers, and Coors of the world (or country), Bass IPA is still far and away the best IPA I've had. American IPA's tend to be too heavy on the hops and too light on the malt. Bass is much more balanced.

American brewers would do well to take a lesson from Bass, one of the very first IPA's and still the best!

Photo of Dapperticus
4.5/5  rDev +36.4%

Photo of John_Crozier
4.5/5  rDev +36.4%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.43/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bass IPA has a medium, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, amber appearance, and a little lacing left behind. The aroma is of caramel, toffee, brown bread crust, subdued hops, and sweetness. Taste is of those elements, with hop bitterness that tastes like hops, rather than grape fruit or pine oil. Mouthfeel is medium and slightly slick, and Bass IPA finishes semi-dry, refreshing, easy going, and delicious. They nailed it! Another winner from InBev!

RJT

Photo of DOCRW
4.25/5  rDev +28.8%

Photo of maniaczak
4.25/5  rDev +28.8%

Photo of TxMdScotty298
4.25/5  rDev +28.8%

Photo of pkalix
4.21/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

exploded upon popping the cap.... lots of lacing, lots of creamy yopping, orang-ish transparent color.
smells malty, with hops.... slight citrus aroma... smells like candy.
taste is... citrus, slight grapefruit, sweet malts, very nice. dont see where the lower marks come in from other reviewers...
overall, hey! it's pretty decent! didnt know what to think of a BASS ipa.... i miss the BASS cream ale from LONG yesteryears ago.... wasnt sure what to think of this before i sniffed it. is why i bought it! i think it's good! i mean, the americans have the renegade, lawless heaping of the hops thing down to a science; the brits have done a decent job of trying to keep up, no?

Photo of woodychandler
4.04/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Frankly, I am unsure as to where this came from. It might have been a part of the last box courtesy of my local, in-person trader, tone77 or I may have bought it as part of a mixed sixer. At any rate, I am working to reduce some of the backlog.

From the bottle: "Brewed in the tradition of William Bass Brewers Limited"; "This fine Inidia Pale Ale has been brewed in the Great British tradition using traditional English Fuggle hops"; "Iconography - from the makers of the original Pale Ale comes Bass India Pale Ale. Made with all malt and a blend of imported and domestic hops, including the traditional English Fuggle. Bass IPA is then dry-hopped in aging tanks for a remarkable aroma. Perfect for anytime you want to enjoy an intensely satisfying beer."

My initial, aggro pour created just under two fingers of fluffy, tawny head with good retention. The sticky lacing that it left in its wake was magnificent. Color was a deep-amber (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled remarkable in that earthy way that Fuggles imparts. This was definitely an English IPA, but I was down with it. Mouthfeel was medium and between the earthiness of the hops and the biscuity quality of the malts, this had a much spicier taste than I expected. It was quite tasty, with a sort of peppery bite, especially on the finish. Speaking of which, I would characterize it as semi-dry to dry. This was probably one of the best iterations of the style that I have tried. Muy bueno!

Photo of Alexander_Corby
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of fx20736
3.93/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic at fridge temp.

Dark orange amber, thick tan battered head, nice lacing.

aroma of faint grapefruit citrus over a bed of pale malt.

mouthfeel is average.

taste; seville orange marmalade on thick white bread, bitter finish.

priced right. I'm in

Photo of plaid75
3.91/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured leafy hops, clean caramel and a slight diactyl.

The taste was well balanced with a dry cracker like malt highlighted by a vibrant leafy hop medley. As advertised, both English and American hops detected.

The was clean with a dry finish.

Overall a very impressive suprise here. Very quaffable.

Photo of thegodfather2701
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark gold with an off-white head that lasts a long time and leaves some good lacing.

S-hoppy, slightly floral with some butterscotch and caramel notes. It smells very similar to other versions of the style but with an American IPA hint to it.

T-Very similar to the nose. Hoppy and slightly floral as expected given the style with a nice touch of caramel and butterscotch. It tastes like an American and English IPA hybrid. I believe the bottle says it was dry-hopped. Good flavor, but not as traditional as say Samuel Smith's IPA.

M-Somewhat carbonated and definitely not as smooth and buttery as other versions of the style like Samuel Smith's and Newcastle IPA (one of the worst tasting beers I have ever had). I think this is the beers weakest aspect.

D-Very drinkable and I plan on drinking more of these in the future.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer I just wish it had a better mouthfeel.

Photo of hosehead83
3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.
Brassy gold in color, with a moderate head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Fruity hop notes
Taste-Toasted malt, Earthy, herbal hops and underlying hop bitterness that carries to the finish. Very nice balance and pleasant drinkability. Nothing over-the-top here, just subtle, understated hops that play nicely with the toasted malts. Very English, and a nice match for spicy cuisine. Well done.

Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Pat_McWilliams
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of BuddyE
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Dolfan907
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of ridgeline23
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Notacraftdrinker
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Chucker17
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of jkermitj
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of scotorum
3.73/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a sixpack of this for $5 on sale. Bottled Feb. 28 2013. I did not know Bass made an IPA, but I like their Pale Ale apparently more than many BAs do. Plus this onetime British import is now made only eighty miles away from my hometown.

a: A deep clear amber similar to Bass Pale Ale. A good white head declined to a thin surface film and a little spotty lacing.

s: None.

t: Malt with a light counterbalance of hops. Disappointing for an IPA, pretty decent for a traditional pale ale. Maybe I should put Bass Pale Ale side by side with this and see if there is any significant taste difference.

m: Light to moderate. Smooth.

o: As good a dinner brew as their Pale Ale, and as I said not much detectable difference. Much better than the usual dinner or lawnmower mainstream mass-produced Pilsener-Lager suspects, but perhaps the weakest hopped IPA I have had.

UPDATE 12/1/13: Had another which presented a much stronger hop profile even though by now it was nine months old. Raised my rating for taste and overall accordingly from 3.5 to 4.0.

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India Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
77 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.