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India Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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35 Reviews
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Reviews: 35
Hads: 132
Avg: 3.47
pDev: 33.43%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | 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:
Beer added by: puboflyons on 11-23-2012

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/22/12.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, tea leaves, and some mild citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and tea-like flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors that make it easy to drink.

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Photo of zeff80
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - Floral with bread crust and caramel malt.

T - Fairly malty with some toffee and caramel sweetness. Light grassy bitterness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is an okay English IPA.

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Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decent creamy fizzy 1.5 finger head that fizzy fades at a fair rate but leaves nice pillowy lacing, over mostly clear slight hazy auburn amber reddish color.

Nose brings some light grassy leafy hops, lightly floral too, and a bit of candied citrus. Malts bring some caramel, biscuit, sweet malty base, and there is a hint of fruity aroma almost like a lager but it's not.

Taste starts malty and a bit sweet, caramel toasty malts, nice malty flavor, little toasty grainy. Then hops come in, fair bitterness with hops bringing grassy again, quite leafy and touch herbal, light noble grassy floral flavors, some light citrus and faint pine, and a juicy fruity hop character. Then they get spicy as it dries on the finish, fairly long bitter finish, nice bitter bite leaves earthy hops and on the way to astringent but doesn't get there, little sticky malt there too. However, the more I sip and the more it warms, I get some of that slightly skunky Bass Ale kinda flavor that detracts from it a bit.

Mouth is med bodied, fluffy carb.

Overall not bad, decent hop base that brings some noble grassy leafy hops, then a fairly spicy earthy bitter hip finish, and decent malt base to balance.impressed that this is from bass. It would be that much better if not for that last second skunky like flavor.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a medium off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains honey, light caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with flavors of honey and caramel. Then a mild hops presence comes in and slowly exerts itself as you continue to drink the beer. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bitter.

M: A little crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, it’s not too great at first but the taste grows on you enough to make it a mediocre beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Caramel clear body with a light off white head, fine speckled lacing scattered. Aroma a bit metallic like pennies in a wishing well, somewhat mild tame citrus and caramel if I have to get serious. Flavors muted sweetness mild bready caramel notes with a muddled hop character that really comes off as a bitter muddled mess with copper pennies floating in it. Mouthfeel is lighter with ample carbonation just that linger metallic hop combo lasts between sips, my cousin refers to some hoppy beers of this caliber as rusty. That seems appropriate as my overall interpretation not bad just a little rusty tasting that is, like why does it taste like rusted copper pennies?

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Photo of chinchill
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated 12 oz. bottle served in a goblet.

A: Has a markedly orange-tinted amber color. Crystal clear with a small, moderately durable, white head. Some visible carbonation and a little lacing.

Aroma: Earthy, English hops dominate; hints of caramel and grapefruit.

T: Similar to aroma but a bit more earthy and hop-forward.

M: Medium-thin bodied; quite crisp and dry, especially the finish.

O: Well crafted English style IPA made in NY, USA. A pleasant surprise.

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Photo of jwc215
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a thin white head that lasts and leaves some lacing.

The smell is of mild Fuggle hops - earthy and herbal with a bit of yeast.

The taste is of Fuggle hops - earthy and bitter with a touch of butter and caramel in the back. Some alcohol shows.

It is somewhat creamy and the bitterness lingers a bit.

More of an American IPA with English hops than a modern English IPA. It is brewed in New York. It is like the Bass Pale with Fuggle hops that stand out. Bitterness is a bit green, slightly raw. Worth trying.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a relatively clear orangish amber in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some light golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy light beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall the aroma is fairly light for this brew with a light amount of caramel malts with a touch of honey-like sweetness and a light amount of floral + herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale and caramel malts with a touch of honey-like sweetness. That is followed by a moderate flavor (which slowly builds from a light flavor) herbal and floral hops. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Lightly smooth with a bit of crispness upfront.

O: This is a pretty average beer that is fairly easy to drink - reminds me of my thoughts on Bass Ale back when I was drinking it in the mid-1990s... The alcohol was well hidden and this is a beer I could have a couple of.

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Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a deep golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a complex mix of pale and caramel malts along with a mild noble hop bitterness and a dry, fruity yeast scent. The taste is decent as well. It's smooth and easy drinking with a solid pale and caramel malt flavor. It well balanced with a moderate hop bitterness; noble hops of course. It finishes very dry with a touch of English ale yeast esters. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer. I like the balance and hop character; definitely a beer I'd have again.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.02/5  rDev +15.9%
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!

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Photo of Billolick
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, w/o freshness info

Pours almond amber, with bubbles rapidly on the rise. Near clear, under a moderate khaki cap. Leaves almost respectable low sheting and middle of the road spots of lace.

Malt on the nose, with a hint of leafy hop.

Bready malts up front, along with some fresh tasting and quite drying hops. Balanced and pleasant enough. British all the way. Decent everyday kinda British style hoppy ale. Nice long finish. Works for me

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear deep golden color with a decent sized white head that persists. Smells of earthy hops and aged malts. The flavor holds caramel and brown sugar mixed with a hints of dark fruits a bit of earth and sulfur. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick somewhat bitter mouthfeel. Pedestrian IPA even for an English version. I could drink this, but with so many better choices, why would I?

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a nice amber with a medium white head, good retention, some lace.

S: Very earthy hop character, weeds, dandelion greens, hint of grapefruit.

T: Earthy floral mix hopwise, which balances well with a biscuity malt profile.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp, clean, easy drinking.

O: For those that want to a change of pace in their IPA drinking, this is somwhere to go. Well made and to style. Just strange to see a Bass bottle have Product of the USA written on it.

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Photo of Zorro
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark amber colored beer with a small light tan colored head. This shade of amber is nearing red or brown but not quite.

Smell is lightly malty with English style hops. Herbal and leafy with a green edge to it. Slight butter with leather and the scent of tobacco. Strong tea and a hint of mint, not super hopped.

Starts out with a slight butter and woody hop flavor. Mineral water flavor. Herbal bitterness but it is mild. Bitterness is a notch above ESB but no where near an AIPA.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall it is good. Tastes distinctly English.

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Photo of plaid75
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on November 19, 2012.

The pour is medium amber, copper, with decent carbonation and a small head.

The aroma is of bready malts, pine, but also clean and crisp on the nose.

The body falls into the medium range but it is also creamy and smooth.

Sweet caramel leads the flavor with a pretty bitter, floral hop note too. The finish lingers a few seconds. This is actually brewed in the USA now and it tends to have more US-IPA characteristics than UK-IPA characteristics, which IMO are more subtle.

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Photo of barczar
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant deep copper color with a foamy one inch cream head that lingers, eventually dissipating and leaving thick lacing.

Light citrus notes of orange and tangerine dominate the aroma, with grassy and floral hops ushering in lightly bready malt. The balance definitely favors citrus hops.

Bready, toasted malt is more assertive in the flavor, with citrus a bit more subdued, playing an underlying role. The finish is decidedly sudden and bitter. Fairly short flavor profile. Floral hops are more prevalent. Metallic notes emerge as it warms.

Body is on the full side, a touch creamy, with moderate carbonation and a bit of alcohol warmth.

The aroma was more American inn character than expected, and the flavor more bitter and short. Seems more if a compromise than an English ipa. Too bitter and lacking in malt support for my liking.

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Photo of Brenden
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darker than I expect, this dark orange IPA actually ranges toward red. There's lots of clarity in the body. A soft off-white head rises to a full finger's height and holds its form well, dropping slowly but leaving a heavy foam for the entirety. Fairly ample lacing is left in patches.
It's British for sure, with lots of earth and herb to the bitterness alonside light flora and citrus zest. Malts also play a big part, giving some sweetness in notes of caramel as well as a dryer crust note. It's not strong, but it has some depth.
Pretty much the same can be said for the flavor, though a bit more sweetness comes through. British brewers may have balance in mind, but where American brewers took over the style is in making IPAs massively flavorful and keeping the balance. This one is light, with a reasonable depth to it, and it holds its own among English IPAs.
Crispness bites pretty hard, almost bracingly so. It does have a bit of smoothness to it and is refreshing as well as bright. A little dryness rides into the finish.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.42/5  rDev +27.4%
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!


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Photo of beergoot
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber body with a thin, white and somewhat sticky head. Soft cereal grain nose with a light floral hop aroma. The taste comes across with a bright sweetness and a spiffy hop bittering sting; caramel and crystal malt character. The mouthfeel is medium and smooth with a semi-dry finish.

A nicely done IPA featuring more of a malt character rather than focusing on the hops like its American-styled cousins. This isn't to say that there isn't a nice hop profile working with this beer. Nicely balanced and easy drinking...

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Photo of CHickman
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper color with a thick 2 finger foamy tan head that did not budge for a while and left very good spotty lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of caramel, floral hops, graham cracker, bread and some light honey; not the hoppy IPA nose like the American IPA’s but still nice smelling.

Taste is also lighter in the hops than expected, but rich and full of malt and caramel, with floral hops, graham cracker, bread, herbs, a touch of honey, very mild spices, grass and some sweetness like brown sugar or toffee; tastes good, but very far of course even for an English style IPA.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied to almost chewy, with average carbonation, a buttery to watery feel and a sweet malty after-taste that was slightly bitter. A nice beer and one I’d have again as it reminds me of a good English beer to drink while playing darts. Not one to satisfy your hop fix, but decent overall.

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Photo of pkalix
4.21/5  rDev +21.3%
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?

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Photo of Offa
2.29/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

This is a rough, very sub-par IPA that actually leans towards an American IPA in its very dominant bitterness, even though the hop character is more in the English style. I have always found Bass Pale Ale to be a pretty good beer and was hoping that this would be at least a decent English-style IPA, rather like the Newcastle IPA. I was sorely disappointed, however. I don't know if this has anything to do with it, but the example I had was apparently brewed by Anheuser-Busch in Baldwinsville, NY.

Copper, it has a smallish off-white head soon thinning to a foamy ring and wisps, no lace.

Aroma is earthy-pithy-herb-ine hop, with some bread and hint of caramelised crust. The aroma is pretty good and fairly promising to be a reasonable English IPA.

However, the taste and feel are rough and a great disappointment. It is dominated from the start by a sharp, vaguely resiny-woody hop bitterness that hits up front and lingers long after. The bitterness sticks roughly and aggressively and despite the vague resiny-woody flavour, it is lacking in hop character. There is almost no sweetness to balance and very little toasty malt character only. Feel is ok, but thin. Overall, this is a rough, harsh, one-dimensional beer lacking in the character or sweetness to support the bitterness. With some mild food, it might be all right, but alone it is pointless and rapidly becomes so tiresome that I could not even bring myself to finish a 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of generallee
3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The label lists the abv at 6% and there is a short description of the beer as well.

Appearance: Bass IPA has a honey amber color with a slight haze and some visible carbonation. On top sits a tall frothy head. The head is light tan in color and long lasting which makes some slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: It has a very nice sweet malty character with some bready notes and notes of caramel, honey, coffee. Further off in the background I get some mild herbal and very mild citrus hops.

Taste / Palate: The flavor doesn’t quite live up to the aroma but it still brings a nice balance of hops and malt. (If you are looking for a big tasty hop bomb you won’t find it here.) There is a nice mellow bready maltiness up front and though out with mild hop bitterness coming in late in the finish. These hops add citrusy orange pith like bitterness.

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India Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
80 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.