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India Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 17.63%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 128 | Reviews: 35
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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1/5  rDev -69.6%

Photo of plaid75
3.9/5  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.

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3.75/5  rDev +14%

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2.25/5  rDev -31.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of zeff80
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
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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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of AlTrombley
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I liked this beer. It has a feel of a real English I.P.A. I think some of the micro breweries just throw in hops just to say "we have the most hops". When they do that they really lose the overall balance of the beer. Good job Bass!

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Flightoficarus
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I believe this is my first time trying a true English IPA, after plenty of west coast US IPA hop bombs. Let's see how they differ!

A - Pours a crystal clear copper hue, with a nice, persisting off-white/tan head.

S - Smell is of a biscuit-like caramel malt backbone, with lots of floral notes. Not as much citrus and pine as I'm used to for sure, but a nice scent nonetheless.

T - Taste is mildly malty up front, with very slight hints of caramel/toffee. The malt backbone is immediately subdued by lots of floral flavors - It's grassy, leafy, and grainy tasting. Finishes crisp and clean, with a somewhat dry finish, and a slight lingering bitterness.

M - Body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is crisp and lively. It's very much sessionable.

O - Overall, this is indeed a different beast than what I'm used to. I like the flavors going on here, and the bitterness profile is spot-on, but still feel I would enjoy this one more if it had a bit more malt backbone/flavor complexity going on. I certainly wouldn't turn one of these down though. It's pretty cheap, so it's worth a try if you come across this one.

Photo of Zorro
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
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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3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I had this on-tap at probably one of the least expected places while in Indiana for the holidays. Unfortunately they served all of their beers in chilled glasses, but I will do my best.

The beer appeared a darker copper color with a nice off-white head that had decent retention. The aroma was light, but malty with a slight hint of earthiness to it. The taste followed the nose nicely, more malty than hoppy, but with a nice earthiness to it. The beer had a lighter feel to it, a little creamy and crisp. Overall, not the best, but certainly not the worst...at this point, I still prefer Meantime's IPA or Mikkeller's East Kent Golding Single Hop IPA for an English IPA.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
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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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of jwc215
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
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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3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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3.47/5  rDev +5.5%
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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India Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
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