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India Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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128 Ratings
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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%

Photo of scotorum
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
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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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +36.8%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Brenden
3.52/5  rDev +7%
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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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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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of williepep
5/5  rDev +52%
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!

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3.34/5  rDev +1.5%
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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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -24%

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4.5/5  rDev +36.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Offa
2.29/5  rDev -30.4%
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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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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2.85/5  rDev -13.4%
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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India Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
76 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.