India Pale Ale | Bass Brewers Limited

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bass Brewers Limited
England, United Kingdom
bassale.com

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by puboflyons on 11-23-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
133
Reviews:
36
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
17.29%
 
 
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3
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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 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 snowsurfer422
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Bustafluff
2/5  rDev -42.4%

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of 1BadblueSS
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of BEERWOLF1951
1/5  rDev -71.2%

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 lionnusmb
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of kbnooshay
2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of NeoZaZ
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Motozappa
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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 spycow
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of AlTrombley
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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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Photo of ryan1788a5
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of slatetupelo
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of valdieu2
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Eaglefan344
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Flightoficarus
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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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 PhillyStyle
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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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 Santanna76
3/5  rDev -13.5%

India Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
3.47 out of 5 based on 133 ratings.
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