India Pale Ale | Bass Brewers Limited

India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
BA SCORE
3.29/5
133 Ratings
India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by puboflyons on 11-23-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,331
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
133
pDev:
17.33%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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3
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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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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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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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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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India Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
Beer rating: 3.29 out of 5 with 133 ratings
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