Brewed at Marstons

Style: Bitter
Luton, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9/5   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
Cask: Regular.
Contract brewed by Marston for Interbrew UK.
Also known as "Draught Bass"
Brewed to 4.4% abv, Draught Bass is still brewed to an original recipe using only the finest ingredients and the experience of generations. It is brewed with two strains of yeast to produce a complex nutty, malty taste with subtle hop undertones, which has widespread appeal to repertoire drinkers.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
bobinlondon (1263) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2008
Handpulled cask at the Express Tavern, Kew Bridge. I havent tried Bass for years. I can remember when it was still brewed in Burton Unions. I heard that this pub sells a lot of it so I thought I would give it a go for old times sake. As I expected it is now just a token amber fluid linked to a once great name that sold out for short term gain.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrAleman (111) - Wiltshire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2008 A good beer, very likeable, can be good value, real solid ale, worth a go. Yes, iíd recommend Bass Ale indeed. Malty and also somewhat nutty flavour.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
albertane (377) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2008
Cask at Horsley Lodge, Derbyshire. I hadn’t had Bass, either cask or keg, for years. I found it to be adequate; I was just pleased that there was a cask beer available at the wedding reception I was attending. It is not dissimilar to other Marston’s beers but mostly lacking the unpleasant sulphur quality. Its flavours are fairly pedestrian malt with a bit of hop bitterness on the finish, nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
downender (7253) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2008
Cask-conditioned at the Inn on the Green, 3/6/08. Amber coloured with next to no head. Light earthy hop, caramel aroma with a hint of sulphur. Flavour had a touch of sweetness with some fruity malt and a very short bitter finish. I am told by the older generation that this was a great beer - it isnít now. Just about drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rcasta (843) - EL SALVADOR - MAY 21, 2008
maNana le meto la verga a estos ratings porque voy a ir a DBA. seguramente acabo tendido en la lona aprovechando que el viernes viajo de regreso y puedo dormir en el avion. no pague mas porque no vale mas! esta birria se biche.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
FatPhil (11836) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 19, 2008
Cask (The Anchor, Cambridge)
Past its prime, flat, not quite off, but definitely oxidised. Could be tempted to rerate, but my memorues of this are not that wonderful anyway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Crunchie (36) - Somerset, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2008 In an attempt to somewhat recreate Bass of old, we dry hopped a 9g cask with almost 200g of Goldings and matured it for 4 weeks. But what a disappointment. The ratings are based on the dry hopped version. The aroma of course was of 200g of Goldings, fresh, citrussy and flowery and some came thorugh in the mouth too. The problem was that it just isnít a great or interesting beer at all underneath itís makeup. Thereís flavour, but in the same stables as Green King IPA, and a shockingly thin body. Why put such a great yeast to waste? (Although it was improved by blending with Timmy Taylors Landlord) Update After a couple of days of being on, the beer became more balanced and was a slightly more hoppy version with that earthy dry hopped effect, drinkable but still needs more body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (9468) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2008
Peach, apple and malt aroma. Golden amber color. Light sweet peach malt flavor with just a kiss of hops. Decent but not spetacular.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prcaus (159) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Cask~ Morarities, Phildaelphia, PA- amber coloring, nice head and lacing, malt and vegetable and mild hops. Pretty middle of the road, but better than most of the Americanís iíd put in a similar category.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (4600) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2008
Cask at The Wall, London. Amazing that itís taken me more than 1100 beers to get to Bass, an old favourite. A nice dark orange with thin head. Malty, fruit notes of orange. With a nice bitter finish. A solid bitter.

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