superspak (3067) - Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 6/20/2014. Pours slightly hazy deep copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toasted biscuit, plum, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, toasted biscuit, plum, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toasted biscuit, plum, pear, apple, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice robustness and balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly metallic mouthfeel that is okay. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very solid English pale ale. All around good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.
Pumpkin87 (80) - - NOV 24, 2014
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
The US version certainly looks attractive, pouring a clear orange-amber with virtually no head.
Unfortunately, that’s where the interest ends. Not much aroma, and a generic, mass-market taste. A slight hint of caramel just before the end is about the only note.
Not terrible, just poor, the sort of generic product that American drinkers were stuck with for too long.
Shanebrews (210) - Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bass is a solid if not spectacular British pub ale. The pour is reddish-brown with a modest head and muted carbonation. The body is medium and slightly more malty than bitter, but close to balanced. The finish is short and simple. I drink it from time to time and it pairs well with many foods.
Obfuscate (198) - Minneapolis, - NOV 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2015 I’ve always loved a Black and Tan and when I use to get them for the wife and me we would get the 6 pack of Bass and the 4 pack Guinness draft. There was always those two lonely extra Bass singles I use to enjoy after. Trying it now it’s still a good drinkable beer. I wouldn’t go get it just for it but those two extras are going to always be drank up when I get some Black and Tans.
felsenpils (122) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 29, 2014
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
12 oz. bottle, brewed in AB´s mega brewery in Baldwinsville, NY. Pours a pretty decent amber, but that is where any similarity to the UK version ends. Thin, watery taste with a bit of a caramel aftertaste. The aroma and palate are the same as you find in all of AB´s products. This makes me wonder if this is even an ale at all. If they are trying to cut costs by using cheap ingredients, then it would make sense that they would not go to the trouble of using a top-fermenting ale yeast strain. Not terrible, but certainly a great disservice to the Bass name. They have now done to Bass what they did to Beck´s. Is Stella Artois next?
Travlr (14398) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 27, 2014
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
This was my go to British ale before I lived in the UK and discovered what real British ale tasted like. This version more closely resembles fizzy yellow American macro liquids, gold in color, light in bitterness, flavor and body.
sturmthis (751) - Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Cooper color with thin head. Aroma isn’t very powering. Biscuit taste with a dry finish. Decent.
Cuso (5435) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 25, 2014
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle shared by Miro at Behind The Hills 2014 Autumn Edition. Amber color with small white head. caramel, apples in aroma. Taste, caramel malt, apples.
MisoW (2067) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 25, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at Behind The Hills 2014 Autumn Edition. Pours golden color, white head. Aroma is malty, some caramel. Taste is medium bitter, caramel, malt.
fajry (905) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 25, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Fľaša. Tmavá oranžová farba, biela pena. Vôňa sladová, chlebová, jemne octová. Chuť prázdna, sladová, železitá.