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RATINGS: 2147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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A version of Bass for the North American market at 5%.
Brewed from the late 70s at Burton. In 2000, after Interbrew bought the Bass brand, production was switched to the Ulster brewery in Northern Ireland. In 2003 production and distribution was switched to Latrobe for a 12-18 period after which it reverted to the UK, latterly at InBev’s Samlesbury brewery. As of 2012, the US version was being produced at A-B InBev’s Baldwinsville brewery.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
WABeerFiend (294) - - JAN 16, 2015
Poured into a tumbler on 03.28.14. A: See through light copper. No head or lacing with an aggressive pour. Can see bubbles rising from the bottom. S: Flower, grape, cherry. It has a candy-like artificial smell to it. T: Burnt malt, chemicals. Slightly grape. Bitter plastic. O: This was an unbalanced mess. The chemical candy flavor could have at least been balanced with the burnt malt, but it was not. The aroma was terrible and it continued to be terrible on the first sip. Drain pour. It had a flimsy bottle typical of AB-InBev. Oh gee, look who owns Bass Brewery!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Spab (2696) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2015
On tap at the Don Mills Bier Markt. Pours a clear orange colour with moderate-sized white head that leaves good lace. Aroma has fruit, grains and some mineral character. Flavour is also fruity and grainy with a light floral character and some mineraliness in the finish. Average body. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
sinfull (991) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Decent brew. Amber color , nice head. Malt , bread and hint of caramel in aroma. Malty , earthy character in taste, pleasant hoppy bitterness in aftertaste. Very good , as for mass-product, even though it doesn't taste like true English bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ordybill (483) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2014
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- You can smell the malt hops and yeast, a good start for an English Ale Appearance- A reddish hue with a nice head Taste- Has an earthy flavor that is not great but not terrible Palate- Has a light body with heavy carbonation Overall- A slightly above average English pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FestDecBeet (386) - - DEC 6, 2014
Look: pours a light Amber color. White head with yellow spots. Very clear. Smell: crackers. Caramel. Heavy malt. Bread Taste: bread. Slight bitterness. Orange. Grass. Feel: very thin. Medium carbonation. Slight dryness. Overall: good beer. Nice balanced flavor and aroma. First drank: home 12/6/14

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
superspak (3143) - Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2014
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Pumpkin87 (85) - - NOV 24, 2014
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Shanebrews (210) - Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2014
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Obfuscate (228) - Minneapolis, - NOV 3, 2014
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
felsenpils (122) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 29, 2014
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?

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