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RATINGS: 2140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Available filtered in bottles, cans, and kegs.
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 InBevís Samlesbury brewery. As of 2012, the US version was being produced at A-B InBevís Baldwinsville brewery.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 16, 2001
Though a bit better on draught, the bottled version leaves much to be desired. This just seems somewhat bland compared to many others Iíve tried. A ok beer, but there are better ones, especially for the price. The more I drink this the less I seem to like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 12, 2001
Definitely the best readily-available lighter English brew; not as good as Newcastle and certainly not on a par with most of Sam Smithís products, it is still worth drinking as a thin, moderately hoppy, smooth pint on tap at a place that thinks Heineken and Corona are íworld-class.í Significantly better on tap.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 11, 2001
Had a nice, dark copper color. Not too bitter, I thought it was a little too watery. If Iím asking for a beer to be more bitter, something must be off. Pretty good, but has a severely inflated reputation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2001
At one point Bass was the best beer you could probably get in most bars. Not saying much, as itís largely uninteresting. Itís too watery, and doesnít have enough malt or hops to really be said to balance the two. It apparently used to be better than it is now, but at this point itís not worth the bother.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
A.J. Raffles99 (3) - USA - JUL 6, 2001 does not count
Itís pretty pedestrian stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 2, 2001
Personally I was not impressed, it seemed awefully bitter to me. But then again I have never tried it out of a tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2001
Kind of a hard beer to rate. As a draught in England, itís some really tasty stuff. In America, itís only a bit better than your average macrobrew, and of highly variable quality.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
joet (2259) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 20, 2001
Very good for a commercial beer. If youíve grown up on microbrews, you probably won;t spit this out but itís definitely not what youíre used to.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hntndux99 (4) - USA - JUN 11, 2001 does not count
This beer must be drank from a glass of room temperature for best taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 1, 2001
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2003 Can't stand up to the best American pale ales. Or even the middling ones.

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