Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 16, 2001
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 12, 2001
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 11, 2001
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2001
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
A.J. Raffles99 (3) - USA - JUL 6, 2001 does not count
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Itís pretty pedestrian stuff.
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 2, 2001
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Personally I was not impressed, it seemed awefully bitter to me. But then again I have never tried it out of a tap.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2001
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
joet (2259) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 20, 2001
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
hntndux99 (4) - USA - JUN 11, 2001 does not count
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer must be drank from a glass of room temperature for best taste.
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 1, 2001
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2003 Can't stand up to the best American pale ales. Or even the middling ones.