ronaldtheriot (1993) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - SEP 17, 2013
Bass IPA has a medium, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, amber appearance, and a little lacing left behind. The aroma is of caramel, toffee, brown bread crust, subdued hops, and sweetness. Taste is of those elements, with hop bitterness that tastes like hops, rather than grape fruit or pine oil. Mouthfeel is medium and slightly slick, and Bass IPA finishes semi-dry, refreshing, easy going, and delicious. They nailed it! RJT peepthesot (10) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2013
I guess the ambivalence or downright hate directed at this brew by some is predictable, with so many Ab-InBev haters out there.
Some have even called it a "trickster brew". Nonsense, I say.
I’m no big fan of Ab-InBev either but I give credit where it’s due...and so I give them props for this brew...it surprised me by being more in line with what a true IPA should really be (as opposed to the usually overdone American interpretation).
Those with jaded hop hungry palates will ultimately ignore the product (along with those holding the narrow minded, prejudiced, and wrongheaded view that big companies can’t make good beer). And that’s fine..drink what you like.
To me, this brew came across as a pleasantly hoppy and very well balanced beer. Frankly, it’s actually better than some of the ’small brewery’ IPA’s I’ve sampled recently.
It’s ok for IPA to show some finesse. And this one definitely does. B-InBev is staring to see the light and I expect that they’ll be rolling out some bolder and more adventurous offerings.
It’s just a shame that they’ll be rejected out of hand just because of the "big brewer" predjuice. MagnusVMagnum (48) - USA - JAN 26, 2013
Despite InBev buying Bass and making it in New York, I still enjoy using Bass with Guinness to make Black & Tans (have yet to find a better combination and if there’s been any change from making it in NY I can’t tell in a Black & Tan). Well, the local market had Bass IPA instead of regular Bass and so I figured I’d give a try, both by itself and as a Black & Tan. I hate to disappoint all the InBev/AB haters on here, but it still tastes like the Bass I had over a decade ago, only hoppier/more bitter in this IPA form. That is to say, it’s not bad at all. The bitterness does linger on the tongue a bit, but nowhere near as bad in that regard as something like Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo (good going down, but leaving the tongue bitter for a long time afterwards). Overall, as an IPA, I’d put it somewhere in the middle of all the ones I’ve tried (couple dozen). That is to say it’s good, but not great as an IPA (I prefer Bass in its normal pale ale form), BUT it’s still Bass flavored and so it should go well with Guinness.
Sure enough, it does make a mean Black & Tan. I’m not sure if I like it better than regular Bass as a Black & Tan, but it certainly works better than most other beers I’ve tried mating with Guinness (Fuller’s London Pride is about the only one that I’ve found that works comparably well).
Sadly, beer snobs galore will hate it just because InBev/AB owns/makes it. That is truly a freaking SAD reason to hate a beer, but that’s what I see on this site again and again and again along with claims about the beers they bought not tasting the same since they bought them (unmitigated BS, IMO; Bass still tastes like Bass from the past decade, but it should be cheaper since it’s made domestically now; that I can’t endorse). I’ll save the nonsensical comparisons to raisins, vanilla, etc. Most beer doesn’t taste like any of those things and if you’ve had an IPA you have a basic idea of what it tastes like. The rest is difficult to describe in any meaningful manner. I’ve found most descriptions on here useless, to be honest. You’ll never really know until you try it yourself. jmohno (1661) - Iowa, USA - DEC 28, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2013 Clear brightish copper,some head,some lacing.
Slight fruit in aroma with sweetness,some bubblegummyness,probably caramel. Some mineral,yeast/bready caramel.Little bit of artificial/plastic.
Taste has refined smooth hops,mild but noticable and nice. Dryish mineral notes. Some dry mild tartness-maybe emanating from the bitter. Smooth beer slightly toasty,carmelized toffe,has some mild pine,and same aroma notes,kind of spicey/peppery finish. Well done ipa. csaso (2321) - Missouri, USA - APR 19, 2013
Bottle - fair size foamy head, medium orange copper color, good size grapefruit and piney hop aroma and flavor with a sweet malt backbone - not too bad overall actually, better than expected
badgerben (5316) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2013
Copper color with a large head. Aroma of caramel and floral hops. Strong dark fruit flavors. Plenty of caramel. Moderate bitterness. Lightly floral after warming. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle. Aroma is a faint blend of ESB and fruit. Clear amber with plentiful visible carbonation. Off white head. Excellent sheet lace. Hops are heavier than probably any English beer I’ve had. Bass/ESB finish. Not bad once my palate adjusted. Actually far exceeded my expectations. Ibrew2or3 (8814) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 10, 2013
12oz bottle pours with a crystal clear copper body and gold edges supporting a thin white head. The aroma offers up some biscuit like malts, a faint whiff of fruity esters, earthy minerals and a hop note maybe (well, somehow I’m not sure I’m smelling any hops). The taste, at times, seems like a hopped up standard Bass Ale with mineral notes, a light roasted maltiness, biscuit malts and before the expected Bass Ale sweetness kicks in this one gets bitter with pine hops to pine nuanced grapefruit citrus hops. The sweeter malty side of this beer brings back memories of beer drinking in the early 90’s but this is also bringing a pleasing hoppiness too. Cool experience. gripweed57 (2854) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Bright amber orange color with a medium-sized rocky off-white head. Aroma is biscuity malt and light grassy hops. Flavor is more biscuit malt and peppery hops. Nicely balanced with a brief dry hop finish. Very drinkable and flavorful.