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Bass Ale Is A Lousy Beer  
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1979 times:




Before you all flame away, read what happened.

Last weekend, I bought a 12 pack of Bass Ale and drank all 12 within 2 hours and I wasn’t even buzzed. Usually, 9 or 10 would do the trick but after drinking 12, I was able to go to the store (on my bicycle) and buy some more booze. I just decided to go with Steel Reserve because I knew it would get the job done.
The Bass Ale 12 pack normally goes for $16.00 (US) around here but was on sale for only $9.00 (US).
Is there a possibility that this batch didn’t have any alcohol?
It had all the government warnings on the bottle so it certainly was an alcoholic beverage.

That taste wasn’t bad though.


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User currently offlineILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1974 times:

Man you crazy alcoholic!

I personally am not a fan of Bass myself and have actually had simmilar experiences in terms of alcohol effects. In fact, to the point that my rommies don't bother buying it anymore because they think it sucks to get drunk off of.

I guess when push comes to shove you can always drop back on the fact that it's better than Pabst!


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1972 times:

Quoting ILOVEA340 (Reply 1):
the fact that it's better than Pabst!

Well I drank 6 Pabst Blue Ribbons yesterday and had the same affect as Bass. At least Pabst was only $3.99 for a six pack.

What is th ealcohal content of Bass Ale?
It's not listed at there website.
I'd rather drink Root Beer or Snapple.



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User currently offlineWillo From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1968 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 2):
What is the alcohal content of Bass Ale?

4.4%, so it's a relatively weak one (as most pale ales are).

If you can find it seek out Draught Bass which is a far nicer beer. Since Bass was absorbed into the giant Interbrew Corporation their beers haven't been what they once were. Most are now brewed at one of Interbrews giant factories rather than at the old home of beer, Burton on Trent.

Just out of interest, there's a well known condition in the UK called "Bass Bottom" - lets just say it doesn't endear you close company. 12 bottles should have been enough to bring it on Wink


User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1965 times:



User currently offlineIlikeyyc From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1373 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1960 times:

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Bass Ale Is A Lousy Beer

I agree that it is lousy considering what happened (or didn't happen) to you, but I think it also has bad taste too. The last Bass I had was in Dallas, sounds like I haven't missed anything since then.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1957 times:

Quoting Willo (Reply 3):
4.4%, so it's a relatively weak one (as most pale ales are).

If you can find it seek out Draught Bass which is a far nicer beer. Since Bass was absorbed into the giant Interbrew Corporation their beers haven't been what they once were. Most are now brewed at one of Interbrews giant factories rather than at the old home of beer, Burton on Trent.

Thanks for the info.
4.4%?!?!?!

That SUCKS!!!!!
Bass is safe for kids to drink!  Silly
Now I know why I'll never buy that crap again. That beer is a total ripoff because it's normally priced the same as other high-end microbrews or imports of higher alcahol content.



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User currently offlineWillo From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1950 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 6):
Thanks for the info.
4.4%?!?!?!

My mistake, I've just done a bit more digging and it's actually 5.1%. Embarrassment
Still, that doesn't change the fact that it tastes like crap


User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1949 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 6):
That beer is a total ripoff because it's normally priced the same as other high-end microbrews or imports of higher alcahol content.



User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24812 posts, RR: 56
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1948 times:

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 4):

You can never have too many beer threads  Wink



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1944 times:

Quoting Willo (Reply 7):
My mistake, I've just done a bit more digging and it's actually 5.1%.
Still, that doesn't change the fact that it tastes like crap

Agreed!

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 9):
You can never have too many beer threads

Agreed!



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1908 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 6):
That beer is a total ripoff because it's normally priced the same as other high-end microbrews or imports of higher alcahol content.

You can't compare it with a microbrewery output as it's imported on a relatively small scale, thus more expensive.

Bass is hardly one of the more outstanding beers anyway. It'd be like taking Budweiser as the epitome of the American brewing industry.

IPA's are weaker for a reason. It's not all about strength, otherwise Tennents Super would be hugely popular everywhere, not just in inner city Glasgow.  yuck 



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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1884 times:

Quoting Willo (Reply 3):
If you can find it seek out Draught Bass which is a far nicer beer. Since Bass was absorbed into the giant Interbrew Corporation their beers haven't been what they once were. Most are now brewed at one of Interbrews giant factories rather than at the old home of beer, Burton on Trent.

I've noticed that the quality of Bass Ale has slipped over the last few years. The only Bass Ale that decent these days is when you get it on tap. They recently started selling the Bass Pub Pour Can here, and it's not as good as Bass in the bottle used to be.

I don't drink Bass as much as I used to, maybe one or two at a hockey game. I'll drink a Newcastle or Smithwicks before I'd drink a Bass. I'm mainly an ale drinker, and the Extra Pale Ale style has become the style of choice due to the EPA my favorite brewery puts out.


User currently offlineLindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1881 times:

How many volts have Bush (or Busch) beer? When I came to USA back in 1996 I bought 24 cans for something like $6. I finished all of them within 4-5 hours and the only thing that happened to me is that I had to go to bathroom every 10 minutes.
Since then I never touched American brand beer.
Even Heineken here in USA is very week. I had few bottles of Heineken in Toronto earlier this month and it tasted much better, and gave me some good feeling. Beer in USA is one of the worst in the world.

Rafal


User currently offlineRNOcommctr From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 826 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1862 times:

Anyone remember "LA" beer, standing for Low Alcohol? That went over like a fart in church. Must have been in the late 80's or so.

On the other hand, as I get older, the less and less I like to get really drunk, although I LOVE beer. A good tasting beer that was a bit lower in alcohol content would actually be quite to my liking. I am not a big fan of Bass Ale, though.

Anyone have suggestions for full-bodied beers with lower alcohol content? (I realize that may be a contradiction in terms.)



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User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 48
Reply 15, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1860 times:

Bass Ale does suck. It's overhyped, mediocre, and unenjoyable. If you must drink a British pale ale, go for John Courage, Double Diamond, or Ruttles County instead.


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User currently offlineRNOcommctr From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 826 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1855 times:

Speaking of English ales, I had a Hen's Tooth the other day and it was really yummy. Ruddles County was OK but I liked the Hen's Tooth better.

Samuel Smith has really expanded their activity in the U.S. in recent years. I used to find them occasionally in the early 80's and now they are easy to find-- they must have a half-dozen varieties available. Still don't like any of them better than Hen's Tooth, though.



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User currently offlineAA7771stClass From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 296 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1848 times:

Weak beer is still around. I assume you're talking about 3.2% beer. Anything sold in Oklahoma (and I think a few other states including Utah) is 3.2 if you buy it in a convenience store or Walmart. You can buy stronger beers at the liquor stores but they can't be stored cold. I love the Oklahoma liquor laws :-/ Oh, and you can't buy 6-point beer on Sundays either. So if you go to Walmart, you can buy 30 weak beers but if you go to a restaurant and want a Red Stripe or something, you can't order it...

User currently offlineCastleIsland From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1814 times:

Quoting Lindy (Reply 13):
Since then I never touched American brand beer.

Using Busch as a benchmark for American beers is an unfair move. Plenty of good American brews are out there: Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, Geary's, etc.

Quoting RNOcommctr (Reply 14):
Anyone have suggestions for full-bodied beers with lower alcohol content?

Guinness is rather low in alcohol content.


User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1807 times:

Quoting CastleIsland (Reply 18):
Plenty of good American brews are out there: Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, Geary's, etc.

Just about every America microbrewery and brewpub makes beers that put the mass market swill to shame (Although the most popular microbreweries like Sam Adams are more of considered to be a Macrobrewery these days considering the amount of brewing they do, which is still less than the Megabreweries like A-B, Miller, etc.). Over the last few years, I've begun to follow a simple beer philosophy: Drink Locally. Support your local microbreweries and brewpubs, and if you're visiting a city, support their locals and others from the area. I still drink the occassional six pack of an import or non-local microbrew; but for the most part, the majority of the beers I buy in a store are from Sweetwater Brewing, a local brewery. I also on occassion pick up something from a regional microbrewery, but in the grocery stores in my area, Sweetwater and Atlanta Brewing are the only regional microbreweries to have any sort of space in the coolers (some of the others may have space for one of their brews, usually their most popular one, but typically one has to go to a decent liquor store to get some microbrews).

Microbreweries are doing something the Megabreweries won't do, experiment with different beer styles, some of which haven't been brewed in America in decades. The Megabreweries tend to play it safe in introducing new beers, which is why some of the Megabreweries went and bought out some well-known microbreweries so that they capture some of that market. Some of the microbreweries also use some of the Macrobreweries and even Megabreweries to brew their beers, brewing them in those breweries during periods when those breweries do seasonal cutbacks in brewing quantities.


User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16228 posts, RR: 57
Reply 20, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1798 times:

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Before you all flame away, read what happened.

Ale? You drink ale? Therein lies the problem.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
That taste wasn’t bad though.

Yet another topic we disagree on.

I doubt we will ever agree on anything.



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User currently offlineSATX From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2840 posts, RR: 7
Reply 21, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1794 times:

Y'all need to try this.



Shiner Bock is a distinctive, rich, full-flavored, deep amber-colored beer. Its handcrafted brewing process creates an inviting smooth taste without the excessive bitterness that characterizes many micro, specialty and imported beers.

NOTE: If I really want to get drunk I don't usually bother with American beer, even the one I'm recommending here. This beer is for taste in my view, and not to knock you out.



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User currently offlineMolykote From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1337 posts, RR: 29
Reply 22, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1793 times:
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Quoting Banco (Reply 11):
IPA's are weaker for a reason. It's not all about strength, otherwise Tennents Super would be hugely popular everywhere, not just in inner city Glasgow.

IPA's are weaker compared to what exactly!? (barleywines?).

I'm assuming this was a typo?


For what it's worth I like Bass Ale but:

- It's better as a summer beer. It's got a well balanced flavor but doesn't have the intensity of the "big beers" or IPAs. Bass manages to be flavorful without being overbuilt.

- I have noticed that the quality of any given Bass Ale that I purchase in the states varys WIDELY. I have no idea why this is the case.

- Bass is a great beer with a variety of different foods. Because it doesn't have the hoppy bite of some other beers it pairs well with a variety of dishes. I generally like hoppy beer but wouldn't exactly consider a double IPA to be an appropriate match for pasta.

- Bass has a better flavor (in my opinion) if it's served slightly warmer than most commonly available beers.

You might consider trying a Bass again if you see it on tap somewhere but it might just not be your cup of tea. I will agree with everyone else here that it's overpriced. ~$33 for a case in PA (and we can only buy cases or pay even more dearly for a 6 pack at a bar). I'd value Bass Ale at ~$26/case.



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User currently offlineGarri767 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1793 times:

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 4):

Depends, how many are you gonna start  Wink

Quoting SATX (Reply 21):

 yes 

Garri767


User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7737 posts, RR: 16
Reply 24, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1783 times:

Quoting Srbmod (Reply 19):
Over the last few years, I've begun to follow a simple beer philosophy: Drink Locally. Support your local microbreweries and brewpubs, and if you're visiting a city, support their locals and others from the area.

Totally agree w/ you there. You'd be hard pressed in any town in any part of the country not to find some local or regional microbrewery that you can't pick up a 6-pack of something from your local megamart or 7-11.


@ SATX... ah yes Shiner Bock. Good stuff, though can't find it in upstate New York.



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25 Post contains images Superfly : I'll drink anything with alcohal in it. Sierra Neveda is good and just about any other quality Pale Ale or I.P.A. Never said it taste great. However,
26 Post contains links Molykote : I might need to clarify my terminology (it seems that you may be familiar with some or all of the PA quirks as you mention availability 7 days/week w
27 Srbmod : That's what those high gravity Belgian brews are for. The worst beer hangover I've ever had was off of drinking a couple of big bottles of high gravi
28 Luv2fly : The worst hang over I have ever had was drinking the ice beers that were all the rage several years ago, I really wanted to die the next morning.
29 Post contains images CastleIsland : Coming from someone who loves Cold Duck, I'll take that with a grain of salt. I never claimed Sam Adams to be a microbrew, but I think it's great stu
30 Post contains images Superfly : Man that sounds terrible! Pennsylvania needs to losen up it's liquor laws. Good one! You got me!
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