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Bass Ale Is A Lousy Beer

Fri Apr 28, 2006 4:34 pm




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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RE: Bass Ale Is A Lousy Beer

Fri Apr 28, 2006 5:59 pm

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!
 
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RE: Bass Ale Is A Lousy Beer

Fri Apr 28, 2006 6:09 pm

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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RE: Bass Ale Is A Lousy Beer

Fri Apr 28, 2006 6:26 pm

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
 
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Fri Apr 28, 2006 6:34 pm

 
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RE: Bass Ale Is A Lousy Beer

Fri Apr 28, 2006 6:55 pm

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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RE: Bass Ale Is A Lousy Beer

Fri Apr 28, 2006 7:03 pm

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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RE: Bass Ale Is A Lousy Beer

Fri Apr 28, 2006 7:20 pm

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
 
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RE: Bass Ale Is A Lousy Beer

Fri Apr 28, 2006 7:23 pm

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.

 
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RE: Bass Ale Is A Lousy Beer

Fri Apr 28, 2006 7:31 pm

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 4):

You can never have too many beer threads  Wink
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RE: Bass Ale Is A Lousy Beer

Fri Apr 28, 2006 7:50 pm

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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RE: Bass Ale Is A Lousy Beer

Sat Apr 29, 2006 12:48 am

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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RE: Bass Ale Is A Lousy Beer

Sat Apr 29, 2006 2:59 am

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.
 
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RE: Bass Ale Is A Lousy Beer

Sat Apr 29, 2006 3:13 am

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.

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RE: Bass Ale Is A Lousy Beer

Sat Apr 29, 2006 5:33 am

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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RE: Bass Ale Is A Lousy Beer

Sat Apr 29, 2006 5:37 am

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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RE: Bass Ale Is A Lousy Beer

Sat Apr 29, 2006 5:53 am

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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RE: Bass Ale Is A Lousy Beer

Sat Apr 29, 2006 6:20 am

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...
 
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RE: Bass Ale Is A Lousy Beer

Sun Apr 30, 2006 8:31 am

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.
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RE: Bass Ale Is A Lousy Beer

Sun Apr 30, 2006 9:32 am

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.
 
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RE: Bass Ale Is A Lousy Beer

Sun Apr 30, 2006 1:40 pm

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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RE: Bass Ale Is A Lousy Beer

Sun Apr 30, 2006 2:11 pm

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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RE: Bass Ale Is A Lousy Beer

Sun Apr 30, 2006 2:14 pm

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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RE: Bass Ale Is A Lousy Beer

Sun Apr 30, 2006 2:20 pm

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 4):

Depends, how many are you gonna start  Wink

Quoting SATX (Reply 21):

 yes 

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RE: Bass Ale Is A Lousy Beer

Sun Apr 30, 2006 2:59 pm

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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RE: Bass Ale Is A Lousy Beer

Sun Apr 30, 2006 5:49 pm

Quoting Yyz717 (Reply 20):
Ale? You drink ale? Therein lies the problem.

I'll drink anything with alcohal in it.

Sierra Neveda is good and just about any other quality Pale Ale or I.P.A.




Quoting Yyz717 (Reply 20):
Yet another topic we disagree on.

Never said it taste great. However, if it was awful, I wouldn't have been able to drink 12 in a few hours.

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

Agree but please delete the Samuel Adams from the list. Samuel Adams is marginally better than Budweiser. Samuel Adams is no longer a micro-brew, it's just another macrobrew with majors. Samuel Adams is way over-priced.

Quoting Molykote (Reply 22):
I will agree with everyone else here that it's overpriced. ~$33 for a case in PA

$33 for a case in PA?!?!?!  Wow!
...and people complain about San Francisco being expensive?
It's only $13-$15 here and sold everywhere 7 days a week.
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RE: Bass Ale Is A Lousy Beer

Sun Apr 30, 2006 7:26 pm

Quoting Molykote (Reply 22):
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.



Quoting Superfly (Reply 25):
$33 for a case in PA?!?!?!
...and people complain about San Francisco being expensive?
It's only $13-$15 here and sold everywhere 7 days a week.

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 which is not the norm in PA). If you're aware of all this perhaps others may find it interesting.

Beer in PA is a well controlled substance. Beer can be purchased at a bar/restaurant/event to drink on site. Bars sometimes sell 6 packs to go. The only option for buying beer in a greater quantity than this is to go to a "distributor" which is a specialty outlet that will sell you only "cases" of beer as this term is known in PA (24 12oz bottles or the rough equivalent in fl-oz) or kegs.

In PA a case is considered 24 bottles (12 oz each). Purchasing beer in this quantity in PA is basically the only way to buy beer at anything resembling a decent price. The only other options are to purchase beer in a bar or at a "bottle shop" (which at State College, PA were generally carry-out pizza joints that also sold six packs or 40 oz bottles of beer). If $33 for a case of Bass sounds bad to you, don't walk into a 6 pack shop in State College hoping to keep your anal virginity. Try $9-$12 for a premium 6 pack.

I am remembering now my friends in college referring to a 12 pack of beer as a "case". If this is the norm, it wouldn't be the first time that people from PA came up with a proprietary term for something that the rest of the world has no problem calling by its proper name.

Now, if all of you guys want to see a cool website
(and perhaps the only redeeming quality about buying beer in PA):
http://www.nittanybeverage.com
The variety of search options is incredible (and I'm not affiliated with the site - I just thought it was a cool hangover from a time when I lived under this oppressive anti-beer regime).

The alcohol situation in PA is basically a socialistic retail monopoly being run by the religious right. If there's a more severe worst-of-all-cases scenario I haven't found it.
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RE: Bass Ale Is A Lousy Beer

Sun Apr 30, 2006 11:22 pm

Quoting SATX (Reply 21):
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.

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 gravity Belgian beer. It pretty much cured me of drinking any beer with a double-digit alcohol %.
 
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RE: Bass Ale Is A Lousy Beer

Sun Apr 30, 2006 11:23 pm

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.
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RE: Bass Ale Is A Lousy Beer

Mon May 01, 2006 3:47 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 25):
Agree but please delete the Samuel Adams from the list. Samuel Adams is marginally better than Budweiser. Samuel Adams is no longer a micro-brew, it's just another macrobrew with majors. Samuel Adams is way over-priced.

Coming from someone who loves Cold Duck, I'll take that with a grain of salt.  Wink
I never claimed Sam Adams to be a microbrew, but I think it's great stuff.
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RE: Bass Ale Is A Lousy Beer

Mon May 01, 2006 4:26 am

Quoting Molykote (Reply 26):
The alcohol situation in PA is basically a socialistic retail monopoly being run by the religious right. If there's a more severe worst-of-all-cases scenario I haven't found it.

Man that sounds terrible!
Pennsylvania needs to losen up it's liquor laws.

Quoting CastleIsland (Reply 29):
Coming from someone who loves Cold Duck, I'll take that with a grain of salt.

Good one!
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