Bass Pale Ale (330ml Bottle)
A version of Bass for the North American market at 5% to comply with USA ale regulations. Brewed from the late 70's 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. Now being made back in the UK once again by InBev.
Pours copper, with a small offwhite head. Nose is fruity. Taste is malt and caramel upfront with a small citris bite. Taste is nice, but not terribly complex. Overall, a good everyday beer.
In England, many breweries have a number of bitters in their range. The style that has come to be known as Premium or Special Bitter generally includes the stronger ( 4.6%-6.0%) examples. These are mostly served in the traditional way from the cask, but some are also found in bottle form where the extra malt allows them to stand up better than the more delicate ordinary Bitter. In the US, the designation ESB is common for this style, owing to the influence of Fuller’s ESB, the London brew that was among the first to be exported to the States. In the US, some ESBs are made with American hops and a clean yeast, but the alcohol range is the same, as is the range of bitterness, usually between 25 and 35 but occasionally creeping higher.