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Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale

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2,208 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,208
Reviews: 1,004
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 21
Gots: 100 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bass Brewers Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2001)
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1.84/5  rDev -45.1%

This was a great beer way back when, after being bought by anheuser busch, and replacing hops with two row malts, this is nothing more than a Budweiser with extra malts and a horrible natti ice aftertaste. Shame on this company for buying out and ruining a beer that has been around since artist like Monet and dictators like Napoleon Bonaparte. Just another casualty in the war of the beers. Seems any good beers will be bought out and watered down if they sell out. I will not even do the beer review in terms of mouthfeel, ect , cause to be honest its not worth it, as it fails all tests..Now I only speak of the usa version by anheuser busch, I remember the uk version being delicious!

07-27-2014 01:43:33 | More by barbats
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1.78/5  rDev -46.9%

Bought a 12 pack of this brew , thought it was going to be good because it says it the first ale ever invented. Was I wrong. This beer is awful bitter with strong bad hops. Smells bad as well. Had in glass and bottle no difference just as bad. Definitely would never get this beer again.

06-04-2014 05:32:18 | More by DavidLosAngeles323
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2.73/5  rDev -18.5%

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Reviewing the American version, brewed in NY.

Look: Clear light amber/copper color. The cram colored head recedes to a thin film with light lacing, if any sticking to the glass.

Aroma: Muted malts, subdued caramel sweetness. Tea-like faint hops.

Taste: A bitter, tea-like hop note filters over muted caramel malts. Not a whole lot going on here.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light in weight. Somewhat carbonated.

Overall: Very bland. Was expecting more.

05-06-2013 23:37:58 | More by JuicesFlowing
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New York

2.4/5  rDev -28.4%

Appearance: Medium copper color with one finger of head that fades to a thin cap with a decent curtain of lace.

Aroma: Sweet and grainy with hints of brown sugar and lemon.

Taste: Sweet and fairly thin upfront, then mild bitterness and decent carbonation in the middle leading to a fast, clean and uninspiring finish with a touch of lingering graininess.

The Rest: Hugh letdown. Back in college, Bass was a real treat, and I definitely don't remember tasting this poor. I would have a hard time in a blind taste test telling this apart from Bud. There are countless Pale Ales out there that are better than this.

Additionally, it's not brewed in England anymore. It's contract brewed by AB in their Baldwinsville brewery. The label states that it's brewed in the finest British Tradition. I find it pretty dubious that there's much fine British tradition going on in Syracuse, NY.

03-03-2012 00:09:07 | More by curasowa
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1.75/5  rDev -47.8%

Avoid, if possible, the stuff that's made in Baldwinsville, New York.

This is not the Bass Ale you were looking for. The real stuff is dry. This is annoyingly sweet and not as well attenuated as it ought to be.

The real Bass Ale has a hint of grain astringency that complements the bittering hops in the finish. This is what I was looking forward to. I did not get it out of this. Miller High Life has more grain character than this does.

This is too sweet and needs to ferment longer or harder. What hop there is in the finish is soapy, and not in the good cilantro notes you used to get with Watney's Red Barrel, either.

They may not have the water right yet in Baldwinsville. They might be following the recipe perfectly but for this, but it would make a big difference. Some more sulfate salts in the water would probably improve this.

At least, we still have Guinness Extra.

12-18-2011 05:42:17 | More by SteveGus
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1/5  rDev -70.1%

I thought this beer was all about the water at bruten on trent and the old fermenters???? what the hell happened? I know alot of contract brews are out there, but when I pay for a world class brew, I'd like to have just that; not a fake! I use to be able to get Fuller's and Belhaven, I guess thouse days are gone and now Sam Adams is making "light " beer; Good God what is the world coming to???

12-13-2011 01:14:42 | More by Bushrod
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1.6/5  rDev -52.2%

This is the stuff brewed in Baldwinsville, NY.

I'm fairly convinced that I somehow managed to buy a skunked/spoiled 12 pack. I don't usually use that excuse, but I'll elaborate below. The outside of the 12 pack, and the long neck labels, have the date "11291" on them, and today is December 7, 2011. If that is the production date they should still be fine, but if that is the expiration date they are months past it.

A: Light golden copper color. Obscenely clear. You could do your taxes while looking through a glass of this stuff. Aquafina is less filtered. A very hard pour resulted in a moderate head of fine bubbles that lasted for about 15 seconds and leaves no lacing. The bubbles racing up the glass are champagne like, as is the head. Not a good sign.

S: Cooked vegetables. Vanilla pudding. Cherries. Lots of alcohol in the nose for a 5% ABV beer.

T: Ugh. Stale tasting. Very reminiscent of Budweiser. Not really much there. Some sweetness, that's about it. Once again too much alcohol taste/feel for 5% ABV. Leaves a slightly bitter and oily coating on the back of your tongue after you swallow.

M: Extremely carbonated. Carbonation is champagne like and burns your tongue as you drink it. Watery.

O: I so seldom buy spoiled beer (it's been years) that it is hard for me to call any beer spoiled. I just don't think this 12 pack of Bass Ale is right. If I ever have it again in the future I'll be sure to re-review it. For now, I have 10 more bottles of this stuff to choke down.

12-08-2011 04:36:30 | More by troobie
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

09-02-2014 01:04:50 | More by BeerRunner
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4.8/5  rDev +43.3%

09-01-2014 20:19:18 | More by Caseycease
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

09-01-2014 13:01:59 | More by walterk
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

09-01-2014 05:53:47 | More by malfunxion
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3.44/5  rDev +2.7%

09-01-2014 02:36:32 | More by Getalegup
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Good flavor but very one dimensional.

08-30-2014 19:00:14 | More by Sierra47
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3.36/5  rDev +0.3%

08-30-2014 01:31:22 | More by Tatebeckwith
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

08-29-2014 09:14:36 | More by NickPiezzo
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3.68/5  rDev +9.9%

08-28-2014 02:24:42 | More by Lookingloo2
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North Dakota

3/5  rDev -10.4%

08-27-2014 21:46:06 | More by thelargeone
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

08-26-2014 22:07:14 | More by WoostaBia
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United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

08-26-2014 09:03:03 | More by mattfancett
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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

08-25-2014 22:37:23 | More by getkrunkhoe
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

08-25-2014 22:10:59 | More by tk342
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

08-25-2014 11:14:21 | More by fredmugs
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

08-25-2014 03:36:27 | More by ribpy
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

08-23-2014 20:40:02 | More by jocomr28
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3.04/5  rDev -9.3%

08-23-2014 17:38:56 | More by RayPrice
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Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
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