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Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
77
okay

2,242 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 2,242
Reviews: 1,005
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 22
Gots: 113 | 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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Reviews by Fatehunter:
Photo of Fatehunter
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Transparent amber color with a half finger of white head and left some lacing as it retreated.
It smells like whiskey and apple juice. I was surprised by this, but I like it.
Slight sour apple taste with a little bitter kick at the end. Not a whole lot going on, but it tastes nice.
Smooth and lighter body with low carbonation.
It is nice but not exceptional. Apparently it is the World's first pale ale and a world-wide icon.

Fatehunter, Oct 05, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of SteveGus
1.75/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

SteveGus, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Bushrod
1/5  rDev -70.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 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???

Bushrod, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.73/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.

JuicesFlowing, May 07, 2013
Photo of troobie
1.6/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

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.

troobie, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of curasowa
2.4/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

curasowa, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of DavidLosAngeles323
1.78/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

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.

DavidLosAngeles323, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of barbats
1.84/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

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!

barbats, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Alot of times when at bars its either Bass Guiness or macro so I drink alot of this,pours a nice golden color with usually not much head,aroma is malty with light fruitiness.There is a decent crisp maltiness to the brew but pretty subdues a fruity tinge makes it a decent one to drink more than one at a time while hangin out,hey in my opinion when at a bar with not much selection you cant go wrong here.

oberon, Feb 07, 2004
Photo of mojohawk21
3/5  rDev -10.4%

mojohawk21, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of RoyalT
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Crystal clear orange in the body with a nice head that went down slowly and left a lacing that nearly blanketed the inside of my glass.

Smell – Wonderful aroma of citrus hops and creamy malt. The sugars and caramel mix well here with the hoppy profile.

Taste – This is definitely an English-style Pale Ale. It is creamy and smooth with a bit of peppery spicing. There’s a slight bitter-type of aftertaste that didn’t quite seem right, but other than that this was very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel – Creamy and well-blended. This medium-bodied ale felt great in the cheeks.

Drinkability – I had no trouble putting this one away. It would make a terrific session ale, is inexpensive, and can be found just about anywhere (at least here in Seattle it can).

Comments – I usually find myself in the same ballpark with the other BAs, especially on a beer like this that has had so many reviews. But it seems that I liked this more than most. Oh, well, I guess that’s why we rate ‘em : )

RoyalT, Feb 13, 2004
Photo of cam477
3/5  rDev -10.4%

cam477, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of ExtraStout
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this one from the local packy. Pours a medium amber in color with a good two finger head and lots of lace. Biscuity malt with a slight caramel sweetness with light hops to balance. mouthfeel and carbonation are good. Drinkability? had no problem drinking several for this review.

ExtraStout, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.6/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pint comes to me a slightly oxidized copper color with a small amount of sudsy white head that leaves quickly but keeps a decent top-film and very good lacing. There is no nose really.

The taste is extremely sweet. It is sugary and kind of tastes like fruit roll-up. There is a slight citrus tase, but almost no bitterness at all. Mothfeel is nice and smooth. This is a decent, drinkable beer, but its all wrong for a british pale.

JudgeRoughneck, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of tbryan5
3/5  rDev -10.4%

tbryan5, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of mlasher1
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Disappointed...

Pours copper with some lacing. Smells of hops and malt, not much else. Watery taste with a little finishing bitterness. Lighter mouthfeel than anticipated. Watery taste = drinkable, but not necessarily enjoyble.

Overall not horrible, but definitly not worth the money.

mlasher1, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear dark gold with small white head; minimal lacing

S: Light smell, nothing particularly striking.

T: Light but prominent malt tones but with a dry finish. Tends to be a touch sweet in the beginning.

M&D: Really about average on both accounts. After a while, the mouthfeel almost feels a tad watery.

I found the unique feature of this brew to be in the taste; there is an interesting sweetness in the malt but the finish tends to be dry. There also seems to be something interesting in the bittering, like there is something more, or perhaps different, than just hops.

SIRIUS2, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of Dmann
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good beer and a great example of an English Pale Ale. It poured a light amber color with a good sized white head that stuck to the glass all the way down. The smell was kind of skunky but with a good floral hop scent. The taste is very malty with a touch of sweetness in there, but not too much as to make it annoying. The hop profile also comes through very nicely and bites at the end. All in all a very good pale ale.

Dmann, Feb 12, 2004
Photo of Cuvie62
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Cuvie62, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of mediumrare
3.25/5  rDev -3%

mediumrare, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of markallmon
2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

markallmon, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of RoninBirdman
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

RoninBirdman, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of TheAdamConners
1/5  rDev -70.1%

TheAdamConners, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of beaversfan12
1.25/5  rDev -62.7%

beaversfan12, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of csmartin6
3.25/5  rDev -3%

csmartin6, Nov 11, 2012
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Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
77 out of 100 based on 2,242 ratings.