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Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale

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2,186 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,186
Reviews: 1,003
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 20
Gots: 93 | 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 John_Henry:
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

02-24-2013 07:59:01 | More by John_Henry
More User Reviews:
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North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

02-07-2004 02:48:29 | More by oberon
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

03-16-2014 20:21:11 | More by mojohawk21
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3.85/5  rDev +14.9%

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 : )

02-13-2004 02:29:24 | More by RoyalT
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Newfoundland (Canada)

3/5  rDev -10.4%

09-29-2013 02:26:18 | More by cam477
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

10-17-2009 02:44:50 | More by ExtraStout
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2.6/5  rDev -22.4%

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.

01-05-2006 08:35:28 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

01-16-2013 14:29:23 | More by tbryan5
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3.53/5  rDev +5.4%


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.

06-18-2008 02:05:15 | More by mlasher1
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North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

02-10-2008 00:11:47 | More by SIRIUS2
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4/5  rDev +19.4%

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.

02-12-2004 10:15:23 | More by Dmann
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4/5  rDev +19.4%

03-19-2013 23:50:47 | More by Cuvie62
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2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

04-14-2012 20:34:38 | More by markallmon
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

08-20-2013 19:51:20 | More by RoninBirdman
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1/5  rDev -70.1%

08-03-2012 01:49:46 | More by TheAdamConners
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1.25/5  rDev -62.7%

07-21-2014 03:39:16 | More by beaversfan12
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -3%

11-11-2012 19:19:34 | More by csmartin6
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3.63/5  rDev +8.4%

Presentation: 12oz custom Enlgish style brown bottle. The legendary "red triangle," also England's first registered trademark, adorns every part of the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a rich, bright amber liquid with a rocky, bubbly, white foam head. The head stays for a long time, and tracks down the side of the pint glass.

Smell: Fragrant aroma of floral and herbal Noble hops, with a gentle malt sweetness.

Taste: Rich, smooth, creamy mouthfeel with an even, firm body. Upfront you can taste the distinctive minerals that come from brewing with Burton-On-Trent water; a complex taste of metals and a hard water feel. The actual malt is light, a bit sweet and dextrin at that. Hops lend a rawness to the brew, with notes of herbal leaf and oils. There's a soft underlying flavour that reminds me of grape, and rides along side the overall bitterness of the brew which is borderline astringent and peaks with a slight puckering twang sting. Finishes with hop residuals on the palate, faintly dry.

Notes: I must admit that I never order this beer, however it is truly a classic and a prime example of a traditional English Pale Ale. Nothing outrageously outstanding mind you, but all the same enjoyable. You'll see this beer cloned all over the beer shelves and in brewpubs, which says enough in itself. Around 4.4%abv.

03-17-2001 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

07-14-2014 01:04:46 | More by chip26
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3.28/5  rDev -2.1%

This is just an average euro pale ale. It's not bad, but theres better. It has a descent flavor, nothignt oo harsh, better drank cold. Appearence is dark smells is bitter sweet. mouthfeel is fair, again not weak. I would class this as a mid grade pale ale.

09-23-2006 15:29:59 | More by twi1609372
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3.63/5  rDev +8.4%

Poured with a small head that didn't stay long. Nice initial hop wood malt bouquet. First taste had a nice carmel tinge full, and smooth, but that seemed to fade rather quickly, it seemed to get dry and well ordinary as it went along.No bad aftertaste. Drinkable but not bragable.

10-03-2003 19:43:16 | More by grynder33
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

500ml can.

A: Tea Colored, like Red Rose. Copper with a bit more of a golden hue.

S: sweet fruity aromas, a bit like innus and gunn.

T: just the right amount of sweet malts, with some fruity undertones. very little aftertaste.

M: velvet like and quite smooth, has a creamy feel to it.

D: quite, i much enjoyed this and will purchase it again.

09-05-2009 05:52:38 | More by EsoxLucius
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

11-25-2011 22:19:40 | More by TimoP
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

11-15-2012 22:50:42 | More by VernonKell
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Rhode Island

2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

08-01-2014 14:08:34 | More by Doomcifer
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Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
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