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Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale

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1,996 Ratings

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Ratings: 1996
Reviews: 990
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.62%

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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Photo of BVukelich


3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I know most don't think much of this beer but I've grown to like it over the years. More on tap than out of the bottle.

A - Fine, brown ale.

S - Not much going on there.

T - Tastes fine for me, must be served chilly.

M - Great going down.

O - A bit on the sweet side, but I can several on a football Sunday.

My wife doesn't like me to drink it, for some reason Bass gives me gasss...

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2013 03:04:08 | More by BVukelich
Photo of alaimoa


2.69/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours brownish with creamy head that fades quickly. fairly bitter initial taste with honey aftertaste. medium to light weigh and I remember it being heavier. Not much to say about this brew other than its just ok but a solid beer to get if a bar has it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2013 12:13:43 | More by alaimoa
Photo of fnmfsm

1.94/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It seemed to be more watered down that I remember. The carbonation was very poor and very flat. This used to be one of my favorites but not anymore. I guess thats what happend when the big guys take over our old favorites. This beer is now just a fancier Bud light

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2013 22:03:00 | More by fnmfsm
Photo of spoony


2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the tap into a nonic.

A-The beer came to me with only a light ring of white-ish foam around the edge of the glass. The brew was amber/reddish orange in color with a few streams of carbonation.

S-Not much happening on the nose. There was a light whiff of cereal and toasted malt, but you had to really dig deep to pick anything up.

T-Taste is similarly weak with just a touch of caramel and cereal flavors. No real hop presence and the malts that were there were pretty subdued.

M-This was drinkable with fizzy carbonation on the front end and a clean finish. The feel was a touch watery, but not as bad as some brews.

O-I have had worse beers than this, but I have certainly had better. As noted above, the brew is drinkable, but the smell is non-existent and the taste is similarly light. The flavors are not bad, there just isn't much to comment on. Might be a good golfing beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2012 20:27:41 | More by spoony
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at the South Fork Country Club

A: Pours a crystal clear deep copper in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall light beige head that reduces to a ring of medium thickness at the edges of the glass and a thick film covering about half of the surface of the beer. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of biscuit and caramel malts with some light fruity yeast.

T: Moderate amounts of biscuit malts with some lighter notes of caramel malts that contribute light sweetness. Hints of light fruity yeast and some light bitterness which disappears quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Sessionable and easy to drink with the mild flavor and aroma in the beer. First time I have had this beer since I worked in a pub about 15 years ago but it is exactly as I remember it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2012 15:39:54 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour is slightly darker than yellow, but not amber. Smell is balanced, no real hops, and a bit od diacetyl. Tastes sweet and smooth, no bitterness at all. Slightly earthy and very balanced. the buttery diacetyl makes it drinkable, but is a bit over the top.

Light and drinkable, and definitely sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2012 21:46:52 | More by VncentLIFE
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, amber colored body with a semi-frothy, white head.

Aromas begin a bit metallic upfront with a faint, meager bready/melanodin maltiness and slight English yeast fruitiness.

The tastes begin with light bready, semi-sweetish malts. Lightly English fruit esters emerge as it warms. Never really delivers much in the way of hops or bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium-thin bodied with medium carbonation. A tad watery and metallic again in the finish.

Overall I wonder how much this beer has changed since it was purchased by InBev. I be it used to be much higher quality and a nice traditional English pale ale, but now there is no hop presence and the mouthfeel is this, watery rubbish. Hopefully I remember to never revisit this beer because for some reason I always forget and order it anyway.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2012 14:43:16 | More by claspada
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap in a pint glass.

A-caramel/red-orange color with a miminal head and practically no lacing at all.

S-very mild aroma, difficult to detect any character.

T-not bad at all. mildly sweet caramel malt flavor. No hop presence.

M-the malts help hold some body but I could go for some more carbonation, a little 'pop' is missing.

O-not too bad if a bar has little else to offer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2012 20:52:11 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of secondtooth


2.63/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at a local pub, and was quickly taken aback with how awful it was.

Appearance? A nice and clean amber, only light suds and no lace here.

Taste is malty sweet. Overbearing. The hops here are seriously dialed-back. I get a cloying maple syrup tone, and plenty of caramel malts.

A real disappointment here, after my review of Bass in bottles was much better 3 years ago. Maybe my taste buds have changed, but this one I didn't hesitate to deem "Ass ale" now. Will not return to this one anytime soon.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2012 00:02:06 | More by secondtooth
Photo of VaterRoss

North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

on-tap at Brixx, served in a tumbler

Pours a clear amber with an off-white head that quickly recedes to a ring. No lacing. Smell is extremely fruity: floral hops and caramel malt. Taste again is very fruity and sweet with ripe banana tones and not much malt. What malt can be picked out is of the English variety. Mouthfeel is watery, light-weight, and very low carb.

This beer is just too fruity and weak. If it had more malt presence and higher carb it could be saved. A boring beer. Hops are there providing aroma but very little bitterness leading to a watery feel. Quite disappointing as I remember this being an alright beer when sampled in London.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 03:32:15 | More by VaterRoss
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pint at Auld Dubliner. From notes.

A - Poured dark copper. Bright. Strong carbonation. One finger of eggshell head left great thick lace and a solid finger of retention.

S - Earthy, metallic, grapes, fruitcake.

T - Metallic, earth, citrus, some sourness, grapes.

M - Good carbonation, but more than an EPA should have IMO. Lighter end of the medium spectrum for body, mild minerally finish.

O/D - Used to love this beer when I first started drinking different beers. Now it just doesn't have the affect it used to. It's rich and flavourful, but not complex like alot of other quality EPAs. Tasty but uninteresting at the same time.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2012 15:41:43 | More by tbeckett
Photo of BucannonXC5


2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a draft into a imperial pint at Hooley's in La Mesa. Color was copper amber. About an inch of head. Light white lacing on the top that moved to bubbles and then dissipated rather quickly. Minimal film on the sides of the glass.

Smelled dark fruits up front with a touch of caramel. Very malty on the nose. Toasty earthy whiff as well.

Tasted dark fruits, mainly grapes. That gave away to a bland aftertaste. Nothing special here.

Medium body. Creamy oily texture. Fizzy (highly) carbonation. Abrupt finish.

Not as good as I remember. I remember in college trying this at one of our keggers and thinking it was one of the best things going. A pretty average beer overall.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 03:03:28 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of ehammond1

3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Bridge Bar & Eating
Heathrow International Airport
London, England

Clear amber and orange with a thin, pillowy near-white head that leaves sticky messy spiderwebs of stick down the glass. Quite gorgeous.

Muted, bready aroma with a bit of caramel sweetness. Simple. Well balanced.

Simple, clean flavors of freshly baked bread, slight caramel and toffee sweetness, and a low level of bitterness. Again, simple, though drinkable.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

An above average, simple, well-balanced English pale ale. A plain example of a simple style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2012 15:23:58 | More by ehammond1
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap today in NYC at a pretty authentic Irish Pub, PJ Moran's. On tap served in a 16 oz. pint glass.

a - Pours a transparent bright orange amber color with no real head at all and very light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of toasted malts, pale malts, burnt malts, light fruit. Not a ton going on here and nothing that great, though not offensive.

t - Tastes of toasted malts, slightly bitter hops, pale malts, light fruit, light burnt notes. More hops than the nose, and a bit of a step up.

m - Light to medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall not that bad of a beer; a decent enough Pale Ale. While nothing mind blowing, still better than most BMC products, and something I'd order again at a place with a limited selection. Wasn't in the mood for a Guiness and this sufficed, though I don't think I would ever purchase bottles of it with other options.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2011 20:42:53 | More by mdfb79
Photo of JohnnyChicago


3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Maggianos; served in a Bass shaker.

A: Pours a pale amber with a smidgen of white lace on top.

S: Crisp British malts with pretty heavy dose of diacetyl and a very slight hint of earthy British hops.

T: Light flavours; some caramel and salt. Hop presence is minimal and diacetyl invades and muddles the taste.

D: Smoothly drinkable. Mouthfeel is depressingly weak and thin compared to the cask version.

Overall: Its a classic, but a rather boring one. This beer from a bottle or tap just cannot stand up to the full, fruity cask version. Its just weak, unoffensive stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2011 18:37:24 | More by JohnnyChicago
Photo of BeerLover99


3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: amber/clear body, finger head, big bubbles,
very little lacing.

S: mild sweet malt, hint of toffee

T: toffee, sweet malt, mild bitter finish

M: light/med body, dry crisp mouth

O: One of my regular stand-bys to get at most
American average restaurants. Ok, macro brew.
If you want good English pale ale, this is
not your 1st choice, but readily available.


Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2011 18:15:23 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of socon67

New York

3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours amber with a slight quarter inch of white foam. Clear and slight carbonation present. Forget about seeing any lacing.

S - Minor scent of malt and some fruit seetness. But not much else.

T - Flavor is a standard pale ale that is surprisingly deep with flavors of english malt, and what tastes like macintosh apples. Went great with food.

M - Light bodied, slight carbonation, and a bit of sweet tangyness at the finish.

O - This is a beer I got away from in getting into craft beer. I was surprised that revisiting Bass didn't disappoint me at all. I'd certainly try this again at a place that had limited beer options.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2011 13:17:38 | More by socon67
Photo of UTCengOwl


3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap a few times. At places with slightly more than BMC, I usually find this to be a decent option. Widely available and non-offensive. Could be worse! Served in a shaker pint.

I don't quite feel up to a full review, so let me do something short. This time around, this beer reminds me a lot of Shiner Bock. It's minerally and has a rounding caramel flavor. However, this has much better hopping (not that it's much, but it does its job) and a much cleaner flavor. Very easy to drink and a good casual option.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2011 00:32:43 | More by UTCengOwl
Photo of DrewSnyc667


3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a pub, 20 oz oint

A - Amber, copper color, basic body, little activity and little head retention

S - Corn husks and metal, some slightly roasted malt

T - Sweet sugar front, a bit watery finish that finishes a bit dry

M - smooth with a nice amount of carbonation

O - A decent basic ale, nice to have from time to time

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2011 15:05:40 | More by DrewSnyc667
Photo of katybee


3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I ordered this at a "British style restaurant" called the Ship Inn in Astoria, Oregon. It was labelled an import; I'm not sure if this makes it the 'export' version of this Bass beer, which is retired, so am assuming it was this ale.

Poured amber gold, with nice 1" head of thick foam.

No noticeable hoppy smell; very mild.

Hopping was very nuetral, perhaps earthy, on the dry side. Flavors weighed toward malt, lightly bready, biscuity, with a musky earthy overtones.

Light to medium-bodied; slightly less carbonization than canned lagers.

Overall very pleasant and nuetral, with a dry earthy character, not unlike some scottish ales I've tried. No aftertastes; very palatable; just not very noteable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2011 03:44:39 | More by katybee
Photo of jeffjeff1


3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Redcoats in Pleasanton.

Appearance- amber color, thin head

Smell- malt mostly, some hops

Taste- malt, hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This was another good beer for the pub. I enjoyed it and had a great time there.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2011 04:52:27 | More by jeffjeff1
Photo of nickd717


3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Draft review dated 12/19/2008.

This was one of my favorites before I discovered good beer. I still do not mind it. Malty and a little sweet, some nut flavors, pleasant aroma. A little metallic at times and weak on the mouthfeel. Decent even if it is not the most exciting beer out there.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2011 15:48:35 | More by nickd717
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Amber/gold with a thin white head that lasts for a while but leaves no lacing.

S-Mild nose consisting of some hops and caramel malt.

T-Similar to the nose as it seemed much more mild than I remember. The flavor while somewhat watery consisted of some nice hop bitterness and hint of caramel malt. While not complex it is very refreshing.

M-Thin and watery.

D-With an average abv. and good flavor I could drink this all day.

Overall, while this beer is not great I have always enjoyed it and for me its a standby. I really like this beer and feel no reason to apologize for doing so.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2011 10:59:57 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of K9AleingPiss


4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a wonderful surprise. My first pale ale so forgive me, my review may suffer from comparison. The color was nice..a clear orange/copper color,which seemed to introduce the odor. Sweet carmalized fruit smell with a hint of spice. I really liked the taste,exactly like the smell,a nice suprise, the simplicity continued from start to finish no aftertaste. The feel is gratifying,I would definitely recommned and repeat the experience again and again. I loved the way its blends- look,smell,and taste together,its not complicated...no fancy head,no fancy lacing,who cares...its refreshing and tastes great

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2011 02:48:56 | More by K9AleingPiss
Photo of IronCitySteve


3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark orange amber color that reminds me of fall. Provides a small off white foam head the quickly dissipates. There is no real lacing.

S: There is some mild caramel and toast malt scents. In addition there is some citry hops as well.

T: Starts off with some malty sweetness up front. Mostly some caramel and lightly toasted bread. In the middle there is a very light citrus hop flavor. Finishes with more caramel sweetness with the hops all but gone.

M: A little thin, but nicely carbonated. Leaves a slighty sweet taste on the palate.

O: Not my favorite English Pale Ale but certainly a drinkable brew. Not overly complex. Not a brew I usually seek out but not one I would pass up either.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2011 23:26:39 | More by IronCitySteve
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Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
77 out of 100 based on 1,996 ratings.