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Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale

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1,991 Ratings

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Ratings: 1991
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 vitalnj

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 1 pint 9 oz nitrocan. Sampled on April 20,2010. Golden amber with 2 finger head. Sweet and crisp orange/caramel with little hops. Easy light drinking, smells sweet and fresh. Balanced carbonation. Highly drinkable, not as the most pale ales and not as bitter.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-21-2010 02:39:11 | More by vitalnj
Photo of lionking


3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pub poured from a pint can (16.9 oz) into a pub glass.

Thick nitro can driven two finger head. Light copper color with some sustained bubble action in the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the Bass was consumed.

Smell is of sweet flowers and grass.

Taste is of malt and caramel.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Overall drinkability was solid buy definitely English rather than American ale taste.

I havent had a Bass in quite some time, but the taste is unique. I suppose this is an iconic beer or at least solid drink

Serving type: nitro-can

12-13-2008 01:29:38 | More by lionking
Photo of Guzzler78


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

This review is for a 16.9 ounce pub pour nitro-can.
Appearance is a clear light amber, copper color, not really any lacing.
Not much of a nose to it - some sweet malts and hoppiness.
Taste is slightly sweet, malty and somewhat bitter finish.
Very light mouthfeel.
An okay beer, there are much better pale ales out there.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-29-2008 05:35:49 | More by Guzzler78
Photo of sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

poored a nice light copper color with a thick cream head that lasted and laced forever
smells of light fruitiness with a hint of grass with a hint of nitro stink ass I put it
tastes much like the smell but the nitro nastyness is much more evident (old can maybe???) but remembering from past experiences on tap a very light pleasant taste
light in the mouth very easy to drink and much enjoyment has been had with this beer in my hands

Serving type: nitro-can

11-18-2008 21:47:29 | More by sliverX
Photo of theopholis


4.18/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I normally don't review the same beer more than once despite trying it in several different methods. Bass, however, changes enough between bottle, on tap and nitro-can, that I will.

Appearance- Body is a nice, reasonaby clear amber. Head is a one-finger, off-white affair with little staying power.

Aroma- Has that great, classic English pale ale aroma that is a wonderfu melange of malt sweetness and bittering hops, with just a hint of floural hops.

Taste- Nice, malt sweetness mixed with a generous level of caramel with hints of toffe, followed by bittering and some falvoring hops. If you are familier with the bottled and tap, this is halfway between the bottled version and the tap version in caramellyness (is that a word?). Very nice. I would have gven it a 5 for taste, but then I have no-where to go for the tap version.

Mouthfeel- The body is medium, but slightly syruppy. The CO2 level is fairly low, which really brings out the flavors. Leaves a nice coating on the pallete, gving you a nice, lingering after-taste.

Drinkability- If you can find this stuff on tap, drink it. If not, the nitro-can version is also quite nice.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-18-2007 04:44:56 | More by theopholis
Photo of mithrascruor


3/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint nitro-can poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice reddish-amber color with a 1/2-in. thick and foamy (but not too much) head that reduces to a thick foam.

Smell: Barely any nose at all on this beer; perhaps a bit of florals.

Taste: Malts and caramel, together with some florals and mild hops. Aftertaste has a bit of more noticable bitterness... but not much.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, medium-bodied, but not quite as viscous as other nitro-can beers I've had.

Drinkability: Average ABV, combined with the fact that it's not too heavy makes this beer rather drinkable. Goes down well.

Yet another English pale ale that hasn't impressed me. I don't know if it's the nitro-can or what, but it's just very... boring. At least there is a slight bit of complexity to the flavor, even if it's very mild. Quite popular, but I can't quite see why. Worth trying to satisfy your curiosity, but not one I really plan on getting again.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-18-2006 04:56:34 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, these new pub-draft cans surprised me. I've never been a big fan of Bass, but these really hit the mark. Not a whirlwind of complexity, we all know that. But definately better that bottles or on draft.

We all know what it looks like.

We all know what it smells like.

We all know what it tastes like, except this if fresher, crisper, and definately has a bit more hops in the finish. Creamier due to the pub can.

Body is still quite thin, but the micro bubbles of nitro carbonation give it a slick, creamy mouthfeel

Serving type: nitro-can

06-10-2006 15:06:39 | More by AlexJ
Photo of Sycodrummer


3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the red nitro-can into a nonic pint glass the beer was a light copper color with a rich and frothy two finger head. A lot of carbonation bubbles clung to the side of the glass throughout the sample. The head reduced to about one finger and stayed there for the entire length of the sample. Very little lacing, surprising for a nitro.

The smell was very sweet malt and caramel. Some slight toffee in the background and a little fuitty as well. Slight apple.

The innitial taste was a little chewy and bready. A slightly sweet malty backbone makes of the structure of the beer. Some caramel in the finish and a little fruit as well as the beer warms. A slight "metalic" taste as well. Maybe its in my mind because of the can, either way, an odd after taste. Very subtle fruit flavors.

Medium body with moderate carbination. Becomes significantly flatter and the beer slightly warms.

Bass served well as one of the intro beers to the world of craft brewing. Since then, far better, less mass produced examples exist of the style. A okay beer to revisit from time to time, and better in the bottle or on draught in my opinion. Still one of the converters for me.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-02-2005 21:11:35 | More by Sycodrummer
Photo of BeerBob


2.15/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Date: 08-16-2002
Bass Pale Ale pours from the dark brown one Imperial pint bottle, a rusty amber with one heck of a head, lace and foam abound in my glass.

Nose is a creamy butterscotch sweetness, and palate of creamy sweet butterscotch with a balanced bitter and a touch of gypsum. Absolutely one yummy Ale and a must try for anyone.

Bass Pale Ale has been on my list of Beers to buy when the price is right. Bass Pale Ale is a good tasting pale ale that has been around for a very long time.

Well, I just went through a twelve pack and lo and behold this brew has turned to Banta PoDo, it is nothing at all what it used to be!

Interbrew Be Damned!!!

Date: 2/23/2014
Now brewed in the USA by AB-InBev
This stuff is just gross...
Mouth-feel is all wrong, and the bite of carbonation is no longer smooth and cream like.
This will be my last update for this brand. I will not buy another drop of this failed replicant.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 08:06:41 | More by BeerBob
Photo of illpass78


3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper with a half inch white head that recedes quickly to film. Lacing moderate.

Aroma: Smells of toasted malt and caramel. The aroma is very similar to the 230+ years of imitators this has spawned.

Taste: Clean, crisp, malty, some hop bite, barely noticeable alcohol. Some notes of toast and caramel, as in the nose. Tastes like the seminal pale ale that it is.

Mouthfeel: Slightly watery but not to the point where it's weak. I feel like most contemporary pale ales have fuller bodies.

Overall: Hey, it's Bass. It says Baldwinsville on the label, and that's weird. But it's a decent, ubiquitous pale ale that gets the job done. The market is so saturated with pale and amber ales right now that it's easy to forget that the original is still pretty decent. That said, the only time I'm likely to have this is at a restaurant that otherwise has only macro lagers.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 01:23:16 | More by illpass78
Photo of Retroman40


3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Back in the "dark days" of the late 70s and early 80s this was one of my go to higher end beers. Over the years it has remained a reliable, decent import.

A - Pours out a clear copper color with a head that retreats to a thin, long lasting lace.

S - Mostly grains.

T - Malt and grains. Very mild flavor.

M - A bit thin but with a nice clean finish.

O - This remains a reliable import that is worth a try or revisit.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 10:47:49 | More by Retroman40
Photo of greentam2


3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I very much agree with the other reviewers who said this was a good basic ale. It is relatively inexpensive with a low ABC, so it makes a very satisfactory session beer. I also agree, however, that it has nothing to recommend it beyond that. It is neither distinctive as an ale, a brown ale, or a pale ale. Everything is moderate and diffused in the slightly nutty brown taste, resulting, well... in a moderately drinkable nice little ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 00:21:21 | More by greentam2
Photo of Mike_Moe


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

Appearance: Light amber color, cream color head.
Aroma: Slight hint of fruit, otherwise not much of an aroma.
Flavor: Very light malty flavor up front, with a fruity banana body, finishing mildly hoppy. This is a medium bodied beer, lightly carbonated.
Overall: A very pleasant tasting beer. The fruity aroma is hard to detect, but it comes forth in the taste. This is a smooth beer and light and flavorful  enough to drink anytime.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 06:18:29 | More by Mike_Moe
Photo of ElijahRivera

New York

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed based on tasting notes from a blind pale ale tasting.

12 oz. bottle inside a paper bag poured into a plastic tasting cup.

A- Clear, dark amber body. No head.

S- Bouquet reflected the taste.

T- Vinous, sweet malts with a subtle, herbal hop finish.

M- I didn't make any notes on mouthfeel.

O- Not complex. I though this was probably outdated, but the reveal showed it was Bass without a bottle date. So, I'm still not sure if this is just how Bass tastes, or if it was a stale Bass. Either way it was still drinkable, better than I thought Bass would be, but still far from great.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 20:30:43 | More by ElijahRivera
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 RaulMondesi


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

Straight out of the bottle at The Saloon in Laguna Beach, CA.

With not too many appealing options available, "The World's First Pale Ale" it is - and while starring at the Pacific, Raul is ok with that.

Mild like my baby mama after a Xanax bar, and well, that's pretty much it. Ol' BM just lies there and doesn't give Raul any problems, but she's also not much fun either (kind of like what this Bass is like right now).


Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 20:55:36 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3.79/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Medium off white head covers a clear light amber golden colored beer.

Nuttish, caramel, and almost bitter candy aroma.

A mixture of some hops, malts, sweet and bitter give this beer a dryish taste.

Dry aftertaste with a bit of the taste lingering with this medium bodied beer.

The taste is slightly different than what I accustomed too but it seems to work quite well for me, I hope you enjoy it as well.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 18:08:39 | More by LXIXME
Photo of fizzgig


3.04/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: 12oz bottle into tulip glass. Dark copper, clear with no head at all.

S: Faint smells, salted bread pretzel in first moments then disappeared.

T: Some (American) biscuit, modest hops coming on late.

M: On par for pale ale, not a ton of malt but not as watery as a lot of beers. Decent coating, leaves before long.

O: Decent everyday beer, while labeled pale ale it might pass as a mild perhaps with low bitterness and it's not exactly pale. Some disappointments in appearance and aroma, but taste and mouthfeel are not bad, just not special.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 19:57:02 | More by fizzgig
Photo of Anacross


2.34/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

So this is the oldest English Pale Ale ever made and it's depicted in the very famous Edouard Manet's painting "Bar at the Folies-Bergère". Classic, huh? EPA has been one of my favorite styles for years and this one was on sale at my local grocery store, so I thought "Why not?".

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12fl bottle. Medium brown color, minimum lace and decent head.
Malty and creamy, a little sweet like caramels and nutty by the end.
Mouthfeel is medium to little and carbonation is little to very little. Drinkable nonetheless.

This is not a bad beer but I expected more. As a fan of this style, I'm glad that they improved it throughout the years and have made EPAs that are better than this. I wouldn't mind having one every now and then, especially if it's on sale. But if I have other choices like London Pride on the same shelf, I'd go for it instead of this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 17:46:12 | More by Anacross
Photo of Vladimiriuz


2.38/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Dark brown amber view with a 1 finger thick foam what went away after a couple of sips.
Some good, big bells of sparklings in the glass gives a nice appearance, but that's it.

The nose is not really there. I must give a good sniff for getting something, some lightly caramel and sugar notes I only get.

For the taste it is light, soft and delicate. a Little of spice and a bit caramel. There is totally not a mouthfeel what will hang for a long time on your palate.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 14:07:06 | More by Vladimiriuz
Photo of sommersb


3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 06-02-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. clear bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: 6-pack from Publix

My bottles were brewed in Baldwinsville, NY according to the label.

Pours with a good-sized offwhite head, on a medium to dark amber beer. No lacing really to speak of, but head retention is OK. The pleasant aromas feature sweet malts with a caramel aspect.

The taste has bready malts for a sweet start, with some spiciness and earthy hops. Bitterness is very low. The body is medium and there's a moderate amount of carbonation. Finishes slightly sweet and refreshing.

Overall a surprising beer - I liked it more than I anticipated. Simple but pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 22:53:54 | More by sommersb
Photo of scotorum


3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a. Poured gently into a tulip glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Three-eights of an inch of off-white head dissipates quickly with not much lacing. A gorgeous and perfectly translucent amber.

s: Like the skin of a citrus fruit, if you had just picked it out of a beer vat.

t: Sweet and mellow, with "barley" enough flavor to let you know you are drinking a good ale.

m: Light, goes down easy, perhaps moreso than its color would suggest. Extremely drinkable.

o: One of my favorite go-to beers to have with meals and anytime I want refreshment with some brew flavor. Bass never overpowers the food, usually compliments it nicely, all the while reminding you that you are drinking something worthwhile.

Recently it's been on sale near me for $12 a twelver, which I consider a real ale bargain...so to speak. I personally prefer an ale with more flavor when drinking it by itself, but at mealtime and when I'm thirsty Bass and I get along fine.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 04:02:08 | More by scotorum
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 JuicesFlowing


2.73/5  rDev -19%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 23:37:58 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of emmasrue1


2.99/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I like this beer. I have always liked this beer. 25 years I have liked this beer. It looks great in a stein and smells fine. It tastes delicious either warm or cold. I like it in the summer on the deck. Mouthfeel is not as good as a Hopslam or Centenniel but it is still good. The newer craft beers make it pale in comparison..
Overall, I like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 17:24:51 | More by emmasrue1
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Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
77 out of 100 based on 1,991 ratings.