Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale

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2,462 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,462
Reviews: 1,042
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 29
Gots: 240 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bass Brewers Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2001

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.21/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"The Original", so I'm told by the bottle.

Concert going on outside, I can hear the echoes of classic rock bouncing around. It's a calm night. Still a bit damp, a bit hazy in the air yet, but still a nice night for a back porch beer.

Appearance : A blushing mango glow, a body opaque enough where words cannot be read through it, and a 1 finger head that unfortunately dissipates to a spongy ring floating on the top. No lace left behind.

Aroma : So far, so good. It smells delicious, not over hopped in the nose - actually more like a rich Pilsner lager. Lots of barley malt, some baked bread, and the faintest of hop to balance out the smell.

Taste : Home run. I love how balanced this is. Pale malts, lightly roasted; orange rind, baked bread, but it all comes together to form a solid profile. Slight yeast in the aftertaste. It just reminds me of the white powder on the top of a freshly baked loaf of bread.

Feel : It's light bodied enough to be refreshing but doesn't lack depth. It ends slightly semi-dry.

Overall : This is going to become a staple in my fridge. With how incredibly refreshing this beer is, yet it retains a flavor, and is still considered a "pale ale"? I think I found a new favorite for this category (well, close to 12 man).

Photo of WineGuy3000
3.64/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Super quick review. Nice malt character, subtle but pleasant hop touch, great carb. One of the only brews out there that I truly prefer to drink straight from the bottle. Not anywhere close to being a flagship example of the style but damn, very quaffable.

Photo of stoutmen
2.62/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Look: to dark to be called a Pale Ale. Thin head dissipates quickly.
Smell: Fruity with dominant alcohol overtone.
Taste: Best way to describe it is "beer flavored carbonated water".
Feel: Very unsatisfying, and left an unpleasant lingering aftertaste.

Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

a darker appearance for a pale ale- medium amber

smells sweet, fruity. slightly alcoholic

the taste is the worst attribute. watery and bland. empty ale

mouthfeel is carbonated and not impressionable.


Photo of Beeeeeerman
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Nice English ale but still love my Fullers ESB better

Photo of DevAJ
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Says it's brewed in Baldwinsville, NY now, but it is supposedly still brewed with the same ingredients in the same way. I would probably tend to trust that claim as you can taste the "hardness" of the water in the flavor profile. Nothing particularly wrong with it, just not something I'll look for from now on.

Photo of Antc2382
3.54/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not outstanding by any means but a classic nonetheless

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Medium auburn (12) with off white foam. A whisper of floral notes. Lite floral flavor and lite mouthfeel. Easy to drink.

Photo of megamick
4.08/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I remembered this differently or my tastes have changed, but I think several years ago this tasted more dynamic than the 6 pack I just finished from Merrimack, NH. Haven't had it in so long I thought I'd try it out rather than all the crafts I've been drinking. I do understand where the 76 okay score stands with this one as it was just that.

Photo of Libeertarian
2.73/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Into an English pint glass, pours copper with foamy off-white head with medium retention. Smells and tastes bready, sweet, and a little too estery (reminds me of certain pale or amber lagers well past their expiration dates, or even a Märzen that is overly sweet). Little hops detected beyond the faint bitterness of the aftertaste. Not too thin, not too dry of a finish, and carbonated just enough, this beer can be as thirst-quenching as you need it to be. Overall, though, as taste is the most important aspect to me, and this tasted "off," I was not as pleased with this beer as I hoped and expected to be after hearing its name thrown around so much.

By the way, according to my bottle, it appears this beer has 5.1% alcohol, not the 5.0% given on this site. Not sure if it's a mistake or just a modification to the brew that's been made. My guess is the latter.

Photo of loubar
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Copper color, thin head with short retention. Sweet caramel malt aroma. Flavor of bread, caramel and vanilla. Slightly sweet with a very mild bitterness. Light to medium body with mild carbonation. It could be a tad less sweet and more complex but, in limited circumstances, it holds its own. An enjoyable pale ale.

Photo of Gajo74
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Look-Pours a clear light brown/Amber. A small patchy head quickly dissipates, little to no lacing throughout. Not the prettiest looking brew.
Smell- at first I detected a slight metallic aroma. However, as the drink warmed, a sweet maltiness with hints of caramel, honey and toffee comes through nicely.
Taste- an interest blend of flavors. There is a toasted malt flavor that is almost overpowered by a dry and bitter hops finish. There is a slightly astringent aftertaste that causes me to downgrade the taste rating slightly. There is also an element of mineral water that is interesting.
Feel- this one goes down easily and smoothly. My favorite attribute.
Overall, I liked this. I think that it is better than what most people here give it credit for. Of course it's not the best, but it is a pleasant session beer.

Photo of samurai7
4.6/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Always a refreshing, easy drinking beer. Always a classic

Photo of 31Sam13
4.5/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was sad to see this get such low marks. I have enjoyed this beer for quite sometime and it, though I won't buy it all that much, will never leave my rotation. It has a very understated but refined taste that I find very comforting.

Photo of Winston3737
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The original pale ale before the "revolution"...

Photo of bassboneman
4.3/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I cant believe this beer is rated so low!
It is a clean good example of an english pale ale.
It isnt super hoppy or malty is perfect with bar food, pizza, mexican...
Plus ... it was taken on many expeditions to the south pole ...nothing like bbq penquin and a bass ale - yummo!

Sam Shackleton

Photo of Rabi
4.3/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A classic beer that doesn't get it's due.

Photo of NotJustForBreakfast
3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is my standard for Pale Ales. Goes down smooth and easy. I am more of an Ale person so am guessing ale lovers enjoy this one more then others based on the other ratings I have read.

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Good easy drinking middle of the road beer.

Photo of CJNAPS
2.62/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not to bad, lacking a little on flavor for me.

Photo of Dingoose
2.58/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Very bland, not much taste to it. Not unpleasant, but not the sort of beer I could really enjoy.

Photo of Safa1
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Simple beer. For simple times.

Photo of beergoot
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle label data: made in USA

Crystal clear, copper-colored body; lots of rapidly rising carbonation, one-finger thick head. Heady caramel and biscuit aroma; mild fruitiness. The taste mimics the aroma with a noticeable sweetness; mild hop bitterness; apple-like fruitiness in the finish. Medium body with a rather dry finish.

A decent pale ale that highlights malt flavors. It's a tad over-sweet yet still enjoyable on the whole.

Photo of ZBowden
2.63/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear copper small cream head, smells sour with pine malts slight hops, tastes of oats malt yeast and sourness, average mouthfeel. Subpar beer

Photo of BasMastah
4.2/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

One of my personal favorites, having a freshly poured draft Bass is a perfect pair to any heavier meals, and is also easy on the palate with hearty notes of bitters and hops

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Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
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