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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
76
okay

2,416 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 2,416
Reviews: 1,035
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 26
Gots: 214 | 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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Ratings: 2,416 | Reviews: 1,035
Photo of cabelgabel
3.07/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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 dpgoblejr
2.94/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of RBrenchak
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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 TBCE
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of emincems
3.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BColton1
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jshusc
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 JOldewurtel
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of krome
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 E-McFarden
2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tykechandler
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 ryho
3.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 Matty123
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 LukeGude
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
However...it 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 BB1980
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
76 out of 100 based on 2,416 ratings.