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Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale

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1,026 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,026
Hads: 2,506
Avg: 3.4
pDev: 25.59%
Wants: 33
Gots: 269 | 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 Sammy
2.18/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

No smell, a tad sweet then goes bitter, watery, no colour. Faint hops. Harsh finish, thin mouthfeel.Carbonation like soda. Though a drop of fruity sweet inside of bitterness
, It is possible it may have been
around a while. Below average. Would prefer club soda.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at TGI Friday's in Valencia, CA.

Pours a copper orange color with a 1 inch white head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Random spots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet grains, caramel malt, and citrus. Taste is of caramel malt, biscuit, and citrus zest. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good easy drinking beer that I would get again.

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Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light copper in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige head that quickly died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are light aromas of biscuit and caramel malts as well as fruity yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a slight amount of accompanying bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: Drinking this beer is a breeze – I could easily have these all night long so it is very sessionable.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Moderately dark, yet also bright with a pretty good head.

S: Not too much going on here--some light malt and mild hop presence. Nothing overpowering.

T: Some pale malts come out, as well as typically-English hops.

M: Pretty good here. No alcohol presence. Carbonation is good, but nothing exceptional.

D: Fairly drinkable and not a bad fallback for when the selection isn't very promising. However, now that BA has "enlightened" me, I probably won't be seeking this one out as a premium beer any longer.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.06/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

So I give a lot of pride to beers with a history to them. I think it's awesome that this beer was the flagship brew on the Titanic. That makes me want to try beers like this. To me it's kind of like time travel, you can put yourself in a specific time and place and get a little idea of how things were during that time. Bass Ale has the history but it's not the greatest historical brew I've had. Every time I've tried it, it seems for be on the flat side. It's got a really nice color to it but the hops and malts used just don't please my palette that much. I know a lot of people who love Bass but I've just never been able to enjoy it.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a modest head that leaves a few squiggles of lace

Smell: Caramel with hints of butter and cola

Taste: Opens with a bready flavor that adds a bit of earthy hop elements by mid-palate; the bitterness turns a bit grainy after the swallow but quickly fades and is replaced by a sweet, almost buttery element in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but way too sweet and lacking the bitter flavor to impress against other pale ales; but a step up from the macro lagers

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had not had this beer in quite some time. Looks brightly golden - copper. Pours a slightly tan head, fairly thick, lingers and laced well. Smells mildly malty and caramelly. Hop spice balance give the aroma complexity. Tastes mallty and caramelly as well. Mild notes of dates and nuts. Light toasty and buttery flavors hide behind carbonation and hop flavor. Mild ginger and clove flavors. Feels moderately creamy and peppery to the toung. Finishes quite light with low lingering bitterness and spiciness. Not as flavorful as I remembered.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light brown beer with a medium head. Carbonation is on the weak side. Aroma is a nice enough mix of malt. Taste is very classic English ale and ends with some medium bitterness. Very well balance between the malt and the bitterness. I guess this is a very decent if unspectacular drink.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a medium dark amber colour, with a small amount of wispy white head. The smell is light, and floral, with a bit of sweet malt. The taste is mostly sweet caramel malt, a little muted British hops, and a bit too much carbonation, leading to an off dry finish. The body is on the thin side, but it's still a very drinkable pub ale.

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Photo of emerge077
3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on the warmer side of cool, around 55º into a standard pint glass. Freshness is key with this, but there's no date on it. Hoping that lack of dust = fresh.

High clarity amber-gold, initial one finger head that fades after the first sip. Some lace and light skim on the surface. First whiff caught an estery hint, bit after that it faded, leaving faint traces of inoffensive English malt. Very slight hop bite, hard to tell if its hops or astringency. Soft malt flavor, a touch nutty. Light bodied ale, the quaff factor is it's strong suit. Hopefully this will make a nice black & tan...

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In the interest of full disclosure I should mention that, prior to becoming a BA, Bass Pale Ale was the favorite beer of my adult years, following such luminaries as Miller High Life (teens) and Labatt Blue (college years). I've had more Bass than any other beer in existence, but I don't believe I've had one in well over a year. With a newly educated and appreciative palate, let's see how this old standby of mine holds up.

Bright orange-amber with a large, creamy head of ecru foam that persists nicely and lays down shredded sheets of lace. So far, so good. The nose is on the simple side. It's lightly toasted malty with a modest English hop presence. I might be a little more impressed with the aroma if I didn't have to crawl into the glass to appreciate it.

Strangely enough, the flavor isn't all that familiar. Never mind that almost 500 different beers have crossed my palate since I last drank a Bass. Still though, I'd have thought that some echo of recognition would still be present.

I'm not impressed. The flavor profile isn't lackluster exactly, but neither does it appeal to me. It consists of moderately toasted pale malt and earthy hops that provide more bitterness than actual flavor. I don't remember the finish being this mineral-like, but I doubt that the recipe has changed in the past decade or so; probably longer. Unfortunately the too-light body virtually guarantees that the flavor vanishes way too soon.

Bass Pale Ale is a beer that lives fondly in memory, but I won't let that influence this review. When consumed with an open (and newly expanded) mind and palate, it just isn't that good. Would it do in a pinch? Sure, but when my local stores carry dozens of beers that are better, I can't see myself buying it again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 1 pint 3.25 oz bottle with no date.

A - Poured out a rusty orange color with an eggshell white, three-finger head. It left some lace.

S - It smelled of malt, grass and clove.

T - It tasted bittersweet with a bready malt flavor. It also had a woody flavor.

M - It was soft and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good pale ale. Good flavor.

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.56/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear orange color with a huge fizzy head and laced quite a bit. Picked up very little on the nose of this one, maybe some malts? Taste was a bit fruitier then I remebered, tasted fresh. Very carbonated.Overall this is decent, not a favorite but decent.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle purchased at Total Wine in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a frothy, white head.

Smell: Smells a bit metallic upfront with a faint, meager maltiness and slight fruitiness.

Taste: Thin, cheap, sweetish malts. Lightly fruity. Never really delivers much in the way of hops or bitterness. But thankfully it's all over before you know it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. A tad watery.

Drinkability: The thumb points down! Painfully bland and generic.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at Finn McCool's.

The final Quizzo beer of the night. This one pours a clear pale russet topped by a finger of off-white micro-foam. The nose comprises toffee, biscuits, orange-y citrus, and that vague scent of helium (or whatever that is I smell when around balloon-filling stations. The taste holds notes of light caramel, unfocused citrus, flowers, bubblegum, and miscellaneous greens. The body is light, with a moderate, almost active carbonation and a crisp-ish finish. Overall, an okay brew, not something I'd go for very often, but good enough while discounted during Quizzo. (Oh, and by the way, we won!)

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper body with a short foamy bone-white head that holds well and leaves nice lace. The aroma is nicely fruity, buttery, a touch metallic and slightly sulphury over a gently caramel maltiness. The body is medium with a fine and moderate carbonation that caresses and tingles the tongue before becoming lightly creamy. The flavor displays a rich caramel malt with a mild note of dried fruit against a bold, backing bitterness. It finishes with a rounding note of diacetyl and residual sweet caramel malt followed by some earthiness and sulphur alongside drying bitterness. Welll balanced with a good drinkability. Best enjoyed slightly warmed. Often overlooked because of the size of the brewery and its wide availability, this is an excellent, full flavored English pale ale that deserves more notice.

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Photo of mactrail
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A little on the sweet side. Very simple flavors, rescued by a glint of hops that take over the aftertaste. Some touch of malt, a hint of tartness, and the flavor vanishes into the slight dirty hop biterness. Looks nice, an attractive amber, and they do a good job of keeping the fizz in the bottle.

Another Anheuser-Busch InBev industrial product. Better than bitter metallic water but not very interesting. I think the trouble is all of these keg-style bottled western Eropean beers are so much like American lagers. But it's hard to compare the flavors of "real ale" in a British pub with a fizzy bottle off the boat.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Finnegan’s Wake in Providence, RI on 10/6/07, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin but even lace on the glass.

S: The smell is faint but contains light malts, honey, caramel and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty, sweet and decently balanced, but still light with flavors of honey, caramel, pale hops and I'm even sensing some mint in there. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, there are other English Pale Ales that I would pick first, but if my choices were this or a macro, I would take this beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.12/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I find this ale to be an excellent representation of the style. The color is brilliant amber and flavor is mildy fruity. I enjoy the label design with the England's first trademark displayed prominently. It has hints of hops and is sufficently carbonated and highly quaffable.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of Jason
2.24/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

16.9 oz can with no freshness date, "Bass Pub Pour" ... what the hell is this?

Appearance: Good two fingers of head with a great clarity to show off the reddish amber hue.

Smell: Aroma of nearly rotten fruit with a musty basement yeast nose.

Taste: Apple skin, thin caramel malting and muted hops with a slight bitterness. The malt flavor seems too beat up to give any real sweetness or character at that, just a nasty fruitiness in the finish.

Mouth Feel: Pub Pour? If I was poured a beer like this I'd send it back. It is not lack of carbonation but the slickness that is left in the mouth.

Drinkability: Hard to down even half the can, and once it warmed up it got even worse.

This beer is absolute rubbish.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap, probably at a Chili's somewhere.

A: Reddish brown, no haze, little head.

S: Malts and more malts.

T: Pretty smooth and malty, with no other particularly distinctive flavors.

M: Light-medium body with light carbonation.

D: Easily drinkable, smooth, malty. Overall good beer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the airport bar in phoneix az

Poured caramel with a 1" tan head. Good head retentin & some lacing

S: Slight fruittynesss & some caramel

T: Rich malt & caramel up front, then some fruittyness. Slight herbal hop notes as it warms. Finishes fruitty & dry

MF: Medium bodied with good carbonation & balance

Drank pretty easy, this beer can be hit or miss, not sure if that has to with how fast it turns over, When it's on it's great, even better on cask. That was a few years ago, sigh

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.78/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bass Pale Ale is one of those beers that while your are first entering the realm of beer tasting it is different and somewhat extraordinary, but after coming back to it I am pretty disappointed with the flavor. It pours a copper amber tone with a cream colored foam head. At first sniff it produced a mild nutty aroma along with some maltiness, but as the beer settled so did the scent. At first taste it was too cold to get any flavors from the beer, but after it warms it produces a sharp taste with a slightly bitter finish. Not anything to be crazy about, but I definitely think I would enjoy this one top more.

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Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
78 out of 100 based on 1,026 ratings.