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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
77
okay

2,316 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 2,316
Reviews: 1,012
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 23
Gots: 134 | FT: 0
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 Sammy
2.2/5  rDev -34.3%
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.

Sammy, Jan 06, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

t0rin0, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -10.4%

djrn2, May 18, 2013
Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -10.4%

zestar, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -10.4%

acurtis, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Thorpe429, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +19.4%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Texasfan549, May 17, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

metter98, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

kjkinsey, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
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

brentk56, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

BEERchitect, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Phyl21ca, Aug 03, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.25/5  rDev -3%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 12, 2004
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -10.4%

ygtbsm94, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
2.58/5  rDev -23%
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.

mikesgroove, Dec 24, 2006
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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

jaydoc, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
1.95/5  rDev -41.8%
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.

Knapp85, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.78/5  rDev -17%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

SocalKicks, May 06, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

oberon, Feb 07, 2004
Photo of emerge077
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
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...

emerge077, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of TMoney2591
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
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!)

TMoney2591, Sep 09, 2010
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Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
77 out of 100 based on 2,316 ratings.