Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited
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2.2/5 rDev -34.3%
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.
01-06-2005 19:38:01 | More by Sammy
3.85/5 rDev +14.9%
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.
07-24-2011 20:04:17 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.2/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
04-22-2009 03:08:45 | More by Thorpe429
3.5/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
08-25-2011 22:55:07 | More by metter98
3.25/5 rDev -3%
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.
10-12-2004 17:43:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.58/5 rDev +6.9%
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
09-03-2008 00:26:02 | More by brentk56
3/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
08-03-2004 20:15:43 | More by Phyl21ca
3.53/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
07-17-2005 16:03:33 | More by BEERchitect
2.58/5 rDev -23%
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.
12-24-2006 02:49:50 | More by mikesgroove
2.78/5 rDev -17%
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.
09-13-2008 04:08:09 | More by ChainGangGuy
1.95/5 rDev -41.8%
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.
03-20-2011 16:34:49 | More by Knapp85
3.6/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
02-07-2004 02:48:29 | More by oberon
3.13/5 rDev -6.6%
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!)
09-09-2010 18:47:17 | More by TMoney2591
3.63/5 rDev +8.4%
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...
03-09-2009 22:50:50 | More by emerge077
3.7/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
06-21-2007 17:22:20 | More by zeff80
3.55/5 rDev +6%
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.
02-02-2009 00:49:40 | More by biboergosum
Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
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