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Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale

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1,989 Ratings

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Ratings: 1989
Reviews: 990
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.62%

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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Ontario (Canada)

2.2/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2005 19:38:01 | More by Sammy
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3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2011 20:04:17 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2004 17:43:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

2.58/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2006 02:49:50 | More by mikesgroove
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 00:26:02 | More by brentk56
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Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2004 20:15:43 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2005 16:03:33 | More by BEERchitect
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3.2/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 03:08:45 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 22:55:07 | More by metter98
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2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 04:08:09 | More by ChainGangGuy
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North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2004 02:48:29 | More by oberon
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3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
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!)

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2010 18:47:17 | More by TMoney2591
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4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2003 20:23:16 | More by NeroFiddled
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Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2009 00:49:40 | More by biboergosum
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bubbly white head, transparent amber color. Fresh aroma, fruity, with notes of peach, nectarine, citrus. Hops are negligible, dull finish, slight malt, faint body.
Once a favorite, before I discovered what the revivalists among American craftbrewers have been doing with this style. Apparently, the American version, bottled and draft, is weakened some for "our" taste, and I'm profoundly disappointed. The brewery likes to play up the brands history and legend, but provides only a shadow of what the beer once was.
It's perfectly suitable for pallid palates, but get me to a HopDevil or Summit IPA instead!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2003 19:44:40 | More by feloniousmonk
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Rhode Island

3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2007 01:34:17 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
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...

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 22:50:50 | More by emerge077
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3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
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

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2006 04:52:19 | More by russpowell
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3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Trying to review all the beers that have greater than 1000 reviews on beeradvocate regardless of score, this brings me to Bass (only 7 more to go after this). Served in a New Belgium globe glass.

Beer is reddish, clear, mildly carbonated, thin broke off white head, minimal lacing, low retention.

Aroma is sweet and apple-y, an almost pear like malt sweetness to the nose. OK....

Beer is medium to light in body, sweet up front, dry grainy finish with an aftertaste on the back. Nope, don't like it, next.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 03:59:09 | More by drabmuh
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3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 17:22:20 | More by zeff80
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1.95/5  rDev -42.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 16:34:49 | More by Knapp85
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange amber with a white lasting head that leaves a nice amount of lacing.

The smell is of caramel and a light citric fruitiness and earthiness.

The taste is of caramel- towards toffeeish - with an English-style fruitiness. Some green apple skin and buttery diacytel are there. There is a decent hop bitterness mixing in with the maltiness which is light, but also nice enough. There is something of a general blandness to it.

Low-end of medium-bodied - even a bit thin with some slickness.

Pretty much a standard English Pale. I've had plenty of times before, especially on-tap where the options are limited (surprised I haven't reviewed much earlier). There is something stale-ish that I continually notice. That aside, it's not bad, and it almost has a maltiness and light hop touch that make it stand out, but there's also "something" - an apple-y and buttery quality and a general stale-ish-ness/blandish-ness that would make me want to pick other English Pales over this. Still, a decent brew if you're caught in a limited option scenario.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 02:50:55 | More by jwc215
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2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2003 23:33:18 | More by WVbeergeek
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a amber / orange color with a thin head. The head disappeared rather quickly leaving spots on the surface. The aroma is slightly dull as some malt and fruitiness is detected. The taste is of malt and bitterness which is balanced. Some fruit tones are detectable. The bitterness seems to arrive a little stronger on the tongue after swallowing. Not as flavorful as some other pales, but very drinkable. This is the usual restaurant choice when beer menu is lacking.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2003 19:59:13 | More by Gavage
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3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Michael's in Huntington Beach, CA, 34 oz. supermug,

A: Pours a light amber, with a thick white head, good retention, some fair lacing.

S: Light maltiness, but really faint.

T: Big malted toffee on the first sip, lots of sulfur and mineral water notes as well. Hops are quite earthy, with a bit of grass and wet hay, a well balanced brew.

M: Full crisp carbonation, light enough to make it really easy to drink, light-bodied.

D: For being mass produced, it tastes quite good, a pale ale I'd be happy to have any time.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2008 07:21:21 | More by Halcyondays
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