Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
76
okay

2,462 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 2,462
Reviews: 1,042
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 29
Gots: 241 | 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: 2,462 | Reviews: 1,042
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 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 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 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 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 Rabi
4.3/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A classic beer that doesn't get it's due.

Photo of NotJustForBreakfast
3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is my standard for Pale Ales. Goes down smooth and easy. I am more of an Ale person so am guessing ale lovers enjoy this one more then others based on the other ratings I have read.

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Good easy drinking middle of the road beer.

Photo of CJNAPS
2.62/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not to bad, lacking a little on flavor for me.

Photo of Dingoose
2.58/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Very bland, not much taste to it. Not unpleasant, but not the sort of beer I could really enjoy.

Photo of Safa1
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Simple beer. For simple times.

Photo of beergoot
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle label data: made in USA

Crystal clear, copper-colored body; lots of rapidly rising carbonation, one-finger thick head. Heady caramel and biscuit aroma; mild fruitiness. The taste mimics the aroma with a noticeable sweetness; mild hop bitterness; apple-like fruitiness in the finish. Medium body with a rather dry finish.

A decent pale ale that highlights malt flavors. It's a tad over-sweet yet still enjoyable on the whole.

Photo of ZBowden
2.63/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear copper small cream head, smells sour with pine malts slight hops, tastes of oats malt yeast and sourness, average mouthfeel. Subpar beer

Photo of BasMastah
4.2/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

One of my personal favorites, having a freshly poured draft Bass is a perfect pair to any heavier meals, and is also easy on the palate with hearty notes of bitters and hops
hops.

Photo of dcove979
2.17/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Not a fan of bass at all

Photo of Paulieblaze
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nothing wrong with this beer at all. Solid beer

Photo of Fernando_Vega
4.7/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Strong, rich ale. Nice aftertaste

Photo of superspak
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 6/20/2014. Pours slightly hazy deep copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toasted biscuit, plum, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, toasted biscuit, plum, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toasted biscuit, plum, pear, apple, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice robustness and balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly metallic mouthfeel that is okay. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very solid English pale ale. All around good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

Photo of andyinsdca
1.5/5  rDev -55.1%

Reviewing the US "version" of this beer. Not going to waste much on this. Any reference to Bass or the red triangle need to be removed. This is NOT the Bass you remember or like. It's just another generic American beer. Don't bother.

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.91/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bass Pale Ale - I somehow always get lucky when on travel for work and try something that always impresses me. This time it was a Bass Pale Ale. By far, the smoothest pale ale I have had - it tasted more like a dark lager than a pale ale - surprising and refreshing to me. I wasn't overly impressed with the smell, and it had a fast-disappearing head with no lacing, but the taste was exceptional. I would definitely reach for this guy if it shows up in my local liquor joint.

Photo of thommo_nk
2/5  rDev -40.1%

My grandad used to drink this and said that it was "outstanding", to be honest the modern uk version is nothing to write home about, its a generic ale and offers nothing. On the plus side the label on the bottle is still cool, at least AB Inbev have stuck with that if nothing else.

Photo of TheVillageIdiot
4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

Bass was my first British Ale that became my regular brew. I'll always have a soft spot for it.

Photo of dcscientist
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%

I'd only drink this when mixing it with Guinness in a black and tan, but if I'm going to do that, I prefer using Harp instead. British beer tends to be pretty love/hate in the US, and this one doesn't do enough for me to warrant an order by itself.

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is rather straightforward with some toasty, nutty malt; a touch of toffee and sweet fruitiness reminiscent of raisin and lemon-lime. The body is a clear, orange-ish amber with a quickly diminishing off-white head. In the flavor there is a moderate earthy/woody bitterness, biscuity malt, and some very light pear- or grape-like fruitiness. The body is rather light with crisp, lively carbonation.

Very lightly flavored but crisp and refreshing with lots of carbonation. It's nice enough overall, but in a minimalist sort of way.

Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
76 out of 100 based on 2,462 ratings.