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Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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BA SCORE
78
okay

1,024 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 1,024
Hads: 2,481
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 32
Gots: 258 | 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 Gajo74
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (820 characters)

Photo of 31Sam13
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%
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. (233 characters)

Photo of bassboneman
4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
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 (306 characters)

Photo of NotJustForBreakfast
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
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. (186 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of ZBowden
2.63/5  rDev -23.3%
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

I had tried another one of these and it was significantly colder both the beer and outside, it was more drinkable that way. (273 characters)

Photo of BasMastah
4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
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. (179 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (1,425 characters)

Photo of andyinsdca
1.5/5  rDev -56.3%

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. (233 characters)

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.91/5  rDev +14%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of thommo_nk
2/5  rDev -41.7%

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. (282 characters)

Photo of dcscientist
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%

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. (249 characters)

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (540 characters)

Photo of WAbeerfiend
1/5  rDev -70.8%

Poured into a tumbler on 03.28.14.

A: See through light copper. No head or lacing with an aggressive pour. Can see bubbles rising from the bottom.

S: Flower, grape, cherry. It has a candy-like artificial smell to it.

T: Burnt malt, chemicals. Slightly grape. Bitter plastic.

O: This was an unbalanced mess. The chemical candy flavor could have at least been balanced with the burnt malt, but it was not. The aroma was terrible and it continued to be terrible on the first sip. Drain pour. It had a flimsy bottle typical of AB-InBev. Oh gee, look who owns Bass Brewery!

Rating: F (584 characters)

Photo of FLima
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Copper color with a thin head with short retention.
Sweet aroma with notes of caramels and strawberries.
Flavor of Brazilian guaraná, caramels, herbal and floral tea from its hops, toasted malts, pudding and vanilla. Dry aftertaste with a very mild bitterness.
Light to medium body with mild carbonation.
A mellow caramel malty pale ale. It could be a tad less sweet and more complex. (385 characters)

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Biscuity nose with some floral backing it up
Pours brilliant copper amber with a 1" finely bubbled off-white foam cap.
Palate cleansing biscuit, hints of fruit and spice - not very assertive but pleasant and drinkable.
Medium body and medium low carbonation. (258 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Decent beer if thsat is what is being served. Overall, not a great complexity to the flavor, a touch of malt and some other flavors I cannot distinguish. It is decent, best when it is very cold....... (200 characters)

Photo of barbats
1.86/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

This was a great beer way back when, after being bought by anheuser busch, and replacing hops with two row malts, this is nothing more than a Budweiser with extra malts and a horrible natti ice aftertaste. Shame on this company for buying out and ruining a beer that has been around since artist like Monet and dictators like Napoleon Bonaparte. Just another casualty in the war of the beers. Seems any good beers will be bought out and watered down if they sell out. I will not even do the beer review in terms of mouthfeel, ect , cause to be honest its not worth it, as it fails all tests..Now I only speak of the usa version by anheuser busch, I remember the uk version being delicious! (689 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
2.89/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bass pours a dark golden color with a very small but lacing head. There is a mellow caramel aroma, with some corn like notes. The taste has some caramel malt flavors, but a lot of adjunct flavors afterwards. Slightly odd flavors, bad aftertaste. Overall its not horrible, and has some nice flavors, but a really bad aftertaste. (327 characters)

Photo of leantom
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ah, Bass pale ale. Have had it before but never reviewed it. I review this as I'm drinking it. Here goes:

A: One of the best things about the beer. Pours a clear red with a nice, robust head. Can easily see the other side of the glass. The head quickly dissipates, however, but it leaves a lot of lacing (which is surprising for a mass-produced beer).

S: OK, not good or bad but decent nonetheless. Presence of amber malt, minimal hops and English baker's yeast. Like a watered-down English pale ale. Still OK, though.

T: Not bad for what it is. Lightly-kilned amber malts impart a light earthy flavor. There are some hops but they're mild and don't really coat the palate. What's interesting it that you can detect the presence of English baker's yeast, which impart a very bready character on the beer.

M: OK. Bready character coats the palate well but the beer is somewhat light-bodied. Lots of carbonation, though, which is good.

O: A good (but very light and mild) English pale ale. Mild smell, flavors and mouthfeel but a very bready character. (1,055 characters)

Photo of jaredtp
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From what I can remember this beer was a decent beer. The smell was good, and the color was not all that bad. The taste was not that bad as well. I do not remember that much about this beer it has been a while since I have had this beer. But this was a decent beer. If I can find this beer, I would like to try it again. (320 characters)

Photo of PvtSnowball
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from one of the local grocery stores.

A: Clear amber with decent head and retention.

S: Hops and grain.

T: Sweet. Far more balanced than the USA version, but definitely not as complex.

M: Crisp and smooth. Too thin for my taste though.

O: Not as good as I remember, but still decent. (298 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.04/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2014. Acquired a while back from a supermarket. A classic English ale that I've been meaning to review - will it surpass the hype?

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A deep orange-amber hue with medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a minute or two before collapsing to a thin surface layer. Faint lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt with hints of grain, fruity ale yeast, subtle banana, a touch of grass/hay and stewed leaves. A bit dull.

Tastes of grainy malt with a mild finish. Notes of light caramel, cooked grain, husks, fruity ale yeast, estery hints, faint grass/hay and stewed leaves. A twinge of eathiness/cardboard in the background. Slightly sweet, followed by a delicate, leafy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with prickly carbonation and average body. Could be a shade more substantial. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of husky grain, caramel, stewed leaves and ale yeast.

Hmmm, so-so. Looks OKish, while the aroma and flavour are quite bland and insipid. Bit too harsh and lacking in hop undertones. Lacklustre body - wants beefing up. This has an underlying character that suggests drinkability, but the bottled form also has flaws. I suspect a good example on cask is a marked improvement, though I've never seen it round these parts. Oh well. No need to rush out and track it down. (1,420 characters)

Photo of zander4dawin
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bass, being the world's first pale ale set the standard for this type of beer. It's much more subtle than it's American counter parts and while it's been an mainstream beer for a while it still holds its own against the new breeds. The first thing you notice is just how damn smooth and drinkable this beer is. All you can say is the balance and mouthfeel are on point and this is truly a well crafted beer. Carmel malt body with a light vinegar note and a hop presence that is subtlety in the background but enough to know its there. Overall a great session ale, a must try classic. (583 characters)

Photo of DavidLosAngeles323
1.83/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Bought a 12 pack of this brew , thought it was going to be good because it says it the first ale ever invented. Was I wrong. This beer is awful bitter with strong bad hops. Smells bad as well. Had in glass and bottle no difference just as bad. Definitely would never get this beer again. (287 characters)

Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
78 out of 100 based on 1,024 ratings.