Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale

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2,463 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,463
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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Photo of Mick
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice amber/gold/tan hue. A frothy, but unimposing non-lingering head, drains away faster than it should. Nice aroma, light coffee/cocoa/nut scent. A nice taste as far as Pale Ales go, not too distinctive one way or the other. Goes down well enough to have a second, but make a trip to the Titanic to recover some old Bass? No.

Photo of putnam
3.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer appears brownish red with gold highlights, like an overworked hairdo. There is a diverse head that quickly recedes leaving a few strands of lace. It smells like a jar of pennies. At this point I consider moving on to the next beer, but I stick with it. The taste is a bit of a suprise after the nose: good, full, dry beginning finishes somewhat quick (4 seconds) yet balanced. A dusty burned sugar flavor weaves throughout, offset by mild bittering hops. Simple, good.

Photo of bditty187
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is one of those dinner beers. I really wasn't impressed with it enough to want to have more than one or two. With that said, I did like the beer. It pours darkish amber with a small head that disappeared... no lace. The taste is hops up front, malt in the middle, and dryness at the end. The dryness is what makes this a good beer to pair with red meat. The nose was very mild with sweetness but mostly hops. It does pack enough of a "taste punch" for any BA to like. I’d drink it again, at dinner.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Easy drinking English pale ale. Crisp yet slightly sweet. Nothing too earthshattering here. This is a good beer to have with a steak. It is not a beer I would take home, though. It is good and dependable, but I can't imagine myself serving this beer to guests at a party (unless we are having a steak dinner) or wanting to unwind with one after a hard day's work. There are better tasting and/or cheaper beers to have for the home.

Update 2015: Almost 13 years later, I'm reviewing Bass Ale again. this time it is from a recently produced bottle made in the USA--William Bass & Co's Baldwinsville, NY to be exact. WTF? Anyway,it still has much of the iconic mineral bite of the English import. You have to appreciate modern brewing methods. Good job.

Photo of Wildman
2.91/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Okay, I have had this beer on several occasions in the past, but finally had it again for a night out to dinner. It poured a dark amber color with a small white head that faded quickly with no lace. It had a slight aroma of malt and hops. The flavor was of malt and hops and slightly sweet, but tough to figure out what. The finish was dry and slightly bitter. An alright beer, but not my first choice.

Photo of Jdiddy
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

While I like Bass, it is a bit too sweet for my liking. It is like a dessert beer to me. Nice Ale but not my first pick when at a bar. I like to call this the "Yuppies Ale". Nice brown color but has a bit of an aftertaste.

Photo of BeerAngel
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a caramel color with a 1 1/2 finger with head that dissipates fairly quickly. The smell is that of a slight burnt malty sweetness. Right off the bat, the creamy mouthfeel hits you first. The taste contains a freshly cut hay flavor with shellack<--sp?) that just doesn't seem to grow on me. It's not terrible and in fact if the flavor went with the creamy mouthfeel, it could be much better. Cheers.

Photo of BillyBrew
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Bass was much better than I remember of my other outings with it, I guess when draught it is significantly better. Amber colour with a fairly creamy head. The scent was based in earthy tones and a pretty hoppy. I suppose the Nobles are at it again. The brew has a meduim body with a pretty smooth feel about it. It drank pretty good. Nothing striking, but good. I suggest that nobody should turn their nose at a tapped Bass.

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

Appearance: Beautiful golden copper color with a full white head that fades fairly quickly, decent lace, moderate carbonation.

Aroma: Consists of hops and sweet malts. The hops are rather metallic, and there is an abundance of caramel malt.

Taste: Yields slightly sweet malt, then rather strong hops, rather earthy hops, which linger on well past the end of the taste. Finishes dry and with a slight sting of carbonation.

Mouth feel: I thought the mouthfeel was a bit odd, may be the result of the hard water used in brewing.

Drinkability/notes: A quite competent pale ale, less than superb, but certainly very drinkable.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass Euro-style long neck bottle, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Photo of ElGuapo
1.63/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Bass should just drop the "B" and then the name would describe the beer perfectly. upon pouring this beer, it looks ok. the smell is not terrible, but you are somewhat forewarned of the awful experience you are about to have. this is one of the worst beers i have ever had.

the beer itself is not terrible, but there is just a horrible aftertaste. it is however, much better out of the 220z bottle.

Photo of Mark
4.38/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I broke out some tasting notes from my trips to London and will post the reviews of those beers spaced over the next few days or so. Bass from the cask is where it's at! The bottled version we get here pales in comparison. Nice inviting copper color with nice head. My British pint glass was sheeted with lace. Cask conditioned smoothess, and drinkability are it's trademarks. Man I miss London!

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bass itself while quite palatable on its own, is best consumed in unison w/ Guinness. Pours a brownish-orange color. Slight cirtus hop nose. On the palate light citrus hop, and caramel tones also. Very refreshing, I really like Bass a good fall back beer.

Photo of aracauna
3.72/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've had this beer before and I can't figure out why I haven't rated it. Anyway, in the past (in the bottles) it's been pretty bland. Not really malty enough to be a good pale ale like Samuel Smiths' and not enough good hop character to be a good IPA. This time I had it on tap and I could have sworn I caught some mild but definite estery flavors going on. It was much better this time around.

Photo of tigerpaws
3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

When in an establishment with only the obvious choices of mass produced beer, this is always my old stand by. Not one of the best brews in the world but certainly a very good beer. It goes down very easy and can be had with any type personal fav for kegs and eggs. So if you are in a restaurant and don't have many choices and they have Bass then by all means go for it....................CHEERS

Photo of cokes
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Classic pale. Must give it some credit.
Pours a solid amber. thinnish head, retains for a little while.

Floral, and faintly spicy hop nose. Not much else.

Nice british taste profile. A step away from the cascade dominated APA scene. Hops are flowery and leafy. Some metallic flavor too (probably from the water and the hops). Malt is pushed to the background. If it was amped up, I think I would turn to this more often.

No real problems in the mouth...but too light for my preferance.
Easy drinking though

Photo of MTMugs
3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time I've had this on it's own for years - usually it's part of a B&T. Still a good taste, hoppy & bitter, but not to the level that I've come to require in a pale ale. Hops, more hops!

Photo of ebraun
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6 pack on sale for $4.99. I don't know that I would be whatever the full price is, but it was just about right at the price. It's a pretty good easy drinker ... although not easy enough for my neighbor who didn't seem to take to it. I found everything to be sort of muted in this brew compared to the finer versions. The hops were mellow, the citrus notes were pretty easy-going. The head topping the dark gold brew had a lot of staying power providing nice lace all the way down the glass. The finish was pretty dry but with a bit of a lemon-y zing.

Photo of stoutman
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium to full body with balance of medium bitterness. An unusual palate almost like a blend of banana, citrus, toasty grain, hoppy flavors. Nice hoppy finish.

Photo of psugrad98
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice appearance. Full thick head. Pleasant floral aroma. Creamy taste, with a malt sweetness. Somewhat chewey but flat tasting. Goes good with a Guiness to make a Black and Tan.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber body, big fluffy white head. Tiny bubbles rising. Good malty nose. Excellent balance of malt and hops in taste and aftertaste. Mouthfeel has nice full, rounded sensation. The classic English Pale Ale retains far more of its character than its American and German lager cousins even at macro production levels. Often available at pubs and restaurants with limited beer lists, its a good beer to have around for both advocates and the budmillercoors crowd.

Photo of inebrius
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Top of the line at many chain restaurants and definitely better than most American macro offerings. DO NOT allow them to serve it in a frosted mug as you will be drinking what amounts to amber hop water. Bass Ale will be a much better beer if the malt end is allowed to show at proper serving temp. Also benefits from a cap of Guinness.

Photo of mickeymac
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good fallback beer that can be found in many decent bars and restaurants. We used to order a keg of Bass at almost every party we had at ASU and were never disappointed. It's a nice amber color with a head that fades quickly. Toffe/caramel flavors are noticeable but it's not overly sweet.

Photo of mophie
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, I have to admit I had long ago dismissed this beer as yet another macro with a British accent. When a friend handed me a bottle this weekend, though, I was reminded that this really is not a bad beer at all. Typical pale-ale amber color with a billowy white head. Slightly herbal hop aroma, a bit tangy, with a barely-perceptible malty sweetness. Starts with a tangy, almost metallic taste that gives way to a barely noticeable sweetness. Finish is pleasantly bitter. Overall, more balanced than I recall, and not a bad example of the style.

Photo of frank4sail
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A staple and or conversion beer for lots of people. Amber color wih a rich head. Sweet nose. Hoppy bitter taste with a slight sourness. I would like a little more on the malt side to increase the body. Great lace on the glass.

Photo of marc77
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick, persistent, billowy off - white head. Amber and very clear in color; there's no haze whatsoever. It's very appealing in appearance. Fruity yeast esters in aroma, but the perfumey and grassy (perhaps Challenger?) hop nose provide for a complex, yet clean aroma profile. Mild diacetyl butterscotch becomes noticeable as the hop oils dissipate. The carbonation is perfect and results in a very smooth mouthfeel. The body is fairly light, but there are enough malt and hop flavors to make this quite a tasty British pale. This brew is well balanced-- the crystal malt sweetness and residual sugars are well balanced by the moderate hop bitterness. Bass finishes with slight biscuit malt flavors and a touch of sweetness. This pale ale is very clean and enjoyable all around. It's more estery and fruity (and much less assertive hopwise) than the typical American pale, and is a fine example of an English pale ale. Highly quaffable.

Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
76 out of 100 based on 2,463 ratings.