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Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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2,374 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,374
Reviews: 1,023
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 26
Gots: 168 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bass Brewers Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2001

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Photo of JayS2629
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I see why its a classic. Its basic, its balanced, and its quality.

It pours a clear amber with a medium white head that retains well and leaves ok lacing.

It has a very clean smell, with caramel notes, and toast with a earthy hop riding faintly on top.

Nice balance of caramel, toasted bread, grass and earthy elements.

Overall, a crisp, creamy and clean beer. Very easy to drink.

Photo of benfons
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: clear copper colour, nice head, loads of carbonation

S: malts and hops and that's basically it

T: again malts and hops, with a slight orange taste to it

M: a bit thin, slightly overcarbonated, a lot of alcohol

O; it's an OK beer but nothing more, although i do drink it a lot

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Redcoats in Pleasanton.

Appearance- amber color, thin head

Smell- malt mostly, some hops

Taste- malt, hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This was another good beer for the pub. I enjoyed it and had a great time there.

4.35/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into brew fest mug.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange body, with medium levels of carbonation and a white blanket of one finger head. Retention is good, but sinks to a thin layer on top. Lacing is light and sinks slowly.

S: Aroma is English malt forward, with a subtle grassy and earthy aroma. The intensity is medium for style and well balanced. Slightly buttery aroma.

T/M: The taste is classic English Pale, with great balance of hops that allow to showcase the malt and texture. The mouthfeel is creamy, while still quick off the palate. Lingering effect is nicely malted with low levels of bitterness. Hop flavor is present, but does respect the style and takes the back burner.

O: Overall, this is a very well balanced EPA, with classic characteristics and great smoothness. Very well represented as a benchmark for the style.

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of nickd717
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Draft review dated 12/19/2008.

This was one of my favorites before I discovered good beer. I still do not mind it. Malty and a little sweet, some nut flavors, pleasant aroma. A little metallic at times and weak on the mouthfeel. Decent even if it is not the most exciting beer out there.

Photo of thegodfather2701
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Amber/gold with a thin white head that lasts for a while but leaves no lacing.

S-Mild nose consisting of some hops and caramel malt.

T-Similar to the nose as it seemed much more mild than I remember. The flavor while somewhat watery consisted of some nice hop bitterness and hint of caramel malt. While not complex it is very refreshing.

M-Thin and watery.

D-With an average abv. and good flavor I could drink this all day.

Overall, while this beer is not great I have always enjoyed it and for me its a standby. I really like this beer and feel no reason to apologize for doing so.

Photo of K9AleingPiss
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a wonderful surprise. My first pale ale so forgive me, my review may suffer from comparison. The color was nice..a clear orange/copper color,which seemed to introduce the odor. Sweet carmalized fruit smell with a hint of spice. I really liked the taste,exactly like the smell,a nice suprise, the simplicity continued from start to finish no aftertaste. The feel is gratifying,I would definitely recommned and repeat the experience again and again. I loved the way its blends- look,smell,and taste together,its not complicated...no fancy head,no fancy lacing,who cares...its refreshing and tastes great

Photo of mactrail
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A little on the sweet side. Very simple flavors, rescued by a glint of hops that take over the aftertaste. Some touch of malt, a hint of tartness, and the flavor vanishes into the slight dirty hop biterness. Looks nice, an attractive amber, and they do a good job of keeping the fizz in the bottle.

Another Anheuser-Busch InBev industrial product. Better than bitter metallic water but not very interesting. I think the trouble is all of these keg-style bottled western Eropean beers are so much like American lagers. But it's hard to compare the flavors of "real ale" in a British pub with a fizzy bottle off the boat.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark orange amber color that reminds me of fall. Provides a small off white foam head the quickly dissipates. There is no real lacing.

S: There is some mild caramel and toast malt scents. In addition there is some citry hops as well.

T: Starts off with some malty sweetness up front. Mostly some caramel and lightly toasted bread. In the middle there is a very light citrus hop flavor. Finishes with more caramel sweetness with the hops all but gone.

M: A little thin, but nicely carbonated. Leaves a slighty sweet taste on the palate.

O: Not my favorite English Pale Ale but certainly a drinkable brew. Not overly complex. Not a brew I usually seek out but not one I would pass up either.

Photo of BEERME528
3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a big glass of Bass with some chicken wings... WOW. So good. I was impressed when the bartender handed me the beer. A perfect looking head that lingered throughout the course of the drinking period. The copper color was also quite attractive. The smell was nothing spectacular but the taste was very enjoyable. A little hoppy but still tasty.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a color between ruby and amber. Smaller head. Smaller lacing.

S-Not awesome but do-able. A bit of hops (more herbal than anything else) and some sweet malts. Was expecting worse.

T-Better than the nose. Not bad all-around to be honest. A tiny bit of hop, and some caramel malt. More sweet than hoppy, but there is balance. I surprisingly enjoyed this on tap a bit.

M-Light bodied beginning to learn towards medium. Light carbonation. A bit creamy.

O/D-Not bad. I am pleasantly surprised by this. I would never go out of my way to get it again, but I chose it from a weak tap list at a bar. Hey, I'm not complaining.

Photo of chodinheaven
2.99/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bubbly white head with decent retention and stickage overtop a clear amber beer. The first aroma that hits me is a touch of skunkweed followed by a weak backing of floral hops and light toasted malts.

The taste is slightly bitter from a very faintly grapefruit hop taste and those same malts from the nose. Light lemony taste in the middle there that doesn't last very long unfortunately, for that helps the tasting along. It has an odd corn flavoring to it that doesn't really sit well with me for the overall taste, but the lightly roasted malts make up for it a little. Not a great beer by any means, but its worth a try. It also might be better across the pond where it might be a little fresher, but the balance in the one I'm sampling is a little off and the overall taste isn't all that great. Needs a little more hops to help that along.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color with a tight white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of a bit of earthy hops and some bread notes.

Tastes of toasted malts and earthy hops. Malts have some toasted bread and nuttiness with a bit of sweet fruit. Hops are very light and hop flavor is minimal with only some bitterness. A bit of diacetyl appears as well.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, nothing to get excited about, a very average beer.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.22/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Pint Glass...

Appearance-Amber body with a frothy 2 finger beige head. Nice retention and pretty good lacing.

Smell-Caramel Malts. light floral hop aroma. Very mild

Taste-Follows aroma completely, just get more of it. Caramel Malts, lightly hopped. A little funky on the finish.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied, moderate to high carbonation. Drinkable, pretty refreshing.

Overall-I could see why you would like this beer. It's drinkable, and doesn't taste bad. It's just very simple and I'd rather drink something else.

Photo of jayhawk73
2.88/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a dark brown w/ a one finger cocoa head. Not bad, but not a great looking beer.

S- Mainly get roasted malt w/ a little bit of hops. That's really about it. Very one dimensional and fairly weak.

T- Same as the nose. Roasted malt w/ a little bit of hops. Fairly disappointing.

M- Very thin... and that's about all on this brew. Nothing to see here... please move on.

O- Very popular beer at restaurants.. but nothing special here.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer exits the bottle a dark caramel-copper color with a thin wisp of foam floating above. The aroma is caramel and toffee with a nutty character. The flavor begins with very husky malt. Both sweet and almost starchy. Some buttery notes as it moves through the center with a dusting of biter hops at the end. The slightly off flavor of the malt is what lingers on the palate, unfortunately.

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size frothy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for just 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, pears, tea

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of malts and caramel. There are also notes of pears, tea, and a slight amount of hops. The beer finishes with a malty aftertaste with a small amount of lingering hop flavour.

Overall - A nice easy drinking beer. It might be a little too sweet to have a whole bunch of it, but it's still good nonetheless.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Met with some old cronies today at the Tilted Kilt in Chi-town!!! The Bass Ale was served in a 20oz solid glass that was chilled to perfection! The appearance was a clear amber with low carbonation with little /no head. The smell was very subtle malt and hop and grain. The taste was very nice and smooth....common for a typical English style pale ale. The mouthfeel was awesome for this situation....session ale for sure!

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

Appearance - darkish amber-brown with a thin white head.

Smell - a sweet and floral blend of rich malt and aromatic hops, with the balance tipped toward the malt.

Taste - Sweet malts, butter, dusty English hops. The butter is due to diacetyl, which is handled well in this beer and is not a flaw.

Mouthfell - full bodied with just enough carbonation to break through the slight slickness.

This is a great session beer on tap and certainly is the best of all-macro selection at my local in the craft-beer desert of Windsor.

Photo of Raven3464
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a nice copper color with foamy but thin head.

Smell: This is weakest aspect of the beer. There really aren't any pronounced smells to speak of other than a slight "floral" smell.

Taste: Hints of caramel dominant initially. There is a nutty flavor then apparent in the aftertaste as the beer warms.

Mouth feel: There is more combination than I expected for the style, which is not a bad thing. Overall, very smooth and refreshing.

Overall: This a well balanced beer which taste good both chilled and warm. It has become a stable of mine recently, perfect for when I'm in the mood for a good, but inexpensive, pale ale. It's not the best drinking experience but above average in every aspect.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bass Pale Ale pours a clear copper color with a small, frothy off white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a thin ring around the surface leaving behind a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is faint with caramel malt notes and a touch of grassy hops.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is dry on the palate, wet liquid feel with a moderate carbonated fizz. The flavor is sweet malt with caramel and toasted malt. In the middle some light fruit notes and a hint of tea appear. It finishes mildly bitter with a touch of grassy hops. Once gone the caramel malt lingers on the palate.

A tasty well balanced beer that would go great with dinner. Well balanced and easy to drink.

Photo of GossageBrewery
4.23/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this English Pale Ale from a bottle into a pint glass. The beer poured a nice reddish brown and made a nice head with off the charts retention. Lacing on this beer was about the best that i have seen. Holy Stickage. The nose of the beer was a nice malty caramel and a slight hint of hops- kent goldings perhaps? This ale has a nice medium body and is very drinkable. The taste is simple malty, somewhat dry. Very good example of a English Pale Ale. Perhaps the flagship.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single 12oz bottle poured into a Shaker pint glass. There is a date/time stamp, but what it means is not obvious to me.

Appearance: Orange brown on the table, clear orange-copper when held up to the light. Poured an initial 1/4" off white head which died down to a very thin skin across the top and an equally thin ring at the edge. No lacing noted.

Smell: Very faint floral and orange citrus, but beyond that nothing. I really had to inhale very deeply and I still didn't get very much.

Taste: Quite smooth - toasted malt with some toffee and caramel flavors up front - a little buttery even. Transitions smoothly into an English bitter flavor. Not a very complex beer, but well done in balance.

Mouthfeel: A bit overcarbonated for an English ale. Almost fizzy. The beer after the carbonation leaves the tongue is just a bit thicker than water, but not by much.

Overall / Drinkability: Not bad, but not great either. I've had better English pale ales. Okay with a meal of fish and chips and after the meal not as good as it was with food. I probably won't get again.

Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
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