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Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale

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2,394 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,394
Reviews: 1,026
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 26
Gots: 193 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2001

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Photo of Lawnboy33
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of BeerMe42
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of azdback
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of Adamostella
4/5  rDev +19.8%

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

Appearance: Orange sunburst collides with ice tea and leaves a inviting off white thin head.

Smell: Deep toffee malt, with a subtle, almost orange hop presence.

Taste: Very fruity. It starts with peaches and apricot's, then finishes with a mild peppery hop bite. This beer has a nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied.

Overall: This is the beer I fell in love with almost 30 years ago, in my teens, while traveling in Great Briton. Back then I thought it had an explosive taste, but by today's standards I find it rather mellow. This is a solid pale ale. Nothing to do cartwheels over, and nothing to scoff at either.

Photo of DJED69
2.18/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sigh. This is not the Bass Ale I remember. Brewed in Baldwinville, NY?!?!?! Product of the USA?!?!

Sad, shallow, imposter of a once nobel brew. InBev did none of us any favors. Tastes like a Michelob with some added malt. Sigh.

Never again. Don't be fooled. If you never has Bass Ale prior to this switch, you still will never be able to try it. This is a completely different beer now.

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

On-tap at Maggianos; served in a Bass shaker.

A: Pours a pale amber with a smidgen of white lace on top.

S: Crisp British malts with pretty heavy dose of diacetyl and a very slight hint of earthy British hops.

T: Light flavours; some caramel and salt. Hop presence is minimal and diacetyl invades and muddles the taste.

D: Smoothly drinkable. Mouthfeel is depressingly weak and thin compared to the cask version.

Overall: Its a classic, but a rather boring one. This beer from a bottle or tap just cannot stand up to the full, fruity cask version. Its just weak, unoffensive stuff.

Photo of mttfrog13
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance = Nice amber/brown color

smell = Slightly malty and hoppy, but not over the top.

taste = Your basic, very well balanced english pale moon so it's not as hoppy, and more balanced in my opinion, than most pale ales.

mouthfeel = Very easy to drink and balanced.

overall = This is my go to beer when I can't decide what to drink. I love pale ales, but sometimes they are a bit too hoppy. This one is really balanced and easy to drink.

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

A: Pours a clear copper with a thick, fluffy white head. Carbonation is very apparent.

S: Faint aromas of toasty malt, butterscotch, toffee, and earthy English ale hops are present on the nose.

T: Opens malty and crisp with notes of minerals, toffee, and butterscotch chased by earthy, peppery hops. The finish is quick and quenching with notes of minerals and earthy hops. Simple, but nice.

M: Medium-bodied, dry, and spritzy. Very carbonated. I imagine this is how the original Burton-on-Trent pale ales were supposed to feel.

O: Bass Pale Ale is a solid English pale ale, but for those used to big, assertive beers will probably not hit the spot. EPA, as a style, is not the most complex in the world, but Bass is simpler and more straight-forward than most. A good beer for those who just want something basic.

Photo of fx20736
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a British pint glass. Served at fridge temp.

Appearance: Coppery amber, nicely carbonated that forms 3 fingers of pale khaki head that recedes quickly and leaves a pontilistic arc of lacing.

Aroma: Jolly Rancher fruitiness, some caramel malt and a some earthy English hops.

Mouthfeel: good.

Taste: fruity without being sweet. Strong malt backbone balanced by earthy hops.

Notes: this beer gets a bad rap, without reason. I like it.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: amber/clear body, finger head, big bubbles,
very little lacing.

S: mild sweet malt, hint of toffee

T: toffee, sweet malt, mild bitter finish

M: light/med body, dry crisp mouth

O: One of my regular stand-bys to get at most
American average restaurants. Ok, macro brew.
If you want good English pale ale, this is
not your 1st choice, but readily available.


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

This is THE definitive English Ale. Pours a nice ruddy/yellow with white head. Slim lacing on glass.Hint of apple/floral , malt in aroma and in taste. All around across the board good scores. And, this is THE ale to blend into your Black&Tan!
God save the Queen!

Photo of socon67
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours amber with a slight quarter inch of white foam. Clear and slight carbonation present. Forget about seeing any lacing.

S - Minor scent of malt and some fruit seetness. But not much else.

T - Flavor is a standard pale ale that is surprisingly deep with flavors of english malt, and what tastes like macintosh apples. Went great with food.

M - Light bodied, slight carbonation, and a bit of sweet tangyness at the finish.

O - This is a beer I got away from in getting into craft beer. I was surprised that revisiting Bass didn't disappoint me at all. I'd certainly try this again at a place that had limited beer options.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.47/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Transparent amber color with a half finger of white head and left some lacing as it retreated.
It smells like whiskey and apple juice. I was surprised by this, but I like it.
Slight sour apple taste with a little bitter kick at the end. Not a whole lot going on, but it tastes nice.
Smooth and lighter body with low carbonation.
It is nice but not exceptional. Apparently it is the World's first pale ale and a world-wide icon.

Photo of UTCengOwl
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap a few times. At places with slightly more than BMC, I usually find this to be a decent option. Widely available and non-offensive. Could be worse! Served in a shaker pint.

I don't quite feel up to a full review, so let me do something short. This time around, this beer reminds me a lot of Shiner Bock. It's minerally and has a rounding caramel flavor. However, this has much better hopping (not that it's much, but it does its job) and a much cleaner flavor. Very easy to drink and a good casual option.

Photo of rudzud
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep dark, crystal clear almost chestnut hue with a one finger head that fades to leave minimal side lacing and clouding/haloing.

S - Fairly average here. Light sweet malts and some fair fruity (not bitter) hops.

T - Pretty much the same. There are some sweet malts followed by some light sweet english hop notes. Not getting any bitterness. Pretty much just those two items.

M - Not bad mouthfeel. Fairly average keeps it up off the tongue and drinkable.

O - Would rather drink this than some other macro offerings. Still, definately no reason to buy this.

Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a pub, 20 oz oint

A - Amber, copper color, basic body, little activity and little head retention

S - Corn husks and metal, some slightly roasted malt

T - Sweet sugar front, a bit watery finish that finishes a bit dry

M - smooth with a nice amount of carbonation

O - A decent basic ale, nice to have from time to time

Photo of perrymarcus
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz glass served in a pint glass.
(review from notes)

pours a clear, medium-amber tone while yielding a finger of off-white head; mediocre retention and not much lacing to speak of.

nose opens with a light maltiness and secondary notes of caramel and a subtle, indistinct fruitiness. not the worst aroma in the world but fairly underehelming.

flavor mostly follows the nose. definitely on the malty / sweet side. a touch of hops, especially in the finish. again, not terrible by any means, just sort of 'meh'. medium-light bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, a mediocre to slightly above average beer i would accept if handed to me for free but would not pay money for. at least, i wouldn't anymore. used to be a staple back before craft, when i thought bass was the creme de la creme of the beer world. would take it over BMC.

Photo of AleWatcher
2.44/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Trying to clean out the voice notes on my iphone...
Reviewed from notes.

Poured a bottle into a pint glass at a family party. My mother-in-law like to randomly buy "special" beer for me to sample. I appreciate the effort on her part, and no matter what she picks I enjoy a good tick!

Copper orangey gold color. Deep copper... burnt orange.
Decent head, retention and lacing.

Smells of dry pale malt, not sweet. Not a huge hop punch here-- and not a lot of bitterness on the nose. An odd mineral quality. Like limestone. Hard water? That is what I get on the flavor too. Like a chalky mineral water with a little bit of spicy hops. A very very light touch of bitterness.
The feel reminds me of hard well-water... with bubbles. Low carbonation.
I haven't had one of these for about 5 years... and I could easily see myself going that long again before I again reach for a Bass-- but I'll be fair and state that I can at least see the appeal for this beer. It is very easy drinking and relatively low in ABV. Not one I want to have regularly, but not really entirely offensive either.

Photo of Kanyon22
2.86/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 12 oz. into my newcastle schooner glass.

A:Pours a light brownish orange color with a white small bubbled head. Also has a high number of small bubbles cleaning to the side to the glass.

S: Grainy, metallic, with hints of sweet toffee and caramel. Yup that is all I'm getting in the nose.

T: Starts off with a clean sweet flavor up front, then turns in to faint dirty, earthy hops, then finish harsh with a tongue beating of carbonation. All and all this is kinda weak, its better than any American macro but for English pale ale's not much going on in here.

M: At first I was going to say this one has a fuller mouthfeel but once the carbonation subsides it get a bit watered down. Plus the harshness of this beer really wears on the back of the palate and throat.

O: All and all this one wasn't terrible or great just an easy drinking EPA, that doesn't do much well or really do anything bad.

Photo of katybee
3.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I ordered this at a "British style restaurant" called the Ship Inn in Astoria, Oregon. It was labelled an import; I'm not sure if this makes it the 'export' version of this Bass beer, which is retired, so am assuming it was this ale.

Poured amber gold, with nice 1" head of thick foam.

No noticeable hoppy smell; very mild.

Hopping was very nuetral, perhaps earthy, on the dry side. Flavors weighed toward malt, lightly bready, biscuity, with a musky earthy overtones.

Light to medium-bodied; slightly less carbonization than canned lagers.

Overall very pleasant and nuetral, with a dry earthy character, not unlike some scottish ales I've tried. No aftertastes; very palatable; just not very noteable.

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.

Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
76 out of 100 based on 2,394 ratings.