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Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale

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2,140 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,140
Reviews: 1,002
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 19
Gots: 72 | 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:
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Photo of jwc215


3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange amber with a white lasting head that leaves a nice amount of lacing.

The smell is of caramel and a light citric fruitiness and earthiness.

The taste is of caramel- towards toffeeish - with an English-style fruitiness. Some green apple skin and buttery diacytel are there. There is a decent hop bitterness mixing in with the maltiness which is light, but also nice enough. There is something of a general blandness to it.

Low-end of medium-bodied - even a bit thin with some slickness.

Pretty much a standard English Pale. I've had plenty of times before, especially on-tap where the options are limited (surprised I haven't reviewed much earlier). There is something stale-ish that I continually notice. That aside, it's not bad, and it almost has a maltiness and light hop touch that make it stand out, but there's also "something" - an apple-y and buttery quality and a general stale-ish-ness/blandish-ness that would make me want to pick other English Pales over this. Still, a decent brew if you're caught in a limited option scenario.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 02:50:55 | More by jwc215
Photo of SiriusAth


3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint glass. Pours a clear light amber with a nice pillowy 2 finger cap of white foam. This fades down fairly quickly but there are some nice spider-web patterns of lace left behind.

Pretty simple no frills aroma. Slightly fruit, somewhat sulfury, a hint of caramel and toasted malt. Hops are earthy, English and subdued.

Not a bad taste, but not great either. Slight sweetness crossing into an earthy, bitter, flinty and mineral-like finish. Burton-upon-Trent type water for sure.

Very light bodied and a touch over-carbonated, giving it that "prickly" feeling. Watery, with all the flavor quickly fleeing after a swallow. Leaves a bit of a sulfur presence in the mouth.

Considering how much I used to love this stuff versus the American macros, it's a bit of a letdown. It is very easy to drink and has an ok profile, but it doesn't beg to be consumed over and over. Still, better than anything from the big three.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 18:51:27 | More by SiriusAth
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


2.6/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear amber with loose, fizzy head (1-2 fingers initially). Light lacing follows the drink down the glass.

Smell: Cheap hops. Chili powder, rainfall, malt, light citrus. (how's that for a description?)

Taste: Watered down hops. This ain't no pale ale. Stale malts, lemon, ....

Mouthfeel: Really watery with fairly high carbonation and a clean, non-existent aftertaste.

Drinkability: Really? A pale ale? Better than most cheap beers and that's about it.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 18:33:38 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.78/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle purchased at Total Wine in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a frothy, white head.

Smell: Smells a bit metallic upfront with a faint, meager maltiness and slight fruitiness.

Taste: Thin, cheap, sweetish malts. Lightly fruity. Never really delivers much in the way of hops or bitterness. But thankfully it's all over before you know it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. A tad watery.

Drinkability: The thumb points down! Painfully bland and generic.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 04:08:09 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Pencible


3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured a clear amber with off-white head. It smelled like caramel malt, lemon hops, cultured yeast, and a bit of mulled spice. It tasted like very sweet caramel and earthy brown sugar malts with slight grassy hops. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a sweet malty aftertaste. Overall this is a good mass production beer. It's reasonably clean and very drinkable. I actually enjoy the malty flavor quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 23:21:16 | More by Pencible
Photo of spointon


3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap at Cemenos in Joliet, IL on 9/5/2008.

A= This ale poured a clear amber color with a 1/2" snow white head. The head quickly dropped to a skim, but left behind a wall of lace down the glass. Seriously looked almost like the glass had been painted white on the inside.

S= This ale produced faint aromas of sweet caramel maltiness, buttery notes, and the barest hint of earthy hops.

T= Clean and not overly flavorful. It did show some lightly toasted malt and caramel notes. The earthy hops came forth more in the flavor than the nose.

MF= Medium bodied. Creaminess resulted from light carbonation and an oily mouthfeel.

D= This is an ok beer, not the best English style pale ale for sure. Its wide avalability makes it unavoidable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2008 02:25:38 | More by spointon
Photo of drpimento


3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just had a can of the Pub Pour version and it is noticibly better. Maltier and smoother. Better. British hop style. fairly good beer. Very nice fluffy full frothy head and plenty of lace. The bitterness is perfectly balance with the malt. This is definitely better than the orignal Bass.

Serving type: can

09-05-2008 01:50:09 | More by drpimento
Photo of Cresant


3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a DFH shaped pint. No date. The body was clear and bright. Golden honey colored. The moderate white head faded to nothing.

Smell was metallic. Floral and fruity. Mint. Biscuity.

Taste was malty and fruity. Well balanced. Light nuttiness. Quintessential British hops flavor. Better flavors when served less than ice cold.

Moouthfeel was moderate in carbonation with some slickness.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 12:43:30 | More by Cresant
Photo of 1759Girl


3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A> Dark golden, small to no head, no lacing. Not overly lively, but not lackluster either.
S> honey, bitter, bit metallic. Nothing too fab. Nothing too offensive.
T>Standard. Smoother than other English pales within its price category. Works well with most foods.
M>Easy, bit tingly.
D> sure. Not often but if its all you got I'll drink it.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 14:49:22 | More by 1759Girl
Photo of NHGrafx


3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 568ml brown bottle.

Pours a nice amber color with a 2 finger head that dissipates rather quickly. Good lacing as well.

The aroma has a light sweetness to it. Nice hop floral aroma to it, and the grainy smells come out too. There is also an interesting aroma that smells like a cross between soap and dough. Overall aroma is very pleasant.

Taste is good. Starts off with a nice malty taste with some light sweetness. It has a dry and bitter finish. Also detected a slightly fruity taste a couple of times, clearly tasted like apples. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, goes down well and very drinkable.

Overall pretty decent, and cheap. Would definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 00:36:22 | More by NHGrafx
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a modest head that leaves a few squiggles of lace

Smell: Caramel with hints of butter and cola

Taste: Opens with a bready flavor that adds a bit of earthy hop elements by mid-palate; the bitterness turns a bit grainy after the swallow but quickly fades and is replaced by a sweet, almost buttery element in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but way too sweet and lacking the bitter flavor to impress against other pale ales; but a step up from the macro lagers

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 00:26:02 | More by brentk56
Photo of mtstatebeer

West Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours an orange/amber color with a very small, off-white head. Aroma was nutty, grainy from the malts, a bit of dough, and light pine from the hops, maybe some fruit (apple?). Flavor was sweet initially, but finished bitter. Decent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 00:00:24 | More by mtstatebeer
Photo of MP72


3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- great copper color that looks very nice in a tulip pint glass.

S- was pleasing with carmel and bisquit

T- taste was great I love bass ale the carmel was there with the bisquit and a little bit of a metallic twinge that added character.

M- medium body and smooth with just enough carbonation

D- very high I could drink many of these

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2008 14:16:41 | More by MP72
Photo of fitzy84


3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured with a crisp, clear pure amber appearance. Thick head with some good lacing on the sides. Aromas had a metallic mix of hops and malts. Very floral-like aromas. Taste had a bittersweet, doughy aspect. Lots of malts and hops but they are a little imbalanced. The mouthfeel helps make the texture smooth and silky. Overall, pretty darn good.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 02:38:39 | More by fitzy84
Photo of chilidog


3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time picking up this Bass. I must say, not bad. Not a big beer, but easy to drink.

Pours a dark amber, sorta brown. Tan off,white head that maintained fair.

Aroma of sweet malts over hop.

Taste of more malts and a touch of caramel.

Easy on the mouth as a drink.

Easy drinkability, goes well with food.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 01:57:27 | More by chilidog
Photo of jdmorgan


4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep and rich copper color with a white head.

I immediately noticed a pleasant sweet aroma mixed with a bit of hop aroma as well. The taste had a slightly sweet caramel malt body with plenty of malt flavor. The hop flavor was more of an undertone, making this a easilly drinkable beer. The consistency was medium with a low/medium carbonation.

This was a solid brew that was a bit on the caramel side. I could drink these in a session very easilly and I'll definately be getting more since their widely available.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 00:43:29 | More by jdmorgan
Photo of changeup45


3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty nice, easily obtainable beer. One that has been in the past and easily could be a session choice for me. Pours an dark orange color topped with a moderate head and a pretty good amount of lacing on the glass. I prefer it out of the bottle vs on draft but both are good. The flavor is quite sweet with some fruits an extremely clean finish. Smooth, easy to drink. This is a beer I get often when out and not much is on the menu.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2008 15:20:53 | More by changeup45
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange/amber color with a beige cap. Nice retention and good lacing. Unusual nose and slightly musty like old wood but hops do emerge. Good mouthfeel and quite smooth. Well balanced hops and malt without being notably one or the other though it does slide (as the aroma suggests) towards hops. Some hazelnut hints. Medium body and light to medium carbonation. Clean finish.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2008 15:11:33 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of 1099


3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this while playing games at Dave and Busters. It seemed pretty good to me!

A: Nice deep golden brew, with a 2 finger head that refused to quit. It stuck around.

S: Caramel malt and some alcohol

T: Lots of caramel up front, pushed beside by the toasty malts buried underneath. Tasted great! I love complex evolving tastes

M: Thick and rich. Feel good in my mouth and felt good going down

D: A little better than average. I'm a simple beer drinker, and this is much more complex than my usual fair; but, that doesnt mean I wont come back again =)

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2008 14:07:22 | More by 1099
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice orange/red with a choppy beige froth head and fair lacing.

Smells of faint sweet malt, a little hop leaf, and some buttery caramel notes.

Mild caramel flavor is pushed aside by the dry bread/toast elements of this beer. The moderate bitterness isn't all that strong either.

Finshes dry with a mild bitter aftertaste. No off notes or sour elements, and quite smooth. Just nothing in your face. Some may see this as watered down.

A drinker by far. You can hit these pretty hard and not get sick o them. On tap is superior, but the bottle stands up fine.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 22:25:36 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of LumpyGuitar

New York

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap last night at a local grill.

Poured a light tan with a finger of head. Head thinned out but stayed for the life. Lacing was pretty cool.

Smells of malt and nut, pretty light.

Taste is refreshing and solid. A bit of nut and earth, very light on the flavors all around and no flavor is overly strong or detectable.

Mouthfeel is nice. Carbonation is good and the beer is very refreshing.

Drinkabilty for me is good. I'm going to grab a 6'er of this this weekend and enjoy it camping. For reference I had this with a dinner of grilled chicken, pickles, and home made french fries. Outstanding.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2008 00:15:38 | More by LumpyGuitar
Photo of PatronWizard


3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bottle from a little Mexican restuarant and boldly asked for a mug. Also ordered the chicken quesadilla. Had this for my second lunch beer, the first was a dud...

Good amber copper color. Small head, expected it to stay a little longer than it did. No bueno!

Smell? I dunno. Very light. Caramel?

Taste? Not bad by any means, but this is my first time with this beer and for some reason I expected more.

Would do in a pinch but I think there are too many better pale ales out there.

Finished the bottle. Maybe it's a little better than my first impression, but just a little.

Overall: decent yet uninspiring.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 05:07:24 | More by PatronWizard
Photo of Goliath


3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber color with a thin off white head.

Slightly hop in the aroma, and some bready malt.

Taste is ok. Malt dominant. Caramel and bread. really not that great.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. This beer has decent flavor and is easily sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2008 20:36:03 | More by Goliath
Photo of eweneek83

West Virginia

2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear copper with 2 finger off white head. Good retention, falling to a thick film and leaving lots of lacing.

S - Caramel malts, very mild, with a hint of vanilla and dark fruit.

T - Simple, but solid. Malt sweetness with a touch of caramel, raisin, and prune slowly dry out to reveal a mild, earthy hop bitterness. Slightly unpleasant grainy aftertaste.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, low to moderate carbonation.

D - drinkiability would be higher if it tasted better, simply. Not as good as I remember.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 05:06:18 | More by eweneek83
Photo of nasty15108

New York

3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pt 3.25oz bomber into a tulip pint glass.

A - Clear amber color. Pour prodiced a thick and cream head of white foam. Soapy lacing clung to the glass throughout.

S - Malty, buttery aroma. Hints of caramel sweetness.

T - Malty with a creamy taste. Finished off bitter and slightly dry. SLight metallic taste also detected.

MF&D - The creamy taste makes this thin to medium body ale seem a bit fuller. Good session ale, I just wish the flavor was as big as the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 17:43:29 | More by nasty15108
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