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Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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2,373 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,373
Reviews: 1,022
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 26
Gots: 167 | 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 BeerNemesis
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. The rocky head hangs out for a while and even the lace seems to stick just about everywhere. Bright with a reddish amber hue. The is arguably the best part of the beer.

Aroma, Taste, Mouthfeel:
Buttery malty and caramel aroma. Deep smoothness off of a moderate carbonation, light to medium body. Simple, dry malt character of toasted grain and hints of caramel.

Decent in the bottle, much better on tap. Don't drink this one too cold it taste quite odd, let it warm up close to cellar temperature.

Photo of Natural510
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours from 12 oz bottle a medium amber-tawny color with respectable layer of foam on the top. The look of a nice English pale or mild.
Scent is muted, offering a malt sweetness and not much more.
Flavor of lightly sweet & somewhat fruity malt with a hint of hops. Finishes heavier on the sweetness without much in the way of hops to balance it out.
Somewhat thin in body, but still fairly in-line for the style, for cask considerations.
Overall a fairly boring English pale. Reportedly much better 10-12 years ago, before the InBev takeover. May try the cask version if ever in the UK for comparison's sake.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A fair English pale ale, not much of a brew but decent.

Presentation: 12 oz brow capped bottle. Gold and white label with a prominent brewery name and iconic red triangle presiding. Besides perfunctory legal notes the back only offers a rambling narrative about competitors copying unscrupulously the logo and hence their pride in being the first trademarked product in England. Has a batch code but lacks any legible freshness or best by date. Served in a tall bar glass...

A - Deep gold pour, good creamy head, fair retention and lacing.

S - Lightly malty with a hoppy touch. Fair but nothing particularly remarkable.

T - Gently malty notes with a hoppy touch, rather subdued. There is some flavor but not much. Not displeasing in any case...

M - Medium-light body with medium carbonation.

D - Not a pain, not remotely remarkable but much better than plenty that the mainstream has to offer out there.

Notes: Is it worth the import? No... Is it worth the drink in a barren landscape of macros without other worthy choice? Hmmm, yes...

Photo of rfgetz
3.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clean and clear amberish brown with minimal head and lacing. Scent is of light carmel malts, roasted nuts, earthy and floral hops. Taste is earthy and slightly sweet - carmel malts and roasted nuts, again with earthy and floral hops. Lighter side of medium bodied, slightly slick, lightly carbonated. A beer that is not a bad option when presented with macros and the known imports.

Photo of hangh
3.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Nice amber clear color with a little bit of carbonation bubbles. There is a thick about 1" head that clings in small clumps to the sides of the glass. Looks a little darker than many pale ales.

S - Nice smelling beer. The floral hops are noticable but there is more malty smells than some others. Overall a pleasant smelling beer and different from many in its class.

T - Nice hoppy start that is quickly overtaken by a malty finish. Doesn't taste like many pale ales either. It claims to be the first pale ale and it definitely tastes closer to the malty stouts it diverged from. I really like the taste but it isn't a pale ale taste.

MF - light bodied with light carbonation. very crisp

D - Easy and enjoyable to drink. Not a pale ale but a very nice unique beer in its own right.

Photo of thecarster1
3.32/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- bottle poured into a pint, nearly a fingers worth of head, clear golden color, active bubbling.

s- slight skunk, light lemon, hay/grass, maybe a touch of noble hops, and a candied sugar sweetness.

t- this is shaping up to be an average beer, slight hopping, dry, grassy, some noble. gotta say, this tastes much better in a black and tan.

m- on the lighter side.

d- drinkable, i appreciate the history here, but there are many more pale ales that i would grab before this one. it does make one hell of a black and tan though.

Photo of philbe311
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - An ultra creamy slightly off white head... A reddish amber color with a faint orange hue... Minimal carbonation... Quite inviting...

S - Rich caramel... Toffee... Loaded with bready malts...

T - Follows through where the nose left off... Caramel... Toffee... Bready malts... Cereal... Lightly fruity...

M - On the fuller side of light bodied... Slightly thin... Minimal carbonation... Creamy... Smooth... Goes down very easy...

D - Quaffable... Simple... Easy drinking... Smooth... Nothing special, but nothing really to complain about either... A staple of mine before truly discovering craft beer, this is still a viable alternative when necessary...

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

On tap at the blue comet in glenside pa. Welcome back comet.

A- comes to me with a bilowy two fingers of lite tan head atop a slightly hazy amber brew.

S- bready and sweet with some corn syrup and a hint of fruit.

T- sweet and malty with some caramel and a hint of honey. Wheat bread and some ever so faint spice. Not really picking up any hops. Maybe the faintest of tropical fruit flavors hidden in there and playing off the sweet malts.

M- medium to light in body with a mid to high carb.

D- easy drinking for sure and not all that bad. Just not the best.

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

Many times I've had this one, first review.

Pale, light golden pour with a 1 1/2 finger foamed up head. Some lacing, a bit thin looking.

Malt and biscuit in the nose, light. Some earth and leafiness. Hint of pear

Pear-ness comes through a bit more in the taste, but still faint. Doughy and semi-sweet. Malt is light with some hints of herb. Some minerals at the end.

A good back up beer for me.

Photo of Evocatus
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a bubbly but rather thin head. Aroma was alright; a mix of bready malts and butter. However it was rather weak. Taste was similar to the aroma, standard english pale ale taste, just weak. Good thickness and carbonation. Overall a good beer that you can find almost anywhere at a good price.

Photo of KeefD
3.74/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange color with a 1/2 inch whitehead that had amazing retention ans huge sheets of lacing. Not much in the aroma department. What I could draw out of it was bready pale malts, with an extremely mild hopping. What hops are there are earthy and herbal. Taste is mild as well, but it's enjoyable to be sure. Light sweetness, bready, a touch of caramel thrown in for good measure, but it's certainly light, and extremely drinkable. The mouthfeel is my favorite part of this beer. There's a steady stream of carbonation bubbles, but it very soft and creamy and makes this increibly easy to drink. This is not some smack you across the face delicious beer, but it's very drinkable and I plan on putting a few of these down on the Sunday during some World Cup games.

Photo of zimm421
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, appears a copper color with a reddish tint and a fluffy off-white head that sticks around for a while.

Smells of malts, with caramel standing out and a slight hop aroma as well. Tastes mostly of caramel with a slight bitter finish. Nothing real impressive here, pretty laid back.

The mouthfeel is light and has a below average amount of carbonation. This goes down very easily, but honestly nothing here makes me want to go back for another. Not a bad choice if there's not a great selection, but honestly not something I will purchase a second time.

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

Appearance: Clear, reddish amber in color. Obvious carbonation, poured with about 1 finger of head (had to ask bartender to leave the head on; they tend to pour to the rim).

Smell: Not too obvious, slight sweetness to it.

Taste: Sweet, with mild hop bitterness. Also, I couldn't help but think of caramelized banana. No idea why, so it might just be me.

Mouthfeel: Good, not too think, smooth going down.

Drinkability: Good. Could easily drink 2-3 in a sitting.

Photo of greengorilla
3.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this in a pilsner glass poured from a tap at the local BW3. I have had Bass before, but it has been quite a long time ago.

It has a nice orangish amber appearance with a decent white head.

The smell is very weak though. It doesn't smell bad, but not good either.

The taste is quite watery also. I can pick up a little bit of bitterness, but not any real hops flavor.

The mouthfeel was okay.

It was drinkable, but not real pleasing.

Photo of likethetaste
4.3/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap twice and both times it was a winner. I get the bottle version as well that is good but not nearly as good as the draft! This is just a great all around beer. It is one that I know I can get on draft and just have a very good beer. The bottle version, while not nearly as good as the draft is one of my go to beers when I want something good but not to complicated.

Photo of branimal9
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle - 6/4/2010.

Pours a clear golden brown. Aroma is light roasted malt & bready sweetness. Flavor follows the aroma, along with a bit of metallic taste. Not much going on in the hops department. Light bodied, with easy drinkability.

Photo of udubdawg
2.78/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

copper/orange in color. Topped with a wispy head, though what was there had better than average staying power and laced the glass quite well.
Pleasant but very light herbal hop aroma. Caramel, mildly toasted malts. No diacetyl and surprisingly I'm not getting even a hint of fruitiness. Not bad.
Flavor is a bit disappointing but as always I like the extreme mineraliness of the beer. Borderline astringent. It works with the sort of herbal/flowery nature of the hops. The hops flavor and bitterness is quite sharp and it seems like a relatively small amount of hops is being stretched a long way, if that makes any sense. Initial taste is sweet with a mild fruitiness and well-integrated diacetyl that adds complexity instead of dominating the beverage, but it finishes closer to dry and lightly bitter. Not as clean as I remember it.
Body is thin, carb low even for the style. I need something to add a refreshing factor to the beer, but it isn't happening here.

Photo of ManuelHerrera
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has been difficult for me to pick apart... it's on the lower end of the British bitter scale for me.

The thing that sticks with me most about this beer is its tangy finish. The flavor is robust on the tongue upon first tasting, but a tart citrus finish lingers in for a good while after sipping. It's a decent session beer, easy to drink, but all in all nothing terribly special.

Photo of wkominos
3.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Slightly robust with a sharp bitter aroma. Preferably with a nice warm guiness. Have you ever rasied a shotgun in the air and had a nice bite of lemon butter chicken well this beer would go well with that situation. Wonderful beer but named after a fish.

Photo of jdhilt
3.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three-finger white head that fades slowly, leaving a good lace. Nice,deep crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light bodied. Nose is light hops. Flavor is light caramel and hops. Dry, light hop finish. $1.85 for a 12 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Photo of hefe300
4.08/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eye: Reddish, pale head with decent lacing.

Nose: caramel malt and floral hops

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, medium carbonation. Smooth

Taste: Complex layers of flavor including caramel, a faint but not unpleasant metallic taste and a mild, pleasant hops bitterness. A slight floral element spread in the back of the throat. Finishes a little dryly with a slight earthiness.

Drinking this beer makes me want to drink another.

Photo of bump8628
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light copper with a thin but creamy head that retains well.

Toasty malt with a touch of light caramel is balanced by a mild, earthy hoppiness and some light fruitiness from the yeast. Every element is pretty well in balance with none really standing above the others.

An easy drinking Pale Ale. Not enough going on to hold my interest over a session, but it's a pleasure to drink one every now and then.

Photo of VolcomBrewer
2.91/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have heard people in our local beverage center rant about this beer constantly, so I decided to give it as try:

A: It poured a dark golden color. The head was an almost white color that faded quickly into a nice white ring. Lacing was decent, but nothing to brag about.

S: It smells of slight malt sweetness and very mild hop. Very unimpressed.

T: Slight malt sweetness and almost no hops whatsoever. Tastes watered down.

M: Kind of a watery mouthfeel, but still decent...better than most commercial brews.

D: Goes down very easy and can be good enough for a session beer. Smooth beer.

Photo of progress518
2.68/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've never been certain as to why Bass has such a good name, or why it's always considered one of the "better" beers. Perhaps in comparison to other things on tap at most bars it's good, but other than that this a thoroughly average beer at best.

It does have a nice appearance, a good looking amber color with a good head on it. But the aroma is barely there, and such is the case with the taste as well. It's rather bland, even in comparison with other English Pale Ales. I'd say that even Tetley's far outstrips Bass. The body is okay, if a little over-carbonated and it's drinkable. It is, after all, what I usually order at the local pubs. But, were there some other EPA on tap, I'd surely order that instead.

Photo of AmberMan22
3.46/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been a while since I had a Bass Ale, and since it's free I figure there's no better time.

I like how it looks -- a somewhat dull gold color, with a nice cap that has pretty decent retention.

Smell is hard to pick up, but I was in a bar and my allergies are kind of killing me at this point. What I can say is that it didn't smell bad by any measure.

Flavor was very intriguing. I had Bass for the first time last summer, and I don't recall this at all. I'm picking up flavors of pale malt, slightly biscuity, an undertone of hops, and maybe a bit of sour?
Either way it's slightly confusing, but all the flavors are quite muted. Nothing really asserts itself, which makes this even stranger.

Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
76 out of 100 based on 2,373 ratings.