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Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale

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2,235 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,235
Reviews: 1,004
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 22
Gots: 110 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2001)
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Photo of BARFLYB
2.78/5  rDev -17%

On tap in a Bass glass.

A- A fine line between bronze and copper with a frothy cap and minimal bubbles seen rising through the liquid. No lacing.

S- A nice amount of toasted malts with some barely noticable hops. A bit of a metalic scent coming from this. Earthy and bready.

T- Pretty weak for a pale ale but this is the english style. The breadyness in smell is what i'm picking up most along with the malt base and some hop taste but not bitey.

M- A step above light bodied with a smooth feel on the way down, to bad the flavors aren't more pronounced. A step above light carb as well.

D- Low alcohol and a nice malt base make for a drinkable beer but I won't be ordering another pint.

BARFLYB, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of snaotheus
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%

Bass was once once of my staple beers -- this is the first one I've had in several years, though. I've gotten very used to the American Pale Ale style in the meantime (and started occasionally rating beer).

Appears sort of flat, little head, no lacing. Dark golden in color, very little carbonation. Smells a little of tea and barley.

Taste includes a lager aftertaste which I don't enjoy much, but is mostly malty-sweet with a bitterness I haven't learned to recognize as hops -- perhaps it's tannic. I associate it with ESB. Slight sour notes

Feels light, very slightly clingy. Still a very drinkable beer, but no longer a favorite.

snaotheus, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of OldYoda
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%

Pours a clear ruby orange color into my standard US pint glass. Little or no head and no residual lacing is evident. Not an unattractive beer visually.

Smell is faint and not much stands out but I pick up a definite whiff of alcohol which is not as pleasant as it could be.

Taste follows smell and not much going on but the alcohol I detected in the smell is also there in the taste, and not in a good way.

Mouthfeel is average as is drinkability.

Given it's reputation, I was disappointed in this beer. It was ok but there are much better pales out there. I wouldn't go out of my way to try this again.

OldYoda, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of Beefeater57
3.78/5  rDev +12.8%

A: Clear dark gold color, thin fizzy white head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S: Sweet smell of caramel malts, slighty sugary. Very faint traces of grassy hops.

T: Mellow, nothing comes off too strong. Malts are there, but not overwhelming which is the same for the hops. Get a slight richness of the malts, but I just can't pick out a dominant flavor.

M: Thin, carbonated - typical english pale ale.

D: Classic english pale ale, I can always drink a Bass. Easy to drink, not complicated at all. Definitely a good beer to have at a pub after work.

Beefeater57, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of Rhynes2
2.35/5  rDev -29.9%

A quickly dissipating when poured into a glass. No lacing at all. The taste was a little metallic and had hints of caramel. Mouthfeel was about what I expected it to be, pretty average carbonation. The thing I couldn't shake was the after taste of alcohol. It was quite strong and ruined the beer for me. Color was a light red. Not an outstanding brew in my opinion. Probably won't try this brew again except to try their famous black and tan.

Rhynes2, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of youngleo
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

Not much of a head when poured. And head didnt hang around very long. No lacing. Ale was kind of reddish yellow in color. Had a slight caramel smell with hints of alcohol. Actually very light smelling. Tasted very mild also. I didnt think there was much hops going on here. Tasted a little of alcohol and had a bitter aftertaste. Felt light in the mouth. I may of had my hopes to high on this one. I felt a little disapointed. I dont think I would buy it again.

youngleo, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of Jimbo87
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%

In a US pint glass.

Clear orangey pale amber.

Smell: Faint malty zest. A paler lager-like note. As it warms, stale crackers/bread.

Taste is sweet malt up front. Some appley fruitiness in the middle and it finishes crisp. An apple cider aftertaste. There's a fruit-like taste I can't put my finger on. decent taste.

MF is normal.

Pretty drinkable, because it's mellow, but I'm not crazy about it. My first English pale ale and I'm not really impressed. American pales I've had were much better. However, this bottle got hot in my car for a few hours, and that could have messed it up, I will rerate it if I have a better experience next time.

Jimbo87, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of magine
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%

Havent had this beer for a few years - it is St. Patty's day so I figured what the hell.

Poured the bottle into a mug. Has a nice amber copper coloring with a nice white foamy head that retains nice lacing.

Smells like a flowery hop type aroma.

Tastes smooth and has a creamy mouthfeel, finishes a little dry. Can taste some hops.

This is better then I remembered it to be. A nice english pale ale. Very drinkable - nothing amazing - just a decent beer that is always a crowd pleaser - from the old geezers to the young bucks. Decent

magine, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of Tilley4
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%

I had this at a bar in Tampa while on a business trip..

It looks pretty good... Smells malty and sweet with the merest hint of some earthy hops to it.. An earlier review mentioned some buttery malts and that's a good description... They are buttery and smooth... The hops are very earthy...

Not a bad little brew at all... I liked it and will have it again..

Tilley4, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of endincolorado
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%

Appearance- Clear red-amber body with finger-thick white head that settles quickly.

Smell- Fairly subtle malty sweetness. Earthy and bready aromas come out more as the beer warms. Little-to-no hop aroma.

Taste- Earthy, buttery malts with moderate hop-bitterness to balance. A little more hops would've been nice, but then this is an english pale ale. Clean bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- much better as the beer warms, initially felt sort of weak, but as the temperature rises a bit, the beer feels creamier and more full.

Drinkability- Pretty high. This reminds me of a subdued Sam Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale, and given the price and availability, I think it'll be one I go to now and then when in the mood for the style.

endincolorado, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of steinlifter
4.22/5  rDev +26%

poured a clear caramel color, foamy head that settled to about a 1/4 inch and held the glass leaving broken puffs on sides of glass.
aromatic hop/grassy aroma.
flavor is of dark cherries,with a good amount of hops..
mouthfeel, is crisp and dry.
drinkability is very good, definitely could have a session of these.

steinlifter, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of Florida9
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%

Poured from bottle into a pint glass/

Two fingers of foamy head that subsided quickly. Deep gold - ochre color. Clear.

Virtually no smell. What is present is alcohol and malt.

Flavor is of wood (like a toothpick); dry, with a bitter hop finish.

Beer has a decent heft to it which is appropriate for the style. Nothing offensive here. An easy drinker, but with more flavor than your typical macro, but also nothing overly distinguishing.

Florida9, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of emerge077
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%

Served on the warmer side of cool, around 55º into a standard pint glass. Freshness is key with this, but there's no date on it. Hoping that lack of dust = fresh.

High clarity amber-gold, initial one finger head that fades after the first sip. Some lace and light skim on the surface. First whiff caught an estery hint, bit after that it faded, leaving faint traces of inoffensive English malt. Very slight hop bite, hard to tell if its hops or astringency. Soft malt flavor, a touch nutty. Light bodied ale, the quaff factor is it's strong suit. Hopefully this will make a nice black & tan...

emerge077, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%

Okay, I've tried the can and now on to tap. I couldn't believe the difference.

The look is about the same: copper amber with reddish hues and a very nice, thick head that retains well. The difference is there's some nice sticky lacing in this one.

The smell is much improved. Nice earthy smell with hops and malt up front.

Hops are pretty straightforward in this one, along with the earthy notes in the smell. The malts are fairly light. There's a bit of an astringent sting but it balances out fairly well. A light underlying sweetness helps.

I'd call this one light-bodied. There's light carbonation and the mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth and thick, very creamy. Finish is light and dry with a little hops bitterness.

This is one to try, but not from a can. On tap it's good.

Brenden, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of Mistofminn
4.1/5  rDev +22.4%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Crystal clear orange-copper color. Pour produces a small white head, which dissipates within minutes to a patchy cap.

The aroma very yeasty and surprisingly hoppy. Malt character is well defined, and I'm also getting caramel notes from a good swirl.

Taste is very mild and sweet. Very very mellow tasting. Compared to an American Pale Ale, the hop character is very subdued and mild. Sweet and smooth. At the very end there is a lingering bitterness that you have to pay attention to catch, otherwise you'll pass it by.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth. I can't get over how smooth it is. Light body and light carbonation. Very simple.

Definitely drinkable. Definitely a good session beer. I must admit, I came into this thinking this would be just another average beer, but I actually enjoyed it. Sure, it doesn't have a lot of taste, and its extremely simple. But if I wanted a bigger, tastier beer, I wouldn't have reached for this one. I did, and it gave me exactly what I was looking for. A solid, simple, enjoyable beer that I will most likely be buying again.

Mistofminn, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of Tarmac
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%

I'm drinking this as I type on my iPhone in LAX. What can you say about this old standby. It's mild, good flavor, nothing super memorable. Basically, has anyone in the history of beer drank this and said , "man this sucks"? I doubt it. It's what every macro should aspire to. It's also quite pretty, great color and head.

Tarmac, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of GilGarp
4.13/5  rDev +23.3%

I always liked Bass in my younger beer-drinking years. Finally decided to revisit and review this old favorite.

Served cellar temp from a 22.3oz brown bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy copper orange color with thick white head on top. It settles very slowly leaving a rocky head similar to some better Belgians.

Aroma has a dry English yeast character to it. Mostly malty with a subtle hop, maybe goldings.

Flavor is nicely balanced with good bitterness. Toasted biscuit malt and earth british hops work well together. It's certainly not what American's would think of when given a pale ale but it's well done for the English version.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, and mildly carbonated. Nothing like having it on cask but still good from the bottle. Drinkability is very good with low alcohol and a dry finish that keeps me coming back for one more sip.

GilGarp, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of Bookseeb
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Appearance is a dark golden amber with a fair head and no lace. Smell has a sweet malt aroma with dark fruitiness. Taste has a sharp bite of malt with a light dull metallic taste. Mouthfeel has good body and carbonation. Makes for an easy enough session, but not one I would specifically look for again.

Bookseeb, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.25/5  rDev -3%

A - Pours a decent medium brown with a nice thick head. Very clear and clean.

S - Not much of an aroma but there are hints of malt, a little roasted aroma, and a nuttiness finish.

T - Very mellow tasting and first taste it is very yeasty. Very little hop presence, kind of surprising since it's a "pale ale". Maybe the English take on this style is a little different than Americans. Nice nuttiness and creamy texture though.

M/D - Very smooth, crisp, and clean. Quite a bit of carbonation but very "light" feeling on the palate...very nice actually.

Not a bad beer, but I think a little over priced.

VaTechHopHead, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of NightINgale
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%

A: Dark amber/copper colour. A decent frothy head, moderate carbonation.

S: Very yeasty and hoppy, with some fruitiness and caramel notes.

T: Enough complexity, with caramel nuttiness and hoppy bitterness.

M: Goes down well, if you're familiar with pale ales. Must not be served too cold.

D: Not amazing. A good example of the style, certainly deserves the respect it gets around the world.

NightINgale, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%

Poured a 500-ml can into a pub ale glass.

Appearance - really nice amber colour with a sustaining quarter-inch surface head. Great looking.

Smell - clean malty scents with a hint of caramel.

Taste - very interesting flavour up front with a smooth, cottony and floral taste. However, it gives way to a less spectacular collision of a medicinal-grapey sense.

Mouthfeel - I have to admit the smoothness up front is really impressive but then it gives way to a really chaotic throatfeel as it goes down.

Drinkability - it's one that has good qualities but I'd pass on to a better product if available.

DoctorStrangiato, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of sentomaster
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%

A- Nice amber color with a foamy head that settles with thin lacing.

S- Pretty small nose. subtle smells of pale malts and slight hops.

T- Buttery diacetyl smoothness. Subtle sweet, grainy malts up front with a bit of earthy hops to balance. nice.

D- Pretty good session beer. nothing really jumps out but a decent brew.

sentomaster, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of tzieser
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%

mmmm....bass. what a classic beer. i've had this quite a few times both on tap and off and its consistantly good. well-- consistant when its fresh...i've bought old bottles of bass and they've tasted TERRIBLE. anyway, dont let that scare you from trying one of the greatest balanced ales around.

looks good. nice amber color with a whispy head that settles into a thin lacing. pretty well carbonated. nice

smells pretty good. subtle smells all around of malts and slight hops. not the strongest smell, but it smells well balanced.

tastes great! delicious subtley sweet, grainy malts come up front followed by a bite of hops to give it a nice balanced flavor. the malts leave a lingering sweetness in the mouth. as the beer warms it tastes even better. great all around!

mouthfeel is good. well carbonated. not much else to say.

drinkability is a 5. i could drink these all night!

overall-- this is a go-to beer for good flavor and exceptional drinkability. you've probably been living under a rock if you havent tried this yet-- but dont let that stop you from going out and buying some

tzieser, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev +6%

This beer pours a medium dark amber colour, with a small amount of wispy white head. The smell is light, and floral, with a bit of sweet malt. The taste is mostly sweet caramel malt, a little muted British hops, and a bit too much carbonation, leading to an off dry finish. The body is on the thin side, but it's still a very drinkable pub ale.

biboergosum, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of Brewsmith
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%

From a 12 oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Amber colored, clear with a small beige head of tight bubbles. Aroma is light of buttery toffee and earthy/floral hops. Taste is smooth, clean malt with a touch of caramel and hop flavor coming through. Light, easy drinking, balanced, without being offensive to the palate.

Brewsmith, Jan 30, 2009
Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
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