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Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale

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2,139 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,139
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:
No notes at this time.

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North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear dark gold with small white head; minimal lacing

S: Light smell, nothing particularly striking.

T: Light but prominent malt tones but with a dry finish. Tends to be a touch sweet in the beginning.

M&D: Really about average on both accounts. After a while, the mouthfeel almost feels a tad watery.

I found the unique feature of this brew to be in the taste; there is an interesting sweetness in the malt but the finish tends to be dry. There also seems to be something interesting in the bittering, like there is something more, or perhaps different, than just hops.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 00:11:47 | More by SIRIUS2
Photo of jneiswender


3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A--Brown topaz color. Nice white medium density head.

S--Floral a bit berry-ish

T--Cake like. Some mineral flavors. Caramel. There is also some distinctive hop flavors mixed in.

M--Full body but a nice clean finish.

D--This is a very drinkable beer. Great session beer. I can think of alot of things I would rather have but that cannot detract from the fact this is a great example of the style and overall a very palatable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 12:27:03 | More by jneiswender
Photo of baos


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

568 ml into Falstaff Goblet.

A: Very nice looking amber with a one finger ecru head that sticks all over the glass. Nice to look at.

S: Mild caramel maltiness. Apples. Very fresh smelling. CANNED MUSHROOMS!!!

T: That Bass bitterness I've never really thought about before. Its like Jason Alström says with the apple skin. I definitely taste apple skin bitterness, and I taste a bit of the butter-caramel diacetyl. All that is mingled with malts. This one finishes really dry.

M: Very nice body on this one. One of the best I've had in a while. Medium body that drys out that mouth when swallowed.

D: Not bad. I've had this by the sixer before. It seems a little bitter tonight, but add a snack and this beer's drinkablity is pretty nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 00:31:55 | More by baos
Photo of PhageLab


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

Seen this beer around for years and never tried it. I figured it was about time, and now I'm mad I never gave it a shot prior to this. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Clear brownish amber coloration which was transparent. Produced a small bit of froth, yet displayed good retention and lacing.

S - Pale fruits and a mostly sweet nose. Refreshing in a way, if at all possible.

T - Haha, this actually tastes a bit like what I imagine alcoholic apple juice would be. It tastes pretty good, but I'm serious, alcoholic apple juice. This is actually dangerous.

M - Light bodied, good carbonation level, mildly dry finish. Not bad.

D - I'd say pretty good. Maybe I should score this higher. It's definitely sessionable, but if you like apple juice, stay away from this one, you'll be divorced and living on the streets in no time. For everyone else, recommended!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 15:04:42 | More by PhageLab
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3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant amberish caramel orange color with creamy off white head. Has a very mild smell of maltiness and caramel. Taste is very smooth, a bit malty, with a creaminess. Great mouthfeel, somewhat lightly flavored, and is very drinkable. Quite good, with a subtle overall taste and aftertaste. A great overall beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 22:50:18 | More by JDV
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3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tonight was the first time in some time that I ordered a Bass at a restaurant, and it might be the last for a while. I like Bass, and it used to be higher on my personal favorites list than it is now, but it holds little allure for me.

The presentation is nice, with a thin finger of froth capping a reddish-brown body. The smell has a nice malty aroma with decent hints of bread, but little else is discernible, unfortunately. This, of course, affects the taste, which is thankfully a little more complex. There is a hint of caramel sweetness, and I get a whiff of maple, too, but it leaves me wanting, alas.

It is a likable beer, smooth on the palate and nicely carbonated, but not a top-shelf beer. It's too straightforward and not complexly flavored enough. It could use a decent helping of hops and a little citrus, in my humble opinion.

Not bad for certain, yet still middle-of-the-road.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 01:49:32 | More by Gehrig
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4.13/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours up an amber with ruby highlights. The thin tan head dissipates quickly.

S - Malt and a hint of hops. Some bready aromas.

T - Strong malt flavor, with a hint of hops in the finish. I also taste a little maple flavor way in the background.

M - Medium bodied and highly carbonated.

D - This is a very drinkable beer. Nothing too overpowering to prevent consuming several of these at one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 00:31:59 | More by hiikeeba
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South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into an imperial pint. Brew is a golden orange color. Head is two fingers thick, slightly offwhite, foamy, and dissipated to one finger about a minute after puring and held there for a while.

Smell: Clean, hoppy aroma with hints of citrus as well as a balancing bready malt.

Taste: Surprisingly malty on the introduction, with a bready taste that fades into an array of hop flavors that included citrus and floral flavors. Nicely balanced as it finishes with a balanced malt profile.

Notes: Nothing too special, but really sessionable. I usually stock this as one of my regular, everyday fridge beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 23:21:53 | More by BucBasil
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3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Was served to me in a pint (American pint, not British unfortunatly) glass. Waaay too cold for the style, so I slowly sipped on it until it had a chance to warm up a bit. Has a clear amber color, with no head. Smells of English malt. Taste is pretty good, a sweet and also biscuity flavor with a bit of butter too. There wasnt much hop aroma or flavor, but the bitterness levels were good. Mouthfeel is slightly thin for the style, and the carbonation levels were way too high (compared to drinking this style of beer from the cask). However, I did stir the beer up a bit and this brought carbonation down to much better levels. Pretty drinkable after doing so. My grandpa used to serve Bass gravity dispensed from the cask in the late 1940's and while I suspect the beer was much better back then, it's still worth a drink now in its current state.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2008 05:30:47 | More by tronester
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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: almost bronze with a reddish tint, thick lingering head, with sufficient lacing.

Smell: slightly sweet smelling, with almost a melted caramel smell to it

Taste: well balanced, easy to drink with good body

Mouthfeel: very smooth on the palate, almost creamy.

drinkability: very easy to drink, a slow drinking beer. definatley smoother as it comes to about 50-60 degrees

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 05:57:40 | More by patsalvaggio
Photo of blackie


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

a: Modest head with light wisps retained on the surface. The beer is amber in color.

s: The familiar sweet biscuit malt aroma brings toffee and grain husk. Smells of an English bakery. Benign English hop aroma.

m: Carbonation just under medium and carbonation on the heavy side of medium. Okay but I'd like to try this on cask, as I think smooth carbonation would be great here...comes across a little flat and heavy

t: Biscuity malts dominate with flavors of grainy toffee. Not a whole lot of English hop flavor, but just about the right level of bitterness. Very solid, just nothing great.

d: pretty easy

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 21:37:29 | More by blackie
Photo of erosier


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

Pours a nice amber/brown color from the bottle with a nice white head with tints of tan in it. It smells of sweet malts mostly. The rest was a caramel fruity aroma. The taste was good as it delivered what it smelled like. It was really malty with a kind of caramel taste at the end. It had a good mouthfeel and it was very drinkable. I could have had a few of these. It's not bad and it's worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2008 19:10:14 | More by erosier
Photo of csmiley


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

A - This one came to me and appeared on the light side of a copper color. Head was a little more than an inch that was gone very quick. Lacing was good.

S - Aromas are really hard to find. After some work I picked up a sweet malt aroma. There was a caramel smell in there as well.

T - Sweet follows through in the taste. That is followed by a slight hop bitterness and a touch of alcohol.

M - Comes across as light bodied. Carbonation was good.

D - It goes down quick and smooth. Probably one that could be consumed in mass quantities.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2007 18:41:16 | More by csmiley
Photo of bboven


3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big bottle, no date.

Medium copper crystal clear body with a thin fizzy head that fades right away; leaves no lacing.

Lots of base malt in the aroma, a little biscuity but lacking in hops and a little overall.

Flavor is more base malt with a little hop bitterness at the end, raw grain flavor throughout.

The fizzy carbonation is not ideal but it is pretty smooth for what it is.

It's alright; I bought this just to rate it. I get it if it's on tap at a sub-par bar or the best thing at the gas station, but I've certainly had better.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 01:12:41 | More by bboven
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3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a beer mug (at the in-laws and it was the closeest thing to an acceptable vessel I could find).

A = Nice amber color, good thick light tan head, medium lacing as head dissipated. Too much carbonation bubbling -- looked almost like a dark ginger ale with all that carbonation.

S = Caramel, malt, a good smell but a little too light, stronger smell would have increased the score with no other changes.

T = Much like the smell, this is an okay tasting English ale, has a typical light caramel flavor, slight bitterness. But really only average within the category.

M = Smooth light to medium body, the carbonation noticable in the appearance was not a problem in the mouthfeel.

D = This is an okay standby beer and I regularly drink it when not many craft (or other interesting) beers are available. Not the one I would choose if I had several English pale ales to choose from though.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 17:26:27 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of champ103


4.05/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden/Orange in color. A 1.5 finger head that leaves some lace.
S: Citrusy with some bready malt. Hard to detect though.
T: Very sweet. Good malt and hop character, and well balanced.
D: For the most part it is a smooth beer. As it warms, the beer becomes more bitter, and a bit harder to drink.

This is one of my pub staples. Not my favorite, but a well balanced and flavorful beer that I would recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2007 08:08:44 | More by champ103
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3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bass Pale Ale pours a finger of loose foam over a clear
reddish amber brew. Carbonation is low but steady, The
nose is barley malt and something like wine barrel. The
flavor Is crisp, tart malts with a very mild herbal hop. The
mouthfeel is light for an ale, and dry. A nice drinkable Brit

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 06:46:18 | More by shadow1961
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3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orangish, brown in color. Not a whole lot of head, and what's there is quickly gone.

Below average in appearance, because this looks like an American macro brew, only with a darker orange tint.

Scent is only average. Decent, but hard to find. Some hops, citrus and sweet caramel.

The taste doesn't blow you away, but it's nice enough. Very smooth and malty, with a touch of sweetness. None of that citrus that I was detecting. Nothing acidic about the taste.

Easy drinking. That's probably why it's had such success here in the States.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 00:21:55 | More by jar2574
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3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with "May 08" stamped on the back.

I poured the ale into a conic revealing a deep clear, gold to copper color with minimal head and lacing.

There is the faint smell of hops as well as an almost metallic odor.

The first impression I get from the first sip is heavy carbonation with an ever so slight hop taste with some malty flavor on the tongue. The flavor strikes me as a little thin, even as the ale warms. I remember first trying this ale in the early 1990s while serving the military. At that time, my immature palate thought this was a quite substantial ale. Things have certainly changed. I would still recommend this ale. But compared to domestic pale ales and other English ales such as Fuller's, this one disappoints.

Again the mouthfeel feels thin, but highly carbonated.

The 5.0 ABV and light taste make this highly drinkable. If you have not tried this one, please do. The price at $6.99 a six-pack is not bad for an English ale, even though it is mass produced.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 23:59:48 | More by jkrich
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2.15/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: medium copper colour. Brighty appearance. Small off-white head. Poor retention with some lacing.
Aroma: very light caramel. Metallic and musty off-aroma.
Taste: very thin sweet malts. Bitter hops, spices and a cooked vegetable off-flavour.
Mouthfeel: dry feel, average carbonation, medium to high alcoholic presence and a medium body.
Finish: long lasting bitter aftertaste.

Overall: Despite the bitter flavour I sincerely did not like this one. There is something there that did not feel right. Perhaps I was unlucky with the bottle, but Bass did not impress me at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 18:44:29 | More by AlexLMS
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2.7/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish/ copper with an off white head. In the aroma, sweet gingerbread malt. In the taste, a watery sweet malt. A small bite in the mouthfeel, with a small dry fruitiness (apricot) in the aftertaste. A small fruit presence and a small hop presence, kind of the standard pale. Very non offensive.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2007 12:46:54 | More by OWSLEY069
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New Jersey

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

Had this on draft at Friday's... The appearance was about average for an ale like this... nothing to write home about, but decent... Not much going on with the aroma - somewhat bland and not too appealing... The taste was pretty good, I've tried better ales out there, and I've sampled worse, but all in all a good beer to try and goes well with appetizers... A little bitter to my liking, but still drinkable... Being one of the more popular imported English brews, I can't say I was totally impressed, but I wasn't dissapointed either... Definitely not worth buying a sixer but a good choice on tap during happy hour for a $2.00 pint...

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2007 12:52:44 | More by dsa7783
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3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a 20-ounce pilsner glass at Chili's.

A: Poured a clear, copper orange color with a one finger head of pure white foam.

S: Smells a little sweet and bready. The malts can be noticed as slightly toasty, but it's not that clear in the nose.

T: Tastes a little sweet and slightly bitter. There's great balance between the caramel malts and floral hops. It's a little resiny, but solid and balanced for the most part.

M: It's a little sticky, but it doesn't hinder the drinkability at all. I could see having a bunch of these easily.

D: The modest ABV and great balance would make Bass such a great session beer, so I would recommend it for that. However ....

There's not enough depth to make Bass a true go-to beer. In a pinch, I'd say go forward without hesitation. But, it's nothing really special, other than being a solid "do everything beer" with better taste. Look elsewhere for a variation, but this is honestly the cornerstone of English Pale Ales.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2007 02:20:55 | More by Gambrinus1184
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3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

2 pints from Sangria in Hermosa Beach last night for five dollars each

Color was golden yellow/orange with a silky white head, about 1/2 inch, did not leave much lacing

Smell was pretty weak, although there were some minor citrus aromas, mostly bready malt and faint hops

Taste was pretty basic, typcial easy to drink pale ale, some lemon aftertaste to balance off a small amount of hoppiness, dryness went away quickly, crisp bite to it and first but mellows and goes down even easier once it gets warmer, not too much going on here though, just a generic EPA, actually wish this one had a little more sweet malt and fruity accents to it

Good amount of carbonation and an average size body

Could have drank several more of these, went down way too easy and the alcohol percentage is low, almost a light beer as far as filling you up goes, recommended if you are at a bar like I was with nothing but Bud or Coors Light

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2007 23:14:38 | More by Floydster
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3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark clear amber color with a thin lace of head and high amount of carbonation. Has malty fruit and somewhat sweet aromas. Taste is strong with malty flavors. Mouthfeel is high carbonated, but goes down smooth with a slightly bitter aftertaste. This is a pretty good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2007 02:57:11 | More by DrainBamage
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