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Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale

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2,243 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,243
Reviews: 1,005
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 22
Gots: 113 | 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 magictrokini
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amber with a 2-finger off-white head. Caramel and bread aroma, but kind of sour. Acidic bite to the relatively sweet caramel malt taste. Almost as if the crystal malt got out-of-whack. Used to drink more of this, but the hangover is a real bitch.

magictrokini, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of Hoagie1973
3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a beer that I never buy for home consumption, but enjoy at bars from time to time as a nice alternative to the usual swill.
Flavor is malty, lightly toasted and a touch sweet, with a soft fruitiness and a little balancing hop in the finish. Nothing off or offensive, nothing spectacular, just an all around solid beer. Drinkability is high, though the sweetness compounds slightly after 3 or 4, which can have you looking for something a bit more hoppy.

Hoagie1973, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of bmwats
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Light amber. Two finger frothy white head that clings to the side of the glass as it dissipates. Settles rather slowly, leaving a bubbly layer on the surface. Light carbonation continues to rise throughout experience. Heavy lacing remains as you drink it down.

S: Wheat and yeast with the dull pungency common in any traditional pale ale.

T: A little hoppy at first. Light malt and a little wheat and a subtle yeast.

M: Hops awaken the taste buds and filter up into the nose upon drink. The hops hang around for the whole ride.

D: Good drinkability. Light, but solid flavor.

Great appearance, and decent overall atmosphere. Good solid flavor.

bmwats, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of lionking
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pub poured from a pint can (16.9 oz) into a pub glass.

Thick nitro can driven two finger head. Light copper color with some sustained bubble action in the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the Bass was consumed.

Smell is of sweet flowers and grass.

Taste is of malt and caramel.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Overall drinkability was solid buy definitely English rather than American ale taste.

I havent had a Bass in quite some time, but the taste is unique. I suppose this is an iconic beer or at least solid drink

lionking, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of prosper
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a very clear dark yellow with very little head that disappeared quickly. No lacing.

Smells estery, with some caramelly malt flavours and a solid grassy/grainy note. There's a herbal/earthy hop note in balance with the malt.

Initally hits the palate somewhat sweet and fruity and a little sour/tart (though not unpleasantly so), with some subdued darker caramel flavours of dried fruits coming through. Finishes clean and bitter, with a definite mineral character. Some hops flavour initially, and I think it's balanced slightly towards the hoppy/bitter side than malty-sweet. Very drinkeable. Light mouthfeel.

It's a session beer - not a ton of character, but what there is is very pleasant.

prosper, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of John_M
3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Las Vegas airport. Haven't had this beer in a while... it's actually better then I remember.

The beer pours a solid copper color with fair head retention and lacing. The beer has a pronounced roasty malt flavor, but with enough underlying hoppy citrus to keep it from smelling, or tasting, too sweet. The beer has moderate sweetness on the palate, but it's nicely balanced with some drying, bitter hops. This keeps the beer from tasting too heavy, and in fact it's pretty refreshing. There's a goodly amount of flavor and the beer finishes well. Abv. is well disguised and drinkability is good.

Not bad at all, much to my surprise. It's actually a pretty well made English style pale ale.

John_M, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of Guzzler78
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This review is for a 16.9 ounce pub pour nitro-can.
Appearance is a clear light amber, copper color, not really any lacing.
Not much of a nose to it - some sweet malts and hoppiness.
Taste is slightly sweet, malty and somewhat bitter finish.
Very light mouthfeel.
An okay beer, there are much better pale ales out there.

Guzzler78, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of mcsquint
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass
A - Golden amber in color, nice two finger white head. Minimal lacing
S - Faint malt and hops
T - Slightly sweet with a bit of a bite on the finish.
M - Light but finishes very clean
D - Bass is one of the beers that proved to me that beer can actually have taste. Even though it seems lighter now than it did a few years ago, this is still a well made mass produced, easy to get just about anywhere beer. It's easy to drink and doesn't drain the wallet.

mcsquint, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of jsprain1
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug
A- Thick head, more amber than pale. Fairly weak head.
S- Pretty clean and understated, Some malt, some yeastiness. Nothing extraordinary.
T- Barley, yeast, hops, pretty straight forward. Tastes like a run of the mill pale ale but with less intensity of flavor.
M-Smooth. Good carbonation. Tends toward the thin side.
O- Decent. Better than most macro offerings. Comprable for me in bottle form to michelob's new beers.

jsprain1, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of hopdog
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at a work function - nothing else to choose from and we all know that drinking makes it easier to be with people from work away from work...Not much I can really say that ~100s of other people have already siad. Poured a darker amber color with a larger sized off white head. Non-descript aroams. Sweet malty tasting.

hopdog, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of sliverX
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

poored a nice light copper color with a thick cream head that lasted and laced forever
smells of light fruitiness with a hint of grass with a hint of nitro stink ass I put it
tastes much like the smell but the nitro nastyness is much more evident (old can maybe???) but remembering from past experiences on tap a very light pleasant taste
light in the mouth very easy to drink and much enjoyment has been had with this beer in my hands

sliverX, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, dark amber color. Poured a 1 finger thin white head with fair retention. Light lacing, but broken ring.

S: Bready-toasty malt. Light spicey hops.

T: Toasted malt. Light hop bitter finish.

M: The light side of medium; frankly a bit thin. Lightly carbonated.

D: Very drinkable; not a heavy ale by any means.

Haybeerman, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours clear beautiful amber. Small white head leaves to ring. Sudsy, but at times, clingy lacing.

S - Simple malt with some bitter notes.

T - Nice middle of the road malts and bitter.

M - Medium to thin.

D - Not much going on - very easy to drink.

srandycarter, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.7/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 11/29/2005 (Tap @ Buffalo Wild Wings, Clear Lake, TX):

Body pours an amber brown color, with a white head. Aroma is slightly sweet. Palate has a pale dryness to it. Not much flavor, but doesn't have an aftertaste either. Might be a little flat.

jujubeast6000, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of hawkseven
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- nice copper color, weak head

S- bready/biscuit nothing unusual or distinctive

T- very unique taste, malty, raisins, fruit. Very different taste from other Pales.

M- crisp, quick, clean

D- I could drink this all day long. Very tasty with a flavor that is very unique.The taste is probably one that you like or don't like, but its different. I bought this to make make Black and Tans(my quickie mart was out of Smithwicks and Harps)so I figured lets try it and see how it tastes all by itself. I will probably buy more of this in the future.

hawkseven, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of kingothewoods
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great English Pale Ale but something is missing.

Very nice light brown color with little head. The smell is of caramel malts and almost like - this is weird but a musty basement. Kind of light but it is lacking the deep flavors and smells. You can tell this is a mass production beer but it is pretty darn good.

When I saw it is a Pale Ale I thought there would be more hops coming through on the finish but I was disappointed. Still a good beer and I will drink another.

kingothewoods, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of Japerrault
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bass is an old friend. It has a nice, clear, golden amber color with a cream colored head. Duration of the head lasted a good while then dissipated to a thin layer.

S: Aroma was a nice bready-toasty malt with lesser spicey english hops in the background.

T: Flavor on this one was mostly light toasty malt flavors, not too sweet, with little hop bitterness in the finish. Overall balanced with no real strong flavors standing out.

M: The whole mouthfeel was a bit thinner than I like, but good as a summer quaffer.

D: Overall, this is a very drinkable beer, not a heavy ale, but a lighter bodied quality ale that is easy to take down in large quantities.

Japerrault, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
2.85/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brown body with a white head. Leaves some lacing behind.

Smell is pretty lifeless, a little bit of sweetness in it.

Taste isn't all that bad. There is a little bit of unsettling sweetness that doesn't taste like malt. However there is also some caramel malt notes and even a touch of grassy, earthy hops.

Medium bodied mouthfeel.

Not bad drinkability, nothing remarkable or terrible about this beer.

Hojaminbag, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of Nibbley
1.98/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ok, what happened to Bass? i havent had one in a while, But, I dont remember it tasting like this.
Pours an amber with a white head that last a good while, it looks good but the taste is where it goes horribly wrong. Has a watery mouthfeel with a nasty metallic aftertaste. Its bitter but not a hoppy taste, almost artificial/chemical taste. I do not recommend this beer,run Forrest run away from this one!

Nibbley, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of albern
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a mass produced English Pale Ale that is decent, but lacking all complexity. It pours a nice amber color, decent head, no lacing. This beer is plenty carbonated. The aroma is definitely earthy, caramel malt, slightly musty. This is a dry beer, quite light, quite drinkable because of its low ABV. The taste is earthy malts, some light caramels, diaceytl and buttery, but not cloyingly so. What you get on the front end is how the beer finishes. There isn't much complexity to the beer. Not much to say because it doesn't have loads of character either, but it is drinkable.

albern, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of dacrza1
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish orange body with a thick, crisp white head--classic ale body...nice misty lacing as glass drains... toffee, malt and some metallic pilsner hints.... hops are mellow if not subtle... carbonated, medium-bodied ale that settles the mouth more like a lager... quite drinkable, but somewhat slick... malty caramel tones with toffee--smooth, but neither buttery, nutty or hoppy--hmmmm... as a mass-produced ale, Bass holds its own and is still a pleasant choice, especially when considering its availability at most drinking establishments and even some house parties... consistent and familiar...

dacrza1, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of TucsonPIRAAT
2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

16 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: very average, amber in color with no head, and a slight lace
S: Fruity esters almost citrusy,
T: very light, and clean, almost like an american lager. There is a slight Hop taste but is canceled out by lager and watery. I usually drink beers with a little more flavor and higher alchohol content, so I am a bit dissapointed
M: light, aftertaste lingers in the mouth
D: A beer that is perhaps not to tasty, or overwhelming. One that I could drink many of, but would not really care to savor.

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TucsonPIRAAT, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of canucklehead
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is cool that this now available in BC in cans as I dig decent imports in tall cans. This has always been a pretty beer to look at with its tall head and dark tan body. The nose is biscuity and kinda malty. The taste is very soft but tasty with flowery hop notes and a nice malty finish. A classic beer that is still nice to drink especially in a can where the beer tastes fresher.

canucklehead, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of unclejimbay
4.28/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bass Pale Ale - EPA, ABV = 5.0, cals = 156 p12ozs
Bottle poured into a tapered bottom mug
A-3.0- good 1 finger head that lasted for a good while, deep caramel golden color, good lacing.
S-4.0- malts front stage, caramel in back stage, unique but very smooth balance with fruity hop notes.
T-4.5- I really dig the balance, hop notes on a solid malt base.
MF-4.0- Crisp and distinct bursts of flavors
D-4.5 - I am not a huge fan of Pale Ales, but I really dig Bass EPA, and it is always around if you need something familiar. I can always count on Bass EPA for a drinkable session beer.

unclejimbay, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of danny013
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pair of 12 oz. bottles poured into a 20 oz. imperial pint glass and topped up as needed. Beer pours a beautifully clear orange with a thick, 2-finger white head that settles down to a thin covering after a minute or so. Good lacing down the glass as the beer is drunk. 'Tis a beautiful thing

Smell is light and faint. Mostly of some bready/biscuity malts with a faint floral hoppiness, not much, perhaps even slightly citrusy?

Taste is good, big toasted malts/bread up front, slight sweetness in the background. A slight metallic/mineral profile is noted, from the classic hard water, I presume. Some lemony-astringency pulls through next, floats around and disappears fully as the beer is swallowed. Hop bitterness comes out and mingles with the toasted grains left on the tongue and lingers. Very clean finish.

Mouthfeel is great, body is medium-light with a pleasant carbonation that isn't too high and compliments the brew nicely. Goes down easily and leaves you wanting another.

Overall, a very well put together pale ale, one of the "classics". While it isn't remarkable or surprisingly different, it is always delicious, easy drinking, and non-offensive, which is what I think the brewers are going for. If the ABV was a little less this would be an even better session ale (that's not to say it isn't already, but it's at the high-end). Another plus is you can find it in most places for not too bad a price. Check it out if you haven't!

danny013, Oct 01, 2008
Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
77 out of 100 based on 2,243 ratings.