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Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale

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2,353 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,353
Reviews: 1,015
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 25
Gots: 141 | 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 y2jrock60
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Amber, very clear, creamy head which laced nicely

S- Dry with a slight hop and sweetness aroma, not very overwhelming

T- Very sweet, only slightly bitter

M- More on the light end of the body scale

D- Highly drinkable and enjoyable, not as heavy as most craft pale ales and not as bitter

A decent beer but not comparable to most craft pale ales

Photo of 2roosters
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving: 500ml Can

Appearance: orangy brown, clear with a strong head that lasts

Smell: a bit of malt, a bit of citurs quite mild

Taste: sweet caramel/toffee with a bit of bitterness on the finish

Mouthfeel: a little undercarbonated ? feels slightly viscous in the mouth

Drinkability: decent enough but there are many better options

I used to drink this in the bottle a number of years ago and my memories of that presentation are better so it may be a "can" thing.

Photo of goblue3509
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a one finger head. The aroma is of sweet breads with caramel notes and a faint floral hop. The taste is of a big malty sweet bread backbone with notes of caramel and a very little floral hop bite. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation. This is an average drinkable beer, nothing to turn you on or off, slightly above average beer.

Photo of chickencoop
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A & S - Golden, copper with a white head. Has a moderately low hop aroma, with low to medium malt aroma to give it a nice balance.
T/M/D - Low bitterness, with dominate malt flavors. Has a tinge of mineral and sulfury flavors a well. Mouthfeel is just a light to medium bodied feel. The drinkability is much easier on tap than in a bottle, but overall a very pleasant malty finish and good.

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

500ml can downed aug 5

A golden amber and quite clear. decent head, hung around with a fair bit of lace

S sweet malts, caramel and chocolate quite faint nothing too special

T mild hops, with sweet malt, some caramel not too bad in the can overall. Im thinking this would rate higher if i had something other then a half liter can to pour from.

M/D quite nice, it was easy too drink, good carbonation just a little thin

look forward too drinking this again, good value

Photo of Jwale73
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard pint glass. Poured a translucent amber with a half inch, loose, off-white head the dissipated into a broken skim embedded with tiny ringlets; no lacing to speak of during the session. Nose reveals a hint of caramel, as well as a biscuity character. Taste consistent with nose with a slightly skunky quality that lingers at the finish. Mouthfeel is between light- and medium-bodied (but closer to the light end of the spectrum) with a consistent background effervescence from start to finish. A decent workhorse of a beer - nothing spectacular, but I wouldn't turn one down if offered.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.43/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

568ml brown bottle obtained at McKinnon's in Salem, NH. Pours a crystal clear dark amber body with a good inch of slowly-dissipating off-white head. Smells biscuity with some husky caramel and a tinge of herbal English hops. Biscuit, caramel, toffee, hints of nut, licorice, just the lightest touch of diacetyl (butter), with a good bite of herbal slightly minty and piney hops. Very well-balanced and in many ways subtle in flavor. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. An easy-drinker for sure. It's been years since I've had this beer and I have a new appreciation for it. Balanced and enjoyable, bright, drinkable... A bar for the course to be sure. Just plain good.

Photo of tatoodkelt
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 7/28/09- from notes.

Bottle poured into a shaker glass.

A- Light orange-copper, like a brand new penny before they get dirty. About a one and a half finger white head with decent retention and lacing.

S- Nothing really dominant, a little grassy, fruity and sweet rolled together.

T- Alot like the smell with a little caramel added in. Pretty well balanced.

M- Almost creamy, not too much in the way of carbination, finished just a touch dry.

D- Not normaly a pale ale fan but this one surprised me and will make me reconsider blowing off pale ales. Definitely will be another back up in case I'm someplace without much selection.

Photo of erikm25
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured from can with the "Bass Pub Pour System." The hue is crisp rich darkened pumpkin orange. Slight hints of copper tinting. Head is about ¾ an inch of pearl white. Retention was moderate with razor thin lacing around the glass.

S: Subtle earthy and vanilla cream undertones. Grains with a pinch of hops. Flour and pear aroma help to round it out. There is something about the smell that I really enjoy.

T: Grassy with some mild hops and light buttery toffee. As I had more there seemed to be sweetness that crept up. Peppered and good bitter finish. Though my expectations were not high this turned out more complex then expected.

M: Good mouth feel with a underwhelming carbonation.

D: Very drinkable and perfect for a warm Friday late afternoon. Also using it as a beer for home made onion rings. This is a decent and for the cost a quality deal.

Photo of Thur123
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle into an old Falstaff pint

a- A deep orange copper color with average carbonation and little head retention. A little bot of lacing as I continue.

s- bitter hops, nothing special.

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t- this one tastes alright. a mild amount of hops at the beginning that ends balanced and crisp. no real lingering taste and the carbonation is nice.

m- pretty good. the carbonation lays down the flavor nicely. maybe my favorite aspect of this beer.

Overall I'm a fan of Bass. I like its taste and its usually fair priced. There are aspects i dont approve of, the ownership and other things. But because of its price it was the pale ale that made me like pale ales in the first place.

Photo of larsee01
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A--Clear, reddish-caramel color and clear. Nicely carbonated with a modest and quickly dissapating head.

S--Slightly musky, grassy and balanced with some malt sweetness.

T--Flavors comparable to the scent. Mild and kind of undistinguished, but certainly nicely balanced.

M--Crisp and refreshing, but not watery.

D--More so than I anticipated. Good...not necessarily spectacular.

Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Canterbury Ales, Huntington, New York.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a a light grainy malt and a touch of grassy hop.

The taste was rather well balanced with a touch of diacytl.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a decent ale on draft.

Photo of deanhead
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper colored nice tightly laced head, with small tiny bubbles.
Bready, biscuity caramel aroma
Clean malty taste. Well balanced, slight caramel notes with a hint of buttery toffee.
Medium bodied, clean beer.
Overall highly drinkable, goes down easy. A nice standby or gateway beer for friends.

Photo of NODAK
4.15/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had this many times, never reviewed it. Let's rectify that travesty right now.

Smell is of toasty malt and maybe even some minerals...weird as it is.

A little bit of hop crispness hits the tongue right away but fades fairly quickly. The body is mostly of creamy, toasty malts. A bit thicker than would be expected. There's a bit of hoppy bitterness on the finish on the sides of the tongue but it's nothing too heavy. Aftertaste consists of a little bit of the malt hanging around but is pretty clean all in all and it doesn't take long for the palate to be barren.

Very drinkable beer all in all and it's always been a favorite for me. Excellent beer to start people off into the world of better beer, too. Could it be more bold and complex?? Sure. But not all beers need to be like that and this is a great session brew.

Photo of bum732
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange, not much head and not much lacing. Smells of moderate caramel sweetness, faint breadiness, earthy hops, some faint fruitiness. Tastes of sweet caramel like malt followed by a nice moderate bitterness. Finishes with some soft fruitiness and fairly neutral. Fairly thin mouthfeel, bordering on being watery.

A decent beer, nothing special, good session beer to slam back.

Photo of efitton
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, light copper color/ orange tea like appearance. Half-inch of head that slowly dissipates, no lacing at all, carbonation is average.

Smell- The aroma is of a typical English pale, a good amount of sweetness, fruit, and malt.

Taste- The taste is quite creamy and has a good amount of body even though it's a lighter beer. The taste is like cream or honey, then light hop flavor mixed with the malts

Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel is very medium bodied for the lighter style. This is a true English ale and even though it's a bit darker almost like an amber, it retains the lightness very well without being too thin.

Drinkability- The drinkability of this beer is pretty high, I could enjoy a few of these in session, the flavor is well balanced and rich, the overall drinking experience is good and not overpowering in any way.

Being a fan of English ales, I initially thought this beer would be just a macro-esque type of imitation, but it truly is a good "go-to" beer.

Photo of kflorence
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light copper, amber in color with a thin white, frothy head atop. Carbonation looks moderate.

S: Smells very rich; malt, vanilla, caramel, candy and hops. Overall the notes are hard to distinguish, but the general smell is predominantly on the sweet side.

T: Much like the smell, the flavor is very rich and creamy. Malts, butter, vanilla and cream to start it out, followed by a bittersweet transition to the hops and a crisp, dry, almost bitter hop finish. A semisweet malt, hop and vanilla flavor is left in the mouth.

M: I quite enjoyed the mouthfeel of this beer and felt it is exactly what a light beer should strive to be. While there are obviously more complex, chewy beers out there with more substance, the body of this brew fits the style. Very enjoyable without being overly thick or syrupy and it compliments the creaminess of the flavor well.

D: This is a great beer to have on draft, and as such makes for a very nice session brew. That said, I am not a big fan of pale ales but do enjoy them every once in awhile and this one is certainly no exception; probably one of the better of the style in my opinion (for the price, that is). Overall I found it a very enjoyable beer to have on occasion.

Photo of OzarkElmo
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap June 17, 2009. Amber color with moderate off-white head. Caramel, slightly sweet malts. A veery enjoyable brew on a warm day, especially on draft at an Brit's in Minneapolis. Above average, but nothing hits me as setting this beer apart. But within the atmosphere, bring me more!

Photo of fullsweep
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL can poured into a pint glass.

Bought a four-pack and drank each one in different settings (fits in with my moderate drinking habits anyway, plus I had a nice beer order this time).

Bass grew on me. The first one was okay, but by the time I had finished all four (separated by several weeks), it had really grown on me.

Minimal head upon pour (1/2 finger?)

Unlike many beers that start sweet and finish bitter, this one does the opposite. Bitter on the first sip and sweeter both on the end of the sip, but also as I moved farther down the glass. Hops and mild citrus, of orange and lemon.

Crisp and refreshing in the mouthfeel.

This is definitely a go-to beer. It's not outstanding but it's readily available and easily drinkable.

Photo of BeanBone
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A crystal-clear, copper-amber body topped by a finger and a half of creamy off-white head that features only passable retention and lacing.

Aroma: Lightly-toasted malt, some mild earthy hops, and a few notes of banana.

Taste: True to the aroma. A base of lightly toasted caramel malt accompanied by mild, earthy hops and some decent fruity notes. It's nicely mineraly, giving it that classic English Pale Ale feel. The aftertaste is lightly grainy and rather short-lived.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with sharp carbonation. Dries a little in the finish.

Drinkability: It may not come as much of a surprise, but Bass is a highly sessionable beer. Quite refreshing.

Verdict: Bass is simply a straightforward and sessionable British classic, and it's obvious why it has endured for so long. While it may not offer the serious beer enthusiast too much to ponder, it's still a satisfying and refreshing experience that really typifies the English Pale Ale style.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the Irish Pub in A.C.
Poured into a pint glass. Poured an amber color with a thin white heading that stayed throughout.

Smell was very sweet and a very subtle hop aroma.

Taste was malty with again a very subtle bitterness of hops on the backend. Not much different from the smell

Mouth was medium bodied with great carbonation. Creamy and smooth on the palate.

Drinkability for a session would be great. A very easy going beer.

Photo of thekanna
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Buffalo Wild Wings in College Park, MD.

A: Somewhat clear dark amber which glints red when held up to the light; sort of like Killians. Somewhat thin head which nonetheless leaves lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Faint malts and general sweetness. Not much else.

T: A profusion of sweet maltiness make it very biscuity in taste. Not much else can be discerned. There's a somewhat strange, artificial hop bitterness kicks in at the end.

M: Maltiness causes a creaminess to permeate the mouth. Nice and crisp (somewhat dry) finish.

D: Extremely drinkable as the feel is well-rounded and creamy. Nothing special, but nothing offensive in there either.

Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured bottle into mug.

Appearance: Brown with a minor red hue to it. Decent head that lasts a little while with some good lacing.

Smell: I was expecting more from the smell than what I got. There was a somewhat hoppy smell, but not much.

Taste: Has a bit of a sweet start and a good, solid bitter kick at the end.

Mouthfeel: It has a little substance to it without being thick or anything. It felt like an average beer that one might get at 7-11.

Drinkability: It was pretty good and it's certainly something I wouldn't mind drinking again. With that said, however, I was not overly impressed.

Photo of PsychoJedi
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The color is a mix between gold and orange. Darker, but not dark. Not a proper color by any means. Pours clear and a nice head. Smell is good. Rather rich. And of course there is the taste. Not all of that. Not watered down by any means, just not what I want in a beer. Has a bitter touch to it and I do not like bitter though I know some really really like bitter. A bit of an after taste, but not a real bite. I could not drink this much. Verdict: try something else.

Photo of IPhantom
2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours about the color of iced tea, with about a finger worth of off-white head that dissipates with unexpected quickness.

Aroma is flat, otherwise malty...not what you would expect from the "pale ale" label.

Taste follows suit, sort of underwhelmingly malty. Not bad, though--it's actually very well-balanced, buttery-smooth and mouth-filling, with a pleasantly crisp finish.

It's drinkable, nice for a changeup, but there are better beers for the price and in the style.

Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
77 out of 100 based on 2,353 ratings.