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Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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BA SCORE
77
okay

2,238 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 2,238
Reviews: 1,004
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 22
Gots: 112 | 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 Rayek
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the City Grille in Denver. One of my favorite imports from the bad old days of beer in America.

A: Brilliant amber hue with nice clarity. Carbonation bubbles are a little large. Small white head disappears quickly and leaves only a little lace.

S: Quite fruity and floral. Lemon and apple with some caramel notes.

T: Caramel and toffee sweetness from the malt is balanced with a moderate lemon and apple bitterness. Not super complex, but still nice.

M: Medium body with the right level of fizz.

D: Super drinkable. A great session beer.

Rayek, May 13, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a amber with some orange to it in color with a thin head. The head disappeared rather quickly leaving spots on the surface. The aroma is slightly dull as some malt and fruitiness is detected. The taste is of malt and bitterness which is balanced. Some fruit tones are detectable. The bitterness seems to arrive a little stronger on the tongue after swallowing. Not as flavorful as some other pales, but very drinkable. Much better on tap than in bottle by far.

barleywinefiend, May 13, 2008
Photo of BigFrank71
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bass is bass. I actually like this beer when I am in certain moods. Or if a pub or bar happens to have the Guinness on tap as well as the bass, then I can go for a Black and tan. For English beers there is better, but this is just my opinion. I do think Bass tastes better on tap then in the bottle, some stores tend to keep bass on the shelves too long and gets a bit funky to my taste.

BigFrank71, May 03, 2008
Photo of WobblyPopps
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle -> Wachusett pint glass.

A- Ahh, the Red Triangle, the pride of Britain. Pours into a medium-brown color, not very dark. Low bubble activity. Light lacing on the glass.

S- Rich and sweet fruit. Not overwhelming. Medium maltiness.

T/M- Crisp taste, leaves a raisin or apricot type fume. Not overwhelmingly earthy, and mild in comparison to most other brews from UK. Medium carbonation dances on the tongue.

D- I could drink several of these, but I would find myself bored with it after a few more. Not as exciting or flavorful as other English brews.

WobblyPopps, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of FleeVT
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.

A: Deep, deep amber almost copper color with an even bigger frothy white head that could be used for a foam party.

S: Lots of malts on the nose with butter undertones.

T/M: A bit milder than I expected, the malts do not come through as strong on the palate. Butter appears up front followed by a quick sample of hops then a dry aftertaste. Mouthfeel is exemplary for the style, medium body with medium carbonation.

D: You can do it, you can do it all night. Great session that I need to order more often.

FleeVT, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Michael's in Huntington Beach, CA, 34 oz. supermug,

A: Pours a light amber, with a thick white head, good retention, some fair lacing.

S: Light maltiness, but really faint.

T: Big malted toffee on the first sip, lots of sulfur and mineral water notes as well. Hops are quite earthy, with a bit of grass and wet hay, a well balanced brew.

M: Full crisp carbonation, light enough to make it really easy to drink, light-bodied.

D: For being mass produced, it tastes quite good, a pale ale I'd be happy to have any time.

Halcyondays, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of flatblack80
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Warm amber with light white head that disappears fast
Floral hops with a tinge of fruits, very light citrus smell
Fruity hops that blend well into a nice malt base with a bitter finish
very smooth, would like more carbonation.
Very drinkable but I do get bored with it after a few at once.
This is a great beer to come back to after you havent had one in a while. Like a relative who visits every once in a while; its nice to see them, but you dont want them to overstay their welcome.

flatblack80, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of walshclimb
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear, light reddish brown with 1/4" head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lace. Very mild smell of malt with hint of sweet fruity sugar. Nondescript flavor that is light bodied with crisp texture. Overall, this is a decent session beer that is light and easy to drink. No bad flavors, but nothing to get too excited about either.

walshclimb, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of williamherbert
2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The appearance is a super-clear light orange with a solid foamy white head. Looks watery, but not thin.

The aroma is sweet ale malt. More like a regular ale than a pale. Above average pub ale smell.

THe flavor is sweetbread malt. Vague pale malt flavor, with some okay yeast presence. It's slightly substandard out of the can. Too sweet of an aftertaste, and tastes like dishsoap as it warms up.

Feels watery with a sweet burn on the way down. Milkier than expected. Soapy. It's disappointing. I generally like Bass on tap but out of the can it didn't hit the mark. Not awful, but subpar.

williamherbert, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of JMScowcroft
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Look - Clean artwork, the usual, not much to it. Pours a darker yellow-brown and settles dark amber in the glass. Little fizz but a very large, creamy, impressive head.

Smells - Slight, hops and a very slight, lingering sour. Smell gives hint to the body that follows.

Taste - Creamy and smooth, full of flavor, a hearty beer indeed. Nothing resembling your standard pale ale but impressive nonetheless.

Mouthfeel - Again creamy with a slight lingering, buttery sweetness. This taste could stay in my mouth all day and I wouldn't mind a bit.

Drinkability - I would say drinkability is average, only because of its heartiness. IT is easy to drink but you won't drink much.

Overall pretty good drink, but not really that great of a pale ale, if you try it you'll understand.

JMScowcroft, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper amber color with an off white to tan head that is thick and rocky. There is some nice lacing and the head leaves rings of foam about a third of the way down the glass during consumption before it fades to nothing.

Smell is almost nonexistent unless you really get up into the glass. The little that is there doesn't resemble much of a beer. It smells more like a watered down mash soup rather then a brew.

Taste is much better then the scent. I get a stale sweet malty taste with some carmel toffee undertones. There is a low carbonation that doesn't distract from a light but spicy hop flavor and a soft buttery mouthfeel.

Not a bad brew but nothing amazing either. This one is a good average ale that should be popular with snobby college kids that have the money to buy bottled beer rather then bud ice.

jbphoto88, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of ATPete
3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep amber, small, quickly dissapating white head.

S- Floral, Fruity, balanced hops and malt

T- Smooth, hops first leading into fruityness with a solid malt base and a nice slightly bitter hop bite upon the finish

M- very smooth, good carbonation.

D- All night long.

R- After many a bottle of Bass and many a draught i've decided i really enjoy this brew. Last night i was especially delighted by a Bass at a NJ Devils hockey game, i took notes on a napkin as well as Pilsner Urquell (draught) and Flying Fish's Extra Pale Ale haha. 8.50 a piece hurt my wallet good.

cheers.

ATPete, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of jadpsu
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got on draft and it poured a moderate dark hazy copper witha a good head that had average retention and good lacing.
Aroma was a little sweet with some caramel comeing through along with a good balance of hops and malts.
Taste was a little bitter along with that caramel sweetness
Decent to good brew but overpriced here in Atlanta at $14.99 for a twelve pack.

jadpsu, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro-tap is definitely the way to go for this beer. The lack of CO2 lets the subtle flavors come out and make for a tasty, almost cask-like experience. The aroma is a mellow mix of caramel and toffee grains. The flavor expands on these with a hint of herbal hops and biscuit flavors. I was kind of expecting a bland macro take on the EPA, but this was a tasty beer.

tempest, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of jeremyd365
4.18/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got it on draught at Carson's American Bistro in Ann Arbor, MI. Poured a dark, hazy copper and had a nice aroma of hops. It felt medium-bodied in the mouth and the hops were pretty apparent in the taste, but not overwhelming. This is a very drinkable pale. It's very flavorful without being too strong to have a few.

jeremyd365, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of mattster
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Pours a nice brown color, darker than the US pale Ale. Not much head formation, but nice layer of lace across top of glass.

Smell a nice, nutty smell with very light malt tones. Taste is hoppy with slight nutty overtones, but hops are very subtle compared to an APA, but this is still a good brew. Slight aftertaste on finish, but not a hard brew to drink. Downs easy and somewhat smooth.

Not on my faves list, but not a bad brew either.

mattster, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of animal69
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

my first beer for st. patty's day ; pours a clear med. gold color w/ a decent white head which sticks around for a bit leaving moderate lacing in my nonic ; not a strong smell, a sweet, mildly toasted malt aroma w/ some floral hop, some mild diacetyl type yeast and alcoholic undertones present ; a dry, crisp malty flavor, a bit nutty and cracker-like, but well balanced w/ the hop bitterness, a very faint dark fruit present as well ; a good light-med body, yet drier than the taste & aroma let on, i was expecting something a bit sweeter, the co2 was good, helping support that head and all ; a very drinkable brew, i may have to add this one to my "sessionable" list for sure...

animal69, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of tab021
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Amber/orange color with a decent head and lots and lots of lacing

S: smells slightly sweet

T: sweet with a slight hoppy bitterness that finishes as soon as it leaves your mouth

M: well carbonated and light/medium bodied

D: this is the first draft beer I have had, and its pretty decent. I could see this being a draft staple

tab021, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of dnichols
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured a capped 355 ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: It poured a clear coppery colored body with a very modest half finger head that receded to a slight cover and right around the collar. The head was an off white and supported a thin small bubbled lacing.

S: It smelled of creamy, sweet lightly toasted malts with hints of sugar and floral hops.

T: It was creamy and smooth with a front that was malty with a hint of yeast and bitter peppery hops. There was a tart/sour aftertaste that was unpleasant.

M: It was cream and light bodied (a bit watery). It had balanced carbonation but a sour, unpleasant aftertaste.

D: Not a particularly pleasant brew and one that I would pass over for many, many others. But in a pinch it could quench a thirst.

dnichols, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of charlzm
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at The Crest, Torrance, 02/02/08.

VERY clear brassy pour. No bubbles, quickly dissipating head. Sweet corny malt aroma. Sweet malty taste that turns into crisp green apples. Slight bitterness peeks through at end. Light, easy to drink session beer.

You can easily do much, much worse.

charlzm, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of cbleary
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Old Town Draught House in Greensboro.

Most days, I'm an APA guy, but every once and a while I like to have an English Pale Ale, and usually this is the one available. The beer arrived with a basic pale amber body and a small white head. It had a prominent buttery malt flavor with a good amount of complex hop flavor for a mass produced beer. This is a pretty good jumping off point when you're exploring pale ales.

cbleary, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap and it does make a difference. A apple juice-like color on top of a hoppy, apple-like smelling brew (must have had apples on the brain). In other words, a very light alcohol aroma. Gives a nice head that leaves lacing and is complemented by a mediumish grain body that fills the mouth and goes down very smooth. Not much in the taste department, but one of those beers where you and a buddy split a pitcher and you know you're drinking generic stuff, but you don't care. A nice session beer that you can relax with if you're at a bar.

clayrock81, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of andrewt960
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Poured a nice golden to dark brown. When poured correctly, a nice white head that doesn't stick around for the whole drink. Lacing is almost non-existent in the fact that there are no rings... but it shows a small trace as you drink it.

S- Malty smell, light hops. Nothing that really jumped out at me.

T- Refreshing, and carbonated as it goes down, mostly a malty taste with a touch of hops, but not a lot. I have a hard time picking out what it is that I like, not experienced enough yet, but very enjoyable.

D- A great choice when having a few, and nicely paired with most meals. I really enjoy it, and will continue to drink it. If I recall correctly, Bass on draught was much different. Less carbonated, and it was served a bit warmer. In this case I prefer it chilled and out of a bottle.

andrewt960, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of hardy008
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - amber in color with a large foamy head which stays longer than for most beers. Leaves a nice lace in the glass.

Smell - Hops and malt stand out.

Taste - Somewhat sweet with hints of slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied and smooth. Well made.

Drinkability - good drinkability, good with fish and chips.

hardy008, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
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.

SIRIUS2, Feb 10, 2008
Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
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