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Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale

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2,088 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,088
Reviews: 997
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 17
Gots: 62 | 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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Photo of Slatetank


4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I find this ale to be an excellent representation of the style. The color is brilliant amber and flavor is mildy fruity. I enjoy the label design with the England's first trademark displayed prominently. It has hints of hops and is sufficently carbonated and highly quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2006 17:45:26 | More by Slatetank
Photo of SudNut


3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This Beer pours to light amber with little to no head with a slightly hoppy smell with a hint of malt. This was a fairly average beer with an almost watery taste with a light hops character. It was very smooth and the mouthfeel was light. I could drink this instead of water its simply that smooth. This went well with my steak dinner.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 04:05:29 | More by SudNut
Photo of russpowell


3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the airport bar in phoneix az

Poured caramel with a 1" tan head. Good head retentin & some lacing

S: Slight fruittynesss & some caramel

T: Rich malt & caramel up front, then some fruittyness. Slight herbal hop notes as it warms. Finishes fruitty & dry

MF: Medium bodied with good carbonation & balance

Drank pretty easy, this beer can be hit or miss, not sure if that has to with how fast it turns over, When it's on it's great, even better on cask. That was a few years ago, sigh

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2006 04:52:19 | More by russpowell
Photo of BeerSox


2.25/5  rDev -33%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz into mug.

Clear amber with pretty much no head. Says Bass Pub Pour on the bottle, I don't know what that means, but I hope my beer is not an example. Dots of lacing here and there.

Light clean malty aromas, somewhat sweet like honey, but not very much there. Light vegetable like scents. No skunky aromas detectable. Very clean.

Mild husky malty like flavor. Somewhat bland, especially with no hop character. Very easy going finish, no lingering hop flavors or bitter flavors.

Super watery with decent carbonation giving it a crisp feel.

About what I expected. Not a horrible beer but there is no complexity to speak of. Pretty much your average mass produced beer that is produced for the masses.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 04:17:31 | More by BeerSox
Photo of tgbljb


3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden color with massive white puffy head. Modest lacing. Light fruity smell, but nothing overly impressive. Taste is moderately malty, but nothing overly impressive. Finish is also very mild and unimpressive. An eay to drink beer, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 02:48:35 | More by tgbljb
Photo of twi1609372


3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is just an average euro pale ale. It's not bad, but theres better. It has a descent flavor, nothignt oo harsh, better drank cold. Appearence is dark smells is bitter sweet. mouthfeel is fair, again not weak. I would class this as a mid grade pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2006 15:29:59 | More by twi1609372
Photo of Dukeofearl


3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Six Pack of 12 oz bottles purchased at LaBodega In Riverside, CA. for $7.99 in September 2006.

I have been drinking this beer in bottle and on tap for many years as my "fallback". Some days I like it better than others, but overall, I have to say it's a pretty good fallback.

A pretty golden color with a nice light tan head fed by tiny bubbles of carbonation lead to an aroma that is got a nice, but not strong hop bite. Malt sitting underneath is very "whole grain" feeling. Flavor follows through, with some buttery notes dancing with sharper hops (especially when colder).

Have I had better beer? Sure. Have I had my times when I don't like this at all? Sure. But I keep coming back, so they must be doing something right!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2006 23:45:26 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of teg8612


3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very nice amber color, sometimes hues to red in certain light or angles. White foam head is rocky and hangs for awhile. Clings to glass before sliding back into the beer.

S- The hope is faint with a slight floral and herbal quality. Pale malt sweetness. Overall subdued.

T&M- Malt is on the lighter side with some mild sweetness. Buttery smooth and creamy in a firm body. Hops bite to leave a very balanced brew. Herbal and kinda oily. There is a bit of a metallic taste to it and it leaves the palate kinda dry.

D- If you can get this on tap instead of bottle, you are better off. Both are good and will depend on what you prefer. A very fine brew. Not wild by any means but a standard bearer for the style. On the taste scale, it may seem muted compared to an American Pale Ale but a good sessionable beer none the less.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2006 14:02:16 | More by teg8612
Photo of dherling

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish-amber color with a thick and foamy head that sticks around for a while. Some decent malt and breadyness in the nose. Has a nice malt and caramel flavor, together with some hops. Aftertaste has a bit of more bitterness, but not much. Has a pretty smooth mouthfeel, and a crisp finish with some lingering hops. A good beer with no real faults, goes down nicely. When you're raced with few choices at a abr, this is a good friend to turn to.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2006 21:51:03 | More by dherling
Photo of belias

Trinidad & Tobago

3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy dark red amber, with a slight off-white head and slight lacing. Smell was good, sweet malts, caramel and butterscotch. Caramel is once again present in the taste as are spicy/bitter hops, and a faint fruit character. The aftertaste lingers somewhat, but is pleasant-enough with a balance between the sweet and bitter characteristics of the brew. The beer has a creamy mouthfeel up front, is medium bodied, well carbonated, and ends somewhat dry. Overall i think this a fine session beer, decent on all counts, not really spectacular, but very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2006 01:00:42 | More by belias
Photo of Fuller


3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

golden amber body with a dense light beige head that leaves decent amounts of lacing. Hint of nut in the nose along with some lightly roasted malt and sweet fruit. First taste is of sweet caramel malt followed by floral hop with low bitterness and some nut that leaves my mouth feeling dry. Creamy medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Easy drinker, could put down a few of these with no problem.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2006 03:09:47 | More by Fuller
Photo of TechMyst


4.47/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Container Volume: 355ml

Container type: bottle

Head: dissapates to <1/2 inch

Lace: good

Reflected- yellow/red tint
Transmitted- yellow

Aroma: sweet

Mouthfeel: medium

Palate: adjusts quickly

Start- bitter
Middle- sweet
Finish- bittersweet

Comments: PERFECT balance between sweet / bitter. Palate adjusts well to making the ale taste smooth. One of my standards.

Mowing/Working on car- n
With Friends- Y
Sipping- Y
Get my buzz on- Y

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 06:41:46 | More by TechMyst
Photo of barefootbrewer


3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a golden color with a small head. The smell was sweet and slightly sour. The taste is bright with notes of citrus and bitterness. The mouthfeel is full but not heavy. There is a slight bitter aftertaste. Drinkability – hey, it’s a Bass!

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2006 03:22:11 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of bort11


3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with a pizza.
Poured into a standard pint tumbler. Very nice sized head, at least two fingers. It took it's time to recede. Maintained a good lace. Smell wasn't very strong, but I could make out some sweetness. Taste is a little on the malty side, but there was a slight bit of hops bitterness. The malt was a bit smokey. Mouthfeel was medium bodied. I think I overlook Bass sometimes. It was great with pizza. I should give it a chance more often.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 04:00:55 | More by bort11
Photo of biercircus


3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bass has a malty, sweet flavor. It's very easy to drink. Nice amber color, not much foam. It gives off a pleasant, nutty smell. Hop character is very slight. Overall, bass pale ale is a decent beer, sweet and refreshing. It differs a lot from an American pale ale in the fact that there's hardly any hops. It's good when your'e craving something less bitter than usual.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2006 03:19:58 | More by biercircus
Photo of janubio


3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Foam with big bubbles, it doesn't last much. Nice copper colour. Aroma is sulphur, limestone. Some fruits, nut and a bit tarty. Taste is similar, nut, limestone, tarty hint of sulphur, maybe a bit buttery and some nut meg.
This is the Inbev version, I have to find my notes of some years ago for the original one.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 20:13:24 | More by janubio
Photo of witster18


3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very good beer. Nutty start is quickly swept away with a clean finish. Chocolate amber color, decent fizzyish head, not overwhelming at all. A pale ale even your mom will like. Great with a large diversity of food ranging from light to spicy to red meat.
Much sharper around the edges than most pale's. Superb balance of sweetness and kick while magically eliminating a strong aftertaste. Love the accessability of this beer and its' no more than Guinnes or Heineken at you local grocer. A beer with more diversity than most of the other mass produced imports when it comes to food.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 15:08:34 | More by witster18
Photo of DaveFL1976


3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, almost a nut-brown color with a fairly foamy head that settles down into a thin skim, but still sticks around.
Smell is a bit roasty and smokey of malt. Not much hop aroma, and not too complex. Taste is a bit nutty and sweet. A little dry and roasty, with a clean, sort of sweet aftertaste. Not a whole lot of interesting stuff going on here, but it’s tasty and drinable. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, and light carbonation helps it go down easy. Not a bad choice if you’re limited to macros.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 01:13:35 | More by DaveFL1976
Photo of Estarrio


3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap...

Medium brown, with a small, white head. Not much retention but the lacings were very intricate and almost mesmerizing.

Sweet malt, subtle fruit and cream aroma.

Very smooth. Very light caramel and vanilla, mixed with a creamy malt texture.

Much nicer mouthfeel on tap, good creamy notes...very drinkable!

I am pleasantly surprised with this old, standby on tap. Much smoother than the bottle and more flavorful as well...

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2006 04:40:33 | More by Estarrio
Photo of pmcadamis


3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one in downtown Springfield IL at Andiamo...I was very suprised to see this on tap at what is basically a coffee shop and decided to have one after touring the old state capital.

It's been awhile since I've had one of these, but I remember drinking Bass as a lighter alternative to Guiness before I really started exploring the world of beer.

Expertly poured into a pint glass by the girl behind the counter. Very clear and golden with not much head. A few suds did stick around for the duration.

Not much going on with the smell here, but this was served very cold and downed quickly, so I may have missed some nuances that might have been detected if I sat with the beer as it warmed. The taste is excellent, but sort of bland. A lighty malty, butterscotch sweetness at first. Followed by a tiny bit of bitterness. This one is very well balanced and goes down easily.

The taste is interesting, but unintrusive enough to drink just for fun...for those times when picking out every little subtle flavor is not the main idea. Overall this is just a pretty average beer for drinking....without much thinking.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2006 00:12:23 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of HoustonTX


3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Amber in color, white creamy large head, decent lacing and reten.

S - Picking up light caramel malts, and small earth notes.

T - Taste was quite bready, and on par for the style. Small caramel, light toffee notes, with a hint of fruit layers. Not bad. Mouthfeel was kind of light, and drinkabiliy is average.

A solid beer, and a decent example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2006 15:16:21 | More by HoustonTX
Photo of CraftAle


3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This will never be my first choice ale, However, I'll add it to my beer diet for variety---especially if I find it again at Costco for about $22/case.

Major smell and taste is hop bitterness. Much less complex smell and taste that hoppy American IPAs. Also has a thinner mouth feel than American IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 12:27:06 | More by CraftAle
Photo of xav33


2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bass Pale Ale
16 oz bottle
Recent bottling, ingested 07/06
Medium pour in a pint glass

Poured amber with foamy white head.

Smelt of caramel malt with little hops.

Tast was light bready malts and slightly fruity hops that fail to cling to the palate in an awkward bitter ending.

Overall, a simple quaffing English Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 05:20:22 | More by xav33
Photo of neenerzig


3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good solid pale ale. Not bad at all but certainly nothing special here either. Pours a light to medium golden color with a nice tall white head that doesn't stick around too long but leaves some nice lacing indeed. The smell comprises of some sweet malt and little else. The taste is pretty the same as the smell. Sweet and malty. Aftertaste is slightly dry and bitter. Has a nice crisp and smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink. This beer could be a lot better than it is if it had more character. That's what's holding this beer back, a lack of character. A good beer, but nothing special.


Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 04:26:33 | More by neenerzig
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, Bass, a beer curiously common as pizza on Long Island but I never saw it once in the entire year I lived and worked in London..its almost like they export everything, like Foster's in Australia.

Pours a light copper into my piny glass with a dense white head and promising lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles evident. Nose is oversweet and reeks of malt sugars.

Taste is light and crisp and pleasant if fairly simple and a little watery. No real hop attack as in most pale ales but this is basic, tasty stuff. Sessionable in a pinch but I likely wouldn't choose it unless confronted only by other macros

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 04:27:53 | More by daliandragon
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