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Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale

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2,143 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,143
Reviews: 1,002
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 20
Gots: 75 | 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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New York

2.45/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this beer on tap. I've never been a big fan of it, really. It's my least favorite out of all the big Euro pale beers. And frankly, it has nothing on some of the better English Pale Ales. It pours a golden fizzy yellow color with minimal white head. There isn't much aroma; maybe some mild malt notes.

The taste is not that enjoyable to me. It's a bit sour, a bit too malty up front, and has too much carbonation for my liking. This goes along with the watery taste I just couldn't shake. Mouthfeel is decent, and it's drinkable, but I wouldn't want more than one anyway. You can find it everywhere, but frankly there are other beer just as accessible that are better than this one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2007 16:19:19 | More by BBM
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Alberta (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured a nice dark copper-amber color with little head and some lacing that sticks to the glass. Smell of slightly roasted malts and some hop bitterness. Some roasted malt at first followed by a good slug of bitterhop and a touch of sweetness. Goes down easily enough but I'm not sure it's worth the $13.25cdn per sixer though.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2007 01:10:10 | More by Shadman
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3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint.

Clear golden body, virtually no head, but some lacing.

Crisp malt aroma. Hints of hops.

Nothing surprising in the flavor. A decent pale ale, but nothing to write home about. Nice full carbonation in the mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 11:51:06 | More by HugoGrim
Photo of bonbright7


4.28/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I never thought I would find Bass Ale in a pint can, but did today, on the train platform between tracks 18 and 19 of the Long Island Railroad at Penn Station, NYC. It was featured among other canned beers, like Bud, Becks, Coors Light, and I think Heineken too, in a mobile bar cart for $2.50. Optimism was not in the air at the moment of purchase as I thought a great beer like Bass deserved better.

I was proven wrong as my train pulled away from the station and I popped the top to reveal a great flowing mass into my cup. The ale flowed as if I was drawing it off a tap and it had the familiar shake of a skirt element to the head with many little bubbles coming from the bottom.

The first taste was creamy caramel body mixed with the bitter aftertaste that made me want to take the whole pint down in one shot. I enjoyed the beer to its quick ending and regretted not buying another for the train ride home.

I could see the practical element to having it in a can in Penn Station and I would happily buy this again...in a can.

Serving type: can

02-03-2007 02:07:55 | More by bonbright7
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New York

3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured clear amber with a fine-grained white head that dropped to a half-inch and stayed. Medium lacing. Smell is very faint; biscuity malt and a hint of hops. Taste is crisp and clean, light for a pale ale (especialy compared to some of the American micro PAs on the market today) not a lot of hops, but the chalky quality of the Burton-On-Trent water is very noticable and -- to my palate anyway -- round and pleasing.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 22:57:12 | More by alexskovan
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2.68/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This, IMO, seems like the bud light of pale ales. Poured into a pint glass, from a 12oz. bottle. The beer poured a deep amber, forming a 1/2 inch head, that quickly faded, leaving medium lacing on the glass. The aroma is weak, but what is detectable, is a nice citrus aroma. The taste is very light, having little hop flavor, and an equal amount of malts. Does not have the hoppy flavor that I expect from a pale ale. The mouthfeel is also a little thin. Overall, its not a bad beer, just not the one that I would turn to, when I want an English Pale Ale. However, I do love this with Guinness in a black & tan.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 06:34:02 | More by beeragent
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2.28/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Had this on tap at an Irish Pub in San Antonio.

Pour is a nice looking amber, red look that has a decent amount of head. Not a lot lacing, but not bad.

Smell is mostly apple fuit flavors.

Taste of this beer is dominated by a very sour apple flavor that is way too much. Only a slight sweetness makes its way through and there is very little at that. Hardly any hop bitterness either, as some could be used to balance everything out.

I wasn't impressed with this beer at all. To be blunt, apple sourness is what dominated my palatte the whole time. Had a hard time even finishing the pint. Next time I go to an Irish Pub, I won't be ordering this again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2007 00:31:14 | More by AustinBeerLvr
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3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The third entry of six in the Euro Invitation is Bass Pale Ale. Pulled out of the fridge, allowed time to warm up, and poured into a pint glass, on to the beer:

Bass pours an orangish amber with a decent head. Buttery flavors dominate for the smell and taste, but one also gets a hint of caramel, toast, and nutty flavors. Throw in a smooth and creamy mouthfeel, and you have yourself the new leader of the Euro Invitation, beating out Pilsner Urquell for the early honor.

Three down, and three to go. Next up, Guinness Draught.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2007 06:46:23 | More by DoubleJ
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3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought at a local Irish pub, served in a 20 oz. Smithwick's tulip. Poured a dark golden/amber with a thin head that quickly disappeared into a light crown. Minimal lacing around the glass.

Nose is buttery and biscuity, with a slight metallic twang. Very weak and simple, but not unpleasant.

Didn't taste quite as good as I remember out of the bottle. Butter and biscuit malts along with a very dry, burnt maltiness. Subtle hints of apple as well, and no detectable hops.

Thin, watery, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel, but good carbonation. Drinkability is decent and this is a decent session beer, though last night after three pints I had to switch to Smithwick's.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2007 19:49:08 | More by Phocion
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2.55/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out like weak Ice Tea. Nice one finger of off-white suds. Some lacing here.
Some alcohol but mostly yeast and hops hit the nose.Mabey some caramel.
Taste is a little watery. It does have some hops because it leaves the mouth a bit dry.
Caramel and yeast are the strongest flavors but even they are there in the slightest amounts.
Bass might have a better brew but the Pale Ale is not one of them.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2006 09:54:02 | More by peabody
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2.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a quarter inch head and fades to an eighth. Reddish brownish hue. Very little lace around the top of the glass.

S - Mostly molasses

T - Bitter caramel and other burnt sugar tones.

M - Slightly crisp but fades after a while

D - Easy to drink. I would have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2006 03:43:27 | More by umustdrink
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South Carolina

2.58/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear orange color with a huge fizzy head and laced quite a bit. Picked up very little on the nose of this one, maybe some malts? Taste was a bit fruitier then I remebered, tasted fresh. Very carbonated.Overall this is decent, not a favorite but decent.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2006 02:49:50 | More by mikesgroove
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4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites of the more readily available pale ales, this one pours a nice copper, with a good light head. A bit of a grassy scent and malt. A distinctly bready flavor that finishes a bit bitter clean finish. It's smooth and easy to drink, and is often followed by another one!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 04:33:04 | More by zuggy9
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New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours amber with little head retention. for some reason i don't smell a thing when this beer is poured. the taste is slightly buttery with hints of caramel but the texture is slightly thin. very drinkable though.not as much flavor as i would have hoped for but all in all pretty good. as an irish american, my praise can somewhat be light for a british beer but i have to give them their due, good job with the bass.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2006 02:51:59 | More by scarletfire79
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Alberta (Canada)

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

I remember thinking this beer exotic when I was a macro drinker — something I tried to keep in mind as I sat down to review it. I didn't want to be unfairly dismissive just because I've moved on to other things.

Alas, even with an open mind, I didn't find a lot to get excited about. It poured a copper colour with a thin, creamy head and plenty of bubbles racing to the top. The smell was grassy hops and some caramel malt. There was a slight roasted aroma to the malt, but not much.

The taste was dominated by buttery, caramel malt, followed by an abrupt metallic twang. It felt thin and watery on the palate and overall didn't make much of a lasting impression.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2006 02:41:59 | More by vanrassel
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3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured an amber/copper color with slight head. Head dissipated leaving a nice lace which really showed as beer was consumed.

Didn't get much from the first pint and second was only a little better with a whiff of malt but not much else.

Thought the first might have been a little 'off' as the second was tastier and provided more maltiness.

Again, not a lot here but still better than tongue numbing lagers served at 35 degrees.

Overall, slightly above average and worth the $2/pint special price.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2006 01:51:34 | More by SMark
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New York

3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden rust color, 1 finger head that left some lacing, head dissipated quickly. The smell was of caramel malts, the taste was the same with a slight metalic hop bitterness. Nice carbonation, with a slightly watery mouthfeel, finishes dry but not bitter. This ale goes down easy and I could drink many of these. I actually bought these as an offset to some heavier beers. So far 2 out of the 5 in the 6'r were dead flat. Lets hope the other is not flat.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2006 05:09:22 | More by Gmann
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3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Golden amber in color with a large, frothy head from a hard pour, great retention and lacing.

S: Yeasty and wheaty smell, yet somewhat clean and alcoholic also. Hop scent vaguely present.

T: Kind of watery over the palate, little bit of bitterness with weak malt flavor. Slight hint of sweet fruit, but not a very pleasing or worthwhile trait.

M: Smooth and crisp, decent carbonation that was adequate on the palate, but left much to be desired.

D: The flavor is decent enough to go for more, as nothing truly stands out in this beer. Still, better than many other widely available selections, so it'd bed easier and tastier than others.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2006 06:24:49 | More by CharlieMopps
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3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

24 ounce tall-boy. Lightly amberish-red in color, a dissapointing white head. Butery hops, some caramel toffee notes and tender malts noticed on the nose. Medium bodied with the true to quality offerings found in the style--bitter and creamy hops, combined with a light caramel malt backbone. Fails to develop the creaminess that would be expected with an EPA. Simple enough, but that may be the issue here. Better offerings can be found.

Serving type: can

11-25-2006 21:03:47 | More by GeoffRizzo
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 oz bottle into a glass mug. A light amber color with a thick white head that has decent retention. Nice, malty smell typical of an EPA. Backed up with a malty taste yet there was a slight bitterness as well. Nice mouthfeel typical of an EPA. Rather drinkable ber although the bitterness would wind up gettign to me after a few. But, overall rather enjoyable and comforting.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2006 23:44:08 | More by maddogruss
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3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 U.S. fl. oz. bottle

Poured a clear, dark, reddish amber with a tiny white head that quickly faded to a ring of lace. No lacing whatsoever.

Smell was malty, sweet and fruity with a touch of hops in the background.

The taste started somewhat malty, sweet and fruity as well but soon turned oaky and dry. The dryness crescendoed as the beer moved to the back of the palate and the hops kicked in. Extremely dry finish (the beer left my tongue feeling like sandpaper).

Medium bodied.

This is a straight forward, easy-drinking beer that could be quite sessionable were it not for the intense dryness. Definitely a good default beer when not at a beer bar.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2006 19:01:42 | More by Damian
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2.35/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a "Bass Pub Pour" can into a pint glass. Pours a copperish amber color with a thin white head. Aroma is extremely faint malt and just a touch of caramel. Taste begins malty with not much going on in the middle. Finally the bitterness from the hops sneak in at the end with a metallic twang in there as well. Overall, this just is not a very good beer in a can and is not exactly going to make my grocery list anytime soon.

Serving type: can

11-20-2006 05:07:17 | More by cjgator3
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3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz, cryptic code on the back label, L6242SY 04:59… useless to me and 99.9% of people buying the product..
Pours a clear golden color with a thin head of off white bubbles. Aroma is light, but somewhat roasty and earthy hops. Taste brings out the earthy hops and light malt backbone. Light bitter aftertaste. Easy drinking, nothing crazy. Solid session beer, nothing more.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2006 22:28:07 | More by sacfly
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3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a "Bass Pub Pour" can a dark copper with a very nice white head and good lacing.

Smell is sweet. There is some caramel and a sweet hawaiian bread like smell. Also a little bit apple in the nose as well.

Taste is also pretty sweet similar to the smell with the caramel, bread, and fruit. There is also some buttery diacetyl.

Mouthfeel is decent but a little slick.

Overall an easy drinking English Pale Ale. Pretty decent brew.

Serving type: can

11-12-2006 04:58:24 | More by hckyfn9999
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District of Columbia

2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Much sweeter than I expected. Had a one-inch head that dissapated quickly. Was drinkable, but not great. Fairly one-dimentional. Smell was a bit stale and yeasty, but it tasted better. Could taste a woody, almost oak-like flavor, as well as some fruit and sugar. One that I would have again, but certainly not a favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2006 21:06:58 | More by alysmith4
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