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Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale

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2,126 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,126
Reviews: 1,000
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 19
Gots: 65 | 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 asabreed

New York

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

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: An orange copper color with little bubbles floating to the top. A fairly foamy white head that slowly sinks toward the body, and a few links of lacing hanging out as well.

Smell: A good balance of malt and hops without a lot of complexity. Certainly not bad, and certainly yes, could be more. Maybe some cherries are in there too, or some dark fruit.

Taste: Sometimes when I drink Bass I wish there was a bigger hop presence, but it is an English version after all, not a hopped up American version. That said, this goes down easy and remains flavorful. There's indeed a discernible finish too, one I get that lends itself to cherries, slightly sweet malt, and a tad bit of hops. Not incredible complex, but lingering certainly.

Mouthfeel: A tad thin, maybe, in the body, and the carbonation tingles a bit at first, and by the end comes out in a slight burst. Enough to make things interesting without being overly bubbly by the end.

Drinkability: I like to make this a session beer everyone once in a while. For it's extreme availability, this is one that I think is usually worth the price, as far as six packs go at least; it may get a bit expensive at pubs and on tap and whatnot. Not too much alcohol, a flavorful brew, and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2006 01:30:58 | More by asabreed
Photo of funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured to quite a nice amber with a sufficient head and lots of lacing.

Smells like a cream ale. Some caramel notes in there as well.

This stuff tastes pretty decent, a bold, slightly sweet, slightly bitter aroma. Really not too bad..

Fairly smooth, and drinkable. A Simple brew, one I would have again if offered.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2006 23:56:15 | More by funkengruven
Photo of mjd83goblue


3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Clear carmel color with hints of amber. About 1" of quickly fading head with a hard pour.

S: Some earthy hops (bittering hops?), carmel/butterscotch, and almost a faint metallic smell like it was poured from a can.

T: Sweet butterly carmel malt. No real hop presence. Finishes with a slight metallic taste as well. Nothing offensive, but nothing spectacular either.

M: Pretty weak.

D: Still a very smooth and easy drinking beer. A classic session beer.

I've turned to more of an American IPA fan, but this always works for me in a pinch at a restaurant or when I need a reasonably priced 12 pk.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2006 04:09:47 | More by mjd83goblue
Photo of MiScusi


3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, the Bass pale ale being an English Pale Ale, I know it will be a little more subdued in intensity. However, this was still disappointing. Very little carbonation, felt watered down, and not a whole lot of taste at all, and NO hops at all. This just wasn't that great.

Poured from draft into pint glass. Detected a lot more fruit and citrus. A little better than before. Light yet flavorful. Ratings upgraded.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2006 02:18:53 | More by MiScusi
Photo of becktone


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

Light copper in color, and alive with carbonation this beer looks good. The off white, three finger head also adds to the appearance of this beer. The head is creamy in appearance, the creamiest that I've seen in a non-nitro beer, reaminds me of the head on a rootbeer float. Head retention is pretty good and so is lacing. Ovearll good appearance.

Aroma is earthy, hoppy, and the caramel malt overtones come through quite nicely. Stronger aroma would be appreciated, pretty weak. Its not one of those beers that hits you in the face with the aroma. Not a very assertive nose.

The aroma foreshadows the taste of this beer. Strong malt backbone (nice caramel flavor) that is later balanced by hops. Nice flavor to this beer, but I prefer more hop flavor. Although it is not an APA I believe that a little more emphasis on the hops could do this beer some good.

Medium bodied and lightly carbonated best describes this beer's mouthfeel. Doesn't finish dry, and seems like it would make a nice session beer. Feels good in the mouth, almost creamy-a reflection of the head, and carbonation isn't in the way. This is a good beer, would make a great session, but I prefer APAs as opposed to the English version. I can see myself buying this in the future but not that often, perhaps only to make black and tans. Goes down easy, but just doesn't hit the spot like a good APA. I know this is a different style but that's just what I prefer.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2006 22:09:38 | More by becktone
Photo of omar


4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

English Beer for the masses, and it's good too. Not particulary strong in any one area but solid in all phases. Who knew an english ale would is so refreshing in hot summer day in Texas. Tastes good whether ice cold or slightly warm.

Good color, not cloudy. Average head. Smells like beer should smell.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2006 20:33:52 | More by omar
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, these new pub-draft cans surprised me. I've never been a big fan of Bass, but these really hit the mark. Not a whirlwind of complexity, we all know that. But definately better that bottles or on draft.

We all know what it looks like.

We all know what it smells like.

We all know what it tastes like, except this if fresher, crisper, and definately has a bit more hops in the finish. Creamier due to the pub can.

Body is still quite thin, but the micro bubbles of nitro carbonation give it a slick, creamy mouthfeel

Serving type: nitro-can

06-10-2006 15:06:39 | More by AlexJ
Photo of ernie

Russian Federation

4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Burton ale - mass-market but retaining its outstanding quality and great taste. Aroma is fruity-hoppy, color is pale gold, carbonation rather high, helping to form an accurate crown. Taste is gentle and complex with some grain, caramelized malts and delightful hops. This beer can be your thirst-quencher or a long drink - everything you want it to be. Just don't serve it too cold!

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2006 18:24:52 | More by ernie
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ah Bass. I've sat with this one for quite a few sessions at bars. My dad introduced me to this when all I knew were BMC products so I guess it was an early start toward craft beer. Other than an occasional black and tan I haven't had bass in a long time but here goes.

12 ounce bottle poured into one of our old Bass "tulip" imperial pint glasses.

A - Not bad golden color with a nice tall off white head resulting from a failry hard pour.

S - Fruity sweetness along with a tiny note of butterscotch or caramel. Faint smell of grain on the nose mixed in as well.

T - Again some fruity notes on the initial sip. Tiny amount of hop bitterness provide some balance and the beer finishes clean. A nice session pale ale taste. Nothing to rave about but a nice clean tasting pale ale.

M - A nice smooth texture, well enough carbonated.

D - Nothing out of this world but reliable to session. The sweetness can be a little too much sometimes but good overall

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 00:55:58 | More by EStreet20
Photo of scoobybrew


3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a standard pint glass. The color is light amber to dark gold. It has a small head that quickly dissipates into a lace. The aroma is mild, but balanced malt and hop scent. It has a very "earthy" strong hop flavor with malt in the background, but present. Hops are also strong on the finish. The body is medium with moderately low carbonation.

I'm really glad this experience was what I remember of Bass. My last serving was from the tap and was not as pleasant. This classic English Pale has really defined the style world-wide due to the brewery longevity and it's good distribution. Perhaps not "the" best English pale, but the standard by which all are measured.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2006 21:19:49 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of HimerMan

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

In NYC. I've had this in bottles as well, but this review is mainly for tap.

Pour - decent amber with a rather foamy head.

Smell - mild hops, not floral, but hops still noteable even with just the smell.

Taste - Meh. Nothing at all special, this is best paired with Guinness, or paired with double guinness and no bass... Anyway, easy beer to drink, though I would not want to have many of these.

Overall - moderate beer that is a beer that you don't need to think about. It won't be a great beer, but at the same time, it won't ruin your meal.

I had this after work with clients, and that is exactly how I would drink it.


Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2006 02:41:54 | More by HimerMan
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an average size head that looks good but thins quickly. Color is a coppery gold with abundant bubbles. Decent lace leavings, nothing insane just nice thin splotches as I drank.

The hops and malts intermingle so well that the aroma is a perfect balance between the two. Emits a flowery element that's probably the hops talking. I like the dirty, earthy element here.

Tastes just like the aromas, with a fine balance between hoppy bitterness and malty sweetness. There's a metallic finish that I don't like (and decided to dock a half-point for), but there's also a good bit of depth displayed via floral and elemental tones. With a bold but tame mouthfeel, and the depth of flavor, it's a good thing this beer is as widely available as it is, proving once again that nobody, NOBODY needs to just settle and have a Bud or MGD or some such thing.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2006 21:44:46 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of shererjt


3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful orangish-amber clear with a large tan head. Aroma was fairly subdued--malt mostly, with some caramel and fruit. Body was medium. Flavor was on the sweet side with a good bit of toastiness and fruit. Lively mouthfeel. Drinkability was quite good.

An all-around yummy beer. Makes a great session drink. I've only had it on-tap once that I can recall--pints and pints with bangers and mash at Epcot Center in Orlando--but based on my limited experience I would say that it is one of those beers where the bottled version doesn't do it justice.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 00:48:25 | More by shererjt
Photo of jokelahoma


2.98/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This poured a copper color, with nearly no head. Little head that did appear died quickly.

The aroma on this one was mostly malt, with a slight whiff of hops. There's little else to tell about the aroma, really.

The taste of this is balanced, which is the nicest thing I can say. It isn't malty, it isn't hoppy, it isn't... well, it isn't anything, really. What happened to the Bass of my youth? I remember finding this on tap in Joplin, MO as a college student, and celebrating. No longer. This isn't really bad, it just isn't much of anything. Very, very pedestrian. Oh yeah, there's a slight hop bitterness that fades rapidly, never to return. But there's hardly and malty sweetness to speak of. This is just unimpressive in nearly every possible way. The only real bitterness here is to my memory, and how I remember the beer in the past. What a disappointment.

The mouthfeel, like the taste, has disappeared. This is watery thin.

Overall, this is quite drinkable, but then, anything this close to water should be, should it not?

I just can't help but think back on what this beer was 20 years ago. It's almost heartbreaking to see what it has become. This is English A/B or Miller, now. Sad, sad, sad. Avoid it if you're looking for anything with character.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2006 08:35:42 | More by jokelahoma
Photo of supercolter


3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- dark almos amber gold, small head that dissapates quickly, no real lacing
S- pretty good nose, true to the pale ale style, a little wheat smell,odd
T- average, similar to a euro pale ale, definately more wheat taste, though, maybe some oat
M- light, some carbonation but not too much
D- goes down really easy

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2006 05:47:29 | More by supercolter
Photo of strattor


3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a smallish creamy white head.

Light aroma of sweet malts, some caramel, and some breadiness.

Flavor very similar to the aroma. Pretty crisp finish.

Light body with noticeable carbonation.

Easy to drink, but not too complex. A safe bet for a beer, but not my first choice.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2006 05:23:40 | More by strattor
Photo of scottoale


3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From an odd sized, odd shaped 568ml.brown bottle pours a copper-brown ale with a nice bubbly white head. The 1/2inch thick head stays aloft from a steady flow of carbonation bubbles, some thick bubbly lacing coats the glass as the ale disappears.

Some sweet notes of bubblegum and banana from the malts with some green, grassy hops in the finish, interesting aroma.

Mellow malty nose, not as sweet as it smells, with a nice balance of hops that bitters from the middle, to the end. Kind of tastes like a bitter-sweet iced tea, smooth and refreshing.

Medium body, good carbonation, mild alcohol content and an average non-descript mouthfeel. Easy to drink, yet far from spectacular...sessions anyone?

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 06:30:42 | More by scottoale
Photo of atigerlife


3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this brew many, many times. Just had it on tap, so figured it was about time I wrote a review...

Poured an attractive light amber with a medium sized white head which had decent lasting power. No visible carbonation, but exceptional lacing.

Aroma was quite light with some sweet caramel notes and a little yeast. Taste is also quite light. Sweet caramel also comes through in the taste with some light hops at the end. Malts are apparent throughout.

The mouthfeel is very light and flat on the tongue. Uninspiring. Overall, it is a very drinkable session beer. Not exploding with character, but good to have around in a pinch.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2006 17:16:06 | More by atigerlife
Photo of Drew966


2.5/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bass Pale Ale pours an orange hue with a thick off white head from a brown bottle. The smell is underwhelming. Not much of anything. Does have typical English Pale Ale character, but in a muted sort of way. Kind of like its been dumbed down. I'm not particularly impressed.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 21:03:07 | More by Drew966
Photo of Freshie


3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very nice amber colour with small creamy head, that laces to the sides.

Aroma of hops and toasted grain malt.

Tastes very smooth and cream-like, with toasted malt. The hops is present but not over-bearing. Somewhat of a tea-like conistency, with light bitter aftertaste.

Not bad. What I usually opt for at a crappy Irish bar on the South Shore, here in Mass. Basic, but goes down nice. You could do a whole hell of a lot worse.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2006 22:19:03 | More by Freshie
Photo of Wasatch


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

A - Pours a dark golden color, some carbonation, tiny head, not much lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of sweet malts and slight hops, caramel.

T - The taste is sweet and malty, slight hint of caramel.

M - Light-Medium body.

D - Drinkable. I guess English Pale Ales do not have as much hops as an APA, I believe this is my first EPA. Not a bad brew, but will most likely not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2006 00:14:10 | More by Wasatch
Photo of pibbxtrasucks


3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my first review of a beer, so forgive the any lack of technical terms.

Appearance: could be due to a bad pour, but I thought the head on this beer was very weak. The color was a very nice looking amber color, although in my opinion, it looked a bit to clear and thin.

Smell: I didn't notice anything special about the smell. It smelt like you average big brand beer. In fact, it had somewhat of a skunky smell.

Taste: This beer had a slightly tangy/bitter taste. It was not quite what I expected, and tasted a bit more commercial than I hoped, but it definitely improved as I drank on.

Mouth feel: A very carbonated feel. It left quite an acid feel in my mouth.

Overall, this beer was a bit too carbonated for my taste, but better than many large labels readily available. For its price however, something better could certainly be found. This beer wouldn't be my first choice, but I am sure I will buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2006 00:08:00 | More by pibbxtrasucks
Photo of oldirtycaffrey


3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden brown with a good head and fair amount of lacing on the glass. Smell is OK, but this beer goes down smooth. The taste is of hops and malt -- has a slight kick to it, so if you're a Bud drinker, you may want to try this if you feel like something a little different. Mouthfeel is very good b/c of the fair amount of carbonation. This is definitely a session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2006 14:08:34 | More by oldirtycaffrey
Photo of JayTheFinn


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

Good color and head. Underwhelming smell. Quite a smooth taste. And not too much disturbance on the tongue going down. Smooth all around, and I don't think that's 100% a good thing here. It's just too blah, too boring. I'm just not excited by the taste. However, I definitely like this one better on tap than in the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2006 04:23:08 | More by JayTheFinn
Photo of EvilKeith


3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours an amber gold color with amazing clarity. The head is dense and firm, lace thick and sticky.

Smell is somewhat floral with butterscotch notes and a grapefruit-like quality.

This is your benchmark English Pale Ale. The flavors are very well balanced. Creamy mouthfeel and oh so drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2006 23:01:36 | More by EvilKeith
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