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Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale

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2,412 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,412
Reviews: 1,034
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 26
Gots: 211 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bass Brewers Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2001

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Ratings: 2,412 | Reviews: 1,034
Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Las Vegas airport. Haven't had this beer in a while... it's actually better then I remember.

The beer pours a solid copper color with fair head retention and lacing. The beer has a pronounced roasty malt flavor, but with enough underlying hoppy citrus to keep it from smelling, or tasting, too sweet. The beer has moderate sweetness on the palate, but it's nicely balanced with some drying, bitter hops. This keeps the beer from tasting too heavy, and in fact it's pretty refreshing. There's a goodly amount of flavor and the beer finishes well. Abv. is well disguised and drinkability is good.

Not bad at all, much to my surprise. It's actually a pretty well made English style pale ale.

Photo of Guzzler78
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This review is for a 16.9 ounce pub pour nitro-can.
Appearance is a clear light amber, copper color, not really any lacing.
Not much of a nose to it - some sweet malts and hoppiness.
Taste is slightly sweet, malty and somewhat bitter finish.
Very light mouthfeel.
An okay beer, there are much better pale ales out there.

Photo of mcsquint
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass
A - Golden amber in color, nice two finger white head. Minimal lacing
S - Faint malt and hops
T - Slightly sweet with a bit of a bite on the finish.
M - Light but finishes very clean
D - Bass is one of the beers that proved to me that beer can actually have taste. Even though it seems lighter now than it did a few years ago, this is still a well made mass produced, easy to get just about anywhere beer. It's easy to drink and doesn't drain the wallet.

Photo of jsprain1
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug
A- Thick head, more amber than pale. Fairly weak head.
S- Pretty clean and understated, Some malt, some yeastiness. Nothing extraordinary.
T- Barley, yeast, hops, pretty straight forward. Tastes like a run of the mill pale ale but with less intensity of flavor.
M-Smooth. Good carbonation. Tends toward the thin side.
O- Decent. Better than most macro offerings. Comprable for me in bottle form to michelob's new beers.

Photo of hopdog
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at a work function - nothing else to choose from and we all know that drinking makes it easier to be with people from work away from work...Not much I can really say that ~100s of other people have already siad. Poured a darker amber color with a larger sized off white head. Non-descript aroams. Sweet malty tasting.

Photo of sliverX
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

poored a nice light copper color with a thick cream head that lasted and laced forever
smells of light fruitiness with a hint of grass with a hint of nitro stink ass I put it
tastes much like the smell but the nitro nastyness is much more evident (old can maybe???) but remembering from past experiences on tap a very light pleasant taste
light in the mouth very easy to drink and much enjoyment has been had with this beer in my hands

Photo of Haybeerman
3.16/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, dark amber color. Poured a 1 finger thin white head with fair retention. Light lacing, but broken ring.

S: Bready-toasty malt. Light spicey hops.

T: Toasted malt. Light hop bitter finish.

M: The light side of medium; frankly a bit thin. Lightly carbonated.

D: Very drinkable; not a heavy ale by any means.

Photo of srandycarter
3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours clear beautiful amber. Small white head leaves to ring. Sudsy, but at times, clingy lacing.

S - Simple malt with some bitter notes.

T - Nice middle of the road malts and bitter.

M - Medium to thin.

D - Not much going on - very easy to drink.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.66/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 11/29/2005 (Tap @ Buffalo Wild Wings, Clear Lake, TX):

Body pours an amber brown color, with a white head. Aroma is slightly sweet. Palate has a pale dryness to it. Not much flavor, but doesn't have an aftertaste either. Might be a little flat.

Photo of hawkseven
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- nice copper color, weak head

S- bready/biscuit nothing unusual or distinctive

T- very unique taste, malty, raisins, fruit. Very different taste from other Pales.

M- crisp, quick, clean

D- I could drink this all day long. Very tasty with a flavor that is very unique.The taste is probably one that you like or don't like, but its different. I bought this to make make Black and Tans(my quickie mart was out of Smithwicks and Harps)so I figured lets try it and see how it tastes all by itself. I will probably buy more of this in the future.

Photo of kingothewoods
3.39/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great English Pale Ale but something is missing.

Very nice light brown color with little head. The smell is of caramel malts and almost like - this is weird but a musty basement. Kind of light but it is lacking the deep flavors and smells. You can tell this is a mass production beer but it is pretty darn good.

When I saw it is a Pale Ale I thought there would be more hops coming through on the finish but I was disappointed. Still a good beer and I will drink another.

Photo of Japerrault
3.76/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bass is an old friend. It has a nice, clear, golden amber color with a cream colored head. Duration of the head lasted a good while then dissipated to a thin layer.

S: Aroma was a nice bready-toasty malt with lesser spicey english hops in the background.

T: Flavor on this one was mostly light toasty malt flavors, not too sweet, with little hop bitterness in the finish. Overall balanced with no real strong flavors standing out.

M: The whole mouthfeel was a bit thinner than I like, but good as a summer quaffer.

D: Overall, this is a very drinkable beer, not a heavy ale, but a lighter bodied quality ale that is easy to take down in large quantities.

Photo of Hojaminbag
2.84/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brown body with a white head. Leaves some lacing behind.

Smell is pretty lifeless, a little bit of sweetness in it.

Taste isn't all that bad. There is a little bit of unsettling sweetness that doesn't taste like malt. However there is also some caramel malt notes and even a touch of grassy, earthy hops.

Medium bodied mouthfeel.

Not bad drinkability, nothing remarkable or terrible about this beer.

Photo of Nibbley
2.04/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ok, what happened to Bass? i havent had one in a while, But, I dont remember it tasting like this.
Pours an amber with a white head that last a good while, it looks good but the taste is where it goes horribly wrong. Has a watery mouthfeel with a nasty metallic aftertaste. Its bitter but not a hoppy taste, almost artificial/chemical taste. I do not recommend this beer,run Forrest run away from this one!

Photo of albern
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a mass produced English Pale Ale that is decent, but lacking all complexity. It pours a nice amber color, decent head, no lacing. This beer is plenty carbonated. The aroma is definitely earthy, caramel malt, slightly musty. This is a dry beer, quite light, quite drinkable because of its low ABV. The taste is earthy malts, some light caramels, diaceytl and buttery, but not cloyingly so. What you get on the front end is how the beer finishes. There isn't much complexity to the beer. Not much to say because it doesn't have loads of character either, but it is drinkable.

Photo of dacrza1
3.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish orange body with a thick, crisp white head--classic ale body...nice misty lacing as glass drains... toffee, malt and some metallic pilsner hints.... hops are mellow if not subtle... carbonated, medium-bodied ale that settles the mouth more like a lager... quite drinkable, but somewhat slick... malty caramel tones with toffee--smooth, but neither buttery, nutty or hoppy--hmmmm... as a mass-produced ale, Bass holds its own and is still a pleasant choice, especially when considering its availability at most drinking establishments and even some house parties... consistent and familiar...

Photo of TucsonPIRAAT
2.95/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

16 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: very average, amber in color with no head, and a slight lace
S: Fruity esters almost citrusy,
T: very light, and clean, almost like an american lager. There is a slight Hop taste but is canceled out by lager and watery. I usually drink beers with a little more flavor and higher alchohol content, so I am a bit dissapointed
M: light, aftertaste lingers in the mouth
D: A beer that is perhaps not to tasty, or overwhelming. One that I could drink many of, but would not really care to savor.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is cool that this now available in BC in cans as I dig decent imports in tall cans. This has always been a pretty beer to look at with its tall head and dark tan body. The nose is biscuity and kinda malty. The taste is very soft but tasty with flowery hop notes and a nice malty finish. A classic beer that is still nice to drink especially in a can where the beer tastes fresher.

Photo of unclejimbay
4.24/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bass Pale Ale - EPA, ABV = 5.0, cals = 156 p12ozs
Bottle poured into a tapered bottom mug
A-3.0- good 1 finger head that lasted for a good while, deep caramel golden color, good lacing.
S-4.0- malts front stage, caramel in back stage, unique but very smooth balance with fruity hop notes.
T-4.5- I really dig the balance, hop notes on a solid malt base.
MF-4.0- Crisp and distinct bursts of flavors
D-4.5 - I am not a huge fan of Pale Ales, but I really dig Bass EPA, and it is always around if you need something familiar. I can always count on Bass EPA for a drinkable session beer.

Photo of danny013
3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pair of 12 oz. bottles poured into a 20 oz. imperial pint glass and topped up as needed. Beer pours a beautifully clear orange with a thick, 2-finger white head that settles down to a thin covering after a minute or so. Good lacing down the glass as the beer is drunk. 'Tis a beautiful thing

Smell is light and faint. Mostly of some bready/biscuity malts with a faint floral hoppiness, not much, perhaps even slightly citrusy?

Taste is good, big toasted malts/bread up front, slight sweetness in the background. A slight metallic/mineral profile is noted, from the classic hard water, I presume. Some lemony-astringency pulls through next, floats around and disappears fully as the beer is swallowed. Hop bitterness comes out and mingles with the toasted grains left on the tongue and lingers. Very clean finish.

Mouthfeel is great, body is medium-light with a pleasant carbonation that isn't too high and compliments the brew nicely. Goes down easily and leaves you wanting another.

Overall, a very well put together pale ale, one of the "classics". While it isn't remarkable or surprisingly different, it is always delicious, easy drinking, and non-offensive, which is what I think the brewers are going for. If the ABV was a little less this would be an even better session ale (that's not to say it isn't already, but it's at the high-end). Another plus is you can find it in most places for not too bad a price. Check it out if you haven't!

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pale ale brown-amber color. Pretty much transparent with a small head that leaves a bit of lacing

S- Smell is of malt and harsh mineral water

T- The malt is surprisingly tasty with a background of cooked veggie and a pinch of hops

M- Feels like mineral water... decent for my palate

D- Drinks good

Photo of illidurit
3.16/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 99 Bottles in Santa Cruz. Light caramel color with a creamy tan head that leaves gobs of lacing. Aroma is modest, with overripe dark fruits and toasted malt. Flavor is very similar. Light and tart dark fruits, sweetbread malt, earthy English hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and luscious but this comes at the expense of adequate carbonation. Also the flavor is not robust enough to match the body. Decent and drinkable beer, but nothing spectacular.

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

This is a decent, basic English pale ale that does not seem pair well with too many foods since in my experience many foods entirely interfere with and ruins what flavour it has, but otherwise is pretty tasty ans easy to drink.

Reddish gold-copper, it has a big, creamy light tan head that slowly srhinks to leave great lace.

The aroma is mild toffee-caramel, raisins, toasted bread crust, earthy leaves, all mild but generally good and definitely English.

The taste is bnot great, but pretty good. It is mildly toasty, leafy-caramelly, and leafy, fruity (mostly plums and raisins) with grain and a faint vanilla hint, light buttery quality and feel, then a light leafy bitterness, and some mineral. The flavours are, overall, pleasant and it's fairly well balanced. However, it's flavours are a bit on the subdued side, it has a definite thin, mineral-water quality, flatness in the finish, and the aftertaste is lightly acrid. It is somewhat reminiscent of the likes of Abbot Ale in terms of basic character, but more muted, less flavourful, less interesting, thinner, and rougher. With food, it often tends to degrade, becoming more roughly alcoholic with little flavour but thin, acrid leaves. Alone or with certain foods, though, it is pretty good.

Photo of jwc215
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange amber with a white lasting head that leaves a nice amount of lacing.

The smell is of caramel and a light citric fruitiness and earthiness.

The taste is of caramel- towards toffeeish - with an English-style fruitiness. Some green apple skin and buttery diacytel are there. There is a decent hop bitterness mixing in with the maltiness which is light, but also nice enough. There is something of a general blandness to it.

Low-end of medium-bodied - even a bit thin with some slickness.

Pretty much a standard English Pale. I've had plenty of times before, especially on-tap where the options are limited (surprised I haven't reviewed much earlier). There is something stale-ish that I continually notice. That aside, it's not bad, and it almost has a maltiness and light hop touch that make it stand out, but there's also "something" - an apple-y and buttery quality and a general stale-ish-ness/blandish-ness that would make me want to pick other English Pales over this. Still, a decent brew if you're caught in a limited option scenario.

Photo of SiriusAth
3.36/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint glass. Pours a clear light amber with a nice pillowy 2 finger cap of white foam. This fades down fairly quickly but there are some nice spider-web patterns of lace left behind.

Pretty simple no frills aroma. Slightly fruit, somewhat sulfury, a hint of caramel and toasted malt. Hops are earthy, English and subdued.

Not a bad taste, but not great either. Slight sweetness crossing into an earthy, bitter, flinty and mineral-like finish. Burton-upon-Trent type water for sure.

Very light bodied and a touch over-carbonated, giving it that "prickly" feeling. Watery, with all the flavor quickly fleeing after a swallow. Leaves a bit of a sulfur presence in the mouth.

Considering how much I used to love this stuff versus the American macros, it's a bit of a letdown. It is very easy to drink and has an ok profile, but it doesn't beg to be consumed over and over. Still, better than anything from the big three.

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Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
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