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Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
77
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2,136 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,136
Reviews: 1,002
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 19
Gots: 72 | 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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palliko

California

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

Appearance is copper color, topped with light foamy head that produced little lacing. Aroma consists of musty yeast and bruised apples. Yuk! Initial taste contains a minute amount of bitter hops and malt, those danged apples again, followed by fruit and brown sugar. This under-carbonated beer leaves a nasty taste in your mouth, and DO NOT drink it warm. Hard to believe this beer is selling well.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2005 19:29:03 | More by palliko
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Rootdog316

Virginia

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

A really decent English pale ale. It has slight hoppy flavors to it with mild undertones of honey and malts. As a stand alone, this is a crisp beer with a slight bitterness and a unique subtle european hoppy finish. Over all recommened as a beer that you can't go wrong with really.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2005 04:53:16 | More by Rootdog316
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thechaacster

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear medium amber with a big foamy head. Excellent head retention and lacing. Smell of herbal hops. First thing I taste is a lot of sweet caramel malt. Malt is met by a pleasant, mild herbal hop bitterness, with a bit of tartness in the background that adds to the overall bite of the brew. Very smooth mouthfeel and very drinkable. I can't vouch for the bottled form, but on tap Bass is a quintessential English Pale Ale that is a bit underrated in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2005 21:40:41 | More by thechaacster
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GClarkage

California

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

06/29/05- On tap at Bud Moran's bar in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- From the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Darker golden pour with a nice fat creamy and frothy head. Excellent lacing as well.

Smell- Sweet malt overall.

Taste- Light sweetness in the malt. Maybe a grain taste. Very little hops noticed. Just a tad.

Mouthfeel- Medium to ligher carbonation. Just a bit watery at first.

Drinkability- Have had this several times before. I will go to this one because it's usually the best brew a bar will have on tap at times. Decent brew here.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2005 19:25:15 | More by GClarkage
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kbub6f

New York

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

Big, cream-colored head full of explosions, leaving foamy clumps of lacing. The beer is a clear, red-amber. Nose is dusty, some nutty, faintish fruit. enh. Front is fruity and a little spoonky. Fruity caramel in the light-bodied middle finishes nutty and fruity. Not bad. A nice, light pale.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 14:54:01 | More by kbub6f
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ericsdawson

California

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

my parents always have a 6 of these in thier fridge so i enjoyed one last trip home. very clean caramel orange color. nice 2 finger head that retains pretty well and leaves some nice lacing. smell is of grains and a little citrus. tastes pretty refreshing. not a lot going on otherwise. hop flavor is present but not overpowering like some pale ales. sweetens up a little toward the end. i quite enjoy bass. i don't know how much i'll buy with so many different beers out there i've never had, but bass is a solid fall back.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2005 20:35:28 | More by ericsdawson
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packetknife

Idaho

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

Among my favorite beers that is widely available even though the style is not among my favorites. Crystaline copper pour with the carbonation visibly sticking at the head of a mug or glass. Frothy white head that completely sheets/laces any glassware. Slight malt sweetness and tones of fresh sourdough bread that are best had off of tap and server moderately chilled but not iced (bloody Florida bars). Don't bother out of the bottle please, and goto a nice place for fresh taps. Otherwise you'll get something a bit wattery and dimmed down, dissapointing.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2005 16:30:32 | More by packetknife
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cubedbee

Maryland

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

Pours a golden orange with a finger of white head and a moderate amount of lacing. Smell is floral hops and faint simple malts. Taste leans towards the floral resinous hops, with the butterscotchy malts almost, but not quite, managing to balance. Medium bodied with just the right level of carbonation. This is a quality pale ale, even if it is a macro, and I'll never turn my nose up at one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2005 21:36:48 | More by cubedbee
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RootedFool

California

4.15/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle purchased (on sale, .99 cents) at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California. Looks very fine in my Lost Coast pint glass: body is bright translucent amber; the head is frothy, whipped thickness, off-white, great retention that leaves some thick lace patches on the glass. Smell: baked red delicious apples, light on the spice, pine needles, slight hint of fresh grape juice behind all of this. Taste: upfront twang of crisp hops that take their time twangin' before some buttery notes comes through toward the middle, along with a slice of crisp green apple. Aftertaste is an unsalted saltine cracker yeastiness as the hop twist recedes in the background, taking its time. Mouthfeel: coats my palate perfectly; a chewy, even silky texture that provides a great canvas for the hearty, sturdy flavors. Carbonation is slight but spot on. Hey, this ain't bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2005 03:07:10 | More by RootedFool
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange color (slightly darker than the average english pale) with a nice white head that dissapates quickly. The aroma is a mix of earthy, piney hops with fruity english ale yeast, not spectacular but not bad either. Taste is light floral hops, biscuit like malt, and a hint of fruit (apples maybe from the ale yeast). Finish is clean and crisp with moderate carbonation and very little bitterness. In this day and age Bass is not very unique but it was one of the original English Pale's so you have to give it some respect. The drinkability is pretty high and this is easily a great session beer, especially if you're not trying to burn out your taste buds with overly hoppy american renditions.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2005 02:38:50 | More by silver0rlead
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ThreePistols

Florida

4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed my fair share of imperial pints of Bass Ale on-tap at the UK in the World of Nations at EPCOT during my week stay at Walt Disney World. The days were in the high 80's-low 90's and the beers were perfectly chilled and poured.

The color was a redish amber. The beer was poured so that each imperial pint was all beer and no head. Decent lace. Sweet mix of malt and hops aroma. Smooth and crisp. Good malt and hops taste that is well balanced. Slighty buttery. Creamy mouth feel with a very good aftertaste. I truely enjoyed every and every pint of Bass Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2005 03:13:52 | More by ThreePistols
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nota

Michigan

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

Pours to a beautiful reddish anber color with nice big head. I smell light flower and moderate amount of caramel. Oily in texture with taste being earthy and caramel, but neither are overwhelming. Leaves a pleasent bitter aftertaste. Overall this pale ale is more subtle than other pal ales I've had. By far one of the best looking and clear.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2005 02:28:47 | More by nota
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JustinBathurst

Ontario (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper-brown, but it strikes me as appearing less carbonated than most PAs. Has a 1 cm head that goes to lace.

Smells a bit medicinal to me, with a sweet fruit aroma that I can't quite place closer than something like syrupy cherries.

The mouthfeel is nice and crisp, with good carbonation. This is the strength of Bass, I think.

I detect in the taste a roasted malt character, with a strong bitter finish. The aftertaste retains both, but I find all of it too plain. I also taste a medicinal tone that I really dislike.

All in all, not bad, but I don't think I'll make it a mainstay.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2005 04:17:10 | More by JustinBathurst
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jdm

Texas

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

Pours a finger and a half head that lingers admirably well. Light brown leans a bit to red. Head is quite dense. Smell is buttery and floral hop. Neither is over done and I find the smell very nice. I can taste the buttery that I smell from the diacetyl. Its a little over-bittered for my adoration as a pale ale but still somewhat enjoyable.
The bitter hangs around dominantly in the after-taste as well. A solution would be never stop swallowing I suppose. I'm torn on Bass PA. IT looks great, smells great, has a mouthfeel of quality and yet it is a little out of balance on taste. It needs more of a malt flavor to attain praise from me.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2005 03:40:42 | More by jdm
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mclanem

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a great beer, it has very little scent, good head, the most important part flaver which is its best part. I had this beer on tap once and it was better, A bottle is ok but pour it into a glass it is better. Not the best with popcorn though...

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2005 19:24:23 | More by mclanem
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NiceGuyMike

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a personal favorite of mine and has been since my early tweenties (about 12 or so years). Availablity makes it a great beer to fall back one when nothing else is available.

Always pours golden with good head. Crisp refreshing flavor with a bit of hops a bit of fruit. Well balanced ale and always consistant and always good.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2005 14:59:56 | More by NiceGuyMike
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maek228

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured nice with a fine looking one finger head. A layer of froth stayed atop this beer the whole time I was sipping on it.

Smell: Fresh fruits, sugary bread, sweet maltiness

Taste: Doesn't taste as good as it smells...Upfront is a weak and barely sweet maltiness. After this your mouth just gets coated with this nasty skunky flavor. Adjunts are really noticeable and taste downright raunchy. the small hop kick at the end really dissapointed me...I expect a bit more of a punch from a pale ale. You can really taste the cheap ingredients in this one

Mouthfeel: Leaves an unpleasant buttery coating in your mouth.

Drinkability: I could see myself drinking a few of these without a problem...I mean I have had worse

FINAL CONCLUSION: Craft Pale Ales like Magic Hat and Sierra Nevada make this one look awful.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2005 00:30:48 | More by maek228
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rowew

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. Short history of the brand on the back, indecipherable freshness code.

Appearance: Clear red amber color with some lingering bubbles. Nice head that dades relatively quickly.

Smell: Aroma starts off as malt sweetness, than changes in to something that reminds me of wine barrels - kind of an earthy smell.

Taste: Sweet malt flavor with just enough hops to leave a bitter finish. Also some slight roasted flavors in there.

Overall impression: Enjoyable beer that makes for a nice session. Great gateway beer - everyone recognizes the name and logo.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2005 02:45:39 | More by rowew
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MurphyMacManus

Pennsylvania

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

Poured into a 20-ounce pint glass; decent head, about what's to be expected for this style, with some lacing. Color was what I remembered from when I was a kid begging to taste my stepfather's beer. Aroma is interesting but nothing that really excites me; there's more hop aroma than the stouts I usually drink, but that's to be expected.

I must admit I didn't like the taste of this beer the first time I tried it, but it's grown on me. The carbonation tickles a bit, and there's a nice bitterness from the hops in the finish, but it doesn't overpower the malt at all. A good, balanced character. However, it seems that this beer was meant to be consumed at the temperature it would be served in an English, rather than an American, pub--the English tend to serve their beers a bit warmer (though not "warm," just closer to room temperature) than do Americans, and I think Bass is suited to a slightly warmer serving temperature. It tastes fine cold, but it smooths out a lot as it gets just a bit warmer, and I think the smoother flavor is what the brewer was going for.
As for drinkability, very good when it's warmed up a bit; I could drink 4 or 5 without noticing. But the sharper flavor it has when it's cold would prevent me from being able to drink a lot of it at that temperature.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2005 00:07:50 | More by MurphyMacManus
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Barraclou

Quebec (Canada)

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

Appearance: The label says: "Bass PALE ALE has a rich amber colour". I don't see the pale aspect in that beer, but it got a rich amber colour for sure. Maybe a little overcarbonated.

Smell: An strong hops aroma. Not bad.

Taste: Sweet and bitter. Good presence of hops and malted barley.

Mouthfeel: It's smoother when it gets warmer.

Drinkability: I was one of my premium imported I ever drank. That time, it was still enjoyable to drink Bass again, but the beer tastes beer when warmer than usual serving temperature.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2005 23:59:42 | More by Barraclou
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jasonpeckins32

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden bronze color with a choppy, bright white head that starts out tall but eventually falls to a slight layer. It has a slight floral hop scent to it. Also smells somewhat sweet and dry.

Not nearly as hoppy tasting as I like a pale ale to be. Very minimal bitterness, but enough to get them by. Decent flavor and finishes quite clean.

A solid offering with excellent availability. Very balanced.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2005 06:57:37 | More by jasonpeckins32
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

2.85/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The appearance was very pale without any head whatsoever. The smell was a bouquet of flowers with slightly over ripe fruit. The taste was not much of note, except for the hops which came through and provide some balance for heavily laden malts. However, it was slighty flat. This is one of those beers that I can always rely upon if there is nothing else.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2005 07:22:13 | More by MuddyFeet
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clemtig76

South Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is not the Bass I remember. Heck, it's not even brewed in Burton-on-Trent anymore. Pours a orange amber color with a pale tan head. Nothing to get excited about with the aroma either, faint bready malts with a touch of caramel. I used to enjoy the twang from the hard water used in the brewing but it is almost nonexsistent now. I would not refuse one, just would not go out of my way to get one. Another casualty of Interbrew.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2005 16:48:55 | More by clemtig76
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, golden-orange body with a small, off-khaki head that doesn't stick around too long. Fruity, breadry malt aromas with a hint of toffee and a faint, delicate hop backing. Toasted grain and biscuit flavors over minerally, fruity esters. Gives it a whiskey-ish character. Light hop bitterness combines with a fruity whiskey burn into the finish. Medium bodied with a soft feel. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2005 23:37:16 | More by alexgash
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ommegangpbr

New York

3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a beer I often go for when at a bar and I'm in the mood for something a little thicker than a lager and there isn't something interesting looking that I haven't tried before. It's a beer with a backbone. Nothing very exciting but usually dependable. A not so pale pale ale.
One thing that can be very exciting about this beer is when it's on tap; 8 times out of 10 it's just about the same everywhere, but every so often you find a place where the Bass is delicious. At the 'Round The Clock Diner near 3rd ave and St. Marks in Manhattan the Bass has been delicious every time I've tried. it. At that place I'd rate the taste a 5.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2005 06:29:06 | More by ommegangpbr
Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
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