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Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale

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2,238 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,238
Reviews: 1,004
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 22
Gots: 112 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2001)
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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.

jokelahoma, May 14, 2006
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

supercolter, May 10, 2006
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.

strattor, May 06, 2006
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?

scottoale, May 04, 2006
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.

atigerlife, Apr 30, 2006
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.

Drew966, Apr 29, 2006
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.

Freshie, Apr 28, 2006
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.

Wasatch, Apr 28, 2006
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.

pibbxtrasucks, Apr 28, 2006
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.

oldirtycaffrey, Apr 23, 2006
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.

JayTheFinn, Apr 20, 2006
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.

EvilKeith, Apr 16, 2006
Photo of Byeast
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had my pint of Bass on tap , at an irish pub/resturant - Dwyers.

Appearance : a clear amber color with a small white head.

Smell: some floral hop aromas and a soft , sweet maltiness

Taste: Mild , sweet malts , small amount of buttery diacetyl , some bittering leafy hop flavors , tinge of fruityness

Mouthfeel: meduim body with a crispness to the carbonation

Drinkability: not bad at all , quite sessionable

Byeast, Apr 16, 2006
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.08/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

of course, as with most of us, this is one of those beers, like newcastle and Guinness, that bridges us from macros to micros, so its about time i give it a review

A - pours a dark reddish brown with a thin lacy tan head

S - has a musty,hoppy aroma that i have come to love over the years, also a slight citrus/tea twang

T - has a sweetness to it at first, like a vanilla flavor that abruptly shifts to a bitter hoppy finish, these flavors are balance very well

M - a medium bodied well balanced ale, very smooth and bitter all at once, a great and classic beer

D - high, i love thses, very easy to pound, even my girlfriend like Bass which says alot for its drinkability

sinstaineddemon, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of ReebShorts
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ok, inherited a 10 pack of various singles from a costco gift pack from a friend of mine that will only drink bud light.

I've had this beer b4 on tap at a Movie Theater in Austin that brings beer to you throughout the pic (one of the greatest things ever..)!

I had 4 or 5 of these pounders during the flick, and they were quite tasty off tap, so here goes with the bottle review.

Poured into a chalice, and virtually no head, the thin layer that was there on the pour faded rather quickly. There is no date on this bottle, but I'm wondering, considering how this was packaged how fresh it is (or isn't).

Aroma of malts, oats, maybe fig, orangish fruit, and mild hops.

Flavor was malts, brown sugar, and a mild hop finish. Not bad, but not as good as I remember the tap version to be. I'm pretty sure I'd be a full point higher if this was either fresher, or from a tap. Will have to locate it somewhere and review again at later date.

ReebShorts, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of Noxious26
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

354ml bottle poured in a pint glass.

Clear, orangey-copper colour. Beige head is 1/2 inch on the pour but recedes to a thin cap. Nice spiderweb of lacing.

Aroma is mostly malt with caramel and sweet highlights. Nicely balanced by a light hop undertone.

Malty and semi-sweet off the start with caramel and hops in the background. Sweetness fades in the middle as a light earthy undertone sneaks in. Finish is dry and lightly hop bitter with a definite mineral quality that probably comes from the hard water. Aftertaste has faint hops and a touch of minerals.

Thin-medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation. Mouthfeel could stand to be a bit fuller.

While this beer doesn't have the same character that other pale ales possess, it's still a pretty decent beer. I'd love to try some fresh on-tap as I'm sure it would stand up to some of the good pale ales we have on the local scene much better than this bottle does.

Noxious26, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of Schwarzbart
4.18/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a pub pour can which yielded a nice 1 finger creamy head. The head receded quicker than I expected, but the lacing was phenomenal. The appearance was very clear and amber in color with sporadic tiny little carbonation bubbles surfacing to the top.

Smell: Sweet toffee and caramel malts.

Taste: Taste was a little more flat than the nose yielded, but still very good with a good dose of caramel malts. Earthy hops provide a nice balance to the sweetness and a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and buttery smooth.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink, but tastes a little sweeter in the can than I remember from the bottle. A good solid English pale ale.

Schwarzbart, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of squish059
4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appeared dark in color. not much head but again average.
a grainy smell with hint of caramel. very similar to penn dark but milder the mouthfeel was great i really enjoyed how it felt on my tongue. tasted like grain with a nice caramel flavoring. a real treat i will enjoy in the future, a great beer you can find anywhere

squish059, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of Avagadro
2.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from the "pub pour" can that falsely promised a thick and long lasting head. I tried my best to induce a head, only came up with about an eighth of an inch that quickly disapeared. Color was light copper with little to no lacing. I was unable to get much aroma out of this brew. Along with trying to pour a large head, I was also agitating the beer, but was unable to get any real aroma out of it. Taste was average. Smooth with hints of malt and hops, but nothing special when it comes to ales. Clean in the mouth. I don't think I'll buy this stuff again.

Avagadro, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of MrHolland
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a copper color with a foamy white head.
Smell is of faint hops and malt, not too much here.
Taste is very malty with not very much hops, has a bitter aftertaste.
Has a good amount of carbonation goes down smooth.
This beer is not bad but not really one of my favorites either.

MrHolland, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of shbobdb
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

"Bass, Bass, wir Brauchen Bass, Bass"

This beer isn't bad. Yeah, I can definately see diggin' this beer. Hoppy by American standards it ain't, but in terms of British beer I've had, the hops really shine through. Delicious.

On top opf the hops, the toffee qualities of the malt really shine though.

A yummy beer, all-in-all. I'd have it again. Ideally next time on an engine.

shbobdb, Mar 23, 2006
Photo of zjungleist
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Amber to orange/red in color with a pretty average head. The smell is mostly just malt and hops, not too weak or too strong. The taste is basically malty with some bitter hops to it. The mouthfeel is medium, highly carbonated. I think this beer lacks constancy sometimes, I've had really good batches and some that missed the mark. Recently, I was dining at a restaurant with a friend and the waitress (most likely accidentally) sold pitchers to us at the domestic special price of $3 a pitcher, same as the macro swill. Not only that, but for some reason the beer seemed especially sweet that night. Maybe it was just the price..

zjungleist, Mar 23, 2006
Photo of hanco005
3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this with lunch on Sunday…always been one of my favorites. Took notes on a napkin...

On tap at Boston’s Pizza,

A—clear amber/copper color with a ½ inch foamy head that quickly fades into oblivion, laces in full sheets

S—mildly sweet, maybe a hint of butter and cream, can’t pick out anything else really

T—mild caramel mixed with grain, nothing dominate, nice flavor, I am really enjoying this.

M—smooth, light/medium bodied, good carbonation

D—great on tap, especially when there isn’t much else to choose from. Easily drinkable and several more would be welcomed, if I didn’t have to drive. This might also might be a good beer for those looking to transition into the world of craft.

Note: I had this with the Thai Chicken pizza…the combo makes me want to weep openly because it is so good.

hanco005, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of hunteraw
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice dark amber, with a nice head. Aroma has hints of toasted malt and hops... The hops have an initial bite on the tongue but hten fade... Aftertaste is kind of sweet, maybe too much so. Good mouthfeel, a well balanced brew in terms of gravity:IBU. Not a bad standby if only macros are available.

hunteraw, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of dgherm
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber color. Frothy white head about an inch thick with an assortment of bubble sizes. Head went down after about 5 minutes leaving a small bit a lacing. The smell has a small bit of roastiness to it. Also has sweetness in the smell.Starts off with a smooth malty taste then ends with a slight butter taste and a dash of bitterness. Not bad, no problem drinking a few of these at a time.

dgherm, Feb 26, 2006
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