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Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale

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2,413 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,413
Reviews: 1,034
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 26
Gots: 212 | 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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Photo of rell
4.63/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is by far one of the better beers I've had in my time. It pours out with a nice healthy head and a rich glow. The smell is not perfect but definitely intruiging, and the taste - it goes down extremely easy, begging you to take another sip. The mouthfeel is pure - it tastes good and can't steer you wrong. I'd recommend this beer to anyone and always keep it stocked in the fridge.

Photo of Brad007
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours more of an copper amber color with a head that's thin. Aroma is of malt and hops. Mildly hoppy, which I like. Taste is more on the malt side but it seems to fall thin towards the back of the throat. The hops don't show as much. Somewhat fruity. Nothing impressive but still somewhat above a typical macro.

Photo of meechum
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap and took notes..just getting to putting them down. This was one of my first imported pale's. Pours a dark golden with a fluffy head that goes down quicly leaving very little lacing. The taste has a little bite up front and then moves to some malts and finishes smooth. Mouthfeel is balanced with the carbonation and works well. This is one of my go to choices at most chain restaraunts when I can't get something more sophisticated.

Photo of MTNboy
2.83/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- It pours dark amber with a nice head and a great lace.

Smell- A nice roasted malt and hops smell.

Taste- A nice balance of hops and sweet malt but of course the bitterness of the hops is pleasantly predominant but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel- A lot of carbonation and full bodied .

Drinkability- A good relaxing beer to enjoy with a meal or just to sip off of.

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

330 ml bottle into a pint glass

A: Clear amber body with a thin off-white head that didn't last or leave any lacing.

S: Light, musty aroma. Where are the hops?

T: Lightly toasted malt & some fruit flavor. Some hop bitterness too. Overall ok, but nothing special.

M: Medium body & carbonation. Dry finish.

D: Drinkable - even sessionable, but as I said before, it's nothing special. It was the best option last night when confronted with a bar full of macros, and I was happy to find it, but next time I'll find a better bar.

Photo of biggmike
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale amber with head that it didnt retain for long. Not bad, but much better pale ales out there. Doesnt seem to have a consistent taste on draft. Have had it when it seemed much better than other times. One of the first imports you could find everywhere. The taste seems a bit metallic, but has a sweet character to it. Decent session brew.

Photo of hustlesworth
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

around the neck of the bottle, there's a label that says "bass pub pour". i wondered what that meant, and with a little research i've concluded that it's part of a subtle advertising campaign for bass pub pour nitro-cans, which i would definitely like to try.

A- clear honey-amber body with a fluffy cream colored head with decent retention. settles to 1/4in leaving minute amounts of spit-bubble lace.

S- some sweet malt aromas goin on but mostly fruity earthy hops and sourdough bread.

T- toasted biscuits, english muffin? faint herbs like a little thyme, grapeleaves, watery caramel, faint earthy floral hops, finishes with a slight nutty buttery-ness.

MF- crisp and dry, on the verge of over-carbonation, kool-aid consistancy.

D- mildly flavorful, goes down easy when poured properly, a great pale ale for all seasons.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

at dinner tonight at one of the usual chain restaurants. what's on tap, nah, nah, nah, maybe, nah, guinness and bass. I've done the guinness a lot so why not bass? 608 reviews as of this writing. SO, classic old faithful. Cherished, forgotten and overlooked many times. Yet still ready for the next time. Yeah I gotta order this on tap again in the future. Worth a visit.

Photo of dmamiano
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium amber with virtually no head and or lacing as the beer was consumed.
The nose was of some sweet malts with a faint hint of hoppiness along with a rather unpleasant "skunky" aroma seeping through.
Taste also followed the lines of the nose, with a touch of malt, virtually no hops standing out and the mouthfeel was very thin but normal for a beer of this type.

Photo of bigman147
3.16/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours deep amber. Crystal clear. Head is medium bodied off white that fades is a few minutes. Some lacing on the glass and a veil of foam remains long after the beer is poured.

Aroma: Slightly earthy, grassy hop aroma. In general smell is very light. A slight bready/grainy character.

Taste: Thin, roasted malt. Sharp bitterness that quickly fades. A grainy/husky character.

Mouthfeel: Dry and thin. Slight woody character. Carbonation is good and gives the beer a sharp characteristic.

Drinkability: I remember this beer from y college days and I have to believe either the beer has changed or my palate has. Its a decent beer, very drinkable but overall very average. Its like a macro English Pale Ale. Nothing more nothing less.

Photo of brdc
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one has a nice amber color, with a light gray head, but it goes down a bit too fast, and leaves very little lacing.
Aroma is standard, unremarkable and even bland at times, with some roasted malts, minimal hoppiness, some alcohol.
It opens into a medium to thin palate, mostly malty and somewhat pleasant, but not much depth.
Just OK, nothing to brag about.

Photo of theopholis
4.14/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I normally don't review the same beer more than once despite trying it in several different methods. Bass, however, changes enough between bottle, on tap and nitro-can, that I will.

Appearance- Body is a nice, reasonaby clear amber. Head is a one-finger, off-white affair with little staying power.

Aroma- Has that great, classic English pale ale aroma that is a wonderfu melange of malt sweetness and bittering hops, with just a hint of floural hops.

Taste- Nice, malt sweetness mixed with a generous level of caramel with hints of toffe, followed by bittering and some falvoring hops. If you are familier with the bottled and tap, this is halfway between the bottled version and the tap version in caramellyness (is that a word?). Very nice. I would have gven it a 5 for taste, but then I have no-where to go for the tap version.

Mouthfeel- The body is medium, but slightly syruppy. The CO2 level is fairly low, which really brings out the flavors. Leaves a nice coating on the pallete, gving you a nice, lingering after-taste.

Drinkability- If you can find this stuff on tap, drink it. If not, the nitro-can version is also quite nice.

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

When I began homebrewing about 15 years ago, I needed bottles. Bass was my beer of choice to accomplish the mission. No need to buy bottles with nothing in them, right?

Light honey/caramel, orange-yellow color. Head is very dense, very thick, and keeps going until the end of the beer. Smell is a nice blend of sweet and hop-sharp with the hops edging out by a bit. taste was a bit mild-mannered. Some creamy sweetness that moves more towards hop toward the end. Malt flavors were mild and the hops stepped out a bit more. Bordering on thin and low carbonation. I'll give the drinkability just over average, because it's not unpleasant, nor bad, just not awesome.

Photo of botham
3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. pours a rich amber, with couple fingers of off-white, dense head. head remains for a couple minutes, leaving moderate lacings on the glass.

smells of light hops, with a bit of a bready character. a subtle fruit aroma is present as well. overall the smell is much more bitter than sweet.

taste is rather dissapointing. not much here, except for a bit of hoppy bitterness, a fruity base, and somehow the alcohol is showing itself (at 5% APV, that is suprizing).

aftertaste is of light hop bitterness with a touch of a yeasty bread-like flavor.

mouthfeel is thin, without much body. very light.

drinkability is good, because this is a light-bodied beer without much richness in any department. that being said, it would be quite refreshing on a hot day.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clean toasty malt and fruity light sweetness. Light hop floral aroma. Hints of honey.

Medium gold/amber. Clear. Mild head with dogged retention.

Bitter attack – lightly spicy. Toasty warm malt – light sweetness. Bitter medium dry finish. Clean medium light malt flavor. Light sweetness. Toasty warm medium-light graininess. Fruity – grape. Mild hop flavor. Medium to medium-high bitterness.

Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Still pretty bitter in the mouth.

Not the most refreshing beer. Sharp bitterness makes it hard to drink.

Photo of zeff80
3.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 1 pint 3.25 oz bottle with no date.

A - Poured out a rusty orange color with an eggshell white, three-finger head. It left some lace.

S - It smelled of malt, grass and clove.

T - It tasted bittersweet with a bready malt flavor. It also had a woody flavor.

M - It was soft and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good pale ale. Good flavor.

Photo of jeffjfindley
2.26/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This lives up to the unfortunate stereotype of all things English, in that it's bland as hell. In every way. Copper color, head is ehhh. Smell is, wait a minute, what smell? What little trace there is of an aroma is similar to Perrier. Flavor starts out ok, sweet caramel malt. It takes an unfortunate turn about 2/3 of the way in and begins to taste a bit like an ashtray. As far as the mouthfeel, I feel like I just sucked on a penny. A sticky penny. I need to find some decent English beers.

Photo of papaglide
2.44/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dispensed from a 12 ounce bottle.

It poured with a nice, appealing, light amber color topped with a huge tiny bubbled head.

The nose was malty, yeasty (and maybe with some corn?) with only a slight hoppiness to it.

The taste started off sweet and malty and finished with a tiny hop bitterness. I thought I detected some corn or other adjunct.

The finish was somewhat dry and left me thirsty for more.

This is a very drinkable beer. It could be an everyday beer and I would dare say a lawnmower beer ( that's a good thing ) except for one thing: the extremely high price that is out of whack for such an ordinary beer. It is what it is: a true to style English pale ale that's a nice but expensive session beer.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, a pretty copper-amber colored body is produced with a negligable bone head. A ringlet of foam is all that remains after a few minutes, and there is no lacing. Aroma is very English: leather, sweet malty caramel, and hints of raisin and plum.

The taste stores a bit of a bitter surprise, almost like an ESB, with a medicinally hoppy bite mixed with notes of wheat and biscuit. It's a bit like drinking some orange juice too soon after brushing one's teeth. Mouthfeel is juicy with a medium body and below-average carbonation. This isn't a great pale ale by any means, but it's a decent attempt from the boys across the pond. I won't be buying any anytime soon, but I'd never turn one down.

Photo of BitterLover
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was from a 12 pack that our next door neighbors gave to us. Thanks Lori & Rob!

Appearance: Poured a light copper color with a fizzy head that dissipated rapidly, even though I swirled the last half inch in the bottle before pouring it. No lacing, medium carbonation.

Smell: Very malty and sweet, with a slight hop aroma if I swirl the beer in the glass.

Taste: Nice balance between the sweet malt and the hop bitterness, with a long lasting finish. Not an overly complex beer, but tasty nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, low carbonation.

Drinkability: Eminently drinkable. The balance between the hops and the malt makes it very pleasant to drink. This would be a great introductory beer to someone who's ready to move on from the mass market yellow fizzy stuff.

Photo of DIPAbrewer
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice dark ale with copper undertones and a fine beige head.

S: Bass doesn't have a very noticeable aroma, a slight malt note perhaps.

T: This is where Bass shines. It has wonderful malt taste upfront balanced well with noble hops. This is a classic beer and one of my favorite commercial ones.

D: This beer is highly drinkable. A fact that I have tested vigorously.

Photo of fank2788
3.81/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Bass Ale, the classic english pale ale pours a nice clear copper color with a white head that leaves a thin layer of bubbles with some lace. The smell is subdued but I do get lots of buttery diacetyl along with some toasted malt and faint earthy hops. The taste of this can be attributed to the famous brewing water, slightly salty very mineraly and even a bit metallic along with a fair amount of butterscotch, toasted and caramel malts and some earthy, very British, hop flavor and associated bitterness. The mouthfeel is decent nothing overly exciting. I've got a special place in my heart for this beer. In college the only package store within walking distance of campus had a very poor beer selection with a lot of cheep macro lagers to appeal to the general college community. So I found myself drinking a lot of Bass and Sam Adams. This may not be the best pale ale ever made, but it is a pretty good one.

Photo of prototypic
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It's transparent and a copper color. Very modest one finger head. Retention was short and very little lacing down the mug.

Smell: Very light on the nose. There's a bit of sweet caramel malts. Slight hops are noticeable. A bit earthy or grainy. It also has a yeasty smell to it.

Taste: It's okay. Not very hoppy. Definitely on the grainy side. It also has a bit of spicy kick (maybe pepper) to it. A bit of caramel or toffee malts give it some body. But, it has a slight watered down taste to it.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light bodied and pretty smooth. Carbonation is about right for this beer. It's drinkability is decent. Definitely not a regular for me though. Overall, it's alright and worth trying. It pales in comparison to some American pale ales though. Pardon the pun....

Photo of BuckSpin
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 16oz draft pint in a Guinness flared pint glass

A rather handsome, crystal clear, brassy copper hue in body, a finger's worth of loose lemon stained ivory foam faded very quickly to a thin sheen with an edge ring that laced in a few spots initially to nothing at all. Nose was rather nice and actually got better as it warmed (this was served way too cold from the tap & I nursed it for quite a while) - sweet, toffee, caramel, candied orange peel, an excuse of some malt and finally butterscotch. The toffee/caramel/butterscotch triumvirate grew with bloom and I enjoyed the sweet aroma.

Very clean, crisp with semi-dry sweetness, traces of the caramel & toffee over flat malts and dry, strawlike hop bitters that took a backseat, practically in the trunk. Its clean & smooth but not silken. The malts do grow on the palate and get more leathery with some tannins as the chewy candy qualities still linger over a slightly thickened mouthfeel. Alas, it finishes downhill, fading & getting weaker, thinner yet crisper with a cider like tartness that only accentuated a noticeable (yet subdued) filmy, chalky, slate-like adieu that left more of the same as an mildly chewy aftertaste.

Once it warmed up a bit I did enjoy this beer (particularly the sweet nose) right up to the finish, which left me frustrated that a beer that easy, soft & pleasant could just finish so brashly. It was not by any means bad, but it certainly wasn't very good either. Its a good, easy to drink example of the genre that leaves rough & bitter. I'd drink it again, but wouldn't be opposed to trying something else if giving a choice.

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours with little head that doesnt linger long, some lacing on the side of cup, beer a delightful amber brown.

Smell- Hints of caramel, chocolate, and honey.

Taste- Begins with a slight hint of spice, quickly subsides and notes of caramel and honey emerge.

Mouthfeel- Feels great on palate, clean with just the right amount of pleasant aftertaste.

Drinkability- One of the most drinkable beers Ive ever had.

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Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
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