Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale

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2,355 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,355
Reviews: 1,016
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 25
Gots: 146 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2001)
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Photo of scarletfire79
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours amber with little head retention. for some reason i don't smell a thing when this beer is poured. the taste is slightly buttery with hints of caramel but the texture is slightly thin. very drinkable though.not as much flavor as i would have hoped for but all in all pretty good. as an irish american, my praise can somewhat be light for a british beer but i have to give them their due, good job with the bass.

Photo of vanrassel
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I remember thinking this beer exotic when I was a macro drinker — something I tried to keep in mind as I sat down to review it. I didn't want to be unfairly dismissive just because I've moved on to other things.

Alas, even with an open mind, I didn't find a lot to get excited about. It poured a copper colour with a thin, creamy head and plenty of bubbles racing to the top. The smell was grassy hops and some caramel malt. There was a slight roasted aroma to the malt, but not much.

The taste was dominated by buttery, caramel malt, followed by an abrupt metallic twang. It felt thin and watery on the palate and overall didn't make much of a lasting impression.

Photo of SMark
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured an amber/copper color with slight head. Head dissipated leaving a nice lace which really showed as beer was consumed.

Didn't get much from the first pint and second was only a little better with a whiff of malt but not much else.

Thought the first might have been a little 'off' as the second was tastier and provided more maltiness.

Again, not a lot here but still better than tongue numbing lagers served at 35 degrees.

Overall, slightly above average and worth the $2/pint special price.

Photo of Gmann
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden rust color, 1 finger head that left some lacing, head dissipated quickly. The smell was of caramel malts, the taste was the same with a slight metalic hop bitterness. Nice carbonation, with a slightly watery mouthfeel, finishes dry but not bitter. This ale goes down easy and I could drink many of these. I actually bought these as an offset to some heavier beers. So far 2 out of the 5 in the 6'r were dead flat. Lets hope the other is not flat.

Photo of CharlieMopps
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Golden amber in color with a large, frothy head from a hard pour, great retention and lacing.

S: Yeasty and wheaty smell, yet somewhat clean and alcoholic also. Hop scent vaguely present.

T: Kind of watery over the palate, little bit of bitterness with weak malt flavor. Slight hint of sweet fruit, but not a very pleasing or worthwhile trait.

M: Smooth and crisp, decent carbonation that was adequate on the palate, but left much to be desired.

D: The flavor is decent enough to go for more, as nothing truly stands out in this beer. Still, better than many other widely available selections, so it'd bed easier and tastier than others.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

24 ounce tall-boy. Lightly amberish-red in color, a dissapointing white head. Butery hops, some caramel toffee notes and tender malts noticed on the nose. Medium bodied with the true to quality offerings found in the style--bitter and creamy hops, combined with a light caramel malt backbone. Fails to develop the creaminess that would be expected with an EPA. Simple enough, but that may be the issue here. Better offerings can be found.

Photo of maddogruss
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 oz bottle into a glass mug. A light amber color with a thick white head that has decent retention. Nice, malty smell typical of an EPA. Backed up with a malty taste yet there was a slight bitterness as well. Nice mouthfeel typical of an EPA. Rather drinkable ber although the bitterness would wind up gettign to me after a few. But, overall rather enjoyable and comforting.

Photo of Damian
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 U.S. fl. oz. bottle

Poured a clear, dark, reddish amber with a tiny white head that quickly faded to a ring of lace. No lacing whatsoever.

Smell was malty, sweet and fruity with a touch of hops in the background.

The taste started somewhat malty, sweet and fruity as well but soon turned oaky and dry. The dryness crescendoed as the beer moved to the back of the palate and the hops kicked in. Extremely dry finish (the beer left my tongue feeling like sandpaper).

Medium bodied.

This is a straight forward, easy-drinking beer that could be quite sessionable were it not for the intense dryness. Definitely a good default beer when not at a beer bar.

Photo of cjgator3
2.35/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a "Bass Pub Pour" can into a pint glass. Pours a copperish amber color with a thin white head. Aroma is extremely faint malt and just a touch of caramel. Taste begins malty with not much going on in the middle. Finally the bitterness from the hops sneak in at the end with a metallic twang in there as well. Overall, this just is not a very good beer in a can and is not exactly going to make my grocery list anytime soon.

Photo of sacfly
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz, cryptic code on the back label, L6242SY 04:59… useless to me and 99.9% of people buying the product..
Pours a clear golden color with a thin head of off white bubbles. Aroma is light, but somewhat roasty and earthy hops. Taste brings out the earthy hops and light malt backbone. Light bitter aftertaste. Easy drinking, nothing crazy. Solid session beer, nothing more.

Photo of hckyfn9999
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a "Bass Pub Pour" can a dark copper with a very nice white head and good lacing.

Smell is sweet. There is some caramel and a sweet hawaiian bread like smell. Also a little bit apple in the nose as well.

Taste is also pretty sweet similar to the smell with the caramel, bread, and fruit. There is also some buttery diacetyl.

Mouthfeel is decent but a little slick.

Overall an easy drinking English Pale Ale. Pretty decent brew.

Photo of alysmith4
2.8/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Much sweeter than I expected. Had a one-inch head that dissapated quickly. Was drinkable, but not great. Fairly one-dimentional. Smell was a bit stale and yeasty, but it tasted better. Could taste a woody, almost oak-like flavor, as well as some fruit and sugar. One that I would have again, but certainly not a favorite.

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

This is the common generally available 'bitter' beer on hand pull in many pubs in my home town area in UK. Unfortunately since Coors took over the Bass Brewery some years ago, the beer has changed its character somewhat to how it tasted 10 years ago. It can also be very variable in quality, and I am not sure if this is due to the way it is kept by the pub staff, or the fault of the brewery. When in good condition (and the best way to have it is straight from the barrel by gravity feed and no head, though thats rare to see!) it is a medium dark colour (for a 'pale' ale) rich and inviting, with a more maltly aroma, but also a bit sulphury from the "burton water" that characterises this style and origin of the beer. The taste is smooth and malty, the hoppy bitterness well in the background, also hints of spicyness. Over the last few years it seems to be less flavourful, the general malty smooth taste can remain, but less depth of flavour and character, and sometimes a bit sour and appears to be 'off" In recent tastings of the beer, on more than one occasion we have had to take the beer back because it was obviously going off. This is a great shame, as it was a great traditional British Beer with lots of character and easy to drink. I have rated it disregarding the 'off' samples had recently.

B'ham UK

Photo of goochpunch
2.42/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Talkin' 'bout Bass.

Pours a medium copper with a rocky yet frothy head and raised lacing patterns. Head peters out all too soon. There are some aromas characteristic of English pales like the toasty malt, noble hops and slight diacetyl, but this is cut short by a sharp metallic twinge. Starts off real nice in the flavor catagory with pleasant malt, hop, and diacetyl flavors all rushing into my mouth, but then comes this awful yeast flavor that reminds me of a mix of not-yet-ready homebrew and baker's yeast. All other positive flavors seem to wash out quickly, yet the yeast still remains. Oh, and there was that metallic thing in the finish as well. Starts out nice, then gets really gross. Amount of carbonation in this is just fine by me. Nice and mellow, just how I like my English pales. However, the body is too thin and watery. The weird astringent yeast character and watery body just don't add up to a good drinker. With all the pales out there that are cheaper and taste a whole hell of a lot better, there's no reason for me to ever buy this ever again.

Photo of Briarbush
2.8/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall I thought this beer was pretty average. The color was amber with a small head. The aroma was almost nonexistent with only a faint smell of hops. Taste was full bodied but there was a slightly sour after taste that I could hardly bear (might have been a bad keg). The mouthfeel was pretty good the carbonation was spot on. Drinkability was pretty good with the exception of the after taste. I'm going to give this one another try.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pale ale is an easy to get down sessionable ale. Not very complex. I detected some caramel malts and brown sugar. Very balanced. Easy to drink and quaffable. Very crisp, very refreshing. No frills pale ale. give it a try if nothing else is readily available.

Photo of ghostmech007
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz euro bottle poured into a frosted pint.

Pours a beautiful bright amber accompained with a bubbly, snow white foam head. The head sticks around till about three-quaters of the way through the brew. Just hugged the side of the pint.

The nose gets a nice treat with froral and herbal notes. Hops are present as well, as is a good malt sweetness.

WOW! Full bodied. Smooth. Creamy. Rich in flavor!! You can taste everything in there. Maltiness is light and sweet. Hops are there with herbal notes and smooth oils. Fruits and minerals are there as well. [Sidebar: My bartender says that the water they brew this with is full of minerals and vitamins that you need regulary.] A good dry finish.

I wonderful brew I just hope I can get it on draft next time! Very nicely done Bass Brewers Ltd.!!

Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I find this ale to be an excellent representation of the style. The color is brilliant amber and flavor is mildy fruity. I enjoy the label design with the England's first trademark displayed prominently. It has hints of hops and is sufficently carbonated and highly quaffable.

Photo of SudNut
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This Beer pours to light amber with little to no head with a slightly hoppy smell with a hint of malt. This was a fairly average beer with an almost watery taste with a light hops character. It was very smooth and the mouthfeel was light. I could drink this instead of water its simply that smooth. This went well with my steak dinner.

Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the airport bar in phoneix az

Poured caramel with a 1" tan head. Good head retentin & some lacing

S: Slight fruittynesss & some caramel

T: Rich malt & caramel up front, then some fruittyness. Slight herbal hop notes as it warms. Finishes fruitty & dry

MF: Medium bodied with good carbonation & balance

Drank pretty easy, this beer can be hit or miss, not sure if that has to with how fast it turns over, When it's on it's great, even better on cask. That was a few years ago, sigh

Photo of BeerSox
2.25/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz into mug.

Clear amber with pretty much no head. Says Bass Pub Pour on the bottle, I don't know what that means, but I hope my beer is not an example. Dots of lacing here and there.

Light clean malty aromas, somewhat sweet like honey, but not very much there. Light vegetable like scents. No skunky aromas detectable. Very clean.

Mild husky malty like flavor. Somewhat bland, especially with no hop character. Very easy going finish, no lingering hop flavors or bitter flavors.

Super watery with decent carbonation giving it a crisp feel.

About what I expected. Not a horrible beer but there is no complexity to speak of. Pretty much your average mass produced beer that is produced for the masses.

Photo of tgbljb
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden color with massive white puffy head. Modest lacing. Light fruity smell, but nothing overly impressive. Taste is moderately malty, but nothing overly impressive. Finish is also very mild and unimpressive. An eay to drink beer, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Photo of twi1609372
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is just an average euro pale ale. It's not bad, but theres better. It has a descent flavor, nothignt oo harsh, better drank cold. Appearence is dark smells is bitter sweet. mouthfeel is fair, again not weak. I would class this as a mid grade pale ale.

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

Six Pack of 12 oz bottles purchased at LaBodega In Riverside, CA. for $7.99 in September 2006.

I have been drinking this beer in bottle and on tap for many years as my "fallback". Some days I like it better than others, but overall, I have to say it's a pretty good fallback.

A pretty golden color with a nice light tan head fed by tiny bubbles of carbonation lead to an aroma that is got a nice, but not strong hop bite. Malt sitting underneath is very "whole grain" feeling. Flavor follows through, with some buttery notes dancing with sharper hops (especially when colder).

Have I had better beer? Sure. Have I had my times when I don't like this at all? Sure. But I keep coming back, so they must be doing something right!

Photo of teg8612
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very nice amber color, sometimes hues to red in certain light or angles. White foam head is rocky and hangs for awhile. Clings to glass before sliding back into the beer.

S- The hope is faint with a slight floral and herbal quality. Pale malt sweetness. Overall subdued.

T&M- Malt is on the lighter side with some mild sweetness. Buttery smooth and creamy in a firm body. Hops bite to leave a very balanced brew. Herbal and kinda oily. There is a bit of a metallic taste to it and it leaves the palate kinda dry.

D- If you can get this on tap instead of bottle, you are better off. Both are good and will depend on what you prefer. A very fine brew. Not wild by any means but a standard bearer for the style. On the taste scale, it may seem muted compared to an American Pale Ale but a good sessionable beer none the less.

Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
76 out of 100 based on 2,355 ratings.