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Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale

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2,139 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,139
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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Photo of Gagnonsux


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

Had this on-tap tonight for the first time and really enjoyed it. Appearance is a nice light amber with an average sized, somewhat thick head. Smell is pretty standard, mainly malt smell noted. Taste isn't as hoppy as I thought it would be, has somewhat of a honey finish. Very enjoyable! A perfect easy-to-drink, yet very tasty beer. Will definently have this beer again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2004 06:30:59 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of TagoMago

New York

2.9/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Dark gold with a reddish hue. The beer pours with a rather weak head which quickly fades to a thin, somewhat creamy foam that covers the top of the beer. The glass is left with a faint lacing as well.

Smell: Malty aroma with a touch of carmel and hops. A faint, somewhat buttery diacetyl aroma - common with English ales - can also be detected.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation with a rather smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is that of buttery diacetyl coupled with some faintly sweet, malty undertones. Herb-like hops lay in the background.

Overall: This is the classic English pale ale and makes for a great session beer. It's nothing special, and is middle-of-the-road all the way. And although a little overpriced, this beer is very accessible and drinkable, and offers a great alternative to the macro-lagers for rather novice beer drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2004 04:36:24 | More by TagoMago
Photo of Jacobob10

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ The Pour House in Boston, MA.

I've been drinking Bass for a few years now, but it was last year that I really started appreciating it. Pours out a light brown color with half an inch of head. The smell isn't anything to write home about, but it's not bad either, just nothing that stands out about it. You can really taste the hops. They give it a nice, clean, smooth taste. Great balance with the malts too. It goes down great without being too heavy or too light. An above average, well-balanced, enjoyable beer with a bit of an old-fashioned character to it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2004 18:25:45 | More by Jacobob10
Photo of mobyfann


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

Paid $2.00 for a 12oz. frosted mug on tap with lunch

The appearence is a beautiful amber color with a mid-sized white head and retention was good as with a little lacing as well. The aroma was pretty much just average, a little this-and-that stuff like fruits and sweets

The taste is alright, but not to my expectations; however still a pretty good taste mild hops, sweet, a but fruity and that's about it. The mouthfeel is real nice and smooth and the drinakbility is moreless above average, with too much hint of an alcohol taste at 5% abv.

Final Thought: Pleasent, better on tap than poured from the bottle, a fine pale ale in my book.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2004 16:49:52 | More by mobyfann
Photo of BobLuvBeer


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

Thick, deep head. Light amber color. Floral hop scent. Very soft on the palate with a very mellow hop flavor and limited bitterness. Very basic pale ale. Single, minimamal hop aroma, flavor and bite. Finishes quickly, leaves hardly any aftertaste. Brown 12oz.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2004 14:47:58 | More by BobLuvBeer
Photo of Doiv

United Kingdom (England)

3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Labelled as Bass Premium Ale in the UK, this beer comes in a 500ml brown bottle.

Pours a mid amber colour with a big bubbly off-white head, that quickly disperses to a thing film, leaving little to no lacing.

Aroma was malts, slightly spicy and smoky, hint of hops and cucumber.

Taste was malts, more malts, and a sort of Pimms-esque watery fruit follow on. Small bitter finish.

Bubbly mouthfeel, luckily this beer drinks well.

Overall I was somewhat disappointed by this beer, I'd expect a better body to the beer and a flavour packing more of a punch.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2004 20:05:01 | More by Doiv
Photo of donnebaby

North Carolina

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

Great-looking copper pale ale, with an off-white lasting head. Substantial lacing. Smell is a little too sweet for my liking--sweet apple malts.

Taste is very sweet malts as well, with a small caramel presence. Good hop touch at the conclusion that mixes with the caramel malts. Medium to heavy body and light carbonation mouthfeel.

A good beer to have more than one of by itself. With food, I'd get too fuuulll.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2004 09:20:34 | More by donnebaby
Photo of Holyterror


3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No, this isn't just another overly-hyped import. In fact, it's hardly hyped at all. I haven't heard a lot about Bass, which is probably the main reason I decided to try it.

From the bottle, it poured a very appetizing dark amber with good clarity and an excellent white head that maintained it's stature 3/4 of the way down. Aroma is mostly what I expect when I grab a pale ale, but lighter and more fruity. There's a slight floral smell hiding in there somewhere. You get the impression that this will be a sweeter ale. A simple taste reveals that it is somewhere in the middle. Note that, like many British beers, it is best served at a slightly higher temperature than the usual American beer temperature (as close to freezing as possible). The flavors are subtle. I wouldn't say the hops are showy, but it's hard for me to really distinguish the malt flavors. When it first hits my tongue, I taste fruit (matching the aroma), but the hops quickly take over. The hops are not strong, however, leaving a mild aftertaste and making for a rather clean finish. Worth trying with food, as it probably won't clash too badly with anything.

This might make a good starting point for those interested in pale ale, but it is definitely one of the weaker examples (character, not overall quality). I prefer a serious I.P.A., but this is by no means bad. I'll be looking for it on tap in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2004 06:49:32 | More by Holyterror
Photo of BadBadger

New York

3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just an average beer.It was light to intermediate in depth of the amber coloration. There was a nice head which did last the duration of the pint. There was nothing in the smell or taste areas to be excited about. Unfortunately this beer is far to prevalent as an alternative to american macros.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2004 12:36:53 | More by BadBadger
Photo of necoadam


3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bass, reach for greatness. That's their new radio ad that's played everyday. So am I reaching for greatness? Not really. Appearance is nice though. Poured out a dark amber color. Quite dark for a pale ale with the right amount of carbonation. Smell was subdued a lot. Some malts in there with some earth tones and some hops, but not very much. Taste was on the light side too. Malts start out and last all the way through then mixed with some hops and buttery tones in the middle that lasts through the end. It was balanced, but too light and thin. Have this beer on tap.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2004 11:16:06 | More by necoadam
Photo of beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tight off white head, clear light amber in the glass. Nose is relatively tame with some mild sweet maltiness and very little hop presence. The taste is light to medium maltiness, decent but wimpy hop bitterness and some fruitiness with that Bass yeast estery flavor. Finishes light and refreshing...a very tame Pale Ale, yet very good for "session" imbibing. I have to laugh everytime I see the "I.P.A." designation on the label. A good beginner's ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2004 18:51:15 | More by beerluvr
Photo of cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap

Pours with a thinish head, light brown dark amber body

Smell is malt all the way, dry with a hoppy aroma penetrating the senses also

Taste is malt, malt, malt. Slightly harsh in some instances, with a metallic tinge (could just be bad pipes) Still, flavouful

Easy to get here, but very mediocre

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2004 22:05:11 | More by cypressbob
Photo of jlh8643


2.78/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle with no date on it. A nice one finger off-white head with an ample amount of carbonation rising to the top. The beer is a nice orangish copper color. Floral hops are first noticed upon initial whiff. A medium bodied mildly bittered pale that finishes somewhat dry with a little bit of hops on the finish. A very decent beer but nothing eye opening.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2004 22:56:32 | More by jlh8643
Photo of flaminghomer


3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

really good color and a good head. nothing in the way of lacing. taste is nice, sweet, but a little off. i don't know what i don't like about it but there is surely something. maybe the sweetness. alot of sweet malt going on in the taste and the smell. just a hint of hops on the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2004 07:40:17 | More by flaminghomer
Photo of Bierguy5


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

Pours a bronze clear liquid with a foamy white head. The head disappears fairly quickly. There is very little lace left on the glass. The smell is somewhat mild, can't really pinpoint anything. Taste slightly of toasted malt, a little caramel. with a very dry hop finish. Hop finish seems somewhat flowery, not really citrusy. A little thin in body, but overall not too bad. I find this to be an old standby, if there is only macro's to compete. I can see this as a good session beer, and wonder what it is like oversees, or possibly from a cask.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2004 05:17:09 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of Southernbrew


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

Pours bronze, nice sudsy head.

Malty sweetness with a light floral hop aroma.

Full body, smooth but bubbly. Slight floral hops mixed with light sweetness and bread-like flavors. Light bitter and dry finish.

A decent pale ale, certainly not the best, definitely historical though.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2004 01:54:01 | More by Southernbrew
Photo of brewQ


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

This is a nice looking beer on draft. A warm reddish color that is beautifully translucent. Small head but fine bubbles on the pint poured for me.

Aroma is hard to pick up. Just a bit of malt ... no overt proof of hops. That pretty much extends to the flavor- what there is, is good, but you are searching for more.

The mouthfeel is fleeting at best but you can surely drink many rounds of Bass.

A decent quality brew, especially when it is one of a couple handles after the macro brews at a bar. My nostalgic memory wants to believe that this Ale used to have more hop units- it seems they have dialed it down to move volume.

A memory fragment of an English poem-
... why do hop yards grow in Kent?
... and why was Burton built on Trent?

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2004 14:06:02 | More by brewQ
Photo of jsolack


3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light red/brown color. Clear with moderate head and lacing. Overall appearance is strong.

Smell is pretty standard. Hops and hints of sweetness. Smells fine but nothing special.

Slightly bitter and crisp taste. Has some initial sweetness in mouth. Goes down smooth with a slight burnt hops aftertaste.

This is another category where there is nothing wrong but nothing special. Feel light and crisp in mouth. Finish is slightly dry.

Easy beer to drink. I used to really enjoy this beer but the more craft beer I drink the higher my standards get. Definitly much better than a Bud or Miller.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2004 19:21:15 | More by jsolack
Photo of ctrlfreak

South Dakota

3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz

Appearance: clear copper with a medium light brown head
The Aroma: didn't have much of an aroma
The Taste: fruity with banana along with some citrus flavor
Mouth feel: medium bodied with a rounded feeling
Drinkability: a great light beer for those hot days sitting around the lake

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2004 03:17:40 | More by ctrlfreak
Photo of ngandhi


4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Office in Urbana, IL. 9.00/pitcher.

Unlike its stout counterpart, Bass has stayed true to tradition. This is a gorgeous pale ale in appearance, aroma, and flavor that manages to distinguish itself as a style from bitters and ESBs. Though backed by supple (yet still subtle) caramel malt and brown sugar, the focus of this beer is very clearly the fruity, well-rounded hops and yeast that made British ales famous in the first place.

This is what fuggles hops taste like. The hop-based fruit borders on being cloying but is saved by the beautiful dry finish. Bittered to perfection, fresh, green, and floral, Bass is one of the few breweries in the world that shows grand beer can be made on a grand scale.

Relax, relax.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2004 04:49:01 | More by ngandhi
Photo of filabrazilia


3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with a medium light brown head. Excellent lace. This is a good looking beer.

There is a faint malt/carmel sweetness in the nose, although not near as aromatic as it should be.

The mild malt flavor yields to a subtle hop presence that makes me wonder where the taste is hiding.

This is a mid bodied beer with an assertive bitter finish as the hops grab the tongue and hold on.

The subdued characteristics of this beer make it inoffensive but not necessarily one I would want to drink all the time. I think my memories of this beer are the stuff of nostalgia--they just don't live up to the reality.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2004 15:29:33 | More by filabrazilia
Photo of 57andcounting


3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the beers I keep around all the time. Pours a nice tan head that sticks around. The smell in limited to a bit of hops. The taste is very much a english ale flavor with a bit of a sen-sen and carmel. Light on the mouth and easy to drink. Even at the price, I enjoy at least one a day.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2004 19:37:02 | More by 57andcounting
Photo of Rob6852


3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a amber/orange color with a off white semi-thick
head that, for the most part, stuck around for the whole beer.
Head left lacing all down the inside of the glass.
This beer didn't have much of an aroma but i think i detected some
hops. The taste, unlike the bite of hops from a SNPA, was mild in
comparison with a nice malt middle and dryness at the end.
Its' mouthfeel is a bit thinner than a SNPA but thats like apples and oranges.
This beer i could drink a good many rounds of. It isn't overly
demanding on the pallet but at the same time has an overall solid
and welcome taste to it.
I would recomend this to my friends as an intro to finer beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2004 10:15:27 | More by Rob6852
Photo of johnrobe


3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmm....It's been a long time since I've had Bass and there seems to have been a steep drop off in quality since my last taste. It pours a medium orange-amber with a dense off-white head....but it's all downhill from there. The smell is scant...with some barely perceptible light caramel. There's some good caramel flavor with a bit of tea like hops for balance but it's too thin for a pale ale. This is just one step above a domestic macro.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2004 03:21:06 | More by johnrobe
Photo of claytri


2.65/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Bass poured a nice rich amber with a good finger of head that held firm. It smelled overwhelmingly of alcohol with slight tinges of hops and spice. The taste was almost entirely hops and alcohol. The feel was light bodied and slightly oily. I could only take one of these, while I've had worse beers it was not enjoyable and I switched on my next round.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2004 05:00:43 | More by claytri
Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
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