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Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale

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2,351 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,351
Reviews: 1,015
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 24
Gots: 140 | 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 barefootbrewer
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a golden color with a small head. The smell was sweet and slightly sour. The taste is bright with notes of citrus and bitterness. The mouthfeel is full but not heavy. There is a slight bitter aftertaste. Drinkability – hey, it’s a Bass!

Photo of bort11
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with a pizza.
Poured into a standard pint tumbler. Very nice sized head, at least two fingers. It took it's time to recede. Maintained a good lace. Smell wasn't very strong, but I could make out some sweetness. Taste is a little on the malty side, but there was a slight bit of hops bitterness. The malt was a bit smokey. Mouthfeel was medium bodied. I think I overlook Bass sometimes. It was great with pizza. I should give it a chance more often.

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

Bass has a malty, sweet flavor. It's very easy to drink. Nice amber color, not much foam. It gives off a pleasant, nutty smell. Hop character is very slight. Overall, bass pale ale is a decent beer, sweet and refreshing. It differs a lot from an American pale ale in the fact that there's hardly any hops. It's good when your'e craving something less bitter than usual.

Photo of janubio
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Foam with big bubbles, it doesn't last much. Nice copper colour. Aroma is sulphur, limestone. Some fruits, nut and a bit tarty. Taste is similar, nut, limestone, tarty hint of sulphur, maybe a bit buttery and some nut meg.
This is the Inbev version, I have to find my notes of some years ago for the original one.

Photo of witster18
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very good beer. Nutty start is quickly swept away with a clean finish. Chocolate amber color, decent fizzyish head, not overwhelming at all. A pale ale even your mom will like. Great with a large diversity of food ranging from light to spicy to red meat.
Much sharper around the edges than most pale's. Superb balance of sweetness and kick while magically eliminating a strong aftertaste. Love the accessability of this beer and its' no more than Guinnes or Heineken at you local grocer. A beer with more diversity than most of the other mass produced imports when it comes to food.

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, almost a nut-brown color with a fairly foamy head that settles down into a thin skim, but still sticks around.
Smell is a bit roasty and smokey of malt. Not much hop aroma, and not too complex. Taste is a bit nutty and sweet. A little dry and roasty, with a clean, sort of sweet aftertaste. Not a whole lot of interesting stuff going on here, but it’s tasty and drinable. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, and light carbonation helps it go down easy. Not a bad choice if you’re limited to macros.

Photo of Estarrio
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap...

Medium brown, with a small, white head. Not much retention but the lacings were very intricate and almost mesmerizing.

Sweet malt, subtle fruit and cream aroma.

Very smooth. Very light caramel and vanilla, mixed with a creamy malt texture.

Much nicer mouthfeel on tap, good creamy notes...very drinkable!

I am pleasantly surprised with this old, standby on tap. Much smoother than the bottle and more flavorful as well...

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

Had this one in downtown Springfield IL at Andiamo...I was very suprised to see this on tap at what is basically a coffee shop and decided to have one after touring the old state capital.

It's been awhile since I've had one of these, but I remember drinking Bass as a lighter alternative to Guiness before I really started exploring the world of beer.

Expertly poured into a pint glass by the girl behind the counter. Very clear and golden with not much head. A few suds did stick around for the duration.

Not much going on with the smell here, but this was served very cold and downed quickly, so I may have missed some nuances that might have been detected if I sat with the beer as it warmed. The taste is excellent, but sort of bland. A lighty malty, butterscotch sweetness at first. Followed by a tiny bit of bitterness. This one is very well balanced and goes down easily.

The taste is interesting, but unintrusive enough to drink just for fun...for those times when picking out every little subtle flavor is not the main idea. Overall this is just a pretty average beer for drinking....without much thinking.

Photo of HoustonTX
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Amber in color, white creamy large head, decent lacing and reten.

S - Picking up light caramel malts, and small earth notes.

T - Taste was quite bready, and on par for the style. Small caramel, light toffee notes, with a hint of fruit layers. Not bad. Mouthfeel was kind of light, and drinkabiliy is average.

A solid beer, and a decent example of the style.

Photo of CraftAle
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This will never be my first choice ale, However, I'll add it to my beer diet for variety---especially if I find it again at Costco for about $22/case.

Major smell and taste is hop bitterness. Much less complex smell and taste that hoppy American IPAs. Also has a thinner mouth feel than American IPAs.

Photo of xav33
2.68/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bass Pale Ale
16 oz bottle
Recent bottling, ingested 07/06
Medium pour in a pint glass

Poured amber with foamy white head.

Smelt of caramel malt with little hops.

Tast was light bready malts and slightly fruity hops that fail to cling to the palate in an awkward bitter ending.

Overall, a simple quaffing English Pale Ale.

Photo of neenerzig
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good solid pale ale. Not bad at all but certainly nothing special here either. Pours a light to medium golden color with a nice tall white head that doesn't stick around too long but leaves some nice lacing indeed. The smell comprises of some sweet malt and little else. The taste is pretty the same as the smell. Sweet and malty. Aftertaste is slightly dry and bitter. Has a nice crisp and smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink. This beer could be a lot better than it is if it had more character. That's what's holding this beer back, a lack of character. A good beer, but nothing special.


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

Ah, Bass, a beer curiously common as pizza on Long Island but I never saw it once in the entire year I lived and worked in London..its almost like they export everything, like Foster's in Australia.

Pours a light copper into my piny glass with a dense white head and promising lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles evident. Nose is oversweet and reeks of malt sugars.

Taste is light and crisp and pleasant if fairly simple and a little watery. No real hop attack as in most pale ales but this is basic, tasty stuff. Sessionable in a pinch but I likely wouldn't choose it unless confronted only by other macros

Photo of jpkoch1962
2.6/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a light to medium amber with a thick head. Only very light floral aroma could be detected. The front end of Bass Ale was smooth- only minimum bitterness. It quickly became apparent that there was very little mouthfeel, and whatever taste -either from the malt or hop bill - was absent. The finish was smooth, dry, and very bland.

Bass Ale could easily pass for a weak amber lager. While this could be a refreshing summer ale, it lacks the basic qualities one should expect from a pale ale.

Photo of veech
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a staple at most pubs English, Irish, and American alike, and for good reason. It lacks big beer taste that is found in many other English ales, but considering the fact that it is such a mass produced, macrobrewed beer it's still pretty damn good. Pours a copperish amber with med head and light lacing. Smell is light crisp hops and very mild graininess. Taste is lightly hopped with a miniscule touch of caramel. Mouthfeel is minimal but just shy of watery. Bass is an extremely drinkable beer and you'll find yourself finishing a pint or pitcher faster than you thought every time you drink it. If only American macros could emulate Bass.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’ve always liked Bass Ale, especially for a mass-produced, widely-distributred beer. Not as good as some of the truly great ales, but a damn good one given the price. When eating or drinking out, where micro and crafts are not available, this is one beer I’ll readily drink; a hell of a step above most American or Import Macros.

Photo of MMansfield
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle at the NSLC

Appearance: Pours a nice rusty amber, quite clear. Vigourous pour leaves a mountainous frothy cap, leaving loads of lace.

Aroma: Malty, caramel, bit of biscuits.

Taste: Sweet with a nice caramel flavour fades to a medium low bitter finish with a hint of sourness.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, creamy, decent body.

Final Statement: This beer is a real classic, if you can get a fresh sample, enjoy.

Photo of mithrascruor
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint nitro-can poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice reddish-amber color with a 1/2-in. thick and foamy (but not too much) head that reduces to a thick foam.

Smell: Barely any nose at all on this beer; perhaps a bit of florals.

Taste: Malts and caramel, together with some florals and mild hops. Aftertaste has a bit of more noticable bitterness... but not much.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, medium-bodied, but not quite as viscous as other nitro-can beers I've had.

Drinkability: Average ABV, combined with the fact that it's not too heavy makes this beer rather drinkable. Goes down well.

Yet another English pale ale that hasn't impressed me. I don't know if it's the nitro-can or what, but it's just very... boring. At least there is a slight bit of complexity to the flavor, even if it's very mild. Quite popular, but I can't quite see why. Worth trying to satisfy your curiosity, but not one I really plan on getting again.

Photo of mcarroll10177
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imported from Britian on the label, no disternable freshness date.

A- tannish brown with a nice if small white head

S- some hops not so much nose to this beer

T- some hops, clean and refreshing finish

M- balanced not to thick or thin

D- an easy drinker, probally a good session beer. Lacked to much complexity to rate higher.

Notes- overall this is a thoroughly decent if basic beer. It is a classic and certainly better than any of the big domestic macros. I would certainly drink this again.

Photo of IntriqKen
2.35/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a solid single finger thick head that melts to thick sticky lacing atop a clear amber yellow brew.
Aroma is almost non-existent...no hops..no malts...just a little fruitiness
Taste is slightly sweet malt and a tiny metalic tingle of hops.
Aftertaste of metal and sticky fruit.
Not impressed at all.

Photo of mnj21655
2.8/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber color. Both the lacing and the head didn't last very long. There were hints of caramel in the nose but overall there wasn't too much there. As for the taste it started with hops and a mild amount of bitterness and finished very clean. Good mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation. An easily drinkable beer that I would certainly have again.

Photo of MSchae1017
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes taken yesterday.

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from a bottle.

This beer pours a clear amber with a creamy white head that holds decently without any lacing. The smell is malty with aromas of caramel and amber malts. The taste is an echo of the smell, all malts, not much hops. The mouthfeel is nicely thick with even carbonation. Overall, its a nice session beer and one that wouldn't be bad to fall back on.

Photo of mcallister
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A pale copper color with a lackluster white head that did leave good lacing in it's wake.

Sweet malt aromas, with a toffee, caramel edge. No hops in the nose.

Nice carbonated mouthfeel, layered sweet caramel malt, toffee, with very little hops present, only slightly in the finish.

I've never been a big fan of English ales and this one is not leading me down the right path. Although low in alcohol I really wouldn't enjoy more than one of these.

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

Odd handbell shaped bottle, 1 pt., 3.25 oz. Pours faded copper with a semi-sticky manilla head. Aromas are fairly floral, but the hop presence is quite subdued. Some biscuity malts appear as well. Faint floral and spicy hop flavor with light, toasted bread malts. Mouthfeel is far too thin, indeed it's rather watery. I used to really adore this beer years ago. In fact the friend who gave me this bottle did so because he remembered me being such a big fan. Knowing how many great beers in general, and pale ales specifically there are out there, I can't ever see myself choosing this unless there were no other better options available.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper. Head is large and extremely sticky.

S - Nutty, toasty with some hops. Some grassiness as well.

T - Initial taste is sweet and ever-so-slightly tart. Toasted grains come through but without nuttiness (I don't like nuttiness that much). A bit of lemony citrus in the middle, finishing with a drawn out mild bitterness.

M - Slick, medium bodied and overcarbonated.

D - Good.

Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
77 out of 100 based on 2,351 ratings.