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Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale

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2,208 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,208
Reviews: 1,004
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 21
Gots: 100 | 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 mmmbeer


3.73/5  rDev +11.3%

From a 568 mL bottle. Pours into the pint glass an amber color with a 1 finger head that retains throughout but leaves little lacing. Smell is of diacetyl and hop spiciness. The taste delivers this plus caramel and a bit of chocolate. Feels decent. Pretty straightforward but good.

02-19-2005 00:21:51 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of Gaisgeil


3.38/5  rDev +0.9%

Well I'm not really surprised. Bass in bottles isn't quite as good as on draft, pretty much what I expected.

While many of the same traits translate including the appearance, smell and mouthfeel, the taste is a tamer and much more watery version of it's draft self. Still drinkable, and would still make a good session beer it loses some character and swagger if you will in the bottled version.

I'd still take good ol' Bass over a good many other however, so that's something.

02-16-2005 01:16:43 | More by Gaisgeil
Photo of allengarvin


3.38/5  rDev +0.9%

Clear walnut color, with a decent head. Nose consists of grainy malt and faint hop aroma. Tastes like sweet malt, with meager hop bitterness that does a poor job balancing out the flavor. Some floral hop taste and a tad bit of fruitiness. Light bodied.

I'm certain Bass was much tastier fifteen years ago when I first tried it. It's also a better beer in the UK than in the US. Here, it's a poor example of an English bitter.

02-10-2005 17:02:54 | More by allengarvin
Photo of aquaderek


3.45/5  rDev +3%

Bass has been a go to brew for a while now, so I thought I would give it a review. I like the appearance, a nice mix of copper, orange and gold. Pours with a nice one and a half inch head, that reduces to a beautiful quater inch. I am getting a skunky nose, not what I am use to when I have this beer on tap. Although through the skunk, I can pick up some spicy hops. The taste is kind of flat, first some sweet maltiness, followed by a hoppy bite, just what I would expect from this type of beer. The mouthfeel is ok, nice and slippery with the right amount of bubbles. For some reason, I don't know what it is, I have never been able to drink very many in a sitting. I can drink a couple, but that is about it.

02-09-2005 04:55:38 | More by aquaderek
Photo of crookedhalo


3.28/5  rDev -2.1%

The Bass Pub-pour can. Not a widget-type nitrogenated beer, just charged with a mix of carbon dioxide and nitrogen gases. Pours the same as Bass, but with a soapier head. I'm not going to get into nuances of the beer. It's regular old Bass Pale Ale, in a can, that is is charged during canning as such and makes no significant impact on heightening the beer's enjoyability. In fact, the further metallic taste that shows up in the can is rather distracting. This version of Bass seems to be just a marketing gimmick preying on the 14.9 oz. widget-can phenomenon. It has not impressed me, whatsoever.

02-06-2005 06:12:55 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of ypsifly


3.45/5  rDev +3%

Pours a translucent reddish brown with a pale tan head that leaves rings of lace as it recedes.

The smell has that distinctive English hop variety aroma to it with a slight maltiness underneath.

The taste is hoppy, but not with much strength. This combined with a decent amount of carbonation gives it a moderate mouthfeel and makes for a very drinkable ale.

A good beer on a hot day as it quenches your thirst. It also goes good with a steak dinner.

02-03-2005 04:52:53 | More by ypsifly
Photo of RBorsato


3.23/5  rDev -3.6%

Tawny brown with a full beige head, decent carbonation, and some lace. Decent balanced malt and hop aroma. A bit fruity without being overly sweet. Decent balance but an almost non-descript English malty ale. Light-medium bodied with almost no finish.

One I went into wanting to rate lower but it is an OK English Ale and a good import intro...

Label states: Since 1777. Interbrew UK Ltd. - Luton, England

02-01-2005 20:16:18 | More by RBorsato
Photo of KoG


3.63/5  rDev +8.4%

Brown hue with a decent amount of head. Left lacing in concentric rings down the glass.

Smell was malty with some hop character. Inviting but not spectacular.

Taste is rather decent. Tastes like burnt chocolate when really cold. Warms up to a caramel and nut flavor with little hop bitterness.

Nice and smooth, a pretty decent session brew and good alternative to teh macros on tap all over town.

01-31-2005 08:29:15 | More by KoG
Photo of BrewMaster


3.35/5  rDev 0%

Having consumed this beer countless times before, it is about time that I enter my review of it. It pours a golden reddish color with a thin head on top. The aroma is crisp and malty but without much to rave about. The flavor is rich with sweet malt and fruity diacetyl notes. It is a bit watery at the end with little in the hop department. Some sourness registers as well. It is clean and soft on the palata but the watery end of it makes it a bit less desirable. Overall this beer is a good beer to drink when there is nothing better around, like in a bar at the airport.

01-28-2005 17:02:47 | More by BrewMaster
Photo of maccroz


3.85/5  rDev +14.9%

How have I managed to never review Bass? The "tan" description dubbed from its membership in the "Black & Tan" duo is a bit of a misnomer. It's more of a golden brown. I guess Black and Golden Brown doesn't have the same ring though.

Bass Ale is better than many of its British counterparts in smell, taste, and appearance. It's a rich golden beer that goes down quickly and tastefully. I'm of the opinion that there isn't a perfect 5.0 beer out there, as the beers that taste the best tend to have limited drinkability. Bass does a great job of rounding out drinkability and taste. It's powerful, but not too heavy so that you feel like one is enough.

If by some freak of nature you haven't tried Bass, assuming you aren't religiously opposed to it, give it a try. It's a damn fine drink.

01-19-2005 03:08:37 | More by maccroz
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +17.3%

I find Bass to be very hit or miss, especially on tap. Its one of the most widely available Import beers in Toronto restaurants. Sometimes its delicious sometimes its cloying and watery. I suppose freshness is the main factor.

In the bottle it pours a deep copper with a long lasting eggshell head. Theres a generous amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of caramel, butterscotch malts and a slight wiff of hops, the nose is a little subdued but pleasant.

The taste is malty with a distinct caramel character. Hops are in the background, very earthy and aromatic. Theres light fruity esters throughout, especially in the finish. The mouthfeel is creamy and thick (from lots of carbonation).

Bass is a great session beer, apparently its a shade of what it once was but still a very tastey balanced beer.

01-12-2005 18:47:30 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.2/5  rDev -34.3%

No smell, a tad sweet then goes bitter, watery, no colour. Faint hops. Harsh finish, thin mouthfeel.Carbonation like soda. Though a drop of fruity sweet inside of bitterness
, It is possible it may have been
around a while. Below average. Would prefer club soda.

01-06-2005 19:38:01 | More by Sammy
Photo of Jason


2.2/5  rDev -34.3%

16.9 oz can with no freshness date, "Bass Pub Pour" ... what the hell is this?

Appearance: Good two fingers of head with a great clarity to show off the reddish amber hue.

Smell: Aroma of nearly rotten fruit with a musty basement yeast nose.

Taste: Apple skin, thin caramel malting and muted hops with a slight bitterness. The malt flavor seems too beat up to give any real sweetness or character at that, just a nasty fruitiness in the finish.

Mouth Feel: Pub Pour? If I was poured a beer like this I'd send it back. It is not lack of carbonation but the slickness that is left in the mouth.

Drinkability: Hard to down even half the can, and once it warmed up it got even worse.

This beer is absolute rubbish.

01-03-2005 01:45:19 | More by Jason
Photo of beerbill


2.85/5  rDev -14.9%

In the glass it has a pleasing orange/red color to it that reminds me of a blush wine. No head to speak of, a few streams of thin bubbles.
The nose is very thin, with hints of minerals that put me in mind of dish water.
Initially, the taste is somewhat flabby, but the middle palate is very strong. It has a pleasant spiciness that finishes with a nice, short lived after taste.
All in all, a good pale ale.

12-20-2004 05:04:58 | More by beerbill
Photo of aquatonex

New York

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Got a nice, tall pint-sized can. I'm surprised I haven't rated it yet.

Pours medium reddish-amber, a very nice color. Nice carbonation, 1 finger of head that has decent retention. Not much coming in from the nose, a bit of malt, hops, and hints of sweetness. Taste is very nice. I was expected a more watery ale flavor, but Bass has got a rather full body that isn't overly hoppy nor alcoholy. A nice balance of the flavors with moderate malt and bitterness along with a creamy sweet background that makes the entire brew quite smooth. A very drinkable "popular" beer.

12-18-2004 22:49:07 | More by aquatonex
Photo of RushLimbmalt


4.2/5  rDev +25.4%

The venerable Bass Pale Ale. It might not be very extreme for a Pale Ale, but it certainly is drinkable. It pours a nice amber color and has a nice white head that it retains well and it leaves lots of lacing on my glass. There is a touch of hops and a nice crisp malty aroma, nothing exciting, but good nonetheless. It has a very mild flavor, again nothing extreme, but it is very pleasing to drink. It definitely is a great session beer. It is an all around decent British Pale Ale and it is no wonder it has remained so popular since it's creation.

12-15-2004 07:06:33 | More by RushLimbmalt
Photo of HochFliegen


3.05/5  rDev -9%

Pours a clear light amber color with a good head that quickly goes away and leaves no lacing. All that was left were a few whisps of bubbles.
The smell was mild with a hint of honey and cherries.
Taste was of sweet toffee with a dry floral aftertaste. Well blended flavor but its still an average beer in my book.

12-14-2004 03:36:00 | More by HochFliegen
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -7.5%

Paid $4.40 for a 22oz glass. Tried Bass many a times in my day but not in the past six months to recall its qualities. A bit overrated in my book. Nice mouthfeel for a Pale Ale. Poured an average head and carbonation...no real lacing. Finished it off fine. A bit hoppy but not any more than a typical Pale Ale. Okay at best.

12-11-2004 02:44:09 | More by Backer2004
Photo of stjarnflikka


3.18/5  rDev -5.1%

Pours a reddish and quite hazy beer. Pretty much carbonation.

The smell is fruity, some traces of malt and kind of "fresh".

The taste is sweet, and the carbonation is clear. There is no distinct taste, but a bitter sting in the aftertaste.

This is a beer that doesn't give anything out of the ordinary. Quite booring but very drinkable.

11-30-2004 16:31:11 | More by stjarnflikka
Photo of niknar


3.28/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours out a reddish sort of cross between crimson and orange. Very small, whitish head that quickly dissipates. Nothing particularly wonderful. The aroma is pleasant, but not very strong. Something of understated malt and a sweet, fruity (currant / other berry?) scent dominates. Taste is so-so. It is an acquired taste in my opinion. Strong hops right up front, with a sweet finish that slowly switches to a dry tanginess at the end. Fairly complex, but not something I would consider all that wonderful. Mouthfeel is actually one of this offering's stronger suits. Perhaps a little over-carbonated, but still manages to have enough substance for my personal preferences - also fairly true to the style. Drinkability is so-so... I usually buy a six-pack of Bass Pale Ale about every 2 years...

11-25-2004 00:38:15 | More by niknar
Photo of cncbofh


3.55/5  rDev +6%

Poured an amber red with a medium soapy big-bubble head that quickly dissapated.

Smell of malty burnt toast with a barely noticeable floral hops note. The taste was buttery with notes of toffee and caramel - lots of floral hoppy taste. All blend quite well together and you come out with a great beer.

There is something about buttered popcorn that slowly melts away to a dry and bitter aftertaste. Not entirely a bad thing...

Good Pale Ale.

11-24-2004 23:56:21 | More by cncbofh
Photo of BigRedN


3.3/5  rDev -1.5%

Appearance: Golden amber, with a thick, off-white 1/2 inch head that linger for a while. Some lacing down the glass. Dancing bubbles in the liquid tell me this is somewhat carbonated.

Smell: Smells of hops and grains.

Taste: Hoppy bite, yet well balanced through the middle to the end. Taste is somewhat short lived.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation leaves this one feeling a little lighter than expected.

Drinkability: Very good. I could imagine putting back a few pints, but I probably won't due to cost. I can find a lot of beers for $2 less a six than this one that I find to be better IMO.

This used to be a favorite of mine when dining out. It's still good, but I am finding more and more better beers out there. With my expanding understanding of styles and expectations of a style, I will have to be mindful of the differences between EPA, APA, and IPA in the future.

11-23-2004 05:27:07 | More by BigRedN
Photo of jeshii


3.7/5  rDev +10.4%

Wow, what a surprising beer! At first, it comes out a fairly nice color, though seems a little dark. Then the head is inconsistent and fizzles somewhat quickly. So, from the appearance, I was expecting the worst.

Then the smell. Nothing really at first, but after a little agitation, it opened up a bit and let us (me and my girlfriend were tasting together) in on its little secret. The smell was soft, somewhat enticing, but too soft, nothing to write home about. So, maybe after the initial appearance issue, the smell wasn't impressive.

But then the tasting. Wow! Smooth, carbonation is just right, slight raspberry taste in there somewhere, and a fresh, soft aftertaste.

So, although at first, it seemed it would be a disappointment, the result is a beer that has found its way to high place in my personal rankings.

11-15-2004 13:34:01 | More by jeshii
Photo of Tang07


4/5  rDev +19.4%

Pours a nice amber with a great tan head that laces the glass nicely.

The smell is wonderful, hops and barley.

The beer is flavorful. It has a hoppy, yet mellow finish.

Very drinkable flavorful beer. At 5% it's not particularly strong, but that means that you can enjoy more of it without getting...

Very nice beer to have a few pitchers of.

11-14-2004 06:54:57 | More by Tang07
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

4.15/5  rDev +23.9%

Painted by Manet, loved by Napoleon...lot of history there.

Appearance-beautiful amber brown color, a lot of head that sticks around for awhile. Lots of lace left around as well.

Smell-wow....luscious caramel scent, whiffs of grain and hops, delightful.

Taste-a lot of hop character, grainy on the toungue, goes down smooth with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Almost bursting with hop flavor.

Mouthfeel-light yet flavorful, easy on the palette, slightly bitter aftertaste leaves you wanting more.

Drinkability-fantastic session beer, an overall fine ale and a standard in the industry.

Overall-A superb ale, doesn't seem like it gets enough recognition on here sometimes but you'd be hard pressed to do better. A fantastic session beer to enjoy good moments with. Only drawback is it's slightly expensive but aren't many good beers these days. Highly recommended from me.

11-06-2004 00:47:16 | More by TheDeuce
Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
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