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Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale

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2,394 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,394
Reviews: 1,026
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 26
Gots: 193 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bass Brewers Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2001

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

Aroma is mild, sweet malt and just a touch of hops. Pours a beautiful copper color and possesses a medium white frothy head with excellent lacing. Flavor is malty and sweet with a moderate bitter finish. Moderately carbonated and maybe just a touch watery but has a decent mouthfeel. Balanced, pleasant to drink, and goes down easy. Good commonly available beer.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very clear light caramel color. There was about 1/2" head at first pour that retained pretty well. Some bubbles were sticking to the inside of the glass below the beer line at first pour. There was a little bit of lacing after the beer was consumed.

Aroma: Some caramel and fruit are noticeable in the aroma at first pour. As it warms a bit, the hops are becoming more apparent.

Taste: A clean malt balanced beer. It has a medium body and a pretty assertive carbonation that makes it go down pretty smooth. As it warms a bit, I can pick out more fruit as well as some buttery notes. There is a tad of alcoholic warmth in the back of the throat after the beer gets through with you.

Opinion: Well, this isn't too bad for a beer that is pretty easy to find at your local pub. It is by far not my favorite English Ale, but I would take this one over a plethora of other mass produced commercial beers.

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

I loved the colour of this beer as soon as I poured it, I hoped that it wouldn't let me down. Nose is typical ale smell, nice balance of sweet and bitter. The bitterness is near perfect. Not too much, very mild carbonation. Goes down very easily and if I knew a place in the city with it on tap, I'd definitely want to give this one a try. It would be a wonderful session beer.

Photo of BuffaloBilly
4.17/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer, an english friend gave me one to try, it was quite different from what im normally used to drinking but it was very good. This beer is worth a try, if I had the money I would buy it again. Not much more to say then whats already been said.

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

Presentation: On Tap

Appearance: Pours an amber color with a white rocky head that enventually turns into a nice lace with very good retention.

Smell: Lots of aromas such as flowers and herbal notes and a light hint of maltiness.

Taste: A very nice slightly bitter and creamy beer. A little sweetness and overall a nice taste potentially due to the water used to make this beer.

Mouthfeel: Slightly grainyfeel and a little bitter.

Drinkability: A very enjoyable beer while on tap I have not had it out of the bottle though. Definatlty reccomended if you find it on tap.

Photo of andjusticeforale
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just started homebreing and the first "kit" I got was a bass ale clone kit. I had to steep the grain, boil and add the hops, bittering salts, etc. It is fermenting so I figured I better get some commercial product to compare it to. anyway.

What I learned from making it is that you make sort of a "tea, and then ferment and add carbonation. I tasted the same flavors here and now I knew what made them. This is an extremely drinkable beer, It is just bitter enough, just strong enough, there is a flavour that lasts from start to finish and a complexity as the beer warms.

The head stays low and clings to your pint glass, and the mouth feel is as refreshing as can be for a pub ale. I have a new appreciation for the uniqueness of this classic.

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

Had not had this beer in quite some time. Looks brightly golden - copper. Pours a slightly tan head, fairly thick, lingers and laced well. Smells mildly malty and caramelly. Hop spice balance give the aroma complexity. Tastes mallty and caramelly as well. Mild notes of dates and nuts. Light toasty and buttery flavors hide behind carbonation and hop flavor. Mild ginger and clove flavors. Feels moderately creamy and peppery to the toung. Finishes quite light with low lingering bitterness and spiciness. Not as flavorful as I remembered.

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

Presentation: Poured a clear amber color into a Bass pint glass. About a finger-thick head formed, with a decent amount of retention. In its proper glassware, this beer looked pretty good. The scent was more hoppy than malty, with slight estery notes as well. It wasn't a very pronounced aroma.

Tasting: Hop bitterness, combined with slight buttery (diacetyl) characteristics, defines this beer. There is some malt presence in the background. Overall, this beer is moderately bitter, which makes it flavorful, yet refreshing. Mouthfeel is light to moderate, but there wasn't a lot of body to this beer. This is good to pair with a meal, and it seems like it would hold up well over a drinking session.

Tasty on tap. Would like to try other serving styles and compare...

Photo of palliko
2.51/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is copper color, topped with light foamy head that produced little lacing. Aroma consists of musty yeast and bruised apples. Yuk! Initial taste contains a minute amount of bitter hops and malt, those danged apples again, followed by fruit and brown sugar. This under-carbonated beer leaves a nasty taste in your mouth, and DO NOT drink it warm. Hard to believe this beer is selling well.

Photo of Rootdog316
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A really decent English pale ale. It has slight hoppy flavors to it with mild undertones of honey and malts. As a stand alone, this is a crisp beer with a slight bitterness and a unique subtle european hoppy finish. Over all recommened as a beer that you can't go wrong with really.

Photo of thechaacster
4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear medium amber with a big foamy head. Excellent head retention and lacing. Smell of herbal hops. First thing I taste is a lot of sweet caramel malt. Malt is met by a pleasant, mild herbal hop bitterness, with a bit of tartness in the background that adds to the overall bite of the brew. Very smooth mouthfeel and very drinkable. I can't vouch for the bottled form, but on tap Bass is a quintessential English Pale Ale that is a bit underrated in my opinion.

Photo of GClarkage
3.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

06/29/05- On tap at Bud Moran's bar in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- From the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Darker golden pour with a nice fat creamy and frothy head. Excellent lacing as well.

Smell- Sweet malt overall.

Taste- Light sweetness in the malt. Maybe a grain taste. Very little hops noticed. Just a tad.

Mouthfeel- Medium to ligher carbonation. Just a bit watery at first.

Drinkability- Have had this several times before. I will go to this one because it's usually the best brew a bar will have on tap at times. Decent brew here.

Photo of kbub6f
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big, cream-colored head full of explosions, leaving foamy clumps of lacing. The beer is a clear, red-amber. Nose is dusty, some nutty, faintish fruit. enh. Front is fruity and a little spoonky. Fruity caramel in the light-bodied middle finishes nutty and fruity. Not bad. A nice, light pale.

Photo of ericsdawson
3.46/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

my parents always have a 6 of these in thier fridge so i enjoyed one last trip home. very clean caramel orange color. nice 2 finger head that retains pretty well and leaves some nice lacing. smell is of grains and a little citrus. tastes pretty refreshing. not a lot going on otherwise. hop flavor is present but not overpowering like some pale ales. sweetens up a little toward the end. i quite enjoy bass. i don't know how much i'll buy with so many different beers out there i've never had, but bass is a solid fall back.

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

Among my favorite beers that is widely available even though the style is not among my favorites. Crystaline copper pour with the carbonation visibly sticking at the head of a mug or glass. Frothy white head that completely sheets/laces any glassware. Slight malt sweetness and tones of fresh sourdough bread that are best had off of tap and server moderately chilled but not iced (bloody Florida bars). Don't bother out of the bottle please, and goto a nice place for fresh taps. Otherwise you'll get something a bit wattery and dimmed down, dissapointing.

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

Pours a golden orange with a finger of white head and a moderate amount of lacing. Smell is floral hops and faint simple malts. Taste leans towards the floral resinous hops, with the butterscotchy malts almost, but not quite, managing to balance. Medium bodied with just the right level of carbonation. This is a quality pale ale, even if it is a macro, and I'll never turn my nose up at one.

Photo of RootedFool
4.15/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle purchased (on sale, .99 cents) at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California. Looks very fine in my Lost Coast pint glass: body is bright translucent amber; the head is frothy, whipped thickness, off-white, great retention that leaves some thick lace patches on the glass. Smell: baked red delicious apples, light on the spice, pine needles, slight hint of fresh grape juice behind all of this. Taste: upfront twang of crisp hops that take their time twangin' before some buttery notes comes through toward the middle, along with a slice of crisp green apple. Aftertaste is an unsalted saltine cracker yeastiness as the hop twist recedes in the background, taking its time. Mouthfeel: coats my palate perfectly; a chewy, even silky texture that provides a great canvas for the hearty, sturdy flavors. Carbonation is slight but spot on. Hey, this ain't bad.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange color (slightly darker than the average english pale) with a nice white head that dissapates quickly. The aroma is a mix of earthy, piney hops with fruity english ale yeast, not spectacular but not bad either. Taste is light floral hops, biscuit like malt, and a hint of fruit (apples maybe from the ale yeast). Finish is clean and crisp with moderate carbonation and very little bitterness. In this day and age Bass is not very unique but it was one of the original English Pale's so you have to give it some respect. The drinkability is pretty high and this is easily a great session beer, especially if you're not trying to burn out your taste buds with overly hoppy american renditions.

Photo of ThreePistols
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed my fair share of imperial pints of Bass Ale on-tap at the UK in the World of Nations at EPCOT during my week stay at Walt Disney World. The days were in the high 80's-low 90's and the beers were perfectly chilled and poured.

The color was a redish amber. The beer was poured so that each imperial pint was all beer and no head. Decent lace. Sweet mix of malt and hops aroma. Smooth and crisp. Good malt and hops taste that is well balanced. Slighty buttery. Creamy mouth feel with a very good aftertaste. I truely enjoyed every and every pint of Bass Ale.

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

Pours to a beautiful reddish anber color with nice big head. I smell light flower and moderate amount of caramel. Oily in texture with taste being earthy and caramel, but neither are overwhelming. Leaves a pleasent bitter aftertaste. Overall this pale ale is more subtle than other pal ales I've had. By far one of the best looking and clear.

Photo of JustinBathurst
2.61/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper-brown, but it strikes me as appearing less carbonated than most PAs. Has a 1 cm head that goes to lace.

Smells a bit medicinal to me, with a sweet fruit aroma that I can't quite place closer than something like syrupy cherries.

The mouthfeel is nice and crisp, with good carbonation. This is the strength of Bass, I think.

I detect in the taste a roasted malt character, with a strong bitter finish. The aftertaste retains both, but I find all of it too plain. I also taste a medicinal tone that I really dislike.

All in all, not bad, but I don't think I'll make it a mainstay.

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

Pours a finger and a half head that lingers admirably well. Light brown leans a bit to red. Head is quite dense. Smell is buttery and floral hop. Neither is over done and I find the smell very nice. I can taste the buttery that I smell from the diacetyl. Its a little over-bittered for my adoration as a pale ale but still somewhat enjoyable.
The bitter hangs around dominantly in the after-taste as well. A solution would be never stop swallowing I suppose. I'm torn on Bass PA. IT looks great, smells great, has a mouthfeel of quality and yet it is a little out of balance on taste. It needs more of a malt flavor to attain praise from me.

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

This is a great beer, it has very little scent, good head, the most important part flaver which is its best part. I had this beer on tap once and it was better, A bottle is ok but pour it into a glass it is better. Not the best with popcorn though...

Photo of NiceGuyMike
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a personal favorite of mine and has been since my early tweenties (about 12 or so years). Availablity makes it a great beer to fall back one when nothing else is available.

Always pours golden with good head. Crisp refreshing flavor with a bit of hops a bit of fruit. Well balanced ale and always consistant and always good.

Photo of maek228
2.88/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured nice with a fine looking one finger head. A layer of froth stayed atop this beer the whole time I was sipping on it.

Smell: Fresh fruits, sugary bread, sweet maltiness

Taste: Doesn't taste as good as it smells...Upfront is a weak and barely sweet maltiness. After this your mouth just gets coated with this nasty skunky flavor. Adjunts are really noticeable and taste downright raunchy. the small hop kick at the end really dissapointed me...I expect a bit more of a punch from a pale ale. You can really taste the cheap ingredients in this one

Mouthfeel: Leaves an unpleasant buttery coating in your mouth.

Drinkability: I could see myself drinking a few of these without a problem...I mean I have had worse

FINAL CONCLUSION: Craft Pale Ales like Magic Hat and Sierra Nevada make this one look awful.

Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
76 out of 100 based on 2,394 ratings.