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Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale

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2,353 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,353
Reviews: 1,015
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 25
Gots: 141 | 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 ypsifly
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of RBorsato
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

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

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

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.

Photo of maccroz
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Sammy
2.2/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of Jason
2.2/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of beerbill
2.85/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of aquatonex
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.2/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of HochFliegen
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Backer2004
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of stjarnflikka
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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...

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

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.

Photo of BigRedN
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jeshii
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Tang07
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of TheDeuce
4.15/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer came off the tap an golden amber color with a finger of head that sticks around to sit atop the beer. The nose is really sweet with hints of honey covered caramel. The flavor is odd to me. It is very sweet, almost fruity, with a really bad tang on the finish. There is also a metallic flavor in there. I don't really like it. The feel is moderate, somewhat creamy, but nothing special really. The drnkability is just okay. The flavor takes away a bit from the beer overall.

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

poured amber with a nice creamy head.aroma, malty, citrus, nutty. flavor was on the weak side, lighty sweet, citrus, brown sugar, hints of hops and malts, with some bittness . not to bad of a beer, the type you can serve to impress the people you know who drink bud

Photo of mynie
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite average color offset by a nice, retentive head.

Smells like burnt malt. Grainy, oatmeal, brownsugar and bread. Mostly like sugar and oats.

Tastes like malt upfront, nutty, buttery, sweet and nice, with a little hoppy kick at the back, with the malty sweetness still present only with a little bit of a citrus kick added to it. Nothing totally impressive, but nice.

The body is decent, and it goes down pretty smooth.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In the interest of full disclosure I should mention that, prior to becoming a BA, Bass Pale Ale was the favorite beer of my adult years, following such luminaries as Miller High Life (teens) and Labatt Blue (college years). I've had more Bass than any other beer in existence, but I don't believe I've had one in well over a year. With a newly educated and appreciative palate, let's see how this old standby of mine holds up.

Bright orange-amber with a large, creamy head of ecru foam that persists nicely and lays down shredded sheets of lace. So far, so good. The nose is on the simple side. It's lightly toasted malty with a modest English hop presence. I might be a little more impressed with the aroma if I didn't have to crawl into the glass to appreciate it.

Strangely enough, the flavor isn't all that familiar. Never mind that almost 500 different beers have crossed my palate since I last drank a Bass. Still though, I'd have thought that some echo of recognition would still be present.

I'm not impressed. The flavor profile isn't lackluster exactly, but neither does it appeal to me. It consists of moderately toasted pale malt and earthy hops that provide more bitterness than actual flavor. I don't remember the finish being this mineral-like, but I doubt that the recipe has changed in the past decade or so; probably longer. Unfortunately the too-light body virtually guarantees that the flavor vanishes way too soon.

Bass Pale Ale is a beer that lives fondly in memory, but I won't let that influence this review. When consumed with an open (and newly expanded) mind and palate, it just isn't that good. Would it do in a pinch? Sure, but when my local stores carry dozens of beers that are better, I can't see myself buying it again.

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

All in all, this is an average beer that I used to think more of, when I didn't know any better.

Pours a dark copper that is very clear and has ample carbonation as witnessed by the rising bubbles. I poured four of these so far some with very thin heads that dissipate rapidly and others that were fairly thick that leaves a trace of lace.

The aroma is bready and yeasty with a fruit undertone. The taste is much the same. There are traces of crackers and wheat bread with a slightly bitter aftertaste. There are hints of spiced apple in the flavor as well. Overall, this is not a bad beer that has a distinct flavor.

Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
77 out of 100 based on 2,353 ratings.