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Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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2,373 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,373
Reviews: 1,022
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 26
Gots: 167 | 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 NEhophead
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Foamy white 1" head that fades leaving rings of lace. Some spotty lacing follows throughout the pint that sticks pretty well. Clear burnt auburn color.

A copper-metallic, burnt caramel malt aroma. Some floral and earthy hop aromas as well.

A faint caramel maltiness. A watery floral hop flavor mid-sip. The bitterness is malty yet metallic tasting. The hop and malt balance seem a bit disjointed.

Medium bodied; sweet on the palate. Moderate carbonation.

Easily consumable and light on the palate; plus you can find this virtually anywhere. Plenty of other EPA's I'd rather be drinking.

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

Bottled Canadian import...pasturized 5.1% AVB...poured a beautiful color with orange highlights....1finger white tightly pored cap..leaves a sticky lace... very suble nose...sweet fruits and floral hops are very understated. Starts mellow and sparkling from the carbonation (too much for this mild ale) flavors of bready malts well balanced with mild citus hops and a nice little underlying hint of honey...very wet mouthfeel...finishes cleanly with a slight metalic hop after taste...a mild English pale that is very drinkable

Photo of the42ndtourist
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A reasonable option when considering what's on tap at most bars and pubs in Ottawa.

Dirty brown, with a decent 1.5cm head. This doesn't go away too quickly. Taste is crisp, some hop bitterness poking through a thinning curtain of malt. Nothing outstanding, but it at least seems a bit more lively than its competitors - Kilkenny, Boddington's, Caffrey's and the like.

Completely different in cask-conditioned form in the UK... but that's another story.

Photo of beershrine
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Update on what was once a classic. Now brewed in new york by budweiser/inbev

So much can change in a decade, I last reviewed in 2004 the beer I had still had the british taste and profile, brewed from inbev. Not anymore...

Appearance- ok decent copper color and lace

smell- not much a little malt and alcohol

taste- minerally sweet malt and a wiff of alcohol

mouthfeel- carmal malt on the tongue, stiff grainy aftertaste and harsh overtones.
Overgassed, tastes a little better warmed up - do not serve cold

overall- once a british ale classic now weakened by a giant corporation.
It's an ok beer I just can't get over the labeling trying to convince me it's british.
sheep in wolves cloth

Photo of beertaster13
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little suprised by this, you see it everywhere so you think it will be below par, far from it, while not great, a solid offering. Pours a dark orange/brownish with a off white 2 inch thick head. The head fizzles down but still impressive, lacing is average. The taste is a fruity hint of huckleberry, slight grainy bread notes throughout, the sweet sugar molasses is light and refreshing, hops are slight but noticable and bring a nice balance to the beer, still seems a little lackluster however. The aroma is of sugared grain, almost brown roasted sugar. The toasted grains are pleasant. Light to medium bodied for a pale, not bad.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light brown beer with a medium head. Carbonation is on the weak side. Aroma is a nice enough mix of malt. Taste is very classic English ale and ends with some medium bitterness. Very well balance between the malt and the bitterness. I guess this is a very decent if unspectacular drink.

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

I had this out of a 19.25 oz brown bottle served in a pint glass. The label reads "Brewed with distinction since 1777".

The appearance was a vibrant amber color with a nice off white head. Good head sustain with sticky lacings on the sides.

Smells sweet and wholesome.

Sweet and toasted grain taste at first with a slight bitter flavor on the finish. Medium balanced beer with a distinctive malt presence.

One of the classic regular available imports. A solid English Pale Ale.

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

bottle pour clear medium amber color with low density 1 inch head. very little lacing left on the glass

Smell was definatly english, with oaken overtones and a moderate amount of hops.

Take was about average for an english ale, good but not outstandanding. Started fruity, but smooth, with a mild malt middle and long bitter finish that stuck around just a bit too long to be truly pleasant.

Overll, it was not bad, but there are better ways to spend your time.

Photo of Hunter
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

568 ML bottle, poured into a 12 oz. beer mug. Just didn't feel like breaking out the pint glass tonight.

Beer pours a clear, deep amber color, topped by a nice cloud of white foam. Good lacing effects.

Aroma is all about the malt. Rich, deep nose of caramel, lightly hopped. No gimmicks, bells or whistles here - just good beer.

Taste follows up the nose, in that all you get is quality malt. Hops come in lightly on the swallow and linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth but a little on the thin side. Typical, I suppose, of a pale ale but I'd have preferred something a bit more "chewy".

Bass is always a good standby, and a good "gateway" beer for those looking to get away from US macrobrews. There's nothing thrilling here, just comforting.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of TagoMago
2.9/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of Jacobob10
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of mobyfann
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of BobLuvBeer
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of Doiv
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of donnebaby
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Holyterror
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of BadBadger
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of necoadam
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of beerluvr
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of cypressbob
3/5  rDev -10.2%
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

Photo of jlh8643
2.78/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Photo of flaminghomer
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of Southernbrew
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
76 out of 100 based on 2,373 ratings.