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: 143 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2001)
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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.

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

This is a nice looking beer on draft. A warm reddish color that is beautifully translucent. Small head but fine bubbles on the pint poured for me.

Aroma is hard to pick up. Just a bit of malt ... no overt proof of hops. That pretty much extends to the flavor- what there is, is good, but you are searching for more.

The mouthfeel is fleeting at best but you can surely drink many rounds of Bass.

A decent quality brew, especially when it is one of a couple handles after the macro brews at a bar. My nostalgic memory wants to believe that this Ale used to have more hop units- it seems they have dialed it down to move volume.

A memory fragment of an English poem-
... why do hop yards grow in Kent?
... and why was Burton built on Trent?

Photo of jsolack
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light red/brown color. Clear with moderate head and lacing. Overall appearance is strong.

Smell is pretty standard. Hops and hints of sweetness. Smells fine but nothing special.

Slightly bitter and crisp taste. Has some initial sweetness in mouth. Goes down smooth with a slight burnt hops aftertaste.

This is another category where there is nothing wrong but nothing special. Feel light and crisp in mouth. Finish is slightly dry.

Easy beer to drink. I used to really enjoy this beer but the more craft beer I drink the higher my standards get. Definitly much better than a Bud or Miller.

Photo of ctrlfreak
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz

Appearance: clear copper with a medium light brown head
The Aroma: didn't have much of an aroma
The Taste: fruity with banana along with some citrus flavor
Mouth feel: medium bodied with a rounded feeling
Drinkability: a great light beer for those hot days sitting around the lake

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

On-tap at The Office in Urbana, IL. 9.00/pitcher.

Unlike its stout counterpart, Bass has stayed true to tradition. This is a gorgeous pale ale in appearance, aroma, and flavor that manages to distinguish itself as a style from bitters and ESBs. Though backed by supple (yet still subtle) caramel malt and brown sugar, the focus of this beer is very clearly the fruity, well-rounded hops and yeast that made British ales famous in the first place.

This is what fuggles hops taste like. The hop-based fruit borders on being cloying but is saved by the beautiful dry finish. Bittered to perfection, fresh, green, and floral, Bass is one of the few breweries in the world that shows grand beer can be made on a grand scale.

Relax, relax.

Photo of filabrazilia
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with a medium light brown head. Excellent lace. This is a good looking beer.

There is a faint malt/carmel sweetness in the nose, although not near as aromatic as it should be.

The mild malt flavor yields to a subtle hop presence that makes me wonder where the taste is hiding.

This is a mid bodied beer with an assertive bitter finish as the hops grab the tongue and hold on.

The subdued characteristics of this beer make it inoffensive but not necessarily one I would want to drink all the time. I think my memories of this beer are the stuff of nostalgia--they just don't live up to the reality.

Photo of 57andcounting
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the beers I keep around all the time. Pours a nice tan head that sticks around. The smell in limited to a bit of hops. The taste is very much a english ale flavor with a bit of a sen-sen and carmel. Light on the mouth and easy to drink. Even at the price, I enjoy at least one a day.

Photo of Rob6852
3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a amber/orange color with a off white semi-thick
head that, for the most part, stuck around for the whole beer.
Head left lacing all down the inside of the glass.
This beer didn't have much of an aroma but i think i detected some
hops. The taste, unlike the bite of hops from a SNPA, was mild in
comparison with a nice malt middle and dryness at the end.
Its' mouthfeel is a bit thinner than a SNPA but thats like apples and oranges.
This beer i could drink a good many rounds of. It isn't overly
demanding on the pallet but at the same time has an overall solid
and welcome taste to it.
I would recomend this to my friends as an intro to finer beers.

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

Hmm....It's been a long time since I've had Bass and there seems to have been a steep drop off in quality since my last taste. It pours a medium orange-amber with a dense off-white head....but it's all downhill from there. The smell is scant...with some barely perceptible light caramel. There's some good caramel flavor with a bit of tea like hops for balance but it's too thin for a pale ale. This is just one step above a domestic macro.

Photo of claytri
2.65/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Bass poured a nice rich amber with a good finger of head that held firm. It smelled overwhelmingly of alcohol with slight tinges of hops and spice. The taste was almost entirely hops and alcohol. The feel was light bodied and slightly oily. I could only take one of these, while I've had worse beers it was not enjoyable and I switched on my next round.

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

This beer is best on tap, I've noticed it picks up some kind of metallic flavor in the bottle. I've had it a million times but to me it's the epitomy of a pale ale, so I had a hard time thinking of a way to review it fairly.

It was poured into a stout glass at the bar I went to. It had a nice deep amber color with a thick white head to top it off. It had a fruity hop aroma. The taste is complex with a very balanced feel. The hops aren't overpowering nor is the maltiness. It was appropriately carbonated and tasted fresh with a lingering nutty-malt taste.

My dad liked it and he is an avowed lager drinker, so it's appealing to many different people I think.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours a head about two fingers tall with a light tan color. It is reduced pretty quickly but the lacing follows the beer all the way through. Tasty malty beer with sweet aromas and some burnt aromas as well as roasted tastes. Light hop taste. Very smooth on your tongue and goes down smooth as well. Leaves a nice caramel after taste.

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

I've had this brew before, both from the bottle, and on tap. Though I just had a few pints from the Fox and Hound here in the Dallas-area, and decided to review it. The appearance is a lighter amber color with a decent head that ended up settling down to a thin line around the glass. The smell was a pleasing balance between the hops and malt. The taste was smooth, and for a lack of a better description, very "balanced", it didn't seem like any one characteristic just jumped out at you. For being very widely available, this is a good tasting and drinkable beer.

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

Nice amber apperance with a decent head along with unbelievable lacing. Malty nose with an initially sweet taste followed by a mid palate dryness with a decent bitter dry finish. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with a rounded feeling. Not a gulping beer, drinkability was ok, but not spectacular. Not a bad offering..I would try again.

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

pours a nice looking amber with a bubbly lively head. smells a bit sweet, lightly toasted malts...mmmm. tastes pretty damn good. buttery with light hints of caramel and toasted malt, subdued yet spicey hops and finishes a tad dry. feels a little creamy in the mouth but still has a nice crisp carbonation. highly drinkable, great english pale ale. this has session beer written all over it.

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

Appearance – Crystal clear orange in the body with a nice head that went down slowly and left a lacing that nearly blanketed the inside of my glass.

Smell – Wonderful aroma of citrus hops and creamy malt. The sugars and caramel mix well here with the hoppy profile.

Taste – This is definitely an English-style Pale Ale. It is creamy and smooth with a bit of peppery spicing. There’s a slight bitter-type of aftertaste that didn’t quite seem right, but other than that this was very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel – Creamy and well-blended. This medium-bodied ale felt great in the cheeks.

Drinkability – I had no trouble putting this one away. It would make a terrific session ale, is inexpensive, and can be found just about anywhere (at least here in Seattle it can).

Comments – I usually find myself in the same ballpark with the other BAs, especially on a beer like this that has had so many reviews. But it seems that I liked this more than most. Oh, well, I guess that’s why we rate ‘em : )

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

This is a very good beer and a great example of an English Pale Ale. It poured a light amber color with a good sized white head that stuck to the glass all the way down. The smell was kind of skunky but with a good floral hop scent. The taste is very malty with a touch of sweetness in there, but not too much as to make it annoying. The hop profile also comes through very nicely and bites at the end. All in all a very good pale ale.

Photo of WetCoaster
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very nice, very clear golden red. Small off-white head dissipates quickly. Lacing remains, as does collar of foam.

Smell: Not what I expected at all. Very floral, with strong hints of tropical fruit and sugary, almost maple, malt. Complex and quite pleasant.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mild, but not at all bad. A solid nutty malt base, a touch of smoke. The hops are oddly flavorless, but do add a nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel is macro-ish, very light and a mildly fizzy.

Drinkability: Pretty darn. Decent flavor, light body, looks good, ABV not too bad. I could session this guy.

A pleasant surprise. I didn’t expect much from such a ubiquitous brew, but, like Sam Adams, it’s also solid. Good stuff.

Photo of RedBaron
4.4/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No doubt about it, Bass was one of the flagship ales that started me down the path of appreciating beer styles other than lager beer long ago. I used to drink bass quite consistently (back in college, 12-odd years ago, a buddy got me a case of Bass for Christmas). I recently bought a six-pack of this beer, and it's been a long, long time since I've done that. What I found didn't disappoint in the least.

The beer poured vigourously, with a nice off-white head which sustained throught the drink. The color is an inviting medium-copper. When I pour a Bass, I can tell by the color that I'm in for a treat.

The smell is of the classic British, biscuity and lightly roasted malt, with the understated yet unmistakable 'earthy' English hop aroma. (Sidebar: the one thing I appreciate with bitter English beers--they don't have to kick your face in, like many American ales, to prove that they're genuinely bitter beers).

The taste pretty much follow suit from the aroma, with the biggest difference coming in what surely must be described as the 'Burton water effect'. The hardness of the water lends itself immeasureably to the character of this beer. Yes, you still get the subtle sweetness of the malts and the understated bitterness of the hops, but the tangy motif of this beer comes, I believe, from the hardness of the water in middle England. The Bass folks know how to play it to their advantage, and millions of fans can't be wrong! This is a medium-bodied beer, and will pair nicely with a Chicago-style pizza, or BBQ chicken.

A highly drinkable beer, my only critique is that I enjoy it slightly more on draught. Having said that, this really is a wonderful beer, often overlooked by the average beer geek. Don't take this well-made English ale for granted, even if the marketing department at Bass promotes its product all over the place these days.

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

The ale of ales, with which all other ales will always be compared with. It was imported to Sweden already in the 1880’s. As late as the late 1980’s, Bass was the only ale that the Swedish state retail shop selling wines and spirits (the Systembolaget) offered.

If someone came up to me asking “I want to try one ale in my life. Which one to choose?” I would tell them to buy a bottle of Bass Pale Ale.

Anyway, over to the review:

The colour is medium copper (a dark pale ale?), and the yellowish foam is medium hard with a small crater.

The smell is filled with tones of yeast and malt, and the carbon dioxide is gentle yes fresh.

The taste is a little on the neutral side with a fine, dry bitterness with hints of Goldings hops and leaven bread.

Aftertaste is dry, with a touch of metallic bitterness that fades out to a pleasant, balanced bitterness.

Photo of manofmanners
4.35/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

To me Bass on tap is a step down to Bass in the Bottle. Depending where you go and the shape of the keg will make a difference. Sometimes it will have a bit of a tinny taste to it, but thats is very rare. And when that happens to me a few minutes later they kick the keg and start fresh. If you get Bass from a fresh keg Bass is the king of beers. Nothing will beat it, maybe Sam Adams, but it is a close fight. It has a good dark, amber color, witha perfect head on it. It can either go down quick or you can take your time with and enjoy it. It is a bit more bubbly in the mouth as compared to the bottle, but not enought to really notice. But all in all it is just like the bottle, but just enought to be different.

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