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Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale

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2,413 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,413
Reviews: 1,034
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 26
Gots: 212 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bass Brewers Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2001

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Ratings: 2,413 | Reviews: 1,034
Photo of alexgash
3.72/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, golden-orange body with a small, off-khaki head that doesn't stick around too long. Fruity, breadry malt aromas with a hint of toffee and a faint, delicate hop backing. Toasted grain and biscuit flavors over minerally, fruity esters. Gives it a whiskey-ish character. Light hop bitterness combines with a fruity whiskey burn into the finish. Medium bodied with a soft feel. Not bad.

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a beer I often go for when at a bar and I'm in the mood for something a little thicker than a lager and there isn't something interesting looking that I haven't tried before. It's a beer with a backbone. Nothing very exciting but usually dependable. A not so pale pale ale.
One thing that can be very exciting about this beer is when it's on tap; 8 times out of 10 it's just about the same everywhere, but every so often you find a place where the Bass is delicious. At the 'Round The Clock Diner near 3rd ave and St. Marks in Manhattan the Bass has been delicious every time I've tried. it. At that place I'd rate the taste a 5.

Photo of avylover
4.23/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Miner's arms in Eyan, England - said to be the home of the black plague. Atmosphere alone made this beer better, no denying that. The golden & creamy looking brew had a nice cascading head as it was pumped from the cask. Perfect temperature. This brew is a whole different animal over here. Starts off with a mild apple type flavor..then onto a full, creamy body that coats the mouth with subtle malt and a tasty butterscotch diacetyl flavor. The mouthfeel is perfect -like a cloud in the mouth, and I could no doubt doubt drink this all night..especially in a tiny village with some locals by the fire in a 17th century pub....what a treat.

Photo of karst
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber not much head, fruity malt and floral weak spicy hop aroma.

Nice british taste Hops are flowery and leafy. Malt is pushed to the background, mouthfeel a little light ends with crisp maltiness and fruity bitter tinge but easy drinking.

Expected a better tap selection but Bass was touted by a recent post topic and I was curious. Better that expected would select it over the other macros when I eat there again. Or maybe go across town and have a Duval!

Photo of ybnorml
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clean golden amber beer. Has a small off white head that hangs around and leaves a little lace. The aroma has a solid sweet caramel character with a toffee note in the background. The taste starts witha light sweet maltiness with a hint of caramel. A light dry hoppiness with the malt sweetness on the finish makes this a easy going session beer.

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

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.

Photo of Gaisgeil
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of allengarvin
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of aquaderek
3.46/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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

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.

Photo of ypsifly
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
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
3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
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
3.33/5  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
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
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
3.91/5  rDev +17.1%
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
2.18/5  rDev -34.7%
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
2.24/5  rDev -32.9%
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
2.84/5  rDev -15%
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
3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
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
3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
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
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
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
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
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
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
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...

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Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
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