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Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale

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2,398 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,398
Reviews: 1,028
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 26
Gots: 197 | 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 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...

Photo of cncbofh
3.57/5  rDev +6.9%
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
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
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
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
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
4.17/5  rDev +24.9%
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
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
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
3.47/5  rDev +3.9%
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
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of BarrelBrother
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I must admit that I'm glad local pubs and restaurants are carrying Bass Ale on tap in the southern Chicagoland area. I'm gald to be able to order a Bass on tap rather than the usually Miller & Bud offerings. This beer is a friendly brew that will satisfy with a nice carmel flavor and a subtle sweetness that makes it a nice barroom drinker. Is it a outstanding beer by Beer Advocate standards, well no....not really, pretty average I'd say. But it is a good choice and a solid, tasty alternative for those of us that like character in our beers when you're at the typical American sport bar that offers the usual tasteless American macro brews.

Drinkability is good for Bass and the overall taste and mouthfeel is quite acceptable. I think the balance between sweetness and a somewhat bitter finish is well controlled. A solid choice when faced with limited options at your typical restaurant or pub in the States.

Photo of soper2000
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I can't believe that I've never rated this classic. This along with SNPA and Boston Lager were the 3 beers that introduced me to this world. Pours an amber color with a large head that is full of craters. Smell is of sweet carmelish malt. Taste is full of bready malt accented by sweet carmel. It also has a mild burnt toast flavor. Very little hop aroma or taste. A decent session beer and nice to have once in awhile, but better can definately be had.

Photo of slitherySOB
3.22/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of a murky red colour, with a light, tiny bubbled head. Very little lace stayed on the glass. Smell is of malt, bit of grass, some hops, and mineral water. Taste is more complex with minerals than any actual 'beer' ingredient. Their is a decent hard water taste too this, which detracts from any hop or malt profile. Malt is quite dull, weakened. Just a light sweetness. Hops are more grassy, and again dull and overpowered by minerals used. Overall, a full body mouthfeel. Bit thick and nice. Quite refreshing, though not incredibly enjoyable.

Photo of DrJay
3.61/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber coloured beer topped with a thin white lace. Fruity banana aroma with a light hoppiness and biscuity, bready maltiness. Definite diacetyl flavour and buttery texture. Nice bitterness at the base of the flavour, along with some fruity esters and caramel malt. Medium/light body and lightly carbonated, with a bit of CO2 bite at the finish. Bitter aftertaste with a hint of diacetyl that lingers.

Photo of misterscooter
4.2/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good beer to drink while watching Monty Python's Flying Circus. Normally, I don't have this beer unless it is paired with Guinness in a black and tan (or Harp), but it is good to have it on its own. I nice mild smell with some sweetness goes along with the nice brown color. The first swallow is smooth and malty, going down easily. Not too carbonated, and the aftertaste is more mild maltiness and caramel. Overall, a very good beer to have around. Next time, I should drop the black and just have the tan.

Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
76 out of 100 based on 2,398 ratings.