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Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale

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1,992 Ratings

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Ratings: 1992
Reviews: 990
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.62%

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 chinchill

South Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle served in a snifter at about 53-58 degrees {F}.

Appearance - clear copper-amber with a respectable off-white head that reduces to a lasting ring. Decent lacing.

Aroma: mild; mainly malt with some spicy and earthy hops. Hints of metal, pepper and caramel.

Flavor - nearly as maltly as a typical amber, with some easily detected earthy and spicy hops. Mild bitterness as it fades with a mildly metallic aftertaste lingering. (14/20)

Mouthfeel: light-medium body, with nearly crisp with low-moderate carbonation.

Overall: better than acceptable quality but with nothing particularly interesting going on. Best served with food.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 23:01:22 | More by chinchill
Photo of jab7


5/5  rDev +48.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best Pale Ale for every day drinking that I have come across. Not too Hoppy, not too bitter. Not an over powering after taste. Smooth and flavorful. Don't think it is made in England anymore though, I believe I heard Anheuser-Busch brews it now. Wouldn't that make it an American Pale Ale?

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 23:59:43 | More by jab7
Photo of buschbeer


3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle
Served in a nonic pint glass

A - It is amber to burnt orange in color. An inch of off white head paused briefly atop and retreated to the effervescent depths.

S - The aroma is toffee and bread.

T - The toffee and bread the I smelled came through in the taste, as well. Lacking a perceivable hop presence, this beer is malty in flavor and finishes crisp and clean.

M - It is moderate to thin, not as creamy as I recalled it being.

O - Bass Pale Ale is not a libation that I regularly pursue. It seems watered down as opposed to my recollection. I will probably not be consuming this beer any time soon after this six pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 21:24:05 | More by buschbeer
Photo of spoony


2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the tap into a nonic.

A-The beer came to me with only a light ring of white-ish foam around the edge of the glass. The brew was amber/reddish orange in color with a few streams of carbonation.

S-Not much happening on the nose. There was a light whiff of cereal and toasted malt, but you had to really dig deep to pick anything up.

T-Taste is similarly weak with just a touch of caramel and cereal flavors. No real hop presence and the malts that were there were pretty subdued.

M-This was drinkable with fizzy carbonation on the front end and a clean finish. The feel was a touch watery, but not as bad as some brews.

O-I have had worse beers than this, but I have certainly had better. As noted above, the brew is drinkable, but the smell is non-existent and the taste is similarly light. The flavors are not bad, there just isn't much to comment on. Might be a good golfing beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2012 20:27:41 | More by spoony
Photo of Dools9


3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Leftover from who knows, poured into a shaker pint.

A: Beautiful, reddish amber. Tho fingers white head retain to a cap, good ring lacing after each sip.

S: Light fruitiness and caramel malt sweetness, aroma is a bit faint.

T: Caramel malt sweetness, indistiguishable graininess a bity of toasty bread, quick hit of bitterness.

M: Lighter bodied, pretty smooth, carbonation is medium.

O: Overall, nothing special, but easily drinkable and somewhat tasty. One of the beers my dad used to drink when he wanted to by 'good beer.'

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 02:21:32 | More by Dools9
Photo of Poppleton


3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle at 56 degrees.

Aroma - mainly malt with caramel, slightly burnt and nutty; some fruity esters like apple come through. (8/12)

Appearance - clean copper with fine, white head that laces up well. (3/3)

Flavor - clean at first then sweet finish though some bitterness as it fades with a mildly metallic aftertaste lingering. (14/20)

Mouthfeel - crisp with moderate carbonation, light to medium body that blooms and fades quickly. (7/10)

Overall - Has a distinctive taste that is drinkable in quantity. Probably the most popular English Pale Ale but I'm not overwhelmed by it. This may speak more to my inexperience, especially with this style. (7/10)

Total is 39/50.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 23:33:28 | More by Poppleton
Photo of Arithmeticus


3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: reddish copper; really beautiful carb streams (clouds of 'em); decent head, drops down somewhat quickly; great lacing
S: all malt; quite sweet smelling
T: simple, straightforward malt-driven ale; I really like the slightly darker roast balance of the malt; hops are pretty subdued

For a session beer, this one is very inviting.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 01:07:22 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of Curt_rowe

3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful brew. Nice red-amberish color with a small head that doesn't hang around. As far as smell goes I think it is the weak point of the beer. Taking a small sniff I almost drew an aroma of sweat from it (Pleasant analogy huh? But it is what came to mind!). But Bass is a wonderful pale ale, tasting somewhat spicy on first contact with a nutty finish. And overall I think is one of the best pale ale's in mass production, and probably in my top 3 favorite beers period.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 23:43:24 | More by Curt_rowe
Photo of Reinbeck11


4.43/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

App: Wonderful cedar (tan, with hint of orange) color, thin white head that goes away quickly.

Smell: Very light too the nose.

Taste: Cool and soft nutty finsh.

Mouth: Excellent finsh of light carbonation, that complements the subtle flavors.

My favorite, go to beer, always a case in the fridge.

Enjoy it with meal and on its own.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 20:23:48 | More by Reinbeck11
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun


3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours an orange red color with a fluffy white head that does not stick around for long.

The aroma is a little fruity with some caramel and toffee mixed in, pretty standard for a pale ale.

The taste is fairly simple, a little sweet to start and a mild finish. Pretty typical toffee flavor throughout.

The mouthfeel is very nice, coating the inside of the mouth well with each sip.

Overall this is a good example of the style, it would be great as a session beer but that is about it.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 02:32:45 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at the South Fork Country Club

A: Pours a crystal clear deep copper in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall light beige head that reduces to a ring of medium thickness at the edges of the glass and a thick film covering about half of the surface of the beer. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of biscuit and caramel malts with some light fruity yeast.

T: Moderate amounts of biscuit malts with some lighter notes of caramel malts that contribute light sweetness. Hints of light fruity yeast and some light bitterness which disappears quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Sessionable and easy to drink with the mild flavor and aroma in the beer. First time I have had this beer since I worked in a pub about 15 years ago but it is exactly as I remember it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2012 15:39:54 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, orange-ish amber with an off-white, 2 finger head, average retention, and it leaves behind a lace thi thin but consistent.

Smell - A touch of floral hops and caramel. A bit of fruitiness as well; close to apple.

Taste - Starts with some slightly bitter hop, floral with a touch of citrus, then a healthy dose of bready malt comes through. Finishes with a mellow red apple character and the faintest hint of earthiness. Good balance.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Lively carbonation leads to a nice tingle on the lips and tongue. Smooth and drinkable. Finish is semi-dry.

Overall - Really nice euro pale ale by Bass here. Obviously the old standby as the tan in a Guinness black and tan, but does just as well as a stand alone beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 03:33:59 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of soju6


3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep copper color with a good head that fades to ample lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, with some caramel sweetness and bit of herbs.

T: Taste of roasted malt and some caramel sweetness. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth with a creamy texture. Nicely balanced.

O: Good drinker that goes down very easy. Good for a few. Can't argue with a beer that has been around a long time.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 14:12:29 | More by soju6
Photo of Danny1217


3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with a small tan head. The head dissipates leaving nothing on top of the beer itself. There is some decent lacing on the sides of the glass though. The smell is not really there. Very faint. Some grains and some sort of honey sweetness. The taste is a bit more pronounced than the smell. I taste some caramel, apple, sweet bread, but no hops. A very malty brew. Medium body and carbonation.
I recall having this out of a cask while I was in the UK, and it was actually much better that way. However, since that was a over a year ago, my review stands for the bottled version, which doesn't have much going for it except that you can get it at a decent price in a twelve pack just about anywhere.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 23:48:41 | More by Danny1217
Photo of BostonHops


3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

pours a clear, medium-amber tone while yielding a finger of off-white head; mediocre retention and not much lacing to speak of. nose opens with a light maltiness and secondary notes of caramel and a subtle, indistinct fruitiness. not the worst aroma in the world but fairly underwhelming.

flavor mostly follows the nose. definitely on the malty / sweet side. a touch of hops, especially in the finish. again, not terrible by any means, just sort of 'meh'. medium-light bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, pretty much my definition of average - a mediocre beer i would accept if handed to me for free but would not pay money for. at least, i wouldn't anymore. used to be a staple back before craft, when i thought bass was the creme de la creme of the beer world. of course, would still take it over BMC.

(originally reviewed: 09-16-2011)

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 20:56:24 | More by BostonHops
Photo of stakem


3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pub glass. It has probably been 8 years since I last had this. The brew appears copper in color with finger of tan froth. It produces some patchy lacing effect as it slides down the edges.

The smell of this brew has the faintest indication of herbal hop elements mixed with a bit of mineral content. There is an overall grainy sweetness to this brew that lingers in the nose with a touch of sulfur.

The taste includes some toasty grain character
mixed with some alcohol fusels that produces a mild fruity hint. Some minerals are present mixed with caramel graininess and a touch of hebal hop flavoring wothout much bitterness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. It is sweet overall with some odd characteristics thrown into the mix to break things up. Without thinking too much about this, I wonder if the establishment serving me this only keeps this brew on hand to serve black and tans...

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 18:36:39 | More by stakem
Photo of tmm313


3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark amber with creamy 2 finger head. OK lacing.

Smell: Sweet malts. Caramel and toffee. Sweet floral.

Taste: Follows the nose almost identically. Flavors are kind of muted.

Mouthfeel: Light with mild carbonation. Just a tad watery. Lingering light dryness.

Overall: I still like this beer. It played its role back in the day as a gateway into this hobby, and I applaud it for that. I would definitely drink it if offered, but I can't see myself bringing any home anymore.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 09:45:25 | More by tmm313
Photo of Dave128


3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Golden straw body with a white head that is pretty fizzy. Nothing special. This beer actually laces a well for the style. Head retention isn't much.

S - Pretty inoffensive. Light grainy smell but not skunky like I was expecting.

T - Suprisingly tasty. This pale ale is sweet up front with banana-like esters in the middle. Finish is definitely not dry, this one is drinkable. Almost no hop bitterness or flavor.

M - Light bodied with adequate carbonation.

O - A drinkable english pale ale that isn't too impressive but best of all it isn't too offensive.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 04:53:44 | More by Dave128
Photo of TempeBeerMan


3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A – Crystal clear light copper tone with a one finger sized head of white suds which vanished almost instantly. Some patchy/clumpy lacing.

S – Clean smell of yeast and biscuit malt. A little mustiness as well.

T – Initial taste is bland, inoffensive malt with a hint of citrus. A considerable (and welcoming) amount of diacetyl lends a buttery quality in the mid palate. Hops prevalent in the finish are of the “earthy/musty” variety. Slight mineral astringency in the finish.

M – Thin and kind of watery. Obviously this makes it quite drinkable, but you can’t help but yearn for a little more. Well carbonated, which it probably has to be considering how thin it is.

O – Easy drinking, a decent flavor….it’s easy to see why this would be popular. That said, was it my cup of tea? In a word, no. I found it to be a little too watery, and a little too bland to truly be considered a great beer. That said, I certainly drank plenty of these when I was transitioning to craft beer, and I kind of feel bad for slamming a classic. A decent example of a simple pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 02:52:30 | More by TempeBeerMan
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour is slightly darker than yellow, but not amber. Smell is balanced, no real hops, and a bit od diacetyl. Tastes sweet and smooth, no bitterness at all. Slightly earthy and very balanced. the buttery diacetyl makes it drinkable, but is a bit over the top.

Light and drinkable, and definitely sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2012 21:46:52 | More by VncentLIFE
Photo of hosehead83


3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from classically-labled English bottle into a standard pint glass.
Deep gold color, with a nice two-inch head of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Faint fruiy/herbal hop note
Taste-Understated earthy/fruity hops, faint mineral note leading to a rather dry finish. Reserved and understated, refreshing and sessionable. A classic English pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 16:47:21 | More by hosehead83
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, amber colored body with a semi-frothy, white head.

Aromas begin a bit metallic upfront with a faint, meager bready/melanodin maltiness and slight English yeast fruitiness.

The tastes begin with light bready, semi-sweetish malts. Lightly English fruit esters emerge as it warms. Never really delivers much in the way of hops or bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium-thin bodied with medium carbonation. A tad watery and metallic again in the finish.

Overall I wonder how much this beer has changed since it was purchased by InBev. I be it used to be much higher quality and a nice traditional English pale ale, but now there is no hop presence and the mouthfeel is this, watery rubbish. Hopefully I remember to never revisit this beer because for some reason I always forget and order it anyway.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2012 14:43:16 | More by claspada
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap in a pint glass.

A-caramel/red-orange color with a miminal head and practically no lacing at all.

S-very mild aroma, difficult to detect any character.

T-not bad at all. mildly sweet caramel malt flavor. No hop presence.

M-the malts help hold some body but I could go for some more carbonation, a little 'pop' is missing.

O-not too bad if a bar has little else to offer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2012 20:52:11 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of ckollias


3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours an amber-copper hue with a thin, white, 2-finger head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace leaving a partial trail down the glass.

S: Slightly hoppy aroma with a decent caramel and butter malt background.

T: More sweet than bitter with some mild hops and a decent thin malt background.

M: Medium body and minimal carbonation

O: This is a decent pale – not a premium ale – but just a middle of the road beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 00:26:47 | More by ckollias
Photo of wages


4.28/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4/5 - beautiful golden clear color. small head that quickly fades leaving no lacing.

smell - 3.5/5 - faint dough like aroma.nothing real strong.

Taste - 4.5/5 - very much a bread or dough forward flavor followed by slight but perfectly balanced hop flavor.

Mouthfeel - 4.5/5 - medium to heavy carbonation that contributes to the balance cleaning out the dough flavor leaving a hint of hops after the swallow.

Overall - 4.5/5 - easy to drink and refreshing.really among the best pale ales I've tried

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 15:49:50 | More by wages
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