Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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Reviews: 1,026
Hads: 2,502
Avg: 3.4
pDev: 25.59%
Wants: 32
Gots: 268 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bass Brewers Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2001

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
1/5  rDev -70.6%

Poured into a tumbler on 03.28.14.

A: See through light copper. No head or lacing with an aggressive pour. Can see bubbles rising from the bottom.

S: Flower, grape, cherry. It has a candy-like artificial smell to it.

T: Burnt malt, chemicals. Slightly grape. Bitter plastic.

O: This was an unbalanced mess. The chemical candy flavor could have at least been balanced with the burnt malt, but it was not. The aroma was terrible and it continued to be terrible on the first sip. Drain pour. It had a flimsy bottle typical of AB-InBev. Oh gee, look who owns Bass Brewery!

Rating: F

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Photo of FLima
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Copper color with a thin head with short retention.
Sweet aroma with notes of caramels and strawberries.
Flavor of Brazilian guaraná, caramels, herbal and floral tea from its hops, toasted malts, pudding and vanilla. Dry aftertaste with a very mild bitterness.
Light to medium body with mild carbonation.
A mellow caramel malty pale ale. It could be a tad less sweet and more complex.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Biscuity nose with some floral backing it up
Pours brilliant copper amber with a 1" finely bubbled off-white foam cap.
Palate cleansing biscuit, hints of fruit and spice - not very assertive but pleasant and drinkable.
Medium body and medium low carbonation.

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Photo of hophugger
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Decent beer if thsat is what is being served. Overall, not a great complexity to the flavor, a touch of malt and some other flavors I cannot distinguish. It is decent, best when it is very cold.......

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Photo of barbats
1.86/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

This was a great beer way back when, after being bought by anheuser busch, and replacing hops with two row malts, this is nothing more than a Budweiser with extra malts and a horrible natti ice aftertaste. Shame on this company for buying out and ruining a beer that has been around since artist like Monet and dictators like Napoleon Bonaparte. Just another casualty in the war of the beers. Seems any good beers will be bought out and watered down if they sell out. I will not even do the beer review in terms of mouthfeel, ect , cause to be honest its not worth it, as it fails all tests..Now I only speak of the usa version by anheuser busch, I remember the uk version being delicious!

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.89/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bass pours a dark golden color with a very small but lacing head. There is a mellow caramel aroma, with some corn like notes. The taste has some caramel malt flavors, but a lot of adjunct flavors afterwards. Slightly odd flavors, bad aftertaste. Overall its not horrible, and has some nice flavors, but a really bad aftertaste.

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Photo of leantom
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ah, Bass pale ale. Have had it before but never reviewed it. I review this as I'm drinking it. Here goes:

A: One of the best things about the beer. Pours a clear red with a nice, robust head. Can easily see the other side of the glass. The head quickly dissipates, however, but it leaves a lot of lacing (which is surprising for a mass-produced beer).

S: OK, not good or bad but decent nonetheless. Presence of amber malt, minimal hops and English baker's yeast. Like a watered-down English pale ale. Still OK, though.

T: Not bad for what it is. Lightly-kilned amber malts impart a light earthy flavor. There are some hops but they're mild and don't really coat the palate. What's interesting it that you can detect the presence of English baker's yeast, which impart a very bready character on the beer.

M: OK. Bready character coats the palate well but the beer is somewhat light-bodied. Lots of carbonation, though, which is good.

O: A good (but very light and mild) English pale ale. Mild smell, flavors and mouthfeel but a very bready character.

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Photo of jaredtp
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From what I can remember this beer was a decent beer. The smell was good, and the color was not all that bad. The taste was not that bad as well. I do not remember that much about this beer it has been a while since I have had this beer. But this was a decent beer. If I can find this beer, I would like to try it again.

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Photo of PvtSnowball
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from one of the local grocery stores.

A: Clear amber with decent head and retention.

S: Hops and grain.

T: Sweet. Far more balanced than the USA version, but definitely not as complex.

M: Crisp and smooth. Too thin for my taste though.

O: Not as good as I remember, but still decent.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.04/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2014. Acquired a while back from a supermarket. A classic English ale that I've been meaning to review - will it surpass the hype?

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A deep orange-amber hue with medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a minute or two before collapsing to a thin surface layer. Faint lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt with hints of grain, fruity ale yeast, subtle banana, a touch of grass/hay and stewed leaves. A bit dull.

Tastes of grainy malt with a mild finish. Notes of light caramel, cooked grain, husks, fruity ale yeast, estery hints, faint grass/hay and stewed leaves. A twinge of eathiness/cardboard in the background. Slightly sweet, followed by a delicate, leafy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with prickly carbonation and average body. Could be a shade more substantial. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of husky grain, caramel, stewed leaves and ale yeast.

Hmmm, so-so. Looks OKish, while the aroma and flavour are quite bland and insipid. Bit too harsh and lacking in hop undertones. Lacklustre body - wants beefing up. This has an underlying character that suggests drinkability, but the bottled form also has flaws. I suspect a good example on cask is a marked improvement, though I've never seen it round these parts. Oh well. No need to rush out and track it down.

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Photo of zander4dawin
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bass, being the world's first pale ale set the standard for this type of beer. It's much more subtle than it's American counter parts and while it's been an mainstream beer for a while it still holds its own against the new breeds. The first thing you notice is just how damn smooth and drinkable this beer is. All you can say is the balance and mouthfeel are on point and this is truly a well crafted beer. Carmel malt body with a light vinegar note and a hop presence that is subtlety in the background but enough to know its there. Overall a great session ale, a must try classic.

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Photo of DavidLosAngeles323
1.83/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Bought a 12 pack of this brew , thought it was going to be good because it says it the first ale ever invented. Was I wrong. This beer is awful bitter with strong bad hops. Smells bad as well. Had in glass and bottle no difference just as bad. Definitely would never get this beer again.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Rich brown color with a good half inch thick head of white foam that dissipates fairly quickly. Excellent clarity. Weak aroma of pale malt and some faint bittering hops. Mouth is pretty thin but crisp. The flavor is light malt with a trace of bittering hops. This is meant to be a subtle yet refreshing quaffer.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark amber/copper colored with an off white head. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Mild malts, hops and citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of mild malts and bitter hops.

Overall: Nothing special, but not bad.

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Photo of Foyle
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: light copper color, head of about 3/4" that recedes quickly leaving decent lacing. Small amount of carbonation bubbles streaming.

Aroma: caramel, toasted malts, earthy hop spice

Mouthfeel: light to medium, slightly sticky and slightly wet finish. Somewhat chewy.

Flavor: bready, lots of caramel and toffee notes, nice subtle hop balance.

Overall: was quite pleasant on tap.

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Photo of BeerBob
2.14/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Date: 08-16-2002
Bass Pale Ale pours from the dark brown one Imperial pint bottle, a rusty amber with one heck of a head, lace and foam abound in my glass.

Nose is a creamy butterscotch sweetness, and palate of creamy sweet butterscotch with a balanced bitter and a touch of gypsum. Absolutely one yummy Ale and a must try for anyone.

Bass Pale Ale has been on my list of Beers to buy when the price is right. Bass Pale Ale is a good tasting pale ale that has been around for a very long time.

Date: not recorded
Well, I just went through a twelve pack and lo and behold this brew has turned to Banta PoDo, it is nothing at all what it used to be!

Interbrew Be Damned!!!

Date: 2/23/2014
Now brewed in the USA by AB-InBev
This stuff is just gross...
Mouth-feel is all wrong, and the bite of carbonation is no longer smooth and cream like.
This will be my last update for this brand. I will not buy another drop of this failed replicant.

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Photo of illpass78
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper with a half inch white head that recedes quickly to film. Lacing moderate.

Aroma: Smells of toasted malt and caramel. The aroma is very similar to the 230+ years of imitators this has spawned.

Taste: Clean, crisp, malty, some hop bite, barely noticeable alcohol. Some notes of toast and caramel, as in the nose. Tastes like the seminal pale ale that it is.

Mouthfeel: Slightly watery but not to the point where it's weak. I feel like most contemporary pale ales have fuller bodies.

Overall: Hey, it's Bass. It says Baldwinsville on the label, and that's weird. But it's a decent, ubiquitous pale ale that gets the job done. The market is so saturated with pale and amber ales right now that it's easy to forget that the original is still pretty decent. That said, the only time I'm likely to have this is at a restaurant that otherwise has only macro lagers.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Back in the "dark days" of the late 70s and early 80s this was one of my go to higher end beers. Over the years it has remained a reliable, decent import.

A - Pours out a clear copper color with a head that retreats to a thin, long lasting lace.

S - Mostly grains.

T - Malt and grains. Very mild flavor.

M - A bit thin but with a nice clean finish.

O - This remains a reliable import that is worth a try or revisit.

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Photo of greentam2
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I very much agree with the other reviewers who said this was a good basic ale. It is relatively inexpensive with a low ABC, so it makes a very satisfactory session beer. I also agree, however, that it has nothing to recommend it beyond that. It is neither distinctive as an ale, a brown ale, or a pale ale. Everything is moderate and diffused in the slightly nutty brown taste, resulting, well... in a moderately drinkable nice little ale.

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Photo of Mike_Moe
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light amber color, cream color head.
Aroma: Slight hint of fruit, otherwise not much of an aroma.
Flavor: Very light malty flavor up front, with a fruity banana body, finishing mildly hoppy. This is a medium bodied beer, lightly carbonated.
Overall: A very pleasant tasting beer. The fruity aroma is hard to detect, but it comes forth in the taste. This is a smooth beer and light and flavorful  enough to drink anytime.

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Photo of ElijahRivera
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed based on tasting notes from a blind pale ale tasting.

12 oz. bottle inside a paper bag poured into a plastic tasting cup.

A- Clear, dark amber body. No head.

S- Bouquet reflected the taste.

T- Vinous, sweet malts with a subtle, herbal hop finish.

M- I didn't make any notes on mouthfeel.

O- Not complex. I though this was probably outdated, but the reveal showed it was Bass without a bottle date. So, I'm still not sure if this is just how Bass tastes, or if it was a stale Bass. Either way it was still drinkable, better than I thought Bass would be, but still far from great.

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Photo of BVukelich
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I know most don't think much of this beer but I've grown to like it over the years. More on tap than out of the bottle.

A - Fine, brown ale.

S - Not much going on there.

T - Tastes fine for me, must be served chilly.

M - Great going down.

O - A bit on the sweet side, but I can several on a football Sunday.

My wife doesn't like me to drink it, for some reason Bass gives me gasss...

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straight out of the bottle at The Saloon in Laguna Beach, CA.

With not too many appealing options available, "The World's First Pale Ale" it is - and while starring at the Pacific, Raul is ok with that.

Mild like my baby mama after a Xanax bar, and well, that's pretty much it. Ol' BM just lies there and doesn't give Raul any problems, but she's also not much fun either (kind of like what this Bass is like right now).


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Photo of LXIXME
3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Medium off white head covers a clear light amber golden colored beer.

Nuttish, caramel, and almost bitter candy aroma.

A mixture of some hops, malts, sweet and bitter give this beer a dryish taste.

Dry aftertaste with a bit of the taste lingering with this medium bodied beer.

The taste is slightly different than what I accustomed too but it seems to work quite well for me, I hope you enjoy it as well.

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Photo of fizzgig
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: 12oz bottle into tulip glass. Dark copper, clear with no head at all.

S: Faint smells, salted bread pretzel in first moments then disappeared.

T: Some (American) biscuit, modest hops coming on late.

M: On par for pale ale, not a ton of malt but not as watery as a lot of beers. Decent coating, leaves before long.

O: Decent everyday beer, while labeled pale ale it might pass as a mild perhaps with low bitterness and it's not exactly pale. Some disappointments in appearance and aroma, but taste and mouthfeel are not bad, just not special.

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Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
78 out of 100 based on 1,026 ratings.