Bass Pale Ale
Bass Brewers Limited

Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale
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From:
Bass Brewers Limited
 
England, United Kingdom
Style:
English Pale Ale
Ranked #188
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
77
Ranked #29,304
Avg:
3.35 | pDev: 16.72%
Reviews:
1,128
Ratings:
1,703
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 11, 2022
Added:
Mar 17, 2001
Wants:
  46
Gots:
  394
SCORE
77
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Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale
Notes: A classic pale ale. This version of Bass for the North American market at 5% to comply with USA ale regulations.
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Rated: 4.38 by Shotgun420

Aug 11, 2022
 
Rated: 3.71 by JustinTheJuice from Wisconsin

Jun 12, 2022
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Reviewed by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Truly enjoy this stuff. It also acted as a gateway to my mid-90s transition to craft beers. Nice colored pour. Smooth, semi-sweet malt backbone. Balance and clean finish. I've heard it's gone downhill due to acquisition, but not sure about that.
May 09, 2022
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Reviewed by asuato from Arkansas

4.56/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75
Very smooth for an Ale. Very much a session drinker. No hard flavors, just smooth notes. A hint of sweetness. Has a good head and some lacing on the glass. Don't know why it's not more popular. I go to it often as an after work refreshment.
Apr 02, 2022
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Reviewed by Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

3.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Poured from bottle to nonic pint glass. Looks clear copper with a cream colored head. Lots of very active carbonation and the head thins out a bit but remained for a few minutes. Left some nice lacing in the glass. Smell is kind of a generic malt with some grainy, metallic AAL aromas kicking in. Not much there of any note. Taste kind of follows nose with a sort of "beefed up" AAL vibe. It's clean, it's vibrant, but it doesn't give me much depth or hop presence. Really coming off as more of a lager than ale. Feel is light, evervescent, easy to drink. Overall, I bought a 12 pack to mix up black and tans. Worked well for the mix. On its own, Bass isn't one I'd revisit often. Not a bad beer, nor is it offensive, but if I'm looking for an English pale ale, I'd look elsewhere for something a bit more flavorful.
Mar 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

Mar 17, 2022
 
Rated: 3.54 by Hazey92 from New York

Mar 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.09 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

Feb 14, 2022
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Rated by Tweezerjam from Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
An old favorite of mine. Really malty, not much aroma. Not too complex but delicious.
Jan 03, 2022
 
Rated: 3.33 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 09, 2021
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Reviewed by WaterBoar from Pennsylvania

3.37/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I had this in an English Pub, well it was American but they were trying to be English, they had spotted dick on the menu. Fish and Chips, sandwiches with "crisps" and the waitresses had uniforms on. They would be open for soccer tournaments but they played regular football, baseball and hockey. They served this beer, I tried it and it was good. It tastes better than brown ales. This taste better than Rolling Rock Pale Ale too. English love their bitter ales and this is one of them. There are better Ales in England I know that, but this one is good enough to take a footing in American pubs.
Sep 18, 2021
 
Rated: 3.69 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

Sep 05, 2021
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Reviewed by Starlightdiamond

4.04/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A case of Bass was a gift to me from me every other week for many years and for some reason I went astray wanting to try a new pale ale. As the years passed experiencing the taste of all the new brands and styles of ales on the market I found myself still searching hoping to find the next new beer with the taste I would enjoy. Well, found it. I just purchased the Bass again and am delighted once more. Maybe it's that juicy stewed fruit taste and smooth mouthfeel with the right amount of bitter one experiences with pure delight that I missed so much. It's head is foamy with a nice baked babka aroma. To me it's the cream of the crop in pale ales. Not overly expensive by the sixer or the case. Try it. It could possibly be the change one needs to make your day.
Jul 15, 2021
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Reviewed by BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Malty copper colored pale ale with a nutty aroma and a sweet caramel taste. Light bodied, lightly hopped with herbal hops. A simple beer that goes down easily and does it's job of refreshing the drinker.
Jul 06, 2021
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Rated by FishyBeer3 from Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Fun to drink for nostailga. Nothing too too special
Jul 03, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Jun 25, 2021
 
Rated: 3.65 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Jun 17, 2021
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Reviewed by DarrellFine from Florida

3.71/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Appears slightly darker than a typical pale, no head retention, carbonation dissipates rapidly, even with a very aggressive pour. Nose has notes of baked sourdough bread, bananas, slight malt. Not bad. Taste follows the smell with an unsweetened banana-bread flavor, slight malty goodness, with medium carbonation and a slightly slick finish. Impressive. Carbonation is medium, though gut- filling. Overall, a good experience and would be willing to pound a case tomorrow after work. Good for the style. I love pale ales. Not too hard, not too soft in the hops. Cost a bit more than Bud, but worth it in the flavor and carbonation dept. Great to pound while floating around on a Friday night and easy to share with friends.
Jun 05, 2021
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Reviewed by TheRatCage from Connecticut

3.57/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
S: deep amber gold. Microscopic head that recedes to nothing. Little to no lacing.

S: hearty malt. Slight hops.

T: follows the nose. Sweet malt. Slight bite of hops towards the end.

F: medium bodied. Carbonation is pretty alright.

Overall: I’d put this in the category of a good barbecue or gathering beer, something decent to drink multiple of with company and not over analyze. Honestly, I think it’s better in the bottle than a proper glass. Wish I could’ve had it years ago when it was imported, but a decent beer regardless.
May 16, 2021
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Rated by Joekohl from Illinois

4.79/5  rDev +43%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
I love this beer. The taste appeals to me along with the lower ABV. Just a beer I can drink one after another.
May 13, 2021
 
Rated: 3.42 by ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania

Mar 21, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by Mrseanworldwide from Ohio

Mar 20, 2021
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle. Off white head. Clear dark golden color.

Lightly floral hops. Very biscuity and bready. Toasted malts and crackers. Earthy hops. Pretty solid ale. Some bitterness in the finish.
Mar 19, 2021
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Reviewed by TedHead from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Pours a beautiful translucent copper with a small white head that dissipates quickly. It smells like slightly sweet caramel with hints of breadiness and semi floral, spicy and earthy hop notes are apparent. The taste has a caramelized sweet malty taste up front that almost reminds me of a marzen lager. The taste goes on to have those slightly bitter floral hops at the end with a slightly dry finish. It's moderately carbonated and has a slightly thick body while still being very thin and drinkable. Overall pretty good.
Feb 14, 2021
 
Rated: 3.25 by Chipwells from Georgia

Feb 05, 2021
 
Rated: 3.56 by beergorrilla from Michigan

Jan 10, 2021
 
Rated: 3.61 by sirzekel from Georgia

Jan 10, 2021
 
Rated: 3.33 by dd53grif from Michigan

Dec 26, 2020
 
Rated: 2.8 by alesinwales from Wales

Dec 24, 2020
 
Rated: 4.04 by Sayb from Arizona

Dec 13, 2020
 
Rated: 3.84 by biteme398 from Virginia

Nov 14, 2020
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Reviewed by Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.36/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
Decent pale. Poured from bottle to tumbler. Light amber in color with a finger of foam that rises slowly and quickly disappears to a collar. Decent aromas, some fruit, and earthy hops, and a bit of malt sweetness. Nice mouth feel, a touch creamy with a bit of prickly carbonation. Flavors are slight, but definite fruit, caramel and biscuit malt are present.
Oct 17, 2020
 
Rated: 3.4 by DvdP from Netherlands

Oct 07, 2020
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
I was surprised that I had not reviewed this beer previously. Certainly not in my normal rotation these days but I have enjoyed it through the years.

It is a decent looking beer. Nice golden amber color with good initial head and lacing. Taste and smell a bit thin but some caramel and grass taste and smell. A slight bitterness at the end. Not a remarkable beer but bot bad, but it will likely be a while till my next one.
Sep 09, 2020
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Reviewed by OK_Denise from Oklahoma

3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Not a bad Pale Ale at all. Would I drink a lot of them at one time...no. But it is honesty not a bad ale at all. It pours well and has a nice look. The initial taste is good and the finish is not too bad. I recommend you try this if you are in to this style.
Aug 06, 2020
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Reviewed by BigGold from Mississippi

3.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
First had Bass Pale Ale in the late 1980s, always from the bottle, when it seemed great beer--and compared to the American macrobeers then available in Mississippi, it was great beer. In 1996, after asking the publican in a London pub why no one was ordering a Bass Pale Ale, the free half he poured me, without a word, revealed it was only average by comparison with his selection of bitters and other English ales. Still, in the summer of 2017, finding myself in Uttoxeter, England, 17 miles west of where Bass Pale Ale is brewed in Burton-upon-Trent, I stepped into The Vaults of Uttoxeter pub, which (in)famously has four separate Bass Ale taps behind the bar, and enjoyed a few with the lads on cask, always into a Bass logo pint tumbler.

It has always been a beautiful beer, amber-gold with that lovely creamy head. The aroma is English ale muted caramel malt and fruit, and that's what you get on drinking. And I will again, too, on appropriate occasions, like the next time I'm in the Vaults of Uttoxeter.
Jul 11, 2020
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Reviewed by gatornation from Florida

3.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A wiser in the cooler at a party yesterday never had it. Pours a bronze copper color with smells of malt caramel and dark fruit. Hoppy and fruity with pale malts caramel simmering baked bread . A medium mouth feel with nice bitterness.
Jun 28, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by jaxon53 from Connecticut

Jun 21, 2020
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Reviewed by 1DCCX from England

4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5
4 cans from Sainsbury’s. Toffee caramel colour, no head, floral, light tea aroma. Brief floral notes and immediate sharp, strong lingering bitterness that lasts. Thin mouthfeel. Drunk it from a pewter tankard that was frozen for half an hour (like at Simpson’s in The Strand) on a hot summers day.

Awesome.
Jun 04, 2020
 
Rated: 3.44 by MMP13

Apr 10, 2020
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