Bass Pale Ale
Bass Brewers Limited

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Pale Ale - English
Ranked #406
Ranked #49,566
3.37 | pDev: 16.62%
Bass Brewers Limited
England, United Kingdom
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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WaterBoar from Pennsylvania

3.37/5  rDev 0%
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
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4.04/5  rDev +19.9%
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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BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
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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DarrellFine from Florida

3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
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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TheRatCage from Connecticut

3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
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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mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +18.7%
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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TedHead from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
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
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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
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puck1225 from Texas

3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
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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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
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 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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BigGold from Mississippi

3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
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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gatornation from Minnesota

3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
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
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1DCCX from England

4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
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.


Jun 04, 2020
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Radome from Florida

3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted on tap at Crown & Anchor Pub in Las Vegas, NV. This is one of the first international beers I ever had, back in the early 90s. It was better then, and has faded in flavor, but it still holds up as a good UK pale ale, especially on draught.

Feb 26, 2020
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CDBeerDisappear from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Truly clear deep amber color with minimal head. No lacing poor retention. Plenty of visible fast rising bubbles.
Smell: Aroma of bread crust or toast. Some herbal and grassy notes as well.
Taste: Taste is bread crust with the sharper English bitterness from the Burton-on -Trent water that they use to brew.
Feel: Medium mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation the carbonation is very finely bubbled and it comes across as clean, not prickly at all.
Overall: A good, solid balanced English Pale Ale. I think it holds up quite well in its category. This beer does not benefit from the newer style glassware that exposes more of the aroma. A pint glass or even a pilsner glass works just fine. For what it is worth, this beer tastes a lot better when the beer I drank before it was an English IPA, It was less notable when consumed after an American IPA.

Feb 06, 2020
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pub glass.

Pours reddish light-amber with limited head but enduring lacing.

Aromas of caramel malt and fruity yeast meld with hints of grassy and earthy hops.

The brew is well balanced between a caramel malt and sweet opening, a fruity/zest yeast interlude, and a nice hoppy finish. The flavors aren't remarkable but they are solid and play together well.

The brew is well carbonated and finishes well. Quite drinkable.

Overall, a solid EPA I hadn't had for awhile. The EPA is a nice drinkable style, and Bass is a nice example.

Jan 05, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Looks amber. White head that dropped quickly.
Smells sweet, malty, light citrus.
Tastes Malty, sweet, with light citrus.
Mouth feel is medium.
Overall this was my go to beer back in the day. But, there are just too many great American Craft beers these days.

Jan 04, 2020
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle. Caramel in color with a small head. Smells of malt, orange and lemon. Taste is sweet and follows the smell. Feel is a little thin but not bad.

Dec 18, 2019
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James94 from England

3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Clear golden colour, weak lacing
S: Slightly spicy bubblegum, general candy
T: Sweetness, perhaps somewhat artificially so. Hints of orange.
F: Very drinkable, but nothing complex

O: 3.5

Nov 18, 2019
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Thisdrinkinglife from Switzerland

2.19/5  rDev -35%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Review: 500ml can of Bass Pale Ale: 3.8% vol.

Bought these cans, cheap, in local supermarket back home, and not sure exactly which version of the iconic beer I am trying. Is it the one brewed in the Uk, the old or new version, or the cheap import version from the States, or even the Belgian version! I think its the British version as that’s the one I have drank over the last few years. It used to be well popular growing up in Ireland and was a beer you would find served in pubs, but these days it has fallen out of favour. It was especially popular up in Dublin. But they sell them now in shiny cans with the famous iconic Bass image in the supermarkets here so that’s good enough for me. Whatever, the Irish version in the shiny can comes at a pathetic 3.8% alcohol volume!

Yes a shiny can, but with the famous Bass logo in red lettering and a red triangle, a classic and iconic.

On pour it looks pretty damn good I have to say. The carbonation fizzing away, making the beer come alive in the glass.

Get a dark amber colour with a decent sized foamy white head, but it all fits together well, beer looks very appealing on the eye. A nice deep look, inviting. Some lacing left on the glass.

On the nose I get a smell of some adjuncts, not great, overall very, very light smells and virtually odorless.

Served cold, getting lovely mouthfuls on the tongue, nice and crisp.

They do advise to “serve cold” on the can, and I can concur. Nice to sip straight out of the fridge.

There are no massive overriding tastes, enjoyable all the same though as it goes down well enough.

Getting the nice sweet malts, some fruits and deep earthy floral notes hitting the taste buds, nice.

A nice, light, smooth, and enjoyable beer to drink, but overall not many clear tastes or flavours.

It is an ok beer, but I fear I am giving it a slightly positive review for nostalgic reasons. More macro than fine ale.

Nov 11, 2019
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EmperorBevis from England

3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled and definitely not bottle conditioned and served up with guests and tapas
Pours a brown sugar coloured body with minimal white head
Smells like barley sugar
Stewed tea
Good body

Aug 21, 2019
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Mrbob558 from New York

4.17/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer has a smooth flavor, with little or no hoppiness- its a true pale ale versus an India Pale Ale. Color was good and the head dissipated quickly Its a good, though not great beer.

Aug 07, 2019
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Beerdoc1169 from Tennessee

4.88/5  rDev +44.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great taste. Not so hoppy you can’t taste anything nor so light it tastes like water. My personal favorite, but hard to get around here, and that’s a bummer

Aug 03, 2019
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with a 19116 code on the label (opened 7/24/19).
1/2" off-white head with limited retention - falls to an island quickly. Clear, clean copper color. No lace.
Fruity esters, pear-apple. Some caramel sweetness, light toffee.
Sweet, some initial flavors of nuts, toffee, caramel and then pear/apple skin follows.
No perceptible hops in the flavor or aroma.
Light body, light to medium carbonation. Cloying sweetness.
Not for me.

Jul 25, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a semi-cloudy dark amber color that leans brown. A mild head that fades rather quickly. SRM of 15-16. (3.50)

Aroma: Great aromas here. Citrus aromas of orange marmalade and cherry. Strong aromas of toffee, licorice, cherry, and lychee.
Second review much different: only faint aromas of orange marmalade, vague syrup and spice. Maybe some toffee. Not much there at all.

Flavor: Taste follows the nose pretty close here. Orange marmalade citrus flavor mixed with toffee and cherry. Subtle caramel, and licorice. A mild pine bitterness, but overall finishes darker & sweet.
Second review light on the flavor. Only faint flavors of orange marmalade citrus mixed with some vague syrup and honey. Finishes slightly sweet. Leans toward the first review as the beer warms. (3.25)

Feel: Lighter bodied, but huge carbonated and crisp. Slight pine and carbonation dry out the heavy malt flavors, to allow it to finish only mildly sweet. Doesn't leave much on the palate. Slightly sweet, but drier than expected. Agree w/ the second review. (4.00)

Compared with Goose Island (English) IPA: This one is much better. Pours much darker. Stronger toffee malt and orange marmalade aromas. Heavier body. Sweeter. I much prefer this to Goose, which could hardly be called an English IPA.

Compared w/ Old Speckled Hen: Pours a slightly lighter amber, with less carbonation. Much less aroma and flavor. Maybe more citrus and less malt? Fainter overall. More carbonation and zesty. Less malt and spice, but similar sweetness though

Overall: A pretty damn good beer right here. This is honestly my first of the "English Pale Ale" style. I would say it drinks similar to a Vienna Lager or Califonia Common, but slightly hoppier. It's like an orange, pineapple marmalade with toffee, but mixed with a carbonated pine to leave only a subtle sweetness left. I'm definitely a fan of this beer. (First Review 4.00, Second Review: 3.33)

Jun 16, 2019
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