Bass Pale Ale | Bass Brewers Limited

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Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bass Brewers Limited
England, United Kingdom
bassale.com

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,655
Reviews:
1,063
Avg:
3.39
pDev:
16.52%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
339
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Squire123
3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber color with disappearing white cap.

Mild scent of sweet malt and floral hops.

Taste on entry is malt and hops in about equal proportions. If forced I would say malt led but it's really a toss up. Malt is slightly rich and hops pleasantly floral, the whole being balanced without being exceptional.

Medium texture with matching carbonation.

It's been so long since I had the original version any direct comparison to this one would be unfair. I do feel comfortable in saying this recent bottling seems a diminished version of the British brewed original. It did go well with popcorn shrimp.

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Photo of Aeroscorp
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vabeerguy
3.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wrigfen
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sexmortus
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bwood06
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

My wife and I were passing through Lafayette, IN on the way to my parents for the weekend and we just had to stop at our favorite Irish Pub. I took a look at the drink menu and wanted something besides Guinness for once and noticed that I had not reviewed Bass on BeerAdvocate as of yet, so I figured now was a good chance to do just that.

This beer pours a clear, amber hue that is lightly carbonated and features a thin, white, frothy head that dissipates quickly to a thin lacing. 3.5/5 The aroma is very subdued but seems to be malty with a bit of floral hops to it. I can't tell much other than that honestly due to the subdued nature of it. 3/5 The flavor profile is of a higher intensity than the aroma and is malty and sweet with bit of caramel and toasted dark bread. Grassy and floral hops make their way to the fore which cuts into the maltiness nicely. As the beer warms, a light peach and pear note comes through defining this beer as fruity and floral with a nice malt backbone in my eyes. There is a light metallic note to the finish unfortunately, 3.25/5 This is a light bodied pale ale that has a light carbonation tickle up front that transitions into a light drying that lingers on the palate after swallowing. It is somewhat watery throughout. 3/5 This is a good beer with food and is definitely a sessionable beer, but it is nowhere near one of my favorites. It does work rather well as an antithesis to heavy Irish food though! 3.25/5

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Photo of ScottyBongo
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fthegiants
2/5  rDev -41%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Raziel313
2.56/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Evilyak
2.53/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

[new] england pale ale. something's not quite right here.

it's been years since i've had a bass. it poured amber with a thick head that dissipated almost immediately. weak malt flavor, and really thin.

i don't know if they make a bass light, but i'm pretty sure that's what i just opened. just a sad reminder of what i used to enjoy.

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Photo of brewnme
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheCerebrator
4.62/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PprBurke
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jkblr
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Macamah
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kerouac
2.43/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I remember Bass being one of my go-to beers, over a decade ago, but I just recently bought a 12 pack and I am quite disappointed. As you might imagine, it might have something to do with AB INBEV bringing production of the classic English Ale to the United States, and, I'm guessing, changing the recipe (particularly the carbonation) to fit what they estimate to be expected by American tastebuds.

Probably won't be buying this again anytime soon.

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Photo of colbster92
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jcarriglio
2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured a deep amber with very little head, which also dissipated quickly. Taste is of English malt, some slight bitterness. Thin feel, which got worse as the beer got warmer. In some beers, flavors are unlocked as a beer gets less cold. This is not one of those. Begins to taste like dirty water near the end. Not a memorably good or memorably bad beer.

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Photo of Satorn
3.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AfricanPete14
1.75/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Found a dusty six pack for 10 dollars at my local convenience store. It had a nice golden brown look to it and a rather foamy head. The smell was horrific. It smelt like soy sauce and old vegetables. The taste was a little bit better, with notes of English malt and a bitter caramel taste. The mouth feel was average with low carbonation and an aftertaste of malt.

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Photo of kofukasho
2.6/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Schlitz74
3.24/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It pours a nice deep gold color, what head there is goes away pretty quick. There is very little to no lacing left in the pint glass. This is just an average beer.

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Photo of MustangPauli
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeckHardy
1.34/5  rDev -60.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I am revisiting this. My first review was very negative. Poured from a glass bottle into a shaker pint glass. Amber(ish) in color with a two finger head that somewhat quickly fades. Some lacing left clinging. Faint aroma that to be honest I can't put my finger on it? Slightly rotten fruit maybe. The taste was the biggest drawback. It did not taste at all like I remember. Looked at the label and sure enough it said brewed in New York. I have nothing against beer brewed in the US but some things just should not be tampered with. The mouthfeel was somewhat watery and not at all enjoyable. My over all opinion is this is a bad beer. Sorry Budweiser but you screwed this up big time. I won't be buying this again.

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