Bass Pale Ale | Bass Brewers Limited

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Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Bass Brewers Limited
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2001

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Photo of CanadianGinge
3.76/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stoven5
1.06/5  rDev -68.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I have a poster on my wall for Bass Pale Ale called the drink of the empire. It shows a soldier in a red coat and says well known in 1778 then a soldier in 1911 and says world famed in 1911. The same with a sailor one in 1778 and one in 1911. Now it should say gone to hell in 2011,not sure that was the date they started brewing in the states but close enough. It was never the best beer in the world but up until then was very drinkable, and could often find it at a good price. Now paying the same price as before for some thing that should be in with the keystone light and coors light prices.

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Photo of Mr-Beer
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Lightly red In crisp clean.

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Photo of Paradox1000
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Drank lots of this before finding Crafts and IPAs.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle dated 17361 MW1210. Dec. 27, 2017? Rocks glass. Served warm.

A: pours a brassy orange with 1 finger white head that recedes fairly quickly but leaves a thick ring of white foam about the edges of the glass. Lots of visible carbonation. No lacing to speak of.

S: some floral English hops! Light bready, slightly sweet malt. Smells a touch muted, but is really spot on for what I expect from an English style pale ale.

T: mild, bready, slightly floral English hop arrival. Light malty flavor with some floral and earthy English hops across the middle. Very mild lingering floral hop character. It actually grows more pungent and more medicinal as it warms.

M: lighter end of midweight, quite clean finishing; decidedly overcarbonated.

O: this was a classic back in the day! It was my go-to in the days before craft beer, when you had to buy “imports” if you wanted flavor. Once craft beer came along I abandoned this, then tried one about eight years ago and it was awful - brewed in New York. This is light years better than that, and is probably very similar to how it tastes back in the 90s. That said, it tastes like an English pale ale from the 90s. If you want to go down memory lane, this is good for that. But there are loads more better tasting, more assertive, less carbonated English style pales/bitters out there. I’m glad I drank it. Maybe this time I won’t go so long before having another.

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Photo of BuckyNBeer
3.22/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I purchased an individual bottle of this because I want to try different styles of beer from their origins and this is one of the oldest English Pale Ales. Too bad it is brewed over here in the United States now though and has become largely seen as an afterthought.

Bass Pale Ale pours a copper hue with just a moderate head that only leaves behind a bit of a miniscule lacing.

The aroma is pretty muted as well. There are some hints of caramel and bread but I was expecting a bit more in the scent.

This beer gets a bit better flavor wise. The sweet caramel-esque aroma I noticed is still noticeable but it is more in the background as the bread becomes more front and center. In the finish there is a decent bitterness as well with a definite bread like aftertaste.

Overall this is a decent beer. However it is a shame that such a storied beer like this has become an afterthought and that it seems that AB Inbev has neglected it. It makes me wonder how the initial version brewed in England tasted in comparison to this.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.22/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Too sweet for my likes. Fruity mix of grape and cantaloupe? Syrupy sweet overall though and certainly not one I'll try again. I wanted to try one of the "famous" ones though.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Plain amber with an off-white head that only lasts a few seconds.

Smell: Yeasty brown bread and sweet malt.

Taste: More muted than the smell. Very subtle toasted malt with a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Average body and carbonation.

Overall: Easy to drink, but not a real standout.

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Photo of gvickery
3.54/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber color. Smell was quite muted. This was in the import section but it says on the bottle “product of the USA”. I guess in a way, that may be better so it wasn’t old. Very full flavor, malt, toasted grain and nondescript hops. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of cryptichead
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of onabikechris
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bluestringer
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewSTL
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vandelay1863
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cyrenaica
3.94/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can
5.1% ABV
Main/Bronte LCBO Outlet (Milton, Ontario, Canada)
August 12, 2008
The beer poured a beautiful translucent red colour with a thin off-white cap. The aroma was nutty malt with some hops. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, slightly creamy, and ample carbonation. The flavour was very malty with a hint of hoppish bitterness. Some nutty character certainly came through.

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Photo of jbehlar
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Claude-Irishman
2.82/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Not what it used to be. This was my always stand by for draft on tap. Looks like possible artificial caramel color. Smells like malt with mild hop aroma. Feels too watered down, possibly old? Overall unless I was at Burton on Trent at a bar I would never seek out.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look is amber and see through with a receeding offwhite head that goes down to nothing. Smell is of sweet malt with hops sitting on top. Mildly caramel malt with a really mild hops bite on the flavor. Some honey sweetness lingering through the finish. Pretty well carbonated and light in body. If this really is “the worlds first pale ale” it’s not too bad. The more I drink this beer the more watery I feel like it quickly becomes. Nothing near a SN pale ale which for me is a widely available standard. May be a good English pale.

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Photo of Nass
2.59/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This use to be one of my favorite beers when I started getting into european beers. What happened man this beer used to be more flavorful than this? Let me guess ab inbev got to it. Cheers! C- (70-74) score range

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The first beer that got me into the craft beer seen back in the 90's. Revisiting this old classic for nostalgic purposes.

A - Pours a crystal clear amber color with dense, vibrant white lacing and moderate carbonation.

S - Toasted caramel honey malt and light citrus. Overall, has a slight grainy aroma.

T - Toasted caramel malt base throughout, some honey and graininess, earthy, and ends with mild citrus bitterness that builds momentum and the beer is finished. The sharp bitterness at the very end scrubs most of the malt off the palate.

M - Sharp prickly carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

O - A classic that got me into craft and a nice beer to re-visit.

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Photo of Foxman27
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of heerboth
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of huthuty
4.05/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber and highly carbonated but almost no head
Smell is mild sweetness, mild hops, and a little burnt
Taste is very dry, a little burnt, and a little watery, definitely interesting and not like many other beers

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Photo of foundersasap
3.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of austinc94
3.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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