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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2001

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Photo of purplehops
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After two or three years without having a Bass ale, and finding myself in the position of choosing Bass or Bud, I chose Bass. The color was still that nice pale orange/red that I remembered from days past. The head was a pleasant off white that lingered around the glass for a short time. The aroma was malty with hints of floral notes. The taste was well balanced with the malt up front and the hops coming in the finish. My taste have evolved toward IPA's and ESB's in later life but it was nice to return to the beer that got me hooked on beer in the first place.

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Photo of shirfan
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color, a shade more golden than oktoberfest orange, with a hint of cloud. Thin, but persistent head.

Smell is misleading; very sweet, almost carmel-apple, with a note of wet leaves.

Taste is neither highly malty nor strongly hopped, but it is very crisp and immediately indicative of a decently-brewed beer. Starts bubbly and clean, finishes with an almost sour note instead of the hops bitterness typical for the style.

Quite drinkable and tasty, but a little bit plain.

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

From the tap it comes colored of a light bronze/copper. The head is white and very there, and it lasts a good time. Its lace clings to the sides of glass to the last drop. The aroma is of a sweet malt with a hint of caramel and some floral appeal. The taste is a combonation of a sweet malt/caramel with bittering hops and some faint floral. Good beer. Matches great as a black and tan.

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Photo of Kwak
4.13/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bass Pale Ale
Head :Nice creamy thick .Taste sweet malt flavor.
Body: Clear pale amber color nice amount of fizz.
Taste:Nice dry pale flavor with tosted malt , alittle biter.

Two words Black/Tan!

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Photo of Morris729
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium golden color with a foamy white head and nice lacing. The aroma is dominated by a sweet maltiness with some floral notes as well. It has a very buttery taste and texture in the mouth and a bit of a nutty flavor. It’s quite smooth and refreshing and is a very drinkable brew.

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

This beer is a giant in the market beer. It pours a copper colour and has very fizzy appearance and a bit of caramel taste. Top quality beer (taking also into consideration that it is an English-Style Pale Ale)



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Photo of HossMcGraw
3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can't understand for the life of me why everyone wants to hate on the Bass Ale. If you want a good, dependable beer that goes great with almost any food, Bass is it. Sure, it doesn't necessarily blow you away with any complex flavors, or anything really complex at all for that matter, but I don't think that's what the brewers intended. A strong apple flavor is present in this beer, and to me tastes like a combination between apple cider and a typical lager or pilsner. You really can't go wrong with Bass.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a nice orangish/amber color with a thich off-white head that lasts. Forms a nice lace-work while sipped down. Its nose is one of sweet malt. The flavors taste of caramel malt, and fruity hops. Overall, this beer is well balaced, and very drinkable.

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

Got this on draught at Gameworks here in Columbus. The keg seemed a little flat, but otherwise it was pretty much the same as the kind you can get in the bottle. An all-around good, clean beer. Not too light and not too stout. A definite step up for a beginner in the beer tasting game. Not too exciting, but a good staple beer I am apt to get if there is nothing new and exciting available.

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Photo of Lupe
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color, with a beige frothy head, that settles into a thin sheer that leaves nice, wispy lace. Heavy malt aroma with some carmel and earthy hops. Light to medium body, smooth but a little thin on the tounge. Toasted grain flavor with hints of caramel and butter. Finishes dry with a slight hop bite. Not bad at all for something easy to get.

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Photo of Gusler
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep clear amber to copper color, lavish frothy beige head and tonnes of lace that clings to the glass. Malts dominate the nose, clean, crisp and quite pleasant. Starts slightly malt sweet, the top is skimpy, the finish is mildly carbonated, sparingly hopped, the aftertaste droughty.

Bass being the first English beer I sampled so many years ago, it pains me to see how it has lost it's robustness, now it's less hop laden, thinner, alas all good things must end, this I know. None the less it's a shame, nay I say a crime, to let the pond scum sucking, money grubbing cretins take over and ruin such a fine brewery, same goes for Guinness, and many other wonderful breweries. Once the "Bottom Line", becomes a breweries only concern, in most cases "Quality" goes out the window. My personal feeling is as follows:

"May they burn in hades with their money as the fuel that feeds Satans furnace".

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

Shockingly, I’ve had a million of these beers, but have never reviewed it. So I got a pint tonight. Looks great, copper, and a great head. Taste “not so much.” Hard to describe, had a little malt/ a little hops, not bad, not good. Right down the middle for a beer.

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Photo of aaronh
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This nice amber beer pours with a medium density head with good head retention. It will leave a mild amount of lace on the glass. The aromas are subtle with a hint of sweetness. The taste is fairly clean, with not a lot going on. It feels very good on the palate, and finshes fairly clean for an ale, with a bit of a lingering aftertatse. This is much the way I remembered it from college: a decent beer with an above average reputation. Drink it in a black and tan.

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Photo of doerickson
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber in color with a frothy, rocky white head. Average retention. Nose is pretty quiet; some soft malty aromas. Crisp mouthfeel. Toasted malt flavors are the main feature, balanced by some hop bitterness in the middle on the way to a very abrupt finish. Unremarkable, but would probably make a decent stepping-stone brew for someone trying to make the jump to "good" beer.

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Photo of jtw5877
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent head, orangish body, a little bit of hops, a little bit of malt, a easy drinking beer, nothing out of the ordinary, yet a solid beer, a good session beer. I think it is also good as a standby at you local not so good bar.

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Photo of canoehornpoint
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very clear deep amber, little head, good side cling. mildly malty nose. mouthfeel complex, seems light on the tongue but has a full body taste. taste is malty but not too sweet, it is crisp but malty. good balance.

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Photo of ryanocerus
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber in color with short-lived head. The aroma malt, and some grainy sweetness. The flavor was malt, with a slight hop presence that was not evident in the flavor. Not an outstanding beer, but as others have pointed out, consistent and available at most bars.

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

Getting home late last night to frozen pizza, I had to run to store 2-4 for beer. There it was, Bass. Bass never fails me. The taste is still satisifing, not ovepowering. I do not find it bitter at all.The first glass always goes down smooth. I usually buy two large singles, which go great with any meal. The narrow neck intrigues me. It harkens me back to my nautical expierences. I could live on Bass.

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Photo of Sigmund
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consistent indeed - with nearly 100 reviews, all the qualities of this excellent pale ale have been pointed out already. Great on tap, great bottled. Forget that Bass is now owned by Big Bad Interbrew, and just enjoy it!

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Photo of doho95fu
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consistent. This is a widely produced pale ale that still manages to satisfy me. It isn't pushing the envelope, but it is still solid. The color is great (reddish amber) as well as the smell (sweet - fruity?). The smell and taste but are evidence of a good blend of flavors (hops malt - neither is obvious). This is surely drinkable and for a beer that is found in most bars, it is pretty strong - a good fall back beer.

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Photo of zakery
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice foamy off-white/beige head with tiny bubbles that recedes quickly, but leaves a sticky lace down the glass.

Medium deep amber that tends towards orange/brown. Herbal, malty, both slightly metallic and sour grain smell.Medium-light to medium body with medium carbonation. Very balanced and smooth taste. Neither hops nor malt or any other flavor sticks out. The malts are a little light. Hop bitternes is low and does not stick around in the after-taste for very long. Slightly dry finish. Quite drinkable, but not very exciting.

Brown bottle, 1 imperial pint, 568 ml
Brewed by Bass Brewers Limited, Burton-on-trent, England

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Photo of BitteBier
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright, even amber tones topped with average head that persisted but didn't overwhelm. Surprisingly fragrant (rather light and a bit fruity) for as even and tame as it tastes. Taste is smooth and relatively uniform throughout, which goes hand in hand with its nice mouthfeel and drinkability. This beer doesn't extend itself, but what it does, it does well.

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Photo of Mick
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice amber/gold/tan hue. A frothy, but unimposing non-lingering head, drains away faster than it should. Nice aroma, light coffee/cocoa/nut scent. A nice taste as far as Pale Ales go, not too distinctive one way or the other. Goes down well enough to have a second, but make a trip to the Titanic to recover some old Bass? No.

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Photo of putnam
3.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer appears brownish red with gold highlights, like an overworked hairdo. There is a diverse head that quickly recedes leaving a few strands of lace. It smells like a jar of pennies. At this point I consider moving on to the next beer, but I stick with it. The taste is a bit of a suprise after the nose: good, full, dry beginning finishes somewhat quick (4 seconds) yet balanced. A dusty burned sugar flavor weaves throughout, offset by mild bittering hops. Simple, good.

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Photo of bditty187
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is one of those dinner beers. I really wasn't impressed with it enough to want to have more than one or two. With that said, I did like the beer. It pours darkish amber with a small head that disappeared... no lace. The taste is hops up front, malt in the middle, and dryness at the end. The dryness is what makes this a good beer to pair with red meat. The nose was very mild with sweetness but mostly hops. It does pack enough of a "taste punch" for any BA to like. I’d drink it again, at dinner.

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Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
3.4 out of 5 based on 2,642 ratings.
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