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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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4/5  rDev +19.8%

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2.65/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at a local pub, and was quickly taken aback with how awful it was.

Appearance? A nice and clean amber, only light suds and no lace here.

Taste is malty sweet. Overbearing. The hops here are seriously dialed-back. I get a cloying maple syrup tone, and plenty of caramel malts.

A real disappointment here, after my review of Bass in bottles was much better 3 years ago. Maybe my taste buds have changed, but this one I didn't hesitate to deem "Ass ale" now. Will not return to this one anytime soon.

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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

(Pours a deep amber color. The Hops aroma come off kind of oily with some sweet malts holding it back. I can taste mineral water. I find this common and expected in an English beer. Sweet malts come out in the flavor and the Noble hops come out fairly strong. This beer is very English and I it enjoy very much. Bass Ale was one of the first English Pale Ales I tried and is still one of my favorite. Makes a great session beer!) Review of import version in '05.

03-06-12 This is first review of Bass Pale Ale that has been brewed in Baldwinsville, NY instead of the UK.

Pours out a clear rich amber color with an off white two finger head. Retention is decent as it sticks around the glass a little. A thin blanket of foam rest on top the ale.

The aroma does seem a bit fresher than the import. With cleaner malt notes and a light citrus from the hops. Notes of caramel and toasted malt.

Again the flavor of this ale has become more fresh because it does not have to cross the Atlantic. Toasted two row malt with a hint of caramel. The hops are much more present in this domestic Bass Ale. They are a little spicy, kind of black pepper like. One think I can notice is that that mineral water taste and diecytal butterscotch is not as strong. To me that is characteristic of any English Pale Ale, especially Bass.

Finishes mild and balanced with nothing over the top. Semi-dry with a mild bitter hops lingering. Medium bodied and easy to drink.

Overall, this American brewery obviously produces a fresher product, but there is a few characteristics missing that can be found in the UK brew. Either way, this is a classic Pale Ale that set the standard. Cheers, the fresher version seems to appeal to me a little more. I mean fresh is better.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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4/5  rDev +19.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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4/5  rDev +19.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

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4/5  rDev +19.8%

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2.46/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Medium copper color with one finger of head that fades to a thin cap with a decent curtain of lace.

Aroma: Sweet and grainy with hints of brown sugar and lemon.

Taste: Sweet and fairly thin upfront, then mild bitterness and decent carbonation in the middle leading to a fast, clean and uninspiring finish with a touch of lingering graininess.

The Rest: Hugh letdown. Back in college, Bass was a real treat, and I definitely don't remember tasting this poor. I would have a hard time in a blind taste test telling this apart from Bud. There are countless Pale Ales out there that are better than this.

Additionally, it's not brewed in England anymore. It's contract brewed by AB in their Baldwinsville brewery. The label states that it's brewed in the finest British Tradition. I find it pretty dubious that there's much fine British tradition going on in Syracuse, NY.

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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5/5  rDev +49.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

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3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Burnt orange to red coloring, moderate carbonation throughout
S: Light aroma, bready malts
T: Right up front some malty, toffee, flavors; nice sweetness throughout, almost like sugary candy; ends with a decent hoppy bitterness with hints of berry flavors
M: Crisp, light, somewhat dry
O: Bass is very drinkable and flavorful, and is usually a solid choice that can be found easily anywhere

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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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2/5  rDev -40.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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4/5  rDev +19.8%

Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 2,677 ratings
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