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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

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

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Photo of fx20736
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a British pint glass. Served at fridge temp.

Appearance: Coppery amber, nicely carbonated that forms 3 fingers of pale khaki head that recedes quickly and leaves a pontilistic arc of lacing.

Aroma: Jolly Rancher fruitiness,.

Mouthfeel: ok

Taste: not welcome chemical taste. fruitiness spoiled by industrial style hops.

Notes: This must have been a good beer a long time ago

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: amber/clear body, finger head, big bubbles,
very little lacing.

S: mild sweet malt, hint of toffee

T: toffee, sweet malt, mild bitter finish

M: light/med body, dry crisp mouth

O: One of my regular stand-bys to get at most
American average restaurants. Ok, macro brew.
If you want good English pale ale, this is
not your 1st choice, but readily available.


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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is THE definitive English Ale. Pours a nice ruddy/yellow with white head. Slim lacing on glass.Hint of apple/floral , malt in aroma and in taste. All around across the board good scores. And, this is THE ale to blend into your Black&Tan!
God save the Queen!

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Photo of socon67
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours amber with a slight quarter inch of white foam. Clear and slight carbonation present. Forget about seeing any lacing.

S - Minor scent of malt and some fruit seetness. But not much else.

T - Flavor is a standard pale ale that is surprisingly deep with flavors of english malt, and what tastes like macintosh apples. Went great with food.

M - Light bodied, slight carbonation, and a bit of sweet tangyness at the finish.

O - This is a beer I got away from in getting into craft beer. I was surprised that revisiting Bass didn't disappoint me at all. I'd certainly try this again at a place that had limited beer options.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.47/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Transparent amber color with a half finger of white head and left some lacing as it retreated.
It smells like whiskey and apple juice. I was surprised by this, but I like it.
Slight sour apple taste with a little bitter kick at the end. Not a whole lot going on, but it tastes nice.
Smooth and lighter body with low carbonation.
It is nice but not exceptional. Apparently it is the World's first pale ale and a world-wide icon.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap a few times. At places with slightly more than BMC, I usually find this to be a decent option. Widely available and non-offensive. Could be worse! Served in a shaker pint.

I don't quite feel up to a full review, so let me do something short. This time around, this beer reminds me a lot of Shiner Bock. It's minerally and has a rounding caramel flavor. However, this has much better hopping (not that it's much, but it does its job) and a much cleaner flavor. Very easy to drink and a good casual option.

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Photo of rudzud
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep dark, crystal clear almost chestnut hue with a one finger head that fades to leave minimal side lacing and clouding/haloing.

S - Fairly average here. Light sweet malts and some fair fruity (not bitter) hops.

T - Pretty much the same. There are some sweet malts followed by some light sweet english hop notes. Not getting any bitterness. Pretty much just those two items.

M - Not bad mouthfeel. Fairly average keeps it up off the tongue and drinkable.

O - Would rather drink this than some other macro offerings. Still, definately no reason to buy this.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a pub, 20 oz oint

A - Amber, copper color, basic body, little activity and little head retention

S - Corn husks and metal, some slightly roasted malt

T - Sweet sugar front, a bit watery finish that finishes a bit dry

M - smooth with a nice amount of carbonation

O - A decent basic ale, nice to have from time to time

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz glass served in a pint glass.
(review from notes)

pours a clear, medium-amber tone while yielding a finger of off-white head; mediocre retention and not much lacing to speak of.

nose opens with a light maltiness and secondary notes of caramel and a subtle, indistinct fruitiness. not the worst aroma in the world but fairly underehelming.

flavor mostly follows the nose. definitely on the malty / sweet side. a touch of hops, especially in the finish. again, not terrible by any means, just sort of 'meh'. medium-light bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, a mediocre to slightly above average beer i would accept if handed to me for free but would not pay money for. at least, i wouldn't anymore. used to be a staple back before craft, when i thought bass was the creme de la creme of the beer world. would take it over BMC.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.44/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Trying to clean out the voice notes on my iphone...
Reviewed from notes.

Poured a bottle into a pint glass at a family party. My mother-in-law like to randomly buy "special" beer for me to sample. I appreciate the effort on her part, and no matter what she picks I enjoy a good tick!

Copper orangey gold color. Deep copper... burnt orange.
Decent head, retention and lacing.

Smells of dry pale malt, not sweet. Not a huge hop punch here-- and not a lot of bitterness on the nose. An odd mineral quality. Like limestone. Hard water? That is what I get on the flavor too. Like a chalky mineral water with a little bit of spicy hops. A very very light touch of bitterness.
The feel reminds me of hard well-water... with bubbles. Low carbonation.
I haven't had one of these for about 5 years... and I could easily see myself going that long again before I again reach for a Bass-- but I'll be fair and state that I can at least see the appeal for this beer. It is very easy drinking and relatively low in ABV. Not one I want to have regularly, but not really entirely offensive either.

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Photo of Kanyon22
2.86/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 12 oz. into my newcastle schooner glass.

A:Pours a light brownish orange color with a white small bubbled head. Also has a high number of small bubbles cleaning to the side to the glass.

S: Grainy, metallic, with hints of sweet toffee and caramel. Yup that is all I'm getting in the nose.

T: Starts off with a clean sweet flavor up front, then turns in to faint dirty, earthy hops, then finish harsh with a tongue beating of carbonation. All and all this is kinda weak, its better than any American macro but for English pale ale's not much going on in here.

M: At first I was going to say this one has a fuller mouthfeel but once the carbonation subsides it get a bit watered down. Plus the harshness of this beer really wears on the back of the palate and throat.

O: All and all this one wasn't terrible or great just an easy drinking EPA, that doesn't do much well or really do anything bad.

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Photo of katybee
3.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I ordered this at a "British style restaurant" called the Ship Inn in Astoria, Oregon. It was labelled an import; I'm not sure if this makes it the 'export' version of this Bass beer, which is retired, so am assuming it was this ale.

Poured amber gold, with nice 1" head of thick foam.

No noticeable hoppy smell; very mild.

Hopping was very nuetral, perhaps earthy, on the dry side. Flavors weighed toward malt, lightly bready, biscuity, with a musky earthy overtones.

Light to medium-bodied; slightly less carbonization than canned lagers.

Overall very pleasant and nuetral, with a dry earthy character, not unlike some scottish ales I've tried. No aftertastes; very palatable; just not very noteable.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I see why its a classic. Its basic, its balanced, and its quality.

It pours a clear amber with a medium white head that retains well and leaves ok lacing.

It has a very clean smell, with caramel notes, and toast with a earthy hop riding faintly on top.

Nice balance of caramel, toasted bread, grass and earthy elements.

Overall, a crisp, creamy and clean beer. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of benfons
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: clear copper colour, nice head, loads of carbonation

S: malts and hops and that's basically it

T: again malts and hops, with a slight orange taste to it

M: a bit thin, slightly overcarbonated, a lot of alcohol

O; it's an OK beer but nothing more, although i do drink it a lot

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Redcoats in Pleasanton.

Appearance- amber color, thin head

Smell- malt mostly, some hops

Taste- malt, hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This was another good beer for the pub. I enjoyed it and had a great time there.

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4.35/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into brew fest mug.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange body, with medium levels of carbonation and a white blanket of one finger head. Retention is good, but sinks to a thin layer on top. Lacing is light and sinks slowly.

S: Aroma is English malt forward, with a subtle grassy and earthy aroma. The intensity is medium for style and well balanced. Slightly buttery aroma.

T/M: The taste is classic English Pale, with great balance of hops that allow to showcase the malt and texture. The mouthfeel is creamy, while still quick off the palate. Lingering effect is nicely malted with low levels of bitterness. Hop flavor is present, but does respect the style and takes the back burner.

O: Overall, this is a very well balanced EPA, with classic characteristics and great smoothness. Very well represented as a benchmark for the style.

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Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light copper in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige head that quickly died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are light aromas of biscuit and caramel malts as well as fruity yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a slight amount of accompanying bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: Drinking this beer is a breeze – I could easily have these all night long so it is very sessionable.

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Photo of nickd717
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Draft review dated 12/19/2008.

This was one of my favorites before I discovered good beer. I still do not mind it. Malty and a little sweet, some nut flavors, pleasant aroma. A little metallic at times and weak on the mouthfeel. Decent even if it is not the most exciting beer out there.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Amber/gold with a thin white head that lasts for a while but leaves no lacing.

S-Mild nose consisting of some hops and caramel malt.

T-Similar to the nose as it seemed much more mild than I remember. The flavor while somewhat watery consisted of some nice hop bitterness and hint of caramel malt. While not complex it is very refreshing.

M-Thin and watery.

D-With an average abv. and good flavor I could drink this all day.

Overall, while this beer is not great I have always enjoyed it and for me its a standby. I really like this beer and feel no reason to apologize for doing so.

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Photo of K9AleingPiss
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a wonderful surprise. My first pale ale so forgive me, my review may suffer from comparison. The color was nice..a clear orange/copper color,which seemed to introduce the odor. Sweet carmalized fruit smell with a hint of spice. I really liked the taste,exactly like the smell,a nice suprise, the simplicity continued from start to finish no aftertaste. The feel is gratifying,I would definitely recommned and repeat the experience again and again. I loved the way its blends- look,smell,and taste together,its not complicated...no fancy head,no fancy lacing,who cares...its refreshing and tastes great

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Photo of mactrail
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A little on the sweet side. Very simple flavors, rescued by a glint of hops that take over the aftertaste. Some touch of malt, a hint of tartness, and the flavor vanishes into the slight dirty hop biterness. Looks nice, an attractive amber, and they do a good job of keeping the fizz in the bottle.

Another Anheuser-Busch InBev industrial product. Better than bitter metallic water but not very interesting. I think the trouble is all of these keg-style bottled western Eropean beers are so much like American lagers. But it's hard to compare the flavors of "real ale" in a British pub with a fizzy bottle off the boat.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark orange amber color that reminds me of fall. Provides a small off white foam head the quickly dissipates. There is no real lacing.

S: There is some mild caramel and toast malt scents. In addition there is some citry hops as well.

T: Starts off with some malty sweetness up front. Mostly some caramel and lightly toasted bread. In the middle there is a very light citrus hop flavor. Finishes with more caramel sweetness with the hops all but gone.

M: A little thin, but nicely carbonated. Leaves a slighty sweet taste on the palate.

O: Not my favorite English Pale Ale but certainly a drinkable brew. Not overly complex. Not a brew I usually seek out but not one I would pass up either.

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Photo of BEERME528
3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a big glass of Bass with some chicken wings... WOW. So good. I was impressed when the bartender handed me the beer. A perfect looking head that lingered throughout the course of the drinking period. The copper color was also quite attractive. The smell was nothing spectacular but the taste was very enjoyable. A little hoppy but still tasty.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a color between ruby and amber. Smaller head. Smaller lacing.

S-Not awesome but do-able. A bit of hops (more herbal than anything else) and some sweet malts. Was expecting worse.

T-Better than the nose. Not bad all-around to be honest. A tiny bit of hop, and some caramel malt. More sweet than hoppy, but there is balance. I surprisingly enjoyed this on tap a bit.

M-Light bodied beginning to learn towards medium. Light carbonation. A bit creamy.

O/D-Not bad. I am pleasantly surprised by this. I would never go out of my way to get it again, but I chose it from a weak tap list at a bar. Hey, I'm not complaining.

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Photo of Rschis16
2.99/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bubbly white head with decent retention and stickage overtop a clear amber beer. The first aroma that hits me is a touch of skunkweed followed by a weak backing of floral hops and light toasted malts.

The taste is slightly bitter from a very faintly grapefruit hop taste and those same malts from the nose. Light lemony taste in the middle there that doesn't last very long unfortunately, for that helps the tasting along. It has an odd corn flavoring to it that doesn't really sit well with me for the overall taste, but the lightly roasted malts make up for it a little. Not a great beer by any means, but its worth a try. It also might be better across the pond where it might be a little fresher, but the balance in the one I'm sampling is a little off and the overall taste isn't all that great. Needs a little more hops to help that along.

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Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 2,685 ratings
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