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 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 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at TGI Friday's in Valencia, CA.

Pours a copper orange color with a 1 inch white head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Random spots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet grains, caramel malt, and citrus. Taste is of caramel malt, biscuit, and citrus zest. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good easy drinking beer that I would get again.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color with a tight white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of a bit of earthy hops and some bread notes.

Tastes of toasted malts and earthy hops. Malts have some toasted bread and nuttiness with a bit of sweet fruit. Hops are very light and hop flavor is minimal with only some bitterness. A bit of diacetyl appears as well.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, nothing to get excited about, a very average beer.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.22/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Pint Glass...

Appearance-Amber body with a frothy 2 finger beige head. Nice retention and pretty good lacing.

Smell-Caramel Malts. light floral hop aroma. Very mild

Taste-Follows aroma completely, just get more of it. Caramel Malts, lightly hopped. A little funky on the finish.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied, moderate to high carbonation. Drinkable, pretty refreshing.

Overall-I could see why you would like this beer. It's drinkable, and doesn't taste bad. It's just very simple and I'd rather drink something else.

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Photo of jayhawk73
2.88/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a dark brown w/ a one finger cocoa head. Not bad, but not a great looking beer.

S- Mainly get roasted malt w/ a little bit of hops. That's really about it. Very one dimensional and fairly weak.

T- Same as the nose. Roasted malt w/ a little bit of hops. Fairly disappointing.

M- Very thin... and that's about all on this brew. Nothing to see here... please move on.

O- Very popular beer at restaurants.. but nothing special here.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer exits the bottle a dark caramel-copper color with a thin wisp of foam floating above. The aroma is caramel and toffee with a nutty character. The flavor begins with very husky malt. Both sweet and almost starchy. Some buttery notes as it moves through the center with a dusting of biter hops at the end. The slightly off flavor of the malt is what lingers on the palate, unfortunately.

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


Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size frothy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for just 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, pears, tea

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of malts and caramel. There are also notes of pears, tea, and a slight amount of hops. The beer finishes with a malty aftertaste with a small amount of lingering hop flavour.

Overall - A nice easy drinking beer. It might be a little too sweet to have a whole bunch of it, but it's still good nonetheless.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Met with some old cronies today at the Tilted Kilt in Chi-town!!! The Bass Ale was served in a 20oz solid glass that was chilled to perfection! The appearance was a clear amber with low carbonation with little /no head. The smell was very subtle malt and hop and grain. The taste was very nice and smooth....common for a typical English style pale ale. The mouthfeel was awesome for this situation....session ale for sure!

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Photo of
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - darkish amber-brown with a thin white head.

Smell - a sweet and floral blend of rich malt and aromatic hops, with the balance tipped toward the malt.

Taste - Sweet malts, butter, dusty English hops. The butter is due to diacetyl, which is handled well in this beer and is not a flaw.

Mouthfell - full bodied with just enough carbonation to break through the slight slickness.

This is a great session beer on tap and certainly is the best of all-macro selection at my local in the craft-beer desert of Windsor.

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Photo of Raven3464
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a nice copper color with foamy but thin head.

Smell: This is weakest aspect of the beer. There really aren't any pronounced smells to speak of other than a slight "floral" smell.

Taste: Hints of caramel dominant initially. There is a nutty flavor then apparent in the aftertaste as the beer warms.

Mouth feel: There is more combination than I expected for the style, which is not a bad thing. Overall, very smooth and refreshing.

Overall: This a well balanced beer which taste good both chilled and warm. It has become a stable of mine recently, perfect for when I'm in the mood for a good, but inexpensive, pale ale. It's not the best drinking experience but above average in every aspect.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bass Pale Ale pours a clear copper color with a small, frothy off white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a thin ring around the surface leaving behind a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is faint with caramel malt notes and a touch of grassy hops.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is dry on the palate, wet liquid feel with a moderate carbonated fizz. The flavor is sweet malt with caramel and toasted malt. In the middle some light fruit notes and a hint of tea appear. It finishes mildly bitter with a touch of grassy hops. Once gone the caramel malt lingers on the palate.

A tasty well balanced beer that would go great with dinner. Well balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.23/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this English Pale Ale from a bottle into a pint glass. The beer poured a nice reddish brown and made a nice head with off the charts retention. Lacing on this beer was about the best that i have seen. Holy Stickage. The nose of the beer was a nice malty caramel and a slight hint of hops- kent goldings perhaps? This ale has a nice medium body and is very drinkable. The taste is simple malty, somewhat dry. Very good example of a English Pale Ale. Perhaps the flagship.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single 12oz bottle poured into a Shaker pint glass. There is a date/time stamp, but what it means is not obvious to me.

Appearance: Orange brown on the table, clear orange-copper when held up to the light. Poured an initial 1/4" off white head which died down to a very thin skin across the top and an equally thin ring at the edge. No lacing noted.

Smell: Very faint floral and orange citrus, but beyond that nothing. I really had to inhale very deeply and I still didn't get very much.

Taste: Quite smooth - toasted malt with some toffee and caramel flavors up front - a little buttery even. Transitions smoothly into an English bitter flavor. Not a very complex beer, but well done in balance.

Mouthfeel: A bit overcarbonated for an English ale. Almost fizzy. The beer after the carbonation leaves the tongue is just a bit thicker than water, but not by much.

Overall / Drinkability: Not bad, but not great either. I've had better English pale ales. Okay with a meal of fish and chips and after the meal not as good as it was with food. I probably won't get again.

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Photo of servo12
5/5  rDev +49.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say, this is my absolute favorite beer. I should not even review this. It is that old friend that I can always depend on. It is easily available at my local pub. I will admit that it is a mass produced beer. However, among the others it stands out as a time tested favorite of generation after generation of brew aficionados.

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

Appearance: Beer pours a nice crisp/clean copper color with active carbonation throughout. Head is foamy and maintains at about 1/2-finger leaving very infrequent but clingy lacing.

Smell: Pretty decent. Grapefruit with just a touch of floral hop action. Bitterness blends in with a toffee malt infrastructure.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer is lightly oily on the tongue, lots of bitter citrus in the flavor palette. Nice gentle malt carries the mellow hops right on through straight to the brain. Despite the smoothness, there's a light bite to the brew which cannot be denied.

Overall: A good beer. Done for centuries for a reason. It's not outstanding or innovative in any way shape or form, but it's arguably worth its price.

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

Had on tap at the Country Corner in Setauket, NY. Served in a pint glass. Though I've had it before, I've never gotten around to reviewing it and quite frankly, its about time I reviewed this classic beer.

Look: orange/amber body with a thin, creamy head of slightly off white foam that doesn't retain very well and doesn't leave much in the way of lacing.

Smell: a bit of English hops and some toasted malt, caramel and toffee. The hops are surprisingly modest and the malt is surprisingly robust, but that's probably because I'm used to American pale ales. Smells good.

Taste: follows the nose with a smattering of toasted, pale malt, some earthy hops, and a background of caramel, toffee and some hop spice. Good.

Feel: medium to light, moderately carbonated, sweet up front with a malty finish.

Drink: easily sessionable at a modest 5%. I could have a few of these without much issue and its interesting enough to make for a long session.

Overall: decent but nothing extraordinary. I have to wonder how much this recipe has changed since it began production. One of my favorite things is drinking beer that's been around for a long time and well, if I was a British beer drinker in a pub in 1800 and I could order a Bass or any porter, stout, mild, or bitter... I would definitely choose anything but a Bass. Still, worth it just because this is one of the iconic British Pale Ales and its important to know where you're coming from. Cheers!

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bass Pale Ale is one of the first beers I ever had. Figured it was time to review. Pours a clear orange with a small white head, no lace. Plenty of carbonation pops up from the bottom.
The smell is of buttered bead, minerals and a bit of lemon rind.
Taste is very much the same. A very crisp beer. A little thin and carbonation heavy but not bad.
Though I prefer beers with a heavier flavor, Bass will always hit the spot on a warm day.

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Photo of ghetto90007
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at LAX. Is much better on tap than out of the bottle.

Poured into a tall pilsener glass. Orangish amber color, small white head, decent lacing and resilience.

Malt comes through the nose, mostly sweetness with just a hint of bitterness underneath.

This is not an aggressive beer - real subdued and smooth. Mild sweetness and malt, very mild bitterness. Hints of vanilla and spice. Much better flavor coming through than out of the bottle - well formed and consistent.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly soft. This was not a nitro, but had hints of that softness.

Much better than the bottled version. Drinkable and actually somewhat enjoyable.

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

Appearance - Medium brown crystal body with plenty of visible carbonation. Small white half finger creamy head with decent retention and great lacing.

Smell - Very pronounced banana and malt.

Taste - Banana with a slight adjunct bitterness in the finish. A little metallic aftertaste, which I consider an off flavor.

Mouthfeel - Good and creamy.

Overall Drinkability - If it wasn't for the metallic aftertaste that puts a strong damper on the drinkability of this beer, it might be something I wouldn't mind having again.

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Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
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