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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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Photo of beyah
4.3/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

A- Amber in color, 1 figers worth of while head. The lacing stays on the walls of the glass for a good long while.

S- Nice herbal hop notes, with a slight malt background.

T- Well balanced, very little hops bitterness, more hops flavor and aroma. The yeast/fermentation process is putting of buttery diacetyl. Nice dry finish.

Notes: This is an excellent English Pale Ale. One of my favorite session beers.

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Photo of Brunite
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Crystal clear, light bronze in color. Good two fingers of off-white foam which dissipates slowly. Good carbonation.

Smell - Reasonably malty for the style. A modicum of hops and a somewhat earthy smell.

Taste - A mild caramel flavor with some diacetyl notes. Hops are more prominent in the flavor than the nose. I also do get some distinct mineral flavors from the famed Burton-on-Trent water. Some lingering dry. husky grainy flavors as well. A unique but pleasant taste all around.

Mouthfeel - A medium light body with a crisp dry finish. You also get some residual resiny, mineral feel on the finish. Unique....nice.

Drinkability - A nice, simple, classic PA. I like this one for the unique blend of flavors you get. Pretty sessionable. Nice beer.

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Photo of mbrady55
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: nice red amber hue, looks appealing in a glass

s: a bit grainy, biscuty, caramel notes as well

t: malty with a hop bitterness towards the end, nice caramel flavor from the malts as well

m: medium mouthfeel

d: smoooth as all hell, this is a staple of mine and i would not mind enjoying one at all hours of the day, a personal favorite

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Photo of crayolahalls
4.19/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This has been a long time buddy of mine. I overpay for it constantly, but it almost never lets me down.

App - Dark and comforting. Reminds me of drinking something healthy.

Smell - I am very familiar with it and could recognize it anywhere. It reminds me of sourdough bread and something else.. maybe molasses.

Taste - A great partner with bar foods. A little bit of bitterness. Almost a slight medicinal taste... sometimes.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, sometimes a little pucker to it. Not normally a lot of bubbles. I like to have a glass of water after drinking Bass because I do get a bit of a lingering feel in my mouth.

Drinkability - I wouldn't turn it down under any setting. Good for cold days and warm days and days when I just want to get messed up a little.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
1.96/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep coppery color with a thick yellowish white head and a little bit of lacing. Smells of sweet malts and a little earthy hops. Tastes much the same with earthy hops, a ton of sweet malts, and a little bread and some metallic flavor. Mouthfeel is thick and oily with a mild carbonation. Drinkability is okay.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a coppery orange color. One and a half finger off white head shows medium retention. Good looking streaked lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Light nutty caramel malts run through most of the nose. Metallic hints also come up which I expected so it didn't throw me off. Some light earthy hops come and go mostly in the ending and really light over.

T- Caramel malts run amuck through most of the beer which seems to be the biggest flavor. Metallic undertones from the middle of the beer on gives off a false taste that shouldn't really be there. Nutty flavors are covered up toward the middle and shine for a split second. Earthy hops bring a light bite to the beer and invites you for another sip.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light alcohol, earthy hops, malt and a strong metallic flavor are part of the aftertaste. The same metallic flavor with some light caramel malts are left on the palate. Light drying on the palate from alcohol. Off flavors were of the metallic kind. Getting rid of the metallic flavor would show that the beer itself is well balanced.

D- This beer has a light flavor profile and a low ABV making it easy to drink. I wouldn't go out of my way to have this beer although if it was one of the choices at a bar with other BMC beers I would go for this easy.

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Photo of SSJPhatMatt
4.48/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a clear reddish amber with a decent tan head that dissipates quickly. You want your imperial pint glass filled to the brim with nothing but the good stuff, and that's how this beer is designed. The aroma is mostly the sweet malt.

It's a balanced beer, though. Plenty of flavor, but nothing dramatically interesting. Those sweet caramel malts register first, then the hops give it just a touch of a bitter ending, barely worth mentioning. The flavor coats your mouth for awhile. You don't forget what you've drank after the swallow. It's light or barely medium bodied, but the taste sticks around.

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Photo of Beerbluesbiology
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper transparent body with a 1.5finger head. Smells of cooked veggies, a slight pinch of hops and a bit of a metallic aftersmell. Tastes of hearty bread with a lingering dryness provided by the hop bitterness and alcohol. Feels quite smooth and appealing to have another. Overall, a classic English pale ale and just a fun beer to have out of the bottle or on tap!

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Photo of JMad
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The color is copper with a thin off-white head.

It smells weak, but I picked up some nutty malt along with some earthy hops.

Taste is light too, I noticed some apricot, a slight malty sweetness, and a lemony hop bite.

This is a light bodied beer with a slightly dry finish.

This would be a great session beer, or a good choice if the place doesn't have much of a selection.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chilled glass

Appearance - dark clear amber colour, off-white head, min carbonation however very slow in rising to the top, some good lacing.

Smell - malts, caramel and deep earth tones.

Taste - i tasted caramel, fruits of the dark nature, some sour near the end, not too much just enough. Beer was very clean and refreshing.

Mouthfeel - found to be very frothy, rich in mouthfeel, added some bitterness and was able to pick up some faint hops.

Drinkability - to have on tap as a selection i was impressed, overall a good beer with some decent flavour.

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Photo of DrewKid4
2.89/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Classic amber with decent half inch white head, slight carbonation. Well retained head and lacing.

S: Not the apparent hoppy smell of American pale ales. Smells quite peppery and a bit malty.

T: Sweeter than expected from a ple ale. Very slight citrus but mostly peppery.

M: Smooth and well balanced, but not as bitter as I would have liked from a pale ale. (I know its an English Pale but still..)

D: Its a good session beer but not really what I'd reach for in the mood of a pale ale, more of a hotter day type deal.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Usually pours as black and tan to complement my Guiness (half n half) into pint glass. Pours a translucent light copper with a one finger offwhite head. Nose is sweet, malty, mild herbal hop aroma, some yeast esters. Flavor is sweet, caramel, crisp, mild hop feel with little to no bitterness. Palate is a tad thin and sweet and lacking in hop bitterness.

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Photo of Internatbrewlove
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bass Pale ale has a moderate off white head and a transparent, clear, dark amber body. the aroma is mild, slightly sweet orange and slightly of yeast. There is a moderate hoppiness, and a hint of banana and orange. The tingle on the tongue is relatively short lived.

This is a pleasant pale ale that is best consumed with a variety of foods from pretzels to steak.

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Photo of bierschmecktgut
1.79/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

strong amber color, watched it under the tap..no head at all.

smell was sweet, smelled like wort

taste was sweet, reminded me of those wrapped root beer hard candies.

Mouth feel was bad because taste wasn't working on the palette.

not my beer, I'd reach for a "mass marketed" beer before grabbing this again.

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Photo of gopens44
3.16/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice deep copper color and clear. Relatively no head to speak of, other than some lingering bubble haze.

S - Malty with a very subtle hop presence that is nearly muted by the malt smells.

T - Oddly, there is a pleasant cherry taste riding the malt body. A little crisp amd just the faintest amount of sour. Not big sour, just a note that I detected.

M - Thin, a tad creamy and low carbonation. Very little aftertaste.

Not too bad. It's a pleasant enough fellow that does not demand too much attention

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.96/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a big 3" head which quickly dissipates to nothing. Lovely deep golden color. Faint smell of citrus. Not a lot of taste to speak of but mildly sweet with a slight hint of malt. An inoffensive and easy to drink pale ale which perhaps even a non-beer-drinker would like. No wonder it's an old standby classic, but also no wonder the craft beer drinkers aren't too impressed with it.

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

A nice typical EPA, very good example of the style. Very predictable quality. Good beer to bring to a party as many people seem to enjoy,but nothing too special. It seems to be very available in our area. I enjoy more as a black & tan with Guinness, but will gladly drink a few alone.

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Photo of jpro
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow... this one was left over after a work party... time to review! Poured into a Fuller's shaped pint glass...

A: Antique copper and crystal clear; quite effervescent; slightly off-white head doesn't stay for long.

S: Malts; wheaty; hearty grains; musty hops.

T: Malty; light toast; wheat cracker; light nutty flavor; some corn on the finish; earthy / slightly leafy hops and some metallic notes round things out.

M: Medium with a pretty high carbonation; smooth.

D: Nothing exciting for sure, but drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of PapillonJohn
3.96/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of bottle into Pilsener glass.

Appearance: I thought it was beautiful. Poured very nicely into the glass. A nice rich, pale brown color. The head was nigh. Barely there for more than a minute. Yet it was a nice creamy tan color.

Smell: Not that great. could be alot better. Smelled metallic and a tad bit sour to me.

Taste: This is where it's a winner. In my opinion Bass is a wonderful Ale. Upfront you get blasted by the bitterness of the hops and then the malt kicks in with the swallow. Carbonation is light, not heavy. Fits very well with the beer. I also get a bit of a fruity/nutty taste with it.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is light and fits well with this beer. I felt it was not very creamy, and a tad bit watery. Which is sad because a bit more creaminess could have made this beer grand.

Drinkability: Seeing as I drank down a whole 12 pack of bottles that evening, I believe it's safe to say that it is very drinkable.

Bass Ale is one of my favorite beers. Not super easy to find for me where I live, but when I do you better bet I buy it.

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Photo of Daktyls
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear amber color with a small head that dissipates quickly. Not going to lie here, the appearance makes me a little concerned about the flavor. It looks a bit like /Other/ beers that will not be named here.

S: Very malty. A very distinct malt scent is present without completely overwhelming the nose. Also a little bit of caramel and some 'woodiness'.

T: Not too impressive here, no flavor is particularly overwhelming but again, a distinct but not overbearing maltiness is present.

M: Feels good on the tongue, not very big, a very light bodied beer that suits the flavors well.

D: Drinkable, but not a huge amount of flavor. Definitely on the light side and you could probably have a few of these easily.

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Photo of bound4er
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Light orange to amber appearance. White head that is rather light in body. Laces decently.

S. Pale malt with a spicy backbone of cinnamon and nutmeg. Nice if rather pedestrian.

T. Starts out with bready malt flavors and some hoppiness. Finishes with a funky aftertaste.

M. Almost watery in body with mild carbonation.

D. Yeah, I could drink a few of these without hesitation especially if no other craft options existed. Not something I would go out of my way to drink but, in a pinch, this beer works fine.

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

On tap to pint.

A: Amber with some light wispy head. Clear.

S: I wasn't able to get a lot out of the smell. It may have been a little cold. Primarily pale malt smell.

T: Some carmel, pale mallt flavors. Maybe a little sweetness. Not as much hops as I expected but enough for it to be a balanced drink.

M: Light to medium body. Some carbonation. Despite the light bitterness, there is still some dryness.

D: Very drinkable. I slugged it back pretty well.

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Photo of Groomsy
3.16/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap with my lunch/dinner today. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Typical of the style, it poured a clear amber/copper with a thin, 1-finger soapy white head. Left some nice sip rings down the glass during consumption. Very light and scant carbonation bubbles rise to the top of the glass.

Smell: Again, typical of the style, but underwhelming. Generic is the word we're looking for. There were some pretty intense pale malts as well as some caramel, but there were also some nutty undertones (kind of like Newcastle). Nice earthy hop and yeast aroma as well. Balanced, basically. Hoping the taste follows suit but stronger.

Taste: Some nice roasted malts hit the tongue first with the initial taste, but there are some very earthy hops there to balance the flavor as well. It's kind of a generic flavor, but not bad by any means. The mentioned nuttiness in the smell comes through as well. Finishes on a slightly bitter hoppy note. Very clean and crisp, overall. Refreshing after a long day of working on final papers, but nothing outstanding.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and drying finish makes me want another sip. The low carbonation makes it go down fairly smoothly. Not thin by any means, but not robust either. Moderate body overall.

Drinkability: I could definitely put down a few of those if I wanted to. Very drinkable for its simplicity and straight-forward nature. Also very refreshing for a long day after work (or papers, in my case). I would love to try this from the bottle.

While this pale ale doesn't do anything to offend, it doesn't necessarily stand out. Of course, it was the world's first pale ale, so it sort of set the standard for what would come. Definitely worth going after again.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.72/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in a tulip glass.

A: Nice clear amber color with a thin beige head which remains for a good time but leave only few lacings around

S: Caramel malts. Sweet. Nutty and woody too. Hoppy end

T: Follows the nose: Caramel malts are very evident. Dry. Light bitterness

M: Light body and reasonable carbonation to an English Ale. A bit molasses

D: Very drinkable. Should be a little bit more bitter to be perfect :)

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

Classy, ambercoloured body with a beautiful and intense malty nose.

Initially taste is also malty, but drifting towards sourness later on.
Middle part is highly carbonated.
Finish is fruity and kind of un-british.

Interesting ale with a fascinating smell.

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