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 claybeer
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is so clear you can read through it. The color is nice! It's almost identical to the bottle it came in with a touch of amber. The head was pure white and very thin. The nose has a lot of sweet malt and a doughy bread. The first taste I get is the skunkiness. However the skunky taste is very mild and then opens up to a walnut and grain. The finish is mild and simple making it pleasant to sit back and enjoy. I think this is a good beer for sitting around at your favorite pub. Simple and satisfying.

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Photo of Sudsy89
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours a golden-orange color, white head, high level of carbonation. Taste is mostly sweet malts, only slight hop taste. Overall it's a very refreshing, highly drinkable beer, has a light body. Reminds me of a slightly more flavorful lager, appearance is similar. Bass is decent in a bottle, would need to try it on tap too. I'd choose Bass over a lager but it's not one of the best Pale Ales I've tried, it's decent for a macro beer though.

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

A: This ale has a reddish-amber color with excellent lacing

S: It has a nice malty smell

T: This ale has a nice clean hoppy and malty taste

M: A nice medium carbonization and it goes down real smooth

D: This ale is very drinkable and one that I will drink again.

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

The crisp white head is of a smallish nature and is quickly dispersed to a mottled skim with a bright white ring at the edge. Spotty adhesion. Crystal clear and of an orange-brown chestnut color, there is little activity in the way of carbonation rising from the depths, yet the white mottled skim remains till the last sip.

Plain old two-row barley is evident in the light cereal aroma. The definition of a pale ale (the label claims it is the world's first), the flavor is straight ahead lightly roasted malts with a fresh bread undertone. Well carbonated in the mouth, this is an easy glass of beer to drink, especially while washing down some fish and chips.

A pale ale of some stature, if the endorsements on the label are any indication: Napolean, Manet and Buffalo Bill are listed as some who fancied the brew.

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Photo of cheesepuffs
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very bready. That was my first impression, but it wasn't in a negative light. Since no one I know drinks Bass I wasn't sure what to expect really, but I was pleasantly surprised as how drinkable it was. Very balanced, and like I said, with a bread-like tone it was enjoyable and you can consider me a fan. Average carbonation and mouthfeel, which makes it good for socializing in my opinion. It's highly sessionable.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ivar's in Baton Rouge... a light amber color with no haze and a small off-white head.

The smell is lightly hopped... a little bit of malt in there but mostly hops and yeast.

The taste is bready... light hops with very little malt presence on the tongue. It's an alright pale ale.

Light bodied... super easy to drink... a good bar beer for sure.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look - clear, light amber in color. Good two fingers worth of foam that dissipates somewhat slowly. Good carbonation.

Smell - relatively malty. I get a sense of something vegetabley (garden-fresh) like tomatoes. An earthy quality.

Taste - slightly malty in taste, but also highly hopped which gives it a bitterness that mostly hits the sides of the tongue. Toned earthiness in the aftertaste. Texture is relatively well-balanced, slightly creamy.

Drinkability - not terribly complex in its taste, but otherwise a pretty decent brew. It might be just a hair more bitter than I'd like, but still not too bad.

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Photo of boss302
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bass on pull in UK.

A Red color and clear. Looks similar to bottled version, but with finer bubbled head. 4 

S A little more malty with a stronger malt smell than the bottled version.  3.5 

T Hoppy malty and clean. Nice rich flavor. Similar to bottled version, but fresher, crisper and brighter. 3.5

M Medium body, carbonation is appripriate. 4

D This is a super easy beer to drink and the cask version is easier to drink than the bottled version. 4.5

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Photo of KonigObHops
2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bass Pale Ale is one of those beers that I keep around because most everyone will drink it, and it allows me to keep some of those terrible beers that will not be mentioned by name out of my refrigerator. It is also one of those beers that is a go to when I am in a place that serves beer on tap, but doesn't have much more than those beers that aren't allowed in my fridge.

This beer pours a light amber color, has little carbination and is topped with a thin white head that dissipates quickly.

The aroma is sweet with a bit of a bitterness at the end. Almost in between a cider and a vinegar. There is also a very slight touch of hops.

The initial taste is a bit thin, but this is a pale ale so it really shouldn't nail you with huge flavor right off of the bat.

In the middle, the beer is a bit watery and you can taste the hops here.

The finish is the lowlight of this beer. It is very bready, and there is only a slight hint of the apple that was promised in the initial aroma.

Overall, this beer delivers what you should expect from one of those beers that is a step up from the unmentionables. It is serviceble and nice to have around, but you are not going to use it to demonstrate your good taste in beer.

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Photo of dcook11
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the fridge for about 15 mins. Reviewed on a hot day.

A- Light amber a two finger head that fades after about ten mins.

S- I grew up on sake, so i really detect rice wine in this. Ive had several bottles and still smell it every time. Some malt sweetness also, maybe a little bit of an apple cider smell on the finish.

T- Sake taste that fades into smoth malt and a tad bit of hops.

M- Low bodied and fairly smooth.

D- Moderate to high. Has a little too much of a dry finish for me though and the only thing that would keep me from rating the drinkability higher.

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

copper / amber looking, clear and lots of bubbles, one finger head dissipates quickly, lacing decent.

Caramel malt and grainy smell, touch of hops.

Tastes lightly hoppy with a sweet caramel malt backbone and a slightly grainy aftertaste. Maybe some apple in there.

Feels watery and average, has less carbonation than you'd think by the appearance.

Drinks very average for the style, and average for all styles in its price range. Not bad stuff, but not outstanding in any way.

Check on re-review: no changes.

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

The old classic... I say that like I've had it before. My main cheap beer go tos in college have been Miller High Life and PBR, but the other day I was in Bi-Lo and saw this on sale and realized I've never had it before. It's not bad. Certainly better than a lot of the swill my fellow collegiate men and women down.

Decent looking beer, not great, but not atrocious... pours a pretty ruby color that is clear as Caribbean water and shows a lot of carbonation running up into a quarter inch of white foam that unfortunately doesn't last that long. Some moderate, stringy lacing around the glass as I drink.

Smell also isn't great, but I can pick out some pale malts and maybe a little bit of English-style hops. Not too impressive, but not the bottom of the barrel.

Same thing on the tongue really. Light pale malts followed by a slight hop presence. Not too much else to speak of... I know it's sort of comparing apples and oranges, but I'll take an APA like Sierra Nevada any day of the week.

Thin body, but not the obscene amount of over-carbonation as some other mass-produced beers, which is a good thing. Not bad, but not great.

Overall, this beer is better than a lot of mass-produced beers and I've enjoyed drinking my way through this case, but it's not stellar. For a pale ale, I'm going American all the way. Decent, though.

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Photo of Reaper16
2.97/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass
The newest installment in the his series "Reaper Drinks Beer that People Left at His House After a Party."

"The world's first pale ale," eh? It uses the interestingly phrased "malted hops," an ingredient that sounds like a shortcut.

Pours an orange-brown. Boring. Basic. Bland. Bass. Completely translucent. A thin white foam spreads out on top of the body; less than a half finger in size. Little lacing.

Doughy bread & McDonalds hot apple pie thingies are the dominant smells. And tastes. I can't write a paragraph each for aroma and taste because this is too boring. It is barely a step up from Coors Light. Similar fruit flavors, a touch more grassy hop bitterness and a weak-sauce generic ale yeast flavor. It isn't bad, its just ho-hum. Any first-time homebrewer could do better (provided they have a solid recipe).

I hate the mouthfeel. Bass turns watery almost the second it meets the saliva in your mouth. Drinkability seems solid if you can get past the mouthfeel and boredom.

I can't even write anything pithy about this beer. Bass is just a boring product. If the English malts were more interestingly developed this would be a different story. Better malt character, less generic taste, and Bass would have something to work with.

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

Poured from 12oz. Bottle into Pint Glass

A: Copper colored with a fluffy white head that laces well and has decent retention.

S: Primarily butter with hints of honey, strawberry, and pine. Alcohol note comes along as well.

T: Malty and a touch sweet. Biscuit, apple, and an astringent dryness. Remarkably clean finish.

M: Clean and dry without being lightweight.

D: The astringency adds a dimension to the beer that counters the sweet and malty notes. I've had it with everything from steak to cookies and it plays a good part, though it plays some parts better than others. The relatively low complexity and moderate weight make it easy to drink - it certainly won't overwhelm you.

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

Very good head from the pour; thick, fluffy, and stands about three fingers. Lasted about two minutes before settling down to a light covering, much like a very thin coat of ice on a still pond. Lovely lace that clings to the side of the glass with little break-up. Rich amber color, rating a 17 of the SRM chart. Aroma of open grain field of barley malt. Good full taste of malt and hops, with a slight nutty lingering. Not quite the carbonation I was expecting with the amount of head this brew produced, but still satisfying tickle to my tongue and palate. This ale is very refreshing and provides a very good flavor. Decent price, good taste, this beer rates high on my share with friends chart.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at Finn McCool's.

The final Quizzo beer of the night. This one pours a clear pale russet topped by a finger of off-white micro-foam. The nose comprises toffee, biscuits, orange-y citrus, and that vague scent of helium (or whatever that is I smell when around balloon-filling stations. The taste holds notes of light caramel, unfocused citrus, flowers, bubblegum, and miscellaneous greens. The body is light, with a moderate, almost active carbonation and a crisp-ish finish. Overall, an okay brew, not something I'd go for very often, but good enough while discounted during Quizzo. (Oh, and by the way, we won!)

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.76/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bass Pale Ale has a medium, off-white head, and a very clear amber color. The aroma is quite subdued, but maybe I picked up some grain smell. It has a good, mild taste, with low to moderate hop bitterness. The taste is nondescript in that I could not place any particular flavors in it. Mouth-feel is light and watery, and Bass Pale Ale finishes wet and refreshing. I like this and would recommend it to others.


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Photo of VietPong
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoy this beer. It has a history that is both interesting and reassuring. The taste is slightly hard, with just the right amount of carbonation. Nothing too bitter about this beer. I feel as if most imports are overpriced, but when compared at the same price to beers like corona and peroni, bass is much better quality.

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Photo of mklinger
3.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draft a couple times while at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg in the Irish pub there. Each time it was served in a pint glass and was a very nice looking pint. Creamy head, very clear, copper colored, and what surprised me was it left great lacing in the glass, something I'm not used to with Bass.

Aroma was pretty bland. Maybe a hint of caramel. No real hop aroma coming off this.

Taste was better and more balanced. Some caramel sweetness -- just a bit -- and some bitterness for balance. Maybe a hint of earthy malt flavors, but not a lot. Solid, drinkable beer.

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

Appearance: Pours to a clear reddish-amber with an almost non-existent head.

Smell: Smells slightly malty, with some caramel coming through.

Taste: Very simple malt undertones with a moderately bitter finish. Nothing surprising.

Mouthfeel: Very clean, thin beer. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Overall the subdued nature of this beer, combined with the clean mouthfeel, makes it an easy beer to drink although somewhat mundane. Don't think I'd ever crave this.

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Photo of dopehousex3
2.43/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I thought this beer had a taste like if it was flat. I bought a pitcher at a local pub and I really had a hard time enjoying it. it looked ok and the smell was not that bad, but the taste was just not there. I'm sorry but I do not recommend this beer. Who knows maybe ill give another chance in the future but I don't think so.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a lovely amber color with an off white head.

It is a sweet malty in the nose, with a hint of sourness.

One feels carbonation heavy in the mouth, which is quickly balanced by sour and sweet undertones. An excellently balanced beer if a bit mild on taste.

A smoothe, slightly bitter taste balanced by sweet (honey and chamomile) slight as well. A well rounded beer, not bursting with flavor, but consistent and good.

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Photo of jporf911
4.02/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle with the famous red triangle on the label. That red triangle was England's first registered trademark. According to Bass' history, the United Kingdom's 1875 Trade Mark Registration Act came into effect January 1st, 1876. An employee of Bass Brewery waited outside the registrar's office on the night of New Year's Eve in order to be first in line to receive a trademark the next morning (Bass also received a second trademark for a red diamond with which to label their strong ale that same morning).

Appearance- 3.5 out of 5. Bass pours with a rather lackluster white head. Its color is a fairly transparent medium orange-brown with very few carbonation bubbles. The fact that it has hardly any head at all is disappointing, but the color is good, and there is a bit of lacing that sticks to the sides.

Smell- 4 out of 5. This stuff smells better than it looks! There are upfront scents of caramel malt and buttery diacetyl, followed by fainter herbal hints from the Noble hops and a bit of freshly-baked bread. It's a solid, sensible combination of scents.

Taste- 4 out of 5. The primary flavor comes from the mild sweetness of the caramel malt, which is surprising Pale Ales tend to focus on hops more than malt; however, the Noble hops definitely lend a bitter bite at the back of the tongue late in the taste. Between the malt and hops are hints of buttered bread, red grapes, and a mineral taste that likely results from the waters of Burton-Upon-Trent.

Mouthfeel- 4.5 out of 5. This is a rich, creamy beer that goes down smooth and dry. There is a slightly astringent quality that gives your mouth a slight pucker, but it's pleasant all the same.

Drinkability- 4 out of 5. This beer is a great example of the English Pale Ale style. It's hardly a profound, earth-shaking beer, but Bass is delicious, balanced, and moderate enough that one could easily drink a six pack or knock back quite a few at the bar, assuming one didn't have to drive that night. The fact that many bars offer this alongside a mostly macrobrew-based selection makes it an enticing choice when you're out on the town.

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

On tap

A- see through amber, with deep crimson underhue

S- I smell the hops and the malts here an odd smell

T- surprisingly good. Taste alot like an american amber to me

M- light and thin, very crisp

D- drinkable for sure, on the lighter side for an english beer but for the masses type of beer it's alright. Overpriced for what it is though

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

Golden, red, with a thin layer of foam.

The taste is pleasant enough, with a caramel overtones, but no real kick, since the hops goes by unnoticed.

A bit of a watery feel, as well.

Not a bad beer, but a bit of a disappointment overall. Perhaps I was expecting too much.

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Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 2,723 ratings