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 bristol2120
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pleasing, medium copper with a moderate head. The head quickly subsides, leaving minimal lacing. Nice, moderately complex hops aroma. Taste is nicely balanced between malty background, and medium spicy hop notes. Mouthfeel is a standout; very smooth and round, with just the right carbonation. Somehow, the sum of the parts is exceeded by the whole. I'm not overly familiar with the English pale ale style, but I've enjoyed this beer for a long time, and find it highly drinkable.

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Photo of Beerislife652854
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


22-oz. bottle poured into a Guinness pint glass...

A - Crystal clear amber color beer with a thick compact head that lasts until the end. There is a good amount of lacing on the inside of the glass.

S - Mostly mild grass, malt.

T - Tastes like any other English pale ale you would find in a pub in England.

M - Not too carbonated.

D - Not too heavy and not too light. A good balance with this brew.

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Photo of CptAubrey
3.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: An attractive beer with creamy white head and a burnt orange color.

S: Soft hops an diacetyl combine for a soapy smell.

T: Toasted and caramel malt flavor combines with buttery diacetyl for something akin to toffee. Earthy hops are not very pronounced, but they still add a nice character. Bitterness is low-medium and soft.

M: Low carbonation, light body, and some dryness. Easy mouthfeel.

D: Great drinkability. Light bodied with understated but interesting flavors. Overall not a mind-blowing beer, but a good one.

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Photo of EsoxLucius
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml can.

A: Tea Colored, like Red Rose. Copper with a bit more of a golden hue.

S: sweet fruity aromas, a bit like innus and gunn.

T: just the right amount of sweet malts, with some fruity undertones. very little aftertaste.

M: velvet like and quite smooth, has a creamy feel to it.

D: quite, i much enjoyed this and will purchase it again.

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Photo of frequentgear
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

brown bottle into a pint glass.

smells good, initially a whiskey colored brown with good head that fades to a small ring of suds. creamy and sweet.

tastes very flat, not what i remember of this brew. where is the carbonation? average blend of malts, bitter finish. aftertaste is good but wish this had more body.

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Photo of nightcrawler
4.26/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

What can I say? If you find a place with clean lines, a cold mug of this beer is about as good as it gets. It is easy to drink and smooth.

The golden brown color draws you to the glass. While the smell is fairly plain, the taste is crisp and clean with a great slightly hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is middle of the road by being a bit thin. Nothing special there.

But it is easy to sit with friend and drink pitchers of this beer. I know I have.

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Photo of kegger22
3.76/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I had a Bass Ale at Nick & Jimmies for the first time in several months, since I join BA. It was always my old standby "good beer" before. It poured amber with a moderate head that lasted for a little while. The aroma was fairly quiet, I didn't get much. The taste was clean, crisp, slightly malty with little bitterness. More than a lawnmower beer. I liked it, but already admitted to a predisposition. A little carbonation for the tip of the tongue to play with. Drinkability is very good, I could happily drink a sixer of Bass.

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Photo of y2jrock60
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Amber, very clear, creamy head which laced nicely

S- Dry with a slight hop and sweetness aroma, not very overwhelming

T- Very sweet, only slightly bitter

M- More on the light end of the body scale

D- Highly drinkable and enjoyable, not as heavy as most craft pale ales and not as bitter

A decent beer but not comparable to most craft pale ales

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Photo of 2roosters
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving: 500ml Can

Appearance: orangy brown, clear with a strong head that lasts

Smell: a bit of malt, a bit of citurs quite mild

Taste: sweet caramel/toffee with a bit of bitterness on the finish

Mouthfeel: a little undercarbonated ? feels slightly viscous in the mouth

Drinkability: decent enough but there are many better options

I used to drink this in the bottle a number of years ago and my memories of that presentation are better so it may be a "can" thing.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a one finger head. The aroma is of sweet breads with caramel notes and a faint floral hop. The taste is of a big malty sweet bread backbone with notes of caramel and a very little floral hop bite. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation. This is an average drinkable beer, nothing to turn you on or off, slightly above average beer.

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Photo of chickencoop
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A & S - Golden, copper with a white head. Has a moderately low hop aroma, with low to medium malt aroma to give it a nice balance.
T/M/D - Low bitterness, with dominate malt flavors. Has a tinge of mineral and sulfury flavors a well. Mouthfeel is just a light to medium bodied feel. The drinkability is much easier on tap than in a bottle, but overall a very pleasant malty finish and good.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml can downed aug 5

A golden amber and quite clear. decent head, hung around with a fair bit of lace

S sweet malts, caramel and chocolate quite faint nothing too special

T mild hops, with sweet malt, some caramel not too bad in the can overall. Im thinking this would rate higher if i had something other then a half liter can to pour from.

M/D quite nice, it was easy too drink, good carbonation just a little thin

look forward too drinking this again, good value

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Photo of Jwale73
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard pint glass. Poured a translucent amber with a half inch, loose, off-white head the dissipated into a broken skim embedded with tiny ringlets; no lacing to speak of during the session. Nose reveals a hint of caramel, as well as a biscuity character. Taste consistent with nose with a slightly skunky quality that lingers at the finish. Mouthfeel is between light- and medium-bodied (but closer to the light end of the spectrum) with a consistent background effervescence from start to finish. A decent workhorse of a beer - nothing spectacular, but I wouldn't turn one down if offered.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.41/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

568ml brown bottle obtained at McKinnon's in Salem, NH. Pours a crystal clear dark amber body with a good inch of slowly-dissipating off-white head. Smells biscuity with some husky caramel and a tinge of herbal English hops. Biscuit, caramel, toffee, hints of nut, licorice, just the lightest touch of diacetyl (butter), with a good bite of herbal slightly minty and piney hops. Very well-balanced and in many ways subtle in flavor. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. An easy-drinker for sure. It's been years since I've had this beer and I have a new appreciation for it. Balanced and enjoyable, bright, drinkable... A bar for the course to be sure. Just plain good.

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Photo of tatoodkelt
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 7/28/09- from notes.

Bottle poured into a shaker glass.

A- Light orange-copper, like a brand new penny before they get dirty. About a one and a half finger white head with decent retention and lacing.

S- Nothing really dominant, a little grassy, fruity and sweet rolled together.

T- Alot like the smell with a little caramel added in. Pretty well balanced.

M- Almost creamy, not too much in the way of carbination, finished just a touch dry.

D- Not normaly a pale ale fan but this one surprised me and will make me reconsider blowing off pale ales. Definitely will be another back up in case I'm someplace without much selection.

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Photo of erikm25
3.76/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured from can with the "Bass Pub Pour System." The hue is crisp rich darkened pumpkin orange. Slight hints of copper tinting. Head is about ¾ an inch of pearl white. Retention was moderate with razor thin lacing around the glass.

S: Subtle earthy and vanilla cream undertones. Grains with a pinch of hops. Flour and pear aroma help to round it out. There is something about the smell that I really enjoy.

T: Grassy with some mild hops and light buttery toffee. As I had more there seemed to be sweetness that crept up. Peppered and good bitter finish. Though my expectations were not high this turned out more complex then expected.

M: Good mouth feel with a underwhelming carbonation.

D: Very drinkable and perfect for a warm Friday late afternoon. Also using it as a beer for home made onion rings. This is a decent and for the cost a quality deal.

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Photo of Thur123
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle into an old Falstaff pint

a- A deep orange copper color with average carbonation and little head retention. A little bot of lacing as I continue.

s- bitter hops, nothing special.

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t- this one tastes alright. a mild amount of hops at the beginning that ends balanced and crisp. no real lingering taste and the carbonation is nice.

m- pretty good. the carbonation lays down the flavor nicely. maybe my favorite aspect of this beer.

Overall I'm a fan of Bass. I like its taste and its usually fair priced. There are aspects i dont approve of, the ownership and other things. But because of its price it was the pale ale that made me like pale ales in the first place.

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Photo of larsee01
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A--Clear, reddish-caramel color and clear. Nicely carbonated with a modest and quickly dissapating head.

S--Slightly musky, grassy and balanced with some malt sweetness.

T--Flavors comparable to the scent. Mild and kind of undistinguished, but certainly nicely balanced.

M--Crisp and refreshing, but not watery.

D--More so than I anticipated. Good...not necessarily spectacular.

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Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Canterbury Ales, Huntington, New York.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a a light grainy malt and a touch of grassy hop.

The taste was rather well balanced with a touch of diacytl.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a decent ale on draft.

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Photo of deanhead
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper colored nice tightly laced head, with small tiny bubbles.
Bready, biscuity caramel aroma
Clean malty taste. Well balanced, slight caramel notes with a hint of buttery toffee.
Medium bodied, clean beer.
Overall highly drinkable, goes down easy. A nice standby or gateway beer for friends.

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Photo of NODAK
4.15/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had this many times, never reviewed it. Let's rectify that travesty right now.

Smell is of toasty malt and maybe even some minerals...weird as it is.

A little bit of hop crispness hits the tongue right away but fades fairly quickly. The body is mostly of creamy, toasty malts. A bit thicker than would be expected. There's a bit of hoppy bitterness on the finish on the sides of the tongue but it's nothing too heavy. Aftertaste consists of a little bit of the malt hanging around but is pretty clean all in all and it doesn't take long for the palate to be barren.

Very drinkable beer all in all and it's always been a favorite for me. Excellent beer to start people off into the world of better beer, too. Could it be more bold and complex?? Sure. But not all beers need to be like that and this is a great session brew.

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Photo of bum732
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange, not much head and not much lacing. Smells of moderate caramel sweetness, faint breadiness, earthy hops, some faint fruitiness. Tastes of sweet caramel like malt followed by a nice moderate bitterness. Finishes with some soft fruitiness and fairly neutral. Fairly thin mouthfeel, bordering on being watery.

A decent beer, nothing special, good session beer to slam back.

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Photo of efitton
3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, light copper color/ orange tea like appearance. Half-inch of head that slowly dissipates, no lacing at all, carbonation is average.

Smell- The aroma is of a typical English pale, a good amount of sweetness, fruit, and malt.

Taste- The taste is quite creamy and has a good amount of body even though it's a lighter beer. The taste is like cream or honey, then light hop flavor mixed with the malts

Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel is very medium bodied for the lighter style. This is a true English ale and even though it's a bit darker almost like an amber, it retains the lightness very well without being too thin.

Drinkability- The drinkability of this beer is pretty high, I could enjoy a few of these in session, the flavor is well balanced and rich, the overall drinking experience is good and not overpowering in any way.

Being a fan of English ales, I initially thought this beer would be just a macro-esque type of imitation, but it truly is a good "go-to" beer.

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Photo of kflorence
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light copper, amber in color with a thin white, frothy head atop. Carbonation looks moderate.

S: Smells very rich; malt, vanilla, caramel, candy and hops. Overall the notes are hard to distinguish, but the general smell is predominantly on the sweet side.

T: Much like the smell, the flavor is very rich and creamy. Malts, butter, vanilla and cream to start it out, followed by a bittersweet transition to the hops and a crisp, dry, almost bitter hop finish. A semisweet malt, hop and vanilla flavor is left in the mouth.

M: I quite enjoyed the mouthfeel of this beer and felt it is exactly what a light beer should strive to be. While there are obviously more complex, chewy beers out there with more substance, the body of this brew fits the style. Very enjoyable without being overly thick or syrupy and it compliments the creaminess of the flavor well.

D: This is a great beer to have on draft, and as such makes for a very nice session brew. That said, I am not a big fan of pale ales but do enjoy them every once in awhile and this one is certainly no exception; probably one of the better of the style in my opinion (for the price, that is). Overall I found it a very enjoyable beer to have on occasion.

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Photo of OzarkElmo
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap June 17, 2009. Amber color with moderate off-white head. Caramel, slightly sweet malts. A veery enjoyable brew on a warm day, especially on draft at an Brit's in Minneapolis. Above average, but nothing hits me as setting this beer apart. But within the atmosphere, bring me more!

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