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 BrewitYerself
2.94/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a sentimental beer for me; I reviewed it before in the bottle and wound up giving it a "D". I felt maybe the beer was cheated, so I tried again on tap; I had three pints and took extensive notes:

Pours a medium coppery brown - very clear. Dense 1 finger cream colored head, retains a thin crown of foam with light lacing; laces very well the second time in the same glass.

Some sweet malt aroma, bread and caramel. A touch of sour fruit on the nose. As it warms it smells more of honey and esters. A touch of herbal hops.

Taste is of slightly sweet, slightly bready malt, a hint of honey, some caramel and fruity esters. A watery sourness takes over mid-palate. Moderate bitterness throughout. Good tingle on the tip of the tongue, which fades sharply. Finish is a bit dry, minerally; there is some lingering sour bitterness, and a hint of sweet/bready malts. There is a mild hop flavor. Sour-stale flavor becomes prominent about 2/3 of the way through a pint.

Mouthfeel is good; a bit too much carbonation, very slight chewiness.

Overall it's very drinkable; I mean, it's Bass on tap, seriously. There is a sometimes overbearing fruitiness from the esters and honey-like malt. There is a definite sour-stale flavor, less than in the bottle. Unimpressive, but satisfying and decent.

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

As a beer, this one truely is different if drank in Can/Bottle/Tap. I do enjoy the real glass bottle version (the can's are just awfull).

OLn tap, by far the nicest.

Minerally, mild malt with some mild hop's. I always enjoy the way the mineral's and special water mix with the malt. Its an enjoyable beer when heading to the pubs for some Fish and Chips. You just can't beat Bass for a nice pub food and ale beer. certainly doesnt match up to the big German, Quebec and Belgian Beers, but a nice pub beer for sure...

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

A - This pours into a standard 1.5 fingers of beige head and has a deep honey/wheat color. The fuzziness dies quickly and the head slowly creeps away, but leaves a legacy of attractive lacing.

S - Sweet hops, no yeast, bit of alcohol. The malt smell is pretty mild, what you can smell seems to be just simple pale malts.
* There is a second hidden-easter-egg hop smell that I struggled through the whole beer to identify but couldn't name.

T - Initial flavor was dry, bitter and creamy with some more of that mystery hop-X. Tastes of sweet breads left to dry in hop leaves. Tastes go from dry to sweet back to dry with a pink grapefruit aftertaste that lasts about 30sec.

M - Decent body, some fizzy bubbles to play around with in your mouth. Nice creamy texture.

D - Highly drinkable. Not as simple as some pale ales. This beer has a great balance of smell and flavors. This would be good with burgers or tons of other foods. The flavor is complex enough to compete with what your eating but not so complex that it would dominate your meal and mask it's flavor. This is a good anytime beer.

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Photo of JeremyBrews
3.54/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden wheat, apple juice appearance. Lacing hangs out for awhile while initial, fluffy finger of head fades gradually.

S- Strong aroma hops stand out and dominate over a weaker, sweet malt scent. A brief, uninvited whiff of evaporated malt liquor stings the nostrils.

T- Strong initial hop bittering, slowly rounds out to sweet maltiness before retreating back to a strong hop finale.

M- Good carbonation that matches well with the hop zing. Light-medium body, a little oily.

D- Hops- to sweet malt -to hops. Not a complex beer, but easy to drink with a nice, bitter aftertaste. Enjoy with red meats such as sausages, where the aroma can compliment a secondary flavor.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smells of malts with a slight hint of hops. Tastes like it smells with a bit of sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and had good drinkability. Overall this is a quality beer.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark clear copper color pour with a medium sized white head that dissipates quickly leaving traces of lacing , light carbonation . Aroma is semi sweet , malty with spicy english hops . Flavor is quite malty , semi sweet like the aroma , lightly bitter , slightly floral and spicy , a bit earthy with a faint hoppy finish . Medium body with an oily mouthfeel . Drinkable and sessionable but not too impressive to me at all , sorry .

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

Bought this one from the local packy. Pours a medium amber in color with a good two finger head and lots of lace. Biscuity malt with a slight caramel sweetness with light hops to balance. mouthfeel and carbonation are good. Drinkability? had no problem drinking several for this review.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Guinness-branded pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent tan color. The thin head dissipates quickly leaving little lacing.

Smell: Smells sweet and grainy. Not much here really.

Taste: Malty with a hint of hoppy bitterness. A little bit of a buttery/biscuity taste as well.

Mouthfeel: A little chewy but with just a bit too much carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent pale ale but there are certainly better ones out there. Worth it if you can find it or afford it.

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Photo of Risser09
2.99/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a transparent golden orange color with ample bubbles flowing to the surface. A 2.5" ivory, cakey head grows and lingers for some time.

Smell: Biscuits, caramel malts and a subtle hop bouquet. Floral hops and slight.

Taste: Bitter hop resins aren't citrusy but rather throw off a metallic bitterness that also is vegetal and green. A backbone of caramel malt adds some sugar content. A classic English ale style.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, bitter, medium-bodied, some alcohol and a dry finish that is fresh and green. Keeps you coming back for more.

Drinkability: A classic British ale. Sweet and bitter, with the bitterness winning out. I would reach for it if the craft brews weren't available.

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Photo of jdg204
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out with a few work friends the other day at a place with a limited selection, so I chose an old classic.

A: Clear amber color with a modest head that leaves some lace.

S: Toffee with a touch of hops.

T: Opens with a sweet toffee/ bready flavor which is then well balanced by a fairly hoppy finish.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

D: Surprised to find I hadn't reviewed this one yet as it is a beer staple. The prototypical "step-up" beer which stands about equal to Yuengling in my eyes but a notch below SA's Boston Lager. Not a bad brew at all and considering how it's often the best thing available at many bars, a safe haven for all brew lovers.

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Photo of jsh420
2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

it had been 2+ years since having a bass and this was the only ale the bar had

pours clear copper red with very small head that left lacing

smell was very faint little watery pale malts and some earthy hops

taste was thin and watery but i could still get sweet carmel malts - but no bitterness or hops??

mouthfeel was ok with low carbonation - very light and smooth

drinkability also ok - it was the best option i had

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed in a pint glass on tap.

Bass Ale was a nice light reddish golden color, clear and with a 1-finger head that leaves good lacing. Aroma was average...of light malts and hops. Taste was well balanced, however, not very hoppy for a Pale Ale.

Bass is an easy drinker however, maybe a little too easy for a Pale Ale. This is my first time having Bass on tap. I much prefer it to the bottle version.

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

A: Copper color and clear. Resembled an American Logger. The head on it was about a nickle thick so it was poured very well and helped add to the beer from the get go.

S: Didnt get the best smell of it because of the atmosphere of the bar but it wasnt anything bad.

T: Overall i didnt like the taste it was to bitter i guess would be the term.

M: Wasnt the smoothest beers ive had but it was above a coors or a Bud

D: Refreshing it was but it wont be my first choice when i have a selection of others on tap.

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Photo of Darkhorse09
3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz pint glass.

A: Light to medium copper color. Very subdued head, but lots of tiny little bubbles in it. Below average lacing. The color is the best looking thing about this beer.

S: Caramel, nutty malt is present on the nose, with maybe just a hint of apples. Smells ok, but not really much to go on. Lacking in the aroma dept.

T: Smooth, buttery malt upfront, with a little sweetness. Hoppy and dry on the finish, making this beer pretty refreshing. Again, not very complex, but decent still.

M: good carbonation. Taste stays for a while.

D: very sessionable. I could have a few if I wanted a couple of pints of decent beer. Nothing special, however. Classic english ale, but quite sutble and subdued.

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

12oz. Brown bottle. Pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Light copper. A ton of carbonation bubbles. No head except a thin layer of bubbles. I have however had this beer before and remember it having great head retention and lacing.

S: Butter at first then a watery aroma appears. Sweet caramel malts are also present.

T/M: Buttery bitter caramel at first, then hops and dryness at the end. Carbonation is at a good level.

D: A classic English ale that has been around for a long time. I could drink many of these and not get tired of it. However this brew is very basic and not really all that crafty (Not a bad thing).


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Photo of BeerCon5
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear reddish orange color with a decent amount of bubbly head.

Scent is of caramel malts, floral hopps.

The taste consists of mostly caramel malts and grain, some fruity notes, maybe grapes.

Medium bodied with average carbonation.

This was an average drinker. I wasn't a big fan of this one really. Initially there was kind of a bad fruit taste, although it did get a little better as it went on.

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Photo of bsp77
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was the first beer I had where I thought, "wow, beer doesn't have to taste like shitty water." That was over 13 years ago.

Serving glass: Poured from tap into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear, light amber with moderate head and impressive lacing for an EPA.

Smell: Semi-sweet caramel and dark fruit; some toasted malt, English hops and metallic bitterness.

Taste: Just slightly sweet toasted malt with light notes of caramel and English hops. Ends slightly spicy, metallic and bitter.

Feel: Moderate carbonation (a little too high for an EPA), medium body, semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: The most widely distributed EPA in the US is a nice, quaffable brew that doesn't stand out, but is a good backup beer (as it was tonight).

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Photo of bristol2120
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
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 +8.7%
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 +9.6%
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 +4.2%
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 +6%
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 +27.5%
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 +12.6%
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 +12.9%
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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Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 2,701 ratings