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 brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a modest head that leaves a few squiggles of lace

Smell: Caramel with hints of butter and cola

Taste: Opens with a bready flavor that adds a bit of earthy hop elements by mid-palate; the bitterness turns a bit grainy after the swallow but quickly fades and is replaced by a sweet, almost buttery element in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but way too sweet and lacking the bitter flavor to impress against other pale ales; but a step up from the macro lagers

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours an orange/amber color with a very small, off-white head. Aroma was nutty, grainy from the malts, a bit of dough, and light pine from the hops, maybe some fruit (apple?). Flavor was sweet initially, but finished bitter. Decent session beer.

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Photo of MP72
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- great copper color that looks very nice in a tulip pint glass.

S- was pleasing with carmel and bisquit

T- taste was great I love bass ale the carmel was there with the bisquit and a little bit of a metallic twinge that added character.

M- medium body and smooth with just enough carbonation

D- very high I could drink many of these

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Photo of fitzy84
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured with a crisp, clear pure amber appearance. Thick head with some good lacing on the sides. Aromas had a metallic mix of hops and malts. Very floral-like aromas. Taste had a bittersweet, doughy aspect. Lots of malts and hops but they are a little imbalanced. The mouthfeel helps make the texture smooth and silky. Overall, pretty darn good.

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Photo of chilidog
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time picking up this Bass. I must say, not bad. Not a big beer, but easy to drink.

Pours a dark amber, sorta brown. Tan off,white head that maintained fair.

Aroma of sweet malts over hop.

Taste of more malts and a touch of caramel.

Easy on the mouth as a drink.

Easy drinkability, goes well with food.

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Photo of jdmorgan
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep and rich copper color with a white head.

I immediately noticed a pleasant sweet aroma mixed with a bit of hop aroma as well. The taste had a slightly sweet caramel malt body with plenty of malt flavor. The hop flavor was more of an undertone, making this a easilly drinkable beer. The consistency was medium with a low/medium carbonation.

This was a solid brew that was a bit on the caramel side. I could drink these in a session very easilly and I'll definately be getting more since their widely available.

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Photo of changeup45
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty nice, easily obtainable beer. One that has been in the past and easily could be a session choice for me. Pours an dark orange color topped with a moderate head and a pretty good amount of lacing on the glass. I prefer it out of the bottle vs on draft but both are good. The flavor is quite sweet with some fruits an extremely clean finish. Smooth, easy to drink. This is a beer I get often when out and not much is on the menu.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange/amber color with a beige cap. Nice retention and good lacing. Unusual nose and slightly musty like old wood but hops do emerge. Good mouthfeel and quite smooth. Well balanced hops and malt without being notably one or the other though it does slide (as the aroma suggests) towards hops. Some hazelnut hints. Medium body and light to medium carbonation. Clean finish.

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Photo of 1099
3.16/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this while playing games at Dave and Busters. It seemed pretty good to me!

A: Nice deep golden brew, with a 2 finger head that refused to quit. It stuck around.

S: Caramel malt and some alcohol

T: Lots of caramel up front, pushed beside by the toasty malts buried underneath. Tasted great! I love complex evolving tastes

M: Thick and rich. Feel good in my mouth and felt good going down

D: A little better than average. I'm a simple beer drinker, and this is much more complex than my usual fair; but, that doesnt mean I wont come back again =)

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice orange/red with a choppy beige froth head and fair lacing.

Smells of faint sweet malt, a little hop leaf, and some buttery caramel notes.

Mild caramel flavor is pushed aside by the dry bread/toast elements of this beer. The moderate bitterness isn't all that strong either.

Finshes dry with a mild bitter aftertaste. No off notes or sour elements, and quite smooth. Just nothing in your face. Some may see this as watered down.

A drinker by far. You can hit these pretty hard and not get sick o them. On tap is superior, but the bottle stands up fine.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap last night at a local grill.

Poured a light tan with a finger of head. Head thinned out but stayed for the life. Lacing was pretty cool.

Smells of malt and nut, pretty light.

Taste is refreshing and solid. A bit of nut and earth, very light on the flavors all around and no flavor is overly strong or detectable.

Mouthfeel is nice. Carbonation is good and the beer is very refreshing.

Drinkabilty for me is good. I'm going to grab a 6'er of this this weekend and enjoy it camping. For reference I had this with a dinner of grilled chicken, pickles, and home made french fries. Outstanding.

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bottle from a little Mexican restuarant and boldly asked for a mug. Also ordered the chicken quesadilla. Had this for my second lunch beer, the first was a dud...

Good amber copper color. Small head, expected it to stay a little longer than it did. No bueno!

Smell? I dunno. Very light. Caramel?

Taste? Not bad by any means, but this is my first time with this beer and for some reason I expected more.

Would do in a pinch but I think there are too many better pale ales out there.

Finished the bottle. Maybe it's a little better than my first impression, but just a little.

Overall: decent yet uninspiring.

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Photo of Goliath
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber color with a thin off white head.

Slightly hop in the aroma, and some bready malt.

Taste is ok. Malt dominant. Caramel and bread. really not that great.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. This beer has decent flavor and is easily sessionable.

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Photo of eweneek83
2.76/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear copper with 2 finger off white head. Good retention, falling to a thick film and leaving lots of lacing.

S - Caramel malts, very mild, with a hint of vanilla and dark fruit.

T - Simple, but solid. Malt sweetness with a touch of caramel, raisin, and prune slowly dry out to reveal a mild, earthy hop bitterness. Slightly unpleasant grainy aftertaste.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, low to moderate carbonation.

D - drinkiability would be higher if it tasted better, simply. Not as good as I remember.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pt 3.25oz bomber into a tulip pint glass.

A - Clear amber color. Pour prodiced a thick and cream head of white foam. Soapy lacing clung to the glass throughout.

S - Malty, buttery aroma. Hints of caramel sweetness.

T - Malty with a creamy taste. Finished off bitter and slightly dry. SLight metallic taste also detected.

MF&D - The creamy taste makes this thin to medium body ale seem a bit fuller. Good session ale, I just wish the flavor was as big as the aroma.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 568ml bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear copper with 2 finger off white head. Good retention, falling to a thick film and leaving lots of lacing.

S - Caramel malts, very mild, with a hint of vanilla and dark fruit.

T - Simple, but solid. Malt sweetness with a touch of caramel, raisin, and prune slowly dry out to reveal a mild, earthy hop bitterness. Slightly unpleasant grainy aftertaste.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, low to moderate carbonation.

D - Easy drinking, a fairly mindless affair, but the sweetness deters after a few.

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

A- Clear copper with small cream head.

A- Sweet caramel malt slight hop aroma.

T- Sweet malty taste with a caramel taste. Moderate bitterness, the water definitely gives an interesting complimentary note to the bitterness.

M- Light to medium body with light carbonation.

D- I've always enjoyed this beer in bars as long as the beer lines are clean, otherwise it can lead to some interesting tastes. The hard water used in this beer gives it an interesting taste.

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Photo of kinger
3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very good "can't loose" ale, everytime I have one I really enjoy it. Pours a nice copper/amber color with a really good soft head. The aroma is sweet and malty. Gentle going down the hatch with a nice finish. The taste is very good, sweet and malty with a hint of some bittering hops. This is a good beer to enjoy with dinner, it goes with most dishes, and it easily available.

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Photo of mrsoul12
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant aroma of caramelized malts, some earthy notes. Attrcative appearance, a reddish orange with a moderate white head, true to the style. Falvor is not remarkable, but is a good balance between caramel malts and grassy hops. The finish is appropraitely bitter. A perfectly acceptable beer, good on the railroad home after a long day.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear dark caramel-orange with a thin ivory layering that quickly disappeared. Visible carbonation was extremely soft, almost non-detect.

S: The nose had some sweet citrus, oranges and sweet caramel malting on it.

T: The initial flavor was citrusy with some dry caramel malting. There was a light dry flowery hopping as well that was soft and blended well with the dry caramel palate. Oveall a nice dry malting and flowery hopping making for a decent well balanced pale.

M: light-medium, softly carbonated and smooth in texture.

D: Sweet, dry and malty with a nice dry flowery hopping that's just enough to grab your attention makes this a decent session pale. Respectable drinkability.

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Photo of Shumista
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a clear party cup (all my glasses are dirty).

A- Dark gold with a creamy white head.
S- A very unique aroma, some mild hops, a little bit of caramel.
T- This pale ale is very different from other interpretations of the style I've had. That might be because it is an English Pale Ale, a style I am not as familiar with. The first thing I noticed was its creaminess. More malt than I am used to in a pale ale with mild hops. I also taste some caramel.
M- Very creamy, kind of thick.
D- While not necessarily my first choice for a session beer Bass is very drinkable and would be a solid choice for sessioning.

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Photo of orcasteve
3.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this one pours an almost orange amber, this one reeks of malt, and dosent disapoint, huge malty flavor followed by big hops. this one makes the purfict black and tan, it is just a bit thiner than i care for and could use more hops for my taste but all and all i love this one.

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Photo of bltzburgh
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coor is light to medium yellow
Pours with small to medium head
Aroma is noticable but not overwhelming

I use it in my Black and Tans and is my personal favorite mixed in that manner. I have trade other Lagers and ale's as my Tan but keep coming back to Bass.

Just recently I found myself drinking it solo and have found it to be a very drinkable beer with little to no after taste. I make sure it is on hand at all times.

Bass is a topic at most of our Beer Club meetings and usually ends in a split between Bass and Harp for which beer to be the Tan in our Black and Tans.

Very Good Beer!!

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Photo of bloberglawp
2.16/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a appropriate cooper, white head dissipates quicky to a thin ring, no lace.

Aroma of nothing. A faint bit of spice and malt and a light buttery vegetal, very faint. Flavor, again very little noticable... a little astringent hop bitterness and a watered down malt profile...

I remember a better product, and this 6 pack was pulled out of a case sitting on a freshly arrived pallet at the suppermarket... my guess is it sat in a warehouse or two before it got to me, try and get this product fresh, it should be better than what I got.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice amber colow with a finger or two of white head.

Very floral hoppy smell.

The hops hit the tongue to up front, but the malts balance it out nicely.

The beer left my mouth a little dry.

Definately a solid ale, I'd love to drink a few of these in a sitting.

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Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
3.39 out of 5 based on 2,654 ratings.
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