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

This beer is a mass produced English Pale Ale that is decent, but lacking all complexity. It pours a nice amber color, decent head, no lacing. This beer is plenty carbonated. The aroma is definitely earthy, caramel malt, slightly musty. This is a dry beer, quite light, quite drinkable because of its low ABV. The taste is earthy malts, some light caramels, diaceytl and buttery, but not cloyingly so. What you get on the front end is how the beer finishes. There isn't much complexity to the beer. Not much to say because it doesn't have loads of character either, but it is drinkable.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish orange body with a thick, crisp white head--classic ale body...nice misty lacing as glass drains... toffee, malt and some metallic pilsner hints.... hops are mellow if not subtle... carbonated, medium-bodied ale that settles the mouth more like a lager... quite drinkable, but somewhat slick... malty caramel tones with toffee--smooth, but neither buttery, nutty or hoppy--hmmmm... as a mass-produced ale, Bass holds its own and is still a pleasant choice, especially when considering its availability at most drinking establishments and even some house parties... consistent and familiar...

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Photo of TucsonPIRAAT
2.95/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

16 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: very average, amber in color with no head, and a slight lace
S: Fruity esters almost citrusy,
T: very light, and clean, almost like an american lager. There is a slight Hop taste but is canceled out by lager and watery. I usually drink beers with a little more flavor and higher alchohol content, so I am a bit dissapointed
M: light, aftertaste lingers in the mouth
D: A beer that is perhaps not to tasty, or overwhelming. One that I could drink many of, but would not really care to savor.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is cool that this now available in BC in cans as I dig decent imports in tall cans. This has always been a pretty beer to look at with its tall head and dark tan body. The nose is biscuity and kinda malty. The taste is very soft but tasty with flowery hop notes and a nice malty finish. A classic beer that is still nice to drink especially in a can where the beer tastes fresher.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.24/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bass Pale Ale - EPA, ABV = 5.0, cals = 156 p12ozs
Bottle poured into a tapered bottom mug
A-3.0- good 1 finger head that lasted for a good while, deep caramel golden color, good lacing.
S-4.0- malts front stage, caramel in back stage, unique but very smooth balance with fruity hop notes.
T-4.5- I really dig the balance, hop notes on a solid malt base.
MF-4.0- Crisp and distinct bursts of flavors
D-4.5 - I am not a huge fan of Pale Ales, but I really dig Bass EPA, and it is always around if you need something familiar. I can always count on Bass EPA for a drinkable session beer.

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Photo of danny013
3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pair of 12 oz. bottles poured into a 20 oz. imperial pint glass and topped up as needed. Beer pours a beautifully clear orange with a thick, 2-finger white head that settles down to a thin covering after a minute or so. Good lacing down the glass as the beer is drunk. 'Tis a beautiful thing

Smell is light and faint. Mostly of some bready/biscuity malts with a faint floral hoppiness, not much, perhaps even slightly citrusy?

Taste is good, big toasted malts/bread up front, slight sweetness in the background. A slight metallic/mineral profile is noted, from the classic hard water, I presume. Some lemony-astringency pulls through next, floats around and disappears fully as the beer is swallowed. Hop bitterness comes out and mingles with the toasted grains left on the tongue and lingers. Very clean finish.

Mouthfeel is great, body is medium-light with a pleasant carbonation that isn't too high and compliments the brew nicely. Goes down easily and leaves you wanting another.

Overall, a very well put together pale ale, one of the "classics". While it isn't remarkable or surprisingly different, it is always delicious, easy drinking, and non-offensive, which is what I think the brewers are going for. If the ABV was a little less this would be an even better session ale (that's not to say it isn't already, but it's at the high-end). Another plus is you can find it in most places for not too bad a price. Check it out if you haven't!

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pale ale brown-amber color. Pretty much transparent with a small head that leaves a bit of lacing

S- Smell is of malt and harsh mineral water

T- The malt is surprisingly tasty with a background of cooked veggie and a pinch of hops

M- Feels like mineral water... decent for my palate

D- Drinks good

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

On tap at 99 Bottles in Santa Cruz. Light caramel color with a creamy tan head that leaves gobs of lacing. Aroma is modest, with overripe dark fruits and toasted malt. Flavor is very similar. Light and tart dark fruits, sweetbread malt, earthy English hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and luscious but this comes at the expense of adequate carbonation. Also the flavor is not robust enough to match the body. Decent and drinkable beer, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Offa
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a decent, basic English pale ale that does not seem pair well with too many foods since in my experience many foods entirely interfere with and ruins what flavour it has, but otherwise is pretty tasty ans easy to drink.

Reddish gold-copper, it has a big, creamy light tan head that slowly srhinks to leave great lace.

The aroma is mild toffee-caramel, raisins, toasted bread crust, earthy leaves, all mild but generally good and definitely English.

The taste is bnot great, but pretty good. It is mildly toasty, leafy-caramelly, and leafy, fruity (mostly plums and raisins) with grain and a faint vanilla hint, light buttery quality and feel, then a light leafy bitterness, and some mineral. The flavours are, overall, pleasant and it's fairly well balanced. However, it's flavours are a bit on the subdued side, it has a definite thin, mineral-water quality, flatness in the finish, and the aftertaste is lightly acrid. It is somewhat reminiscent of the likes of Abbot Ale in terms of basic character, but more muted, less flavourful, less interesting, thinner, and rougher. With food, it often tends to degrade, becoming more roughly alcoholic with little flavour but thin, acrid leaves. Alone or with certain foods, though, it is pretty good.

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Photo of jwc215
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange amber with a white lasting head that leaves a nice amount of lacing.

The smell is of caramel and a light citric fruitiness and earthiness.

The taste is of caramel- towards toffeeish - with an English-style fruitiness. Some green apple skin and buttery diacytel are there. There is a decent hop bitterness mixing in with the maltiness which is light, but also nice enough. There is something of a general blandness to it.

Low-end of medium-bodied - even a bit thin with some slickness.

Pretty much a standard English Pale. I've had plenty of times before, especially on-tap where the options are limited (surprised I haven't reviewed much earlier). There is something stale-ish that I continually notice. That aside, it's not bad, and it almost has a maltiness and light hop touch that make it stand out, but there's also "something" - an apple-y and buttery quality and a general stale-ish-ness/blandish-ness that would make me want to pick other English Pales over this. Still, a decent brew if you're caught in a limited option scenario.

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Photo of SiriusAth
3.36/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint glass. Pours a clear light amber with a nice pillowy 2 finger cap of white foam. This fades down fairly quickly but there are some nice spider-web patterns of lace left behind.

Pretty simple no frills aroma. Slightly fruit, somewhat sulfury, a hint of caramel and toasted malt. Hops are earthy, English and subdued.

Not a bad taste, but not great either. Slight sweetness crossing into an earthy, bitter, flinty and mineral-like finish. Burton-upon-Trent type water for sure.

Very light bodied and a touch over-carbonated, giving it that "prickly" feeling. Watery, with all the flavor quickly fleeing after a swallow. Leaves a bit of a sulfur presence in the mouth.

Considering how much I used to love this stuff versus the American macros, it's a bit of a letdown. It is very easy to drink and has an ok profile, but it doesn't beg to be consumed over and over. Still, better than anything from the big three.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.61/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear amber with loose, fizzy head (1-2 fingers initially). Light lacing follows the drink down the glass.

Smell: Cheap hops. Chili powder, rainfall, malt, light citrus. (how's that for a description?)

Taste: Watered down hops. This ain't no pale ale. Stale malts, lemon, ....

Mouthfeel: Really watery with fairly high carbonation and a clean, non-existent aftertaste.

Drinkability: Really? A pale ale? Better than most cheap beers and that's about it.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.8/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle purchased at Total Wine in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a frothy, white head.

Smell: Smells a bit metallic upfront with a faint, meager maltiness and slight fruitiness.

Taste: Thin, cheap, sweetish malts. Lightly fruity. Never really delivers much in the way of hops or bitterness. But thankfully it's all over before you know it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. A tad watery.

Drinkability: The thumb points down! Painfully bland and generic.

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

This poured a clear amber with off-white head. It smelled like caramel malt, lemon hops, cultured yeast, and a bit of mulled spice. It tasted like very sweet caramel and earthy brown sugar malts with slight grassy hops. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a sweet malty aftertaste. Overall this is a good mass production beer. It's reasonably clean and very drinkable. I actually enjoy the malty flavor quite a bit.

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Photo of spointon
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap at Cemenos in Joliet, IL on 9/5/2008.

A= This ale poured a clear amber color with a 1/2" snow white head. The head quickly dropped to a skim, but left behind a wall of lace down the glass. Seriously looked almost like the glass had been painted white on the inside.

S= This ale produced faint aromas of sweet caramel maltiness, buttery notes, and the barest hint of earthy hops.

T= Clean and not overly flavorful. It did show some lightly toasted malt and caramel notes. The earthy hops came forth more in the flavor than the nose.

MF= Medium bodied. Creaminess resulted from light carbonation and an oily mouthfeel.

D= This is an ok beer, not the best English style pale ale for sure. Its wide avalability makes it unavoidable.

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

Just had a can of the Pub Pour version and it is noticibly better. Maltier and smoother. Better. British hop style. fairly good beer. Very nice fluffy full frothy head and plenty of lace. The bitterness is perfectly balance with the malt. This is definitely better than the orignal Bass.

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

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a DFH shaped pint. No date. The body was clear and bright. Golden honey colored. The moderate white head faded to nothing.

Smell was metallic. Floral and fruity. Mint. Biscuity.

Taste was malty and fruity. Well balanced. Light nuttiness. Quintessential British hops flavor. Better flavors when served less than ice cold.

Moouthfeel was moderate in carbonation with some slickness.

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Photo of 1759Girl
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A> Dark golden, small to no head, no lacing. Not overly lively, but not lackluster either.
S> honey, bitter, bit metallic. Nothing too fab. Nothing too offensive.
T>Standard. Smoother than other English pales within its price category. Works well with most foods.
M>Easy, bit tingly.
D> sure. Not often but if its all you got I'll drink it.

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Photo of NHGrafx
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 568ml brown bottle.

Pours a nice amber color with a 2 finger head that dissipates rather quickly. Good lacing as well.

The aroma has a light sweetness to it. Nice hop floral aroma to it, and the grainy smells come out too. There is also an interesting aroma that smells like a cross between soap and dough. Overall aroma is very pleasant.

Taste is good. Starts off with a nice malty taste with some light sweetness. It has a dry and bitter finish. Also detected a slightly fruity taste a couple of times, clearly tasted like apples. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, goes down well and very drinkable.

Overall pretty decent, and cheap. Would definitely have this again.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
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 -7.2%
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 +17.7%
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 +4.2%
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 +8.7%
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 +19.8%
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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