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 Brewsmith
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Amber colored, clear with a small beige head of tight bubbles. Aroma is light of buttery toffee and earthy/floral hops. Taste is smooth, clean malt with a touch of caramel and hop flavor coming through. Light, easy drinking, balanced, without being offensive to the palate.

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Photo of Stunner97
2.55/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Golden brown and amber tinted, slight foam lacing on the top of the beer, appears heavily carbonated as many bubbles stream up the glass.

Smell- A slight malty sweet smell though nothing to incredibly over power in the smell department

Taste- Metallic odd flavor, no hops, mostly only picking up some malts in the finish, an odd though flavor in the finish that cant quite put my finger on, not impressed in the overall flavor, maybe i have a bad batch,

Mouthfeel- A decently smooth light textured beer

Drinkability- With a relatively low alcohol if you enjoyed this beer I would imagine you would find it to be very drinkable as a session beer

Overall I have t o say I was not as impressed by this one as I thought I would be as I had heard some good things about this beer. Not something I personally would be out looking for again.

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Photo of treehugger02010
2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Flip and Bailey's in Rosemont, PA where it came in a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a clear light ruby red color with a big tan head that has great retention but poor lacing.
Smell: The aroma is of crisp and fresh hops.
Taste: For some reason, on-tap, I perceive strong strawberry and pine flavors that I don't get when I have a bottle.
Mouthfeel: This beer is very crisp.
Drinkability: I enjoy this beer more from the bottle than on-tap, but it still isn't bad.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.04/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce Bottle

Appearance: Nice clear reddish amber color with decent head retention and lacing

Smell: Fruity, almost sour green apple with a metallic scent

Taste: Hoppy bitterness with a slight fruity and metallic taste

Comments: Not very strong carbonation especially since the pour showed a lot of carbonation. Taste was a little harsh and bitter at first but towards the end of the glass the the taste was mellower and sweeter (may have been temp.)

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Photo of superswing123
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoy this beer as an occassional alternative to my favorite Dogfish Beer : Raison D'etre, to which I am totally addicted.

This beers pours a wonderful full head that quickly settles to a pencil-thin crown - That head can be revived with just a few swirls of your glass - has a great taste - could be called the "standard" among pale ales. Delicious round flavor through and through. Full bodied. A great session beer. Goes well with many foods.

Appearance: Golden. bubbly...small,fine bubbles of carbonation. Not too much...just's lively. Certainly has a fine character. Not much lacing but you won't miss it.

Smell: Fruity, round, not a lot of hops, sort of "blended" like a fine scotch or whiskey..

Taste: Smooth, rolls off the tongue and tampers back. No nastly aftertastes.

Mouthfeel: Swell. Hard to beat. No bite, no nibble. No sting. Smooth....

Drinkability: Again, a fine session beer. Enjoy a few of these with your friends or just sit on down and quietly slap 'em back along with a good book or magazine... whatever you're up to .. A fine, fine representation of the style. Well done!

Enjoy this beverage anytime. Not all that expensive and well worth it!

.... Bill

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Photo of pseudo
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

poured into a mug its a clear amber red color. The head is bright white and foamy. Good lookin paleale
Smell is very light overall. Some crusty maltiness, a little caramel. Thats it.
Taste is very malty. Not much hoppiness to be found at all. Starts with sweet caramel breadiness, ends with alcoholic ester bitterness.
Mouthfeel is light, not too heavy on the carbonation. Dry lingering finish.
Drinkability is high, very refreshing beer. Obviously a classic.. if napolean and manet liked bass, its gotta be good right? lol

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Photo of Jekster
4.15/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear shinny amber to dark gold with a thick two finger off white head that cascaded over time to a thick frothy lacing.

Smell: Toasted Carmel and crusty bread take the forefront of the aromas on this beer. There is the slight reminiscent of sweet Bourbon and orange peel. A slight nutty pecan smell is hiding behind all the other more dominant smells. This is definitely a malt forward beer. There is no noticeable hop aroma present.

Taste: Toasted Carmel is the first flavor to the pallet upon taking a sip. This is followed by hints of dark fruit (figs, dates, cherries). This beer definitely has some sweet character, but it is not overbearing. The sweet character is again forward on the pallet but quickly fades into a dry finish that lingers a slightly nutty, woody, and again Bourbon like character. There is a slight hop bitterness along with minor alcohol esters after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: This is a very light bodied beer that you can take in large mouthfuls. I think it's appropriate for the pub ale style given that it has a clean dry finish. A slight carbonation fizzel gives it a nice effervescent feel that also cleans your pallett with every swallow.

Drinkability: This beer is extremely drinkable. It has a nice level of complexity without being overpowering. I could easily drink this beer with some bangers and mash or quaff a few down while sitting on the porch during a hot summer day.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: I would buy this beer again if I wanted something light to drink with pub food or if I was raking leaves in the fall. It's thirst quenching, pleasant, and actually has a bit more character than some other pub ales I've tried. It's not going to wow you with character, complexity or strength, but then again I don't think that's the goal of pub ales. Instead, drink this beer if you want to toss quite a few back and have an easy drinking beer. I only wish I could get it with a nitro widget to add to the experience. ;)

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

Left over from a party and were given to me. Poured in my Duvel glass.

No real head on the pour, but I have a lingering foam over the body. Soapy looking bubbles around the ring, and a cloud over the center of the body where the engraved D is working with the carbonation. Clear amber body with carbonation flowing through it. Smell is slightly sweet and a ting of hoppiness is there. Carbonation is the first thing I taste, then a slight sweetness. Soda characteristics. First brew of the night and the hops aren't coming out for me. Easy to drink but not a really appealing-full flavor in it. I will save the rest for after I finish some palette destroying brews. Interesting to go back and look at something you've only had when you started drinking years ago. Lacing on the glass lingers for a while before joining the rest. A decent starter EPA for someone just getting into beers.

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Photo of TheBear11D
3.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear, crisp, yellow beer with nearly no head.

An apple aroma sided with a pear scent and a floral background.

The tastes are pretty faint with a pine and citrus combination.

Pretty light with medium carbonation.

Not too heavy, quite easy to drink but not a lot of flavor and it is not incredibly delicious.

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

A: Pours a clear dull orange with a small off-white head.
S: Not too much of a smell. A little bit of sweet maltiness. Maybe a bit of citrus fruits.
T: Similar to the smell and not too strong. Not really watery, just not a ton of flavor. Finishes with a hoppy bitterness that doesn't last too long.
M: Pretty drinkable and light while remaining a bit creamy.
D: I like EPAs a lot but this was a bit of a disappointment for the style.

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

Poured into a nonic from a 12 oz. bottle picked up at Trader Joe's. Pours a clear orange amber with a thin head. Head sheds quickly however to a thin surface cap, yielding some spotty lacing.

Smell is primarily of orange and caramel malts. Clean and rather unvarying and with some intermingled hops evident upon agitation. Taste of caramel follows seamlessly from the nose and finishes smoothly. Unvarying as was the nose, the flavor is decent and is followed by a lingering light bitterness. Less bitter than I recall on tap and with a touch less body, making for and easy drinking ale, though I think the sweetness would become an issue in time, and the carbonation doesn't keep a stronghold long enough for the pour.

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Photo of jazztoloc
3.46/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz 12-PACK. Poured bottle into a Pint glass. No ABV on the bottle, does this has to do with the 12pack packaging?

A: Nice light copper color, good head retention.

S: Smell was somekind of a turndown to me, not the kind of smell I like in a beer, and I could feel it in the aftertaste.

T: I like the biterness, but the aftertaste it's kind of weird for me, reminds me of the smell of slightly rotten herbs. The alcohol content (which I know thanks to the site) is masked in the flavor.

M: Light bodied.

D: Medium drinkability, I am still trying to give this beer a chance, since I like the style a lot I will try to understand it's nature before I condemned it. I am not sure that I will buy a 12 pack again.

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Photo of Bagman007
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

A- Dark copper color to it with not a great deal of head.

S- Sweet malty scent with a slight hint of hops.

T- Pretty good balance for this beer. Not too hoppy or malty. A little sweet, but I think that helps this beer.

M- Has a little bit of a kick to it going down as most EPA's do, but still pretty decent.

D- Pretty drinkable. You can definitely have several of these in a sitting.

Overall a very solid EPA. I would definitely have it again.

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Photo of redjameskidd
2.84/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I used to like Bass, but I think maybe my palate has been ruined by stronger tasting beer.

This most recent tasting...I really didn't taste much, honestly. For a pale ale, even an English pale ale, I couldn't detect much hop flavor. Side-by-side, it tasted uncomfortably like my mother's MGD, with the added mineral-y flavors. Just not impressed.

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

Reviewed on 8/21/08. On tap. Pours a dark amber with a small white head. Aroma and flavor of sweet light malt. Not much to say, but this beer is rather drinkable. Watery palate, but not bad.
Aroma: 6/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 5/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 12/20

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Photo of sfsean28
4.76/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can't go wrong with Bass in a bottle but I prefer it on tap. I know a few good pubs that serve it very well and others that can ruin the whole experience for me. Who wants to drink flat beer? I love it and I tell others who don't like it at first taste that it may take a few samplings for the taste buds to get used to all that flavor and hoppiness.
Although its dark I still insist on drinking it during the hottest days of the summer. Its refreshing as iced tea. Theres a sweetness to it from the malt that quenches my thrist but also makes me crave for more.

I always enjoy hearing what people say about Bass ale. Its been a long time favorite of mine and every steak dinner I have is always with a Bass ale.

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Photo of bonkers
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. It pours an clear amber with an attractive head. The smell was sweet with some herbal notes. The beer is smooth and clean. A slight bitternes from the hops is the predominant flavor and it has a slight sweetness to it. IMO the beer is a bit on the thin side. The beer is very sessionable and goes well with most foods.

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Photo of Tone
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear mahogany color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of a sweet malt, caramel malt, tea, hint of hops, pale malt, and candi sugar. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level.
Tastes of sweet malt, caramel malt, hint of hops, pale malt, adjunct, hint of metallic, and slight tea. Overall, decent body at first, but finishes very dry and metallic, lacking in complexity and appearance.

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

Pours clear amber with a 2-finger off-white head. Caramel and bread aroma, but kind of sour. Acidic bite to the relatively sweet caramel malt taste. Almost as if the crystal malt got out-of-whack. Used to drink more of this, but the hangover is a real bitch.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a beer that I never buy for home consumption, but enjoy at bars from time to time as a nice alternative to the usual swill.
Flavor is malty, lightly toasted and a touch sweet, with a soft fruitiness and a little balancing hop in the finish. Nothing off or offensive, nothing spectacular, just an all around solid beer. Drinkability is high, though the sweetness compounds slightly after 3 or 4, which can have you looking for something a bit more hoppy.

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Photo of bmwats
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Light amber. Two finger frothy white head that clings to the side of the glass as it dissipates. Settles rather slowly, leaving a bubbly layer on the surface. Light carbonation continues to rise throughout experience. Heavy lacing remains as you drink it down.

S: Wheat and yeast with the dull pungency common in any traditional pale ale.

T: A little hoppy at first. Light malt and a little wheat and a subtle yeast.

M: Hops awaken the taste buds and filter up into the nose upon drink. The hops hang around for the whole ride.

D: Good drinkability. Light, but solid flavor.

Great appearance, and decent overall atmosphere. Good solid flavor.

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

Pub poured from a pint can (16.9 oz) into a pub glass.

Thick nitro can driven two finger head. Light copper color with some sustained bubble action in the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the Bass was consumed.

Smell is of sweet flowers and grass.

Taste is of malt and caramel.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Overall drinkability was solid buy definitely English rather than American ale taste.

I havent had a Bass in quite some time, but the taste is unique. I suppose this is an iconic beer or at least solid drink

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Photo of prosper
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a very clear dark yellow with very little head that disappeared quickly. No lacing.

Smells estery, with some caramelly malt flavours and a solid grassy/grainy note. There's a herbal/earthy hop note in balance with the malt.

Initally hits the palate somewhat sweet and fruity and a little sour/tart (though not unpleasantly so), with some subdued darker caramel flavours of dried fruits coming through. Finishes clean and bitter, with a definite mineral character. Some hops flavour initially, and I think it's balanced slightly towards the hoppy/bitter side than malty-sweet. Very drinkeable. Light mouthfeel.

It's a session beer - not a ton of character, but what there is is very pleasant.

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Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Las Vegas airport. Haven't had this beer in a while... it's actually better then I remember.

The beer pours a solid copper color with fair head retention and lacing. The beer has a pronounced roasty malt flavor, but with enough underlying hoppy citrus to keep it from smelling, or tasting, too sweet. The beer has moderate sweetness on the palate, but it's nicely balanced with some drying, bitter hops. This keeps the beer from tasting too heavy, and in fact it's pretty refreshing. There's a goodly amount of flavor and the beer finishes well. Abv. is well disguised and drinkability is good.

Not bad at all, much to my surprise. It's actually a pretty well made English style pale ale.

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Photo of Guzzler78
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This review is for a 16.9 ounce pub pour nitro-can.
Appearance is a clear light amber, copper color, not really any lacing.
Not much of a nose to it - some sweet malts and hoppiness.
Taste is slightly sweet, malty and somewhat bitter finish.
Very light mouthfeel.
An okay beer, there are much better pale ales out there.

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Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 2,710 ratings