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 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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Photo of mcsquint
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass
A - Golden amber in color, nice two finger white head. Minimal lacing
S - Faint malt and hops
T - Slightly sweet with a bit of a bite on the finish.
M - Light but finishes very clean
D - Bass is one of the beers that proved to me that beer can actually have taste. Even though it seems lighter now than it did a few years ago, this is still a well made mass produced, easy to get just about anywhere beer. It's easy to drink and doesn't drain the wallet.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug
A- Thick head, more amber than pale. Fairly weak head.
S- Pretty clean and understated, Some malt, some yeastiness. Nothing extraordinary.
T- Barley, yeast, hops, pretty straight forward. Tastes like a run of the mill pale ale but with less intensity of flavor.
M-Smooth. Good carbonation. Tends toward the thin side.
O- Decent. Better than most macro offerings. Comprable for me in bottle form to michelob's new beers.

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Photo of hopdog
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at a work function - nothing else to choose from and we all know that drinking makes it easier to be with people from work away from work...Not much I can really say that ~100s of other people have already siad. Poured a darker amber color with a larger sized off white head. Non-descript aroams. Sweet malty tasting.

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Photo of sliverX
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

poored a nice light copper color with a thick cream head that lasted and laced forever
smells of light fruitiness with a hint of grass with a hint of nitro stink ass I put it
tastes much like the smell but the nitro nastyness is much more evident (old can maybe???) but remembering from past experiences on tap a very light pleasant taste
light in the mouth very easy to drink and much enjoyment has been had with this beer in my hands

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

A: Clear, dark amber color. Poured a 1 finger thin white head with fair retention. Light lacing, but broken ring.

S: Bready-toasty malt. Light spicey hops.

T: Toasted malt. Light hop bitter finish.

M: The light side of medium; frankly a bit thin. Lightly carbonated.

D: Very drinkable; not a heavy ale by any means.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours clear beautiful amber. Small white head leaves to ring. Sudsy, but at times, clingy lacing.

S - Simple malt with some bitter notes.

T - Nice middle of the road malts and bitter.

M - Medium to thin.

D - Not much going on - very easy to drink.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.66/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 11/29/2005 (Tap @ Buffalo Wild Wings, Clear Lake, TX):

Body pours an amber brown color, with a white head. Aroma is slightly sweet. Palate has a pale dryness to it. Not much flavor, but doesn't have an aftertaste either. Might be a little flat.

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

A- nice copper color, weak head

S- bready/biscuit nothing unusual or distinctive

T- very unique taste, malty, raisins, fruit. Very different taste from other Pales.

M- crisp, quick, clean

D- I could drink this all day long. Very tasty with a flavor that is very unique.The taste is probably one that you like or don't like, but its different. I bought this to make make Black and Tans(my quickie mart was out of Smithwicks and Harps)so I figured lets try it and see how it tastes all by itself. I will probably buy more of this in the future.

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Photo of kingothewoods
3.39/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great English Pale Ale but something is missing.

Very nice light brown color with little head. The smell is of caramel malts and almost like - this is weird but a musty basement. Kind of light but it is lacking the deep flavors and smells. You can tell this is a mass production beer but it is pretty darn good.

When I saw it is a Pale Ale I thought there would be more hops coming through on the finish but I was disappointed. Still a good beer and I will drink another.

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Photo of Japerrault
3.76/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bass is an old friend. It has a nice, clear, golden amber color with a cream colored head. Duration of the head lasted a good while then dissipated to a thin layer.

S: Aroma was a nice bready-toasty malt with lesser spicey english hops in the background.

T: Flavor on this one was mostly light toasty malt flavors, not too sweet, with little hop bitterness in the finish. Overall balanced with no real strong flavors standing out.

M: The whole mouthfeel was a bit thinner than I like, but good as a summer quaffer.

D: Overall, this is a very drinkable beer, not a heavy ale, but a lighter bodied quality ale that is easy to take down in large quantities.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.84/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brown body with a white head. Leaves some lacing behind.

Smell is pretty lifeless, a little bit of sweetness in it.

Taste isn't all that bad. There is a little bit of unsettling sweetness that doesn't taste like malt. However there is also some caramel malt notes and even a touch of grassy, earthy hops.

Medium bodied mouthfeel.

Not bad drinkability, nothing remarkable or terrible about this beer.

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Photo of Nibbley
2.04/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ok, what happened to Bass? i havent had one in a while, But, I dont remember it tasting like this.
Pours an amber with a white head that last a good while, it looks good but the taste is where it goes horribly wrong. Has a watery mouthfeel with a nasty metallic aftertaste. Its bitter but not a hoppy taste, almost artificial/chemical taste. I do not recommend this beer,run Forrest run away from this one!

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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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