Bass Pale Ale | Bass Brewers Limited

Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale
2,671 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2001

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Photo of ph2001
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in pint glass

pours very light with two fingers of foamy head develpoing. it is a nice golden cider color. smells creamy.

very mellow on flavors. some light hops in there, a berry like sweetness. it is creamy and very fizzy. light and drinkable.

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Photo of nem2006
2.51/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I poured this into a pint glass. There was a slight head which did not hold. Beer was a golden/orange with some light carbonation.

The smell first was a little skunky. Don't know why. But after it warmed a little, the smell mellowed out and I caught a hint of the hops.

The taste left me wanting. It seemed bland and the bitterness from the hops did not stand out to me. There was a little hint of the malts at the end. The finish wasn't rough, but it wasn't smooth either.

Bass really didn't stand out to me at all. I was kind of disappointed in it.

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Photo of avaulteriam
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

This is one of the most beautifully colored beers I have ever seen, a clear copper-orange. Looks amazing as a black and tan. If I had first tried this about a month ago, I would have really loved it and given it a high flavor rating. However, I have since moved to the dark side and am a self-proclaimed hop head, and this brew is too malty for me. Does have a very clean aftertaste with hops to do the cleansing. Easy to drink with a mellow, sweet, malty flavor. Still can't get over the color

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Photo of PhillyStyle
2.73/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer had a clear reddish tint to it, with a light white fizzy head to it and dissipated quickly.

S: Nothing groundbreaking here, maybe a slight malt aroma to it. There was not much to the nose at all.

T: Now this is a beer that I have not had in a long time, I would easily say 4-5 years if not more and I remember the taste being a lot stronger, more robust. I guess that was probably before I really started to drink anything other than Budweiser. The taste was decent, although I found it a little watered down, but it had a nice light hoppy flavor to it and the malt kicks in at the end. It seemed to have a little bitter finish to it.

M/D: Overall, the beer left me wanting a little more from it. I was not overly impressed like I had been when I first tried Bass, but it was smooth and fairly pleasant to drink. This beer would not be my choice when at an establishment with a better selection, but it is a beer that I am sure that I will find myself ordering again.

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Photo of KBomb
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just got back from a four day cruise where the selection was sorely lacking--this was one of the few quality premium beers served on the ship, so I partook a few times.

The color is a moderately bright red amber with a significant creamy/foamy head. The first aroma is subtle spicy/earthy/hop combo that's borderline musty. The taste starts off with bright caramel sweetness and then finishes with a more bitter hopiness that lacks a little character. A subtle maltiness rounds it out the whole way through. Its got a creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Moderately heavy.

What we've got is a pretty full-flavored ale that has flaws small enough to overlook. It seems Bass Ale is a pretty common premium beer to be found in a bar without many craft beers, so its a good go to beer when your choices are limited to macrolagers and crappy imports. Its no chore to drink Bass Pale Ale.

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Photo of TwinSox33
3.61/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Let me start out by saying that this is one of those beers that must be experienced on tap to gain a true appreciation for it, like Guinness.

Bottled beer smells of roasted malts, and a faint whiff of hops. It pours an amber-brown color. It tastes of slightly sweet caramel malt, slight fruitedness in the middle, and finishes slightly hop bitter with nice rough carbonation. I usually like my beer ice cold, but I find the flavour (to borrow form the Brits) of this one to be better near the end of the bottle when it gets a bit warmer, strange..I know.

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Photo of rye726
2.38/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A light brown color with a thin beige head. The nose is of dusty old malt and straw. The taste has some very mild malts and not much of a hop presence. The body is medium and would be nice if not for the fizzy carbonation. Nothing special, just a mild ale from jolly old England.

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Photo of rkinsella
3.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Red amber, clear with a small filmy head. Just a bit of lacing.

Smell - A bit of carmel and dryness. Not much else.

Taste - A little unexciting...just a very mild, smooth, and balanced ale. Dry finish with very little aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Moderate to low carbonation, very smooth.

Drinkability - With an average/ low ABV, and the watery smoothness, this is an extremely drinkable ale.

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Photo of diamondc
2.96/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've seen Bass on the shelf for a while .. finally got a single. I tried to figure out when it was bottled, the only clue I could find was L7351 on the back,

The appearance is niiiice - dark copper, a streaming flow of bubbles, some lacing, nice head that didn't last too long, but leaves a nice cap of foam on top.

I could barely smell some hops ... kind of a mineral aroma, and buttered popcorn.

The taste was overly fruity and more of that butter taste. There is some hop bitterness at the end, but it does not linger around.

The carbonation & mouthfeel is spot on here, but the sweetness and diacetyl is getting to me.

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

On-tap at the City Grille in Denver. One of my favorite imports from the bad old days of beer in America.

A: Brilliant amber hue with nice clarity. Carbonation bubbles are a little large. Small white head disappears quickly and leaves only a little lace.

S: Quite fruity and floral. Lemon and apple with some caramel notes.

T: Caramel and toffee sweetness from the malt is balanced with a moderate lemon and apple bitterness. Not super complex, but still nice.

M: Medium body with the right level of fizz.

D: Super drinkable. A great session beer.

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

Poured a amber with some orange to it in color with a thin head. The head disappeared rather quickly leaving spots on the surface. The aroma is slightly dull as some malt and fruitiness is detected. The taste is of malt and bitterness which is balanced. Some fruit tones are detectable. The bitterness seems to arrive a little stronger on the tongue after swallowing. Not as flavorful as some other pales, but very drinkable. Much better on tap than in bottle by far.

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Photo of BigFrank71
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bass is bass. I actually like this beer when I am in certain moods. Or if a pub or bar happens to have the Guinness on tap as well as the bass, then I can go for a Black and tan. For English beers there is better, but this is just my opinion. I do think Bass tastes better on tap then in the bottle, some stores tend to keep bass on the shelves too long and gets a bit funky to my taste.

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Photo of WobblyPopps
3.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle -> Wachusett pint glass.

A- Ahh, the Red Triangle, the pride of Britain. Pours into a medium-brown color, not very dark. Low bubble activity. Light lacing on the glass.

S- Rich and sweet fruit. Not overwhelming. Medium maltiness.

T/M- Crisp taste, leaves a raisin or apricot type fume. Not overwhelmingly earthy, and mild in comparison to most other brews from UK. Medium carbonation dances on the tongue.

D- I could drink several of these, but I would find myself bored with it after a few more. Not as exciting or flavorful as other English brews.

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Photo of FleeVT
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.

A: Deep, deep amber almost copper color with an even bigger frothy white head that could be used for a foam party.

S: Lots of malts on the nose with butter undertones.

T/M: A bit milder than I expected, the malts do not come through as strong on the palate. Butter appears up front followed by a quick sample of hops then a dry aftertaste. Mouthfeel is exemplary for the style, medium body with medium carbonation.

D: You can do it, you can do it all night. Great session that I need to order more often.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.61/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Michael's in Huntington Beach, CA, 34 oz. supermug,

A: Pours a light amber, with a thick white head, good retention, some fair lacing.

S: Light maltiness, but really faint.

T: Big malted toffee on the first sip, lots of sulfur and mineral water notes as well. Hops are quite earthy, with a bit of grass and wet hay, a well balanced brew.

M: Full crisp carbonation, light enough to make it really easy to drink, light-bodied.

D: For being mass produced, it tastes quite good, a pale ale I'd be happy to have any time.

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Photo of flatblack80
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Warm amber with light white head that disappears fast
Floral hops with a tinge of fruits, very light citrus smell
Fruity hops that blend well into a nice malt base with a bitter finish
very smooth, would like more carbonation.
Very drinkable but I do get bored with it after a few at once.
This is a great beer to come back to after you havent had one in a while. Like a relative who visits every once in a while; its nice to see them, but you dont want them to overstay their welcome.

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Photo of walshclimb
3.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear, light reddish brown with 1/4" head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lace. Very mild smell of malt with hint of sweet fruity sugar. Nondescript flavor that is light bodied with crisp texture. Overall, this is a decent session beer that is light and easy to drink. No bad flavors, but nothing to get too excited about either.

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Photo of williamherbert
2.87/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The appearance is a super-clear light orange with a solid foamy white head. Looks watery, but not thin.

The aroma is sweet ale malt. More like a regular ale than a pale. Above average pub ale smell.

THe flavor is sweetbread malt. Vague pale malt flavor, with some okay yeast presence. It's slightly substandard out of the can. Too sweet of an aftertaste, and tastes like dishsoap as it warms up.

Feels watery with a sweet burn on the way down. Milkier than expected. Soapy. It's disappointing. I generally like Bass on tap but out of the can it didn't hit the mark. Not awful, but subpar.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.39/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Look - Clean artwork, the usual, not much to it. Pours a darker yellow-brown and settles dark amber in the glass. Little fizz but a very large, creamy, impressive head.

Smells - Slight, hops and a very slight, lingering sour. Smell gives hint to the body that follows.

Taste - Creamy and smooth, full of flavor, a hearty beer indeed. Nothing resembling your standard pale ale but impressive nonetheless.

Mouthfeel - Again creamy with a slight lingering, buttery sweetness. This taste could stay in my mouth all day and I wouldn't mind a bit.

Drinkability - I would say drinkability is average, only because of its heartiness. IT is easy to drink but you won't drink much.

Overall pretty good drink, but not really that great of a pale ale, if you try it you'll understand.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper amber color with an off white to tan head that is thick and rocky. There is some nice lacing and the head leaves rings of foam about a third of the way down the glass during consumption before it fades to nothing.

Smell is almost nonexistent unless you really get up into the glass. The little that is there doesn't resemble much of a beer. It smells more like a watered down mash soup rather then a brew.

Taste is much better then the scent. I get a stale sweet malty taste with some carmel toffee undertones. There is a low carbonation that doesn't distract from a light but spicy hop flavor and a soft buttery mouthfeel.

Not a bad brew but nothing amazing either. This one is a good average ale that should be popular with snobby college kids that have the money to buy bottled beer rather then bud ice.

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Photo of ATPete
3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep amber, small, quickly dissapating white head.

S- Floral, Fruity, balanced hops and malt

T- Smooth, hops first leading into fruityness with a solid malt base and a nice slightly bitter hop bite upon the finish

M- very smooth, good carbonation.

D- All night long.

R- After many a bottle of Bass and many a draught i've decided i really enjoy this brew. Last night i was especially delighted by a Bass at a NJ Devils hockey game, i took notes on a napkin as well as Pilsner Urquell (draught) and Flying Fish's Extra Pale Ale haha. 8.50 a piece hurt my wallet good.


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

Got on draft and it poured a moderate dark hazy copper witha a good head that had average retention and good lacing.
Aroma was a little sweet with some caramel comeing through along with a good balance of hops and malts.
Taste was a little bitter along with that caramel sweetness
Decent to good brew but overpriced here in Atlanta at $14.99 for a twelve pack.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro-tap is definitely the way to go for this beer. The lack of CO2 lets the subtle flavors come out and make for a tasty, almost cask-like experience. The aroma is a mellow mix of caramel and toffee grains. The flavor expands on these with a hint of herbal hops and biscuit flavors. I was kind of expecting a bland macro take on the EPA, but this was a tasty beer.

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Photo of jeremyd365
4.18/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got it on draught at Carson's American Bistro in Ann Arbor, MI. Poured a dark, hazy copper and had a nice aroma of hops. It felt medium-bodied in the mouth and the hops were pretty apparent in the taste, but not overwhelming. This is a very drinkable pale. It's very flavorful without being too strong to have a few.

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Photo of mattster
3.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Pours a nice brown color, darker than the US pale Ale. Not much head formation, but nice layer of lace across top of glass.

Smell a nice, nutty smell with very light malt tones. Taste is hoppy with slight nutty overtones, but hops are very subtle compared to an APA, but this is still a good brew. Slight aftertaste on finish, but not a hard brew to drink. Downs easy and somewhat smooth.

Not on my faves list, but not a bad brew either.

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Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 2,671 ratings
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