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 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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Photo of animal69
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

my first beer for st. patty's day ; pours a clear med. gold color w/ a decent white head which sticks around for a bit leaving moderate lacing in my nonic ; not a strong smell, a sweet, mildly toasted malt aroma w/ some floral hop, some mild diacetyl type yeast and alcoholic undertones present ; a dry, crisp malty flavor, a bit nutty and cracker-like, but well balanced w/ the hop bitterness, a very faint dark fruit present as well ; a good light-med body, yet drier than the taste & aroma let on, i was expecting something a bit sweeter, the co2 was good, helping support that head and all ; a very drinkable brew, i may have to add this one to my "sessionable" list for sure...

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Photo of tab021
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Amber/orange color with a decent head and lots and lots of lacing

S: smells slightly sweet

T: sweet with a slight hoppy bitterness that finishes as soon as it leaves your mouth

M: well carbonated and light/medium bodied

D: this is the first draft beer I have had, and its pretty decent. I could see this being a draft staple

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

I poured a capped 355 ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: It poured a clear coppery colored body with a very modest half finger head that receded to a slight cover and right around the collar. The head was an off white and supported a thin small bubbled lacing.

S: It smelled of creamy, sweet lightly toasted malts with hints of sugar and floral hops.

T: It was creamy and smooth with a front that was malty with a hint of yeast and bitter peppery hops. There was a tart/sour aftertaste that was unpleasant.

M: It was cream and light bodied (a bit watery). It had balanced carbonation but a sour, unpleasant aftertaste.

D: Not a particularly pleasant brew and one that I would pass over for many, many others. But in a pinch it could quench a thirst.

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Photo of charlzm
3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at The Crest, Torrance, 02/02/08.

VERY clear brassy pour. No bubbles, quickly dissipating head. Sweet corny malt aroma. Sweet malty taste that turns into crisp green apples. Slight bitterness peeks through at end. Light, easy to drink session beer.

You can easily do much, much worse.

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

Enjoyed on tap at the Old Town Draught House in Greensboro.

Most days, I'm an APA guy, but every once and a while I like to have an English Pale Ale, and usually this is the one available. The beer arrived with a basic pale amber body and a small white head. It had a prominent buttery malt flavor with a good amount of complex hop flavor for a mass produced beer. This is a pretty good jumping off point when you're exploring pale ales.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap and it does make a difference. A apple juice-like color on top of a hoppy, apple-like smelling brew (must have had apples on the brain). In other words, a very light alcohol aroma. Gives a nice head that leaves lacing and is complemented by a mediumish grain body that fills the mouth and goes down very smooth. Not much in the taste department, but one of those beers where you and a buddy split a pitcher and you know you're drinking generic stuff, but you don't care. A nice session beer that you can relax with if you're at a bar.

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Photo of andrewt960
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Poured a nice golden to dark brown. When poured correctly, a nice white head that doesn't stick around for the whole drink. Lacing is almost non-existent in the fact that there are no rings... but it shows a small trace as you drink it.

S- Malty smell, light hops. Nothing that really jumped out at me.

T- Refreshing, and carbonated as it goes down, mostly a malty taste with a touch of hops, but not a lot. I have a hard time picking out what it is that I like, not experienced enough yet, but very enjoyable.

D- A great choice when having a few, and nicely paired with most meals. I really enjoy it, and will continue to drink it. If I recall correctly, Bass on draught was much different. Less carbonated, and it was served a bit warmer. In this case I prefer it chilled and out of a bottle.

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Photo of hardy008
3.42/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - amber in color with a large foamy head which stays longer than for most beers. Leaves a nice lace in the glass.

Smell - Hops and malt stand out.

Taste - Somewhat sweet with hints of slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied and smooth. Well made.

Drinkability - good drinkability, good with fish and chips.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear dark gold with small white head; minimal lacing

S: Light smell, nothing particularly striking.

T: Light but prominent malt tones but with a dry finish. Tends to be a touch sweet in the beginning.

M&D: Really about average on both accounts. After a while, the mouthfeel almost feels a tad watery.

I found the unique feature of this brew to be in the taste; there is an interesting sweetness in the malt but the finish tends to be dry. There also seems to be something interesting in the bittering, like there is something more, or perhaps different, than just hops.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A--Brown topaz color. Nice white medium density head.

S--Floral a bit berry-ish

T--Cake like. Some mineral flavors. Caramel. There is also some distinctive hop flavors mixed in.

M--Full body but a nice clean finish.

D--This is a very drinkable beer. Great session beer. I can think of alot of things I would rather have but that cannot detract from the fact this is a great example of the style and overall a very palatable beer.

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Photo of baos
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

568 ml into Falstaff Goblet.

A: Very nice looking amber with a one finger ecru head that sticks all over the glass. Nice to look at.

S: Mild caramel maltiness. Apples. Very fresh smelling. CANNED MUSHROOMS!!!

T: That Bass bitterness I've never really thought about before. Its like Jason Alström says with the apple skin. I definitely taste apple skin bitterness, and I taste a bit of the butter-caramel diacetyl. All that is mingled with malts. This one finishes really dry.

M: Very nice body on this one. One of the best I've had in a while. Medium body that drys out that mouth when swallowed.

D: Not bad. I've had this by the sixer before. It seems a little bitter tonight, but add a snack and this beer's drinkablity is pretty nice.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Seen this beer around for years and never tried it. I figured it was about time, and now I'm mad I never gave it a shot prior to this. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Clear brownish amber coloration which was transparent. Produced a small bit of froth, yet displayed good retention and lacing.

S - Pale fruits and a mostly sweet nose. Refreshing in a way, if at all possible.

T - Haha, this actually tastes a bit like what I imagine alcoholic apple juice would be. It tastes pretty good, but I'm serious, alcoholic apple juice. This is actually dangerous.

M - Light bodied, good carbonation level, mildly dry finish. Not bad.

D - I'd say pretty good. Maybe I should score this higher. It's definitely sessionable, but if you like apple juice, stay away from this one, you'll be divorced and living on the streets in no time. For everyone else, recommended!

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Photo of JDV
3.46/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant amberish caramel orange color with creamy off white head. Has a very mild smell of maltiness and caramel. Taste is very smooth, a bit malty, with a creaminess. Great mouthfeel, somewhat lightly flavored, and is very drinkable. Quite good, with a subtle overall taste and aftertaste. A great overall beer.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.46/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tonight was the first time in some time that I ordered a Bass at a restaurant, and it might be the last for a while. I like Bass, and it used to be higher on my personal favorites list than it is now, but it holds little allure for me.

The presentation is nice, with a thin finger of froth capping a reddish-brown body. The smell has a nice malty aroma with decent hints of bread, but little else is discernible, unfortunately. This, of course, affects the taste, which is thankfully a little more complex. There is a hint of caramel sweetness, and I get a whiff of maple, too, but it leaves me wanting, alas.

It is a likable beer, smooth on the palate and nicely carbonated, but not a top-shelf beer. It's too straightforward and not complexly flavored enough. It could use a decent helping of hops and a little citrus, in my humble opinion.

Not bad for certain, yet still middle-of-the-road.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.08/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours up an amber with ruby highlights. The thin tan head dissipates quickly.

S - Malt and a hint of hops. Some bready aromas.

T - Strong malt flavor, with a hint of hops in the finish. I also taste a little maple flavor way in the background.

M - Medium bodied and highly carbonated.

D - This is a very drinkable beer. Nothing too overpowering to prevent consuming several of these at one sitting.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into an imperial pint. Brew is a golden orange color. Head is two fingers thick, slightly offwhite, foamy, and dissipated to one finger about a minute after puring and held there for a while.

Smell: Clean, hoppy aroma with hints of citrus as well as a balancing bready malt.

Taste: Surprisingly malty on the introduction, with a bready taste that fades into an array of hop flavors that included citrus and floral flavors. Nicely balanced as it finishes with a balanced malt profile.

Notes: Nothing too special, but really sessionable. I usually stock this as one of my regular, everyday fridge beers.

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

Was served to me in a pint (American pint, not British unfortunatly) glass. Waaay too cold for the style, so I slowly sipped on it until it had a chance to warm up a bit. Has a clear amber color, with no head. Smells of English malt. Taste is pretty good, a sweet and also biscuity flavor with a bit of butter too. There wasnt much hop aroma or flavor, but the bitterness levels were good. Mouthfeel is slightly thin for the style, and the carbonation levels were way too high (compared to drinking this style of beer from the cask). However, I did stir the beer up a bit and this brought carbonation down to much better levels. Pretty drinkable after doing so. My grandpa used to serve Bass gravity dispensed from the cask in the late 1940's and while I suspect the beer was much better back then, it's still worth a drink now in its current state.

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

appearance: almost bronze with a reddish tint, thick lingering head, with sufficient lacing.

Smell: slightly sweet smelling, with almost a melted caramel smell to it

Taste: well balanced, easy to drink with good body

Mouthfeel: very smooth on the palate, almost creamy.

drinkability: very easy to drink, a slow drinking beer. definatley smoother as it comes to about 50-60 degrees

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Photo of blackie
3.42/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: Modest head with light wisps retained on the surface. The beer is amber in color.

s: The familiar sweet biscuit malt aroma brings toffee and grain husk. Smells of an English bakery. Benign English hop aroma.

m: Carbonation just under medium and carbonation on the heavy side of medium. Okay but I'd like to try this on cask, as I think smooth carbonation would be great here...comes across a little flat and heavy

t: Biscuity malts dominate with flavors of grainy toffee. Not a whole lot of English hop flavor, but just about the right level of bitterness. Very solid, just nothing great.

d: pretty easy

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