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

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

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Photo of Strix
4.24/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer just has a good taste to it. It's nothing particularly fancy, but it just has a good taste. Malt dominates, with the taste of alcohol, but the aftertaste turns sweet, almost fruity, like a hint of cherry? Maybe it's the red tint in the brew that makes me think cherry. Not much hops evident to my taste. Very smooth and very drinkable.

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Photo of inbeertruth
2.62/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this in a bottle on the Princess cruise ship /Emerald Princess/ during my honeymoon.

A: Amber, clear, small head that fades leaving little lacing.

S: Toffee-ish, malt and toast with hop.

T: Alchoholly, with an echo of malt and hops.

MF: Ample carbonation, refreshing when cold, but not as rich as other English ales I’ve tried.

D: Average. It is a novel and fad for those visiting British style pubs. Made me miss my St. Arnold’s brews, though.

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Photo of ericj551
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bass Pale Ale pours a clear copper with thin head that doesn't linger. Its aroma is a light fruity maltiness, I smell a hint of berries, maybe strawberries. The aroma finishes with hints of toffee and a bit of bitter hops. The flavor is crisp, almost tart. There is less maltiness in the taste, but some sweetness sticks through with light, metallic bitterness. I think the beer is a little thin over all, but it's fairly solid, good in a pinch when there are few other options.

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Photo of Overlord
2.58/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Given that I see this beer every-where, but it doesn't have a macro brew reputation, consider me very disappointed.

Pours a mildly appealing reddish color. Not a lot of head. Taste is surprisingly sour. Not much in the way of hops, no fruit flavor. Decidedly unappealing.

If I was going to make a black and tan, I could think of about a dozen better "tan" portions than this.

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Photo of genog
3.01/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby red color with a white bubbly head that comes to the top and then fades away slightly. Smell is of caramel malt, along with some grain smells. The taste of this one is the grain and some of the malt and very little of the hops come through. Mouth feeling is bubbly and not too filling. A nice beer.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.55/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is my 400th review. (woopie doo)

1pt. 3.25 oz brown bottle>mug

AP: Burnt golden amber, a few tiny bubbles that are very slow moving creates a sticky white head that is thin and bubbly.

Nose: Light wheat malt with slight vanilla, herbal hops, oats 'n grains, wheat field smell and a slight metallic bitterness.

Flavor: The thin and rather watery wheat malt and some acidic flavored hops come out first, the hops mature into a green-veggie flavor and the mild metallic bitterness ends it.

Feel: light to medium bodied, only mildly crispy but pretty smooth...but later lifeless.

DA: It starts out o.k, but very quickly goes down hill fast.

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Photo of Budro
2.22/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Poured into a room-temp pint glass, Bass presents quite beautifully with a white foamy head the width of 1 1/2 fingers atop a dark copper body--almost bronze--with glassy clarity. The head settles quickly, leaving a thin layer of foam across the surface. Lacing sticks to the glass in strata as you drink it down.

S: This is not a pleasant aroma. It's vaguely metallic, evoking a handful of pennies. There are grassy notes as well, but mostly I detect old wood soaked in stale beer--kind of like I just walked into the Star Bar in Athens, GA, or any number of undergrad bars in any number of college towns across the nation.

T: Doesn't taste so good, either. The front is weak, there's nothing in the back, and there's a musty wash in the middle. The malt imparts a slightly sweet character, but just barely. The flavor profile disappoints, kind of like week-old bread. The beer sours slightly as it warms, which isn't unpleasant. At least it's doing something.

M: Not bad. The sharp tingle of carbonation burns out quickly, like a firecracker fuse. It's a nice bit of drama and flash. The beer doesn't quite coat the palate--it absolutely collapses in the back--but it leaves the mouth moist.

D: A most unpleasant combination: filling and unsatisfying.

As recently as two years ago, Bass was one of my go-to brews. My wife remains fond of it, so it pops up in my fridge with some frequency, but I've moved this one onto my stay-away-from list.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

classic clear amber color, moderate head that fades somewhat quickly, but manages to leave a few traces of lace on the way down.

there's an almost buttery, toasted maltiness and a hint of mildly herbal hop. my glass is probably still a bit too cold though. actually got a whiff of just plain alcohol too.

tastewise, the toasted malts are there, along with noble-like hop flavors; nice and clean. has some momentary caramel sweetness on the finish, with a pleasantly mild bitterness that lasts into a soothing aftertaste - a feature that does more for overall drinkability than the flavor score.

there's some substance, but it's still somewhat thin. while smooth and refreshing enough, it's not creamy like some of the better english ales.

this used to be an old standard of mine in pre-craft days, when i felt like putting down the cash for import prices. unexceptionality aside, it's still reliable enough, especially if a bar has nothing else but american macro piss. its main feature is a pure and simple drinkability, accentuated by that great finish/aftertaste.

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Photo of rell
4.63/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is by far one of the better beers I've had in my time. It pours out with a nice healthy head and a rich glow. The smell is not perfect but definitely intruiging, and the taste - it goes down extremely easy, begging you to take another sip. The mouthfeel is pure - it tastes good and can't steer you wrong. I'd recommend this beer to anyone and always keep it stocked in the fridge.

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Photo of Brad007
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours more of an copper amber color with a head that's thin. Aroma is of malt and hops. Mildly hoppy, which I like. Taste is more on the malt side but it seems to fall thin towards the back of the throat. The hops don't show as much. Somewhat fruity. Nothing impressive but still somewhat above a typical macro.

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Photo of meechum
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap and took notes..just getting to putting them down. This was one of my first imported pale's. Pours a dark golden with a fluffy head that goes down quicly leaving very little lacing. The taste has a little bite up front and then moves to some malts and finishes smooth. Mouthfeel is balanced with the carbonation and works well. This is one of my go to choices at most chain restaraunts when I can't get something more sophisticated.

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Photo of MTNboy
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- It pours dark amber with a nice head and a great lace.

Smell- A nice roasted malt and hops smell.

Taste- A nice balance of hops and sweet malt but of course the bitterness of the hops is pleasantly predominant but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel- A lot of carbonation and full bodied .

Drinkability- A good relaxing beer to enjoy with a meal or just to sip off of.

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Photo of OKCNittany
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into a pint glass

A: Clear amber body with a thin off-white head that didn't last or leave any lacing.

S: Light, musty aroma. Where are the hops?

T: Lightly toasted malt & some fruit flavor. Some hop bitterness too. Overall ok, but nothing special.

M: Medium body & carbonation. Dry finish.

D: Drinkable - even sessionable, but as I said before, it's nothing special. It was the best option last night when confronted with a bar full of macros, and I was happy to find it, but next time I'll find a better bar.

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Photo of biggmike
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale amber with head that it didnt retain for long. Not bad, but much better pale ales out there. Doesnt seem to have a consistent taste on draft. Have had it when it seemed much better than other times. One of the first imports you could find everywhere. The taste seems a bit metallic, but has a sweet character to it. Decent session brew.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

around the neck of the bottle, there's a label that says "bass pub pour". i wondered what that meant, and with a little research i've concluded that it's part of a subtle advertising campaign for bass pub pour nitro-cans, which i would definitely like to try.

A- clear honey-amber body with a fluffy cream colored head with decent retention. settles to 1/4in leaving minute amounts of spit-bubble lace.

S- some sweet malt aromas goin on but mostly fruity earthy hops and sourdough bread.

T- toasted biscuits, english muffin? faint herbs like a little thyme, grapeleaves, watery caramel, faint earthy floral hops, finishes with a slight nutty buttery-ness.

MF- crisp and dry, on the verge of over-carbonation, kool-aid consistancy.

D- mildly flavorful, goes down easy when poured properly, a great pale ale for all seasons.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

at dinner tonight at one of the usual chain restaurants. what's on tap, nah, nah, nah, maybe, nah, guinness and bass. I've done the guinness a lot so why not bass? 608 reviews as of this writing. SO, classic old faithful. Cherished, forgotten and overlooked many times. Yet still ready for the next time. Yeah I gotta order this on tap again in the future. Worth a visit.

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Photo of dmamiano
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium amber with virtually no head and or lacing as the beer was consumed.
The nose was of some sweet malts with a faint hint of hoppiness along with a rather unpleasant "skunky" aroma seeping through.
Taste also followed the lines of the nose, with a touch of malt, virtually no hops standing out and the mouthfeel was very thin but normal for a beer of this type.

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Photo of bigman147
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours deep amber. Crystal clear. Head is medium bodied off white that fades is a few minutes. Some lacing on the glass and a veil of foam remains long after the beer is poured.

Aroma: Slightly earthy, grassy hop aroma. In general smell is very light. A slight bready/grainy character.

Taste: Thin, roasted malt. Sharp bitterness that quickly fades. A grainy/husky character.

Mouthfeel: Dry and thin. Slight woody character. Carbonation is good and gives the beer a sharp characteristic.

Drinkability: I remember this beer from y college days and I have to believe either the beer has changed or my palate has. Its a decent beer, very drinkable but overall very average. Its like a macro English Pale Ale. Nothing more nothing less.

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

This one has a nice amber color, with a light gray head, but it goes down a bit too fast, and leaves very little lacing.
Aroma is standard, unremarkable and even bland at times, with some roasted malts, minimal hoppiness, some alcohol.
It opens into a medium to thin palate, mostly malty and somewhat pleasant, but not much depth.
Just OK, nothing to brag about.

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Photo of theopholis
4.14/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I normally don't review the same beer more than once despite trying it in several different methods. Bass, however, changes enough between bottle, on tap and nitro-can, that I will.

Appearance- Body is a nice, reasonaby clear amber. Head is a one-finger, off-white affair with little staying power.

Aroma- Has that great, classic English pale ale aroma that is a wonderfu melange of malt sweetness and bittering hops, with just a hint of floural hops.

Taste- Nice, malt sweetness mixed with a generous level of caramel with hints of toffe, followed by bittering and some falvoring hops. If you are familier with the bottled and tap, this is halfway between the bottled version and the tap version in caramellyness (is that a word?). Very nice. I would have gven it a 5 for taste, but then I have no-where to go for the tap version.

Mouthfeel- The body is medium, but slightly syruppy. The CO2 level is fairly low, which really brings out the flavors. Leaves a nice coating on the pallete, gving you a nice, lingering after-taste.

Drinkability- If you can find this stuff on tap, drink it. If not, the nitro-can version is also quite nice.

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Photo of wcdoyle
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When I began homebrewing about 15 years ago, I needed bottles. Bass was my beer of choice to accomplish the mission. No need to buy bottles with nothing in them, right?

Light honey/caramel, orange-yellow color. Head is very dense, very thick, and keeps going until the end of the beer. Smell is a nice blend of sweet and hop-sharp with the hops edging out by a bit. taste was a bit mild-mannered. Some creamy sweetness that moves more towards hop toward the end. Malt flavors were mild and the hops stepped out a bit more. Bordering on thin and low carbonation. I'll give the drinkability just over average, because it's not unpleasant, nor bad, just not awesome.

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Photo of botham
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. pours a rich amber, with couple fingers of off-white, dense head. head remains for a couple minutes, leaving moderate lacings on the glass.

smells of light hops, with a bit of a bready character. a subtle fruit aroma is present as well. overall the smell is much more bitter than sweet.

taste is rather dissapointing. not much here, except for a bit of hoppy bitterness, a fruity base, and somehow the alcohol is showing itself (at 5% APV, that is suprizing).

aftertaste is of light hop bitterness with a touch of a yeasty bread-like flavor.

mouthfeel is thin, without much body. very light.

drinkability is good, because this is a light-bodied beer without much richness in any department. that being said, it would be quite refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clean toasty malt and fruity light sweetness. Light hop floral aroma. Hints of honey.

Medium gold/amber. Clear. Mild head with dogged retention.

Bitter attack – lightly spicy. Toasty warm malt – light sweetness. Bitter medium dry finish. Clean medium light malt flavor. Light sweetness. Toasty warm medium-light graininess. Fruity – grape. Mild hop flavor. Medium to medium-high bitterness.

Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Still pretty bitter in the mouth.

Not the most refreshing beer. Sharp bitterness makes it hard to drink.

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Photo of zeff80
3.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 1 pint 3.25 oz bottle with no date.

A - Poured out a rusty orange color with an eggshell white, three-finger head. It left some lace.

S - It smelled of malt, grass and clove.

T - It tasted bittersweet with a bready malt flavor. It also had a woody flavor.

M - It was soft and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good pale ale. Good flavor.

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Photo of jeffjfindley
2.26/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This lives up to the unfortunate stereotype of all things English, in that it's bland as hell. In every way. Copper color, head is ehhh. Smell is, wait a minute, what smell? What little trace there is of an aroma is similar to Perrier. Flavor starts out ok, sweet caramel malt. It takes an unfortunate turn about 2/3 of the way in and begins to taste a bit like an ashtray. As far as the mouthfeel, I feel like I just sucked on a penny. A sticky penny. I need to find some decent English beers.

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Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
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