Bass Pale Ale | Bass Brewers Limited

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bass Brewers Limited
England, United Kingdom
bassale.com

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,655
Reviews:
1,063
Avg:
3.39
pDev:
16.52%
 
 
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36
Gots:
339
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Pantalones
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Second-to-last bottle from the six-pack. No best-by date, but a code of "16340" which I assume is a Julian date. 25 days before the end of 2016, so that'd make this about two and a half months old.

Looks pretty nice -- it's a medium-darkish orange color, and very clear, with lots of rising bubbles. The foam on top is just slightly off-white and forms a decent little layer when poured, shrinking a bit afterward and leaving some trails behind on the inside of the glass. As I drink more of the beer, it's leaving a nice pattern of rings around the glass with lacing in between.

Smell is somewhat difficult to describe, but pleasant. There's an almost doughiness to it as well as something that I assume must be hop-related, though it's not strong enough or clear enough for me to really point out a specific thing that it smells like. Some slight toastiness in the background as well, and some sweetness too. Maybe a bit fruity? I'm thinking maybe something along the lines of apples (not like cidery, but like freshly cut apples) or pears. Seems like after a while a bit of a metallic smell starts to come through, which is not a welcome change. Fortunately, the last little bit of beer left in the glass didn't have much of the metallic smell, with the raw apple/pear-like fruitiness standing out again.

Taste is similar to the smell -- that fruitiness I mentioned is definitely there right away and comes back for a little while again in the aftertaste, before giving way to the doughy malty flavor that lingers a bit longer. There's also a much more noticeable bread-crusty malt flavor that only showed up a little in the smell, and another sort of "grainy" sweetish malty flavor mixed in with that from time to time to add a little extra something to the beer's flavor, which is a nice surprise. Seems slightly sweetish in flavor, but at the same time feels much more dry.

Mouthfeel overall is pretty nice too. It's definitely very drinkable, fairly light but not even close to watery, just a bit of a nice substantial feeling to it. There's a noticeable crispness to it, and like mentioned above it feels pretty dry despite the sweetish flavors present.

Overall this is a decent little beer that I'm glad I finally picked up to try. It's not my favorite English ale so far, but it's certainly not my least-favorite either. Drinking the last few of these makes me want to try more of the Samuel Smith's and Fuller's lineups that I keep seeing at the local beer store but for some reason just haven't gotten around to trying yet. Maybe you'll be seeing me review another English pale ale in the not-too-distant future?

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Photo of Manzanarescarrillo
4.36/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SGR1220
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JuiceMan818
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AB1945
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Always one of the great beers - suddenly I buy a 6 pack and the first bottle is tasteless - as are the rest. Check the bottle and it is brewed in the US. Of course it still sells at import beer prices! It's the last I'll buy until I'm back in the UK. Not knocking the US - Sierra Nevada brew a great pale ale and they'll get my business.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmmbeer89
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rbrandt22
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of OneTuffPony
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lagerquestrian
3.06/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BubbleBobble
3.19/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.76/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Darrin_Smith
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of suckaj
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Dewsby
2.72/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of joetardi
1.46/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bass Ale, was for the longest time, my "Go To" beer especially with ALL the beer choices these days, Bass was fine by me. Until, just about 3 weeks ago I noticed 'something' different about the smell AND the taste. It was DIFFERENT, but NOT in a good way. Then for the 1st time in a long time, I noticed on the label...Made in the USA!...Not Burton-On-Trent. I was Very Disappointed...as in VERY. Sorry, but unless I can get the UK version...I'm done with Bass. the USA version simply isn't Bass Ale....

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Photo of KenBenson
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of samciatu
5/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Malt! Unfortunately, now made by Budweiser in New Hampshire, so kinda spoils the old British mystique.

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Photo of mainejohn
2.89/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

This used to be my favorite English ale, until it started to taste differently a few years back. Then I looked at the bottle, and it read "brewed in Baldwinsville NY". Well I know that brewery...it's a Budweiser brewery! So what they did was when Bud bought Bass, they decided to brew the ale meant for US consumption in NY instead of England! I did a side-by-side blind taste test of the English version (while it was still available) and the NY version, and NO comparison! Sorry Budweiser...I now refer to Bass Ale as "Bud Heavy!" Gotta believe you've lost sales because of this.

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Photo of Tigerbrau
2.45/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tucson_brewson
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into Imperial pint glass

L - Deep, copper-amber color with a clean inch of head that thins out and leaves a nice bubbly lacing.

S - Caramel, malt, toffee, slight citrus, pear, apple, and earthy hops. Nothing overpowering, nothing too unique.

T - Starts off with a rich caramel sweetness, follows up with biscuit malt, a fruity bite with a hint of hops at the end.

F - Light to medium bodied, soft, slightly carbonated but very drinkable.

O - A nice English Pale Ale, very different from American Pale Ales. Not too light, not too hoppy. Much like other hearty beers, this one starts to bring out more flavor the longer it sits. But it's also refreshing when ice cold.

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Photo of Chestertonian82
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Orutra53
4.68/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great clear amber beer. Super taste. Balanced smell, feel and look. Even tough it is a soft pale ale, it has a solid flavor strength that fills any of higher expectations in this kind of beers. Cheers !

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Photo of SamuelD3
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
3.39 out of 5 based on 2,655 ratings.
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