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

Served a beautiful clear amber color with an off-white head. Light nose consisting mainly of malt. Smooth and medium-bodied mouthfeel with a touch of creaminess to it. Nice malty sweetness. Flavors consist of biscuit, caramel and just the right amount of hop bitterness in the finish. It had been awhile since I ordered a Bass and I'm glad that I did. Definitely seems more enjoyable on tap.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought this in the 1pt 3.25 brown bottle..served at car trunk temp..that is slightly chilly....
this is a handsome looking beer nice inch high head appears on puring atop a lovelly coppery coloured beer..head soon dissapates down to an 8th of an inch.
I liked the strong aroma of the hops and malt in this beer.
a very nice not to strong tasting pale ale..nice mellow bitterness on the back of the tongue
feels ok in the mouth
This is a nice beer to drink ..not the best tasting..but good for friends.

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This draught came with a good head that lingered fairly long. It was a good copper color and very clear. The aroma was neutral. The flavor was also. I did not notice either a malt nor a hop predominance. The mouthfeel was fair. It was a good beer but I only drank one and switched to a stout.

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Photo of Rocko
2.81/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice clear amber color, it looks really pretty. The head is also nice white and thick. It smells quite sweet, nothing outstanding at all though, the taste is also sweetish with a little carameltaste. I can also sense a roasted sort of tone finished off in a bitter way. Certainly not one of my favorite beers... Should be served at 10-12°C.

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Photo of Thrasher
2.15/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ordered this from a bar that didn't have anything else worth drinking. It's been a while since I tried it last, and I have to say this beer is pretty bad. It looks fine, and has a good mouthfeel but the flavors are husky, dirty, and muted to the point of being innocuous - I guess to appeal to as many people as possible. Well I'm not one of them. This beer does injustice to all pale ales and to the British beer world as the whole, at least from an American perspective. Goes into the same file as Heineken: imported, overpriced, underflavored, and available everywhere. Needless to say I stuck to scotch for the rest of the night.

If this was packaged as macroswill at 3.99 a sixer that would be one thing. Instead, it's presented as a prestige beer, 7 or 8 bucks a sixer, and almost always an extra dollar a pint at the pub. Unacceptable. However, I should reserve complete condemnation until I have the opportunity to sample the Real deal from a cask in the UK.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.29/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bubbly white head, transparent amber color. Fresh aroma, fruity, with notes of peach, nectarine, citrus. Hops are negligible, dull finish, slight malt, faint body.
Once a favorite, before I discovered what the revivalists among American craftbrewers have been doing with this style. Apparently, the American version, bottled and draft, is weakened some for "our" taste, and I'm profoundly disappointed. The brewery likes to play up the brands history and legend, but provides only a shadow of what the beer once was.
It's perfectly suitable for pallid palates, but get me to a HopDevil or Summit IPA instead!

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Photo of 49degrees
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sadly, since Interbrew took over the helm for Bass the beer has become less of a crowd pleaser and much more characteristic of the other mass produced beers the label makes -- can anyone say Coors?

Nevertheless, Bass' benchmark ale - Bass Ale is a traditional pale ale style, which is arguably one of the best that Interbrew produces. However, compared to some of the stellar Pale Ales being released around the globe, this one has quickly fallen from my charts as something worthy of drinking.

Whether from the bottle or on tap, draught still remains the best place to have this brew, it is a consistent beer. It pours clean, clear and always with a deep copper hue. Its has a fairily mellow aroma with an emphasis on the malts rather than its hoppier characterists. From the tap, is pours with a decent sized head, yet from the bottle, its minimal at best and dissipates quickly, but does provide a reasonable amount of lacing on the glass.

If choices can be made, personally I’ll stick with offerings from Great Lakes, Sierra Nevada, Bridgeport or the Pike Place Pub.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz amber bottle.

Appearance: Pours to give a coppery colored beer with some good white foam initially, but which settles fairly quickly to a thin, wispy foam that leaves good lace.

Smell: Good aroma of barley and malt, with some earthiness and a hint of butter.

Taste: Moderate body. Malty, sweet, with very light hop bitterness. A very modest lingering aftertaste. Mild carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, balanced. Crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good. A refreshing pale ale.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper body with a short foamy bone-white head that holds well and leaves nice lace. The aroma is nicely fruity, buttery, a touch metallic and slightly sulphury over a gently caramel maltiness. The body is medium with a fine and moderate carbonation that caresses and tingles the tongue before becoming lightly creamy. The flavor displays a rich caramel malt with a mild note of dried fruit against a bold, backing bitterness. It finishes with a rounding note of diacetyl and residual sweet caramel malt followed by some earthiness and sulphur alongside drying bitterness. Welll balanced with a good drinkability. Best enjoyed slightly warmed. Often overlooked because of the size of the brewery and its wide availability, this is an excellent, full flavored English pale ale that deserves more notice.

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Photo of Mitchster
1.28/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Crystal clear amber brew forms a rocky white head sitting on top medium-sized bubbles. Head quickly thins, but forms a meringue peak which lingers until 1/4 way through the glass. Moderately-high carbonation, forming spirals of bubbles at a hypnotic rate. Aroma is of canned philadelphia mushrooms, toffee, almonds, sweet dog food, and margarine in that order. (Honestly!) What a perplexing smell. Flavor is of sweet malt with no apparent graininess, which fades to a strong metallic tinge, and ends in fizzy dirty dishwater that had caramel candies sitting in it. The fusel alcohols become more dominate in the start of the beer with progressive sips and really becomes unbearable by the end. This beer is intriguing for a few seconds, and looks pretty, but is absolutely horrible. Just a few sips gave me a nasty temporal headache, and I poured 1/2 of it down the sink. I never want to drink this beer again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.78/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bass Pale Ale is one of those beers that while your are first entering the realm of beer tasting it is different and somewhat extraordinary, but after coming back to it I am pretty disappointed with the flavor. It pours a copper amber tone with a cream colored foam head. At first sniff it produced a mild nutty aroma along with some maltiness, but as the beer settled so did the scent. At first taste it was too cold to get any flavors from the beer, but after it warms it produces a sharp taste with a slightly bitter finish. Not anything to be crazy about, but I definitely think I would enjoy this one top more.

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Photo of Webby64
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like this beer! Cheep, around $10 a twelver (on sale). The appearance is a reddish drown, nice 1 inch head which dissapates fast but doesn't dissapear. Smell is of hops and a touch of sweetness. Taste is a tad thin but I find satifying, kind of sweet, not much aftertaste. This is much better down at Kelly's pub on tap.

Overall, a staple in my fridge, better than anything the big three could ever produce!


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Photo of oelergud
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark amber, generous carbonation and an off white two finger head that receeds fast but does not disappear entirely like so many other beers.
Taste is just above average, well balanced brew, a little bitterness and sweet in unison, aftertaste is pure bitter but not strong.
Smell is modest but good, mostly hops with a slight hint of caramel.
Feels great on the tongue and swallows well because of the carbonation I'd say but it does make you burp alot, which of course can be quite joyous as well.
This seems to be the perfect generic beer, plain and simple but good.


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Photo of Naerhu
3.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ingredients: Malts, Hopps, sugars, flavorings.
Alcohol: 5.1%
Rich orange color. Fine head. A beer lacking flavor or character. Perhaps it is because this beer is stored at room tempurature, its flavor profile was weakend. Where is the bitterness or hoppiness characteristic in a pale ale, I do not know.

Drank Jan. 02, 2003
Exp. Sept. 2003

Review edit: Aug. 29 2003
Although I do not know what the hell anyone is doing putting sugar and flavorings in a Pale Ale for, this beer has a mild attractive malt flavor. My previous rating put it 2.8, would put this beer at "belw average" but compared to all the other crap at the "hip bars", this is the best you can get, and so clearly is not below average.

With AB crap taking such a large share of worldwide production volume, Bud would have to be average (and thus get straight threes), in this context Bass Pale Ale would be a 4.

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Photo of cretemixer
3.36/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the beer I'll usually grab if the pub doesn't have anything outstanding. Looks nice in the glass with a decent head. Average taste and smell. It really has a nice balance between malt and hops just not enough of either. Just slightly above average, but works in a pinch.

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Photo of zerk
3.11/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A classic... example of what happens when a good beer changes its formula to appeal to the masses.

I remember Bass being a flavorful, and nicely hopped beer... a good English Pale Ale. But much of it's hop character and body are now gone... still a beautiful clear copper with a trail of lace down the glass... some caramel and toasted malt in the nose and flavor... but the hops struggle to get any attention.

Based on what this beer used to be, it's now truely disappointing.

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Photo of purplehops
3.72/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After two or three years without having a Bass ale, and finding myself in the position of choosing Bass or Bud, I chose Bass. The color was still that nice pale orange/red that I remembered from days past. The head was a pleasant off white that lingered around the glass for a short time. The aroma was malty with hints of floral notes. The taste was well balanced with the malt up front and the hops coming in the finish. My taste have evolved toward IPA's and ESB's in later life but it was nice to return to the beer that got me hooked on beer in the first place.

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Photo of shirfan
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color, a shade more golden than oktoberfest orange, with a hint of cloud. Thin, but persistent head.

Smell is misleading; very sweet, almost carmel-apple, with a note of wet leaves.

Taste is neither highly malty nor strongly hopped, but it is very crisp and immediately indicative of a decently-brewed beer. Starts bubbly and clean, finishes with an almost sour note instead of the hops bitterness typical for the style.

Quite drinkable and tasty, but a little bit plain.

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

From the tap it comes colored of a light bronze/copper. The head is white and very there, and it lasts a good time. Its lace clings to the sides of glass to the last drop. The aroma is of a sweet malt with a hint of caramel and some floral appeal. The taste is a combonation of a sweet malt/caramel with bittering hops and some faint floral. Good beer. Matches great as a black and tan.

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Photo of Kwak
4.13/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bass Pale Ale
Head :Nice creamy thick .Taste sweet malt flavor.
Body: Clear pale amber color nice amount of fizz.
Taste:Nice dry pale flavor with tosted malt , alittle biter.

Two words Black/Tan!

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Photo of Morris729
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium golden color with a foamy white head and nice lacing. The aroma is dominated by a sweet maltiness with some floral notes as well. It has a very buttery taste and texture in the mouth and a bit of a nutty flavor. It’s quite smooth and refreshing and is a very drinkable brew.

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

This beer is a giant in the market beer. It pours a copper colour and has very fizzy appearance and a bit of caramel taste. Top quality beer (taking also into consideration that it is an English-Style Pale Ale)



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Photo of HossMcGraw
3.86/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can't understand for the life of me why everyone wants to hate on the Bass Ale. If you want a good, dependable beer that goes great with almost any food, Bass is it. Sure, it doesn't necessarily blow you away with any complex flavors, or anything really complex at all for that matter, but I don't think that's what the brewers intended. A strong apple flavor is present in this beer, and to me tastes like a combination between apple cider and a typical lager or pilsner. You really can't go wrong with Bass.

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

Pours to a nice orangish/amber color with a thich off-white head that lasts. Forms a nice lace-work while sipped down. Its nose is one of sweet malt. The flavors taste of caramel malt, and fruity hops. Overall, this beer is well balaced, and very drinkable.

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

Got this on draught at Gameworks here in Columbus. The keg seemed a little flat, but otherwise it was pretty much the same as the kind you can get in the bottle. An all-around good, clean beer. Not too light and not too stout. A definite step up for a beginner in the beer tasting game. Not too exciting, but a good staple beer I am apt to get if there is nothing new and exciting available.

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Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 2,730 ratings