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 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. ItÂ’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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Photo of Lupe
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color, with a beige frothy head, that settles into a thin sheer that leaves nice, wispy lace. Heavy malt aroma with some carmel and earthy hops. Light to medium body, smooth but a little thin on the tounge. Toasted grain flavor with hints of caramel and butter. Finishes dry with a slight hop bite. Not bad at all for something easy to get.

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Photo of Gusler
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep clear amber to copper color, lavish frothy beige head and tonnes of lace that clings to the glass. Malts dominate the nose, clean, crisp and quite pleasant. Starts slightly malt sweet, the top is skimpy, the finish is mildly carbonated, sparingly hopped, the aftertaste droughty.

Bass being the first English beer I sampled so many years ago, it pains me to see how it has lost it's robustness, now it's less hop laden, thinner, alas all good things must end, this I know. None the less it's a shame, nay I say a crime, to let the pond scum sucking, money grubbing cretins take over and ruin such a fine brewery, same goes for Guinness, and many other wonderful breweries. Once the "Bottom Line", becomes a breweries only concern, in most cases "Quality" goes out the window. My personal feeling is as follows:

"May they burn in hades with their money as the fuel that feeds Satans furnace".

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

Shockingly, I’ve had a million of these beers, but have never reviewed it. So I got a pint tonight. Looks great, copper, and a great head. Taste “not so much.” Hard to describe, had a little malt/ a little hops, not bad, not good. Right down the middle for a beer.

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Photo of aaronh
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This nice amber beer pours with a medium density head with good head retention. It will leave a mild amount of lace on the glass. The aromas are subtle with a hint of sweetness. The taste is fairly clean, with not a lot going on. It feels very good on the palate, and finshes fairly clean for an ale, with a bit of a lingering aftertatse. This is much the way I remembered it from college: a decent beer with an above average reputation. Drink it in a black and tan.

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Photo of doerickson
3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber in color with a frothy, rocky white head. Average retention. Nose is pretty quiet; some soft malty aromas. Crisp mouthfeel. Toasted malt flavors are the main feature, balanced by some hop bitterness in the middle on the way to a very abrupt finish. Unremarkable, but would probably make a decent stepping-stone brew for someone trying to make the jump to "good" beer.

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Photo of jtw5877
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent head, orangish body, a little bit of hops, a little bit of malt, a easy drinking beer, nothing out of the ordinary, yet a solid beer, a good session beer. I think it is also good as a standby at you local not so good bar.

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Photo of canoehornpoint
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very clear deep amber, little head, good side cling. mildly malty nose. mouthfeel complex, seems light on the tongue but has a full body taste. taste is malty but not too sweet, it is crisp but malty. good balance.

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Photo of ryanocerus
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber in color with short-lived head. The aroma malt, and some grainy sweetness. The flavor was malt, with a slight hop presence that was not evident in the flavor. Not an outstanding beer, but as others have pointed out, consistent and available at most bars.

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

Getting home late last night to frozen pizza, I had to run to store 2-4 for beer. There it was, Bass. Bass never fails me. The taste is still satisifing, not ovepowering. I do not find it bitter at all.The first glass always goes down smooth. I usually buy two large singles, which go great with any meal. The narrow neck intrigues me. It harkens me back to my nautical expierences. I could live on Bass.

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Photo of Sigmund
4.5/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consistent indeed - with nearly 100 reviews, all the qualities of this excellent pale ale have been pointed out already. Great on tap, great bottled. Forget that Bass is now owned by Big Bad Interbrew, and just enjoy it!

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Photo of doho95fu
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consistent. This is a widely produced pale ale that still manages to satisfy me. It isn't pushing the envelope, but it is still solid. The color is great (reddish amber) as well as the smell (sweet - fruity?). The smell and taste but are evidence of a good blend of flavors (hops malt - neither is obvious). This is surely drinkable and for a beer that is found in most bars, it is pretty strong - a good fall back beer.

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