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 Redrover
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bass Ale is an old standby by. It was a good choice when I was younger and the beer choices were much more limited. Remember those commercials “Bass Ale, the Spirit of the Empire”? I was recently in that noted beer desert Beaumont, TX and was glad to see this one available.

Beer pours an attractive amber color with a tan head. Some inconsistent lacing.

Beer smells of malts, bread & caramel. Smells are fairly faint, but you can pick them up.

Beer tastes sweeter than I remember. Definite nuttiness and caramel undertones. Hops seem understated for a pale ale. However, the taste is decent and the carbonation seems perfect.

Easy to drink and the taste holds as the beer warms. Beer has an appealing soft mouthfeel.

While not a world beater, this is well made and easy to drink beer and one that I would not turn down.

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

I bit the bullet and paid $9 + for this six pack so I could rate it..

Perhaps the perfect session beer....low carbonation...light bodied....moderately malty with soft caramel and biscuit notes...hops lend a fruity secondary taste...not citrus like though...more cidery like apples or pears...goes down easy...has a nice although subdued flavor..Iwish this had a bit more heartiness to it but the flavor is good although tame.......worth drinking if it was less than $9+ per sixer....color is orangish amber with an excellent fluffy white pillowy head that laces the glass nicely....

I could drink a lot of these in hurry which is good (for me) and bad for my bank account...

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Photo of bridgeporter
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber colored, fruity with a malty nose, this is still a nice English beer in the bottle. Drank it years ago on cask in the U.K. and the modern version has lost a bit of it's spunk. This bottled version still retains some of the qualities of old. It holds a nice head throughout(I drink vairly quickly) and it's slightly sweet taste is no problem to my taste buds. Highly drinkable stuff.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

rich amber in appearance thin white head... a bass is what i think about when i picture a glass of beer. almost toffeeish fruity smell to it. hint of something burnt maybe "toasted' is a better word, but i don't think so. fruit comes out mid taste with some carmel butteriness hops to finish. a nice beer for all occasions, one of those beers you can find almost anywhere, that will satisfy.

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Photo of Mustard
3.17/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with no "bottled on" or "best by" date.

Appearance: Fairly clear amber in hue; rough pour produces a fine, two-fingered head of light beige color; decent retention; moderate lacing.

Smell: Heavily buttery; some caramel malt.

Taste: Light, grain backbone finished by a gentle, earthy hop bitterness; faint butter diacetyl notes pervade.

Mouthfeel: Somethat thin; overly carbonated if not poured roughly enough.

Notes: Not worth your time.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ah, Bass and that infamous red triangle trademark. A beer that is readilly available almost anywhere and is welcome wherever it can be found. This is definitely one of the classics, and although mass-produced, it still maintains the integrity of a micro in terms of flavor. The water it's brewed with seems to add to the allure. It also seems to pair itself with food very well.

Bass pours a nice reddish amber/copper color with a nice off-white head that lasts for quite some time. Some splotchy lace is left behind. The aroma is quite fruity with some maltiness and some mineral-like smell. The mouthfeel is a little thin, and there isn't much carbonation at all, but it has a smoothness that makes this very easy to drink. A fruity sweet flavor seems to be the main focal point in this beer, although I can detect some caramel and toasted malt notes. There is a "hard water" type edge to it. If you ever had the pleasure of drinking North Jersey tap water you'll know what I mean. Slight hop bitterness in the finish. Overall, this beer is quite mellow in the bitterness department. Aftertaste has some toastiness, some continuing bitterness and mineral flavors, and some nuttiness. It all finishes with a little bit of alcoholic warmth.

Many compare their pale ales to this. This isn't groundbreaking anymore, but it still is a beer that is welcome in my fridge anytime. Very easy to drink (makes a great session beer). I think this is a good beer to start a "macro-er" conversion. This is would go great with red meat of any kind (especially steaks and prime rib).

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Photo of TheDM
3.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a light brown head of fine to medium sized white bubbles. It has a nice transparent golden brown body, a mild malty aroma, and leaves very little lacing. It has an initially bitter taste that quickly melds into a smooth slightly bitter hoppy malty finish. This brew has a little more character than some of my recent ratings. It is a nice all around drinkable brew.

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Photo of euskera
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Classic EPA that back in the day was a "special occasion" beer for me. Much better on tap than in the bottle, IMO. Nice clean taste, not too much hoppiness with a buttery feel. This is the beer I bring to parties when I don't want to share my stash. Always drinkable, I will never turn one of these down.

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Photo of bierman2000
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean amber colored appearance with a light head and body. The malt used in this beer has a roasted quality.Caramelly flavor and also hoppy. Just enough bitterness at the end to keep this beer from being overly malty. Mouthfeel is good, and maybe a bit oily but smooth. This is a great session beer with low ABV and lots of character.

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Photo of granger10
4.22/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer that made me want to know more beyond the borders of American macros. It has a quality taste that I still admire even after I have tried so many other beers now. Bass comes forth with a slick butteryness that is followed by some malty tones (caramel, buttterscotch). The finish is of slight hop bitterness that makes this beer very enjoyable and a true classic.

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Photo of woemad
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown amber in color, not much of a head, but foam never disappeared completely. Malty odor, with a slight caramel scent. Nice, full mouthfeel. Taste starts off as a duel between caramely malt flavor and a mineral water taste (presumably the much-balyhooed Burton-on-Trent water), before finishing with a mildly hoppy aftertaste. I could probably put away a number of these. While not earthshattering, its not bad at all.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bass poured (well, actually nearly exploded) out of the bottle with a nice dark amber color and a large creamy head that stayed throughout. Aromas were mild malts and faint fruitiness.
Taste was somewhat sweet and lacking the bitterness at the finish. Carbonation kind of got in the way but I found this to be a very smooth beer missing the bitter aftertaste of some other bitters I've had in the past. No complaints here.

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Photo of stegmakk
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear amber with white head that left some lacing on the glass...
Aroma was faintly malty...I didn't get much nose off of this one...
Taste was average...nothing great but nothing bad...had a mix of some malt and some hops, and a slight bitter aftertaste...All of the flavor was very mild to me both at cold, and room temps.
Mouthfeel was nice and silky maybe a little too watery though.
Overall I will not buy bass, however if one is offered, I will not turn it down. Slightly above average beer.

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Photo of usualpulp
3.57/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a nice white head, very good carbonation. The beer is very malty, and very sweet. Slightly too sweet at first, but as the beer warms the balance between hop and malt becomes better. There are some mild fruit flavors to the beer, but nothing overhwhelming. Definately a good beer for drinking while camping or during the summer on the porch.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Light brown color with a medium head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. Nice smooth malt taste, good hop balance. Milder taste as typical of English Ales. Good flavor. Full round Mouthfeel. Smooth taste. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is dry and malty.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium white head with good lacing on the sides of my mug. Carbonation was observed rising to the top. Its body was amber. It had a somewhat fruity aroma to it. There was no bitterness noted. It had a nice flavor which I was surprised at. There was no aftertaste with this brew. Not a bad drink.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber gold color with a thin white head that subsides quickly unless you pour it exactly right. Fine bubbles complement the hard water character which allow the smooth malt to blend with the noble hops. If you are used to light beers this one can be nicely hoppy but to most I.P.A. lovers the hops are mild at best. A wonderful brew in the classic english pale ale style that is best served not too cold. Good for summer days while reading on the hammock in the backyard.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Even though I tried both guinness and bass tonight, I didn't get to try a black and tan. I had this beer in a 22oz. glass on tap. It pours a light brown color with about 1.5 fingers of head. There is a good amount of lacing on the glass. A bit of pine to the smell, and a little hops. The taste is also piney, with a little bit of fruit and a good hops finish. The mouthfeel is just a little light. The drinkability is pretty good. This is a great starter pale ale.

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

I had this last night while the memory of the cask conditioned Bass that I had in England ws fresh in my mind. There was a big difference in the beers. The US version lacked a smoothness that was in the cask version. Also, the US version has somewhat of an indeterminate aftertaste that was not evident in the cask version. All in all, still a very good brew, put it is lacking compared to it's Big Brother!

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An impressive coppery/amber colour, it was served with a medium sized head that disappeared shortly, but left a bit of lace down the glass during consumption. Brief note of malts on the nose before the hops took over, and the taste matched this. A decent session beer, I've always had a soft spot for it, but on tap if given the choice, I'd rather drink a good local micro. Otherwise I use this to fall back on, and it never does me wrong.

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

This was one of the beers that really got me interested in the different tastes and varieties of beer, and for that reason alone will probably always be one of my favorites. It pours a nice coppery red/amber color, with a fluffy white head which slowly diminishes. This beer looks good and inviting. Slightly hoppy, floral nose. Tastes of hops (although fairly mild) and slightly metallic. The hops provide a nice tingle on the tongue. Smooth and fairly light, Bass is a pretty good beer with high availability.

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Photo of far333
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good backup beer. Pretty available and consistently decent, but not exceptional. It tastes better to me out of the bottle than on tap. Pours a copper color, with an off-white head that I wish would stick around longer. Leaves good lacing though, which sticks to the glass and doesn't move. The malt smell comes through immediately, plus some hop, and a bit of pine and citrus. The taste is also malty, and has highlights of orange peel and pine. Mouthfeel is watery, but feels like it foams up at the back of the mouth. The lingering aftertaste has a metallic flavor though, which detracts from the other flavors, and makes it hard to have more.

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Photo of kindestcut
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bass pours a clear amber/gold with a moderate head that lasts but a couple of minutes. Liberal carbonation is evident.

The aroma is faintly hoppy, floral and clean. The aroma is not overpowering yet hits the nose as you take a drink.

The taste is crisp, with a slight bitterness and faint malt sweetness. Bass is not incredibly strong flavored yet has enough there to be enjoyable. It's not a "lite" beer but is light flavored.

Of all the "light" classic ales, this is the one I like the best. Now, I's not a great beer. But it is good and it is very refreshing. I see Bass as a good beer to end the night with...not heavy and lower alcohol.

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Photo of jlervine
2.58/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had two pints of Bass with lunch today at a local watering hole. First glass poured a nice amber color with no head at all. The second pint had a white head that lasted the entire time it took me to wolf down my fries and philly cheesesteak. The aroma of both was of malt and green apples. Green apples?!? I don't remember Bass having a green apples aroma! Ew... Bad beer, bad lines, who the hell knows, but a definite turn-off. The taste wasn't exciting, either. Carbonation on the front, a light touch of caramel malt on the finish - but only with the second pint. Hmm, methinks there was stale beer in the lines. Ick. Mouthfeel is nothing to scream for, but it sat well with me and could have made a great session beer - after I had pounded back 6 or so to kill my sense of smell and taste.

I KNOW Bass has to be better than this. But it wasn't.

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Photo of 86MonteSS
4.68/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok, so it's my favorite beer. I've had some of the world's best, but Bass' flavor is second to none. The only complaint I have is that it is a little too watered down. If it was a little stronger, it would be too good to be true. Perfect color. Perfect "roasted" flavor, even if you have to concentrate on it. They say it's not the same beer Napoleon cherished, but so what, I love it to death.

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Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
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