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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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Reviews: 1,052 | Ratings: 2,615
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 know...it'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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Photo of jreitman
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper in color. Fruit, biscuity grain and butterscoth aromas that worked quite nicely together. Flavor was that of diacetyl with a subdued sweetness and moderately strong biscuit. Moderate-light bitterness and a medium mouthfeel. Easily drinkable and a nice diversion.

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

On tap: Color is a light amberish brown, big lumpy, crusty-like starch white head about two fingers high which settled down to get these large white, cloud-like clumps and frosty lacing. The clumps I think were due to it being served way to cold, it was practically frozen. Very interesting to say the least to watch that head go funky. I've had Bass numberous times from tap and never have I seen a head dissolve in that fashion. I knew it was far to cold cuz it frosted the glass within 20 seconds or so of it being poured into the glass.
Smells faintly of malty grain, very crisp and sharp.
Taste is smooth, crisp, & clean, bitterly sweet malt & grain, mostly wet, due to cold temp, no hop presence detected.
Feel is light to medium bodied, not much, has a slight bitterness touched throughout and rounds out to the finish, and was very cold.
Very drinkable and a bar favorite, I told them to change the temp on that line, was far to cold. Kinda ruined it a bit compared to other times I've had it.

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Photo of nixhecks
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a 1 pint, 3.25 oz. bottle. Bright amber in color with a creamy white head with pretty decent retension. Slight floral hop aroma, but overall not much smell at all. Soft malt flavors to start, balanced by the hops. For the most part the malt rules, and in my opinion it could use more hops. As a pale ale I am not impressed with this brew, as it lacks the crispness and the hoppy deliciousness. It is still an easy drinking beer with a light body and balanced flavor. I would recommend it, but not to someone who is looking for a pale ale.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber in colour with a short head which quickly disapates to small island lace and medium glass ring. The nose is lightly of caramel. The body is typically heavy and the carbonation is limited.
The taste first comes at you with a malty sweetness and quicky finishes with a minor hoppy bitterness. No lingering after taste, just a smooth tasting pale ale. Recomended.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Off the pour we got a nice big head, white and fluffy. Sticks all over the glass. The beer is a nice looking amber color. Its got a nice sweet flavor to it, with a nice dose of hops. Seems like a pretty standard pale ale. If it was good enough for buffalo bill to take across the wild west as the bottle claims, then its good enough for me.

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Photo of OatmattStout
2.61/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

After an aggressive pour it rendered an fluffy and rocky white head that left a chunky lace down the glass. Its nose was sweet with slight hop scents, nothing descriptive jumps to mid here. The flavor is very straight forward semi malty and a little sweet but does have a somewhat drying element. Finishes with a mild hoppyness and a flat lingering aftertaste.

Overall such a completely boring of a pale ale. How can a beer this old and apparently steeped in history be so uninspired. HAVE THEY EVER TASTED FULLERS LONDON PRIDE.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at a hotel bar, this was a pleasant diversion from lagers. Mid amber/light copper and mostly clear with a small head that dissipated quickly. The aroma was of a pungent caramel that was just a bit stale. The taste was of cream and caramel with a general sweetness. Little lacing. Without strong competition one might drink this through an evening and not decry the lagers lost. A sweet, flowery sense throughout. Acceptable if not impressive.

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Photo of Realale
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper, with a strangely pure white half inch head. The head quickly dissipates to a thin collar, but it leaves decent lacing down the glass.

Nose is, quite frankly, classic. Fruity and malty, with a crisp underlayment of sulphury minerality.

In the mouth, there is a lot of malt, and the bitterness and mineral notes give surprising length. The carbonation is a little much - almost soda-like, but that's the fault of the bar, not the brewery.

I had pretty much sworn off Bass in the U.S., but was faced with little choice at a restaurant. Color me very surprised. Much better than I recall (and I used to drink a lot of it). Cask-condition this, and it could be a regular drink for me.

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Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
3.4 out of 5 based on 2,615 ratings.
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