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Rating: 4.3/5 (4 votes cast)

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  • Brewery: Bass Brewery
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  • Country: England
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  • Style: English Bitter (ESB) / Pale Ale
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  • PHM Grade: A-

Bass Pale Ale

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The only way to conquer the Monday (my arch enemy) blues is with a nice beer at the end of the day. Ironically, it’s also a great way to bring in the weekend after work on Friday. This only proves that beer fits many occasions.

I feel this beer does not need a long review. It’s a standard English Pale Ale with a very smooth and sophisticated “drinkability.” There is a classic fruity yeast stain aroma typical of English brews. With a nice foamy head and deep gold color this beer beckons you to enjoy the wonderful mixture of malt, hops, water, and yeast. With delicate hints of earthy floral notes the English hops suit this beer well. The malt body plays an important roll with toffee, caramel, and toasty highlights. It is well-balanced with sweet malts and slightly bitter hops each lending their support of one another. The mouthfeel is light to medium and the finish is reminiscent of Guinness (minus the bitter roasted malt flavor). My guess is because it has a similar yeast, but in any case I’m sure this is why a Black & Tan (1/3 Guinness to 2/3 Bass) is amazing. Talk about a beer you can enjoy over and over this would be it. Great for social drinking at pubs!

If you can tell I love beers from the UK and Ireland and I also love ESBs making Bass a real winner in my book.

ABV: 5.0%

Grade: A-

Bass Pale Ale, 4.3 out of 5 based on 4 ratings
  1. This beer is one of my all time favorites, and is right up there with Newcastle as far as “drinkability” goes. (A term that I set in quotations only because I can’t describe a definition.) This is a bit more effervescent than Newcastle, though, and therefore, to me, a little more satisfying to drink. If I were eating; Newcastle. Eating light; Bass. Any other occasion; some IPA with so much goddamn hops I want to mail my tongue to God for a replacement.

    Marc Fuller — September 19th, 2011, 9:15 PM
  2. Marc,
    I agree. “Drinkability” is subject to the drinker. I do feel that Newcastle and Bass are very sessionable making them commonplace in many bars both stateside and internationally. Both beers pair well with most meals, but I think you have a good point. Lighter meals, Bass (i.e., fish and chips). Newcastle for a hearty meal. With regards to my palate, I guess God blessed me with one that is continually being refined by hops.

    Tom — September 19th, 2011, 9:58 PM
  3. I had my first Bass Pale Ale in the tavern in the corner of the Adelphia Hotel in Philadelphia PA in the 70s. Loved it then and it still is my #1 choice.

    Philip — October 19th, 2012, 10:52 PM
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