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Monday, April 1st 2013

BaCANated Dale's Pale Ale
(Oskar Blues Brewery)

Oskar Blues continues to impress us with their neverending ability to have fun while brewing outstanding beer. We didn't need any more proof of this...and that's when a package arrived containing two cans of this extremely limited release. "BA-CAN-ATED" Dale's Pale Ale is just what it sounds like...the company's flagship beer brewed with bacon and lot's of it apparently. We were big fans of their oSKAr the G'RAUCH Smoked IPA so the idea of a somewhat smoky pale ale sounds very intriguing. Let's crack this open and see what it is all about.

From the Oskar Blues site:

"Why mess with perfection? Why not? We took the time-tested recipe for Dale's Pale Ale and added something special into the mix. Using a process we call Ba-CAN-ation we've brewed up a batch of our Dale's Pale Ale with the addition of over 40 pounds of premium Colorado bacon. A little smoky, a lot hoppy, and altogether unique and delicious. Once you've given this a try you may never again feel the same about getting your Vitamin B from any other source but from your beer!"

Here we go...

Pour - pours a lighter shade of autumn with decent carbonation and a slight tint of brown. The head is fairly wispy and thin and perhaps that is from the oil in the bacon? Nonetheless it still looks pretty good!

Aroma - wow. Talk about a combination of aromas! You've got the strong hoppy aromas mixing with a decent amount of smokiness and even hints of meaty savory goodness. 

Taste - one sip and we're happy to say that our tongue is attempting to give a thumbs up, its too bad that tongues don't have thumbs. The first flavors that hit the tongue are all of this bitter, citrusy hops which are followed by a wave of sweetness and finally the smoky, savoriness of the bacon. It's almost like it was aged on bacon...wouldn't that be amazing. As this warms a bit the smokiness comes out a bit more and is very well supported by the grain bill of this beer. This is better than good. Its bacon good. 


Overall - this is not a bacon bomb by any means. The combination of hoppy and smoky is done extremely well and done so with an already existing well-built American pale ale. The generous malt backbone of this brew provides a sturdy frame with which to support both the citrusy hops and the savory smoke. Very happy we were able to give this one a try! 


Notes- BA-CAN-ATED Dale's Pale Ale cans feature a hand-painted bacon design and only a couple dozen were produced. Most of the beer was apparently consumed before it ever got to the canning stage. If you believed anything you've read here you should also check out our review of Oskar Blues' TwenTeny Triple Imperial Stout! Cheers!

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Ba-CAN-ated Dale's Pale Ale
Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Oskar Blues Brewery
Longmont, Colorado  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 6.5%
IBUs: 65
Date: April 1st, 2013

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Labels: Pale Ales