Sunday, August 30th 2009
Dale's Pale Ale
(Oskar Blues Brewery)
For many this was the beer that made them first realize that good beer could come in a can. For many more others this will one day be that beer. The revolution has only just begun. Regardless of when people realize good beer can be found in cans, Dale's Pale Ale will always be synonymous with what Oskar Blues has dubbed "the canned beer apocalypse."
From the Oskar Blues site:
"We think of it as the perfect, everyday beer for hopheads like us. Dale's Pale Ale's rich flavor has helped us make many new fans, and its numerous honors have helped us kick huge holes in the misconceptions regarding cans.""
Here we go...
Pour – a very pretty dark honey amber color with some nice ruby notes. The head is a very thick and fluffy off-white that really compliments things well.
Aroma –fresh hop aroma, some sweet malt or caramel and some citrus notes.
Taste – some piney and citrus hop flavor pours out along with a very balanced sweet malty backbone. Like Oskar Blues says, this is somewhere between an American Pale Ale and an IPA. Its got the strength and the hop profile to squeak in as an IPA but nothing wrong with it being a very hoppy Pale Ale either.
Overall - very solid pale ale. Easy drinking that is for sure and perfect for any camping adventure or backyard BBQ. Oskar Blues sells a ton of these little blue cans and for good reason.
Note - Dale's Pale Ale is named for Dale Katechis who opened Oskar Blues in 1997. It was first canned (by hand) in 2002.
Posted by Russ
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