Wednesday, February 17, 2010

232. Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale

“Rocky Mountain Pale Ale”

Our first beer from Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont, CO. Beginning with a bready and caramel malt nose mixed with a generic hop spiciness, Dale’s Pale Ale pours a hazy copper with a tan creamy head. The flavor starts bready, followed by caramel malt sweetness before moving into a spicy bitterness with a bit of pine flavor in the middle, and finishes a bit harsh with more bitterness from the hops. The carbonation is rather light, and the body is medium and creamy with some hop astringency curling the back of the tongue. Dale’s is about as straight forward of a pale ale as you can get; it is very drinkable, but not that complex in either the malt or hop profile. Coming as it does in a can, Dale’s is an excellent option for whenever bottles would not be feasible. Rock that can.

From the Oskar Blues website: “America’s first hand-canned craft beer is a voluminously hopped mutha that delivers a hoppy nose, assertive-but-balanced flavors of pale malts and hops from start to finish. First canned in 2002, Dale’s Pale Ale is a hearty (6.5% and 65 IBUs), critically acclaimed trailblazer that has changed the way craft beer fiends perceive canned beer.”

ABV 6.5%
IBU: 65


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