Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Dale's Pale Ale

Dale's Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brewery

Lyons, Colorado

American Pale Ale (APA)
6.50% ABV


Commercial Description:
Brewed with hefty amounts of European malts and four kinds of American hops, it delivers a blast of hop aromas, a rich middle of malt and hops, and a thrilling finish. It weighs in at 6.5 % alcohol by volume. Why squeeze such a big brew into a little can? Because we think fun in the great outdoors calls for great beer. Our cans go where bottled beers can't, where flavorless canned beers don't belong. And no matter where you drink Dale's Pale Ale, our can protect it from light and oxidation far better than bottles do.

Northern Brewer for bittering, Cascade and Columbus for flavor, and a big, post-boil addition of Centennial for aroma.

General Pricing:
12oz cans, ~$9.00 6 pack,  ~    $17.00 12 pack,   ~$32.00 case

The beer pours a pale copper color with amber hues and on fairly rich white head.

The nose is very nice with caramel malts and flowering hops all with a sweet background to it.

Wow, that’s an APA. This is one good beer. It is very hoppy but it also is nicely balanced with a rich caramel malt backbone.

The taste starts out with sweet caramel malts upfront. Then a nice effervescence over the tongue along with a building hop bitterness. The rich caramel malts seem to stop the hops from completely taking over. Back-end is different hop flavor and a little more intense. The finish is very refreshing it is a little hoppy but not overly bitter and fades quickly. The final aftertaste somewhat lingering but it is a perfect blend of hops and malts.

This is one amazing Pale Ale. The aroma, mid-sip, back-end and finishing hops are all different flavors. At no time are any of these hops over powering the beer. This is very impressive to me since I am not a hophead. In fact American IPA’s are my least favorite craft beers.

The head has diminished to just a patchy island covering most of the top of the beer. There is also a nice ring around the top of the glass and it is leaving some decent lacing.

As this beer warms it just gets better. This beer is at 63 degrees and even better than it was earlier. The hops are toned down to just a nice bite. The malts are richer tasting and have risen from the background to be a more pronounced player now.

The final sips were at 67 degrees and simple amazing. I am always impressed with a beer when it warms to these temperatures and still taste great. This may be my gold standard for and APA.

I highly recommend this beer to anyone that is looking for something more than the traditional offerings but don’t care for those over the top extreme brews. This is a little more intense than your typical stock ale but it’s worth a try.

A+ for Dales Pale Ale, a truly great America Pale Ale.  

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