Sunday, August 10, 2008

Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale review

Oskar Blues Dales Pale AleI went to the beer store on Sunday (yay I can do that now) and picked up a 12-pack of Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues. Unfortunately for the masses, this beer is only available in 12-packs and not 6-packs, so if you only wanted to sample one before you try it, you'll have to go directly to Oskar Blues itself in Longmont, Colorado. Luckily for me, Oskar Blues is well known around Colorado and it's reputation speaks for itself, so buying a 12-pack is considered a good investment in a local brew. Dale's Pale Ale is considered their flagship beer and is named after the head brewer at Oskar Blues.

This beer also comes in cans and there's nothing wrong with good craft beer in a can. Oskar Blues is known for being a pioneer and one of the first to put craft beer in a can and making it popular. And for those keeping track of beer prices, I was able to obtain the 12-pack for $13.49 with a 10% coupon (normally $14.99). (2008 price)

Appearance: I pulled out my trusty Sam Adams beer glass and poured the can into the container. A big head grew and perfectly filled the glass with just a bit of head rising above the top. The hot outdoor weather quickly put condensation all over the glass with this cold beer. I think a nice snifter glass would work well with this beer as well. This beer is a nice golden / copper color with red highlights. There wasn't a lot of carbonation in this beer, but it really didn't need much.

Aroma: Dale's Pale Ale is a hoppy American Pale Ale that's rated at 6.5% ABV and 65 IBUs. You can really smell the generous amount of 4 different American hops in this beer. It has a grassy, citrusy aroma with a hint of grapefruit. The label on the can says "A Huge Voluminously Hopped Mutha of a Pale Ale" and I believe it.

Dale's Pale Ale up closeTaste: The taste hits you up front with a nice malty taste with a great hop blend. If you drink this beer too fast you'll get a good nose full of hops when you burp. I love hoppy burps by the way as it will fill your nasal passage with all that hoppy goodness.

Mouthfeel: Dale's has a great full mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated and no off flavors or aftertaste. It's got a nice clean taste to it. Despite the slightly higher alcohol content, I felt that I could drink at least 2 of these and perhaps more. This isn't a big over the top hoppy beer but it still packs enough hops to let you know they didn't skimp on that part of the recipe.

Overall: Craft beer in a can really works well and Oskar Blues embraced the trend early and was one of the pioneers. The beer ranking sites seem to like this beer as well. As always, please judge this beer for yourself as your tastes may vary. As for me, I'm giving this beer a big thumbs up and a buy again recommendation.

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- Oskar Blues Gordon review.
- Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial Stout review.
- Rocky Mt Brew Fest 2008 - featuring Oskar Blues.
- Oskar Blues Old Chub review.

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