Dale’s Pale Ale: A delicious craft in a can

7 Feb

So we meet again, Dale’s Pale Ale.

This beer first started as a small-scale craft beer brewed out of Colorado. Risking it all, Oskar Blues decided to hand-can their masterpiece instead of bottling it. Word quickly spread about delicious pale ale in-a-can circulating through Colorado and soon it began to expand to other parts of the United States.

Dale’s Pale Ale is, without doubt, one of the best American pale ales around. It was voted Top Pale Ale by The New York Times and is highly regarded by beer connoisseurs.

This is not my first rodeo with Dale’s. I have had Dale’s Pale Ale a few times throughout my life – and I always come back for more.

“Pale Ale” generally refers to an ale (top-fermented yeast beers) that is hoppy and bitter. Pale malts are used in brewing, hence the name. They are often a good blend of malt and hop flavors and can range in color from light copper to dark brown.  Pale ales have become very popular in American because they are usually a flavorful medium-bodied beer.

Dale’s is an amber-red color and is fruity and bold. The rich, hoppy flavor dominates the taste, leaving a bitter taste and aftertaste. The fruit taste is also strong but not as strong as other fruit beers. The hops are medium-level, not as strong as an IPA, but definitely there.

There was a slight layer of white foam upon pouring this beer from can to glass, which quickly dissipated. There was medium to low carbonation, which held pretty much throughout the whole drinking process. It would have nice the have the foam hold for a little longer.

This is a very good beer, worthy of the awards it has won. The smell is not floral, and is slightly musty, as was Mama’s Little Yella Pils, also by Oskar Blues. Just a guess, but maybe it is the can that causes this. The smell is barely detectable and not something that will turn you off the beer or anything, but I though it was relevant nonetheless.

The best thing about this beer is that it surprises the taste buds with ever sip. Pale ales take some getting used to. Dale’s is bitter and hoppy but not overwhelming. I would most definitely recommend it if we carried it at the bar I work at.

It is 6.5 percent alcohol, about 2 percent stronger than your average domestic lager, such as Bud Light, so you may want to keep this in mind.

Dale’s is available on draft at many restaurants and bars that carry craft beers. It’s great on draft, and is also available in singles, six-packs and most recently a 12-pack box. It’s a good pale ale to start with, but may create a standard that is hard to beat.


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