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Have I told you lately that I love….Dale’s Pale Ale.

22 Aug

Dale’s Pale Ale is truly a masterful blend. 

After doing some “field research” for an article I am writing on canned beers, I decided I need to praise this old classic once again. I also got the chance to interview Dale Katechis, of Oskar Blues, for the article and he had some really interesting things to say.

We took a trip down memory lane to 2002,when he became the Father of canned craft beer and spawned this tasty brew. He said he knew people would scoff at the idea of putting such a high quality of product in a can. Since then, there are now over 600 craft beers in cans from over 200 breweries.

Here’s some things I learned about  the idea behind canning:

1. Portable – Better for hiking, biking, backpacking. Watch out for the trees and don’t pull a Sonny Bono. And, you can cool down a can in 5 minutes – quick for a break in your outdoor adventures.

Light penetrating bottles causes beer to smell like this guy. Le sigh.

2. Better quality – It’s SCIENCE people. A photochemical reaction occurs when light reaches beer through glass. It degrades the hops and causes it to excrete the same compounds produced by skunks. Hence, skunked beer. Beer in clear and green bottles have a better chance of skunking than brown bottles, but still some light gets through them. Not so in cans.

3. Legal – Some stadiums and outdoor venues don’t allow glass, but you don’t have to duck the cops when you’re rolling around with aluminum.

4. Eco-friendly – Mother Nature will thank you, since aluminum is more widely accepted by recycling facilities and infinitely recyclable.

5. Cheaper – Cans are lighter, so this concept should be pretty straight forward, even if you’re on your 3rd or 6th brew. Lighter cans, less fuel.

6. Practical – Just like driving a Subaru, it may not be pretty, but it’s a damn good package – perfect for the outdoors, trustworthy, and nothing more fancy than you need.

So if you think canned beer is only for Nascar races, above ground pools, and hanging out with people that don’t wear shoes and may be named Billy Bob or Bobby Jo, you’re just wrong. Unless it’s Natty Light in a can, then you are probably right. But as far, as craft beer in cans go, love it or hate it, I don’t care. I’ll be driving my Subaru up a mountain with a sixer of these bad boys.

Cans get cold in just 5 short minutes.


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.