Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
4.16/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
355 mL can from a sixer picked up over the border; packaged Sept. 18 2013. Figured it was about time I tried this one, as it seems quite well-regarded. Served slightly chilled.
Pours a lovely, clear golden-amber colour, topped with two fingers of frothy, billowing pearl-white head that slowly recedes over the next little while. Great retention, with lots of lacing - this is just a beautiful pale ale, and the aroma is similarly enticing, with highlights of orange peel and pink grapefruit alongside hints of pineapple, pine resin and grainy malts.
Very tasty stuff. There is a subtle, bready malt backbone that is quickly overpowered by citrusy notes of orange, grapefruit, and lemon peel. This is followed by a touch of tropical fruit, then by some pine resin which provides a mild bitterness into the finish, which is rather floral. Bitter, piney aftertaste that lingers briefly on the palate before drying it out. Medium in body, with a very smooth mouthfeel and restrained carbonation levels that offer a slight bite. This drinks as if it were 5%, but as usual the alcohol will hit you eventually if you rush this one. By why would you want to do that? This is just an exquisite pale ale.
Final Grade: 4.16, an excellent A-. Dale's Pale Ale is a testament to the superiority of the can - this particular one is over 8 months old and still drinking supremely well. It's a heftier APA at 6.5%, but it's still a very solid hoppy session-ish ale, and a brew that I plan to try fresh at some point in the future. No one satisfies the hopheads better than our neighbours to the south, and this is one of the benchmarks in its style for good reason.
Serving type: can
04-22-2014 04:10:35 | More by thehyperduck
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4.15/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
COD 4/21/14. Pours a clear almost medium amber with a nice dark ruby tint. Tremendous head with excellent lacing and retention. Very nice nose of tropical citrus hops over a pine and light caramel background. Medium body with an almost slick texture. Above average carbonation with a nice effervescent finish. The flavor profile is complex and well balanced. It begins with a blend of hop flavors found in the nose, then rapidly flows to a pine focused hop bitterness over a slightly tart note. As the bitterness fades, a light caramel sweetness emerges in the effervescent finish. A tart pine bitterness with hints of spice lingers.
Serving type: can
07-29-2014 18:49:28 | More by tillmac62
Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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