Dales Pale Ale (Whiskey Barrel) | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by hopdog on 03-10-2009

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 18
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clearish, darkened amber body with a rather small, bubbly, ivory-hued head.

Smell: Most notably a very strong scent of caramel candy supported by slightly lesser notes of oak, light brown sugar, vanilla, and citrus.

Taste: Full maltiness with crystal, pale, and caramel, with an overall strong taste of sweet, sweet candyish caramel. Very slackened hop character overall provides a touch of citrus zest and a very dull, muted amount of remaining bitterness. This allows for the barrel qualities of vanilla, brown sugar, and the oak with its thorny tannins to really come to the fore. Warming, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: A curious choice for the whiskey barrel, but, as they have already done so with most of their lineup, why not the Dale's Pale Ale, I suppose. The time away in the barrel has added the characteristic tastes as well as really mellowed (if not entirely squelched) the hops, so the brew lost as much as it gained, really. Having said all that, it's still an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of weeare138
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy cloud of light orange with a small white head that quickly fades into a mild collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass. Steady streams of CO2 quickly rise to the top.
Smell is of oaky vanilla, sugar, caramel, mild hoppy citrus, with boozy whiskey easily cutting it's way through the aromas.
Taste is of the mentioned smells with whiskey booziness, vanilla, oak, and a caramel punch making it's presence known.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with vanilla sweetness, and toffee dominating with a mild citrus hoppiness found in the background.

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Photo of hopdog
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capones.

Poured a medium amber/golden color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of wood, caramel, toffee, and citrus. Tastes of oaky/woodiness, whiskey, caramel, and vanilla. Some lacing left on the glass.

Notes from and tasted on: 3/10/09

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Photo of Floydster
3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

8 ounce serving at the Tasty Weasel back in April, reviewed from notes, did not even know a barrel aged version of this existed, never heard of any other brewery even putting this style on oak before, color is a medium brown with a chestnut look more than mahogany, 1/4 inch thin light tan head that last a few minutes, no lacing, aroma consists of mostly bourbon, also some oak, citrus, vanilla, and caramel, flavor starts off with a huge bourbon welcome, some caramel mixed with oranges in the middle, finish has a lot of oak and even more whiskey, tons of liquor characteristics here, hot and oaky mouthfeel, medium bodied, decent level of carbonation, taste lingers a few minutes, could not have drank much more, heavy and too much alcohol present, strong and filling, very strong whiskey flavor and smell overall, completely changed the base beer, could not taste a drop of the original brew in here, very hot and seemed like more of an experiment than anything, would not drink again, worth trying though

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Photo of emmasdad
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap up at the Liquids and Solids location in Longmont, Colorado. Poured a medium copper color with a little khaki colored head. Very tart on the nose, along with caramel and wood. On the palate, this one was medium bodied, with a pronounced sourness, along with caramel and just a hint of hops.

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Photo of Nickls
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a half-finger of bubbly eggshell head; OK retention but no lacing; really murky yellowy-brown color with noticeable sediment

S - Whisky; wood; vanilla; sweetish maltiness; burnt caramel; mildly noticeable hops

T - The whisky notes show up first and then moves to a vanilla oak type of flavor; maltiness isn't too heavy but a little sweet in the finish; just a touch of hops come into play and I would have enjoyed a bigger presence there

M - Medium MF; very subtle carbonation

D - Not great for me really; just way to dominant on the whisky and I feel like the base brew just isn't strong enough to hold up to it = not very drinkable for me.

Overall, interesting attempt, but I really think that this particular brew isn't suited for the barrel aging process.

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Photo of m1ked
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler from WF Bowery for the NYC Beer Week. Thanks Neil.

A- Nothing to look at really. Looks like a glass of iced tea really. Murky brown with chestnut edges. Light foam cap- never had an impressive. No lacing. No streamers.

S- Thought I would get more. I get a slightly boozy caramel. Some light wood notes., brown sugar. Almost smells like a stout.

T- Sweet caramel with some light whiskey notes. I get some steong vanilla. Just a quick blip of bitterness that I suppose is what's left of the Dale's hop profile. Lingering, but not overpowwring, whiskiness....I like it overall.

M- Low carb typical of BA. I think it is OK though....if it is too boozy and too carb'd....no bueno.

D- I like it, I love the idea of trying new stuff new combos unlikely pairings. Don't know if I'l see it again...maybe next NYC Beer Week.

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Dales Pale Ale (Whiskey Barrel) from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
3.75 out of 5 based on 18 ratings.
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