Dale's Pale Ale | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pint can to glass.
It's a good looking pale ale. The floral hops smell hits you right away and complements the bitter pale taste wonderfully. I was a little worried it would be too thick and too much like an IPA but it's light and a pleasure to drink. Dale's Pale Ale works really well as a great beer to have with a burger and it's light enough to have a couple without feeling too full.

Great beer to have with friends.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Consumed October 6th, 2013. Poured from a can labeled "Canned on 08/19/13 @ 10:55 - Frogs love hops". Poured into a Samuel Adams "perfect pint" glass.

Beer is a brilliantly clear pale medium yellow. A two-finger off-white head springs into action during the pour and hangs around for quite some time after, providing splotchy lacing.

Very aromatic beer. Sitting two feet away from the glass, I still catch whiffs from the glass. Sweet and doughy with some floral notes, it's not the hop bomb in the nose I was anticipating.

Flavor is nice and strong without being rude: Caramel malts up front are partly obscured by carbonation tingle. Then, an assertive hop wash of flowers, onion, undefined citrus and black pepper follows on. At and after the swallow, the ghost of the malts comes back to haunt for a brief moment before moving into the light of a lingering bitterness.

Slightly creamy and a little thick, this beer is also a bit over-carbonated: the tingle/burn interferes with the flavor early in each sip.

Overall, a welcome change from the West Coast hop bombs I'm used to running into, but not a beer I'm overly enthusiastic about.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Two-finger quickly fading head, creamy and fluffy. Orange and copper translucent brew with slowly rising carbonation. Nice scattered lacing.

Citrus on the pour; strong caramel with weaker citrus and pine from the glass.

Follows the nose: caramel, honey, pine, and citrus, with a bit of a metallic aftertaste, as well as some dry astringency. Tastes exactly how an American Pale Ale should. Just enough hops to put it on the edge of an IPA.

A little dry on the finish, with some hop oil residue. Slightly syrupy with a medium to medium-light body. No sting or foaming.

This is a good brew, and makes for a great every day beer. It's neither as complicated nor satisfying as the more complex APAs or IPAs, but it's very smooth and drinkable.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Generally: I never cared for Dale's PA in the past. I always found it a bit heavy on malt, and stylistically prosaic, but I have been drinking it lately after work as it is on-hand and affordable. I've learned to appreciate it. It's a nice beer with enough complexity to warrant some thought.

The Pour: It compliments my special Dogfish Head IPA glass nicely. Crystal clear mahogany in color, with active and ongoing carbonation. Its marshmallow white head lingers with good latticing. It looks like a beer made by people who love beer--it would be a source of pride for any home-brewer.

Face in the glass: This is frankly the biggest disappointment for me. I get almost nothing out of this can of Dale's, nor can I say I have ever gotten much out of any other can of Dale's--I have yet to drink it on draft. Vague biscuity notes and some crisp citric hops, but I need a flashlight to find them. There's nothing offensive here, but nothing exciting, either.

With Regard to Taste: The malt used to drive me crazy--I found it overdone in the past, and maybe they have modified their mash a bit since--but I have learned to really like the apparent agreement between the sweet, bready malt, and the piney hops. It drinks like an English Pale Ale with a little gas in its tank--6.5% ABV... not my favorite style when "reinterpreted by Yanks"! But it works, people! I'd like to add that, while there's not a ton of evidence of "voluminous hop(ping)", there's enough to satisfy many a hop-head.

Abstract: Within the realm of ubiquitous ales, Dale's PA is worth drinking--by which I mean, paying for over a lot of its kin. The malt tastes, frankly, better than the hops--which I think account for the slightly mealy mouthfeel, and there is balance here. If you're feeling thoughtful about beer, you'll find no treasure here, if you're just "working", this will take care of you... fatty foods will love it.

Epitoma: As good as most omnipresent "craft beers", but there's no lightning in this bottle.

Note: Dale's dreams of fatty pub food--Fish and Chips = HELL YEAH!

Serving type: can/tallboy/"Stovepipe"

Serving type: can

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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