Blind tasting review
Dale’s Pale Ale
Dale’s Pale Ale

Family Pale Ale Style American Pale Ale
Country USA (CO) ABV 6.5%
Producer Oskar Blues
Price $$ Packaging 12oz/355ml can
Characteristics Bitter, hoppy

Overview “Dale” here is Dale Katechis, founder of Oskar Blues. To us, it kind of seems like they’re all Dale’s beers, but no matter. This was the first of the Oskar Blues line to get the canning treatment, starting in 2002. It’s part of an incipient movement to sell craft beer in cans—a great idea, as far as we’re concerned.

Flavors and aromas Aroma hops give this beer a lemony, floral aroma that verges on cleaning-product smell. The carbonation is on the high side, which helps show off the pleasant hop flavor and mild caramel. There’s also intense bitterness, which is crisp and well executed, but strong enough to push things out of balance. Still, the hop choice makes this a nice alternative to super-citrusy pale ales. This is a beer for hopheads only.
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