Dale’s Pale Ale is another one of those beers you wish you tried sooner! For awhile, (and perhaps still?) brother Jim of the Beer & Whiskey Bros always has some of the red, white and blue cans of beery goodness in the fridge – ready to go. (Something about nostalgia and being able to swim in a lake with beer.)
To backtrack a bit, you have to understand that I’m only just getting into the American Pale Ale style. I’ve been avoiding hopppier beers for some time, and so I’m making a conscious effort to try some more of them.
After having the Stone Pale Ale, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale, and now Dale’s Pale Ale from Oskar Blues, I’m thinking it was a really good decision because they are all great beers! American Pale Ales are like ‘IPA lite’ to me, just the right amount of hops but not over the top like some American IPAs tend to be. Baby steps perhaps.
Dale’s Pale Ale is a clear amber beer that makes a nice foamy white head. The one thing I noticed most about this beer is the lacing. Lots of it left on the glass which is usually a good sign. I’m still not used to pouring beer from cans, so I’m always surprised when I crack open a can of Dale’s and it doesn’t make all the sounds of gasses escaping like when you open a can of soda. For a second, you’re like “Huh? – Ohhhhh. Beer, right. Not soda.” I’ll get used to it someday!
The beer didn’t smell special in any way really considering the style, but that’s not bad. As might be expected, it had a sweet citrusy hop aroma that is common with these beers. What I can say is that the aroma is very inviting and promised a refreshing flavor to come. So far, so good! (No can smell either if you were wondering.)
I’d say that the taste and mouthfeel is what made me a fan of this beer. It’s smooth – very smooth going down and it had a decent body to it so it wasn’t like water. Again, we can expect citrusy hop flavors to come to the front with a beer like this and Dale’s doesn’t disappoint. The great thing about it, as I mentioned above, is that the hops are not overly done providing just the right amount of hop bite, and linbgering bitterness.
The can says that the 6.5% ABV Dale’s Pale Ale is “…America’s first hand-canned craft beer…a voluminously hopped mutha that delivers a hoppy nose, assertive-but-balanced flavors of pale malts and hops...“
I couldn’t have said it better, so I won’t!
Wrapping up, I have to say that I liked the Dale’s Pale Ale very much and would definitely have it again. Like Jim, I might start packing this in the fridge, especially during the summer months. Its a refreshing beer that is well balanced, and big on flavor and character. Nice job Oskar Blues, and thanks Jim for also giving it a big thumbs up – its why I bought it!
What do you think of Dale’s Pale Ale? If it isn’t your favorite American Pale Ale, what is?