859: Dale’s Pale Ale

Name: Dale’s Pale Ale
Brewery: Oskar Blues Brewing Company
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Longmont, Colorado
Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
Alcohol Content (ABV): 6.5%
First Brewed: 1998
Price: $1.49

Tasting Notes
Pours copper with a fluffy white head; pine and citrus burst to the fore as soon as the can is popped. Additional sweet and bready notes on the nose with more biscuit on the palate, as well as juicy-fruity hop flavors and balancing bitterness. Long, not quite dry finish.

Ricky’s Thoughts

I have had this beer before, but don’t remember much about it. I do like that they only can. We are going to see several breweries doing that in the coming months/years. It is cheaper to can, they can do it faster, and the beer generally tastes better. You can’t really cellar a beer in a can, but for something that you plan to buy and drink right away, might as well be in a can. They also weigh less allowing them to ship more cheaper. An IPA and a pale ale will taste much better, too. Basically it is good for everyone involved!

I am looking forward to this one. I could smell the hops before I was even done pouring the beer… which is a good sign for a hop head. Let’s see what this pale tastes like. Bottoms up!

In the Glass: It looks like a pale ale. It has a nice rich copper color to it. Almost like a fresh new penny would look. Speaking of pennies, do they still make those? Anyway, I hope this doesn’t smell and/or taste like a penny. The beer also leaves a nice thin white head on top with a weak lace. Hoping this chugs.

Nose: Is there a pine tree in the glass? The aroma is LOADED with pine needles. The tasting notes said there was some citrus, and I am not getting much of that. This smells like a good IPA over a pale ale. The IBU isn’t there, but the aroma packs a punch. This is what a pale is supposed to smell like. I just hope it tastes as good.

Flavor: The flavor is not as impressive as I expected. I did pour this into glass, but all beer should be poured into a glass. If you can, the glassware that the beer was intended for. Just hit up any Total Wine & More. Grab a Total Guide To Beer and you can learn all about glassware. I will get there, but the mouthfeel and the aftertaste are what make this beer good. The flavor, at first, is weak and I am worried there will be no hop complexity. Then it hits, but it lingers into a nice, dry aftertaste. Let’s start with the mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel: At first, it seems thick. Then it thins out and as you swallow the hops really come alive. The pine I am smelling isn’t there on the palate, and that’s OK. The dryness that is left over makes up for that. It also has a nice burp that I didn’t expect. Sheryl is sitting over there saying, “Pretty boring.” Yeah, it is. But it wasn’t intended to shock you. It was intended to be a straight forward, simple yet enjoyable pale ale. Maybe my palate is getting spoiled…

Aftertaste: This is the best part of this beer. The aftertaste lasts for a good three minutes. For a beer that is readily available and is somewhat affordable, you might not expect such an impressive aftertaste. It hangs on, and like I said… there is a nice burp on this one. I like drinking gin because I like the dry aftertaste. This is leaving me a similar aftertaste a good gin might. It is dry, but is basically asking me to drink again.

I won’t go crazy over this beer, and I would order it again if there wasn’t much left to choose from. But the flavor profile lacks for a beer that is considered this brewery’s best. While I am writing this, a few people are chatting about it on Google+. It’s good, but not great. Buy this 6 at a time, pass a few around, and share a nice, easy drinking pale ale. Make sure you recycle the can!

Dale’s Pale Ale – The bottle says: “NA”

Rating: 3/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

The beer we are trying today looks pretty unimpressive in the glass.  It is a light orange color, very transparent.  It looks kind of like an IPA or pale ale.  (I wasn’t informed beforehand what it was.)  There are a few tiny bubbles floating to the top, so it might be a little bit carbonated.  It smells… well, it smells hoppy.  Basically, just like a pale ale.  I’m going to guess that’s what it is.

The first taste is also very hoppy.  This could possibly be an IPA.  It’s a good flavor, with a good balance to it.  But, unfortunately, it’s not very memorable.  I’d say this is a pretty forgettable beer.  It’s got a decent balance, but it’s just like a lot of other IPAs or pale ales out there.  The hops are really all I get out of it.  The flavor is smooth enough, and the hops stick around on my tongue for a really long time, but there’s not much else there to describe.  It’s pretty much just your average pale ale.  Probably not one I would be tempted to buy again.

Rating: 2/5

858 bottles of beer on the wall…

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