April 22, 2008

Brew Review: Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale

This is real-time: I usually take notes and write these up a few days later.

First things first, this beer comes out of a can and it is quite intentional. Be sure to visit the Oskar Blues website to learn why they do what they do.

This Colorado native was poured out of a 12 oz can into a standard pint glass (my giveaway pint from beautiful and elegant Del Mar Racetrack in San Diego). The head was a little large, but settled nicely and has sort of glopped itself on top of the beer with these fairly big bubbles propping it up. There's also fine layer of bubbles inbetween the glops, almost the color of the beer. Color is kind of a standard gold/amber/caramel blend, but not so see-through. It smells like your standard pale, but the hop aroma is quite noticeable. Hell, it's the definining smell.

Taste? Delicious. The can says it's hopped like a mutha, and the taste reflects as much. They're tasty hops though, and I'm really enjoying this. It's almost an IPA, in terms of hop bite and ale base flavors. But there's sort of a thickness to the beer, not so watery but not creamy either.

Good stuff. There were four Oskar Blues offerings that I found at The Perfect Pour, but went with the Pale Ale because that seems to be their signature beer. Good choice, although at some point I'll be sure to review the others. Thumbs up to Oskar Blues' Dale's Pale Ale. This is definitely a beer you can sit down to and have a couple and watch a game or shoot the breeze, so long as you can stomach a little hop bit.

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