Saturday, November 26, 2011

Game Day Beer Review: Oskar Blues Brewery Dale's Pale Ale

Oskar Blues Dales Pale Ale
Photo by Bernt Rostad on Flickr

Beer: Oskar Blues Brewery Dale's Pale Ale

Appearance: Strong orange – copper with a thick white head and impressive lacing.  Looks like an IPA.

Smell: Very hoppy, with noticeable hints of pine and a little citrus.  Smells like an IPA.

Taste: Prominent but not overpowering west coast style hops flavoring with restrained notes of citrus and pine and a nice malt overlay to balance things out.   Tastes like an IPA – a really good IPA.

Mouthfeel: Thick and substantive; but also smooth if that make sense.  Satisfying after one, but sessionable as well.

Overall: These wonderful cans seem to be almost replacing Sierra Nevada as the de facto Pale Ale, at least in the towns I frequent.  And with good reason – this is a big, bold hoppy pale ale but not overpowering like the stronger IPA’s. 
Both flavorful and drinkable.  A+  

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