Tuesday, May 1, 2012

50 States/50 Beer Reviews- Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale!

Oskar Blues Brewery- Dale's Pale Ale Beer Review

Taken from Oskar Blues website, "In 1997, owner Dale Katechis opened up the tiny restaurant, Oskar Blues Cajun Grill, in Lyons, Colorado, population 1400. Two years later, in 1999, Dale felt it was time to revamp his passion for home brewing by turning the restaurant into a brewpub. What started out at a small side project turned into a huge success. Customers were diggin’ the beer, and wanted more. In 2002, Dale decided it was time to start packaging his beer."

Oskar Blues was the first craft brewer in the United States to brew and can it's own beer.  This was 10 years ago in 2002.  They thought the idea of their "big, luscious pale ale" being put in a can would be hilarious, as well as conducive to outdoor fun.  They soon discovered there were many more benefits to canning their beer, such as protection from light and better for the environment. 

Now 10 years later, we see a canned beer revolution taking hold!  

Oskar Blues lineup consists of: Dale's Pale Ale, Old Chub, G'Knight Imperial Red, Mama's Little Yella Pils, Ten Fidy, Gubna, and Deviant Dale's.

For this review, I tasted Dale's Pale Ale. This beer is described as "a voluminously hopped mutha that delivers a hoppy nose, assertive-but-balanced flavors of pale malts and hops from start to finish."  

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Clear burnt orange color with a great head and excellent head retention.  A great looking beer!

Aroma:  Grapefruit and floral tops and a sweet malty aroma that provides a nice complement to the excellent hop aroma.

Taste: This beer tastes very crisp with nice citrus and floral hops flavors.  It has a nice bready malty backbone that backs up the hoppyness. This beer packs alot of flavors in, and the flavors are well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

Overall: I love this beer, as most do.  It's a great Pale Ale, but I would say it's more of a Pale Ale in a half!  Either way, it's one of my favorite beers for the price and when I'm looking for some canned beer for the pool!

Grade: A-
Serving Type: 12 oz. can
Stats: Alcohol by Volume 6.5%
Awards: Top American Pale Ale from New York Times, World's Best Canned Beers from Details Magazine, Gold Medal 2010 World Beer Championships, Top Five American Pale Ales from Ratebeer.com 2005-2009, and Gold Medal at Stockholm Beer & Whiskey Festival. 

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