Dale’s Pale AleMay 1, 2003 Lyons, CO
Oskar Blues Brewing Co.
Available: CO, AZ
Dale’s Pale Ale is made with a blend of Canadian pale and English crystal malts. Over a 90-minute boil, its hopped with Northern Brewer for bittering, then a bittering/flavor addition of Cascade and Columbus, followed by a late addition of Centennial for aroma. Dale’s Pale Ale is now available on all Frontier Airlines flights.
Alcohol by weight: 5.5
There’s a nice mix here with a very refreshing hop contingent setting forth against a well sustained malt portion. The result is a friendly, nourishing and enjoyable libation. The brewer calls it a big little beer, and I fully agree.
- Fred Eckhardt
An American pale ale in a can is a rarity, so this has my full attention. It pours with a nice amber color, but it’s almost still. The head is thin and lacy. Hops leap out of the glass: earthy, fruity and pungent. The bitterness is broad and firm, leading into a dry, fruity center with loads of hop flavor. It slides out to a bone-dry finish with only a prickle of carbonation. A strange but compelling beer—a strong American pale ale in a can, with English carbonation. I’m game—where are the shrimp quesadillas?
- Garrett Oliver
Bubbly head. Bright, full orange color. Fruity, raspberry-like, aroma. Long development of flavours in a lively interplay. “Barley-sugar” sweetness in a firm malt background. Fresh fruitiness, with hints of citrus. Very late hoppy dryness on the tongue, and a nice touch of acidity, in a spritzy finish. Surprisingly playful for a beer of 6.5 per cent. The alcohol isn’t obvious until later.
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style and Saké.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.