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Dale’s Pale Ale – Pack It In

Just recently I took a wild stab at trying out Dale’s Pale Ale which is proudly produced by Oskar Blues Brewery out of Lyons, Colorado.

Being a huge fan of pale ales and India Pale Ales in particular, I was more than a small skeptical of this hop offering. Afterall, it’s packaged in an aluminum can. Nothing excellent can come of that, right? That’s what I’ve always thought since I branched off of the macro-brew trail long ago and went on to larger, better things…all things micro that is.

Well, I was incorrect. A excellent, solid microbrew does not have to ALWAYS come in a brown bottle. In fact, despite my predispositions, the whole “can” thing was what got me curious in the first place. No matter how terrible I wanted to resist the marketing of this brewery and using the whole “microbrew in a can” gimmick, I gave in and bought a mixed case (12 Dale’s Pale Ale and 12 Ancient Chub Scottish Ales). Let me tell you what I found.

This pale ale didn’t disappoint. Looking at the can design itself was not all that impressive. The silver, red, white and blue colors really gave me a small bit of a reminder of the Pabst Blue Ribbon cans only with reverse proportionality of red to the Pabst blue. Kinda tacky design but it’s what’s inside that counts here.

This ale poured an orange-auburn into a pint mug. If you like a bid head on your beer, you aren’t going to get it here…about 1/4 inch lasting about 3 minutes before dissipating to nothing.
But the taste…ahh that’s where it’s at here. Close your eyes while sipping Dale’s Pale Ale and you’d swear it was from a bottle. Being a hops nut, the bitterness/piney feel of this brew really hit the spot although the level of carbonation was just a bit less zingy than I like personally. It came across just a small flat. But don’t let that deter you. In fact, I reckon the whole “can” thing made me keep thinking it was less of a beer than it was. I reckon I mentally programmed my tastebuds to automatically deduct a point or two just because of the can but upon second review, if I just closed my eyes and took a sip I was able to realize this was way better than many tried from the bottle.

I can just picture myself throwing a case of this in the SUV to take on a camping trip with some pals. When you place it all in perspective, if you like the taste you get in a fine microbrew over the dull lack of flavor in many of today’s macro-brews, Dale’s Pale Ale will give a fine reproduction of many of the finer micro pale ales in a fully portable and durable aluminum can. If Bud, Coors or Miller just isn’t your thing and you need something more, Dale’s Pale Ale makes a fine option when you’re heading outdoors for a camping trip, hunting lodge or tailgating at your favorite team’s next game.

I found my case at a local beverage distributor in Western Pennsylvania. Dale’s Pale Ale is not something I’ve seen around much in this part of the country though, so if you’re looking to try it out, the availability at your local establishment may vary. If you do get a chance though, I would recommend a try.

Giving this one 7.25 out of 10.00.

If you’d like to learn more about other microbrews, feel free to stop by my blog at microbrewreview.blogspot.com/ microbrewreview.blogspot.com/ for my firsthand reviews, opinions and more!

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