The Pinnacle of Pales
A Review of Dale's Pale Ale by Oskar Blues Brewing Co.
Posted on 4/5/2011 by Chops
                   
Exquisite
Dale's Pale Ale. Just saying those three simple words in craft beer circles will garner immediate praise and stories of triumph. Few beers have been more instrumental in progressing the craft beer movement. Dale's Pale Ale is one of those beers that are perfectly fit for any situation. It is comfortable and low key enough to enjoy at the beach or at a tailgating party. On the flip side, it is of such a high quality that you can enjoy it side by side with fine wine at a formal dinner. I have yet to meet a beer lover that doesn't have a deep rooted respect for this beer. After all, each style of beer has it's own reigning messiah. And in the Pale Ale category, it's Dale's.

Perfect. That's pretty much my review. There is nothing about this beer that isn't perfect. It's the pinnacle of pales. The aroma is blissfully fragrant and houses a remarkably clean hop profile wrapped in citrus. The appearance is flawless as a beautiful mixture of honey and burnt orange. The mouthfeel consists of a medium body that is extraordinarily crisp and features prominent yet tame hop bitterness. The flavor consists of a perfect balance of warm hops and toasted malts without being overly complex. Overall impression: it's, well, perfect.

My introduction to Dale's was actually through another one of Oskar Blues' brews: the Gordon Imperial Red (another favorite of mine, which I will review later). I was a can hater for a long time and turned my nose up at anything wrapped in aluminum. After all, crap comes in cans. Good stuff is in the bottle. Right? Well, Oskar Blues has completely laid waste to that notion, nuclear style. They are canning some of the best beer around. But I didn't know that at the time and based solely on a recommendation, I tried the dreaded canned beer. I was so blown away by the quality of the Gordon that I immediately started down the rest of the Oskar Blues line. And once I had the Dale's Pale Ale, I rose from my chair and humbly bowed. For I had been to the top of the mountain... and it is good.

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