Glassware: The subtle hop flavor and aroma of a well brewed pale ale is a true highlight and Dale’s Pale Ale has just the right amount. Glassware that helps trap the aroma such as a nonic pint glass or snifter are great. However, Dale’s is a served in a can and sometimes just relaxing on the back porch with a can of great beer is all you need!
Description: Dale’s Pale Ale pours a clear gold hue with slight amber highlights and a frothy white head that leaves a thin layer of lacing on the glass. The aroma is hop forward with pine and citrus notes dominating, backed with perceptive hints of sweet malts. The taste is again hop forward with pine, grapefruit, lemon, and orange peels being the dominate hop flavors hitting the palate first followed by sweet light caramel malts keeping the beer in balance. The medium body and moderate carbonation are perfect for the style. While Dale’s Pale Ale is most definitely a standard on the shelf of any craft beer bar or bottle shop it should not be overlooked and is a beer that should always be in your fridge at home!
Food pairing: Dale’s Pale Ale is fantastic with a wide variety of foods and is very versatile.Food selections should be based on what you wish to highlight within the beer. If you wish to highlight the hops, choose something a bit spicier, such as Mexican, Thai or Indian dishes. If you are looking to highlight the malt and use the hops as background notes, try pairing with venison, buffalo meat, or any red meats. This is a fantastic beer for backyard cookouts. The light crisp malts with subtle hop bite make a great match for burgers, hot dogs, chicken, and anything else you want cooked on a grill! Dale’s is a perfect beer to have in you fridge at all times throughout the summer and will be a highlight in any backyard cooler!
The Final Word: Oskar Blues is a staple for many craft beer drinkers and has been at the forefront of the canning beer movement, Dale’s Pale Ale is considered to be the first canned craft beer. The brewery has produced world class beers for a number of years. Recently, a second brewery in North Carolina was opened and the can has now made the move to being distributed in all 50 states. Despite these expansions, the brewery has not sacrificed flavors. Dale’s Pale Ale is the beer that put the brewery on the map and has gained a loyal following since the brewery’s inception. Some beers like to beat you over the head with aggressive flavors and others like to provide great balance and high drinkability, the latter are the beers that we call our “go-to” beers and Dale’s is a go-to beer for all who try it.
Derek Warren is a beer fanatic, avid homebrewer and beer historian. Derek can be heard weekly on the Beer Geeks Radio Hour at noon on Sundays on WILK 103.1 FM with past episodes available on iTunes.
Brewer: Oskar Blues
Beer: Dale’s Pale Ale
Style: American Pale Ale