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Beer Review: Oskar Blues’ Dale’s Pale Ale

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Dale’s Pale Ale, Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont

Style: American Pale Ale

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Serving Type: 12-ounce can

ABV: 6.5 percent

Malty? Hoppy? The definition of hoppy.

Reviewed: August 2014

Two years ago, I declared that Colorado should have a state beer and that brew should be Dale’s Pale Ale. It is a logical choice: Dale’s trademark logo has become an emblem for canned beer and Colorado craft brews. It is pretty darn tasty to drink, too.

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If you’ve never had a chance to taste the phenom, let me introduce you: This copper-hued beer pours out with a thick, lacey head. However, I prefer to consume it from the can, because that’s the way I first tasted it and tradition is important. This brew isn’t shy; you’ll immediately be overtaken by the hops. Give it another sip, though, and you’ll notice a solid malt base, which helps balance this bombastic brew. Take another drink and you’ll start to pick out citrus flavors (mostly lemon, then orange).

While you often hear about beer and food pairings, when it comes to Dale’s, I think about activities. Pair it with a hike, a steak dinner at Edge Restaurant & Bar, or a backyard BBQ. It is an ultra versatile beer that will do you well all year long.

Would we buy it again? Always. (Can you tell I like this beer?)

Get involved: Last year’s floods devastated the tiny community of Lyons, which is the original home of Oskar Blues. On September 13, you can help the area continue to rebuild at VIVA LYONS, a fundraiser complete with an Infamous Stringdusters concert and, of course, beer. Bring your wallet and be a do-gooder.

Natasha Gardner, Articles Editor

Natasha Gardner writes and edits longform journalism and multimedia projects for 5280 and is a regular columnist for 5280.com.

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