Dale Pale’s Ale: Holy Shit! Craft Beer in a Can!

Dale Pale’s Ale: Holy Shit! Craft Beer in a Can!

ABV: 6.5%

IBU: 65

Rating: 4/5

Style: American Pale Ale/India Pale Ale Hybrid

The artwork on the can is superb, featuring a certain classiness with this brew.

Yes. Craft Beer. In a bloody can. People are finally doing it. You can probably recognize my stark bias here immediately, but I love drinking beer from a can. Now I typically will pour the can in the appropriate glassware, but canning beer merely has myriad advantages over bottling it. Many people believe that temperature is what actually skunks a beer, which is partially true. One needs to watch the temperatures they store their beer– this just is not with beer, but most consumables. Extreme temperature changes the quality of most foods and beverages. This idea is nothing new. But the important fact here is that light is actually what skunks a beer, not just temperature. I am not an expert of all the science behind this yet, but basically light tears apart hops in brews. When the hops fall apart, beer gains that disgusting skunked taste. Light cannot penetrate through cans, but can penetrate through glass. Since light cannot penetrate through a can, then the beer will not become skunked. People offer claim that cans give beer a metallic taste, but from my empirical experiences as an amateur beer enthusiast– I have never had an issue with this. People who makes these comments, should focus on licking their cans a wee less and actually taste the beer. People also claim that bottles remain a better insulator for heat than cans, which is true. But is a beer enthusiast truly going to let their beer reach extreme temperatures that could damage the hops in the brew? One issue with cans involves aging, for canned beers contain a protective lining that prevents the beer from developing a metallic taste, which further evidences flaws in the pro-bottle argument. Yet hops contain quite a bit of acid, which will eventually team up with the alcohol to destroy this protective lining. This eliminates the possibility of aging beers in cans unfortunately, but this is the only true recognizable flaw of canned beer.

"Good people drink good beer."

Canning beer opens up a great deal of new venues for drinking as well. For instance, certain venues will only allow canned brews on their premises such as concerts and stadiums. Also think about the possibility for tailgating– when I go tailgating an event, I do not want to have to deal with bottles, but cans are simple and easy to deal with. More and more companies are jumping on the canning bandwagon, such as Magic Hat and Sierra Nevada. Magic Hat released cans in various areas to see how marketable they were. From what I have heard from a few mates who work for various distributors, these canned brews sold like weed at a Bob Marley concert.  Abbita also plans on canning their Purple Haze and Amber Ale, and from what I have heard the cans remain most aesthetically pleasing.

I received this plastic device at the bar one night when a licentious Keystone representative was harassing me.

The Oskar Blues Brewery out of Colorado is one of the few breweries in America that is canning their beer. As of now there are over twenty microbreweries in America who are currently canning their beer, which seems to evidence a movement in the industry that features breweries shifting to canning their brews. Dale’s Pale Ale is one of Oskar Blues’s first brews, named after the owner, Dale Katechis.  As you can tell by the header, I classified this brew as a hybrid despite the fact it is labeled as a pale ale. The beer has a distinct hop bite that is characteristic of an IPA, but does not have all of the same traits as an IPA. Ultimately Dale’s Pale Ale lies somewhere between a Pale Ale and an IPA in terms of taste due to the aggressive use of hops, but it does not detract from the quality and depth of this American brew. Dale’s Pale Ale pours a beautiful copper that leans a wee bit on the hazy side, but not as hazy as a cask ale. The head is a nice foamy white that resembles an extremely light tan. The head lingers, contributing to the malty nose in this brew. One unique aspect of this brew is that you do not catch the full intensity of the American hops in the aroma, which provides an interesting surprise for the initial taste of this pale ale. I only got a slight hop nosed that was balanced by the European malts used here. From the reviews I have read, most people seem to recognize a hop scent on the nose, but I fail to see it here. I will admit, the glassware I used to try this brew is pretty weak, due to the fact that slightly rotating the glass to swish the scent to the top of the glass remains much more difficult in a square shaped glass as opposed to a round glass. The brew has a distinct piney hop taste, but the hops do not overwhelm the brew with an overtly dry aftertaste. Dale’s Pale Ale balances American hops with European malts, allowing for the malts to compliment the more intense nature of the American hops. One may consider the aftertaste to be overtly dry, but I personally found it to have a piney nature due to the cascade hops in this brew, which is an extremely typical American hop in pale ales and IPA’s. Dale’s Pale Ale has a strong mouthfeel to it as well, for the medium degree of carbonation makes this concoction go down nicely, and the hop finish leaves a nice piney taste that lingers. But I would like to note that if you are not in the mood for a more intense and bitter ale, stay away from this one. All in all, I would highly recommend this brew to anyone interested in trying  an aggressively hopped pale ale in a can. Dale’s Pale Ale is an interesting brew, with the personality of a true American craft beer.

Author’s Note: Halfway through this review I had a fly swim around in my beer. Fuck flies.

-The Jesse Jennings, an amateur beer enthusiast

I love my Fantasia Mickey Mouse glass, but it is not the best glassware for beer in my opinion.

    • Kyle Helfrich
    • October 27th, 2011

    Jesse, good writing man. Glad to see that you are keeping the blog going and that you are interested in the finer side of beer drinking. Old Chubb, also by Oskar Blues, is one of my favorite beers; you should check it out. Hopefully I’ll see you when James is in town in a few weeks.

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