Oskar Blues Brewery — Dale’s Pale Ale — 6.5%

This is the first offering I’ve tried from Oskar Blues, the Lyons, Colorado brewery best known for jump starting the micro-in-a-can craze (at least in my mind).

Dale’s pours with a crazy-huge head that dissipates to an eighth-of-an-inch but never goes away. At first sip, I noticed a delicious sweet malt taste with the hops coming a step behind. The nice balance reminded me more of an ESB than your run-of-the-mill pale ale. As I let it breathe a little bit, it got hoppier (and I got happier).

Talkin’ Bob says that Dale’s Pale Ale is being aimed at lovers of Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale. This is dangerously drinkable, and at 6.5% would ensure that nothing would get done this summer if I made this a session favorite.

Grade: A-

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