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Beer culture is coming of age. At any store, restaurant, bar, or friend's house you can now find at least a few good brews. In fact, there seem to be so many new beers, breweries and bars it's difficult to separate the good, the bad, and the mediocre.

If you're going spend $10 on one beer, what should you buy? If you're going to drive 2 hours to check out a brewery, what's worth your time? If you're going to plan a Friday night, what has a good selection and friendly atmosphere? We're here to help you answer these questions.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Dale's Pale Ale

Dale's Pale Ale is an American Pale Ale by Oskar Blue Grill and Brewery in Lyons, Colorado. Lyons is about 15 miles north of Boulder.

I bought this at a tourist shop in South Lake Tahoe for $2 a can, but you can find it in Sacramento at BevMo or Whole Foods.

Dale's is served by the can and has an ABV of 6.5%. I've never had a craft brew by the can, but I've noticed other micros starting to get into it. Cans are more convenient than bottles for outdoor activities, so in Colorado, a state known for its outdoor activities, it is no wonder a micro got canned. I also think it's a way to cross the macro-brew bridge to folks that like their cans and hate bottles - and thus do not generally try micros.

Dale's pours a dark amber color with a nice white head. The aroma is subtle pine and citrus hops. This is your typical Pale Ale with a slightly more hoppy finish, but not as hoppy as an IPA. The caramel malts come first followed by piny, slightly citrus hops and a subtle bitter hop finish. As I mentioned earlier this is a good beer to bridge the gap for macro-brew drinkers who don't do micro. The hops are subtle, yet upfront, but not over powering.

All in all its a good beer. If you're a hop-head, you won't find anything unique here. If you have a friend you want to take a first step into micros this is the beer for that.

This beer is a Try It.

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