Oskar Blues Brewery
Dale’s Pale Ale
Longmont, Colorado, USA
Oskar Blues Brewery are a very important pillar in craft beer. Why? Cause they were one of the first breweries to issue craft beers in cans. Founded in 1997 in a restaurant they then moved to a basement in 1999 to brew their delicious beers. It was founded by Dale Katechis (the Dale in Dale’s Pale Ale, of course) and is now one of the most well-known craft breweries in the world.
Dale’s Pale Ale was the very first Oskar Blues Brewery beer and was famously first brewed in a bath whilst Dale was at University. Esquire called it one of the best canned drinks in the world back in 2012 so it has a rather large legacy. The beer itself is somewhere between an American Pale Ale and IPA. It has a very strong citrus aroma and at 6.5% for a pale ale it packs a punch.
This beer has paved the way for breweries like Beavertown, Camden etc. to start thinking about producing craft beer in cans. Which is a good thing. The beer itself is a lovely amber pale ale that doesn’t really remind me of pale ale, more of an IPA (which is definitely a good thing). It’s incredibly hoppy for a pale ale and has a bigger citrus punch than most of this ilk. It’s a bloody great pale ale and one I’d definitely return to.