Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale

Last June for the Firefly Music Festival I bought a six-pack of Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale and a six-pack of Oskar Blues Old Chub. Of course, while Oskar Blues makes great canned beer (no glass bottles are allowed on festival grounds), the beer of choice was good old Shiner Ruby Redbird, which was much more apt for the hot weather. As a consequence only one of the twelve cans of Oskar Blues was consumed, a can of Old Chub. In any case, while almost a year has passed I still have a can of each left!

Fast-forwarding to today (20140421) at CVP (Charles Village Pub), my friend had barely touched his Dale's Pale Ale (draft). Delightfully, I finished it off and took note of it.

I wrote: "After having a Full Tilt Camden Cream, this Dale's Pale Ale has more of a banana taste." 10:31PM ET


Today (20140422), while looking to add the above entry (20140421), I was shocked to find that I had not recorded any previous notes on this beer! With only one can of Dale's Pale Ale left, it was perplexing to me that I lacked notes for any of the five other cans. In contrast, I have accounted for all but one of my Old Chub cans.

In any case, while drafting this post, I decided to open my last can of Dale's Pale Ale (see also 20140421 above).

While just under a year old, this can of Dale's Pale Ale actually tastes pretty darn good. More specifically, it doesn't taste like its gone bad at all. On the other hand, it doesn't seem to have any of the banana notes or any of the flavor which I thought I detected yesterday (20140421), so keeping the can around for close to a year probably isn't a wise choice. In addition, the beer's bitterness seems to have much more presence and I notice it with every sip. Of course, as with almost any beer, the perceived amount of bitterness roughly declines over the course of the drinking period.

Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale

Relevant Links:
Dale's Pale Ale (Oskar Blues Website)
Dale's Pale Ale (BeerAdvocate.com)
Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale (RateBeer.com)

Website Information:
Dale's Pale Ale
This voluminously hopped mutha delivers a hoppy nose and assertive-but-balanced flavors of pale malts and citrusy floral hops from start to finish. Oskar Blues launched its canning ops in 2002, brewing and hand-canning Dale’s Pale Ale in the Lyons, ColoRADo, brewpub. America’s first-craft-canned mountain Pale is a hearty, critically acclaimed trailblazer that changed the way craft beer fiends perceive portable beer (6.5 percent ABV and 65 IBUs).


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