Founded in 2002 by Dale Katechis, Oskar Blues was the first U.S. craft brewery to can its own beer. In fact, the Longmont, Colorado brewery only cans its beer. Thirteen years later, nearly every craft brewery offers some of their beers in cans. Noticing a recent boom in craft cans, we decided pay homage to Oskar Blues by re-tasting their flagship Pale Ale, the original craft can.
The beer pours a light amber color with orange and copper hues. The two finger white head shows excellent retention. Even after the beer rests for some time a generous cap remains atop the beer.
Aromas of pine and grapefruit pith hit first. Grass and orange zest notes come next with tropical fruit aromas bringing up the rear. Caramel malts and biscuit aromas are also notable through the fresh and clean hop notes.
The first thing you notice about the beer is its smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Flavors of grapefruit, orange and lemon mix seamlessly with herbal, pine and grassy hop notes. Sweet caramel malt flavors cut through all the hops and provide a backbone for this balanced beer.
Dale’s Pale Ale strikes the perfect balance between hops and malts and sweet and bitter. This beer hasn’t changed in over a decade. Consistently delicious! Try this one with Asiago, creamy curry chicken or carrot cake.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.5 Out of 5 Pints