VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Citrus and super hoppy nose. Deep golden, almost honey-like color. Thick long-lasting head. Solid bitterness, balanced by malty sweetness. Was a little heavy, but alcohol cut through. One of, if not the, best American pale ales out there.
blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 4, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ahh, Dale’s... the session ale of choice for hopheads in my little city. Pouring from the can into a glass, I marvel at this brew’s frothy head, beneath which a golden amber liquid sits and waits excitedly for its journey into my mouth. But first the aroma... A fresh burst of juicy hoppiness greets the nose, mingling sweet herbal notes with mild citrus qualities. The first sip introduces Dale’s delicious malt flavor, remeniscent of a good chocolate chip cookie. A vague metallic taste lingers, although the bold flavors try hard to hide it. As noted by previous reviewers, this pale ale achieves a nearly perfect balance of malts and hops. Each component helps the other one to show off its best characteristics. I think they have great Rocky Mountain water in Lyons as well. I visited the Oskar Blues establishment and had some Dale’s from their tap -- amazingly it tasted just like their canned product. (The same cannot be said for most bottled beers, which always have better flavor at the brewery.) Go cans!
thill25 (231) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can... Pours sunset yellow-orange...slight white head. Great hop aromas...citrus, slight pine. Same on the flavor...hops bitterness, a some smooth malt flavor. Typical pale ale mouthfeel...a little bitter, w/ a nice dry finish. Taste doen’t linger...
Great portable beer for fishing!
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - FEB 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can@Home. Lovely strong floral aroma with a hint of grapefruit. Dark yellow, almost amber color, beige head, good lace. Sweet, fruity and floral at first but soon rather bitter and grassy. Full, soft mouthfeel. Long lasting finish. Nice balance, not too powerful or overwhelming. Thanks Yngwie!
Defreni (2603) - Husum, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2008 Dåse. Duften er fænomenal på denne yderst attraktive øl. Mørk pilsnerfarve med et lille skumhoved. Humlen er perfekt doseret i forhold til maltbasen som tydeligt skinner igennem. Synd at det er for dyrt at gøre dette til standard drikke øllen. Ved nærmere eftertanke er øllen også en tand for stærk, burde trække o,2 ned på overall i forhold til stilen, men det er en lækker øl.
45thstbrewer (94) - Conowingo, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dale’s Pale Ale is a great canned brew. A good balance of malt and hops. When I tasted it I couldn’t believe it came from a can.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can (is there any other way??) Orange/gold color, clear, small white head. Lovely bitter hops aroma, more on the pine side than sweet. Tastes of Cascade hops, pine, caramel, and a bit of roasted malt. Excellent hop-forward balance. Crisp, clean finish. While it seems more like an IPA than an APA, who am I to complain? I love this beer!
crazyvin (1933) - New York, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured a orange-amber hue with a thin white head which had great retention. Aroma seemed to be full of bitter hops and very mild citrus notes. Flavor had mild caramel malts with an almost peppery hop bite. Seemed thin on the palate. finish was dry.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2008
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2008 Can. Pours a crystal clear yellow-orange with white head. Smells of citrusy hops with some not complex but pleasant malt notes. Flavor follows with a similarly nice balance of grapefruit and floral notes from the hops with that tasty but hard to put my finger on what it might taste like malt. Mouthfeel is full, moderate carbonation, sharp at times with hops, mellow at times allowing for some nice big gulps. It takes a really solid pale ale to make me happy, and I really felt like I could just guzzle this stuff indefinitely, even if this rather lengthy commentary doesnt make any particularly shocking revelations about the brew. 7-4-8-4-16-3.9 Rerate 7-20-08. My first rating is silly but I leave it for funsies. Aroma of rich rec fruits, rich malt, and all-enveloping floral and cirtus hops. Flavor kicks into another gear of bitterness, but always being gentle on the tongue, always very citrusy and fruity, nearly roasted malts stick around, especially in the finish. Splendid beer, kicks the ass of other pales. 8-4-9-4-17-4.2 Rerate Thanksgiving 2008. Ridiculously astringent, covering up all else. Ridiculously astringent. Ridiculous.
vadavid (142) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the can. Pours clear orange with a very thick off-white, foamy head. The aroma is heavy with citrus hops, with some maltiness in the background. The taste has a pleasing bitterness, more pine and grassy hops than citrus. There’s strong maal backbone to balance. Mouthfeel is resiny, with a dry finish. A very nice APA.