Dale’s Pale Ale was the first American microbrew to be canned (back in 2002). It’s a generously-hopped 6.5% alcohol Pale Ale in the American style. This beer right here will go a long way toward changing doubters’ minds about canned beer.
Oh, and I don’t mean for BridgePort to be competing with Dale’s in the picture there… I just thought it would be fun to throw a logo glass into the photo mix every once in awhile to mix things up a bit.
Appearance: Nice bright orange-copper. Creamy looking head that’s slightly off-white.
Smell: Hoppy—a not-quite-fresh hop character that’s green and earthy. Sweet malt, almost cloyingly sweet. Hops are enjoyably floral.
Taste: Big hoppy bitter punch right up front… full of earthy, grassy notes that make me think of warm hop fields just before harvesting. A touch of spiciness playing at the edges. Malt is sweet though neutral and light, with caramel notes.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and nicely chewy without being heavy.
Overall: Excellent hoppy showcase pale ale; could very easily be a "fridge standard" for me (if only it was available in Oregon!).