Monday, May 22, 2017

Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale (2017 re-review)


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20ChadPolenz (1788) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2017


DOC: 5/10/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 18B American Pale Ale

AROMA: Strong IPA-level piney/floral hop aroma. Some fruit or berry notes. Firm malt presence creates for confectionery-like sweetness. Clean fermentation. No alcohol. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Deep amber/copper hue (too dark for style, though); mostly clear. Large white froth retains and laces extremely well. 2/3

FLAVOR: Hops dominate the presentation with piney/resiny flavor at beginning and end. Fruity/floral flavors are present at the apex. Malt base is noticeably sweet with a strong caramel/toffee taste throughout. Palette is big and robust in nearly every way - a little too flamboyant for the style, IMHO. 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium to medium-full body; moderate carbonation. Not quite crisp, not quite sticky; though the hops do linger and leave a dry piney aftertaste. Very efficient for 6.5% ABV. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Though a delectable brew, this is entirely too big to be considered an APA. If marketed as a AIPA it’d be nearly World Class. 6/10

TOTAL SCORE: 33/50