Beer 186/365 – Great Divide Denver Pale Ale

Great Divide Denver Pale Ale

Style: English Pale Ale

ABV: 5.4%

Purchased at: I have had this bottle sitting in my beer fridge for almost two years, from a mixed case. No idea where I bought it.

What makes this beer different: Its not often you age a Pale Ale, but it was pretty tasty this way.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes I would like to try one fresh.

Grade: B+

5/13/2010: Am I the only one who likes an “old” Pale Ale? This is the second one I have tried out of the 185 previous beers (Hitachino Classic Ale was the other). You technically aren’t supposed to age Pale Ales, but for some reason I like the taste. Kind of like a good aged bleu cheese. Odd I know.

Denver Pale Ale has that “old” ale smell to it, can’t really put it into words. Smells musty like an old tent, or maybe an attic? After two years there is no hop presense to be found, only caramel malts, and some grassy characteristics. It finishes a bit dry. The one thing I love about this beer though is its thick and creamy mouthfeel for a Pale Ale. Very heavy for the style, but I like thick beers so it works. Anyone have an aged pale ale that they ended up liking?

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Beer 181/365 – Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale

Style: American Pale Ale

ABV: 6.5%

Purchased at: Northern Beer Traders – West View, PA

What makes this beer different: Very hoppy for a Pale Ale

Will I be drinking this again: Yes

Grade: B+

5/8/2010: I am a huge fan of canned craft beer for many reasons, but one of the biggest reasons is portability The cans are also much less intimidating for people trying to get into craft beer. Both of these reasons came in handy because I brought a bunch to a golf scramble that I golfed in this day. Two of the people in my group are Coors light drinkers, so I thought I would bring them some real beer to drink. One liked the Dale’s, the other didn’t. Oh well more beer for the rest of us hah. We ended up finishing second out of 18 teams with a 6 under par. Not bad considering I drank 5-6 of the Dale’s.

Dale’s Pale Ale smells a lot more intimidating than it tastes. Smell is VERY hoppy for a Pale Ale. The taste is also pretty hoppy, but not as much as the smell would lead you to believe. A good bit of caramel malt helps push the hops back a bit. Actually to be honest if I didn’t know any better I would have assumed this was an IPA. Probably the most hops I have ever had in an APA. Overall this probably wasn’t the best beer to try and convert my non-craft drinking buddies, but it probably was my only viable option in a can. Any other good “gateway” canned beers that you can think of that I can bring to the next golf outing?

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