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August 13th,
written by Arthur

Ok, so the official name is Dale’s Pale Ale, but I like to keep it simple with Dale’s Ale.  I know what you’re thinking when you see the picture: but Arthur, this comes in a can so it must be swill?  All I can say you’ve got to try it!  This is hands down the best beer I’ve ever had out of a can and definitely in the top 10% of beers overall.

To be fair, when I first saw it when I moved to New York two years ago I had the same thought.  But Matt, the bartender at my favorite watering hole, the City Tavern, made me see the light.

The beer is an awesome IPA—a truly hoppy but really well-balanced IPA.  The great part is that the sweet balances the hops almost without letting you know it’s there; like a magic invisible fairy it just makes everything right with the world.

And for the hipsters, there is the added benefit of being able to drink out of a “cool” looking can without having to drink the glorified mineral water found in PBR cans (though I still recommend a glass).



  1. Meg

    Nice post!

    Note on the can: I think there’s some special reason they only sell it in a can. Did Matt say it has something to do with preserving the flavor?

  2. Arthur

    I tried to do a little research to back-up what Matt said.

    From what I understand a lot the benefit of a can has to do with light. Light breaks down beer. That’s why almost no beers use clear glass bottles. A can is clearly going to keep out more light (i.e. all of it) than even a dark bottle so it will help keep the beer fresh.

    Also, can’s have less air in them than bottles which helps the beer. According the the brewery “you have less head space which cuts down on oxidization, and you won’t find any skunky beer in cans.” The brewery also says it uses cans because bottles don’t survive the “rugged outdoor demand of Rocky Mountain beer drinkers.”

  3. 09/21/2010

    Well, I found and bought 2 six packs in Colorado Springs.
    Will test on my son and son-in-law next week when they fly in for the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque – will let you know! Aunt Linda Lu
    I’m not a beer drinker – like my wine!

  4. Arthur

    @ Linda: That’s very exciting about getting some of the brew from its Colorado home. Definitely curious to hear what everyone thinks of it!

  5. chrrr

    Yeah, that’s an APA. Not an IPA. And it’s awesome.

  6. Arthur

    @chrrr: Interesting. I hadn’t really known much about the distinction between an APA and an IPA. Apparently IPAs are stronger and more assertively hopped. By whatever name, Dale’s Ale is delicious!

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