Monday, May 3, 2010

Pale Ale Can Clash — Oskar Blues vs. 7 Seas Brewing

Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale
ABV 6.5% IBU 65

Golden yellow/orange.
Big, wonderful, piney hops.
Big, juicy citrus burst that quickly turns into citrus peel hoppiness.
Hops vs. Malts (Hoppy, Malty or Balanced):
Intense, lasting, bitter citrus peel hops.
Overall (Fantastic, Good, Mediocre or Bad):

7 Seas Brewing British Pale Ale
ABV 5.4% IBU 24

Golden yellow/orange (exactly the same as Dale's).
Malts and toasted nuts.
Crisp, lemony, simple, refreshing.
Hops vs. Malts (Hoppy, Malty or Balanced): Balanced
Dried grains, toasted malts, touch of sweetness.
Overall (Fantastic, Good, Mediocre or Bad):
Good -

Winner by unanimous decision
: Oskar Blues.
You see that crazy looking fellow with the mutton chops on the 7 Seas can? Well, he taught us something. He taught us that British Pale Ales are for sissies! Just kidding. British Pale Ales are generally not nearly as aggressively hopped as what we're used to here in the Northwest. Such was the case with the 7 Seas version. To our biased palates it actually was dangerously close to tasting like some Northwest ambers. Having been raised on hoppy pale ales, it will come as no surprise that we preferred the generously hopped Dale's Pale Ale. The 7 Seas certainly has its place as an easy drinking sessionable ale that would taste great after a long hike or a full day of yard work. But for a volatile Spring day in the Northwest (featuring areas of hail and slush) pass us a hoppy Dale's Pale Ale please.

Extra Credit: On the bottom of our Dale's can it announces the canning date along with a quote from The Big Lebowski, "8 Year Olds Dude." We wonder if they change the quote for each canning date?

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