Profiled by Maria Devan
Pours a pale straw color gold and glinting with clarity. Thinnish white head that fell off pretty fast. Nose is mild grain, and a small whiff of dms. Textbook to style. Taste is excellent. Crisp malt. Body is tremendously light even thinnish. Carbonation livens the palate . Smooth, dry malty finish with a soft sweet hop herbal. No esters, no diacetyl.
If you want to observe the “background DMS note from pils malt” as per the bjcp – this is your beer..
Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”
Maria Devan lives in Ithaca, NY, is a great beer writer, and should be a beer judge. We’d consider kidnapping her and taking her to a test so she can become one, but that would be wrong and ILLEGAL.
Beer Term ‘O the Day: Bottom-fermenting yeast. One of the two types of yeast used in brewing. Bottom-fermenting yeast works well at low temperatures and ferments more sugars leaving a crisp, clean taste and then settles to the bottom of the tank. Also referred to as “lager yeast.”
James Visger lives in Clarksville, TN, he’s a BJCP beer judge, has a lovely wife named Jami, and is president of The Clarksville Carboys. He is NOT a vampire.
There are some things in life that people simply have to experience first hand. Riding a roller coaster. Catching a wild brook trout. Running a mile for time. Dating someone out of your league…this is what life is all about. If you’re a baseball fan, you have to see a game at Wrigley Field. If you eat food, you have to try the spicy fried chicken at Gus’s Fried Chicken in Memphis. You just have to. You haven’t lived until you’ve experienced that chicken.
Likewise, if you’re a beer drinker, there are certain beers you have to drink. At least once. We’ve thought long and hard about what those quintessential beers are—the ones that everyone should try—and we’ve come up with a hearty list of 100 that define the American craft beer scene. Some of these beers would be considered the best beers in the country, if not the world. Others can hold their own, but earned a spot on this list because of the role they played in the craft beer movement. Is this a definitive list of beers everyone should try? Dear Lord, no. If you truly love beer, you should try them all. Even the bad ones. At least once. But this list will get you started.
Here’s the first round from the master list—we’ll be counting down all week. We hope you’re thirsty.
100. Dale’s Pale Ale
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