Craft beer in a can is always more exciting than it should be, but despite this realisation, when Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale appeared in Bradley's it was a must-buy. I never thought I'd be shelling out for a can of beer with 'Rocky Mountains' written on it, but there you go.
It warned of voluminous hopping, but I still wasn't ready for the C-hop punch on the nose. A bubblegum sweetness is lost under the folds and folds of pungent tropical fruit and piney potency. As expected, it's nicely bitter on the palate with grapefruit, peach, pith and nettle, with a strange but welcome butteriness to it. Tasty, mouth watering and puckering, I could get used to this.
That is, if it weren't for cheaper, admittedly less hoppy but equally delicious home-grown stuff.
Now does this mean we'll be seeing some Ten Fidy soon? Hopefully.