Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

6,476 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 6,476
Reviews: 1,863
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 143
Gots: 1,045 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2002

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Ratings: 6,476 | Reviews: 1,863
Photo of Lemke10
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a semi-clear amber color with a slight off-white head. The aroma is hoppy with a touch of bready malts. The taste has hint of pine, citrus, and grapefruit giving it dry taste. Very tasty and well made, a nice flag ship beer.

Photo of Brock915
4.94/5  rDev +27%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very drinkable, nice session. Good flavor

Photo of jesster0
2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Overhyped, too bitter for an APA.

Photo of THoff94
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Refreshing. Good canned party beer. Nothing amazing.

Photo of Pantalones
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third can from a six-pack I picked up not too long ago; canning date on the bottom (which shouts "LOOK AT ME!" to signify its importance) says March 12th, 2015. At 9:01, to be exact. Interesting that they note the time of day the beer was canned rather than just the date -- don't think I've seen that before.

Appearance-wise, very nice. Probably the darkest "pale" ale I've seen so far, it's a dark coppery orange color that borders on red in some spots. Mostly clear, maybe just a slight haziness, but I can still see some little bubbles rising up through the beer if I hold it up to the light. Nice fluffy whitish head of foam on top, which was huge at first (...possibly due at least in part to my inexperience in pouring from cans vs. bottles) but is now shrinking into a layer on top. Staying thicker near the edges of the glass, starting to vanish a bit more near the middle. Doesn't seem to be in a hurry to disappear entirely, however, as halfway through the glass there's still a thin later on top and a slightly thicker ring around the edges. The initial huge head has left a few traces on the inside of the glass that still haven't faded away at this point, and I see smaller but still noticeable trails of foam clinging to the sides further down every time I drink some more.

Got a nice little burst of citrusy and piney hops upon opening the can and some more when pouring, but once it's in the glass and the foam has started to die down the smell is fainter. A bit of a piney, maybe slightly spicy? hop type smell, along with a sweetish malt. Nothing bad, but pretty faint aside from that initial burst of hoppy smells when opening the can. A bit of a more fruity-like sweetness starts to come out toward the end of the glass, I'm noticing.

On the first sip -- sweetness and bready malt mingling with some bitterness, then shifting more toward a piney sort of thing, maybe a bit more of the spicy sort of thing I was sometimes picking up in the smell. That pine/spicy thing hangs around a bit afterward, then fades into a leafy hop bitterness, mixing in with a bit of the breadiness from before, both of which linger a bit afterward. The sweetness is interesting -- sometimes almost reminds me of cotton candy, as weird as it sounds. It's definitely a bit different from other pale ales I've had (even others in the orangey range color-wise), I wonder if maybe this one uses a different sort of malt that wasn't present in the other pale ales I've tried, or maybe a very different yeast strain. I know there's a bit of a fruitiness in there too, as I'm tasting it when I burp, but it's harder to find when drinking. Oh wait, no, there it was just now -- seems like it comes out more as the beer warms a bit, as I'm only just picking it up near the end of the glass. Actually, nearing the end of the glass, the sweet/bready/bitter/spicy flavors are combining in odd ways and it almost comes across as cinnamon-like at times, oddly enough. I'm finding it interesting how the malt type flavors stand out more when you first take a drink (though mixed in with a bit of bitterness to let you know the hops are present even at that point) with the hop flavors coming out more afterward -- a bit different from a lot of pale ales I've had in that way.

Mouthfeel is pretty nice. A bit sticky at times, a bit fizzy, but never going too far in either of those areas. Doesn't feel "prickly" or otherwise uncomfortable but you can definitely tell the carbonation bubbles are present.

Overall, this is pretty nice! I wasn't quite so impressed when I first tried it, but I think that was on a day that my taste buds were weirdly over-sensitive to hop bitterness, as it came across as almost too bitter at the time (compared to the ones I've had since, which were more bitter than other "regular" pale ales I've had but definitely not anywhere near being unpleasantly bitter) -- so it's a good thing I had more than just one can so I could give this one a fair review on a day when my taste buds weren't out of whack. I don't think I like it *quite* as much as Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale, but "not quite as good as SNPA" is still very, very, VERY far from "bad." Plus, this one comes in cans whereas I haven't seen canned Sierra Nevada beers around here, so if you prefer cans or are planning on taking some beers on a camping trip this seems like it'd be a good choice.

Photo of JDW4195
2.95/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Didn't expect it to be so hoppy...might as well just call it an ipa

Photo of tduecen
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

great summer beer, real easy drinker

Photo of Nickholland
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A solid, balanced pale ale. Hops are definitely present but the malt finish competes. One of my "go-to" pale ales, up there with Sierra Nevada and the old Stone Pale.

Photo of BostonBrewRu
4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favorite everyday beer, bar none. Not the greatest but my favorite

Photo of weaselface89
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Maybe i just had thos beer at the right time, but i thoroughly enjoyed this one! Will buy again
again

Photo of cpascrell
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Good beer. Not great, but surprisingly good.

Photo of takusan1000
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean and clear amber color, massive head that slowly dissipates. The smell is phenomenal, even after sitting around for 30 minutes--woody, piney, citrusy hops and with a hint of ammonia that oddly isn't unpleasant. Taste is crisp and dry, very very hop-forward with tree bark-like qualities of bitterness. Piney, bitter--and salty? It's not very balanced, but that's the point. Not sweet at all, a very dry beer. Good mouthfeel, medium body.

Photo of dacrza1
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: May 9, 2015... GLASSWARE: Kisatsky Tavern pint... OCCASION: settling in after celebrating Will's First Holy Communion... APPEARANCE: a handsome two-thirds pint glass of orange amber clarity and one-third thick, pillowed snow-white mountainous head; lacings are legitimate and thick; ... AROMA: definite malty base to build around; some caramel; some grainy, earthy tones; Centennial's light hops suggest a flower bed...PALATE: a medium-bodied, textured mouthfeel--surprisingly balanced, with ample action at the teeth and the tongue; aftertaste despite its subtle flavors; thick texture with average carbonation... TASTE: some citrus early, but much more floral aspects throughout; again, BIG uncanny balance of malt and hop... OVERALL: at long last, Dale's Pale Ale is in the books, and rewardingly too; unlike many/most modern American pales, this one packs a malty punch that keeps the pitchiness of the hops in check--a beer worth sipping or sessioning...

Photo of ajm5108
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A little citrus and slightly bitter on the finish, mild black pepper in the body with some dry malt.

Photo of Krisdmny
2.78/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not much taste, bite on the backend

Photo of MrMeerbill
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love this beer camping favorite

Photo of Bunman3
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a dandy brew. It falls on the APA/IPA border, yet manages to do both ends of the spectrum justice. I've heard great things about Oskar Blues and Dale's Pale did not disappoint.

Photo of Beric
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Sampler at Gordon's Fine Wine and Liquors in Waltham, MA
Served: 1 May 2015

Appearance: Pours a hazy looking amber color with an off-white head. Much darker than some other APAs I've seen.

Smell: Huge citrus hop notes- definitely Cascade in this one. Some hints of malty sweetness.

Taste: Whoa, a lot different than I was expecting. This beer drinks like something between an SNPA and a Torpedo- it's hoppy, but feels pretty big in the mouth and has this weirdly sweet front and massively bitter finish. Altogether it's a pretty weird way to experience an APA and it doesn't quite seem to go together well in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high body with high carbonation. This beer feels much bigger than it actually is.

Overall: This seems to bridge the gap between APA and IPA, and falls more on the IPA spectrum of things. Overall it's definitely not a bad beer, but one that I wasn't expecting from a can labelled 'Pale Ale'.

Photo of bub72ck
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a favorite Pale Ale of mine and it's great fresh from the tap in Western North Carolina. I know SN is the standard bearer for common Pale Ales but i think Dale's blows it away.

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 5 months ago (would like to try it fresher). Pours a pleasing ruby orange with a two finger rocky white head. Aroma is faint but has some pine and grassy notes. Taste is better with grass, pine, and sweet malts with a nice bitterness for a pale ale. Mouthfeel is light but not overly so. Overall a nice pale ale that would seemingly be more assertive and tasty with a touch less age.

Photo of RomeosDelight69
2.11/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I thought it tasted funky. Smelled like ragweed and Christmas tree combined. Definitely would not drink again.

Photo of shea117474
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

After 30 min. in the glass, small amount of head remains. Small amount of lace follows the beer as it is swirled. The smell is good ol' pine and a hint of biscuit. Drinks quite well, with fair bitterness upfront and a biscuit smooth in the back.

Photo of mtvolkens
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a solid go-to beer. I will definitely be buying on the regular.

Photo of MisterGone
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So, as Pale Ale's go, this one was pretty good. My gateway was SN, like everybody else sot that is the benchmark. This was from a 12 oz can at Draft Republic. Poured a nice amber, with a frothy white head that dissipated quickly. Really no aroma to speak of save a slight metallic tinge with some latent malt. In the PA realm, this had a nice balance of hop-malt, with the malts getting the lead. Hop profiles seemed a touch floral, but were not the dominant player. Not sure if it would be top shelf, but a solid effort.

Photo of SaltofOH
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 8/27/2014, reviewed 12/31/2014, Threshold beer glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper; with a 2 finger thick, frothy yellowish head. Significant carbonation. Retains a solid 1/8" cap with EPIC lacing.

Aroma: Hoppy, but not as hoppy as I would have expected. Could be showing its age. Some malty aromas in the background; biscuity?

Taste: Sweet, amber arrival, decent bittering on the end but not overpowering. I like! Less sweet than Mirror Pond, but sweeter than Burning River or Columbus Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel: Softer, less carbonation than appearance would suggest. Heavier than Burning River, less slick than Mirror Pond.

Overall: This is a really well-rounded fruity and quaffable pale ale. I could definitely buy a 6-pack of this.

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
87 out of 100 based on 6,476 ratings.