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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

4,630 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 4630
Reviews: 1692
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2002)
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shacawgo24

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-Dark orange body. Off-white fluffy head. Body slow bleeds with ruby tendencies when held to light. Head has a long life-span which leaves behind great lasting lace. A bit thick in color, no uniformity in body. The beer can look orange, brown or ruby on any inspection of body. But that persistent head will steal your eye in awe.

S-Fresh cut pine. Floral. Citrus peels. This is one of the freshest beers I've ever smelled. The variety of smells are limited, at least to me, but those present are so fresh. Malty on warming.

T-Orange in there, subtle grapefruit. Smooth pine throughout, mainly in the middle. Bready. Great balances of sweet & bitter. The key-word in taste is: smooth. Malty on warming.

M-Medium-low to medium body. Same for carbonation. Fluid body with a chewy swish. Sip starts with a restrained sweetness, a grainy malt middle and ends with a bitter pine finish. The after leaves palate numb a tad via peppery hops. Then the polar opposite arrives with a cool herbal minty breath to offset & interplay with the spicy hops. Like chewing on a hop essentially.

O-Dale's Pale Ale should be the go to beer for any occasion. It should replace all BMC brews as America's Flagship Beer. I can see and understand if Dale's is someone's favorite beer. And it gives impetus for all breweries to offer canned versions of their flagship brews because freshness is unmatched in a can.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 08:49:35 | More by shacawgo24
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unscarred785

New York

4.56/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great APA, Pours a 2/3 finger head, Has a very citrisy and Hoppy smell. I thought this was going to be an average at best beer but boy was i wrong! I grabbed a 6 pack at my local beer distributor, Guy behind the counter knows me pretty well and asked me if i was sure i wanted to buy this. After getting home and cracking open a can after dinner i poured it into a glass and was surprised at how well it poured. Lots of lacing and a great orange/amber color. Once i took a sip i couldn't believe what i had just drank. This beer came out of a can!? Before i knew it the glass was empty and i had a smile on my face.

Serving type: can

04-15-2014 02:00:21 | More by unscarred785
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lordofstarside

Nevada

4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a bit into a glass for look and smell, rest is out of the can

Pours a clear dark golden orange with a finger if of foam and moderate carbonation stemming from the center of the glass. Retention is pretty good, so is the lacing. Really good looking

Smells of floral citrus, mostly oranges and mandarin with a little bit of pine. Malt is very bready with caramel notes, finishes with just a little bit of alcohol

Taste is pretty close with the smell, very floral with similar hop notes. Orange citrus with moderate pine notes are held together with a strong caramel malt, finishes with a tiny bit of booze. Much heavier than in the smell

Feel is pretty heavy actually for a pale ale, alcohol is hidden pretty well and finishes dry.

Overall a really solid apa. I get the cult following, definitely going to take this one hiking

Serving type: can

04-13-2014 20:14:14 | More by lordofstarside
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CtephanieCimone

Connecticut

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First Had: May 26th 2013

Great combo of pale malt/fruity citrus hops!

Had this brew awhile ago... was the second beer ive ever had. Pretty much became the reason I decided to learn more about craft beer. So glad I got to start out with a great tasting solid beer.

Serving type: can

04-13-2014 16:08:14 | More by CtephanieCimone
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ChristopherWIU-UTPA

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got to experience this great tasting, pleasent, and enjoyable beer at the Friendly Spot Ice House in San Antonio, Texas. It pours hazey yellow, with thin white laces running to the finger width head. It has a real strong hop tatste for being a pale ale, not to over bearing though, goes down smooth, leaves your palte dry (wanting more). I think it is a halloween party in the can, becuase taste like a IPA in a pale ale's costume....

Serving type: can

04-10-2014 20:16:57 | More by ChristopherWIU-UTPA
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can, it has a golden orange color body with small creamy white head. The aroma is of hops. The taste is straight hop forward, then towards the back it has a little sweetness. The mouthfeel is smooth and leaves a little hop aftertaste. overall it is a good pale ale.

Serving type: can

04-09-2014 02:20:07 | More by chefhatt
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thebeergeek

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Man, they nailed it. This is really something special. The pour is a hazy golden, almost like a hefeweissen. Beautiful white head. Aroma is fresh hops. The taste is, just wonderful. It starts sweet, and just when you think this beer will be too sweet, the hops kick, but, not overpowering. The after taste is heaven. A perfect balance of malty sweetness and hop dryness. This tastes like a really, really good homebrew. That is the best thing I can say about any beer.

Serving type: can

04-06-2014 21:37:28 | More by thebeergeek
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gonzo000

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a. light and clear in color.

s. Hoppy and inviting. Nothing too complex in the nose, but solid

t. Outstanding taste - very hoppy

m. Very nice.

o. I had a shorty at the Yard House in Lynfield, ma. Thought this beer was very good. I would buy a six pack.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2014 17:20:14 | More by gonzo000
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y2jrock60

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark yellow/light orange. The head lingers in the pitcher and laces, but fails to do so in the glass. I couldn't pick up too much aroma because I had this at a bar that allows smoking. I picked up some sweetness along with pine and citrus. It tastes slightly sweet upfront followed by a piney and fruity bitterness that lingers. It's really bitter for a pale ale, almost borderline IPA. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall a solid pale ale. It's not outstanding, but it is good.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2014 19:47:46 | More by y2jrock60
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter

A: clear, golden with a one finger white head that dissipates to a frothy bubble ring.spot lacing.

S: Grassy hops, lemon, citrus-y. A slight touch of malts.

T: A very balanced hop/malt mix. Smooth, sessionable. A slightly bitter finish that doesn't offend.

M: medium with medium carbonation.

O: The perfect little pale ale. No wonder it's so popular. Great for any occasion. An easy drinker.

Serving type: can

03-16-2014 15:46:38 | More by brewskifan55
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reebtaerG

Maryland

4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured can into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a hazy amber color. Decent level of thick white head.

S-Aroma is mild pine hops with sweet malts.

T-Taste is mild hops up front with strong, semi sweet and semi toasted malts. Caramel notes.

M-Mouthfeel gives a mild bitterness present in aftertaste, dry. High carbonation.

O-Overall, a solid pale ale. A go to everyday beer for me.

Serving type: can

03-07-2014 13:42:57 | More by reebtaerG
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craftbeersweden

Sweden

4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

In a can from Systembolaget, Sweden.
Amber color and clear liquid. 2 finger high wite foam.

The smell is what I want from a Pale Ale: citrus, fresh hops, orange, apricot, herbs, pine & vanilla.

The taste is soft with an immediate bitter taste, pine, grass, grapefruit and malt.

This is so good beer! I keep coming back over and over again :)

Serving type: can

03-03-2014 00:28:53 | More by craftbeersweden
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silverevo9

California

3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Just poured into a Weizenbier glass. The head on this pour has a really nice appearance and presentation. The dual color pour, with a light amber fighting off the white head trying to form. Head retention is very good and masculine. Good strength in head, wont go away, really well done there. Sticky lacing and a very good hop scent that very specific to this beer. I can see why this beer lives up to the life style it was produced for. Taste, for a lack of superlatives very excellent. Nose to glass, i get an abundance of sweet hop and bitterness following. These will be with me on camping trips and mountain biking trails. 6.5% occurring here makes a difference from the standard 5.3%. Buzz comes comes on a lot faster. Drinkable, portable, and outstanding.

Great beer!

Serving type: can

02-20-2014 23:25:24 | More by silverevo9
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AnthonyBeerdain

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a can into a snifter. Canned on 27-Nov-2013.

Aroma
Slight hop aroma, mostly florals with an inkling of cinnamon or spice making an unexpected showing. Maybe I'm an idiot. As the carbonation declines, so does the aroma. No alcohol detected. Pale malt peeks through. Would have benefited from just a touch more hop florals.

Appearance
Crystal clear, golden, half-inch straw-colored head slowly dissipates and eventually disappears, although lacing remains on the glass. Seriously though, I can see what I'm typing through my beer. Sure, it's distorted and golden, but I can see it!

Flavor
A consistent taste from the time it hits your tongue until you swallow. Medium hop bitterness complimented by a solid caramel malt presence. I think I detect a hint of dust, but maybe my wife needs to learn how to do the dishes better. Hop bitterness wins out at the end and stays.

Mouthfeel
Light-medium bodied. Surprisingly dry. Salivation kicks in with the first sip and leads to a coating on the tongue that reminds you of the beer for a while after you're done.

Overall Impression
This was my beer for the Super Bowl this year. After four it made my mother-in-law much more tolerable. It's a solid pale ale. Most American pales seem to over-hop in an attempt to leach off the popularity of their cooler brother, IPA. Dale's Pale Ale seems to stay true to the style, and for that I'm thankful.

Serving type: can

02-14-2014 01:45:53 | More by AnthonyBeerdain
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JamesMN

Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 1/14/14.

Appearance: Deep caramel color with great clarity. Two finger off-white foamy head.

Aroma: Light 2-row malt and a dab of earthy/peppery hops.

Taste: Classic pale ale. Starts with a good underlying spicy/sweet biscuit malt flavor with an earthy/warm hop character to round out the flavor. Although it's listed as 65 IBUs, the malt covers most of that up so you're left with a very smooth and manageable bitterness. The finish is the same balanced malt and hop goodness that consumes the rest of the experience and the aftertaste leaves just a bit of peppery bitterness on the palate. While 6.5% ABV really hits the upper limit for this style, the result speaks for itself.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body with smooth carbonation and good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Living in MN means that Summit EPA is the standard that all other pale ales are judged against. Dale's Pale Ale is the first of the style I've tasted that is comparable to Summit EPA. The great balance of flavors in Dale's Pale Ale makes it one to remember. Would I drink it again? Yes.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 20:19:22 | More by JamesMN
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 8 January 2014. Tasted 10 Feb 2014.

Pours a nice clear amber. Two fingers of off-white head, fluffy and pillowy. Good retention and excellent lacing. Outstanding.

Smell started out bright and hoppy, with vibrant citrus. But that's gone quickly, leaving a faint mid-level herbal hoppiness. Well supported by solid caramel malts.

Taste is up and down. At times, I find it chalky and unpleasantly bitter. At others, I find it relatively clean and smooth. Wish I could have more of the latter.

Feel is medium-light bodied. Carbonation is mid-low level, consistent throughout. Nice.

A solid pale ale. I get hints of something really good, but they battle with or give way to less enjoyable elements.

Serving type: can

02-11-2014 04:58:32 | More by zeledonia
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz. can into a standard pint glass. (canned on 9-11-2013)
Clear, copper-gold, with a big, frothy head of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Subtle hop note
Taste-Lightly toasted malt,fruity hops,white grapefruit bitterness that carries to the finish. Nice flavor and balance, tasty and portable.

Serving type: can

02-10-2014 21:03:57 | More by hosehead83
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BierJager89

California

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours golden with a white head.

S: Orange, citrus peel in the nose. Pretty simple and typical, but it smells good.

T: A bit tropical, some orange, some papaya. Could use more tropical fruit.

M: Light bodied, crisp, refreshing and smooth.

O: Definitely a very drinkable pale ale. Tasty, but again, more tropical fruit would be better. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: can

02-07-2014 06:29:10 | More by BierJager89
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Emnmarko

Michigan

3.19/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Hazy orange color with a half finger head. Decent carbonation but the head dissipates quickly leaving a light lace.

S- Dank pine resin off the top. Yeast comes through. A bit like your own stinky sock. It still stinks but not as bad as someone elses.

T- Not much different from the smell at first, starting with dank pine resin. Quickly followed with a mild dirty yeast addition. Up next is a slightly spicy feel as the flavors that started it all fade quickly.

M- Light to med bodied. Although it seems to leave a sticky feeling on the back of my tongue.

O- I have eyed this beer for a while now but always passed on it because of the can. Found a single so I bit. I'm kind of underwhelmed unfortunately. It has a taste that doesn't agree with me. In trying to be fair, it is balanced nicely and easy to drink. I'll probably pass on this beer in the future. There are much better pale ales out there.

Serving type: can

02-06-2014 01:39:30 | More by Emnmarko
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RickS95

Indiana

3.16/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The pour is clear copper in color. Doesn't look like much body as light easily shines through, and really, it's a bit light even for the style. However, you can describe the head as gorgeous from its semi-cascading formation to its lucious bright white head. Nice retention and if you can wait long enough, you're given a beautiful lacing.

Faint fruit teases the nose. Pineapple and even some darker fruit flavors join in. Plenty of malt for balance, some pilsner in there somewhere.

Little from the nose makes it to the tongue, save the hops. None of the dark fruit or even the pineapple shows up. It's all malt and whichever hops are used for bittering. The taste isn't bad, it's just nothing special and not what I think of when I think of American Pale Ales. Pale ale yes, but not so much American as there is no citrus in the taste.

It's very bitter. Not much complexity as bitter is all it is from beginning to end. It's not quite IPA bitter, but with the lack of balance in the feel, it feels like one. More on the lighter side of body than medium, it feels a bit loose and watery.

I really wanted to like this because it's the first time I've seen it in Indiana and I've heard lots about it, but I just don't care for it. It's not bad, but it's not really good either, just a middle of the road pale ale that thousands of breweries seem to make. Nothing special.

Serving type: can

02-01-2014 03:47:19 | More by RickS95
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ElijahRivera

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed based on tasting notes from a blind pale ale tasting.

12 oz. bottle inside a paper bag poured into a plastic tasting cup.

A- clear dark amber

S- Similar to taste.

T- Malty, earthy, sweet, toasted grains, and subtle grapefruit.

M- No notes on mouthfeel.

O- A great APA with a good dose of bitterness. One of my favorite, go-to pale ales, and the blind score reflects and solidifies that for me. Out of a total of 14 pale ales in the blind tasting, this brew tied for 1st with 4 others on my list, and ended up at 2nd on the collaborative list.

Serving type: can

01-31-2014 01:44:26 | More by ElijahRivera
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Cfeezy

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I will preface this by saying DPA is one of my go-to's for a tasty, crisp, lighter beer.

Poured into a pint glass from a can.

A - Pours into the glass with a with clear, dark amber-colored hue/haze, and had about 2 fingers worth of head.

S - It has a wonderful light & hoppy aroma without any real bitterness to speak of.

T - A true typical pale ale with a mellow mouthfeel. It has a slight bitter finish, but on the mild end of spectrum compared to some of the super IPAs out there today.

M - Nothing too detailed to note here; feels like a lighter, carbonated, hopped brew.

O - Like I said, this is a standard go-to for me; doe the the taste and the Colorado connection. I think it's a nice, crisp IPA but with no outlandish tricks like crazy amounts of hops or alcohol.

Perfect for around the campfire.

Serving type: can

01-26-2014 16:36:43 | More by Cfeezy
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CDAtkinson

Maryland

3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It poured a clear golden orange with a good amount of bubbles and a head which dissipated fairly quickly.

Nose was malty, apricot, and herbaceous (perhaps a bit of rosemary).

Mouthfeel was light, slightly creamy, with a full taste that filled the whole mouth for a few seconds, cycling through the same flavors as the nose and ending with a long, bitter finish.

I wish it did not go flat in the glass as quickly as it did since it has a complex enough taste to linger over.

Ultimately I liked this beer and would consider getting it again when looking for a pale ale.

Serving type: can

01-21-2014 01:04:24 | More by CDAtkinson
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Scrapss

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Turbinator from can.

A: Effervescent middle red-golden color. Thin disk lasts all the way down from a one finger nice pour. Slight haze, slight lacing.

S: Lemongrass, pine, standard west coast odors. light malt peeks in and says "hi". yeast is for fermentation only, apparently.

T: Yes. that's one good canned PA. follows nose, with bittering on side of tongue an pine, lemon, slight grapefruit.

M: creamy and light yields to a gentle assault of bitterness on the edges. Almost has a spiciness like a rye, but more indistinct. The spiciness is the grapefruit, not rye. It flip-flops on the feel between spicy/carb/malted milk balls.

O: This is a staple go-to when cans are the required de-rigour. With all the other cans available now, this is the one I know I will find , along side Yeungling cans if this is out, when all there is available is substandard canned swill otherwise.

Serving type: can

01-20-2014 00:19:33 | More by Scrapss
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Russ_Guill

Nebraska

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz can.

Pours a with clear copper color. Small amount of head.

Wonderful light aroma.

A solid pale ale with a malty/biscuity mouthfeel. Bitter finish, but nothing overwhelming; resiny and piney.

This is an easy-drinking beer, but with no outlandish tricks like crazy amounts of hops or alcohol.

Serving type: can

01-19-2014 22:09:03 | More by Russ_Guill
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