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

6,537 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 6,537
Reviews: 1,882
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 146
Gots: 1,104 | 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: 6,537 | Reviews: 1,882
Photo of mlockman
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Holy hop-forward ale, batman, this stuff is dank!

Photo of jimpyle48
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rating based on canned beer

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 5/12/15 at 41 degrees into shaker
Aroma piney
Head large (Eight cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy/creamy, diminishing to frothy ring and partial frothy layer – lacing left as head recedes
Lacing – very good - some partial curtains remain as the head recedes, others follow the dropping beer level.
Body medium orange, clear
Flavor very piney – more of an IPA than pale ale, finishes slightly bitter; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly oily,

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4.25

Photo of jkachel
3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tastes ok but boozier than it is. A little too malty for my tastes in this style. Still will drink it without much hesitation.

Photo of nheigelmann
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is just a servicable fucking pale ale right here. Tastes great. Never lets you down. They nailed it on this one

Photo of Brjackson
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Too much like an IPA.

Photo of PlacementSix
3.04/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It's a tad too malty for my taste but overall a well done pale ale.

Photo of Rick5150
4.69/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look:
This pours darker amber than most color with an off-white head.

Smell:
The aroma is a little hoppy with a touch of bread.

Taste:
The taste has hint of piney hops, citrus, and just enough bitterness.

Feel:
I found this to have a very smooth mouthfeel.

I normally do not gravitate to canned beer, but the few Oskar Blues selections I have had have been very good. I think that this one is great.

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery pour with lite beige head; great lace. Crackers and slight hop nose. Malt flavor balances nicely with mild hop finish. Lite mouthfeel. Semi bitter hop linger is mild and overall this is a tasty pale ale.

Photo of Korbynlehr
1.67/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.25

Ok Not the best at all

Photo of twins2008nathan
3.26/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A decent IPA..... nothing special about it though. First few sips are better than the last few.

Photo of Smelly
3.14/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A decent go-to-in-a-pinch-when-I-cant-have-a-craft-beer-in-a-glass-bottle-and-surly-overrated-isn't-available brew(like at the beach).

Photo of drepreciado
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Doesn't go down easy and the flavor just doesn't produce. This is basically beer pong beer

Photo of toronadotornado
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Corner Bar - Boulder, CO - draft

Photo of BayernMunchen3113
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good Pale Ale. If you can purchase Sierra Nevada instead of this I would recommend it. But if you're wanting to try something different go for it. Decent lacing, had it on tap at the Slowdown in Omaha, Nebraska.

Photo of EggsBenny
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not as hoppy or biting as Sierra Nevada, just for a point of reference. I like it more. Really good.

Photo of davisconnors
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thank you dale for your pale ale

Photo of Brondeau
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Good pale ale. Darker than standard pale ale and a bit hoppier and more bitter. Good beer to have a few.

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

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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