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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale

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1,850 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,850
Hads: 6,818
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 22.39%
Wants: 156
Gots: 1,292 | FT: 9
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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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy pale burnt orange color with a thin wisp of a white head. It dissipated immediately and left barely any lacing.
The smell had a sweet caramel maltiness up front coming across somewhat like a biscuity to bready tone. Light citrus graces the undercarriage of the aroma.
The taste carries the malts again up front in a sweet sort of way. Light citrusy hops play with a side score of bitterness. The aftertaste is manageably sweet. Lingering dry yet somewhat refreshing finish.
The mouthfeel was light bodied with a crisp sweet malty sessionability about it. Carbonation seems to hit right on my tongue for an APA.
Overall, what's all the hubbub about other than just another malty crushable can good for sippin' in the deer stand or fishin' off the lake. Personally, though, I'd go after other cans of APA to deal with my other activities, just me, perhaps.

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Photo of stevoj
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice and crisp pale ale, hops add mild bitterness and dry out the finish. Pours straw yellow with small head, but lots of lacing. Mellow aroma, sharper taste, and smooth finish. Good with food.

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Photo of egrapplesberg
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

19.2 oz canned on 7/14/15 poured into a tall Dos Equis pilsner glass. Soapy two inch head on top of a beautiful orange color of beer. Tiny carb bubbles happily dance to the surface. Smell is rich malt with grapefruit hiding behind wanting to poke its head out. Taste is easy orange, tangerine and malt bread that molds together forming a great refreshment after a hard day's of work. Light dry body that entices me to drink more. Cheers!

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Photo of Shippy
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can. Copper with a foamy, long lasting, off-white head. Aroma is a little malty, some pine notes. Taste is sweet, malty, bready, with some bitterness in the end. Very well balanced flavor profile, great blend of malt and hop flavors. Palate is pretty smooth, some bubbles, medium feel overall. Definitely a solid and flavorful beer. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of bsonk
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale

A: nut brown crossed with amber with a long lasting foamy white head on top. Quite an aesthetically pleasing brew.

S: wow, so floral and piney, it smells like a sweet wildflower hop bouquet in the pine forest.

T: sweet candy malt, well balanced by lots of juicy hops. I’d say a tangerine-pine hop profile.

M: sticks around on the palate. To be expected of such a sugary beer.

O: a really good everyday pale, hopped enough that it might be called an IPA. Malt forward, easy to drink. 4.6/5.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, the widely distributed APA from Oskar Blues. I'm just wondering where in the U.S. one can't get this, ah, to no avail, here's the rest.
This was poured into a pint glass, but FYI, I also love to pour this into a can glass every now and again, just gotta have some fun glassware.
The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a one and a half finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Light lacing stuck around the glass decently.
The smell starts off with a nice caramel maltiness with a balanced dose of citrus hops.
The taste was full throttle to balance and boot my tastebuds to the next level - burst of the citrus smacking around the caramel malts to show an utter display of power in the flavor. The aftertaste does have the caramel malt, so yeah, its pretty sweet. There's a sticky sweet caramel finish.
The mouthfeel sat about light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation runs good.
Overall, old school styled APA kickin' butt and takin' names for the win! What's not to like? Of course, I'd have this again.

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pint nonic glass. An interesting hazy orange color. A distinct hop smell. Taste is hoppy from start to finish. Not my most favorite hop centered beer but I would probably purchase it again especially if it was on tap.

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Photo of Pete_2112
4.74/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

BALANCED. Dales Pale Ale is hoppy, slightly bitter, and decently malty. The taste is so balanced its incredible. The hop bitterness on the back end is perfect for the malt sweetness. This beer is incredible!

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Glowing kinda-hazy orange-amber body, lots of carbonation, huge head that leaves a ton of lace. Smell and body are equal between orange rind and toffee malt, with a bit of husk finish. Full body, slightly heavy with syrupy malt/hop resins, sharp carbonation.
A easy drinking go-to. Not the best clarity of flavors or of style, but simple to enjoy.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can at America on Tap Saturday
I'm kind of surprised I haven't rated this before. Rich bready caramel earthy spicy citrus and pine hops to counter, just a great beer.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This seems to be a sweetheart around the forums, I figured I'd try it.

Served in a nonic pint.

Look : Honey colored body, 40% transparent, with a towering cream colored head standing at a full 3 fingers. It leaves dense, snowy, static-y lace on the sides as it recedes, nearly covering the glass like a disease.

Smell : A mixture of tropical and pine, with a little bit of peach infusion. Malts are crackery, fruit winning out once again towards the end.

Taste : Lots of fruit. Peach, apricot, grapefruit, blood orange. Behind that is biscuit malts, a dump of hop oils, finally wrapping up with a sharp note of pine and skin of a plum.

Feel : Creamy, dense, well-lit carbonation, ends unsubstantial.

Overall : Lots of fruit in this IPA, but it doesn't quite come together for me. Malts are not properly balanced, it ends up being a fruit-hop bomb. The fruit makes me crave sweetness, but instead it's chock full of rind bitterness (no surprise there). Overall it tastes off, I'm just not a fan.

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Photo of Bis4beer70
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad...nuthin' special...bought some while on vacation in Colorado & its nuthin' I feel to be good enough to take any home with...wanna find something really new & good in Colorado to knock me off my feet & this just is not it.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into pint glass
looks orange/dark copper beautiful! with a moderate white head
left a lot of lace on glass
smell is hoppy resiny malty slightly fruity overall complex
taste hoppy and malty
sour slightly bitter aftertaste
overall solid reminds me greatly of mendocino brewings Eye of the Hawk
not my favorite oskar blues but will drink again

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pretty golden brown color, looks unfiltered, barely off white head.

Smells pretty good, classic. Malt & hops, in balance.

Taste is pretty good. Definitely hoppy, on the astringent side of bitter, yet still with some sweetness.

Rich mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation, very fine.

Finish is well integrated. Somehow the parts are good, but the whole is less - I don't love this.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce can purchased last night from a local deli and poured into a Spiegelau stemmed Pilsner glass. I first tried this beer about a year ago on tap at a local bar and recalled it being a bit too hoppy for me. But that was not my experience last night. Hoppy, but not overly so, with a nice mouth feel to it. An enjoyable beer and one I'd drink again, although I'd opt for a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale if both were available.

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Photo of Savan
3.24/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber colour. Smells is very slight but that of terpentine. Taste is light... a little but of pine and a very slight bit of zest. Overall.. had a refreshing finish ... a good beer but not what one would call great.

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Photo of clake
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can dated 8/5/15 poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance is a dark, clear amber with a fluffy off-white head with some nice lacing.

Smell is a bit on the weak side. You have to really search what's going on to find its sweet, malty character with a hint of citrus.

Surprisingly, the hops come through a bit more on than the palate than what the nose would lead you to believe. The citrusy grapefruit note are more prevalent with the bready malt backbone. Fairly balanced.

Moderately carbonated with a nice, dry, peppery finish.

Overall, it's an average beer with a price point that makes it worth the occasional pick up.

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pretty decent beer. Very smooth and drinkable. Smell is mildly malty with a bit of orange. The taste follows malty and orange with a touch of hops. yb

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Photo of BlackBeerDown
2.2/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Similiar to Jeppson's Malört... The aftertaste of Dale's Pale Ale tastes like an abortion clinic in Iceland. The charcoal filtered flavor makes you feel like you're being picked on in fifth grade. Malört actually tastes better.

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Photo of 4thFloyd
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A clear dark gold to amber color with a thin head. Aroma was mild with citrus and floral notes. Flavor was balanced with floral and citrus hops as well as a good bready malt body. Slightly bitter finish which lingered a little too long.

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Photo of DSWeller
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint, 3.2 ounce can poured into pint glass. Can dated 8/12 and says "do you even lift bro?" On it. Poured Amber/reddish/light brown. Huge, foamy white head. Smells malty. I taste lots of caramel with a lingering bitterness. Not overly bitter though. I do not taste any citrus notes. Average pale ale to me. I'm glad to see this in Iowa now but was not overly impressed.

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Photo of cyguyjg
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For my taste, just the right amount of hops. Full mouth feel. Slightly assertive and lingering flavor. You won't overlook your sips of this. A good session beer.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer is deep amber in color, crystal-clear and sparkling, with a giant, slightly pebbly off-white head that leaves fair rafts of lacing. One the nose, it is moderate in intensity: a fairly straightforward blend of spicy florals and lesser amounts of pine with bready malt notes and faint alcohol undertones. On the palate it presents bitter, spicy hops up front, with some pine, grapefruit and alcohol notes joining in midway; the hops presence largely obscures a slightly-sweet bready malt backbone. The finish is slightly bitter, followed by the onset of a long-lingering hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, moderately creamy and peppery from some very present fizzy carbonation. The hops focus here is more on bitterness than flavor/aroma, not so much what I look for in an APA. (12 oz can, 18 days after pkg.)

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Photo of James_Michaud91
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a darker amber color

Smell is malty/biscuity sweetness with noticable spicy hop support - not your traditional West coast PA/IPA

Taste is smooth, lightly bitter with good malt presence

Mouthfeel is pretty great, full bodied, just enough malt to coat your mouth with a nice carb and drying hop bitterness to finish.

A really nice, affordable and transportable (packaged in cans) Pale Ale

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Canned on 7/09/15, so it's just under a month old. Sweet.

LOOK: Clear, lightly bubbly amber with a finger of creamy beige head. Nice curtains of lacing.

SMELL: Thick juicy grapefruit, a little bit of orange zest, light pine notes, and sweet caramel malt.

TASTE: Hoppy upfront. Lots of sweet grapefruit juice and bitter orange peel. Sweet caramel malt takes over in the middle with some sappy pine notes. Finishes surprisingly bitter with pine resin, chalky yeast notes, grapefruit peel, and faint alcohol warmth.

FEEL: Medium-bodied, juicy upfront and finishes dry. Moderate carbonation. Nice drinkability.

OVERALL: A pretty tasty pale ale that leans toward being an IPA. A good beer.

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
88 out of 100 based on 1,850 ratings.