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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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BA SCORE
88
very good

5,478 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 5,478
Reviews: 1,727
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 105
Gots: 509 | FT: 5
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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AnnArborJoe

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

05-10-2013 16:49:36 | More by AnnArborJoe
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oberon

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +14.1%

I have to say this is my new favorite APA,poured a clear deep golden with a very tight well retained 0ne finger head that stuck like glue to the pint glass dissapating ever so slowly.Intermingling aromas of biscuity lightly sweet malt and piney,resiny hop neither win out but a re a perfect match,wow what balance and hop character starts out with a suger dough-like quality but a "voluminously" big piney,resiny hop quality follows thru to the end.I'll tell you what to me its dead on what a American pale ale should be the American hop profile is there but there is some balance,damn I loved it.

04-20-2006 02:27:15 | More by oberon
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ddean

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%

A big pale ale for a lover of big beers. If you like West Coast IPAs, you'll like this one. Very hoppy, yet with a well-balanced flavor.

From a can, poured into pint glass.

Appearance- A nice amber-orange. Not much of a head, but somehow carbonation lingers in aftertaste.

Smell- A pleasant combination of alcohol and hops with a little malt. Somehow, it punches you in the nose every time you come back to smell again. You don't adapt to it. That's what I like most about it.

Taste- Delicious representation of the smell. Strong hops up front, especially for a pale ale, then dry malt. I get some lemon lingering afterwards. Want one more note (some sweetness?), but great.

Mouthfeel- The malt/lemon sits on the tongue nicely. "Carbonation" stays too. Something about the aftertaste feels like bubbles on your tongue.

I find it very drinkable and pleasant, with the taste complexity of a sipping beer and a lack of heaviness so that you could have more than one. Excellent deliciousness.

08-05-2011 03:18:47 | More by ddean
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

Appearance – This is a bright and clear orange in color with a very weak head.

Smell – The aroma here is a nice mixture of citrusy hops with just a touch of pine. The malt backbone is not prominent but can’t be missed by the thoughtful drinker.

Taste – Wow, this beer really opens up at the taste. The orangy hops are really big and bitter for an APA. The malts are definitely an afterthought.

Mouthfeel – This one is not big in the body, maybe between light and medium, but the lingering bitterness is huge and never-ending.

Drinkability – They’d call this an IPA in many parts of the country. I would have liked to have seen a bit bigger body to go with the massive hop bitterness, but if you like hoppy bitter brews you’ll enjoy this one. It’s probably the hoppiest beer that you can drink right down then crush the container flat against your forehead (all the while singing, “Louie, Louie,” of course).

01-22-2005 02:15:12 | More by RoyalT
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pbsmooth

New York

5/5  rDev +28.2%

12-14-2011 19:35:11 | More by pbsmooth
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DanGeo

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

06-24-2013 21:36:31 | More by DanGeo
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

So these guys finally made it to Michigan. First Oskar Blues beer other than Ten Fidy... Poured from the can into a pint glass. Deep amber near the bottom with some lighter, shining copper throughout the middle and top. Translucent, half clear and half hazy, allowing much light to pass through. The foamy white head is very fine and reduces to a skin and a ring pretty quickly, leaving very modest lacing behind.

Light and laid back is how I would describe the aroma initially. A little blast of citric hops helps inject that classic "American Pale Ale" aroma into the nose - an aroma that we've all come to know and love. Loaded with sweet, juicy grapefruit, orange zest, moderate pine, and a lovely amount of sticky hop oils.

There's no denying that this is an American Pale Ale, at least from the aroma alone. The malts on the nose bring up the rear with a very mild sweetness. I'm not getting hints of malts any darker than toasted bread, so I'm getting that no (or extremely little) caramel malt is used in the bill. Wouldn't want anything distracting those American hops, right?

Upon taking a sip, three words seemed to jump out at me immediately (at least according to my notes): grapefruit peel, oranges, pine resin. I've gotta say, that sums it up pretty well. Hints of candied citrus and grapefruits line the edges of a road paved with lots of hops; piney, oily, resinous, and wet.

A mild earthy spice builds up beneath the heavy citrus as the bitterness crescendos and fades pretty quickly, never really reaching what I'd call a "high" level. The malts don't really stand out until the finish, when much of the hop character has begun to settle down a bit - sweet bread and hop oils line my mouth during the outro. Thin-medium body with medium-high carbonation.

I enjoy the APA style, mainly because of the nice hop jolt they deliver while remaining (at least somewhat) sessionable. Dale's Pale Ale follows those guidelines quite nicely - a solid deliverance of hoppy goodness and sky-high drinkability. I'm starting to like the guys at Oskar Blues.

03-12-2013 11:56:34 | More by tectactoe
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Hoppin_mad

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +9%

05-03-2014 21:05:51 | More by Hoppin_mad
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ricke

Sweden

3.45/5  rDev -11.5%

A: Slightly hazy orange color with an off-white head that leaves some lacings.

S: Citric hops, caramel malts and some floral notes.

T: The taste is actually rather sweet with plenty of caramel and almost bready malts beneath a generous amount of citric hop notes, grapefruit and hop resins. The finish is rather bitter with some hops and some interesting notes of anise and other herbs.

M: Medium body with slightly off-centered carbonation.

D: A rather refreshing beer. The malts where slightly too prominent, and perhaps I would have wanted a somewhat cleaner profile flavorwise.

09-02-2009 23:12:51 | More by ricke
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Max3

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

05-26-2014 20:34:36 | More by Max3
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MaxT

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

08-26-2013 13:43:08 | More by MaxT
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npala86

Florida

4/5  rDev +2.6%

08-07-2013 20:29:50 | More by npala86
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SlurpDooberstank

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +9%

02-11-2014 05:15:44 | More by SlurpDooberstank
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ArrogantDeadGuy

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +9.7%

Pours a deep and rich burnt orange with a frothy white head that retreats quickly. The nose tingling aromas of cirtus and pine erupt from the pour. Wonderful tingly carbonation is a great accent to this bold APA. The mouthfeel is substantive in that there are no watery moments and similarly there is no slick or syrupy aspect to the drink. The hop bitterness attacks the entire tongue and pallet, leaving no taste bud untouched. I have an affinity for canned beers that pack a hop punch...they give me a great opportunity to drink beer for breakfast while fishing, camping, etc. Oskar Blues does a great job on this brew and I couldn't be happier with its drinkability, ie. its relatively modest ABV for its style.

02-06-2010 04:46:31 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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wesbrownyeah

Florida

3.35/5  rDev -14.1%

Dale's Pale Ale... from a can! A pale ale in a can quite the interesting concept. 6.5% alcohol as stated on the can. Very festive American flag colored design.

A- Pours a nice firey orange color with active carbonated head that falls to a small ring around glass light froth on top. Leaves decent lacing as well. Nice for a canned beer.

S- Estery alcohol, grassy hop scents, and citrus notes are present in that order.

T-M- Has a citrusy tang with a metallic alcohol flavor as well... kinda odd. Has nice hop flavors as well but just not presented in a way that it can be enjoyed fully. Light bitterness noted. All and all a decent flavor for a pale ale. Mouthfeel is smooth with only a mild thickness that leaves the tongue feeling alittle dry.

D- Drinkable beer and also amazing coming from a can. Not the best but a good beer to have around.

09-22-2009 04:29:12 | More by wesbrownyeah
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TimBeaulieu

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

11-10-2013 23:53:17 | More by TimBeaulieu
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GameOfBeers

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

08-07-2014 14:06:19 | More by GameOfBeers
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woodchipper

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

10-26-2013 20:37:57 | More by woodchipper
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Shakerman

Florida

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-08-2012 16:04:53 | More by Shakerman
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SkiBum22

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

03-02-2014 02:17:51 | More by SkiBum22
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joemetric

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

07-10-2014 16:39:19 | More by joemetric
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sdsimkins

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.6%

05-28-2014 23:36:33 | More by sdsimkins
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kcc

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

02-25-2014 04:09:08 | More by kcc
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JMD71

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +11%

Appearance: Nice copper, deep golden color. Samllish head when poured. Visible carbonation. Light penetrates the glass highlighting the fabulous color.

Smell: When the can is opened, your nose is smacked with the wonderful malty/hoppy aroma. Aroma reminds me of the smell of wort boiling. Makes you anticipate the first sip...

Taste: Excellent! Truly tasty pale ale. You can really taste the malt & hops with this ale. Beautifully balanced between the two. The finish is wonderfully hoppy, but not overly bitter.

Mouthfeel: This has a great mouthfeel all around. A smooth, crisp, clean pale ale. Leaves you wanting the next sip faster than the last.

Drinkability: I find this very drinkable for more than one. I think this would make a great session beer....

Comments: I give this pale a high rating & recommend to others. Very well balanced overall. Didn't know what to expect with being in cans & all, but truly paid off. Excellent flavor, no lingering bitterness & crisp finish. Wonderful all around....

03-19-2006 23:50:12 | More by JMD71
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #44 (Sep 2010):

Froth turns to a dusting of white lace all the way down; bright copper color has a nice sparkle in the light. Quick nose blitz of citric and pine from the hops, with some maltiness and fruit in the back. Smoothness drops on the palate quickly, and then the other shoe drops with a crest of hops that rides strong with bitterness and citric, earthy, mint and pine flavors that push hard against a bready caramel malt. Alcohol kicks in late with some warmth and fruitiness. Blurring the lines of Pale Ale and IPA. Such an amazing canned beer.

01-11-2011 18:29:36 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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