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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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6,158 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,158
Reviews: 1,785
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 127
Gots: 802 | FT: 8
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 DavoleBomb
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Crystal clear dark orange amber color. Two fingers of frothy head with good retention and lots of lacing.

4.0 S: Lots of citrus hops (orange, grapefruit, touch of lemon). Touch of pine. Malts offer up typical crystal goodness.

4.0 T: Bitter backbone that doesn't fuck around. Plenty of citrus and pine hop flavor. Malts are something along the lines of a touch of molasses and hints of several light fruits.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good carbonation and very smooth with a mild bitter aftertaste.

4.5 D: Very good sessionable beer.

Photo of mntlover
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly chill hazed amber/copper color with a thumb sized beige head that falls slowly and laces well. Oh I so love amber pale ales.

Aroma is nice crisp citrus hops blended with pine resin kind of amixture no real winner. Nice caramel malt base on the one sweeet smelling, hell even some floral hops peeking out.

Taste is good an nice malt base light caramel sweetness with the right amount of hops. good hop flavors citrusy pink lemonade hints of grapefruit mingled together with the caramel malt. Finish in lingering caramel and citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel approaching medium with good carbonation lively but not overly so.

Drinkability is great aided by the fact its in a can. It can go many places bottles are not allowed and its a good APA to boot. Hell what more could you want.

Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance was very good. It poured a clear dark amber. 3/4 inch head of very dense bubbles that stuck around. Each sip left a blanket of lace that pulled back into the head within a few moments.

The smell was simple but good. Piney hop resin and citrus oils.

The taste was surprisingly hoppy for what is labeled as a pale ale. Upfront taste of grapefruit rind and citrus oils. Pine resins as well. This is followed by a slightly sweet malt background with a grainy aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is slick with hop oil . Medium bodied with some slightly biting carbonation.

Very drinkable. Just enough of a hop profile to make it interesting, but not as numbing to the palate as most American IPA's are today. Even though this is supposed to be a pale ale, I'd sooner call it an English IPA.

Photo of bheilman
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dales is a very good pale ale. It's definitely fun to drink a tasty beer from a can even if it is poured into a glass. It's a lot easier to deal with cans so I applaud Oskar on using cans. I like pouring from a bottle, but I pour everything into a glass anyway, so why should it matter. So besides my environmental lean, I don't think the can takes away from the beer. It is a very good pale ale. I have had their Old Chub and would rate it as the best Oskar beer, but Dales is solid. Nothing exceptional for a pale ale, but well above average. I have had a lot of IPAs and I would still rate this as a pale ale; the hops is not overwhelming.

Photo of nleaders
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of robbyc1
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice looking beer from a can, clear yellow with a 2 inch white head, great lace.

Big hop nose, spicy and it has grapefruit hops. Big hop taste, but the malt hits you in the background. Light malt, but just right. Very spicy, amarillo hops, not sure, but it finishes nicely balanced.

Good mouthfeel, an easy drinker, a very good APA for the price. Keep some around if you can find it.

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a big, dense, foamy, pale cream colored head that left some solid lacing. Transparent copper colored beer holds streams of lazily rising bubbles. Nice dose of citrus hops in the aroma is on par for the style. There is a faint bit of bready malt in there as well. Solid malt base with dominant hops in the form of grapefruit and sun flowers. Finish is just bitter enough. Mouthfeel is soft, and just a hair on the light side. If you're expecting an IPA you'll be disappointed, but if you're looking for a hoppy pale ale you should be good to go.

P.S. It comes in a can.

Photo of JJJ22
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Sort of coppery colored, but really hard to tell as I drank it as the brewers intended -- straight from the can.

S: Quite hoppy for not being poured.

T: Bitter to the point of almost too much so, but still quite refreshing.

M: Slightly chewy, without evidence of alcohol content.

D: I could down a sixer of this at the lake, no problem.

Photo of BitterPachyderm
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Gilly (everetends) for helping me land this "want" in the great box 'o' cans...12 oz. can poured into the SN pint glass...born on date of 5/17/09 (fresh!)...

Four finger tan pillowy head with decent lacing...hazy amber body...good looking brew with some great head retention!

Slight citrus, stong malt and hop aroma...spicy with some caramel notes.

Strong citrus up front, bitter finish. Malts breaking through...some sweet caramel comes through as well...

Slick and stick and oily with good carbonation...

Smooth drinking APA...a definite quaffer!

Good things "can" come in cans! This is a great everyday quaffer of a b eer. It's a tongue bruiser of a pale ale, and worth seeking out. I will petition to get OB in Indiana!

Photo of cosmicevan
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nabbed a can in jfk waiting for a flight. brew had a soft almost chestnut orange look with a thin frothy white head. lacing looked sticky. smelled of subtle pale ale with a kick of wheat and orange peel. easy drinker with a really nice hop presence. medium feel with a subtle bitter ending. one of the ultimates when it comes to pale ales.

Photo of mjk91383
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of crwills
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very pleasantly surprised to find this available at Biscuit BBQ in Brooklyn, NY. Wouldn't recommend the food there by any means (watery pulled pork, bleh), but the beer selection was half decent.

Dave's Pale comes in a can, like the other beer from this brewer I've had and enjoyed (Old Chub). I had to ask for a glass to pour it into (yeah, great service...) and received a cheap Ikea glass. Oh well.

Poured a pleasant slightly cloudy golden colour with a nice, frothy white head. Hoppy aromas abound immediately out of the can. Excellent American pine/citrus hop aroma, plus some coffee-like malt in there for balance. Taste: ditto. Slightly oily but very solid mouthfeel, and a tangy but short-lived aftertaste with notes of caramel. Loved it, could drink it all day.

Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

rich orange amber pour with a light cream tan head about a pinky thick.
smells of floral notes and citrus, fresh caramel.
tastes mostly of caramel, also has plenty of hop character. the citrus and piney tastes come second and third but are definitely strong.
the mouth feel is good, good carbonation, just an an aftertaste that is very slightly off.
Overall this is a great beer. very drinkable and love that its canned, great beer to bring to a party or a friends to share while watching the game.

Photo of ToasterChef
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes. Served on cask at the Sebago Brewpub in Scarborough, ME as part of their Full Moon Cask Night. This review is based off of a half-pint pour. The beer is colored light copper with orange notes. There is a big off-white soapy head. As it settles, there is decent patchy lace. It has a warm hoppy aroma that is both earthy and citrus-like. I taste light malts at first, but the big hops come in quickly. They are oily and bitter. It has a great pale ale flavor. The beer is served at cellar temperature, which I think helps it a lot. I wouldn't want this one too cold. It possesses a medium body and low carbonation. A small coat is left on my tongue. It's a very drinkable beer. This is my second glass of the evening. It's smooth and a little creamy. I would definitely have this beer again.

Photo of thegodfather1076
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Very cool can with eye-catching colors, font, and some very cool graphics. Can states “A Rocky Mountain Pale Ale”, “A Huge Voluminously Hopped Motha of a Pale Ale”, gives web info, ABV info, and states “Celebrating 10 years”.

Appearance: I poured this from its 12oz can into a 16oz English pint. Dales pours out a clear golden orange with a 2 finger off white foam head of medium density. Excellent head retention at 3min 46sec before fading to a thick frothy coating. Excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of a sweet orange citrus hop aroma as well as having hints of a pine hop aroma sitting atop a sweet malt backbone.

Flavor/Taste: A sweet maltyness hits the palette up front followed by a bit of a pine hop bite that mellows into an orange citrus hop flavor. Dales culminates with a toasted malt finish. Excellent!

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with an above average carbonation and a smooth silky feel going down. Very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: Dales is a very good beer all the way around. Has a nice hop bite but is not hop centered like an IPA. High drinkable and highly available making this an excellent choice any place, anytime! Classified as an American Pale Ale at 6.5% ABV. Consumed 2-19-13.

Photo of GregStoner
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

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

This poured a deeply sweet looking orange color with a soft glow from the body of the beer. Clear and had streaming bubbles coming up from the center. The head was short but had an orange tint to it and fell to a scant cap and ring. Not at all unpleasant to look at and my first thought was that the color was exceptionally deep and inviting. The nose was light pine and orange fruits. Tart citrus and sweet and generous honey. Tiny bit of spice to tickle the nose. Taste is hop forward. The tangerine and clementine fruit greets the palate first and fills the mouth with it's flavor both sweet and pithy. Then the tart settles it down while the bready malt rides over the mid palate. The honey is not as sweet as on the nose. It's a smooth and round malt that carries these hops in style to a plucky and bitter finish. It's dry and has a medium mouthfeel. There's no alcohol on the nose but there is a touch in the drink and it's ok because from your first sight of this beer it appears strong.

This was a tremendous hopped up pale ale that is not the usual fare. It was fruity and bold but had a smooth and graceful malt. Easy to drink and really made you wonder if this was an IPA. Had a winning flavor profile that did not try to clutter the palate and had a nice mineral quality as well. Well done.

Photo of bret27
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep amber w/tan fairly thick head. Surprisingly good lacing for pale ale.

Smell: sweet, floral, cirtrusy, NW hoppy, caramelly

Taste: Not super bitter but a solid flavor that stays strong through entire drink. Bitterness at the beginning and end w/malt sandwiched in the middle of the palate. Aftertaste of bread and hop juice.

Mouthfeel: nice and full bodied, definitely an american style pale.

Overall: All around good beer. Not quite the fantastic punch of Alpha King from 3F, but meatier than most pales around. A heavy hitter and especially w/6.5 abv, very drinkable and tasty. The piney lingering hops leave you thirsty for more.

Photo of aubuc1
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of can into pint glass. Deep golden color with nice off white head that is pretty steady. Citrus smell primarily, but piney also. Sweet, hoppy, but malt also in there. Nice balance for a western pale ale. Dry finish, but full feel initially. I love this beer.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can

A: Deep amber under smallish white head. Good retention, little lace.

S: Smells of piney hop and a slight citrus twang.

T: Hop profile most of the same as the smell. Malt backbone holds up well.

M/D: Medium bodied, low carbonation. Really good drinkability on this one. A very solid pale ale.

Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear orange amber with a fluffy white head and some nice lacing.

S-Citrusy hops with some floral hop notes and some nice maltiness.

T-Good malt in the front with a very strong citrus hop bite in the finish.

M-Light and crisp, moderately dry with good carbonation.

D-Extremely sessionable, a great beer.


Photo of ncbeermonger
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I took one last tubing trip down the Mighty Dan River, and man am i glad I had this beer to accompany me!

This beer comes in a can, it is the ONLY pale ale I can find around here that comes in a can, so it was a must have for this day long trip down the river! Glass and rivers are a bad combination!

I was very surprised by the taste of a canned beer! This beer is exceptional especially when you think about how long it has been stored in metal!
Usually the only metal I want my beer touching is the inside of a keg, the end of a draught line, or a woman's tongue ring....

This beer was outstanding and exceeded expectations! Dales pale Ale you have a fan in me!!!

Photo of JRhode
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can w/ 7/16/09 date.

Nice amber color. Bubbly head clings to Duvel tulip.

Hop forward nose that also reveals sturdy malt profile. Blind, it would be impossible to call this a pale.

Citrusy (orange) malt profile with fairly bitter hop finish. A lot of flavor packed into this can. Friend guessed DIPA, 9% abv after first drink.

Full bodied pale for sure. Malt balance adds to mouthfeel.

Bring on a sixer, I'm ready. Love the amount of flavor in this 6.5% abv package.

Seems like more of an East Coast DIPA than a pale ale. Tasty. Might remind me of Blind Pig with an increased malt profile.

Photo of nicholasdes
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just had this for the first time at a BBQ. I drank it straight from the can so I really can't comment on appearance. I was shocked by the hoppy goodness of this beer. Very lite spicy hop aroma, citrus and pine, drifted out of the cans's opening. Light flavors of malt mixed with hops and a perfect bitter aftertaste. A very refreshing beer, light in nature but with enough hop flavor to have you coming back for more. A great introductory beer for people who have yet to acquire a taste for finer beer. This beer will have a place in my fridge to push onto my friends.

Photo of BigMike
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal clear orange color with tons of bubbles streaming off the bottom. A beautiful 3 finger head. Very fluffy and creamy.

S: Beautiful tropical fruits on the nose. Nice light caramel malt backbone. Possibly the best smelling pale ale around. Not quite ipa like but awesome for the style.

T: Mango orange and grapefruit. Perfect amount of bitterness and pale malty breadiness.

M: Your basic pale ale mouthfeel. Light bodied and smooth. A real easy drinker.

Overall: Not sure what took me so long to try Dales Pale Ale. It's an awesome beer and it just happens to be on a can. I'll definitely be drinking this more often.

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
87 out of 100 based on 6,158 ratings.