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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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6,329 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,329
Reviews: 1,823
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 132
Gots: 916 | FT: 7
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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2002

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

12oz. can. $7.49 / 6-pack at the local Kroger's.

Hmmm....canned IPA? Call me skeptical.

Pours a pale ale-ish hazy-chinky amber-copper in color. Tight layer of tannish-white head. Modest lacing of the glass. Aromas are really, REALLY pronounced citrus hop zest mixed with oily pine resins. Amazing. Flavor is snappy and brisk, starting off with a citrus splash followed by a puckering pine sap dollop on the tongue. There's an undertow of malt backbone that keeps this one in check. Hoppy? Heck yes. But not overtly so. Finishes dry, with a short-lived orange zest aftertaste. Right amount of carbonation. Decent body. Very drinkable. A sure-fire tailgating beer if there ever was one.

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

355ml can. D.P. Eh? A perfect sentiment for this Canuck visitor, I'd say.

This beer pours a glassy medium golden copper amber hue, with two fat fingers of densely foamy, bubbly off-white head, which leaves a decent array of hovering rain cloud lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs out of sight.

It smells of sweet candied orange and grapefruit citrus, caramel toffee malt, a decent dose of pine resin, a hint of dry honey, and a mildly medicinal alcohol astringency. The taste is more semi-sweet grapefruit and orange fleshy fruitiness, a sturdy bready caramel malt backbone, fading forest floor pine notes, and a small floral perfumed booze warmth.

The carbonation is fairly understated, yet generally supportive, the body a hefty medium weight, and rather smooth, without invasive peril. It finishes on the more or less sweet side, and from both angles, as the hops and malt both contribute equally to this late cause.

Overall, this beer is quite big on flavour, even if that seems to be an excuse to push it to the IPA brink and hover. A prototypical version of an APA with hopes and dreams of style escalation, but still one mired in the adulation of its current station - oh, shoot. Still the best canned beer that I've had in recent memory.

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

12 oz. can into a pint glass.

Appearance: A lighter amber orange color with a billowing head with the right pour into a pint glass. Much left over as far as lacing goes, almost staining the glass at least with the initial pour.

Smell: There does seem to be a lot of hops in this sucker, as it's reminiscent to me more of an IPA. Nothing too nuanced, but balanced, with both the fruitier side and citrus side of the hops coming out.

Taste: By the far the best thing about this brew is the long and involved finish, a mix between sour cherries, sweet orange, and mild grapefruit, all lingering and long. With that are earthy flavors and sweet toffee. Finds the balance between complex and extremely flavorful very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good crispness and a nice kick of carbonation at the end, leaving the long hoppy and lingering finish to do its thing.

Drinkability: I've heard a lot of non-craft and micro drinkers praising this, along with folks who are also BMC drinkers, and everyone's told me to try it. It's been years, and this is my first one. Thankfully, I can say that both were right, and I'm glad it's so readily available. The fact that a brew this good is in a can and does come from a can truly makes me think a lot of other breweries could pull this off, but I'm not sure why they don't try. I wish I could try the Ten Fidy, so let many of us hope it gets a higher distro rate in the future, if they keep making it that is. Next it's onto Old Chub for me, as I imagine, or hope at least, that it's as worthy as this brew.

Photo of 1stOffender
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this drink. It tasts more like an IPA but I've come to appreciate that some APA's have that extra hoppiness that can lead to that insistinction (is that really a word???). It's extremely well balanced, fresh and I can't believe that it comes in a can ( I've had both tap and can)! It's sweet, bitter, flavourful and the same in a can or draught. DPA is a safe choice for any beer advocate and should not be missed.

Photo of psmithmkt
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

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

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From can to pint glass. Dating code present but indiscernible to me.

A: One finger off-white creamy head with good retention that eventually relaxes into a film of big and small tightly knit bubbles. Rusty orange in color, a bit hazy with a beautiful glowing radiance. If this brew had a slightly better head and slightly better lacing, it would have received a "5" hands down.

S & T: Moderately malty, sweet, toasted, bread, caramel and toffee. Above average hop presence (style considered), mainly tropical, grapefruit rind and orange pith backed by pine. Flavors follow the nose but the hops bring more intensity on the palate. Flavor duration is short.

M: The mouthfeel is softer than I expected, especially since witnessing the boatloads of bubbles rushing through the body. Semi creamy, lightly sweet and bitter on the finish. Some alcohol pokes through as well.

D: This is definitely a quaffable brew and one of the better pale ales I've had recently.

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

I was underwhelmed by the Old Chub, so I was a bit hesitant pouring this one, but in the end it turned out to be a solid, enjoyable brew.

It pours a very nice copper colour with a hefty and chunky head that is pretty sticky overall.

The aroma is a bit fruity and sweet, a bit pine-like and a touch bready as well. There's a nice refreshing, balanced mix here.

The flavour hits on all of the aromas quite nicely. The malt is a little more noticeable here than in the smell, but hops still dominate. There's also more of a caramel flavour intermingleing with the other flavours all throughout.

The mouthfeel is nice and biting and crisp. Good stuff.

I enjoyed this one. It's easy drinking and quite flavorful at the same time. It still baffles me that good beer comes in cans now, but I'll definitely pick up more of this in the future.

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

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale copper color with a medium-sized creamy cap. Retention is pretty good.

S: More like an IPA than a pale ale. Lots of citrusy hops, grapefruit and orange. Malts are pale, sweet, and add a nice balance.

T: Malts and hops are evenly balanced, but still a little hoppier than the average pale ale. Lots of delicious hops; grapefruit, light pineapple, pine, and a bit of spiciness. Malts give caramel, toffee, and an underlying sweetness

MF/D: Bigger than usual body, smooth and velvety feel, carbonation is lower than normal. The finish is of citrusy hops

Notes: still a go-to when I'm looking for something a bit "lighter" on-tap. At $3 a pint at Tryst, why not?

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

My first favorite canned beer, although may be losing ground to 21A's IPA... but that's neither here nor there.

Once it's out of the can, this beer has a handsome, brassy sheen with a luscios cap of foam, excellent lacing and moderate retention.

The aroma is really superb, a hoppy roar of citrus and pine, passion fruit and caramel with just a hint of toasted malt.

On the palate this is extremely well balanced, hop flavors move more to the back while a pronounced, resiny, aspirin bitterness plays against a mid-palate burst of complex sweetness.

It's a bit full bodied for an APA, for my tastes... with the alcohol and the robust malt character this really treads the lines between styles... not the hop bomb experience of an IPA, but something... more... all the same.

That said, I like having cans of beer around, and this is in the short rotation. A delicious concoction that I'd be happy to session, and HAVE happily sessioned, until the alcohol slaps me upside the head.

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

this is the stuff i've been looking for - it's been looking at me for several months now from the shelves of various stores - til i finally bought a 6 this weekend -
this is what i want in a pale ale - approaches ipa and dipa characteristics - the amount of bitterness is right - the abv is right - the tastiest beer in a can so far - looking forward to knocking some back when the weather warms.

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

A - Cloudy amber, slightly off white head. Sticky lacing
S- Citrus-y; grapefruit with a bit of pine. Some biscuit-y malt shines through as it warms.

T-Slightly metallic but doesn't really make me dislike the beer any less (possibly a bit of a placebo, seeing it coming from a can). Citrus really shines through. All around solid hop bitterness that lingers on the palate. Well complimented malt backbone that balances it well with caramel biscuits becoming more prevalent as it warms.
M- Low carbonation and good, slick resin'y mouthfeel for the style.

This really is a session beer for a hophead like me. One time I looked down after a night of hanging out and was quite surprised to see 5 or 6 empty cans in front of me. Not even my favorite Oskar Blues brew (Gordon is top notch), but a solid choice.

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

12oz can poured into a tumbler at 5 Napkin Burger in Hell's Kitchen. Review from notes.

Appearance: Slightly hazy tarnished copper colored beer, with an off-white head. Initially gave a nice thick 1/2" head, but this died down to a very thin layer across the top and plenty of lacing.

Smell: Nice citrus hops, with a tiny bit of pine, and nice malt backbone. Citrus was mostly orange like, but there were some hints of grapefruit in there as well.

Taste: Just as good as I remember it on tap. Nice blended citrus hops up front, smooth and blended sweet malt middle, and equally smooth finish. Actually, from what I remember on tap, it was more bitter at the end on tap than it was in the can.

Mouthfeel - nicely thick, mild carbonation, went down easy - slaking both thirst and washing the burger away.

Overall / Drinkability: The more I have this beer the more I like it. I could have several of these, but since I had to get back to work later, and they were $7 each at this restaurant, I thought I should abstain. So very drinkable and it pairs well with food. Overall, this is just a finely balanced, smooth and flavorful APA, especially if you like hops. And I would think that even if you didn't, you may still like it. Very good and I can only hope someday 6 packs of it show up in my part of OH.

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

appearance- light copper color with one finger head that leaves moderate lacing.

smell- plenty of hops with some pale malts and little alcohol.

taste- a nice mix of piney and citrus hops along with bready pale malts.

mouthfeel- medium wet body up front that turns to a dry bitter end.

overall- my wifes uncle offered me this beer 3 years ago, after the first sip i said wow where did you get this at. since then i've been picking up a case of dales more often than any other craft beer. not only is this a great tasting ipa, it comes in cans and is priced right which makes it a great value.

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

Thanks to Markgugs for this one. Poured this 12 oz. can into a nonic glass. Pakaging stated: CANC January 5 07. The body was a barely hazy golden honey color. The bone white head was about two fingers and left nice sheets of lacing down the glass.

Smell was hops and malts, well balance. Sweet and tart at the same time. Fruity. Moist wheat bread.

Taste reflected the aroma well. Crisp hops bitterness mixed with the caramel sweetness. Very well balanced and flavorful.

Mouthfeel was smooth with medium carbonation. Seems just right for the style. Nice overall.

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.

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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