Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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6,056 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,056
Reviews: 1,762
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 121
Gots: 722 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2002)
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Photo of ColForbin
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dale's Pale Ale puts to rest the notion that good beer can't come in cans. My can has a code of 6 02 09 A 2 B A, whatever that means.

In fact, it is probably my favorite APA right now. Pours a deep golden color with a thick white head with great retention. Aroma is piney and spicy hops, and lots of 'em. Taste is very bitter, but with some nice malty body to back it up. Some oily hoppiness in the mouthfeel, otherwise a medium bodied brew with a fair amount of carbonation. So drinkable, and bonus points for coming in an unbreakable container that I can take anywhere. I guess it is almost an IPA, but with a beer this good, why quibble?

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

Ah Dale's, a true classic. It was definitely cool to have this on top as I've only ever experienced it in the can before.

A - amber bodied with a nice white head

S - citrusy, fruity hops with a bit of grapefruit

T - the hop aroma is very similar to the taste, but the malt makes a more significant showing in the taste and adds a nice sweetness

M - medium bodied with some carbonation present. Goes down quite well

D - a great beer to just enjoy, grill with, or do whatever. Dale's is a classic and a good go-to beer. Pale ale you say? Ha, this seems closer to an IPA IMO, but I love it. Highly drinkable. Reviewing it from my notes is making me want to pick some up today for the summer weather haha.

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

pours a copper orange color with a nice off white head that leaves a lot of clumpy lace. hoppy, pineapple aroma. much hoppier than your average pale ale. taste is a little bitter, very hoppy and i can't tell if it's minerally or metallic. nevertheless, i love it and am very impressed. goes down creamy and a little bitter like a pale ale should. this is my bbq/session fav.

Photo of MatthewD4
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of hardy008
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber orange with a one finger off white head with nice retention. The aroma is very nice: oranges, grapefruit, pine, and a sweet malt backbone.

The taste matches the aroma with oranges, grapefruit, pine, and some sweet malt. There is a nice balance of bitter hops, and sweet malt, creating a nice flavor profile.

Medium bodied, smooth, nice carbonation. This is a very easy beer to drink. I will need to pick this up more often.

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

A - Pours a lovely amber-caramel color with two fingers of off-white head. Big frothy bubbles and nice lacing.

S - Delicious aroma of tropical fruit hops and sweetness. Approaches an IPA in hoppiness, and the hops are massively aromatic.

T - Tastes of lovely tropical fruit, with a sweet caramel malt backbone. Finishes with a grainy flavor and the hops yet remain.

M - Medium body and a bit sticky sweet.

O - Overall this is probably my favorite American Pale Ale. It is indeed a "voluminously hopped motha" of an APA. Not quite an IPA, it is less bitter, while still very flavorful with hops. This is a pale ale that beer lovers can adore, but that won't scare off newcomers as much as an IPA might. Delicious and refreshing, this is one of my go-to beers.

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

12oz can born on 12/12/11, poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Been wanting to try this one for awhile.

A: Pours bright sunset orange, with chill haze and a fluffy off-white head with decent lace.

S: Resin and spruce needles, citrus rind, malt presence in a bready backbone, hint of an herbal hop.

T: Piney, some resin, good moderate bitterness, light citrus, caramel breadyness, flash of toffee and toasted grain.

MF: Appropriately dry, light to medium body, good bitterness.

O: A nice Pale ale, very good drinkability and nice bitterness. Hops and malts both shine.

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

Poured from a 12oz can into snifter.

Amber pale color. Very very clear and sparkling. Over four fingers thick off white colored head that stays really well. Superb lacing left off by the waning head. Sticks in an excellent manner. Some bubbles are seen rising up. Perfect looks.

Some piney and floral hop aroma upfront. Sweetness and malts on the backside. I like the smell. Not overly strong like an IPA or more forward APAs, but still very well balanced.

Enters the mouth with usual bitterness that is earthy and piney. Backbone is very well made up of bready malts that provide a good sweetness, support and balance. Finish is slightly on the bitter and dry side.

Mouth feel: Medium bodied. Moderate to low carbonation. No astringency of any kind.

A beer i would drink all day given a chance. In less than 2 days i have finished a six-pack of cans. This is super smooth and an awesome sessionable beer. Scores less on Taste and Aroma, because i am comparing it to Zombie Dust. Try it and you will want this more. Right now i am thinking why i did not pick more of it. It is sadly not available in Indianapolis.

Style Rate: 4.25
Personal Rate: 4.25

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

Poured into a becker glass.

Pours a hazy orange copper color. Has a fluffy off white head. Head settles to a full lace layer that stays the whole drink. Good lace wrapped around the entire glass. Great looking brew.

Brew smells of citrus and grapefruit hops. A little bit of biscuit malt. Good full bodied smell here.

Brew is tremendously balanced; slight carbonation initially then smooth middle finishes crisp and a little dry. Good hops flavors grapefruit, citrus, floral are all balanced beautifully by the pale malts. A nice mellow sweetness as well. Wow, great full bodied brew here with nice full flavors and mouthfeel. Very good stuff here.

A tremendous tasting and drinking APA. At 6.5% abv this one is a great session brew that makes it a standout APA. Great stuff here.

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

A : Pours a nice copper color with a good white head

S : Some caramel, citrus, hops, and malt

T : Strong bitter flavor with a dry finish at the end

M : Medium body, good carbonation

D : It's a really drinkable. I could drink a couple of these in a night with no problem.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful, white, fluffy two-inch head follows the golden pour that glistens tones of orange in the light. Carbonation & head lively at the pour and head hold its own amongst dense bubbles and generous lacing trail.

Sweet hop aroma wafts from the glass during the pour. There's something sweet in there, likely caramel with faint scents of sweet biscuit as well.

Nice complement of hops and sweet caramel on the palate. In addition, there is a slight metallic essence amid some light citric notes.

Dale offers a relatively full body in comparison to others of his style. The flavor lays an even coat on your palate and the intense carbonation at the pour is not as obvious as I expected. The hops are not overwhelming at all, in fact in a nice balance.

Overall, this beer has a lot of great nuances about it, and is also extremely refreshing. Not sure I would last past two until I had to switch over to something less intense, but great nonetheless.

Photo of bsp77
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from can into wine glass.

Appearance: Bright orange with large initial head that mostly settles back.

Smell: Sweet and bitter aroma of citrus (orange, grapefruit) and caramely, toasted malts.

Taste: Semi-sweet grainy, toasted malts with lots of oily grapefruit and orange hops. Finish is more bitter than the typical Pale Ale, with some pine and spiciness.

Feel: Medium body that is quite oily, with moderate carbonation. Finish is pretty dry.

Overall: Comes across as a more oily and bitter Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Many claim this is more like an IPA, but despite the bitterness, the more grainy and sweet malts keep this in Pale Ale territory.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber with a two-finger foamy white head. Heavy sticky lacing.

S - A nice mix of pine, orange peel, and floral hops.

T - Starts with a good blast of orange and subtle grapefruit. There is a good amount of piney hops throughout. Nice malty backbone.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth creamy mouthfeel.

O - This is an excellent pale ale. Very easy drinking and definetly recommended.

Photo of watermelon
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a shaker pint. Date on the can says canned on 9/26/13

A: Clear orange body with a soapy off-white head. Great retention as well as lacing

S: Hard to get a nose on this as its a bit weak. I pick up hops and citrus scents.

T: Tangerine and other citrus hops. Some resin on the back end. Some caramel malts to balance it out.

M: Goes down easy, but has a nice full body. Carbonation makes this refreshing yet doesn't burn the palette. Some lingering bitterness as well as some nice film on the teeth.

O: This is an awesome APA If this was sold in case form I could see myself drinking this full time. Super session able and refreshing. I cant wait to try this fresh. I really cant think of a pale ale that I have enjoyed more.

Photo of BeerNutz324
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of fdig23
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can, about two months old.

Appearance: light amber on the verge of being golden with a tiny white head.

Nose: Aggressive pine and lemon up front with floral and bath soap accents. As it warms up some pineapple and mango notes come through. A half-toasted bread crust aroma fills out the back.

Taste: Bitter first and foremost with pine, lemon zest and under-ripe pineapple. A fresh-out-of-the-field, chewing on a piece of hay maltiness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: perfectly bubbly, light, and refreshing.

Overall: Not as impressed as I was the first time I had it (a year ago), but its still a classic go-to easy drinker that packs a slightly higher punch than your standard pale ale.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lee for sending me a few cans of this for the summer!

A: Pours a clear orange/brown with a two finger, very stick/foamy head. Pretty good head retention, slowly reducing to a thin layer of foam on top. Thick lacing left behind.

S: Some light citrus hops with a good bit of caramel malt and a slightly grainy aroma as well. Right at the end there is a slight metallic smell.

T: A nice combination of light citrus and floral hops with caramel malts. Being a hophead, I need to temper my expectations for hops since this is an APA, but its well done. There is a sweetness on the finish.

M: Pretty smooth and crisp, pretty refreshing. Medium bodied with a nice carbonation level. Very clean.


Photo of tempest
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Appears darker than your average pale ale, clear amber with a white head and good lacing.

The aroma has a light toffee and sweet bread background with big, sharp grapefruit. The hops take over with a crisp, near ripping bitterness and citrus rind for a very full hops flavor that's more on-par with an IPA (this beer does have 65 IBU's afterall). The aftertaste is long lasting with the juicy, bitter citrus flavors. This isn't a beer you'd soon forget. A must-try for hops lovers.

Photo of jmhart
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

From can to glass.

A: Bronze/gold-brown in color. Egg shell colored head that was about a finger thick, and thick at that. Head had the texture and consistency a lot like that of a good pilsner.

S: A balance of earthy and grapefruit hops. Strong on the hops, but not overpowering. Only the subtlest hint of malt.

T: Pleasantly surprised on the taste, but I think that's from my preconceived notion of it coming from a can. Reminds me of some of my first pale ales. Very classic in taste holding true to the hoppy nature. Very balanced between hob and malt. It definitely had a little of that oxidized/metallic canned beer flavor....not necessarily a bad thing, just noting its presence.

M: Medium to full bodied. Thick and creamy. Rolls across the tounge. Not much carbonation and no acidity.

D: A very drinkable pale ale. Smooth to put down, with pleasant but not overpowering hops.

Overall, I'll drink this again as an impulse buy, but I wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of beveritt
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz can into an Imperial pint glass. Thanks to mhewes for hooking me up with some Oskar Blues.

Appearance: Pours with 3 fingers of light tan head. This settles slowly leaving behind tremendous sticky lacing. The beer itself is honey colored with a little bit of chill haze.

Smell: Smells strongly of dry-hopping; spicy pine aromas. Slight hint of biscuity malt underneath.

Taste: Fresh hop flavors of pine and citrus with a solid caramel malty backbone. Finish is long and lingering medium hop bitterness with a slight sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is excellent.

Drinkability: Very good, very impressed. My second Oskar Blues beer and this one is better than the last.

Photo of wspscott
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can in Sam Adam's glass

A: Orange, copper color with a small head that disappears quickly leaving a bit of lace.
S: Citrus hops along with some malt sweetness, a little honey as well.
T: American (citrus) hops and some caramel malts for sweetness that don't come close to overwhelming the hops.
M: Not quite crisp, there is a bit of residual sugars here that make the mouthfeel a little on the "rich" side, not inappropriate for the style, but not quite standard. The hops leave a bit of oiliness on the tongue.
D: Goes down way too easy given the alcohol level, I could drink this by the truckload. I like the over the top hops combined with what seems to be an over the top caramel malt addition. An excellent APA, highly recommended. I wish I could get this in KY.

Photo of Mark5152
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured very light copper in color with a head that quickly disappeared into lacing patterns. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of citrusy hops and pale malts in the nose.
T: There is a good balance between the slight bitterness from the hops and some sweetness from the malts in the overall flavor.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and can be considered as being sessionable. It's surprisingly hoppy for a pale ale and is rather flavorful.

Photo of MattPL
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a pint glass

A: Mostly clear copper/orange. Nice head, good lacing

S: Good balance of hops & malt. A bit citrusy

T: Citrus hops up front yeild to nice maltiness. Slightly bitter aftertaste

M: Medium body, good carbonation

D: Excellent. My go-to summer time beer.

Photo of Reidrover
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can,says on the side "Pack it in, Pack it out"!
The beer is a deep orangy/dark honey colour with a smallish off white head, leaves pretty nice laceing.
The aroma has a very substancial hoppyness..especially the "citric" tangs..almost as strong as some IPAs.
Again the taste is mainlly of the hops but after a few sips a good smooth , semi sweet maltiness shows, and after about half the glass its a well balanced beer.
Very nice on the palte, exceptionally smooth and quite "thick" for the style.
What can i say? Very drinkable and would make an excellent camping beer as the label suggests.

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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