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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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very good

5,936 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,936
Reviews: 1,747
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 115
Gots: 655 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2002)
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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Amber in color with darker hues of red. The fluffy off-white head retains at at two inch crown throughout the duration. Foamy clumps of lacing. Great appearance.

S: Clean grainy aroma. Biscuit and maybe shortbread. Aromatic hops are very floral with a spritzy citrus quality. Straightforward, but nice.

T: Grainy malt base comes off a bit husky and woody. Slight bubblegum ester. Oily and citrusy hop bite. Spicy, a bit peppery, grapefruit. Bitter, spicy hops ride it out into the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy with a scrubbing carbonation that cuts through and adds a crisp bite. Smooth.

O: Perhaps the most ubiquitous canned craft brew, and for good reason. It's crispness and citrusy hop bite make it a refreshing quaff that hits the spot especially well in those bbq/outdoor roles. Not the deepest APA, and a bit aggressive, but in the end that's what makes this beer work.

ryan1788a5, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of FickleBeast
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a Rock Bottom Brewers Choice pint glass

A - Pours orange with a half finger of sticky foam that clings to the glass

S - Pleasant hop aroma with a sweet malt smell backing it up

T - This is a Pale Ale on steroids! Solid hop bitterness, and the beer doesn't taste as sweet as it smells. Suprisingly dry finish.

M - very viscous for a Pale Ale, lightly carbonated which helps the beer coat the mouth

D - Very good. I could easily drink a few of these.

All in all, a great offering from Oscar Blues. I buy this beer regularly.

FickleBeast, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of Big78CJ
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky orange color with hints of yellow and lighter amber around the edges of the glass. A thick, slightly off-white head is getting ripped apart by the cold hops and carbonation.

Smell is of spicy hops mixed with a balance of citrus notes. A bit of sweeter malt meets the spicy, cirtusy hop. Great smelling pale ale.

Biscuity malt washed right over my palate to the back of my mouth, creating a nice sweetness. This did not last long when the hops came into the game. Hop flavor is mildy citrusy but spicy and floral are the predominant characterstics.

Mouthfeel is a bit stickier than a typical pale but that may be due to the higher hop and malt presence.

I have always enjoyed this beer and it is one of my favorite pale ales. Old Chub and Ten Fidy are still my favs from Oskar but Dale's is a damn good beer and perfect for a summer session.

Big78CJ, May 03, 2008
Photo of illidurit
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a nonic. Nice clear copper color, probably too dark to be called pale. Moderate ecru head leaves some sticky lace. Aroma is apples, grapefruit, and caramel. Initial flavor is all hops, with a sharp citrusy bite, followed by a sublime caramel finish which then melds into a residual bitterness. Very robust for a pale ale. Mouthfeel is a little undercarbonated, but the body has a nice heft to it and it's very drinkable.

illidurit, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of sommersb
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 05-13-2014
Freshness: Canned on 03-20-2014
Packaging: 19.2 oz. tall can
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: Single from Pour Vous, Hendersonville, TN

Clear amber beer with a huge off-white head. Very good lacing follows super retention.

Smells nice with citrus and pines hops dominating.

Very tasty melding of sharp bitterness and bready malts. Crisp and clean with a medium body. Finishes bitter with flavors of tropical fruits.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer and the giant can!

sommersb, May 14, 2014
Photo of cottonkoozie
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Decent head with pretty good retention and some lacing. Color is a deep brownish honey. Somewhat cloudy in appearance, cloudier than most pale ales.

S - Pine hops smell is what I notice first, then the strong malt. Underlying citrus hops complement well. Over all good balance.

T - Similar to the smell, piney hops flavors with underlying citrus notes. A strong malt backbone. Malts used give it almost a bready aftertaste.

M - Heavier than most pale ales. Not a strong carbonation but still feels very full.

D - Very drinkable even though it can be somewhat filling.

Good pale ale. Has some unique characteristics compared to others, but all work well together. Not a favorite of mine for the style, but good for something a little different but still in the same style at its core. Overpriced, but worth a try without a doubt.

cottonkoozie, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of John1985
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold with a white one finger head. Fresh hop aroma. taste is an aggressive bitter piney hop flavor up front that transitions to a malt accented finish. Some tingly bitterness on the aftertaste. Very pleasant and drinkable. Borders on an IPA but I love it.

John1985, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz aluminum can.

This pale ale poured a clear, amber color with off-white foam that persisted and slowly settled and clung to the glass. The smell was light malt with a hint of caramel and a light hoppiness. The carbonation tickled the nose. The taste was lightly sweet malt with a very light hoppiness. The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy with medium body and good carbonation. There was a light hoppiness and maltiness in the finish. This was a good pale ale. Keep up the good work with the cans.

UncleJimbo, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of BierJager89
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours golden with a white head.

S: Orange, citrus peel in the nose. Pretty simple and typical, but it smells good.

T: A bit tropical, some orange, some papaya. Could use more tropical fruit.

M: Light bodied, crisp, refreshing and smooth.

O: Definitely a very drinkable pale ale. Tasty, but again, more tropical fruit would be better. Definitely recommended.

BierJager89, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of malcontent
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bit of chill-haze to this otherwise perfect looking orange/red body. This head is ample and the lacing is flat-out exceptional.

Mild citrus hops kick-start the aroma only to usurped by bready malt and soft, buttery undertones.

The balance is remarkable and everything a good pale ale should be. Malt is clearly present with a strong dose of caramel on display, but hops accompany more than ably throughout and their floral taste lingers long after the malt has faded. Moderately earthy on the finish.

Although well carbonated, the mouthfeel is a touch thin right in the middle. Hops oils beef up the mouthfeel on the conclusion. All-in-all a very drinkable beer and an excellent entry into the APA family.

malcontent, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of Erniek
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice balance of bitterness and sweetness with a lingering bitterness that I like. Not too sweet or dry maybe a bit on the high side alcohol wise for a pale ale. The nose on this beer starts nicely but seems to slip away kind of fast. Firm body for style and overall one of my favorite beers for a long time.

Erniek, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of jcartamdg
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden honey color with a two finger head and great lacing. Aroma of crazy hops, citrus and pine all up in my grill in the best way possible. Taste follows the nose, this is a great tasty easy drinking canned beer. I love it, I buy it by the case!!!

jcartamdg, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of rlshep
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Citrus, grapefruit,. slight catpiss aroma from hops. Lighter esters. Fain caramel.

Appearance: Finger and half off-white rocky head, persists for a long time. Crystal clear clarity. Amber-Copper color.

Flavor: Caramel malts, some raisin flavors. Bready slightly toasty malts. Grapefruit flavor for hops but not as much as exected from aroma. Firm bitterness. Finishes dry. Slightly chalky taste. Balanced slightly to hop bitterness and flavor but solid malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation. Medium low mouthfeel. Prickly sensation from carbonation. Very easy drinking. Alcohol present but not hot.

Overall: A very nice example of a pale ale. Could be a goto everday beer for me. Great balance, easy to drink but still interesting.

rlshep, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of dragonWhale
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ohh yeah. Fizzy yellow beer. In an effin can yo!

Right before break my coworker muttered under her breath, "Man, I really want a beer right now." 2 hours left in the Friday, I understood. After all, she was getting trained on some electrical work and could definitely use a safety break. Unfortunately, there was only one beer left in her apartment, and 3 of us. But my foresight had encapsulated the spirit way too soon. For that morning two cans of Dale's had accompanied me to work. Minutes later we were pulling a toilet and putting down a new wax seal, our peace broken.
While they finished the deed, I readied the cans for the Great Consumption. They arrived back at the training site and were greeted with a pair of cracks. Mmm, straight out the can. Proper serving vessel, if you ask me. Too bitter for my man Nate, but Jeannette crushed the other can while I finished mine, savoring the floral and citrus, the brush of grainy malt and the bitter spine. A damn fine brew and the perfect time for a safety break.

dragonWhale, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of Arithmeticus
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in flared glass.

A: clear copper orange, frothy, plump head; good carb action; fantastic lacing
S: Pleasant, even-keeled hop aroma; not much malt in the smell
T: robust, hearty IPA, although only medium complexity for its bravado; highly bitter, not very sweet.

Overall, a really nice, standard IPA, and well worth the visit

Arithmeticus, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of jera1350
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a can a coppery orange with nice one finger head. Good lacing.

Smell is hoppy and a little buttery.

Taste is of hops, caramel and buttered rum. Really interesting in a good way.

Mouthfeel is fine, a little thin with good carbonation.

This is a total session beer! I could drink these all night. Pretty good deal also at $8 for a sixer. Definitely recomend trying this one.

jera1350, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of BrewerB
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In terms of canned craft beer, Oskar Blues puts out some top notch products. Dale's Pale Ale is one I've sampled numerous times in the past but have yet to officially review it. Here goes…

Canned on 10-31-2011 with a 'Hoppy Halloween' message printed on the bottom of the container.

Pouring into a Firestone Walker nonic pint glass. Off-white frothy head formed about a finger and half high but collapsed down thin. Spacious crop of foam remains atop the beer and lacing is forming.

Initial burst of grapefruit and pine needles yields to a sweeter mandarin-style citrus. Modest level of toasted malts in the background.

Sweet citrus hop steps forward first followed quickly by a a firm malt support that includes a nod towards caramel and toast. Alcohol noted on the back-end but smooth and non-obtrusive. Medium finish leaves some lingering citrus sweet on the taste buds.

Medium-bodied bordering on something fuller. Fairly hefty on the palette for the style although carbonation is in line. Slight alcohol warming towards the end.

Great to have such an awesome beer in can form. Although I'm wondering what a fresher can might taste like in comparison, this is in excellent shape as-is.

BrewerB, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first experience with United States brewed craft beer from a can. Feels retro somehow, those 1000s of Bud cans in my past coming to mind? Takes a little getting use to, but overall, a cool new experience.

First off, there is a frightening lack of sound when opening the can. I feared that it was completely flat. Fortunately, nothing could be farther from the truth.

A light amber body, crystal clear, with an opening burst of swirling carbonation bubbles, topped by a fairly level two inch slab of bone-china-white froth. Good lacing.

A very subdued nose, with just a nice but quiet dollop of citrus hops. Pleasant enough, though.

Taste kicks off with a big, solid platform of sweet maltiness, laying down a foundation of caramelly goodness. Then the hops roll in like they are shooting the rapids in the Colorado River, splashing everything in reach with waves of balancing bitterness, finally merging with the sweetness in a delightful balancing act as they roll over the falls and down the throat together.

Very good medium mouthfeel, works for all conditions. Very easy drinkability, and a high desire for another.

The cans give it a niche market, and I'll be back for more of this for those "no glass" occasions, like poolside on summer vacation. However, this would be a very nice pale ale if it was only available in those boring brown bottles. Cans do.

RonfromJersey, Aug 16, 2005
Photo of allboutbierge
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

When at home, this is probably my most consumed beer. It can constantly and easily be found, its usually priced right, and it has the hop punch to satisfy a hop fix when you just don't feel like sacrificing your sobriety or wallet on a DIPA.

Color is a very attractive reddish light golden copper, head bright, white and abundant. Aroma lets you know what its about--hops (floral variety) with a sweet malt background pull in tongue simultaneous in both directions. There's a considerable amount of complexity here. Theres something here making me think of butterscotch too. Just a first class beer all around.

allboutbierge, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of Westsidebuddha
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought at Whole Foods-Pasadena(Arroyo Parkway)

Poured a dark golden color into a pint glass. Nice, hoppy smell with a bubbly head. A hoppy taste but not overwhelming. Good back end and very drinkable. I was expecting a mellow taste since it was a pale ale but this beer has a nice bite to it. I had this on tap at Library Alehouse in Santa Monica and it was good! A good summer beer which I could drink a few more of if it wasn't so late here. Another good beer from Oskar Blues.

Westsidebuddha, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of McStagger
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Standard pint glass.

A: Aggressive pour leads to two fingers off off-white head. (Slightly browner than off white). Excellent copper kettle color with moderate looking carbonation. Excellent head retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Good bit of caramel/vanilla sweet maltiness in the nose. Perhaps a bit of cinnamon. Bit of woody pine, touch herbal. Malts run the show.

T: Pretty immediately bitter. More subdued malt presence. Begins slightly bready/doughy. Quickly cut by the hops. Pretty hoppy, but not the citric slam of west coast IPA's. Again, more pine like or bark like, with herbaceous characteristics and a bit of medicinal astringency. Touch of grapefruit rind peaks through at the very end. Dry finish.

M: Medium bodied. Lack of bruising malts and heroic alcohol level keeps things from being too "full". Lot of flavor given the consistency. Perhaps a touch under carbonated.

O: Greater than the sum of its parts, it is easy to see why this beer has an extremely loyal fanbase. Reminds me of Torpedo, but a little tamer.

McStagger, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of bbudnik
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%

bbudnik, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of Aidan_Stewart
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%

Aidan_Stewart, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of TwelveOunces
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a can to a pint glass

Pours hazy light orange with one finger of a white head. This is a hop forward pale ale but still remains balanced. Other hop profile dominates the palate of the beer with onion and earthy like hop flavors. There is a touch of pine and no citrus flavors to speak of. The beer has a malt backbone of breaddy malts and a caramel crispness. The beer has a big feel to it, a surprisingly thick and chewy feel for a pale. High carbonation as well from the can. Overall, its a solid pale ale, not quite a sierra Nevada but a solid choice.

TwelveOunces, Jan 09, 2013
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4.04/5  rDev +3.9%

hhollins11, Sep 26, 2014
Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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