Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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6,526 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,526
Reviews: 1,877
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 147
Gots: 1,095 | FT: 6
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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2002

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Photo of Scrumtralecent
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

A - Golden caramel color with foamy white head and lots of carbonation. Plenty of head on this one.

S - Quite the meld of hops, malts, barley. Smells a little roasted for a pale ale.

T - Little hop bitterness with some light roasted malt. The taste seems airy throughout, plenty of space to roam but doesn't really bust out at any certain point. There is a little dark element, perhaps some roasted malt. Crisp, solid taste throughout however.

M - Pretty light, but the hops will cause some bitter heaviness. Lots of carbonation that keep the tastes popping.

O - Good for a hot summer day like today but not sure I'd seek this out year round.

Photo of SierraFlight
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Time Out. Amber-orange with no head thanks to the inept bartender. Carmel, citrus, floral aromas. Hop, pine, roasted malt, orange oil flavors.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: deep clay orange, mild cloudy body, 1 finger head, nice lacing

S: clean fresh pine/grass, mild lemon zest

T: big clean pine/grass up front, bitter slow long finish

M: medium body, solid carbonation, sticky/oily finish

O: Pretty good APA, but not my favorite. It's my 1st Oskar Blues beer and am looking forward to trying more. I could have more than a few of these, may be a tad too bitter for a newbie.


Photo of erosier
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an orange-amber color with a thick tan head with some decent lacing down the glass. It smells of medium roasted malts and some citrisy hops. The taste is just that. It starts with a nice roasted malt taste and then finishes with the citrisy and floral hops. The balance of those flavors is pretty good but not the best I've had. The mouthfeel is ok. Not as carbonated as I would have liked, but it was fairly smooth. The drinkability is pretty good as it is a decent beer and I could drink a few of these. The one great thing about it is that it tastes fresh from the can.

Photo of rickyleepotts
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I have had this beer before, but don't remember much about it. I do like they only can. We are going to see several breweries doing that in the coming months/years. It is cheaper to can, they can do it faster, and the beer generally tastes better. You can't really cellar a beer in a can, but for something that you plan to buy and drink right away, might as well be in a can. They also weigh less allowing them to ship more cheaper. An IPA and a pale ale will taste much better, too. Basically it is good for everyone involved!

I am looking forward to this one. I could smell the hops before I was even done pouring the beer… which is a good sign for a hop head. Let's see what this pale tastes like. Bottoms up!

In the Glass: It looks like a pale ale. It has a nice rich copper color to it. Almost like a fresh new penny would look. Speaking of pennies, do they still make those? Anyway, I hope this doesn't smell and/or taste like a penny. The beer also leaves a nice thin white head on top with a weak lace. Hoping this chugs.

Nose: Is there a pine tree in the glass? The aroma is LOADED with pine needles. The tasting notes said there was some citrus, and I am not getting much of that. This smells like a good IPA over a pale ale. The IBU isn't there, but the aroma packs a punch. This is what a pale is supposed to smell like. I just hope it tastes as good.

Flavor: The flavor is not as impressive as I expected. I did pour this into glass, but all beer should be poured into a glass. If you can, the glassware that the beer was intended for. Just hit up any Total Wine & More. Grab a Total Guide To Beer and you can learn all about glassware. I will get there, but the mouthfeel and the aftertaste are what make this beer good. The flavor, at first, is weak and I am worried there will be no hop complexity. Then it hits, but it lingers into a nice, dry aftertaste. Let's start with the mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel: At first, it seems thick. Then it thins out and as you swallow the hops really come alive. The pine I am smelling isn't there on the palate, and that's OK. The dryness that is left over makes up for that. It also has a nice burp that I didn't expect. Sheryl is sitting over there saying, "Pretty boring." Yeah, it is. But it wasn't intended to shock you. It was intended to be a straight forward, simple yet enjoyable pale ale. Maybe my palate is getting spoiled…

Aftertaste: This is the best part of this beer. The aftertaste lasts for a good three minutes. For a beer that is readily available and is somewhat affordable, you might not expect such an impressive aftertaste. It hangs on, and like I said… there is a nice burp on this one. I like drinking gin because I like the dry aftertaste. This is leaving me a similar aftertaste a good gin might. It is dry, but is basically asking me to drink again.

I won't go crazy over this beer, and I would order it again if there wasn't much left to choose from. But the flavor profile lacks for a beer that is considered this brewery's best. While I am writing this, a few people are chatting about it on Google+. It's good, but not great. Buy this 6 at a time, pass a few around, and share a nice, easy drinking pale ale. Make sure you recycle the can!

Photo of LXIXME
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty big off white head settles to a nice lacing after leaving a bit of lacing covering the walls of the glass above a clear caramel copper colored pale ale.

Faint citrus and pine style hops aroma with a bit of fresh cut grass also making an appearance.

Light citrus style hops taste with some of the pine tagging along with a very light lightly roasted caramel maltiness as well.

Drying aftertaste with just a bit of the citrus aspects of the taste sticking around with this medium bodied drink.

Decent tasting pale ale, I could drink a bunch of these when in the mood, although I did find the $11.99 price tag for a 6 pack of 12 ounce cans a bit much, a person can find pale ales equal to this one or better from a variety of brewers for under ten bucks in any liquor store.

Photo of puboflyons
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the half-liter can stamped: Canned on 4/22/13@15:11. Sampled on June 15, 2013. So this is reasonably fresh for the style.

The pour is a nice looking copper-amber with a frothy off-white head. Great clarity.

Hops can be be found in the aroma merging with the sweet pale malts, yeast, and toasted bread. Right on for the style.

The body has a pleasant creaminess and falls into the medium range.

The taste is more hop forward than malt forward but both play off each other in a delightful way to give this a fine balanced ale. This is fairly easy to drink and likable. And it's in a can so you can take it to the beach! Enjoy one today.

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep orange in color. Dense white head pours two fingers thick with good retention. Nice sticky lacing crawls all over the glass.

S: Citrus fruit. Wet earth. Fresh bread. Sweet malts.

T: Grapefruit or citrus flavor with a wet or raw hop presence that gives off a soft bitter bite. Huge wave of sweet caramel malt muscles in and is followed by an earthy flavor. Finishes sweet with a fresh baked bread like aftertaste.

M: Smooth and medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Refreshing.

D: True session brew. A bit more sweet and malty than most of the pale ales I have tried, but highly quaffable none the less. Worth a try!

Photo of Ilovesuds
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think Pale Ales in a can are really cool. Maybe it's because they make me think of packing up a cooler with lots of ice and heading for the beach.

Anyway, Dale's poured a beautiful, crystal clear gold with a moderate head of thick suds that easily stuck to the glass. Looks promising but the nose dissapoints. No real citrus but rather a yeasty alcohol scent. Mouthfeel was what I enjoy, sudsy. Taste is pine with a carmel malt underneath. Real bitter on the back of the tongue with an aftertaste of "smarties" as another reviewer described it.

Not bad but if I had a choice I would drink something else.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a solid tumbler

Appearance-A light copper with some yellow hues. Head is about a one finger off white head. Nice retention and very nice lacing. Very appealing.

Smell-Caramel malts, banana, very sweet aroma. Piney, Grapefruit hops.

Taste-Upfront sweet caramel malt, very toasty, biscuity like. Juicy grapefruit and orange hop flavor along with some pine and earthiness. Finish is slightly boozy.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, almost full. Pretty big APA. Carbonation was about average.

Overall-Very hoppy Pale Ale, almost an IPA. Pretty good but have had better Pale Ales that are easy to get.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 10/13/11.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a 2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and some herbal and citrus zest hops. Taste is of malt up front with the herbal and citrus zest hops on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good pale ale but nothing too remarkable.

Photo of seeswo
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking can leads to a nice appearance score. The nose was faint hops. Not much came through the can though. Regardless, this beer is all about balance and drinkability. The light hop profile mixes perfectly with a light male sweetness to create a distinctly quaffable pale ale that is both hoppy, but also as drinkable as a light lager. The hops are faintly citrusy, with some bitterness that doesn't go overboard. Good carbonation and an easy mouthfeel. I'm very impressed OB. Now, as pale ales go, this is about the opposite of a beer like Hoppy Birthday from Alpine, which is a feat as a low ABV hop bomb. This is more about sitting around the camp fire with a few brews, and as that, it is a winner.

Photo of kleffman
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack at Whole Foods. Poured into a standard pint glass with a very clear golden color and a small head that dissipated quickly. Smells of sweet malt, maybe some pine, citrus and grassy hops. Flavors of caramel and light sweetness with a malt bitterness up front and some citrus flavors. Sort of one dimensional but nice. Decent light to medium body and easy to drink. Enjoyable, I would probably favor SNPA over this but I'm glad to try it for sure and would definitely get it again.

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 12oz can from Harvest Fine Wine in West Hartford CT for $1.54. Canned on 08-16-10. True story: as a matter of habit, I reached for my bottle opener. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

This mostly clear golden brew gives a nice 3/4" if eggshell foam that settles and leaves a nice curtain of lace on the glass. Smell is very faint, can't say I'm able to identify anything more than a little malt. The taste has a great bit of resiny pine and citrus rind hop on a fairly crisp bed of malt. Feel is typical for the style with a fair amount of viscosity and a moderately tingling carbonation. Finishes with lingering hop and a little resiny feel. Now that it has warmed I can detect some candied lemon rind and maybe some florals on the nose.

I feel as I should be drinking this from an aluminum cup in order to preserve the can experience.

Photo of nhindian
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass.

A - Pours a hazy, burnt sienna body with a big 2.5-fingered head. Head is cream colored and incredibly rocky with varying topography. Good retention as well and as it dissipates it leaves behind a trail of winding lace.

S - Smell is noticeably hoppy with lots of pine and grapefruit, but also delicately balanced with a supportive malt backbone. As it warms, I could see the citrus taking more of the stage, especially with a resurgence of oranges.

T - The taste, as the nose would lead to believe, is hop-forward, but soon after it passes the tongue it is quickly put in check by the biscuit quality of the malts. The beer ends bitter, however, and the finish is quite long.

M - Mouthfeel is light-bodied with medium carbonation. Sticky with hop resin, this beer leaves a nice coating on the mouth and palate.

D - Drinkability is moderate. Easy-drinking and unoffensive, but as I drank I couldn't help that this beer is just a bit pedestrian. Especially as it warms, the nose becomes more enticing yet the flavors seem to muddle and clash together.

Overall, a decent beer for the price, but don't expect to be blown away or this beer to push any envelopes.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Canned on 04-04-11 stamped on bottom of can. 12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Slightly offwhite cream head. Good retention and lacing. Slightly hazy amber body.

Smell - Slight sweetness, slight hoppiness. Nothing overly complex.

Taste - Very hoppy. Moderately bitter and slightly sweet front end. Strong lime peel aftertaste that subtracts heavily from the taste and overall drinkability.

Mouthfeel - Light and watery. Not much in the way of body. Pretty good if the intent is to be refreshing.

Overall Drinkability - Not as complex as some of the other ones, and has an overbearing aftertaste. It might work well with a food pairing, but by itself not so much unless you're really in the mood for a lingering hop assault.

Photo of godmare
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slightly clouded deep golden color with a half inch cream head that dissipates into thick lacing. Glass stays laced until it is empty.
S- Light grains, lots of citrus.
T- Crisp and clean with a punched hop bitterness. Finishes pretty cleanly with a bit of hop linger. The more I drink the more the bitterness lingers.
M- Good carbonation, very smooth and balanced.
O- I can see why this has such a strong reputation, but overall a bit too bitter for my tastes.

Photo of mactrail
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at a neighborhood place in east Denver. Back home, out of curiosity I opened a can I had in the fridge. So I"m reviewing the tap version from tonight's notes and comparing with the can in hand.

On the darker side of amber in the pint glass. Lots of malt at first taste, makes for a nice mouthful. Gets quite hoppy the more you drink. Fairly rich with a touch of biscuity malt. Quite bitter with plenty of piney flavors. OK with a couple of spicy shrimp tacos but not something I'd try again.

The can version has more carbonation as you can pour more as you like. Seems to be more of an IPA with the seriously resiny taste. Sharp, an increasingly harsh bitterness, but if that's your style this is full-bodied and straightforward.

Photo of drunkboxer1
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into the brewery's very own pint glass. Pours a hazy orange/brown color with a small head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Smells fairly inviting as well: fresh American hops. Those hops are very dominate upon tasting. So much so that it may unbalance the beer somewhat. As it warms you get more of the malt sweetness coming through, but it's never quite enough to offset the hops. I've had this a number of times and have always thought that it was more of an IPA than an APA. This tasting has only solidified my opinion.

Photo of a0lbudman
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Hazy dark gold with a small white head
S-hoppy with a grassy pine aftersmell
T-very hoppy with a bitter aftertaste, pine flavor in the aftertaste that stays with you
M-medium body and medium carbonation
O-good beer I bought a mixed 12 pack looking forward to the rest

Photo of Weisenbeer
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice. Very nice. Will I drink it if offered to me in a social setting? Yes. Will my heart go "aflutter" when I discover this is all my host has to offer? No. Still, nice. Very nice.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can poured into a Flying Dog goblet (bottle on 2/18/13)

A: A nice, very clear amber brownish bronze with a strong head that stays for a while. Excellent lacing.

S: Very mild, but strong hop smells of citrus. Little pine or resin.

T: There is an even hop profile but it is a bit odd, which is probably the pale ale part of it. The aftertaste is the same, kind of mutated hop taste that is skewed by the "APA" part of it. I get this kind of warming sensation/taste that I don't get in IPAs, but I can't really place the flavor.

M: Little carbonation with only lots of tiny bubbles that you can feel throughout. Actually almost no carbonation after a bit.

O: I am new to this style and I know people love this beer, but I am not a big fan. You get the hops, but they are tainted and transformed into this weird taste by the "pale" part of it. I don't know how to describe it, but it just tastes like a bad IPA, whose hops have changed their flavor. I know it isn't an IPA, but that is what it reminds me of.

Photo of u2carew
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A) Pours with a creamy head. Lacing is sticky and thin. Slightly hazy. Bronze to amber in color.
S) Floral hops. Light caramel aroma. Some earthiness - smells like a wet dog.
T) Mildly sweet in the nose. Then moves to a hop bite with earthy floral notes. Bitter notes linger in the aftertaste.
M) Fizzy. Medium body. Mellow tannin fellow.
D) A Decent PA, but not a standout.

Photo of cpn920
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale gold as one would expect with a quick dissolving head. Smell is of pale malts and light hops. Taste is balanced with a definite metallic flavor. Adequately carbonated. Drinkability is good if cans are the only option but nothing real special IMO. If I had to choose between any of their other beers that I have tried (Old Chub, Gordon, or Ten Fidy)this would be my last choice.

Photo of mikeg67
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can. Pours slightly hazy orange with a large, long lasting, foamy, white head and a lot of lacing. Aroma is of piney hops and biscuit malt. Medium, smooth body. Citrus fruit, piney hops dominate the palate with sweet, biscuit malt provides some balance. The finish is long and hoppy. At 6.5% abv I would say it is mild, soft IPA.

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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