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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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BA SCORE
88
very good

5,641 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 5,641
Reviews: 1,733
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 107
Gots: 560 | FT: 5
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 mhtrac12
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: tap in a pint glass

A: Copper color. Nice head, settles to a steady blanket with lacing lasting the whole session

S: sweet and malty accented by some floral hops on the back end

T: Bready with alot of malt favors balanced by some floral notes from hops on the back. Tastes more like a hybrid IPA/pale ale. 

M: Medium body. Pretty solid feel for this beer. Very well balanced

O: really nice beer to session. Te malt and hops aren't overwhelming and they actually complement eachother really nicely. Well balanced pale ale with some nice hoppy complements on the back. 

mhtrac12, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of BucannonXC5
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz. can into a pint glass at my house on Nov. 30, 2012 (purchased for $1.99 at Bine and Vine in Kensington (San Diego, Calif.) on Nov. 29, 2012. Caramel amber with two fingers of frothy white head. Great retention on the sides with wet, foamy and almost a perfect ring. Lighter on the top, but pretty good.

Smelled a pleasant mix of lots of different hops up front, seemingly citrus, floral and rye. Also iced tea. Touch of bitterness.

Tasted pretty close to the smell, but not as hoppy. A lot more malty than hoppy, too. More rye and cascade hops than anything else.

Medium-to-light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Normal bitter finish.

I’ve been longing to try this beer for awhile and it didn’t disappoint. In fact, it was better than I thought it was going to be.

BucannonXC5, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of danieelol
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden. Great head/lacing.

Smell is melon, papaya, green jungle. Very fresh and aromatic. Malty goodness.

Taste gives more melony hops. Very strongly bittered. Good stuff..

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and bitter.

This stuff is way too easy to drink, even though it could have been served a smidgeon colder (my mistake). Very good.

danieelol, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of Omnium
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can > Mason Jar

A - Pours a rich gold color, big 2 finger fluffy head, good lacing.
S - Light pine, floral, some bready malt, and citrus zest.
T - Some fruit sweetness up front, nice fresh bread in the middle that ends with a big piney bitterness.
M - A little too potent and bitter for your average APA, borderline IPA.
O - A good solid classic APA that you cant go wrong with.

Omnium, May 24, 2013
Photo of seanbhudson
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE:
Pours a hazy orange-amber color with a large white head dissipates at relatively slowly. Large amount of sticky lacing.
AROMA:
Full aroma of malt, caramel and citrusy hops.
FLAVOR:
A lot more hops than your typical pale ale. Nice caramel malt backbone. I taste citrus and pine. Finishes with long mild grapefruit like hoppy bitterness.
MOUTHFEEL:
Medium body. Soft fizzy carbonation.
DRINKABILITY:
Flavorful and well balanced pale ale. I could drink a few of these in a night. Probably the best beer I have had in a can.
NOTES: BBCSD-0902-ScottR

seanbhudson, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of codewarrior
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Can Poured into a Chalice

Finally getting around to trying this Colorado Staple. I've had many other beers from the Oskar Blues offerings, but it's my first time with their flagship brew. This is the beer that launched the canned craft craze.

L: Hay-colored and semi-transparent, with 1 finger of creamy, frothy head.

S: Sweet and boozy up front, into a bitter, mild-hopped middle. Fades from there into a watery-sweet oblivion.

T: Corn-sweetness building into a big fat sweetness, finally overtaken by a bitter, but not overly hoppy middle. Finish is sweet again, with a lingering bitterness. lt hides it's 6.5% ABV well, drinking like a 3 - 4% APA.

F: Smooth and thicker than I'd expect.

D: All day kind of beer right here. This is pretty much what it would taste like if you actually tapped the rockies.

codewarrior, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of matjack85
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making them $1.67 each for a 12oz can. No freshness date.

The beer poured a cloudy apricot color with a big 4-finger white head that lasted a long time and left tons of good lacing.

Big fruity and hoppy aroma. Mostly getting orange with a touch of pine.

Big orange citrus hop flavor with a touch of orange rind and mild pine hop bitterness. PPenty of caramel malt sweetness for balance.

Medium bodied, just short of creamy with medium carbonation.

This is a very good canned beer.

matjack85, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of pkalix
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bright, but caramel-y orange. some foam on top which settles quite quickly to a thin top. mild remnant lace on the side.
smells pine-y. some orange.
tastes very well-balanced, although a tad bitter. the lace stayed on the top and the liquid washed the side foam away. not sticky at all. or much. the pine stays behind a little, a bit like eating the rind of a grapefruit but without the entire bittering experience.
overall, not very bad for a 'can' beer at all! it's hard to release the stigma associated with the can, but this is good beer when poured into a glass!

pkalix, Jul 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Max3, May 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

npala86, Aug 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Shakerman, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

sdsimkins, May 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

kcc, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of Dmann
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

By far the best beer I've ever had out of a can! The pour was a nice burnt orange color with nice head and lacing. Smell was mostly of toasted malts and caramel, not too special. But the flavor was outstanding! Flavor begins with the same toasted malts as in the smell but then adds in a great citrus bitterness that balances it our nicely. Finnish is dry and the carbonation level is great so I could see myself drinking a lot of this beer. Go and try some now!

Dmann, Aug 23, 2008
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

danthehopslamman, Aug 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Dangerrangerjas, Sep 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

csmartin6, Oct 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

chip26, Aug 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

77apm, Jul 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Doomcifer, Jul 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Dbrulet, Dec 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

petewheeler, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a can of this at the Vintage Cellar, Radford, Va. Pours a clear copper amber body with a surprising, two finger beige head. Retention is decent and some clingy patch lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is assertive, with prominent malty notes of fresh toffee and caramel. Fruity hops add accents of grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and some chewy malt. Taste is sturdy, with lots of sweet malty caramel and toffee, and an equally powerful menu of tropical fruit bitterness, mostly pink grapefruit. Lots of flavor, and well balanced. More like an American Amber than an APA, but an excellent and very drinkable brew no matter what it is. I'm convinced that canned microbrews work just fine.

merlin48, Jul 03, 2005
Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
88 out of 100 based on 5,641 ratings.