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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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BA SCORE
87
very good

6,329 Ratings
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81
good

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Ratings: 6,329
Reviews: 1,823
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 132
Gots: 917 | 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

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

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Ratings: 6,329 | Reviews: 1,823
Photo of crwills
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very pleasantly surprised to find this available at Biscuit BBQ in Brooklyn, NY. Wouldn't recommend the food there by any means (watery pulled pork, bleh), but the beer selection was half decent.

Dave's Pale comes in a can, like the other beer from this brewer I've had and enjoyed (Old Chub). I had to ask for a glass to pour it into (yeah, great service...) and received a cheap Ikea glass. Oh well.

Poured a pleasant slightly cloudy golden colour with a nice, frothy white head. Hoppy aromas abound immediately out of the can. Excellent American pine/citrus hop aroma, plus some coffee-like malt in there for balance. Taste: ditto. Slightly oily but very solid mouthfeel, and a tangy but short-lived aftertaste with notes of caramel. Loved it, could drink it all day.

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

rich orange amber pour with a light cream tan head about a pinky thick.
smells of floral notes and citrus, fresh caramel.
tastes mostly of caramel, also has plenty of hop character. the citrus and piney tastes come second and third but are definitely strong.
the mouth feel is good, good carbonation, just an an aftertaste that is very slightly off.
Overall this is a great beer. very drinkable and love that its canned, great beer to bring to a party or a friends to share while watching the game.

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

Reviewed from my notes. Served on cask at the Sebago Brewpub in Scarborough, ME as part of their Full Moon Cask Night. This review is based off of a half-pint pour. The beer is colored light copper with orange notes. There is a big off-white soapy head. As it settles, there is decent patchy lace. It has a warm hoppy aroma that is both earthy and citrus-like. I taste light malts at first, but the big hops come in quickly. They are oily and bitter. It has a great pale ale flavor. The beer is served at cellar temperature, which I think helps it a lot. I wouldn't want this one too cold. It possesses a medium body and low carbonation. A small coat is left on my tongue. It's a very drinkable beer. This is my second glass of the evening. It's smooth and a little creamy. I would definitely have this beer again.

Photo of thegodfather1076
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Very cool can with eye-catching colors, font, and some very cool graphics. Can states “A Rocky Mountain Pale Ale”, “A Huge Voluminously Hopped Motha of a Pale Ale”, gives web info, ABV info, and states “Celebrating 10 years”.

Appearance: I poured this from its 12oz can into a 16oz English pint. Dales pours out a clear golden orange with a 2 finger off white foam head of medium density. Excellent head retention at 3min 46sec before fading to a thick frothy coating. Excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of a sweet orange citrus hop aroma as well as having hints of a pine hop aroma sitting atop a sweet malt backbone.

Flavor/Taste: A sweet maltyness hits the palette up front followed by a bit of a pine hop bite that mellows into an orange citrus hop flavor. Dales culminates with a toasted malt finish. Excellent!

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with an above average carbonation and a smooth silky feel going down. Very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: Dales is a very good beer all the way around. Has a nice hop bite but is not hop centered like an IPA. High drinkable and highly available making this an excellent choice any place, anytime! Classified as an American Pale Ale at 6.5% ABV. Consumed 2-19-13.

Photo of GregStoner
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

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

This poured a deeply sweet looking orange color with a soft glow from the body of the beer. Clear and had streaming bubbles coming up from the center. The head was short but had an orange tint to it and fell to a scant cap and ring. Not at all unpleasant to look at and my first thought was that the color was exceptionally deep and inviting. The nose was light pine and orange fruits. Tart citrus and sweet and generous honey. Tiny bit of spice to tickle the nose. Taste is hop forward. The tangerine and clementine fruit greets the palate first and fills the mouth with it's flavor both sweet and pithy. Then the tart settles it down while the bready malt rides over the mid palate. The honey is not as sweet as on the nose. It's a smooth and round malt that carries these hops in style to a plucky and bitter finish. It's dry and has a medium mouthfeel. There's no alcohol on the nose but there is a touch in the drink and it's ok because from your first sight of this beer it appears strong.

This was a tremendous hopped up pale ale that is not the usual fare. It was fruity and bold but had a smooth and graceful malt. Easy to drink and really made you wonder if this was an IPA. Had a winning flavor profile that did not try to clutter the palate and had a nice mineral quality as well. Well done.

Photo of bret27
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep amber w/tan fairly thick head. Surprisingly good lacing for pale ale.

Smell: sweet, floral, cirtrusy, NW hoppy, caramelly

Taste: Not super bitter but a solid flavor that stays strong through entire drink. Bitterness at the beginning and end w/malt sandwiched in the middle of the palate. Aftertaste of bread and hop juice.

Mouthfeel: nice and full bodied, definitely an american style pale.

Overall: All around good beer. Not quite the fantastic punch of Alpha King from 3F, but meatier than most pales around. A heavy hitter and especially w/6.5 abv, very drinkable and tasty. The piney lingering hops leave you thirsty for more.

Photo of aubuc1
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of can into pint glass. Deep golden color with nice off white head that is pretty steady. Citrus smell primarily, but piney also. Sweet, hoppy, but malt also in there. Nice balance for a western pale ale. Dry finish, but full feel initially. I love this beer.

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

12 oz can

A: Deep amber under smallish white head. Good retention, little lace.

S: Smells of piney hop and a slight citrus twang.

T: Hop profile most of the same as the smell. Malt backbone holds up well.

M/D: Medium bodied, low carbonation. Really good drinkability on this one. A very solid pale ale.

Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear orange amber with a fluffy white head and some nice lacing.

S-Citrusy hops with some floral hop notes and some nice maltiness.

T-Good malt in the front with a very strong citrus hop bite in the finish.

M-Light and crisp, moderately dry with good carbonation.

D-Extremely sessionable, a great beer.

HV

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

I took one last tubing trip down the Mighty Dan River, and man am i glad I had this beer to accompany me!

This beer comes in a can, it is the ONLY pale ale I can find around here that comes in a can, so it was a must have for this day long trip down the river! Glass and rivers are a bad combination!

I was very surprised by the taste of a canned beer! This beer is exceptional especially when you think about how long it has been stored in metal!
Usually the only metal I want my beer touching is the inside of a keg, the end of a draught line, or a woman's tongue ring....

This beer was outstanding and exceeded expectations! Dales pale Ale you have a fan in me!!!

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

12 oz can w/ 7/16/09 date.

Nice amber color. Bubbly head clings to Duvel tulip.

Hop forward nose that also reveals sturdy malt profile. Blind, it would be impossible to call this a pale.

Citrusy (orange) malt profile with fairly bitter hop finish. A lot of flavor packed into this can. Friend guessed DIPA, 9% abv after first drink.

Full bodied pale for sure. Malt balance adds to mouthfeel.

Bring on a sixer, I'm ready. Love the amount of flavor in this 6.5% abv package.

Seems like more of an East Coast DIPA than a pale ale. Tasty. Might remind me of Blind Pig with an increased malt profile.

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

I just had this for the first time at a BBQ. I drank it straight from the can so I really can't comment on appearance. I was shocked by the hoppy goodness of this beer. Very lite spicy hop aroma, citrus and pine, drifted out of the cans's opening. Light flavors of malt mixed with hops and a perfect bitter aftertaste. A very refreshing beer, light in nature but with enough hop flavor to have you coming back for more. A great introductory beer for people who have yet to acquire a taste for finer beer. This beer will have a place in my fridge to push onto my friends.

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

A: Crystal clear orange color with tons of bubbles streaming off the bottom. A beautiful 3 finger head. Very fluffy and creamy.

S: Beautiful tropical fruits on the nose. Nice light caramel malt backbone. Possibly the best smelling pale ale around. Not quite ipa like but awesome for the style.

T: Mango orange and grapefruit. Perfect amount of bitterness and pale malty breadiness.

M: Your basic pale ale mouthfeel. Light bodied and smooth. A real easy drinker.

Overall: Not sure what took me so long to try Dales Pale Ale. It's an awesome beer and it just happens to be on a can. I'll definitely be drinking this more often.

Photo of joe1510
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Can
$6.99 6-Pack
Steve's Liquor Madison

Dale's Pale Ale pours clear dirty copper into my pint glass. Swirling carbonation bubbles rise slowly to the top. A 1+ slightly off white head formed on the pour that very slowly faded to a half finger cap. Left drink history lacing.

Smell is of pale malts and a slight touch of caramel as the malt backbone. The hops add a nice fragrance of tea leaf and a mild citric quality. After some warming there's a resiny hop quality that adds more complexity. Smells good for sure but smells like many other pale ales I've had in the past.

Flavor is a canvas of biscuity pale malts covered with resiny and mildly citric hops. A dried tea leaf flavor comes through on the finish. Definately good but again I've tasted these flavors in many other pale ales. This one is a bit more robust though which is a definate plus.

Medium body that gets a little sticky on the backside. Carbonation is on the lower side of moderate and lets the beer work it's way through at it's own pace. Half way through the glass I can feel my tongue taking a beating from the generous hopping.

This is a super easy beer to drink and a great session. Coming in cans like it does helps things when you take into consideration hauling in a cooler. Just an easy drinker with good flavor.

My first foray into Oskar Blues. Wish they distributed to Illinois cause I'd love to try a few more of their offerings. Overall, Dale's Pale is a flavorful, and hoppier than most pale ales. After drinking a few of these from the glass my opinion is Dales Pale actually tastes better straight from the can.

Photo of Bones54
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow- wasn't expecting this type of taste out of a can. Maybe my scores are a little high because this suprises me so much. This is a solid beer, with a well balanced pale ale taste. Not to mention the poor out of the can is great as well. Cheers to this beer!

Photo of APH
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

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

Canned on 2/21/13 "What to put here?" ... Poured into a Samuel Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. I had Mama's Little Yella yesterday, and it was my first Oskar Blues. I found it to be a fantastic alternative to the BMCs of the world, and thought it could be a GREAT beer to session during the Summer.

Appearance: Crystal clear amber color with a nice, two finger head on it. Impeccable lacing.

Smell: Really smells California-like. By that, I mean it smells like a California IPA. A lot of fresh, grapefruit forward hops... a very nice, sweet smelling beer.

Taste/feel: Nice and sweet on the front, and then a somewhat assertive bitterness on the finish -- very flavorful. The front has some sweet, Fruit Loopy hops, and the finish leaves a pleasant, piney, hoppy taste in the mouth, along with malts to let you know that this is supposed to be an APA. This beer has a very nice depth of flavors, which isn't all that common in many pale ales, I find.

Overall, I suppose it's an APA. I usually find APAs to be a little less hoppy than IPAs, but this one has quite a huge hop presence, to my taste buds. I really find that it's an APA/IPA hybrid. This is quite a complex, tasty APA, and it's a better beer than Mama's Little Yella Pils, but I don't know that I'd find this beer to be very sessionable. Not so much because of the ABV, but I'd prefer my session beer to be a bit less bitter.. despite the fact that the fruity, floral hops are quite nicely balanced with the malt sweetness. Dale's Pale Ale is a beer that I've wanted to try for a long time, and I'm glad to have such a damn good canned beer in the great state of Michigan. A slick, simple looking can, a tasty, sexy looking beer... Oskar Blues can make some tasty brews.

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

Served from a 12oz. can purhcased from The Wine Source in Baltimore, MD into my Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale pint glass at the appropriate temperature (01/16/10).

A: Nice dark golden amber with some slight orange hues capped with 2 fingers of an off-white head with decent retention leaving some patchy lace.

S: Aroma of citrus and sweet caramel malt with some strong pine notes.

T: Wonderfully crisp and fresh flavor profile consisting of pine, citrus, caramel malt, and a slight floral character. An extremely well balanced American Pale Ale.

M: Medium-bodied with with moderate and somewhat creamy carbonation.

D: This an extremely sessionable APA as the flavor are crisp, clean, and well balanced.

Overall this is one of my favorite session beers and one that I revisit quite often. Another solid beer from Oskar Blues. Recommended.

Photo of 9InchNails
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Eggshell white head that doesn't last all that long. A slight foggy golden color body. Not a lot of bubbles and they're more at a medium pace decent lacing on the glass.

I like the smell, quite hoppy with some pine. A nice balance of sweetness and bitterness.

This reminds me of an IPA than a pale ale. This is quite bitter and piney in the hop department but a pretty nice tasting brew. Some sweet characteristics but mainly on the bitter side.

Light body. Slight carbonation. Feels good.

Drink ability is really nice on this. Light body makes it very drinkable despite the decent amount of ABV with a 6.5. If this was on tap at my local bar, I'd stick with it.

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

Dale's Pale Ale
12 oz aluminum can
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

I was beach bound this Saturday afternoon and decided to pick up a six pack. After months of hearing about Dale's Pale Ale, I was excited to spot this beer in the cooler. After sitting in a beach chair and listening to my ipod for most of the afternoon, I saved one in the cooler and now on to the review...

Pours a hazy orange with bronze highlights. Nice looking head on top that transforms to a thin lace leaving sticky lace patterns on the glassware.

Very hoppy aroma with whiffs of citrus, pine and sweet malts.

The sip starts off with a sweet, caramel malt profile and then quickly turns to an aggressive hop finish. The hop profile screams of grapefruit and lime twang with an earthy pine feel. This is a West coast style APA all day long and so enjoyable.

One of the best beesr I've had from a can. I love the convenience of the packaging and the quality of this beer; a rare combo these days. Could this be a sign of things to come? I hope so. Hats off to Oskar Blues Brewery.

Photo of Rup666
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: Super deep amber color. Poursed with 2 fingers of white head. Tons of lacing.

S: Really nice mix of bisquit malt and hops.

T: Starts off crisp and goes into a nice bready biscuit malt before going into a nice hop blast. Finishes nice and sweet with a hint of hop bitterness.

M: Nice medium body. Sticks to the tongue nicely. One of the better bodies on an APA.

D: Super drinkable. Great session beer. When it first came out I was not sold but it is definitely a great beer. More proof that good beer can come in a can.

Photo of colts9016
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour this bottle in a pint glass at 43 degrees.

Appearance: A medium golden amber yellow color with orange hues. There is a one finger ivory head that creamy and foamy with some retention. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear with some haziness.

Nose: A mild malt with a touch of sweetness, there is some citrus bouquet and floral. In the back ground of the beer is a touch of woodiness.

Taste: A nice easy malt with a touch of sweetness. There is some grapefruit, floral esters, pine, and straw.

Overall: The mouth feel is softly carbonated with some dryness. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium. This is a pretty good pale ale. So far every thing that I have tried from Oskar has been good.

Photo of fdig23
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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