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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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6,246 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,246
Reviews: 1,804
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 126
Gots: 869 | 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 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 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.

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

Photo of ER527
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 Weston19
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Copper color, high carbonation, about a two finger head. The beer is clear.

S: The smell is more sweet than an IPA. There are notes of pineapple and a nutty caramel smell that comes under it. Very nice smell.

T: Grapefruit, roasted nuts, pineapple, some hints of caramel. Leaves a bitter after taste but not an unpleasant one.

M: Light bodied beer with a dry and bitter finish.

O: This is a great beer to have which has a very well balanced out taste characters. Very good to have with a couple of buddies or when you're looking to relax.

Photo of ActonBrewer
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- light golden, beautiful white head

S- piney and fruity aromas

T- little bit of gum and watermelon ice cold, as it warmed the piney and citrusy notes came out. Great american hop flavors. A little more malt balance would have been nice

M- great carbonation and balance

O- not really an american pale ale, but a great IPA

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 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 Mark5152
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of pstam87
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Yay more good beer in a can, and hell yeah for being Dale's 1000th review!

A: Poured into my SA Perfect Pint glass with a fluffy 2 finger head that slowly fades but continues to get supplemented by the many bubbles floating up from the etch at the bottom. Super clear amber copper brown color. The fluffy head leaves a nice lacing as well.

N: A nice combination of malts and hops. Some light toasty malt aromas, combined with quite a few hop aromas. Mostly a chewy hop aroma, with touches of pine, spicy, citrus, and floral hops.

T: Chewy hop taste, quite bitter actually. A nice citrus, pine, and earthy hop flavors, make it pretty bitter (not IPA status but close). A slight malty tone comes underneath it. A slight juicy hop flavor also comes through on a different part of the tongue and time. Slight spicy hop flavor too.

M: Lighter, slightly watery unfortunately, but good carbonation.

F: FInishes pretty dry and plenty bitter. Lingering spicy hops combine with a slight pine and citrus as well as some earthy chewy hop flavors that stick around for a while. The bitterness builds a bit but doesn't get overwhelming. Overall a very nice drinking beer, on the bitter side, but still lighter for a good summer drink.

Photo of jamesaharvey
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

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

Surprised by the English ale characteristics of this very enjoyable canned beer - with its autumnal amber, cloudy/unfiltered posture and compact, almost cask-like creamy/foamy off-white head and thick bands of lace, and its relaxed smooth, quasi-viscous malty body - this thing drinks similar to a British cask ale (sulfates added?). Could be the malts but wouldn't be shocked if the hops have much to do with the sugar-sweetness in the smell, backed up and perhaps surpassed by the fruit-punch juicy hops. A toasted bent to the light malt flavor and a bit nutty in the back but, once again, the hops rule here - only marginally bitter - a predominantly orange citrus tone throughout, but finishes decidedly lemony. Such a pleasure to drink with only a trace of carb sizzle, in spite of a few hearty braps. Happy that the level/potency of hops didn't detract from indulging in a good swill or two, however, considering the English-cask feel, I'd be curious to try this with the hops toned down a tad. A pleasant PA indeed.

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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