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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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1,842 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,842
Hads: 6,761
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 22.39%
Wants: 154
Gots: 1,244 | FT: 7
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:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2002

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Reviews: 1,842 | Hads: 6,761
Photo of drunkboxer1
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
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

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of u2carew
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of cpn920
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Creamy off-white two--finger head tops a clear amber body. Nice looking beer.

Smell is cracker malt under a full but not overbearing load of floral pine and citrus hops. This is definitely a solid APA.

Taste follows the smell exactly, though the pine-bittering hops tend to dominate the malt that's there.

Mouthfeel is where this brew excels: nice and thick without losing its crisp edge.

Drinkability is a bit diminished for me due to the pine-bitter bite, but it's still quite enjoyable. Not the best of the Oskar Blues bunch, but solid and worth a try.

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Photo of sevopie
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a solid amber color with a heavy head. Sticks around for a while, nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - Hops. There's a few other things poking through, like a sweet smell I can't put my finger on.

Taste - The hops fade a little bit on tasting, giving way to the malt. If I hadn't read butter from the other reviews, I wouldn't have recognized it right away, but indeed that is what I taste in the middle. Also has that other sweetness I still can't place.

Mouthfeel - Probably needs a little more carbonation to feel right, also the buttery flavor doesn't sit right 100% percent.

Drinkability - Very smooth pale ale, I can definitely go through some of these. not the greatest pale I've had, but I don't feel bad with the money spent on the 12-pack (neat packaging with the cardboard box for the 12-pk of cans as well.)

On revisiting this one, I have noticed what a few others have said... The quality control is bad. Some of these cans produced beer that was hoppier than a lot of IPAs. Some produced a pale that had a smooth butteriness. Overall, I would guess that there were 3 or 4 different batches out of this 12-pack, running the gamut of what the batches would taste like. I knocked a little off of the drinkability for this, as I would like consistency if I'm going to purchase this again.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hey, this way pretty good, considering it came out of a can. Easy to drink, a faint weird aftertaste. Goodlooking pour, nice strawberry blonde color and nice lacing. Smells of grapefruit and heavy pale, grainy, malts. Has a nice kick of hops on the back, just lingers a bit. Nice quaff!

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Photo of intensify
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ABV is only 6.5 but I poured into a snifter so I could get a nice smell of this canned brew. Poured a heavy 2 finger head which looked like a cloud was resting in the middle even after it had settled a bit. The pour was excellent but the body was a dull and boring honey color. Pine and some orange peel on the nose. Hints of spices and a touch of tangerine. The taste was unique to say the least. I was expecting something plain but instead I got a suprise of small passion fruits as well as a spicyness to balance things out. Small amount of bitterness but nothing overwhelming.
Overall i enjoyed this beer. Good for sessions and could see myself drinking this while playing poker with the pals or at a bbq.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper and bras in color. Very metallic looking. Slow bubbling. Good head that recedes to a half moon of foam after a couple of sips. Pretty good stickage.

Medium toasted orange peel, marmalade mixed with syrupy sweet and equally toasted crackers.

A little syrupy palate. Powdered toasted, bread crumbs, crackers mixed with toasted Mandarin orange peels. Not bad by any means.

I'm very glad I got to try this beer. I'm so happy Oskar Blues is available in IL!

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arrives a rich, clear orange color, bright and shiny. Off-white head gives way to a thickisj folm. Some lace left behind.
Smell is hops with some light citrus and pepper.
Taste is hoppier than expected, more like an IPA. Some malt and pepper show up as well.
Sharp effervescence up front with a dry finish. Medium body and a somewhat full carbonation. Can't get over the fact that this brew is really an IPA and not a pale ale. Higher marks if labeled as such.

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Photo of warrenout330
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass

A- pours a clear golden color. Decent fluffy white head. Dissolves to a nice sheet over the beer, leaving behind good lacing on the glass

S- sweet, faint tropical fruit, bready malt

T- sweet bready malt, earthly hops, fruity twist

M- prickly light feel over the tongue. Oily presence in the mouth, thin body ale. Lingering hop bite

O- this may be my new favorite pale ale, easily available, decently priced and canned. Good decent offering from oskar blue

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Photo of maddogruss
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a can of this into a shaker glass.

A: Pours a dark, amber body with a small, white head with ok retention overall and some lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A fairly hoppy smell with some malty subtleties.

T: A fairly earthy and hoppy taste, but seemed a little watered done, which was quite unpleasant. Malts were evidenced in the aftertaste and more towards the finish.

M: A fairly watery and thin beer that hurt the overall experience with this one.

D: Ok drinkability. A fairly decent taste, but the thin and watery mouthfeel hurt it. Maybe it is better on tap, but in the can, it seemed like it hurt the overall consistency of the beer. Would have been better if the mouthfeel was a little bit thicker.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber with a thin, white head that fades quickly.
Smell is malts up front, with some hops coming in. Faint fruit aromas, including pear, apple, and pineapple.
Taste is malts and bitter hops up front, with the malts fading but carrying about halfway. Bitterness from the hops carries a bit further, and the finish is slight bitter with a faint touch of hops.
Mouthfeel is crisp and light, with a good level of carbonation.
Very Drinkable. Not too exciting, but it's still one that I could drink a few of.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, Sam Adams glass, canned 02-24-10.

Very English in appearance, burnished copper tending towards shades of yellow. Creamy, sustained eggshell head with lovely lacing.

Low intensity grapefruit and orange peel, sweet caramel malts, simple and West Coast aside from some sneaky biscuit malt. Hints of mango.

Grapefruit and orange peel, pith bitterness of both fruits, slightly honeyed 2-row and caramel malt. The finish is minty and dry. Middle of the road, simple workhorse pale ale. Still a biscuit aspect in there.

Oscillates between watery and creamy. It feels undercarbonated.

The flavor is very much standard APA, but the abv is reaching into IPA. Alcohol isn't apparent, but it dings the drinkability.

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Photo of pdotsoler
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into pilsner-type glass with two inches of bubble-bath-like head slowly dissipating
S- light pine and grapefruit, a little breadiness and a little dishsoap. mild scent, gotta stick my nose in it
T- Taste is of a watery IPA? has that hop flavor in a light beverage but its sortof muted. My tongue gets very little when I sip, but inbetween sips I get a nice bitterness thats pretty pleasant. Similar to when you eat spicy food, its mostly hot when you stop eating it. The hop flavor gets muted very fast as you drink more
M- Mouthfeel is OK; watery but foamy. Could be carbonated a little more?
Overall- Delicious! Not my favor set of flavors going on in this beer but it feels like an excellent beer to have while fishing, which is nice because its in cans which are lighter when you're done :) Very nice canned beer.

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Photo of crzyc
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light brown head, amber body.

S: Citrus hops, pine. Not very strong aroma.

T: Same as the smell, hops, pine. A little bitter.

M: Carbonation has a bite, not smooth. Dry.

O: A bit bitter and dry for my tastes. Smell not as strong as some of the other beers I have been tasting lately. Nice taste, nice appearance.

For my records: Can purchased in mix 6 at PLW, unknown price.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- Orange red color with a nice white head and lace.

Smell- I thought there was not much to the smell.

Taste- It was citrus like mainly. It is a little sour bitter and sweet basic but not. The flavor blends well.

Mouthfeel- Thin and light.

Drinkability- It is good refreshing beer. That I would get again.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured can into a standard pint glass, color is light amber to copper, head is big at first but dissipates to a ring, light lacing.

Smell is tough to find at first, but comes through as mixed light malt sweetness and citrus and pine hops.

Taste is big hoppy citrus and piney, no grass, malt flavors are clean with some light biscuit.

Mouthfeel is strong on the tongue, pretty bitter for a pale ale - I always think of this an ipa - but reviewing as pa. Carbonation is right and keeping flavors present.

Overall - this is a great tasting brew - just not a pale ale to me to big on the hop flavor.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A deep amber with a thick, frothy three finger head (poured semi-aggresively) and tons of lush lacing.

Smell: Nothing extrodinary, some light piney and citrusy hops, as well as a noticeable clovey spice character. The malt is noticeable as well, but nothing really jumps to the front.

Taste: A lot like the smell, nothing really grabs you, just a nice refreshing hop presence, unique but not very formidable. The malt is somewhat blah, somewhat sweet and gives some nice body.

Mouthfeel: Very light carbonation for the style, does not help assist and flavors, but does give the mouthfeel more body.

Overall: For a can this fresh, I was very surprised that such a highly sought after pale ale lacked any surprises. It is much more balanced than the west coast representations, but it doesn't blow you away like they do. I was hoping for more from this beer, but it really just didn't live up to the hype.

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Photo of Treebs
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Emerson's Ale House. Served in a shaker pint.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with a nice white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring and leaves some soapy lace down the glass.

S: Light biscuity malts with some caramel sweetness. Dried grass and a light, fruity sweetness round it out.

T: Really follows the nose. There's a tad more bitterness on the finish in the taste, but still nice.

M: Light bodied with a clean finish. Nice medium carbonation.

O: Pretty solid overall, but it's nothing special. Definitely an easy drinking beer and the fact that comes in cans is definitely a plus.

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Photo of andyfrancis
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice amber color, with short creamy off white head, decent retention and lacing. citrus and sweet malt on the nose. It's somewhat bitter on the tongue, but has surprisingly little flavor for how heavy it is. It's a drinkable beer, but I can't say I'd buy it again or that I'm particularly stoked about the remaining 5 cans. Maybe my opinion will change after a couple more...

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Photo of Brewndruid
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

I was very excited to give the spirit go, should've realized that my excitement stemmed from the recommendations of my west coast hophead friends! This is a good beer, but not my cup of tea. If I had to choose between this and a Sierra Nevada pale ale, Sierra Nevada! In fact, lately, I am a fan of Chesapeake pale ale from Alewerks!

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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