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Dale's Pale Ale | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 10-08-2002

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Photo of horshack7
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apearance: With about an inch worth of light frothy head that leaves behind very thick lacing. Below that is a bright copper colored beer.

Aroma: Rather citrusy hop notes lots of pine and grapfruit at the start. Light malts give it a brediness in the nose but not a dry one.

Taste: It starts off melow then the hops enter with a nice citrus pop and piney bits towards the tail end. Only a little bit of sweetness from the malts but the round it out well. The mouthfeel is definately smooth.

Notes: This one is a straight forward American Pale Ale with a good hop bitterness to it. Cheers.

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Photo of jscottku21
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Porter's Pub in Easton, PA. Having never heard of this beer previously, I thought I'd give this a try. Appearance is a dull copper and smell is that of citrusy hops. Taste is good, not overwhelming, but a nice floral nose with a mildly hoppy finish. ALl in all, not as good as the standard of the style, SNPA, but a very drinkable brew.

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Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Over the years has sort of become the reference standard of pale ales for me. Dales can be enjoyed with a good steak, a hamburger, or a grinder. It's as good in your favorite haunt as it is on the boat or even riverside out of the cooler (which, to me, is when this ale shines).

The color is the amber you'd expect and the smell is hoppy and with some faint malt. Taste is hoppy with a nice malt foundation. I don't find much complexity about it. The mouthfeel is nice and full and the drinkability is damn good. A very balanced, well-made brewski.

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Photo of dawg
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the can into my DFH snifter.

Nose is hoppy and well balanced with malt. Tastes like several types of sugar. The common beet sugar, turbinado, brown, rock. Nicely bittered. Pleasant. Nice easy feel. Soft carbonation. One of the best beers in an aluminum can. Great selection if no glass is allowed. (E.g. parks, NASCAR, poolside).

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Fat Head's in Pittsburgh. The tap handle featured a can of this beer which was cool.

The beer was semi-hazy and an auburn shade of yellow. The aroma was nicely hopped, kind of reminded me of Alpha King (no side-by-side comparison though, and I was slightly buzzed at the time). The taste was well-balanced, but more hoppy than malty. Extremely easy to pound, chug-a-luggable. Very good gateway beer I think, but able to keep your interest deep into the "hobby" (addiction). Nice beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

oskar blues flagship brew. now widely proliferated this beer pours a thick amber honey color with a one inch white head that lasts. smells more like an ipa than a pale ale, but has a defined malt strength that i guess qualifies it. taste is quite hoppy too, crisp and satisfying. has a pine and cut grass earthiness to it. mouthfeel is pleasant and smooth, but the heavier body can be filling. this is a versatile beer and a good every day drinker, but i find it works particularly well with spicy foods of the southwest.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the few Oskar Blues beers that are available here that I haven't reviewed yet. I am just now getting the Pale Ales out of the way, and there are quite a few that I haven't done yet. Let's give their flag-ship beer a go:

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy orangish-yellow color with a small 1/8 head of off white foam after a very aggressive pour. The head was back into the beer just after the pour so that there was only a small ring left on top of the beer where it meets the glass.

Aroma: I initially got a healthy dose of fresh American hops giving mostly citrusy notes. There are lots of hops here and are coming out a bit oily even in the nose. There is minimal chalkiness so I think that the hops must not be aggressively reacting with the water. There are some apricot notes coming out as the beer warms up some.

Taste: The flavor is much milder and more approachable than I suspected from the aroma. The body is medium to light with low carbonation, so it comes across as a bit watery on the palate. If it weren't for the relatively aggressive bittering hops, there would be very little to the finish. There is a subtle light caramel sweetness and some toasty notes from the malt that come alive somewhere in the middle of the flavor profile, but then fade back into the hops to make the finish balanced firmly, but not stupidly, toward the bitterness. The alcohol is not noticeable.

Opinion: Overall this is a decent Pale Ale. It pretty much has all of the elements you expect, lots of hops in the nose, and a bitter finish, and there is some malt to partake in too. I imagine that this would be a different beer if the carbonation was at least twice what it is for this example, so on tap it would be a different experience and I may try it someday. As it is, I won't have a problem finishing the six-pack, but I will probably stick to others if I just want to enjoy a Pale Ale.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #44 (Sep 2010):

Froth turns to a dusting of white lace all the way down; bright copper color has a nice sparkle in the light. Quick nose blitz of citric and pine from the hops, with some maltiness and fruit in the back. Smoothness drops on the palate quickly, and then the other shoe drops with a crest of hops that rides strong with bitterness and citric, earthy, mint and pine flavors that push hard against a bready caramel malt. Alcohol kicks in late with some warmth and fruitiness. Blurring the lines of Pale Ale and IPA. Such an amazing canned beer.

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Photo of Soonami
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright amber orange with thin off-white head with little cling

S - Bready, hints of tropical fruit and a little spicy hops

T- Sweet malty, toasty bread, with little bitterness and harsh alcohol burn very present

M - Crisply carbonated with good bite, thick and creamy

D- A little boozy for this time of year. Being able to taste the alcohol just makes a beer too much for me in the summer heat. I tasted mostly toasty grain, not enough hoppiness to balance it out or to be truly refreshing

When I open the can, I didn't hear much of an audible crack,, but it was fine once I poured it. I bought this beer a couple months ago, so perhaps it was past its peak hop flavor window but there was not date stamp or label to be found so I can't say whether or not that is the case

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Photo of Roguer
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Two-finger quickly fading head, creamy and fluffy. Orange and copper translucent brew with slowly rising carbonation. Nice scattered lacing.

Citrus on the pour; strong caramel with weaker citrus and pine from the glass.

Follows the nose: caramel, honey, pine, and citrus, with a bit of a metallic aftertaste, as well as some dry astringency. Tastes exactly how an American Pale Ale should. Just enough hops to put it on the edge of an IPA.

A little dry on the finish, with some hop oil residue. Slightly syrupy with a medium to medium-light body. No sting or foaming.

This is a good brew, and makes for a great every day beer. It's neither as complicated nor satisfying as the more complex APAs or IPAs, but it's very smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

You'd think after being into craft beer for a few years that I would have had (or remembered having) Dale's Pale Ale. To my best recollection, this is the first time. Served on draft into a standard pint glass at the Lucky Lab Tavern.

A: Golden honey/amber colored body with a fluffy white head. As it settled, a thin ring formed but did leave really thick patches of lacing on the walls. Nice looking beer for the style, the copious amounts of retention and lace surprised and impressed me.

S: Floral hops come out big on the nose, along with some sweet caramel notes, honey and grass. The hop varieties seem very wet in nature, and not as citrusy as I was anticipating. It's somewhat of a more earthy and resiny aroma. Bitter orange peel comes in at the back end when this warmed a bit.

T: Light touches of bitter hop flavors - piney and very floral. Not much citrus again, but a bitter citrus oil flavor is here, more orange and grapefruit peel than anything else. It's nicely broken up with a deep malt base, light and caramel malts. Not overly abrasive or under flavored, very nicely balanced.

M: Crisp, bubbly, clean with a suitable medium body for the style. Nothing is really wrong with it, and it makes this beer go down extremely smoothly.

Well, even for a guy who doesn't like Pale Ales, this was good. It did seem a bit more bitter than standard Pale Ales (and I've heard a troubled classification of this beer), but judging for what it is, it's pretty good. Easily one of the better beers I've had in the style.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Crystal-clear amber-brown in color, with a large, coarse white head, thick broken lace, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Very sharp pine tar hop presence, with a sweet malt undercurrent, very much to style.

Taste: Slightly sweet malt presence at the open, with a subdued, mildly bitter hop presence, and oddly, some toasted malts. The pine tar hops rise as the taste progresses. Towards the end of the taste, the hop bitterness intensifies, taking on a fairly pronounced pine tar note, and a lingering bitterness at the back of the mouth, possibly from tannins. This might account for the sharply dry finish.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and quite full, little carbonation noted, finishes very dry.

Drinkability/notes:A nice example, very drinkable, at 6.5% ABV, a touch high for a session beer.

Thanks to HardTarget for sharing this rare example.

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Photo of stingrayvr6
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a golden brown with a thick white head but disappeared quickly. Smell was sweet and of oily hops. Taste started sweet then finished very bitter. Very dry finish after a fruity hop start. Similar finish to Stone IPA. Good beer, probably not my favorite IPA though.

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Photo of jujigatame
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale

From notes.

Can into pint glass.

Reddish orange. Two fingers of white head at first. Craggy top on the foam, settling down to one finger. Sticky lacing.

Smell is resin, pine, hop oil. Citrus and sweet fruit too.

The taste has more citrus. Mild grapefruit. Malt base is sweet but deep with some caramel flavor. Some bread flavors. The malt fills in but the hop sharpness keeps hanging around. There’s a bitter kick on the aftertaste and then a grainy hit. This beer would seem an IPA easily to me if tasted blind. All of the flavors are well balanced. Some more malt comes out as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is smooth. The carbonation is middle of the road.

I think this beer is pretty nice overall but for the price paid ($10.50 for a six pack) there’s a bit of a want for more oomph. For the same money or maybe a bit more you have a fair choice of DIPAs. Leviathan, Resin and Hoptimum are a few that come to mind off the top of my head. Granted, those are in four packs rather than six but considered from the point of just buying a set dollar amount’s worth of beer I think those are giving you more bang per serving.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Clear amber coloration, small bit of froth which settled to a thin layer. Small traces of lacing.

S - Some malty sweetness and an earthy tone, but it's all very faint.

T - Initially citrusy with a decently bitter bite, it is quickly taken by a sweetness that isn't overbearing nor cloying. Decently hopped.

M - Light to medium body, moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish.

D - Not bad at all. Good example of an APA and kudos to OB for keeping it canned.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours to a copper color with off-white head and good lacing. Good floral aorma with hints of citrus fruits. Taste very hoppy with a pleasant aftertaste. Been a while since I’ve had beer out of a can, but this was a pleasant surprise over what you usually get. This would be a really good beer for a hot summer’s day.

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Photo of mountsnow1010
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can into DFH glass

A - Nice fluffy white head with pour, hazy copper. sweet lacing too.
S - mild citrus with a bit of alcohol and very very faint hint of marzipan, maybe (took a while to wheedle that odor out, though)
T - nice hoppy taste with a bit of a malt backbone. a bit more hoppy than that APAs I am used to - perhaps borders on IPA (although not quite that hoppy). Hoppiness lacks depth, however. Bitter but not complex. A bit of alcohol is noticable

M- coats the mouth somewhat, carbonation is quite nice. Goes down pretty smooth.

D- considering flavor and alcohol content this is pretty drinkable. I can't help but feel that after two or so I would be really bored.

Nice beer - my roommates are raving about it, but I am not as impressed as them.

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Photo of Dalem
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of the can it pours a fairly see through rich copper color and a study one inch head. As the foam fades a healthy amount of lacing is left along the glass. The color and consistency of it make it look a bit more full flavored and robust than some other brews that fall under the APA umbrella. Looking at it and thinking maybe it's an IPA just acting modest. It's a great looking beer. Earthy and citrus hops aromas are the first thing to the scent. It's followed by the scents of honey, biscuits & honey and caramel. Scent also gives off an IPA impression too. If it tastes half as good as it looks & smells it should be a real treat can or not.
First impression from tasting is how full and fluffy it feels. Not much in carbonation but still very lively. Nice sweet mix of a peppery hop bite and honey in the flavor upfront. The malt backbone takes the bite off with a sweet caramel flavor pulling the brew together for a warming feeling and a mellow somewhat wood aged spice.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden orange with a thin white head and sticky patches of lace.

S - Floral and fruity hops with grainy, lightcaramel malts mixed in.Very soft and light.

T - Mild bitterness followed by sweet grainy, caramel malts. The caramel is stronger than in the aroma. Floral and spicy hops round it out but this is on the malty side for a pale ale.

M - Light with average carbonation. Goes down easy.

D - This would be better with a little more hop presence. I think I like this one the least of the Oskar Blues cans I have tried.

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Photo of krausenman
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-The beer pours a hazy copper color with an off white cap of foam.

S-There was little aroma in my sample. You could smell citrus in addition to a vegetable/tobacco aroma. The citrus was a grapefruit like smell that was the majority of the fragrance.

T-There is a malt sweetness initially that is backed up by the hop bitterness. There is also a chalky flavor that accompanied the bitterness.

M-The carbonation was low to medium as was the body.

O-Dale's Pale ale was not a bad beer. My sample could have been younger but overall the beer was a flavorful session pale ale that had a sweet front that was backed by a solid but balanced bitterness.

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Photo of Scrumtralecent
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

WORTH TRYING, BUT NOT A MUST HAVE!

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Photo of erosier
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
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!

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
88 out of 100 based on 1,895 ratings.