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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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6,037 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,037
Reviews: 1,761
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 120
Gots: 695 | FT: 6
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 Shmeal
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Recently discovered Oskar blues and the majesty of their beers.

A-straw yellow, can't comment on the lacing because I drank it out of the can

S-smells like a typical pale ale with some hops thrown in. A little sweet on the nose as well.

T-Sweet, with hop citrus notes on the finish

M-feels great, not overly viscous or watery. Perhaps a little over carbonated

D-Fantastic, don't plan on drinking just one because...let's face it, you won't be done after just one.

A good beer with no qualities that really stand out to me. Perfect choice to go with if you feel like downing a six-pack and watching some football

Photo of twneal
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

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

Served in a tumbler at Wild Wings Cafe. From notes. Reviewed 5 July 2011.

A: A finger of tight white head. Coppery-clear. Faint bubbles. Pretty much what I expected.

S: Very fruity! Grapefruit juice (from concentrate). Sweet, bready malts, nice hops. I really like it.

T: A pretty nice pale ale. Malty-round with a hoppy-bitter finish. Not obviously excellent, but a superlative example of the style.

M: Malty and robust with a tad of drying hops. I like it.

O: One of the better Pale Ales I've ever consumed. Drinkable, enjoyable, and likely to find wide appeal. Recommended; will definitely drink again.

Photo of DUBinMIA
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a CAN... cause that's all they come in... (DON'T KNOCK IT) they have a great product and package is better than you think because its cleaner, and seals better, plus no UV light what so ever. Golden orange with a slight haze but mostly clear... decent 1/2in head.

smell is of floral hops and slight malt notes... not as dominate hops smell as an IPA but definitely present.

really good pale ale... lots of malt and hop flavors that blend very well together. and no metal like taste which i admit i thought would be present but it wasn't... MYTH BUSTED BY GOOD BEER IN A CAN!!!

medium body with moderate to high carbonation

overall a very good beer definitely need to try if you like pale ale or IPA on the soft side.

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

Pours a cloudy orange with a thin but foamy white head that leaves fingers of lacing on the glass. The smell is sweet, citrusy hops and is quite pleasant. The taste has a slight sweetness up front, followed by a citrus hop tinge and then finishing cleanly bitter. This is very hoppy for an APA, but pleasantly so. Texture is slightly creamy and lacking carbonation compared with others of the style -- this may come from canning? Overall a very solid Pale Ale that is a mainstay in my rotation.

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

A- Pale orange colored, clear body with a long-lasting head which leaves sheets of lacing

S- Potent aroma of hops reminds me of soap with citrus smells of grapefruit and some pine

T- Taste is more well-balanced then the smell lead me to expect. Good pale malt base with some extra sweetness from perhaps crystal or caramel malts.

M- Perfect carbonation level and a light body with some slickness from all the hop oils

D- Killer drink. Bold and interesting flavor without being overbearing.

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

Poured a hazy amber with around half an inch of quick-receding head. Strong hoppy aroma dominated by grapefruit and a bit of pine.

Moderate carbonation and a thick, smooth mouthfeel. Caramel sweetness and grapefruit hops dominate with a long, pleasantly bitter and tangy finish. If you'd told me this was an IPA I wouldn't have batted an eye. Whatever the classification, this brew is flavorful and easy-drinking.

Photo of corynmiller
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of bswersey
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Reagan1984
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer.

I heard about Dale's pale Ale from two folks who I respect their beer preferences and reviews. I had to try it and am very happy that I had the opportunity. This was my first Dale's Pale Ale, but it will not be my last. I have to admit I am confused by some of the lesser reviews. But that's the beauty of opinions and reviews.

I poured the beer from the can into a traditional pint glass and a thick 2 finger very creamy head formed. The head was slightly off white and did linger for quite some time. The brew was a clear, bright copper color with no real visible carbonation. A modest amount of lacing remained as the beer was consumed.

Aroma was very subtle to almost non existent. Slight floral/biscuity fragrance.

Mouth feel was extremely creamy and excellent. The flavor was absolutely wonderful and very well balanced.

Nice biscuity/caramel notes up front that led to a nice floral hop finish that lingered for a short while. There was a very nice fresh citrusy hop flavor as you enjoyed the beer. I also noticed a bready finish combined with the hop finish. Also, there was a very subtle spiciness in the flavor profile.

This is a very good beer that must be sampled despite some of the reviews to the contrary. I am very happy that I chose to by a six pack right off the bat.

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

Appearance: Dales pours a deep orange color and is topped with ¾”of white head that lingers nicely and is followed by so nice Belgian lacing.
Smell: Pine scents and hop resin are the aromas that dominate the nose in this beer.
Taste: Grass and pine hops dominate the taste and are pretty well balanced with the malt to make a delicious beer.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and easy drinking is the best way to describe this pale ale from Oskar Blues.

Photo of Weston19
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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 AgingWarrior
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium gold color into my Sam Adams glass. The beer looks darker at the top of the glass than at the bottom, there is about a quarter inch of white head. The head dissipates into a layer and provides some lacing.

Smells like hops and malts with a bit of citrus fruit.

Taste is crisp and refreshing. Nice balance of hops and malts. Nice bit of bitterness on the tongue, but the malts come through on the finish.

Light body, medium carbonation. Feels smooth flowing over the tongue and down the throat.

Very easy drinking APA. This is quickly becoming one of my "go to" brews.

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

Dale's has become big on the Boston scene all of a sudden so naturally I had to try it out as there are not many decent craft beers avialable in a can.

This one is quite decent--it pours a clear amber. Leaves a small head and minimal lacing. Smell is outdoorsy, piney and woody in general. Taste is well balanced with some maltinesss and a hop bite right off the bat and then a more caramel salt waterish finish. Very smooth and a nice tingly mouthfeel. Drinkability is excellent.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JMD71 for this one...
Pours a semi-cloudy copper color with a full finger of off-white head...of which half remains. What is left is some very attractive webbing of lace.
Crisp floral hops in the nose, along with a generous amount of carmelized malt.
The taste is simply awesome...to taste this coming from a can is so refreshing. A solid malt backbone, but the flower dominates up front...the beer becomes sweeter as it works its way to room temperature.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, the carbonation is up there, but not too high and goes down very easy.
Finishes beautifully bitter, but very clean as each sip goes down.
Solid beer...

Photo of MiScusi
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a tasty pale ale. Poured a hazy amber when cold but warmed up and chill haze turned to clear. A nicely formed frothy head that left good lace. The smell is a crisp citrus hoppiness. There is also a sweetness of caramel malt that is detectable after some of the hop aromas settle down later in the drink. The taste starts with a citrus kick and finishes with a somewhat abrasive bitterness that lingers. The carbonation is on the higher and more coarse level, probably teaming up with the bitterness to leave that aftertaste. It's not too bad though, and this pale ale contains quite a bit of flavor and doesn't skimp on the hops.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

And from a can. I had heard that Oskar Blues was hand-canning their products and I was eager to try one. The can opened without any soda-like "hiss" and poured thick into the glass. Not much head to speak of. Hazy orange color. Rich hops aroma in the nose and (wow) a nice fruity/spicy hops bite in the initial taste. A mildly sweet malt balances out the hops in a subtle way, but this is one nice hoppy brew. Surprising freshness from the can, too. Great taste and convenience. I didn't try drinking from the can, but it likely would have tasted OK.

Photo of jsanford
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe

A - Golden orange with 1 finger of creamy off-white head. Moderate lacing.

S - Citrus hops with a earthy, piney backbone.

T - More earthy hops with a malty caramel backbone. Nicely bitter in the finish, slight grapefruit pith presence.

M - Exactly how I like my pale ales, slightly creamy with a medium body and crisp, fizzy carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, I always grab a Sixer of this when I go fishing.

Photo of Cyrion
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a nonic pint. Canned on 5/30/2013.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark gold with towering off-white head that takes several minutes to even begin dissipating. Fantastic delicate lacing that lasts throughout the session. (Some reviewers had little head or carbonation- not sure if the brewery or their soapy glass is to blame.)

Smell: Piney hops, honey, some bread. Hard to discern much else at this point.

Taste: Awesome. The balance between the toasty malt and the hops is delightful. The pine is still driving this truck, but some spicy hops are riding shotgun. Hops are not overpowering, thank goodness. Not getting any citrus, doggone it, but the balance makes up for it. I'm not tempted at all to call this an IPA. Again, classic pale ale profile of bready malt and hops. Possibly my fave new pale.

MouthfeeL: Smooth and creamy. Quite adequate for what it needs to do. Malt is helping to provide a 'fullness' to the beer.

Overall: Well rounded pale ale that provides a good balance of malt and hops. Can't understand why it's not rated higher than it is. This is definitely a pale ale to seek out in my book.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear light copper with a two fingered off white head that really stands up.

Aromas of lots of citrusy hops, oranges, grapefruit, and pine resins. Not overpowering, a little on the subtle side. Some bready, toasty malt to back up the hops.

Flavors of pine and citrus hop bitterness. Citrus is more zest than juice. Bitterness isn't harsh. Malt comes at the end of the sip with bready graininess, and some caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium/light, mouthcoating astringent bitterness. Nice level of carbonation.

Overall a very nice APA. Almost sessionable, but a little high in alcohol to have more than two or three at a sitting. Bitterness isn't palate fatiguing. A freshing beer for 6.5 percent and a firm bitterness.

Photo of stevecee2003
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can, I must admit I have put off trying this brew- as the can looked too cheap to justify the price. But at some friends requests I gave it a try. It had a "canned on" stamp on the bottom, and even the actual time stamped, which I had never seen before.

APP: Poured well, with a nice thick head that stayed a while. A rich slightly cloudy amber color. A really nice lace that gathers and stays long on the glass. Good sign!

Smell: distinctive smell of hops, but with some citrus in there, perhaps orange? And even a hint of grapefruit? But those are afterthoughts to the malt and caramel that calm the hops.

Taste: Not as hoppy strong as the smell might indicate. Not like a bomber bottle of Hercules for example. Smoother. Lighter. But then again this is only a Pale Ale, not an IPA. Stays on the tongue a bit. I like that. Sort of like I'm drinking more than I am. More than 12 oz in the can- that sort of thing. There's caramel, but for me it helps to balance it all out.

Mouthfeel: A complete goodness- IF you enjoy it. As another wrote in these reviews, "you can almost chew on it". Again, that to me is why it seems that you get more from the can than just the 12 oz. It hangs there, in your mouth.

Drinkability: As for pure drinking I could enjoy it for an evening, but the price makes it exotic for a session beer. Up there with Stone Brewery or ABT 12, other acclaimed beers- but not the same beer- but still good!

Notes: It seems Dale's has kept this creation in a can to make it unique, and that it is. In fact it might be "the king of cans". But still, it might lie in that no man's land where it's an above average beer- but not quite good enough to justify the price. Two dollars cheaper a 6-pack I might make an evening of it.

Photo of NicholasSchell
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange color with a dense 3 finger head that sloooowly drops to one finger leaving sudsy lacing ALL OVER THE GLASS!

S- Floral and citrus hop aroma, spicy, sweet malty undertones.

T- Resin and pine, well balanced with the malt. Not as strong as promised by the nose yet still good drinking. No harsh aftertaste.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation. Nothing bad, nothing special.

D- Flavor makes for easy drinking as does the ABV, I like this beer very much and think it makes a good transition beer for non craft beer drinkers.

Photo of llllDrGONZOllll
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

This is by far not the first time I have sat down to Dale's. To be perfectly honest I drink this one from a can most of the time...Today however I have poured this one into one of my pint glasses. I do from time to time get Dale into a glass but the fact is I enjoy this one near the grill straight from the can. When poured Dale takes a soapy topped head of a near white resting atop of what reminds me of my Grandmother's sun tea. The smell of hops piny, grassy and full of citric delight is much more present when not from the can. The hop bitterness and aromas are aplenty so feel free and drink from the can if you are so inclined by convenience. Caramel and grapefruit combine with ease. Sweet grain reminds you that this is no light pale ale ...this is Dale . The finish is bitter hops with light caramel and grain. The medium body compliments the medium carbonation. This pale ale has America written all over it.

Photo of jeff1973
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a "Sculpin" pint glass.

A - Clear. Burnt orange in color. Eggshell head w/ pretty good lacing.

S - Piney, citrusy, a little burnt sugar.

T - Citrus up front. Piney and resiney, then a nice burnt sugar sweetness before drying out nicely.

M - Medium carbonation. Goes nicely with the burnt sugar taste to wash it all over your mouth.

D - Medium. The citrus up front makes you think this is a quick drinker, then the maltyness comes and makes you want to savor it. Would be good for a hot or cold day.

Great beer. Great hop and malt character. Well balanced.

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
88 out of 100 based on 6,037 ratings.