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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale

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very good

4,657 Ratings

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Ratings: 4657
Reviews: 1694
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%

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 k7sw


4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured hard from a can into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A- Deep golden amber body with a big frothy tan head that sticks around all the way through until it sits at the bottom of the glass (like Guinness on tap at an Irish pub)
S- Strong floral nose, something woody decidedly sweet
T- Starts off with a strong bite, then flavors of caramel, apple, and a bittersweet finish. Just on the brink of being too sweet but it comes back just in time.
M- Goes down smooth, medium carbonation
D- Great for a day hike or drinking on your lawn in a hurricane.

Definitely a favorite beer, and it comes in a can too!

Serving type: can

08-30-2011 19:56:40 | More by k7sw
Photo of ChrisSimpson1968

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with a thin, white head. Faint malt aromas quickly usurped by the hop bouquet. The hops are fragrant, and come close to a IPA for hoppiness.. The taste definitely does not disappoint; smooth malty sweetness perfectly balanced by the bittering hops. Hop flavor is evident as well. Medium body with a very smooth mouthfeel. Finishes clean. Really well done.

Serving type: can

09-04-2011 20:56:37 | More by ChrisSimpson1968
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a hazy amber-orange with over a finger of very pale yellow head that sticks to the side of the glass pretty nicely.

Smell. Pink grapefruit and oranges with some light grains and caramel.

Taste. Nice light toasted grains and fresh citrus fruits. Some yellow grapefruit rind bitterness in the finish. Nice stuff.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Really nice and full flavoured pale ale. Nice taste in both the malts and hops.

Serving type: can

11-06-2011 19:46:15 | More by Rutager
Photo of hopfacebrew


4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

My man Paul recommended this beer to me years ago and I was really blown away then. Figured it was time to pop a can and review it!

Poured from the can to a pint glass.

A - A very vivid copper coloration with huge head and tons of lacing.

S - A completely unique floral bouquet of citrus hops! A slight sweet caramel malt flavor is detectable through the hops but the aroma is citrus hop dominant.

T/M - My taste buds welcomed the hop character immediately. A pleasant variety of grapefruit and other citrus hop flavors meld with a bit of earthy pine hops. The beer transitions to a sweeter more balanced character as the malt flavors comes through and finishes fairly clean with a sweetness and citrus hop note. Not too bitter as might be expected with this variety of hops, quite pleasant.

D - Drinkable for sure. Might be a little much for someone not into the hops or such an aggressive beer.

Overall I'd highly recommend Dale's. It is one of the best Pale Ale's I've ever had.

Serving type: can

Reviewed on: 01-24-2011 20:55:05

Serving type: can

01-27-2012 22:24:52 | More by hopfacebrew
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4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 4-16-12

*Huge* white five fingered head. Brew has nice clarity within an orange brew. Some yellow and reds, more yellow then red. Not much lacing.

Very nice light hop aroma, some soft pine and well placed grapefruit flavor.

Awesome fruity flavors. Grapefruit, apricot, and Smooooth. Perfect carbonation and great bitterness.

One of the best cans to bring camping, hiking, golfing, ect. A near perfect Pale Ale. Awesome offering from Oskar Blues! Solid "A" quality brew.

Serving type: can

06-02-2012 21:57:49 | More by chugalug06
Photo of stampfler07


4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear golden with two fingers of creamy white head, lacing sticks nicely to the glass

S- Strong floral character, slight booziness, very faint fruitiness as well as a touch of the malt sweetness

T- Juniper and floral hops with moderate bitterness, middle turns to a somewhat golden malt with a touch of sweetness and nuttiness, warmth on the back of the palate, slight drying and lightly bitter on the finish

M- Lightly carbonated, moderate body, smooth with a slight drying towards the end

O- Loved the aromas I got, solid all around, balanced hoppiness and malt make for a great pale ale, definitely will have again

Serving type: can

06-13-2012 01:53:52 | More by stampfler07
Photo of beergoot


4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice orange-gold color to the body. Thick, creamy white head with fair lacing down my pint glass. Powerful hop aroma: pine and citrus. Golden malt notes to the smell. Rich, malt taste with a wonderful undercurrent of hop bitterness. Medium bodied.

An outstanding canned beer. Rich and flavorful throughout and a delight to drink.

Serving type: can

07-21-2012 21:53:12 | More by beergoot
Photo of beerdrifter


4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up while on vacation in Denver. Beautiful amber-copper pour with a creamy two finger head with good retention and great lacing. Big floral, perfumey nose with subtle resiny citrus hops and a solid caramel malt base. Taste follows suit wonderfully. Resiny, perfumey hops are perfectly balanced with toasty, bready, sweet caramel malt. Hints of orange peel, toffee, biscuit, and tea. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly sticky with a great tangy, dry, bitter hop bite on the finish. This is very close to the perfect Pale Ale. Flavorful and bold, but oh so drinkable!

Serving type: can

09-12-2012 17:31:12 | More by beerdrifter
Photo of Durge


4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a cold can to tall glass, a classic somewhat dark amber with a solid eggshell head and solid lacing. The nose picks up a beautiful citrus-pine hop with a pleasant root beer malt hint. Very high end for a pale ale! The flavor brings on more of the same with vanilla sweetness and more of a hop grain attack that satisfies any hop appetite in the pale ale world. I also sense a near chocolate malt complement. Medium bodied with a frisky feel from lively carbonation, this is one great pale ale! Highly drinkable and well recommended.

Serving type: can

09-14-2012 17:42:19 | More by Durge
Photo of GnomeKing


4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The NY Times made a big deal about the can and how this contributed to the freshness. Indeed, the beer does taste very fresh, like something you'd have at a brewpub. It's nicely hoppy in the nose and on your tongue (or, preferably, my tongue). The citrus-y hops and substantial maltiness would qualify this as an IPA by many standards. It's a beauty, too, bright amber with a frothy 1/2 inch head and loads of lacing. The smell is grassy and herbal. Dale's goes down easily, so much so that some could treat it as a summertime lawn mower beer...but at 6.5%, pay it the respect it's due.

Note: After writing this, I got two more cans and liked it even more. I then bought another two cans, and liked those more. This beer is really growing on me.

Serving type: can

02-26-2006 23:47:41 | More by GnomeKing
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4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'd been seeing the aluminum can sixers of this and Old Chub for a few weeks now, so I finally picked one up. Decided to start with the pale. The can calls it a "voluminously hopped mutha of a pale ale." Let's hope they're right. It pours smoothly from the wide mouth an unfiltered orange/amber color with lots of visible carbonation leading up to a frothy 2 finger khaki/yellow head that is very sticky and leaves nice lacing throughout. It smells citric (lemon, grapefruit) with pine and some hop oils. The first taste reveals sweet, almost buttery/nutty malts, with caramel, perhaps some earth, and a medium bitterness from the hops which are grapefruit, orange, pine, perhaps soapy, and there's also an apricot quality in there. The body is just right - medium, carbonated, but not overly so, and soooo smooth, even when very cold and drunk straight from the can. On top of that, I'm having grapefruit burps from a CANNED BEER! I can't believe the quality - it tastes so fresh and goes down so easily. This beer screams session ale - I had to struggle to keep a couple to drink the next day. I need more of this stuff - probably gonna go get a case. Wonder if the Old Chub is as good. I guess we'll see...

Serving type: can

03-08-2006 23:56:02 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to say this is my new favorite APA,poured a clear deep golden with a very tight well retained 0ne finger head that stuck like glue to the pint glass dissapating ever so slowly.Intermingling aromas of biscuity lightly sweet malt and piney,resiny hop neither win out but a re a perfect match,wow what balance and hop character starts out with a suger dough-like quality but a "voluminously" big piney,resiny hop quality follows thru to the end.I'll tell you what to me its dead on what a American pale ale should be the American hop profile is there but there is some balance,damn I loved it.

Serving type: can

04-20-2006 02:27:15 | More by oberon
Photo of cjgator3


4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orangish amber color with a large creamy white head that has great retention and leaves a lot of lacing around the edges of the glass. Aroma is a very pleasant mixture of malt and hops. The taste much like the smell is very well balanced with a nice mixture of malt and hops. Overall, this is certainly my idea of what an APA should be. It really has a nice hop profile, but I cannot say enough about how well balanced it really is unlike some APAs. The fact that it is in a can is a bonus as it is great for those beach/fishing trips. Highly recommended!

Serving type: can

02-14-2007 06:30:04 | More by cjgator3
Photo of BeerMark


4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brewery pours a very nice dark deep amber color with a fluffy 2 finger head. This beer has a great hoppy and malty aroma. Carbonation is perfect. While the beer has all the typical APA flavor with malt, hops, and citrus, I must point out that its main strength lies in its balance of all three. I find it to be very pleasing on the tongue with an almost creamy texture. Most interesting. It's the best beer in a can I've ever tasted although I had mine in a glass. A must try.

Serving type: can

10-29-2008 09:33:42 | More by BeerMark
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New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Light amber coloring with a finger and a half of head with a nice lacing left behind.

Smell - Smells...I don't know... Clean is the only word I can think of. I mean it has the typical citrus fruit and hop/malt smell of most pale ales, but something about this one just smells clean, and I like it.

Taste - Surprised big time on this one, no metallic taste at all. Not even a little bit. One of the better Pale Ales I have tried so far, nice blend of flavors with no one taste standing out and dominating the rest.

Mouthfeel - A little carbonation and a very "light" feel to it.

Drinkability - This has definitely become a staple beer that I will keep stocked as long as I can get it. Very clean and refreshing. I am looking forward to many more cans of this.

Serving type: can

03-06-2009 14:38:08 | More by Shaon94
Photo of stimulus

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Consumed from a 12 ounce can.

A: Bright orange/amber hue with medium sized white colored head.

S: A bit of pine and citrus as well as hops.

T: A lot like Sierra Nevada's offering: citrusy pale ale followed up by a bit of hop power.

M: Goes down quite smoothly; carbonation and hops are just about right.

D: Wow! It's amazing how the taste is preserved in a can! Certainly worth saving this six pack of cans! Incredible!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 00:00:50 | More by stimulus
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4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an amber color with a small lasting head. Smells very hoppy and bitter. The taste is hoppy, very bitter, with a bit of a bite of the end. Hops stay arounf the paletee for a while. Overall a very apa, ejoyed this one and would get it again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2011 01:59:07 | More by vette2006c5r
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4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 04-27-11 @ 18:11: Adult Content

A: Pours an orange amber, clear. Not as much head as I'd like to see, a little less than a finger. Slightly off white in color, the head falls quickly and leaves behinds an inconsistent film. There is a decent amount of lacing around all sides of the glass.

S: You can smell Dale's as it's leaving the can. Fresh, juicy hops. Grapefruit, orange, pine..there's a spiciness to the nose also. There's some malt present in the nose..seems like caramel.

T: Big hop taste from beginning to end. Citrus, pine, musty(odd, but I like it), spiciness at the end. There's a floral like taste somewhere in here as well that's nice. Along with the spiciness at the end, I also get some of the toasty malt. Great tasting beer.

M: Full and creamy, almost chewy.

O: This is a terrific example of a pale ale, maybe the best I've had. If you like hoppier than usual beers for the style, Dale's is something that you should seek out.

Serving type: can

06-03-2011 00:32:13 | More by titosupertramp
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4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Brown, with a hint of amber, or orange. The head is off-white, and soapy on the sides and frothy on the top.

Aroma - Sweet, sour gummy worms, floral and piney hops. Maybe some citrus. There is a little hint of malt in the background.

Taste - Piney, resiny hops, some grapefruit citrus, caramel, and a hint of breadiness to balance the hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium, lightly carbonated.

Overall - It's semi-dry, highly drinkable, delicious, and well-balanced.

Serving type: can

03-12-2012 01:27:52 | More by JoLight
Photo of AC-Mivsek


4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

A- Pours a hazy orange with a 1-finger white head.

S- Slightly citrusy and fruity. Grapefruit, orange and lemon mostly. Pine hops and a malt sweetness.

T- Pine hops up front, which cling to the palate. Followed by orange and grapefruit tartness, as well as, some bready malt.

M- Medium carbonation, well-balanced, slightly resiny body. Not heavy but not light or watery at all. Perfect for a pale ale.

O- Very well-rounded brew. Looks great, smells great, tastes great, and feels great going down. A must try, especially for fans of APAs.

Serving type: can

03-29-2013 23:11:14 | More by AC-Mivsek
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4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a clear light gold, with a fluffy three-finger crème colored head. Strong head retention. Impressive lacing.

S - A pretty potent and deep blend of west coast hops; getting pine, grass, and fruity notes. Not much of a malt presence, but a sweet note does come out as it warms.

T - Oh wow. This brew brings lots of hops, but also a nice balance with a sweetish malt underbody that plays off the bitterness really well. As far as hops, they are blended so well that no one hop variety stands clear; you get a little spruce, a little mint, a lot of citrus, some mango, and even a hint of earthiness. Somehow manages to pack a lot of hop punch without excess alpha acids, which make this a very smooth drink. Delicious.

M - Medium bodied, high to medium carbonation. Drying finish leaves you craving the next sip.

O - A very hoppy APA, almost so much that it's probably closer to an IPA, but man is this well put together. Basically a good IPA with the acidity dialed down and the malts dialed up. All the components compliment each other nicely. I could easily finish a six'er of this and not get tired of it.

Serving type: can

10-12-2013 21:29:04 | More by TempeBeerMan
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4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

In a can from Systembolaget, Sweden.
Amber color and clear liquid. 2 finger high wite foam.

The smell is what I want from a Pale Ale: citrus, fresh hops, orange, apricot, herbs, pine & vanilla.

The taste is soft with an immediate bitter taste, pine, grass, grapefruit and malt.

This is so good beer! I keep coming back over and over again :)

Serving type: can

03-03-2014 00:28:53 | More by craftbeersweden
Photo of mjurney


4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber-gold color, touch of haze. Lots of small bubble rising up. Thick rocky head.

Citrus, piney, sweet caramel malts.

Strong hop character, but not overwhelming, citrus, piney, grassy. Rich malty background, bready, caramel. There's some fruity ester. Bitter-crisp finish. Body is robust, crisp, semi-dry, very smooth.

Taste more like an American IPA than American Pale Ale. Highly drinkable, 6.5% ABV is well hidden. Very delicious beer.

Serving type: can

04-21-2013 23:49:42 | More by mjurney
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml Can from Good Spirits Co, Glagow (£3.60):
Caramel amber with red tinges & a creamy white head on top with great retention.

Caramel & citrus with sweet malts, pine and a hint of grapefruit that follow this with a hoppy, tropical fruit infused and some further sweetness from the malts to round things off.

Sweet malts & caramel that seems to dominate, although the tropical fruit flavours are more pronounced than they were in the aroma. More hops and pine that in the smell with some juicy citrus too.

Medium & smooth with lively carbonation & it's quite fruity with a lot of bitterness & sweetness. A slightly dry finish with a citrus tang and the balance is great.

An outstanding beer & probably the best American pale ale I've tried to date. Great balance between the sweet caramel malts and the hop filled pine and tropical fruit notes that are backed up with a solid, bitter finish. One that did not disappoint in the slightest.

Serving type: can

10-22-2013 10:36:50 | More by flyingpig
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4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a huge, creamy, 2 finger head that lingered for while. Clear amber color. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Citrus hops up front - tropical fruits, grapefruit, some pineapple. Underneath is smooth caramel and roasted malt. And how is this not an IPA?

Taste: Nicely balanced between both sweet and bitter hops and malts. The flavors blend together in a way that is really unique and delicious. Sweet citrus hops and caramel up front. Nice bittersweet grapefruit and pine resin joins the party soon after.

Mouthfeel: Medium, almost thick, body with incredibly crisp, almost sharp, carbonation. Semi-dry, oily finish with nice lingering bitterness. Beautifully balanced.

Overall: This is a really good beer. The ingredients were combined to make a unique and damn addictive flavor. I will be having this beer many more times to come.

Serving type: can

11-07-2013 22:22:01 | More by tmm313
Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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