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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale

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1,850 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,850
Hads: 6,813
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 22.39%
Wants: 156
Gots: 1,291 | FT: 9
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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Photo of Vancoubeer
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. In a way it is a pale ale but compared to others in this category this is more or less a very mild IPA but lets get to my rating.

After pouring into my pint glass from the can, the brew formed a very sticky white head. It has a very dark color for a pale ale but it is filtered. Its color has some haze and its burnt orange color is more like an IPA and not a pale ale.

The smell has that hoppy smell to it that is similar to Sierra Nevada but more citrus than pine but its subtle. Very nice smell for this category of beer.

The taste is what I love most. It lacks the bitter punch that you get from and IPA but it has those citrus tones mixed with the malts that make this a thirst quencher. It washes down a bit watery but there is still a very light hop bite in the after taste.

The mouthfeel is not as sticky as the lacing on the bottle may indicate. In addition, that watery feel is more evident where this is not that carbonated but enough to clean the palette.

Overall, for this category, this is a killer beer. Its 6.5% is not evident at all in the flavor. I have had others in this category that just did not taste as smooth. Very great beer by these guys and I will never say no to this one. If its not the best canned pale ale in America, which one is?

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Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a pillowy, off-white, three-finger head. It left great rings of lace.

S - It smelled of Cascade hops and grasses. Also, a good bit of maltiness.

T - It had a great bittersweet taste with a good deal of malt and tons of hoppy kick.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an outstanding APA. It smelled very good and tasted of amazing hops.

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Photo of Riggo
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

appearance: handsome golden orange with a creamy, sturdy off-white head. good head retention. a sturdy attractive ale.

smell: citrus, pine, leafy hops. some slight smokiness. caramel? orange?

taste: fresh and lively, yet creamy and smooth. crisp hop bite balanced well by earthy, toasty malt. finish has a nice smack of spicy hops. definitely a little on the bitter side throughout but still remarkably smooth.

mouthfeel: great creamy, smooth mouthfeel.

drinkability: pretty high. you get alot of hops but it's all rounded out beautifully.

count me among many others (including the folks at oskar blues themselves!) who never expected a big hoppy american style pale ale full of character to come out of a can. once you pour it and taste it, there's just no denying it; this is one of america's finest pale ales.

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Photo of Atch
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dale's pale ale has finnaly arrived in my town! I can't wait to see what all the fuss is over this canned beer.

Appearance: Beautiful burnt orange color, poured into a tulip glass with a two finger head that quickly disappeared. Awesome lacings.

Smell: For me, the one downfall. I didn't get much in the nose.

Taste: Can aside, this is one of the better beers I have tried in a while. If I was visiting someone and they gave me a glass of this, I would want to know where to buy it. Then when they told me it came out of a can, I would not believe them.

Mouthfeel: It feels light on the palatte, very smooth.

Drinkability: Would I have another? Yes Please.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this canned pale ale.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

07/13/09- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz can. Did not look for a freshness date. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Medium to darker amber colored pour. Nice larger one inch plus thick and somewhat creamy head. Good head retention and some nice lace sheeting and patches left behind.

Smell- A nice mix of both bready and earthy malt while also having a good whiff of grapefruit/pine hops.

Taste- Pretty well balanced with the hops leading the way by a bit. Bready, but not over the top. Hops have a nice crisp fruity flavor. Tastes very fresh.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, lightly chewy and a good bitter kick in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- One of the better APA's out there. Not blow you away hoppy as to mask as an IPA, but a nice balanced brew with a touch more on the hops. Quality! Also on sale for $4.99 a six pack...a steal at the time.

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Photo of rabsten
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another in the "I can't believe I've never reviewed this" series.

Poured from a beautiful red and blue can into an East End pint glass. Hazy orange with four-finger fluffy head. Good lacing. Very appetizing. Floral hops in nose, some citrus, light malt underneath.

Flavor is a solid, IPA/hoppy APA. A bit of a metallic edge, but that's probably a mental thing, what with it being from a can and all. I know I never get it from my on-tap experiences. "Off-balance balanced." Which is to say, it's unbalanced towards bitterness, but deliberately so, and in a good way.

Crisp, top-of-the-palate mouthfeel; quite drinkable.

Good beer on it's own. Add the whole "it's in a can and can be taken camping, outdoors, etc." and it becomes great.

All in all, a very, very good beer.

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Photo of Bleedingshrimp
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can (yep a can) into a pint glass. Upon pouring, this beer produces a nice one and a half fingers of thick, marshmallow cloud foam. A beautiful orange speckled with lots of tiny sediment makes this beauty sparkle. Truly a sight to behold. Crazy amounts of lace coat the glass in huge ridges. The head sticks around for a while; dimpling and begging to be gazed upon. The smell is all clean..pine and citrus..with bright floral hop notes. Mouthfeel is medium and just crisp enough. Taste is all pine sap and orange with a nice warm buttery glow on the tongue. Hops are all over the place and leave a great piney-hop aftertaste. I could pound these bad boys all night. Definitely a sleeper and for the price you'd be hard pressed to find anything this tasty. I can't say I noticed an aluminum or canned taste in the slightest. I'd easily recommend this to anyone as a great standout IPA. This brew is clearly in need of a review revisit by some who have been blinded by the can.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color with a thick long lasting eggshell head that drapes the glass with continents of lace. The aroma is piney and spicey, very hop forward. The taste is richly hoppy but well balanced with a biscuity doughy malt. Hop flavors are very piney and ‘PACNorthwesty’. The finish is long and pleasingly bitter. The mouthfeel is kind of light and softly carbonated.

A very tastey canned ale, maybe the best Ive had. The brisk hoppiness and great balance. Make it dangerously drinkable. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of OliasOfSunhillow
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The original canned micro! Well maybe not original, but you know what I mean. I won't pretend to be sampling this for the first time. Dale's is a staple for me, with cans in the fridge most of the time, cans in the cooler on ALL camping trips, a fugitive can or two in the backpack when space allows, and a not infrequent pourer at the brewery. Can't go wrong with this one, especially on draft, though the cans do a nice job as well.

Pours a nice amber color with a thunderous head that quickly dissipates. Nose is all citrusy hops -- nothing wrong with that. Taste is mostly citrus with hints of sweet malt and perhaps a tiny roasty edge -- very nice! Exceptionally drinkable for a 6.5% ABV brew. No wonder I drink so damned much of it!

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Photo of sevenarts
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal-clear golden orange, well-carbonated, with a huge pale off-white head that leaves moderate lacing behind.

S: Some mildly bitter citrus hops and a touch of sweet malt. Clean and simple.

T/M: Mouth-puckering citrus and grapefruit hops up front, with a strong bitter taste. This is gradually softened by the underlying bready malts. Moderate body and mouthfeel, not heavy but not too watery either. Just right.

O: A great, straightforward pale ale, with a good strong hop presence but a nice balance as well. A great everyday kind of beer.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-dark orange gold with a thick cream colored head

S-smells like honey and buttered corn with a good hop note at the end. has a good strength to it! There's a good amount of lacing that stays.

T-hmm this is probably the best APA that i've had yet. It comes in with a good amount of berries and grassy hops along with some pleasant bitterness. It then transforms in to a good grainy taste. The after-taste is bitter with some grassy hops. This is fairly complex for what normally seems to be such a simple style.

M-has good medium carbonation with a fairly crisp finish

D-hmmm this is good the whole way through. it goes down so quickly. this is the first APA that i truly enjoyed! I'll be telling my friends about this one!

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Photo of AlexJ
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My second review of this beer is much more favorable. Methinks the first time I tried it the can had gone through hell and back on it's journey East.

Deep amber pour with 3 full fingers of dense beige foam forming rocky peaks, plastering my pint glass with thick lace. Retention is epic, a great looker for sure.

Aroma is clean caramel and toffee malts, a touch of wildflower honey, and a wonderfully hoppy notes of citrus, pine shavings, and light fruit. Smells hoppy and fresh.

Taste is surprisingly better than the nose. A clean malt entry of roasty caramel and honeyed bread is perfectly balanced by generous pine and citrus hops. There's a distinct fruity componant that is supremely refreshing. It's as hoppy as some IPAs I've had.

Body falls just below medium, with average carbonation and a slick, smooth mouthfeel and crisp texture. Packed with flavor, yet light enough foe poolside refreshment. My new summer Go-To!

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Photo of Shaw
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful red in color -- almost glowing -- with a foamy, off-white head that doesn't reduce to a thin layer. No sir, this head stays about half and inch thick.

It has a nice, strong citrus smell of hops. The taste is also heavy on the hops and bitterness, without being overpowering. It has just enough malt profile.

The body is hefty enough to keep this beer from seeming watered down.

This is an excellent Pale Ale and another great beer from Oskar Blues. Long live canned beer!

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Photo of Biggness
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice light semi cloudy amber with a 2 fingered head with lacing. The smell is nice mostly of bittering hops. The taste is very impressive, perfectly hopped in my opinion and a wonderful malt backbone. Certainly lots of bitter in this beer and a nice nutty flavor. The mouthfeel is nice, might be a touch overcarbonated I drank 7 of these last night so I would say its rather drinkable

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Photo of SawDog505
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 13 oz tulip. Canned on 8/29/11, thanks OB. Pours a orange red, with a 1 inch sticky white head, tons of lacing. Smell pine, orange, and grass. Taste all of that, maybe a little bolder then the nose. Very refreshing, but large body for the style. This is the best pale ale going. I would drink this summer, fall, winter, or spring.

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Photo of biggmike
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice rich attractive amber color with fluffy off-white head that lasted for a while. Nice hoppy aroma. This was a very nicely balance pale ale. Mouth feel and carbonation were perfect. This was easy drinking and I could drink a lot in a sitting. I think I have a new favorite Pale Ale.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6-9-2015 - This is my "go to" beer on the road due to the can. Had it at the Doylestown Station Taphouse served "nitro"! Oh so smooth and delicious. Biggest difference from the can is the look and feel of the nitro.

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Photo of bbeerman
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A..Cannot really say since I drank it from the can. I heard such great things about this beer that I figured I should enjoy my first from the can.

S..Smells like it belongs in a bottle. Nice hops scent; not overpowering.

T..This was very tasty, especially considering it's presented in a an aluminum can. Hops are there obviously, but not nearly as strong as I had thought. The malt definitely takes a back seat to the hops, but I felt there was a good equilibrium between the two.

M..Light bodied. Smooth; very good for the summer.

D..Easy to drink, especially if it's warm outside. Best canned beer I have ever had (the rumors were true). Recommended if you want a stronger pale ale for a backyard cook out, or a few beers doing house work. I hope to have again soon.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Appearance is low head and moderate lacing...fairly clear orange IPA color. Smell is certainly of good hops.. pleasant and tropical. Flavor is outstanding. Balance of pine, sweet tropical fruit and a light bready character. Pleasant bitterness and mellow vibes. Mouthfeel is medium, although this beer carries itself and doesn't leave me hanging. This is really once of the best (S)IPA's that I've ever had.

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Photo of TheBCrew
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass with a thin white head due to an extra slow pour. Head dissipates slowly leaving moderate lacing. Citrus/pine aroma. Malt sweetness leads heavy grapefruit flavor and a dry crisp finish; a lot of complexity going on here. Good medium-heavy body and a highly drinkable, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of bonbini26
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- nice looking beer, with a cooper color, thin head and sticky lace
S- nice hoppy aroma, all the usual citrus notes of a good IPA along with piney notes

T- Malts are in the background, but they're there enough to provide balance and to go along with the hop profile, the IBUs are noticeable as the clean bitterness lingers nicely. Crisp and refreshing feel to this beer.
M- Medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Easy drinking tasty APA.

D- I love this beer, one of my favorite if not favorite APA, love it on a golf course or in the backyard. Hops come through so nice, actually enjoy this more the their Gordan DIPA offereing.

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Photo of rawhydes1
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If Oskar Blues put this in a bottle, it cracks the top 10 or 20 for APAs.

If you like Sierra Nevada APA, give this a try. Reminds me of said beer, but amped-up a bit.

If SN APA is like an order of "medium" hot wings, Oskar Blues' Dale's Pale Ale is an order of "hot, with extra blue cheese and celerey".

A good sipper, or can be drank "en-masse", as evidenced during a nice game of horeshoes played this past weekend.

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Photo of clarkm04
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 5/26/10
Consumed 9/26/10

Apperance- Cloudy amber/copper color. Medium thin white head.

Smell- A nice array of hops. More piney in smell profile. If there's any weakness in this beer is the aroma. I will say I've had fresher cans of Dale's that have a much bigger smell.

Taste- Very refreshing! Very smooth fore taste that spirals into a hoppy mid and finishing taste. Very crisp but with a decently aggressive hop profile. Much hoppier than a SA Pale Ale for reference.

Mouthfeel- Outstanding. Very delicate and clean. Decent carbonation on the tongue but solid throughout.

Drinkability- Very high. I could easily drink three to four of these per session.

Overall- This is one of my favorite pale ales. I appreciate how balanced it is. Pretty much the standard I hold all pale ales too. It's awesome to have cans. I take this to any outdoor endeavor and there's nothing better than sipping a Dale's in the wilderness.

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Photo of chilly460
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an orange amber, clear. One finger of off-white head sticks around and provides decent lacing.

S: You can smell this beer as it's being poured. Fresh juicy hops, grapefruit, orange, some pine. There's some caramel malt in there as well.

T: Big hop taste right from the top. Citrus, pine, maybe a bit of pepper at the end. There's also a dryer floral hop in there as well. Backed up with the sweet caramel malts, this is a great balanced pale ale.

M: Best Pale Ale I've had in this respect, creamy full bodied, right on chewy.

O: My new favorite pale ale, the juicy hop combo is amazing, the mouthfeel is unreal.

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Photo of IronLover
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a copper orange with a slight haze and a light yellowish head that maintains a thin cap. Wet lacings on the glass. Mild floral orange aroma, but not citrusy. Buttery aromas and feel. Well balanced malt and hop flavor, with neither overtaking the other and delayed hoppy finish that doesn't linger. Very smooth and nicely carbonated.

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
88 out of 100 based on 1,850 ratings.