1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

4,656 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4656
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Dale's Pale Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,656 | Reviews: 1,694 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of beagle75


2.8/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with over one finger of diminishing peachy foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Caramel-leaning pale malt slightly exceeds floral and piney hops, with the suggestion of esters just detectable.

T: Begins off-dry, with husky malt that soon becomes sweet and slightly spirituous. Hop aromatics are spicy and herbaceous, while the contribution of fairly strong esters brings out mixed floral/fruity qualities. Acidity peaks at a moderate level before the middle, while caramel blankets the palate in the middle as hops fade, also allowing ethanol to stand out. The finish features resurgent dryness and bracing bitterness that is astringent, slightly herbaceous, and long-lasting.

M: Medium viscosity, sticky and harsh on the palate due to astringency and heat, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This may be one of the biggest and most extreme APAs currently in production. The flavor profile comes across as a multi-wave assault on the palate, but really isn't very enjoyable. It seems like a malt-forward ale until the finish, when harsh bitterness sets in--making it seem like a bit of a mess.

Serving type: can

06-02-2011 02:37:36 | More by beagle75
Photo of DagenhamDavis

New York

2.8/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into my trusty Genesee mug. Created a very large head that stuck around for a good while. Left heavy lacing as I drank. Appearance was a darker amber color, carbonation seemed virtually nonexistent.

Smell was mild but had a definite hoppiness and no off notes.

Taste was what I expected after smelling, but not what I would have expected overall. It's much more bitter and has a thicker mouthfeel than some APAS, and is certainly closer to an IPA, which is not a style I'm liking much these days. If you're not into IPAS, don't try this beer. Will not buy again.

Serving type: can

07-30-2013 18:36:23 | More by DagenhamDavis
Photo of dnichols


2.85/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 12 ounce can into a challis. This was among my first purchases from a nice micro and import beer store in Yakima, Washington.

A: It poured cloudy orange with a hint of copper sheen. There was a slight off-white head that receded quickly leaving a thin coating over the top of the brew and providing a even and pleasant lacking as I drank the beer.

S: The odor of piney hops was strong and overpowering to all other aromas.

T: It started out with a hint of creamy sweet malts that was quickly overcome by the pungent flavor of bitter hops. I picked up no fruity flavors and the malts were so muted that all I could focus on was the shock and awe on my tongue of the hops.

M: It was a light to medium bodied brew with modest carbonation. It tasted bitter in the mouth but did not leave a lingering sour or bitter flavor after I finished each sip.

D: I did not enjoy the shock from the fist sip but as I drank on it began to grow on me. It benefits from resting after the pour. After a modest rest it becomes a much smoother and creamer beer, however, it retains its bitter hop zip and relatively clean aftertaste.

Comment: I may need to try this beer again in a few months. At first I was sure I would not enjoy this beer but it grew on me and I would like a second sampling to get a better handle on this strange beer.

Serving type: can

09-25-2007 01:25:58 | More by dnichols
Photo of confer


2.85/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I like the idea of using the cans. The beer pours a slightly hazy deep yellow. It had an off white 1 finger head.
The can says something about a hopped up pale ale, no lie. I just don't care for the kind of hops used. The aroma is of a pine forest and the taste is exactly the same. Chewing on pine needles. As a pale ale I think it is to hoppy. I wouldn't enjoy more than one.

Serving type: can

11-04-2009 05:14:04 | More by confer
Photo of kpoole25


2.85/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Typical hop-driven pale ale, but nothing too special. 12 oz can to glass. Copper color, a bit darker than what Ive seen for this style. Nose was good, fresh hop smell. Pretty mellow flavors, nothing too crazy or exciting in either malt or hops. Overall decent, well-made but not sure I'd recommend this.

Serving type: can

12-05-2009 06:18:24 | More by kpoole25
Photo of bpw28

New Jersey

2.85/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Look: Three finger white shaving cream head, crystal clear copper (about a 13 SRM), very nice lacing. Good Carb.

Smell: Sweet malts, floral, pine, big grapefruit, tangerine. Simple but good hoppy APA nose.

Taste: Floral, lighter grapefruit, pear, very piney, sweet malts again. Strong hop bite for a APA IMO almost like an IPA. Good carb. A little too light body, it's border line watery. Dry.

Final Thoughts: This is a nice IPA, if only it was an IPA. This is too hoppy for a pale ale (I am well aware that APA's are more hop forward, this is over done IMO.) I love PAs, but this one is really just like a light bodied IPA. I've had IPA's that were much less hoppy. Also the body is too light for a PA. Close to watery. Not happy with this one as a APA. Great looks, good nose, but it stops there for me. If they want to re-market it as a IPA and fixed the body, I'd buy it again.

Serving type: can

08-01-2011 23:24:48 | More by bpw28
Photo of Naes

New York

2.88/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a clear amber colored ale with a tall off-white head.
There is not much in the aroma department, other than a trace amount of hops.
The flavor is better than the aroma implies. There is an initial graininess followed by a nice bitter hop flavor. I however do detect a bit of metallic flavor.
The mouth feel is medium in body and is actively carbonated.

Serving type: can

05-16-2006 00:01:38 | More by Naes
Photo of TheLastEngineer


2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can poured into ergonomic pint glass.

A: Looks nice! Good copper/bronze color, nice thick head.

S: Just caught a nose full of pine. Maybe a bit a fruit in there, but hops/pine smell dominated my pour.

T: I am not a hop-head in general, so I was a bit worried here. Certainly a very bold taste, but just not what I like in a beer. Hops hit hard up front and bitter citrus (grapefruit?) taste lingered long afterwards. Others in my drinking party whose tastes leaned more towards the IPA end of the beer spectrum seemed to enjoy it.

M: Good carbonation, but the persistent astringent finish struck me as unpleasant.

D: Not one I'd look to drink in multiplicity, but I'll attribute that more to my palate than to the beer itself.

A tremendous amount of character from a can. I know it is a respectable APA... it just isn't a style that I like in general. That being said, if these same guys come up with a stout, I'll absolutely give it a try.

Serving type: can

10-19-2007 02:43:35 | More by TheLastEngineer
Photo of psinderson


2.93/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Nice light copper color with a strong and thick off-white head. Good lacing as it slowly recedes. Quite clear.

Smell: Citrus American hops hit first, but not too strong. Background malitiness with a little spice.

Taste: Unfortunately, the first taste was strongly metallic. Don't know if this is the result of the can or something else. Subsequent tastes not nearly as metallic, but it's still there. Other than that, there's not much complexity here. A minor sweetness up front, some spicy hop flavor in the middle and a moderate hop bitterness in the finish. I don't like that metallic background.

Mouthfeel: Thinnish feel, good carbonation though.

Drinkability: The initial metallic taste does mostly wear off, but that was quite strong for a first taste. Other than that, the drinkability is not bad.

Serving type: can

04-15-2007 23:28:45 | More by psinderson
Photo of Donnie2112


2.93/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: reddish amber color with big fluffy cream colored head on the top

smell: not a lot there strangely all I'm getting is a bit of pumpkin and just a hint of spicy hops

taste: a bit of malt but over all it tastes a little watery, lightly toasty and then there's a bit of bitterness on the finish. Not offensive but nothing special either.

mouthfeel: a bit creamy, medium light body and a bit of astringence, seems slightly under carbonated

drinkability: It's ok but I just don't see what the hype is about. The stuff is light and drinkable but I don't think it's anything special either. I really like this brewery but this brew in particular left me underwhelmed. I might need to seek this out again though just because it's so popular.

Serving type: can

06-10-2008 00:11:59 | More by Donnie2112
Photo of goblue3509


2.93/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a copper color with a very thick two finger head that when you start drinking gives way to a lot of lacing. The smell is of earthy hops and malt. The taste of the beer was of earthy hops at the end and middle. There was a hint of malt up front to the beer. The mouthfeel was dry. There wasn't alot of carbonation in the beer. The drinkability was okay, the beer had a more earthy hop taste that I wasn't expecting for a pale ale. I thought this was more along the line of an IPA.

Serving type: can

07-12-2009 22:23:10 | More by goblue3509
Photo of bboven


2.95/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper color, small head but lots of lacing. Very clear

Hops are there, but there is a lot of specialty malt showing up that overpowers the hops.

Very, very caramely flavor. There's some biscuit in there as well, but it's more like a slightly hoppy amber in flavor.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated, but very heavy and syrupy for a pale ale.

Way too many specialty malts in this beer for the style, also too high an ABV. That being said, it's very tasty despite BJCP guidelines. I've had this a few times and do enjoy it even though it's a bit heavy and caramely for what you would expect by reading the can.

Serving type: can

01-23-2008 02:49:04 | More by bboven
Photo of alcstradamus


2.95/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A--Bubbly, cloudy copper color with a thin layer of head in my pint glass

S--Mostly caramel malts, not really smelling much at all in the way of hops

T--Taste follows suit...where are the hops? I know this is just an APA, but I still expect at least a halfway decent hop profile. There is a bit of cat piss, but other than that it is just caramel maltiness.

M--Fine for the style

D--Perhaps the Union Jack IPA I had before this ruined my palate? I just don't get this beer, it is nowhere near above average

Serving type: can

07-03-2009 05:13:38 | More by alcstradamus
Photo of ccrida


2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber colored and fiercly bitter, this pale ale drinks like an IPA. The extreme bitterness of the hops was offset slightly by the balance in the body, malty but still crisp. A nice white head that disapated quickly and left little lace. A typical american micro pale ale in my opinon, meaning way overdone with the hop bitterness, which severely limits it's drinkablity for me, although I am not much of a hop head.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2006 05:43:15 | More by ccrida
Photo of OldYoda


2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the outstanding reviews I was set to be impressed. I guess I just don't get it - the only thing I can say about this beer is that is odd.

Poured from a can into a Troeg's pint glass. Small one finger head leaves minimal lacing - not bad looking, just average.

Smell is average hops and some malty sweetness in the backround.

Taste is where this beer crashes and burns. Leaves an odd and decidedly unpleasant aftertaste that lingers.

Mouthfeel is average and oily - a little dry and bitter on the finish.
Drinkability for me is not an issue. Finishing one of these is more than I can handle.

Serving type: can

03-04-2008 03:38:46 | More by OldYoda
Photo of oneeye


2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a can into a pint glass. Very cool beer art for a beer can.

A. Cloudy amber with some carbonation through the cloudiness.Little head with lace left throughout the whole tasting.
S. Strong malt smell with hops and citrus.
T. Strong carmel malts upfront.The hops come through while the malts are still present.Very aggressive for the style.AS it warms the flavors sour a bit.
M. Sticky and creamy.Thick
D. Tried a second to verify my thoughts.Very aggressive beer for it's style.I would definitely drink this one again.But not my first choice of this style.

Serving type: can

05-17-2008 15:45:33 | More by oneeye
Photo of Bartrob6

North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

good lookin pale ale. gorgeous head with good lacing. somewhat orange looking to me.

smells very sweet up front. alot more crystal malts than a normal pale ale. hops come in after the sweet malt with pine and citrus. leaning more towards the pine.

too sweet for a pale ale. the hops are trying to balance it out, but this one is leaning towards the sweet malts.

heavy mouthfeel. just doesn't fit the style very well. i could drink this, its just not that great.

good beer, just doesn't fit the style very well.

Serving type: can

05-20-2009 18:20:49 | More by Bartrob6
Photo of nc41

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One very different kinda brew you either get or you don't, and I don't get this one. Keeping in tradition I drank it out of the can, so I haven't a clue what it looks like or if it has any type of head at all. So I rated that blindly and back tracked from the taste profile and called it even. The taste is really the clincher anyway. To be honest I thought it tasted strange, not bad but weirdly different. Thy say it's a hoppy muther on a beer, but it doesn't taste hoppy in the sense that an IPA is hoppy. Mouth feel is kinda thick and viscous, followed by the strange taste, and the finish lasts forever and not in a good way. It is drinkable and I only had a six, so maybe it grows on you, I don't know. From the other reviews I was expecting more, and to top it off it really isn't all that cheap. Obviously worth a try. but I can buy Hop Devil or Sweetwater for a buck more a six, and that's no contest.

11-6-10- A quick edit. I have to admit my 1st impression was a bit harsh, tried it again and i really enjoyed the 2nd go round. The only difference was where I bought it from which ,may have been a problem, still a little quirky of the taste buds typical from SKA, one you either like or hate. I still drink it out of the can and it's a nice beach or pool brew, but I'd bump up the taste to at least a 4.

Serving type: can

06-28-2009 11:55:35 | More by nc41
Photo of PintOHops


3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appeared slightly hazy copper & basically kluged like oil out of the can. Lite carbonation can be seen, and produced a 1 finger head with only slightly under par retention. Lacing was minimal & not worth a mention. Smelled of bright citrus fruity aromas, lots of pineapple, grapefruit, grape, and dates. Following is mild spice & pine notes, very bright on the citrus/fruitiness overall and I couldn't really detect much malts.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tasted of semi bright citrus/fruity notes, grapefruit, pineapple, raisin, grape, and following is lots of spicy, pine notes. Good amount of burnt like hop bitterness throughout, and it even lingers as well, as it warms a bit of alcohol becomes pronounced as well as burnt sugary, caramel like flavors. Mouthfeel was oily & thick, a bit chewy and full-medium bodied. Needed more of an active feel to it.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Well guys I got an old one, I mean really old, the date was 08/08/08, and yet despite that, it was still pretty good, I wouldn't mind having 3 pints of this delicious brew, fresh of course. Ive had this once before and I can tell you that it was much brighter, much fresher, oh and you know that carbonation I said it needed? Well it was there when I had it a while ago, I don't remember it being so thick & oily either, still with the grade I'm giving it really says something. I recommend you read other reviews & not just mine though.

NOTE! Will have to come back with a fresher review.

Serving type: can

08-24-2009 22:05:26 | More by PintOHops
Photo of adamette


3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I was so excited to find a six pack of this at Wegman's in Lakewood, NY 8 29 09 after having Ten Fidy and loving it. Consumed at my brother's house near Chautaqua Institute just down the road. Six pack was priced at just under $10. I tried Old Chub just before trying this one.

A Translucent caramel body under a 2 inch huge head. Both body and head appropriate to the style. 4.0

S Grapefruit bitter hops, moderate, edging on severe. Boring. 3.0

T Typical IPA. Hops, hops, distant malt. Too unbalanced and, well, boring. 3.0

M Smooth (which is appreciated) but the bitter grapefruit hops ruin any benefit that the smoothenss may have brought. 3.5

D One and done for more. This is not my favorite style since I think, as a style, it is unbalanced and, therefore, boring. I never liked grapefruit and I do not like that taste in a beer either. 2.5

Notes: This is by far the hoppiest beer that I have ever seen in a can and if you like hops then you will appreciate this one more than I do.

Serving type: can

09-03-2009 02:34:19 | More by adamette
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan


3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a can into a 12 oz. glass

Appearance: Honey orange. No head. Strange bubble formations remain on top sort of looking like a brain. Minute amounts of lace cling to the glass. Nothing special to see here.

Smell: Citric hops. A little skunky which is weird since this is from a can. I suppose this one is short on aroma hops. The off smells are somewhat masked by roasted pale malts. Pretty delicious smelling, reminds me of a a lighter version of the Firestone DBA smell.

Taste: Slightly too strong for a pale ale. Should be called an IPA. Pretty weak in terms of taste stuff. The hops don't sting but they also don't jump out of the glass. The beer has some sweet qualities. Slight grapefruit taste. The main characteristics I got is spiciness from the hop. There isn't much of an aftertaste. The malts tend to dominate. Though they aren't as tasty as they smell. This beer would taste good with some bbq on a sunny day. It is a good beer too through into a session but a little high ABV. Nothing compels me to drink a lot of this.
I enjoy my local California pale ales more. I'd rather buy a 6 pack of Sierra Nevada, which is also cheaper.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium. Gets worse the longer you leave it in the mouth. Not enough character to hold on to.

Drinkability: I can put it down but I'm not super enthusiastic about this beer. I would never turn one down but I probably won't be buying this one again.

Serving type: can

03-19-2011 06:34:43 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
Photo of sweemzander


3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. can poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a fairly basic yellow color. Some good white froth and lacing.

(S)- Some fairly dense pine-like resin and citrus.

(T)- Similar to the smell mostly. Good citrus notes with bits of pine and a mildly sweet caramel-like maltiness.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Not overly bitter yet with good citrus and malt balance.

(O)- Overall, its nice. It is just forgettable for me in the immense sea that is pale ale, ipa, dipa that are out there.

Serving type: can

11-09-2012 19:55:17 | More by sweemzander
Photo of Trueant1


3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What a surprise out of a can. Probably the most flavorful beer I have had out of a can.

Pours a nice creamy offwhite head with good lacing. Nice copper orange color.

Smells of sweet citrus and some spicy hops.

Tastes a bit off but lots of flavor here. I think the grain flavor up front is what throws it off. A good hop and sweet malt flavor is in this. The hops throw in a lot of bitterness.
The grianey flavor reduce the score of this beer.

This beer seems wet on the mouth. A bit thin. but nice.

What a surprise out of a can. Recommended.

Serving type: can

03-19-2008 09:16:38 | More by Trueant1
Photo of JVEyck309

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a can into a pint glass

A: cloudy reddish orange
S: overly grapefruit floral hops.. not too much else
T: So... someone had described this beer to me as similar to Sierra Nevada APA but more hoppy.. and okay.. I could see what they meant but in all honesty.. not how I would describe this beer.. I didn't find this to be terrible but the hop taste was overly grapefruity and just sort of off-putting. Citric taste of the hops.. a tad bit overbearing. This is a tough call.. as I am on my second can.. Not sure how I feel about having another four to finish out my night.. skeptical. Way too biting.. almost astringent.
M: mouthfeel was nice, nothing wrong with the feel of this pale ale. But the taste of it is what's bringing me down...
D: Probably won't be getting this one again. Drinkable.. yeahh sure.. sort of. Not my cup of tea.. or beer.. uhmm.. yeah.

Serving type: can

03-19-2009 04:03:42 | More by JVEyck309
Photo of tigg924


3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: big 1/2 inch head, clear amber with medium carbonation

Smell:hops, grapefruit, pine, and a bit of malt

Taste: hops, grapefruit, pine, and a bit of malt

Mouthfeel: starts with a tad of sweetness, and has a strong hoppy finish--dry with a medium body

Drinkability: To me, this is an average American Pale, nothing more. A little on the hoppy side. Nothing I wouldn't have again, nothing i will go out of my way for.

Serving type: can

03-30-2009 02:05:28 | More by tigg924
Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
88 out of 100 based on 4,656 ratings.