Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,816 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,816
Hads: 6,623
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 148
Gots: 1,142 | FT: 7
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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 Kendo
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the can into a Spirit Haus pint glass, the result is a clear coppery-amber body with a 1.5-finger antique white head on top. Lots of bubbles rise up to refortify the head, which remains present the entire way down the glass at about 1/4-inch. Lots of clumps of foamy lacing stick to the glass all the way down. Nice presentation.

S: Pop the can and it's a big nose of oily grapefruity hops right away. After the pour the impression remains: juicy citrus fruit in general, but with a hint of malt sweetness underneath. It smells bigger than an APA -- almost like a DIPA at first, but as it warms, the nose softens a bit.

T: Like you'd expect from the nose: oily sweetness at first blush, which is followed in the middle of the taste by the juicy citrus flavors -- grapefruit and sweet oranges predominantly. It finishes with a hint of pine sap, and the aftertaste lingers with a dry, minerally at times lemony bitter coating. It leaves a real substantial coating on the mouth with what seems like a minerally or slightly metallic dry but bitter taste. A glass of water would help to "reboot" the taste buds after that assault.

M: Given the oily and juicy tastes and smells, it finishes surprsingly dry. Also has a decent fizzy feel to it from the carbonation. I thought it was light-to-medium in body.

D: Good. This went down fast, and that lingering bitter aftertaste really encouraged the next sip.

Notes: I think this is pretty darned close to IPA territory, and like I said, the nose at first blush even seems strong enough to remind me of a DIPA. Great beer in a can. Check it out. (1,615 characters)

Photo of dbatch
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack of cans. I've seen this beer for a long time and shrugged it off because it was in a can, but I've waited far too long to try this wonder.

Cracking open the can, you get the instant aroma of hops. Into a pint glass. pours a beautiful orange with a decent amount of carbonation rising, and leaves about an inch and a half of thick, creamy head. The pour allows the hops to breathe and at the same time gives off a wonderful piney aroma mixed with citrus.

First taste is a creamy pine flavor from the hops, mixed with a grapefruit/mixed citrus bag. It sticks to the roof of your mouth, almost chewy, pleasantly surprising coming from a can. Grab a sixer and head to the game and do some tailgating. (720 characters)

Photo of far333
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear apricot colored with a frothy dimpled beige-orange head that sits a half inch high and lingers long.

Aroma of fine citrusy hops, sweet and tangeriney. A faint bit of malty sweetness.

A rich and full mouthfeel leads to well-balanced flavors of biscuity malt and sweet citrus hops that morph to oily pine bitters, punctuated with grapefruit rind sharpness. A warmth wells up around the cheeks, perhaps from the ABV.

I'm giving some high numbers for taste and drinkability, not because this beer's got over-the-top hops or rich and complex flavors but because this beer seems to push the style envelope to a respectable degree without going overboard and ends up with a good representation of the style. And it is pretty tasty and it is pretty drinkable. (766 characters)

Photo of aforbes10
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish/peach colored with a slight tannish head. Odor is caramel and malts with a vague hop spiciness. Taste is very refreshing. Tasty maltiness with hints of orange or grapefruit and a grassy bitterness on the finish. Maltiness is reasonably aggressive for the style. Medium bodied. Another good beer from Oskar Blues, but give me the Gordon everytime please. (367 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can. That's right, can! 6.5% ABV. Cloudy copper color, with orange shades. Thick creamy white head, which hold together very nicely. When the head does disappear, along with the beer, the glass is covered in great sheets of lace. Very nice.

Very nice citrusy and piney hop aroma. There is a good aroma of a caramel, biscuity malt as well.

Very sturdy biscuity, caramel malt background. Solid citrusy bitterness, with some pine flavors as well.

Full body, with appropriate carbonation. A bit of metallic taste is my only complaint. Other tha that, this is a very solid APA. Love the can. (604 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Top notch APA

A-Light orange

S-Big time hoppiness...a lot of citrus (grapefruit/oranges) and pine. Some mild biscuity maltiness is evident as well.

T-Hop laden APA that is balanced with a solid malt profile....Graperfuit/Oranges/even a squeeze of lemon....along with a nice complimentary biscuity maltiness....

M-Medium bodied...rich feel to it....finishes dry

D-Hell of a beer....borders on IPA land....really finishes dry...If you want an assertive, juicy, flavorful APA with a nice balance of biscuity malt then this is your beer. If not look elsewhere... (573 characters)

Photo of theWrkncacnter
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First beer I've had from a can since college, and the first REAL beer I've had from a can. Poured with a very nice head that stuck around for a while to provide lots of lacing. Color was nice, kind of the shade of a new penny and slightly translucent. Smelled of moderately floral hops and some decent malt aromas. Taste is darned good. I would call this more of an IPA than just a pale ale, it certainly fits more in that style. Good hop flavor with some strong, rich malt undertones. Goes down very smooth with some lingering bitterness. Drinkability is decent for this style, but I wouldn't want to have more than one or two in a sitting.

Overall a very good pale ale. Lots of hops and decent balance. I wouldn't say it's as good as 60 Minute or Titan, but it's darn near close. (784 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, served in a pint glass.

A - excellent looking brew, cloudy amber color with an incredible tan head that lasted through the entire glass leaving great sticky lacing.

S - sweet citrus/hop aroma.

T - WOW, this is a damn good beer! Sweet malty flavor, crisp hoppy finish.

M - medium bodied, mild carbonation.

D - good drinkability but watch the abv, it will sneak up on you.

Final Notes : This is a delicious beer in a can.
Great Job Oskar Blues! (459 characters)

Photo of aravenel
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has an amazing head with long lacy cling, clearly showing where I took each sip. Quite hoppy and bitter, and almost fits more into the IPA mold rather than the pale ale category.

Overall though, this beer gets bonus points for one arguably trivial thing: it comes from a can. There's something about grabbing a can of beer out of an ice filled cooler, and the fact that this beer is great on its own right and utterly unbelievable for a canned beer elevates it above the crowd in my opinion, and gives it a permanent place in my fridge. (539 characters)

Photo of mcallister
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried one of these for the first time the other night and I'm very suprised this doesn't have a better average overall. A damn good looking pale ale. Dark thicky opaque copper colored with scarlet hues. Head is full, thick, white, great retention and great lacing. Just a damn good looking beer.

A great nose on this as well. I'm not sure if it's something to do with the cans or what but canning definitely makes things seem fresher and more lively (Surly). Just a huge sweet caramel malty aroma with milk chocolate covered caramel. Piney hop aromas with some flowery and herbal undertones. Some slight stone fruit aromas but mostly candy driven.

Well the taste isn't as big and full as I remembered from the othernight (I had a few before trying this). However this is well balanced and very malty. Caramel and toffee melt together into a thick sweetened deliciouthon. Hops are somewhat subdued yet balance the malt just enough on the finish to keep the RS from being cloying. Piney and a bit resiny on the mid palate with a good bittering hop on the finish. Not much in the way of fruit. Mouth is nice, round and chewy. (1,129 characters)

Photo of Realale
3.16/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Full copper-red. Very fine beige head sticks around throughout leaving nice lacing.

Nose is bready, caramel malt with a good dose of earthy, slightly citric hops. The toffee-ish notes are more than I'd prefer, but certainly within style.

Medium in the mouth with the caramel malts leading the way. Not as sweet as the nose would lead one to believe (thankfully), but still too much for me. Very reminiscent of New Glarus' Hearty Hop. Could use more bitterness to balance the malt, but the finish is still decently long.

Mouthfeel is fine, with carbonation on the higher end of the scale, which helps cut through the maltiness. Drinkable, but just not my preferred expression of the style. Can 5 of a six pack. (718 characters)

Photo of boulevard2
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz can no freshness date provided but consumed on May 26,2007


Pours a rich deep amber ale with a thick head that holds for quite a while. High notes of cascade hopps and a twindge of heavy malts. Pineapple and other fruity flavours come about through my quest of this fine ale. This is a dam fine beer cosumed by the glass or out of the can especially out on the golf course.This beer will fit quite well in my beer Koozie.Props to Oskar Blues for this beer . (467 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good looking beer. Clear copper. Thin ivory white head. Sticky lace. Nice hoppy aroma. Grapefruit, citrus, lemon rind and hop resin. This all carries over nicely on the palate. Bright citric tones of lemon zest and pink grapefruit pulp. Citrusy and a little bit piney. Malts are in the background, but they're there enough to provide balance and that's about it. IBUs are noticeable as the clean bitterness lingers nicely. Crisp and refreshing feel to this beer. Medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Easy drinking tasty APA. Ranks right up there with SN and Summit for everyday drinkers. Shall be good on the golf course. (621 characters)

Photo of atsprings
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy pale amber with a thin frothy head. The aroma is citrus hops and sweet malts. The taste is a great balance of caramel malts and earthy citrus hops with just a hint of pine. The beer is light, crisp and refreshing with mostly hidden alcohol. This is one of my favorite Pales. (296 characters)

Photo of monkeybutler
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dale's Pale Ale: a beery exercise in rhyming.

I bought this 6 pack at Frontier Saloon, and I'm certain that it's fresh.

Pours amber-gold with good carbonation, a 1 finger head and moderate lacing. Sometimes I find that these smaller micros have difficulty in getting the carbonation right in the can, but this can turned out fine, even though the hiss when I opened the can wasn't very audible.

Smell is of Pacific NW hops: maybe cascade, maybe some Amarillo. Not much malt coming through in the nose.

Flavor is full, with the malt coming through alongside the appropriate hoppiness. A slight husky-graininess makes itself known in the finish, and it's not very appealing, but it doesn't detract too much.

Mouthfeel is thick and quite cloying for a pale.

I could definitely drink a whole sixer of this at once, but my palate would be in ruins for a while afterwards. Overall, it's a nice pale ale, and you can do a whole lot worse. The novelty of canned craft beer won't wear off soon either. (1,011 characters)

Photo of cktison
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can to pint glass.

A: Nice, hazy orange body with a 1 finger, creamy off white head. Quick dissipation leaving behind nice lacing. Body is brilliant, but not quite clear.

S: Hoppy pale ale! Smooth malts in background with a sharp, piney hop flavor. Very nice aroma, very strong.

T: Hoppy, smooth, sharp and citrusy PA. Creamy, biscuity and nice malts balance the "voluminously hopped" pale ale.

M: Nice carbonation, nice finish, clean and not too bitter.

D: The fact that this comes from a can is fantastic - no reason it shouldn't, but your brain tells you otherwise. Good tasting, hoppy, flavorful and easy to drink at 6.7%. This is a great beer. (663 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance copper orange hue large fluffy off white orange beige tinted head, very good retention going on with thin lacing between sips a bit sporadic. Aromatics mild citrus upfront pine mild biscuit malt sweetness overall very nice, pale ale. Flavor holds up nicely in the can I'm liking the floral, pine, and citrus hop flavors with light malts giving a biscuit bread sweetness to balance it all out this highly drinkable pale ale. Mouthfeel is medium bodied even solid carbonation goes down really easy with some slight oily resin feel going on. Drinkability, is great get some for the ball game or concert good for an all day afair. (637 characters)

Photo of CharlieMopps
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A half-inch of foamy white head tops an opaque deep amber hued brew. Surprising retention and lacing. Looks friggin' delicious.

S: Nice malty base with a hoppy nose that exudes confidence in all directions, with a floral and citrusy scent, yet smells similar to an American Red/Amber ale. Lots of stuff going on in this bouquet, smells tasty.

T: A great malt intro, little bit of sweetness to it, overshadowed by a large but smooth hop presence that lingers throughout. Yet, despite the greatness of the hops, the beer remains well-balanced. I was right from the first two categories, this thing tastes amazing.

M: Strong body and solid carbonation that makes for a creamy and silky offering, excellent mouthfeel... from a can?!

D: Excellent drinkability, enough flavor characteristic packed in to have you reaching for a Dale's Pale anytime. Quite versatile, with so much in every category that it's hard to turn one of these down. At first I was a little skeptical, even after checking Oskar Blues out in the BA mag, but one sip was all it took to convert me. More craft beer in cans! (1,101 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear, amber orange beer with a creamy head which sticks to the glass.

Smell is nutty, biscuity and caramellic malty. On top of that a good citric hop layer, giving some lemon and orange zest.

Taste is bitter and has some light roasted, nutty and caramel tastes. The yeast give a light fruitiness, which complements the semi-agressive citric, mostly lemon hops. Balance is always the key with APA's and this one is great balanced. Body is medium and drinkability is great. (480 characters)

Photo of FenwaySquid
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz can, nice looking design but no dating of any kind, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange-copper color. The head formed a creamy 1-2 fingers thick and faded into a thin layer that retained nicely.

Aroma: Pine and citrus hops along with some pale malts in the background.

Taste: Pale malts at first with the piney hops in the background, but the hops take over rather quickly, dominating through the middle. It's bitter but pleasant. The finish is bitter and hoppy, and lingers nicely.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, but a little watery. The carbonation was a little lacking as well.

Overall: A decent American Pale Ale in a can. Nothing more, nothing less. Worth a try, especially if you like hoppy beer. (748 characters)

Photo of UnionMade
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden amber, topped with a thick, creamy white head. Good head retention, with sticky lacework clinging to the glass.
Citrusy, hoppy aroma. Good balance, with some toasty nuttiness to the malt. A little citrusy orange and pear esters. Mostly clean.
Full bodied, with a creamy kinda feel. Toast, nutty malt, some mellow pear fruitiness, moving easily into a surprisingly hoppy finish. Packed with citrusy, resiny hop flavor. Some yeasty nuttiness, kinda like walnuts, lingering with grainy sweetness and grapefruit in the aftertaste. Kinda doughy and yeasty feeling, almost brown sugary. Really enjoyable. Super rock solid canned goodness. I could drink tons of this stuff week after week. (697 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Can
$6.99 6-Pack
Steve's Liquor Madison

Dale's Pale Ale pours clear dirty copper into my pint glass. Swirling carbonation bubbles rise slowly to the top. A 1+ slightly off white head formed on the pour that very slowly faded to a half finger cap. Left drink history lacing.

Smell is of pale malts and a slight touch of caramel as the malt backbone. The hops add a nice fragrance of tea leaf and a mild citric quality. After some warming there's a resiny hop quality that adds more complexity. Smells good for sure but smells like many other pale ales I've had in the past.

Flavor is a canvas of biscuity pale malts covered with resiny and mildly citric hops. A dried tea leaf flavor comes through on the finish. Definately good but again I've tasted these flavors in many other pale ales. This one is a bit more robust though which is a definate plus.

Medium body that gets a little sticky on the backside. Carbonation is on the lower side of moderate and lets the beer work it's way through at it's own pace. Half way through the glass I can feel my tongue taking a beating from the generous hopping.

This is a super easy beer to drink and a great session. Coming in cans like it does helps things when you take into consideration hauling in a cooler. Just an easy drinker with good flavor.

My first foray into Oskar Blues. Wish they distributed to Illinois cause I'd love to try a few more of their offerings. Overall, Dale's Pale is a flavorful, and hoppier than most pale ales. After drinking a few of these from the glass my opinion is Dales Pale actually tastes better straight from the can. (1,623 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Falling Rock. Hazy amber in color with a nice rocky white head. Smell is a little floral hops. The taste was not as hoppy as I remembered in the past. It was still very good with a very nice caramel malt taste.This is a very good beer. (260 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.27/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I thought this beer was a rather average APA, and didn't award any extra points for it being packaged in a can. I thought the beer was pleasant and balanced, but it was a bit watery and didn't strike me as being anything out of the ordinary.

Color was a bit darker than I expected, and was a good amber color with a decent amount of head. Aroma was faintly but pleasantly hoppy. Flavor was a somewhat malty for an APA, which balanced its hop character. Mouthfeel was a bit watery. In total, I thought this beer was pleasant, and the best canned pale ale I've had (and I would buy it for occasions when bottles aren't appropriate), but I didn't find it to be much above average. (680 characters)

Photo of BlindPig
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured a little head and got a thick bumpy off white head on a cloudy copper/orange body. Great head retention.
S- Pine and grapefruit hops, decent size malt back, and hints of lemon and orange.
T- Light pine, grapefruit, orange, and hints of lemon in the hop profile. Leaves a medium bitterness lingering in the middle of the tongue. Caramel and a light hint of toffee comes through and helps balance out the hops.
M- Medium body and low carbonation (almost tastes a little flat.
D- It is pretty good. Once again don't think it is anything amazing. So far this brewery has let me down. (593 characters)

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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