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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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1,849 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,849
Hads: 6,823
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 22.39%
Wants: 156
Gots: 1,293 | 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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Reviews: 1,849 | Hads: 6,823
Photo of Nickholland
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid, balanced pale ale. Hops are definitely present but the malt finish competes. One of my "go-to" pale ales, up there with Sierra Nevada and the old Stone Pale.

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Photo of takusan1000
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean and clear amber color, massive head that slowly dissipates. The smell is phenomenal, even after sitting around for 30 minutes--woody, piney, citrusy hops and with a hint of ammonia that oddly isn't unpleasant. Taste is crisp and dry, very very hop-forward with tree bark-like qualities of bitterness. Piney, bitter--and salty? It's not very balanced, but that's the point. Not sweet at all, a very dry beer. Good mouthfeel, medium body.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: May 9, 2015... GLASSWARE: Kisatsky Tavern pint... OCCASION: settling in after celebrating Will's First Holy Communion... APPEARANCE: a handsome two-thirds pint glass of orange amber clarity and one-third thick, pillowed snow-white mountainous head; lacings are legitimate and thick; ... AROMA: definite malty base to build around; some caramel; some grainy, earthy tones; Centennial's light hops suggest a flower bed...PALATE: a medium-bodied, textured mouthfeel--surprisingly balanced, with ample action at the teeth and the tongue; aftertaste despite its subtle flavors; thick texture with average carbonation... TASTE: some citrus early, but much more floral aspects throughout; again, BIG uncanny balance of malt and hop... OVERALL: at long last, Dale's Pale Ale is in the books, and rewardingly too; unlike many/most modern American pales, this one packs a malty punch that keeps the pitchiness of the hops in check--a beer worth sipping or sessioning...

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Photo of Bunman3
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a dandy brew. It falls on the APA/IPA border, yet manages to do both ends of the spectrum justice. I've heard great things about Oskar Blues and Dale's Pale did not disappoint.

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Photo of Beric
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Sampler at Gordon's Fine Wine and Liquors in Waltham, MA
Served: 1 May 2015

Appearance: Pours a hazy looking amber color with an off-white head. Much darker than some other APAs I've seen.

Smell: Huge citrus hop notes- definitely Cascade in this one. Some hints of malty sweetness.

Taste: Whoa, a lot different than I was expecting. This beer drinks like something between an SNPA and a Torpedo- it's hoppy, but feels pretty big in the mouth and has this weirdly sweet front and massively bitter finish. Altogether it's a pretty weird way to experience an APA and it doesn't quite seem to go together well in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high body with high carbonation. This beer feels much bigger than it actually is.

Overall: This seems to bridge the gap between APA and IPA, and falls more on the IPA spectrum of things. Overall it's definitely not a bad beer, but one that I wasn't expecting from a can labelled 'Pale Ale'.

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Photo of bub72ck
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a favorite Pale Ale of mine and it's great fresh from the tap in Western North Carolina. I know SN is the standard bearer for common Pale Ales but i think Dale's blows it away.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 5 months ago (would like to try it fresher). Pours a pleasing ruby orange with a two finger rocky white head. Aroma is faint but has some pine and grassy notes. Taste is better with grass, pine, and sweet malts with a nice bitterness for a pale ale. Mouthfeel is light but not overly so. Overall a nice pale ale that would seemingly be more assertive and tasty with a touch less age.

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Photo of shea117474
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

After 30 min. in the glass, small amount of head remains. Small amount of lace follows the beer as it is swirled. The smell is good ol' pine and a hint of biscuit. Drinks quite well, with fair bitterness upfront and a biscuit smooth in the back.

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Photo of MisterGone
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So, as Pale Ale's go, this one was pretty good. My gateway was SN, like everybody else sot that is the benchmark. This was from a 12 oz can at Draft Republic. Poured a nice amber, with a frothy white head that dissipated quickly. Really no aroma to speak of save a slight metallic tinge with some latent malt. In the PA realm, this had a nice balance of hop-malt, with the malts getting the lead. Hop profiles seemed a touch floral, but were not the dominant player. Not sure if it would be top shelf, but a solid effort.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 8/27/2014, reviewed 12/31/2014, Threshold beer glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper; with a 2 finger thick, frothy yellowish head. Significant carbonation. Retains a solid 1/8" cap with EPIC lacing.

Aroma: Hoppy, but not as hoppy as I would have expected. Could be showing its age. Some malty aromas in the background; biscuity?

Taste: Sweet, amber arrival, decent bittering on the end but not overpowering. I like! Less sweet than Mirror Pond, but sweeter than Burning River or Columbus Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel: Softer, less carbonation than appearance would suggest. Heavier than Burning River, less slick than Mirror Pond.

Overall: This is a really well-rounded fruity and quaffable pale ale. I could definitely buy a 6-pack of this.

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Photo of milwaukee512
4.76/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

For true hop-lovers; this beer is more abrasive and less balanced than a lot of APAs. Comes exclusively (?) in cans, which is kind of cool if you are camping/outdoors. If you want a beer that is like getting slapped in the face with hops, this is for you...as a side note, the taproom/restaurant in Lyons, CO is pretty awesome.

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Photo of hophead723
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is like buying Coca-Cola in Colorado, especially Denver. Cases form pyramids that tower over the heads of beer lovers like monuments to their affinity. It is ubiquitous here in Colorado. Let's give it a try, shall we?

Look: Very classic and proud amber body sporting a white head with carbonation swirling through. It is clear and free of dregs, very inviting appearance.

Smell: Very upfront and almost simple pine aroma, but with an undertone of biscuity malt.

Taste: Much like the aroma, an upfront bitterness of pine is accompanied by honey-coated biscuit malt. Very well balanced and delicious. The 6.5% abv is perfectly subdued by the big hop goodness.

Feel: Quite good carbonation makes each sip more inviting than the last. There is slight lingering bitterness as well.

Overall: This beer should be the best selling Pale Ale in the country, not Sierra Nevada Pale Ale which I find to be lacking hops. This is a classic and delicious beer that everyone should drink.

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Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
2.77/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I had high expectations opening up a can of this stuff. It was recommended to me, because I wanted to try a new pale ale. It's very boring and leaves a strange taste in your mouth. With that said, I would still drink it over alot of other shit

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Photo of Oregonbrewdude91
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hop filled love in a can, it's packable, drinkable, and just plain tasty. Best enjoyed with friends and straight from the cans. Oskar blues flagship beer is still in my top list for beers year round. 4.5/5 O.B.D91

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Photo of Brackh
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber with a white foamy head. Smells sticky, floral and sweet. Taste is awesome. This is one of my go to favorite beers. Way more bitter than a normal pale ale. This has always hit my like an IPA. Bitter but not too much. Great balance. Great beer. Love it.

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Photo of lipster
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a tallboy can into a pint glass. Amber color with a white foamy head, lots of soapy lace. Smells of slightly metallic hops. Tastes of bright grapefruit hops balanced with honeyish malt. Mouthfeel incredibly smooth and pleasant. A reliable accessible pale ale.

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Photo of KensWorld
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tried this in a can 3 different times in the past 3 years with totally different results? This rarely happens. All have been consumed fresh. 2.75, 4.50, 3.75. Very inconsistent. ?

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Photo of Joe_Howard
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was honestly going into this beer already disapointed because 2 of my 3 previously tried out of a make your own 6-pack were very disapointing (1 was another well known pale ale from another craft beer giant, the other was a canned beer). Boy was I surprised, this is a good beer. Pours an orange-gold body with a mountain of frothy foam. The smell was floral and piny with some citrus. The taste reflects this with the addition of some sweet malts. Overall a delicious beer that I definitely see myself drinking in the future, but with that said there are a few critiques. Firstly I felt there was too much bitterness with not enough hop flavor if that makes sense, like there was a lot of just generic bitterness with not too much distinct hop flavors. Secondly, the packaging needs to be updated. Although I got only one in a make your own I saw that these were being sold in the old plastic rings of fish doom. In my opinion that need to change to the new 6 pack carriers most craft brewers use for their canned beers, they look better and are better for the environment

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Photo of golf_sierra
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hoppy pale. Well balanced with malt sweetness. A little thin on the mouth feel. Some light bitterness that lingers. Easy drinking. Quality pale ale.

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Photo of illpass78
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint on draft at Dahlia's in Biddeford, Maine.

Appearance: Pours a transparent amber with a one-and-a-half finger cream head. Big rings of lacing on the way down.

Aroma: This beer had a slightly herbal, piney aroma along with a good malt base.

Taste: Follows the nose. Kind of an intermediary between a pale ale and an IPA. Slightly more flavorful than an average pale ale. Caramel, malt, herbaceousness and pine are all there.

Mouthfeel: Easy-drinking ale that still maintains some substance. Good daytime beer.

Overall: Solid stuff. Good everyday-type beer and a nice point of entry into craft beers for a lot of folks.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper pour, thin white top. Mild hop and malt aroma. Same in the flavor. Pretty clean finish. Nothing to dislike here, but a little boring. Weakest effort I've had from an otherwise amazing brewer.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Golden amber in color, medium haziness, and pours a foamy two finger tall head.

Aroma- Heavy on the pine with some sweet citrus and caramel malts noticeable as well.

Taste- Very similar to the nose with a bitter punch of pine up front balanced by semi sweet caramel malt. The bitterness subsides and the finish sees more of citrus hops and cracker malts. Mild pine bitterness sticks around and lasts into the aftertaste.

Feel- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and overall a clean/crisp easy drinking pale ale.

Overall- A pale ale that really is an ipa, but its really good and that's all that is important. Lots of pine and citrus, solid malt flavors to provide balance, and really easy to drink.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; bronze colored; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: earthy hops and caramel; balanced, but tilted toward the caramel;

T: well balanced through mid-palate; earthy with moderate bitterness at the end that lingers;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: a nice beer, but too much caramel and not enough hop character for the style;

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Time Out. Amber-orange with no head thanks to the inept bartender. Carmel, citrus, floral aromas. Hop, pine, roasted malt, orange oil flavors.

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Photo of arvidkoval
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange color. Malt sweetness and some fruity hops. Good malt base here, a hint of floral hops, but predominantly fruity hops with just a touch of bitterness. Very good, bubbly feel. Really, really good pale ale!

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
88 out of 100 based on 1,849 ratings.