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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

4,660 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 4660
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
Ratings: 4,660 | Reviews: 1,694 | Show All Ratings:
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nlmartin

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first experienced Oskar Blues Old Chub in Philly. I was reluctant to consider a beer in a can. Man I am glad I took a chance on Old Chub. On a rescent trip to see the In-Laws in PA I came across Dales Pale Ale. So I scooped up a case of Dale's Pale Ale.

The beer was served in a pub glass. You may be tempted to drink this one from the can. I think this beer definately deserves a glass for proper consumption.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear amber coloration. The beer has a one finger biege head with good retention.

Smell: The beer has a very pronounced pine resiney smell. The beer has faint lemon citrus and earthy floral hop smell. The beer has a pleasing caramel malty backbone.

Taste: This beer delivers a good blend of lemon, grape fruit and earthy hops. The hoppy flavors are pleasantly oily. The beer has plenty of caramel malty sweetness supporting the hops.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is approaching medium bodied. The beer has a slightly oily mouthfeel. The oilyness makes the flavors linger in a good way. The beer is easy to drink. I could see drinking several of these in a row. This is a dam fine APA and I will buy this one again if I have the chance.

Serving type: can

09-03-2006 20:40:26 | More by nlmartin
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johnniemarg

New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a copper color with a huge 3-finger tan head. The head is very persistent. Sheets of lace.

The smell is all hops. Citrus and pine.

Starts sweet but then is taken over by a very piney hop flavor.

Medium bodied and oily mouthfeel.

A highly drinkable pale ale.

Serving type: can

09-02-2006 20:53:52 | More by johnniemarg
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Schwarzbart

Pennsylvania

2.65/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A bright orange amber color with a pillowy white 1-1/2 finger head. Nice clarity with plenty of lacing.
Smell: Wet hops and heavy malt aroma. Similar to some barley wines that I have had, sort of a heavy wet grain nose. Fragrances of dark fruits and some caramel.
Taste: Much like it smelled, but the malts and grain really bite you. I thought this beer tasted much darker than it looked. The hops had a sticky dank quality and even though the hops and malts seem balanced there was a slight sourness to it all.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and slippery. Almost a lubricating feel to it.
Drinkability: I thought the taste was a little overboard and strong on the senses for a pale ale.

Serving type: can

09-02-2006 03:44:18 | More by Schwarzbart
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sacrelicio

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Finally got to try this beer! I had heard that it was supposed to be a great example of a quality microcraft in a can and when I saw it at Chicone's I had to bite.

The beer pours a fairly typical but nice APA color--orange/amber--with a tight, solid, and creamy head with good retention. Very nice tight layered lacing.

The smell is a bit underwhelming, fairly faint generic fruity hop aromas and caramel maltiness with a touch of earth. Decent, but too faint to make much of an impression. I almost detect aluminum, which could be my imagination.

The taste is great, with hops showcasing big grapefruit, green vegetable and pine flavors. The malty backbone is significant, with an almost candy like sweetness that nicely compliments the hops rather than combating them. There are also some savory flavors in the very long finish. Lots of big flavor.

The mouthfeel is full and almost sticky with medium carbonation that cuts through the gumminess. Just how I like it.

The drinkability of this beer is phenomenal. Enough flavor to keep you interested but easygoing and unassuming enough to be indefinitely quaffable (assuming you love hops, like I do).

Serving type: can

08-30-2006 03:40:18 | More by sacrelicio
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waughbrew

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tangerine with a wonderful head. Smell has surprisingly-strong peaches, like the ones in a can. A little orange and grapefruit. Flavor is sugar-coated medium-bodied hop candy. Not sharp, since it is sugar-coated. Pretty nice flavor, actually, though I could go for less body and less sweetness. Fresh and smooth.

Overall tasty stuff, but too sweet and full-bodied to be a regular for me.

Serving type: can

08-28-2006 23:21:36 | More by waughbrew
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Pegasus

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Crystal-clear amber-brown in color, with a large, coarse white head, thick broken lace, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Very sharp pine tar hop presence, with a sweet malt undercurrent, very much to style.

Taste: Slightly sweet malt presence at the open, with a subdued, mildly bitter hop presence, and oddly, some toasted malts. The pine tar hops rise as the taste progresses. Towards the end of the taste, the hop bitterness intensifies, taking on a fairly pronounced pine tar note, and a lingering bitterness at the back of the mouth, possibly from tannins. This might account for the sharply dry finish.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and quite full, little carbonation noted, finishes very dry.

Drinkability/notes:A nice example, very drinkable, at 6.5% ABV, a touch high for a session beer.

Thanks to HardTarget for sharing this rare example.

Serving type: can

08-27-2006 01:13:35 | More by Pegasus
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I recently went to Lyons to visit Oskar’s and sampled Dale’s Pale Ale on tap. I’ve have in the past tried Dale’s in a can and I have to say that on tap is much better! (And thus another review of this beer).

The pour was the same with a light amber color with good clarity. Better head and lacing when poured from the tap then from the can.

The aroma was more noticeable from tap then can. The hops seem to come out more with a heighten citrus smell. The malt was more balanced and less of a syrupy smell. The taste is similar with a good bitterness from the hops that are all but non-existent from the can. The can Dale’s seemed well balanced, while from tap the beer seemed to have more of a hoppy flavor then malt. The malt seemed less syrupy in taste as well but more of a bready and less caramel taste.

The body is completely different between the two. The body from can is smooth while from tap has more harsh almost carbonic flavor to it.

Between the two, I would have to call it a toss up. But for sure they have different factors for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2006 22:53:00 | More by Oxymoron
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granger10

Wisconsin

4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer from a can. Nice. Copper color with a large egg white foamed head. Head maitains nicely, lots of lacing. Carbonation holds throughout. Smell is strong on hops. Lots of grapefruit and pine in the aroma. Somewhat acidic. Flavor provides more balance with a collection of malts to support the hop dominance. Kind of a rich caramel flavor at the top. A bit of a sweet biscuity base is there. But this is about the hops. They come out in full form. Never too much though. Nice fruity bitterness, nice grapefruit bitterness, and a nice bit of resiny pine in the finish. Malts never lose control of keeping the hops in hand though. Just a great beer all around. Even though the abv's a touch high, this might be my new session beer.

Serving type: can

08-24-2006 03:25:14 | More by granger10
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dale's Pale Ale pours an orange-copper color with a thick off-white head that leaves gobs of lacing behind. Looks like nothing else I have ever poured from a can.

Aroma filled with caramel malts and citrus hops...a little doughy as well. Again, best canned beer scent yet. (Note: I haven't had any of the Sly Fox offerings yet)

Taste is fairly balanced between bready caramel malt and citrus flavors. Some hop bitterness is noted. Slight metallic taste creeps in on some sips.

Creamy mouthfeel and good carbonation. I will be picking more of this up next time I head back to NC...my sixer is just about gone. Good beer to just grab a can and pop it open tastes just as good from the can.

Serving type: can

08-23-2006 16:32:48 | More by Imstillthegman
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tonistruth

Nevada

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- golden straw with yellowish orange tint, two finger white head, awesome retent, settles to ring, lacing, bit cloudy

S- citrus, toasted malt, caramel

T- multiple hop flavors in there. starts off with orange like and caramel flavor, then hop bitterness takes over only to finish sweet w/ some citrus hop flavor. Grassy aftertaste. Awesome balance and flavor

M- smooth and silky, good body, somewhat viscous

D- Liked the balance and taste alot. Easy drinking, definetly a memorable pale ale in my book

Serving type: can

08-21-2006 06:01:06 | More by tonistruth
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass. Very nice presentation. A very tight head forms and leaves nothing but lacing. Beer is amber in color with lots of carbonation acitve under the surface.

Aroma is dominated by citrus hops, but balanced well by caramel malts. Grapefruit and pine trees. Even some toffee. Wonderful aroma. Smells IPAish.

Taste is wonderful. Full of citrus hops and malty as well. This is as close to perfect for IPA I think, but since this is a Pale Ale, i detract some points. Grapefruit, citrus, grass, lemon; wonderful.

Mouthfeel is perfect. The hops and the caramel malts balance out the body perfectly. Medim bodied. Perfect. A wonderful beer. Might this become a permanant resident in the fridege? In a word, yes!

Serving type: can

08-19-2006 19:47:54 | More by SaCkErZ9
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kbnooshay

New York

4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Right after I cracked open the can I noticed how full it is! Ive had beer in ball brand cans before, but this rocks. Maybe I was just lucky. Anyways this poured a hazy golden amber with an awesome bubbly beige head. The head was super soft and frothy like an ice cream float. Great retention.

s: The aroma is malty, hoppy, floral and deliciously breadlike.

t/mf: Hoppy and lightly bitey with a pleasant hint of caramel. The bready taste also leads to a kind of chewy mouthfeel that is full, sticky and wet. It is also lightly drying.

d: This is a full and well balanced brew from a can. You cannot tell it is from a can if you pour it and actually this one is great straight from the can. A very enjoyable pale ale. Too bad it is 9 bucks a 6er up here, but it is worth it I suppose.

Serving type: can

08-17-2006 20:08:02 | More by kbnooshay
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Nutleybeer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One might not expect too much from a canned beer...but I heard rave reviews. Tried it myself. A great pour. Produces a wonderful, foamy head. Pour it slow.

A somewhat cloudy orange body. Okay smell.

Enjoy the first few sips. Savor it. The foamy head gives this Pale Ale a really surprising creamy taste.

Hoppy, but not bitter. The hops lingers on the center of your tongue.

For those of you who might steer away from cans, give this a try. A real nice beer with good flavor and a velvety creaminess to it.

Serving type: can

08-16-2006 22:40:12 | More by Nutleybeer
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hobbes2150

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I poured this beer into a glass I was surprised; not used to seeing a beer with such good color come from a can. Great nose, with apparent maltiness and a teasing hop aroma that gives you a sense of good things to come. The taste is a bit milder than the nose would suggest, but still a great malt foundation with a hoppy back to it. I wish more canned beer was this good.

Serving type: can

08-15-2006 20:06:07 | More by hobbes2150
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rodrot

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a beautiful orange/amber color with a huge 2 finger head that left plenty of lace on the glass. Aroma was malty with a good bit of flowery hops mixed in. Taste was of sweet malts, peach, apricot and piney/resiny hops. Mouthfeel was fairly light for such a tasty beer. Drinkability is good if you like hoppy beers, which I do. This beer leans more towards an American IPA in my opinion. Who knew that such a well crafted brew could come in a can? Now I can't wait to try Old Chub.

Serving type: can

08-13-2006 12:33:15 | More by rodrot
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured orange with a creamy white thin head that left rings of lacing.

The smell was of citrusy hops - much more like an IPA rather than an APA.

The taste was, again, very hoppy. Citrus hops seemed like the only ingredient at first, but then some malt came in to back it up.
A tinge of metal emerged at times.

The feel was of full-bodied creaminess. The bitter hop flavor hung around.

Overall, it's not bad, especially for a canned beer. I'm wondering what it would be like in a bottle. Not a bad choice if you are in the mood for hops and/or only have a choice of canned beers.

Serving type: can

08-11-2006 20:09:46 | More by jwc215
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mcowgill

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good beer from a can? what a concept!

A - hazy amber color with a thick creamy head

S - Caramel malty sweetness mixed well with a floral hopiness

T - Initially sweet malty flavor with a nice hoppy bitterness to the finish

M - medium bodied, very little carbonation

D - This is a nice drinkable beer....but don't pound it in the can. Pour it in a glass!

Serving type: can

08-10-2006 00:18:17 | More by mcowgill
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vtfan77

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden orange with a decent white head. Some lacing, but not as much as I would have thought.

S- Big time caramel malt aromas with a good dose of floral hops as well. Very nice!

T- Floral hops dominate, which is kind of surprising considering the big malt presence suggested by the nose. The malt definitely shows up, though, with a pleasant caramelly/ toasty taste in the middle that lingers on to the finish to blend with the hops. Decent amount of bitterness on the finish, though it isn't too much and is quite pleasant.

M- Medium-bodied mouthfeel with good carbonation, making it smooth and easy to drink.

D- Quite exceptional here, I could definitely drink a few of these in a sitting.

Very nice pale ale. I had heard good things and was not disappointed. The website describes it as being between a pale ale and an IPA, and I would agree. Hoppier than your average PA, but not quite up to IPA standards. Also is good straight out of the can, although I wouldn't recommend doing that, as you miss out on much of the wonderful aroma. Highly recommended.

Serving type: can

08-06-2006 05:41:15 | More by vtfan77
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice. Golden amber color with a good tight clingy cream colored head. Smells pleasantly hoppy with piney resin and juicy citrus. Well blended biscuity malts create a good base. Taste is even nicer. A good hoppy punch with smooth bitterness and more sweet solid malts. Ah finally a beer I would prefer in a can. The future is now. Mouthfeel is softly resinous, smooth and taste is lightly bitter in the finish. Good texture and highly drinkable.

Good beer.

Serving type: can

07-28-2006 03:28:02 | More by tastybeer
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Dizzy

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured an amber color from a 12 oz can, white head. Great citrusy hop aroma, I can't believe this came of a can. The taste mostly hops, initially some malt but after a few sips the hop bitterness covers everything else up. Medium mouthfeel, pretty much what I would expect with an APA. I enjoyed this and would drink it again, especially if I were outside, in a hotel or anywhere else where bottles are inconvenient. The bitterness lingers too much to drink more than one or two of these.

Serving type: can

07-28-2006 01:32:23 | More by Dizzy
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Nick at Bauer for letting me crack this one open.

A: With a glug glug glug pours a cloudy peach color. Huge one and a half milkshake frothy off white head. Looks like a cloud or pillow. Good head retention and nice lace left.
S: Very decent amount of pine and grapefruit smelling hops. A bit of fruit in there also. Slight bready malt background, but the hops are the most dominant.
T/M: Very creamy and velvety in the mouth. Coats the entire way down. Good level of pine and fruit hops with a caramel malt background. Bitter hops are noticeable in the aftertaste on the tip of the tongue and sides of the mouth. Did I say creamy? Hell yeah! Slight level of carbonation leads right into a hop bitterness. Medium bodied pale ale.
D: Highly drinkable pale ale. one of the best ones I've had, especially because it's in a CAN! Very sessionable ale.

Serving type: can

07-27-2006 23:45:31 | More by bjohnson
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wedge

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orange amber in color with a firm, creamy head that leaves stringy lacing on the glass and retains well. Aroma is very pleasant - almost has an Alpha King thing going on...almost. Lots o' juicy citrus hops, some sweet fruit and an underlying toasted nuttiness. The flavor is full of hops as well, just about reaches the level of "IPA". Bitter citrus and floral - smooth sweet malts battle the bitterness. Pretty rich in the flavor department overall. Mouthfeel is medium and has a slight grittiness to it.

If you're into sweet, citrusy, hoppy pale ales, this'll be right up your alley. Pretty well balanced too and I sure didn't find any "off" flavors from the can. To be honest, I'm completely indifferent to whether my beer comes in a can or a bottle. A very good APA poured from a can, bottle, or otherwise...

Serving type: can

07-26-2006 03:11:23 | More by wedge
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NiceGuyMike

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a: Dark gold almost a brown ale. Healthy head with lacing all over the place.
s: floral and evergreen hops and roasted malts.
t: strong floral hops hit first that is quickly followed by lots of sweet maltiness. Hop bitterness finishes.
m: Full bodied, creamy goodness.
d: very enjoyable but a big heavey on the hoppy bitterness for my tastes. Tone down the hoppy bitterness and this is a great beer for me.

Serving type: can

07-23-2006 00:58:24 | More by NiceGuyMike
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bwyker

New York

4.93/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from its classy aluminum can into my finest chalice.

A: Foamy thick head that stuck around for quite a while. Amber orange with lots of bubbles. Nice lacing around the glass.

S: Grapefruit, floral hops. Smells as hoppy as a double IPA!

T: Taste is consistent with the smell -- earthy, citrus hop bitterness with a subtle sweetness. There is something buried in the aftertaste that I would attribute to the can, but this could be in my head.

MF: Very smooth. Maybe a little drying from the hops bitterness, but not overwhelming.

D: Extremely drinkable. I really wish I didn’t know it came from a can, as I feel I was looking for an aluminum can taste. I honestly believe you would have no idea it came from a can if you didn’t pour it yourself. Skeptics put on your wifebeater, crank up the skynyrd and enjoy!

Serving type: can

07-18-2006 18:04:53 | More by bwyker
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scooter231

New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty rusty color, great, great head. Foamy and sudsy. Stays for a while and leaves great lace. Smell is hoppy and, well, hoppy. Tastes quite hoppy as well, with a sweet, fruity thing going on in the background. Sure this isn't an IPA? Once again, like the Great Divide brews of Colorado, I taste a pot type thing going on. Must be something in the Colorado water... Mouthfeel is sudsy and surprisingly a little thin. Drinkability- pretty good, if you're in the mood for hops, otherwise, run away. And oh yeah- the can is the best, wish all beers came in cans.

Serving type: can

07-17-2006 03:51:26 | More by scooter231
Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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