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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale

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very good

4,645 Ratings

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Ratings: 4645
Reviews: 1693
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: 4,645 | Reviews: 1,693 | Show All Ratings:
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New York

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

Looks like a pale ale!
Deep amber color with some white lacing on the glass and a head that doesnt hang around for too long.
Smells like a pale ale!
A pleasant deep maltyness intermingled with a nice herbal/floral hop aroma. A little bit buttery in the nose, as well.
Tastes like a pale ale!
A hoppy one at that. A pronounced, in your face raw pine hop attack that gets reigned in some by the malts. Dry, bitter, with a long, oily hop finish.
This brew has some balls to it. Flirts with the idea of being an IPA; reminds me of some EIPAs.
Not my favorite style but this is a good example of the style.
And I'm all over the idea of craft beer in a can.

Serving type: can

07-10-2006 05:37:58 | More by ommegangpbr
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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dale's Pale Ale
12 oz aluminum can
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

I was beach bound this Saturday afternoon and decided to pick up a six pack. After months of hearing about Dale's Pale Ale, I was excited to spot this beer in the cooler. After sitting in a beach chair and listening to my ipod for most of the afternoon, I saved one in the cooler and now on to the review...

Pours a hazy orange with bronze highlights. Nice looking head on top that transforms to a thin lace leaving sticky lace patterns on the glassware.

Very hoppy aroma with whiffs of citrus, pine and sweet malts.

The sip starts off with a sweet, caramel malt profile and then quickly turns to an aggressive hop finish. The hop profile screams of grapefruit and lime twang with an earthy pine feel. This is a West coast style APA all day long and so enjoyable.

One of the best beesr I've had from a can. I love the convenience of the packaging and the quality of this beer; a rare combo these days. Could this be a sign of things to come? I hope so. Hats off to Oskar Blues Brewery.

Serving type: can

07-08-2006 21:02:57 | More by Hibernator
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4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From an aluminum can, this brew pours a beautiful, rich amber color with a solid foamy head. Very attractive. The aroma is packed with hops: citrus and pine. Also present is a notable caramel-like malt backdrop. The taste is moderately dry and slightly resinous. There’s some malt flavor as well, but it fades increasing into the background as you near the finish. The finish is dry, moderately bitter, and full of a citric hop flavor. Moderate carbonation and a full body. Clean, and very drinkable. I was very impressed with this beer.

Serving type: can

07-08-2006 11:18:10 | More by Suds
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3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pumpkin orange hue pours with a great head and nice retention. Piney aroma along with grapefuit and maybe pineapple. Good hop flavor followed by excellent malt balance. Not a bitter pale along the lines of Sierra Nevada or the like. Along with everyone else who tries this I am amazed at drinking such a good beer out of a can.There are better pale ale’s out there but certainly not in a can.

Serving type: can

07-07-2006 04:46:20 | More by BeerAmbassador
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New York

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer in a can? Haven't had this since college. No best by date.


Pours a clear medium brown with an inch of tight white head on top.


Excellent grapefruit aroma imparted by the hops. This came from a can?


Damn! This is excellent!!! Beautiful sweet malts balanced perfectly with an intense bitter fresh grapefruit that is bursting with juiciness. Chewy mouthfeel, insanely smooth, this is phenomenal.


Brewed by two self-proclaimed hill-billy brothers, who refuse to bottle anything, this would appear gimmicky at first, but after opening, and consuming you realize this is the real deal. An excellent beer whether canned/bottled, whatever.

Serving type: can

07-01-2006 03:13:31 | More by cbl2
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New York

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber nice head, great retention and lace. Smell is of carmel malts, and piney hops. Body is fairly thick with some carbionation. Taste is smooth. Malty up front with a piney hop finish. This is a great beer!! Balance is malt and hops is excellent.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2006 01:34:36 | More by riversider76
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3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Bukowski's in Back Bay after I had heard so much about this wonderful Pale Ale in a CAN(ooohhhh). Yes, it is in a can, and yes it was pretty damn good.
It poured a deep amber color with a medium head and moderate carbonation. Nothing terribly impressive.
I expected more of that aluminum-canned taste but got little or none of it. Hoppy and floral, with deep roasted and caramel malts. Not as much fruitness as I had been told, but still packs a punch for a canned beer.
Taste was very hoppy and mildly malty. Bittersweet piney and floral hops dominate and although the can gives a little bit more subdued punch, its still a punch.
Mouthfeel was very much like an IPA, although less astringent. Bittersweet fades into a clean and crisp finish, mild buttery overtones on the back of your tongue but nothing very pronounced.
Overall I was impressed. Not the best APA I've ever had, but by far the best I've had in a can, for what thats worth.

Serving type: can

06-30-2006 19:00:23 | More by sinistrsam
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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good West Coast IPA, if you pour it out of the can that is. The bitter flavor lingers more than I like in the last tasting, but when I feel more like a hop head, this isn't bad. The can imparts an aluminum flavor worth avoiding, it doens't mix well and you miss the nice hoppy aroma this beer has. The smell is probably it's strongest point, but it looks god too. I have a hard time rating appearance above 4... maybe this one deserves more being a loner canned microbrew. It's more than a novelty.

Update: after finding $3 cans at my local lunch haunt of Dale's PA, I've taken a real strong liking to this. I was elated to see some fine NYC review of Pale Ale's put this one on top too. I put drinkability from 3 to 4 and upgraded taste, mouthfeel and smell a 1/2 point each. It's a good one in every respect and has a very nice nose. I'm at the point that I would choose it of DFH60.

Serving type: can

06-19-2006 18:33:53 | More by snilsen13
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North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

Serving type: can

06-17-2006 14:11:35 | More by AlexJ
Photo of SethB2


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

Poured out of a can into a Chalice.

Beer pours a medium amber color with an small amount of lacing. Smell of a sweet malts covering a yet to be discover hop profile. I like the taste. Malty and a tad hoppy, all at the same time. That said neither are really dominant. Just a well balanced, very drinkable beer. Probably the best beer I have ever had out of a can.

Serving type: can

06-17-2006 06:39:25 | More by SethB2
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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Having read more than a few comments about this particular beer in reference to quality beer in cans, I immediately picked up a 6-pack of it when I spotted it at Whole Foods.
Poured a semi-translucent, rust-orange color with an eggshell colored head that left behind plenty of lacing (rings). Aromas of grapefruit, citrus, hops, and grass seemed to come out. The taste was quite hoppy with bitterness right upfront and a malt sweetness in the tail end. The finish was semi-sour with a hint of ginger. Nice texture, but perhaps not carbonated enough. Easy to drink and sip; I'll be looking at cans in a whole new way.

Serving type: can

06-12-2006 18:31:02 | More by jaluria
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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
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North Carolina

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

Had on tap at the Olde Hickory Taproom, previously reviewed from the can.
Pint was the color of a typical IPA. Amber in color with red, orange, and golden hues. 1" white head quickly receded to a filmy lace on top.
Smell is dominated by piney hops.
Man this is a good beer. I still stand by my assumption that this is more like an IPA. Citrus and piney hops with a dry finish.
Feels oily in the mouth. I like.
Extremely drinkable. This is no gimmick beer, it is a real fine, refreshing, crisp beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2006 02:33:34 | More by wcudwight
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North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a big philosophical argument with myself over whether you can actually pour a beer from a can into a glass. Some would say that a beer in a can is meant to be drunk out of a can...no glasses allowed.

On to the beer (poured into a glass). The beer poured a clear amber with a slightly off-white and long-lasting head.

Aroma was mainly malt for me with some citrus hops in the mix, but rather subdued. A little breadiness and some graininess.

Balanced, but the taste favors the malt side of the equation. Medium body and a bitter but not unpleasant aftertaste.

Overall a good beer and very convienient for tailgating, etc..

Now on to more pressing questions -- If a beer falls in the woods...

Serving type: can

06-07-2006 19:24:27 | More by ncbrewerbun
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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. can. $7.49 / 6-pack at the local Kroger's.

Hmmm....canned IPA? Call me skeptical.

Pours a pale ale-ish hazy-chinky amber-copper in color. Tight layer of tannish-white head. Modest lacing of the glass. Aromas are really, REALLY pronounced citrus hop zest mixed with oily pine resins. Amazing. Flavor is snappy and brisk, starting off with a citrus splash followed by a puckering pine sap dollop on the tongue. There's an undertow of malt backbone that keeps this one in check. Hoppy? Heck yes. But not overtly so. Finishes dry, with a short-lived orange zest aftertaste. Right amount of carbonation. Decent body. Very drinkable. A sure-fire tailgating beer if there ever was one.

Serving type: can

06-04-2006 20:58:38 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark amber, with a nice, thick, 3" head. Thick, foamy lacing lines the glass.

Smell: Plenty of citrusy and piney hops burst from the glass with an undercurrent of sweet, fruity malt.

Taste: Dale's begins with a rush of hop bitterness, very piney and citrusy the transitions to a middle consisting of underlying semi-sweetness, mild fruits come to mind. The finish is all about the hops again as their bitterness lingers long on the tongue. Not the slightest hint of aluminum can be traced.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, slightly oily with hops and ample carbonation.

Drinkability: I stumbled upon Dales a few years ago when coming back from Rocky Mountain National Park and stopped in Lyons, CO for a beer. It was damn fine on tap, then when they said they had six packs to go in cans, I couldn't believe it. Anyway, move ahead a few years and I'm finally reviewing this APA. Dales is a hop heads APA, in fact, its more along the lines of an IPA if you ask me. Plenty of juicy, citrusy hops and that undercurrent of semi-sweet malts makes this an easy drinker for sure. No trace of metal can be found in the flavor profile. This is a beer that I highly recommend, and its even better that it comes in a can. Seek and enjoy, a great beer to take boating, hiking or on the beach.

Serving type: can

05-29-2006 18:52:48 | More by SwillBilly
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3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer poured a very nice amber color with a big head that lasted throughout the consumption.

aroma is primarily hops but there is a hint of alcohol and bread as well.

taste is dominated by american hops with a nice amount of malt character as weel. very standard APA flavor profile, but good, however,as the beer warms an acute alcohol taste becomes present, not blending well with the other flavors.

mouthfeel is medium viscosity, feels good.

overall, this is a very solid beer, very convenient that it comes in cans, this would be a good one for camping trips and such when bottles are cumbersome.

Serving type: can

05-16-2006 01:06:56 | More by evanackerman
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
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3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours to a copper color with off-white head and good lacing. Good floral aorma with hints of citrus fruits. Taste very hoppy with a pleasant aftertaste. Been a while since I’ve had beer out of a can, but this was a pleasant surprise over what you usually get. This would be a really good beer for a hot summer’s day.

Serving type: can

05-15-2006 01:40:51 | More by kimcgolf
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North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is nearly perfect, pours an amber color with nice clarity and a massive off-white head that retains excellently. The aroma has some citrusy and piney hops, caramel, some fruity esters and some toasted bread. The flavor starts out with citrusy and piney hops, followed by some caramel, toasted bread, some fruity esters and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth, but i felt the carbonation was slightly low. Drinkability is very good. A good beer, but i didnt think it was hoppy enough for what it bills itself as personally, i kept wishing for a SNPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 04:11:34 | More by silver0rlead
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New Jersey

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

I was underwhelmed by the Old Chub, so I was a bit hesitant pouring this one, but in the end it turned out to be a solid, enjoyable brew.

It pours a very nice copper colour with a hefty and chunky head that is pretty sticky overall.

The aroma is a bit fruity and sweet, a bit pine-like and a touch bready as well. There's a nice refreshing, balanced mix here.

The flavour hits on all of the aromas quite nicely. The malt is a little more noticeable here than in the smell, but hops still dominate. There's also more of a caramel flavour intermingleing with the other flavours all throughout.

The mouthfeel is nice and biting and crisp. Good stuff.

I enjoyed this one. It's easy drinking and quite flavorful at the same time. It still baffles me that good beer comes in cans now, but I'll definitely pick up more of this in the future.

Serving type: can

05-10-2006 20:38:00 | More by guinness33
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New Mexico

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

Hell yeah! Oskar Blues beers (Dale's Pale Ale and Old Chub, at least) are available at Consumer's on Transit in Williamsville! Picked up a sixer today. Can art is a bit different: Blue background, red and white logo with mountain landscape in the background -- no bricks or whatever that is on the picture here. Pours a bright copper with frothy soy-milk-colored head. Citric aromas of grapefruit and pine sap blended with a sweetish biscuity malt scent. Taste is extremely hoppy for an American Pale Ale; astringent grapefruit and tangerine flavors abound. There is nevertheless a strong malt backbone, biscuity and caramelly. Lovely hop-tinged burps. Much more like an IPA, in my opinion. Smooth, juicy mouthfeel and medium-light body. Quite drinkable, just don't agree that it's an APA. I'm super excited that this is available in Buffalo now -- I've been wanting to try this for a while and thought I'd have to wait until my next trip to Denver. Not so!

Serving type: can

05-05-2006 19:26:32 | More by orfeu
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4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to RobBeer for lugging this all the way to Japan.

A - Nice hazy orange body. With thin stubborn white lacing.
S - Holy cascade hop (oranges) aroma! I love it. Maltyness.
T - Nice big orange hoppy profile. Big malt balancing the big hop. This gots to be more IPA than just APA. A nice bit of yeastyness. I imagine this is "can conditioned". Despite the big orange flavor, this beer is not overly bitter. There could be a bit more sweetness.
M - Nice and creamy. Delish.
D - I like this, I wish it was sold in Japan!!! It makes me all nostalgic.

Serving type: can

04-29-2006 10:31:09 | More by Naerhu
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New York

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

I got this on tap while getting a drink before dinner in NYC last weekend. It was poured from a tap handle that had a Dale's Pale Ale can on it.

A-The color was a dark golden color that was still translucent. With a 1/4 off white head that left a surprising amount of lace(which lasted the entire beer).
S- was of hops (i'm pretty sure cascade were present, as well as at least one more). The hops carried a citrus/grapefruit scent, and there was a light malt scent presence as well.
T-The body of the beer was nice with a citrus hop body that was not too overwhelming. The finish had a strong hop crispness, and a bitter but smooth finish.
M/D- The mouthfeel was nice. There was not too much carbonation, actually it kinda had a really low carbonation level(well a little lower than I prefer). It kinda reminded me of SNPA, but that is probably because of the cascade hops. Overall I enjoyed this beer, and it was a great way to start of my week end in new york.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2006 04:53:19 | More by jameaterblues
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New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dale's Pale Ale

Served up in an aluminum can. ($2.00)

Appearance- honey orange with a thick white head. Lotsa lacing.
Smell- Creamy malt with a robust earthy hop kick.
Taste- smooth creamy malt balanced well with the dirty earthy hops. No sugary sweetness and no adjunct!
Mouthfeel- An easy to drink smooth Pale Ale. Slight bitterness in the end and a little heavy on the carbonation.

Overall- A very good Pale Ale and even bigger thumbs up cause its in a can. A definite purchase for when cans-only will suffice!! This will be found in my backpack during hiking trips!

Serving type: can

04-23-2006 18:06:27 | More by NJpadreFan
Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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