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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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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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Photo of CharlieMopps
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
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!

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Photo of Absumaster
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of joe1510
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.27/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beer I've always put off trying for one reason or another...maybe it was the can as oppossed to the bottle. I mean, why a can for a microbrew? Is it cheaper? If it's such a good idea, how come almost every other microbrewery in the world uses bottles exclusively? Oh well, it was time to find out so here we are.

Clear copper body and decent wet head that dissipates to cap in about five minutes. Lacing is thick and adhesive. Nose is piney with medium bitterness. Taste is round and mellow with smooth, late breaking bitterness. No special flavors, kind of a no-frills pale ale with heavy but not overpowering hops. Still, it''s well done. Carbonation is a little over the top but otherwise this is a good everyday beer for hopheads. Slight metallic tinge isn't totally unexpected. This is worth trying and worth drinking for any hophead or general beer fan.

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Photo of BeerRun13
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color. Good two finger, off white head leaves some sticky lacing.
Light malt and slight hops. I seem to get some caramel bordering on diacetyl/sweet butter.
I don't think I get the diacetyl in the flavor, but there is some sort of different sweetness in the back. Pretty tasty still and balanced with a subtle bitterness.
Lighter side of medium. Low to moderate carbonation. Kinda' dry with a slight bittering mid-finish.
Drinkable enough, but not my favorite from this style.

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Photo of WAP
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a thin but foamy white head that leaves fingers of lacing on the glass. The smell is sweet, citrusy hops and is quite pleasant. The taste has a slight sweetness up front, followed by a citrus hop tinge and then finishing cleanly bitter. This is very hoppy for an APA, but pleasantly so. Texture is slightly creamy and lacking carbonation compared with others of the style -- this may come from canning? Overall a very solid Pale Ale that is a mainstay in my rotation.

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Photo of jscottku21
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Porter's Pub in Easton, PA. Having never heard of this beer previously, I thought I'd give this a try. Appearance is a dull copper and smell is that of citrusy hops. Taste is good, not overwhelming, but a nice floral nose with a mildly hoppy finish. ALl in all, not as good as the standard of the style, SNPA, but a very drinkable brew.

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Photo of psinderson
2.96/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

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Photo of Cresant
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Markgugs for this one. Poured this 12 oz. can into a nonic glass. Pakaging stated: CANC January 5 07. The body was a barely hazy golden honey color. The bone white head was about two fingers and left nice sheets of lacing down the glass.

Smell was hops and malts, well balance. Sweet and tart at the same time. Fruity. Moist wheat bread.

Taste reflected the aroma well. Crisp hops bitterness mixed with the caramel sweetness. Very well balanced and flavorful.

Mouthfeel was smooth with medium carbonation. Seems just right for the style. Nice overall.

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Photo of sleazo
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have heard alot about this being a good beer from a can so i decided to give it a shot after seeing whole foods selling it by the can.

A-Poured a rich amber colour with a fluffy head about an inch thick. The head manages to stay and the lace clings to the side.

S-Not much to speak of, a little malty.

T-Pretty darned good. Rich malt followed by a nice soapy hop bitterness. Very well balanced in the malt to hop ratio. The bitterness lingers in the mouth which I like.

M-Fluffy head gives way to a medium bodied brew. Medium carbonation

D-Avery easy drinking brew. i was somewhat skeptical thinking this was some sort of gimic but its surprisingly good.

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Photo of gunnerman
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a can into a pint glass, pours a amber copper color with a head that leaves a bit of lace on the glass. Smell is pretty amazing very hoppy and sweet additioins in there smell, like warm bitter apple pie just tacken out of the oven. Taste is simply awesome very bitter and in your face just how I like my apa, very weedy and a bit bready I can taste a bit of candy in there as well maybe like lemon head. This is awesome that we finally got Oskar Blues in Florida and for 7.99 a sixer you can't go wrong.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich and clear copper color. Full 3/4 inch head of tan foam holding steady. Sweet grassy nose, not too intense, with a touch of toasted bread malt.

Nutty and bitter hoppiness in the first taste, with a nice dryness. I don't get the same sweetness as expected from the aroma. It feels med in thickness, with a slight watery smoothness and average carbonation.

Nice all around flavor, nutty malt, light touch of roast, and alot of hop bitterness. It starts off smelling like an IPA, but definitely tastes like an American Pale. Pretty good from a can...

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Photo of demcorhip
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my wife's friend in Tennessee for sending this my way. He's enjoyed some midwest brews i sent his way and now he's repaying the favour.

A very nice looking pale ale. A dark copper tinged amber ale with a nice pillowy two finger head resulted from the pour into my trusty Samuel Smith's pint glass. Mellowly and finely carbonated, and fully yet intricately laced, leaving a very thick and clingy spider web as i drain the glass.

Toasted biscuit and a touch of caramel from the malts. A good dose of floral but mostly citrus hops, reminds me of Alpha King in that respect, which is a very good thing.

A damn fine pale ale. Very nice malts with toasted biscuit, a touch of caramel, and a mild creamy nuttiness. There seems to be a mix of the old and the new world in terms of hops, with floral and woodsy hops with a touch of astringency as well as the almost resinous grapefruity/piney hops, perhaps Cascade?

A very nicely balanced pale ale. Straighforward yet tasty malts give this brew an almost medium body. Even though the malts provide a solid backbone the hops more than stand up to them, with their floral, woodsy, and more bitter, almost to the point of stripping citrus and pine. A creamy mouthfeel yet finishes dry with a mild astringency make this a fine, somwhat complex, refreshing brew.

Incredibly easy to drink considering the 6.5% alcohol. Sessionable, although intoxication would certainly be the end result. A very tasty and refreshing hoppy pale ale. Would make a great stepping stone to the american IPA style, but certainly stands on its own as a solid example of the american pale ale. Looking forward to the chance to have more than one of these. Best beer ive had so far from a can, and Surly will have to be damn good to take that title once i have the pleasure of Bender or Furious.

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Photo of walshclimb
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - orangish medium amber, thick head with medium to big bubbles but few bubbles in the beer.

Aroma - malty with a hint of sourness

Flavor - crisp, citrus - grapefruit, slightly bitter

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, slightly viscous

Drinkability - smooth and easy to drink

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Photo of Kudashov
4.88/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

With Black Rebel Motorcycle Club " Red Eyes & Tears " on the Hi-Fi and the Frozen Four on the tube I thought it was time to review this beer . First off , the first time this apprentice went to Marty's in Newton , Dan " the beer man " told me that this is an enjoyable tasty brew " and that he has it in his fridge all the time . I was a bit turned off by the can . I did not say it to him but was thinking " if it's so good , why is it in the can ? " and " why is it the only craft brew on the shelf in a can ? " -- Marty's has Old Chub & Gordon too --...I took his advice and bought his other suggestions but not the Dale's Pale Ale ..Big mistake .. He was right this is an enjoyable brew and very tasty . One thing about the can it is great to sneak into the TD Banknorth Garden for Bruins & Celtic games . I would rather spend money on the good beer than those two lousy sports team but when you are getting free tix in company suite then ...you get my point ...

When poured into a pint glass the amber color is wonderful to look at . Huge egg shell colored head with a some stickiness on the sides . Slight hop - pine cone , grapefruit aroma . Granted my palate is " green " but this is in my top 3 beers since starting this hobby / addiction . There is a proportionate amount of bitter / sweet . Intense and smooth . This beer is beyond drinkable . Immaculate . Gave a few cans to my friends but they still like the BMC swill . Well their loss . This will be my cooler for the Myrtle Beach golf trip next weekend . This is another brew that makes searching , talking , and trying new beer worth the trip .

Had the Gordon and that is a winner too . Cheers to the Oskar Blues Brewery .

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Photo of cichief
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a six-pack of cans in Laurel, MD, for $7.99.

A- This beer poured a very deep amber-gold, with a thick off-white head.

S- Flowery hops..Cascade? Very inviting.

T- Very fresh flavor of hops, but well balanced.

M- Smooth, carbonated very well, smallish bubbles.

D- Very refreshing beer, could drink this everyday. Quite a remarkable beer, not used to beer this good coming from a can. Shows that it can (bad pun) be done. Better than other craft beers I have had in cans.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a big creamy head that retains well, boasting a nice burnt amber/orange color. Good clarity with lace already sticking as the head levels off a little bit.

Good malt/hops balance in the aroma, hops winning out by a couple paces. A little less upfront than I'd like, but it's clearly clean and well done.

Easy to tell right away that this one is all about balance. Plenty of orange-y hops, but also plenty of malt in tow, making for a focused pale ale experience. Nothing too imaginative comes to mind regarding the flavor, it's simply solid and straightforward. Toasty Malts, meet Oily Hops. That's pretty much the deal, and it's very good. It does remind me of the (relatively) local New River Pale Ale. Similar malt/hops profile and balance.

Love the creamy mouthfeel; carbonation is certainly present but it's cradled in a silky smooth body that feels really nice.

Oskar Blues have been leaders in the current beer-from-a-can renaissance, and it helps that their beers kick ass too. Would be nice to see more brewers do it (and cans are far more earth-/recycle-friendly than bottles). A very worthy pale ale in a sea of pale ale choices.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass to get the full effect-from here on out I will probably just drink it out of the can. Very nice copper color with a decent sized head. Nice hop aroma against a healthy dose of toasted malt. Big hop bite to it, though it has a great, sweet malty backbone to it as well. Very nicely balanced actually. Good mouthfeel. Overall I am very impressed. I had tried the Old Chub at the last Extreme Beer Fest I was at and thought it to be great. This is a huge step forward in my book. What I worry about is the 6.5% abv. On a hot summers day when the BUD is going down like water this could catch up to you in a hurry if you over do it. Anything in moderation right? Great to see great beer in a can. Wish more breweries would do it.

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Photo of crwills
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very pleasantly surprised to find this available at Biscuit BBQ in Brooklyn, NY. Wouldn't recommend the food there by any means (watery pulled pork, bleh), but the beer selection was half decent.

Dave's Pale comes in a can, like the other beer from this brewer I've had and enjoyed (Old Chub). I had to ask for a glass to pour it into (yeah, great service...) and received a cheap Ikea glass. Oh well.

Poured a pleasant slightly cloudy golden colour with a nice, frothy white head. Hoppy aromas abound immediately out of the can. Excellent American pine/citrus hop aroma, plus some coffee-like malt in there for balance. Taste: ditto. Slightly oily but very solid mouthfeel, and a tangy but short-lived aftertaste with notes of caramel. Loved it, could drink it all day.

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Photo of flexabull
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love beer in a can, if only more breweries did this...

Pours from the great looking can a slightly cloudy amber color with a nice head.

Aromas are pretty hoppy, some pine, and a bit of a sweet caramel like quality.

Taste is a bit subtle, but still quite good. There is a slightly sweet resin and caramel like flavor up front. Beer finishes with a touch of bitterness from the hops. This is a nice APA.

Mouthfeel is good, nice thick well rounded beer.

Drinkability is excellent. This is a great example of the style, I with this beer was available in CA, this would be my backpacking beer. Pack these cans in, and then pack them out.

Thanks a lot todd1 for sending me this, I want more!

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