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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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BA SCORE
88
very good

5,951 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 5,951
Reviews: 1,749
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 115
Gots: 660 | FT: 6
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)
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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Understated pale, with citrus hop smell and citrus orange taste. Above average mouthfeel. Satisfying in a meal. Suitable carbonation. Decent for a beer in a can, but I still detected metallic in my glass. which subtracted from a good balance of bitterness and malt.

Sammy, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +2.8%

t0rin0, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +2.8%

spycow, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 10/13/11.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a 2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and some herbal and citrus zest hops. Taste is of malt up front with the herbal and citrus zest hops on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good pale ale but nothing too remarkable.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

djrn2, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -10%

zestar, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

acurtis, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice light copper color with a white head and pretty good lacing. The nose is straight citrus and floral hops with only a bit of light bread in the background. The taste isn't quite as hoppy and has a mild malty character. Good body with a bit of dryness and nice carbonation. Drinks quite well and is a great all around beer. In fact, one through which I've introduced quite a few people to craft.

Thorpe429, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +2.8%

nmann08, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Texasfan549, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured very light copper in color with a head that quickly disappeared into lacing patterns. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of citrusy hops and pale malts in the nose.
T: There is a good balance between the slight bitterness from the hops and some sweetness from the malts in the overall flavor.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and can be considered as being sessionable. It's surprisingly hoppy for a pale ale and is rather flavorful.

metter98, May 22, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

GRG1313, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.8%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a very nice head that leaves plenty of lace

Smell: Biscuity smell combined with a background of citrusy hops

Taste: Starts out with a nice bit of biscuity malt but that is quickly subsumed by a dose of bitter hops; the hops dominate for quite some time, but the malt returns on the finish to provide a bit of residual sweetness; there is also a bit of sour rye in the finish as well

Mouthfeel: A bit thick and slick with relatively low carbonation

Drinkability: A very nicely executed pale ale, with a balanced flavor profile

brentk56, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good beer that lives up to the hype. The tap delivers a well-carbonated copper hue with firm, froathy head formation and great retention- lots of lacing on the glass. A mild has persists, likely from dry-hopping. Aromas of abundant hops- a lot of grapefruit, orange zest, pine, and lemon grass. A firm malt backbone follows with low-lying sweetness and hints of bready crusts. Low fruitiness from esters and low phenolics. Flavors bring about a crisp malty flavor with low sweetness (only to balance). The hops are definately showcased with a burst of flavors like those found in the nose. The malts round out the hops with light fruitiness (kinda English-like only better attenuated). The body is medium, yet firm with a crisp, malty snappyness. Finishes with a clean, dry, hoppy note. On par with Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale.

BEERchitect, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of Brentfeesh: Poured a slightly hazy deep amber color ale with a nice foamy head with average retention. Aroma of crisp C-type hops with a nice sweet malt base. Taste is a very well balance mix between sweet malt and some bitter hops. Body is above average and carbonation is just perfect. Well made example of an APA.

Phyl21ca, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Particulate-choked pumpkin with butternut edges. The initially zesty carbonation settled down within minutes, having created a lovely looking head of pastel orange that looks to be chock full of hop oils. It's melting impossibly slowly and is leaving a nearly completely covered glass in its wake. A truly first-class look.

The nose is absolutely loaded with at least one, and probably a few, of the 4-Cs. Oskar Blues will only admit to 'four kinds of American hops', but there's no doubt that grapefruit peel and oranges are on parade. More specifically, brown sugary, pine sap-dipped, candied grapefruit and orange zest chunks. Many IPAs would be proud to have a nose this hopaliciously good.

Dale's Pale Ale isn't quite as stunning on the palate. I can't say that I've had another beer from a can that tasted as much like the can as this one does. I'm sure these things are lined in this day and age, but there's a definite metallic quality to the flavor that isn't sitting well with me. Thankfully, the metal fades quickly and is all but gone by the third mouthful. In its place is a firmly hoppy pale ale that isn't as brilliant as the nose implied. It's no slouch, but I'm not tempted to reach for any words more complimentary than 'good'.

This is definitely a well-malted APA. There's too much caramel for my tastes, but at least the brewers have seen fit to balance it (some would say overbalance it) with a boatload of hops. Dale's is a larger-than-life pale ale, one of the biggest I've had, but it still doesn't knock Alpha King from its perch. The abundant ingredients result in a long, lingering finish that highlights the clinging resinousness of the hops.

As already alluded to, the mouthfeel is medium-full in general and bursting at the seams for the style. Rarely do pale ales achieve this degree of viscous chewability and mouthcoating stickiness. Carbonation works behind the scenes to lighten things a little and very nearly fails in the attempt.

Before popping the tab, I wondered whether Dale's Pale Ale would supplant my favorite canned beer of all-time, Caldera Pale. Caldera's version is my clear favorite, although from what I remember, the scores are similar. This is an excellent choice (when glass is verboten) for those hopheads lucky enough to have access.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +2.8%

jaydoc, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, my first canned beer in years, I was a bit nervous how the taste would hold up versus a bottle. I was very happy with the results. First off I did not think the can would pour as well as it did. Beautiful rich orange color, with lots of haze, and visible streams of carbonation coming up from the bottom. Big white, frothy head slowly faded to leave about a half inch that stayed until the end. Big time sticky lace all down the glass. Smell was very crisp, lots of citrus flavors and some hints of grass or fresh leaves. As it warmed some more grain and earthy bread like smells became apparent. The taste was very light, crisp, refreshing. This beer absolutly screamed sessionable at me, could drink this year round anytime of day, was perfect with dinner(ham) and just very enjoyable. Taste was predominantly the hoppy side, grapefruit and pineapple as well as hints at some pine freshness. This was balanced out very nicely with hints at grain and yeast flavors. I actually detected a bit of green apple too which was very nice. Big dry finish with a long lingering bitter aftertaste made this a keep. I was very happy with this brew and will not shy away from the can. I actually think more beer could be in cans, as it seemed to make for a better pour, and shipping and storage were much easier. Overall a winner and looking forward to trying the rest of the line.

mikesgroove, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

kylehay2004, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the can into my Russian River pint glass. The beer is clear and amber in color with a thin white foam that leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The smell is a nice combination of citrus hops (with a mild piney quality) and quite a bit of sweet, bready malt. There is also a mild honey smell.

T: The taste is fairly comparable to the nose. The hops are certainly present, but not overwhelming. The citrus flavors are dominant in the beginning, followed by a sweet malt flavor, and a bitter finish.

M: The beer is fairly well carbonated and the body is medium, but on the fuller side for a pale ale.

D: A good example of a Pale Ale. Not overly hoppy nor malty, but a good balance of the two.

womencantsail, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is really impressive. Poured out as a golden color with a sturdy looking white head on top. The lacing was really good too. The smell of the beer, has a really good hop quality to it. There is a little malt in there too. The taste of the beer is hoppy also, this beer could almost be an IPA I think. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry in the aftertaste. Overall I was expective to like this as much as I did, but I was happy that it tasted as good as it did. Very enjoyable brew!

Knapp85, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm. It's interesting so many have had this on bottle.

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey-amber body with a taller, off-white head.

Smell: Very punchy, hop-laden nose smelling richly of orange zest, grapefruit wedges, and pine sap. There's a light backing of maltiness, but, for the most part, this is a hopcentric aroma.

Taste: Brief, toasty maltiness with a crystal malt sweetness and hint of light brown sugar. Rich blend of citruses and pine with a medium-high hop bitterness. Finishes quite dry with a long, lingering bitterness and citric taste of grapefruit rinds.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Relatively smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Definitely not one of those wimpy, easy-going APAs you usually cross paths with. A very flavorsome, boldly hopped pale ale, but it still remains rather drinkable. Good work, Oskar Blues.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

SocalKicks, May 10, 2014
Photo of oberon
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to say this is my new favorite APA,poured a clear deep golden with a very tight well retained 0ne finger head that stuck like glue to the pint glass dissapating ever so slowly.Intermingling aromas of biscuity lightly sweet malt and piney,resiny hop neither win out but a re a perfect match,wow what balance and hop character starts out with a suger dough-like quality but a "voluminously" big piney,resiny hop quality follows thru to the end.I'll tell you what to me its dead on what a American pale ale should be the American hop profile is there but there is some balance,damn I loved it.

oberon, Apr 20, 2006
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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
88 out of 100 based on 5,951 ratings.