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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,826 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,826
Hads: 6,687
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 152
Gots: 1,186 | FT: 7
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 Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (265 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +3%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

oskar blues flagship brew. now widely proliferated this beer pours a thick amber honey color with a one inch white head that lasts. smells more like an ipa than a pale ale, but has a defined malt strength that i guess qualifies it. taste is quite hoppy too, crisp and satisfying. has a pine and cut grass earthiness to it. mouthfeel is pleasant and smooth, but the heavier body can be filling. this is a versatile beer and a good every day drinker, but i find it works particularly well with spicy foods of the southwest. (521 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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 (579 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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! (493 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (831 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml can. D.P. Eh? A perfect sentiment for this Canuck visitor, I'd say.

This beer pours a glassy medium golden copper amber hue, with two fat fingers of densely foamy, bubbly off-white head, which leaves a decent array of hovering rain cloud lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs out of sight.

It smells of sweet candied orange and grapefruit citrus, caramel toffee malt, a decent dose of pine resin, a hint of dry honey, and a mildly medicinal alcohol astringency. The taste is more semi-sweet grapefruit and orange fleshy fruitiness, a sturdy bready caramel malt backbone, fading forest floor pine notes, and a small floral perfumed booze warmth.

The carbonation is fairly understated, yet generally supportive, the body a hefty medium weight, and rather smooth, without invasive peril. It finishes on the more or less sweet side, and from both angles, as the hops and malt both contribute equally to this late cause.

Overall, this beer is quite big on flavour, even if that seems to be an excuse to push it to the IPA brink and hover. A prototypical version of an APA with hopes and dreams of style escalation, but still one mired in the adulation of its current station - oh, shoot. Still the best canned beer that I've had in recent memory. (1,253 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Last of my 6-pack acquired in Wisconsin.

The pint pours a deep orange with nice clarity. Two fingers of dense, sudsy foam, that forms rings & sheets of lace as it diminishes. Surface has a whipped meringue sheen to it that's also nice.

Hops are resiny and fruity, tropical like mango. Pale malt surfaces too as it warms up.

Big pale malt body, slight residual hebal bitterness that triggers the salivary glands. Sort of dry in the finish, enhances drinkability. Light to medium mouthfeel, pleasant and easy to drink.

It took alot of self-control to save a can from the six-pack for a review. Two weeks from purchase no less...now I need more. (649 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (2,293 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a pillowy, off-white, three-finger head. It left great rings of lace.

S - It smelled of Cascade hops and grasses. Also, a good bit of maltiness.

T - It had a great bittersweet taste with a good deal of malt and tons of hoppy kick.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an outstanding APA. It smelled very good and tasted of amazing hops. (412 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (1,375 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (707 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (852 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I hope Dale doesn't mind I take a few nips... Regardless, this stuff pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, light flowers, light grass, and a version of sweet caramel that blends in quite well with the surroundings. The taste brings in more of the same, with a sharper sense of the grass and the rind of the orange. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very nice pale ale, straight up. (541 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass. Canned American craft beer review #100. I can’t believe that I’ve gone this long without reviewing the beer that started the whole revolution!

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of eggshell-white head. This retains with a thin and creamy foaminess, which throws up a frothy cascade that settles into a good bit of spotty that dots the sides of the glass. The aroma smells freshly floral and a touch spicy in the nose, with some leafy and bitter citrus character lying underneath. Malts have a presence here as well though, with sweeter notes of toast and maybe even a light touch of butter flavor.

The taste has a crisp citric snap on the palate, which is well balanced by the bready and grainy feeling sweetness of the malts. Like the nose, I’m even picking up a touch of diacetyl, which is actually nicely complimenting the malt presence here. It even lingers a bit in the finish, along with dry and pithy feeling green bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied; with a smooth crispness that is definitely on the creamier side overall. There is a bit of a light alcohol feel here but it doesn’t impact the feel much at all, except maybe adding a bit of boldness to the hop profile some.

I guess that this one’s become a minor classic over the last several years and there’s a reason why. It’s a well made APA with enough flavor to keep the craft beer lovers happy but still approachable enough to bring new drinkers in as well. And it’s in a can! This is solid stuff here that I would never turn down. (1,556 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear orange-amber body rests gently beneath a short head of white that holds well and leaves some very nice lace about the glass. The nose delivers a combination of bright, fruity (more orange than grapefruit) and mildly piney hops along with a splash of yeasty fruitiness and a base of sweetish malt. It's crisp in the mouth without being overly aggressive, and it fades smoothly and cleanly from the palate. The flavor is bold, to say the least, and seems to add a light touch of diacetyl to it's already rich and fairly complex profile. It's exceptionally well balanced by a solid bitterness that allows its malt sweetness to shine before drying in the finish; and it's delicately pine-like hop flavors linger in the finish along with a touch of doughy maltiness. Quite nice! This beer deserves far more attention than it gets (and the fact that it's available in a can is a complete bonus!). Go get some!!! (913 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Yay more good beer in a can, and hell yeah for being Dale's 1000th review!

A: Poured into my SA Perfect Pint glass with a fluffy 2 finger head that slowly fades but continues to get supplemented by the many bubbles floating up from the etch at the bottom. Super clear amber copper brown color. The fluffy head leaves a nice lacing as well.

N: A nice combination of malts and hops. Some light toasty malt aromas, combined with quite a few hop aromas. Mostly a chewy hop aroma, with touches of pine, spicy, citrus, and floral hops.

T: Chewy hop taste, quite bitter actually. A nice citrus, pine, and earthy hop flavors, make it pretty bitter (not IPA status but close). A slight malty tone comes underneath it. A slight juicy hop flavor also comes through on a different part of the tongue and time. Slight spicy hop flavor too.

M: Lighter, slightly watery unfortunately, but good carbonation.

F: FInishes pretty dry and plenty bitter. Lingering spicy hops combine with a slight pine and citrus as well as some earthy chewy hop flavors that stick around for a while. The bitterness builds a bit but doesn't get overwhelming. Overall a very nice drinking beer, on the bitter side, but still lighter for a good summer drink. (1,225 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/29/07 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a golden brown color, with a medium foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts with some citrus and hops.

T: The taste starts out with a nice burst of hops bitterness up front, then some sweet flavors of citrus and caramel that come in next along with a hearty malt character that provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a long time. (734 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at a neighborhood place in east Denver. Back home, out of curiosity I opened a can I had in the fridge. So I"m reviewing the tap version from tonight's notes and comparing with the can in hand.

On the darker side of amber in the pint glass. Lots of malt at first taste, makes for a nice mouthful. Gets quite hoppy the more you drink. Fairly rich with a touch of biscuity malt. Quite bitter with plenty of piney flavors. OK with a couple of spicy shrimp tacos but not something I'd try again.

The can version has more carbonation as you can pour more as you like. Seems to be more of an IPA with the seriously resiny taste. Sharp, an increasingly harsh bitterness, but if that's your style this is full-bodied and straightforward. (738 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty big off white head settles to a nice lacing after leaving a bit of lacing covering the walls of the glass above a clear caramel copper colored pale ale.

Faint citrus and pine style hops aroma with a bit of fresh cut grass also making an appearance.

Light citrus style hops taste with some of the pine tagging along with a very light lightly roasted caramel maltiness as well.

Drying aftertaste with just a bit of the citrus aspects of the taste sticking around with this medium bodied drink.

Decent tasting pale ale, I could drink a bunch of these when in the mood, although I did find the $11.99 price tag for a 6 pack of 12 ounce cans a bit much, a person can find pale ales equal to this one or better from a variety of brewers for under ten bucks in any liquor store. (782 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a standard ale glass cold.

A - Not even a pssst as the pop top is depressed. A dark copper w/ a full 3 finger off white head. Lace is left in a haphazard array.

S - Citrusy hops and the sweet scent of pale malts. An almost lactic scent is noticed.

M - Citric, bitter w/ a hoppy oil feel. A medium bodied ale w/ a dry finish. Nice accents of hops and spice in the texture.

T - A sweet crystal malt taste that allows a very potent, but flavorful blend of hop tastes to emerge. Woody noble hops take presidence an late citrus is the focus. The malt balances out the bitterness well. A round creamy taste is noticeable up front. The dry and nutty character gets more noticeable when warm.

D - A fine pale ale, but a bit more bitter than I would prefer. There is plenty of flavor from malt and hops and this is above average as far as drinkability goes. It is potent for the style. (920 characters)

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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