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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale

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4,643 Ratings

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Ratings: 4643
Reviews: 1692
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)
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Photo of armiakhe


3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The appearance was an amber/gold with a lot of bubbles with a foamy head when poured. The smell definitely had some hops to it and smelled of citrus with a touch of pine. The taste overall was OK to me it had a very strong hop taste so it was a little overwhelming to me.

Serving type: can

04-26-2013 12:46:42 | More by armiakhe
Photo of twokansamm


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

I had this beer over 2 years ago on our "Beegrimage" to 10 Colorado breweries in 2 days. Oskar Blues was on our list. So when a friend offered to bring me a box of 12 cans back from Colorado, I was overjoyed.

A nice retentive head, exceptional caramel malt flavor, and superbly balanced hop bittering... does it get any better for APA lovers? It's strange to open a craft beer from a can, but the hop aroma that sifts out is amazing. The 12 oz can was just like I remember the draft when visiting the brew pub.

Serving type: can

08-10-2007 16:58:28 | More by twokansamm
Photo of copyguyadam


3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can into a Sam Adams glass.

A - Oh pretty beer
S - Nice light scent from this one
T - Subdued hops in a pale ale
M - This is an anytime, easy drinking pale ale
D - Could have 3 or 4 of these and feel good doing it

Good pale ale with a kick of hops to get you excited. A little more hop and this is an IPA.

Serving type: can

05-21-2010 01:10:15 | More by copyguyadam
Photo of k7sw


4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured hard from a can into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A- Deep golden amber body with a big frothy tan head that sticks around all the way through until it sits at the bottom of the glass (like Guinness on tap at an Irish pub)
S- Strong floral nose, something woody decidedly sweet
T- Starts off with a strong bite, then flavors of caramel, apple, and a bittersweet finish. Just on the brink of being too sweet but it comes back just in time.
M- Goes down smooth, medium carbonation
D- Great for a day hike or drinking on your lawn in a hurricane.

Definitely a favorite beer, and it comes in a can too!

Serving type: can

08-30-2011 19:56:40 | More by k7sw
Photo of dudelove7485

New York

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very amber in color. The foamy, off-white head was comprised of medium-large bubbles; good retention and nice lacing. The aroma is very hoppy and floral with a bit of plum. The taste is hoppy, malty and resiny with a tad of citrus and caramel. The beer is fairly balanced, but might be a little on the hoppy side. Medium body with medium carbonation. The finish is bitter but satisfying. The beer seems to almost border on an American Amber. The packaging was deceiving. I would encourage Oskar Blues to hire a marketing company.

Serving type: can

09-12-2011 00:01:26 | More by dudelove7485
Photo of CrystalShipMS3


4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a can. How cool is that?

Look: Golden. Leaving a white head all the way down the glass.

Smell: hops are very floral sweet honey like malts.

Taste: perfectly balanced hop and malt flavors. The hops are floral and not too bitter. The malt is honey flavored but still grain like. There's a nice hoppy pine on the exhale and leaves a pleasant piney and hop oil aftertaste.

Feel: it's highly drinkable. Perfect carbonation.

Overall: it's a great beer. It comes in a can. What else can I say?

It would make a great session beer. I could drink this all night.

Serving type: can

11-07-2011 18:58:36 | More by CrystalShipMS3
Photo of clemtiger8202


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

Had on-tap at Mellow Mushroom in Myrtle Beach. Honey colored with a finger of off-white head that reduced to a thin layer pretty quickly, but it stayed throughout the drink and had some lacing. Slightly piney, citrusy nose up front. Malty/bready notes were in there. Malt sweetness up front on the taste that gave way to a hop (piney/herbal) bitterness in the middle and citrus on the finish. Some bitterness lingered and it was semi-dry.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2012 18:31:09 | More by clemtiger8202
Photo of marinobrew

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Finally Dale's Pale Ale comes to NC!
I first discovered Dale's in an aricle in All About Beer in 05, and read an article in the New York Times that claimed Dale's Pale Ale to be number one in the nation.
Let's See.
Appearance is copper and brilliantly clear with a creamy tight laced head.
Nose is aromatic grapefruit, apricot, and pney resin.
Mouth is smooth more malty sweet than expected but not too much. This allows a nice peacan nuty-ness to develope with undertones of toasty bread and the lingering citrus and bitter hops is inviting for another sip. This is an easy drinking Pale Ale and a great transition beer for those who are not into hoppy beers. This is no Alpha King of Pisgah Pale, but still one of the better Pale Ales.

Serving type: can

04-06-2006 21:21:37 | More by marinobrew
Photo of Beercub


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

This an almost ruby red sweet syrupy beer with a nice balanced bitterness at the end. The taste is simply delicious with notes of cherry, strawberry, and grass. Sometimes I even detect a subtle cocoa flavour which give it a little bit of that chocolate-covered cherry impression. The mouthfeel is smooth and little bit on the heavy side. It is my new every-day beer...The cans are very practical.

Serving type: can

10-11-2007 17:36:41 | More by Beercub
Photo of alephilmac


4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium, foamy head, that was retained throughout. Redish-orange.

S: Citrus, floral hops. Has a great deal of hops in the nose, more than one would expect.

T: Stays true to the nose, citrus hop bitterness with a bit of sweetness.

MF: Smooth and complex. The perfect amount of bite to go along with the excellent sweetness that is perfectly rounded by the hops.

D: Too drinkable. I could stick with this as one of my favorite pales any time of the year (or day for that matter)

Serving type: can

03-30-2008 00:57:24 | More by alephilmac
Photo of ncfrey

New Mexico

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

Reviewed from notes taken 4-30-2010
Can into New Belgium globe glass

a - Slightly hazy orange-amber, thin white head with average retention.

s - Big toffee, caramel, resiny floral and citrus hops. Has a strong stickiness that makes me a bit nervous to taste it.

t - Malts are equally biscuit, toffee, and caramel. Has a bitter but very manageable finish, a bit spicy but hard to pinpoint the hop flavor.

mf - Creamy, medium-bodied, with lots of carbonation. A bit thick for an APA, but that's how I like it.

d - A six pack could easily go in one night.

Lacks the crispness of some APA's like, for instance, New Belgium's Mighty Arrow, but another respectable Oskar Blues offering nonetheless. A very pleasing combination of flavor, feel, and drinkability.

Serving type: can

05-15-2010 10:52:24 | More by ncfrey
Photo of cactusjuggalo


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

Just a fantastic pale ale. Pours a almost hazy golden color leaves a tiny head behind.

Not much of an aroma coming off of this brew no other real good way to put it than say it just smells like beer.

Very malty taste with this one, you get a kiss of hops from the after taste but the malt is pretty strong.

Scary drinkability i had no idea the alcohol content was so high on this. Very very sessionable a great brew.

Serving type: can

06-14-2010 14:12:44 | More by cactusjuggalo
Photo of rjhaupt


4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This is a beautiful beer. Thick head that doesn't go anywhere and traces the glass from top to bottom. Deep amber color through which I can just see some tiny consistent bubbles working their way to the surface.

S - Kind of light on the aroma, keep waiting for it to warm up and give me something to smell but it seems like at the end of the day (or I guess the end of the can) there's just not a whole lot to smell but don't worry, it makes up for it in the taste.

T - With an ABV of 6.5% some might call this "high gravity." I think that's crap, I want a Pale Ale that packs a punch and this one totally does! This beer dances up to the line of how an IPA should taste and then stares at all the other weak-ass IPA's that barely made it across and makes them cry. The only thing that keeps this from being an IPA seems to be the extreme balance the hops ride along the tongue without ever hitting so hard as to dry you out like an IPA does. I can even sit here and enjoy the afteraste. The only reason this is staying at 4.5 and not 5 is that I've had the Gubna, and know just how much more intense a beer Oskar Blues is capable of producing.

M - This beer really dries the mouth out but the aftertaste is so nice that it doesn't bother me. Smooth, light, and dry. A pale ale you can actually feel in your mouth, which is a pleasant difference from many other lightweight pale ales.

D - I could drink this every day if I didn't appreciate the variety of all the other good beer in the world, even if I was only drinking Oskar Blues.

Serving type: can

08-21-2010 21:06:31 | More by rjhaupt
Photo of Anthony88


3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Nice white head, even after it sat at the well for a good 5 minutes, burnt orange. Decent lacing througout the beer

S - kind of a floral scent with some citrus overtones. Can smell the alcohol

T - hoppier than usual apa. I'm not sure if it's the hops that are coming through or if it has an odd bitter taste which is being confused for hops.

M- smooth, coating feel, decent carbonation

D- not a beer I would want to consume more than 1 or 2. It's a decent brew to try, but the flavor is nothing astonishing.

decent beer, not what i look for in an APA but gets the job done.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2010 06:02:06 | More by Anthony88
Photo of jrenn


4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look- Can't see. In can.

Smell- just standard pale ale. mild hops.

Taste- sugary, sort of "smarties" candy taste to it. melon? berries? i dunno, not very hoppy, but just the right amount. great to throw back.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium body. crisp carb, but not too much.

Overall- Love it. great session beer.

Serving type: can

03-20-2012 03:08:36 | More by jrenn
Photo of cquinn17


3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 11/26 poured into a half acre tulip

A- A nice dark orange with a finger and a half of off white head that leaves some good lacing.

S- Piney hops followed by a little sweeter malt. Doesn't smell overly hoppy.

T- Just a really straight forward, clean pale ale. Pine and citrus hops, not too bitter with enough malt to back up the hopos. Solid pale ale taste.

M- Medium body with good carbonation and a nice finish.

O- Solid, extremely drinkable pale ale that I would definitely seek out when fresh. Good example of the style.

Serving type: can

12-14-2012 06:20:39 | More by cquinn17
Photo of Infiniteingest


3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Generally: I never cared for Dale's PA in the past. I always found it a bit heavy on malt, and stylistically prosaic, but I have been drinking it lately after work as it is on-hand and affordable. I've learned to appreciate it. It's a nice beer with enough complexity to warrant some thought.

The Pour: It compliments my special Dogfish Head IPA glass nicely. Crystal clear mahogany in color, with active and ongoing carbonation. Its marshmallow white head lingers with good latticing. It looks like a beer made by people who love beer--it would be a source of pride for any home-brewer.

Face in the glass: This is frankly the biggest disappointment for me. I get almost nothing out of this can of Dale's, nor can I say I have ever gotten much out of any other can of Dale's--I have yet to drink it on draft. Vague biscuity notes and some crisp citric hops, but I need a flashlight to find them. There's nothing offensive here, but nothing exciting, either.

With Regard to Taste: The malt used to drive me crazy--I found it overdone in the past, and maybe they have modified their mash a bit since--but I have learned to really like the apparent agreement between the sweet, bready malt, and the piney hops. It drinks like an English Pale Ale with a little gas in its tank--6.5% ABV... not my favorite style when "reinterpreted by Yanks"! But it works, people! I'd like to add that, while there's not a ton of evidence of "voluminous hop(ping)", there's enough to satisfy many a hop-head.

Abstract: Within the realm of ubiquitous ales, Dale's PA is worth drinking--by which I mean, paying for over a lot of its kin. The malt tastes, frankly, better than the hops--which I think account for the slightly mealy mouthfeel, and there is balance here. If you're feeling thoughtful about beer, you'll find no treasure here, if you're just "working", this will take care of you... fatty foods will love it.

Epitoma: As good as most omnipresent "craft beers", but there's no lightning in this bottle.

Note: Dale's dreams of fatty pub food--Fish and Chips = HELL YEAH!

Serving type: can/tallboy/"Stovepipe"

Serving type: can

Serving type: can

10-04-2013 16:30:42 | More by Infiniteingest
Photo of mrgrandefromage


2.63/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Great packaging! I drank this out of the can, so I didn't actually observe the appearance. The most impressive thing about this beer is the aroma. Even out of the can the smell of fresh northwest hops was intense. Unfortunatly the hops are completely over the top in the flavor of this beer, overpowering everything else. Don't know why they chose to call this a pale ale. It would be over the top for an IPA. The mouth feel was harsh, despite the light carbonation. Wouldn't drink another. A shame, because their Old Chub is outasight.

Serving type: can

04-10-2005 18:28:11 | More by mrgrandefromage
Photo of shamrock7

Rhode Island

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

Poured into a standard pint glass straight from the can. It had a nice rich amber color with a foamy head of about 2 inches. The aroma was a mix of floral and citrus. The taste was very surprising considering it was from a can. A nice big hoppy flavor that would satisfy the hop heads. I had a couple of these and it’s one I will go back to. I was told by the owner (Frank) of the bar I was visiting (Pitchers Pub) that this would soon be on tap. I’ll be looking forward to it.

Serving type: can

03-13-2007 23:09:53 | More by shamrock7
Photo of Meandmymonkey


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

Should be kept in the can but if poured, you'll see a nice amber/orange color. The can really masks the smell of sweet, sweet hops but you'll get a whiff when you drink it. This doens't seem to be a very complicated pale ale but that doesn't make it a less impressive brew. Oskar Blues defintiely doesn't get the respect they deserve. This is a great beer. One of my top five pales. Pack it in, pack it out. Word!

Serving type: can

10-22-2008 15:45:45 | More by Meandmymonkey
Photo of DarbyOGill


3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a nice 2 finger greyish white head, the beer is a perfect blond with a dash of red coloration. The lacing is really nice.

Smell: Strong citrus smell. Smells more like an IPA than a pale ale. Besides the obvious abundance of hops, a refreshing malt flavor can be picked up too.

Taste: Starts off with a good kick of tasty hops. After the hoppy taste subsides I get a corn aftertaste. Not as hoppy as I thought it would be from smell, very good balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty average for a Pale Ale or IPA. Probably the only downside about this beer, but I feel that speaks for how good this beer really is.

Drinkability: At first smell I thought it wouldn't be as drinkable as it is. I finished my beer before I finished the whole review and could easily grab another and another and another.

Overall: Really good beer, wished they made a 30-pack of it.

Serving type: can

03-22-2009 05:11:13 | More by DarbyOGill
Photo of digitalczech


3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color was nice and copper in tone. The head was a bit weak and soapy. Aroma had some nice caramel and a light malty toastiness. Clean taste and lively with carbonation. It had a nice hoppy bite to it. I'm happy to see good beers being packaged in cans. They recycle well and save these beer from destructive UV rays.

Serving type: can

01-17-2010 18:34:03 | More by digitalczech
Photo of jlapennas

New York

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep gold and headed in the direction of orange. Clarity is very good, head fairly standard. Nothing wrong here.

Aroma: Caramel and sweet malts almost balanced by a medium intensity hop nose. Nice mix of citrus, pine, and some fruitiness. Malt sweetness makes the aroma come across very smooth, not sharp or grassy.

Flavor: Similar to the aroma. Caramel malts, toasted notes with some melanoidens. Then some American hops with a bit of resin and bitterness. The finish is malty again and there is some lingering sweetness. Not dry and crisp like many pale ales.

Mouthfeel: Creamy rich and full. Again, a bit on the rich side for a pale ale. Very pleasant to drink though.

Overall: Seems like caramel and malt rich IPA without the hopping levels or dry hops. The beer is pretty well balanced for being so big and rich. If you like a sweeter pale ale this is a good one to dry. For me the drinkability suffered some. Still, very tasty.

Serving type: can

05-24-2010 17:41:35 | More by jlapennas
Photo of jal30


4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Probably my favorite pale ale to date and definitely my favorite canned beer. I poured this one into the glass to switch it up and for sake of reviewing, but typically it seems appropriate to drink this sucker straight from the can.

Pretty orange color with little, but nice head. Left some great lacing. Nose and taste were both all grapefruity hop fantasticness for me. There is definitely a caramel sweetness in the malt, but it finishes dry and hoppy, and that is definitely the way I would have to characterize this one. As far as I'm concerned, this is an IPA, but I guess Dale's India Pale Ale doesn't have the same ring to it. In fact, it's bitter hoppiness is enough to make me only want a couple Dale's in one sitting. Great stuff from Oskar Blues, as almost all of their brews are, but I wish they could cut the prices a bit! Still, a phenomenal beer worth the money and definitely one with a cult following.

Serving type: can

08-25-2010 03:10:28 | More by jal30
Photo of PaulfromNoVa


4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Liberty Tavern, Clarendon Section of Arlington, Va. "Let me have a pint of Dale's Pale..." "Yessir." From the tap to a 45 degree pub pint in an absolutely lovely bar, served by Danny, the cordial barkeep.

Is it to be expected that keg Dale's would have so much less carbonation than the can Dale's? It would figure. The bubbles of carbonation were not as ostensible as from the can, and soon vanished - stillness reigned in the glass - and the thick snowy head dissipated rapidly, leaving a pleasing lacey embroidery in its trail. The color was Dale's burnished copper, hazy and attractive. The fragrance was one of bitter, citrusy hops with a faint note of caramel malt. Faint. (I worry that my sniffer has evolved to detect only hops/esters and is inured to malt...but if so I remain happy in this...)

I love Dale's Pale and the taste is dry, bitter, and the fulfillment of the promise of the nose. The mouthfeel, however, was somewhat lacking, in that the carbonation was distinctly off. No: this wasn't even close to flat - flat is flat, and it hits your mouth like a dead thing. This brew was alive in the mouth but not creamy foamy as I had experienced it elsewhere and earlier.

I could still drink this all day and into the night. One of my favs.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2010 20:44:29 | More by PaulfromNoVa
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