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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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BA SCORE
88
very good

5,147 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 5,147
Reviews: 1,716
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 91
Gots: 361 | FT: 5
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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JamesMN

Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 1/14/14.

Appearance: Deep caramel color with great clarity. Two finger off-white foamy head.

Aroma: Light 2-row malt and a dab of earthy/peppery hops.

Taste: Classic pale ale. Starts with a good underlying spicy/sweet biscuit malt flavor with an earthy/warm hop character to round out the flavor. Although it's listed as 65 IBUs, the malt covers most of that up so you're left with a very smooth and manageable bitterness. The finish is the same balanced malt and hop goodness that consumes the rest of the experience and the aftertaste leaves just a bit of peppery bitterness on the palate. While 6.5% ABV really hits the upper limit for this style, the result speaks for itself.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body with smooth carbonation and good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Living in MN means that Summit EPA is the standard that all other pale ales are judged against. Dale's Pale Ale is the first of the style I've tasted that is comparable to Summit EPA. The great balance of flavors in Dale's Pale Ale makes it one to remember. Would I drink it again? Yes.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 20:19:22 | More by JamesMN
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mrcraft

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

06-23-2014 00:45:42 | More by mrcraft
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HopBrain

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-10-2012 17:30:12 | More by HopBrain
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Travcofarms

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

07-14-2013 10:11:15 | More by Travcofarms
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Evarigan

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-17-2013 20:06:38 | More by Evarigan
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sacrelicio

Minnesota

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

Finally got to try this beer! I had heard that it was supposed to be a great example of a quality microcraft in a can and when I saw it at Chicone's I had to bite.

The beer pours a fairly typical but nice APA color--orange/amber--with a tight, solid, and creamy head with good retention. Very nice tight layered lacing.

The smell is a bit underwhelming, fairly faint generic fruity hop aromas and caramel maltiness with a touch of earth. Decent, but too faint to make much of an impression. I almost detect aluminum, which could be my imagination.

The taste is great, with hops showcasing big grapefruit, green vegetable and pine flavors. The malty backbone is significant, with an almost candy like sweetness that nicely compliments the hops rather than combating them. There are also some savory flavors in the very long finish. Lots of big flavor.

The mouthfeel is full and almost sticky with medium carbonation that cuts through the gumminess. Just how I like it.

The drinkability of this beer is phenomenal. Enough flavor to keep you interested but easygoing and unassuming enough to be indefinitely quaffable (assuming you love hops, like I do).

Serving type: can

08-30-2006 03:40:18 | More by sacrelicio
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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Appearance
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.

Aroma
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.

Taste
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?

Mouthfeel
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.

Drinkability
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.

Serving type: can

04-13-2007 23:55:00 | More by demcorhip
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jgasparine

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured from the tap with a thin white head, which slowly dissipated, leaving some touches of lacing behind. The body was a nice orange-amber color, with some course carbonation working its way up from the bottom of the glass.

S- Distinct hops from the nose- reminiscent of citrus rind, pine needles, and a touch of tropical fruit. Some evidence of a malty, marmalade-like backbone is evident as well.

T- Tropical fruit flavors com blasting through up-front (guava, mango and passionfruit), followed by some restrained citrus notes. The malt is somewhat hidden in the middle... somewhat crackerlike. And the finish is long and bitter with citrus-rind-like hops.

M- Medium body- nicely textured with unattenuated sugar. The carbonation is a lot softer than anticipated, but abundant nonetheless... overall a solid mouthfeel.

D- As this beer is consumed over time, the flavor of citrus rind begins to stick on the tongue, masking the tropical fruit and malt flavors... taking this from a 'multi-dimensional' beer down to one dimension... not good. From the drinkability standpoint, this puts it below par when compared to run-of-the-mill APAs (in my book).

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2009 02:03:05 | More by jgasparine
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dragonWhale

New York

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ohh yeah. Fizzy yellow beer. In an effin can yo!

Right before break my coworker muttered under her breath, "Man, I really want a beer right now." 2 hours left in the Friday, I understood. After all, she was getting trained on some electrical work and could definitely use a safety break. Unfortunately, there was only one beer left in her apartment, and 3 of us. But my foresight had encapsulated the spirit way too soon. For that morning two cans of Dale's had accompanied me to work. Minutes later we were pulling a toilet and putting down a new wax seal, our peace broken.
While they finished the deed, I readied the cans for the Great Consumption. They arrived back at the training site and were greeted with a pair of cracks. Mmm, straight out the can. Proper serving vessel, if you ask me. Too bitter for my man Nate, but Jeannette crushed the other can while I finished mine, savoring the floral and citrus, the brush of grainy malt and the bitter spine. A damn fine brew and the perfect time for a safety break.

Serving type: can

01-24-2011 07:55:42 | More by dragonWhale
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BarrelO

Virginia

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

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Medium amber with a nice two-finger head that leaves lots of lacing. The can sure makes for an easy pour.

S: Citrusy hops and caramel-honey malts together in perfect harmony.

T: Big rush of grapefruity hops in the front and bitterness in the back. In the middle, the biscuity honeyish malts make their presence known. Again, excellent balance.

M: Medium thickness, a bit syrupy.

D: More of an IPA than a pale ale, and definitely one of the better ones. I'd put it in the same league as Two Hearted and Racer 5. I guess I'll have to revise my review of Ten Fidy, because this is the best beer in a can I've ever had.

Serving type: can

07-10-2009 22:42:07 | More by BarrelO
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Mojo

Alabama

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

12 ounce can -> Dogfish Head glass

This offering pours a medium to deep copper with a small white head. The retention is pretty nice eventually becoming just a ring around the side with a thin layer of foam on top. Lacing is spectacular. The smell is nice. I pick up a lot of earthy smells, hops, grasses, citrus, etc. Taste is big. Upfront you get a big malty sweetness which seems to move seemlessly into a spicy hop bitterness. This was my first Dales and it was pretty much as good as its reputation.

Serving type: can

12-22-2012 05:09:35 | More by Mojo
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BBM

New York

4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to find this fine beer on tap. It poured a deep translucent copper color with a light, foamy head. Good retention and lacing. The aural pleasure you get from this beer is reason enough to try it. It starts with a bready, buscuity scent, and as it sits the floral hops and citrus fruits really come out.

I had heard good things about this beer but to my surprise the taste is much closer to an IPA than your traditional American pale. This is in no way a bad thing. The floral hops, citrus hops, and others dance on your pallette in perfect harmony. There is a little malt to balance it out, which it does perfectly. Mouthfeel is full and dry.

The best thing about this beer is how smooth and drinkable it is. It goes down easy with no bitter aftertaste. I don't know how well the flavor translates in a can, but out of a tap it is quite a treat. It's an India Pale Ale trapped in an APA's body, yet still delicious in its own right. Highly reccomended.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2006 15:35:00 | More by BBM
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TubaDan

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

02-18-2014 01:19:44 | More by TubaDan
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dcguitar

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

03-08-2013 20:48:41 | More by dcguitar
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Tracker83

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-21-2013 22:13:30 | More by Tracker83
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slowdaddy

Alabama

4/5  rDev +2.6%

08-19-2012 16:50:31 | More by slowdaddy
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stogirelli

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

05-01-2014 23:03:51 | More by stogirelli
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clay23

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

04-27-2014 02:54:39 | More by clay23
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kobeer

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

07-24-2012 18:57:14 | More by kobeer
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

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

12oz can purchased at Bottle Caps in Daytona Beach, FL. Pours a beautiful, bright amber hue with one finger of eggshell white head and sheets of lacing on the shaker. What an attractive brew! Smell and taste are floral, piney, and citric hops, orange peel, sweet and bready malts, caramel, biscuit, fruity and acidic hop flavours with a delicate, rounded bitterness to end. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation with a juicy-oily finish. Not nearly as dry as most U.S. pales, this one refreshes the palate while delivering lots of hop goodness. In that regard it reminds of Bell's Two Hearted Ale. Overall, Dale's would be my stand-by session beer if it was available in Ontario. A delicious and easy drinking APA.

Serving type: can

03-29-2011 21:24:16 | More by cratez
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StubFaceJoe

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

05-12-2012 05:06:14 | More by StubFaceJoe
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kjfinnerty

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9%

05-17-2013 21:11:08 | More by kjfinnerty
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capuchinpilates

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

07-12-2014 23:55:57 | More by capuchinpilates
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dt_gbpackersfan

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

09-28-2013 02:16:10 | More by dt_gbpackersfan
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GOBLIN

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-08-2014 04:44:31 | More by GOBLIN
Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
88 out of 100 based on 5,147 ratings.