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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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very good

5,769 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,769
Reviews: 1,741
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 107
Gots: 594 | 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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Photo of fitzy84
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can, served at Moan and Dove. The appearance was a little average: no real head or lacing; overall light brown mixed with amber. The aromas were decently well for a canned beverage: medium fruit aromas and hops. The taste was more sour in flavoring and lacked a hoppiness typical of a pale ale. However, its lightness in the hop department was relatively heavy for something in a can. And that is probably why I rate it high in mouthfeel: for something like a pale ale, the can helps it be light and refreshing. Overall, a little weak for a pale ale, but I was very impressed by the brewery's ability to make a drinkable pale ale.

fitzy84, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of homebrewhawk
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can served in a shaker pint. Poured a hazy dark gold with a thin white head. Starts off with some caramel malt the piney hops in the aroma. Lighter side of medium bodied. Gold malt base with a citrus hop zing. Drying finish from the hops. Solid beer, easy drinking. Another winner from Oskar Blues.

homebrewhawk, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of biggmike
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice rich attractive amber color with fluffy off-white head that lasted for a while. Nice hoppy aroma. This was a very nicely balance pale ale. Mouth feel and carbonation were perfect. This was easy drinking and I could drink a lot in a sitting. I think I have a new favorite Pale Ale.

biggmike, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of ChicagoShakeAndBake26
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

ChicagoShakeAndBake26, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of SurlyDuff
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this ontap at Bukowski's in Cambridge.

Amber and a tad cloudy. Kinda dark for a PA. Good carbonation and a decent head. A nice pour by the bartender.

Rich malt with a good balance of dry floral spicy hops.

Kind of like sweet iced tea. Bitter and yet a good sweet malty presence. Good balance, for sure. Not resiny, but otherwise a real solid bitter hop profile with mainly earthiness and florals. Not getting to much pine or citrus.

SurlyDuff, May 18, 2008
Photo of JEdmund
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark shade of apricot orange. Small head.

Fruity, juicy American hops all the way. Orange, apricot, and caramel.

Taste & Body
Taste follow nose and is a pleasurable profile. A big pale ale, just slightly under IPA territory. Lots of fruity and bitter hops round out the flavor and linger on my tongue. There are some caramel malts, and they're just creeping on being too sweet for me. Thankfully the hops aren't competing with them. Body is low-medium and feels right for the style. Carbonation is a bit low. Is this a can attribute?

A big American pale ale. Not my favorite, but I'd rank it pretty high in the pantheon. I'd say it lives up to the hype.

JEdmund, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of mjurney
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber-gold color, touch of haze. Lots of small bubble rising up. Thick rocky head.

Citrus, piney, sweet caramel malts.

Strong hop character, but not overwhelming, citrus, piney, grassy. Rich malty background, bready, caramel. There's some fruity ester. Bitter-crisp finish. Body is robust, crisp, semi-dry, very smooth.

Taste more like an American IPA than American Pale Ale. Highly drinkable, 6.5% ABV is well hidden. Very delicious beer.

mjurney, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of Shandycan
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Shandycan, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tremendous for the style. Pours a nice golden color with some white head. Decent retention. Smells largely of citrus hops with some caramel backbone as well. Tastes like a classic APA, reminds me of a better SN. Big leafy and herbal hops on top of a pronounced caramel malt backbone... a baby barleywine here to some degree. MF is medium with some creaminess/fullness. Great drinkability, an archetype of session beer to me.

LordAdmNelson, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of jwhancher
4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer. One of my favs. For the sake of this review, I poured my sample into a pint glass for better observance.

A: Pours a copperish/light amber with nice carbonation and white foam head that laces the glass. The fact that this beer comes in a can is also a huge plus.

S: You can smell the hops the second you open the can. Mostly citrus & floral aromas. I also get a bit of spicy character, but not much.

T: I think this is my favorite APA. Nice malty balance with hops that kick you in the teeth. If I was seeking some hops, I wouldn't hesitate to select this if there were a number of quality IPA's among the choices.

M: Great medium bodied ale. Really quenches your thirst on a cold winter's day.

D: Awesome- you can drink just one or two by itself, with a meal, during a ski trip on the mountain (have done this numerous times by stowing it in my backpack), or you can go on a bender and drink a whole bunch.

jwhancher, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of jucifer1818
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

jucifer1818, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of goindownsouth
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Barly's Taproom in Greenville, SC.

Beautiful in its amber redness. Thick, rocky head with a sticky lace throughout the pint. Aromas thick of hoppy resiny goodness. Flavors balanced incredibly well with the hoppy goodness and the hardly-too-sweet maltiness. This brew gently yet affirmatively covers the palate in a noncloying way. Great balance and a well sessionable brew. True, in mainstram circles, the red headed stepchild of Gordon, but still, a fantastic session pale ale, especially on tap.


goindownsouth, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of damienblack
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

damienblack, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -10%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of heerboth
4/5  rDev +2.8%

heerboth, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of jman005
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

jman005, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev +2.8%

GOBLIN, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of waltonc
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DPA is a good every day beer to drink, and an excellent pale ale. The volume levels are turned up in this in comparison to many other pales. Hoppy, malty, floral flavor and taste. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is just right. A pretty drinkable beverage overall. I will be a repeat guzzler.

waltonc, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of Mojo
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Mojo, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of MaximumYuks
4/5  rDev +2.8%

MaximumYuks, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of horshack7
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apearance: With about an inch worth of light frothy head that leaves behind very thick lacing. Below that is a bright copper colored beer.

Aroma: Rather citrusy hop notes lots of pine and grapfruit at the start. Light malts give it a brediness in the nose but not a dry one.

Taste: It starts off melow then the hops enter with a nice citrus pop and piney bits towards the tail end. Only a little bit of sweetness from the malts but the round it out well. The mouthfeel is definately smooth.

Notes: This one is a straight forward American Pale Ale with a good hop bitterness to it. Cheers.

horshack7, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of perrymarcus
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can served in a sam adams "perfect pint" glass.

pours a cloudy amber/coppery tone with roughly a finger of beige colored head... one of the darker pale ale's i've come across. decent retention and lacing.

strong hoppy presence spearheads the nose, highlighted by citrus and a little pine.

hops characteristics pull through and lead the way in the flavor, followed by caramel and bready maltiness. more floral and earthy notes than i picked up in the aroma... finish is decidedly dry. hmm... not being blown away by this one; bit of a disappointment really... the bitterness is a little overdone for my taste; reminds me somewhat of a poor stab at a DFH 60 minute.

medium bodied mouthfeel, carbonation a little on the low side. given my underwhelmed response to this beer i'm obviously not going to consider it hugely drinkable. not terrible by any means, just not my particular cup of tea.

perrymarcus, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of EigenBeer
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

EigenBeer, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of heytomcat
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

heytomcat, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of Mark5252
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Mark5252, Apr 14, 2012
Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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