Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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4.3/5 rDev +10.3%
A: a crystal clear bright orange, one finger head bubbles away to thin wisps at the edges with some pretty respectable lacing.
S: hops, malt and yeast, in prodigious quantities. Nice phenols and esthers, strong and sour, but still easy on the schnoz.
T: piney, bitter hops coat the mouth, almost numbing the tongue. This is quickly followed by sickly sweet malt, dry warming alcohol warms the throat on the finish.
M: medium bodied, a little on the syrupy side (but in a great way), mild carbonation.
D: one of the most sessionable beers around. Great balance, hopped to perfection, nothing showy or flashy just straight up good.
10-25-2010 02:32:54 | More by nickhiller
4/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
12-22-2012 05:09:35 | More by Mojo
4.47/5 rDev +14.6%
Poured from a 12 oz can into a New Belgium globe glass.
A: An orangish amber color with a good sized white head.
S: Big dose of citrusy hops. Excellent nose.
T: A great, well balanced pale ale. Definitely on the hoppy side for an APA. A bitter bite in the finish with lots of grapefruit in the middle. Excellent balance with a big chewy malt.
M: Medium to medium-full body.
D: A great APA. It's big and bold and delicious.
03-17-2009 03:03:00 | More by willjschmidt
4.19/5 rDev +7.4%
Serving type: 12-ounce can. The “CANNED ON” date printed on the bottom of the can is “03/25/2013 @13:25.” Now that’s how you do it!
Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is pale copper. A finger of buttery, light tan head settled quickly, leaving a thin and bubbly skim, a ring around the edge, and short lacing along the sides.
Smell: The aroma is a tad faint but it is malty and hoppy at the same time. Caramel and toffee on one extreme, and pine resin, grapefruit, and tangerine on the other. The bitterness is really gritty and earthy.
Taste: The mouthfeel is full and dry. Much like the smell, the malts and hops are fused — at least at first. Eventually the hops take control. Lots of pine; the grapefruit from the aroma takes a backseat. Unlike the smell, though, I do not think there is any tangerine. Underneath the spice and citrus are caramel and lightly toasted malts. The bitterness strikes at the end, coating the taste buds and lingering long after each sip.
Drinkability: Hmm. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is my definitive pale ale and I think it will retain the crown. I like Dale’s hoppiness but think it is too aggressive; I think Dale’s is more of an IPA. Semantics aside, it is still a very tasty and drinkable brew.
06-29-2013 02:15:07 | More by TheQuietMan22
3.53/5 rDev -9.5%
Creamy off-white two--finger head tops a clear amber body. Nice looking beer.
Smell is cracker malt under a full but not overbearing load of floral pine and citrus hops. This is definitely a solid APA.
Taste follows the smell exactly, though the pine-bittering hops tend to dominate the malt that's there.
Mouthfeel is where this brew excels: nice and thick without losing its crisp edge.
Drinkability is a bit diminished for me due to the pine-bitter bite, but it's still quite enjoyable. Not the best of the Oskar Blues bunch, but solid and worth a try.
06-18-2007 00:56:11 | More by ColoradoBobs
4.16/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
02-13-2014 20:19:22 | More by JamesMN
3.93/5 rDev +0.8%
After putting away a 6-pack, finally decided it was time to review this one. Poured from a can into a pint glass.
A- Pours a crystal clear amber with a solid three fingers width of white head after an aggressive pour. Nice lacing as the beer was consumed.
S- Simple and decent. A nice balance of malts and hops seem to be the recipe of the day. Nothing that wows you, but just enough to have some sort of presence. Wish the hops aroma was a little more prevalent.
T- Much like the taste except much more agreeable with the palate. Nothing fancy, just a great pale ale. Nice ratio of hops to malt with a bit of fruitiness in the finish. Also had a crisp bitterness that was more than welcome.
M- Light bodied and crisp. Decent amount of carbonation but not overdone.
D- Even though the 6.5% abv is above the line, this reminds me of an awesome session brew. Alcohol is undetectable and goes down like water.
Overall, this is definitely one of my favorites out here in Colorado. Relatively cheap and just an awesome session beer. This will definitely be one of my go to beers out here in the Rockies. Sierra Nevada what?
05-21-2009 05:42:31 | More by rhinos00
4.53/5 rDev +16.2%
What a delightful thing it is to find a pale ale in a can that is as BIG and TASTY as this one is. I waited anxiously for this beer to come to Jersy so that I could try. I was relying on the strength of the reviews on this site and on the New York Times Article on Pale Ales from about a moth ago. This brew does not disappoint. Pours a clear copy with an abundant white head that leaves clumps of creamy lace. Aroma is spicy, floral citrus and biscuit notes. Taste is sharp floral hops with muted malts with a medium bodied mouth feel. you need to try this beer. The can may put some off but do put it aside and give this and the Old Chub a try!
08-13-2005 11:56:18 | More by Citadel82
4.13/5 rDev +5.9%
Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing. Smells of lightly toasted and rustic pale malts with floral hops and hints of buttery diacetyl. Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malts that have a certain graininess in the flavor are joined by herbal and mild citrus hop flavors midway through the sip. As the beer warms the same butteriness that is exhibited in the smell enters the flavor profile however it's not intense enough to be debilitating and may even help pull the flavors together. The ending is mildly bitter.
08-09-2010 17:20:44 | More by Anthony1
Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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