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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,826 Reviews
THE BROS
81
good

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Reviews: 1,826
Hads: 6,684
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 151
Gots: 1,185 | 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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Reviews: 1,826 | Hads: 6,684
Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into my Southern Tier glass. Deep amber in color with a pillowy white head filling the top inch of the glass. Good head retention and lacing.

The aroma has a pretty nice American hop presence to it. It feels pretty juicy with notes of both citrus and tropical fruits. It's got a noticeable malt presence as well, adding a sweeter, slightly caramel like component to it.

The taste also shows a good amount of the hops, but it has a little more of a bitter citrus rind and grapefruit profile to it. The malts again add some needed sweetness with a touch of caramel.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, it's a very good beer and a classic version of the style. It's got a nice hop presence to it and is very drinkable and flavorful. (782 characters)

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

12 ounce CAN, yeah cans, a good beer in a can is a bonus, we need more decent canned beer, why? its lighter, more portable, many more fit in a cooler or fridge for that matter and Its just good for variety in packaging reasons. Anyway, enuf of my pro can ranting. This one pours a nice dark honey amber, clear and sports a nice long lasting off white creamy head. Leaves tons o' lacing to boot. Nose is citrusy hops. This is a better then average P.A.. Respectable hopping rate is evidence and in general, this one hits the note. Nice going Dale's, wish I could find this one regularly in the NYC area. (602 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can,

A: Pours amber with a medium white head, good retention leaving a thin cap of foam, spotty but extensive lacing.

S: Sweet citrus juice, wildflower honey and treacle malt.

T: Light caramel maltiness, definitely has a sweeter sugary feel than in a lot of pales. Hops are full of citrus and pineapple, full-flavoured and very tasty.

M: Kind of light in body, I don't know if it's the can, but needs more heft, overall resiny and creamy.

D: Very good beer, bordering on IPA territory. Finally they came to CA, and their flagship product was certainly worth the wait. (579 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dale's Pale dry hopped with Cascade out of the cask served into a tumbler at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC.

A real nice light amber body, with a creamy off white head. There's quite a good chunk of head out of the cask on this one. I would actually describe the body as partly cloudy believe it or not, with nice brown hues. Some spotty lacing while drinking.

A very soft typical buttery cask sensation of dense pine like hop. Just dominant and pleasurable, it just feels thick on the nose.

Taste bring the same hop bent with warm mild buttery cask feel, and soft malts. Neat finish on this takes over on the swallow almost tasting kind of wodden, with that great cask sensation.

Had plenty of Dale's before but never like this. Felt like a real treat really dug it. (765 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6-pack cans. Poured into pint glass (not all at once)
Smell hits right off the bat, nice hops..a bit of citrus.
Caramel/Amber color with a good head that persisted.
Taste was great, except a bit of metallic from the can lingered. Otherwise a nice beer. Good balance...6 didn't last long (289 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oskar Blues is relatively new in the California market (about 4 months now), but now I have found a single can of their flagship brew; Dale's Pale Ale. On to the beer:

Just as a pale ale should look. Creamy dense white head on top a shiny copper/orangish body. Definite eye candy. The aroma is very good too. Plenty of hops, but the sweet honey malt/bready/dry biscuit explodes underneath my nose with a good backbone of citrus zest. Mmmm, mm! That's the sound of my mouth after taking a couple sips. It's full of hops and malt (leaning towards malt). Similar sweet bready/honey flavors exist in the taste as well as the smell. Bits of diacteyl and caramel. Hops turn piney and sit on the palate in the aftertaste (the piney aftertaste takes some getting use to). Carbonation is low in this brew with a creamy feel.

Who needs frost brew can liners from the other Colorado brewery when you can drink Dale's Pale Ale? Go get this. (932 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Appears darker than your average pale ale, clear amber with a white head and good lacing.

The aroma has a light toffee and sweet bread background with big, sharp grapefruit. The hops take over with a crisp, near ripping bitterness and citrus rind for a very full hops flavor that's more on-par with an IPA (this beer does have 65 IBU's afterall). The aftertaste is long lasting with the juicy, bitter citrus flavors. This isn't a beer you'd soon forget. A must-try for hops lovers. (519 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured from a 12oz. can into a pint glass. A orange body with a slight off white head that recedes to a thick layer of lace, which documents every sip/gulp.

S. Sweet malt/hop combination. The hops smell like pineapple mixed with the sweetness of the malt.

T. Seems like a battle between hop and malt, with the hop winning out. Herbal, spicy hop drops a line of pine. The malts are there mainly for balance, and do a fine job, but lack much character.

M. Perefect level of carbonation, very smooth overall. The definition of medium bodied. Full flavor.

D. This is a very enjoyable brew. Could prove to be a staple. Session away!

Notes: A fine example of the style, and a must try for beer enthusiasts. (708 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber with a big off white head that leaves some good lacing. The smell is of decent floral hops and a noticeable malt background that smells clean and slightly grainy. Great pale ale taste, but definitely a little hoppier and maltier than many. The hops and malt are soft however and preserve a pale ale flavor rather than the relative sharpness of an IPA. The hops are much more flavorful than suggested by the aroma- nice bitter hit here followed by a grainy maltiness and a light stone fruit flavor. The mouthfeel is quite thick and grainy for a pale ale, but its not unpleasant. This does make it a little more filling and less of a session beer than it might be. This brewers beers made me a believer in canning beers. Absolutely the best thing ever for backpacking. (785 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a can at the South Philadelphia Taproom.

Pours a dark amber color with tihn foamy off-white head. Pleasant hoppy aroma with nice malty balance. Very quaffable beer with a perfect balance of caramel malts and bitter hops. Not very pale and quite hoppy for a pale ale. Excellent! (288 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber colored Ale.

Smell is malty with a spicy cascade hops scent. Nice toasted grain scent.

Taste is malty and hoppy without either main flavor overwhelming the other. Mildly sweet brew with a bit of citrus tartness. The flavor profiles goes malt and sweet citrus at first and then the bitter backend and the clear taste of fresh cascade hops finishes it. Not super bitter, well balanced and flavorful.

Mouthfeel is good.

Nice drinkable pale ale, I suspect that the can preserved the original taste of this beer very well. (549 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tumbler pint, the beer is a deep, vibrant, yellow-copper coloring with a one inch, thick, frothy, foamy head that settles quickly into a film covering that also coats the glass fairly well. Good, heavy nose of hops, with a resiny and tangy character, and some light citrus and malt blending. Flavors are hop forward, with a peppery and basil spicing, which is balanced by a buttery and toffee-like malt, as well as a slight citrus highlight. Very well blended. The aftertaste is tangy sweet and resiny hops bitterness, with a slight cloying effect to it. Slick, somewhat lingering finish, with a slow, steady withdrawal that dries evenly and subtly. Good, solid brew. (692 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Fathers Office
Poured light gold with a nice white. Nose is hoppy, fresh and malty. Taste had a big English malt profile with a big American hop kick. Mouthfeel was good at first but then English malts lurked arounf and gave up an aftertaste that was not to good. After half the beer it was so bad I could not finish and I LOVE BEER. (343 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

About as pretty a colour you'll find in a pale ale, this one has a glistening mandarin orange body with light copper haze. A remarkably paper thin level of head, with a side fixing of bubbles, is of a grayish tinge and while permanent, fails to leave much in the means lacing.

Is this "a huge voluminously hopped mutha of a pale ale" based on smell? Well, I did have to think about it for a second, but yes, it is. Going in blind I might have guessed this as a DIPA past its point of freshness. Considering this is listed as a pale ale - a style that isn't typically on the same hop level - Oskar Blues again overachieves in this category. And I am quite happy they did.

The taste and smell both have blistered, sweltering citrus roasting above a fire of melted caramel and crispy toasted malts. Dale has found the formula for a great pale ale: one part biscuit/cookie like malts, one part pine resin, and one part exotic fruit (pineapple, mango, and coconut). Mix them all together and voila! Just about as tasty as tasty can get.

Not only do they have the hop-to-malt ratio right, they've also found the right level of carbonation and bitterness. The hops never become astringent although the bitterness they impart can be vinous and/or herbaceous. The acidity is accompanied by enough citric taste that it goes almost unnoticed. Carbonation will not interfere on the palate but ensures that every sip (or perhaps I should say every 'gulp') is quenching.

By the end of this review my fingers were sore attempting to type so fast in order to keep up with the pace at which this beer was disappearing! I ended up finishing the whole can in no time. Fortunately, figuring out what to say came easy because, quite simply, I could just as well write about what I think is my ideal pale ale - because this was just that. (1,824 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Poured into an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a clear orange body with a gentle carbonation supporting a thin beige film.
S- The smell is pretty clean with a green note and some caramel notes coming through as the beer warms.
T- The green bitterness of hops has some soft pale malt hints then leading back into a bitter pungent hop note that lingers. When the beer warms there are notes of caramel malt tap water and iced tea that come through.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol or fizz. D- This beer doesn't have much to offer other than a bitterness. (582 characters)

Photo of plaid75
2.78/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Average appearance for an American Pale Ale. The taste had a nice citrus hint and seemed to be well hopped. However, the aroma left a bit to be desired, as it was a bit flat and lacked the complexity that separates the superior ales of this style.

Overall it is a good beer, however I think much of its appeal is derived from the fact that it comes in a can. A good marketing ploy.

ABV is a plus. (402 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the Batdorf's tiki bar in Annville, PA.

A: The pale ale is a darker shade of pale (apologies to Procol Harum), a fuller amber color that doesn't shy from its brown hues. Less than a finger of head by the time the glass got to me.

S: The aroma is crisp and hoppy, damned strong for an APA. Grapefruity Centennial hops lead with a smack but are quickly followed by a caramel malt backbone.

T: The pale ale is a well-balanced, showcasing both the clean malt foundation and a boisterous hop profile. The caramel malts are bready with a mild sweetness. They do remarkably well agains the hops that are much stronger than a normal APA should. Grapefruit flavors, grassy and sweet, drive the flavor. A mild bitterness shows in the finish.

M: The mouthfeel is strong, definitely closer to an IPA. That stronger hop profile is what makes the ale work.

D: The APA is a nice drink, forceful but not a bully. (918 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to plaid75 for this brew.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy off-white head, lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is very nice of hops, malts, citrus, and caramel. The taste is very nice for an APA, slightly malty, big on the hops, nice citrus touch, and a good dose of caramel, nice bitter/dry finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a nice APA. (415 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of korguy123 poured in to pint glass. canned on date of 1-4-12.

A - Medium slightly hazy orange colour with half a finger of cream coloured head.

S - Citrus, light pine and sweet caramel malts.

T - Citrus and piney hops with a decent bitterness and a good sweet caramel backbone.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation. (338 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.50.. shared with a friend... my half from a Derlirium tulip.. listening to Sasha Live at the Avalon.

Nice crystal clear burnt orange brew with a suprisingly sticky long lasting head.

Aroma is smack you in the nose hair citrus.. grapefruit ... floral hops.... a nice punch of toasty malts... actually the aroma reminds me of a fresh off the tap PNW IPA.

Flavor definately lends itself more towards the malts... caramel and munich.. but still a boat-load of hop flavors are there with just enough bitterness to balance. Oily hops lend well to the ample viscosity. Very very good all around.

I know it's been said a bunch of times in reviews for this brew.. but once more won't hurt.. Canned beer is the wave of the future. No oxidation.. no light concerns.. I hope there is going to be more of a canning revolution.
As far as Oskar Blues goes, I've had this one quite a few times with the Old Chub and Gordan... even having the Ten Fidy (mega karma Dan) for the first time (from a can) about a week ago, and I say it doesn't matter a bit if it is in a can... this brewing company rocks. (1,138 characters)

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

So I am in New Hampshire for the Great Bay Half Marathon...its the night before a race and ....why not drink some....ok....alot of the local beer!!! Sitting at the Portsmouth brewering Co and ordered a Dale's thinking it was local...NOT! From Colorado....still quite tasty. This beer has was copper in color with thin white head and great lace. The smell has a subtle pine/citrus. This beer has a piney taste that tickles the tongue that has a nice balance in maltyness. The smell funnels into the taste of this beer. The light ABV leads to this beer being a Session...certainly worth a taste. (593 characters)

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

Someone handed me one of these at a picnic in Park Slope Brooklyn over the weekend. I'd heard a good deal about it and it really delivered the goods. It was a broiling day but this was a really delicious pale that quenched the thirst beautifully. I can't say exactly what the beer looked like as I had to drink it from the can but the aroma is lovely, with citrusy hop notes noticeable, continuing nicely in the tasting, which was excellently balanced. Extremely drinkable beer! This may not be the ne plus ultra of pales but pretty hard to find fault with one of these on a hot afternoon. 12 packs going for 20 bucks up the road from me, think I may just pick one up this weekend!

Edit: Had a lot of these since my initial review. Yes, it really is an IPA. Still very balanced, definitely hoppy but not an overwhelming bitter bomb. Easy drinking with a decent malt backbone. Minimal sweetness. Just good clean drinkin' fun. (925 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, pine, sweet malt, hint of alcohol, and a hint of caramel malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of sweet malt, hops, hint of pine, hint of caramel malt, and slight alcohol. Overall, decent aroma and body, a good APA. (449 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to thick patches leaving good lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, piney and lightly citrus hops. Flavor is caramel malt with a hint of biscuit, robust piney hops with grapefruit citrus, finishing with a mildly resinous piney and citrus rind bitterness. Medium bodied with great carbonation. A great malty and well hopped pale ale that moves into IPA territory, but still to style. Has my favorite combination of caramel malt and piney hop; well balanced and flavorful. Pale ales are a coin toss for me, even nice ones leave me wishing I had gone for the IPA gusto; but this one was left me happy and wishing for a bigger can. Well done. (750 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz can purchased as part of a six-pack from Whole Foods-Annandale/Alexandria, VA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head above the orangey amber brew. Head recedes slowly, with good lacing. Aroma is substantially of citrus and piney hops. Taste has it all going on, light sweet melt upfront, balanced and then some by tangy hops that pretty much steal the show. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent, and the can packaging makes it even that much more drinkable in some locales. As good (or better) than I had heard/expected. (559 characters)

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
89 out of 100 based on 1,826 ratings.