Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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4/5 rDev +2.6%
Pours a bright clear copper color with a tan well proportioned head. An aroma of American hops (grapefruit, citrus, and pine) plus some un-recognizable weird aroma that quickly fades. A nice sharp pale ale that finishes with a nice bitterness and it has lots of hop flavor. Definitely hop dominated, though there is a bit of biscuity maltiness in here, as well as some sweet malt character. This is definitely a well crafted pale ale that I would be happy to take on a camping trip. As my palate becomes used to this beer I get a solid contribution from crystal malt. It starts in the middle and goes through to the finish.
04-20-2004 16:28:23 | More by Gueuzedude
3.78/5 rDev -3.1%
Pours from a can, but pours beautifully. Excellent rocky three-finger head with lasting ring lace. The color is dark gold or light amber. No haze.
Lots of grapefruit smelling hop--fresh; slight metalic aroma. This would be the greatest flaw in the beer.
Some creaminess up front with good malty roundness that quickly gives way to the tart hop. The aftertaste is lip-puckering bitterness. Excellent body with an appropriate amount of carbonation.
I am willing to say that this is the best and most flavorful canned beer I've ever had. I've argued that canned beer would be better for the micro-industry for one major reason: The beer is preserved longer (no light-struck beer). I admire Oskar Blues for taking the chance with this.
10-06-2007 19:40:18 | More by smcolw
4.13/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
06-08-2008 03:58:26 | More by Halcyondays
3.5/5 rDev -10.3%
Appearance: clear orange in color with a short 1?2" head. Mild lacing develops. Nice carbonation levels.
Smell: floral hops and citrus.
Taste: nice malt backbone, but there is a bit too much graininess here. Orange citrus, flowery bitterness, and some hints of honey round it out.
Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, finish is smooth and a tad dry. Medium bodied.
Drinkability: decently drinkable from a glass, probably better from a can when you can't be drinking out of glass. Worth a try.
04-15-2006 23:16:48 | More by Gavage
3.15/5 rDev -19.2%
Served on-draught into a non-imperial pint glass in high altitude Denver, Colorado. Reviewed from notes. Paired with an elk burger and some french fries.
A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and average retention. Colour is a clear copper.
Sm: Light hops and slight cream. A very light aroma.
T: Nicely hoppy, crisp, and pleasant, but lacking full flavour or complexity. It isn't layered, but features some light cream lacing undertones. Very light toasted malt. The finish isn't too bitter (fortunately). Built decently well, and balanced nicely.
Mf: Smooth and wet, with enough coarseness on the climax to bring out the flavours. Complements the flavour generally.
Dr: Drinkable and pleasant, but far from exemplary.
12-18-2011 19:24:56 | More by kojevergas
4.35/5 rDev +11.5%
07/13/09- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.
Presentation- 12oz can. Did not look for a freshness date. Poured into a random pint glass.
Appearance- Medium to darker amber colored pour. Nice larger one inch plus thick and somewhat creamy head. Good head retention and some nice lace sheeting and patches left behind.
Smell- A nice mix of both bready and earthy malt while also having a good whiff of grapefruit/pine hops.
Taste- Pretty well balanced with the hops leading the way by a bit. Bready, but not over the top. Hops have a nice crisp fruity flavor. Tastes very fresh.
Mouthfeel- Crisp, lightly chewy and a good bitter kick in the aftertaste.
Drinkability- One of the better APA's out there. Not blow you away hoppy as to mask as an IPA, but a nice balanced brew with a touch more on the hops. Quality! Also on sale for $4.99 a six pack...a steal at the time.
07-26-2009 19:29:03 | More by GClarkage
4.28/5 rDev +9.7%
Finally found a package store that sells this stuff... I must say, pretty damn good be it a canned beer or not.
As you pour it you get a huge whiff of hop aroma.. glorious. A nice orangey color with not much head. Taste is very hop heavy (how is this not an IPA?) but lacks some carbonation in my opinion. Maybe it was an old can but tasted a bit flat. Regardless it goes down nice and smooth and is very tasty. Will be coming back to.
12-18-2008 01:25:27 | More by oriolesfan4
4.35/5 rDev +11.5%
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!
11-27-2008 08:55:52 | More by corby112
3.05/5 rDev -21.8%
My pour resulted in a finger's worth of thick, deep-tan head with good retention. The nose was lightly hoppy with a definite pine scent. The color was a beautiful deep amber with NE-quality clarity. The mouthfeel was thin-to medium with a tasty hops tang in the mouth. The finish was where the pine taste that I noted on the nose really asserted itself. There was also a gritty feeling in my mouth after the swallow, which I will attribute to the drying quality of the hops. It was not unpleasant, but it was notable. This was the first of their four canned products that I have tried, so I wish to reserve judgment on drinkability for an update once I have tried them all. As a pale ale, it was pretty average.
02-21-2008 00:47:39 | More by woodychandler
4.08/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
11-17-2008 13:45:31 | More by tempest
3.23/5 rDev -17.2%
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.
09-14-2008 00:15:09 | More by barleywinefiend
4/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
11-14-2005 01:48:36 | More by Billolick
3.7/5 rDev -5.1%
12oz can into a tulip. The brew appears a hazed copper color with a finger of yellowish stained froth. As the cap slowly fades it leaves patches of lace sticking everywhere. A light swirl revives a finger back to the surface.
The aroma has hop quality smelling of citrus, fruits and a floral to rindy and herbal aspect. There is a light mineral quality behind the hops coupled with some caramel to toasty sweet malt inclusion. As it warms up, there is a mild cheesy aspect.
The taste is bitter and rindy with some citrus hops and herbal to rindy aspects. The caramel to toffee malt inclusion is present providing a contrasting sweetness. There is a faint mineral quality with some solvent alcohol that blends the malt and hops together. The aftertaste is a bit cheesy.
This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It has a warming alcohol inclusion and blends together nicely. I feel like this can is a bit dated as the hops dont really have that brightness you would expect from a solid american pale ale. Overall its a good brew that I would have again if i knew the cans were fresh.
07-12-2012 01:27:31 | More by stakem
4.3/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
01-30-2007 02:47:24 | More by Georgiabeer
3.9/5 rDev 0%
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.
05-31-2009 19:50:24 | More by akorsak
4/5 rDev +2.6%
A: Pours a crystal clear light copper in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall light tan head that reduces to an extremely thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a small thicker patch and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus and tropical fruit hops with lighter amounts of pale and caramel malts which contribute some sweetness.
T: Very similar to the smell, there is a lighter pale and caramel malt body that contributes some sweetness but the dominant flavor is that of the hops. I can taste both citrus (grapefruit and orange) and tropical fruit hops with just the slightest hint of pine hops. There is a moderate but not aggressive amount of bitterness that lingers for quite a while.
M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly dry in the finish.
O: Extremely easy to drink, enjoyable, and very sessionable. Slightly more hoppy that I expected for the style (might be right on the border of an IPA).
07-07-2012 01:23:34 | More by dbrauneis
3.38/5 rDev -13.3%
(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.
12-02-2009 22:49:05 | More by rhoadsrage
3.93/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
12-28-2004 02:34:45 | More by Zorro
Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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