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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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BA SCORE
87
very good

6,239 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 6,239
Reviews: 1,801
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 125
Gots: 863 | 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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Photo of drabmuh
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a Dale's Pale Ale shaker pint because I can. I was quite surprised I had never bothered to review this beer before actually.

Beer is amber and clear with low carbonation. Forms a big head of medium off white bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Beer has a sweet hoppy aroma, some piny some citrus. Very nice.

Beer is smooth with a lot of late bitterness and a mild grainy aftertaste. Its kind of sweet up front. It finishes nicely but overall its too sweet for me.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to tell you, the rhyming name reminds of the Preston Sturges classic film, "The Lady Eve", where Henry Fonda plays a herpetologist who also happens to be heir to a brewing fortune. In one scene, a waiter onboard the ocean liner "Hopsy", as he is nicknamed, is traveling on, dryly intones the following line: "They only want Pike's Pale, the Ale that won for Yale. Rah. Rah."

But how about Dale's Pale Ale, "A Huge Voluminously Hopped Mutha Of A Pale Ale", as the can reads...you said a mouthful, bub. Let's crack the snap-top, and dig in...
Hazy, crisp amber color, good chunk of cream-toned foam above.
Aroma, plenty of hops in there, the piney, juicy, grapefruity, zesty, tangy kind. Puts me in mind of Alpha King and others of that sort. Big citrus...I like it!
Taste: zing, zing! Nice, pungent hoppy taste in every bite, but not too bitter. Flavor slides along the mouth, with a neat resin-y edge, loads of alpha acids, abundant fruity flavor. This one is right up my alley.
Body is medium, but the flavor is full, and the finish is bitter, hoppy, fruity. Taste is long-lasting in the mouth. This would definitely be a regular buy for me, if it were available here.
tasty stuff, with plenty of hops...just what turns my crank.

Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured orange with a creamy white thin head that left rings of lacing.

The smell was of citrusy hops - much more like an IPA rather than an APA.

The taste was, again, very hoppy. Citrus hops seemed like the only ingredient at first, but then some malt came in to back it up.
A tinge of metal emerged at times.

The feel was of full-bodied creaminess. The bitter hop flavor hung around.

Overall, it's not bad, especially for a canned beer. I'm wondering what it would be like in a bottle. Not a bad choice if you are in the mood for hops and/or only have a choice of canned beers.

Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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

The beer pours a hazy, dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a very complex malt scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and bisquit malts along with a heavy hop aroma; quite bitter. The taste is awesome. It has a smooth malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes bitter and slightly sweet. It has a solid malt bill and hop character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an excellent pale ale. It has complexity in both the aroma and taste; a good drinker. This has got to be the best canned beer I've ever had.

Photo of smcolw
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure how I have never rated this.

The beer pours a nice orange color with a white head. The aroma is orange citrus with some biscuit malt. I also get a little bit of grass in the aroma.

The flavor is more of the same and is very well balanced. I get a lot of citrus and bread notes. Low bitterness. There is also a little bit of toffee in the flavor. Very drinkable.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GClarkage
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Gavage
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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).

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass; canned on 10/9/2012, "Homing Required?" motto. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big orange, orange zest, grapefruit, caramel, floral, grass, light pine, bread, and light herbal spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity; not as strong as I would have hoped. Taste of orange, caramel, grapefruit, light pine, floral, grass, citrus rind, bread, and herbal earthiness. Fair amount of piney citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, pine, floral, grass, citrus rind, bread, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice hop flavor complexity and malt flavor balance with the bitterness; with zero cloying flavors noticed after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any arming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice APA! Nice hop flavor complexity and malt balance; and extremely smooth to drink. A very tasty and satisfying offering.

Photo of stakem
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.06/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of LXIXME
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty big off white head settles to a nice lacing after leaving a bit of lacing covering the walls of the glass above a clear caramel copper colored pale ale.

Faint citrus and pine style hops aroma with a bit of fresh cut grass also making an appearance.

Light citrus style hops taste with some of the pine tagging along with a very light lightly roasted caramel maltiness as well.

Drying aftertaste with just a bit of the citrus aspects of the taste sticking around with this medium bodied drink.

Decent tasting pale ale, I could drink a bunch of these when in the mood, although I did find the $11.99 price tag for a 6 pack of 12 ounce cans a bit much, a person can find pale ales equal to this one or better from a variety of brewers for under ten bucks in any liquor store.

Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
87 out of 100 based on 6,239 ratings.