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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,828 Reviews
THE BROS
81
good

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Reviews: 1,828
Hads: 6,696
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 153
Gots: 1,197 | FT: 8
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 atsprings
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy pale amber with a thin frothy head. The aroma is citrus hops and sweet malts. The taste is a great balance of caramel malts and earthy citrus hops with just a hint of pine. The beer is light, crisp and refreshing with mostly hidden alcohol. This is one of my favorite Pales. (296 characters)

Photo of monkeybutler
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dale's Pale Ale: a beery exercise in rhyming.

I bought this 6 pack at Frontier Saloon, and I'm certain that it's fresh.

Pours amber-gold with good carbonation, a 1 finger head and moderate lacing. Sometimes I find that these smaller micros have difficulty in getting the carbonation right in the can, but this can turned out fine, even though the hiss when I opened the can wasn't very audible.

Smell is of Pacific NW hops: maybe cascade, maybe some Amarillo. Not much malt coming through in the nose.

Flavor is full, with the malt coming through alongside the appropriate hoppiness. A slight husky-graininess makes itself known in the finish, and it's not very appealing, but it doesn't detract too much.

Mouthfeel is thick and quite cloying for a pale.

I could definitely drink a whole sixer of this at once, but my palate would be in ruins for a while afterwards. Overall, it's a nice pale ale, and you can do a whole lot worse. The novelty of canned craft beer won't wear off soon either. (1,011 characters)

Photo of cktison
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can to pint glass.

A: Nice, hazy orange body with a 1 finger, creamy off white head. Quick dissipation leaving behind nice lacing. Body is brilliant, but not quite clear.

S: Hoppy pale ale! Smooth malts in background with a sharp, piney hop flavor. Very nice aroma, very strong.

T: Hoppy, smooth, sharp and citrusy PA. Creamy, biscuity and nice malts balance the "voluminously hopped" pale ale.

M: Nice carbonation, nice finish, clean and not too bitter.

D: The fact that this comes from a can is fantastic - no reason it shouldn't, but your brain tells you otherwise. Good tasting, hoppy, flavorful and easy to drink at 6.7%. This is a great beer. (663 characters)

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

Appearance copper orange hue large fluffy off white orange beige tinted head, very good retention going on with thin lacing between sips a bit sporadic. Aromatics mild citrus upfront pine mild biscuit malt sweetness overall very nice, pale ale. Flavor holds up nicely in the can I'm liking the floral, pine, and citrus hop flavors with light malts giving a biscuit bread sweetness to balance it all out this highly drinkable pale ale. Mouthfeel is medium bodied even solid carbonation goes down really easy with some slight oily resin feel going on. Drinkability, is great get some for the ball game or concert good for an all day afair. (637 characters)

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

A: A half-inch of foamy white head tops an opaque deep amber hued brew. Surprising retention and lacing. Looks friggin' delicious.

S: Nice malty base with a hoppy nose that exudes confidence in all directions, with a floral and citrusy scent, yet smells similar to an American Red/Amber ale. Lots of stuff going on in this bouquet, smells tasty.

T: A great malt intro, little bit of sweetness to it, overshadowed by a large but smooth hop presence that lingers throughout. Yet, despite the greatness of the hops, the beer remains well-balanced. I was right from the first two categories, this thing tastes amazing.

M: Strong body and solid carbonation that makes for a creamy and silky offering, excellent mouthfeel... from a can?!

D: Excellent drinkability, enough flavor characteristic packed in to have you reaching for a Dale's Pale anytime. Quite versatile, with so much in every category that it's hard to turn one of these down. At first I was a little skeptical, even after checking Oskar Blues out in the BA mag, but one sip was all it took to convert me. More craft beer in cans! (1,101 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear, amber orange beer with a creamy head which sticks to the glass.

Smell is nutty, biscuity and caramellic malty. On top of that a good citric hop layer, giving some lemon and orange zest.

Taste is bitter and has some light roasted, nutty and caramel tastes. The yeast give a light fruitiness, which complements the semi-agressive citric, mostly lemon hops. Balance is always the key with APA's and this one is great balanced. Body is medium and drinkability is great. (480 characters)

Photo of FenwaySquid
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz can, nice looking design but no dating of any kind, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange-copper color. The head formed a creamy 1-2 fingers thick and faded into a thin layer that retained nicely.

Aroma: Pine and citrus hops along with some pale malts in the background.

Taste: Pale malts at first with the piney hops in the background, but the hops take over rather quickly, dominating through the middle. It's bitter but pleasant. The finish is bitter and hoppy, and lingers nicely.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, but a little watery. The carbonation was a little lacking as well.

Overall: A decent American Pale Ale in a can. Nothing more, nothing less. Worth a try, especially if you like hoppy beer. (748 characters)

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

Clear golden amber, topped with a thick, creamy white head. Good head retention, with sticky lacework clinging to the glass.
Citrusy, hoppy aroma. Good balance, with some toasty nuttiness to the malt. A little citrusy orange and pear esters. Mostly clean.
Full bodied, with a creamy kinda feel. Toast, nutty malt, some mellow pear fruitiness, moving easily into a surprisingly hoppy finish. Packed with citrusy, resiny hop flavor. Some yeasty nuttiness, kinda like walnuts, lingering with grainy sweetness and grapefruit in the aftertaste. Kinda doughy and yeasty feeling, almost brown sugary. Really enjoyable. Super rock solid canned goodness. I could drink tons of this stuff week after week. (697 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Can
$6.99 6-Pack
Steve's Liquor Madison

Dale's Pale Ale pours clear dirty copper into my pint glass. Swirling carbonation bubbles rise slowly to the top. A 1+ slightly off white head formed on the pour that very slowly faded to a half finger cap. Left drink history lacing.

Smell is of pale malts and a slight touch of caramel as the malt backbone. The hops add a nice fragrance of tea leaf and a mild citric quality. After some warming there's a resiny hop quality that adds more complexity. Smells good for sure but smells like many other pale ales I've had in the past.

Flavor is a canvas of biscuity pale malts covered with resiny and mildly citric hops. A dried tea leaf flavor comes through on the finish. Definately good but again I've tasted these flavors in many other pale ales. This one is a bit more robust though which is a definate plus.

Medium body that gets a little sticky on the backside. Carbonation is on the lower side of moderate and lets the beer work it's way through at it's own pace. Half way through the glass I can feel my tongue taking a beating from the generous hopping.

This is a super easy beer to drink and a great session. Coming in cans like it does helps things when you take into consideration hauling in a cooler. Just an easy drinker with good flavor.

My first foray into Oskar Blues. Wish they distributed to Illinois cause I'd love to try a few more of their offerings. Overall, Dale's Pale is a flavorful, and hoppier than most pale ales. After drinking a few of these from the glass my opinion is Dales Pale actually tastes better straight from the can. (1,623 characters)

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

I had this on tap at the Falling Rock. Hazy amber in color with a nice rocky white head. Smell is a little floral hops. The taste was not as hoppy as I remembered in the past. It was still very good with a very nice caramel malt taste.This is a very good beer. (260 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.27/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I thought this beer was a rather average APA, and didn't award any extra points for it being packaged in a can. I thought the beer was pleasant and balanced, but it was a bit watery and didn't strike me as being anything out of the ordinary.

Color was a bit darker than I expected, and was a good amber color with a decent amount of head. Aroma was faintly but pleasantly hoppy. Flavor was a somewhat malty for an APA, which balanced its hop character. Mouthfeel was a bit watery. In total, I thought this beer was pleasant, and the best canned pale ale I've had (and I would buy it for occasions when bottles aren't appropriate), but I didn't find it to be much above average. (680 characters)

Photo of BlindPig
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured a little head and got a thick bumpy off white head on a cloudy copper/orange body. Great head retention.
S- Pine and grapefruit hops, decent size malt back, and hints of lemon and orange.
T- Light pine, grapefruit, orange, and hints of lemon in the hop profile. Leaves a medium bitterness lingering in the middle of the tongue. Caramel and a light hint of toffee comes through and helps balance out the hops.
M- Medium body and low carbonation (almost tastes a little flat.
D- It is pretty good. Once again don't think it is anything amazing. So far this brewery has let me down. (593 characters)

Photo of daliandragon
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beer I've always put off trying for one reason or another...maybe it was the can as oppossed to the bottle. I mean, why a can for a microbrew? Is it cheaper? If it's such a good idea, how come almost every other microbrewery in the world uses bottles exclusively? Oh well, it was time to find out so here we are.

Clear copper body and decent wet head that dissipates to cap in about five minutes. Lacing is thick and adhesive. Nose is piney with medium bitterness. Taste is round and mellow with smooth, late breaking bitterness. No special flavors, kind of a no-frills pale ale with heavy but not overpowering hops. Still, it''s well done. Carbonation is a little over the top but otherwise this is a good everyday beer for hopheads. Slight metallic tinge isn't totally unexpected. This is worth trying and worth drinking for any hophead or general beer fan. (868 characters)

Photo of BeerRun13
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color. Good two finger, off white head leaves some sticky lacing.
Light malt and slight hops. I seem to get some caramel bordering on diacetyl/sweet butter.
I don't think I get the diacetyl in the flavor, but there is some sort of different sweetness in the back. Pretty tasty still and balanced with a subtle bitterness.
Lighter side of medium. Low to moderate carbonation. Kinda' dry with a slight bittering mid-finish.
Drinkable enough, but not my favorite from this style. (501 characters)

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

Pours a cloudy orange with a thin but foamy white head that leaves fingers of lacing on the glass. The smell is sweet, citrusy hops and is quite pleasant. The taste has a slight sweetness up front, followed by a citrus hop tinge and then finishing cleanly bitter. This is very hoppy for an APA, but pleasantly so. Texture is slightly creamy and lacking carbonation compared with others of the style -- this may come from canning? Overall a very solid Pale Ale that is a mainstay in my rotation. (494 characters)

Photo of jscottku21
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Porter's Pub in Easton, PA. Having never heard of this beer previously, I thought I'd give this a try. Appearance is a dull copper and smell is that of citrusy hops. Taste is good, not overwhelming, but a nice floral nose with a mildly hoppy finish. ALl in all, not as good as the standard of the style, SNPA, but a very drinkable brew. (355 characters)

Photo of psinderson
2.96/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Nice light copper color with a strong and thick off-white head. Good lacing as it slowly recedes. Quite clear.

Smell: Citrus American hops hit first, but not too strong. Background malitiness with a little spice.

Taste: Unfortunately, the first taste was strongly metallic. Don't know if this is the result of the can or something else. Subsequent tastes not nearly as metallic, but it's still there. Other than that, there's not much complexity here. A minor sweetness up front, some spicy hop flavor in the middle and a moderate hop bitterness in the finish. I don't like that metallic background.

Mouthfeel: Thinnish feel, good carbonation though.

Drinkability: The initial metallic taste does mostly wear off, but that was quite strong for a first taste. Other than that, the drinkability is not bad. (866 characters)

Photo of Cresant
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Markgugs for this one. Poured this 12 oz. can into a nonic glass. Pakaging stated: CANC January 5 07. The body was a barely hazy golden honey color. The bone white head was about two fingers and left nice sheets of lacing down the glass.

Smell was hops and malts, well balance. Sweet and tart at the same time. Fruity. Moist wheat bread.

Taste reflected the aroma well. Crisp hops bitterness mixed with the caramel sweetness. Very well balanced and flavorful.

Mouthfeel was smooth with medium carbonation. Seems just right for the style. Nice overall. (571 characters)

Photo of sleazo
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have heard alot about this being a good beer from a can so i decided to give it a shot after seeing whole foods selling it by the can.

A-Poured a rich amber colour with a fluffy head about an inch thick. The head manages to stay and the lace clings to the side.

S-Not much to speak of, a little malty.

T-Pretty darned good. Rich malt followed by a nice soapy hop bitterness. Very well balanced in the malt to hop ratio. The bitterness lingers in the mouth which I like.

M-Fluffy head gives way to a medium bodied brew. Medium carbonation

D-Avery easy drinking brew. i was somewhat skeptical thinking this was some sort of gimic but its surprisingly good. (672 characters)

Photo of gunnerman
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a can into a pint glass, pours a amber copper color with a head that leaves a bit of lace on the glass. Smell is pretty amazing very hoppy and sweet additioins in there smell, like warm bitter apple pie just tacken out of the oven. Taste is simply awesome very bitter and in your face just how I like my apa, very weedy and a bit bready I can taste a bit of candy in there as well maybe like lemon head. This is awesome that we finally got Oskar Blues in Florida and for 7.99 a sixer you can't go wrong. (510 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich and clear copper color. Full 3/4 inch head of tan foam holding steady. Sweet grassy nose, not too intense, with a touch of toasted bread malt.

Nutty and bitter hoppiness in the first taste, with a nice dryness. I don't get the same sweetness as expected from the aroma. It feels med in thickness, with a slight watery smoothness and average carbonation.

Nice all around flavor, nutty malt, light touch of roast, and alot of hop bitterness. It starts off smelling like an IPA, but definitely tastes like an American Pale. Pretty good from a can... (559 characters)

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

Thanks to my wife's friend in Tennessee for sending this my way. He's enjoyed some midwest brews i sent his way and now he's repaying the favour.

Appearance
A very nice looking pale ale. A dark copper tinged amber ale with a nice pillowy two finger head resulted from the pour into my trusty Samuel Smith's pint glass. Mellowly and finely carbonated, and fully yet intricately laced, leaving a very thick and clingy spider web as i drain the glass.

Aroma
Toasted biscuit and a touch of caramel from the malts. A good dose of floral but mostly citrus hops, reminds me of Alpha King in that respect, which is a very good thing.

Taste
A damn fine pale ale. Very nice malts with toasted biscuit, a touch of caramel, and a mild creamy nuttiness. There seems to be a mix of the old and the new world in terms of hops, with floral and woodsy hops with a touch of astringency as well as the almost resinous grapefruity/piney hops, perhaps Cascade?

Mouthfeel
A very nicely balanced pale ale. Straighforward yet tasty malts give this brew an almost medium body. Even though the malts provide a solid backbone the hops more than stand up to them, with their floral, woodsy, and more bitter, almost to the point of stripping citrus and pine. A creamy mouthfeel yet finishes dry with a mild astringency make this a fine, somwhat complex, refreshing brew.

Drinkability
Incredibly easy to drink considering the 6.5% alcohol. Sessionable, although intoxication would certainly be the end result. A very tasty and refreshing hoppy pale ale. Would make a great stepping stone to the american IPA style, but certainly stands on its own as a solid example of the american pale ale. Looking forward to the chance to have more than one of these. Best beer ive had so far from a can, and Surly will have to be damn good to take that title once i have the pleasure of Bender or Furious. (1,882 characters)

Photo of walshclimb
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - orangish medium amber, thick head with medium to big bubbles but few bubbles in the beer.

Aroma - malty with a hint of sourness

Flavor - crisp, citrus - grapefruit, slightly bitter

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, slightly viscous

Drinkability - smooth and easy to drink (289 characters)

Photo of Kudashov
4.88/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

With Black Rebel Motorcycle Club " Red Eyes & Tears " on the Hi-Fi and the Frozen Four on the tube I thought it was time to review this beer . First off , the first time this apprentice went to Marty's in Newton , Dan " the beer man " told me that this is an enjoyable tasty brew " and that he has it in his fridge all the time . I was a bit turned off by the can . I did not say it to him but was thinking " if it's so good , why is it in the can ? " and " why is it the only craft brew on the shelf in a can ? " -- Marty's has Old Chub & Gordon too --...I took his advice and bought his other suggestions but not the Dale's Pale Ale ..Big mistake .. He was right this is an enjoyable brew and very tasty . One thing about the can it is great to sneak into the TD Banknorth Garden for Bruins & Celtic games . I would rather spend money on the good beer than those two lousy sports team but when you are getting free tix in company suite then ...you get my point ...

When poured into a pint glass the amber color is wonderful to look at . Huge egg shell colored head with a some stickiness on the sides . Slight hop - pine cone , grapefruit aroma . Granted my palate is " green " but this is in my top 3 beers since starting this hobby / addiction . There is a proportionate amount of bitter / sweet . Intense and smooth . This beer is beyond drinkable . Immaculate . Gave a few cans to my friends but they still like the BMC swill . Well their loss . This will be my cooler for the Myrtle Beach golf trip next weekend . This is another brew that makes searching , talking , and trying new beer worth the trip .

Had the Gordon and that is a winner too . Cheers to the Oskar Blues Brewery . (1,696 characters)

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

Bought a six-pack of cans in Laurel, MD, for $7.99.

A- This beer poured a very deep amber-gold, with a thick off-white head.

S- Flowery hops..Cascade? Very inviting.

T- Very fresh flavor of hops, but well balanced.

M- Smooth, carbonated very well, smallish bubbles.

D- Very refreshing beer, could drink this everyday. Quite a remarkable beer, not used to beer this good coming from a can. Shows that it can (bad pun) be done. Better than other craft beers I have had in cans. (490 characters)

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
89 out of 100 based on 1,828 ratings.