Dale's Pale Ale | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 10-08-2002

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Photo of bennetj17
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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...

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Photo of demcorhip
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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Photo of walshclimb
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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

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Photo of Kudashov
4.88/5  rDev +24.2%
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 .

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Photo of cichief
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a big creamy head that retains well, boasting a nice burnt amber/orange color. Good clarity with lace already sticking as the head levels off a little bit.

Good malt/hops balance in the aroma, hops winning out by a couple paces. A little less upfront than I'd like, but it's clearly clean and well done.

Easy to tell right away that this one is all about balance. Plenty of orange-y hops, but also plenty of malt in tow, making for a focused pale ale experience. Nothing too imaginative comes to mind regarding the flavor, it's simply solid and straightforward. Toasty Malts, meet Oily Hops. That's pretty much the deal, and it's very good. It does remind me of the (relatively) local New River Pale Ale. Similar malt/hops profile and balance.

Love the creamy mouthfeel; carbonation is certainly present but it's cradled in a silky smooth body that feels really nice.

Oskar Blues have been leaders in the current beer-from-a-can renaissance, and it helps that their beers kick ass too. Would be nice to see more brewers do it (and cans are far more earth-/recycle-friendly than bottles). A very worthy pale ale in a sea of pale ale choices.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass to get the full effect-from here on out I will probably just drink it out of the can. Very nice copper color with a decent sized head. Nice hop aroma against a healthy dose of toasted malt. Big hop bite to it, though it has a great, sweet malty backbone to it as well. Very nicely balanced actually. Good mouthfeel. Overall I am very impressed. I had tried the Old Chub at the last Extreme Beer Fest I was at and thought it to be great. This is a huge step forward in my book. What I worry about is the 6.5% abv. On a hot summers day when the BUD is going down like water this could catch up to you in a hurry if you over do it. Anything in moderation right? Great to see great beer in a can. Wish more breweries would do it.

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Photo of crwills
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very pleasantly surprised to find this available at Biscuit BBQ in Brooklyn, NY. Wouldn't recommend the food there by any means (watery pulled pork, bleh), but the beer selection was half decent.

Dave's Pale comes in a can, like the other beer from this brewer I've had and enjoyed (Old Chub). I had to ask for a glass to pour it into (yeah, great service...) and received a cheap Ikea glass. Oh well.

Poured a pleasant slightly cloudy golden colour with a nice, frothy white head. Hoppy aromas abound immediately out of the can. Excellent American pine/citrus hop aroma, plus some coffee-like malt in there for balance. Taste: ditto. Slightly oily but very solid mouthfeel, and a tangy but short-lived aftertaste with notes of caramel. Loved it, could drink it all day.

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Photo of flexabull
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love beer in a can, if only more breweries did this...

Pours from the great looking can a slightly cloudy amber color with a nice head.

Aromas are pretty hoppy, some pine, and a bit of a sweet caramel like quality.

Taste is a bit subtle, but still quite good. There is a slightly sweet resin and caramel like flavor up front. Beer finishes with a touch of bitterness from the hops. This is a nice APA.

Mouthfeel is good, nice thick well rounded beer.

Drinkability is excellent. This is a great example of the style, I with this beer was available in CA, this would be my backpacking beer. Pack these cans in, and then pack them out.

Thanks a lot todd1 for sending me this, I want more!

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Photo of longarm
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy, amber color caps a thick, rocky head of foam with fantastic lacing.

Lots of pine on the nose, maybe a little flowery aroma. Little else adds to the mix. Smells like Spring.

Reminiscent of an English Pale Ale more than an AIPA. Very nice bitterness especially on the finish. Some astringency and tannins, but not a major problem.

Buttery smooth and decently balanced but a little cloying mouthfeel. Something a little drier is needed.

Generally a tasty beer and easily bests just about anything else in a can if you want to go backcountry with it or drink it on an airplane. Still, I can't say it's as good as some other AIPAs on the market, but only a notch below and probably because of personal tastes in the style. I'd certainly have it on hand to supply to guests and will drink it again anytime it's available.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer for hops fans! Color is a lovely dark honey brown with a nice thick head. Aroma is invitingly hoppy - one good whiff and you know this is no wussy brew. Flavor is strongly hoppy, and mouthfeel is zingy and tingly. I like hoppy beers, so I found this one to be very enjoyable.

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Photo of jbsteiny
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd never poured this into a glass before, and I was surprised by how nice it looks. Orangey amber, with continual very fine carbonation, thick foamy head that stayed the whole way down. Not a lot of lacing, but impressive.

Even in the glass, not a lot of aroma to this one. Vanilla, for sure. Actually it smells a lot like Tibetan butter tea, which is not a good thing. Bitter hoppy taste (and I'm surprised it's not more present in the nose! Why is that?) with a bit of the rancid butter thing going on, but it's more palatable on the tongue than in the nostril for some reason. Maybe because the hops balance it. It sure does go down smooth, though.

Note: Dale's is the only beer from outside NY state that is served at The Smoke Joint, the new awesome BBQ place in my neighborhood. Apparently it's the favorite beer of one of the owner/chefs, and, "if you can't have your favorite beer at your own restaurant, what's the point?"

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Photo of GimmeAles
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice toasty-orange hue to this one. Develops a decent, creamy, 1-finger head which dwindles to a skim over the top and good lacing. Aromas of faint fruit and a creamy vanilla sweetness are present. Nice, if subdued.

The taste however, smacks your taste-buds with tongue-quivering, hoppy goodness. A juicy, leafy and herbal presence is dominant with a bit of citrus and a thin, mineral edge. I poured this from a can?! Malts are biscuity and a vanilla sweetness is markedly interwoven making for a very fine compliment to the bitterness of the hops. Medium to light mouthfeel enhanced by a fine, even conditioning add to the drinkability.

Overall an impressive and very drinkable Pale Ale tipping a bit towards IPA territory. Being in a can adds some novelty to the experience, but this is a completely solid offering besides. As elegant as bottles are, you can’t argue with the practicality of cans and I hope to see more breweries canning in the future.

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Photo of billybob
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice opaque orange amber color with a off white tight bubbled two finger head with a very easy pour. good retention, holding to a quarter inch and a nice sticky lace to the finish. smell is of floral, citrus, piney aromas. taste big bready malts folowed by slighty citrus bitterness ending with piney hops. drinkability is great but at 6.50 % abv i would have to watch how many i drink.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with a big off-white head that craters and laces.
Smells mostly of aromatic piney hops.Some steel.
Hops hit very quickly with a bitter bite that lasts through to the finish.Sweet , almost buttery malts try to balance but the hops dominate this one. There's a bit of steel and a slight nutty flavor toward the end ...and a faint sulfur that is not unpleasant. Fairly clean finish with a semi dry bitter rindy aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is the high end of medium and the carbonation is moderate.
Pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep orange in color. Dense white head pours two fingers thick with good retention. Nice sticky lacing crawls all over the glass.

S: Citrus fruit. Wet earth. Fresh bread. Sweet malts.

T: Grapefruit or citrus flavor with a wet or raw hop presence that gives off a soft bitter bite. Huge wave of sweet caramel malt muscles in and is followed by an earthy flavor. Finishes sweet with a fresh baked bread like aftertaste.

M: Smooth and medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Refreshing.

D: True session brew. A bit more sweet and malty than most of the pale ales I have tried, but highly quaffable none the less. Worth a try!

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Photo of WeymouthMike
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack for $8.99 with some can redemption money. I've had the Gordon before and absolutely loved it so I was expecting it was going to pretty good. First impression was wow this is one pretty hopped up pale ale
and thats a good thing. I could definetly see myself picking up more six packs in the future and if the Gordon becomes more available along with a lower price they both could have full time spots in my fridge.

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Photo of Bones54
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow- wasn't expecting this type of taste out of a can. Maybe my scores are a little high because this suprises me so much. This is a solid beer, with a well balanced pale ale taste. Not to mention the poor out of the can is great as well. Cheers to this beer!

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Photo of beerphan
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can -> pint
no date, but there is a code on the can:
6 09 23 B1 BA ? could be 9.23.2006

Pours of clear dark orange with a huge rocky slightly off white head. Chunky lace all over. Carbonation is constant and robust.

Nose: Malty nose, caramel, little hop

Strong caramel malt, with a refreshing light hop finish, that by the end of the can is dominated by the malt. I think this must be an old can, 6 months being pretty old for a 'hoppy' Pale Ale. Will try again when i can find a fresh can.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Pretty sure i need to try this again from a different source. Not that it is all that bad, just not what i would expect from a "huge vohminoulsly hopped mutha of a pale ale" I slightly heftier hop profile would lift this beer into the excellent category.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good looking beer. Pours nicely into a glass with an amber color and average head. Medium amount of carbonation that isn't too much by any means. Smells pretty hoppy with that pine characteristic that I've come to love. Darn good taste and mouthfeel here that are somewhat surprising for me personally. I definitely enjoy this beer and could drink many if I had the chance. I'm glad I know where to find this because I'll probably be picking some up in the near future.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to trep for bringing this my way...12 oz. can into a tulip glass.

Pours a golden amber color, very appealing look with an ample amount of off-white head that leaves good lacing. Delivery from a can makes it all the more improbable and impressive. Aroma is full of caramel malts and big, piney hops. Well-balanced and enticing.

Taste is as good as the aroma, something I haven't often found to be true of pale ales. Same delicious balance of carmelized malts and foresty hops. Mouthfeel has a good carbonation level, it's juicy and crisp with an aftertaste that falls a bit flat but still succeeds for the style. Overall, this is definitely a drinkable beer. Goes down easy and keeps the senses entertained.

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Photo of macster
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was a bit skeptical at first considering the $8.49 price tag for a canned APA but came away quite impressed.

Poured a slightly hazy amber-orange color. Produced a classic tight, creamy beige head with excellent retention throughout the entire glass. Lots of clumpy foam islands and thick lacing.

A nicely balanced aroma which leaned slightly to the malts over the hops here. Smells of caramel candy, biscuits and honey backed by more subdued notes of orange rind, grapefruit and pine needles.

Mouthfeel was full and round for the style, more like a bigger IPA. Nicely done fine carbonation.

Taste profile flips from the aroma seeming to favor the hops more. Citrus and pine predominate supported by mildly sweet flavors of crystal malts, caramel, fresh bread and honey. Finish was crisp, quite bitter and dry.

This is one hefty APA; more like an American IPA in all respects. The OB’s beers are certainly a bit pricey but so far for me this one’s a winner and worth the $$$.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass from a can. l still can't believe good beer can come from a can! Poured a somewhat hazy, reddish auburn color. About one good finger of tight frothy head rose from the glass. Head dissipated rather quickly and left little lace. Smell: Hops! Tons of hops in here. Plenty of citrus (Grapefruit, orange, maybe some lemon zest.) Tasted again of bitter hops, balanced out nicely by the sweet malt. Tons of citrus and pine here. Very nice flavor. Moderate amount of carbonation. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and well balanced. Drinkibility was great. Will definitely get more. One of my new favorites.

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Photo of oelergud
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange and red body, somewhat transparent and cloudy. Clumping, sticky off-white mostly creamy head with a few medium bubbles. Really good retention and clumps of lace.
Classic pale ale scent of straw, hops, citrus and abit of pine. Peppered butter and abit of light ryebread.
Grained hop flavor with some malt notes but not alot comes through. Aftertaste is a spiked pine hop rush that lasts well.
Fairly full bodied but does not leave much coating.
Pretty good drinkability.


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Photo of sideshowrob
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I know, I know the "thing" about this beer is that it's in a can. And I went and had it on draft...

Anyway, it was suprizingly tasty, especially for a pale ale. Nice color, good appearance, very expressive nose. The taste was the selling point - a whole lot of hops going on, but they are well balanced and compliment each other nicely. Extremely drinkable, at least for a hophead such as myself. Can't wait to track it down in cans...

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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