Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Reviews: 1,816
Hads: 6,622
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 148
Gots: 1,141 | FT: 7
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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2002

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Photo of lehows
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap (even the tap-head is a can) and it poured a dark amber with a nice white head. I found this beer to be pretty refreshing and had a great scent. Strong aromas of citrus, pine, and good hops. The mouthfeel is pretty creamy and decent carbonation throughout. Overall a pretty good pale ale that I could see myself looking for now and then. (353 characters)

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

Had a pint of this at Taco Mac. A rich golden slightly orange color.
With a one and half inch head creamy tan color. Small bubbles that continue for a while. Good carbonation! nice even lacing all the way down the entire glass. Swell of rich caramel and oily pine.
Mouthfeel was full body and creamy. The midpalate had some tropical friut tones and rich caramel. The finish had more hops showing thru with nice grapefruit and oily pine taste. The only difference I noticed having it on draft than in the can was the oily pine flavor stood out more! (550 characters)

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

Poured from the can into a pint glass.

This is a really great looking beer, a nice fluffy head tall and puffy that fades gradually to a constant topper of foam that lasts past the end of the beer and remains until you either suck it all out or rinse your glass. Quite clear amber body.

Smells full of hops, they're very noticeable for a pale ale, the nose here is almost as robust as a harvest ale, the hops are so abundant. Floral and fruit.

Taste is all hops, again making me think of a harvest ale, this beer's a good one for a hophead on the go. Slight malt balances it out, but really the hops dominate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, drinks very well and makes for a nice session beer. The ABV on this one's well hidden, this is a drinkable beer and would be a great fridge staple.

This can makes this beer slightly novel, but its a great one for occasions when a bottle just won't do, and it really helps that its a tasty beer as well. (954 characters)

Photo of taez555
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured an opaque dark orange/tan body with a small white head.

Fresh grain malt with some apricot fruit touches in the nose. Some mild alcohol with mild hints of citrus fruit.

Rich and malty with a medium to full body. Rich caramel base. The 6.5% alcohol gives it a nice warmth but again really gives this beer a nice backbone. hints of fruit; apricots, strong pineapple and even some pear. The malt base is immediately overshadowed by a dry metallic and leafy hop character. Not overly bitter other than to just give it some balance. It's really about the hop flavor. As it flows on into the finish the dry hop leaf flavor becomes almost annoying.

I really love the old chub, and was a little disappointed in this one, but honestly it's still really good. Big malt, the hops aren't completely to my liking as I think they don't balance perfectly, but honestly it doesn't bother me too much. Good beer. (921 characters)

Photo of akahn
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep red-orange amber with lasting, sticky yellowish head.

As soon as you crack open the can, the aroma hits you -- sweetness and hops, that's what this beer's about. From the glass, you realize just how potent this sweetness is, and fruity, like an ESB. The hops are there, too, spruce-like, but take a back seat.

You can get lost in the flavor it's so cohesive. Sugary, caramelly pale malts, accented by bitter citrus rind hops. A resinous note melds with a faint vapor of alcohol, for an intriguing finish. This beer's got girth.

Rather full on the palate with a considerable prickle of hops and appropriate carbonation. Creamy.

This beer is no slouch -- it's big and bold enough that I probably wouldn't want to drink more than two of these. Nonetheless, this is an excellent beer and reminds me how good an American Pale Ale can be. (859 characters)

Photo of xoqx
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a nice copper with an unprecedented foamy head with unreal retention and thick sticky lacing. The head on this beer is just phenomenal and remarkable. The nose is very malty, more then typical in a pale ale, but due to the abundance of barley used in this beer. The bitterness of this beer tastes high for an APA, but the huge malt proportion balances out the bitterness and results in a very big tasting beer. The hops have a piney character and the malt has a chewy sweetness, honey almost raisiny malt, similar to Dogfish’s 90 Minute IPA or Raison d’Etre. The mouthfeel is substantial, medium-fullbodied and chewy, somewhat creamy at the beginning due to the monstrous head. This is a tremendously drinkable beer, even at the 6.5% abv. It has very quickly become one of my favorite American Pale Ales. (822 characters)

Photo of MmmIPA
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Copper color body with a white thick head that went away after a couple minutes.Some retention on the glass.

S-This stuff smells heavenly as like other APA'S I cant get enough of the smell,smell of flowery hops and not much malt.

T-Flowery hops and no pine.I cant taste anything else in this beer.

M-Its creamy and goes down smooth.I like the tasteful it has to offer.

D-I could drink a 6 pack of this beer but I would have to be off of work the next morning.It goes down real smooth,almost too smooth and it will hit ya after a couple.Well done,my first beer from Dales. I like it alot Highly Reccomended (619 characters)

Photo of Hortus
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in glass from the can.

Small but persistent head. Good lacing as beer is consumed. Some hop aroma at first but gives way to malt aroma as beer is consumed. Good mouth feel. Malty flavor with bittering hop finish. Overall a good balanced malt flavored pale ale. (271 characters)

Photo of BBM
4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to find this fine beer on tap. It poured a deep translucent copper color with a light, foamy head. Good retention and lacing. The aural pleasure you get from this beer is reason enough to try it. It starts with a bready, buscuity scent, and as it sits the floral hops and citrus fruits really come out.

I had heard good things about this beer but to my surprise the taste is much closer to an IPA than your traditional American pale. This is in no way a bad thing. The floral hops, citrus hops, and others dance on your pallette in perfect harmony. There is a little malt to balance it out, which it does perfectly. Mouthfeel is full and dry.

The best thing about this beer is how smooth and drinkable it is. It goes down easy with no bitter aftertaste. I don't know how well the flavor translates in a can, but out of a tap it is quite a treat. It's an India Pale Ale trapped in an APA's body, yet still delicious in its own right. Highly reccomended. (977 characters)

Photo of ByTor2112
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The whole Pale Ale in a can thing is just sweeping the nation. This poured a beautiful dark orange color. Very thin head, not much lacing at all. Aroma- Sweet citrus and fruit hop notes.
This PA gives a beautiful combination of malt and hops that is just thick enough to please the palate. I tastes great and the finish is clean. A good froth releases some more citrus. This could very well be a " go-to " brew. I love it, quaffable even. (439 characters)

Photo of indy169
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dale's Pale Ale is a great brew and a perfect pairing to the can it's packaged in.
If Guinness had a hoppy American brother that was equally sophisticated but more utilitarian, it would be this one.
The beer pours to a deep amber and the head is like a cloud of creamy milkshakes. Mouthfeel is awesome. On first taste this beer is not near what it becomes after a little time in the glass.
This may be a new favorite. Let's just say Sierra Nevada should pay close attention to DPA. (486 characters)

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

a - poured a huge pillowy two fingers thick toffee colored head into a tumbler. clear amber color with significant lacing throughout.
s - the smell seems very faint to me. maybe a slight hint of vanilla.
t - floral hoppiness with a hint of yeast. the malt comes through as it warms.
m - smooth on the tongue with a medium body.
d - this beer starts slowly but seems to become more complex (and better) as it warms. (418 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Understated pale, with citrus hop smell and citrus orange taste. Above average mouthfeel. Satisfying in a meal. Suitable carbonation. Decent for a beer in a can, but I still detected metallic in my glass. which subtracted from a good balance of bitterness and malt. (265 characters)

Photo of gonzo138
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a nice copor color, white head that retained decently and laced well

S- simple strait forward floral hop smell

T-same as smell, simple strait forward hop bitterness, in a good way though, slight malt sweetness for balance

M- light in body, moderate carbonation

D- very drinkable, a nice session beer, I said this in my reveiw of the old chub, craft breweries need to start putting more of their product in cans (430 characters)

Photo of FuzzyGuy84
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a pint glass

A - Poured a deep and cloudy amber. Modest beige head. Impressive.

S - Nice fruity and hoppy smell.

T - Extremely hoppy. Great for a hophead but it's pretty much all you taste. Definetely good and tremendously strong.

M - Somewheat heavy and chewy. This is a big beer.

D - A wonderful drink for hopheads. Strong so you wouldn't want a ton. Definetely worth a try, particularly for fans of IPAs. (436 characters)

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

Poured from 12oz can a hazy reddish gold with a large head of foam

The smell is all kinds of hoppy with notes of grapefruit and some grass. There's even a touch of sweetness from the malt in the nose.

The taste is big on hops up front with the grapefruit noted in the smell though the grassiness plays a minor role. Midway through there's a good caramel malt sweetness that offsets the hop bitterness nicely creating some really good balance but..the hops take over again near and through the finish.

Other notes: the body on this pale is really good and the drinkability, despite the 6.5%abv, is very high for me.

Bottom line: This is a great APA! 'nuff said! (673 characters)

Photo of Buildscharacter
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I don't know why...maybe it's because it's from a can, or maybe because I just don't expect a tasty IPA to be IN the can, I just love this beer.

I often think that if I had to drink one beer for the rest of my life, this would be it. Aside from the packaging, this beer has it all.

It's light, but has great acute hop flavor, but goes down smooth and easy.

I don't really know what it looks like, because I really enjoy drinking it in the can, so I can't really comment on it in that regard.

As for the flavor, it's just smooth and tasty. Good balance between the malt and the hop. Reminds me of a more mellow Sierra Nevada.

I highly recomend this beer. (673 characters)

Photo of PeatReek
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Alright, good beer in a can! Pours a solid amber color, quite hazy (not quite hefe hazy, but nearly). Rocky eggshell-yellow head. Smells cool & creamy and potently hoppy, like grass clippings and pine needles. The body is rich & smooth, not quite thick but definitely substantial, which I like. The taste is interesting; it hits you right up front with the grinding, aggressive hop taste and kind of buzzes along through the sip without mellowing out. Hmm. It's an earthy/dirty sort of hop flavor, but in combination with the beefy body, it works. Just enough bitterness to keep it well grounded and refreshing; I could definitely see downing a few of these ice-cold after a long hike. Excellent. (696 characters)

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

Dale's Pale Ale puts to rest the notion that good beer can't come in cans. My can has a code of 6 02 09 A 2 B A, whatever that means.

In fact, it is probably my favorite APA right now. Pours a deep golden color with a thick white head with great retention. Aroma is piney and spicy hops, and lots of 'em. Taste is very bitter, but with some nice malty body to back it up. Some oily hoppiness in the mouthfeel, otherwise a medium bodied brew with a fair amount of carbonation. So drinkable, and bonus points for coming in an unbreakable container that I can take anywhere. I guess it is almost an IPA, but with a beer this good, why quibble? (644 characters)

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

Served from a can at just above fridge temperature in a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark honey golden color with amber highlights. Lacing rises to two inches and sticks in great erratic crags to the sides of the galss as it subsides. Remains big and pillowy throughout the beer. Superb!

S - Piney hops with mild citrus undertones. Honey-like light malt sweetness. Refreshing and crisp.

T - Instantly bitter, with sweetness coming to the rescue soon after. As the beer moves to the back of the mouth, the bitterness rounds out and mingles nicely with the malts. As the beer reaches the throat, the bitterness comes back with great bravado, along with a metallic twinge that sticks. Finish is alcoholic and belly warming.

M - Decently crisp and carbonated, active and fluffy in the mouth. Swallow is a bit rough due to the crazy bitterness of the hop and the alcohol.

D - A very interesting experiment of quality craft beer in a can... overall, it's flavorful and pleasant, but the two detriments of alcohol and metallic bitterness keep it from true excellence. (1,070 characters)

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

Pours a lightly chill hazed amber/copper color with a thumb sized beige head that falls slowly and laces well. Oh I so love amber pale ales.

Aroma is nice crisp citrus hops blended with pine resin kind of amixture no real winner. Nice caramel malt base on the one sweeet smelling, hell even some floral hops peeking out.

Taste is good an nice malt base light caramel sweetness with the right amount of hops. good hop flavors citrusy pink lemonade hints of grapefruit mingled together with the caramel malt. Finish in lingering caramel and citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel approaching medium with good carbonation lively but not overly so.

Drinkability is great aided by the fact its in a can. It can go many places bottles are not allowed and its a good APA to boot. Hell what more could you want. (805 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of Brentfeesh: Poured a slightly hazy deep amber color ale with a nice foamy head with average retention. Aroma of crisp C-type hops with a nice sweet malt base. Taste is a very well balance mix between sweet malt and some bitter hops. Body is above average and carbonation is just perfect. Well made example of an APA. (332 characters)

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

I first experienced Oskar Blues Old Chub in Philly. I was reluctant to consider a beer in a can. Man I am glad I took a chance on Old Chub. On a rescent trip to see the In-Laws in PA I came across Dales Pale Ale. So I scooped up a case of Dale's Pale Ale.

The beer was served in a pub glass. You may be tempted to drink this one from the can. I think this beer definately deserves a glass for proper consumption.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear amber coloration. The beer has a one finger biege head with good retention.

Smell: The beer has a very pronounced pine resiney smell. The beer has faint lemon citrus and earthy floral hop smell. The beer has a pleasing caramel malty backbone.

Taste: This beer delivers a good blend of lemon, grape fruit and earthy hops. The hoppy flavors are pleasantly oily. The beer has plenty of caramel malty sweetness supporting the hops.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is approaching medium bodied. The beer has a slightly oily mouthfeel. The oilyness makes the flavors linger in a good way. The beer is easy to drink. I could see drinking several of these in a row. This is a dam fine APA and I will buy this one again if I have the chance. (1,201 characters)

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

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a copper color with a huge 3-finger tan head. The head is very persistent. Sheets of lace.

The smell is all hops. Citrus and pine.

Starts sweet but then is taken over by a very piney hop flavor.

Medium bodied and oily mouthfeel.

A highly drinkable pale ale. (314 characters)

Photo of Schwarzbart
2.72/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A bright orange amber color with a pillowy white 1-1/2 finger head. Nice clarity with plenty of lacing.
Smell: Wet hops and heavy malt aroma. Similar to some barley wines that I have had, sort of a heavy wet grain nose. Fragrances of dark fruits and some caramel.
Taste: Much like it smelled, but the malts and grain really bite you. I thought this beer tasted much darker than it looked. The hops had a sticky dank quality and even though the hops and malts seem balanced there was a slight sourness to it all.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and slippery. Almost a lubricating feel to it.
Drinkability: I thought the taste was a little overboard and strong on the senses for a pale ale. (690 characters)

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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