Dismiss Notice
Sneak peek! BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015) featuring Leah & Oscar from Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more ...

Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

Not Rated.
Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

1,827 Reviews
THE BROS
81
good

(Read More)
Reviews: 1,827
Hads: 6,693
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 152
Gots: 1,193 | 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

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Dale's Pale Ale Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,827 | Hads: 6,693
Photo of jjboesen
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This represents the beginning of canned craft beer (excluding the nitro cans from Guinness, Boddingtons, etc.) and it is worthwhile.
Pours with a thick, spongy head and long-lasting head and settles with minor lacing. Dales' has a mildly hoppy bite and leaves little aftertaste - due to storage, I think. Like any well-crafted beer, it gets better as it reaches room temperature. All-in-all, an exceptional quaff, though I do prefer Oskar Blues Scotch Ale "Old Chubb." Cheers! (477 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz aluminum can.

This pale ale poured a clear, amber color with off-white foam that persisted and slowly settled and clung to the glass. The smell was light malt with a hint of caramel and a light hoppiness. The carbonation tickled the nose. The taste was lightly sweet malt with a very light hoppiness. The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy with medium body and good carbonation. There was a light hoppiness and maltiness in the finish. This was a good pale ale. Keep up the good work with the cans. (509 characters)

Photo of jmz62565
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a giant white foamy head. The head leaves great lacing,but the color of this beer is what grabs you.
I don't think I've ever seen an APA as dark as this,beautiful. The smell is very hoppy,citrus with floral undertones.
The taste has a perfect combination of bitter citrus hops and sweet malt. The crisp hops and mellow malt make this a great tasting beer.
The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing well making this one of the best APA's on the market. This is very good. Cheers. (508 characters)

Photo of neonbrown82
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's so weird to open a can of beer and not expect swill to come out (or nitro crap for that matter). I had heard nothing but good things about this beer, and I was curious to see how much of it was hype. It is a damn good beer, however. If only I had access to it on a regular basis, at least during summer, since it is tough to find a good canned beer for recreational areas that don't allow glass. Thanks to dogfooddog for sending me this, along with a few others from the brewery. I am really looking forward to the old chubb now.

Pours to a nice clear amber color with a golden hue. A very healthy carbonation supports an equally healthy head. Lacing sticks quite well, allowing one to count how many drinks it took to finish the glass.

The smell is probably the least impressive aspect of this brew, but it is not bad by any means. Has a nice light floral hops bouquet. Smells like cream almost, which is very odd, but far from unpleasant.

The taste is very good. Has the same light bitter floral hops bouquet with a very nice balancing caramel malt. Has the same creamy taste found in the nose, almost like it was brewed with half & half. Has a lingering bitterness and a bready malt flavor.

The body is, as I expected, rich and creamy. Not really what I would expect from a pale ale, per se, though I really enjoy a nice body from any beer. Very easy to drink. One of the most interesting pale ales I've tried (which is kind of an unusual thing to say if you think about it), and not just because of its packaging. (1,534 characters)

Photo of Bobikel
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours an amber/copper with a 1" head. Retention is very good. Lacing is very good.

Smell - Hops, hops, and more hops. Deep fruity, spicy, hop tones dominate with just a touch of sweet malt in the background.

Taste - Grapefruit lends way to a malty middle, which in turn, gives ground to a lingering hop bite.

Mouthfeel - Thick and creamy with little or no cloying aspects.

Drinkability - Smooth and easy, this is best enjoyed with friends on a slow all night drink, and bullshitathon.

Overall - This was one of my first hoppy beers several years ago. I fell in love with hops and havn't looked back. Still one of my favorites. (655 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color with a thick long lasting eggshell head that drapes the glass with continents of lace. The aroma is piney and spicey, very hop forward. The taste is richly hoppy but well balanced with a biscuity doughy malt. Hop flavors are very piney and ‘PACNorthwesty’. The finish is long and pleasingly bitter. The mouthfeel is kind of light and softly carbonated.

A very tastey canned ale, maybe the best Ive had. The brisk hoppiness and great balance. Make it dangerously drinkable. I highly recommend it. (527 characters)

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow - my second canned beer in 9 years! acquired via trade!

A - golden orange in color, very vigorous white head.

S - citrus hops, light malt and raw grain.

T - similar to smell. Nice but a bit grainy for me.

M - lightly bodied, smooth

D - 2 was my limit. a bit less grainy and it would be rated much higher. (323 characters)

Photo of TheSarge
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew was sent to me in Korea. Many thanks to Chuckee in Alabama, who wanted to provide me an exceptional beer in a can, based off a previous Beer Talk topic.

Dale's Pale Ale gives off aromas heavily dominated by hops: A bit floral and piney. The taste is also heavily dominated in the same way, but I detected slight sweetness from the richly roasted malt.

This brew feels a little oily at first but finishes quite dry, and a slight bitterness is felt on the back of my tongue.

Overall I'm quite impressed with Dale's and I'd go out of my way to find some more when I come home to visit the States. I probably won't find this brew in Germany either, but hell; I'll be in beer heaven again.

TheSarge (716 characters)

Photo of Riggo
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

appearance: handsome golden orange with a creamy, sturdy off-white head. good head retention. a sturdy attractive ale.

smell: citrus, pine, leafy hops. some slight smokiness. caramel? orange?

taste: fresh and lively, yet creamy and smooth. crisp hop bite balanced well by earthy, toasty malt. finish has a nice smack of spicy hops. definitely a little on the bitter side throughout but still remarkably smooth.

mouthfeel: great creamy, smooth mouthfeel.

drinkability: pretty high. you get alot of hops but it's all rounded out beautifully.

count me among many others (including the folks at oskar blues themselves!) who never expected a big hoppy american style pale ale full of character to come out of a can. once you pour it and taste it, there's just no denying it; this is one of america's finest pale ales. (827 characters)

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

I had half the beer in the actual can and the other half in a pint glass.

Aroma: To get the aroma of the beer you have to stick your nose right up to the opening. For a Pale Ale, the beer smells quite hoppy. Didn't smell anything else going on with the beer.

Look (once poured into a pint glass): When poured the head was nice. White, light and made of small bubbles. Through out the drink the beer bubbled (small bubbles) and the head stayed for the whole time (though it was thin). A medium orange-red in color (could not make out detail through the glass).

Taste: The hops are definitely there, but not over powering. The swallow was nice, with some floral mixed in with the hop, for a nice even drink. It is not a complex taste, though at the end of the swallow there was an extremely light butterscotch taste for me. Lighter to medium body for me.

Conclusion: Enjoyed the beer. I would consider this a session beer for a party or bbq. Good hop taste, but not over powering, and a clean drink. (1,010 characters)

Photo of benito
4.56/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands down this is the best American pale ale I've tasted. It pours a gleaming copper with a thick, sudsy white head that globs up and sits atop the pint almost endlessly.

Good hoppy aromas with lots of pine--and this is the only area where I think they could have done more with this brew. Dale's has a smooth and creamy mouthfeel overall that nicely complements the quick, hoppy start and biscuity middle of the brew. The finish is crisp and bitter. It's a textbook example of a tasty, well-balanced APA.

For a while, I lived in Colorado and thought Dale's was overrated. Far inferior to Old Chub and many of the states great IPAs. I don't know what I was thinking. This is a must have beer. And the fact that it comes in cans makes it only that much more appealing. I'm dreaming about all the ridiculous spots that I'll be able to take this brew. (855 characters)

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)

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
89 out of 100 based on 1,827 ratings.