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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,826 Reviews
THE BROS
81
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Reviews: 1,826
Hads: 6,683
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 150
Gots: 1,183 | 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 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)

Photo of sacrelicio
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Finally got to try this beer! I had heard that it was supposed to be a great example of a quality microcraft in a can and when I saw it at Chicone's I had to bite.

The beer pours a fairly typical but nice APA color--orange/amber--with a tight, solid, and creamy head with good retention. Very nice tight layered lacing.

The smell is a bit underwhelming, fairly faint generic fruity hop aromas and caramel maltiness with a touch of earth. Decent, but too faint to make much of an impression. I almost detect aluminum, which could be my imagination.

The taste is great, with hops showcasing big grapefruit, green vegetable and pine flavors. The malty backbone is significant, with an almost candy like sweetness that nicely compliments the hops rather than combating them. There are also some savory flavors in the very long finish. Lots of big flavor.

The mouthfeel is full and almost sticky with medium carbonation that cuts through the gumminess. Just how I like it.

The drinkability of this beer is phenomenal. Enough flavor to keep you interested but easygoing and unassuming enough to be indefinitely quaffable (assuming you love hops, like I do). (1,167 characters)

Photo of waughbrew
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tangerine with a wonderful head. Smell has surprisingly-strong peaches, like the ones in a can. A little orange and grapefruit. Flavor is sugar-coated medium-bodied hop candy. Not sharp, since it is sugar-coated. Pretty nice flavor, actually, though I could go for less body and less sweetness. Fresh and smooth.

Overall tasty stuff, but too sweet and full-bodied to be a regular for me. (391 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Crystal-clear amber-brown in color, with a large, coarse white head, thick broken lace, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Very sharp pine tar hop presence, with a sweet malt undercurrent, very much to style.

Taste: Slightly sweet malt presence at the open, with a subdued, mildly bitter hop presence, and oddly, some toasted malts. The pine tar hops rise as the taste progresses. Towards the end of the taste, the hop bitterness intensifies, taking on a fairly pronounced pine tar note, and a lingering bitterness at the back of the mouth, possibly from tannins. This might account for the sharply dry finish.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and quite full, little carbonation noted, finishes very dry.

Drinkability/notes:A nice example, very drinkable, at 6.5% ABV, a touch high for a session beer.

Thanks to HardTarget for sharing this rare example. (859 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I recently went to Lyons to visit Oskar’s and sampled Dale’s Pale Ale on tap. I’ve have in the past tried Dale’s in a can and I have to say that on tap is much better! (And thus another review of this beer).

The pour was the same with a light amber color with good clarity. Better head and lacing when poured from the tap then from the can.

The aroma was more noticeable from tap then can. The hops seem to come out more with a heighten citrus smell. The malt was more balanced and less of a syrupy smell. The taste is similar with a good bitterness from the hops that are all but non-existent from the can. The can Dale’s seemed well balanced, while from tap the beer seemed to have more of a hoppy flavor then malt. The malt seemed less syrupy in taste as well but more of a bready and less caramel taste.

The body is completely different between the two. The body from can is smooth while from tap has more harsh almost carbonic flavor to it.

Between the two, I would have to call it a toss up. But for sure they have different factors for sure. (1,065 characters)

Photo of granger10
4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer from a can. Nice. Copper color with a large egg white foamed head. Head maitains nicely, lots of lacing. Carbonation holds throughout. Smell is strong on hops. Lots of grapefruit and pine in the aroma. Somewhat acidic. Flavor provides more balance with a collection of malts to support the hop dominance. Kind of a rich caramel flavor at the top. A bit of a sweet biscuity base is there. But this is about the hops. They come out in full form. Never too much though. Nice fruity bitterness, nice grapefruit bitterness, and a nice bit of resiny pine in the finish. Malts never lose control of keeping the hops in hand though. Just a great beer all around. Even though the abv's a touch high, this might be my new session beer. (735 characters)

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

Dale's Pale Ale pours an orange-copper color with a thick off-white head that leaves gobs of lacing behind. Looks like nothing else I have ever poured from a can.

Aroma filled with caramel malts and citrus hops...a little doughy as well. Again, best canned beer scent yet. (Note: I haven't had any of the Sly Fox offerings yet)

Taste is fairly balanced between bready caramel malt and citrus flavors. Some hop bitterness is noted. Slight metallic taste creeps in on some sips.

Creamy mouthfeel and good carbonation. I will be picking more of this up next time I head back to NC...my sixer is just about gone. Good beer to just grab a can and pop it open tastes just as good from the can. (696 characters)

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

A- golden straw with yellowish orange tint, two finger white head, awesome retent, settles to ring, lacing, bit cloudy

S- citrus, toasted malt, caramel

T- multiple hop flavors in there. starts off with orange like and caramel flavor, then hop bitterness takes over only to finish sweet w/ some citrus hop flavor. Grassy aftertaste. Awesome balance and flavor

M- smooth and silky, good body, somewhat viscous

D- Liked the balance and taste alot. Easy drinking, definetly a memorable pale ale in my book (513 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass. Very nice presentation. A very tight head forms and leaves nothing but lacing. Beer is amber in color with lots of carbonation acitve under the surface.

Aroma is dominated by citrus hops, but balanced well by caramel malts. Grapefruit and pine trees. Even some toffee. Wonderful aroma. Smells IPAish.

Taste is wonderful. Full of citrus hops and malty as well. This is as close to perfect for IPA I think, but since this is a Pale Ale, i detract some points. Grapefruit, citrus, grass, lemon; wonderful.

Mouthfeel is perfect. The hops and the caramel malts balance out the body perfectly. Medim bodied. Perfect. A wonderful beer. Might this become a permanant resident in the fridege? In a word, yes! (751 characters)

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

a: Right after I cracked open the can I noticed how full it is! Ive had beer in ball brand cans before, but this rocks. Maybe I was just lucky. Anyways this poured a hazy golden amber with an awesome bubbly beige head. The head was super soft and frothy like an ice cream float. Great retention.

s: The aroma is malty, hoppy, floral and deliciously breadlike.

t/mf: Hoppy and lightly bitey with a pleasant hint of caramel. The bready taste also leads to a kind of chewy mouthfeel that is full, sticky and wet. It is also lightly drying.

d: This is a full and well balanced brew from a can. You cannot tell it is from a can if you pour it and actually this one is great straight from the can. A very enjoyable pale ale. Too bad it is 9 bucks a 6er up here, but it is worth it I suppose. (788 characters)

Photo of Nutleybeer
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One might not expect too much from a canned beer...but I heard rave reviews. Tried it myself. A great pour. Produces a wonderful, foamy head. Pour it slow.

A somewhat cloudy orange body. Okay smell.

Enjoy the first few sips. Savor it. The foamy head gives this Pale Ale a really surprising creamy taste.

Hoppy, but not bitter. The hops lingers on the center of your tongue.

For those of you who might steer away from cans, give this a try. A real nice beer with good flavor and a velvety creaminess to it. (519 characters)

Photo of hobbes2150
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I poured this beer into a glass I was surprised; not used to seeing a beer with such good color come from a can. Great nose, with apparent maltiness and a teasing hop aroma that gives you a sense of good things to come. The taste is a bit milder than the nose would suggest, but still a great malt foundation with a hoppy back to it. I wish more canned beer was this good. (377 characters)

Photo of rodrot
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a beautiful orange/amber color with a huge 2 finger head that left plenty of lace on the glass. Aroma was malty with a good bit of flowery hops mixed in. Taste was of sweet malts, peach, apricot and piney/resiny hops. Mouthfeel was fairly light for such a tasty beer. Drinkability is good if you like hoppy beers, which I do. This beer leans more towards an American IPA in my opinion. Who knew that such a well crafted brew could come in a can? Now I can't wait to try Old Chub. (496 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (582 characters)

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

Good beer from a can? what a concept!

A - hazy amber color with a thick creamy head

S - Caramel malty sweetness mixed well with a floral hopiness

T - Initially sweet malty flavor with a nice hoppy bitterness to the finish

M - medium bodied, very little carbonation

D - This is a nice drinkable beer....but don't pound it in the can. Pour it in a glass! (367 characters)

Photo of vtfan77
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden orange with a decent white head. Some lacing, but not as much as I would have thought.

S- Big time caramel malt aromas with a good dose of floral hops as well. Very nice!

T- Floral hops dominate, which is kind of surprising considering the big malt presence suggested by the nose. The malt definitely shows up, though, with a pleasant caramelly/ toasty taste in the middle that lingers on to the finish to blend with the hops. Decent amount of bitterness on the finish, though it isn't too much and is quite pleasant.

M- Medium-bodied mouthfeel with good carbonation, making it smooth and easy to drink.

D- Quite exceptional here, I could definitely drink a few of these in a sitting.

Very nice pale ale. I had heard good things and was not disappointed. The website describes it as being between a pale ale and an IPA, and I would agree. Hoppier than your average PA, but not quite up to IPA standards. Also is good straight out of the can, although I wouldn't recommend doing that, as you miss out on much of the wonderful aroma. Highly recommended. (1,076 characters)

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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