Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,812 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,812
Hads: 6,614
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 150
Gots: 1,135 | 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 MisterGone
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So, as Pale Ale's go, this one was pretty good. My gateway was SN, like everybody else sot that is the benchmark. This was from a 12 oz can at Draft Republic. Poured a nice amber, with a frothy white head that dissipated quickly. Really no aroma to speak of save a slight metallic tinge with some latent malt. In the PA realm, this had a nice balance of hop-malt, with the malts getting the lead. Hop profiles seemed a touch floral, but were not the dominant player. Not sure if it would be top shelf, but a solid effort. (521 characters)

Photo of SaltofOH
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 8/27/2014, reviewed 12/31/2014, Threshold beer glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper; with a 2 finger thick, frothy yellowish head. Significant carbonation. Retains a solid 1/8" cap with EPIC lacing.

Aroma: Hoppy, but not as hoppy as I would have expected. Could be showing its age. Some malty aromas in the background; biscuity?

Taste: Sweet, amber arrival, decent bittering on the end but not overpowering. I like! Less sweet than Mirror Pond, but sweeter than Burning River or Columbus Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel: Softer, less carbonation than appearance would suggest. Heavier than Burning River, less slick than Mirror Pond.

Overall: This is a really well-rounded fruity and quaffable pale ale. I could definitely buy a 6-pack of this. (754 characters)

Photo of milwaukee512
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For true hop-lovers; this beer is more abrasive and less balanced than a lot of APAs. Comes exclusively (?) in cans, which is kind of cool if you are camping/outdoors. If you want a beer that is like getting slapped in the face with hops, this is for you...as a side note, the taproom/restaurant in Lyons, CO is pretty awesome. (329 characters)

Photo of hophead723
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is like buying Coca-Cola in Colorado, especially Denver. Cases form pyramids that tower over the heads of beer lovers like monuments to their affinity. It is ubiquitous here in Colorado. Let's give it a try, shall we?

Look: Very classic and proud amber body sporting a white head with carbonation swirling through. It is clear and free of dregs, very inviting appearance.

Smell: Very upfront and almost simple pine aroma, but with an undertone of biscuity malt.

Taste: Much like the aroma, an upfront bitterness of pine is accompanied by honey-coated biscuit malt. Very well balanced and delicious. The 6.5% abv is perfectly subdued by the big hop goodness.

Feel: Quite good carbonation makes each sip more inviting than the last. There is slight lingering bitterness as well.

Overall: This beer should be the best selling Pale Ale in the country, not Sierra Nevada Pale Ale which I find to be lacking hops. This is a classic and delicious beer that everyone should drink. (984 characters)

Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
2.77/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I had high expectations opening up a can of this stuff. It was recommended to me, because I wanted to try a new pale ale. It's very boring and leaves a strange taste in your mouth. With that said, I would still drink it over alot of other shit (244 characters)

Photo of sporklift87
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into pint glass. Pours a finger of soapy, eggshell white head, with good retention and walls of firm sticky lacing. Dark orange and brownish amber, quite clear. Smells well balanced with a sweet malt backbone and a nice floral hoppiness. Nice flavor, has some metallic bittering hops in the background, with a flavorful malt balance. Tastes a little like oranges. Metallic feel, and foams up somewhat in mouth. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy body. Overall, I love this pale ale. It was one of the first craft beers I fell in love with years ago, and this is the first I've had it in a long time. Though its not as complex as it probably could be, it will always be one of my favorites. (712 characters)

Photo of Oregonbrewdude91
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hop filled love in a can, it's packable, drinkable, and just plain tasty. Best enjoyed with friends and straight from the cans. Oskar blues flagship beer is still in my top list for beers year round. 4.5/5 O.B.D91 (213 characters)

Photo of Brackh
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber with a white foamy head. Smells sticky, floral and sweet. Taste is awesome. This is one of my go to favorite beers. Way more bitter than a normal pale ale. This has always hit my like an IPA. Bitter but not too much. Great balance. Great beer. Love it. (258 characters)

Photo of lipster
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a tallboy can into a pint glass. Amber color with a white foamy head, lots of soapy lace. Smells of slightly metallic hops. Tastes of bright grapefruit hops balanced with honeyish malt. Mouthfeel incredibly smooth and pleasant. A reliable accessible pale ale. (271 characters)

Photo of KensWorld
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tried this in a can 3 different times in the past 3 years with totally different results? This rarely happens. All have been consumed fresh. 2.75, 4.50, 3.75. Very inconsistent. ? (179 characters)

Photo of Joe_Howard
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was honestly going into this beer already disapointed because 2 of my 3 previously tried out of a make your own 6-pack were very disapointing (1 was another well known pale ale from another craft beer giant, the other was a canned beer). Boy was I surprised, this is a good beer. Pours an orange-gold body with a mountain of frothy foam. The smell was floral and piny with some citrus. The taste reflects this with the addition of some sweet malts. Overall a delicious beer that I definitely see myself drinking in the future, but with that said there are a few critiques. Firstly I felt there was too much bitterness with not enough hop flavor if that makes sense, like there was a lot of just generic bitterness with not too much distinct hop flavors. Secondly, the packaging needs to be updated. Although I got only one in a make your own I saw that these were being sold in the old plastic rings of fish doom. In my opinion that need to change to the new 6 pack carriers most craft brewers use for their canned beers, they look better and are better for the environment (1,075 characters)

Photo of illpass78
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint on draft at Dahlia's in Biddeford, Maine.

Appearance: Pours a transparent amber with a one-and-a-half finger cream head. Big rings of lacing on the way down.

Aroma: This beer had a slightly herbal, piney aroma along with a good malt base.

Taste: Follows the nose. Kind of an intermediary between a pale ale and an IPA. Slightly more flavorful than an average pale ale. Caramel, malt, herbaceousness and pine are all there.

Mouthfeel: Easy-drinking ale that still maintains some substance. Good daytime beer.

Overall: Solid stuff. Good everyday-type beer and a nice point of entry into craft beers for a lot of folks. (626 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Golden amber in color, medium haziness, and pours a foamy two finger tall head.

Aroma- Heavy on the pine with some sweet citrus and caramel malts noticeable as well.

Taste- Very similar to the nose with a bitter punch of pine up front balanced by semi sweet caramel malt. The bitterness subsides and the finish sees more of citrus hops and cracker malts. Mild pine bitterness sticks around and lasts into the aftertaste.

Feel- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and overall a clean/crisp easy drinking pale ale.

Overall- A pale ale that really is an ipa, but its really good and that's all that is important. Lots of pine and citrus, solid malt flavors to provide balance, and really easy to drink. (722 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; bronze colored; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: earthy hops and caramel; balanced, but tilted toward the caramel;

T: well balanced through mid-palate; earthy with moderate bitterness at the end that lingers;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: a nice beer, but too much caramel and not enough hop character for the style; (417 characters)

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

On tap at Time Out. Amber-orange with no head thanks to the inept bartender. Carmel, citrus, floral aromas. Hop, pine, roasted malt, orange oil flavors. (152 characters)

Photo of arvidkoval
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange color. Malt sweetness and some fruity hops. Good malt base here, a hint of floral hops, but predominantly fruity hops with just a touch of bitterness. Very good, bubbly feel. Really, really good pale ale! (219 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First off, let me just start by saying that if they are classifying this as a pale ale and not an ipa, you could have fooled me.

Now, to get to the beverage, it was aboslutely beautiful upon pouring into a tulip style pint glass. A sparkling copper color with a nice thick 1 inch fluffy white head. Thick, sticky lacing follows all the way down.

The smell was extremely dank and pungent.

The flavor followed the nose, wow, this is full of dank, pungent, piney, hops flavor. Just a bit of malt to keep everything in check, not much though.

Medium bodied with a smooth and sticky mouth feel.

I really enjoyed this one at first (and still do), but it became pretty heavy in my stomach as I went. It probably didn't help that I had one of the larger Pint+ cans. This was good but not something I could see throwing back a bunch of.

Would drink again, but not sure if I would seek it out and purchase again. Unless it was a good buy at the time or I was really in the mood for it. (984 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sampling right now on 2/23/15. Only comes in a 12-ounce can, which I am really not a fan of but some brews only come that way. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a pint glass.

Brew pours a pretty copper-amber in color with a good 1+ finger foamy head that finally settles down to 2mm after after 20 minutes. Lots of ring-like lacing is seen that sticks to the inside of the glass. The aroma is full of flavor with earthy grains and pine. Bit more going on with the taste as there is some floral hops in the mix as well. A slightly dry and light bitter finish but doesn't last all that long. Probably one of the better APA style brews though, although I am not a really a big fan of this style of brew. I will say that as it warmed up a bit, it was a little better. Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall, it wasn't all that bad, for me anyway. (883 characters)

Photo of Weisenbeer
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice. Very nice. Will I drink it if offered to me in a social setting? Yes. Will my heart go "aflutter" when I discover this is all my host has to offer? No. Still, nice. Very nice. (188 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden orange, with a light off-white head, full and pillowy, and a good bit of lacing.

S - Pine and grapefruit pith, with herbal elements, and honeyed notes.

T - Following the nose, with strong malt backbone that keeps the heavy hops from burdening the tongue, producing a nicely balanced, drinkable ale. Decent floral and herbal notes, and a bit of spiciness.

M - Snappy bitterness, medium carbonation, a bit of drying in the close. An easy drinker.

O - Nothing surprising, or extraordinary, but a tasty, decent, fun drink. (535 characters)

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

Huge, frothy head. Leaves a great lace. Nice copper liquid. With just a touch of pungency, the rest of the smell is earthy pine with a tab bit of ripe fruit. The hop character is quite big for pale ale, and could easily be mistaken as an IPA. Piney goodness with a pleasant bitterness. I will certainly get it again. (316 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a cap that laves some decent lacing

S: Earthy and lightly fruity hops up front, along with a solid malt backing. A little lacking

T: Starts off with the hops, which are again earthy and moderately fruity. Definitely a little more intense than the nose. Malts back up the hops nicely. Finishes with light/moderate bitterness with a light sweetness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid pale ale with great balance that goes down very well, especially for pushing the abv limits of an IPA. Certainly a standard for the style (608 characters)

Photo of NickTheGreat
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L (4) -Nice coloration, nice little head on top.

S (4.25) - Good smell to this one. Not especially overwhelming, but you wouldn't expect this.

T (3.5) -Taste . . . this beer tastes good. Not great. I mean it's uncomfortably bitter. And not the typical alpha acid hop bitter. Just kinda bitter bitter. Not unpleasant, but not a good taste.

F (4) - Carb is what a pale ale should be. Smooth, drinkable.

O (3.75) - I was excited for this one, but it fell short. Kinda like a lot of Oskar's beers. I mean, it's better than average, and I would drink it again. But it is not a "must have" for my cellar. (613 characters)

Photo of DakotaSmith
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

At first this great example of North Carolina beer took the air out of my lungs and made my boy hoods sting. But after the second drink I realized just how good this beer is. As this almost green liquid rolls down your throat it feels like a hard day working in the mountains of North Carolina. It is rough just like the Old North state but like this Beautiful you really have to sit down and take your time to enjoy it. I was 12 when I first drink this, a little clean shaven boy not ready for what I had acquired. But once I finished this beautiful blue can I had a lush over flowing beard and was wearing a flannel and holding an axe. This beer will make a man out of you (674 characters)

Photo of CraigP83
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Disclaimer poured from a January 2014 batch drank 1 yr later. Darker and cloudier than expected. Has an adjunct + pale ale smell, not great. Thick and honey flavored. Sticks to the back of your throat and goes bitter. (217 characters)

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
89 out of 100 based on 1,812 ratings.