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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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5,765 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,765
Reviews: 1,741
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 107
Gots: 593 | FT: 5
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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2002)
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Photo of whatthehull
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted April 27th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a New Belgium snifter
A - light copper, one finger off white ish head, and nice lacing

S - citrus hops galore, nice sweet malt, roses, pineapple, wheat, nice yeast and some barley and grains

T - hops, citrus, floral. Roses, lemons, oranges and pineapples. Sweet and toasted malt, nice yeast. Nice bitter to sweet balance

M - a bit sticky, carbonated, low acidity, long finish

D - this one drinks like an IPA not a pale ale. It has everything great balance or hops and malt. Just a good tasting well balanced beer

Final thought - I love you osker blues!

whatthehull, May 03, 2011
Photo of MadCat
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

CANquest part 2! Can dated 11/22/10. No funny quips on the can. So it is over 5 months old, yet it has quite the hoppy taste. Never had it young, but I would be curious to see how they compare. Could this be a benefit of the can, reducing hop fade significantly? Or is something else at work?

Appearance: Cloudy light brown color, good white head that dissipates fast leaving good lacing

Smell: Grapefruity hops. Also some other citrus and pine hops.

Taste: Citrus, grapefruit, pine hops with some malty, bready, caramely flavors to back it up. A nice balance to it. Some earthiness in there as well.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and medium body

Overall: Excellent beer, proves that good things can come in a CAN. Hoppier, maltier, and higher ABV than your standard pale ale, I personally would classify this as an IPA.

MadCat, May 03, 2011
Photo of thebrood1987
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yep definitely one of the best Pale Ales out there. Maybe because it tastes like an IPA? Perhaps. Anyways, this is my first Oskar Blues beer and the only reason I can think of as to why they didn't call this is an IPA is because they have hoppier beers in their line up when compared to this one.

On the smell I instantly get a piney floral and perfume hop smell mixed in with some sweet smells. The taste is fantastic and really is hoppier then some lesser IPA's I've had. Its very smooth and creamy with a quick flash of sweetness in the beginning and then ending with that floral piney bitter hop taste on the aftertaste. The pine hop taste really lasts and is astringent and bitter.

I strongly suggest this to anybody that loves IPA's and wants a Pale ale that taste just like one. The rich tasting astringent hops really shine through in this beer. The sweetness does take a back seat but if it didn't have any sweetness to balance it out then this would really be even more bitter than it is. An exceptional beer by Oskar Blues.

thebrood1987, May 01, 2011
Photo of Avantyawn
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can poured into imperial pint glass

A: Beautiful looking hazy orange amber, thick 2 inch head, lots of foamy lacing as the beer goes down. Really, a splendid looking beer.

S: Sharp astringent hops, a little sweet malt. Not much going on here.

T: Ok, I can taste the aluminum can a bit but onwards, bready biscuity malt and a sharp hop kick. I can even smell the yeast a bit which is unusual for an American Pale Ale.

M: Sharp and creamy but with a slightly watery finish which I am not nuts about.

O: Overall, a very drinkable simple Pale Ale in a can. A nice alternative to PBR etc for an outdoor event picnic etc. I like it, it's not "wowing" me, but its a good tasty Pale Ale. I'd like to try it on tap, I can imagine it tasting much better fresh on tap. I will surely buy this again for the right outdoor situation.

Avantyawn, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of Brianjames16
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice hazy gold into my pint glass. It has a decent one finger width frothy white head. A lot of carbonation frow the looks of it.

S- Nice amount of hop aroma on this one. I'm getting a decent amount of the traditional grapefruit, pine and bitterness in the aroma.

T- Very pleasing hop bitterness with a nice crisp finish. This is a pretty fantastic canned beer I must say! Way to go Oskar Blues !

M- Lighter body with a refreshing crisp finish. A nice session brew.

O- This beer does everything it supposed to do. It holds true to its style and its in a can! I want to go camping with Dales vey soon.

Brianjames16, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of shawnsmith8275
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into an Oskar Blues pint glass. Pours a light orange. One finger white head that fades quickly.

S: Aromas of pine and light citrus dominate the nose. Truly a great aroma.

T: Citrus and pine flavors from the hops are at the forefront with a slight sweetness from the malt. Nice clean bitter finish.

M: Nice carbonation. Clean doesn't linger but sticks around long enough to enjoy the hop bitterness.

O: For hop lover this a dream of a pale ale. Great hopiness, nice citrus and pine flavors that you expect in an IPA yet clean and sessionable. This is a beer that you could drink on any given day, not to mention it's awesome for throwing in the back pack for a snowboard session or packing in the cooler for fishing on the boat.

shawnsmith8275, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of BabySnakes
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark gold with thin yellowish head that dissipates quickly

Smells like a pale ale should! Nice crispy malt balanced with a "voluminous" amount of hops. Very slight fruit (peach?) and citrus aroma.

Malt base is extremely well balanced by hops, letting both shine. Very bitey, leaving me wanting the next sip. Piney hop flavors and biscuity malt flavors dominate.

Medium body and carbonation. Bitterness . Bitterness. Bitterness. In the best possible hop kind of way.

BabySnakes, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of Retsinis
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this a few times now, but most recently on tap at Instant replay, after having two other beers, as I was looking for something light and refreshing to end the night.

A: The beer pours a light orange hazy amber, with a consistent half inch of head that really sticks around. Some lacing.

S: Notes of modest grapefruit, grass, light pine, citrus, and some bitter hops. Mild sweet malts comes through a bit as well.

T: Matches the nose, light tropical fruits, some lemon zest, blends well with the sweet malted barley, and mild dry bitterness on the finish. quite nice for the style.

M: Light, clean, crisp, and refreshing.

O: Hit the spot. A solid, balanced hopped pale ale. Not as complex as what I typically go for, and I would not seek it out just to have it given choices, but I would gladly accept it when offered, and I'm in the mood for the style.

Retsinis, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of Jerone
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy orange with some amber, some carbonation, nice looking head and lacing.

S - Smells great, pine and citrus, grapefruit, orange.

T - Pine and citrus just like the smell with more citrus, mainly grapefruit and orange, bitter hop ending which I enjoy a lot.

M - Sticks inside your mouth in a good way, the carbonation is nice too.

O - I will buy this beer again, very drinkable, and it comes in a cool can!

Jerone, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of richkrull
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice copper orange color with a little bit of head and some light lacing. Smell is citrus with the hops coming through. Taste is very good. Great bitter hop flavor. Almost tastes closer to an IPA. Either way it's delicious. Went down really smooth, great light bodied beer. I really really liked this beer. Glad I finally got a chance to try it. Will definitely purchase again.

richkrull, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of DNICE555
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Eli's with Jlynn and Maura

A: Dark orange, white head, nice lacing.

S: A little bit of pine, grassy hops and citrus.

T: Pine, grassy hops, bit of citrus, and a nice bitter finish especially for a pale ale. Very nice.

M: Rich bitter body for a PA. Very nice carbonation level.

O: One of the better pale ale's I've had. No alpha kong but very tasty. Very pleasantly surprised. Of course why would I be... they do make the ten fidy.

DNICE555, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: deep clay orange, mild cloudy body, 1 finger head, nice lacing

S: clean fresh pine/grass, mild lemon zest

T: big clean pine/grass up front, bitter slow long finish

M: medium body, solid carbonation, sticky/oily finish

O: Pretty good APA, but not my favorite. It's my 1st Oskar Blues beer and am looking forward to trying more. I could have more than a few of these, may be a tad too bitter for a newbie.


BeerLover99, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of joecast
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light clear copper. Low carbonation. Hardly any Huss as the can is popped open. Decent white head and lacing.

Nice resin pine aroma. Guessing the date on the can is canned on which makes this about five months old. Might have lost some of it's zip, but still nice enough. Well rounded with sweet malt filling the gaps.

Nice bitter balance to this 6.5% beer. Full flavored and does the style proud. Good finish and smooth mouthfeel.

Been looking forward to this and it lived up to (my internal) hype. Very nice and a fresher example would probably have been great.

joecast, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of RSchaeffer
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review #2
12 oz can poured into a New Belgium Fat Tire pint glass.

A - Nice looking beer, golden-orange-amber color with a frothy 1-finger head. Lots of sticky lacing around the glass.

S - Floral with a hint of citrus and pine. I also pick up a bit of bubblegum. All are rather subtle and not as intense as I would like.

T - Taste doesn't match the smell to me, again very subtle. Bit of caramel with a slight bitter finish.

M - Nice carbonation, yet very smooth and creamy. From other reviews, I can see how some would pick up on soap in the taste, scent, and mouthfeel.

O - Nice brew and fairly drinkable. This is also another new option popping up in shops here in NH. While I enjoyed it, I'll likely stick to some locals.

RSchaeffer, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of tsatem
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours with a beautiful frothy three finger head the color of the inside of an orange rind. Body is golden orange. Looks just like what the "average" beer should look like. Lots of really thick lacing.

S: Very floral and natural smelling - lavender, grass, pine. Smells very clean. Citrus zest, primarily grapefruit which is actually most often not the strongest citrus scent I pick up.

T: Same hop profile as the nose, but the malts are more present Very bready, graham cracker and biscuit. Hops are more aggressive and sharp. Very well balanced, though all the flavors are somewhat muted. Pine makes its way in towards the end, and there's a great citrus rind bitter finish.

M: Very crisp and refreshing.

O: I think this is a fantastic representation of the style. Very refreshing and easy to enjoy, and extremely well balanced. None of the flavors in particular stand out or are extremely special in their own way, but that's what is making this become more and more of a staple in my fridge.

tsatem, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an amber color with a small lasting head. Smells very hoppy and bitter. The taste is hoppy, very bitter, with a bit of a bite of the end. Hops stay arounf the paletee for a while. Overall a very apa, ejoyed this one and would get it again.

vette2006c5r, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I am in New Hampshire for the Great Bay Half Marathon...its the night before a race and ....why not drink some....ok....alot of the local beer!!! Sitting at the Portsmouth brewering Co and ordered a Dale's thinking it was local...NOT! From Colorado....still quite tasty. This beer has was copper in color with thin white head and great lace. The smell has a subtle pine/citrus. This beer has a piney taste that tickles the tongue that has a nice balance in maltyness. The smell funnels into the taste of this beer. The light ABV leads to this beer being a Session...certainly worth a taste.

WoodBrew, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of goalie33
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into 16oz pint glass. No best buy date on the can.
A) Pours a crystal clear, straight up orange color with one finger of eggshell white head. Lots of fine carbonation can be seen in the beer. Leaves lots of nice lacing.
S) Very hoppy smelling beer. Almost reminds of Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA. Light fruits, maybe some apricot with a solid malt backbone underneath.
T) Subtle indistinguishable hop flavors in the beginning followed by a nice bready malt sweetness. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Very pleasant but nothing spectacular.
M) Medium body with very light carbonation. Very easy drinking beer.

Although I would have liked more of the hops that I got in the aroma to have come through in the taste, this is still an enjoyable pale ale. Might be a slightly old can. Easy drinking and sessionable with more flavor than a macrobrew. I'd say it's worth checking out.

goalie33, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of StoneTSR
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Very light orange in color with a thin and foamy, white head. Brilliant and crystal clear. Nice lacing.

SMELL: Grapefruit and hops, but not as intense a smell as I would like.

TASTE: This certainly tastes more like an IPA than a Pale Ale, floral flavors blend well with citrus (grapefruit, lemon) and a bit of malt to balance it out. The aftertaste tastes like grapefruit.

MOUTHFEEL: VERY well carbonated, the Dale Pale Ale is nice, dry and has a ton of sparkle. This is a great feeling beer, plus it sits very lightly.

OVERALL: It is easy to see why this is one of the most highly touted Pale Ales in the country. This is a Pale Ale that is strictly for the hop heads, but if you can handle the hops you can also handle more than one or two of these beers.

StoneTSR, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of cratez
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can purchased at Bottle Caps in Daytona Beach, FL. Pours a beautiful, bright amber hue with one finger of eggshell white head and sheets of lacing on the shaker. What an attractive brew! Smell and taste are floral, piney, and citric hops, orange peel, sweet and bready malts, caramel, biscuit, fruity and acidic hop flavours with a delicate, rounded bitterness to end. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation with a juicy-oily finish. Not nearly as dry as most U.S. pales, this one refreshes the palate while delivering lots of hop goodness. In that regard it reminds of Bell's Two Hearted Ale. Overall, Dale's would be my stand-by session beer if it was available in Ontario. A delicious and easy drinking APA.

cratez, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of aval89
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: honey color.. got a finger head of tight bubbles.. clear bodied..

S: floral hops!! Sweet grapefruits with some malt sweetness. Bubble gum as well?

T: very floral! Some citrus & lemon flavors.. sweet malts to back it up.. finishes very flowery.. a little soapy..

Mf : med bodied with a crisp feel.. dry finish leaves you wanting more..

O: very nice brew.. drinks more like a 5.5% abv than a 6.5%

aval89, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of Phelps
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Can into a shakers pint, served at Mellow Mushroom. Canned 1.25.11.

Perfectly clear light amber in color, topped by a one-finger head of fluffy off-white composed of bubbles big and small that exhibits great retention. The head's gorgeous, hanging out forever and ever. When it finally goes, foam remains as a thick, scummy top layer and tons of sticky streaks of lace. 4.5

In the nose: orange peel, lemon, pine, mint, caramel, toasty bread.

The flavor's a little soapy. Heavy grapefruit, light toast and an abrasive bitterness. The can says the beer's "voluminously hopped" -- it leans toward hops rather than malt, for sure. Very slight dry finish.

Medium prickly carbonation with a smooth medium body. Nice and crisp.

I've had Dale's before and remember enjoying it much more. This experience revealed the beer to be far too soapy and bitter. Overall, not my cup of IPA.

Phelps, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice golden ale body, clean and inviting. Small foamy white head ontop, fading into some lacing.

S - Alot of rich hops in the nose and some sweet fruit notes. A little grapefruit/citrus in the smell.

T - Certainly tastes like an IPA. The hops arent terribly spicey tho, they are more sweet and subtle here. Nice citrus/fruit and woody tastes. A little alcohola nd hop warmth at the back end.

M - Super smooth and clean mouth with a nice light body, full of flavor. Easy drinking.

O - A really nice flavorful canned ale here. Alot more flavor than your standard pale ale, this beer has a nice complexity about it while maintaining high drinkability. Nice combo.

BeerForMuscle, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of Tballz420
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker-side of the caramel spectrum as far as PAs go. Sweet malt, dank hops on the nose. Mmm, nice caramel malt finished from floral hops, a bit of bitterness. Thin to medium. Um yeah, nice PA they put together. Not sure what my overall score is, but my drinkability is a solid 4.0.

Tballz420, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of claytong
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not a pale ale drinker and this one is a typical reason why. It's completely neutral in my mouth. Oskar Blues does amazing beer and this just doesn't do anything for my mouth. I might be able to enjoy it with a steak on a patio on a summer day, but I think I could also enjoy a lot better one than this. Let this be one of the last beers you have from them.

claytong, Mar 23, 2011
Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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