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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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5,492 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,492
Reviews: 1,727
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 105
Gots: 515 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2002)
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Photo of jgasparine


3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

A- Poured from the tap with a thin white head, which slowly dissipated, leaving some touches of lacing behind. The body was a nice orange-amber color, with some course carbonation working its way up from the bottom of the glass.

S- Distinct hops from the nose- reminiscent of citrus rind, pine needles, and a touch of tropical fruit. Some evidence of a malty, marmalade-like backbone is evident as well.

T- Tropical fruit flavors com blasting through up-front (guava, mango and passionfruit), followed by some restrained citrus notes. The malt is somewhat hidden in the middle... somewhat crackerlike. And the finish is long and bitter with citrus-rind-like hops.

M- Medium body- nicely textured with unattenuated sugar. The carbonation is a lot softer than anticipated, but abundant nonetheless... overall a solid mouthfeel.

D- As this beer is consumed over time, the flavor of citrus rind begins to stick on the tongue, masking the tropical fruit and malt flavors... taking this from a 'multi-dimensional' beer down to one dimension... not good. From the drinkability standpoint, this puts it below par when compared to run-of-the-mill APAs (in my book).

09-09-2009 02:03:05 | More by jgasparine
Photo of stingrayvr6

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%

Poured a golden brown with a thick white head but disappeared quickly. Smell was sweet and of oily hops. Taste started sweet then finished very bitter. Very dry finish after a fruity hop start. Similar finish to Stone IPA. Good beer, probably not my favorite IPA though.

09-08-2009 01:02:29 | More by stingrayvr6
Photo of allboutbierge


4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

When at home, this is probably my most consumed beer. It can constantly and easily be found, its usually priced right, and it has the hop punch to satisfy a hop fix when you just don't feel like sacrificing your sobriety or wallet on a DIPA.

Color is a very attractive reddish light golden copper, head bright, white and abundant. Aroma lets you know what its about--hops (floral variety) with a sweet malt background pull in tongue simultaneous in both directions. There's a considerable amount of complexity here. Theres something here making me think of butterscotch too. Just a first class beer all around.

09-06-2009 05:34:43 | More by allboutbierge
Photo of Soonami


3.58/5  rDev -8.2%

A - Bright amber orange with thin off-white head with little cling

S - Bready, hints of tropical fruit and a little spicy hops

T- Sweet malty, toasty bread, with little bitterness and harsh alcohol burn very present

M - Crisply carbonated with good bite, thick and creamy

D- A little boozy for this time of year. Being able to taste the alcohol just makes a beer too much for me in the summer heat. I tasted mostly toasty grain, not enough hoppiness to balance it out or to be truly refreshing

When I open the can, I didn't hear much of an audible crack,, but it was fine once I poured it. I bought this beer a couple months ago, so perhaps it was past its peak hop flavor window but there was not date stamp or label to be found so I can't say whether or not that is the case

09-05-2009 18:27:27 | More by Soonami
Photo of brewdoc75


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

I picked this up on a MN to Hudson run. Been anticipating it for a while.

A: Beautiful orange-amber color with ample carbonation. An everlasting, creamy white head sits atop. Quite lovely.

S: Citrus and a hint of pine in the hop nose. Sweet caramel malts balance out the aromas. Unfortunately, the hoppy aromas are a bit muted for me. This is my third can and I still am having a hard time getting a ton of aroma. Pretty solid otherwise though.

T: Lovely hoppy flavors with tangerine, orange, pine and some grapefruit in the end. Some faint fruity esters and a lot of caramel malts make this quite a treat. A bit too bitter for a standard pale ale. This one is straddling the line between IPA and APA.

M: Creamy and smooth with a medium body. A bit thicker than most APAs, but pretty good. Good carbonation.

D: A solid APA. The can really adds to the drinkability in my opinion. This beer plus the great outdoors would be a pleasant match. The only unfortunate thing would be that it would dissapear fast. If I could get this in MN, I would drink it often.

09-05-2009 17:23:31 | More by brewdoc75
Photo of tburkhart


4/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours a slightly clouded yellow golden. Thin lacing sits very nice on top and clings to the side of the glass.

Smells of grapefruit hops, just as so many other APA's do.

Tastes of citrus hops with caramel malt undertones. Nothing overly impressive in this department. Good, but not impressive.

Aftertaste sticks around nicely.

Not a bad beer, but I've had better APA's.

09-03-2009 23:16:46 | More by tburkhart
Photo of adamette


3/5  rDev -23.1%

I was so excited to find a six pack of this at Wegman's in Lakewood, NY 8 29 09 after having Ten Fidy and loving it. Consumed at my brother's house near Chautaqua Institute just down the road. Six pack was priced at just under $10. I tried Old Chub just before trying this one.

A Translucent caramel body under a 2 inch huge head. Both body and head appropriate to the style. 4.0

S Grapefruit bitter hops, moderate, edging on severe. Boring. 3.0

T Typical IPA. Hops, hops, distant malt. Too unbalanced and, well, boring. 3.0

M Smooth (which is appreciated) but the bitter grapefruit hops ruin any benefit that the smoothenss may have brought. 3.5

D One and done for more. This is not my favorite style since I think, as a style, it is unbalanced and, therefore, boring. I never liked grapefruit and I do not like that taste in a beer either. 2.5

Notes: This is by far the hoppiest beer that I have ever seen in a can and if you like hops then you will appreciate this one more than I do.

09-03-2009 02:34:19 | More by adamette
Photo of ricke


3.45/5  rDev -11.5%

A: Slightly hazy orange color with an off-white head that leaves some lacings.

S: Citric hops, caramel malts and some floral notes.

T: The taste is actually rather sweet with plenty of caramel and almost bready malts beneath a generous amount of citric hop notes, grapefruit and hop resins. The finish is rather bitter with some hops and some interesting notes of anise and other herbs.

M: Medium body with slightly off-centered carbonation.

D: A rather refreshing beer. The malts where slightly too prominent, and perhaps I would have wanted a somewhat cleaner profile flavorwise.

09-02-2009 23:12:51 | More by ricke
Photo of pvsob


4/5  rDev +2.6%

A - Light orange-brown color with a one finger head (off-white). Head sticks around for quite sometime. Decent lacing is present as well as a thin film that lasts the whole pint. Some chill haze.

S - Candied orange peel, some pineapple, sweet malt, and just enough grapefruit hoppiness to balance out the former aromas. A pleasant smelling APA.

T - Malt upfront, followed by a nice medium hop bitterness. Hop bite remains long after the initial swallow.

M - Medium feel with average carbonation. This brew leaves a nice sticky finish.

D/O - A very enjoyable American Pale Ale that is worth a try if you haven't imbibed before. It is well balanced and very quaff able. I will definitely revisit this beer again. Well done Oskar Blues. Cheers.

09-01-2009 23:05:56 | More by pvsob
Photo of woosterbill


4.22/5  rDev +8.2%

12oz can into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a rich amber-orange, slightly hazy body topped with 3/4" of off-white head that settles into solid cap and leaves abundant, fine lace. Nice looking APA.

S: Fairly subdued, but thoroughly pleasant: some spicy, piney hops backed up with a bit of sweetness.

T: Rich, balanced, and complex. Hops start things off, followed by a wave or chewy, caramel malt goodness. The hops come back assertively at the end, finishing things out with a delicious dryness. Hints of cinnamon? Delicious.

M: Fairly full-bodied, with some creamy carbonation.

D: I easily put back 4 or 5 of these last night - just great for the hoppiness and ABV.

Notes: The only other Oskar Blues offerings I've had were the Pils and the Gordon on tap, so Dale's Pale currently sits squarely on my pedestal of "Best Beer in a Can." Great APA.


08-31-2009 01:18:48 | More by woosterbill
Photo of indiapaleale


4/5  rDev +2.6%

Dale's pours a very pretty dark honey amber color with some nice ruby notes. The head is a very thick and fluffy off-white that really compliments things well.

The aroma from this beer straight from the can is a bit of a shock if you're not used to Dale's or Gordon from Oskar Blues. Its a ton of fresh hop aroma, some sweet malt or caramel and some citrus notes.

The flavor that comes forth from this innocent looking can is truly one that needs to be experienced to be appreciated. Plenty of piney and citrus hop flavor pours out along with a very balanced sweet malty backbone. Like Oskar Blues says, this is somewhere between an American Pale Ale and an IPA. Its got the strength and the hop profile to squeak in as an IPA but nothing wrong with it being a very hoppy Pale Ale either.

Definitely one of the best canned beers available, although i still like to pour it into a glass...

08-31-2009 00:24:11 | More by indiapaleale
Photo of thecarster1


4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

a- bottle poured into a pint, one finger eggshell colored head, clear orangey amber coloring, great head retention, slight carbonation, great allover layer of swirly lace, leaves fine lace pattern on glass on the way down.

s- nice bright hoppy smell, grapefruit rind abounds, not overly malty, slight fruitiness in the hops, hops dominate the nose.

t- very flavorful, more hops than malt, hops hit in the back of the mouthh, nice bit of bitterness, ever so slight trace of alcohol nice touch, slight sugary sweetness balances out with bitters, malt doesn't come through so much, still a really nice potent pale ale, oskar isn't joking that it's a voluminously hopped mutha.

m- medium, fills the mouth well, with a slightly slick edge.

d- great drinkability, glad i have a few more in the fridge, i could have several in a sitting, it's packed with flavor (although too much for some people i 'forced' a try on), right up my alley, will buy again.

08-28-2009 01:28:08 | More by thecarster1
Photo of mwagner1018


3.2/5  rDev -17.9%

A- Light apricot and amber hued color, caramel colored medium head, decent retention...

S- Light hops, some yeast, mild malt back bone...not a significant or really interesting smell to this one, doesn't stand out as being complex pretty basic.

T- Bitterness, nice hop character, nice pale ale style.

M- Sweet, with some residual thickness (remaining malt feel), doesn't seem to be fully fermented, has some of that residual sugar as in a Scotch Ale, or Belgian Brown...

D- Yes and no for this one...I think it does have a bit too much sweetness, not really refreshing or crisp, which I want in a clean APA...I would try again...but probably not going to be my "go to" beer anytime soon...

08-27-2009 16:50:01 | More by mwagner1018
Photo of PintOHops


3/5  rDev -23.1%

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appeared slightly hazy copper & basically kluged like oil out of the can. Lite carbonation can be seen, and produced a 1 finger head with only slightly under par retention. Lacing was minimal & not worth a mention. Smelled of bright citrus fruity aromas, lots of pineapple, grapefruit, grape, and dates. Following is mild spice & pine notes, very bright on the citrus/fruitiness overall and I couldn't really detect much malts.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tasted of semi bright citrus/fruity notes, grapefruit, pineapple, raisin, grape, and following is lots of spicy, pine notes. Good amount of burnt like hop bitterness throughout, and it even lingers as well, as it warms a bit of alcohol becomes pronounced as well as burnt sugary, caramel like flavors. Mouthfeel was oily & thick, a bit chewy and full-medium bodied. Needed more of an active feel to it.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Well guys I got an old one, I mean really old, the date was 08/08/08, and yet despite that, it was still pretty good, I wouldn't mind having 3 pints of this delicious brew, fresh of course. Ive had this once before and I can tell you that it was much brighter, much fresher, oh and you know that carbonation I said it needed? Well it was there when I had it a while ago, I don't remember it being so thick & oily either, still with the grade I'm giving it really says something. I recommend you read other reviews & not just mine though.

NOTE! Will have to come back with a fresher review.

08-24-2009 22:05:26 | More by PintOHops
Photo of Wegbier


4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

After a whole 12pk i will finally make note of this one

a- most of them were very low in carbonation and this one is has tons of tiny bubbles(favorite glass always does the trick) a sandy smooth head comes up two fingers and then doesnt give up for a good long while but with light lacing from the eggshell foam.
the beer is honey copper

the smell is floating around in a light spicy pine forest with dark biscuit that support all the fresh pine

t- follows smell with sweet and spiced pines supported by a light malt backbone.

palate is a solid medium body that has a smooth carbonation with a little bit of an oily touch before a clean finish.

d- all night all day easy drinker with a good taste

08-24-2009 06:31:44 | More by Wegbier
Photo of JRhode


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

12 oz can w/ 7/16/09 date.

Nice amber color. Bubbly head clings to Duvel tulip.

Hop forward nose that also reveals sturdy malt profile. Blind, it would be impossible to call this a pale.

Citrusy (orange) malt profile with fairly bitter hop finish. A lot of flavor packed into this can. Friend guessed DIPA, 9% abv after first drink.

Full bodied pale for sure. Malt balance adds to mouthfeel.

Bring on a sixer, I'm ready. Love the amount of flavor in this 6.5% abv package.

Seems like more of an East Coast DIPA than a pale ale. Tasty. Might remind me of Blind Pig with an increased malt profile.

08-24-2009 03:51:00 | More by JRhode
Photo of zplug123


3.78/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured from a can into a pint glass

A: Not pale at all, a clear copper color with solid head retention

S: Strong floral scent, very faint malt in the end

T: Fairly hoppy throughout, no detectable malt sweetness due to the solid punch of bitterness

M: Light bodied, but sticks to the mouth all the way through each sip. Light carbonation

D: A definite choice for anywhere that doesn't allow glass bottles. Complex and a good example of American ale

08-23-2009 02:31:41 | More by zplug123
Photo of FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

12 oz can poured into a Rock Bottom Brewers Choice pint glass

A - Pours orange with a half finger of sticky foam that clings to the glass

S - Pleasant hop aroma with a sweet malt smell backing it up

T - This is a Pale Ale on steroids! Solid hop bitterness, and the beer doesn't taste as sweet as it smells. Suprisingly dry finish.

M - very viscous for a Pale Ale, lightly carbonated which helps the beer coat the mouth

D - Very good. I could easily drink a few of these.

All in all, a great offering from Oscar Blues. I buy this beer regularly.

08-20-2009 02:51:23 | More by FickleBeast
Photo of Natural510


3.23/5  rDev -17.2%

Pours a nice orange-amber color with a frothy white head which dissipates into a light ring of lace around the glass.
Alot of fruit & citrus to the nose, with a slight breaded scent as well.
Oily hops with sharp bite meet a mildly sweet citric malt. Flavorful, but uneven, especially on the hop side of things. Astringent finish.
Somewhat creamy in the mouth, but overall thin and a bit flat.
A pale ale which could use more balance by toning down the hops and creating a better malt backbone. A bit harsh, with a bone-dry quality which sticks to the back of the throat.

08-20-2009 02:19:21 | More by Natural510
Photo of magnj

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

A - Very clear amber body sits below a 1 finger off white head.

S - Hops dominate, citrus, pineapple and pine. Not incredibly aromatic but easy to identify if you get your nose in there. Somewhat sweet, a little bready in the background.

T - Big flavor for an APA. Like the nose, hops dominate the flavor. Here it is slightly less tropical and a bit more earthy, but stil la nice mix of typical American hop profiles. Malts are not lost however, sweet caramel and mildly toasty, this beer is balanced nicely.

M - Heavy in my opinion for the style, in a blind tasting I would guess this to be an IPA for sure. Sweet aftertaste lingers for a while.

D - Goes down easy and begs for another sip, easy to put down a few with the convenience of a can. More approachable to non craft people though it might be a shock to an uninitiated palate. Good beer, a little pricey over here in Jersey and a little more than I would expect from a beer that calls itself an APA. It may be in my head but at times I do get a bit of the metallic flavor. I know the cans are lined but as it is poured it very much touches bare metal. Then again I've gotten metallic flavors from beers in bottles, could be a product of the water chemistry or my crappy taste buds.

08-19-2009 23:02:09 | More by magnj
Photo of Brenden


4.03/5  rDev +3.3%

The color is a strong, clear copper amber. A light coppery head is strong, rocky and dense, leaving some thick patches of lacing partway down the glass.
There's a strong presence of both hops and malt in the aroma. Lurking just a bit is sort of a soapy aroma I've detected before, but it's subtle enough not to detract much from the otherwise clean aroma. There's a little bit of citrus underneath and a somewhat stronger grains presence underneath the more dominant hops and malts. There's a nice balance on the nose.
Hops and malt balance is even more pronounced in the flavor. A light earthy touch adds a little bit, though the grains flavor is stifled a little. There's a very gentle peppery tingle in a fairly dry finish.
The body is moderate and this one's got a very nice creamy mouthfeel with just enough carbonation to add a crisp bite.
This is the sort of thing I've come to expect from Oskar Blues. It's a strong offering and worthy of its popularity. This one's a very sturdy APA with just enough complexity and depth to put it above the typical and a fantastic balance.

08-19-2009 16:32:24 | More by Brenden
Photo of jonedm


4.78/5  rDev +22.6%

This beer really grows on you at about 42 F the boldness only grows and malt, smoke & hops make the full entrance. Pour this beer into a warm tumbler for two fingers of lacing and strong aroma of hops, great amber color and citrus notes attack the pallate!

08-17-2009 04:59:40 | More by jonedm
Photo of MaxBrews


4.33/5  rDev +11%

Presentation 12 oz Can Poured into a pint

Appearance: Generous head, that succeeds quickly into a nice thick soapy lacing. Color is a medium to medium dark amber.

Smell: Clean & crisp floral hops, grains and dark fruit. Almost has a crisp soapy aroma which sounds weird, but is very pleasant.

Taste: They weren't kidding about a voluminously hopped Pale Ale. First thing that hits the taste buds are hops, followed a variety of malt flavors, dark fruit and then more hops. This really throws this beer on the border of IPA and APA. The only thing that really sets this beer apart is the high level of malt in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: For an APA, I'd expect the mouthfeel to be less bitter. It finishes awfully dry but hey I'm a hop head I don't mind.

Drinkability: A great Pale ale. Seriously EPIC. Doesn't have the history or prestige that Sierra Nevada Has, but this is great. I've always viewed the SN PA as being the king of APAS but now I have a tough time picking. This is closer to an IPA due to its hoppiness. I do have to admit I will chose SN pale ale over this 8/10 times because its cheaper, more widely available, lower in alcohol and more refreshing. Geez though I am really buying the freshness of cans with this beer though. This is one fresh Ale.

08-16-2009 23:42:54 | More by MaxBrews
Photo of Westsidebuddha


4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

Bought at Whole Foods-Pasadena(Arroyo Parkway)

Poured a dark golden color into a pint glass. Nice, hoppy smell with a bubbly head. A hoppy taste but not overwhelming. Good back end and very drinkable. I was expecting a mellow taste since it was a pale ale but this beer has a nice bite to it. I had this on tap at Library Alehouse in Santa Monica and it was good! A good summer beer which I could drink a few more of if it wasn't so late here. Another good beer from Oskar Blues.

08-14-2009 08:53:27 | More by Westsidebuddha
Photo of bbeerman


4.38/5  rDev +12.3%

A..Cannot really say since I drank it from the can. I heard such great things about this beer that I figured I should enjoy my first from the can.

S..Smells like it belongs in a bottle. Nice hops scent; not overpowering.

T..This was very tasty, especially considering it's presented in a an aluminum can. Hops are there obviously, but not nearly as strong as I had thought. The malt definitely takes a back seat to the hops, but I felt there was a good equilibrium between the two.

M..Light bodied. Smooth; very good for the summer.

D..Easy to drink, especially if it's warm outside. Best canned beer I have ever had (the rumors were true). Recommended if you want a stronger pale ale for a backyard cook out, or a few beers doing house work. I hope to have again soon.

08-10-2009 15:01:21 | More by bbeerman
Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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