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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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5,645 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,645
Reviews: 1,733
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 107
Gots: 561 | FT: 5
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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 rosmhuire
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank it straight outta the can - I should be banned from reviewing beers forever!

A: N/A

S: I was surprised by the overwhelming smell of citrus/pine hops, especially from a pale ale and even more especially from a pale ale out of a can.

T: Very good. Nice integration of hops and malts, as I would expect from a well-crafted APA

M: A bit thin on the palate, but not bad

D: Highly sessionable, which is what I would expect from a good APA.

I've been really impressed with the line-up from Oskar Blues - too bad it is such a pain in the ass for me to obtain these cans in NYC!

rosmhuire, May 28, 2010
Photo of Genuine
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one, I just had to pour into a glass to gaze at it's colors. This is my very first canned beer that I've been really excited about. A few friends have told me about it and was very happy when I arrived and saw a 12 pack in the fridge.

A - This looked nice and dark golden, almost orangish. Which had a nice almost tan head that sat on top and took a while for it to go down. But, the lacing is something to take note of.

Smell - This...was not the smell I was expecting out of a canned beer. Totally caught me off guard. Lots of hops and citrus notes ring through the nose on this one. Cannot deny that in the least.

Taste - This is where it comes together. It truly is the best tasting canned beer. Very nice and crisp, hoppy with some citrus tang to it. It's great for summer! It's quite the pale ale.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied and a bit sticky, nice! Glad it wasn't light at all.

Drinkability - I could easily have a few of these on a hot summer day. Perfect beer for summer, in or out of the can.

Genuine, May 25, 2010
Photo of jlapennas
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep gold and headed in the direction of orange. Clarity is very good, head fairly standard. Nothing wrong here.

Aroma: Caramel and sweet malts almost balanced by a medium intensity hop nose. Nice mix of citrus, pine, and some fruitiness. Malt sweetness makes the aroma come across very smooth, not sharp or grassy.

Flavor: Similar to the aroma. Caramel malts, toasted notes with some melanoidens. Then some American hops with a bit of resin and bitterness. The finish is malty again and there is some lingering sweetness. Not dry and crisp like many pale ales.

Mouthfeel: Creamy rich and full. Again, a bit on the rich side for a pale ale. Very pleasant to drink though.

Overall: Seems like caramel and malt rich IPA without the hopping levels or dry hops. The beer is pretty well balanced for being so big and rich. If you like a sweeter pale ale this is a good one to dry. For me the drinkability suffered some. Still, very tasty.

jlapennas, May 24, 2010
Photo of Adamdc
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can with bottled on date of 7-31-09 stamped on bottom.

A: Clear orange pour with 1 inch tight white foam that leaves lots of lacing. Very inviting!

S: Pretty subdued in the nose. Very slight whiff of citrus hops with some caramel maltiness.

T: This strikes a great balance between malt and hop. There's a caramelly almost honey-like malt backbone with some citrus hops riding on top. I remember this having more of a hop presence but where this is about 10 months old, some of the 'hoppiness' may have faded.

M: Very refreshing and slightly drying. Carbonation is light.

D: This is the beer's strong point---I could defintely knock down a 6 of these on a warm summer day. Very smooth and refreshing!

This has been an old standby for me over the past few years. I'm very glad that this is widely available here in Mass. OB has done it again!

Adamdc, May 24, 2010
Photo of missingsense
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pale amber with a fluffy white head that clings to the sides on the way down.

S: Hops dominate. Mountain pine, grapefruit, some caramel.

T: Well balanced, but hops certainly stand out. Grapefruit is the most obvious flavor, particularly in the aftertaste. A bit of pine. Light malts smooth out the bite in the end.

M: Good carbonation tickles the sides of the tongue and throat and delivers hoppiness to all corners of my mouth. A noticeable dryness is present, as well... It dried out my mouth more than the flavor would suggest (the only downside).

D: Overall, a pale ale that doesn't disappoint. The can makes it taste really fresh, too. In spite of the overt hoppiness, it isn't very bitter. The best aspect of this beer is that it reminds me of the rockies with its cool, dry, outdoorsy qualities.

missingsense, May 22, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured very light copper in color with a head that quickly disappeared into lacing patterns. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of citrusy hops and pale malts in the nose.
T: There is a good balance between the slight bitterness from the hops and some sweetness from the malts in the overall flavor.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and can be considered as being sessionable. It's surprisingly hoppy for a pale ale and is rather flavorful.

metter98, May 22, 2010
Photo of copyguyadam
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can into a Sam Adams glass.

A - Oh pretty beer
S - Nice light scent from this one
T - Subdued hops in a pale ale
M - This is an anytime, easy drinking pale ale
D - Could have 3 or 4 of these and feel good doing it

Good pale ale with a kick of hops to get you excited. A little more hop and this is an IPA.

copyguyadam, May 21, 2010
Photo of Lerxst
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into shaker pint

A-Pours a golden/amber with a 1" off white head that has decent retention and leaves a lot of sticky lacing on the glass.

S-Citrus hops, caramel malt. Not complex, but very pleasant.

T-Nice citrus hop bite, a bit bold for a pale ale, but I think thats a good thing. I'm getting grapefruit primarily with a bit of orange zest with a present but not intruding malt backbone. Very nice.

M-Medium body, somewhat creamy. The carb bite is not harsh or overdone. A nice bitter finish.

D-Truly a session beer. Many of these in a sitting is easily doable.

A very solid pale ale from OB.

Lerxst, May 17, 2010
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, Sam Adams glass, canned 02-24-10.

Very English in appearance, burnished copper tending towards shades of yellow. Creamy, sustained eggshell head with lovely lacing.

Low intensity grapefruit and orange peel, sweet caramel malts, simple and West Coast aside from some sneaky biscuit malt. Hints of mango.

Grapefruit and orange peel, pith bitterness of both fruits, slightly honeyed 2-row and caramel malt. The finish is minty and dry. Middle of the road, simple workhorse pale ale. Still a biscuit aspect in there.

Oscillates between watery and creamy. It feels undercarbonated.

The flavor is very much standard APA, but the abv is reaching into IPA. Alcohol isn't apparent, but it dings the drinkability.

brewerburgundy, May 15, 2010
Photo of ncfrey
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes taken 4-30-2010
Can into New Belgium globe glass

a - Slightly hazy orange-amber, thin white head with average retention.

s - Big toffee, caramel, resiny floral and citrus hops. Has a strong stickiness that makes me a bit nervous to taste it.

t - Malts are equally biscuit, toffee, and caramel. Has a bitter but very manageable finish, a bit spicy but hard to pinpoint the hop flavor.

mf - Creamy, medium-bodied, with lots of carbonation. A bit thick for an APA, but that's how I like it.

d - A six pack could easily go in one night.

Lacks the crispness of some APA's like, for instance, New Belgium's Mighty Arrow, but another respectable Oskar Blues offering nonetheless. A very pleasing combination of flavor, feel, and drinkability.

ncfrey, May 15, 2010
Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Heard a lot abot this one. Didn't think it was advertised as such a hoppy beer. ''A huge voluminously hopped mutha of a pale ale''. It's also 6.5% This sounds more like an IPA than a PA.

A- My friend got some good head in his A&W mug. Me, not so much for some reason. Almost none actually. Clear reddish copper. Neither one of us got that much lacing.

S- Seemed strong when I opened it and sniffed the can opening but now that it's in the glass it seems a lot more tame. More malty than hoppy. Hint of grapefruit and caramel sugary malt.

T- Taste is a lot more out there. Not exactly balaced but the malt offers a good counterpoint. Tastes just right. Hard to find the alcohol. Bitterness lingers forever.

M- Low carbonation. Smooth and dry.

D- Drinks great. A great easy to drink hop fix.
I wish I could buy this by the case and just drink a bunch at a party or something. It's a fun beer. And a bunch of empty cans lying around probably looks awesome too.

Yoonisaykul, May 11, 2010
Photo of rawthar
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Red tinged sunset with the type of quickly dissipating head you normally associate with the higher ABV brews. The pretty color makes up for the lack of head.
S- Malts steal the show from the hops in this IPA, leaving an underwhelming aroma for the style.
T- Subdued hops, bitters are the prominent flavor from them, though this isn't an overly bitter beer.
M- A bit of nice sharp carbonation, you'll know this beer is there.
D- Though not remarkable in general, this is something that is easy to down a bunch of.

rawthar, May 09, 2010
Photo of jmhart
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

From can to glass.

A: Bronze/gold-brown in color. Egg shell colored head that was about a finger thick, and thick at that. Head had the texture and consistency a lot like that of a good pilsner.

S: A balance of earthy and grapefruit hops. Strong on the hops, but not overpowering. Only the subtlest hint of malt.

T: Pleasantly surprised on the taste, but I think that's from my preconceived notion of it coming from a can. Reminds me of some of my first pale ales. Very classic in taste holding true to the hoppy nature. Very balanced between hob and malt. It definitely had a little of that oxidized/metallic canned beer flavor....not necessarily a bad thing, just noting its presence.

M: Medium to full bodied. Thick and creamy. Rolls across the tounge. Not much carbonation and no acidity.

D: A very drinkable pale ale. Smooth to put down, with pleasant but not overpowering hops.

Overall, I'll drink this again as an impulse buy, but I wouldn't seek it out.

jmhart, May 06, 2010
Photo of MrIncognito
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark amber color, pretty dark in fact for a pale ale, with a 2-finger sticky white head that retains for about 3 minutes then relaxes to a nice lacey cap.

S - Nice and malty with a moderate hop presence. Not IPA hop presence but more so than most APA's I've had. Biscuity malts with that toasted bread crust present.

T&M - The hops and malts are balanced so well in this beer. Toasted bread and biscuit flavors with light citrus hop presence. Perhaps a little bit piney in the taste as well. The body is a bit thinner than anticipated and the moderate carbonation has a drying effect.

D - A solid beer from beginning to end and easily sessionable.

MrIncognito, May 06, 2010
Photo of JamisonM
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Stone Cali Belgique IPA glass

S: hops, fruit and caramel malts

T: hops first grab your tongue and then caramel malts back it up with a good malt back bone then bitterness lingers

M: light carbonation here I would call this a med body

D: its drinkable but for a summer beer its a bit heavy not that this claims to be a summer beer

overall: this thing could be called an IPA its hoppy and has a rather high 6.5 ABV. The beer is not bad but for 7.99-9.00 bucks a sixer I can find beers that I would rather buy and drink, but I am glad I got around to trying my first Oskar Blues beer.

JamisonM, May 05, 2010
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From can to pint glass. Dating code present but indiscernible to me.

A: One finger off-white creamy head with good retention that eventually relaxes into a film of big and small tightly knit bubbles. Rusty orange in color, a bit hazy with a beautiful glowing radiance. If this brew had a slightly better head and slightly better lacing, it would have received a "5" hands down.

S & T: Moderately malty, sweet, toasted, bread, caramel and toffee. Above average hop presence (style considered), mainly tropical, grapefruit rind and orange pith backed by pine. Flavors follow the nose but the hops bring more intensity on the palate. Flavor duration is short.

M: The mouthfeel is softer than I expected, especially since witnessing the boatloads of bubbles rushing through the body. Semi creamy, lightly sweet and bitter on the finish. Some alcohol pokes through as well.

D: This is definitely a quaffable brew and one of the better pale ales I've had recently.

FeDUBBELFIST, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a hazy consistency. There was a quarter inch of off white, foamy head that dissipated somewhat quickly. OK lacing.

S: Smelled of citrus, hops, and a graininess. Nicely aromatic.

T: Tasted of hops, grain, and some citrus (possibly lemon). A mild flavor, yet flavorful. Solidly made.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: A well made, drinkable APA.

avalon07, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of towersfall
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber/golden with an off white head that doesn't stick around for long but is profound when poured. A gorgeous example of an APA.

Smell: Hops up front, party in the back.

Taste: Hops with a touch of malt and barley. Very clean and crisp tasting. Definitely a thirst-quencher.

Mouthfeel: Leaves the crisp and tart taste of hops in your mouth which isn't a bad thing if you really enjoy hops. While not as intense as other hoppier beers I've tried, but those afraid of the mighty power of hops might wanna stay clear,

Drinkability: "Bartender fill me another/'Til I go crazy and turn my mind around/Just pass that bottle one more time/I'm slowly sinking down"

Solid brew that's good for anytime, but ideally it's a good summer quencher. Highly recommended to hop heads and fans of APA's in general.

towersfall, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of NewGeneric
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to tweidman420 for the generosity.
Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a kinda hazy amber color with light golden hues around the edges. Yields about 1/2 finger of foam that fades quickly leaving scattered lacing around the glass. A thin layer of tiny bubbles resides on top.

S: Fairly hoppy. Mostly floral, with touches of earth and spice. Not much beyond that. A little bit of caramel and spent grains.

T: Taste is pleasantly surprising compared to aroma. Very hoppy. Plenty of citrus flavors abound to complement the floral and earthy hoppiness. A pretty decent malt backbone as well. Caramel rises up from underneath the hops. To me this is kinda borderline IPA. A tremendous Pale Ale.

M: Beautiful. Medium bodied and chewy and VERY smooth. Just a touch of lingering bitterness and dryness keep me from giving this a perfect score.

D: A VERY GOOD Pale Ale. Perhaps my favorite that I've tried thus far. The only thing that would keep me from drinking a whole bunch is availability and the touch of lingering bitterness/dryness. Almost exceptional :P

NewGeneric, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of nelnutter
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured can into SA perfect pint glass.

A: Agressive pour gave a good 3-finger head of soapy foam that stuck around a while and left patchy lacing all around.

S: Definite citrus hops, mostly grapefruit, with some nice pale malt coming through.

T: First hit of big citrus hops, mostly grapefruit and orange; nice sweet malt comes through as well, and then another blast of floral hops.

M: Medium-bodied and ample carbonation.

D: I can't say "sessionable" considering the ABV, but this is a very drinkable APA. One that I'll want to have in my fridge at any given time, and a beer that I feel could convert some BMC drinkers to quality craft ale...in a can.

nelnutter, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of andyfrancis
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice amber color, with short creamy off white head, decent retention and lacing. citrus and sweet malt on the nose. It's somewhat bitter on the tongue, but has surprisingly little flavor for how heavy it is. It's a drinkable beer, but I can't say I'd buy it again or that I'm particularly stoked about the remaining 5 cans. Maybe my opinion will change after a couple more...

andyfrancis, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of Zodijackyl
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Amber color, short-lived head and lacing. Very faint smell, light malt and bitter hops, though the smell is very weak for the style. Bitter hops dominate the taste with a with a bit of lighter malt to balance it out, but the taste is primarily hoppy, and a very nice hop taste. Hop taste is a combination of moderate carbonation and bitter hops, both combining effects while remaining smooth and drinkable. The almost overwhelming hop presence without having a strong, lasting aftertaste of the hops allows it to be drinkable, although not as much as it would be if it were a bit less hoppy. Great beer if you are in the mood for hops, but a bit one-dimensional otherwise.

Zodijackyl, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of Parrotbeak
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber with a thin, white head that fades quickly.
Smell is malts up front, with some hops coming in. Faint fruit aromas, including pear, apple, and pineapple.
Taste is malts and bitter hops up front, with the malts fading but carrying about halfway. Bitterness from the hops carries a bit further, and the finish is slight bitter with a faint touch of hops.
Mouthfeel is crisp and light, with a good level of carbonation.
Very Drinkable. Not too exciting, but it's still one that I could drink a few of.

Parrotbeak, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of Teleweizen2
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Sam adams pint

A - pours a cloudy copper color with some light yellow highlights. Lots of bubbly off white foam sit on top.

S - a little muted on the nose but I do get some citrusy hops and some bready malts.

T - a light toast sort of flavor followed by a nice citrus hop profile which carries on through the finish.

M - medium bodied and medium carb.

D - nicely balanced pale ale. I was expecting a little bit more hop intensity but it is very nicely balanced and very flavorful.

Teleweizen2, Apr 11, 2010
4.9/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dale's Pale Ale, the flagship ale for myself. Vitamin DPA, gets you through the day.

A= Bright copper, red. Has become a bit more clear, from original batches due to more filtering in result of sedimentation in cans.

S= Blast of goodness.. . ... this is what beer is supposed to smell like.

T= The taste is bold, that of a full bodied ale.

M= Creamy and just like a thick IPA

D= All day, everyday. DPA is the best beer to have as a staple, the cans don't hurt either.

Overall= The best APA that I have ever had . If you have not gotten a chance to have Dale's or any other OB then you need to seek it out a great beer for cold late nights, hot mountain bike rides, anything.

GDBEERMAN, Apr 10, 2010
Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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