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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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5,683 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,683
Reviews: 1,735
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 106
Gots: 568 | 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 StoneBrewFanatic
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light amber in color with a nice inch or so of head in a pint class, some lacing.

S - Not all that impressive, mostly just malts and light hops.

T - Toasted malts with a nice caramel sweetness. Some bitterness and a nice mild hoppy finish.

M - Relatively medium in body and feel, well rounded and enjoyable.

D - Easy going down and enjoyable, this one is a tasty pale ale that one can enjoy for a whole evening.

StoneBrewFanatic, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of aristeros
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toro Burger Bar in El Paso, TX.

The tap handle looks like a can of the beer--pretty cool. Served in a pint glass. There are two fingers of white head with light lacing. The beer is a nice, clear amber with gold highlights. Light carbonation is visible.

Hoppy nose, definitely includes Cascades, light biscuit and citrus. Taste has a good helping of hop resins up front, with light biscuit and caramel flavors to follow. The finish is dry and hoppy.

I was surprised to see this guy on tap in a city that's not very micro-friendly. Would like to have on-tap and from-can side by side.

aristeros, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of lovindahops
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

my first craft in a can. Sure there are options out there, but I think this is the way to start out.

A- a crystal clear amber look with a fantastic head that fades. It presents a picture perfect America Pale Ale look. As the head disappears, spotted lacing is all over the place. It literally rips and tears at the side of the glass as it drops

S- there are some strong orange flavors and fantastic floral hops. You can tell the emphasis on the hops in this. Nevertheless, there are also some malt tones as well. I think that the brew is an excellent depicition of the smell of an AmPA

T- same program. There is a delicious demonstration of floral hop flavor and the same citrus presense as well. A slight caramel flavor that is no doubt the malty sweetness as well. The trick is that the brew is slighly bitter and dry too. Tasty!

M- light, crispy, and creamy. Is that possible? This is rare IMO.

D- Dale's Pale Ale is an incredible brew. While it not only exemplifies the american version of a pale ale... the brew also capitalizes on being a drinkable brew. The hopped up flavor is not only notable... it also is tastyy enough to keep going down. The can is a novelty and I believe Oskar Blues has become the first mover in a canned movement of craft that is about to blow up!

lovindahops, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of honestdave
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz can into an ale glass.

A: Clear honey colored with a very nice 1" creamy head from a hard pour. Some lacing down the glass.

S: Some malty, grainy, light hop aroma. Not real aromatic though. More floral than citrusy.

T: Light caramel tasting malt flavors with a very decent hoppy finish. Good balance between a lightly toasty malts and piney hop bitterness.

M: Has a light to medium mouthfeel. Not real carbonated.

D: Very easy drinker. Tasty ale that would be easy to drink several in a row.

Summary: I was able to buy a sixer of this one. It is a very tasty ale. I will buy this one again if I get the chance.

honestdave, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of adkirkish
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured clear light amber, persistent frothy white head, and an amazing trail of lacing.

Aroma: Pale malts, floral and bitter hop aroma, no esthers. No diacetyl.

F: Closely follows the aroma and no surprises, the hops are forefront in taste, but are balanced very well with the pale malts. Finish is pleasant and rightfully bitter on the palate.

M: Light-Medium body and mouthfeel, dry and clean finish.

O: According to style (American Pale Ale), this is perfect. I cannot think of anything to improve. Even the can is American, with it's red white and blues. I really enjoyed this beer. It's refreshing, appropriately pale/bitter, right amount of hops, head retention, malt profile.

Congrats to Oskar Blues for earning my first perfect beer to style award!!

P.S.: I dont think I had the budget for an award but you get the idea.

adkirkish, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of JEdmund
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark shade of apricot orange. Small head.

Fruity, juicy American hops all the way. Orange, apricot, and caramel.

Taste & Body
Taste follow nose and is a pleasurable profile. A big pale ale, just slightly under IPA territory. Lots of fruity and bitter hops round out the flavor and linger on my tongue. There are some caramel malts, and they're just creeping on being too sweet for me. Thankfully the hops aren't competing with them. Body is low-medium and feels right for the style. Carbonation is a bit low. Is this a can attribute?

A big American pale ale. Not my favorite, but I'd rank it pretty high in the pantheon. I'd say it lives up to the hype.

JEdmund, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of rfabian
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler it produces a small head with good lacing. The appearance is amber-red and clear. The aroma is of nobel and citrus hops and slightly malty. The taste is moderately bitter, rich, and slightly sweet. The feel is medium bodied with a clean finish.

This is a rich and delicious brew.

rfabian, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of rwf08
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz can poured into an imperial pub glass.

A: Dark amber honey color. No head, light ring with some thin lacing.

S: Malty grains, some pine like hops. Not too much going on but isn't bad.

T: Lots of grain. Some malt sweetness, but mostly a grainy flavor. Some pine hops on the finish.

M: Great mouth feel. Medium body, silky on the tongue, and nice dry finish.

D: This might not be the most complex or best example of an APA but this drinks so well. I had two in about 10 minutes. I'm ashamed of myself.

rwf08, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of TheDeuce
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dale's Pale Ale...dumbass name....in a Can...poured into my Philly Iggles pint glass.

Appearance- pale to dark orange color with a decent head, nice retention on the head and loads of sticky lace.

Smell-hoppy, pine smoke, and fruit juice aroma. Mild alcohol burn.

Taste/Mouthfeel-hop rush, medium bodied, smooth throughout. Not much maltiness, alcohol is well hidden.

Drinkability- found this quaffable, definitely more hoppy than your average APA. More like an IPA.

Overall-solid solid solid beer, one of the best from a can I've had. Like the hops and the flavor

TheDeuce, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Pete's Brass Rail and Car Wash.

Appearance- cloudy orange color, thin head

Smell- floral hops

Taste- floral hops, some malt

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drikability- This was a really good pale ale. I enjoyed it immensely. I need to get my hands on more of it.

jeffjeff1, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jgasparine for this brew! 12 ounce can, canned on 3/17/2010. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention is pretty good, and there is lots of lacing left on the glass after drinking this brew. Aroma is pine and citrusy (grapefruit) hops. Taste is mostly pine and citrusy hops, along with some sweet and bready malt. There's also a little bit of a lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy and has good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and goes down easy. Too bad this isn't available in Ohio, because I'd buy it whenever I was in the mood for an APA if it was. I've heard good things about this brew for years now, and I wasn't disappointed in it at all!

bluejacket74, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of IronLover
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a copper orange with a slight haze and a light yellowish head that maintains a thin cap. Wet lacings on the glass. Mild floral orange aroma, but not citrusy. Buttery aromas and feel. Well balanced malt and hop flavor, with neither overtaking the other and delayed hoppy finish that doesn't linger. Very smooth and nicely carbonated.

IronLover, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of GregBlatz
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't find this in Ohio so I grabbed a can while in FL. Heard a lot about it lately.

A - Deep copper color with a slight haze. The head is 1/2" and quickly drops to the surface. Not fluffy, very consistent.

S - Strong esters and orange scent. I think I smell simcoe in there but not sure.

T - Taste is very nice. Acidic bite that turns to bitter with solid hop taste in the middle. Malts are there but muted by the hop flavor. This is a very delicious hop forward pale ale. Hops tend to lend more to flavor than to bitterness. Lots of late addition hops.

M - Solid carbonation that produces a nice bite. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. This one is bordering on IPA over APA in my opinion.

Overall - Very nice beer. I'll keep an eye out for it in OH and will buy again.

GregBlatz, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of fastsrt
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured can in a pint glass.

A: hazy golden, bone white head

S: Citrus, sweet, mild hops

T: mild citrus hops, there is a bit of an alcohol bite

M: does not finish dry like the pale ales that I am used to, there is a residual sweetness. the abv is a bit high for a pale ale.

D: not my first choice for a pale ale, i look for something that finishes crisp and dry,

fastsrt, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of JunkYardJake
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into pint glass.
Appearance is very typical of the style. Pale copper/orange color with a soapy head that sticks. Has a nice fresh nose to it. Lots of bright citrus scents that smell very refreshing. Taste is dominated by grapefruit flavour from the hops leaving very little room for the malts or any other depth of flavor. Still pretty tasty though. Perhaps leaning more towards the IPA spectrum in flavour and strength. A solid pale ale and a worthy choice.

JunkYardJake, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of mzrebiec
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


This is the epitome of a pale ale. It is well balanced with a slight lean to the hops portion. It seems to be somewhere between a pale ale and an IPA. It is highly drinkable, and with an ABV of 6.5...can get you in trouble quickly if your not careful. The mouth feel is right with the drinkability with enough boldness to make it substantial, yet not overwhelming so that you can have a few. Oskar Blues has impressed me with their lineup time after time. mmmm CHeers!

mzrebiec, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of llllDrGONZOllll
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

This is by far not the first time I have sat down to Dale's. To be perfectly honest I drink this one from a can most of the time...Today however I have poured this one into one of my pint glasses. I do from time to time get Dale into a glass but the fact is I enjoy this one near the grill straight from the can. When poured Dale takes a soapy topped head of a near white resting atop of what reminds me of my Grandmother's sun tea. The smell of hops piny, grassy and full of citric delight is much more present when not from the can. The hop bitterness and aromas are aplenty so feel free and drink from the can if you are so inclined by convenience. Caramel and grapefruit combine with ease. Sweet grain reminds you that this is no light pale ale ...this is Dale . The finish is bitter hops with light caramel and grain. The medium body compliments the medium carbonation. This pale ale has America written all over it.

llllDrGONZOllll, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of SassyBootblack
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Easy to find here in Colorado. Even easier to smuggle into Red Rocks. Gotta love it.

Appearance: Amber.

Smell: Strong smell of citrusy American hops and some sweet malt.

Taste: Delicious citrusy hops more than holding their own against the caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Sticky!

Drinkability: This beer has quite a personality, very drinkable. A top tier American pale ale.

SassyBootblack, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of billshmeinke
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popped open a can of Dale's and dumped it into my Spider Man pint glass.

Hard pour yields a finger off white head. amber golden in color, a little on the dark side for a pale ale. Very clear with bubble rising to the top. Resides to a decent layer of foam on top that doesn't go away, and leaves some nice wisps of lacing down the side of the glass.

Perfumy floral aroma with some pine, citrus and dank notes. Some sweet malts in there as well.

The taste is of floral hops with tons of resin then dank and a slight grapefruit citrus. This pale ale puts lesser hopped india pale ales to shame.

Mouthfeel is on the high end of medium with high carbonation and a satisfactory hop bite.

Very drinkable. I'm definitely gonna have plenty of this on hand for fourth of July with the red, white and blue color scheme and great drinkability.

billshmeinke, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of SpdKilz
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark amber color into my SA Perfect Pint with about a finger of head that leaves spotty lacing.

Smell - Slight hops, pine, citrus, and malt.

Taste - Tastes similar to an IPA. Quite crisp and hoppy that then melds into a decent malt backbone.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - Highly sessionable. Very good. Will buy this in the future.

SpdKilz, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of industrialswill
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has that typical "craft ale" look to it.
For those who get a stiffy over appearance, the appearance is good.
The taste is that of a hoppy ale, quite good.
Mouthfeel and drinkability are also good.
This beer is good!!!***!!!***!!!

industrialswill, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of garymuchow
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was happy to find this in the upper midwest. Looking forward to another easy drinking flavorful beer.
Classic can sound poured into a New Glarus shaker glass.
Great appearance upon pouring. Standard slighty dark head that moves towards a rocky head (it eventually settles to a ring and thin top with intermittent lacing). Dark amber and quite clear.
Well mixed hops and malts aroma. Am. style hops with some citrus and somewhat sweet but also bready malt with a move towards toasty and caramel.
Again with the well balanced flavors and adequate (at the least) drying in the finish providing a thirst quenching and satisfying drink. Long bitterness lays out on the tongue on the extended finish. A bit of sweetness up front and then the toastiness before the hops pretty much take over.
Light to moderate body with flavor enhancing and not distracting carbonation.
Good drinker from start to finish. So easy to have another.

garymuchow, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of CampusCrew
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ashamed I just had this beer for the first time.

appearance: amberish cloudy mess. not that appealing.

smell: heavy citrus. IPA aroma power

taste: nice balanced pale ale with some extra hop kick. well done.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: overall a great beer and one of the best beers ever made in a can. I love OB!

CampusCrew, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a big pale ale. pours a cloudy gold, not very much foamage.

smells very herbacious. fresh grass, some pine and so on.

Very tangy taste, strong grassy hops with some grape fruit and the malt is apparent. well balanced, slightly sweet.

Very smooth beer, this stuff goes down like nectar. medium bodied like an IPA, Perfect beer for summer activities, i wish i would have stocked up on this while on vacation, Oskar Blues needs to distribute to Oklahoma, c'mon we border you.

wolfinthemirror, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of canucklehead
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It is so great to see canned craft beer in the US as this is a normal thing for BC beer drinkers. Opened up a couple of these watching the waves on the coast on the Olympic Peninsula( poured into plastic glasses). Surprised and happy about the great brewery smell on the nose and the goodly amount of hops used in the beer. Lots of complexity and still great drinkability for a fairly high ABV Pale ale. Much more fragrant beer than say Sierra Nevada and is still a bench mark beer in the rise of canned craft beer

canucklehead, Jun 14, 2010
Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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