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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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5,771 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,771
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2002)
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Photo of terrapinfan88
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden with a thick spongy two finger head, Good retention and superb lacing throughout.

Smell: Grapefruit, pine, pineapple, bright fruits

Taste: Grapefruit, bright fruits, very good hop flavor not overpowering not underwhelming.

Mouthfeel: A sharp bitterness up front and as that is leaving you there is a tart dryness on the back end. Just enough carbonation to help it go down easy.

Drinkability: For a hop lover easy drinking, enjoyable. Back to back pounding is encouraged. Understandably not everyone wants to drink a 12rack of hoppy beer. Something I plan on having at my house often for Steelers games or a night cap. If hops aint your thing then look elsewhere for a daily drinker.

terrapinfan88, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of Chadpaq
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into one of my tapered pint glasses.

Appearance: Huge, three-finger head. Dark, honey-gold appearance. Head's taking its time receding, leaving spiderweb-sticky lacing as it goes. Frothy as the churned Atlantic on top, yet peaceful below. Recedes to about one-half of a finger's worth.

Smell: Struggling with a bit of a cold right now, but my stuffed nasal passages can't block the pungent floral hops. I am, in every sense of the word, a "hop-head," and I know that when I finally take a swig, it won't disappoint in this category. There's a hint, a TINY remnant of a smell that I can't put my finger on, but that is a bit displeasing. I almost feel bad even mentioning this generic sleight, but it must be said.

Taste: Oh yeah. Hopz 2 da maxXx, yet some malty notes as well. I figured this baby might register higher than a 6.5% abv given its rich taste. I don't know much about malts, being a hops man, but they are a nice compliment, providing the beer with a lot of balance.

Mouthfeel: Good, but I must say, nothing spectacular. I feel like this beer could benefit from more carbonation. Perhaps it's a testament to the amount of hops in it. Still, not bad. I think I may be drinking it at too cold of a temperature.

Drinkability: This is where this beer soars. I could session the hell out of this baby, if I could afford it. It really is very drinkable, despite the slightest bite from the hops.

Great beer. One I come back to on the reg. Splitting a sixer with my dad tonight. This first one, I'm drinking with some Stacy's pita chips and hummus. Nice balance. The second two will be at dinner: Baby green salad with cranberries, feta and walnuts. Fellas, don't knock it 'til ya try it. Chicken breasts off the grill and sweet potato fries for the main dish. A hearty meal with a hearty, complimentary beer. Dale's Pale Ale: Phenomenal!

Chadpaq, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of eclaycamp
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can as part of my GABF Denver haul. I could be wrong but I believe Dale's Pale Ale was one of, if not the, first craft canned beer. Pours a reddish hue, with a small fizzy head about a half inch tall. Some lacing on this one. Aroma is a nice balance of citrus and pine hops with caramel malt sweetness. It could be a little stronger, but that could be my nose and not necessarily a flaw. Light syrupy body, good carbonation, better bitterness. Huge caramel toffee malt sweetness is present in this one. This is quite good. Buckets of resinous hops coat the mouth, leaving behind a sticky residue. Malt sweetness chases the hops down the back of the throat. They can't get rid of the lingering hop bitterness though. I got this can of Dale's about two weeks ago, so it's a bit old and I'm sure the hop character would be even more pronounced had I drank it sooner. Still it's a very solid example of the Pale Ale style and quite enjoyable. I could drink about 3 or 4 of these on a night and go home happy.

eclaycamp, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of NODAK
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma...whew...very strong citrus, grapefruit hoppiness. Every bit as strong as I'd expect from an IPA.

Pours a bit of an amber color in the glass....a nice rocky, off-white head.

Mouthfeel seems pretty thick for style. The taste is definitely full of flavor. One of the hoppier APA's I've had. The bright citrus hops are very evident from the beginning, but are met and nearly even matched by a sweet, biscuity malt....and this is what makes up the body and predominant taste of the beer. The finish sees more of the harmony of the two, with a cutting grapefruit bitterness continuing into the aftertaste with a bit more sweet malt lingering.

Of the APA's I've had, this is one of the best because I love the malt character it has without sacrificing the hops. Almost like a lighter version of DFH 90 minute.

NODAK, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of ToasterChef
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes. Served on cask at the Sebago Brewpub in Scarborough, ME as part of their Full Moon Cask Night. This review is based off of a half-pint pour. The beer is colored light copper with orange notes. There is a big off-white soapy head. As it settles, there is decent patchy lace. It has a warm hoppy aroma that is both earthy and citrus-like. I taste light malts at first, but the big hops come in quickly. They are oily and bitter. It has a great pale ale flavor. The beer is served at cellar temperature, which I think helps it a lot. I wouldn't want this one too cold. It possesses a medium body and low carbonation. A small coat is left on my tongue. It's a very drinkable beer. This is my second glass of the evening. It's smooth and a little creamy. I would definitely have this beer again.

ToasterChef, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of grittybrews
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy amber with around half an inch of quick-receding head. Strong hoppy aroma dominated by grapefruit and a bit of pine.

Moderate carbonation and a thick, smooth mouthfeel. Caramel sweetness and grapefruit hops dominate with a long, pleasantly bitter and tangy finish. If you'd told me this was an IPA I wouldn't have batted an eye. Whatever the classification, this brew is flavorful and easy-drinking.

grittybrews, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of clarkm04
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 5/26/10
Consumed 9/26/10

Apperance- Cloudy amber/copper color. Medium thin white head.

Smell- A nice array of hops. More piney in smell profile. If there's any weakness in this beer is the aroma. I will say I've had fresher cans of Dale's that have a much bigger smell.

Taste- Very refreshing! Very smooth fore taste that spirals into a hoppy mid and finishing taste. Very crisp but with a decently aggressive hop profile. Much hoppier than a SA Pale Ale for reference.

Mouthfeel- Outstanding. Very delicate and clean. Decent carbonation on the tongue but solid throughout.

Drinkability- Very high. I could easily drink three to four of these per session.

Overall- This is one of my favorite pale ales. I appreciate how balanced it is. Pretty much the standard I hold all pale ales too. It's awesome to have cans. I take this to any outdoor endeavor and there's nothing better than sipping a Dale's in the wilderness.

clarkm04, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of mjw06
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber color that looked slightly hazy. Fluffy two-finger white head that left a little lace.

Wow, at first sip these hops blew me out of the water. Easily the hoppiest beer that i can ever remember drinking, not that I've had that many. But after getting past the initial hop hit, I met a pretty simply clean brew. Nuff said, if you're looking for a complex pale ale this isn't the one. This is a wallop of hops on top of a pale canvas.

I don't really revel in the taste of the beer, its good, but not excellent on my pallate. The best thing about this beer is that it's pretty much clear of imperfections. Which is seemingly even more amazing considering the negative stereotypes about beer in a can. Overall impressive, but nothing to rage about in my book.

mjw06, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of Yimosan
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy light orange with a 1 finger off white head. Decent lacing all the way down.

S: Citrus and sweet malts jump right up. There is also a tangerine hint as the beer warms up in the glass...very nice.

T: Lightly sugar sprinkled grapefruit with a nice malty sweetness to round things up.

M: Clean and fruity in the mid palate.

D: Sessionable beer for sure. Love the hop and malt balance on this beer!

This is one of my daily dinner beers.


Yimosan, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was fortunate to try this on cask recently at a certain event. Certainly something I didn't think I'd get to try outside of a can. Had the equivalent of about two imperial pints worth. This cask wasn't dry hopped or anything else to my knowledge.

Pours a golden/light orange color with a large size head, from the cask the bubbles are rather large, but leave no lacing on the glass whatsoever.

Smell is delightfully hoppy and citrusy, the nose is easily the best thing about this beer and the presence really makes itself known, although the aroma fades as the beer empties, the initial scent is quite good.

For a cask, the carbonation is obviously low, quite low, but slight present and more-so than a typical rare Lost Abbey, the citrusy hop bite is at first evident, this beer pretty much pushes the pale ale/IPA boundary to the max, after a full pint the lack of carbonation starts to get to me but I won't fault that since it's part of the cask experience, the malt background is way in the background and isn't something I would really note at all.

Dale's hasn't been something I've sought out, but I'm tempted to try it in their typical can form now after being impressed by their limited cask offering.

deltatauhobbit, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of CascadeConan
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear orange with minimal head and moderate lacing.

The nose is huge due to it's "voluminously hopped" nature complete with all arrays of citrus and floral varieties.

Fairly bitter for a pale ale but at 65 IBUs it's a traditional American Pale Ale dancing on the boarder of IPA. Big hop flavors and a malt bill to bring it back to center.

Really smooth and sessionable, this is a great beer to take hiking or to the beach and it may throw a few people for a loop when they taste how good canned beer can be.

CascadeConan, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of BeerImmediately
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into pint glass at 45 degrees.

Pours with a short white head over a deep yellow (almost orange) color - clear, with plenty of carbonation flowing up. Tons of sticky lacing.

Tangerine citric hops dominate the aroma, with some grain in the background as it warmed.

Sharp orange peel greets the palate and hangs on throughout, accompanied in the back by some pine and syrup-like sweetness. Some grapefruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty crisp - almost IPA like

A little too sharply hopped to rank it among the best in the style for drinkability, but it's a darn good beer overall.

BeerImmediately, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of compass40204
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not quite sure what a "rocky mountain pale ale" is, but apparently this is one. 6.5% abv makes me think it's not a shy beer by any means. Barely heard a sound when I opened the can, which made me think it may have been flat, but it produced a small froth. Poured from the can it has a nice white head on it that slowly shrinks down leaving minimal lacing. Not much stuck to the glass beyond the initial layer, actually. Honey colored. Hint of dry crackers in the aroma. Balanced aroma of some grain and hops. Tastes hoppier than it smells. Seems a bit off balance to me, though I'm admittedly not a hophead. Light bodied, with low to moderate carbonation. This is something I probably couldn't make a session out of, but sometimes I'm looking for that lasting hop flavor. It really has more hop flavor than actual bitterness. Late hopping could be the reason. My biggest issue is the discrepancy between balance in flavor and aroma. Decent beer.

compass40204, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of hardy008
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber orange with a one finger off white head with nice retention. The aroma is very nice: oranges, grapefruit, pine, and a sweet malt backbone.

The taste matches the aroma with oranges, grapefruit, pine, and some sweet malt. There is a nice balance of bitter hops, and sweet malt, creating a nice flavor profile.

Medium bodied, smooth, nice carbonation. This is a very easy beer to drink. I will need to pick this up more often.

hardy008, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a perfect pint.

A- pours a nice shade of orange with a one finger slightly offwhite head. Great lacing

S- weak aroma of citrus hops. A lot of orange is what I'm mainly getting...smells good, but its not very strong

T- huge burst of pine, with a sweet citrus aftertaste. Really strong tasting...seems more like an IPA than a pale, but its really, really good

M- really nice body...there's a little bit of thickness to it, which I appreciate when dealing with the big flavors. Not too sticky, either

D- really drinkable, really good beer. And because its in a can, perfect for tailgating. New favorite pale ale

bigfnjoe, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of jsanford
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe

A - Golden orange with 1 finger of creamy off-white head. Moderate lacing.

S - Citrus hops with a earthy, piney backbone.

T - More earthy hops with a malty caramel backbone. Nicely bitter in the finish, slight grapefruit pith presence.

M - Exactly how I like my pale ales, slightly creamy with a medium body and crisp, fizzy carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, I always grab a Sixer of this when I go fishing.

jsanford, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a white head. Very good lacing on this.

In the nose is sweet candy flavor dominated by bitter citrus.

It is bitter up front, yet smoothe in the back. There is a lingering citrus bitterness - a nice taste, but not as good on the mouthfeel.

Chickenhawk9932, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of PaulfromNoVa
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Liberty Tavern, Clarendon Section of Arlington, Va. "Let me have a pint of Dale's Pale..." "Yessir." From the tap to a 45 degree pub pint in an absolutely lovely bar, served by Danny, the cordial barkeep.

Is it to be expected that keg Dale's would have so much less carbonation than the can Dale's? It would figure. The bubbles of carbonation were not as ostensible as from the can, and soon vanished - stillness reigned in the glass - and the thick snowy head dissipated rapidly, leaving a pleasing lacey embroidery in its trail. The color was Dale's burnished copper, hazy and attractive. The fragrance was one of bitter, citrusy hops with a faint note of caramel malt. Faint. (I worry that my sniffer has evolved to detect only hops/esters and is inured to malt...but if so I remain happy in this...)

I love Dale's Pale and the taste is dry, bitter, and the fulfillment of the promise of the nose. The mouthfeel, however, was somewhat lacking, in that the carbonation was distinctly off. No: this wasn't even close to flat - flat is flat, and it hits your mouth like a dead thing. This brew was alive in the mouth but not creamy foamy as I had experienced it elsewhere and earlier.

I could still drink this all day and into the night. One of my favs.

PaulfromNoVa, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: light orange hue with a bit of haze to the body. Head is two fingers of creamy rich ivory foam. I rather like it.

Smell: rich citrus hop aroma with a nice piney back. I dig the aroma of this beer a great deal.

Taste: light yet rich malt backbone; hard to describe but very tasty. On top of this is a rich, citrusy and floral hop character; the sweetness makes this taste kind of like candy. I really love this beer; what can I say, this stuff is great!

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with an OK level of carbonation. It's passable but not super interesting. Probably my least favorite thing about this beer.

Drinkability: super tasty and enjoyable. Man, I could drink this beer all the time. There are few pale ales I enjoy this much ... other pales pale before Dale's!

flagmantho, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of allthatAles
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: i poured this beer out of ritual then realized based on the packaging i probably should've drank it from the can, but here we go....

Pour: A lightly hazed deep nearly burnt amber. head appears to be well structured and off white. seemingly random bubbles make their way to the top at a slow but steady pace. head breaks down within a couple of min.

Nose: touch of malt nuance of citrus and a hearty punch of hops.

Mouth: hoppy, a bit of cream with the malt. resiny, sticky, probably too hopped for most. however i think this very well done.the malt picks up a step as the brew approaches room temp. there is a lingering hop coating that you don't pick up till until you swallow and the nearly 'rise from the grave' to let your tongue that yes, "that just happened in your mouth".

I dig it. i dig OB, too. my thinking is this if canning saves them so much cash on their end, then why as consumers as we paying in at such a high price point?

allthatAles, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of dfitch81
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first time I've tried Dale's, and I like it. I haven't tried a better canned beer, and I've tried many bottled beers that are far less accomplished.

This is one great-looking pale ale - if you've got a glass, pour this one because it's a looker. Ample and persistent white head laces the glass nicely, perched atop an enticing hazy orange-tinged gold brew with plenty of bubbles scudding up the side.

Nose is dominated by ample citrus hopiness backed up by sweet malt, although at first sniff I smelled something odd that I couldn't place. Nevermind, though, because I didn't notice whatever-it-was again, and found the pungent hop aroma intoxicating. I think it would be nice to soak all of my clothes in this so that I could smell it all day, every day.

Taste is intensely hoppy, no surprise here. Hops lean a bit more towards the citrus than the pine. Greater-than-expected malt sweetness put me off a little at first, but I soon appreciated the balance it imparts on this extra-hoppy brew. Mouthfeel is just a little sticky and serves this brew well, drinkability is let down only slightly by the high-for-a-pale-ale 6.5% abv.

Overall I'd say that for camping or other outdoor activities there's no contest - this is number one. Its a frontrunner in other contexts too. My only hang-up is that the grocery store wanted 10$ for a sixer. Knock off two or three bucks, and this might just be my pale ale of choice (I'd have to reserve judgement on that until I try this back to back with Stone Pale).

dfitch81, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of Macky20
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into pint glass. Decent one finger head which dissipates after the first taste. Thin lacing that does the same.

There is not an overwhelming aroma with this one. If you try hard there is a faint aroma of bitter hops involved... but as I would expect some citrus notes I didn't get that with this one.

I do like the taste of this beer... and it is a "go-to" six pack for me. I will also say though, that it is a very basic pale ale.... but to me it has the hop bite of an IPA. There is nothing very "complex" about it, just a bitter hops taste and perfect mouthfeel. To me the taste is somewhat simple but good, with a fine bitter hop bite that stays on your tongue as you drink.

As mentioned, the mouthfeel for pale ale is perfect.... Perfect amount of carbonation and easy to pour.

Drinkability is good too. The best thing about this beer is the can it comes in. If you are going somewhere you can't take a bottle, I always go looking for a sixer of Dale's.

Macky20, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of stevecee2003
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can, I must admit I have put off trying this brew- as the can looked too cheap to justify the price. But at some friends requests I gave it a try. It had a "canned on" stamp on the bottom, and even the actual time stamped, which I had never seen before.

APP: Poured well, with a nice thick head that stayed a while. A rich slightly cloudy amber color. A really nice lace that gathers and stays long on the glass. Good sign!

Smell: distinctive smell of hops, but with some citrus in there, perhaps orange? And even a hint of grapefruit? But those are afterthoughts to the malt and caramel that calm the hops.

Taste: Not as hoppy strong as the smell might indicate. Not like a bomber bottle of Hercules for example. Smoother. Lighter. But then again this is only a Pale Ale, not an IPA. Stays on the tongue a bit. I like that. Sort of like I'm drinking more than I am. More than 12 oz in the can- that sort of thing. There's caramel, but for me it helps to balance it all out.

Mouthfeel: A complete goodness- IF you enjoy it. As another wrote in these reviews, "you can almost chew on it". Again, that to me is why it seems that you get more from the can than just the 12 oz. It hangs there, in your mouth.

Drinkability: As for pure drinking I could enjoy it for an evening, but the price makes it exotic for a session beer. Up there with Stone Brewery or ABT 12, other acclaimed beers- but not the same beer- but still good!

Notes: It seems Dale's has kept this creation in a can to make it unique, and that it is. In fact it might be "the king of cans". But still, it might lie in that no man's land where it's an above average beer- but not quite good enough to justify the price. Two dollars cheaper a 6-pack I might make an evening of it.

stevecee2003, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of newk340
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: a very strong gold capped by a decent foam head.

S: hints of hops and citrus.

T: a sizzle of hops tease the palate but leave a pleasant lemon aftertaste.

MF/D: mildly heavy on the feel but an excellent session beer, no problem finishing a 6-pk with friends.

newk340, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of TCgoalie
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 7/3/10

Dale's pale is not as pale as a normal pale. The pale is a hazy pale with some pale caramel orange tints. This pale's head is nearly non existant.

The aroma is quite malty with a pinch of citrus. I would describe the malts as bready.

This is definitely a malty pale with a mild grassy/lemony hop kick. I'm not sure if this is an old can or not, but I was expecting more hops.

Dale's moutfeel is medium and finishes surprisingly dry.

It is always fun drinking a solid beer out of a can. A perfect camping beer for someone who wants a decent beer while conserving space.

TCgoalie, Aug 27, 2010
Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
87 out of 100 based on 5,771 ratings.