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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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5,781 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,781
Reviews: 1,741
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 107
Gots: 598 | 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 hophead247
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy, golden copper body with a finger-width, dense, white head that dissipates slowly and remains nicely laced. Aroma is loaded with sweet, citrus hops. Big, rich malt profile as well. Flavor is similar. Lots of floral citrus hops and caramels. Light toasted caramel comes through in the finish. Lingering taste of resiny, moderate pine and citrus. Very fresh tasting. Palate is medium bodied and extremely well balanced. Overall, this is what an APA should taste like. Fantastic.

hophead247, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of uustal
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light orange/amber with a one finger off-white head. Solid lacing and retention. Good citrus aroma. Good hops in this APA. Sweet grapefruit and orange hops to start. A little bready and caramel malt thrown in next before a grassy and piney hop finish. Good flavor. Sweetness balances out the intense hop profile for an APA.

uustal, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of zoso1967
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dale's is a nice copper cast light amber color with a frothy parchment head. I have had this beer many times and knew that it has subdued carbonation, so a good hard pour was utilized to produce a nice finger of foam with nice retention that left tons of splashy lace.

The aroma of this beer is everything that I love about a highly hopped APA. Plenty of citrusy grapefruit hops, orange, pine and some floral notes. The malt is playing second fiddle, but it does come through as well, making the citrusy smells even more appetizing.

The flavor is similar to the aroma with nice bite of bitterness that brings out those grapefruit, orange and resiny pine hops. This is not a particularly balanced APA, but that's fine with me since I unabashedly love hops. The malt is pretty much overshadowed, but it does have a nice caramel like quality to it, and I am picking it up mostly in the start and near the end of each sip.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium with fairly low carbonation. It is smooth up front, but quite dry in the finish thanks to all those hops. If I had one major complaint about this beer, it is that the finish is sort of like a hop pileup on my tongue.

Super drinkable and one of my favorites of the style. This also bears the distinction of being the first canned craft beer that I ever drank. I am pretty sure this might be the best camping beer ever, though I reserve the right to change that assertion after I get my hands on some Surley.

zoso1967, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.8/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a yellow somewhat hazy color with a thick white head and generous lacing. Smells of fruit and hop aroma. Tastes mostly bitter with a little malt and fruits hidden throughout with a dry finish. Mouthfeel is average and drinkability is as well.
Not a bad beer, not just one that I personally love, good for those who love their very hoppy beer.

TheKingofWichita, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of buschbeer
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to an inch of off-white head. This beer is sunset gold in color. The aroma is malt and citrus hops. The taste is loaded with citrus hops and has a solid malt core. The citrus fades to a mildly bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a bit thin. This is a good everyday drinker. This is more citrusy than other pale ales I've had. I like it.

buschbeer, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of BeerNinja007
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 12oz can from Harvest Fine Wine in West Hartford CT for $1.54. Canned on 08-16-10. True story: as a matter of habit, I reached for my bottle opener. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

This mostly clear golden brew gives a nice 3/4" if eggshell foam that settles and leaves a nice curtain of lace on the glass. Smell is very faint, can't say I'm able to identify anything more than a little malt. The taste has a great bit of resiny pine and citrus rind hop on a fairly crisp bed of malt. Feel is typical for the style with a fair amount of viscosity and a moderately tingling carbonation. Finishes with lingering hop and a little resiny feel. Now that it has warmed I can detect some candied lemon rind and maybe some florals on the nose.

I feel as I should be drinking this from an aluminum cup in order to preserve the can experience.

BeerNinja007, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of FanofHefe
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into Duvel tulip, my go-to reviewing glass. Translucent orange color, similar to many IPAs, a little cloudy, perhaps due to hops. Although poured aggressively, only about a finger of head, which dissipated quickly. Might have achieved more head in different glassware. Some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Solid aroma, a hint of sweet grapefruit, and noticeable hops. Really smells like an IPA.

Taste is as expected, IPA-like, with a sweet hoppy flavor, some nice bitterness, but not overwhelming. Very little maltiness out of this can, very faint.

Does not seem highly carbonated, but still easy to drink. Goes down very easy. No noticeable alcohol present.

Solid APA, very close to an IPA in my book.

FanofHefe, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of Nordicsk8er
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There's nothing much I can say about this beer that hasn't already been said. I really enjoy it's copper orange color, white fluffy head, and gobs of sticky lace when poured into a pint glass. A glass certainly "opens up" the beer's potential. This can be enjoyed straight from the can too.

In a blind tasting, I'd guess this one to be an IPA and not a Pale Ale. It lays down lingering oily hop flavor and pairs especially well with spicy foods, Chinese, or strong-flavored fish dishes.

A good stand by to have in the fridge.

Nordicsk8er, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of atlanta
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This would be one great little beer if only it weren't so high in ABV. Think about it, its in cans so you can carry it to sporting events, the pool, hiking, etc. Who wants to get that drunk while doing physical activities? That said, the taste and aroma is terrific, The hopiness spot on. I think this should be labeled an IPA instead of Pale Ale.

atlanta, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of thetomG
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice looking pour - cloudy amber in color with a rather large & dense layer of foam.

Smell is a bit reserved - just getting a bit of general maltiness with a hint of hops. Flavor is another story altogether... Loads of hops (but not too bitter) and a nice grapefruit-like taste come through. Quite tasty.

Carbonation and mouthfeel are excellent. I'd definitely drink this again - clearly one of the better pale ales I've had.

thetomG, Oct 09, 2010
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
Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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