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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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5,964 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,964
Reviews: 1,752
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 117
Gots: 670 | FT: 6
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 PhageLab
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Clear amber coloration, small bit of froth which settled to a thin layer. Small traces of lacing.

S - Some malty sweetness and an earthy tone, but it's all very faint.

T - Initially citrusy with a decently bitter bite, it is quickly taken by a sweetness that isn't overbearing nor cloying. Decently hopped.

M - Light to medium body, moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish.

D - Not bad at all. Good example of an APA and kudos to OB for keeping it canned.

PhageLab, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of danmcg62
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a light amber color with a generous head that is about a thumb's width in size.

S-A light pine and citrusy smell. Mild hop aroma as well. Not too overpowering, but does the trick.

T-Very creamy and smooth taste. Goes down very easy. The hops are there, but they are not too overpowering. Fruity character as well, bananas come to mind.

M-Creamy and a bit chewy, mild spice.

O-Overall this a solid APA. Easy drinking and I really love the portability of the cans. It's not Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but it's pretty damn good.

danmcg62, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$10 six pack of cans, should be a good weekend.

The beer pours a a dark amber with a thin white head. A rich and unexpected color for an APA out of a can.
No sticky lacing with minimal carbonation.

Wow, this aroma is also unexpected coming out of a can. Bold, sticky caramelized sugars with a modest abv accompaniment. This beer almost resembles something barrel aged with strong notes of vanilla...we shall call it "canella." (corny)

The beer is a well made pale ale with a little bit of a bitter and soapy aftertaste. Very drinkable and smooth, this would make an excellent draught beer. Although there was only a faint hoppiness in the beer's aroma profile, this thing is loaded with bittering alpha acids. Unfortunately, I prefer beers to present with bold aromatics and modest AA bitterness, which is the opposite of the Dale's Pale Ale. This is why I typically prefer an IPA where greater attention is typically given to the layering and intensity of hops used.

The unwanted bitterness and soapiness are going to detract from this beer's mouthfeel. However, with its light to medium body, it's still quite drinkable.
For the beer's sugary sweetness I would have expected a higher abv, maybe as high as 8-9%. Fortunately for me there is major flavor provided with modest alcohol so more than one can be enjoyed in an evening.

Despite the beer's lingering bitterness, this beer is made with quality and dignity. This may be one of the most unintentionally patriotic beers (with a red, blue, white, and silver can), so it's probably quite appropriate at any memorial day/ 4th of July party. I think the price is key to buying this beer a second time and I would certainly recommend it to friends and family.

ThePorterSorter, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my homie Troy for bringing a six pack from the CO.

Canned on 05-03-11 @ 10:51

Pours a nice straw color and settles a barely hazy amber color. 2 fingers of cream colored head sits briefly. The nose is faint and has a bit of hops and yeast to it but not much more. Thankfully, the taste is much different. A tasty balance of bitter citrus, pine, and malt ensues. A nice honey taste is offered with the malt at the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish that os crisp. Overall, damn good pale ale and glad I have more to drink!

ChugginOil, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of John1985
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold with a white one finger head. Fresh hop aroma. taste is an aggressive bitter piney hop flavor up front that transitions to a malt accented finish. Some tingly bitterness on the aftertaste. Very pleasant and drinkable. Borders on an IPA but I love it.

John1985, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of scbrew
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a great Pale Ale! Pours clear orangey-copper. Aroma is fruity with hops standing out. Moderate to high carbonation. Medium bodied with nice hop vs. malt balance. Easy drinking and great flavor. This is one of my favorited American Pale Ales, that is always stocked in my fridge, and I am very discriminating when it comes to fridge space. I Love cans!!

scbrew, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of gabedivision
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can to the glass.

Dale's pale ale. Going to give this one the shortcut of reviews, looks amazing. Smells decent. Tastes is so good, so good, so good. Great in the mouth. And overall, this beer is really good. Always available, always good.

gabedivision, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of BeerNails
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a can into a glass (well, I had one from the can too). It is a deeper color than I expected - a nice amber. Got about 1 1/2 fingers, which stuck around for a little while.

The smell was at first weaker than I expected, but once it warmed up a few degrtees, the smeall really came out. Almost akin to Bell's Two hearted. Floral, citrusy, some APA pines. Very nice.

The taste was tremendous. A bit of a caramel and buttery backnote to some very strong and floral hops.
Most impressive is how refreshing it is. Like a nice homemade lemonade on a hot day. Didn't get "socks" on the teeth or long-lasting, get-out-of-my-mouth aftertaste; just a great APA that borders on IPA in hop-strength and some flavor.

It's pretty badass that it comes in a can too. Will definitely be getting more!

BeerNails, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dale's Pale dry hopped with Cascade out of the cask served into a tumbler at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC.

A real nice light amber body, with a creamy off white head. There's quite a good chunk of head out of the cask on this one. I would actually describe the body as partly cloudy believe it or not, with nice brown hues. Some spotty lacing while drinking.

A very soft typical buttery cask sensation of dense pine like hop. Just dominant and pleasurable, it just feels thick on the nose.

Taste bring the same hop bent with warm mild buttery cask feel, and soft malts. Neat finish on this takes over on the swallow almost tasting kind of wodden, with that great cask sensation.

Had plenty of Dale's before but never like this. Felt like a real treat really dug it.

smakawhat, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of alf212
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper orange, looks like a good IPA

Smell: Citrusy and piney hops with the slightest bit of caramel

Taste reflects smell. Taste more like an IPA than a pale ale. Very solid beer, good session in my opinion. Ends with a piney resin taste

Mouthfeel is good, carbonation seems to be right on.

Overall great beer, easy to drink and refreshing

alf212, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of GallowsThief
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz can into a standard pint glass.

A – Pours out a light golden color with a half inch of off white head. Very little retention.

S – Just a bit of citrus in the nose with a grapefruit smell. Piney hops as well. Lighter smell then expected but nice.

T – Has a crisp hop taste right off followed by just a touch of bitterness. Citrusy and piney. Has a bit of a caramel flavor but not what I would call sweet. Fairly well balanced ale.

M – Crisp and clean is thee best way to describe this one. Light bodied with fair carbonation.

O – Well worth a try here. Has some great refreshing taste for a hot summer day. I can see this in a cooler at the beach or on a boat.

GallowsThief, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of kawilliams81
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- light golden/caramel color. good head and some lacing.

S- caramel malts with nice citrus aroma

T- Some sweetness from the malts followed by the citrus, and has nice pine hop bitterness at the end.

M- Thinner mouthfeel with a decent carbonation feel.

O- One of the better pale ale's out there. Add that it's in a can only makes it more appealing.

kawilliams81, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of mikeg67
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can. Pours slightly hazy orange with a large, long lasting, foamy, white head and a lot of lacing. Aroma is of piney hops and biscuit malt. Medium, smooth body. Citrus fruit, piney hops dominate the palate with sweet, biscuit malt provides some balance. The finish is long and hoppy. At 6.5% abv I would say it is mild, soft IPA.

mikeg67, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of prg1976
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 5/20/11

Not gonna lie, I drank it right from the can, so I'm going out on a limb and assuming that it looks like an APA should look.

Smells like citrusy hops. A little caramel maybe.

Tastes hoppier than I was expecting. Borderline IPA? Very citrusy and good bitterness.

Light to medium bodied, not overly carbed. It didn't explode all over me when I cracked the can.

Overall, it's pretty good. Better than I was expecting. Will definitely be picking up more of these in the future.

prg1976, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of Penguin3200
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into pint glass. Dark
Amber with good head and lacing. Aromas if the cirrus and pine hops hut the nose and backed by malty whiffs.

Taste hit with caramel, and malt followed up by a biting hops and astringent finish. Love this pale ale. Defining bold for the style!

Mouthfeel is light to medium body and the finish goes with the bitterness building.

Overall, Dales is my go to pale ale and I pick some up anytime in Hudson.

Penguin3200, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the few Oskar Blues beers that are available here that I haven't reviewed yet. I am just now getting the Pale Ales out of the way, and there are quite a few that I haven't done yet. Let's give their flag-ship beer a go:

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy orangish-yellow color with a small 1/8 head of off white foam after a very aggressive pour. The head was back into the beer just after the pour so that there was only a small ring left on top of the beer where it meets the glass.

Aroma: I initially got a healthy dose of fresh American hops giving mostly citrusy notes. There are lots of hops here and are coming out a bit oily even in the nose. There is minimal chalkiness so I think that the hops must not be aggressively reacting with the water. There are some apricot notes coming out as the beer warms up some.

Taste: The flavor is much milder and more approachable than I suspected from the aroma. The body is medium to light with low carbonation, so it comes across as a bit watery on the palate. If it weren't for the relatively aggressive bittering hops, there would be very little to the finish. There is a subtle light caramel sweetness and some toasty notes from the malt that come alive somewhere in the middle of the flavor profile, but then fade back into the hops to make the finish balanced firmly, but not stupidly, toward the bitterness. The alcohol is not noticeable.

Opinion: Overall this is a decent Pale Ale. It pretty much has all of the elements you expect, lots of hops in the nose, and a bitter finish, and there is some malt to partake in too. I imagine that this would be a different beer if the carbonation was at least twice what it is for this example, so on tap it would be a different experience and I may try it someday. As it is, I won't have a problem finishing the six-pack, but I will probably stick to others if I just want to enjoy a Pale Ale.

SkeeterHawk, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of dankster
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into pint glass.

Appearance is deep amber color with about one finger of white head.

Smell is very bready with a wallop of hops on the nose.

Taste is awesome for something out of a can, very big hop aftertaste with good notes of malt on the front.

A little soapy mouthfeel is the one downfall to this beer.

overall a great beer to take on a hike or camping. I love what oskar blues is doing by making great beer portable!

dankster, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of mooselvlt
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a pint glass

A - Clear, copper color with a nice 2 finger tan head. Decent retention, plenty of lacing.

S - Citrus, hops, good bready-malt Like the nose.

T - Nice malt bill up front then a nice touch of hops on the back end. Hops are a good mix of pine and citrus. Earthy!

M - Really like the feel. Its ultra smooth, a little heavier than I was anticipating. I'd call it medium-bodied. Damn drinkable!

O - Well, I must say its been a long time since I poured from a can! This is just a very solid beer and would be a great one for outdoor trips or tailgates. Really really am enjoying it!

mooselvlt, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of hmf05
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an orange/gold with a rocky three finger head.

S- Smells like hops wrapped in caramel.

T- Nice fresh, clean hops. I don't get grapefruit, but i get other citrus like orange and lemon. There is a sweet and creamy caramel presence that keeps the brew balanced.

M- Medium carbonation and a thin to medium body. There is a slightly dry aftertatse.

O- An extremely sessionable pale ale. Not quite as intense as an ipa, but it is a stand out for the style. If I were offered this or Sierra Nevada, I would demand a Dale's Pale Ale!

hmf05, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nice looking, somewhat coppery and mostly clear with a decent head and nice sticky lacing.

Smelled fruity, citrusey, and hoppy.

Tastes wonderful! Very boldly hoppy, with citrus and fruity flavors, great strong bitterness. Bolder and hoppier than most pale ales, somewhat IPA like but delicious in every way.

Feels great too. Amply carbonated, smooth, easy to drink, with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Fantastic for a canned beer, this one shows that canning is a great way to package beer, and top notch beers are no exception. This is the best fishin' beer I have found in cans yet!

AlCaponeJunior, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of titosupertramp
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 04-27-11 @ 18:11: Adult Content

A: Pours an orange amber, clear. Not as much head as I'd like to see, a little less than a finger. Slightly off white in color, the head falls quickly and leaves behinds an inconsistent film. There is a decent amount of lacing around all sides of the glass.

S: You can smell Dale's as it's leaving the can. Fresh, juicy hops. Grapefruit, orange, pine..there's a spiciness to the nose also. There's some malt present in the nose..seems like caramel.

T: Big hop taste from beginning to end. Citrus, pine, musty(odd, but I like it), spiciness at the end. There's a floral like taste somewhere in here as well that's nice. Along with the spiciness at the end, I also get some of the toasty malt. Great tasting beer.

M: Full and creamy, almost chewy.

O: This is a terrific example of a pale ale, maybe the best I've had. If you like hoppier than usual beers for the style, Dale's is something that you should seek out.

titosupertramp, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of beagle75
2.8/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with over one finger of diminishing peachy foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Caramel-leaning pale malt slightly exceeds floral and piney hops, with the suggestion of esters just detectable.

T: Begins off-dry, with husky malt that soon becomes sweet and slightly spirituous. Hop aromatics are spicy and herbaceous, while the contribution of fairly strong esters brings out mixed floral/fruity qualities. Acidity peaks at a moderate level before the middle, while caramel blankets the palate in the middle as hops fade, also allowing ethanol to stand out. The finish features resurgent dryness and bracing bitterness that is astringent, slightly herbaceous, and long-lasting.

M: Medium viscosity, sticky and harsh on the palate due to astringency and heat, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This may be one of the biggest and most extreme APAs currently in production. The flavor profile comes across as a multi-wave assault on the palate, but really isn't very enjoyable. It seems like a malt-forward ale until the finish, when harsh bitterness sets in--making it seem like a bit of a mess.

beagle75, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of gopens44
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear amber with a half inch foamy head.

S - Generous amount of earthy hop with very little else going on.

T - Very nice grapefruit hop bite up front that turns a tad floral after a moment of contemplation.

M - Well carbonated and more bold than thin. Decent bitter aftertaste.

O - I would be tickled silly to pack these out for golf or some other outdoor activity.

gopens44, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of devinoconnor
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had Dale's Pale Ale from the can many times and always have found it incredibly enjoyable. So when I came across it on-tap, I was very excited. But could it be I like it more from the can?

Pours a citrus orange color with a nice foam head. Smell is a little bitter from the orange hints.

Taste is smooth, a bit hoppy, and full of flavor. It just didn't have quite as much character on-tap than I usually find in the can. Interesting. Still very good.

devinoconnor, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of Franz4
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can dated 3/3/11

A- Nice golden color with a rocky foamy head that leaves some sticky lacing as it settles.

S- smell is predominately grapefruit with a certain mustiness to it. Also seems to have a fresh lime bite to it.

T- Grapefruit hoppiness hits you up front followed by a soft malt body that ends with a touch of pine and other hoppy goodness.

M- Moderate carbonation and slight aftertaste, this beer actually feels somewhat silky as well.

O- a very nice easy to drink enjoyable brew. Not the most in your face pale out there, but it would be great on many occasions. If I could get this locally it would probably be a regular in the rotation.

Franz4, Jun 01, 2011
Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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