Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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6,055 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,055
Reviews: 1,761
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 121
Gots: 722 | FT: 6
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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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2002)
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Photo of mithrascruor
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice golden-amber color with nice off-white head, 1+ fingers. Good retention and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Mild orange aroma, and perhaps a hint of spice.

Taste: Floral hop taste up front gives way to oranges, apples, caramel, and eventually the hop bitterness as it nears the finish. Generally bitter aftertaste, but balanced out a bit with some of the citrus.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied and generally smooth, with carbonation a bit on the lighter side.

Drinkability: Moderate ABV and nice flavor make it quite drinkable.

A bit hoppier than I expected, this is a nice and fairly refreshing IPA. Nothing earth-shattering, but certainly pleasant.

Photo of CrystalShipMS3
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a can. How cool is that?

Look: Golden. Leaving a white head all the way down the glass.

Smell: hops are very floral sweet honey like malts.

Taste: perfectly balanced hop and malt flavors. The hops are floral and not too bitter. The malt is honey flavored but still grain like. There's a nice hoppy pine on the exhale and leaves a pleasant piney and hop oil aftertaste.

Feel: it's highly drinkable. Perfect carbonation.

Overall: it's a great beer. It comes in a can. What else can I say?

It would make a great session beer. I could drink this all night.

Photo of Rutager
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a hazy amber-orange with over a finger of very pale yellow head that sticks to the side of the glass pretty nicely.

Smell. Pink grapefruit and oranges with some light grains and caramel.

Taste. Nice light toasted grains and fresh citrus fruits. Some yellow grapefruit rind bitterness in the finish. Nice stuff.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Really nice and full flavoured pale ale. Nice taste in both the malts and hops.

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Dale's Pale Ale pours amber looking haze with a small head. Not much carbonation which is pretty normal for the style. Not much in the way of nose, even as it warms up. It tastes more like an English Pale Ale than an American. Not much in the way of hoppiness. Mouthfeel is fairly thin and goes down easy. Middle of the road pale for me.

Photo of Dmart1223
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a full, well-rounded beer with a heavy mouthfeel. I can't find many floral notes. It took me a long time to get used to this type of beer due to its intensity. But now it's one of my favorites.

Pours a golden amber with a hefty head that lingers.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After an old can of Modus Hoperandi tonight, I’m ready for some fresh hop goodness. Luckily, thanks to Stankonia’s recent LIF, I have a can of Dale’s Pale Ale to liven up my palate. Thanks dude!

Brewed less than two months before the date of this tasting (“CANNED ON 09-09-11”). “FEAR THE BEARD” is also emblazoned on the bottom of the can. I don't know what it means, but I like it!

A: Wow, what a shine! It’s a gorgeous crystal-clear orange, pouring bright and dazzling. Above is a minimal amount of tan, bubbly creaminess that gets to medium-fullness. It smoothes out to a thin film of silky retention that leaves oily lacing all the way down. I love the look – especially the color.

S: The malt character is big on this one: carrot-cake spice, sugary caramel, watermelon candy, and a hint of straw. Hops are limited, but a juicy fruit aroma is certainly evident. It’s all good apart from a tiny bit of vegetable scents here and there. A good, grainy nose.

T: Grainy as well, mostly straw and mild banana-wheat. The malts are pretty mild, otherwise featuring a slight metallic taste that thankfully leaves as soon as it appears. Good American hop sting to divert the tastebuds…quite piney. Yeasts come off with a helping of biscuit dough before the aftertaste, dry and bready, takes off. Nice tastes; I can see what they’re trying to do with the grain flavors, but it comes off as more mass-produced wheat than high-class barley.

M: Quite smooth, with just the slightest pop of carbonation. Slick and easy-drinking.

O: I like where this beer is coming from, but the execution is just a hair off. Pretty damn tasty, still; great example of drinkable canned craft.

Photo of jcartamdg
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden honey color with a two finger head and great lacing. Aroma of crazy hops, citrus and pine all up in my grill in the best way possible. Taste follows the nose, this is a great tasty easy drinking canned beer. I love it, I buy it by the case!!!

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transparent honey/amber with eggshell colored craggy two finger head, minor lacing only. Nice carbonation, creamy texture, intense toffee malt scent combined with piney resin pitch and citrus oils. On tasting I am surprised this is called an APA, by my tastebuds this brew sits smack on the borderline between my definition of an APA and IPA in bittering. Taste follows the nose but also includes a modicum of Simcoe onion-y-ness that I didn't smell in the nose, Not a deadly large amount mind you, but just the right amount in a sane dose that stays delicious. Really delicious and full of bold flavor in both malts and hops... I only ever revisit about 25% of the brews that I try for the first time and I am pretty sure that this one will be getting a repeat visit in the future, so take that as a recommendation. I just wish more of that flavor was represented in the nose, if I were to nitpick it.

Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a pint glass at low altitude.

A: Pours a clear amber color with some lively carbonation floating upward toward the top of the glass. A one- to two-finger off-white head dissipates relatively quickly, and leaves some lacing.

S: Pine and orange peel with some faint malt in the background, but I would have liked the smell to be a bit stronger.

T: Orange peel flavors up front give way to the pine character, which carries through to a long and pleasantly bitter finish. Everything's held together nicely by the malt body. I didn't expect such big flavors considering the smell. My only critique is that it's a bit boozy on the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with some carbonation, but a generally mundane mouthfeel. A very slightly dry finish.

D: This beer really delivers in terms of flavor. The can might make it good to introduce good beers to skeptics. Oskar Blues hasn't failed to impress me yet.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a solid tumbler

Appearance-A light copper with some yellow hues. Head is about a one finger off white head. Nice retention and very nice lacing. Very appealing.

Smell-Caramel malts, banana, very sweet aroma. Piney, Grapefruit hops.

Taste-Upfront sweet caramel malt, very toasty, biscuity like. Juicy grapefruit and orange hop flavor along with some pine and earthiness. Finish is slightly boozy.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, almost full. Pretty big APA. Carbonation was about average.

Overall-Very hoppy Pale Ale, almost an IPA. Pretty good but have had better Pale Ales that are easy to get.

Photo of gtermi
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: This beer pours a nice golden color with a thick head that quickly fades.

S: The beer has a very nice hoppy smell and some sweetness. maybe I am crazy, but I am also getting some kind of malt/chocolate/roasty smell. I cant really pin point it.

T: I am picking up a lot of hops, but not overwhelming. It has some wheat too and the beer is somewhat watery.

M: The beer is very smooth. It has slight carbonation, but nothing bad. It leaves a weird coating feel in the mouth, but isnt bad.

Overall this is a very solid Pale Ale and a great session beer...

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As always, poured from a can. I have had this beer numerous times by now and know what to expect. Smells very hoppy with citrus/floral notes. Slightly more carbonation than I like, but I wouldnt fault the beer for it. Lots of hop flavour, but doesnt last long, combined with malty, sugar flavour as well.
Its a solid APA, typical of the style. Not better and not worse. I wouldnt hesitate to buy again, if its the best choice at the time...

Photo of thadbme
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a burnt orange color or a dark honey yellow. Some of the hops are evident in the head as the bubbles appear, but it does not appear to be overly carbonated. Its cloudy in its appearance.

S: Smell of some toasted malts are apparent, as well as some alcohol on the first sniff. Smells a bit hoppy for a normal ale.

T: Very hoppy on the first sip, reminds me in the likes of a sam adams. A bitter taste of front and a smooth finish.

M: Medium Body and hoppy as it tasted before. *EDIT* changed to 4 from 3.5 after second brew.

O: Its a good brew, and its not too pricey. But for the price that its at, I think I might go for a sam adams instead.

*EDIT* Having another one of these tonight straight from the can. Something about the can helps this beer out. Maybe its the suprise factor, or its still familiar. I like it better from the can rather than the pouring, but still agree with the rest.

Photo of ShanePB
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

You'd think after being into craft beer for a few years that I would have had (or remembered having) Dale's Pale Ale. To my best recollection, this is the first time. Served on draft into a standard pint glass at the Lucky Lab Tavern.

A: Golden honey/amber colored body with a fluffy white head. As it settled, a thin ring formed but did leave really thick patches of lacing on the walls. Nice looking beer for the style, the copious amounts of retention and lace surprised and impressed me.

S: Floral hops come out big on the nose, along with some sweet caramel notes, honey and grass. The hop varieties seem very wet in nature, and not as citrusy as I was anticipating. It's somewhat of a more earthy and resiny aroma. Bitter orange peel comes in at the back end when this warmed a bit.

T: Light touches of bitter hop flavors - piney and very floral. Not much citrus again, but a bitter citrus oil flavor is here, more orange and grapefruit peel than anything else. It's nicely broken up with a deep malt base, light and caramel malts. Not overly abrasive or under flavored, very nicely balanced.

M: Crisp, bubbly, clean with a suitable medium body for the style. Nothing is really wrong with it, and it makes this beer go down extremely smoothly.

Well, even for a guy who doesn't like Pale Ales, this was good. It did seem a bit more bitter than standard Pale Ales (and I've heard a troubled classification of this beer), but judging for what it is, it's pretty good. Easily one of the better beers I've had in the style.

Photo of VncentLIFE
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a white, thick one inch head. Really lingers. Good looking beer.

The smell consists of citrus hops. But not too much, really smells balanced.

Tastes like a weak IPA (I guess thats the point of an APA). Sweet slick malt really matches the touch of citrusy hops. The slick feeling from the oil extract matches the slick malt really well. Very balanced for an ale. Sits light on the tongue, leaving a bitter feeling from the boiled hops.

Very solid, balanced APA. Probably my favorite APA that Ive had to date.

Photo of stabzmcgee
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a snifter. grassy sweet aroma. Golden apearance, slight head that remains to thinly lace the top. head is eggshell to tan. Taste is that of citrus hops and slightly fruity. Palate is slightly sweet with a nice bitter finish. better on tap or straight from the can

Photo of Paincane
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper hued hazy pour into pint glass with two finger off-white head leaving nice lacing and with good retention.
S: Hoppy aromas with hint of citrus and malt.
T: Very hoppy with initial sweet citrus followed by floral hop flavor and a nice bitter finish that lingers. Well-balanced.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: A very nice pale ale with a great deal of flavor. This brewery is helping me overcome my self-imposed longstanding prejudice against canned beers. Enjoyed this beer and will have again.

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: nice caramel copper hue with tiny bubbles rising through. Beer is translucent with a touch of haze. head retains well and leaves a decent amount of lacing.
S: C hop smell, nice and inviting grapefruit rind and citrus smells. Touch of malty sweetness. Hops dominate.
T: Like the smell get tons of grapefruit and general citrus and pinesap up front balanced by crystal malt at the end. Bitterness lingers and finishes with a touch of sweet honey like flavor.
M: nicely carbonated and full bodied for an IPA. spot on
O: a canned staple, love this beer and commonly keep it stocked in the fridge

Photo of coastiefish
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CAN > pint glass.

A- Copper, 1.5 fing head, lingers down to a .5er. Leaves lovely holes in the lacing.

S - Fruity, Grapes, tinge of alcohol, touch of citrus zest. I think for a pale, I want to give it a 3.75, but I can't.

T- The hops prevail in this pale, there's no doubt. For a pale, The hop profile is bigger than usual, which is why I love this pale. Most pale ales will be more balanced, and you will be able to detect the malt presence. In Dale's you find the malt finishing, rounding out the common denominator.

M - Mouthful of delicious carbonated brew then mellows fairly quickly. Tight carbonation, with a sharp finish.

O - Very drinkable. I like the crispness and hop that this pale brings.

Photo of SawDog505
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 13 oz tulip. Canned on 8/29/11, thanks OB. Pours a orange red, with a 1 inch sticky white head, tons of lacing. Smell pine, orange, and grass. Taste all of that, maybe a little bolder then the nose. Very refreshing, but large body for the style. This is the best pale ale going. I would drink this summer, fall, winter, or spring.

Photo of MayLattimore
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The deep orange color is darker than I would have expected. The aroma is subtle but complex, with a combination of caramel sweetness, earthy hop bitterness, and alcohol. The flavor is much more one-dimensional, with strong notes of pine and grapefruit, making the flavor bigger and bitterer than many pale ales. The bitterness builds, which can make it tough to drink more than a few at a time. Overall, flavorful and a great option among canned beers.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear light copper with a two fingered off white head that really stands up.

Aromas of lots of citrusy hops, oranges, grapefruit, and pine resins. Not overpowering, a little on the subtle side. Some bready, toasty malt to back up the hops.

Flavors of pine and citrus hop bitterness. Citrus is more zest than juice. Bitterness isn't harsh. Malt comes at the end of the sip with bready graininess, and some caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium/light, mouthcoating astringent bitterness. Nice level of carbonation.

Overall a very nice APA. Almost sessionable, but a little high in alcohol to have more than two or three at a sitting. Bitterness isn't palate fatiguing. A freshing beer for 6.5 percent and a firm bitterness.

Photo of crzyc
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light brown head, amber body.

S: Citrus hops, pine. Not very strong aroma.

T: Same as the smell, hops, pine. A little bitter.

M: Carbonation has a bite, not smooth. Dry.

O: A bit bitter and dry for my tastes. Smell not as strong as some of the other beers I have been tasting lately. Nice taste, nice appearance.

For my records: Can purchased in mix 6 at PLW, unknown price.

Photo of Heatwave33
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: Hazy orange with an off white head.

Smell: Subtle hop smell with some malts.

Taste: Nice hop taste and malts just like the smell. Close to an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Coarse and dry feel on the palate.

Overall: I expected more from what everyone told me about this beer. Still a good beer to drink though. Seemed like an IPA and pale ale mix to me. Cheers.

Photo of Arenbeer
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a tumbler glass

A- Pours a light copper orange with 3 fingers of bright white head that stick around and leave some nice lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Tons of hops, grapefruit, orange, pine, and bready malts.

T- Just like the aroma. Fruity yet bitter hops up front with notes of grapefruit and pine and finishes with a strong bread like caramel malts that create a nice body for the beer.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice slightly bitter finish.


Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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