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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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1,826 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,826
Hads: 6,684
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 151
Gots: 1,185 | FT: 7
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:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2002

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Reviews: 1,826 | Hads: 6,684
Photo of tekstr1der
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper pour, thin white top. Mild hop and malt aroma. Same in the flavor. Pretty clean finish. Nothing to dislike here, but a little boring. Weakest effort I've had from an otherwise amazing brewer. (198 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Golden amber in color, medium haziness, and pours a foamy two finger tall head.

Aroma- Heavy on the pine with some sweet citrus and caramel malts noticeable as well.

Taste- Very similar to the nose with a bitter punch of pine up front balanced by semi sweet caramel malt. The bitterness subsides and the finish sees more of citrus hops and cracker malts. Mild pine bitterness sticks around and lasts into the aftertaste.

Feel- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and overall a clean/crisp easy drinking pale ale.

Overall- A pale ale that really is an ipa, but its really good and that's all that is important. Lots of pine and citrus, solid malt flavors to provide balance, and really easy to drink. (722 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; bronze colored; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: earthy hops and caramel; balanced, but tilted toward the caramel;

T: well balanced through mid-palate; earthy with moderate bitterness at the end that lingers;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: a nice beer, but too much caramel and not enough hop character for the style; (417 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Time Out. Amber-orange with no head thanks to the inept bartender. Carmel, citrus, floral aromas. Hop, pine, roasted malt, orange oil flavors. (152 characters)

Photo of arvidkoval
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange color. Malt sweetness and some fruity hops. Good malt base here, a hint of floral hops, but predominantly fruity hops with just a touch of bitterness. Very good, bubbly feel. Really, really good pale ale! (219 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First off, let me just start by saying that if they are classifying this as a pale ale and not an ipa, you could have fooled me.

Now, to get to the beverage, it was aboslutely beautiful upon pouring into a tulip style pint glass. A sparkling copper color with a nice thick 1 inch fluffy white head. Thick, sticky lacing follows all the way down.

The smell was extremely dank and pungent.

The flavor followed the nose, wow, this is full of dank, pungent, piney, hops flavor. Just a bit of malt to keep everything in check, not much though.

Medium bodied with a smooth and sticky mouth feel.

I really enjoyed this one at first (and still do), but it became pretty heavy in my stomach as I went. It probably didn't help that I had one of the larger Pint+ cans. This was good but not something I could see throwing back a bunch of.

Would drink again, but not sure if I would seek it out and purchase again. Unless it was a good buy at the time or I was really in the mood for it. (984 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sampling right now on 2/23/15. Only comes in a 12-ounce can, which I am really not a fan of but some brews only come that way. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a pint glass.

Brew pours a pretty copper-amber in color with a good 1+ finger foamy head that finally settles down to 2mm after after 20 minutes. Lots of ring-like lacing is seen that sticks to the inside of the glass. The aroma is full of flavor with earthy grains and pine. Bit more going on with the taste as there is some floral hops in the mix as well. A slightly dry and light bitter finish but doesn't last all that long. Probably one of the better APA style brews though, although I am not a really a big fan of this style of brew. I will say that as it warmed up a bit, it was a little better. Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall, it wasn't all that bad, for me anyway. (883 characters)

Photo of Weisenbeer
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice. Very nice. Will I drink it if offered to me in a social setting? Yes. Will my heart go "aflutter" when I discover this is all my host has to offer? No. Still, nice. Very nice. (188 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden orange, with a light off-white head, full and pillowy, and a good bit of lacing.

S - Pine and grapefruit pith, with herbal elements, and honeyed notes.

T - Following the nose, with strong malt backbone that keeps the heavy hops from burdening the tongue, producing a nicely balanced, drinkable ale. Decent floral and herbal notes, and a bit of spiciness.

M - Snappy bitterness, medium carbonation, a bit of drying in the close. An easy drinker.

O - Nothing surprising, or extraordinary, but a tasty, decent, fun drink. (535 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge, frothy head. Leaves a great lace. Nice copper liquid. With just a touch of pungency, the rest of the smell is earthy pine with a tab bit of ripe fruit. The hop character is quite big for pale ale, and could easily be mistaken as an IPA. Piney goodness with a pleasant bitterness. I will certainly get it again. (316 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a cap that laves some decent lacing

S: Earthy and lightly fruity hops up front, along with a solid malt backing. A little lacking

T: Starts off with the hops, which are again earthy and moderately fruity. Definitely a little more intense than the nose. Malts back up the hops nicely. Finishes with light/moderate bitterness with a light sweetness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid pale ale with great balance that goes down very well, especially for pushing the abv limits of an IPA. Certainly a standard for the style (608 characters)

Photo of NickTheGreat
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L (4) -Nice coloration, nice little head on top.

S (4.25) - Good smell to this one. Not especially overwhelming, but you wouldn't expect this.

T (3.5) -Taste . . . this beer tastes good. Not great. I mean it's uncomfortably bitter. And not the typical alpha acid hop bitter. Just kinda bitter bitter. Not unpleasant, but not a good taste.

F (4) - Carb is what a pale ale should be. Smooth, drinkable.

O (3.75) - I was excited for this one, but it fell short. Kinda like a lot of Oskar's beers. I mean, it's better than average, and I would drink it again. But it is not a "must have" for my cellar. (613 characters)

Photo of DakotaSmith
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

At first this great example of North Carolina beer took the air out of my lungs and made my boy hoods sting. But after the second drink I realized just how good this beer is. As this almost green liquid rolls down your throat it feels like a hard day working in the mountains of North Carolina. It is rough just like the Old North state but like this Beautiful you really have to sit down and take your time to enjoy it. I was 12 when I first drink this, a little clean shaven boy not ready for what I had acquired. But once I finished this beautiful blue can I had a lush over flowing beard and was wearing a flannel and holding an axe. This beer will make a man out of you (674 characters)

Photo of CraigP83
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Disclaimer poured from a January 2014 batch drank 1 yr later. Darker and cloudier than expected. Has an adjunct + pale ale smell, not great. Thick and honey flavored. Sticks to the back of your throat and goes bitter. (217 characters)

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best pale ale I have had. The can preserves all of the flavors perfectly. I think this is more of an IPA than a pale ale but who cares? Excellent use of flavoring hops which is what's missing in this style. (209 characters)

Photo of nizzle8287
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 12/17/14. Poured into a mug at about 45 degrees. Pours clear dark golden-copper with 2 fingers of nearly white head which dissipates quickly to a thin film with flecks of lacing around the glass. Smell is dank west coast hops with a mild floral tone and fresh baked biscuits. Smell is similar to Sierra Nevada's Torpedo Extra IPA, but with somewhat less complexity. Carbonation is medium, and this adds to the body nicely. Mouth feel is medium, and seems a bit thicker than most other pale ales I've tried. Taste is robust alpha acid-rich hops and mild sweetness. It is extremely well balanced as far as hop-bitterness to malt sweetness goes. Overall, it's a bit on the bitter side as far as the style goes, but that is precisely why this is one of my favorite pale ales. If you like the American pale ale style, this will probably be a top-notch in your books. (881 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a snifter.
Pours a deep clear amber with one finger of head.
Not particularly aromatic, standard mix of hop and malt aromas.
Tastes relatively straightforward. Standard APA, with malt forward.
Finsihes fine with good lingering bitterness.
Overall, it's fine. (283 characters)

Photo of Maryobeerian
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Dark amber, clear, with full head (poured from 12 oz can) that quickly settles down.
Smell: Not much going on there Bready, a bit of apricot.
Taste: Very balanced, no surprises, but can't think of a flaw. Happily drink as a go to beer. (241 characters)

Photo of hotpauko
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

While my score may not be above 4, this is an above ave APA. I am a big Oskar Blues fan...all their beers are solid for each style. This pale ale is awesome on a hot summer day by the pool. Very sessionable with good flavor. If you search, you will find the malts, hops but not too much even on the mild side, and various flavors of citrus, pine and sweet caramel, with a small bite of bitterness...but more easiness going down than bitter. *** I am adding this on. This is now my favorite summer beer in a can to take to the beach, to the community pool, etc. awesome APA to pick up at the local grocery store. *** (615 characters)

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a stovepipe 1 Pint 3.2 ounce can into a shaker pint glass, canned on 12-30-14, this may be the freshest beer I ever had not direct from the brewery.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear copper color with 1 finger off-white head that quickly dissipated to a thin broken layer of bubbles, this beer has higher level of carbonation for the style, there was a considerable amount of lacing on the glass.

SMELL: flowers, pine, bread, subtle on the nose.

TASTE: initially sweet caramel then a mild piney hop profile, there was some citrus notes as well.

PALATE: medium body and higher carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a good beer and reasonably priced at $3.99, it's almost an IPA with the hop profile, I prefer SN Pale Ale but this was enjoyable. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys pale ale or IPA. (811 characters)

Photo of mothmanscott
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep amber producing a billowy 3+ finger, offwhite, lasting head that leaves webs, streaks & rings of clumpy lacing. Aroma is heady sweet caramel malt with floral, pine & citrus hops. Taste is a toasty caramel malt balanced with pine resin & citrus rind & pith hop bitterness, only slight deviation from start to finish but bitterness becomes high octane immediately after the finish & dominates the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, clean, silky & smooth. Drying in the aftertaste. A simple straightforward IPA that is called a pale ale. (585 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep amber colored with excellent clarity. A fingernail of off white head leaves Brussels lacing. Delicate aroma of piney hops takes a backseat in comparison to the toasted nutty accented malt. The flavor is a nice blend of the light to nutty malt flavor and the gentle piney hop note. The body is light,very smooth,and very dry. (332 characters)

Photo of Harvest06
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light bright color with nice off white head
S: Citrus and pine.
T: Front is slight sweetness, middle strong pine & grapefruit citrus, bitter, crisp dry spicy finish with lingering sweetness on the tong.
M: medium body, moderate carbonation
O: Pleasant, refreshing, not filling, not amazing but very drinkable. Could be considered a minimalist ipa. Outstanding. My favorite pale. (382 characters)

Photo of rapayn01
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was served in a 19 ounce can, believe it or not. I poured it into a pint glass and it made a decent head. It is reasonably hopped, but not as hop heavy as many IPAs (or APAs for that matter). I would buy it again, especially if I can find that extra large can. Update: had it on tap locally and it tasted even better. Bumped it up a little for taste. (355 characters)

Photo of GreenMachine
5/5  rDev +26.6%

All american pale ale. Not much else to say other then if you don't like it at first, give it a second chance. If you still don't like it after that .. Clearly your taste buds can't handle the bitter bomb. (205 characters)

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
89 out of 100 based on 1,826 ratings.