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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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6,317 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,317
Reviews: 1,819
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 131
Gots: 916 | FT: 7
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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

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2002

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Ratings: 6,317 | Reviews: 1,819
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice golden ale body, clean and inviting. Small foamy white head ontop, fading into some lacing.

S - Alot of rich hops in the nose and some sweet fruit notes. A little grapefruit/citrus in the smell.

T - Certainly tastes like an IPA. The hops arent terribly spicey tho, they are more sweet and subtle here. Nice citrus/fruit and woody tastes. A little alcohola nd hop warmth at the back end.

M - Super smooth and clean mouth with a nice light body, full of flavor. Easy drinking.

O - A really nice flavorful canned ale here. Alot more flavor than your standard pale ale, this beer has a nice complexity about it while maintaining high drinkability. Nice combo.

Photo of Tballz420
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker-side of the caramel spectrum as far as PAs go. Sweet malt, dank hops on the nose. Mmm, nice caramel malt finished from floral hops, a bit of bitterness. Thin to medium. Um yeah, nice PA they put together. Not sure what my overall score is, but my drinkability is a solid 4.0.

Photo of claytong
3.24/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not a pale ale drinker and this one is a typical reason why. It's completely neutral in my mouth. Oskar Blues does amazing beer and this just doesn't do anything for my mouth. I might be able to enjoy it with a steak on a patio on a summer day, but I think I could also enjoy a lot better one than this. Let this be one of the last beers you have from them.

Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Over the years has sort of become the reference standard of pale ales for me. Dales can be enjoyed with a good steak, a hamburger, or a grinder. It's as good in your favorite haunt as it is on the boat or even riverside out of the cooler (which, to me, is when this ale shines).

The color is the amber you'd expect and the smell is hoppy and with some faint malt. Taste is hoppy with a nice malt foundation. I don't find much complexity about it. The mouthfeel is nice and full and the drinkability is damn good. A very balanced, well-made brewski.

Photo of BB1313
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 6-1-10.. ok so it's not the freshest, but at least it's in a can! 12oz can poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a beautiful light burnt orange, nice creamy white head, and extremely sticky lacing; very good looking brew. Lots of orange and pine up front. Tastes fruity, once again lots of orange and pine. I'm picking up hints of caramel and resin as well; slightly malty. Flavors are nice, but not my favorite hop profile. This is an IPA by the way, it's not too reminiscent of a pale ale. The mouthfeel is superb, light carbonation, smooth, creamy, highly enjoyable. Drinkability is good, it's very easy to go through a few of these. You can tell they used some high quality water for this one.. it's very refreshing.

This was my first experience w/ Oskar Blues, and I wasn't let down. I do want to try this one again one day much fresher. Once again, this is an IPA, not a pale ale. Very refreshing brew.

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a can into a 12 oz. glass

Appearance: Honey orange. No head. Strange bubble formations remain on top sort of looking like a brain. Minute amounts of lace cling to the glass. Nothing special to see here.

Smell: Citric hops. A little skunky which is weird since this is from a can. I suppose this one is short on aroma hops. The off smells are somewhat masked by roasted pale malts. Pretty delicious smelling, reminds me of a a lighter version of the Firestone DBA smell.

Taste: Slightly too strong for a pale ale. Should be called an IPA. Pretty weak in terms of taste stuff. The hops don't sting but they also don't jump out of the glass. The beer has some sweet qualities. Slight grapefruit taste. The main characteristics I got is spiciness from the hop. There isn't much of an aftertaste. The malts tend to dominate. Though they aren't as tasty as they smell. This beer would taste good with some bbq on a sunny day. It is a good beer too through into a session but a little high ABV. Nothing compels me to drink a lot of this.
I enjoy my local California pale ales more. I'd rather buy a 6 pack of Sierra Nevada, which is also cheaper.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium. Gets worse the longer you leave it in the mouth. Not enough character to hold on to.

Drinkability: I can put it down but I'm not super enthusiastic about this beer. I would never turn one down but I probably won't be buying this one again.

Photo of Josephkeene
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the only brews I've seen and had I tap that's is mainly distributed by can.

pours hazey clear orange with slight lacing throughout the glass.

the smell is a complex mix of hops.

However the tatse is amazing. For a pale ale the taste is really un matched and certainly this stands as king of caned pale ales. Rush of hops with a clean finish leaving purley hop tatse on the pallet.

I highly recommend this ale for any occasion.

Photo of denver10
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not being a hop head, I tried this one with some reservations as whether I'd like it or not. Due to it's popularity I wanted to at least try it but I didn't expect to be a fan of it. Glad I took a shot on it as I definitely liked it a lot and have found that it has since moved the top of my list for favorite pale ales.

Appearance: Thin head at the start that eventually became almost nothing, only the edges of the cup maintained any. Beer is a pretty amber, with some orange tint, in color. Has some appealing thickness in its consistency.

Smell: Some hops, some citrus smell (grapefruit or orange), some mallt

Taste: Citric aired with a nice dose of some sweet malt and closes out with a smacking of hops.

Mouthfeel: Has a thick, creamy feel to it. One of my favorite aspects to it personally.

Overall: I really really like this one and its become a warm weather go to beer for me .

Photo of Bendurgin
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a hazy straw with a thin layer of head that dissipates in time.

Lots of grapefruit in the aroma with a strong malty backbone to support this. Really fruity with a solid bitter hop finish. The taste is a little less fruity than the aroma leads on. Strong malts with a nice bitter hop finish and a touch of fruitiness.

The feel is good. Nice light body but the carbonation is a bit sharp. Overall this is a good beer to have around. One that I can keep in the fridge and share with company.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow, faintly orange color. I guess copper but not all the way. Small amount of head that laces out to nothing.

A good amount of malt character a lot of caramel and some half baked biscuit. The malt bill isn't Oskar's priority given how light it is for a pale ale. The hop nose leads more towards an IPA but given the balance it sits in the APA category. A fine balance of some floral, zesty citrus hops. Some pine, aromatic earthy characteristics.

Some grassy/light caramel malt dominates for grain characteristics. For the aroma I was expecting more citrus/pine but the hop flavors were on the earthy/resin side quickly followed but a quick citrus hit that mellows out great with the lemongrass malt bill.
Medium body consistent with the style but with a large hop punch.

Photo of RichScherle
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - amber to orange with frothy rich head

S - nice but subdued clean malt with a bit of hop. very classic pale ale

T - This beer is on the verge of being really good. All the components are there - they just don't stand out enough. There's a nice malt note, but its rather bland and timid. It finishes with a somewhat nice blended hop piney/citric flavor - but again its very bland. The whole effort just seemed a bit restrained. What I did like was you could tell the water was very good, and the beer has a nice smoothness and brightness to it. Its good but just almost like watered down.

M - good mouthfeel due to the nice quality soft water used and brightness of the hops and malt. Very smooth and glides across the palette.

D - its drinkable but because I kept being reminded of a watered down taste it didn't exactly make me want to imediately crack another. Man o man - if they just could amp this brew up a bit and make each ingredient pop a little more it could be a great brew. Seems flat, uninspiring, and bland.

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

Pours copper-amber in color with good clarity. Nice one finger foamy white head featuring various bubble sizes. Head has settled to a thin layer after a few minutes, but there's still some moderate lacing as you drink it.

The aroma is more malty and bready than it is hoppy, but it smells decent enough.

Taste is hoppier than it smells. Pretty balanced overall. This maybe the most balanced Pale that I've ever tried. Not overly malty like English pales, but not as hoppy as say....Southern Tier Pale.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

I could see myself drinking several while cooking on the grill.

Morey's Bottom Line: This beer goes down easy, and it's tasty too! It's not quite as hoppy as advertised IMO though. Not sure how old this can was, but it's definitely good.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer was a nice, slightly hazy amber with a nice 2-finger white head that faded quickly. No lacing to note. 3.5

The beer had a nice aroma, slightly hoppy, perhaps better than expected for an APA, not overpowering, but still good for the style. 3.5

The beer had a good flavor, hoppier than expected, but well balanced with a nice bready/biscuit backbone.

The beer had a lighter feel, good carbonation, smooth and very easy to drink. Overall, one of the better APA's that I have had and one that I will go to again.

Photo of FoamyMustache
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured from a can into a pint glass. Beautiful polished copper orange in color with a thin creamy white head that lingers throughout the pint leaving faint lacing.

S - No overpowering smell...a subtle, yet inviting hint of citrus fruit especially orange.

T - A tasty pale ale that starts with sweet citrus hops and just a touch of graham cracker malt on the sides of the mouth. Finishes very smooth with just a small note of pine as it warms.

M - Light, smooth and airy without being overly carbonated.

D - Goes down super smooth, taste great, and it comes in a can...awesome! Great session beer when bottles are a problem.

My go-to beer in a can. Not overpowering or impressive in anyway, but a great american pale ale none the less. A great beer for those looking to expand their palate from the big 3.

Photo of SuperSpy
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange-Copper, with a thick frothy head. Very cloudy and lots of lacing. Plenty of citrus mixes with pine and a hint of light malt in the aroma. Both the flavor and the aroma are more reminiscent of an IPA, but not exactly. At first the beer seems rather light bodied, with a quick rush of acidic citrus, earthy pine and floral hops. A subdued malty sweetness then joins in, but then is once very hoppy. The flavors are excellent and the there is a slightly dry and yet someone creamy finish. A great beer, but alittle high in ABV for a pale ale. Also it's a bit hoppier than most would expect from the style, but it's not exactly an IPA either. A very good beer that doesn't need to be classified by any particular style.

Photo of THECPJ
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: orangish yellow with a 2 finger white head

smell: citrus hops, malts,

taste: citrus hops, biscuity malts,

moutfeel: mild carbonation, well balanced, crisp, refreshing,

Drinkability: a very nice well rounded pale ale.



Photo of Janderson91
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned on 11/20/10. Consumed on 03/02/11. First craft beer from a can! Had Ten FIDY on tap and it was fantastic. Really looking forward to this one. May be a little old but not quite out of date yet.

A - Cloudy light orange/amber color with a small head. Leaves very little lacing. Strange to see a beer so dark coming from a can. I love it. Just an average looking APA once it's in the glass though.

S - Some light, biscuity malts and some citrus, grapefruit hops. Smell is still pretty pungent even after 3 and a half months in the can. Would probably be much better fresh.

T - More balanced than I would have expected from a beer from out west. Nice toasted malts are balanced by a citrusy bitterness. Finish is excellent and leaves a great last bitterness on the tongue.

M/D - More full-bodied than I expected and it is welcome. Drinkability is a little lower because of this but still high because it tastes excellent.

A very good one from OB. My Alabama friends are baffled that such tastes came from a can! Keep it up Oskar Blues.

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

Had a can of this last night at Little Big Burger in Portland, OR. I was surprised to find that it was a very good beer, especially for beer in a can. It's hoppy, but not bitter at all, and has a sweet finish- all in all it's a very well balanced beer and is very drinkable. At 6.5% abv it's got a nice kick and would be a great session beer, considering the can.

Photo of dmsohyea
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/28/11 Poured from can into pint glass

A: Light orange with 1 finger thick frothy white head. No sediment in the glass. Some lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Picking up mostly malts and hops my west coast nose can't disseminate. A lot of sugary sweetness and maybe some bread.

T: mild hop bitterness up front with bready malt character. Almost like eating a bitter piece of bread. Finishes with a ton of sweetness, maybe even too sweet.

M: Thin bodied with moderate carbonation. Very refreshing.

D: Very drinkable, I would love to bring these out on the golf course. Great flavor, but the alcohol is a little high to session more than a couple or three.

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can into a pint glass
A - Clear orange with a reddish-brown tint, 1 finger off-white head dissipates quickly to a ring 3.5
S - Sweet orange and floral with touches of grass, toasty malts provide balance 4
T - Not what I was expecting, a nicely balanced hop/malt experience, minty, dirty pine, moderate bitterness 3.5
M - Exceedingly smooth, with some weight behind it, moderate carbonation 4
D - I would, I could have another Oskar-I-Am 3.5
LOVE the screen on the back of the can, so CO!! A quality brew for sure, I would and will drink it again... but this brew has a lot of canned competition in the Rocky Mountain west. An all around contender for sure.

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

Pours a bright orange colour with a finger of thick white head. As the head dissipates, some lacing on the glass. Nice citrus hops with a very nice bready-caramel malt balance. Some bitterness in the flavour, nice sweetness to the beer. Very balanced pale ale, this could easily be an everyday or dinner beer. Smooth mouthfeel.

Photo of rawfish
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Flashy clear copper, thin one finger head disappears quickly with a thin spotty white lacing.

Not a big aroma but noticable C hops and some toasted bread malt character.

Light caramel malts but with a big bright flash of hops at the end but not overly bitter, hop character comparable to some IPAs I've had. Citrus, herby and pine resin as you go deeper into the can.

Absolutely smooth and drinkable, not over carbonated or any heavy feel to it.

A good if not great session beer, understandable why Dales has become the standard for canned craft.

Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure how I have never rated this.

The beer pours a nice orange color with a white head. The aroma is orange citrus with some biscuit malt. I also get a little bit of grass in the aroma.

The flavor is more of the same and is very well balanced. I get a lot of citrus and bread notes. Low bitterness. There is also a little bit of toffee in the flavor. Very drinkable.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of tlazaroff
4.84/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This Pale Ale is one of the best I've had. The smell gets you right from get go and sucks you into this experience that will not soon be forgotten. Not as good as Burning River Pale Ale, but more readily available for me, which is a win in my books.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce can into a perfect.

Pours a medium honey/dark blonde. Tightly constructed head dissipates to a thin cap. Carbonation climbs, like little dervishes.

Aroma is mineral water and hop, tannic with the hops lending floral aromas. Malt comes in to the middle and thinly announces itself. Finish is a floral bitter hop aroma.

Flavor is C Hop up front. Bitter and biting, pungent and earthy. Hops are slightly one dimensional, with only bitterness and no depth. Middle yields a slight sweet malt. Malt weakly calls itself biscuit then quickly creeps away after the hops throw the stink eye. Finishes clean and dry with more bittering hop

Mouthfeel is surprisingly viscous and slightly greasy on the tongue carbonation is present but not overly.

A very drinkable Pale, not very sessionable, but then again session beers and packing it in don't really match. Well done.

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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