Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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6,053 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,053
Reviews: 1,761
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 121
Gots: 718 | 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 cld253
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

my new PBR.ha. joke, but .. ill change the details later.

It's from a can, but.. please, please pour it into a glass.

it is great.

It is economical.

Enjoy responsibly.

... ... great Beer. I really want to talk abotu it,.. but i dont have the time right now.. please let me just post my ratings. yes.

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

Drank on: 3/4/10
6.5% ABV
12 oz can in a tulip glass

A= Pretty 1/4" head which was slightly off-white. Opaque golden amber beer. Head receeded slowly leaving a nice whispy lace and a thin layer of bubbles on top.

S= Fantastic hop aroma! Notes of piney citrus (grapefruit) and hints of resiny hops.

T= Light notes of malt come throught. Great delicious citrus hop flavor accompanied by notes of pine. Has a very nice hop bitterness from the middle through the finish. Flavors very similar to the aroma.

MF= Wonderful body which isn't to light. Leaves nice light coating on tongue and has a great lasting bitterness, which is just right.

D= Highly drinkable. Goes down smooth and each sip you take brings you back for another.

Overall, this is definitely my favorite beer in a can. At least so far.

Photo of odonnekg
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As far as flavor and smell is concerned, this pale ale is top notch. Deceptively impressive after bypassing it's loud and old school label. This beer is of high quality, and is intended for slow paced day drinking when ice cold. Another fine export from the great state of Colorado and worth a try whenever stumbled upon in random bars. Harder to find then you'd think so grab it while you can. This is an all time favorite for those looking for great aroma and taste from classic pale ale.

Photo of Florida9
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Vonenrichs for this beer.

A: Deep gold, approaching copper in color. An aggressive pour results in a mere 1/4" of rocky head that reduces to a sticky surface coating. Decent lacing.

S: Not overly aromatic. Citrus and pine.

T: Clean. Some light caramel malt with an appreciable bitterness on the finish. Pine and a little resin.

M: Medium bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Strong bitterness of the tongue.

D: A good pale ale, easily drinkable, but with all of the chatter about this one, I must admit, I was expecting a bit more out of it. Would have certainly appreciated a heavier hop nose.

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

Enjoyed at the stags head in NYC (apparently my favourite place?)

This is a perfect example of the APA style, good and robust as it is.

pour is golden to orange toned, translucid regardless of the fog-ed glassware from the beer's very cold. sparkling within, shiny white head not too lasting it seems..

smell is strong, a bit pugnant blend of malt and hops, "red" so to speak, slight burnt malt feel. hops are on the low side.

taste is sweet but strong in all senses, very yeasty feel and a strong hoppy ending, i would claim along the lines of SNPA. very refreshing medium bodied and fizzy.

very good beer in all, worthwhile session alternative.

Photo of dirtbikejunkie
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Maybe it's the can, but OA this is a "fun" beer. It's definitely one of my new favorites to grab a 6-pack and drinks really well.

A: Bright, golden amber with 1 inch head and great lacing. I just happened to have a can shaped glass which was all too fitting for this beer.

S: Unique smell with blend of pine, hops and herbal.

T: Mild bitterness with great amounts of floral tastes.

M: pleasantly dense for a PA but still finishes fairly clean

D: It does not drink like a 6.5% ABV beer. I drank a few while working in the yard and found it very refreshing.

Photo of WOTO97
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: golden amber with creamy head and moderate lacing

S: piny and slightly herbal hop notes, faint malt-o-meal scent

T: initial hop bite with generous lingering bitterness for a PA, faint earthy notes and decent malt backbone, some odd creamy mint note

M: pleasantly dense for a PA but still finishes fairly clean

D: great session beer, glad to finally get a chance to review it

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

So far this is most certainly the best beer I have ever had from a can. I could see the can format making BMC dinkers more likely to try it over some of those other so called "wierd beers" that we all love.

A: Poured from the can into a Duvel tulip. A nice coppery orange color with a finger or so of off white head with sporadic lacing.

S: Loving the citrus and pine notes coming from the considerable amount of hops used in this Pale Ale.

T: Getting that great citrus and grapefruit hop flavor right up front. A little bit of pineyness as well and just enough of a malt backbone to balance things out.

M: Light and smooth with ample carbonation.

D: A very drinkable beer here. A nice light body and not a super high ABV. I think this is going to be one of go to beers from now on. Great to keep around the house and doesn't take up to much room in the fridge.

Photo of tippebrewcrew2
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

wow a great Ipa in a can! I love the versatility and the simple logo. I think us BA's have a bit of a complex sometimes. We never have fit in, we have never been that guy who could bring a case of beer to a party and sit back knowing that you hold something awesome in your hands. This is the beer that can allow us to do that. Everywhere bottles can't go dales pale ale is there for us. I can never possibly think about having another adventurous camping trip without a 6 pack of dales pale ale by my side. Thank you dale for making life more awesome.

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a pint glass a hazed light copper orange color. A thin off-white head foams and recedes into a light cap barely resting on the surface of the beer.

Citrusy hops and a fruity bouquet as well as a sweet scent make up the nose.

This medium-bodied brew tastes of cereal grains, with a fair amount of hoppy bitterness throughout with a slightly sweet aftertaste of alcohol. Pretty easily drinkable.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tremendous for the style. Pours a nice golden color with some white head. Decent retention. Smells largely of citrus hops with some caramel backbone as well. Tastes like a classic APA, reminds me of a better SN. Big leafy and herbal hops on top of a pronounced caramel malt backbone... a baby barleywine here to some degree. MF is medium with some creaminess/fullness. Great drinkability, an archetype of session beer to me.

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

A- translucent, hazy light amber with nice hed that retains well and leaves excellent lacing

S- earthy, floral hops, balanced by a subtle maltiness

T- understandably metallic, coming from a can, but with decent hoppiness and somewhat sweet to balance it out

M- slick, creamy towards the end of the sip, low carbonation, with lingering aftertaste

D- the bite keeps it from being higher, but still not a bad choice- and paired well with habanero Cheetos, which somehow made it an even more enjoyable experience

Photo of generalnotsew
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Somewhere in between an APA and IPA. Or maybe more like a bastard child of APA, IPA, Pilsner and Lager. Head not so great and not really a lot going on with the color.

S: This DOES smell like an IPA. It is actually down right fruity. They seem to beat the hops back down. Reminds of me of a Hop Wallop to be exact. Sweet tangy grapefruit. Not what a Pale Ale should smell like but I do like it. And yes the can is pretty fresh.

T: Hmmm. The sweetness carries through big time but has a hell of a hop finish. I do mean sweet. Fruitiest Pale Ale I have ever had. But it does pack a pretty decent hop bitterness. I really do like it a lot.

M: Extremely oily. A bit too much to be exact. Not something I really pay attention to in my beer but it sure does make itself known. Other than the carbonation is just great.

D: Gets high marks here. You can probably sneak this can on your macro drinking buddies and they would like it. So yes this stuff is highly drinkable for a craft lover.

I bet this score won't come out like I want it to. I really, really love this beer. They nail it on the taste. I really don't care that much about how it looks or feels in my mouth. This stuff is a pleasure to drink.

Photo of TAMU99
2.6/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear amber yellow with a thick head that lingers. Smells pretty hoppy and alcoholic. Taste is similar. Grapefruit, orange peel and hops. It's crisp and bubbly with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel ok, but for me, not too drinkable. I'm not a hoppy person - but if you are, this one is well made and tasty, just not my taste.

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

pours a golden honey color that is translucent. nice frothy 3-finger head that hangs around a good while. lots of lacing down the pint glass. minimal carbonation bubbles visible

pine resin, citrus, grapefruit... all coming from the hops, floral bouquet on the nose. smells like an APA should... however, the notes are light. not quite as pungent as some of the harder hitting pale ales.

lots of citrus with emphasis on orange peel. pine is in there. can detect the malts which brings a good balance. nice bitter finish

sits really nice and smooth in the mouth. really light to medium body with appropriate carbonation

really enjoy drinking this beer. the fact that it is in a can makes it a must for camping and outdoor events. Oskar River Brewing has a monopoly on my cooler when I hit the great outdoors!

Photo of jwhancher
4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer. One of my favs. For the sake of this review, I poured my sample into a pint glass for better observance.

A: Pours a copperish/light amber with nice carbonation and white foam head that laces the glass. The fact that this beer comes in a can is also a huge plus.

S: You can smell the hops the second you open the can. Mostly citrus & floral aromas. I also get a bit of spicy character, but not much.

T: I think this is my favorite APA. Nice malty balance with hops that kick you in the teeth. If I was seeking some hops, I wouldn't hesitate to select this if there were a number of quality IPA's among the choices.

M: Great medium bodied ale. Really quenches your thirst on a cold winter's day.

D: Awesome- you can drink just one or two by itself, with a meal, during a ski trip on the mountain (have done this numerous times by stowing it in my backpack), or you can go on a bender and drink a whole bunch.

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

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

A: Slightly cloudy golden amber with a minimal frothy tan head.

S: Mild grapefruit and pine hoppy aroma with vanilla notes and a light peach/apricot note in the background.

T: Creamy mouthfeel pummels you with piney hops and a clean rain essence on the tongue. A warm alcohol burn in the finish brings some of the citrus character out in the end.

D: You really have to like hops to dig this one. More like an IPA than a pale ale in my opinion.

Value: Pretty decent at ten bucks a sixer.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear golden orange color with lots of bubbles flowing to the top, pure white head, quite thick, solid retention and huge lace on the glass.

S-the nose is quite nice and brings a hint of pale malt up front with big citrus hops holding down the fort. there is some grapefruit and orange in there.

T/M-smooth, lighter body with lots of pale malts up front, nice grapefruit, appricot backbone. hint of bitterness at the finish. perfectly carbonated and crisp clean finish.

D-this is extremely drinkable, just a tad too much bitterness at the finish to be perfectly drinkable for a pale ale. the hop presence is fantastic in the nose and slightly lesser in the taste.

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

heavy pour into duvel tulip.

A: pours dark orange with a finger thick, off white head, that laces well.
S: hoppy and sweet malt. slight earthy and citrus notes as well.
T: roasted malt and earthy hops that also have a nice slight citrus hint.
M: smooth and coating, medium carbonation gives a slight carbonation bite.
D: this beer makes me want to grab my fifth slice of Sicilian pizza

Photo of dpodratsky3
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz can poured into pint glass

A: Rich looking, darker amber, not bright and orangey, more into the brown hues, nice staying 2 finger head, tall and super frothy, imposing looking, superb lace

S: Floral and resiny hops, really good, not much else but smells great

T:Delicious, again, super floral and resiny, you can taste all the juicy hops, but it never overpowers you with bitterness, but it is still bitter, the perfect amount, doesn't really have a malt flavor to it, but I know it is there, because of the way the hops feel on your palate and don't overwhelm

M: Medium body, feels nice and full, but never thick

D: So good I can't stop

Notes: This beer is one of the best pale ales I have had. As I've come to expect from Oskar Blues, this has amazing appearance and awesome drinkability. The flavors are just so juicy.

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

Pours a deep and rich burnt orange with a frothy white head that retreats quickly. The nose tingling aromas of cirtus and pine erupt from the pour. Wonderful tingly carbonation is a great accent to this bold APA. The mouthfeel is substantive in that there are no watery moments and similarly there is no slick or syrupy aspect to the drink. The hop bitterness attacks the entire tongue and pallet, leaving no taste bud untouched. I have an affinity for canned beers that pack a hop punch...they give me a great opportunity to drink beer for breakfast while fishing, camping, etc. Oskar Blues does a great job on this brew and I couldn't be happier with its drinkability, ie. its relatively modest ABV for its style.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at the Atlanta Cask Ale Festival, dry-hopped with whole leaf Cascade.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a slight large-bubbled head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of bright citrus with good amounts of floral hops. There's also a good amount of grainy pale malt aroma with a hint of vanilla.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust pale malt flavors up front segue into good amounts of juicy grapefruit and lighter tropical fruit hop flavors. Midway through the sip there's the hint of vanilla that dissipates through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I didn't think this gained a whole lot from the dry-hopping and cask conditioning. A very solid beer that's worth a try however it's served.

Photo of drizzam
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice cloudy amber body topped with a fluffy one finger off-white head. Head retention is spectacular and a generous veil of lacing is left down the inside of my glass.

S - The can says it's "A huge voluminously hopped mutha of a pale ale" and it certainly smells like it's living up to its billing. Citrus hops dominate the nose with just a twinge of sweet malt to top things off.

M & D - Wow...the hops are definitely kicking in this bad boy! As soon as you take a sip, you get a nice bitter blast of citrus hops at the front end, balanced out just slightly with a bit of malt sweetness toward the end. Medium bodied and smooth. Finishes pretty clean. Very good brew all the way around!

D - This is one of the better Pale Ales that I've had so far. Anybody that enjoys a hoppy beer will definitely appreciate this one. Oskar Blues has yet to let me down and I look forward to trying more of their brews!

Photo of sliverX
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a opaque copper tinged amber, lots of head and lots of lacing
Smell slightly sweet, heavy on pine with a slight citrus backing, pick up some toasty bread notes as well
Taste is a sweet bready mix with pine resin dominant, also tastes a bit soapy which is a slight turn off... definitely on the hoppy end of a Pale Ale
Mouthfeel is a thinner medium which is about right here for my tastes
Drinkability this is in no way a bad beer but a bit too aggressive on the hops and soap like taste they bring to the show just not something I personally would be willing to kill a whole 6-pack of

Photo of chickenflea
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz can.
The beer is cloudy and golden with a tall white persistent head. Very good lacing on the glass.

It has an excellent bold aroma: malty and citrusy.

Taste is equally big. Nothing understated here. Medium sweetness at first but immediately overwhelmed with hoppy goodness. And the hops just don't quit. Long finish. Medium body.

Overall I loved this beer. I would rate it among the top American ales I have tried.

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
87 out of 100 based on 6,053 ratings.