Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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4.28/5 rDev +9.7%
Presentation: 12oz can (production code of 7 04 24 B1BA???) in a Shaker pint
BAside: many thank to a fellow Maine BA (and overall great guy) for this opportunity!
Poured a little thick, slow, steady. Wow...great hoppy nose, rich, sticky with grapefruit, pine, dull orange rind and sweet pineapple. With some air the faintest bread quality emerges from the malts. A pencil's worth of tight, creamy, compact ivory foam graced the top, settling slowly to a thin blanketing with a clinging edge ring that laced in long sheets. Perhaps the most impressive color of any APA I've tried - a deep, clouded, unfiltered peach skin hue, both crimson and gold. It has a brilliance to it...very nice.
Damn....this is nice. Blindfolded I'd guess a mild IPA in a heartbeat. Creamy, yet sharp & bitter, a most pleasing compliment to each other. Hops are full of pine & grapefruit bitterness, yet a sticky sweetness also pervaded the initial taste, again providing a great ying & yang aspect. Its very nice to have a beer that uses such polar opposites to create balance.
Semi-dry with a dull, damp, back of the mouth crunch, the overall mouth-feel is thick, full, sticky. For all the peaks it has, its very even and full, for all its angular spikes of tastes its overall very rounded. Growing drier & lighter on the palate, it starts to really level out, growing amazingly even, sweeter, and finishes bittersweet, surprisingly clean, a little filmy & coating with a bitter, gritted aftertaste that is nice.
Damn...without question one of the best APAs I've ever had. I'm actually quite surprised that its even considered as such. It really drinks like a pretty decent IPA. This would be great with a good cheddar, simple fare like burgers, maybe a rubbed steak, zesty fish dishes, etc. And from a CAN to boot!! Highly recommended, would drink again in an instant.
10-11-2007 19:19:17 | More by BuckSpin
3.93/5 rDev +0.8%
This an almost ruby red sweet syrupy beer with a nice balanced bitterness at the end. The taste is simply delicious with notes of cherry, strawberry, and grass. Sometimes I even detect a subtle cocoa flavour which give it a little bit of that chocolate-covered cherry impression. The mouthfeel is smooth and little bit on the heavy side. It is my new every-day beer...The cans are very practical.
10-11-2007 17:36:41 | More by Beercub
3.78/5 rDev -3.1%
Pours from a can, but pours beautifully. Excellent rocky three-finger head with lasting ring lace. The color is dark gold or light amber. No haze.
Lots of grapefruit smelling hop--fresh; slight metalic aroma. This would be the greatest flaw in the beer.
Some creaminess up front with good malty roundness that quickly gives way to the tart hop. The aftertaste is lip-puckering bitterness. Excellent body with an appropriate amount of carbonation.
I am willing to say that this is the best and most flavorful canned beer I've ever had. I've argued that canned beer would be better for the micro-industry for one major reason: The beer is preserved longer (no light-struck beer). I admire Oskar Blues for taking the chance with this.
10-06-2007 19:40:18 | More by smcolw
4.28/5 rDev +9.7%
Citrusy esters and floral hop aromas of tangerine and orange rise from a medium-light brown beer with orange highlights. The head doesnt last but leaves a thin, clean froth of bubbles, some lacing and patches of foam sticking to the glass. Very clean, smooth malt flavors in the mouth, but the focus here is clearly the explosion of hop taste and bitterness. A dry beer with an emphasis on humulus lupulus, Dales Pale is quite drinkable and enjoyable for all, especially hopheads. I must comment once more about how much I like the canning movement. Environmentally sound and economically sound I imagine, I hope more craft brewers get on this and produce more killer beers in cans. Its part of beer advocacy. Show the world just how misguided the popular conception of this very refined beverage is.
10-06-2007 02:05:33 | More by BabaJohn
4.78/5 rDev +22.6%
Poured from a can! Golden/amber beer, fluffy tan heady with lingering lace. Lively carbonation. Smells of a sackful of citrusy American hops. Taste is chewy, hoppy, with a great malt backbone. Perfect. Bitterness up front, malty center, with a nice, crisp, lingering hop flavor. Great mouthfeel...coats the tongue. Highly drinkable. A wonderful slap in the face for all the beer can naysayers. Easily one of my top-10 favorite beers.
09-27-2007 23:48:40 | More by bobbyc881
2.85/5 rDev -26.9%
I poured a 12 ounce can into a challis. This was among my first purchases from a nice micro and import beer store in Yakima, Washington.
A: It poured cloudy orange with a hint of copper sheen. There was a slight off-white head that receded quickly leaving a thin coating over the top of the brew and providing a even and pleasant lacking as I drank the beer.
S: The odor of piney hops was strong and overpowering to all other aromas.
T: It started out with a hint of creamy sweet malts that was quickly overcome by the pungent flavor of bitter hops. I picked up no fruity flavors and the malts were so muted that all I could focus on was the shock and awe on my tongue of the hops.
M: It was a light to medium bodied brew with modest carbonation. It tasted bitter in the mouth but did not leave a lingering sour or bitter flavor after I finished each sip.
D: I did not enjoy the shock from the fist sip but as I drank on it began to grow on me. It benefits from resting after the pour. After a modest rest it becomes a much smoother and creamer beer, however, it retains its bitter hop zip and relatively clean aftertaste.
Comment: I may need to try this beer again in a few months. At first I was sure I would not enjoy this beer but it grew on me and I would like a second sampling to get a better handle on this strange beer.
09-25-2007 01:25:58 | More by dnichols
4.05/5 rDev +3.8%
This was a tasty pale ale. Poured a hazy amber when cold but warmed up and chill haze turned to clear. A nicely formed frothy head that left good lace. The smell is a crisp citrus hoppiness. There is also a sweetness of caramel malt that is detectable after some of the hop aromas settle down later in the drink. The taste starts with a citrus kick and finishes with a somewhat abrasive bitterness that lingers. The carbonation is on the higher and more coarse level, probably teaming up with the bitterness to leave that aftertaste. It's not too bad though, and this pale ale contains quite a bit of flavor and doesn't skimp on the hops.
09-17-2007 06:44:03 | More by MiScusi
4.03/5 rDev +3.3%
Appearance - orange bronze color, maybe a tiny bit of haze. Two fingers of creamy foam slowly recede, leaving craters across the top. Chunks of lace stick to the glass.
Aroma - hops are restrained for a PA, but by far the best ever from a can. A biscuity caramel and citrusy pine team up for a moderately low level nose, but one with great balance.
Taste - straight up biscuity malts, clean resiny hops. Again, great balance despite some lack of depth/complexity, but I'm not complaining. Finishes dry, resiny, like grapefruit rind.
Mouthfeel - pretty crisp stuff, not a bad call for the format. A bit to the thin side, that's cool with me. Set up for refreshment and enjoyment.
Drinkability - all things considered, this beer takes good flavor and unbeatable convenience to make for a top notch session any time, anywhere.
09-11-2007 19:36:13 | More by brewdlyhooked13
3.95/5 rDev +1.3%
I picked a six-pack of this up at Vail Liquors in Lionshead Village. I had read about Dave's Pale Ale and it's packaging, and wanted to see if the can obviously affected anything.
This poured up an Orange/Amber with a thin white head. The hop aroma is subdued, and there is a hint a caramel in the background. There is a slight hint of malt at the start, but the hop flavor quickly fills your mouth, finishing bitter on the back of the tongue.
Did the can affect anything? Not having had the real thing on tap, I can't say for sure. But it tastes like other brew pub IPAs, so I guess it doesn't. Too bad I can't get this in Texas.
09-10-2007 21:40:04 | More by hiikeeba
4.13/5 rDev +5.9%
Last of my 6-pack acquired in Wisconsin.
The pint pours a deep orange with nice clarity. Two fingers of dense, sudsy foam, that forms rings & sheets of lace as it diminishes. Surface has a whipped meringue sheen to it that's also nice.
Hops are resiny and fruity, tropical like mango. Pale malt surfaces too as it warms up.
Big pale malt body, slight residual hebal bitterness that triggers the salivary glands. Sort of dry in the finish, enhances drinkability. Light to medium mouthfeel, pleasant and easy to drink.
It took alot of self-control to save a can from the six-pack for a review. Two weeks from purchase no less...now I need more.
09-09-2007 03:10:26 | More by emerge077
2.25/5 rDev -42.3%
Having heard a lot about this beer I decided to give it a try...
Serving Type: 12 oz can
Appearance: Pours a orange colour w/ a slight white head. Leaves a pleasant ring w/ a little lacing
Smell: Malty, fruity. A touch of floral...pine perhaps.
Taste: Dry and hoppy upfront. A very slight touch of pineapple but the aftertaste is strongly metallic and pine like. VERY metallic....not what I was expecting at all.
Mouthfeel: I imagined something thicker...but this is very thin and watery
Drinkability: The taste is to metallic and it is way to overpowering. You can't tell when the can ends and the beer begins. Not at all enjoyable
09-04-2007 17:31:44 | More by livingregret
4.5/5 rDev +15.4%
Ah, my first canned craft beer and it does not disappoint. This beer pours a light amber with a perfect pale ale head that will lace the glass. Aroma is heavy on caramel, giving it a distinctive English pale ale smell. Taste backs that up with a caramelly and bready malt taste that is almost sweet. There is a slight citrusy hop backbone there as well, but it is engulfed by the malts.
I was expecting this beer to be more hoppy, but this is a great beer where the English malts shine through. It could have been a bit more balanced with the American hops, but no real complaints here. A great pale ale.
09-01-2007 08:24:21 | More by saintwarrick
4.3/5 rDev +10.3%
Bright clearish orange. Soft starchy topping of off-white lumpy foam adorns the crown with steady staying power and levels off leaving tall hills along the sides as it collars. Patchy, big blotchy lacing sticks all over the place. Nice looking ale!
Dullish pale pine and old orange skins poof up the air quite well along with partially toastyness and grapefruit scraps.
Big taster with tenderly paled and toasted malt making its way across the palate quickly, letting you know you're drinking something with some guts to it. Slender pine sap and soft eager dryness floats about while touching and flinting notes of all kinds of wonderful hop notes of grapefruit pith, lemon and orange peel, and resiny pine oils. Broad and lasting with a remarkablely easy finish within its dryness and bitterness. Holds a very high standard to what a solid Pale Ale ought to be like.
Solid, affectionate body of medium/fullish girth. Loads of malt toasting and pale-izing things up with a crunchy edge of bite and carbonation allowing the finish to sneak by with an ease of slightly parching hoppy bitterness and citric pithy, peel, oilyness. Toasted dryness returns and has a nice complexing tone in the finish mixing with the citrus notes; which lasts impressionably well.
A solid Pale; and in a can even!? Nice...
Big thanks to jaxon53 for the exchange of canned goods!
08-31-2007 19:43:45 | More by tavernjef
4.33/5 rDev +11%
Thanks goes out to plaid75 for this brew.
Pours a cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy off-white head, lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is very nice of hops, malts, citrus, and caramel. The taste is very nice for an APA, slightly malty, big on the hops, nice citrus touch, and a good dose of caramel, nice bitter/dry finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a nice APA.
08-27-2007 23:06:28 | More by Wasatch
4.35/5 rDev +11.5%
A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a pillowy, off-white, three-finger head. It left great rings of lace.
S - It smelled of Cascade hops and grasses. Also, a good bit of maltiness.
T - It had a great bittersweet taste with a good deal of malt and tons of hoppy kick.
M - It was crisp and very sharp. A medium-bodied beer.
D - This is an outstanding APA. It smelled very good and tasted of amazing hops.
08-27-2007 01:55:57 | More by zeff80
3.85/5 rDev -1.3%
nice amber color, decent head that sticks around and leaves some spotty lacing.
aroma starts with piney and slightly citrusy hops, with caramel malt working its way in.
the taste of the hop profile however seems ever so slightly muddled. or is that "complex"? depends on the palate i suppose, hehe. just seems hard for me to pick out the different elements of the hops, even though they are there, in force, and certainly not offensive. as such, the bitterness is nice and it's quite malty as well. i suppose in the end they balance out.
carbonation seems about right, giving it substance. the smoothness finishes into a sour astringency however, which detracts slightly.
still, impressive for a canned beer, and hope for others to adopt the same. not as aesthetically pleasing, but better for both the beer and the environment.
08-26-2007 21:21:20 | More by tai4ji2x
4/5 rDev +2.6%
Served from 12 oz can into 10 oz nonick half pint taster.
Pours a beautiful red-amber, crystal clear, with a nice fluffy tan head of fine bubbles leaving good lacing.
Aroma is balanced nicely between rich caramel and malt aromas against strong resinous hops.
Flavor is likewise very balanced, slightly low on bitterness compared to the strength of the malt and hops flavors.
Mouthfeel is slightly thin at the finish, due to low bittering I think.
Drinkability is great. I think this is a classic English style pale ale, not overly hopped with west coast hops, but well-balanced and malty. Quite a beer. Given the bold flavor and high ABV, bittering could be a bit stronger.
08-24-2007 19:47:07 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
4.15/5 rDev +6.4%
Picked up a single can of this at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.
Pours a hazy orange/brown, thick off white head forms, tons of lacing, great retention. Smell is very malty, caramel, citrus, floral, flowery sweet hops, maybe a bit old, hops are pretty subdued, smells like a hoppy brown ale. Taste is similar, super malty, caramel, grains, citrus, flowery hops, very assertive bitterness, nice and grassy in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, very thick flavour, easy to drink, don't taste the 6.5% at all. Nicely done!
08-17-2007 01:30:32 | More by Viggo
4.6/5 rDev +17.9%
I was completely taken by surprise by this beer at the Empire Brew Fest during a recent visit to Syracuse. I'd never even heard of it before and it didn't look like much to get excited about, cos canned beer's crap right?...but a lot of people were soaking it up and since my mission was to sample as many different beers as I could, I thought "what the hell". Imagine my surprise when I found that it was the best beer I'd tried all night - and most of what I'd had previously was top rate. It tastes more like an IPA than a APA to me, but who cares...This is one fantastic beer and sadly I have now depleted my stock of it that I brought back to Florida. Yet another reason to move back North.
08-12-2007 01:30:54 | More by beerogre
3.93/5 rDev +0.8%
This really is more of an IPA than a Pale Ale. Pours a hazy orange amber with a big stiff head and nice lacing. The smell has as much citrus piny hops as many IPAs. Medium bodied, the mouth feel is adequately carbonated and primarily influence by the bitterness of the hops. Full flavored, the hoppy grapefruit taste is balanced nicely by sweet malt. A real god drinker. A bit pricey.
08-11-2007 21:31:17 | More by jjayjaye
4.22/5 rDev +8.2%
12 oz can...in fact, two of 'em, poured into a big plastic pint glass. (plastic? - hey, I'm by the pool, so gimme a break)
pours a saliva-inducing peachy copper color, with a thick cream colored head that lasts a while and laces nicely.
I love that I've finally got some beer that I can take in my cooler out to the pool and still have something that tastes great. I may spend a lot more time out there now. Aroma is full of pale and lightly toasted malt and plenty of citrusy hops - I dig it!
look, this isn't the best beer I've had by a longshot, but it is excellent, and perfect for what I was looking for by the pool. Bitterness is up front, but not unpleasantly so. Lemon and grapefruit make big appearances, with the malt well in the background. I strain to decide if I detect a faint metallic taste here, but if it is there it is damn well hidden by this "voluminously hopped mutha." Pretty clean and crisp and leaves just a tantalizing hint of bitterness in the finish. Carbonation and body are medium and I could drink several (more) of this extremely refreshing brew and probably will.
08-10-2007 23:35:20 | More by udubdawg
4.6/5 rDev +17.9%
Poured a dark amber color with bountiful off-white chunky head. Good retention with great lacing.
Smell is hoppy, combining grassy, piney and citrusy notes very nicely.
Taste is absolutely superb. The malt at the beginning is perfectly sweet and the hops slowly creep up and lead to an extraordinary finish. The taste becomes even better as the beer slowly warms.
The finish is dominated by the dryness, which is nice because it beckons for another taste.
Truly a well-made beer. I'm sorry I only purchased one can.
08-10-2007 23:29:41 | More by tgbljb
4.38/5 rDev +12.3%
I had this beer over 2 years ago on our "Beegrimage" to 10 Colorado breweries in 2 days. Oskar Blues was on our list. So when a friend offered to bring me a box of 12 cans back from Colorado, I was overjoyed.
A nice retentive head, exceptional caramel malt flavor, and superbly balanced hop bittering... does it get any better for APA lovers? It's strange to open a craft beer from a can, but the hop aroma that sifts out is amazing. The 12 oz can was just like I remember the draft when visiting the brew pub.
08-10-2007 16:58:28 | More by twokansamm
4.53/5 rDev +16.2%
Thanks to HopDawg who gave me a can at the Lowcountry Libations Homebrewing club meeting.
I have wanted to try this beer for a long time. Firstly, because the nazis at my condo pool will not let bottles anywhere near the pool and the novelty of a canned micro beer. Like many beer fans I went through a phase where I would look down my nose at a canned beer.
Poured from a 12 ounce can with a cryptic code (7 02 16 A 2_B A) into a pint glass.
A. Poured a beautiful orange amber with a healthy but quickly settling head.
S. Hops are strong, citrus and pine.
T. Again strong hops with a lingering maltiness.
M. Nice dry finish with a lingering of hop oil.
D. This is a great session beer! Even without regard to the can novelty, this is a great APA! This would be graded as high in a bottle even. I will be returning to this beer as soon as I can get some more.
08-06-2007 01:20:04 | More by MarkSCCOT
4.25/5 rDev +9%
Easily the best canned beer in America, and a contender for the best American IPA, especially in terms of the elusive drinkability-hop flavor combination. Similar to Dogfish 60 Minute but even crisper and more fun in the can. This is a true desert-island brew: the one you'd want, and a good way to introduce novice beer folks to the better stuff out there. Somehow they are less intimidated by a can than big bottles with champagne corks. It's a great summer thirst-quencher and also kicks ass with anything grilled or barbecued. I just made myself thirsty.
08-01-2007 12:53:21 | More by ams4k
Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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