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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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6,253 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,253
Reviews: 1,806
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
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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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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Surprised by the English ale characteristics of this very enjoyable canned beer - with its autumnal amber, cloudy/unfiltered posture and compact, almost cask-like creamy/foamy off-white head and thick bands of lace, and its relaxed smooth, quasi-viscous malty body - this thing drinks similar to a British cask ale (sulfates added?). Could be the malts but wouldn't be shocked if the hops have much to do with the sugar-sweetness in the smell, backed up and perhaps surpassed by the fruit-punch juicy hops. A toasted bent to the light malt flavor and a bit nutty in the back but, once again, the hops rule here - only marginally bitter - a predominantly orange citrus tone throughout, but finishes decidedly lemony. Such a pleasure to drink with only a trace of carb sizzle, in spite of a few hearty braps. Happy that the level/potency of hops didn't detract from indulging in a good swill or two, however, considering the English-cask feel, I'd be curious to try this with the hops toned down a tad. A pleasant PA indeed.

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

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale copper color with a medium-sized creamy cap. Retention is pretty good.

S: More like an IPA than a pale ale. Lots of citrusy hops, grapefruit and orange. Malts are pale, sweet, and add a nice balance.

T: Malts and hops are evenly balanced, but still a little hoppier than the average pale ale. Lots of delicious hops; grapefruit, light pineapple, pine, and a bit of spiciness. Malts give caramel, toffee, and an underlying sweetness

MF/D: Bigger than usual body, smooth and velvety feel, carbonation is lower than normal. The finish is of citrusy hops

Notes: still a go-to when I'm looking for something a bit "lighter" on-tap. At $3 a pint at Tryst, why not?

Photo of 9InchNails
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Eggshell white head that doesn't last all that long. A slight foggy golden color body. Not a lot of bubbles and they're more at a medium pace decent lacing on the glass.

I like the smell, quite hoppy with some pine. A nice balance of sweetness and bitterness.

This reminds me of an IPA than a pale ale. This is quite bitter and piney in the hop department but a pretty nice tasting brew. Some sweet characteristics but mainly on the bitter side.

Light body. Slight carbonation. Feels good.

Drink ability is really nice on this. Light body makes it very drinkable despite the decent amount of ABV with a 6.5. If this was on tap at my local bar, I'd stick with it.

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

12oz can (canned on 11/1/10) poured into a SA Pint Glass

A: Pours golden yellow, clear, 1.5 inch white foamy head that slowly dissipates.

S: Caramel malt, a little citrus and pine hops, floral aromas, earthy and grainy.

T: This is a nice mellow, earthy, balanced brew. It's malty but isn't overly sweet. Very light citrus hop (orange peel), a little pine, very floral and earthy. Finish is clean, mellow, earthy, and just a tiny bit bitter.

M: Medium carbonation, medium to full body, this is actually quite a sticky and viscous body for a pale ale, I'm liking it. Not exactly crisp as I like my pale ales. Finishes sticky, a little dry and bitter.

D: This is a nice mellow pale ale that drinks considerably better than the 6.5% ABV. The almost full body, light carbonation, and stickiness make it a little more filling than most pale ales.

Overall this is a solid pale ale that doesn't try to push the envelope. It's a well balanced mellow brew that would be perfect for a light session or pairing with poultry.

Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap from Taco Mac in Austell, Georgia. Dale's is one of my favorite pale ales so I jumped at the chance of having one on-tap for the first time. It arrived with a thin head, just like everything else I've had here. I think they're just trying to be generous with the pour. The color is rich orange and quite clean.

The smell is a fabulous citrus note and a little sweetness. The taste is just as good. I got oily hops and a small sweet malty background. In the can I get more malt i think, but on-tap the hops rule. Primarily grapefruit and some pine flavors. This tasted more like an IPA than an APA.

The mouth feel is medium with perfect carbonation for the style. It felt a little oily and the bitter hops caused my mouth to pucker. Pretty good drinkability. I know I could have had another and maybe even one more.

I've always liked Dale's and I like the on-tap version even better.

Photo of thedoubler55
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A nice golden yellow, almost no head at all. Lacing was a slight touch around the glass.

S-Smells like a good quality pale ale, left a sweet slight hint of citrus hops as well.

T-Sweet, but not over powering, very pleasant taste.

M-A bit of carbonation is noticeable, very smooth tho.

D-Great Pale ale, will definitely enjoy this one again.

Photo of Anthony88
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Nice white head, even after it sat at the well for a good 5 minutes, burnt orange. Decent lacing througout the beer

S - kind of a floral scent with some citrus overtones. Can smell the alcohol

T - hoppier than usual apa. I'm not sure if it's the hops that are coming through or if it has an odd bitter taste which is being confused for hops.

M- smooth, coating feel, decent carbonation

D- not a beer I would want to consume more than 1 or 2. It's a decent brew to try, but the flavor is nothing astonishing.

decent beer, not what i look for in an APA but gets the job done.

Photo of csiewert
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange color with half a finger of white foamy head that clings to the glass nicely as you drink. Aroma is fairly weak but has hints of fruity hops and some malty sweetness. Taste consists of strong fruity hops and a little bit of malt. Mouthfeel is a little harsh but doesnt have any bad aftertastes. Overall a decent pale ale.

Photo of rfgetz
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice gold color with minimal amounts of spotty head and lacing. Scent brings a pleseant fresh grassy and citrus hop profile, touch of pine and noticeable clean malts. Taste follows scent, the hops are fairly firm and aggressive for the style, more grass and pine, touch of citrus, malt is clean and not overly sweet, some charachteristics of straw. Medium bodied, higher carbonation but minimal head. A nice, flavorful Pale Ale right up with Sierra in terms of construction.

Photo of philmorepunk87
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- nice coppery/amber color that had a nice white head

S- a grassy smell that comes from the hops/ also has a slight malty smell

T- very citrus upfront and then fades to maltiness. pretty hoppy for a pale ale I would almost call this one an IPA

M- light with good carbonation

D- pretty good this beer overall reminds me of SNPA

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

Recently discovered Oskar blues and the majesty of their beers.

A-straw yellow, can't comment on the lacing because I drank it out of the can

S-smells like a typical pale ale with some hops thrown in. A little sweet on the nose as well.

T-Sweet, with hop citrus notes on the finish

M-feels great, not overly viscous or watery. Perhaps a little over carbonated

D-Fantastic, don't plan on drinking just one because...let's face it, you won't be done after just one.

A good beer with no qualities that really stand out to me. Perfect choice to go with if you feel like downing a six-pack and watching some football

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

12oz can. Pours a light amber color with a small head. Some lacing. Aromas of hops, sweet caramel, and grains. Taste is somewhat sweet. Mild hop bitterness upfront followed by bread and caramel flavors. Slight bitter aftertaste. Overall this is a pretty good Pale Ale with a lot of flavor to it. Drinkable and tasty. Worth buying again.

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

Poured into a pint glass at Amsterdam

A: Pours a nice golden color, no real head to it, but that's probably just because of the way it was poured. There is some lacing

S: There are some very nice light smells in there, citrus, hops, and some caramel notes

T: There is a very nice light amount of hops with a little bitter in there. A little citrus zest

M: It has a light-medium mouthfeel that's a little crisp; it finishes with a nice medium body still

D: It nice and drinkable, it wouldn't necessarily be my first choice, but I still enjoyed it.

Photo of codewarrior
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Can Poured into a Chalice

Finally getting around to trying this Colorado Staple. I've had many other beers from the Oskar Blues offerings, but it's my first time with their flagship brew. This is the beer that launched the canned craft craze.

L: Hay-colored and semi-transparent, with 1 finger of creamy, frothy head.

S: Sweet and boozy up front, into a bitter, mild-hopped middle. Fades from there into a watery-sweet oblivion.

T: Corn-sweetness building into a big fat sweetness, finally overtaken by a bitter, but not overly hoppy middle. Finish is sweet again, with a lingering bitterness. lt hides it's 6.5% ABV well, drinking like a 3 - 4% APA.

F: Smooth and thicker than I'd expect.

D: All day kind of beer right here. This is pretty much what it would taste like if you actually tapped the rockies.

Photo of ramseye4
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color, with a smallish head and decent lacing. Aroma is of citric hops, with some faint malt and fruit, very hoppy. Hop bitterness hits the palate first, and comes through again in the finish, taste is almost completely floral hops, malts try to poke through but get smashed back down by the hops. Decent mouthfeel, pops around in the mouth, a lighter medium body. The perfect level of bitterness coupled with the body makes this one very easily drinkable.

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

A: Hazy Amber with a nice frothy white head and great permanent lacing.

S: floral hops, caramel, and lightly toasted grains

T: crisp sweet malty flavor with a piercing hop bitterness that leads to a pleasant hop character. slightly piney. lightly bready.

MF: nice and thick with moderately high carbonation.

D: goes down smooth and fast for 6.5. great beer. especially to have on draught at home:)

Photo of SickGnar
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly Hazed rich orangey copper. Short eggshell head that settles to a skim and then a ring, but leaves copious lacing. A few steady streams and lots of lively bubbles with each tip and tilt of the glass.

S: Straight ahead medium crystal/caramel malty goodness. Not overly strong, though it is more forward than the somewhat reserved hops. Leaning toward a shy nose. (Others have found this lots more robust and hop-driven - maybe my nose was busted the day I had this.)

T: A flip from the nose... Very hop dominated. Dank, thick piney and resiny hop bitterness fills the palate after a brief initial hit of juicy orange and grapefruit. On the back end the hops get a touch earthy and even medicinal. Hops seem rather rustic with a resin character that comes to the fore and lingers on. Caramelly sweet malts stay in the background, but not too far back. Overall effect is almost like hanging hunks of candy and sugar cookies on a pine tree. And then chewing on it.

M: A ways above medium with ample carbonation level to add some levity. Has a slight bit of slickness on the tongue. A touch drying finish with mildly noticeable alcohol warmth.

D: A bit hefty as a pale. But then I think they market more to the west coast. With its caramelly malts, relatively rich body, higher abv, and bordering on aggressive hops this is distinctly strong APA style pale - even trending toward IPA territory. Many Pales are total session beers. This one is sort of heading in the other direction. All said and done, it is very good though.

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

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Orange/ grapefruit looking. Mild white head, lots of carbination.

Smell - Huge hop and pale ale yeast. Has a skunky, weed smell with it. Some fruits, malts and spices. Smells killer!

Taste - As the can states, huge voluminously hopped mutha of a pale ale, it has a hoppy kick for sure. Nice bitter pale ale kick rounded out with hops and some floral flavor. REally smooth and tasty

Mouthfeel - Its bitter so first the tounge gets soured, then palette is covered with hops and bitterness. Its thin but sour lasts awhile. Dosent ruin mouth for the next beer's' though.

Drinkabilty - Its smooth, refreshing and not high octane alcohol. A great summertime beer for when its hots, or in middle of winter to drink watching your favorite sports event. Its very easy to slam down 4-5 of these so be careful.

Also, i drank this out of a glass and must admit, its better straight out of the can. I think you lose some carbination and overall yeast and hop flavor by pouring into glass.

Photo of MakeMineAPBR
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great American-style Pale Ale that I go back to time and time again. Oskar Blues Brewing Co. typically packages their beer in cans. Dale's pours a deep copper color with a white head (about 1 inch) that sticks around and produces tons of beautiful lacing on the glass.

The nose is sweet and mouthwatering, with pine and citrus being the dominant flavors. It's a perfect example of an APA in that it packs a pretty mean hop punch, which gets better as the beer warms to about 40-45 degrees Farenheit. The back end is where this beer lives and breathes, finishing bitter and lingering long after the sip. Biscuit-like malts become prominent after the hoppiness fades a bit.

The beer feels syrupy and smooth in the mouth, making it filling but extremely sweet and tasty. Despite this, it's very easy to drink and would be hard to leave after just one.

This is one of my go-to beers for just sitting around drinking or to pair with spicy foods. It's versatile and delicious; highly recommended.

Photo of Mosley1212
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into my Dogfish Head pint glass.

A--Pale orange with a light cream head (about half an inch) that dissipated and didn't keep much retention.

S--Decent smell, but little weak. You get a little bit of hops and a couple of malts. A little barley maybe? Not much fruit, but if I take a deep sniff I can get a tiny hint of it.

T--It's good, but not great. You get a couple of hops, but not a lot. It's weak, but I still like it. Malt and things play on the back of the tongue, but the flavor again doesn't overwhelm me.

M--Decent. Slight taste of hops, but you don't get a lot. The bitterness of the hops stays on the back of the tongue, which is nice.

D--Great. This beer is a sessionable beer. I could drink this all night. Perfect for a hot day in Miami. I imagine that this is perfect with a good, juicy burger or so. If you haven't tried it, do it now.

Photo of BennyL1
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a couple of these cans a couple weeks back, time to try them out

A - Pours a murky orange color. Small foamy head with a good amount of lacing along glass.

S - Hops and citrus notes dominate the nose. A bit of pine aroma in there as well.

T - Citrusy hops up front with a nice malty backbone. Bitter but not overly so, leaves a nice sweet taste at the end of the.

M - Light body with good carbonation. Smooth and clean througout.

D - Nice and drinkable APA. Nothing to wild going on but a good solid thirst quenching brew.

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

I have been drinking this one for quite a while now, buying 12 packs with good country music cds included, slamming cans with Colfax hookers in the parking lot at Argonaut, even picking up a sixer from Marty Jones a couple years back. That said, this one consistently just misses for me. While not bad by any means, it just seems...meh; especially compared to their other offerings.

Pours a flat medium amber color with a with a big, frothy, off-white head. Aromas of floral/citric hops. On the palate, light and refreshing at first, although the sweetness begins to bog this one down about halfway through. Hoppy and good, but...

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

Appearance - A cloudy, dark orange color that looks brown/black. A thick head that leaves behind a sticky lacing that fades from the glass after a few minutes. The carbonation is hard to make out but seemed well balanced from the drink.

Smell - A strong, hoppy smell. Sweet malts and a lingering metallic smell from the can. Tones of orange and pine.

Taste - While the hop smell is strong once it hits the tounge its actually mild and not much too it. Once the sweetness fades away there is a orange-rind and metallic after-taste.

Mouthfeel - The tangy citrus flavors and bitter hops fizzle out on the tounge. A good body for a Pale Ale. There is an unpleasant metallic after-taste that the beer picks up from the can but it doesn't ruin the beer especially if you keep sipping.

Drinkability - Friendly and easy to throw a few back no problem. Like most pale ales anyone can pick up the can and enjoy a few. The beer is easy to drink but some may find it a bit boring since the hops don't do much.

This beer would probably be enjoyed more if I didn't have it from a can

Photo of david18
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer a number of times but have always felt it wasn't the best from Oskar Blues. I prefer the Gubna, Gordon and Ten Fidy. This is really a pretty good pale, however. Everything you want from the style.

Color is pale with good, but a little fizzy, head. Aroma is hoppy . Not like Sierra Nevada but pretty good hops none the less. The flavor is a little bitter but in general a good clean and complex flavor.

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

12oz can poured into an Imperial pint glass

I knew from the get-go it was going to be hard for this pale ale to live up to all it's hype. But I was pleasantly surprised with the good pour and crisp aroma of hops, citrus, honey, and earthy tones. Light body with good balance of carbonation, hops, and citrus.

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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