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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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6,140 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,140
Reviews: 1,778
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 126
Gots: 791 | FT: 8
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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:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2002

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

appearance: Amber, slightly hazy, creamy head and lacing.
smell: Hops override the malt. Grapefruit.
taste: More balanced malt with hops in the taste. Still quite hoppy with a floral twist.
mouthfeel: medium with decent carbonation.
drinkability: Crisp, easy drinkin APA.
Not one to jump up and down about imho but a nice brew. Haven't had a bad Oskar Blues yet.

Photo of mklinger
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Deep bronze color with an inch of offwhite head that has a creamy appearance on top. The beer is slightly hazy as lots of heavily hopped beers are. Great lacing left behind. It's a nice looking APA.

The aroma is all C hop -- Cascade & Centennial, I presume full of orange & a bit of grapefruit, just a hint of pine. A little sweetness in there, too.

Flavor -- Lots of carbonation, bit of acidity bite in there. Good Cascade/Centennial hop flavor though not as strong as the aroma. Biscuity malt in there, too with not nearly as much sweetness as I thought might be in there based on the aroma. Really substantial hop bitterness, too that lasts & lasts. This is marketed as an APA, but in a whole lot of ways, it is much more like an IPA.

Great mouthfeel. Fairly thin to make it easy to drink, but by no means watery. High carbonation makes it feel thicker & richer than it is so it isn't filling. Very easy to drink beer that goes down very easily. Nice beer.

Photo of xnicknj
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a pleasant dark auburn which is just clear enough to see through. The head immediately bubbles up to about a finger high, leaving sticky lacing all over the pint glass.

S - Plenty of pine hops, along with a little malt base that remains in the background enough to allow the hops to shine through.

T - Another bold flavor from OB which easily blows away many other pale ales. The citrus and pine hops explode everywhere, while the malt sweetness slowly peeks through towards the end. This really combines nicely with the beer's natural dry finish but fades away eventually.

M - Smooth, yet very carbonated, along with a noticeably potent bitterness which can leave your palate a little dry for this style.

D - This is almost dangerously quaffable, as the pumped up ABV (for american pale ales at least) can sneak up pretty quick. It's somewhat difficult to only have one after polishing off a frosty pint of this guy.

Awesome stuff from OB here - DPA is almost a pale ale in name only in certain respects, as the huge flavor and almost overdose of hops create a pretty unique brew. Once again, it's tough to miss with OB.

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

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this before, since I've had plenty over the past couple of years. Pours a hazy deep orange with a short, but persistent, cap of eggshell bubbles - mostly fine, yet a few soapy ones are scattered around. Thick, sticky lace. Big citrus in the aroma, grapefruit and oranges, sugary and juicy, slightly sharp, cotton candy. Moderate bitterness, not as assertive as some bigger pale ales. Malt plays more of a role in the flavour, giving it a grainy edge with some caramel and toasty sweetness. Hops remained citrusy, but were much more restrained than in the aroma. Lingering dry bitterness with an herbal and grassy edge. Medium bodied with creamy carbonation, nice texture. Solid overall. The aroma is a little more impressive than the flavour, but it all holds together nicely. Cantacular!

Photo of deadliest
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into pint glass.

L: Hazy Amber color with a short lived craggy head.
S: Moderate hops, light malt, very sweet.
T: Moderately bitter hops balanced with sweet malt. Aftertaste is the same lingering malt sweetness.
F: Lightly sticky. Different than expected for the style, but in a good way.
D: Highly drinkable, and the can makes it drinkable everywhere you can't take a bottle.

Photo of ohoh
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle or can? I've always liked canned beer, the likes of Boddington's, Guinness and John Smith's makes a good impression on can when not available on tap. Articles like the one in BA Mag helps too, I think.

Well let's get started. This isn't a can such as the beers named above comes in, but a rather standard one. Perhaps the aluminium is a bit thinner than normal - any thought behind this?

It pours a yellowish, hazy amber. The foam gives in quite quickly, some lacing.

Rich smell, due to the combination of floral hops and sweet/caramel malt.

Taste is first dominated by sweetness, but quickly balanced out by the hop bitterness, which grows and grows as the beer stays in the mouth. This bitterness is accompanied by a floral... not taste, but lovely feel.

Overall mouthfeel is that it is a bit thick, perhaps because the carboration is on the light side.

More, please! (Lucky I have half a box left)

Photo of trevorjn06
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a straw color that is slightly amber and hazy. There is one finger of foam on it that recedes quickly and leaves a slight lacing on the glass.

The aroma is a bit muted at the moment, beer is cold but I pick up some light earthy hops and just a hint of malt. Need to let it warm up... now I can detect some stronger grassy and earthy hops with a hint of floral, smells fairly English, with some caramel and toastiness too.

Taste is smooth and very well balanced between the sweet caramel malt and a very clean hop bitterness. Starts out with sweeter malt and caramel flavors and a light bitterness presenting itself early on. This develops into flavors of earthy, musky and grassy hops with some toastiness and toffee flavors. The finish is smooth and reflects the beer well with grainy malt, a slight bitterness and a bit of lingering hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick for a pale ale and coats the mouth a bit. Carbonation is a bit below average for the style.

Overall this is a very flavorful pale ale that is a bit different than many American examples of the style. I found it to be quite smooth and would like to drink it again.

Photo of bump8628
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dale's red and blue can poured into a pint glass.

Slightly dark copper with a nice chunk of white head on top.

Citric, raw, American hops layered between a fairly substantial caramel malt body. A nice hit of herbal dankiness greets the nose before the lips even get their chance. Full at the end thanks to some hop oil and the malt presence, but despite this it remains easy to drink and pretty refreshing, if I do say so.

It's almost unfair to compare this to other pale ales out there. It's bigger in almost every sense and hopheads are sure to put this a notch above the likes of Sierra Nevada, Full Sail, and some of the other standard APAs. I am choosing to rate it as something between an APA and IPA, and as such it is still a damn fine beer. Now, if only we could get this in Oklahoma...

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

A - Light amber in color with a nice inch or so of head in a pint class, some lacing.

S - Not all that impressive, mostly just malts and light hops.

T - Toasted malts with a nice caramel sweetness. Some bitterness and a nice mild hoppy finish.

M - Relatively medium in body and feel, well rounded and enjoyable.

D - Easy going down and enjoyable, this one is a tasty pale ale that one can enjoy for a whole evening.

Photo of aristeros
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toro Burger Bar in El Paso, TX.

The tap handle looks like a can of the beer--pretty cool. Served in a pint glass. There are two fingers of white head with light lacing. The beer is a nice, clear amber with gold highlights. Light carbonation is visible.

Hoppy nose, definitely includes Cascades, light biscuit and citrus. Taste has a good helping of hop resins up front, with light biscuit and caramel flavors to follow. The finish is dry and hoppy.

I was surprised to see this guy on tap in a city that's not very micro-friendly. Would like to have on-tap and from-can side by side.

Photo of lovindahops
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

my first craft in a can. Sure there are options out there, but I think this is the way to start out.

A- a crystal clear amber look with a fantastic head that fades. It presents a picture perfect America Pale Ale look. As the head disappears, spotted lacing is all over the place. It literally rips and tears at the side of the glass as it drops

S- there are some strong orange flavors and fantastic floral hops. You can tell the emphasis on the hops in this. Nevertheless, there are also some malt tones as well. I think that the brew is an excellent depicition of the smell of an AmPA

T- same program. There is a delicious demonstration of floral hop flavor and the same citrus presense as well. A slight caramel flavor that is no doubt the malty sweetness as well. The trick is that the brew is slighly bitter and dry too. Tasty!

M- light, crispy, and creamy. Is that possible? This is rare IMO.

D- Dale's Pale Ale is an incredible brew. While it not only exemplifies the american version of a pale ale... the brew also capitalizes on being a drinkable brew. The hopped up flavor is not only notable... it also is tastyy enough to keep going down. The can is a novelty and I believe Oskar Blues has become the first mover in a canned movement of craft that is about to blow up!

Photo of honestdave
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz can into an ale glass.

A: Clear honey colored with a very nice 1" creamy head from a hard pour. Some lacing down the glass.

S: Some malty, grainy, light hop aroma. Not real aromatic though. More floral than citrusy.

T: Light caramel tasting malt flavors with a very decent hoppy finish. Good balance between a lightly toasty malts and piney hop bitterness.

M: Has a light to medium mouthfeel. Not real carbonated.

D: Very easy drinker. Tasty ale that would be easy to drink several in a row.

Summary: I was able to buy a sixer of this one. It is a very tasty ale. I will buy this one again if I get the chance.

Photo of adkirkish
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured clear light amber, persistent frothy white head, and an amazing trail of lacing.

Aroma: Pale malts, floral and bitter hop aroma, no esthers. No diacetyl.

F: Closely follows the aroma and no surprises, the hops are forefront in taste, but are balanced very well with the pale malts. Finish is pleasant and rightfully bitter on the palate.

M: Light-Medium body and mouthfeel, dry and clean finish.

O: According to style (American Pale Ale), this is perfect. I cannot think of anything to improve. Even the can is American, with it's red white and blues. I really enjoyed this beer. It's refreshing, appropriately pale/bitter, right amount of hops, head retention, malt profile.

Congrats to Oskar Blues for earning my first perfect beer to style award!!

P.S.: I dont think I had the budget for an award but you get the idea.

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

A dark shade of apricot orange. Small head.

Fruity, juicy American hops all the way. Orange, apricot, and caramel.

Taste & Body
Taste follow nose and is a pleasurable profile. A big pale ale, just slightly under IPA territory. Lots of fruity and bitter hops round out the flavor and linger on my tongue. There are some caramel malts, and they're just creeping on being too sweet for me. Thankfully the hops aren't competing with them. Body is low-medium and feels right for the style. Carbonation is a bit low. Is this a can attribute?

A big American pale ale. Not my favorite, but I'd rank it pretty high in the pantheon. I'd say it lives up to the hype.

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

Poured into a tumbler it produces a small head with good lacing. The appearance is amber-red and clear. The aroma is of nobel and citrus hops and slightly malty. The taste is moderately bitter, rich, and slightly sweet. The feel is medium bodied with a clean finish.

This is a rich and delicious brew.

Photo of rwf08
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz can poured into an imperial pub glass.

A: Dark amber honey color. No head, light ring with some thin lacing.

S: Malty grains, some pine like hops. Not too much going on but isn't bad.

T: Lots of grain. Some malt sweetness, but mostly a grainy flavor. Some pine hops on the finish.

M: Great mouth feel. Medium body, silky on the tongue, and nice dry finish.

D: This might not be the most complex or best example of an APA but this drinks so well. I had two in about 10 minutes. I'm ashamed of myself.

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

Dale's Pale Ale...dumbass name....in a Can...poured into my Philly Iggles pint glass.

Appearance- pale to dark orange color with a decent head, nice retention on the head and loads of sticky lace.

Smell-hoppy, pine smoke, and fruit juice aroma. Mild alcohol burn.

Taste/Mouthfeel-hop rush, medium bodied, smooth throughout. Not much maltiness, alcohol is well hidden.

Drinkability- found this quaffable, definitely more hoppy than your average APA. More like an IPA.

Overall-solid solid solid beer, one of the best from a can I've had. Like the hops and the flavor

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Pete's Brass Rail and Car Wash.

Appearance- cloudy orange color, thin head

Smell- floral hops

Taste- floral hops, some malt

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drikability- This was a really good pale ale. I enjoyed it immensely. I need to get my hands on more of it.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jgasparine for this brew! 12 ounce can, canned on 3/17/2010. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention is pretty good, and there is lots of lacing left on the glass after drinking this brew. Aroma is pine and citrusy (grapefruit) hops. Taste is mostly pine and citrusy hops, along with some sweet and bready malt. There's also a little bit of a lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy and has good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and goes down easy. Too bad this isn't available in Ohio, because I'd buy it whenever I was in the mood for an APA if it was. I've heard good things about this brew for years now, and I wasn't disappointed in it at all!

Photo of IronLover
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a copper orange with a slight haze and a light yellowish head that maintains a thin cap. Wet lacings on the glass. Mild floral orange aroma, but not citrusy. Buttery aromas and feel. Well balanced malt and hop flavor, with neither overtaking the other and delayed hoppy finish that doesn't linger. Very smooth and nicely carbonated.

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

Can't find this in Ohio so I grabbed a can while in FL. Heard a lot about it lately.

A - Deep copper color with a slight haze. The head is 1/2" and quickly drops to the surface. Not fluffy, very consistent.

S - Strong esters and orange scent. I think I smell simcoe in there but not sure.

T - Taste is very nice. Acidic bite that turns to bitter with solid hop taste in the middle. Malts are there but muted by the hop flavor. This is a very delicious hop forward pale ale. Hops tend to lend more to flavor than to bitterness. Lots of late addition hops.

M - Solid carbonation that produces a nice bite. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. This one is bordering on IPA over APA in my opinion.

Overall - Very nice beer. I'll keep an eye out for it in OH and will buy again.

Photo of fastsrt
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured can in a pint glass.

A: hazy golden, bone white head

S: Citrus, sweet, mild hops

T: mild citrus hops, there is a bit of an alcohol bite

M: does not finish dry like the pale ales that I am used to, there is a residual sweetness. the abv is a bit high for a pale ale.

D: not my first choice for a pale ale, i look for something that finishes crisp and dry,

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into pint glass.
Appearance is very typical of the style. Pale copper/orange color with a soapy head that sticks. Has a nice fresh nose to it. Lots of bright citrus scents that smell very refreshing. Taste is dominated by grapefruit flavour from the hops leaving very little room for the malts or any other depth of flavor. Still pretty tasty though. Perhaps leaning more towards the IPA spectrum in flavour and strength. A solid pale ale and a worthy choice.

Photo of mzrebiec
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


This is the epitome of a pale ale. It is well balanced with a slight lean to the hops portion. It seems to be somewhere between a pale ale and an IPA. It is highly drinkable, and with an ABV of 6.5...can get you in trouble quickly if your not careful. The mouth feel is right with the drinkability with enough boldness to make it substantial, yet not overwhelming so that you can have a few. Oskar Blues has impressed me with their lineup time after time. mmmm CHeers!

Photo of llllDrGONZOllll
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

This is by far not the first time I have sat down to Dale's. To be perfectly honest I drink this one from a can most of the time...Today however I have poured this one into one of my pint glasses. I do from time to time get Dale into a glass but the fact is I enjoy this one near the grill straight from the can. When poured Dale takes a soapy topped head of a near white resting atop of what reminds me of my Grandmother's sun tea. The smell of hops piny, grassy and full of citric delight is much more present when not from the can. The hop bitterness and aromas are aplenty so feel free and drink from the can if you are so inclined by convenience. Caramel and grapefruit combine with ease. Sweet grain reminds you that this is no light pale ale ...this is Dale . The finish is bitter hops with light caramel and grain. The medium body compliments the medium carbonation. This pale ale has America written all over it.

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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