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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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5,960 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,960
Reviews: 1,752
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 117
Gots: 668 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2002)
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Photo of cbutova
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty dark golden amber color with a 1.5 finger head that is decently creamy but resides fairly quickly. Nice, thick lacing is left as I drink this one down. Smells mostly malty to me with a hop (piney) backbone, a decent balance but I pick up mostly pale malts. The smell is certainly deceiving to the taste, it is a bit weak, not much going on I guess. Taste is better than the smell. A huge kick of malts to start off, perfectly balanced by a BLAST of hops in the after taste. I feel like there is only one hop used here and LOTS of it, it kicks you in the mouth in the aftertaste. The can is not lying about it being hoppy. Some sweetness can be detected on the palatte asides from the malts, a good kind. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation, creamyness, and a huge coat of hops left on the tongue, no alcohol taste but a tiny bit of warming in this one. Drinkability is good here, good taste and the price for it is not bad, the only thing I am worried about is the hop backbone overtaking the palette if I have a few of these, other than that no off flavors or over alcohol will kill this one. Maybe I'll buy this one if I want an overly hopped pale ale for a decent price.

cbutova, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of Wisconsinality
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can served into a standard pint glass

A- This one pours a nice golden orange that has about a two finger head that recedes somewhat quick and leaves a little bit of lacing.
S- The hops are nice and present. A bit citrusy with maybe a hint of orange. Everything that you would expect from a good APA.
T- This one is hopped pretty well, leading to the nice citrus taste. There seems to be a faint taste of orange. This one is balanced pretty well with the bitterness not overwhelming.
M- The carbonation is good on this beer. I would have to say that it is light to medium bodied but a little too thin.
D- This is a very good beer made more portable by being in a can. I can now say that have gotten over the stigma of a craft beer being in a can. Thank you Oskar Blues.

Wisconsinality, Oct 03, 2009
Photo of vacax
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear, dark orange in color, about a two-finger yellowish light tan head. Smells of sweet floral notes, some caramel, a touch of orange rind. The taste at first is a bit herbal, with some nice sweet malts, then a bitterness creeps up that reminds me of biting into an orange rind almost. It has a sort of intesity to the bitterness that has a hint of citrus and some sweet malts. Sticky, slightly biscuity finish is not crisp like I would desire. For a pale ale I find it a bit harsh without a lot of aroma hops there to balance it out. Quite malty for an American pale. Medium bodied with a comparatively high carbonation. Decent stuff, though I am fairly surprised that this has so much bitterness without an equal aroma, and also at how malty this one is. No real outstanding aspects here for me.

vacax, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of farrago
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Two finger plus head of airy foam, the surface dimpled even without too many larger bubbles, not that much lacing but what's there is super sticky. Light amber orange color with a vague gauzy translucency, more yellow at the outermost edges. The nose definitely has a "nip at your heels" quality, cut wet green grass alongside pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus as well as floral blossoms and some pine oil, the malts expressed as cocoa and chocolate powder, smooth in a non-showy manner. Medium-bodied, the carbonation is lowkey and firms up the mouth feel rather than add unnecessary flash. The pink grapefruit, tangerine, lime citrus drier but no less dominant. Grassy in a tickly way, like a blade drawn across the bottom of your foot. Any maltiness pretty much gets its lunch money taken at recess. Some pine and mint, pinch of white pepper too. Vibrant from start to finish, hyper-actualized pale ale which one might argue exceeds the category.

farrago, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of popery
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hoppy, delicious Pale Ale. This beer pours a medium golden color with a creamy white head. The aroma is pleasantly sweet and hoppy. The hops are peachy and floral. There's some malt sweetness, as well. The flavor is hoppy without being overly bitter. They've hit a really nice balance with this beer, though it's definitely hoppy for a pale. There's a very nice sweet caramel malt backbone. It's a satisfying and drinkable beer. I'm trying it against Stone's and definitely prefer this beer. Excellent stuff. I like the cans.

popery, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of Jmoore50
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is not a Pale Ale. This is straight up an IPA. I cannot believe that Oskar Blues has the nerve to. . . oh wait, this is just a kick ass pale ale.

The appearance is good, amber, with a great head. Pours with big bubbles and has a off white color. Light lacing around the glass.

The smell is of hops, I swear this is an IPA. Great clean refreshing smell. Really impressed with this one.

The taste is great. Just a over hopped pale ale, and I love it. A great smooth crisp taste. Hops, not sure what kind but tasty none the less. Not quite a dry bitterness but a bitterness at the end.

Really great mouthfeel and drinkability. This pleasantly surprised me, with Gordons, this really makes me want to seek out other Oskar Blues stuff.


Jmoore50, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of rtratzlaff
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Clear reddish amber with 1/2" head that leaves plenty of lacing

S: Plenty of herbal and citrus hops with some sweet caramel malt up front.

T: Pretty bitter in the finish with a good malt backbone from a pale ale. This is more like a malty IPA.

M: Medium full mouthfeel with medium to low carbonation

D: On tap, I am really enjoying this beer... Maybe even more so than out of the can.

rtratzlaff, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dale's Pale Ale... from a can! A pale ale in a can quite the interesting concept. 6.5% alcohol as stated on the can. Very festive American flag colored design.

A- Pours a nice firey orange color with active carbonated head that falls to a small ring around glass light froth on top. Leaves decent lacing as well. Nice for a canned beer.

S- Estery alcohol, grassy hop scents, and citrus notes are present in that order.

T-M- Has a citrusy tang with a metallic alcohol flavor as well... kinda odd. Has nice hop flavors as well but just not presented in a way that it can be enjoyed fully. Light bitterness noted. All and all a decent flavor for a pale ale. Mouthfeel is smooth with only a mild thickness that leaves the tongue feeling alittle dry.

D- Drinkable beer and also amazing coming from a can. Not the best but a good beer to have around.

wesbrownyeah, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can into Sam Adams lager glass. 7-7-09, thanks to Jeff (mnjeff) for the extra!

Pours a hazy dark copper, with a nice, dense off-white head that settles into a thick, very long-lasting cap. Great lacing.

Nose is a nice combination of caramel and pungent grapefruit rind. This is more of an IPA-light nose to me than an APA, just in the overall pungency and sweetness.

Taste begins with a nice combination of caramel lightly astringent, piney hops with a definite pungent grapefruit slant to them. Hops bite at the back of the throat a bit before settling into a long, moderately bitter finish that still screams of caramel malt. A very nice beer, but closer to what I'm used to out of IPA's than APA's.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, medium-full bodied with a light but prickley carbonation.

Nicely drinkable, well balanced, flavorful, though a bit brash for an APA in my eyes. I would certainly take one without hesitating, but it's just "bigger" than most APA's I've had, and that can be good and bad.

JohnQVegas, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of Gtreid
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finally picked a couple of these up today. 12 oz. can poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Super clear amber color. The pour produced a quater size light tan colored head, that leaves some decent lace.

A: Not much going on here. I get some light hops, and a very pronounced sweetness. The aroma i do get is nice, there's just not much of it.

T: The citrusy hops are balanced nicely with sweet caramel malts. The beer finishes dry, and I'm suprised, I definately get the alcohol. At only 6% I didn't think that was possible, but the heat is there.

M: Rather heavy for a PA. The abundance of caramel malts makes for a syrupy mouthfeel.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is above average but not over the top. Overall, it's a good beer, but a little to malty for the style. I much prefer a lighter body and stronger hop profile in my Pale Ales. Skal.

Gtreid, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of tchurchill7
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite, if not my favorite, pale ales. Simply put, I had a CRAVING for this beer this week. The six pack I bought, though nearly 10.50 and a bit dated at nearly 3 plus months didn't disappoint. Is it the can? Or kudos to my local shop for keeping it refrigerated? Anyway, an aggressive pour leaves a two finger head that leaves satisfying amounts of lace by the third pint. The malt is caramel and sweet, but the hop profile is where this beer just shines. It is balanced. The almost brown sugar malt base is perfectly matched with the tangy, citrusy hoppiness. Disappears dangerously fast from my standard pint glass. Flavor abounds and is complex enough to keep you drinking. I love this pale ale! Well done Oskar Blues.

tchurchill7, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of JamesS
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice deep copper color from the can, with a bit of nice head but almost no lacing. Deep hop aroma, very citrusy with a nice floral hint. Good taste, a nice pale ale with wonderful American hops and enough malt to keep it thick and nearly balanced. Went down fine, if a little rough from the carbonation.

JamesS, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of rawhydes1
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If Oskar Blues put this in a bottle, it cracks the top 10 or 20 for APAs.

If you like Sierra Nevada APA, give this a try. Reminds me of said beer, but amped-up a bit.

If SN APA is like an order of "medium" hot wings, Oskar Blues' Dale's Pale Ale is an order of "hot, with extra blue cheese and celerey".

A good sipper, or can be drank "en-masse", as evidenced during a nice game of horeshoes played this past weekend.

rawhydes1, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of bret27
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep amber w/tan fairly thick head. Surprisingly good lacing for pale ale.

Smell: sweet, floral, cirtrusy, NW hoppy, caramelly

Taste: Not super bitter but a solid flavor that stays strong through entire drink. Bitterness at the beginning and end w/malt sandwiched in the middle of the palate. Aftertaste of bread and hop juice.

Mouthfeel: nice and full bodied, definitely an american style pale.

Overall: All around good beer. Not quite the fantastic punch of Alpha King from 3F, but meatier than most pales around. A heavy hitter and especially w/6.5 abv, very drinkable and tasty. The piney lingering hops leave you thirsty for more.

bret27, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of mbunje
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz blue and red can....interesting.
brewed on 7/16/09...reviewed on 9/10/09
A - Nice medium copper color, not too dark, not too pale. Head is a bit on the small side. Disappears pretty quickly.

S - Toasty malt and mild hop aroma. Smells rich and inviting. pleasant.

T - Nice flavor from the malt. Not too sweet. back of the tongue bitterness. Not west coast style but there is some good bitterness there.

MF - Slightly on the more carbonated side of this style. Still, smooth and medium bodied.

D - Very. 6.5% $10 per six'r means $1.70 or so per 12oz

Overall - Nicely done, good offering. A little lighter than a Stone Pale, a little more than a Firestone 31. Well done.

PS - Can is great for backpacking, river/lake, pool, or beach trips where glass is a) not allowed, and b) too heavy. So I added a 0.5 point to drinkability for that.

mbunje, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of Thur123
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this many times before, always liked it. The best beer in a can for sure, but now it's time I review it against its peers based on what's inside....anyways...The color is a copper orange with what looks like less carbonation than usual. The head grew to about an inch then leveled off with a little lacing and a thin level of retention. The smell is floral hops with a balanced sweet malt character coming through quite strongly. There is a light grapefruit aroma but nothing really outstanding.

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The first thing I taste is the hops, which overpower the tip of the tongue with floral taste. The malt character is very nice and sweet and a little sticky. The more sips I take the more balanced the overall flavor is, which is good and getting better. This is a hoppy pale ale I recommend to someone new to the style for sure. Not only is it a very good example, I feel like it's a very drinkable one. The mouth feel is a little thick and I know that after too much time, or a few of these, it becomes cloying. Overall a tasty and humble pale ale, albeit not a perfect one.

Thur123, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - An amber body with some clarity to it...a big thick head forms and appears to be the slightest off white color...which leads to nice lacing

S - A surprising amount of hops in the nose...both pine and citrus notes come through...a slight sweet malt backbone

T - The malts play a bigger role in the taste and the hops take a back seat...but they aren't too far back there because this is a very balanced APA...sweet caramel malts up front which was surprising after lacking in the nose...the citrus hops come in next to add to the sweetness...then a combination of caramel malt and piney hops leave for a pleasant and slightly bitter aftertaste

M - Medium bodied...smooth, refreshing, and balanced

D - A very nice APA to keep on hand...this is very drinkable due to the balanced and refreshness on the palate...and you can't beat drinking a craft beer from a can

thain709, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of wyattshotmaker
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

gotta love canned beer.poured into a pint glass with a nice head and light amber color,decent lacing.smell is piney hops and sweet malt.

taste is upfront bitterness,with notes of pine and citrus,balanced by sweet caramel malt.pretty nice.

i love beer in a can,it's great.i wish i could get this stuff in ohio.smooth medium body with nice drinkability.

wyattshotmaker, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of jgasparine
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured from the tap with a thin white head, which slowly dissipated, leaving some touches of lacing behind. The body was a nice orange-amber color, with some course carbonation working its way up from the bottom of the glass.

S- Distinct hops from the nose- reminiscent of citrus rind, pine needles, and a touch of tropical fruit. Some evidence of a malty, marmalade-like backbone is evident as well.

T- Tropical fruit flavors com blasting through up-front (guava, mango and passionfruit), followed by some restrained citrus notes. The malt is somewhat hidden in the middle... somewhat crackerlike. And the finish is long and bitter with citrus-rind-like hops.

M- Medium body- nicely textured with unattenuated sugar. The carbonation is a lot softer than anticipated, but abundant nonetheless... overall a solid mouthfeel.

D- As this beer is consumed over time, the flavor of citrus rind begins to stick on the tongue, masking the tropical fruit and malt flavors... taking this from a 'multi-dimensional' beer down to one dimension... not good. From the drinkability standpoint, this puts it below par when compared to run-of-the-mill APAs (in my book).

jgasparine, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of stingrayvr6
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a golden brown with a thick white head but disappeared quickly. Smell was sweet and of oily hops. Taste started sweet then finished very bitter. Very dry finish after a fruity hop start. Similar finish to Stone IPA. Good beer, probably not my favorite IPA though.

stingrayvr6, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of allboutbierge
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

When at home, this is probably my most consumed beer. It can constantly and easily be found, its usually priced right, and it has the hop punch to satisfy a hop fix when you just don't feel like sacrificing your sobriety or wallet on a DIPA.

Color is a very attractive reddish light golden copper, head bright, white and abundant. Aroma lets you know what its about--hops (floral variety) with a sweet malt background pull in tongue simultaneous in both directions. There's a considerable amount of complexity here. Theres something here making me think of butterscotch too. Just a first class beer all around.

allboutbierge, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of Soonami
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright amber orange with thin off-white head with little cling

S - Bready, hints of tropical fruit and a little spicy hops

T- Sweet malty, toasty bread, with little bitterness and harsh alcohol burn very present

M - Crisply carbonated with good bite, thick and creamy

D- A little boozy for this time of year. Being able to taste the alcohol just makes a beer too much for me in the summer heat. I tasted mostly toasty grain, not enough hoppiness to balance it out or to be truly refreshing

When I open the can, I didn't hear much of an audible crack,, but it was fine once I poured it. I bought this beer a couple months ago, so perhaps it was past its peak hop flavor window but there was not date stamp or label to be found so I can't say whether or not that is the case

Soonami, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of brewdoc75
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up on a MN to Hudson run. Been anticipating it for a while.

A: Beautiful orange-amber color with ample carbonation. An everlasting, creamy white head sits atop. Quite lovely.

S: Citrus and a hint of pine in the hop nose. Sweet caramel malts balance out the aromas. Unfortunately, the hoppy aromas are a bit muted for me. This is my third can and I still am having a hard time getting a ton of aroma. Pretty solid otherwise though.

T: Lovely hoppy flavors with tangerine, orange, pine and some grapefruit in the end. Some faint fruity esters and a lot of caramel malts make this quite a treat. A bit too bitter for a standard pale ale. This one is straddling the line between IPA and APA.

M: Creamy and smooth with a medium body. A bit thicker than most APAs, but pretty good. Good carbonation.

D: A solid APA. The can really adds to the drinkability in my opinion. This beer plus the great outdoors would be a pleasant match. The only unfortunate thing would be that it would dissapear fast. If I could get this in MN, I would drink it often.

brewdoc75, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of tburkhart
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly clouded yellow golden. Thin lacing sits very nice on top and clings to the side of the glass.

Smells of grapefruit hops, just as so many other APA's do.

Tastes of citrus hops with caramel malt undertones. Nothing overly impressive in this department. Good, but not impressive.

Aftertaste sticks around nicely.

Not a bad beer, but I've had better APA's.

tburkhart, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of adamette
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I was so excited to find a six pack of this at Wegman's in Lakewood, NY 8 29 09 after having Ten Fidy and loving it. Consumed at my brother's house near Chautaqua Institute just down the road. Six pack was priced at just under $10. I tried Old Chub just before trying this one.

A Translucent caramel body under a 2 inch huge head. Both body and head appropriate to the style. 4.0

S Grapefruit bitter hops, moderate, edging on severe. Boring. 3.0

T Typical IPA. Hops, hops, distant malt. Too unbalanced and, well, boring. 3.0

M Smooth (which is appreciated) but the bitter grapefruit hops ruin any benefit that the smoothenss may have brought. 3.5

D One and done for more. This is not my favorite style since I think, as a style, it is unbalanced and, therefore, boring. I never liked grapefruit and I do not like that taste in a beer either. 2.5

Notes: This is by far the hoppiest beer that I have ever seen in a can and if you like hops then you will appreciate this one more than I do.

adamette, Sep 03, 2009
Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
88 out of 100 based on 5,960 ratings.