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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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6,246 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,246
Reviews: 1,804
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 126
Gots: 868 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2002

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Photo of boss302
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Orange and a little hazy, not quite clear, but close. The head was small, but fine. It didn't last very long and was gone by mid glass. 3.5

S Malt and hops. Floral hop and caramel malt aroma. 3.5

T Malty, bready/grainy flavor. Distinct sharp hop follow-up. Astringency is notably lower than you would expect from the bitterness in the flavor. Very good. 4

M Thick on the tongue, medium body. Carbonation seems a little low, but is OK. 3.5

D One of the best beers you'll have from a can. 4.0

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

Can to 12oz glass. Clear amber with 1 finger head, lite to medium lacing.

A mildly fruit and citrus sweet smell, malts and hops presense is mild.

Taste of Big Hops up front, good balance of mildly sweet malts, citrus and fruit notes.

Mouthfeel is lite to medium body, lite carbonation, mild alcohol warmth, decent hop bite and dryness on tongue. (carbonation flattens as it warms).

Overall a nice surprise out of the can. Hops are big and smooth creamy malts balance well, sweet notes take back seat. Alcohol presense gave it more of a dipa feel. worth a try!

Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice light copper color with a white head and pretty good lacing. The nose is straight citrus and floral hops with only a bit of light bread in the background. The taste isn't quite as hoppy and has a mild malty character. Good body with a bit of dryness and nice carbonation. Drinks quite well and is a great all around beer. In fact, one through which I've introduced quite a few people to craft.

Photo of mjrod2142
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. can poured into a Perfect Pint glass

I thought the can would pour an over-sized head, but it didn't. It poured out clean; not light, but not too heavy. A cloudy orange-amber color with small bubbles ascending slowly. The head was thin and dissipated quickly.

The aroma is beautiful. Classically hoppy with good citrus notes.

This beer has a perfect weight and feel in the mouth. What I'd call a "soft" bitternes coats the palate. A very smooth finish and a delicious hoppy taste. This beer has just the right amount of bitterness and gets better the more you drink it. It's just what you'd want from an American Pale Ale.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce pan bottled on 7/21/10 into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with two fingers of head. Head has pretty good retention and excellent lacing.

Smell: Hops hops hops. There's a bit of a citrusy-floral aspect to them. There's just a hint of malts I cahn get too.

Taste: Very nice. Goes down aggressively hoppy for the style, but mellows out pretty quickly with some sweeter malts. Aftertaste faint, just a bit bitter and citrusy. Very nice, a great bridge between the APA and IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkabkle, the lack of a persisting aftertaste makes this one go down very quickly.

This is my first canned craft beer, and won't be my last. The can is a great way to store beer, and I just wish more craft brewers would use it. I mean, come on. In terms of space taken up, you can fit two cans where one bottle goes. We all pour into glasses anyway. Bring on the cans!

Photo of jrallen34
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into my Darkness tulip...Pours a dark copper with a nice light off white head, good retention and lacing...An aroma that is too sweet giving off lots of bread and pineapple with only a hint of hops on the back. Not doing a ton for me...A rather plain and boring taste of light pineapple and light toffee. The hops are basically hidden, only a hint of esb wet alcohol hops on the back. Not offensive, but just boring.

An easy to drink beer, not a pale ale, but pretty boring.

Photo of Auburnbean33
4.73/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I may be a little biased but this is one of my favorite beers. I live in Alabama so i have to travel to Georgia or Tn to get my hands on this stuff. So to the review.
It pours up thick for a Pale Ale, reddish orange hue with a good 2 finger sticky head, smells of citrus and crisp. Mouth feel is a good medium body not to thick and def not thin. Its a bit hoppier than most Pale Ales so that may be why i enjoy it so much. All in all one of my favorite beers to drink.

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

A: Crystal clear orange color with tons of bubbles streaming off the bottom. A beautiful 3 finger head. Very fluffy and creamy.

S: Beautiful tropical fruits on the nose. Nice light caramel malt backbone. Possibly the best smelling pale ale around. Not quite ipa like but awesome for the style.

T: Mango orange and grapefruit. Perfect amount of bitterness and pale malty breadiness.

M: Your basic pale ale mouthfeel. Light bodied and smooth. A real easy drinker.

Overall: Not sure what took me so long to try Dales Pale Ale. It's an awesome beer and it just happens to be on a can. I'll definitely be drinking this more often.

Photo of nickhiller
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a crystal clear bright orange, one finger head bubbles away to thin wisps at the edges with some pretty respectable lacing.

S: hops, malt and yeast, in prodigious quantities. Nice phenols and esthers, strong and sour, but still easy on the schnoz.

T: piney, bitter hops coat the mouth, almost numbing the tongue. This is quickly followed by sickly sweet malt, dry warming alcohol warms the throat on the finish.

M: medium bodied, a little on the syrupy side (but in a great way), mild carbonation.

D: one of the most sessionable beers around. Great balance, hopped to perfection, nothing showy or flashy just straight up good.

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

Canned almost exactly two months ago.

Pours a very clear amber, some nice bubbles. I always have difficulty getting a nice head out of this beer. Little bit of lacing.

Smells like thick, sticky American "C" hops. Not much else.

Tastes like those hops as well. Not very citrus-y. Very clean and clear in flavor--not complex, but not at all weak or lacking. Has a slightly syrupy feel on the palate and is thick across the board. Not very crisp or dry and not a lot of carbonation.

Drinkability is quite good. On my first sip of this beer, it seems too thick and syrupy for me to want more than one. But by the time I'm halfway through, I'm enjoying the hop flavors a lot and it goes down easily. I think I just expect a more carbonated, crisper beer since it comes from a can. I suppose there are better hoppy beers for a cheap price around here, though.

Photo of Derranged
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

A- Orange and golden

S- Good smell, citrus, hops pine

T- Sweet, hoppy and citrusy, with a suprisingly strong bitter finish, not what I'd expect from an APA

M- Twas kind of watery

D- Meh. I can put down six.

Overall its a decent beer.

Photo of drewba
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - beautiful clear golden beer here with a finger head that lasts throughout.

S - equal amounts of citrus, pine and grass.

T - The pale, light bread malts are up front and add a cracker like taste to dale's which is followed nicely by the very citrusey and floral hop profile. I am finding an unpleasant bitter lemon rind taste in the finish. It actually reminds me of the ridiculous aftertaste of Ruination (but divide by 10).

M - Carbonation is light and creamy with medium body.

D - I like Dale's, but this bitter lemon rindy thing going on is making we want to switch what I'm drinking. Bottom line: if you like a hoppier/more-bitter-than-normal pale, this is for you.

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

Poured a 12 oz can into a clean pint glass.

A. Slightly cloudy copper body with about one finger of bubbly white head.

S. You can smell the earthy, hoppy, and piney aroma as you pour it from the can.

T. Nice light malt bombarded with hops, hop oils, pine, salty body. Clean and crisp flavors.

M. Thick and full bodied but nicely carbonated as well.

D. Not a bad choice. The can made me curious and I was not dissapointed. Very well rounded, as much as possible, apa.

Photo of nickthegun12
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

great beer especially that it comes in a can>>>>to me it tasted like a more hopped up version of sweetwater 420>>>>i think the can preserves the taste>>>>the malt character was great>>>def. had great hop presence as well

Photo of Lldeegan
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear orange, amber with a tight white head.
Malt and hops harmonize in the nose, dominance is continually changing with each sniff. Earth, citrus and resinous hop notes are partnered with sweet, grainy, caramel malt.
The same flavors dance on the palate. It is Sweet and juicy through the middle then slowly leads to a bitter and slightly mineral, snappy finish. The combination of sweet malts and earthy and fruity hops creates a delicious taste of toffee and tangerine.
The lively carbonation and light to medium body make this a really bright beer, but with outstanding aromatics and flavor.

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

It tastes like a good american pale ale. A bit hoppier than SNPA, a bit less intense than The FFF offering. A damned good beer that I can get at a gas station on my way home from a 14 hour day at work. Cold too. Whats to complain about? it's 6.5 abv, tasty, quenching, yet sweet enough and hoppy enough to make me feel like I'm not wasting my life working an hourly wage job with no hopes of upward mobility.

Oskar Blues, your in the winners seat.

Photo of hophead247
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy, golden copper body with a finger-width, dense, white head that dissipates slowly and remains nicely laced. Aroma is loaded with sweet, citrus hops. Big, rich malt profile as well. Flavor is similar. Lots of floral citrus hops and caramels. Light toasted caramel comes through in the finish. Lingering taste of resiny, moderate pine and citrus. Very fresh tasting. Palate is medium bodied and extremely well balanced. Overall, this is what an APA should taste like. Fantastic.

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

Pours a nice light orange/amber with a one finger off-white head. Solid lacing and retention. Good citrus aroma. Good hops in this APA. Sweet grapefruit and orange hops to start. A little bready and caramel malt thrown in next before a grassy and piney hop finish. Good flavor. Sweetness balances out the intense hop profile for an APA.

Photo of zoso1967
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dale's is a nice copper cast light amber color with a frothy parchment head. I have had this beer many times and knew that it has subdued carbonation, so a good hard pour was utilized to produce a nice finger of foam with nice retention that left tons of splashy lace.

The aroma of this beer is everything that I love about a highly hopped APA. Plenty of citrusy grapefruit hops, orange, pine and some floral notes. The malt is playing second fiddle, but it does come through as well, making the citrusy smells even more appetizing.

The flavor is similar to the aroma with nice bite of bitterness that brings out those grapefruit, orange and resiny pine hops. This is not a particularly balanced APA, but that's fine with me since I unabashedly love hops. The malt is pretty much overshadowed, but it does have a nice caramel like quality to it, and I am picking it up mostly in the start and near the end of each sip.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium with fairly low carbonation. It is smooth up front, but quite dry in the finish thanks to all those hops. If I had one major complaint about this beer, it is that the finish is sort of like a hop pileup on my tongue.

Super drinkable and one of my favorites of the style. This also bears the distinction of being the first canned craft beer that I ever drank. I am pretty sure this might be the best camping beer ever, though I reserve the right to change that assertion after I get my hands on some Surley.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.83/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a yellow somewhat hazy color with a thick white head and generous lacing. Smells of fruit and hop aroma. Tastes mostly bitter with a little malt and fruits hidden throughout with a dry finish. Mouthfeel is average and drinkability is as well.
Not a bad beer, not just one that I personally love, good for those who love their very hoppy beer.

Photo of buschbeer
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to an inch of off-white head. This beer is sunset gold in color. The aroma is malt and citrus hops. The taste is loaded with citrus hops and has a solid malt core. The citrus fades to a mildly bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a bit thin. This is a good everyday drinker. This is more citrusy than other pale ales I've had. I like it.

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 12oz can from Harvest Fine Wine in West Hartford CT for $1.54. Canned on 08-16-10. True story: as a matter of habit, I reached for my bottle opener. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

This mostly clear golden brew gives a nice 3/4" if eggshell foam that settles and leaves a nice curtain of lace on the glass. Smell is very faint, can't say I'm able to identify anything more than a little malt. The taste has a great bit of resiny pine and citrus rind hop on a fairly crisp bed of malt. Feel is typical for the style with a fair amount of viscosity and a moderately tingling carbonation. Finishes with lingering hop and a little resiny feel. Now that it has warmed I can detect some candied lemon rind and maybe some florals on the nose.

I feel as I should be drinking this from an aluminum cup in order to preserve the can experience.

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

Poured from can into Duvel tulip, my go-to reviewing glass. Translucent orange color, similar to many IPAs, a little cloudy, perhaps due to hops. Although poured aggressively, only about a finger of head, which dissipated quickly. Might have achieved more head in different glassware. Some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Solid aroma, a hint of sweet grapefruit, and noticeable hops. Really smells like an IPA.

Taste is as expected, IPA-like, with a sweet hoppy flavor, some nice bitterness, but not overwhelming. Very little maltiness out of this can, very faint.

Does not seem highly carbonated, but still easy to drink. Goes down very easy. No noticeable alcohol present.

Solid APA, very close to an IPA in my book.

Photo of Nordicsk8er
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There's nothing much I can say about this beer that hasn't already been said. I really enjoy it's copper orange color, white fluffy head, and gobs of sticky lace when poured into a pint glass. A glass certainly "opens up" the beer's potential. This can be enjoyed straight from the can too.

In a blind tasting, I'd guess this one to be an IPA and not a Pale Ale. It lays down lingering oily hop flavor and pairs especially well with spicy foods, Chinese, or strong-flavored fish dishes.

A good stand by to have in the fridge.

Photo of atlanta
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This would be one great little beer if only it weren't so high in ABV. Think about it, its in cans so you can carry it to sporting events, the pool, hiking, etc. Who wants to get that drunk while doing physical activities? That said, the taste and aroma is terrific, The hopiness spot on. I think this should be labeled an IPA instead of Pale Ale.

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
87 out of 100 based on 6,246 ratings.