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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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6,143 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,143
Reviews: 1,779
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 126
Gots: 795 | 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 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.

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

Easy to find here in Colorado. Even easier to smuggle into Red Rocks. Gotta love it.

Appearance: Amber.

Smell: Strong smell of citrusy American hops and some sweet malt.

Taste: Delicious citrusy hops more than holding their own against the caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Sticky!

Drinkability: This beer has quite a personality, very drinkable. A top tier American pale ale.

Photo of billshmeinke
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popped open a can of Dale's and dumped it into my Spider Man pint glass.

Hard pour yields a finger off white head. amber golden in color, a little on the dark side for a pale ale. Very clear with bubble rising to the top. Resides to a decent layer of foam on top that doesn't go away, and leaves some nice wisps of lacing down the side of the glass.

Perfumy floral aroma with some pine, citrus and dank notes. Some sweet malts in there as well.

The taste is of floral hops with tons of resin then dank and a slight grapefruit citrus. This pale ale puts lesser hopped india pale ales to shame.

Mouthfeel is on the high end of medium with high carbonation and a satisfactory hop bite.

Very drinkable. I'm definitely gonna have plenty of this on hand for fourth of July with the red, white and blue color scheme and great drinkability.

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

Appearance - Pours a dark amber color into my SA Perfect Pint with about a finger of head that leaves spotty lacing.

Smell - Slight hops, pine, citrus, and malt.

Taste - Tastes similar to an IPA. Quite crisp and hoppy that then melds into a decent malt backbone.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - Highly sessionable. Very good. Will buy this in the future.

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

Has that typical "craft ale" look to it.
For those who get a stiffy over appearance, the appearance is good.
The taste is that of a hoppy ale, quite good.
Mouthfeel and drinkability are also good.
This beer is good!!!***!!!***!!!

Photo of garymuchow
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was happy to find this in the upper midwest. Looking forward to another easy drinking flavorful beer.
Classic can sound poured into a New Glarus shaker glass.
Great appearance upon pouring. Standard slighty dark head that moves towards a rocky head (it eventually settles to a ring and thin top with intermittent lacing). Dark amber and quite clear.
Well mixed hops and malts aroma. Am. style hops with some citrus and somewhat sweet but also bready malt with a move towards toasty and caramel.
Again with the well balanced flavors and adequate (at the least) drying in the finish providing a thirst quenching and satisfying drink. Long bitterness lays out on the tongue on the extended finish. A bit of sweetness up front and then the toastiness before the hops pretty much take over.
Light to moderate body with flavor enhancing and not distracting carbonation.
Good drinker from start to finish. So easy to have another.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ashamed I just had this beer for the first time.

appearance: amberish cloudy mess. not that appealing.

smell: heavy citrus. IPA aroma power

taste: nice balanced pale ale with some extra hop kick. well done.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: overall a great beer and one of the best beers ever made in a can. I love OB!

Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a big pale ale. pours a cloudy gold, not very much foamage.

smells very herbacious. fresh grass, some pine and so on.

Very tangy taste, strong grassy hops with some grape fruit and the malt is apparent. well balanced, slightly sweet.

Very smooth beer, this stuff goes down like nectar. medium bodied like an IPA, Perfect beer for summer activities, i wish i would have stocked up on this while on vacation, Oskar Blues needs to distribute to Oklahoma, c'mon we border you.

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

It is so great to see canned craft beer in the US as this is a normal thing for BC beer drinkers. Opened up a couple of these watching the waves on the coast on the Olympic Peninsula( poured into plastic glasses). Surprised and happy about the great brewery smell on the nose and the goodly amount of hops used in the beer. Lots of complexity and still great drinkability for a fairly high ABV Pale ale. Much more fragrant beer than say Sierra Nevada and is still a bench mark beer in the rise of canned craft beer

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

Just a fantastic pale ale. Pours a almost hazy golden color leaves a tiny head behind.

Not much of an aroma coming off of this brew no other real good way to put it than say it just smells like beer.

Very malty taste with this one, you get a kiss of hops from the after taste but the malt is pretty strong.

Scary drinkability i had no idea the alcohol content was so high on this. Very very sessionable a great brew.

Photo of ryno09
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A nice clear golden color with a hint of amber. One finger head. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma - Slight hop characteristics but the sweet, bready malt really dominates. Not a huge aroma.

Taste - Starts off big on the malt bready malt flavors. Really smooth and light mouth feel. The bitterness kicks in mid tongue and the hops kick in even more at the end along with the alcohol. It lingers around with some hop bitterness and a touch cereal maltiness.

It's scary that a beer at 6.5% is this smooth, refreshing and sessionable.

Photo of johnwarne
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A beer haiku for you:

"Maybe it's too hot;
This one just ain't that piquant.
Better look elsewhere."

Not the best representative of the style--ok, but nothing to write home about nor spend your hard earned dinero on. This is a good brewery, but this particular ale is not representative of the art of the brewer.


Photo of vkv822
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. can into pint glass.

Pours a clear coppery amber color with a thick bubbly off white head that leaves nice lacing. It has a well balanced hoppy and malty aroma. The flavor is of citrus and grassy hops, with a sweet caramel malt backing. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but could use a bit more carbonation.
This is a very drinkable beer, and though it is nothing outstanding, I am impressed as I was leery to believe a decent beer could be found in cans.

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

355 ml can, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 6.5%. Deep golden to amber colour, big off-white head with an orangey hue. Strong aroma of American hops, fruity notes, hints of pine and marmalade. The flavour has also loads of hops, but they are fairly well balanced with the malts. There is a substantial bitterness in the finish and long aftertaste, with piney and grapefruity notes.

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

Was looking for a can to enjoy poolside, and could not bear the thought of mass produced AB products, Coors, Miller, etc.

Wanted to try Dale's Pale Ale after checking BA...Although I was weary of the can, I found my Summer Beer...Much to my surprise, the Beer is extremely drinkable, and is everything that I enjoy in an APA. Good Color, Flavor, Taste and Finish. Every bit as good as any APA served in Bottles.

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

12 oz. can. Pours a hazy copper color with a frothy light brown head, good lacing. Aroma is caramel malts, grapefruit, a hint of fruits, and earthy. Flavor is caramel and pale malts, citrus (especially grapefruit), and pine. Mouthfeel is medium, dry, bitter and chalky. Good beer, well balanced.

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

12 oz can poured into a pint glass. canned with care on 2-26-2010 12:33.

pours a golden amber color, orange when not in the light, pretty good clarity. great big soapy, bubbly, fluffy head, slightly off white, that stayed big for a long time. great lace as well.

smells of hops before you throw them in the brew kettle. also a little grapefruit citrus. has a nice caramel malt backing as well.

that raw pellet hop taste follows through from the aroma. theres plenty of citrus, pine, grapefruit, and a nice amount of bitterness. the caramel malt comes in too, but its mostly hop forward.

has a medium to light body, good carb for the style, not too bubbly. goes down the throat very smooth and easy. lingering hop bitterness for sure.

i love the drinkability on this one, and the can makes it soo much better. this is such a great beer to bring fisbee golfin, the beach, campin and not look like a beer snob. i recommend this too all, great beer, great can.

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

12oz can served in a shaker pint. Poured a hazy dark gold with a thin white head. Starts off with some caramel malt the piney hops in the aroma. Lighter side of medium bodied. Gold malt base with a citrus hop zing. Drying finish from the hops. Solid beer, easy drinking. Another winner from Oskar Blues.

Photo of dball
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite nice and very drinkable. It's a remarkably full flavored brew with a strong kick. Goes down easier than most 6.5 beers. Voluminously hopped mutha as the can states. It's a bit over priced but a solid staple for a strong flavored beer fan. I particularly appreciate the smooth drinkability that includes a hoppy bite and an appropriately malty finish. I also must mention the cans don't take away from the flavor and add to the experience.

Photo of mlazzaro
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

good carbonation,
pours a translucent amber, with nice clarity.
sufficient body to balance out the blast of bitterness at the end.
balance weighs slightly on the bitter end of the spectrum.
a very tasty and refreshing beer,

I must admit there is quite a bit of pollen in the air at the moment; and my nose just isn't functioning as it should. Regardless I enjoyed this beer today. And I know that usually in a Dales Pale Ale, the aromatic presents of hops is very noticeable.

I like this beer for concerts and such event that don't allow glass bottles into the venue. Plus the UV light is no longer a concert because of opaque cans.

~if you like this beer and also really like hops, try the "Gordon" it is most delicious.

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

I picked this up, again, from my 2nd trade with Justin-- aka JJFoodie. He is sometimes referred to, in smaller circles, as "The Great Communicator."

A malty beer that showcases the hops... That is what they should add to the side of the can. This beer has a nice balanced profile with a sweet caramel malt in both the nose and the taste. Then a floral and piney hop note is intertwined with a bright tingly bitterness. In the taste, I notice a citrus hop presence too.

Very easy drinking beer. I actually tend to take these out on the waverunner and sip 'em straight from the can.. which I know is total blasphemy, but whatever. I enjoy this beer quite a bit either out of the can or poured into a pint glass. There is plenty of carbonation, but I think a lot of people miss out on it by serving this too cold. Just because it is in a can, doesn't mean you should serve it ice cold!

In the glass, you get to notice the pale orange/copper color and 2 fingers of white head. The lacing is what really impresses me with this beer, like rings on a tree, this beer's lace tells the story of how it was consumed.... The big ring at the start is that first big sip to let the beer overwhelm me and make its mark. The several smaller rings are the "tasting sips" in which I played with it a little and tried to concentrate on each individual aspect of the brew. Then there's the spotty midsection in which I got distracted by my 3 year old carrying around a bottle of Dark Lord, and in the time it took to put it away, he stole a sip. So, in his own words, with a giant smile on his face and his eyes lit up like Christmas morning-- "Mmmm!!"

Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into pint glass:

A - Deep amber color, almost orange, decent head.

S - Hoppy scents, citrus, piney.

T - Sharp, crisp, hoppy, just what I expect in a good pale ale.

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated, a little chewy.

D - Loved this beer, best in a can I have had..very drinkable.

Photo of rosmhuire
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank it straight outta the can - I should be banned from reviewing beers forever!

A: N/A

S: I was surprised by the overwhelming smell of citrus/pine hops, especially from a pale ale and even more especially from a pale ale out of a can.

T: Very good. Nice integration of hops and malts, as I would expect from a well-crafted APA

M: A bit thin on the palate, but not bad

D: Highly sessionable, which is what I would expect from a good APA.

I've been really impressed with the line-up from Oskar Blues - too bad it is such a pain in the ass for me to obtain these cans in NYC!

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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