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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale

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6,325 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,325
Reviews: 1,823
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 132
Gots: 916 | FT: 7
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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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Ratings: 6,325 | Reviews: 1,823
Photo of seetrider
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a can of this last night at Little Big Burger in Portland, OR. I was surprised to find that it was a very good beer, especially for beer in a can. It's hoppy, but not bitter at all, and has a sweet finish- all in all it's a very well balanced beer and is very drinkable. At 6.5% abv it's got a nice kick and would be a great session beer, considering the can.

Photo of dmsohyea
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/28/11 Poured from can into pint glass

A: Light orange with 1 finger thick frothy white head. No sediment in the glass. Some lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Picking up mostly malts and hops my west coast nose can't disseminate. A lot of sugary sweetness and maybe some bread.

T: mild hop bitterness up front with bready malt character. Almost like eating a bitter piece of bread. Finishes with a ton of sweetness, maybe even too sweet.

M: Thin bodied with moderate carbonation. Very refreshing.

D: Very drinkable, I would love to bring these out on the golf course. Great flavor, but the alcohol is a little high to session more than a couple or three.

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can into a pint glass
A - Clear orange with a reddish-brown tint, 1 finger off-white head dissipates quickly to a ring 3.5
S - Sweet orange and floral with touches of grass, toasty malts provide balance 4
T - Not what I was expecting, a nicely balanced hop/malt experience, minty, dirty pine, moderate bitterness 3.5
M - Exceedingly smooth, with some weight behind it, moderate carbonation 4
D - I would, I could have another Oskar-I-Am 3.5
LOVE the screen on the back of the can, so CO!! A quality brew for sure, I would and will drink it again... but this brew has a lot of canned competition in the Rocky Mountain west. An all around contender for sure.

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

Pours a bright orange colour with a finger of thick white head. As the head dissipates, some lacing on the glass. Nice citrus hops with a very nice bready-caramel malt balance. Some bitterness in the flavour, nice sweetness to the beer. Very balanced pale ale, this could easily be an everyday or dinner beer. Smooth mouthfeel.

Photo of rawfish
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Flashy clear copper, thin one finger head disappears quickly with a thin spotty white lacing.

Not a big aroma but noticable C hops and some toasted bread malt character.

Light caramel malts but with a big bright flash of hops at the end but not overly bitter, hop character comparable to some IPAs I've had. Citrus, herby and pine resin as you go deeper into the can.

Absolutely smooth and drinkable, not over carbonated or any heavy feel to it.

A good if not great session beer, understandable why Dales has become the standard for canned craft.

Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure how I have never rated this.

The beer pours a nice orange color with a white head. The aroma is orange citrus with some biscuit malt. I also get a little bit of grass in the aroma.

The flavor is more of the same and is very well balanced. I get a lot of citrus and bread notes. Low bitterness. There is also a little bit of toffee in the flavor. Very drinkable.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of tlazaroff
4.84/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This Pale Ale is one of the best I've had. The smell gets you right from get go and sucks you into this experience that will not soon be forgotten. Not as good as Burning River Pale Ale, but more readily available for me, which is a win in my books.

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

Twelve ounce can into a perfect.

Pours a medium honey/dark blonde. Tightly constructed head dissipates to a thin cap. Carbonation climbs, like little dervishes.

Aroma is mineral water and hop, tannic with the hops lending floral aromas. Malt comes in to the middle and thinly announces itself. Finish is a floral bitter hop aroma.

Flavor is C Hop up front. Bitter and biting, pungent and earthy. Hops are slightly one dimensional, with only bitterness and no depth. Middle yields a slight sweet malt. Malt weakly calls itself biscuit then quickly creeps away after the hops throw the stink eye. Finishes clean and dry with more bittering hop

Mouthfeel is surprisingly viscous and slightly greasy on the tongue carbonation is present but not overly.

A very drinkable Pale, not very sessionable, but then again session beers and packing it in don't really match. Well done.

Photo of StaveHooks
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber with a foamy white head that takes it's time dissipating.

S - Floral hops, bready butterscotch malt, toasted crackers.

T - Moderate orange citrus hops opens up nice flavor and bitterness. The hops turn floral and quickly into pine. A cracker/ caramel malt resides underneath and makes a good presence. Faint butterscotch before the dry finish.

M - High carbonation, light bodied.

Pretty hop forward for a Pale Ale which is fine with me. Good flavors. Would have liked to have less carbonation.

Photo of horshack7
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apearance: With about an inch worth of light frothy head that leaves behind very thick lacing. Below that is a bright copper colored beer.

Aroma: Rather citrusy hop notes lots of pine and grapfruit at the start. Light malts give it a brediness in the nose but not a dry one.

Taste: It starts off melow then the hops enter with a nice citrus pop and piney bits towards the tail end. Only a little bit of sweetness from the malts but the round it out well. The mouthfeel is definately smooth.

Notes: This one is a straight forward American Pale Ale with a good hop bitterness to it. Cheers.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy beer, golden colored with slighly below average carbonation.
Pouring out of the can it produced about a fingers worth of white foamy head.
Decent hop bouquet of citrus and floral notes over a sweet caramel malt aroma.
Has a malty backbone taste with light but flavorful hops. Citrus and floral being the main flavor here.
A medium mouthfeel that is nicely balanced.
A dry finish with a bitter aftertaste.

Photo of suspect
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from classic Dale's can into a Dogfish Head pint glass.

A: Really nice looking orange with thin foam on the head. Lacing spreads the entire glass and sticks there.

S: Pretty lackluster. Not much here but not at all offensive. Just pretty...average.

T: Citrusy, slight pine from the hop oils followed by a nice malty finish. Really not powerful but it's not an IPA so it's not supposed to be. Has a lot of flavor for a pale ale. Really well done.

M: Creamy, not too heavy and not overly carbonated. Really well balanced, zero aftertaste.

D: Easily it's strongest asset. Really very drinkable beer, and quite honestly the best beer I've had out of a can.

I edit this review after my fourth Dale's Pale Ale because, man, this really is one of the most drinkable beers I've had in a long time. Fantastic.

Photo of aaron12
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

iv'e been on a pale ale kick lately, and this is the first time iv'e tried dale's. it's really good, but i don't know if it 10.99/6pk good... beer geeks love this stuff, is it cause for a pale ale it'll kick your ass? is this an imperial PA? is it an esb? whatever, the nose is not super amazing, but the balance is. what makes this not an ipa is, how quickly the malts roll under the hops when you take a sip. the buttery malt swirls with the hops in your mouth just right. it's hard to get such a nice balance at 6.5. this is a well thought out pale ale. if you ask me, i'd call this an esb.

Photo of BeerCon5
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with about one finger of fluffy white head with decent retention.

The scent is faint; citrus, floral and earthy hop presence.

The taste is of prominent citrus, notes of other fruits, moderate bitterness, floral and earthy hops, and a notable alcohol presence.

Light bodied, crisp and pretty refreshing, high carbonation.

Pretty good pale ale, it seemed more along the lines of an IPA to me due to the strength of some of the flavors. I wouldn't mind having this again.

Photo of brunrn1
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very bitter right from the start, I wasnt expecting that. I dont ususally drink from cans but I had to try this. Ten bucks for a six pack of cans seems a bit steep especially since there isnt too much special about this beer. But after the first one went down it wasnt as bitter as the first, add a frosty mug and your good to go.

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

Medium copper in color, light beige head, laces well.

Aroma is floral, piny, resinous, with a solid caramel malt backbone.

Taste is spot on with the aroma: nice and piny, resinous, floral, caramel sweet malts, and a nice bitter finish.

Creamy, medium bodied feel, smooth, and slick texture. Good carbonation.

Great drink ability. A rather hoppy pale, and I really like em that way. For me, ya can't go wrong with a can of Dale's.

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

This beer has been on my list to try for a while. Available everywhere and good reviews from people I know. Pours a slightly hazy light copper color with a medium size white head. Head retention is just average and there is delicate patches of lacing on the glass.

Good solid floral and piney hops aroma. Better smell than a number of IPAs I have tried.

Tastes very good. Right on the line between a Pale Ale and an IPA. Good solid pine hops and floral hops with some balancing bready malts. Hops win out here but this is a very drinkable hoppy beer, not a hop bomb. One of the better Pale Ales out there.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, carbonation is just right. No alcohol presence.

Drinkability is very good. Cans make it more portable than many good craft beers. This one is a winner.

Photo of vapodge
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a pint glass

A - mostly clear golden yellow; nice head; decent lacing

S - citrusy hops; super-zesty for a pale ale

T - more like a malty IPA than a pale ale for me; hops announce themselves with pleasant bitterness; alcohol is there at the end

M - creamy finish for a pale ale; moderate carbonation

D - good stuff -- a go-to canned beer; packs some kick, so drink in moderation (but doesn't command the respect of Gordon); very pleasant

Photo of Brewbro000
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my FW pint glass from the can. Instant beautiful white head about one finger high that recedes to good lacing around the glass and a thin white ring. Color is golden to a slight orange that you can see all the way through. Looks like a damn good APA or IPA (depending on how you consider your IPAs). Smells of fresh resinous and piney hops, not much in the way of citrus or anything of that sort. Some sweet malt and grainy barley characteristics also show through to balance the nose. Upfront is more bitterness than i had expected, this leads me to feel that this is more of an IPA then an APA as the hops seem to weight a bit more heavily in my mouth and in the after taste. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing and makes me immediately want another one. This beer is pretty drinkable and at 6.5 percent, i could probably go all night with them. I was impressed with this brew as i don't shoot to hard to get pale ales compared to the other available brews around.

Photo of AdamBear
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-dark orange gold with a thick cream colored head

S-smells like honey and buttered corn with a good hop note at the end. has a good strength to it! There's a good amount of lacing that stays.

T-hmm this is probably the best APA that i've had yet. It comes in with a good amount of berries and grassy hops along with some pleasant bitterness. It then transforms in to a good grainy taste. The after-taste is bitter with some grassy hops. This is fairly complex for what normally seems to be such a simple style.

M-has good medium carbonation with a fairly crisp finish

D-hmmm this is good the whole way through. it goes down so quickly. this is the first APA that i truly enjoyed! I'll be telling my friends about this one!

Photo of mdunman
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear reddish-brown with a good head and plenty of linger

S: Hops, light maltiness and a bit of lemon

T: Started off with the light maltiness, then in the middle there was a massive hit of peach, which was washed away by the dry, hoppy finish.

M: Medium body, good carbonation and fairly smooth finish

Overall this was a very enjoyable beer, a good balance of flavors and a twist of peach to make this one unique.

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

A - Pours a near perfect, off amber, slightly orange-red with one finger of frothy head. Only issue is the head dissipates a bit too quickly for me.

S - Smells... fresh. Smells like a great balance of hops and malts. Quite a bit of fruit, but it is balanced out by the malts.

T - Tastes similar to the smell, but the fruit notes are more noticeable. The malt character is still quite there, and it seems to take the bitter edge off of the hops while leaving the fruitiness.

M - Very creamy and foamy. Not much bitterness, and any that remains fades quickly. Great for a casual drinking beer!

D - This is my favorite 'drinkable' beer. It's my favorite session beer, all around a very solid choice.

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

A) Head is 1/3" and bubbly. Very little head retention. The beer is orange with a hint of copper. This may be the orangest pale ale I've seen yet. Pretty clear.

S) Big, piney hops. Resinous. Syrupy sweet malt.

T) Not as sweet as you expect. It smells like a DIPA on the barleywine end of the spectrum but it is lighter than that. A little earthy. Big hop flavor and a nice balance really. This is a bigger APA.Citrusy, mild grape fruit. Solid smack of bitter in the end that sticks around. Definitely fruity.

M) A little sticky. Solid-medium mouthfeel.

D) I enjoy it but it isn't something I would drink one after another. It's just a bigger apa with some sweetness to it.

Using A)S)T)M)D) helps me think about a beer but I'm getting to the point where I might stop using it and I might comment less on the drinkability.

Photo of beersensei305
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap @ World of Beer Dr Phillips Orlando:

A- Hazy Copper, nice retention white head

S- Smells like an IPA citrusy and hoppy

T- Even balance between malts and hops.

M- medium bodied average carbonation- really is like some IPAs I have had

D- pretty goof if your an IPA drinker or a Pale ale drinker try it out

Photo of HotHands
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a light clear copper collor with a small white head. Cans have their advantages but I can never seem to get a good head out of a pour.

S - piney, citrusy hops. Was expecting more aroma.

T - Strong bitterness up front, with citrusy, piney hops and a biscuity malt presence. Some earthy hop flavors finish it off.

M - carbonation and body are fine.

D - an easily drinkable APA and a good representation of the style.

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
87 out of 100 based on 6,325 ratings.