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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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5,771 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,771
Reviews: 1,741
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 107
Gots: 593 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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 GJ40
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled in tap at Bar Louie in Fort Meyer's, FL.

A - Amber with a hazy finish and a moderate beige head. Good lacing.

S - A mix of floral hops and malt. Not particularly strong.

T - An even mix of floral hops, malt and hop bitterness with a bit of yeast as well. I wasn't wowed by the first few sips but it grew on me.

M - Good consistency and low to moderate carbonation with lots of fine bubbles.

D - Very smooth and easy to drink. I'll have to try another (Maybe in the can).

GJ40, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm. It's interesting so many have had this on bottle.

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey-amber body with a taller, off-white head.

Smell: Very punchy, hop-laden nose smelling richly of orange zest, grapefruit wedges, and pine sap. There's a light backing of maltiness, but, for the most part, this is a hopcentric aroma.

Taste: Brief, toasty maltiness with a crystal malt sweetness and hint of light brown sugar. Rich blend of citruses and pine with a medium-high hop bitterness. Finishes quite dry with a long, lingering bitterness and citric taste of grapefruit rinds.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Relatively smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Definitely not one of those wimpy, easy-going APAs you usually cross paths with. A very flavorsome, boldly hopped pale ale, but it still remains rather drinkable. Good work, Oskar Blues.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of gdfan47
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice staw yellow with a little bit of head, looks a little on the heavier side
S-hops, malt, slight grapefruit, more malt than hop...
T- yup more malt than hop, you can taste the hops but the malt def shines through
M- nice, but a little on the heavy side for this style
D- very nice, the abv is nicely hidden

a solid beer, just needs more hops. The can is great if you need to go camping or anywhere they dont allow camping, its nice to have a beer with alot of hops in it in a can.... but I would rather have a sly fox.... but I know Sly fox isnt avail everywhere

gdfan47, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of phishgator
4.83/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drinking this on the golf course for the first time made me a believer.

Poured into a pint glass. Large foamy head with a ruby/copper color and nice carbonation. The aroma of citrus and floral hops jump out of the glass. The taste follows same notes. Big bitter bite right up front and then the "balance" of a malty backbone. The body is filling. This has become my drink of choice on the course!

phishgator, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of katan
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint

A - Pours an amber to brown color. Very clear - no hazing. Head formation is strong and snow white. Very well retained.

S - A strong hop nose - more than I would expect from this style of beer. Has the floral and sweet notes from a noble aroma hop. No sweetness to detect.

T - Solid bitterness all the way through. This one does tend to the bitter side. Not to say there isn't lots of sweetness here as well - it is obviously attempting to get some balance. Aftertaste is bitter from the oily residue.

M - Very creamy - lots of body. The high amount of malt and hops that go into this beer leave both a clingy body combined with the oily leftovers from the high hopping. Carbonation is obviously present, but not overbearing.

D - Deceivingly easy to drink. This beer could easily sneak up on you. Light on the palette. Abv makes this beer sessionable for me (after some food).

So my only question on this beer is why it is not an IPA? I know the line between APA and IPA is blurry (see Alpha King), but this one may be misclassified in my opinion.

A solid offering from OB - one of my favorite breweries. I would say I prefer Gordon more, but a nice regular offering nonetheless.

katan, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7/20/08. Can. Pours an amber/brown, clear, with a small head. Aroma is surprisingly fruity. I was reminded of strawberry, raspberry, and banana Starburst candies. Flavor of the same fruits with a bitter finish. Incredibly delicious and as I said before, surprisingly fruity! Awesome APA and so drinkable.
8/4/8/4/16 (4.0/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of Grandwazoo
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All this goodness from a can?! A casual friend of mine who occasionally enjoys a beer or two, explained that cans in fact can be superior...their lining is much improved, no light filters in, and the seal is more reliable than a bottle cap. Still, it's in a damn can!!!

App -- Orange caramel color with slight haziness. Creamy though not especially thick head with good lacing (My notes originally said 'great lacing' but then I had a Pliny the Elder and learned what 'great' lacing really is!!

Nose -- Fresh hops with warm bread an butter. Some floral and fresh rain scents

Taste -- Semi-sweet, balanced fruit with just a hint of molasses and citrus and then builds into a mild burst of hoppy bitterness that slowly fades into a refreshingly sour finish

Feel -- Very nice, does a lot as it builds and then finishes, but does not exhaust the tongue nor finish too dry.

Dr -- Extremely so...not too sweet, not too dry, with loads of flavor and complexity

Grandwazoo, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of Umbra
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: I have no idea. I've only drank this cold and out of the can.
Aroma: Heavy citrus hops on the nose.
Taste: bitter citrus and pine come through with a hearty malt backbone. Can be bready or chalky at times, but the hops do a good job of cutting through that

Mouthfeel: Bittness sticks to the tongue for a bit afterwards. Medium mouthfeel is just right.

Drinkability: Smooth, drinkable, and in a can adds to maximum drinkabiliousity

Overall: This has been my go to brew for tailgating this year. It has the right price point and packaging to fit in with the various other goodies in the car for the Ravens. It isn't the best pale ale in the world, but is a fine session brew that has done quite well for me.

Umbra, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of hoplover82
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep hazy orange color with a light tan creamy medium to small head that dissapates fast but leaves thick enveloping lace. After good aggitation of the the second pour, the head is medium sized and stays very well.

The aroma is hoppy at first with fresh grapefruit and orange citrus and very floral, but that fades into big caramel malty wofts, giving the hops a big hug. Aaahh....

The flavor is blanced with more maltiness up front then fades to hops in the end. And leaves a soft bitterness lingering. No alcohol, which is always a plus.

The mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy and smooth.

This I could drink all night, almost a session beer, but a little too high in alcohol, which is not a bad thing. Nevertheless, very drinkable.

hoplover82, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of brandoneast
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Color is hazy golden with a ton of fluffy, pillowy foam that sticks to the glass. smell is imitation vanilla extract, pineapple, slight grapefruit, and bittersweet hops with some rice vinegar. As it warms I am getting a bit of sake flavor with bitterness throughout - leaves a bit lackluster. I love that this is in a can which makes it so versatile.

brandoneast, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally found a package store that sells this stuff... I must say, pretty damn good be it a canned beer or not.

As you pour it you get a huge whiff of hop aroma.. glorious. A nice orangey color with not much head. Taste is very hop heavy (how is this not an IPA?) but lacks some carbonation in my opinion. Maybe it was an old can but tasted a bit flat. Regardless it goes down nice and smooth and is very tasty. Will be coming back to.

oriolesfan4, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of dolemite77
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Love the can... I thought that I was a beer snob against cans, but I think it is just that I'm against what is usually in those cans. This one is a big golden/amber hoppy, pale ale... not just pale. The aroma is cascade dominated, but the balance in the beer leads you to believe when they say they have 4 hops in this one. A bit heavy on the caramel, which gives a bit of english flavor to this... overall with the presentation, and the philosophy behind why they put it in a can- to give campers/climbers/boaters/hikers an opportunity to carry this thing in, and not leave trash. An honorable mission, and a good beer.

dolemite77, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of smanders
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the awesome Petty's Meat Market - Melbourne, FL

Appearance - copper/orange with a fluffy white head.

Smell - heavy malt with hops in the background.

Taste - sugary/sweet malt up front followed a belt of hops. Surprisingly finishes with more sweetness.

Mouthfeel - bold, are you sure this is from a can? Thick!

Drinkability - Before Gordon (also from Oskar Blues), the best beer I've ever had from a can. For any paddler in the BWCA, I recommend a couple of cases of Dales for next season's expedition.

smanders, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of BeanBone
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A hazy, yet bubbly, carrot-orange body with a one-finger, white head that leaves good lacing.

Aroma: The can didn't lie, this is one heavily-hopped beer. The hops slap you in the face well before you even start pouring the beer into the glass. Grapefruit dominates in the hop department, with orange-peel and pine bringing in the rear. As for malt, there isn't much shining through. This really seems more like an IPA than a Pale Ale.

Taste: Very bitter, citrusy hops off the bat. Grapefruit is still very much the focus, with the pine and orange-peel only slightly more prominent than before. The malt isn't completely choked out by the hops, and has a clean, caramel character. I would have liked to see just a little more of a balance between the hops and malt here, but these hops are good enough to make up for it. The aftertaste is decidedly bitter and, at times, a little soapy.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. The pleasantly bitter aftertaste lingers a long time.

Drinkability: Due to the bitter character and moderately-high 6.5% ABV, only committed hopheads are going to be chugging this all night long. However, this is certainly an easily drinkable beer for anyone who isn't allergic to hops.

Verdict: Dale's is certainly no slouch, but it's lacking just a little bit of malt to be perfectly balanced. To me, and apparently Oskar Blues themselves, Dale's clocks in somewhere between an IPA and an APA. One thing I can say for sure though, this is the hoppiest canned brew I've ever encountered, and that has to count for something.

BeanBone, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of FatSean
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a 20oz tulip pint.

Beautiful stained-pine color. Healthy white head, with considerable lacing.

Malts dominate, but the hops come through too. Nice grainy malt scents.

Lemony, citrusy hops at first sip. Then the dark toast malts flavors catch up. Very nice. The only complaint is that the hop flavors tend to muddy after you've finished swallowing. Hard to find a defect here.

Slightly syrupy mouth feel, not very carbonated. Really gives you something to chew on.

Drinkable as any hoppy beer I've ever had. A brighter hop finish would have earned this brew a 5.0 in this category.

Over all a very nice beer to have available year round. It goes for 2 bucks more for a 12-pack than a SN Pale Ale, but the richer characteristics make that an excellent price.

FatSean, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of illidurit
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a nonic. Nice clear copper color, probably too dark to be called pale. Moderate ecru head leaves some sticky lace. Aroma is apples, grapefruit, and caramel. Initial flavor is all hops, with a sharp citrusy bite, followed by a sublime caramel finish which then melds into a residual bitterness. Very robust for a pale ale. Mouthfeel is a little undercarbonated, but the body has a nice heft to it and it's very drinkable.

illidurit, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of rgrholmes168
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this out of a silver, blue, and red can.

Got a nice one-finger head that left lace all the way down the sides of the glass.

The hoppy smell came through even though the beer was cold, but really the aroma came awake after sitting for about ten minutes.

The beer is a nice orange color that is hazy in its appearance.

The beer said that it was a volumiously hopeed mutha of a pale ale, and it was definitely hopped up. However, the beer was not overpowering like some of the other hoppy pale ales are. THe taste was very balanced throughout.

The beer had a medium mouthfeel to it, and it was not too complex for my palate. The drinkability of the beer would depend on what the advocate likes. To me, I could have a couple, but that would be it.

rgrholmes168, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of Greggy
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a 1 finger off-white head over a clear bronze body. Nice white lacing rings the glass.

S- Nice and hoppy aroma, Notes of pine, some pineapple aromatics, and some great malty balance.

T- Starts out with a nice thick caramel malt, then transitions into some nice hoppy notes of pine, some dry hops while retaining a nice malt balance. The finish has some residual grapefruit notes, and some nice dry hoppiness.

M- Light carbonation and big mouthfeel. I really enjoy the dry finish.

D- This is an excellent Pale Ale. I would like to see a lower ABV as it'd be more sessionable. Still, I look forward to drinking this again.

Greggy, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of hoppheadIPA
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Craft beer in a can I never thought was possible but dale's proved me wrong. Pours a hazy dark orange that creates a nice white head that left lots of lacing. Has a pine and citrus smell with some grass and bisciut malt in there. Tastes very much like an ipa. Has an ipa hop bite full of pine and citrus, not too overpowering though. Malted to balance the beer nicely. Alcohol predent with a smooth finish. VEry nice and crisp mouthfeel. This beer is very drinkable. Would make a great session beer. I will get this again.

hoppheadIPA, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a cloudy pale amber-orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into decent lacing. The aroma is very big for an APA. Grapefruit, citrus, pine resin, and herbs. The taste is as big as the aroma. Tons of grapefruit and pine with a firm bitterness on the tongue and in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a silky texture. Overall, this is one of the best APAs I have had. I would really like to have this available in my area, because it would quickly become my go to pale ale.

KarlHungus, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of corby112
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a can at the South Philadelphia Taproom.

Pours a dark amber color with tihn foamy off-white head. Pleasant hoppy aroma with nice malty balance. Very quaffable beer with a perfect balance of caramel malts and bitter hops. Not very pale and quite hoppy for a pale ale. Excellent!

corby112, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired two cans of this in a trade with session1979. Thanks Jonas!

Appearance: Pours a bright copper with a thin, sticky, eggshell-colored head. Body is a bit hazy and gentle carbonation can be seen within. Very light retention, and no lacing.

Smell: Honey and herbs come to mind first, though that may be a result of tonight's dinner. (It's weird - I'm even getting a bit of funk that reminds me of goat cheese). Caramel and light citrus along with some grass.

Taste: Toasted malts and bready yeast reminded me a bit of Fat Tire. After a few more sips, I started getting more of the grassy hop aftertaste. Still getting a lot of herbal notes, as well as some caramel.

Mouthfeel: Nice balance of chewy body and dry aftertaste. Carbonation might be a bit high, hampering the smoothness of the drink. A little heavier than I would like as well.

Drinkability: Far from my favorite pale ale, but Dale's Pale Ale has a pretty unique flavor profile. Glad I have two cans, as I will be re-reviewing this one.

ThreeWiseMen, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of travolta
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden pale slight pinkish tone. Minimal head retention, white head, decent lacing.

Sumer fruits, toffee, slight carmel

Nice balance between the malty beginning and the steely finish.

Great session beer or converter beer. A real nice introduction for newbies.

travolta, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of jeffthecheff
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of the can with a golden pale color, nice white head and very good lacing. Carbonation bubbles are lingering all the way through the glass.

Hops in the nose with moderate strength. You can tell this has the American hops with strong citrus aromas.

There was some sweetness to go along with the hoppiness. Hops were mostly citrus. The bitterness was a bit strong here and I understand now where my gf is coming from when she says some hoppy beers taste like "pesticides." The front of this beer is where most of the good flavors come from.

Mouthfeel suffered from a little bit too much bitterness for the style. It seemed like the same hop bitterness as an IPA without the same degree of flavor to it. Drinkabilty was good. The 6.5% printed on the can is a surprise. I had two cans and if this was all I had I could drink it all day/night.

Overall I think this beer would benefit from toning down the strong bitterness to focus more on the nice hop flavors. Cans probably benefit this beer as I liked it better than on tap, and it makes it more memorable.

jeffthecheff, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of HopEnthusiast
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best beer I have had in a can. Very reasonable price for a great beer. Citrus, sticky, piney hop notes on the first sip of the hazy orange small headed pour. Great chilled for about a half hour in the fridge, nice drinkable nature, not to harsh able to have a good session. Catch up with you pretty quick.

HopEnthusiast, Nov 25, 2008
Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
87 out of 100 based on 5,771 ratings.