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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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5,762 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,762
Reviews: 1,740
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 107
Gots: 592 | 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 Onslow
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The new can revolution is here ... has a wonderful sweet piney aroma .. glides down the throat very happily ... i love this beer.. Taste is very tasty and has a great clean finish, lick your lips and have another!! more breweries need to start using cans, ..and you know this ..man!!

Onslow, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of andreasmwatt
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4






andreasmwatt, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of albern
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the American Craft Beer Fest in Boston in June 2008. Any brew house that brings cans to such an event deserves recognition on that basis alone. Out of 75 brewers, Oskar Blues was the ONLY canned beer there.

The Dale's was a very nice and pleasant surprise. I was impressed with the amber and caramel taste, the nice balance, the decent carbonation, and the modest hop bite in the beer. I will of course need to re-review this beer in a more contemplative setting, but my first reaction to the beer was a thumbs up. Further research may either support or refute my intial impressions.

Further review, August 2008. Wow, this is a darn good beer, and I would say the best I've had in a can. This beer has loads, boat loads of caramel, grainy malts, and just a nice sweet hop presence throughout. This is a very well balanced beer and a real treat. I'm adding points to my initial review.

albern, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of Tdizzle
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass, this beer pours a clear amber color with a moderate sized white head that dissipates quickly, leaving some spotty lacing behind after each sip.

S- Lots of citrusy and piney hops with a sweet, grainy malt backing. At first, this smells exactly like an IPA, but that great hoppy aroma quickly fades, leaving a completely malty and carmely aroma in its place.

T- The taste is initially sweet and malty, but a coarse hoppy bitterness moves in on the palate towards a slightly dry finish. There's a buttery flavor in the middle of all this. The bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue long after each sip.

M- The mouthfeel is a tad watery at first, but overall, it's full-bodied and chewy. It could use a bit more carbonation though.

D- The 6.5% ABV and the thick, chewy texture of this beer detract from its sessionability, but it's still pretty drinkable.

A very solid Pale Ale. Recommended.

Tdizzle, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of tdt560
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Poured from can into a pint glass, golden colored with a good two fingered head which lasted. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - Slight balanced odor of citrus, hops and flowers.

Taste - Crisp well balanced taste with a slightly sharp "bite" at the end. I truly enjoy this pale ale.

Mouthfull - Medium body with good carbonation with a dry finish.

Drinkability - Very, very drinkable this is and will be a regular resident in my fridge. Highly sessionable. If you enjoy pale ale's or even IPA's I would highly recommend this brew for a try. Can't believe this comes from a can!

tdt560, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can, served at Moan and Dove. The appearance was a little average: no real head or lacing; overall light brown mixed with amber. The aromas were decently well for a canned beverage: medium fruit aromas and hops. The taste was more sour in flavoring and lacked a hoppiness typical of a pale ale. However, its lightness in the hop department was relatively heavy for something in a can. And that is probably why I rate it high in mouthfeel: for something like a pale ale, the can helps it be light and refreshing. Overall, a little weak for a pale ale, but I was very impressed by the brewery's ability to make a drinkable pale ale.

fitzy84, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of PiecefulToker
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a beautiful copper-amber-orange color, slightly hazy, with a thick almost nitro like head that sustains a substantial layer through the duration of the beer, leaving a sticky lace on the glass as I drink it.

S: A beautiful bouquet of hops and malt. There are notes of pinyness as well as citrus. This beer smells great.

T: This is a pretty hop pale ale, but has the malt backbone to support it. High on bitterness, but the sweetness of the malt balances the flavor profile. Just like the nose suggests, there is a decent amount of pine and spruce like flavors as well as citrusy grapefruit. If you like hoppy APAs, seek this one out.

M: Smooth but with a stickyness that coats my mouth. Not too thick, not too thin, just right.

D: Surprisingly high. Taking down a 6-pack wouldn't be a problem.

PiecefulToker, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz can into pint glass.

A - Golden/copper with a slight haze. Disappointing 1 finger head receded rather quickly but a thick film stuck around. Decent lacing.

S - Crisp floral hops with a touch of malt sweetness.

T - Burst of floral and leafy hops, but it fades quickly into some rather uninteresting malt. Metallic bitterness prevails in the aftertaste.

M - Different than I'm used to for a pale ale, can't quite decide if I like it or not. A little thick and a little chewy, with only moderate carbonation. Thins out a bit near the end.

D - Eh, not terrible, but fairly average for the style. Add to that the price tag, and there are better APAs for your money.

PatrickJR, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of sevopie
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a solid amber color with a heavy head. Sticks around for a while, nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - Hops. There's a few other things poking through, like a sweet smell I can't put my finger on.

Taste - The hops fade a little bit on tasting, giving way to the malt. If I hadn't read butter from the other reviews, I wouldn't have recognized it right away, but indeed that is what I taste in the middle. Also has that other sweetness I still can't place.

Mouthfeel - Probably needs a little more carbonation to feel right, also the buttery flavor doesn't sit right 100% percent.

Drinkability - Very smooth pale ale, I can definitely go through some of these. not the greatest pale I've had, but I don't feel bad with the money spent on the 12-pack (neat packaging with the cardboard box for the 12-pk of cans as well.)

On revisiting this one, I have noticed what a few others have said... The quality control is bad. Some of these cans produced beer that was hoppier than a lot of IPAs. Some produced a pale that had a smooth butteriness. Overall, I would guess that there were 3 or 4 different batches out of this 12-pack, running the gamut of what the batches would taste like. I knocked a little off of the drinkability for this, as I would like consistency if I'm going to purchase this again.

sevopie, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of HardcoreKeith
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six pack of these to throw into the soda can dispenser of my kegerator fridge.

Hazy amber with small white head. The carbonation level is low, hardly even a pooft when I popped the can. It smells strongly of piney and citrusy hops and grapefruit. The taste is strongly piney. It's very aggressively hopped, to the point that this is really more of an IPA than APA. It's even more hoppy than some IPAs. The malt flavor shows through a bit as it warms up. Enjoyable, and kudos to Oskar Blues for the canning.

HardcoreKeith, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of Overlord
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm growing to really enjoy these funky little cans.

Pour an amber orange. A solid white foam head. No alcing.

Smells like malt and pine hops with a tinge of grapefruit. More IPA than pale ale in both taste and aroma, this is pretty much straight caramel malt with a grapefruit/pine flavoring. It lacks the tropical aromas/flavoring of my favorite pale ales, but still a solid offering.

Overlord, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of BDIMike
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden-orange color with a nice white head. Good carbonation that gives the head a nice lacing as you drink.
Smell is a nice strong smell of clean hops. A bit of a wheat/biscuit smell as well.
Taste is immediately strong of citrusy hops. A nice grapefruit taste to this.
Mouthfeel is very nice. A medium-bodied drink that balances a good crisp bite with a nice smoothness as well.
Drinkability is good on this beer. I Dale's would be a novelty beer in the can, but there is actually a nice taste to back it up. It has a very strong amount of hops and taste, but a good smoothness that makes it a good session pale ale.

BDIMike, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of HoustonTX
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dales Pale Ale

Been drinking this as my everyday beer for the past month. Ever since it came to the Texas market. It's that damn good.

Dales is orange in color with a steady halo of white head.

Smell is crisp and standout. Juicy, ripe, spicy hops jump out and attack your senses. Sweet malt and tangy citrus present them selves as well.

Dales taste is just outrageously right on, making it incredibly sessionable. Upfront you get a nice crisp base of sweet-butter infused maltiness. Slick on the throat. Next comes a lacing of beautiful citrusy and spicy hops. The spicyness hops out enough to let you know your alive, but it's not long lived due to the sick drinkability and slickness of the beer. Finishes clean and crisp, with a lingering infused balance.

Dales is the real deal. I love this stuff. Incredible value, incredibly tasty, and...just overall incredible.

HoustonTX, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Looks like your basic pale ale. Hazy burnt golden in color with a white head that goes away quickly leaving a a nice layer on top of the brew with some sticky spotty lacing.

S- Little more on the hoppy side than other pale ales. Some citrus and pine hops, also grapefruit, caramel malts and a little bready.

T- Pretty sweet overall. Malty bready with a solid hop bitterness. Probably a little more bitter than ususal.

M- A bit creamy and medium in body.

D- Pretty good and I think I could put a few of these away and its kinda cool since its in a can.

nrbw23, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of Rzzzzz
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Beatles Let It Be pint glass. Careful pour produced a thin white head atop a slightly hazy red/orange brew. Light rings of lacing left behind.

Aroma is citruisy hops and a plethora of herbs, like say, walking into Crabtree & Evelyn, if Crabtree & Evelyn carried hops soap along with their usual lot. (Hmmm...hops soap. Now that might be a reason walk into Crabtree & Evelyn).

This has a buttery malt flavor up front with a dry hops finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, if a little thin, but very drinkable.

Rzzzzz, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of FreightTrain
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as a nice amber/gold color with a rapidly dissipating one finger head. Smell is grassy hops with a whiff of golden malt. Taste is delicious: the hops and malt work in unison, neither overwhelms or dominates the other and they strike the palate equally throughout. The mouthfeel is creamy and full without being syrupy or overly thick; restrained carbonation. A very drinkable beer, definitely something to keep in stock.

A note on the hype: this beer is not designed to stand up to your bomber of one-off over the top rare brew. This is an excellent session ale because it has great taste, it's easy to drink, it comes in a convenient package, and it's not too expensive. Enjoy it for what it is, and don't expect it to be Dark Lord in a can.

A note on consistency: with all the talk of the can's ability to shield beer from light and air, this beer still has some consistency issues, as noted in the Bros. review. I have had cans of this beer with off-flavors, so I assume that originates at the brewery. For this beer to assume its rightful mantle as the great American craft session beer, these consistency issues need to be ironed out.

FreightTrain, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of HalfFull
2.4/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Well, this is my first hype brew since I've been here on BA, newly distributed here so I assume it's reasonably fresh. Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass, it pours a hazy orange amber with a half inch head. Retention is short, lacing is well represented.

Smells of hops and malts in union. Hops are floral and citrus with some pine as well as sweet malts.

Taste is another story. Thick syrupy lightly toasted malt sugars, sickly rich. Malt is way overdone here in my view, and it sticks around for a while cloaking the finish. Some bitterness pushes through but that's about it. Not a lot of depth to the malt either, and not chewy. Mouthfeel is good initially but the malts coat like an oily salad dressing thus rejecting any further flavors from participating. Tastes like a desert wine, and a poor one at that.

Definitely won't be buying this one again. Lesson learned.

HalfFull, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of kleffman
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack at Whole Foods. Poured into a standard pint glass with a very clear golden color and a small head that dissipated quickly. Smells of sweet malt, maybe some pine, citrus and grassy hops. Flavors of caramel and light sweetness with a malt bitterness up front and some citrus flavors. Sort of one dimensional but nice. Decent light to medium body and easy to drink. Enjoyable, I would probably favor SNPA over this but I'm glad to try it for sure and would definitely get it again.

kleffman, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of Buebie
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Made a WI run for this beer.
Poured from a 12 oz can.
Color was an off orange, transparent in the glass. Head was white and fluffy. with a decent amount of laceing. Some retention.

Smell was pretty much average for a pale ale, although this one was a bit bland.

Taste was hop bitterness upfront with a mild sweatness. Then hop bitterness after the swallow. Some creamy textures with a sort of pinnaple flavor through the middle. Hops were citrussy and a bit grassy. There is some sort of aftertaste, chemically or unnatural...not really sure what it is.

Mouthfeel is creamy and mildly thick. Moderate carbonation.
This 6 pack I got was about $8.99, so $2 cheaper then Surly Furious. I'd go Surly any day over this one. I dont think I'll pick this one up again.

Buebie, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of Donnie2112
2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: reddish amber color with big fluffy cream colored head on the top

smell: not a lot there strangely all I'm getting is a bit of pumpkin and just a hint of spicy hops

taste: a bit of malt but over all it tastes a little watery, lightly toasty and then there's a bit of bitterness on the finish. Not offensive but nothing special either.

mouthfeel: a bit creamy, medium light body and a bit of astringence, seems slightly under carbonated

drinkability: It's ok but I just don't see what the hype is about. The stuff is light and drinkable but I don't think it's anything special either. I really like this brewery but this brew in particular left me underwhelmed. I might need to seek this out again though just because it's so popular.

Donnie2112, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of USCTrojanBrian
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned craft beer! I love it. And there's good reasons for more craft beers to follow the Oskar Blues (and others') model.

Big white, foamy head that turns pockety and clumpy. Beautiful. Cloudy amber color. Great hop aroma. To me this is basically a well-made IPA, labeled as a pale ale.

This is a strong flavor and alcohol percentage pale ale. A respectable malt base, not offensively sweet, but present. Loads of hop character. Sweet. Spicy. Bitter. Acidic. Fresh. Lots to work with from such a humble can. More citrus than pine, which I think was the right lever to pull here.

Nice thickness to the liquid too, an underappreciated aspect of the hoppier pales and American IPA's. I don't like beers from this style to be watery, they should be slightly gooey and thick, but not too thick to where you're chewing through the brew. Oskar Blues gets it right here.

What Stone IPA is to the Western states and Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA is to the Eastern states, Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale should be for the mountain states, a regional standard to aspire to and even surpass within the style.

Definitely one of those beers that among your massive collection of bombers and 750ml's and infinite single bottles, should be stocked as a six pack for steady drinking.

USCTrojanBrian, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of RJLarse
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six-pack of Dale's Pale Ale at the neighborhood micro brew headquarters. Sold in cans, but without the pressure "pop" when opened, like a canned macro. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a rich gold/copper color and is slightly hazy. Decent one finger head, is off-white, foamy and sticky. It leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass, especially early on.

Smell is appealing. A sweet malt aroma up front, with some pine and citrus notes along side.

Taste is generally good. There is a bit of a caramel malt flavor, followed by some hoppy bitterness, and then a real dry bitter aftertaste, like dandelion leaves.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, not as clean as I would expect of the style. It's a bit syrupy and cloying.

Just above average drinkability. It's a nice enough APA, but the cloying bitter aftertaste gets tiresome from this "Voluminoiusly Hopped Mutha...". I'll probably have it again, especially if the canned packaging is an advantage, like packing a cooler, or doing a beer can barbecued chicken.

RJLarse, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can,

A: Pours amber with a medium white head, good retention leaving a thin cap of foam, spotty but extensive lacing.

S: Sweet citrus juice, wildflower honey and treacle malt.

T: Light caramel maltiness, definitely has a sweeter sugary feel than in a lot of pales. Hops are full of citrus and pineapple, full-flavoured and very tasty.

M: Kind of light in body, I don't know if it's the can, but needs more heft, overall resiny and creamy.

D: Very good beer, bordering on IPA territory. Finally they came to CA, and their flagship product was certainly worth the wait.

Halcyondays, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark reddish-orange color. One finger head with little retention but good lacing.

S - Fresh citrus and piney hops with a caramel malt sweetness undertone.

T - Sweet malts up front with a medium hop bitterness at the end. Not as much hop character as I prefer in a pale ale. Hops are citrusy in flavor.

M/D - Full boded with a buttery feeling that coats your mouth. Moderate carbonation. A very drinkable pale ale but not my favorite.

Love the craft beer in cans!

ckeegan04, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of PBBC
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange with a creamy 1 finger head,

Smells very hoppy, very earthy, kind of like dirt, but in a good way. (Outdoorsmen know what I'm talking about)

Tastes hoppy, bitter in the back of the tongue, slightly sweet, almost buttery?

Mouthfeel, not too clean, the taste lingers for quite awhile on the tongue, but I enjoy the hoppy tastes.

PBBC, Jun 05, 2008
Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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