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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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6,254 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,254
Reviews: 1,806
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 126
Gots: 871 | 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 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!

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

This one, I just had to pour into a glass to gaze at it's colors. This is my very first canned beer that I've been really excited about. A few friends have told me about it and was very happy when I arrived and saw a 12 pack in the fridge.

A - This looked nice and dark golden, almost orangish. Which had a nice almost tan head that sat on top and took a while for it to go down. But, the lacing is something to take note of.

Smell - This...was not the smell I was expecting out of a canned beer. Totally caught me off guard. Lots of hops and citrus notes ring through the nose on this one. Cannot deny that in the least.

Taste - This is where it comes together. It truly is the best tasting canned beer. Very nice and crisp, hoppy with some citrus tang to it. It's great for summer! It's quite the pale ale.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied and a bit sticky, nice! Glad it wasn't light at all.

Drinkability - I could easily have a few of these on a hot summer day. Perfect beer for summer, in or out of the can.

Photo of jlapennas
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep gold and headed in the direction of orange. Clarity is very good, head fairly standard. Nothing wrong here.

Aroma: Caramel and sweet malts almost balanced by a medium intensity hop nose. Nice mix of citrus, pine, and some fruitiness. Malt sweetness makes the aroma come across very smooth, not sharp or grassy.

Flavor: Similar to the aroma. Caramel malts, toasted notes with some melanoidens. Then some American hops with a bit of resin and bitterness. The finish is malty again and there is some lingering sweetness. Not dry and crisp like many pale ales.

Mouthfeel: Creamy rich and full. Again, a bit on the rich side for a pale ale. Very pleasant to drink though.

Overall: Seems like caramel and malt rich IPA without the hopping levels or dry hops. The beer is pretty well balanced for being so big and rich. If you like a sweeter pale ale this is a good one to dry. For me the drinkability suffered some. Still, very tasty.

Photo of Adamdc
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can with bottled on date of 7-31-09 stamped on bottom.

A: Clear orange pour with 1 inch tight white foam that leaves lots of lacing. Very inviting!

S: Pretty subdued in the nose. Very slight whiff of citrus hops with some caramel maltiness.

T: This strikes a great balance between malt and hop. There's a caramelly almost honey-like malt backbone with some citrus hops riding on top. I remember this having more of a hop presence but where this is about 10 months old, some of the 'hoppiness' may have faded.

M: Very refreshing and slightly drying. Carbonation is light.

D: This is the beer's strong point---I could defintely knock down a 6 of these on a warm summer day. Very smooth and refreshing!

This has been an old standby for me over the past few years. I'm very glad that this is widely available here in Mass. OB has done it again!

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

Poured into Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pale amber with a fluffy white head that clings to the sides on the way down.

S: Hops dominate. Mountain pine, grapefruit, some caramel.

T: Well balanced, but hops certainly stand out. Grapefruit is the most obvious flavor, particularly in the aftertaste. A bit of pine. Light malts smooth out the bite in the end.

M: Good carbonation tickles the sides of the tongue and throat and delivers hoppiness to all corners of my mouth. A noticeable dryness is present, as well... It dried out my mouth more than the flavor would suggest (the only downside).

D: Overall, a pale ale that doesn't disappoint. The can makes it taste really fresh, too. In spite of the overt hoppiness, it isn't very bitter. The best aspect of this beer is that it reminds me of the rockies with its cool, dry, outdoorsy qualities.

Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured very light copper in color with a head that quickly disappeared into lacing patterns. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of citrusy hops and pale malts in the nose.
T: There is a good balance between the slight bitterness from the hops and some sweetness from the malts in the overall flavor.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and can be considered as being sessionable. It's surprisingly hoppy for a pale ale and is rather flavorful.

Photo of copyguyadam
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can into a Sam Adams glass.

A - Oh pretty beer
S - Nice light scent from this one
T - Subdued hops in a pale ale
M - This is an anytime, easy drinking pale ale
D - Could have 3 or 4 of these and feel good doing it

Good pale ale with a kick of hops to get you excited. A little more hop and this is an IPA.

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

12 oz can poured into shaker pint

A-Pours a golden/amber with a 1" off white head that has decent retention and leaves a lot of sticky lacing on the glass.

S-Citrus hops, caramel malt. Not complex, but very pleasant.

T-Nice citrus hop bite, a bit bold for a pale ale, but I think thats a good thing. I'm getting grapefruit primarily with a bit of orange zest with a present but not intruding malt backbone. Very nice.

M-Medium body, somewhat creamy. The carb bite is not harsh or overdone. A nice bitter finish.

D-Truly a session beer. Many of these in a sitting is easily doable.

A very solid pale ale from OB.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, Sam Adams glass, canned 02-24-10.

Very English in appearance, burnished copper tending towards shades of yellow. Creamy, sustained eggshell head with lovely lacing.

Low intensity grapefruit and orange peel, sweet caramel malts, simple and West Coast aside from some sneaky biscuit malt. Hints of mango.

Grapefruit and orange peel, pith bitterness of both fruits, slightly honeyed 2-row and caramel malt. The finish is minty and dry. Middle of the road, simple workhorse pale ale. Still a biscuit aspect in there.

Oscillates between watery and creamy. It feels undercarbonated.

The flavor is very much standard APA, but the abv is reaching into IPA. Alcohol isn't apparent, but it dings the drinkability.

Photo of ncfrey
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes taken 4-30-2010
Can into New Belgium globe glass

a - Slightly hazy orange-amber, thin white head with average retention.

s - Big toffee, caramel, resiny floral and citrus hops. Has a strong stickiness that makes me a bit nervous to taste it.

t - Malts are equally biscuit, toffee, and caramel. Has a bitter but very manageable finish, a bit spicy but hard to pinpoint the hop flavor.

mf - Creamy, medium-bodied, with lots of carbonation. A bit thick for an APA, but that's how I like it.

d - A six pack could easily go in one night.

Lacks the crispness of some APA's like, for instance, New Belgium's Mighty Arrow, but another respectable Oskar Blues offering nonetheless. A very pleasing combination of flavor, feel, and drinkability.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Heard a lot abot this one. Didn't think it was advertised as such a hoppy beer. ''A huge voluminously hopped mutha of a pale ale''. It's also 6.5% This sounds more like an IPA than a PA.

A- My friend got some good head in his A&W mug. Me, not so much for some reason. Almost none actually. Clear reddish copper. Neither one of us got that much lacing.

S- Seemed strong when I opened it and sniffed the can opening but now that it's in the glass it seems a lot more tame. More malty than hoppy. Hint of grapefruit and caramel sugary malt.

T- Taste is a lot more out there. Not exactly balaced but the malt offers a good counterpoint. Tastes just right. Hard to find the alcohol. Bitterness lingers forever.

M- Low carbonation. Smooth and dry.

D- Drinks great. A great easy to drink hop fix.
I wish I could buy this by the case and just drink a bunch at a party or something. It's a fun beer. And a bunch of empty cans lying around probably looks awesome too.

Photo of rawthar
3.29/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Red tinged sunset with the type of quickly dissipating head you normally associate with the higher ABV brews. The pretty color makes up for the lack of head.
S- Malts steal the show from the hops in this IPA, leaving an underwhelming aroma for the style.
T- Subdued hops, bitters are the prominent flavor from them, though this isn't an overly bitter beer.
M- A bit of nice sharp carbonation, you'll know this beer is there.
D- Though not remarkable in general, this is something that is easy to down a bunch of.

Photo of jmhart
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

From can to glass.

A: Bronze/gold-brown in color. Egg shell colored head that was about a finger thick, and thick at that. Head had the texture and consistency a lot like that of a good pilsner.

S: A balance of earthy and grapefruit hops. Strong on the hops, but not overpowering. Only the subtlest hint of malt.

T: Pleasantly surprised on the taste, but I think that's from my preconceived notion of it coming from a can. Reminds me of some of my first pale ales. Very classic in taste holding true to the hoppy nature. Very balanced between hob and malt. It definitely had a little of that oxidized/metallic canned beer flavor....not necessarily a bad thing, just noting its presence.

M: Medium to full bodied. Thick and creamy. Rolls across the tounge. Not much carbonation and no acidity.

D: A very drinkable pale ale. Smooth to put down, with pleasant but not overpowering hops.

Overall, I'll drink this again as an impulse buy, but I wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of MrIncognito
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark amber color, pretty dark in fact for a pale ale, with a 2-finger sticky white head that retains for about 3 minutes then relaxes to a nice lacey cap.

S - Nice and malty with a moderate hop presence. Not IPA hop presence but more so than most APA's I've had. Biscuity malts with that toasted bread crust present.

T&M - The hops and malts are balanced so well in this beer. Toasted bread and biscuit flavors with light citrus hop presence. Perhaps a little bit piney in the taste as well. The body is a bit thinner than anticipated and the moderate carbonation has a drying effect.

D - A solid beer from beginning to end and easily sessionable.

Photo of JamisonM
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Stone Cali Belgique IPA glass

S: hops, fruit and caramel malts

T: hops first grab your tongue and then caramel malts back it up with a good malt back bone then bitterness lingers

M: light carbonation here I would call this a med body

D: its drinkable but for a summer beer its a bit heavy not that this claims to be a summer beer

overall: this thing could be called an IPA its hoppy and has a rather high 6.5 ABV. The beer is not bad but for 7.99-9.00 bucks a sixer I can find beers that I would rather buy and drink, but I am glad I got around to trying my first Oskar Blues beer.

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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