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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: 127
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 rhoadsrage
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Poured into an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a clear orange body with a gentle carbonation supporting a thin beige film.
S- The smell is pretty clean with a green note and some caramel notes coming through as the beer warms.
T- The green bitterness of hops has some soft pale malt hints then leading back into a bitter pungent hop note that lingers. When the beer warms there are notes of caramel malt tap water and iced tea that come through.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol or fizz. D- This beer doesn't have much to offer other than a bitterness.

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

A - Decent head with pretty good retention and some lacing. Color is a deep brownish honey. Somewhat cloudy in appearance, cloudier than most pale ales.

S - Pine hops smell is what I notice first, then the strong malt. Underlying citrus hops complement well. Over all good balance.

T - Similar to the smell, piney hops flavors with underlying citrus notes. A strong malt backbone. Malts used give it almost a bready aftertaste.

M - Heavier than most pale ales. Not a strong carbonation but still feels very full.

D - Very drinkable even though it can be somewhat filling.

Good pale ale. Has some unique characteristics compared to others, but all work well together. Not a favorite of mine for the style, but good for something a little different but still in the same style at its core. Overpriced, but worth a try without a doubt.

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

Appearance: Poured out of the typical 12oz can. Medium gold in color with a substantial fizzy head. A little cloudy.

Smell: Upon opening, a nice piney and grassy hop aroma. Breadlike and light caramel malts also noted in the aroma.

Taste: Pleasant hoppy bite leads to a more assertive bitterness towards the end of the tasting. Hop profile is piney and grassy as opposed to a more citrus-like flavor. Malts help balance out this beer, though hops are dominant.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Relatively smooth through the hop bite.

Drinkability: Very drinkable pale ale with an assertive hop presence. Relatively moderate ABV.

Overall, a standard-bearer for hop-heads. Not off-the-wall, but a good tasting pale.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad beer in a can. Waaay too expensive, but its easily the best beer in a can you're likely to find.

Looks a little lighter than a pale ale, smells like nothing obvious. Taste is surprisingly well, for being in a can, maybe its all the glass propaganda I've been subjected to over the years. Very drinkable. Could do multiple of these. Very good beer to sneak into athletic events.

Comes off very similar to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. And that's a damn good thing.

Photo of cdkrenz
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to drizzam... you da man!

A - Nice and frothy, pure white, sticky, one inch of head. The body is a foggy burnt orange color.

S - Mild citrus aroma.

T - This has all flavor of a full bodies India Pale Ale. I'm impressed by the different hop tastes that I'm picking up throughout each pull. Very Impressive. I'm actually sensing a peppermint flavor in the finish.

M - The texture is smooth throughout. The brew does leave a residue that is felt in the center pack of my tongue with each finish.

~ This another great example of very good beer that comes in a can. I really look forward to the days when craft-brewers line Oskar Blues start spending more on their ingredients and less on bottles and shipping. I hope its not too far away.

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

A: Poured from the can into my Russian River pint glass. The beer is clear and amber in color with a thin white foam that leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The smell is a nice combination of citrus hops (with a mild piney quality) and quite a bit of sweet, bready malt. There is also a mild honey smell.

T: The taste is fairly comparable to the nose. The hops are certainly present, but not overwhelming. The citrus flavors are dominant in the beginning, followed by a sweet malt flavor, and a bitter finish.

M: The beer is fairly well carbonated and the body is medium, but on the fuller side for a pale ale.

D: A good example of a Pale Ale. Not overly hoppy nor malty, but a good balance of the two.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a can into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. This beer is an orange amber color with yellow highlights on the side. It's only the slightest bit darker than the average pale ale, so it still has the color and clarity of that style. This beer produces a creamsicle colored thick foamy head that goes away after several minutes and produces very generous lacing that sticks to the glass. The smell is very good, the hops jump out as you smell. Both citrus and pine hop are present, well balanced between the both. The taste is also great, much like the smell the hops dominate the flavor. Grapefuity and dry/pine hop flavor. Eventhough it's so well hopped, it has a generous amount of malts to it as well. Caramelized and roasted to perfection. It starts very sweet, then a crisp and biter finish. This is a refreshing fairly light bodied beer that has a refreshing and clean mouthfeel. This beer is incredibly drinkable.

I avoided this beer for a long time soley because it was in a can. I am now ashamed of myself. This so far the best American Pale Ale I have ever had and will base all APA's in the future on this beer.

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

After having Ten FIDY, I wanted to try other offerings from Oskar Blues.

Pours a nice honey orange with some slight haze in the body. Head was about 1 finger width and quickly receded to a little foam ring. Retention could be a bit better but passable.

Aroma is quite nice. Beautiful mixture of pine, grapefruit, and orange. Notes where subdued and aided by sweet caramel malt to balance out this hoppy pale ale.

Taste was on par as far as aroma goes. Begins with cool hops, and pine, then moves onto a light caramel malt that holds it together quite nicely. Finish is smooth with some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a good medium. Carbonation was spot on.

I could drink this brew all day everyday. Good flavor and crispness makes this a good all around beer for the beer aficionado, or a first time craft drinker.

Photo of Ezone024
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy dark golden color, nice head lots of lacing down the glass.
Smells of citrus and sweet malt.
The taste is refreshing but could be cleaner. the sweet malts drown out some of the citrus hoppiness and therefore doesn't make the mouth feel as good as other pales. it drinks O.K but has a high alcohol content for a pale ale so be cautious, it'll definitely keep you warm.

Overall Decent, not something i would go nuts about.

Photo of BeerPhan86
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pleasanlty surprised to see this as one of the growler fill choices at my local store, and it happens to be the store guy's pick of the week. I always see the six packs of this in cans but never picked it up. Time to try it on delicious draft!

A - Deep hazy amber-copper in color with a nice foamy light tan "sticky" head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Oh wow. Super hoppy for a pale ale, with plenty of grapefruit. I also detect some citrus, pine, and sweet malt. I can tell this will be very hoppy and very bready already.

T - Piney hops up front. Plenty of grapefruit and citrus hops. Strong malty backbone and caramel sweetness. The only thing that makes this different than an IPA is that it isn't quite as bitter. Extraordinary balance. Reminds me of a West Coast style IPA but not quite as bitter.

M - Medium bodied, very smooth and crisp. Could benefit from a little more carbonation though.

D - Very sessionable, but hoppier and heavier than most pale ales. It really should be approached as an IPA.

Overall, very good on draft, I'll be filling up my growler with this as long as it's around. Seeing as six packs are approaching 9-10 dollars anyway for the good stuff, you may as well find somewhere to fill your jug up. 9-10 dollars for about 5 pints of a good draft beer such as this is a deal and a half. I'm intrigued how it translates in the can. If you are camping somewhere and glass bottles are prohibited this is the perfect choice!

Photo of mulder1010
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ML can poured into a small glass.

A-- Poured a cloudy gold color. Small white head, not even a half inch but the head was quite nice and sticky on the glass. Leaving nice lacing.

S-- Grapefruit, lemon, and hops. Slightly sweet and a little bit of a bread smell.

T-- Hops are pretty dominant followed by the lemon. The grapefruit taste is the end in the bite.

M-- Good carbonation and well balanced between the citrus and the hops. Like how it starts forward with the hops and finishes with the grapefruit.

D-- Good APA. Very sessionable and the cans are easy to work with as opposed to bottles. Proof that good beer can be in a can.

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

12 oz can poured into a Nonic. 08-03-09 date between "Ale's what cures ya" on the bottom. 6.5% ABV.

A - Pours a clear golden orange amber color with a cream-colored, foamy, and very well retained head. Good lacing covering the glass as the head went down to a dense blanket.

S - Strong grapefruit citrus hops on the nose with a mild pine afterthought. A good malty presence is in the back balancing it all out with a caramelly sweetness. Mmm Mmm good.

T - With the amount of hops in here it tastes much more like an IPA than a pale ale. The flavor mirrors the aroma with strong grapefruit citrus hops with a bit of pine and a strong malty backbone. Again, a bit of caramel sweetness balances out well.

M - Dry and bitter finish with a splash of carbonation bubbles for good measure, it's a smooth, medium-bodied ale.

D - Like I said, more like an IPA than a pale ale. It's got a dry, bitter kick to the finish that lowers it's drinkability a bit but overall it's a well-crafted and balanced pale. I'm also happy for the sun-blocking can it comes in!

Photo of aggiearcher13
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can from notes last week...

A: Hazy copper color, not too much head but I may have been lazy on the pour. I would call it an attractive looking beer thus far.

S: Piney. Also, citrus and caramel. Really enjoy the malts on this one.

T: Good bitterness but well balanced by the malts. Kind of a toast and caramel to it. Very enjoyable.

M: Good body, I might knock it for too much carbonation but that's really picking at it IMO.

D: Very nice, sessionable beer.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into an altbier glass.

Pours a cloudy deep golden color with a thin white head. Nose is sweet, malty and a bit of light hoppiness finishes it off.

mmm, very sweet and smooth, with a crisp hop bitterness, almost an IPA for an APA but very fresh and tasty, one of the best APAs I've had in a while, a refreshing take on a "regular" style!

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

Poured from a 12oz can into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is very clear copper/orange with a big fluffy off white head with good retention. Nice sticky lacing.

Smell is fairly citric, with a decent blend of hops and malt.

Taste is a nice hop bitterness that is balanced with some mild sweet malts. The bitterness seams fairly strong but overall pretty balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. It's smooth and refreshing. A really nice example of the style. Would be a possibility for a session beer but can be a little pricey compared to others. But overall, quite nice.

Photo of confer
2.88/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I like the idea of using the cans. The beer pours a slightly hazy deep yellow. It had an off white 1 finger head.
The can says something about a hopped up pale ale, no lie. I just don't care for the kind of hops used. The aroma is of a pine forest and the taste is exactly the same. Chewing on pine needles. As a pale ale I think it is to hoppy. I wouldn't enjoy more than one.

Photo of lester619
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found two six packs at the grocery store. So glad I did. Appearace is dark orange copper amber, a little cloudy. looks and smells like an IPA. Nice two inch head, beutiful lacing. The look is kind of a moot point because this will be consumed directly from the can. Harsh hop presance, in a good way. This has to be very close to an IPA. Juicy oily hops bludgen your tounge. I love this beer. It has even more hoppy goodness than Stone or Sierra Nevada's versions. More of a creamy, complex mouth feel too. At close to 7% ABV, it is almost too drinkable. I just love how it tastes.I really love the fact that it comes in a cool red and blue redneck looking can. I love cans. Up there with my favorites. Great beer.

Photo of bamadog
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review is from notes taken on 10/25/2009. Poured from a can into a pint glass. Something tells me that my score is going to be higher than the average, but what can I say? This is a great freaking beer and I feel they need to start distributing to where I live so I could make it a regular in my fridge.

Appearance: Pours a nearly perfect copper color and comes with a 1/2 finger white fluffy head; body is clear and shows strong carbonation; firm washes and rings of lacing cling to the sides of the glass.

Smell: A fine balance of malty sweetness and a mild piney/citrusy bitter hop presence; malt is stronger in the nose than in the mouth, ultimately, but I am loving how this hits my nose.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Outstanding! the balance in this pale ale is extraordinary - the hops are more piney than citrusy in the mouth and the resins are super present and leave a thick coating all over the mouth, particularly the roof; the malts offer a firm backing and help smooth out the bitterness.

Drinkability: I wish this was something that I could get my hands on all the time. The smell and taste are great and it's very refreshing, this would definitely be a go-to pale for me.

Photo of velosuds
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a clear pint glass. Canned on 8-10-09. Single purchased at specialty beer store for $1.65.

A-Pours a golden amber with a two finger, off-white head with good retention and modest lacing.

S-Somewhat subdued piney and citrusy hops with a bread-like malt presence.

T-Moderately hoppy with a sweet malt backbone.

M-Very smooth, well balanced, crisp, and refreshing.

D-A good APA. Very easy drinking. I would readily drink this again. This would make a good introduction to craft beer for the BMC crowd.

Photo of devilben02
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The deep orange color is always darker than I expect. The aroma is subtle but complex, with a combination of caramel sweetness, earthy hop bitterness, and alcohol. The flavor is much more one-dimensional, with the hops driving the party. The flavor is bigger and bitterer than many pale ales, with strong notes of pine and grapefruit. The bitterness builds, which can make it tough to drink more than a few at a time (I learned this when I chose Dale's as my preferred can to drink on the beach this summer). Overall, very flavorful and a great option among canned beers, but not one of the first pale ales I would reach for.

Photo of Travlr
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught at Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle. Clear amber with a medium white head and nice lacing. Aroma of black pepper and lemon. Flavor is a very nice balance between the subtle hoppy bitterness and the malt. Not over the tops as some American IPAs are. Nicely done.

Photo of pwoods
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. can poured into an imperial pint. Notes.

A: Poursa nice orangish amber with good clarity. 1ish fingers worth of off white head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Decently citric and lightly piney hops are balanced by sweet bready malts.

T/M: good bitterness level. Malts are barely able to balance enough to call this an APA. Very nice citrus notes without over doing it. Malts are sweet and bready and still keep it light. body ismaybe meidum with good carbonation.

D: Drinkable and interesting.

Photo of SirSketch
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Unclouded copper color and some orange highlights. Looks great in a Sam Adams pint glass. Tone of tiny bubbles vortex in the brew. A fluffy white head sustains.

S - Nice mix of earthy and spicy hops pair nicely with the caramel and toffee aroma in this beer. It does not jump out as an outstanding beer, in terms of aroma, but very nice nonetheless.

T - Heavy bitterness for a pale, but balanced well with a pleasant maltiness. Caramel and butterscotch flavors throughout. Finishes slightly dry and thirst quenching.

M/D - Perfect carbonation on this beer helps give it a frothy mouth and makes it extremely drinkable. One of the better pales I've had.

Photo of dpittard
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I first saw my brother drinking a Dale's Pale Ale, I wondered why he strayed away from craft brew. The sight of the red, blue, and white can smacks of the South (where I'm born and raised). But that's where the confusion stops. Get up close to the bottle and do some reading and you'll be quite impressed.

Oskar Blues Brewery isn't afraid to stand out from the crowd of craft brews and this is obvious with the choice of the can versus a bottle. Taste and drinkability round this brew out as excellent.

Dale's Pale Ale pours a cherry amber with off-white head and good lacing on the glass. The beer is cloudy and inviting. The nose is malty with interludes of citrus hops. Grapefruit is the key here. Draft after draft, the beer hits every note: malt, hops, bitter, sweet. This is a well rounded pale ale. It leaves the palete with a medium coating of bitterness and malt.

This is a very drinkable pale ale! My local store has a 12 pack of cans for $17 which is much better than the normal 4 pack distribution for $8+.

This beer is light enough to request more than a 12 oz. but not so light that you think you are drinking water. I could easily drink a 12 pack without knowing it.

Photo of Quesadilla
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured the colorful can into a Tulip Pint.07-16-09 Date printed on it.

Appearance - Amber,like honey,it has that great head that usually comes with hoppier beers.Good retention throughout although a bit thin at first.

Smell - Hops upfront.Smells like an IPA.Slight malt under it,but surely hop-dominated.

Taste - Once again,hops.Pretty dry but refreshing and grapefruit-like.I like this.Enough malt to be noticed over this.This can easily be a pretty balanced IPA,but it's not.

Mouthfeel - Satisfyingly thin,easy to drink.This one's meant for a pint or two.

Drinkability - A little strong for your sessionable Pale Ale,but plenty refreshing and full of flavor.I like this beer.

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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