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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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6,319 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,319
Reviews: 1,820
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 131
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2002

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Ratings: 6,319 | Reviews: 1,820
Photo of Flashsp2
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dales into pint

Orange body with two finger offwhite head. Good lace and retention.

Aroma is abundant with tangerines and grapefruit, with an underlying
pale malt. Lots of hop spiciness.

Taste is a big orange/citrus hit followed by some malt sweetness. Lots
of floral/perfume qualities.

Body is relatively heavy for the style with a low carbonation.

Easy drinking pale. A bit high on the ABV to session, but still good stuff.

Photo of ClammyClaude
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

WOA ! ... best beer I've ever had from a can. Very good. First thing I notice is that for being a "pale ale" this is quite hopped. I consider it more of an IPA, as it is quite bitter/hoppy.

It is very pinye. The color also strikes me. Very beautiful, hazy, orangeish/golden yellow, with a quite decent head. Laces good too, so the aesthetics are pleasing.

Drinkability is pretty darn good as well. There's some good carbonation, and the brew is quite refreshing.

Very, very solid ale. It's a step away from your usually pale and a bit closer to my concept of an IPA, but it is a very safe bet. Good stuff here. Very solid.

I would definitely recommend this.

Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz can into pint glass, caramel color with 1 finger head that dissipated slowly. Spotty lacing

Smell is hops, citrus and grass, the smell is great

Taste is citrus hops, chewy earthy hops, sweet malt background

Mouth feel is medium, medium carbonation

Drinkability is good, I love the bitter hops out of a can. This is a great beer and never thought I would be able to taste a hoppy beer like this out of a can. its too bad I live in Louisiana, and I got this in TX, I would drink this more often.

Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops. Taste is like it smells, quite a hop bomb. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall a pretty decent brew, however just a little to hoppy for my taste.

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

Yay more good beer in a can, and hell yeah for being Dale's 1000th review!

A: Poured into my SA Perfect Pint glass with a fluffy 2 finger head that slowly fades but continues to get supplemented by the many bubbles floating up from the etch at the bottom. Super clear amber copper brown color. The fluffy head leaves a nice lacing as well.

N: A nice combination of malts and hops. Some light toasty malt aromas, combined with quite a few hop aromas. Mostly a chewy hop aroma, with touches of pine, spicy, citrus, and floral hops.

T: Chewy hop taste, quite bitter actually. A nice citrus, pine, and earthy hop flavors, make it pretty bitter (not IPA status but close). A slight malty tone comes underneath it. A slight juicy hop flavor also comes through on a different part of the tongue and time. Slight spicy hop flavor too.

M: Lighter, slightly watery unfortunately, but good carbonation.

F: FInishes pretty dry and plenty bitter. Lingering spicy hops combine with a slight pine and citrus as well as some earthy chewy hop flavors that stick around for a while. The bitterness builds a bit but doesn't get overwhelming. Overall a very nice drinking beer, on the bitter side, but still lighter for a good summer drink.

Photo of travduke
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Poured into a SA Perfect Pint Glass. Copper body with a small head that leaves decent lacing.

Smell: Citrus and pine hops right up front. The malt is there but you really have to be looking for it.

Taste: Just like the smell. Really dominated by the hops, but that's not a bad thing at all. Its different then most APAs I've enjoyed.

Mouth/Drink: Mouth is decent with the mild carbonation. It was actually kind of difficult to finish the whole sixer. There's something a bit off here.

Photo of NightINgale
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into an American pint glass...

A - Clear copper body with a beige head. Virtually no bubbles. Okay head retention and some lacing. Looks more like an English pale ale to me.

S - Quite hoppy, with citrus and pine notes. Floral, with a bit of grassiness to it. Nothing special, yet good for a pale ale T - A moderately strong hop bite, followed by a pretty robust fruitiness, then finishing in some pronounced caramel sweetness. There is definitely enough of that bready sweetness to it, with some nice buttery and biscuit-like notes. The finish is bitter-sweet and moderately dry. All in all, a very balanced APA.

M - Medium-bodied, well-rounded, with some crispness to it. Some pepper-like sensation on the tongue. Not watery in the slightest, which is great for an APA!

D - This is a solid sessionable APA, that is not watery and has a good taste balance and a pretty unnoticeable alcohol content.

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

A- Bad pour means huge head. Thank god I'm using an imperial pint, else I'd have a mess. Every so slightly hazy dark amber brown beer, pretty active carbonation I can see. Huge head, rather light and loose, with big rocky bubbles. Great lacing left behind.

S- Spicy citrus hops backed with just the right amount of diacetyl present for that creamy background. Big hops nose, crisp and assertive.

T- There is a level of creaminess here I don't often find in pales. Balanced while retaining that hops forward taste. Great use of caramel malts to add that second level or flavor to this. The hops can be best described as a "slow burn"; a slow build of of hop esters to a final culmination of resiny hops finish. Not bad at all.

M- Very smooth, a with a perfect ammount of body. Definitely no slim bugger, this is a fuller beer. The mouth is well rewarded for sipping this.

D- Good. Subdued hops, wonderful balance and a great malt backdrop, this is certainly a sessionable beer. Just watch it's higher 6.5% ABV.

Photo of washburnkid
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a Dale's and a Gordon in the same night. Loved them both!

A: 2 fingers beige head; amber with gorgeous dark golden edges. not too much retention but decent lacing nevertheless.
S: Subtle hoppiness; juicy citrus with a mild honey malt
T: Extremely hoppy and oh so delicious. Wow, pine and grapefruit right off the bat. Malt is very present as a sweetness that's just enough to call this a balanced pale ale. Fruit esters are pleasantly sweet as well. Ends in a wonderful bitterness, and not a touch of metallic.
M: Light to medium body. All the necessary carbonation. Light residuals throughout the palate.
D: I will most definitely be picking more of these up.

Photo of Cascade99
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours copper color - pushing slightly to an orange tinge. Nice, creamy white head that disappates - leaving lacing on the glass.

S - Spicey, slight grapefruit, maybe tangerine. Not much in the sense of a smell of malt, but more pulled towards hops, which is appropriate for the style. Smell is definitely not over-dominate.

T - Bit disappointed in the taste. The bitterness is slightly higher than I would expect for a pale and the hop. I could see this one being an IPA that lacks the hop aroma to the extent needed. The bitterness defintely takes over. Slight notes of oxidation, as noted through a paper-like taste. Not excessive, but definitely there.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Appropriate for the style.

Overall - Not a bad pale ale, but definitely not one that I feel is a top five. I would drink again, but probably would not go out of my way to find. If there was slightly less bitterness and more in the aroma from the hops, this one could be great.

Photo of bum732
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burnt orange, nice creamy head with sticky lacing. Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, juicyfruit, . Tastes of sweet slightly bready malt with a nice undercurrent of citrus hops. Lots of citrus and a touch of earthy hop flavor. Nice pronounced bitterness leads to a fairly clean finish with just a touch of hop resin. Good moderate carbonation and mouthfeel.

A really nice pale ale, bordering on being an IPA. I really like the hop combo used in this beer, very juicy while still bringing the bitterness. The malt profile matched beautifully, really enjoyed it.

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

Clear golden color, slightly more of the orange hue. Head is fluffy but short lived, minimal lacing.

It has a fresh smell about it, resinous and floral hops with a light sweetness. None of it is very strong, though.

Same with the taste. It's slightly more on the hoppy side, but just barely. Pine resin is the most prevalent, with a light touch of citrus and perfume. Caramel malt backbone.

Medium to thin body with moderate carbonation. It's slightly bitter and crisp.

Plus points on the drinkability. A very sessionable beer. It has some nice qualities, but nothing overwhelming. It has a good balance to it for a pale ale.

This is a beer that does a lot of things really good, but nothing great. A fine example of a pale ale that I'd gladly have again, availability permitting.

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

12oz canned on Feb 22, 2010. Reviewed Mar 16, 2010. Quite fresh.

Pours amber with a two finger plus off white head, leaves some lacing and retains a small cap.

Aroma was a bit of a letdown, pretty quiet and subdued, not much hops a touch of grass, pine, and citrus, some bread and caramel malt.

Flavor is pine and resinous hops, good deal of caramel malt and bread in the middle, some sweetness, followed by a nice bitter finish. Very nice hop presence in the flavor.

Medium carbonation, medium body, oily mouthfeel.

The lack of aroma is the biggest issue, but really may be all the more reason to enjoy one of the best tasting beers in a can, from the can.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice pale ale, nicely hopped but with a sturdy malt sense, and iconic for craft brews on a can.

Presentation: 12 oz. can. Red, white, blue and metallic silver design highlighting the name of the brew over a small mountain horizon. The top of the can includes a one-liner with a boisterous description of the brew. Shows canned date (11-06-09), and notes Alc. by Vol. (6.5%) Served on a tulip glass.

A - Medium amber pour, 1/4" frothy head with small retention, some surface memory and fair lacing.

S - Nice hoppy sense, a bit soft but with a good sense of citrus, pine, and sweet malt in the backbone.

T - Nice hoppy range with citrus and pine taking command, but also a rather noticeable malty structure, sweet and bready.

M - Medium body with good carbonation picking it up. Crisp finish, and even a sticky sense under the hoppy current.

D - Slightly hefty for an APA but rather drinkable and pleasing.

Notes: Been a while since I had this one, and crafts cans are now expanding quite a bit. This one remains iconic in that regard, and is a fairly reliable and pleasing APA.

Photo of stimulus
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Consumed from a 12 ounce can.

A: Bright orange/amber hue with medium sized white colored head.

S: A bit of pine and citrus as well as hops.

T: A lot like Sierra Nevada's offering: citrusy pale ale followed up by a bit of hop power.

M: Goes down quite smoothly; carbonation and hops are just about right.

D: Wow! It's amazing how the taste is preserved in a can! Certainly worth saving this six pack of cans! Incredible!

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

Serving type: can. Note: love the old-school design.
Appearance-nice, golden color.
Smell: fresh, citrus.
Taste: I"m happy to report that this is the first pale ale I've really liked. The hoppiness is definitely there but toward the back of the taste. First is the smooth, slightly sweet citrusy burst.
Mouthfeel: very smooth, low carbonation.
Would definitely drink again.

Photo of cld253
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

my new PBR.ha. joke, but .. ill change the details later.

It's from a can, but.. please, please pour it into a glass.

it is great.

It is economical.

Enjoy responsibly.

... ... great Beer. I really want to talk abotu it,.. but i dont have the time right now.. please let me just post my ratings. yes.

Photo of evansrdbrew
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank on: 3/4/10
6.5% ABV
12 oz can in a tulip glass

A= Pretty 1/4" head which was slightly off-white. Opaque golden amber beer. Head receeded slowly leaving a nice whispy lace and a thin layer of bubbles on top.

S= Fantastic hop aroma! Notes of piney citrus (grapefruit) and hints of resiny hops.

T= Light notes of malt come throught. Great delicious citrus hop flavor accompanied by notes of pine. Has a very nice hop bitterness from the middle through the finish. Flavors very similar to the aroma.

MF= Wonderful body which isn't to light. Leaves nice light coating on tongue and has a great lasting bitterness, which is just right.

D= Highly drinkable. Goes down smooth and each sip you take brings you back for another.

Overall, this is definitely my favorite beer in a can. At least so far.

Photo of odonnekg
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As far as flavor and smell is concerned, this pale ale is top notch. Deceptively impressive after bypassing it's loud and old school label. This beer is of high quality, and is intended for slow paced day drinking when ice cold. Another fine export from the great state of Colorado and worth a try whenever stumbled upon in random bars. Harder to find then you'd think so grab it while you can. This is an all time favorite for those looking for great aroma and taste from classic pale ale.

Photo of Florida9
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Vonenrichs for this beer.

A: Deep gold, approaching copper in color. An aggressive pour results in a mere 1/4" of rocky head that reduces to a sticky surface coating. Decent lacing.

S: Not overly aromatic. Citrus and pine.

T: Clean. Some light caramel malt with an appreciable bitterness on the finish. Pine and a little resin.

M: Medium bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Strong bitterness of the tongue.

D: A good pale ale, easily drinkable, but with all of the chatter about this one, I must admit, I was expecting a bit more out of it. Would have certainly appreciated a heavier hop nose.

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

Enjoyed at the stags head in NYC (apparently my favourite place?)

This is a perfect example of the APA style, good and robust as it is.

pour is golden to orange toned, translucid regardless of the fog-ed glassware from the beer's very cold. sparkling within, shiny white head not too lasting it seems..

smell is strong, a bit pugnant blend of malt and hops, "red" so to speak, slight burnt malt feel. hops are on the low side.

taste is sweet but strong in all senses, very yeasty feel and a strong hoppy ending, i would claim along the lines of SNPA. very refreshing medium bodied and fizzy.

very good beer in all, worthwhile session alternative.

Photo of dirtbikejunkie
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Maybe it's the can, but OA this is a "fun" beer. It's definitely one of my new favorites to grab a 6-pack and drinks really well.

A: Bright, golden amber with 1 inch head and great lacing. I just happened to have a can shaped glass which was all too fitting for this beer.

S: Unique smell with blend of pine, hops and herbal.

T: Mild bitterness with great amounts of floral tastes.

M: pleasantly dense for a PA but still finishes fairly clean

D: It does not drink like a 6.5% ABV beer. I drank a few while working in the yard and found it very refreshing.

Photo of WOTO97
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: golden amber with creamy head and moderate lacing

S: piny and slightly herbal hop notes, faint malt-o-meal scent

T: initial hop bite with generous lingering bitterness for a PA, faint earthy notes and decent malt backbone, some odd creamy mint note

M: pleasantly dense for a PA but still finishes fairly clean

D: great session beer, glad to finally get a chance to review it

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

So far this is most certainly the best beer I have ever had from a can. I could see the can format making BMC dinkers more likely to try it over some of those other so called "wierd beers" that we all love.

A: Poured from the can into a Duvel tulip. A nice coppery orange color with a finger or so of off white head with sporadic lacing.

S: Loving the citrus and pine notes coming from the considerable amount of hops used in this Pale Ale.

T: Getting that great citrus and grapefruit hop flavor right up front. A little bit of pineyness as well and just enough of a malt backbone to balance things out.

M: Light and smooth with ample carbonation.

D: A very drinkable beer here. A nice light body and not a super high ABV. I think this is going to be one of go to beers from now on. Great to keep around the house and doesn't take up to much room in the fridge.

Photo of tippebrewcrew2
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

wow a great Ipa in a can! I love the versatility and the simple logo. I think us BA's have a bit of a complex sometimes. We never have fit in, we have never been that guy who could bring a case of beer to a party and sit back knowing that you hold something awesome in your hands. This is the beer that can allow us to do that. Everywhere bottles can't go dales pale ale is there for us. I can never possibly think about having another adventurous camping trip without a 6 pack of dales pale ale by my side. Thank you dale for making life more awesome.

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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