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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: 594 | 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 RedHaze
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to smellysell for the can.

Pours a bright orange with a fluffy off-white two finger head. The foam settles very slowly to a soapy cap, leaving behind a thin webbing of lace.

Smell; mild tropical fruits aroma, with fresh pine sap. Some caramel malts and biscuits are present as well.

Taste; initially piney hops dominate, with a touch of citrus. As this warms the malts really take over, with a mildly off-putting graininess, and a fairly strong diacetyl presence. By far my least favorite OB beer so far. Don't really know how fresh this can is, as there's no canned on or best by date.

Update: 15 Jun 08. Have had a couple more cans while and they have all had a buttery (diacetyl) flavor that I do not like. I know for sure that these cans are pretty fresh.

RedHaze, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a straight pint. Dale's pours a hazy, yellow-ish orange color with a nice white head that hands out for a while. Nice citrusy hop aroma. Very floral and sweet smelling. Obviously hops are up front. It tastes extremely well-balanced. Nice floral hop palate, but not overwhelming. The malts match the hops very well in this APA, eventhough it tastes more like an IPA. Nice mouthfeel. Not too complex on the palate, great carbonation level. Very enjoyable pale ale, one of my favorites.

paulthebeerguru, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: Orange/gold body, thick head fades swiftly.

s: A nice nose with notes of grapefruit, orange, and pine. Smells like an IPA.

t: Caramel malt with piney, citrus hops. A good taste, but it doesn't live up to the nose. Even though I poured this into a glass, I still detect some metallic taste, no doubt due to the can it came in. Not too bad, but it is noticeable.

m: Medium body with the resiny chew typically reserved for an IPA.

d: Good stuff. The hops say IPA, the ease with which it is consumed screams APA. In any case, it is a good beer and I am very fortunate to be able to get it only 1/2 block away.

BradLikesBrew, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a Fat Tire pint

Not gonna lie, I am equally parts anxious and skeptical to try this beer. Was able to wrangle this can last week at the Philly Beer fest.

Pours a perfect orange amber with a big pillowy bone white head. Great staying power and beautiful sticky lacing. So far, so good.

Smells of sweet toasted malts balanced perfectly with flowery citrus hops. Primarily grapefruit.

Huh. Not as big and bold as I would have thought based off of the bragging on the can and the smell, but still pretty bold for an APA. Sweet yet grapefruity body. Well-balanced.

The mouthfeel is light and smooth. It was in and down before I knew it. Which leads to a sneaky good drinkability.

Well, this beer lived up to all of the good things I have heard about it. Don't let the red, white, and blue cola can fool you. This is a solid beer.

ColForbinBC, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of OldYoda
2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the outstanding reviews I was set to be impressed. I guess I just don't get it - the only thing I can say about this beer is that is odd.

Poured from a can into a Troeg's pint glass. Small one finger head leaves minimal lacing - not bad looking, just average.

Smell is average hops and some malty sweetness in the backround.

Taste is where this beer crashes and burns. Leaves an odd and decidedly unpleasant aftertaste that lingers.

Mouthfeel is average and oily - a little dry and bitter on the finish.
Drinkability for me is not an issue. Finishing one of these is more than I can handle.

OldYoda, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of MerkinMan
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper / amber with a lot of head

S: The hops are apparent as soon as you crack the can. This is one good smellin' brewski.

T: A textbook APA with a little more hops than most. A nice hop finish after the first wave. The malt provides a nice backbone, but to be honest, I would add a little more if this were me brewing it.

MF: Good mouthfeel. Just what it needs to be. Substantial, but not chewy.

D: I could have a few of these, though APAs don't go down as well as other styles for me.

MerkinMan, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of dickroop
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured clear, coppery amber with a rich off-white head that faded but left generous lacing. An appealing beer. The can is a blast - I rarely buy cans anymore. Please remember to recycle these cans, there's a lot of electricity that goes into making them and a lot that can be saved by recycling them.

BIG nose, shouts citrus hops, mostly grapefruit, some pine. Hearty and encouraging, very inviting.

Taste follows smell, but the hoppiness is crisp, there's good biscuity malt presence, some good balancing sweetness. The flavors blend nicely on the mid-palate, and it has a good long bitter finish. Mouthfeel is rich and medium bodied, plus a little, a little creamy. Agressive carbonation, and slightly spicy.

Drinkability is where this brew shines. A very upbeat, easy to take, IPA, quite flavorful. Overall a fine delightful ale, just the thing for taking to the pool where no glass is allowed. And I will be enjoying a fine beer instead of the very ordinary beer that usually comes in cans. I'll be getting more sixers of this! Recommended.

dickroop, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of jdg204
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After some great advice from fellow BA's, I've been wanting to overcome my fear of cans. Always been of the impression that bottled beer gives off a bit more premium feel and a better taste. But I've been assured that's not true and Oskar Blues seemed like the best place to test the theory.

Appearance - Wonderful orange tinted color with a plump white head that was there for the duration.

Smell - Extremely robust citrus fruity and spiced aroma, this really got my pumped.

Taste - Very potent flavor for a PA, which pleased my palate. Pretty even balance with the strong orange, malty flavor being slightly edged out by the serious hops. Excellent stuff.

Mouthfeel - Very thick texture full of malty goodness and the bitter hops left an excellent aftertaste.

Drinkability - I'm officially cool with beers in cans and I'm pretty sure this is going to kick off a trend (cheaper prices and easier storage are bonuses), so Sly Fox here I come! Oskar Blues also made a great impression and I can forsee Ten Tidy in the future. This is an excellent APA and one you should definetly check out if you get the chance.

jdg204, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of alysmith4
2.48/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Much sweeter than I had expected, but not bad in general. Lots of fruit flavors.. apricot, peach, and a touch of honey. Didn't detect much hops.. not exactly a well-balanced beer. One that I enjoyed to try, but I didn't have more than one. Not a terrible beer, but I'm not sure that I would recommend this beer to anyone.

alysmith4, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of Jerzy86
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, good beer from a can! I was drawn to this pale ale in a can on my last trip to Colorado. The smell from the can is just great, I love a nice bold flavored pale ale. Hops are a big factor in this one. I fell so deeply in love with Dale's that my friends and I took a trip out to Oskar Blues to see how things were run. Have to say that they do have a few good beers, but Dale's has to be the best. Will likely hunt down Dale's in every beer store I go to. Too bad it's not in the Chicago land area...

Jerzy86, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of Stoneman78
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first OB beer! Obtained in a trade with jjayjaye, 12oz can poured into a Sam Adams specialty glass

Appearance is burningly bright orange with amber highlights, thin white lacing of head is minimal, fair lacing on the glass

Smell is moderate pine and citrus hops with sweet caramel/pale malts in the background, nice presence for a pale ale

Taste is a nice mix of lighter caramel sweetened malts and more of a pine resin hops, some floral and orange tones pop up in the middle, finishes mildly bitter with biscuit malts

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, smooth and thick texture adds more heft than most pales, mild carbonation

Drinkability is high, a bold and nicely hopped pale ale with great malt presence and balance, the alcohol is non-descript and there is enough here to keep drinking all night long, i'm glad i have a second Dale's but wish i had easier access to OB here in San Diego. Oh well, maybe sometime in the future. . .

Stoneman78, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DrBayern for this lovely can - Rich thick, orangish amber color with a good sized offwhite head and plenty of lacing. Nice caramel sweetness and pleasant hops aroma to it with a well hopped and richly flavored taste as well. Very appealing full mouthfeel, great balance, and the 6.5% is hidden well. Best beer I've had in a can by far, and I'd definitely recommend this one.

JDV, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of BlackBearForge
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery amber with a half inch creamy head that fades quickly to a surface froth leaving some sticky lacing.

Smell is strong initially of fresh fresh hops,a touch of citrus, a malty sweetness with butterscotch.

Biscuity malt overlayed with caramel and butterscotch are the initial flavors with an equally strong fresh hop bitter finish. Seems nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium, creamy and a bit oily and the carbonation is fine, perhaps a bit on the light side.

A very drinkable, and flavorful beer, unexpected to me as it's from a can but there is obviously some advantages to the fully sealed container. Recomended and a nice change from the other pale ales I've been drinking.

BlackBearForge, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of woodychandler
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My pour resulted in a finger's worth of thick, deep-tan head with good retention. The nose was lightly hoppy with a definite pine scent. The color was a beautiful deep amber with NE-quality clarity. The mouthfeel was thin-to medium with a tasty hops tang in the mouth. The finish was where the pine taste that I noted on the nose really asserted itself. There was also a gritty feeling in my mouth after the swallow, which I will attribute to the drying quality of the hops. It was not unpleasant, but it was notable. This was the first of their four canned products that I have tried, so I wish to reserve judgment on drinkability for an update once I have tried them all. As a pale ale, it was pretty average.

woodychandler, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of jim102864
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Recently purchased a six of this much hyped brew. Needless to say I expected more.

I realize canned beer is no longer an issue of concern for many given the inner construction which prevents any influence from the aluminum container, but still rightly or wrongly it cheapens the beer, particularly if it's not bud or pbr or of a similiar ilk. That being said, I'd be the first to suck down either one on a hot summer day, but if I'm looking for something more, a can is not the first thing I'd look for at me local packy. I suppose if the product were better, my mind could be changed. That did not happen in this tasting.

The appearance was copper with a yellowish hue. A thin one finger head, quite bubbly and active when swirled.

Not much going on in the nose of this one. I let it warm a tad in my new-design Sam Adams glass and noted some pineniness but that's about it.

Unusually aggressive hoppiness for a pale ale. Piney aftertaste and something else I can't put my finger on. An odd flavor.

Mouthfeel was light, somewhat biscuity and...average.

I think ol Oskar is getting way too much props for a beer that is too heavy on the hops for the style and unremarkable in taste. I'll give it another shot one day, but won't go out of my way to spend the sheckles on this offering.

jim102864, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can copped singly from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield.. Top of the can boasts that this is "A huge voluminously hopped mutha of a Pale Ale"... heard a lot about this brew, and with all the hype, I must agree that this is certainly a solid sample and an excellent depiction of the style... Pours a copper, amber, golden hue with minimal frothy head that dissipated after a minute or so... smell was complete with hop-like aromas - bursting through, very fresh, crisp, clean, and clear... I must say that this is a very drinkable brew... with the relatively modest ABV of 6.5% combined with its ultra-fresh and refreshing flavor, this is quite a depiction of an American Pale Ale... good, creamy mouthfeel combined with a hopped, vanilla, and bittersweet taste leads to a great brew... My first sample from Oskar Blues and I was pretty impressed with this one... the aftertaste is bursting with citrus, lemon, and fresh florals... goes down as easily as water... Definitely recommended...

dsa7783, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of asabreed
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can into a pint glass.

Appearance: A lighter amber orange color with a billowing head with the right pour into a pint glass. Much left over as far as lacing goes, almost staining the glass at least with the initial pour.

Smell: There does seem to be a lot of hops in this sucker, as it's reminiscent to me more of an IPA. Nothing too nuanced, but balanced, with both the fruitier side and citrus side of the hops coming out.

Taste: By the far the best thing about this brew is the long and involved finish, a mix between sour cherries, sweet orange, and mild grapefruit, all lingering and long. With that are earthy flavors and sweet toffee. Finds the balance between complex and extremely flavorful very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good crispness and a nice kick of carbonation at the end, leaving the long hoppy and lingering finish to do its thing.

Drinkability: I've heard a lot of non-craft and micro drinkers praising this, along with folks who are also BMC drinkers, and everyone's told me to try it. It's been years, and this is my first one. Thankfully, I can say that both were right, and I'm glad it's so readily available. The fact that a brew this good is in a can and does come from a can truly makes me think a lot of other breweries could pull this off, but I'm not sure why they don't try. I wish I could try the Ten Fidy, so let many of us hope it gets a higher distro rate in the future, if they keep making it that is. Next it's onto Old Chub for me, as I imagine, or hope at least, that it's as worthy as this brew.

asabreed, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of erosier
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an orange-amber color with a thick tan head with some decent lacing down the glass. It smells of medium roasted malts and some citrisy hops. The taste is just that. It starts with a nice roasted malt taste and then finishes with the citrisy and floral hops. The balance of those flavors is pretty good but not the best I've had. The mouthfeel is ok. Not as carbonated as I would have liked, but it was fairly smooth. The drinkability is pretty good as it is a decent beer and I could drink a few of these. The one great thing about it is that it tastes fresh from the can.

erosier, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of morebeergood
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stopped into the Dugout on Comm Ave to meet some people, and saw they had cans on sale for $3.75. Grabbed one and poured it into a regular pint glass. Pours with a nice head that faded rather quickly. The color was dark orange, and the smell of hops was quite pronounced for a canned beer. The taste was pretty good, with just enough hops to make it above average, yet drinkable enough to not be a hop bomb. This is the kind of beer that I enjoy. A beer that has some hops, but not to overkill. More drinkable than other pale ales I've had, due to its smoothness. I'd definitely have a couple more of these in the future.

morebeergood, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of mltobin
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchase at Fat Cat Pie Company, in a can !

Appearance is orangey, with a medium sized head.

The smell is hoppy, slightly spicy, with hints of vanilla and cinnamnon aromas.

Taste is fairly hoppy, not overwhelmingly bitter and enjoyable overall.

Mouthfeel is slightly bitter but enoyable, a good balance of the different flavors.

Drinkability is solid, and its in a can, what a novelty.

mltobin, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can a slightly hazy golden brown with a frothy off-white head.

Aroma is a nice medley of grapefruit hops, bread, light caramel, and malt.

The taste is citrusy hops and a touch of bitterness upfront and a malty finish.

Medium mouthfeel, slightly drying and lightly carbonated.

A very nice APA from Oskar Blues. So easy to drink and enjoy.

Monkeyknife, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of DrDogbeer
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange/ amber color with a creamy white head. Nice hop aroma- citrusy, almost liek an ipa would smell. Good first sip, faily smoot with a subtle hop bite. Can really taste a nice cascade hop presence, but not overly bitter. Very drinkable beer, I think it may have something to do with it coming in a can. Kinda neat.

DrDogbeer, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange-ish/ yellow/ copper color with a white head. In the aroma, big citrus grapefruity hops. In the taste, quite malty and grapefruity hops. A small bitter in the mouthfeel and a semi dry citrus aftertaste. Drinks more like an IPA, smooth with a nice citrus bitterness.

OWSLEY069, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of davidt
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear orange with a very thick off-white, foamy head. The aroma is heavy with citrus hops, with some maltiness in the background. The taste has a pleasing bitterness, more pine and grassy hops than citrus. There's strong maal backbone to balance. Mouthfeel is resiny, with a dry finish. A very nice APA.

davidt, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of Mdog
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold with a thick head and tons of little particles floating around.

Smell: Citrus, but an unappealing wet cardboard smell also.

Taste: Pretty good, starts with some sweetness before some earthy notes and citrus bitterness later on.

Drinkability: 12oz cans are perfect for disguising the smell and having several in a sitting.

This beer seems to be all over the place in the various categories. Looks fine, smells mediocre, tastes ok. I like 12oz cans better than 16oz, and it's great to have another craft ale in cans.

Mdog, Jan 27, 2008
Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
87 out of 100 based on 5,771 ratings.