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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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6,134 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,134
Reviews: 1,776
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 126
Gots: 787 | 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

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2002

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

pours a nice amber color from the can it yields a very nice and creamy looking head the smell is citrus and spice/hops pine carmel and malt but not strong kinda faint..however the taste is everything b4 mentioned in the smell its an assertive pale ale with the hops in charge but not at all overpowering its very well balanced and very smooth..the hops hit you first then some malts and caramel dance around to make a very enjoyable pale ale..will i buy it again... you bet.. recommended for those that enjoy a hoppy pale ale or (light ipa)

Photo of jnfs
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a beautiful light mahogany color, there is a slight head on the top of this beer. Carbonation wise, it's light to moderately carbonated. Aroma is of citrus, pine and caramel. The taste is smooth, hoppy, and of caramel. There is a nice slight hop aftertaste that almost outperforms the initial hop bite. This is a awesome canned beer, bravo. Had I not poured this beer I would not know it traveled to me in one. Not a cheap beer, but a great example of a pale ale.

Photo of bwd110
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into pint glass

Thought a case of these would be perfect for a few concerts I was attending over the weekend... Gotta love the superior portability and waste management aspects of cans over bottles.

A: Over aggressive pours yields a huge off-white head, kinda of slinks down the sides of the glass instead of streaming down. Appears to be abundantly hopped, and the hop oils are slowing things down a bit. After everything settles, a deep amber beer with some cloudiness is left. Tremendous sticky lacing down the glass.

S: Great nose. Certainly a plethora of hop varieties in this one. Big orange zest and grapefruit notes, also a deep undertone of caramel malt. Splendid.

T: While this beer does have a great hop presence, albeit a little let down from the nose, the malt is on the edge of overpowering. This beer certainly stretches the flavor capabilities of an APA. Very tasty, but almost overbalanced. I'd like to see the hops rage a little more.

M: Again stretching the style here, medium to fullish body, with a good amount of chewiness. Certainly many characteristics of an IPA over and APA.

D: Drank quite of few of these, and kept going back. A damn fine choice for outside drinking!

Photo of JamesP123
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass

A. Nice dark copper color with a finger or two of head that continued lacing the glass throughout the life of the beer.

S. Citrusy & Piney Hops up front with a little sweet/toasty malt coming through.

T. Wow, a lot of hops for an APA styled beer, almost a hybrid APA/IPA. Clean tasting and refreshing - not too heavily flavored, just enough to wake up the taste buds.

M. Very viscous/resiny, really feel the amount of hops in this baby. Medium-heavy bodied for the style, moderate carbination.

D. Goes down crisp and clean, a very enjoyable Ale. Intersting flavors, but none are overpowering. A very good Ale

Photo of movingtrain
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oskar Blues does not distribute to Ohio...which is a bummer. I picked some Dale's and Old Chubb up on a recent trip out West. So here it is...twelve ounce can poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Copper-colored with a good 2 finger head. Very carbonated from the pour...and, after letting the head settle down a bit, just poured the rest of the can and saw a few chunks fall out (unfiltered?)...must be.

S: Smells good...sweet, hoppy...pine...I might agree, though...perhaps a bit too hoppy for a "Pale Ale"...but it works for me...

T: Oh, man...that is bitter. I like it...it's got a good, sweet finish. There is some body and character here...a few underlying flavors...licorice (slight), caramel, cream...overall, very tasty.

Overall, this is a great beer...and such a surprise to come from a can...I picked up a six-pack for nine bucks, which isn't bad considering the pretty remarkable flavor. Overly hoppy for a Pale Ale? maybe. But, in general, a drinkable, good beer.

Photo of msolar
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have some friends that rave about this beer, so I thought I'd finally give it a shot. 6-pack was about $9.50 but the store is on the pricey side (Bud Light 6-pack of cans was $6.00).

Anyway, the beer is way too hoppy for my liking. It should be labeled as "Dale's IPA".

I wouldn't buy it again and I probably wouldn't recommend it to anyone who wasn't specifically looking for an IPA.


Photo of hooliganlife
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured bright honey and orange. light white fluffy head and light retention. slight lacing but not much. color is spectacular.

light citrus and floral notes mixed with sweet malts.

sweet and light up front, then the hops kick in. mostly citrus with a touch of pine. malts are candy like, mainly light sweet caramel.

very smooth and easy, light carbonation has some bite to it.

what a great APA. after reading and hearing how it is more like an IPA, i do not agree. the hops are def more noticeable than most pale ales but still has a nice light malt backbone. great beer!

Photo of mirish72
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Easily the best canned beer I have ever tasted. Incredibly drinkable and tasty pale ale. Pours a bit darker than other APA's, but it also hoppier, almost like it is more of an IPA.

I haven't tried the other otherings from Oskar, but I need to test out the Ten Fiddy and Gordon.

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

soft, sweet, malt aroma, almost german in flavor profile, honey with straw-colored vertical edges, soft on the palate, butter cream taste and aroma, there was a little weight to the mid-palate, biscuit in the nose, best canned beer i've ever tasted.

Photo of errantnight
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first favorite canned beer, although may be losing ground to 21A's IPA... but that's neither here nor there.

Once it's out of the can, this beer has a handsome, brassy sheen with a luscios cap of foam, excellent lacing and moderate retention.

The aroma is really superb, a hoppy roar of citrus and pine, passion fruit and caramel with just a hint of toasted malt.

On the palate this is extremely well balanced, hop flavors move more to the back while a pronounced, resiny, aspirin bitterness plays against a mid-palate burst of complex sweetness.

It's a bit full bodied for an APA, for my tastes... with the alcohol and the robust malt character this really treads the lines between styles... not the hop bomb experience of an IPA, but something... more... all the same.

That said, I like having cans of beer around, and this is in the short rotation. A delicious concoction that I'd be happy to session, and HAVE happily sessioned, until the alcohol slaps me upside the head.

Photo of mnrider
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From can into Pint glass

A: Foamy thick two finger head, which stays. Tiny bubbles. Nice clear amber color.

S: Not the strongest smell, but their is a faint hoppy smell.

T/M: Basic Pale Ale taste but with a crazy IPA kick. This brews like a hybrid. Oh yeah, it's also smooth.

D: Great. Best Pale Ale from a can i've ever had. Could also be the best brew from a can in general i've had.


Photo of cavedave
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

In a can that looks like a Discount Club cola can?

Pours a beautiful, clear, golden amber, with thickly constructed, beige, one finger head. A gentle swirl reveals a dextrinous look to it and leaves lasting impressionist paintings of lace on the glass.

Aroma is a surprise of floral, citrus, pine, and gentle grain hints, other subtle notes I don't identify, all balanced excellently. What a nose, this could be perfume, just sweet enough, just subtle enough, just bold enough. Best nose on a PA I've smelled. Ever.

Taste is a bold, balanced, brilliant blast of citrus, pine, earth, and grain. It's a very clean, light, very alive taste, not bready, not caramel-ly, but enough of a malty goodness to balance this into a marvelous flavor. It finishes with a flourish of bitter herbosity, cleanly and refreshingly, ending in a ghost of sweetness and flowers. It is just dry enough, just complex enough, just on the edge of a new style enough to be a remarkable brew.

Mouthfeel judged in the style is on the edge of too resinous, it feels more like an IPA, it is medium body and hop thick to say the least, but the carbonation is perfect, it supports a long finish, and it clears relatively well for the next sip. Geez, what more could you ask for such a full flavor yet refreshing beer as this?

Drinkability is exceptional, great taste, refreshing, vibrant, interesting, sure glad I got this, will get again fersure.

Photo of Barleydine
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oskar Blues, first to stuff some craft beer in a can. They sure hit the jackpot with this idea. What a fantastic idea it was?

Dales Pale Ale is a fantastic rendition of the American Pale Ale style. With it's piney and citrusy aromas, moderate malt flavor and amber color makes this a very well balanced beer. Without a doubt the best beer I've ever had from a can.

It is absolutely superb with burgers or steaks on the grill, cutting all the heavy flavors and linking with the caramelized meat flavors.

Photo of originalsin
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been eyeballing Oskar Blues beers for quite some time now and finally decided to take the plunge and buy a 12 pack of Dale's Pale Ale. Some people are put off by the can- I love it. The design on it is great and almost begs you not to pour it--I did anyway (but not until after enjoying one in it's natural habitat).
One thing I'll note-that first brew kicked me in the face with intensely delicious hop flavor. The pour caused the hop flavor to subdue but only slightly. It pours a deep orange color with little head that manages to lace decently with every gulp. The aroma is of citric and floral hops as well as some caramel malt. There's a nice initial hop bitterness that leads into some great hop flavors. This comes off as almost more of an IPA but I'm not complaining at all.
It's medium bodied and is quite drinkable. I see myself sitting outside tomorrow putting these back while I grill some burgers. Can't wait.

Overall, Dale's Pale Ale is a very assertive APA, almost to a fault. Borderline, at least- and I suppose that's where the divide of opinions lies here. Personally, I'll be buying again.

Photo of rkrisstewart
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Was recommended this by Mike the Beer Guy from Four Winds in Pensacola. Bought only one single can...what a shame!

Initially, I was put off by the can, even though I know it's a myth that it would taste metallic.

The can is deceiving, though, because the beer inside is really great. I was actually a little surprised at first, as the first few sips had a malty sweetness about them, with very little approach from the hops. As I continued drinking it, the hops came out more and more, and really put together a great drinking experience. Well-balanced, sweet and bitter, dry and hoppy, this brew was a great ride of an APA.

Definitely recommended.

Photo of stagger
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the best beer I've ever had out of a can.

Granted, not a lot of micros in cans in my neck of the woods (and I have a Surly Bender in the 'fridge that may soon kick Dale from top spot). But! many thanks to MeisterBurger in my virgin trade for this one.

Terrible packaging - looks like an adjunct lager at first glance. Never would have given it a second thought. But guess what? It's a very hoppy pale ale that verges on IPA territory. Darkish orange amber in the glass, good head with some lacing and retention. Strong citrus hops flavour with some floral notes and a nice bitter finish, all balanced by solid toffee malts. Reminds me of Lagunitas New Dogtown but slightly less citrusy. Active, oily mouthfeel, very refreshing and flavourful. I could drink a lot of these -- too bad they're not available in Alberta. Just what the doctor ordered!

Photo of blackearth
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. Pours a dark orange-amber body with a thick bubbly head that fades with good lacing in the glass. Strong malt aroma; oak and toast scents. Medium bodied with strong sweet flavors that give way to bitter hops in the finish. Decent drinkability, I'd give this another chance in the future.

Photo of bstewyb
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Rich amber, slightly cloudy

S - Strong sweetness, citrus and melon. Good hop presence.

T - Bitter up front, smooths to hops. Citrus with a tiny amount of malt flavor.

M - Fair, slightly thin with little carbonation

D - Good, refreshing, balanced beer.

Photo of porterwoobie
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a 12oz can into a standard pint glass.

A: light orange-hued amber color, one finger head, good retention, lacing half way down the glass

S: pretty dominant citrusy hop aroma

T: the low malt backbone supports the moderately high hop bitterness, with a dry finish.

MF: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, finishes smooth

Drinkability: awesome beer. pretty hoppy, could've told me it was an IPA and i wouldn't argue. as a bonus, it comes in cans, so you can pack it anywhere.

Photo of erikm25
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a raspberry bronzed hue. Sits in the glass with subtle orange and copper tints. Relatively clear body. Head is an off white fluffy web of fluff. Retention is pretty strong. Leaves sporadic lacing down the pint glass. Looking at the can you would never think that such an impressive looking beer would come from it.

S: Aromas are subtle and faint. Still some cues towards hop and a slight malt richness. Sprinkle of citrus with a dash of sugar. Biscuit like malt spine.

T: The taste is surprising and refreshing. This hits with bittering hops as well as a sweet finish. Grapefruit with lemon and pine bite. Slight caramel malts but overall this one has a solid hops inspired taste. Caught me off guard as the hops were that impressive.

M: Light and crisp carbonation but with a solid medium mouth feel.

D: I have tried Ten Fidy before and that was an amazing beer. This is as affordable and delivers for those of us who prefer hoppy beers. Even from a can this delivers more hops then some bottle IPA's I have tried. Very impressive session beer. Enjoyed, with amongst other things, the new Agoraphobic Nosebleed.

Photo of northaustin
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a schnifter. a reddish orange with a good bit of head and lacing.

a crisp aroma with subtle hop smell lingering for a good bit after the pour.

taste is nothing to write home about but is acceptable and worthy for sure

doesnt bite too hard with the carbonation and is very smooth going down.

gave a high rating on drinkability because of its low price and near perfect alchohol content (6.7% is my ideal).

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

Served on-tap at the Batdorf's tiki bar in Annville, PA.

A: The pale ale is a darker shade of pale (apologies to Procol Harum), a fuller amber color that doesn't shy from its brown hues. Less than a finger of head by the time the glass got to me.

S: The aroma is crisp and hoppy, damned strong for an APA. Grapefruity Centennial hops lead with a smack but are quickly followed by a caramel malt backbone.

T: The pale ale is a well-balanced, showcasing both the clean malt foundation and a boisterous hop profile. The caramel malts are bready with a mild sweetness. They do remarkably well agains the hops that are much stronger than a normal APA should. Grapefruit flavors, grassy and sweet, drive the flavor. A mild bitterness shows in the finish.

M: The mouthfeel is strong, definitely closer to an IPA. That stronger hop profile is what makes the ale work.

D: The APA is a nice drink, forceful but not a bully.

Photo of gau8a
4.85/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this should be called MORNING ALE.. this can be enjoyed anytime!. this has a lot of dimmensional flavor. being a fan of green flash west coast ipa, bear republics racer 5, hop rod rye,& dogfish heads ipa...or any good ipa actually!!. i never thought beer could taste or be bothered to be good in a can.i was wrong!!& its not even an ipa. i dont think it matters what you prefer. you wont be disappoined with this. GREAT JOB!!!! OSCAR BLUES!!!!

Photo of clayrock81
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red with copper mixed in and a one-finger head that is sticky. A nice smell of citric hops as well as some sweet malt, although I can detect a little aluminum from the can. Nothing spectacular but pretty textbook: a medium-body, slightly chewey, has a good balance of sweet malts and citric/piney hops for a easy drinking beer with a crisp, clean backbite. Considering price and the fact that this is in a can this is pretty good.

Photo of racer2k
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 16oz. Solo plastic cup

A - Pours a very nice dark amber color. The initial pour creates a cake batter head which dissipates pretty quickly. There is plenty of sticky lacing which coats my cup.

S - This beer has a nice strong hoppy smell with hints of pine, grapefruit, citrus and sweet malt.

T - A strong pine hopped taste at first with a sweet malty finish. This beer has several layers of flavor as you cycle through your sip and swallow. Bitter and hoppy at first but finishing sweet and malty. Excellent balance on this beer.

M - Medium mouth feel with moderate carbonation. Sticky and almost syrupy.

D - Excellent well balanced beer with layers of different flavors. If you like hops this is a very nice beer. Almost an IPA for the amount of hoppiness.

Overall - As for pouring this craft beer out of a can and in to a plastic cup as I was short a pint glass at the neighborhood party, it all worked out very well! This little experiment proves that craft beer can be great in a can and even in a 16oz. Solo cup!!!

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
87 out of 100 based on 6,134 ratings.