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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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BA SCORE
88
very good

5,684 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 5,684
Reviews: 1,736
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 106
Gots: 568 | 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 twokansamm
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer over 2 years ago on our "Beegrimage" to 10 Colorado breweries in 2 days. Oskar Blues was on our list. So when a friend offered to bring me a box of 12 cans back from Colorado, I was overjoyed.

A nice retentive head, exceptional caramel malt flavor, and superbly balanced hop bittering... does it get any better for APA lovers? It's strange to open a craft beer from a can, but the hop aroma that sifts out is amazing. The 12 oz can was just like I remember the draft when visiting the brew pub.

twokansamm, Aug 10, 2007
Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to HopDawg who gave me a can at the Lowcountry Libations Homebrewing club meeting.

I have wanted to try this beer for a long time. Firstly, because the nazis at my condo pool will not let bottles anywhere near the pool and the novelty of a canned micro beer. Like many beer fans I went through a phase where I would look down my nose at a canned beer.

Poured from a 12 ounce can with a cryptic code (7 02 16 A 2_B A) into a pint glass.

A. Poured a beautiful orange amber with a healthy but quickly settling head.

S. Hops are strong, citrus and pine.

T. Again strong hops with a lingering maltiness.

M. Nice dry finish with a lingering of hop oil.

D. This is a great session beer! Even without regard to the can novelty, this is a great APA! This would be graded as high in a bottle even. I will be returning to this beer as soon as I can get some more.

MarkSCCOT, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of ams4k
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Easily the best canned beer in America, and a contender for the best American IPA, especially in terms of the elusive drinkability-hop flavor combination. Similar to Dogfish 60 Minute but even crisper and more fun in the can. This is a true desert-island brew: the one you'd want, and a good way to introduce novice beer folks to the better stuff out there. Somehow they are less intimidated by a can than big bottles with champagne corks. It's a great summer thirst-quencher and also kicks ass with anything grilled or barbecued. I just made myself thirsty.

ams4k, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of bosco7
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper color with perfect clarity and massive head.

Tons of malt and bread aromas with some floral hops and dish soap in the back.

Caramel, toffee, grain and bread flavors are pronounced. Some orange marmalade and spicy hop flavors in the finish. Nothing exciting.

Heavy mouthfeel- creamy, silky, and full bodied. Nice beer and very drinkable, that being said I prefer APAs to have a bit more hop flavor, less alcohol and a lighter body.

bosco7, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first off, this is the best beer i've had out of a can. i had the pleasure of drinking this on the lake while i listened to some fat fuck extolling the virtues of "the silver bullet" vs. miller lite. ugh. anyways, more on the side of malt sweetness than surly furious. this beer has some qualities that are reminiscent of the great alpha king as far as aroma and flavor. this was a rich copper in color with just a tinge of haze and an off-white head. aromas of caramel malts and citrus are prevalent in the nose. nice malt sweetness and a resiny, lingering hop bitterness make for a very well-balanced and bold apa. creamy carbonation and a light to medium mouthfeel. this is a great beer for summer activities due to it being in a can, and damn tasty as well.

MrMcGibblets, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of arguemaniac
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange amber with a thick, frothy and very well-sustained orange white head. Pleasant hop aroma. Really more of an American IPA, the hop character here is very nice; though it’s certainly quite spicy, a delicious orangey citrus quality shines through the most. The caramel malt, while less rich, is tasty and does balance fairly well.

I enjoyed this balanced, drinkable beer. I love the fact that it comes in a can too. Like it or not, these economic, environmentally-friendly containers are probably the future of craft beer packaging. And, so long as they put beers this good in them, I for one don’t mind.

Recommended…

arguemaniac, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of woemad
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly dinged up 12oz can purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.39.

Poured a copper color with a big, creamy white head that hung around for a while and left lots of lace on the sides of my glass.

When first poured, the nose was dominated by a bready maltiness. Once it began to warm up, a piney hoppiness became prominent as well.

The taste is much like the nose. A bready maltiness is partnered up with a tasty but not overdone pine/resin hop flavor. A very slight dryness is noted at the swallow. The hops are not as prominent as in many west coast pale ales I've had, but they are still an equal partner to the malts.

The mouthfeel was fairly typical for the style. No surprises here.

A very tasty pale ale that is extremely drinkable. The abv's a little high to make it a session beer, but it's definitely hitting the spot and will be purchased again.

woemad, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of tpd975
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the beers I tend to turn to in the summer mainly because it's the only thing that tastes good that I can find in a can.

A: Nice copper red color with a big lasting head. The tiniest of bubbles continually flow to the top sustaining the head. LOTS of lacing is left behind as you drink this one. It really is a pretty brew if you take the time to pour it into a glass.

S: It has a nice earthy hop aroma, not at all citrus. I note grass and sweet pine sap.

T: Good tasting pale ale that almost leans to the IPA side if you ask me. There is a nice balance between mild malt and piney hops. Has just enough kick and finishes both bitter and sweet. Pretty complex for something that comes in a can.

M: Light and smooth.

D: Flows down my gullet like water. A very drinkable beer.

Overall: This is a nice beer to turn to on them hot summer days. The can lets you take it anywhere you want to go. Also because of the aluminum its get extra cold in the cooler. Pop this one open at the beach on the hottest most humid of Florida days and you are in heaven. Oskar Blues make some good tasting drinkable brews. Have had the entire lineup, now I need to get around to drinking them again so that I can review them.

tpd975, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of nortmand
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours crystal clear amber with a nice dollop of not quite tan head.

Rich ambergris- citrus notes mingle with caramel aromas in the nose.

Clean hop flavors up front blend to sweet caramel midtongue.

Medium body, nice carbonation, this is a nearly perfect APA.

nortmand, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy translucent amber body with thick off-white head that quickly fades to a nice collar. Plenty of lacing left behind in the glass.

S- Citrus hops and grapefruit hit the nose first. Some pale malt follows.

T- Good balance of citrus hops and malt upfront with hints of grapefruit. Finish is clean with hints grapefruit and bitter hops. Slight bitter hops linger on the palate.

M- Low carbonation and medium weight body. Goes down smooth.

D- This is a drinkable ale with an enjoyable taste. I think of it more as an amber ale than a pale ale. Well done and something I will have again.

PittBeerGirl, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a standard ale glass cold.

A - Not even a pssst as the pop top is depressed. A dark copper w/ a full 3 finger off white head. Lace is left in a haphazard array.

S - Citrusy hops and the sweet scent of pale malts. An almost lactic scent is noticed.

M - Citric, bitter w/ a hoppy oil feel. A medium bodied ale w/ a dry finish. Nice accents of hops and spice in the texture.

T - A sweet crystal malt taste that allows a very potent, but flavorful blend of hop tastes to emerge. Woody noble hops take presidence an late citrus is the focus. The malt balances out the bitterness well. A round creamy taste is noticeable up front. The dry and nutty character gets more noticeable when warm.

D - A fine pale ale, but a bit more bitter than I would prefer. There is plenty of flavor from malt and hops and this is above average as far as drinkability goes. It is potent for the style.

Slatetank, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of IPAcraig
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pretty cool looking can into a pint glass.

A - Pours a semi-transparent orangish red, with a rocky two finger cream colored head.

S - Smell is very hoppy for a pale ale. Slightly grassy.

T - Solidly hoppy, hints of caramel and lemon grass. A great tasting pale, probably one of my favorites now; though still ont too much going on here. Gets hoppier as it warms, nice.

M - Slightly grainy, like its been dry hopped and there is still some hop particles in it. I like that about it though.

D - I bought a six pack of this the night before I head to Mississippi to see relatives. I am looking forward to drinking several of these lounging in the Bogue Chitto River. Very drinkable.

IPAcraig, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a brownish red that is neither clear nor murky. Very nice white creamy head that leaves lovely sheets of frosty lace.

Smell is pineapple and pine tree, with some sweet bready notes.

Taste is sweet pineapple and biscuity malt exceptionally well balanced. Good hop presence without reaching into IPA territory.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

Very drinkable for its abv. Overall, a fantastic pale ale! Once again Oskar Blue's shows off their sweet cans!

bluegrassbrew, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of timtim
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a copper orange color with a nice off white head that leaves a lot of clumpy lace. hoppy, pineapple aroma. much hoppier than your average pale ale. taste is a little bitter, very hoppy and i can't tell if it's minerally or metallic. nevertheless, i love it and am very impressed. goes down creamy and a little bitter like a pale ale should. this is my bbq/session fav.

timtim, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of mshallah
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can in colorful red and blue. Popping the tab unleashes a sticky froth no matter the amount of rest you give it before opening. Happened to all six in the pack. Looks great in the glass and is a very inviting orange-amber. Smell is also very inviting as it is a masterful use of dry-hopping. Taste is everything I want and look for in an APA; sweet, fruity and sticky caramel malts balanced by tons of aromatic domestic hops. Mouthfeel is wonderful because of the fine-bubble subtle carbonation due to this beer being can(?)-conditioned. If I could get this beer in my area I would drink it all the time and stock my fridge with it.

mshallah, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Creamy off-white two--finger head tops a clear amber body. Nice looking beer.

Smell is cracker malt under a full but not overbearing load of floral pine and citrus hops. This is definitely a solid APA.

Taste follows the smell exactly, though the pine-bittering hops tend to dominate the malt that's there.

Mouthfeel is where this brew excels: nice and thick without losing its crisp edge.

Drinkability is a bit diminished for me due to the pine-bitter bite, but it's still quite enjoyable. Not the best of the Oskar Blues bunch, but solid and worth a try.

ColoradoBobs, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Fat Head's in Pittsburgh. The tap handle featured a can of this beer which was cool.

The beer was semi-hazy and an auburn shade of yellow. The aroma was nicely hopped, kind of reminded me of Alpha King (no side-by-side comparison though, and I was slightly buzzed at the time). The taste was well-balanced, but more hoppy than malty. Extremely easy to pound, chug-a-luggable. Very good gateway beer I think, but able to keep your interest deep into the "hobby" (addiction). Nice beer.

TurdFurgison, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of Kendo
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the can into a Spirit Haus pint glass, the result is a clear coppery-amber body with a 1.5-finger antique white head on top. Lots of bubbles rise up to refortify the head, which remains present the entire way down the glass at about 1/4-inch. Lots of clumps of foamy lacing stick to the glass all the way down. Nice presentation.

S: Pop the can and it's a big nose of oily grapefruity hops right away. After the pour the impression remains: juicy citrus fruit in general, but with a hint of malt sweetness underneath. It smells bigger than an APA -- almost like a DIPA at first, but as it warms, the nose softens a bit.

T: Like you'd expect from the nose: oily sweetness at first blush, which is followed in the middle of the taste by the juicy citrus flavors -- grapefruit and sweet oranges predominantly. It finishes with a hint of pine sap, and the aftertaste lingers with a dry, minerally at times lemony bitter coating. It leaves a real substantial coating on the mouth with what seems like a minerally or slightly metallic dry but bitter taste. A glass of water would help to "reboot" the taste buds after that assault.

M: Given the oily and juicy tastes and smells, it finishes surprsingly dry. Also has a decent fizzy feel to it from the carbonation. I thought it was light-to-medium in body.

D: Good. This went down fast, and that lingering bitter aftertaste really encouraged the next sip.

Notes: I think this is pretty darned close to IPA territory, and like I said, the nose at first blush even seems strong enough to remind me of a DIPA. Great beer in a can. Check it out.

Kendo, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of dbatch
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack of cans. I've seen this beer for a long time and shrugged it off because it was in a can, but I've waited far too long to try this wonder.

Cracking open the can, you get the instant aroma of hops. Into a pint glass. pours a beautiful orange with a decent amount of carbonation rising, and leaves about an inch and a half of thick, creamy head. The pour allows the hops to breathe and at the same time gives off a wonderful piney aroma mixed with citrus.

First taste is a creamy pine flavor from the hops, mixed with a grapefruit/mixed citrus bag. It sticks to the roof of your mouth, almost chewy, pleasantly surprising coming from a can. Grab a sixer and head to the game and do some tailgating.

dbatch, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of far333
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear apricot colored with a frothy dimpled beige-orange head that sits a half inch high and lingers long.

Aroma of fine citrusy hops, sweet and tangeriney. A faint bit of malty sweetness.

A rich and full mouthfeel leads to well-balanced flavors of biscuity malt and sweet citrus hops that morph to oily pine bitters, punctuated with grapefruit rind sharpness. A warmth wells up around the cheeks, perhaps from the ABV.

I'm giving some high numbers for taste and drinkability, not because this beer's got over-the-top hops or rich and complex flavors but because this beer seems to push the style envelope to a respectable degree without going overboard and ends up with a good representation of the style. And it is pretty tasty and it is pretty drinkable.

far333, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of aforbes10
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish/peach colored with a slight tannish head. Odor is caramel and malts with a vague hop spiciness. Taste is very refreshing. Tasty maltiness with hints of orange or grapefruit and a grassy bitterness on the finish. Maltiness is reasonably aggressive for the style. Medium bodied. Another good beer from Oskar Blues, but give me the Gordon everytime please.

aforbes10, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of Bierguy5
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can. That's right, can! 6.5% ABV. Cloudy copper color, with orange shades. Thick creamy white head, which hold together very nicely. When the head does disappear, along with the beer, the glass is covered in great sheets of lace. Very nice.

Very nice citrusy and piney hop aroma. There is a good aroma of a caramel, biscuity malt as well.

Very sturdy biscuity, caramel malt background. Solid citrusy bitterness, with some pine flavors as well.

Full body, with appropriate carbonation. A bit of metallic taste is my only complaint. Other tha that, this is a very solid APA. Love the can.

Bierguy5, Jun 08, 2007
Photo of ZAP
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Top notch APA

A-Light orange

S-Big time hoppiness...a lot of citrus (grapefruit/oranges) and pine. Some mild biscuity maltiness is evident as well.

T-Hop laden APA that is balanced with a solid malt profile....Graperfuit/Oranges/even a squeeze of lemon....along with a nice complimentary biscuity maltiness....

M-Medium bodied...rich feel to it....finishes dry

D-Hell of a beer....borders on IPA land....really finishes dry...If you want an assertive, juicy, flavorful APA with a nice balance of biscuity malt then this is your beer. If not look elsewhere...

ZAP, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of theWrkncacnter
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First beer I've had from a can since college, and the first REAL beer I've had from a can. Poured with a very nice head that stuck around for a while to provide lots of lacing. Color was nice, kind of the shade of a new penny and slightly translucent. Smelled of moderately floral hops and some decent malt aromas. Taste is darned good. I would call this more of an IPA than just a pale ale, it certainly fits more in that style. Good hop flavor with some strong, rich malt undertones. Goes down very smooth with some lingering bitterness. Drinkability is decent for this style, but I wouldn't want to have more than one or two in a sitting.

Overall a very good pale ale. Lots of hops and decent balance. I wouldn't say it's as good as 60 Minute or Titan, but it's darn near close.

theWrkncacnter, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, served in a pint glass.

A - excellent looking brew, cloudy amber color with an incredible tan head that lasted through the entire glass leaving great sticky lacing.

S - sweet citrus/hop aroma.

T - WOW, this is a damn good beer! Sweet malty flavor, crisp hoppy finish.

M - medium bodied, mild carbonation.

D - good drinkability but watch the abv, it will sneak up on you.

Final Notes : This is a delicious beer in a can.
Great Job Oskar Blues!

JoeyBeerBelly, Jun 02, 2007
Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
88 out of 100 based on 5,684 ratings.