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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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6,152 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,152
Reviews: 1,782
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 127
Gots: 800 | 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 Bartrob6
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

good lookin pale ale. gorgeous head with good lacing. somewhat orange looking to me.

smells very sweet up front. alot more crystal malts than a normal pale ale. hops come in after the sweet malt with pine and citrus. leaning more towards the pine.

too sweet for a pale ale. the hops are trying to balance it out, but this one is leaning towards the sweet malts.

heavy mouthfeel. just doesn't fit the style very well. i could drink this, its just not that great.

good beer, just doesn't fit the style very well.

Photo of Bamabrew22
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My sister in Tucson mailed me a sixer of Dale's. Good looking beer and great head/lacing, despite having travelled 2,000 miles via snail mail. Taste was hoppy and delicious, well-balanced brew. Great for a hot summer day or lounging on the lake/river. Great beer! Hopefully, we'll see this one on the shelves here sooner rather than later.

Photo of Vineyardselite
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

WOW, and wow. I customer of mine suggested it, and THANK YOU Nick! I love this beer. It's a pale ale, but I think it leans more towards a IPA.

Serving type: Can

A - Copper/sunset body with an extremely frothy white head. Good lacing.

S - Big centennial hops. The main smell, wow. There is an original malty, sugary sweetness that lends to a fruitier vibe.

T - Good flavor but has a metallic, mineral note that's present til about halfway through the glass. It's a nice, hoppy, slightly bitter APA, with a good amount of malt backbone to help it along.

M - Big mouthfeel for an APA, plus a crisp carbonation to move it along. Great in this department.

D - This is a tasty brew, and I could drink a couple in a night for sure


Photo of colts9016
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour this bottle in a pint glass at 43 degrees.

Appearance: A medium golden amber yellow color with orange hues. There is a one finger ivory head that creamy and foamy with some retention. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear with some haziness.

Nose: A mild malt with a touch of sweetness, there is some citrus bouquet and floral. In the back ground of the beer is a touch of woodiness.

Taste: A nice easy malt with a touch of sweetness. There is some grapefruit, floral esters, pine, and straw.

Overall: The mouth feel is softly carbonated with some dryness. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium. This is a pretty good pale ale. So far every thing that I have tried from Oskar has been good.

Photo of dborginis
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can code/lot says 7 12 02 A 1 BA. No idea what that means but bought in Apr 09. Bought for a buddy visiting from out of state, but he forgot to take it.

Cloudly yellow gold color with a mm of head. Smell is what is expected with an APA/IPA. Very hoppy taste, well balanced with the malt, but the hops take preference. Hops linger a bit too much for me, but a tasty beer nonetheless. Not sure if I could drink it all night, but a good one for the night.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce can into an Imperial pint glass. Appears a slightly hazed copper/yellow color with around two fingers of creamy off white head. The head leaves minimal lacing on my glass. Notes of citrus fruits such as grapefruit and lemon, as well as toasted grains and sweet caramelized malts make up the aroma and flavor of this ale. Medium in both body and carbonation. Worth a try.

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

Had this beer on several occasions, always out of a can. I'm a fan of this beer and would love the opportunity to have on draft.

A - Pours a pretty light amber/golden color. Small thin head but generous lacing down the glass. Lightly carbonated, but certainly not flat-ish.

S - Nice aromas. It would be a brilliantly smelling beer is they aromas popped a little more (hence why I would love on draft with a bigger head/carbonation) but the flavors are very nice. Sweet citrus/floral with some malt/bready smells.

T - Great tasting beer. Hops to malts to bitterness on the finish. Front hop flavors are floral/citrus, followed by malt/bready sweet flavors, and the finish leaves bitterness on the tongue. Excellent flavorful ale.

M - Also, excellent. Full bodied for a Pale Ale making it a pleasure to drink.

D - Very nice beer. With slightly higher carbonation, this Pale Ale would be hard to beat. Always a nice to drink and a very sessionable beer.

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

Ap. Deep gold with some amber highlights, very nice off-white head.
Sm. Really nice orange grapefruit.
Ta. Stronger grapefruit flavor with the same tanginess. (It's good in this beer, but not so pleasant with vitamins at breakfast.)
Mf. Smooth and soft, fills the mouth with carbonation.
Dr. Way good, only 23 to go (this is PA).

Photo of cadizkyguy
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 1-11-09, this is by far the best beer out of a can -- to date, for me anyway. Wow ! Great looking beer, poured into a Sam Adams sensory glass. Nice hoppy tasting beer. Definitely packs a punch for an American Pale Ale -- far superior, than Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale, in this particular style. You really need to stock up on these little gems. Great addition to the craft beer market and my mini fridge.

Photo of bjoyce12
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey, don't let the can fool you. I was really put off by the can and its appearance. Too many bad memories of Bud in a can. Don't pass this one up just because of the can. Maybe it's some marketing ploy to make them distinctive, or maybe they're trying to save money, but neither are necessary. This beer can stand on its own. Crisp ale taste, excellent finish. Not much in way of aroma, but then again pale ales rarely have one. This one's a good choice.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Crystal clear dark orange amber color. Two fingers of frothy head with good retention and lots of lacing.

4.0 S: Lots of citrus hops (orange, grapefruit, touch of lemon). Touch of pine. Malts offer up typical crystal goodness.

4.0 T: Bitter backbone that doesn't fuck around. Plenty of citrus and pine hop flavor. Malts are something along the lines of a touch of molasses and hints of several light fruits.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good carbonation and very smooth with a mild bitter aftertaste.

4.5 D: Very good sessionable beer.

Photo of Clydesdale
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A translucent orange-bronze color. The head is moderately large, extremely dense, and creamy, with a slightly orange tint. Retention is excellent, with quite a bit of attractive lacing.

S: Grapefruit, orange peel, resiny pine sap, and brown sugar. Some pale malt in the background. Some bready/yeasty aromas as well.

T: Some firm caramel and pale malt up front. I was worried it would be a hop-bomb from the nose, but it's just a big, balanced pale ale. Hops primarily bring to mind orange peel and some sweetened grapefruit before fading into a resiny pine bitterness.

M: Fairly sticky and full in body. Carbonation is subdued, especially considering how thick this is for the style.

D: Very, very nice pale ale here from Oskar Blues. Very hoppy and flavorful, yet backed with a pretty firm malt backbone. Maybe more brewers should experiment with the cans - they've certainly nailed it here.

Photo of dukedevil0
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single 12oz can from Bocktown outside of Pittsburgh.

A: Pours an amber color with white head that settles down some and leaves lacing on the glass.

S: smells of hops, sweet pine, malty scents

T: initial piney hoppiness but then an onslaught of maltiness and bite from it comes in and dominates...a little too much sweet malt bite for me

M: feels good on the palate, not creamy, but not too watery

D: drinkability takes a hit for me because of the malt flavor domination and bite, alcohol isn't very noticeable but you can tell it's not something you should play beer pong with without consequences

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

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Nice bright orange color with reddish tinges. Thin white head with some clingy lacing. Medium amount of carbonation visible.
S: Generous blend of hops and a bit of sweet malts. Mostly citrus and oily varieties that leave a bitter feel in the nose.
T: Quite hoppy right away; a mix of hop flavors just like the smell. Continues through to the finish with a tiny sweetness underneath that lingers in the afteraste. Not much else to speak of, the bitterness easily wins.
M: Certainly hoppy and bitter, but interestingly almost refreshing, because of that.
D: I like this pale ale style; no frills hops.

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

Presentation: 12 oz. can into a nonic. Thanks to pokesbeerdude for sending me this one as a cool extra in a trade!

A- Clear amber appearance. Pours with 2 1/2+ fingers of off white head, which fades very slowly, leaving ample lacing.

S- Sweet pine notes dominate on the pour. As head falls, a soapy odor works its way into the mix.

T- Pine and tea-like hopiness, balanced by a touch of malty sweetness. Bitterness on the finish is fairly bold and moderately high.

M- Moderate carbonation. Medium body, and borderline creamy. Very smooth going down. A bit of residual oiliness builds as consumed.

D- Pretty good. Fairly easy drinker, though building bitterness might prevent me from wanting more than a few.

Future outlook: Another pleasantly well crafted beer-in-a-can...but only available to me via the trade-route at this time....

Photo of TexIndy
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass. No dating info. It was a orange-amber color with a few lazy carb streams. Good lacing. It had an average sized light beige head that settled into a partial thin film and thick collar.

The aroma was heavy on the citric hops with some pine there as well. Some grapefruit in the back. Not much of the malt made it thru. Good aroma but more like an IPA than an APA IMHO. The taste followed the aroma. Hoppy with little malt showing and again more like an IPA than an APA. Very tasty and goes down very smooth. A session APA - could be. Great hop flavor that doesn't overpower or shred so you can enjoy more than one.

Overall, a really good beer for a brewery that doesn't disappoint. Had this on tap at the brewery in Lyons couple years ago and it was amazing. Highly recommend. Earns a spot in the IPA/APA rotation.

[RR-IPA/APA; tap]

Photo of wspscott
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can in Sam Adam's glass

A: Orange, copper color with a small head that disappears quickly leaving a bit of lace.
S: Citrus hops along with some malt sweetness, a little honey as well.
T: American (citrus) hops and some caramel malts for sweetness that don't come close to overwhelming the hops.
M: Not quite crisp, there is a bit of residual sugars here that make the mouthfeel a little on the "rich" side, not inappropriate for the style, but not quite standard. The hops leave a bit of oiliness on the tongue.
D: Goes down way too easy given the alcohol level, I could drink this by the truckload. I like the over the top hops combined with what seems to be an over the top caramel malt addition. An excellent APA, highly recommended. I wish I could get this in KY.

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

On tap at Wild Wings, Charlottesville, VA. Reviewed on 04/26/09, live in the bar, while watching game 3 of the Braves/Reds series. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Comes to me quickly (as I was seated near the bar), a gorgeous orange amber-hued beer, replete with medium-speed but small-sized effervescence. The head is foamy, and jiggles as a unit if you bang the table - marvelous stickage. It's about one finger high, a very light shade of pale tan, and it clings remarkably well to the sides of the glass. A near-perfect looking APA.

Aroma: A sweet, biscuity, roasted malt backbone supports a light array of herbal, floral, and slightly fruity hops. It's not very varied, and for large portions of the experience is buried under the fluffy head, but it blossoms into an interesting bouquet once this one warms.

Taste: A balanced and quaffable brew. A strong, slightly caramelly backbone, relatively sweet and doughy, provides the canvass for a moderate hop bitterness and a slew of hop notes. Mostly leafy notes - some of which are a little vegetal/harsh - with some flourishes of pine and citrus, the latter more in the higher, orange/lemon register than the lower, heavier end of the spectrum. It's a solid flavor profile, but the funky vegetal aspect of some of the hop profile brings it down a little. It's also a little sweeter than I like my APAs to be.

Mouthfeel: Very fluffy, light, zippy, and crisp, certainly resulting from the high amount of fine carbonation and the relatively moderate thinness of the body. It works very well with the balance of flavors present, amplifying them in the right way.

Drinkability: Not sure how this stacks up to the canned version - it's been so long since I've had it. This one's readily available, about average as far as abv% does, and sports an interesting array of flavors and aromas, though I'm really most impressed by the presentation (gorgeous appearance, great zippy but soft mouthfeel). Nonetheless, it's a solid, quaffable brew, and sure beats the pants off anything else I could have found at Wild Wings (though I did follow it up w/ a Victory Prima Pils).

Photo of stephens101
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very pretty golden amber in color with a good sized airy tan head. A thick sheet of lacing is left behind. Smells hoppy and fruity with a little malt sweetness in the background. Tastes exceptional, with a good citrusy hop bite at first which is not at all overwhelming. Spice, malts and more light fruits finish things up. Body is light to medium, and this one's well carbonated. Really liking this one, as the hops are quite present but just subdued enough to make for great a great mix with all the other elements. Bordering on IPA territory.

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

On tap at the flying sauce in Fort Worth. Amber colored in the glass. Big pillowy head. Super hop aroma through nose. Grapefruit all the way. Quite hoppy for a pale ale imo. Taste is citrusy with the grapefruit tartness shining through. Body is smooth and creamy. Might be one of the hoppier pale ale's i've had.

Photo of RyanC84
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Wonderful amber body with a boisterous fluffy white head. Leaves plenty of lace. Fantastic appearance on this one.

S: Plenty of fruity and piny hops in this pale with underlying sweet malt. Powerful nose for a pale. I'm impressed.

T: Wish the taste lived up to the smell. Plenty of hop kick balanced by caramel malt, but the nose implies so much more. While it's no Alpha King, it's still the biggest and most ambitious pale ale I can buy locally. Kudos to that.

M: Very big for the style. Love it. Chewy, sticky, and everything nice.

D: Always nice to have some of this in the fridge. I'll add some extra love for being available in a can. Perfect for frisbee golf or other stoner related activities.

Photo of Philabeerphia
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into pint. Slightly cloudy copper brew, a chewy looking body, but still possessing a great clarity. A one finger head off white that settles into lots of wacky lacing. A classic looking beer.

Dense nose of cannibus swimming in a pool of grapefruit, towards a malt biscuit buoy. What I meant to say is that actually the malt dominates... fair enough my friend. it is a bit hard to pick up some of the other notes, but they are certainly there. The thick cannibus appears, disappears, and reappears again.

A nice variety of tastes for a pale ale - what the style strives for in my mind, that is my first impression, wait wait, as it warms, it is becoming dominated too much by the malt... drifting into an 'amber' territory that is throwing me off - I am not a big fan of that... but back on track to what I was going to say - I taste three major components here: pepper, biscuit and floral hop, each standing out in that order. Like I said, the malt seems to be bullying on its costars. Still, the real beauty to this beer is the flowery end. It hangs on to me mouth good sire, the brewers have nailed this one. While the finish is certainly dry, almost 'hollow', it is underpinned by this beautiful soothing floral hoppiness. A great way to go out.
they also nailed the carbonation. A highlight that allows all the characteristics of the beer to take turns on my tongue. Even after the bulk of the beer has left my mouth, the carbonation is dancing around on my tongue. that is great.
While I enjoy this beer and find it drinkable, I am conflicted. I think it is a bit inconsistent, every time I taste it, its slightly different. This time I am hung up on the dominance of that sharp malted biscuit.

Photo of Hoagie1973
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold/amber. Head is somewhat disappointing and small, only about 1/2 finger, but it's rocky and retains fairly well, leaving some light lacing. I just thought for something so hoppy poured from a can that the head was going to be crazy big.
Strong fruity hop bouquet and a touch of sweet malt and alcohol.
Flavor is hoppy all over. Very strong and citric (like orange zest). It does have some underlying sweetness throughout and a little caramel-like malt peaks through. Finish is long and bitter with an acidic hop aftertaste. A bit of warming alcohol burns away in the stomach.
Mouthfeel is smooth and even, heavy and really creamy. Finishes a little dry and puckering.
Overall it's pretty good. More like an IPA in my opinion, but a good one. Something I would return to when I'm in the mood for hops.

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

This is the first offering I've tried from the Lyons, Colorado brewery best known for jumpstarting the mirco-in-a-can craze (at least in my mind).

Dale's pours with a crazy-huge head that dissipates to an eighth-of-an-inch but never goes away. At first sip, I noticed a delicious sweet malt taste with the hops coming in late. The nice balance reminded me of an ESB. As it breathed a little bit, it got hoppier (and I got happier).

Talkin' Bob says that Dale's Pale Ale is being aimed at lovers of Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale. This is dangerously drinkable, and at 6.5% would ensure that nothing would get done this summer if I made this a session favorite.

Photo of Jtschupp04
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass

looks like: apple juice

smells like: citrus

tastes like: grapefruit

feels like: quick attack, smooth long decay and fade, thin

drinks like: juice but fills the stomach quick.

i got some good advice from a good friend who loves IPA's when i said i was not fond of them. He told me Dale's Pale Ale is an awesome intro to the heavier hoppy bitter IPA's. I would have to agree it is very mild, not complex but definitely not normal. Thank you Trip Wooten.

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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