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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Ratings: 6,255
Reviews: 1,806
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 126
Gots: 872 | FT: 6
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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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Photo of Jmoore50
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is not a Pale Ale. This is straight up an IPA. I cannot believe that Oskar Blues has the nerve to. . . oh wait, this is just a kick ass pale ale.

The appearance is good, amber, with a great head. Pours with big bubbles and has a off white color. Light lacing around the glass.

The smell is of hops, I swear this is an IPA. Great clean refreshing smell. Really impressed with this one.

The taste is great. Just a over hopped pale ale, and I love it. A great smooth crisp taste. Hops, not sure what kind but tasty none the less. Not quite a dry bitterness but a bitterness at the end.

Really great mouthfeel and drinkability. This pleasantly surprised me, with Gordons, this really makes me want to seek out other Oskar Blues stuff.


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

A: Clear reddish amber with 1/2" head that leaves plenty of lacing

S: Plenty of herbal and citrus hops with some sweet caramel malt up front.

T: Pretty bitter in the finish with a good malt backbone from a pale ale. This is more like a malty IPA.

M: Medium full mouthfeel with medium to low carbonation

D: On tap, I am really enjoying this beer... Maybe even more so than out of the can.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dale's Pale Ale... from a can! A pale ale in a can quite the interesting concept. 6.5% alcohol as stated on the can. Very festive American flag colored design.

A- Pours a nice firey orange color with active carbonated head that falls to a small ring around glass light froth on top. Leaves decent lacing as well. Nice for a canned beer.

S- Estery alcohol, grassy hop scents, and citrus notes are present in that order.

T-M- Has a citrusy tang with a metallic alcohol flavor as well... kinda odd. Has nice hop flavors as well but just not presented in a way that it can be enjoyed fully. Light bitterness noted. All and all a decent flavor for a pale ale. Mouthfeel is smooth with only a mild thickness that leaves the tongue feeling alittle dry.

D- Drinkable beer and also amazing coming from a can. Not the best but a good beer to have around.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can into Sam Adams lager glass. 7-7-09, thanks to Jeff (mnjeff) for the extra!

Pours a hazy dark copper, with a nice, dense off-white head that settles into a thick, very long-lasting cap. Great lacing.

Nose is a nice combination of caramel and pungent grapefruit rind. This is more of an IPA-light nose to me than an APA, just in the overall pungency and sweetness.

Taste begins with a nice combination of caramel lightly astringent, piney hops with a definite pungent grapefruit slant to them. Hops bite at the back of the throat a bit before settling into a long, moderately bitter finish that still screams of caramel malt. A very nice beer, but closer to what I'm used to out of IPA's than APA's.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, medium-full bodied with a light but prickley carbonation.

Nicely drinkable, well balanced, flavorful, though a bit brash for an APA in my eyes. I would certainly take one without hesitating, but it's just "bigger" than most APA's I've had, and that can be good and bad.

Photo of Gtreid
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finally picked a couple of these up today. 12 oz. can poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Super clear amber color. The pour produced a quater size light tan colored head, that leaves some decent lace.

A: Not much going on here. I get some light hops, and a very pronounced sweetness. The aroma i do get is nice, there's just not much of it.

T: The citrusy hops are balanced nicely with sweet caramel malts. The beer finishes dry, and I'm suprised, I definately get the alcohol. At only 6% I didn't think that was possible, but the heat is there.

M: Rather heavy for a PA. The abundance of caramel malts makes for a syrupy mouthfeel.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is above average but not over the top. Overall, it's a good beer, but a little to malty for the style. I much prefer a lighter body and stronger hop profile in my Pale Ales. Skal.

Photo of tchurchill7
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite, if not my favorite, pale ales. Simply put, I had a CRAVING for this beer this week. The six pack I bought, though nearly 10.50 and a bit dated at nearly 3 plus months didn't disappoint. Is it the can? Or kudos to my local shop for keeping it refrigerated? Anyway, an aggressive pour leaves a two finger head that leaves satisfying amounts of lace by the third pint. The malt is caramel and sweet, but the hop profile is where this beer just shines. It is balanced. The almost brown sugar malt base is perfectly matched with the tangy, citrusy hoppiness. Disappears dangerously fast from my standard pint glass. Flavor abounds and is complex enough to keep you drinking. I love this pale ale! Well done Oskar Blues.

Photo of JamesS
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice deep copper color from the can, with a bit of nice head but almost no lacing. Deep hop aroma, very citrusy with a nice floral hint. Good taste, a nice pale ale with wonderful American hops and enough malt to keep it thick and nearly balanced. Went down fine, if a little rough from the carbonation.

Photo of rawhydes1
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If Oskar Blues put this in a bottle, it cracks the top 10 or 20 for APAs.

If you like Sierra Nevada APA, give this a try. Reminds me of said beer, but amped-up a bit.

If SN APA is like an order of "medium" hot wings, Oskar Blues' Dale's Pale Ale is an order of "hot, with extra blue cheese and celerey".

A good sipper, or can be drank "en-masse", as evidenced during a nice game of horeshoes played this past weekend.

Photo of bret27
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep amber w/tan fairly thick head. Surprisingly good lacing for pale ale.

Smell: sweet, floral, cirtrusy, NW hoppy, caramelly

Taste: Not super bitter but a solid flavor that stays strong through entire drink. Bitterness at the beginning and end w/malt sandwiched in the middle of the palate. Aftertaste of bread and hop juice.

Mouthfeel: nice and full bodied, definitely an american style pale.

Overall: All around good beer. Not quite the fantastic punch of Alpha King from 3F, but meatier than most pales around. A heavy hitter and especially w/6.5 abv, very drinkable and tasty. The piney lingering hops leave you thirsty for more.

Photo of mbunje
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz blue and red can....interesting.
brewed on 7/16/09...reviewed on 9/10/09
A - Nice medium copper color, not too dark, not too pale. Head is a bit on the small side. Disappears pretty quickly.

S - Toasty malt and mild hop aroma. Smells rich and inviting. pleasant.

T - Nice flavor from the malt. Not too sweet. back of the tongue bitterness. Not west coast style but there is some good bitterness there.

MF - Slightly on the more carbonated side of this style. Still, smooth and medium bodied.

D - Very. 6.5% $10 per six'r means $1.70 or so per 12oz

Overall - Nicely done, good offering. A little lighter than a Stone Pale, a little more than a Firestone 31. Well done.

PS - Can is great for backpacking, river/lake, pool, or beach trips where glass is a) not allowed, and b) too heavy. So I added a 0.5 point to drinkability for that.

Photo of Thur123
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this many times before, always liked it. The best beer in a can for sure, but now it's time I review it against its peers based on what's inside....anyways...The color is a copper orange with what looks like less carbonation than usual. The head grew to about an inch then leveled off with a little lacing and a thin level of retention. The smell is floral hops with a balanced sweet malt character coming through quite strongly. There is a light grapefruit aroma but nothing really outstanding.

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The first thing I taste is the hops, which overpower the tip of the tongue with floral taste. The malt character is very nice and sweet and a little sticky. The more sips I take the more balanced the overall flavor is, which is good and getting better. This is a hoppy pale ale I recommend to someone new to the style for sure. Not only is it a very good example, I feel like it's a very drinkable one. The mouth feel is a little thick and I know that after too much time, or a few of these, it becomes cloying. Overall a tasty and humble pale ale, albeit not a perfect one.

Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - An amber body with some clarity to it...a big thick head forms and appears to be the slightest off white color...which leads to nice lacing

S - A surprising amount of hops in the nose...both pine and citrus notes come through...a slight sweet malt backbone

T - The malts play a bigger role in the taste and the hops take a back seat...but they aren't too far back there because this is a very balanced APA...sweet caramel malts up front which was surprising after lacking in the nose...the citrus hops come in next to add to the sweetness...then a combination of caramel malt and piney hops leave for a pleasant and slightly bitter aftertaste

M - Medium bodied...smooth, refreshing, and balanced

D - A very nice APA to keep on hand...this is very drinkable due to the balanced and refreshness on the palate...and you can't beat drinking a craft beer from a can

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

gotta love canned beer.poured into a pint glass with a nice head and light amber color,decent lacing.smell is piney hops and sweet malt.

taste is upfront bitterness,with notes of pine and citrus,balanced by sweet caramel malt.pretty nice.

i love beer in a can,it's great.i wish i could get this stuff in ohio.smooth medium body with nice drinkability.

Photo of jgasparine
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured from the tap with a thin white head, which slowly dissipated, leaving some touches of lacing behind. The body was a nice orange-amber color, with some course carbonation working its way up from the bottom of the glass.

S- Distinct hops from the nose- reminiscent of citrus rind, pine needles, and a touch of tropical fruit. Some evidence of a malty, marmalade-like backbone is evident as well.

T- Tropical fruit flavors com blasting through up-front (guava, mango and passionfruit), followed by some restrained citrus notes. The malt is somewhat hidden in the middle... somewhat crackerlike. And the finish is long and bitter with citrus-rind-like hops.

M- Medium body- nicely textured with unattenuated sugar. The carbonation is a lot softer than anticipated, but abundant nonetheless... overall a solid mouthfeel.

D- As this beer is consumed over time, the flavor of citrus rind begins to stick on the tongue, masking the tropical fruit and malt flavors... taking this from a 'multi-dimensional' beer down to one dimension... not good. From the drinkability standpoint, this puts it below par when compared to run-of-the-mill APAs (in my book).

Photo of stingrayvr6
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a golden brown with a thick white head but disappeared quickly. Smell was sweet and of oily hops. Taste started sweet then finished very bitter. Very dry finish after a fruity hop start. Similar finish to Stone IPA. Good beer, probably not my favorite IPA though.

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

When at home, this is probably my most consumed beer. It can constantly and easily be found, its usually priced right, and it has the hop punch to satisfy a hop fix when you just don't feel like sacrificing your sobriety or wallet on a DIPA.

Color is a very attractive reddish light golden copper, head bright, white and abundant. Aroma lets you know what its about--hops (floral variety) with a sweet malt background pull in tongue simultaneous in both directions. There's a considerable amount of complexity here. Theres something here making me think of butterscotch too. Just a first class beer all around.

Photo of Soonami
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright amber orange with thin off-white head with little cling

S - Bready, hints of tropical fruit and a little spicy hops

T- Sweet malty, toasty bread, with little bitterness and harsh alcohol burn very present

M - Crisply carbonated with good bite, thick and creamy

D- A little boozy for this time of year. Being able to taste the alcohol just makes a beer too much for me in the summer heat. I tasted mostly toasty grain, not enough hoppiness to balance it out or to be truly refreshing

When I open the can, I didn't hear much of an audible crack,, but it was fine once I poured it. I bought this beer a couple months ago, so perhaps it was past its peak hop flavor window but there was not date stamp or label to be found so I can't say whether or not that is the case

Photo of brewdoc75
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up on a MN to Hudson run. Been anticipating it for a while.

A: Beautiful orange-amber color with ample carbonation. An everlasting, creamy white head sits atop. Quite lovely.

S: Citrus and a hint of pine in the hop nose. Sweet caramel malts balance out the aromas. Unfortunately, the hoppy aromas are a bit muted for me. This is my third can and I still am having a hard time getting a ton of aroma. Pretty solid otherwise though.

T: Lovely hoppy flavors with tangerine, orange, pine and some grapefruit in the end. Some faint fruity esters and a lot of caramel malts make this quite a treat. A bit too bitter for a standard pale ale. This one is straddling the line between IPA and APA.

M: Creamy and smooth with a medium body. A bit thicker than most APAs, but pretty good. Good carbonation.

D: A solid APA. The can really adds to the drinkability in my opinion. This beer plus the great outdoors would be a pleasant match. The only unfortunate thing would be that it would dissapear fast. If I could get this in MN, I would drink it often.

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

Pours a slightly clouded yellow golden. Thin lacing sits very nice on top and clings to the side of the glass.

Smells of grapefruit hops, just as so many other APA's do.

Tastes of citrus hops with caramel malt undertones. Nothing overly impressive in this department. Good, but not impressive.

Aftertaste sticks around nicely.

Not a bad beer, but I've had better APA's.

Photo of adamette
3.01/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I was so excited to find a six pack of this at Wegman's in Lakewood, NY 8 29 09 after having Ten Fidy and loving it. Consumed at my brother's house near Chautaqua Institute just down the road. Six pack was priced at just under $10. I tried Old Chub just before trying this one.

A Translucent caramel body under a 2 inch huge head. Both body and head appropriate to the style. 4.0

S Grapefruit bitter hops, moderate, edging on severe. Boring. 3.0

T Typical IPA. Hops, hops, distant malt. Too unbalanced and, well, boring. 3.0

M Smooth (which is appreciated) but the bitter grapefruit hops ruin any benefit that the smoothenss may have brought. 3.5

D One and done for more. This is not my favorite style since I think, as a style, it is unbalanced and, therefore, boring. I never liked grapefruit and I do not like that taste in a beer either. 2.5

Notes: This is by far the hoppiest beer that I have ever seen in a can and if you like hops then you will appreciate this one more than I do.

Photo of ricke
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy orange color with an off-white head that leaves some lacings.

S: Citric hops, caramel malts and some floral notes.

T: The taste is actually rather sweet with plenty of caramel and almost bready malts beneath a generous amount of citric hop notes, grapefruit and hop resins. The finish is rather bitter with some hops and some interesting notes of anise and other herbs.

M: Medium body with slightly off-centered carbonation.

D: A rather refreshing beer. The malts where slightly too prominent, and perhaps I would have wanted a somewhat cleaner profile flavorwise.

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

A - Light orange-brown color with a one finger head (off-white). Head sticks around for quite sometime. Decent lacing is present as well as a thin film that lasts the whole pint. Some chill haze.

S - Candied orange peel, some pineapple, sweet malt, and just enough grapefruit hoppiness to balance out the former aromas. A pleasant smelling APA.

T - Malt upfront, followed by a nice medium hop bitterness. Hop bite remains long after the initial swallow.

M - Medium feel with average carbonation. This brew leaves a nice sticky finish.

D/O - A very enjoyable American Pale Ale that is worth a try if you haven't imbibed before. It is well balanced and very quaff able. I will definitely revisit this beer again. Well done Oskar Blues. Cheers.

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

12oz can into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a rich amber-orange, slightly hazy body topped with 3/4" of off-white head that settles into solid cap and leaves abundant, fine lace. Nice looking APA.

S: Fairly subdued, but thoroughly pleasant: some spicy, piney hops backed up with a bit of sweetness.

T: Rich, balanced, and complex. Hops start things off, followed by a wave or chewy, caramel malt goodness. The hops come back assertively at the end, finishing things out with a delicious dryness. Hints of cinnamon? Delicious.

M: Fairly full-bodied, with some creamy carbonation.

D: I easily put back 4 or 5 of these last night - just great for the hoppiness and ABV.

Notes: The only other Oskar Blues offerings I've had were the Pils and the Gordon on tap, so Dale's Pale currently sits squarely on my pedestal of "Best Beer in a Can." Great APA.


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

Dale's pours a very pretty dark honey amber color with some nice ruby notes. The head is a very thick and fluffy off-white that really compliments things well.

The aroma from this beer straight from the can is a bit of a shock if you're not used to Dale's or Gordon from Oskar Blues. Its a ton of fresh hop aroma, some sweet malt or caramel and some citrus notes.

The flavor that comes forth from this innocent looking can is truly one that needs to be experienced to be appreciated. Plenty of piney and citrus hop flavor pours out along with a very balanced sweet malty backbone. Like Oskar Blues says, this is somewhere between an American Pale Ale and an IPA. Its got the strength and the hop profile to squeak in as an IPA but nothing wrong with it being a very hoppy Pale Ale either.

Definitely one of the best canned beers available, although i still like to pour it into a glass...

Photo of thecarster1
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, one finger eggshell colored head, clear orangey amber coloring, great head retention, slight carbonation, great allover layer of swirly lace, leaves fine lace pattern on glass on the way down.

s- nice bright hoppy smell, grapefruit rind abounds, not overly malty, slight fruitiness in the hops, hops dominate the nose.

t- very flavorful, more hops than malt, hops hit in the back of the mouthh, nice bit of bitterness, ever so slight trace of alcohol nice touch, slight sugary sweetness balances out with bitters, malt doesn't come through so much, still a really nice potent pale ale, oskar isn't joking that it's a voluminously hopped mutha.

m- medium, fills the mouth well, with a slightly slick edge.

d- great drinkability, glad i have a few more in the fridge, i could have several in a sitting, it's packed with flavor (although too much for some people i 'forced' a try on), right up my alley, will buy again.

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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