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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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BA SCORE
88
very good

5,615 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 5,615
Reviews: 1,732
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 107
Gots: 553 | 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 Pegasus
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%

Appearance: Crystal-clear amber-brown in color, with a large, coarse white head, thick broken lace, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Very sharp pine tar hop presence, with a sweet malt undercurrent, very much to style.

Taste: Slightly sweet malt presence at the open, with a subdued, mildly bitter hop presence, and oddly, some toasted malts. The pine tar hops rise as the taste progresses. Towards the end of the taste, the hop bitterness intensifies, taking on a fairly pronounced pine tar note, and a lingering bitterness at the back of the mouth, possibly from tannins. This might account for the sharply dry finish.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and quite full, little carbonation noted, finishes very dry.

Drinkability/notes:A nice example, very drinkable, at 6.5% ABV, a touch high for a session beer.

Thanks to HardTarget for sharing this rare example.

Pegasus, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of Oxymoron
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

I recently went to Lyons to visit Oskar’s and sampled Dale’s Pale Ale on tap. I’ve have in the past tried Dale’s in a can and I have to say that on tap is much better! (And thus another review of this beer).

The pour was the same with a light amber color with good clarity. Better head and lacing when poured from the tap then from the can.

The aroma was more noticeable from tap then can. The hops seem to come out more with a heighten citrus smell. The malt was more balanced and less of a syrupy smell. The taste is similar with a good bitterness from the hops that are all but non-existent from the can. The can Dale’s seemed well balanced, while from tap the beer seemed to have more of a hoppy flavor then malt. The malt seemed less syrupy in taste as well but more of a bready and less caramel taste.

The body is completely different between the two. The body from can is smooth while from tap has more harsh almost carbonic flavor to it.

Between the two, I would have to call it a toss up. But for sure they have different factors for sure.

Oxymoron, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of granger10
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%

This beer from a can. Nice. Copper color with a large egg white foamed head. Head maitains nicely, lots of lacing. Carbonation holds throughout. Smell is strong on hops. Lots of grapefruit and pine in the aroma. Somewhat acidic. Flavor provides more balance with a collection of malts to support the hop dominance. Kind of a rich caramel flavor at the top. A bit of a sweet biscuity base is there. But this is about the hops. They come out in full form. Never too much though. Nice fruity bitterness, nice grapefruit bitterness, and a nice bit of resiny pine in the finish. Malts never lose control of keeping the hops in hand though. Just a great beer all around. Even though the abv's a touch high, this might be my new session beer.

granger10, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of Imstillthegman
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Dale's Pale Ale pours an orange-copper color with a thick off-white head that leaves gobs of lacing behind. Looks like nothing else I have ever poured from a can.

Aroma filled with caramel malts and citrus hops...a little doughy as well. Again, best canned beer scent yet. (Note: I haven't had any of the Sly Fox offerings yet)

Taste is fairly balanced between bready caramel malt and citrus flavors. Some hop bitterness is noted. Slight metallic taste creeps in on some sips.

Creamy mouthfeel and good carbonation. I will be picking more of this up next time I head back to NC...my sixer is just about gone. Good beer to just grab a can and pop it open tastes just as good from the can.

Imstillthegman, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of tonistruth
4.33/5  rDev +11%

A- golden straw with yellowish orange tint, two finger white head, awesome retent, settles to ring, lacing, bit cloudy

S- citrus, toasted malt, caramel

T- multiple hop flavors in there. starts off with orange like and caramel flavor, then hop bitterness takes over only to finish sweet w/ some citrus hop flavor. Grassy aftertaste. Awesome balance and flavor

M- smooth and silky, good body, somewhat viscous

D- Liked the balance and taste alot. Easy drinking, definetly a memorable pale ale in my book

tonistruth, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass. Very nice presentation. A very tight head forms and leaves nothing but lacing. Beer is amber in color with lots of carbonation acitve under the surface.

Aroma is dominated by citrus hops, but balanced well by caramel malts. Grapefruit and pine trees. Even some toffee. Wonderful aroma. Smells IPAish.

Taste is wonderful. Full of citrus hops and malty as well. This is as close to perfect for IPA I think, but since this is a Pale Ale, i detract some points. Grapefruit, citrus, grass, lemon; wonderful.

Mouthfeel is perfect. The hops and the caramel malts balance out the body perfectly. Medim bodied. Perfect. A wonderful beer. Might this become a permanant resident in the fridege? In a word, yes!

SaCkErZ9, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of kbnooshay
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%

a: Right after I cracked open the can I noticed how full it is! Ive had beer in ball brand cans before, but this rocks. Maybe I was just lucky. Anyways this poured a hazy golden amber with an awesome bubbly beige head. The head was super soft and frothy like an ice cream float. Great retention.

s: The aroma is malty, hoppy, floral and deliciously breadlike.

t/mf: Hoppy and lightly bitey with a pleasant hint of caramel. The bready taste also leads to a kind of chewy mouthfeel that is full, sticky and wet. It is also lightly drying.

d: This is a full and well balanced brew from a can. You cannot tell it is from a can if you pour it and actually this one is great straight from the can. A very enjoyable pale ale. Too bad it is 9 bucks a 6er up here, but it is worth it I suppose.

kbnooshay, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of Nutleybeer
4/5  rDev +2.6%

One might not expect too much from a canned beer...but I heard rave reviews. Tried it myself. A great pour. Produces a wonderful, foamy head. Pour it slow.

A somewhat cloudy orange body. Okay smell.

Enjoy the first few sips. Savor it. The foamy head gives this Pale Ale a really surprising creamy taste.

Hoppy, but not bitter. The hops lingers on the center of your tongue.

For those of you who might steer away from cans, give this a try. A real nice beer with good flavor and a velvety creaminess to it.

Nutleybeer, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of hobbes2150
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

When I poured this beer into a glass I was surprised; not used to seeing a beer with such good color come from a can. Great nose, with apparent maltiness and a teasing hop aroma that gives you a sense of good things to come. The taste is a bit milder than the nose would suggest, but still a great malt foundation with a hoppy back to it. I wish more canned beer was this good.

hobbes2150, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of rodrot
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

This beer poured a beautiful orange/amber color with a huge 2 finger head that left plenty of lace on the glass. Aroma was malty with a good bit of flowery hops mixed in. Taste was of sweet malts, peach, apricot and piney/resiny hops. Mouthfeel was fairly light for such a tasty beer. Drinkability is good if you like hoppy beers, which I do. This beer leans more towards an American IPA in my opinion. Who knew that such a well crafted brew could come in a can? Now I can't wait to try Old Chub.

rodrot, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of jwc215
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

Poured orange with a creamy white thin head that left rings of lacing.

The smell was of citrusy hops - much more like an IPA rather than an APA.

The taste was, again, very hoppy. Citrus hops seemed like the only ingredient at first, but then some malt came in to back it up.
A tinge of metal emerged at times.

The feel was of full-bodied creaminess. The bitter hop flavor hung around.

Overall, it's not bad, especially for a canned beer. I'm wondering what it would be like in a bottle. Not a bad choice if you are in the mood for hops and/or only have a choice of canned beers.

jwc215, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of mcowgill
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

Good beer from a can? what a concept!

A - hazy amber color with a thick creamy head

S - Caramel malty sweetness mixed well with a floral hopiness

T - Initially sweet malty flavor with a nice hoppy bitterness to the finish

M - medium bodied, very little carbonation

D - This is a nice drinkable beer....but don't pound it in the can. Pour it in a glass!

mcowgill, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of vtfan77
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

A- Golden orange with a decent white head. Some lacing, but not as much as I would have thought.

S- Big time caramel malt aromas with a good dose of floral hops as well. Very nice!

T- Floral hops dominate, which is kind of surprising considering the big malt presence suggested by the nose. The malt definitely shows up, though, with a pleasant caramelly/ toasty taste in the middle that lingers on to the finish to blend with the hops. Decent amount of bitterness on the finish, though it isn't too much and is quite pleasant.

M- Medium-bodied mouthfeel with good carbonation, making it smooth and easy to drink.

D- Quite exceptional here, I could definitely drink a few of these in a sitting.

Very nice pale ale. I had heard good things and was not disappointed. The website describes it as being between a pale ale and an IPA, and I would agree. Hoppier than your average PA, but not quite up to IPA standards. Also is good straight out of the can, although I wouldn't recommend doing that, as you miss out on much of the wonderful aroma. Highly recommended.

vtfan77, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
4.33/5  rDev +11%

Very nice. Golden amber color with a good tight clingy cream colored head. Smells pleasantly hoppy with piney resin and juicy citrus. Well blended biscuity malts create a good base. Taste is even nicer. A good hoppy punch with smooth bitterness and more sweet solid malts. Ah finally a beer I would prefer in a can. The future is now. Mouthfeel is softly resinous, smooth and taste is lightly bitter in the finish. Good texture and highly drinkable.

Good beer.

tastybeer, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of Dizzy
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%

Poured an amber color from a 12 oz can, white head. Great citrusy hop aroma, I can't believe this came of a can. The taste mostly hops, initially some malt but after a few sips the hop bitterness covers everything else up. Medium mouthfeel, pretty much what I would expect with an APA. I enjoyed this and would drink it again, especially if I were outside, in a hotel or anywhere else where bottles are inconvenient. The bitterness lingers too much to drink more than one or two of these.

Dizzy, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%

Thanks to Nick at Bauer for letting me crack this one open.

A: With a glug glug glug pours a cloudy peach color. Huge one and a half milkshake frothy off white head. Looks like a cloud or pillow. Good head retention and nice lace left.
S: Very decent amount of pine and grapefruit smelling hops. A bit of fruit in there also. Slight bready malt background, but the hops are the most dominant.
T/M: Very creamy and velvety in the mouth. Coats the entire way down. Good level of pine and fruit hops with a caramel malt background. Bitter hops are noticeable in the aftertaste on the tip of the tongue and sides of the mouth. Did I say creamy? Hell yeah! Slight level of carbonation leads right into a hop bitterness. Medium bodied pale ale.
D: Highly drinkable pale ale. one of the best ones I've had, especially because it's in a CAN! Very sessionable ale.

bjohnson, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of wedge
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

Clear orange amber in color with a firm, creamy head that leaves stringy lacing on the glass and retains well. Aroma is very pleasant - almost has an Alpha King thing going on...almost. Lots o' juicy citrus hops, some sweet fruit and an underlying toasted nuttiness. The flavor is full of hops as well, just about reaches the level of "IPA". Bitter citrus and floral - smooth sweet malts battle the bitterness. Pretty rich in the flavor department overall. Mouthfeel is medium and has a slight grittiness to it.

If you're into sweet, citrusy, hoppy pale ales, this'll be right up your alley. Pretty well balanced too and I sure didn't find any "off" flavors from the can. To be honest, I'm completely indifferent to whether my beer comes in a can or a bottle. A very good APA poured from a can, bottle, or otherwise...

wedge, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

a: Dark gold almost a brown ale. Healthy head with lacing all over the place.
s: floral and evergreen hops and roasted malts.
t: strong floral hops hit first that is quickly followed by lots of sweet maltiness. Hop bitterness finishes.
m: Full bodied, creamy goodness.
d: very enjoyable but a big heavey on the hoppy bitterness for my tastes. Tone down the hoppy bitterness and this is a great beer for me.

NiceGuyMike, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of bwyker
4.93/5  rDev +26.4%

Poured from its classy aluminum can into my finest chalice.

A: Foamy thick head that stuck around for quite a while. Amber orange with lots of bubbles. Nice lacing around the glass.

S: Grapefruit, floral hops. Smells as hoppy as a double IPA!

T: Taste is consistent with the smell -- earthy, citrus hop bitterness with a subtle sweetness. There is something buried in the aftertaste that I would attribute to the can, but this could be in my head.

MF: Very smooth. Maybe a little drying from the hops bitterness, but not overwhelming.

D: Extremely drinkable. I really wish I didn’t know it came from a can, as I feel I was looking for an aluminum can taste. I honestly believe you would have no idea it came from a can if you didn’t pour it yourself. Skeptics put on your wifebeater, crank up the skynyrd and enjoy!

bwyker, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of scooter231
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

Pretty rusty color, great, great head. Foamy and sudsy. Stays for a while and leaves great lace. Smell is hoppy and, well, hoppy. Tastes quite hoppy as well, with a sweet, fruity thing going on in the background. Sure this isn't an IPA? Once again, like the Great Divide brews of Colorado, I taste a pot type thing going on. Must be something in the Colorado water... Mouthfeel is sudsy and surprisingly a little thin. Drinkability- pretty good, if you're in the mood for hops, otherwise, run away. And oh yeah- the can is the best, wish all beers came in cans.

scooter231, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of JBStith
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%

Dale's Pale Ale in a can. Fun to drink a "good" beer from a can, but (and I don't care what anyone else says) cans taste different than bottles to me. Anyhow...

A: Pours a slightly hazy goden color with little head. Low retention, but decsent lacing.

S: Initial floral aroma and a bit of sweetness spice. Aromas disappear very quickly though.

T: Initially sweet and well hopped. Good bitterness that comes through as spicy. Becomes sticky sweet as the beer warms. Sweetness become more than I tend to like.

M&D: Descent mouthfeel. The sweetness translates into a heavier mourthfeel towards the end. Well (maybe overly) carbonated. Sweetness kills drinkability for me.

Overall, a descent beer. Having "good" beer in a can (which is unusual in my parts" makes this a good choice when bottles are out of the quetsion.

JBStith, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

Looks like a pale ale!
Deep amber color with some white lacing on the glass and a head that doesnt hang around for too long.
Smells like a pale ale!
A pleasant deep maltyness intermingled with a nice herbal/floral hop aroma. A little bit buttery in the nose, as well.
Tastes like a pale ale!
A hoppy one at that. A pronounced, in your face raw pine hop attack that gets reigned in some by the malts. Dry, bitter, with a long, oily hop finish.
This brew has some balls to it. Flirts with the idea of being an IPA; reminds me of some EIPAs.
Not my favorite style but this is a good example of the style.
And I'm all over the idea of craft beer in a can.

ommegangpbr, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of Hibernator
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

Dale's Pale Ale
12 oz aluminum can
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

I was beach bound this Saturday afternoon and decided to pick up a six pack. After months of hearing about Dale's Pale Ale, I was excited to spot this beer in the cooler. After sitting in a beach chair and listening to my ipod for most of the afternoon, I saved one in the cooler and now on to the review...

Pours a hazy orange with bronze highlights. Nice looking head on top that transforms to a thin lace leaving sticky lace patterns on the glassware.

Very hoppy aroma with whiffs of citrus, pine and sweet malts.

The sip starts off with a sweet, caramel malt profile and then quickly turns to an aggressive hop finish. The hop profile screams of grapefruit and lime twang with an earthy pine feel. This is a West coast style APA all day long and so enjoyable.

One of the best beesr I've had from a can. I love the convenience of the packaging and the quality of this beer; a rare combo these days. Could this be a sign of things to come? I hope so. Hats off to Oskar Blues Brewery.

Hibernator, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of Suds
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

From an aluminum can, this brew pours a beautiful, rich amber color with a solid foamy head. Very attractive. The aroma is packed with hops: citrus and pine. Also present is a notable caramel-like malt backdrop. The taste is moderately dry and slightly resinous. There’s some malt flavor as well, but it fades increasing into the background as you near the finish. The finish is dry, moderately bitter, and full of a citric hop flavor. Moderate carbonation and a full body. Clean, and very drinkable. I was very impressed with this beer.

Suds, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%

Pumpkin orange hue pours with a great head and nice retention. Piney aroma along with grapefuit and maybe pineapple. Good hop flavor followed by excellent malt balance. Not a bitter pale along the lines of Sierra Nevada or the like. Along with everyone else who tries this I am amazed at drinking such a good beer out of a can.There are better pale ale’s out there but certainly not in a can.

BeerAmbassador, Jul 07, 2006
Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
88 out of 100 based on 5,615 ratings.