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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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6,329 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,329
Reviews: 1,823
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 132
Gots: 916 | FT: 7
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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 drtth
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: A poured the beer is a clear dark golden copper color with a ½" creamy head that recedes slowly but visibly to a medium ring around the glass and a wide spread patch of foam sticking to the surface of the glass. Sipping leaves sheets and scattered speckles of lacing. The lacing and sheets persist to the end of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is pine, grapefruit and malt with the hops dominating the aroma but not concealing the presence of the caramel malt which is a strong presence .

Taste: The flavor is loaded with pine resin, grapefruit and smooth malt. Although dominated by the pine and grapefruit the strong malt backbone makes its presence known and keeps the strong bitterness in check.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and slightly oily with moderate but persistent carbonation. The finish is long and as the pine, grapefruit and malt fade away they stay pretty much in balance, but the malt does take center stage for a while. Then the hops disappear first, followed by the malt, leaving behind a dryness that invites yet another sip.

Drinkability: This is a well-made, drinkable beer that I'll be having more of in the future.

Photo of kiddynamite920
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A crisp golden orange color pours out of the can, while a pearly white head develops into a nice 1 inch topping. One sip and lacing is already beginning. The head is quite frothy for an APA. Grapefruit and lemon are prevalent on the nose with some citrusy hops and a hint of sweetness. This is one of my go-to beers considering how it is full of taste and not overly expensive. Taste is rich and tangy with a nice bitterness from the hops. Very citrusy and full of grapefruit. The bitterness sits on the back of the tongue as the citrus dances around the front. The hint of malts gets this beer down quite smoothly. Very delicious. Nice mouthfeel on this APA as well, nice and crisp. Has a smooth backbone as well that settles down the crispness from carbonation. Goes down easy, provides huge amounts of aromas and tastes. Great beer all in all, and well worth a try.

Photo of Augustiner719
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a 20oz pint glass

Appearance: Pourse a beautiful coppery orange color. 1 finger head that leavest some nice lacing down the glass. Almost crystal clear appearance.

Smell: Smells like sweet, sticky, citrusy goodness. Nice amout of pine and grapefruit with some good hoppiness.

Taste: Very hoppy for your standard APA. Nice sticky sweet taste of mostly grapefruit in the citrus department. A little bit of pine but grapefruit plays the major role. Nice floral hoppiness on the taste. Ever so slightly muted malt background because the hops are so present in this. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Near perfect carbonation. A tad on the sticky side but coats the palate well. Not as refreshing as other IPA and the bite from the hops leaves the mouth a little dry.

Drinkability: This is the new go to for hoppy beers that are easy to get a hold of. Similar to SN torpedo. Great with wings i bet and spicy foods and love the can presentation!

Photo of RedBrewer83
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into pint glass...

A: Pours beautiful golden hue with orange tint and a very nice creamy frothy two finger head that falls in pillows leaving excellent lacing behind. Eventually falls to thin foam on top.This is a beautiful beer out of a can.

S: Sweet grapefruit and orange peel backed with bready caramel malt. Fresh cut pine is also present mixed in with the citrus fruit. This almost smells like a mild ipa...which is very nice.

T: Crisp and clean with lots of citrus, equal parts orange and grapefruit. Caramel malt comes through to balance out the malt quite nicely, but there is a little too much sweetness on the finish...needs a touch more hop to crisp things up.

M/D: Crisp light medium body with excellent carbonation. Not too dry, and very smooth and drinkable. This would be fantastic on a hot summer day, but just as delicious in the dead of winter!

Photo of natelocc787
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber body with a creamy caramel head. Nice clumpy ringlets of lace are left as the head shrinks. Multi grain sweet bread, caramel coated green apples and nice hop presence in the nose. The taste is good but not great. Spruce and pine character like frsh cut tree limbs, bitter pale malt and light pink under ripened grapefruit with dried orange peel. Mouthfeel is the highlight, sudsy, rolls over the tongue nicely, dry but not over done. Not as good as hoped for but better than average.

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

A - Amber honey with a slight haze. One finger sudsy off-white head settles down within minutes leaving a frosty layer with a slick oily appearance. A respectable amount of sticky lacing all over the glass.

S - Loaded with hoppy aroma, sweet oranges coated in brown sugar with a trace of pine sap.

T - A nice full pale ale with beautiful hop flavors; zingy but not bitter. Juicy orange with a twist of tangy grapefruit, with a resinous edge. Nice malty background showing some caramel. Not too complex, but there is enough going on to make this very interesting.

M - Medium-full feel (nearly chewy, interesting for a pale ale) with some slickness. Fairly low carbonation, just enough sparkle. A touch of dryness on the finish.

D - A pretty big pale ale... daddy like... very drinkable. I'm ready for sessions. Gonna pop me another can now.

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

The first thing that hits you ( if your can wasn't adjatated like mine is the smell, this beer smells like hoppy. Taste is extremely hoppy with a strong bitter finish, mouthfeel is foamy with a metalic bite from the can. I have to admit it is a pleasent taste, would drink again

Photo of ottobon100
1.28/5  rDev -67.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I have tried this several times and rarely found one that didn't taste exactly like the can it was poured from. An IPA is my favorite beer and I see promise in this one BUT they need to bottle it vice the can. That is how this beer has to acquire the metallic taste otherwise it has a future.

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

A - Cloudy amber, slightly off white head. Sticky lacing
S- Citrus-y; grapefruit with a bit of pine. Some biscuit-y malt shines through as it warms.

T-Slightly metallic but doesn't really make me dislike the beer any less (possibly a bit of a placebo, seeing it coming from a can). Citrus really shines through. All around solid hop bitterness that lingers on the palate. Well complimented malt backbone that balances it well with caramel biscuits becoming more prevalent as it warms.
M- Low carbonation and good, slick resin'y mouthfeel for the style.

This really is a session beer for a hophead like me. One time I looked down after a night of hanging out and was quite surprised to see 5 or 6 empty cans in front of me. Not even my favorite Oskar Blues brew (Gordon is top notch), but a solid choice.

Photo of kpoole25
2.85/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Typical hop-driven pale ale, but nothing too special. 12 oz can to glass. Copper color, a bit darker than what Ive seen for this style. Nose was good, fresh hop smell. Pretty mellow flavors, nothing too crazy or exciting in either malt or hops. Overall decent, well-made but not sure I'd recommend this.

Photo of bonk0076
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best beer I think I've ever had. A dark golden color with an ambitious head for a pale ale, it carries a prominent c-hop aroma. The taste delivers that hoppy flavor, but it is followed immediately with a sweet finish that perfectly balances it. Delicious.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Poured into an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a clear orange body with a gentle carbonation supporting a thin beige film.
S- The smell is pretty clean with a green note and some caramel notes coming through as the beer warms.
T- The green bitterness of hops has some soft pale malt hints then leading back into a bitter pungent hop note that lingers. When the beer warms there are notes of caramel malt tap water and iced tea that come through.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol or fizz. D- This beer doesn't have much to offer other than a bitterness.

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

A - Decent head with pretty good retention and some lacing. Color is a deep brownish honey. Somewhat cloudy in appearance, cloudier than most pale ales.

S - Pine hops smell is what I notice first, then the strong malt. Underlying citrus hops complement well. Over all good balance.

T - Similar to the smell, piney hops flavors with underlying citrus notes. A strong malt backbone. Malts used give it almost a bready aftertaste.

M - Heavier than most pale ales. Not a strong carbonation but still feels very full.

D - Very drinkable even though it can be somewhat filling.

Good pale ale. Has some unique characteristics compared to others, but all work well together. Not a favorite of mine for the style, but good for something a little different but still in the same style at its core. Overpriced, but worth a try without a doubt.

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

Appearance: Poured out of the typical 12oz can. Medium gold in color with a substantial fizzy head. A little cloudy.

Smell: Upon opening, a nice piney and grassy hop aroma. Breadlike and light caramel malts also noted in the aroma.

Taste: Pleasant hoppy bite leads to a more assertive bitterness towards the end of the tasting. Hop profile is piney and grassy as opposed to a more citrus-like flavor. Malts help balance out this beer, though hops are dominant.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Relatively smooth through the hop bite.

Drinkability: Very drinkable pale ale with an assertive hop presence. Relatively moderate ABV.

Overall, a standard-bearer for hop-heads. Not off-the-wall, but a good tasting pale.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad beer in a can. Waaay too expensive, but its easily the best beer in a can you're likely to find.

Looks a little lighter than a pale ale, smells like nothing obvious. Taste is surprisingly well, for being in a can, maybe its all the glass propaganda I've been subjected to over the years. Very drinkable. Could do multiple of these. Very good beer to sneak into athletic events.

Comes off very similar to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. And that's a damn good thing.

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

Thanks to drizzam... you da man!

A - Nice and frothy, pure white, sticky, one inch of head. The body is a foggy burnt orange color.

S - Mild citrus aroma.

T - This has all flavor of a full bodies India Pale Ale. I'm impressed by the different hop tastes that I'm picking up throughout each pull. Very Impressive. I'm actually sensing a peppermint flavor in the finish.

M - The texture is smooth throughout. The brew does leave a residue that is felt in the center pack of my tongue with each finish.

~ This another great example of very good beer that comes in a can. I really look forward to the days when craft-brewers line Oskar Blues start spending more on their ingredients and less on bottles and shipping. I hope its not too far away.

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

A: Poured from the can into my Russian River pint glass. The beer is clear and amber in color with a thin white foam that leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The smell is a nice combination of citrus hops (with a mild piney quality) and quite a bit of sweet, bready malt. There is also a mild honey smell.

T: The taste is fairly comparable to the nose. The hops are certainly present, but not overwhelming. The citrus flavors are dominant in the beginning, followed by a sweet malt flavor, and a bitter finish.

M: The beer is fairly well carbonated and the body is medium, but on the fuller side for a pale ale.

D: A good example of a Pale Ale. Not overly hoppy nor malty, but a good balance of the two.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a can into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. This beer is an orange amber color with yellow highlights on the side. It's only the slightest bit darker than the average pale ale, so it still has the color and clarity of that style. This beer produces a creamsicle colored thick foamy head that goes away after several minutes and produces very generous lacing that sticks to the glass. The smell is very good, the hops jump out as you smell. Both citrus and pine hop are present, well balanced between the both. The taste is also great, much like the smell the hops dominate the flavor. Grapefuity and dry/pine hop flavor. Eventhough it's so well hopped, it has a generous amount of malts to it as well. Caramelized and roasted to perfection. It starts very sweet, then a crisp and biter finish. This is a refreshing fairly light bodied beer that has a refreshing and clean mouthfeel. This beer is incredibly drinkable.

I avoided this beer for a long time soley because it was in a can. I am now ashamed of myself. This so far the best American Pale Ale I have ever had and will base all APA's in the future on this beer.

Photo of Foxtrot
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having Ten FIDY, I wanted to try other offerings from Oskar Blues.

Pours a nice honey orange with some slight haze in the body. Head was about 1 finger width and quickly receded to a little foam ring. Retention could be a bit better but passable.

Aroma is quite nice. Beautiful mixture of pine, grapefruit, and orange. Notes where subdued and aided by sweet caramel malt to balance out this hoppy pale ale.

Taste was on par as far as aroma goes. Begins with cool hops, and pine, then moves onto a light caramel malt that holds it together quite nicely. Finish is smooth with some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a good medium. Carbonation was spot on.

I could drink this brew all day everyday. Good flavor and crispness makes this a good all around beer for the beer aficionado, or a first time craft drinker.

Photo of Ezone024
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy dark golden color, nice head lots of lacing down the glass.
Smells of citrus and sweet malt.
The taste is refreshing but could be cleaner. the sweet malts drown out some of the citrus hoppiness and therefore doesn't make the mouth feel as good as other pales. it drinks O.K but has a high alcohol content for a pale ale so be cautious, it'll definitely keep you warm.

Overall Decent, not something i would go nuts about.

Photo of BeerPhan86
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pleasanlty surprised to see this as one of the growler fill choices at my local store, and it happens to be the store guy's pick of the week. I always see the six packs of this in cans but never picked it up. Time to try it on delicious draft!

A - Deep hazy amber-copper in color with a nice foamy light tan "sticky" head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Oh wow. Super hoppy for a pale ale, with plenty of grapefruit. I also detect some citrus, pine, and sweet malt. I can tell this will be very hoppy and very bready already.

T - Piney hops up front. Plenty of grapefruit and citrus hops. Strong malty backbone and caramel sweetness. The only thing that makes this different than an IPA is that it isn't quite as bitter. Extraordinary balance. Reminds me of a West Coast style IPA but not quite as bitter.

M - Medium bodied, very smooth and crisp. Could benefit from a little more carbonation though.

D - Very sessionable, but hoppier and heavier than most pale ales. It really should be approached as an IPA.

Overall, very good on draft, I'll be filling up my growler with this as long as it's around. Seeing as six packs are approaching 9-10 dollars anyway for the good stuff, you may as well find somewhere to fill your jug up. 9-10 dollars for about 5 pints of a good draft beer such as this is a deal and a half. I'm intrigued how it translates in the can. If you are camping somewhere and glass bottles are prohibited this is the perfect choice!

Photo of mulder1010
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ML can poured into a small glass.

A-- Poured a cloudy gold color. Small white head, not even a half inch but the head was quite nice and sticky on the glass. Leaving nice lacing.

S-- Grapefruit, lemon, and hops. Slightly sweet and a little bit of a bread smell.

T-- Hops are pretty dominant followed by the lemon. The grapefruit taste is the end in the bite.

M-- Good carbonation and well balanced between the citrus and the hops. Like how it starts forward with the hops and finishes with the grapefruit.

D-- Good APA. Very sessionable and the cans are easy to work with as opposed to bottles. Proof that good beer can be in a can.

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

12 oz can poured into a Nonic. 08-03-09 date between "Ale's what cures ya" on the bottom. 6.5% ABV.

A - Pours a clear golden orange amber color with a cream-colored, foamy, and very well retained head. Good lacing covering the glass as the head went down to a dense blanket.

S - Strong grapefruit citrus hops on the nose with a mild pine afterthought. A good malty presence is in the back balancing it all out with a caramelly sweetness. Mmm Mmm good.

T - With the amount of hops in here it tastes much more like an IPA than a pale ale. The flavor mirrors the aroma with strong grapefruit citrus hops with a bit of pine and a strong malty backbone. Again, a bit of caramel sweetness balances out well.

M - Dry and bitter finish with a splash of carbonation bubbles for good measure, it's a smooth, medium-bodied ale.

D - Like I said, more like an IPA than a pale ale. It's got a dry, bitter kick to the finish that lowers it's drinkability a bit but overall it's a well-crafted and balanced pale. I'm also happy for the sun-blocking can it comes in!

Photo of aggiearcher13
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can from notes last week...

A: Hazy copper color, not too much head but I may have been lazy on the pour. I would call it an attractive looking beer thus far.

S: Piney. Also, citrus and caramel. Really enjoy the malts on this one.

T: Good bitterness but well balanced by the malts. Kind of a toast and caramel to it. Very enjoyable.

M: Good body, I might knock it for too much carbonation but that's really picking at it IMO.

D: Very nice, sessionable beer.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into an altbier glass.

Pours a cloudy deep golden color with a thin white head. Nose is sweet, malty and a bit of light hoppiness finishes it off.

mmm, very sweet and smooth, with a crisp hop bitterness, almost an IPA for an APA but very fresh and tasty, one of the best APAs I've had in a while, a refreshing take on a "regular" style!

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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