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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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1,826 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,826
Hads: 6,684
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 151
Gots: 1,185 | FT: 7
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:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2002

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Reviews: 1,826 | Hads: 6,684
Photo of Southerndiscomfort
5/5  rDev +26.6%

This beer is my woman and I's session beer. First time I had it I wasn't a fan but as I got more and more, I kept coming back. This ain't your average pale ale. It's bong bong. I'll drink this anytime, anywhere. If you haven't got this yet and you like hops you are missing out on life. Oskar blues never let's down with their 3d beers in a can. Buy it, shotgun one, enjoy. (373 characters)

Photo of Taybeh
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

From a can into an imperial pint
A: Light bright copper, clear, 1 finger creamy off-white head
S: caramel, pale malt, then I'm getting Centennial-like hoppiness, some melon and earthy notes.
T: good stuff. The pale bready malts invite you in, then the hoppy bitterness powers up. Lots to work with here: sure, a little citrus and juiciness, but more earthy and dirty and sharp notes to me, and even a little mintiness on the end.
M: bitter, dry on the finish, but also some alcohol burn.

Overall: I enjoyed this a lot. Tasting blind, there's no way I would know it was a pale instead of an IPA...love those Centennial hops. Some things in common with hoppy ambers, even, including a little rough edge. Glad these guys started distributing to MN last summer! Very nice addition. (788 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearing the end of 2014 and I never had this before, let alone a beer from Oskar Blues...until yesterday at the Cloverleaf. All I knew was that everything I've seen from them has come from a can and this was highly recommended. While not the best APA that I've had, this one packed quite a range of flavors and hid the booze well, making it enjoyable and complex at the same time. It's a feat that not many American Pale Ale's can pull off this easily!

Really nice pour to this, as the dark copper hue had a wondrous haze to it that had a subtle radiance to it when I held it up to the light. The head was solid and the lacing was as well, along the back side of the glass I was given at the bar. Earthy, floral, and sticky, this had tons of wet, juicy citrus in it as well. The aroma was nearly one with the taste and there was a lot going here, as the mouthfeel was cloying, sticky, and skunky all at the same time. By the latter, this reminded me of a beer from Green Flash and hopheads will delight in how much this feels like a West Coast IPA without being a bomb of hops in a can. This tasted fresh and maybe like there was a bit of caramel here, which might explain the stickiness that I felt in the aftertaste.

Not weak, this certainly wasn't strong by any stretch either. The alcohol gave this a bit of warming but didn't detract from the range of flavors that this packed. This was a classic, textbook example of what an American Pale Ale should be while not falling prey to the "arms race" that so many West Coast counterparts of this fall victim to. It's a good thing that this beer is available year-round, as it can be enjoyed and would fit well in any season. Complex, balanced, and true to style, this is an APA that deserves a higher rating than what it has on here. (1,785 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours a light orange with a white fizzy head. The smell was really nice with some sweet notes in the beginning and then a lot of pine from the hops coming through in the end. The taste was similar to the scent with sweet malt in the beginning and a crisp finish. A very well balanced beer. (289 characters)

Photo of tork1645
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Another go to favorite, I love cans what can I say! Its gotten more consistant & holds up better from NC opposed to CO product in my opinion. Great beer malty w/o being too sticky, perfect hop bitterness to balance. (217 characters)

Photo of TommyCoyote
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

I like sucking down a few Dale's ...Great Beer with a NICE alcohol content for a Breskie....Lil' to "Hoppy" (unless they produce a Hoppier one?) for me personally...2-3 of them is enough...I don't think I have ever swilled more than four of them at a sitting...Always an occasional 'Go Too' though...Fer' sure (309 characters)

Photo of JLSIV
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

Served from a can into a clean brew pub glass. Poured nice clear copper color with a very robust head of small tan bubbles

Nice, American hop aroma, not overpowering, but very crisp and clean. It was in my wheelhouse, so it might lean a little to the session side for more serious hopheads.

Taste- was perfect for chasing my burger and fries, nice hop up front, nothing too bitter, very good for brewpub food, which was what I was doing.

Mountfeel was medium to light, perfect carbonation. Score another for the can trend, as i think it is a good way for beer pubs to keep the non-tap servings fresh and cold.

Overall, I always wanted to try this, and I was glad I did. I would not be afraid to keep a six for friends and make it part of my American Pale ALe rotation.
Cheers (788 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pint enjoyed on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. Orange-yellow amber with a finger of light beige foam. Incredibly fruity nose, all kinds of things going on including orange, mango, peach, strawberry, kiwi, guava ... All blending together to yield a gummy bear effect. Wonderful hop aroma than can keep up with many full-fledged IPAs. Palate was more classically pale ale, however (assuming one can truly split hairs like this), a smooth caramel backbone with the hops still bold but not aggressive, everything well-integrated to yield a pleasant but mellow grapefruit, floral and tropical fruit melody. Mouthfeel slightly oily and smooth, moderate body and carbonation. Finishes quite dry, almost woody. Bitterness is notable. Great concoction, this, even if the nose does trump the palate by a wide margin. (810 characters)

Photo of Brewndruid
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

I was very excited to give the spirit go, should've realized that my excitement stemmed from the recommendations of my west coast hophead friends! This is a good beer, but not my cup of tea. If I had to choose between this and a Sierra Nevada pale ale, Sierra Nevada! In fact, lately, I am a fan of Chesapeake pale ale from Alewerks! (333 characters)

Photo of Rhaegar18
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Finally got around to trying it after receiving a free shirt from them the other day, I really enjoyed it as an easy drinking beer and I'm encouraged to try more Oscar Blues beers (179 characters)

Photo of wasso67
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Fun red/white/blue can. Nice slightly hazy dark yellow pour. Nice thick creamy off-white head. Strong pine/floral aroma greets the nose. Good heavy malt start with the substantial hops coming through about half-way into the sip. Strong citrus dominates the palate until the swallow. Then a crisp, slightly bitter finish. Very quaffable. A strong go to APA with more hops than average. (392 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Stovepipe can poured into an Oskar Blues pint glass

A: Pours deep golden yellow, verging on amber, with a frothy khaki head that laces very nicely.

S: Citrus hops backed with sweet malt.

T: Citrus and floral hops, some orange and grapefruit, well balanced with sweet malt, a little earthy with a little pine on the finish.

M: On the heavier side of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty hard to go wrong with this one. Great APA! (443 characters)

Photo of BenwayPHD
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Pours a nice copper color with a one and a half finger head. The nose is mostly orange citrus with tropical notes. There's a good presence of caramel malt too. The flavor is nice. Very big malt presence, but it's balanced with strong hops. There is something peppery and a strong taffy flavor. Balance is the name of the game. Nice, thick mouthfeel. I could drink this all day. (380 characters)

Photo of CKav
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

A- Foamy head with sticky lacing
and a cloudy orange color
S- Smell of citrus and piney hops
T- I taste lots of bitterness, citrus and pine hops
F- Medium to full feel with bubbly carbonation
O- I consider this more of an IPA honestly. This brew is all about the hops. I would recommend if you are into big hops. (313 characters)

Photo of leantom
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've actually never tried this one before tonight. Here goes:

A: Adequate. Clear orange-amber that pours a nice white head. Leaves a ton of lacing as well. Carbonation very apparent.

S: Mediocre, but not bad Hops are good but somewhat muted. Can detect grapefruit and citrus. Not complicated, but still good. Also has a very adequate malt backbone - nice crystal and lightly-kilned malts.

T: Good. Light grapefruit and citrus followed by caramel malt. Feels nice and light, too.

M: Good carbonation and a mouthfeel of ample thickness.

O; Very solid beer. Surprised that I never had it until now. (616 characters)

Photo of dcscientist
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

Dale's is the biggest seller for Oskar Blues, and as a hoppy APA that most people think of when they think of a craft beer, I see why. It's just a little too hoppy for my taste, but I certainly enjoy one now and then. I'm just not quite as enthused about this one as most people I know though. (295 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dale's Pale Ale-Oskar Blues Grill & Brew with 6.50% ABV. This brew pours out a nice dark amber color with a nice white head. The smell is rich with hops and grains. You pick up some bitterness in the smell of this brew. So far I like this brew. The taste has a bite to it. There is a lot of hops in this brew. Dale's Pale Ale taste grows on you. After a bit it is smooth and refreshing. Dale's Pale Ale is an Ok drinking brew. The mouthfeel is nice and clean. There is nothing over powering in this brew. Over all I'm giving this brew a 4 out of 5.
I would get this brew again. (581 characters)

Photo of Caveworm
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew. Poured from the can into a pint glass, this brew's got a 2 finger thick off white soapy head, great looking lacing. and a clear, light amber body

I smell a sweeter hoppy grapefruit aroma.

Tastes like roasted malts with sweet, floral hops. Greatly balanced.

Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth. Very, very refeshing

Overall a 4 for Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew. I may buy this brew again (460 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4/5  rDev +1.3%

On tap at National on 10th in Cowtown.

Appearance - Pours a light copper with two fingers of fluffy white head.

Smell - bready malts, citrus, grassy hops

Taste - Bready malts followed by citrus and a pleasant hit from the bitter grassy hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant lingering bitterness.

Overall - A well crafted APA with a nice punch from the grassy hops and caramalt sweetness. Glad to have finally tried this long time want. (488 characters)

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

A: Yellow foggy with moderate thick white head on top.

S: Grapefruit and pine along with massive hops.

T: Sticky pine resin, grapefruit notes, apple, honey suckle, sugar cane, sweet bread, and just a hint of toffee in the back.

M: Thicker side of medium. Awesome stickiness to this beer. Like a sweet hoppy snack.

O: Favorite pale ale so far. Nothing beats the sticky pinyness that this beer has. (405 characters)

Photo of BoilerMo
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Pucker up because this is one strong can of brew. The hard htting hops and powerful finish make is a really fun drink. The top of the can lets you know what you are in for as you kick this one back. (202 characters)

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Nice looking typical American Pale Ale. Golden amber appearance with a very good head and lacing
The aroma is not terribly strong but has nice citrusy cascade hop notes.

The taste is quite juicy and fruity with a lot of citrus flavours. I tasted a lot of grapefruit and some oil hop resin. Dale's Pale Ale has quite a high level of bitterness that could push this pale ale into IPA territory if anybody wanted to regard it that way.

This beer reminded me of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with a touch stronger flavour and a bit more bitterness. The higher abv (6.5% compared to SNPA's 5.6) may have helped make this beer taste a touch bigger.

A very enjoyable American Pale Ale with a good high level of fruity hop flavour.

87/100 (729 characters)

Photo of haems
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Really smooth for the ABV and for being a pale ale. Nice head when poured can to glass. Taste resides in the front of the mouth, moving to middle and upper palate on swallow. Aftertaste minimal, little lingering. Head seems to diminish quickly. Clean taste. Sessionable. Would buy again. Pairs well with a tobacco vape blend like Axiom's Honeysuckle Tobacco. (358 characters)

Photo of seedyone
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. I've seen this all over in cans but never ventured try it. This is not quite a revelation, but it does make me pinch myself for my trepidation. Nice copper color, staunch head w/a lacing that indicates a respect in the process. Not much aroma but a very full & balanced flavor. This is pretty much my level of hop tolerence, but I don`t mind it one bit.Now to find a singular can to complete the 'research'. (436 characters)

Photo of Ephraim
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is my go to beer. Great caramel color with a nice sized head. The smell is just what an IPA should smell like. Unlike Southern Tier the mouthfeel is very smooth. Its also now available in Target which makes going there a little bit better. Pack it in and pack it out. (272 characters)

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
89 out of 100 based on 1,826 ratings.