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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale

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very good

4,640 Ratings

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Ratings: 4640
Reviews: 1692
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%

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 RJLarse


3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six-pack of Dale's Pale Ale at the neighborhood micro brew headquarters. Sold in cans, but without the pressure "pop" when opened, like a canned macro. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a rich gold/copper color and is slightly hazy. Decent one finger head, is off-white, foamy and sticky. It leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass, especially early on.

Smell is appealing. A sweet malt aroma up front, with some pine and citrus notes along side.

Taste is generally good. There is a bit of a caramel malt flavor, followed by some hoppy bitterness, and then a real dry bitter aftertaste, like dandelion leaves.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, not as clean as I would expect of the style. It's a bit syrupy and cloying.

Just above average drinkability. It's a nice enough APA, but the cloying bitter aftertaste gets tiresome from this "Voluminoiusly Hopped Mutha...". I'll probably have it again, especially if the canned packaging is an advantage, like packing a cooler, or doing a beer can barbecued chicken.

Serving type: can

06-08-2008 23:40:53 | More by RJLarse
Photo of ryrust5301


3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - As usual there's a certain beauty to every Oskar Blues. Every one i've tried looks perfect in it's glass. This one was no exception! A Dark gold color with reddish highlights topped off by a mashmellow white puffy head.

Smell - Pretty loaded with cascade hops and an orange peel grapefruit scent. Past the hops there's a candied orange sugar aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel - hmmm...a lot more bland and straight forward than I expected. Unlike the nose suggests this one has a more malty personality than one would think. Very thin on the tounge and no pale hop taste to balance out the malts. Caramel and sugar win out somewhat sadly.

Drinkability - I've loved every beer that oskar blues has offered up so far, but this one doesn't carry the banner very well. Do yourself a favor and grab an Alpha King, it's the holy grail of pales.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 04:18:54 | More by ryrust5301
Photo of wesbrownyeah


3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Serving type: can

09-22-2009 04:29:12 | More by wesbrownyeah
Photo of vacax


3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear, dark orange in color, about a two-finger yellowish light tan head. Smells of sweet floral notes, some caramel, a touch of orange rind. The taste at first is a bit herbal, with some nice sweet malts, then a bitterness creeps up that reminds me of biting into an orange rind almost. It has a sort of intesity to the bitterness that has a hint of citrus and some sweet malts. Sticky, slightly biscuity finish is not crisp like I would desire. For a pale ale I find it a bit harsh without a lot of aroma hops there to balance it out. Quite malty for an American pale. Medium bodied with a comparatively high carbonation. Decent stuff, though I am fairly surprised that this has so much bitterness without an equal aroma, and also at how malty this one is. No real outstanding aspects here for me.

Serving type: can

09-29-2009 04:39:37 | More by vacax
Photo of MCDuhamel


3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into an English pub glass at fridge temperature. An aggressive pour builds a pretty, white three inch head that lingers and falls to a rocky foam. The beer is medium amber, completely clear, with languid bubbles. The nose is earthy, citrus, a little fresh cut grass, some pine. The flavor is malt up front, with pine resin, some honey or toffee, and a bit of a lingering, drying bitterness. Mouthfeel is slick and coating. A very decent, non-challenging American Pale Ale that has enough going on so you can serve it to a crowd with some beer geeks in it but not such a hop bomb that only hopheads will like it; in other words, a good party beer.

Serving type: can

10-28-2012 21:24:32 | More by MCDuhamel
Photo of Mdog


3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold with a thick head and tons of little particles floating around.

Smell: Citrus, but an unappealing wet cardboard smell also.

Taste: Pretty good, starts with some sweetness before some earthy notes and citrus bitterness later on.

Drinkability: 12oz cans are perfect for disguising the smell and having several in a sitting.

This beer seems to be all over the place in the various categories. Looks fine, smells mediocre, tastes ok. I like 12oz cans better than 16oz, and it's great to have another craft ale in cans.

Serving type: can

01-27-2008 23:12:30 | More by Mdog
Photo of morebeergood


3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stopped into the Dugout on Comm Ave to meet some people, and saw they had cans on sale for $3.75. Grabbed one and poured it into a regular pint glass. Pours with a nice head that faded rather quickly. The color was dark orange, and the smell of hops was quite pronounced for a canned beer. The taste was pretty good, with just enough hops to make it above average, yet drinkable enough to not be a hop bomb. This is the kind of beer that I enjoy. A beer that has some hops, but not to overkill. More drinkable than other pale ales I've had, due to its smoothness. I'd definitely have a couple more of these in the future.

Serving type: can

02-13-2008 00:41:48 | More by morebeergood
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As always, poured from a can. I have had this beer numerous times by now and know what to expect. Smells very hoppy with citrus/floral notes. Slightly more carbonation than I like, but I wouldnt fault the beer for it. Lots of hop flavour, but doesnt last long, combined with malty, sugar flavour as well.
Its a solid APA, typical of the style. Not better and not worse. I wouldnt hesitate to buy again, if its the best choice at the time...

Serving type: can

10-24-2011 22:39:56 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of Mises85


3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I was pretty excited to try this beer being in the top beers for the Better Beer Authority. Lets go over specifics:

Appearance: really nice amber color. Pliny the Elder color if you ask.
Smell: Biscuit Malt, Hops, Pine, one note citrus.
Taste: Alcohol, some citrus, slight grapefruit aftertaste.

For me, it could have been better. It is not a bad beer. The aftertaste was very one note for me. On the BBA scale I would rate it about a 6 but I think there are better beers in this style. I don't know whether this beer is trying to be an IPA or a pale ale. Bear Republic racer 5 is a much better example of the IPA style I think than Dales. If I had to have it again I would but it is not my favorite beer.

Serving type: can

08-21-2013 01:32:48 | More by Mises85
Photo of marinobrew

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Finally Dale's Pale Ale comes to NC!
I first discovered Dale's in an aricle in All About Beer in 05, and read an article in the New York Times that claimed Dale's Pale Ale to be number one in the nation.
Let's See.
Appearance is copper and brilliantly clear with a creamy tight laced head.
Nose is aromatic grapefruit, apricot, and pney resin.
Mouth is smooth more malty sweet than expected but not too much. This allows a nice peacan nuty-ness to develope with undertones of toasty bread and the lingering citrus and bitter hops is inviting for another sip. This is an easy drinking Pale Ale and a great transition beer for those who are not into hoppy beers. This is no Alpha King of Pisgah Pale, but still one of the better Pale Ales.

Serving type: can

04-06-2006 21:21:37 | More by marinobrew
Photo of rye726


3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a copper color with a cream colored head. The nose has a big citrus hop presence which makes me think of this as more of an India Pale Ale. There is some malt, but it is fairly faint. The taste is also very hop strong with just a bit of sweet malts. Nice medium body. A fine brew, APA or IPA.

Serving type: can

05-21-2008 22:18:56 | More by rye726
Photo of rawthar


3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Red tinged sunset with the type of quickly dissipating head you normally associate with the higher ABV brews. The pretty color makes up for the lack of head.
S- Malts steal the show from the hops in this IPA, leaving an underwhelming aroma for the style.
T- Subdued hops, bitters are the prominent flavor from them, though this isn't an overly bitter beer.
M- A bit of nice sharp carbonation, you'll know this beer is there.
D- Though not remarkable in general, this is something that is easy to down a bunch of.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2010 01:05:56 | More by rawthar
Photo of drewba


3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - beautiful clear golden beer here with a finger head that lasts throughout.

S - equal amounts of citrus, pine and grass.

T - The pale, light bread malts are up front and add a cracker like taste to dale's which is followed nicely by the very citrusey and floral hop profile. I am finding an unpleasant bitter lemon rind taste in the finish. It actually reminds me of the ridiculous aftertaste of Ruination (but divide by 10).

M - Carbonation is light and creamy with medium body.

D - I like Dale's, but this bitter lemon rindy thing going on is making we want to switch what I'm drinking. Bottom line: if you like a hoppier/more-bitter-than-normal pale, this is for you.

Serving type: can

10-24-2010 08:32:28 | More by drewba
Photo of perrymarcus


3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can served in a sam adams "perfect pint" glass.

pours a cloudy amber/coppery tone with roughly a finger of beige colored head... one of the darker pale ale's i've come across. decent retention and lacing.

strong hoppy presence spearheads the nose, highlighted by citrus and a little pine.

hops characteristics pull through and lead the way in the flavor, followed by caramel and bready maltiness. more floral and earthy notes than i picked up in the aroma... finish is decidedly dry. hmm... not being blown away by this one; bit of a disappointment really... the bitterness is a little overdone for my taste; reminds me somewhat of a poor stab at a DFH 60 minute.

medium bodied mouthfeel, carbonation a little on the low side. given my underwhelmed response to this beer i'm obviously not going to consider it hugely drinkable. not terrible by any means, just not my particular cup of tea.

Serving type: can

11-17-2010 05:22:21 | More by perrymarcus
Photo of RyanLigeia

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance- Copper color with a thin head. A little cloudy.

smell- Citrus and piny hops

taste- Same as smell. It sorta tastes like an IPA with the hoppiness and its got a nice little kick to it.

mouthfeel- Sorta sticky

overall- Overall its not a bad beer by any means but I think its a little bit over priced

Serving type: can

01-16-2012 03:07:05 | More by RyanLigeia
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3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can served in a sam adams "perfect pint" glass.

pours a cloudy amber/coppery tone with roughly a finger of beige colored head. one of the darker pale ale's i've come across. decent retention and lacing.

strong hoppy presence spearheads the nose, highlighted by citrus and a little pine. hops characteristics pull through and lead the way in the flavor, followed by caramel and bready maltiness; more floral and earthy notes than i picked up in the aroma. finish is decidedly dry. hmm... not being blown away by this one; bit of a disappointment really... the bitterness is a little overdone for my taste; reminds me somewhat of a lesser SNPA.

medium bodied mouthfeel, carbonation a little on the low side. overall, not terrible by any means and i wouldn't be averse to another, just not my particular cup of tea.

originally reviewed: 11-17-2010

Serving type: can

05-17-2012 21:03:02 | More by BostonHops
Photo of Docer


3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Finally got around to buying a 6-pack canned in April. Price was a little high, even for being at Fred Meyer on sale.

- Nice new copper penny color, clear, and a finger of frothy white head which quickly settled to a thin full coating blanket which is spotty, and lace all about.

- A very bready and grainy sweet malt, light fruity and floral hops. Nothing spectacular in the aroma. Some esters perhaps, and a slight funk.

- Bready grain, light bitter pine hop, and a fruity balance. Also a nice earthy and floral quality to it as well. Certainly an IPA of a pale ale.

- Medium body, slightly creamy, and nicely chewy and drying. This ought to just be called an IPA. It's well carbonated, and somewhat easy to drink.

- Certainly not a pale ale in my opinion. I judge on style, and this isn't close to being a pale ale. It's an IPA, and would get higher marks from me if it were called one. Nice bitter hoppy IPA though!

Serving type: can

05-29-2012 00:23:17 | More by Docer
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New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I scanned the can for a hint of a "canned on" date but didn't find much, but hey it's a can right?

It's not a big deal to pour, just have to take it easy to avoid the glug.

Here we go, a body I would say is closer to orange than amber, but not really 100% of either. Small white foamy head that didn't stick around long.

Theres a note of grapefruit in the scent with very very light leafyness.

Boy it goes down smooth, as do most beers after a hard week. Bitterness races through the flavor profile real quick, then it settles to a nice malty balance, and then some bitterness returns for an aftertaste, very interesting.

I could totally session with some of this. Hell, I'm tempted to just guzzle it from the can simply because it's in a can, but I won't.
...Or will I?

Serving type: can

02-24-2006 23:27:04 | More by joeskirkie
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3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I thought this beer was a rather average APA, and didn't award any extra points for it being packaged in a can. I thought the beer was pleasant and balanced, but it was a bit watery and didn't strike me as being anything out of the ordinary.

Color was a bit darker than I expected, and was a good amber color with a decent amount of head. Aroma was faintly but pleasantly hoppy. Flavor was a somewhat malty for an APA, which balanced its hop character. Mouthfeel was a bit watery. In total, I thought this beer was pleasant, and the best canned pale ale I've had (and I would buy it for occasions when bottles aren't appropriate), but I didn't find it to be much above average.

Serving type: can

04-28-2007 14:06:39 | More by BeerBelcher
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Rhode Island

3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance – Clear orange color with not much head here.

smell – Citrus hops smell here along with some pine smell.

taste – Has a hoppy taste that has a orange taste to it. Some malt taste here, very little, has a bitter taste too.

mouthfeel – Light -medium body with some bitterness.

drinkability – Too much hop taste for me, big for a hop head though.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 14:19:33 | More by auxiliary
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North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz can into pint glass.

A - Golden/copper with a slight haze. Disappointing 1 finger head receded rather quickly but a thick film stuck around. Decent lacing.

S - Crisp floral hops with a touch of malt sweetness.

T - Burst of floral and leafy hops, but it fades quickly into some rather uninteresting malt. Metallic bitterness prevails in the aftertaste.

M - Different than I'm used to for a pale ale, can't quite decide if I like it or not. A little thick and a little chewy, with only moderate carbonation. Thins out a bit near the end.

D - Eh, not terrible, but fairly average for the style. Add to that the price tag, and there are better APAs for your money.

Serving type: can

06-26-2008 01:45:27 | More by PatrickJR
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North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Lightly cloudy (suspended particles) with a dark, dull auburn color. Head is sticky, dense, and falls slowly, leaving abundant lacing on my glass. Nice appearance--more vibrant color and it gets a 5.

S: Explosively sweet citrus hops--candied oranges (like those orange slice things!), grapefruit, and a hint of tropical fruit, too. A damn fine smell on this "hoppy mutha of a pale ale."

T&M: I've had 5 cans of Dale's Pale Ale now, and every single one has an unpleasant metallic twinge. This is a shame because I feel like it should be such a great beer based on the smell. I can still taste some of the citrus hoppiness balanced with sweeter malts, but the metallic flavor is too unpleasant for me. I found the mouthfeel lacking in carbonation, too. I know this isn't a bad can--I've had 5 others recently.

D: This is the only Oskar Blues beer that doesn't blow me away. I've tried and tried, but it's got that metallic taste that I find incredibly off-putting. Hence, drinkability suffers. Overall, it looks great and smells awesome, but it's all downhill from there. I probably won't be purchasing this in a can again anytime soon. I'll try to watch out for it on tap the next time I'm out of state so I can see if this flavor is from the can or the aluminum shards they add to the wort. ;-)

Serving type: can

09-30-2008 04:29:39 | More by BamaBeerBuff
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3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was interesting to me... It poured a nice amber/carmelized sugar color with a thick white head receeding to a thin line and somewhat sticky lacing. The interesting part is there was virtually no aroma to speak of. Maybe an ever so slight malty sweet smell. The flavor was a nice balance of malts and hops with a light floral note on the finish. A borderline amber ale. Medium bodied and smooth makes it a very drinkable brew.

Serving type: can

02-08-2009 05:11:37 | More by BarleyMine
Photo of Phelps


3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Can into a shakers pint, served at Mellow Mushroom. Canned 1.25.11.

Perfectly clear light amber in color, topped by a one-finger head of fluffy off-white composed of bubbles big and small that exhibits great retention. The head's gorgeous, hanging out forever and ever. When it finally goes, foam remains as a thick, scummy top layer and tons of sticky streaks of lace. 4.5

In the nose: orange peel, lemon, pine, mint, caramel, toasty bread.

The flavor's a little soapy. Heavy grapefruit, light toast and an abrasive bitterness. The can says the beer's "voluminously hopped" -- it leans toward hops rather than malt, for sure. Very slight dry finish.

Medium prickly carbonation with a smooth medium body. Nice and crisp.

I've had Dale's before and remember enjoying it much more. This experience revealed the beer to be far too soapy and bitter. Overall, not my cup of IPA.

Serving type: can

03-28-2011 22:44:34 | More by Phelps
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New Hampshire

3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review #2
12 oz can poured into a New Belgium Fat Tire pint glass.

A - Nice looking beer, golden-orange-amber color with a frothy 1-finger head. Lots of sticky lacing around the glass.

S - Floral with a hint of citrus and pine. I also pick up a bit of bubblegum. All are rather subtle and not as intense as I would like.

T - Taste doesn't match the smell to me, again very subtle. Bit of caramel with a slight bitter finish.

M - Nice carbonation, yet very smooth and creamy. From other reviews, I can see how some would pick up on soap in the taste, scent, and mouthfeel.

O - Nice brew and fairly drinkable. This is also another new option popping up in shops here in NH. While I enjoyed it, I'll likely stick to some locals.

Serving type: can

04-13-2011 01:35:10 | More by RSchaeffer
Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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