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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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1,850 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,850
Hads: 6,821
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 22.39%
Wants: 156
Gots: 1,295 | FT: 9
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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Photo of Roguer
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Two-finger quickly fading head, creamy and fluffy. Orange and copper translucent brew with slowly rising carbonation. Nice scattered lacing.

Citrus on the pour; strong caramel with weaker citrus and pine from the glass.

Follows the nose: caramel, honey, pine, and citrus, with a bit of a metallic aftertaste, as well as some dry astringency. Tastes exactly how an American Pale Ale should. Just enough hops to put it on the edge of an IPA.

A little dry on the finish, with some hop oil residue. Slightly syrupy with a medium to medium-light body. No sting or foaming.

This is a good brew, and makes for a great every day beer. It's neither as complicated nor satisfying as the more complex APAs or IPAs, but it's very smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

You'd think after being into craft beer for a few years that I would have had (or remembered having) Dale's Pale Ale. To my best recollection, this is the first time. Served on draft into a standard pint glass at the Lucky Lab Tavern.

A: Golden honey/amber colored body with a fluffy white head. As it settled, a thin ring formed but did leave really thick patches of lacing on the walls. Nice looking beer for the style, the copious amounts of retention and lace surprised and impressed me.

S: Floral hops come out big on the nose, along with some sweet caramel notes, honey and grass. The hop varieties seem very wet in nature, and not as citrusy as I was anticipating. It's somewhat of a more earthy and resiny aroma. Bitter orange peel comes in at the back end when this warmed a bit.

T: Light touches of bitter hop flavors - piney and very floral. Not much citrus again, but a bitter citrus oil flavor is here, more orange and grapefruit peel than anything else. It's nicely broken up with a deep malt base, light and caramel malts. Not overly abrasive or under flavored, very nicely balanced.

M: Crisp, bubbly, clean with a suitable medium body for the style. Nothing is really wrong with it, and it makes this beer go down extremely smoothly.

Well, even for a guy who doesn't like Pale Ales, this was good. It did seem a bit more bitter than standard Pale Ales (and I've heard a troubled classification of this beer), but judging for what it is, it's pretty good. Easily one of the better beers I've had in the style.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of stingrayvr6
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of jujigatame
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale

From notes.

Can into pint glass.

Reddish orange. Two fingers of white head at first. Craggy top on the foam, settling down to one finger. Sticky lacing.

Smell is resin, pine, hop oil. Citrus and sweet fruit too.

The taste has more citrus. Mild grapefruit. Malt base is sweet but deep with some caramel flavor. Some bread flavors. The malt fills in but the hop sharpness keeps hanging around. There’s a bitter kick on the aftertaste and then a grainy hit. This beer would seem an IPA easily to me if tasted blind. All of the flavors are well balanced. Some more malt comes out as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is smooth. The carbonation is middle of the road.

I think this beer is pretty nice overall but for the price paid ($10.50 for a six pack) there’s a bit of a want for more oomph. For the same money or maybe a bit more you have a fair choice of DIPAs. Leviathan, Resin and Hoptimum are a few that come to mind off the top of my head. Granted, those are in four packs rather than six but considered from the point of just buying a set dollar amount’s worth of beer I think those are giving you more bang per serving.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Clear amber coloration, small bit of froth which settled to a thin layer. Small traces of lacing.

S - Some malty sweetness and an earthy tone, but it's all very faint.

T - Initially citrusy with a decently bitter bite, it is quickly taken by a sweetness that isn't overbearing nor cloying. Decently hopped.

M - Light to medium body, moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish.

D - Not bad at all. Good example of an APA and kudos to OB for keeping it canned.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours to a copper color with off-white head and good lacing. Good floral aorma with hints of citrus fruits. Taste very hoppy with a pleasant aftertaste. Been a while since I’ve had beer out of a can, but this was a pleasant surprise over what you usually get. This would be a really good beer for a hot summer’s day.

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Photo of mountsnow1010
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can into DFH glass

A - Nice fluffy white head with pour, hazy copper. sweet lacing too.
S - mild citrus with a bit of alcohol and very very faint hint of marzipan, maybe (took a while to wheedle that odor out, though)
T - nice hoppy taste with a bit of a malt backbone. a bit more hoppy than that APAs I am used to - perhaps borders on IPA (although not quite that hoppy). Hoppiness lacks depth, however. Bitter but not complex. A bit of alcohol is noticable

M- coats the mouth somewhat, carbonation is quite nice. Goes down pretty smooth.

D- considering flavor and alcohol content this is pretty drinkable. I can't help but feel that after two or so I would be really bored.

Nice beer - my roommates are raving about it, but I am not as impressed as them.

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Photo of Dalem
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of the can it pours a fairly see through rich copper color and a study one inch head. As the foam fades a healthy amount of lacing is left along the glass. The color and consistency of it make it look a bit more full flavored and robust than some other brews that fall under the APA umbrella. Looking at it and thinking maybe it's an IPA just acting modest. It's a great looking beer. Earthy and citrus hops aromas are the first thing to the scent. It's followed by the scents of honey, biscuits & honey and caramel. Scent also gives off an IPA impression too. If it tastes half as good as it looks & smells it should be a real treat can or not.
First impression from tasting is how full and fluffy it feels. Not much in carbonation but still very lively. Nice sweet mix of a peppery hop bite and honey in the flavor upfront. The malt backbone takes the bite off with a sweet caramel flavor pulling the brew together for a warming feeling and a mellow somewhat wood aged spice.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden orange with a thin white head and sticky patches of lace.

S - Floral and fruity hops with grainy, lightcaramel malts mixed in.Very soft and light.

T - Mild bitterness followed by sweet grainy, caramel malts. The caramel is stronger than in the aroma. Floral and spicy hops round it out but this is on the malty side for a pale ale.

M - Light with average carbonation. Goes down easy.

D - This would be better with a little more hop presence. I think I like this one the least of the Oskar Blues cans I have tried.

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Photo of krausenman
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-The beer pours a hazy copper color with an off white cap of foam.

S-There was little aroma in my sample. You could smell citrus in addition to a vegetable/tobacco aroma. The citrus was a grapefruit like smell that was the majority of the fragrance.

T-There is a malt sweetness initially that is backed up by the hop bitterness. There is also a chalky flavor that accompanied the bitterness.

M-The carbonation was low to medium as was the body.

O-Dale's Pale ale was not a bad beer. My sample could have been younger but overall the beer was a flavorful session pale ale that had a sweet front that was backed by a solid but balanced bitterness.

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Photo of Scrumtralecent
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

A - Golden caramel color with foamy white head and lots of carbonation. Plenty of head on this one.

S - Quite the meld of hops, malts, barley. Smells a little roasted for a pale ale.

T - Little hop bitterness with some light roasted malt. The taste seems airy throughout, plenty of space to roam but doesn't really bust out at any certain point. There is a little dark element, perhaps some roasted malt. Crisp, solid taste throughout however.

M - Pretty light, but the hops will cause some bitter heaviness. Lots of carbonation that keep the tastes popping.

O - Good for a hot summer day like today but not sure I'd seek this out year round.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Time Out. Amber-orange with no head thanks to the inept bartender. Carmel, citrus, floral aromas. Hop, pine, roasted malt, orange oil flavors.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: deep clay orange, mild cloudy body, 1 finger head, nice lacing

S: clean fresh pine/grass, mild lemon zest

T: big clean pine/grass up front, bitter slow long finish

M: medium body, solid carbonation, sticky/oily finish

O: Pretty good APA, but not my favorite. It's my 1st Oskar Blues beer and am looking forward to trying more. I could have more than a few of these, may be a tad too bitter for a newbie.


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Photo of erosier
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an orange-amber color with a thick tan head with some decent lacing down the glass. It smells of medium roasted malts and some citrisy hops. The taste is just that. It starts with a nice roasted malt taste and then finishes with the citrisy and floral hops. The balance of those flavors is pretty good but not the best I've had. The mouthfeel is ok. Not as carbonated as I would have liked, but it was fairly smooth. The drinkability is pretty good as it is a decent beer and I could drink a few of these. The one great thing about it is that it tastes fresh from the can.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I have had this beer before, but don't remember much about it. I do like they only can. We are going to see several breweries doing that in the coming months/years. It is cheaper to can, they can do it faster, and the beer generally tastes better. You can't really cellar a beer in a can, but for something that you plan to buy and drink right away, might as well be in a can. They also weigh less allowing them to ship more cheaper. An IPA and a pale ale will taste much better, too. Basically it is good for everyone involved!

I am looking forward to this one. I could smell the hops before I was even done pouring the beer… which is a good sign for a hop head. Let's see what this pale tastes like. Bottoms up!

In the Glass: It looks like a pale ale. It has a nice rich copper color to it. Almost like a fresh new penny would look. Speaking of pennies, do they still make those? Anyway, I hope this doesn't smell and/or taste like a penny. The beer also leaves a nice thin white head on top with a weak lace. Hoping this chugs.

Nose: Is there a pine tree in the glass? The aroma is LOADED with pine needles. The tasting notes said there was some citrus, and I am not getting much of that. This smells like a good IPA over a pale ale. The IBU isn't there, but the aroma packs a punch. This is what a pale is supposed to smell like. I just hope it tastes as good.

Flavor: The flavor is not as impressive as I expected. I did pour this into glass, but all beer should be poured into a glass. If you can, the glassware that the beer was intended for. Just hit up any Total Wine & More. Grab a Total Guide To Beer and you can learn all about glassware. I will get there, but the mouthfeel and the aftertaste are what make this beer good. The flavor, at first, is weak and I am worried there will be no hop complexity. Then it hits, but it lingers into a nice, dry aftertaste. Let's start with the mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel: At first, it seems thick. Then it thins out and as you swallow the hops really come alive. The pine I am smelling isn't there on the palate, and that's OK. The dryness that is left over makes up for that. It also has a nice burp that I didn't expect. Sheryl is sitting over there saying, "Pretty boring." Yeah, it is. But it wasn't intended to shock you. It was intended to be a straight forward, simple yet enjoyable pale ale. Maybe my palate is getting spoiled…

Aftertaste: This is the best part of this beer. The aftertaste lasts for a good three minutes. For a beer that is readily available and is somewhat affordable, you might not expect such an impressive aftertaste. It hangs on, and like I said… there is a nice burp on this one. I like drinking gin because I like the dry aftertaste. This is leaving me a similar aftertaste a good gin might. It is dry, but is basically asking me to drink again.

I won't go crazy over this beer, and I would order it again if there wasn't much left to choose from. But the flavor profile lacks for a beer that is considered this brewery's best. While I am writing this, a few people are chatting about it on Google+. It's good, but not great. Buy this 6 at a time, pass a few around, and share a nice, easy drinking pale ale. Make sure you recycle the can!

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Photo of LXIXME
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty big off white head settles to a nice lacing after leaving a bit of lacing covering the walls of the glass above a clear caramel copper colored pale ale.

Faint citrus and pine style hops aroma with a bit of fresh cut grass also making an appearance.

Light citrus style hops taste with some of the pine tagging along with a very light lightly roasted caramel maltiness as well.

Drying aftertaste with just a bit of the citrus aspects of the taste sticking around with this medium bodied drink.

Decent tasting pale ale, I could drink a bunch of these when in the mood, although I did find the $11.99 price tag for a 6 pack of 12 ounce cans a bit much, a person can find pale ales equal to this one or better from a variety of brewers for under ten bucks in any liquor store.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the half-liter can stamped: Canned on 4/22/13@15:11. Sampled on June 15, 2013. So this is reasonably fresh for the style.

The pour is a nice looking copper-amber with a frothy off-white head. Great clarity.

Hops can be be found in the aroma merging with the sweet pale malts, yeast, and toasted bread. Right on for the style.

The body has a pleasant creaminess and falls into the medium range.

The taste is more hop forward than malt forward but both play off each other in a delightful way to give this a fine balanced ale. This is fairly easy to drink and likable. And it's in a can so you can take it to the beach! Enjoy one today.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep orange in color. Dense white head pours two fingers thick with good retention. Nice sticky lacing crawls all over the glass.

S: Citrus fruit. Wet earth. Fresh bread. Sweet malts.

T: Grapefruit or citrus flavor with a wet or raw hop presence that gives off a soft bitter bite. Huge wave of sweet caramel malt muscles in and is followed by an earthy flavor. Finishes sweet with a fresh baked bread like aftertaste.

M: Smooth and medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Refreshing.

D: True session brew. A bit more sweet and malty than most of the pale ales I have tried, but highly quaffable none the less. Worth a try!

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer is deep amber in color, crystal-clear and sparkling, with a giant, slightly pebbly off-white head that leaves fair rafts of lacing. One the nose, it is moderate in intensity: a fairly straightforward blend of spicy florals and lesser amounts of pine with bready malt notes and faint alcohol undertones. On the palate it presents bitter, spicy hops up front, with some pine, grapefruit and alcohol notes joining in midway; the hops presence largely obscures a slightly-sweet bready malt backbone. The finish is slightly bitter, followed by the onset of a long-lingering hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, moderately creamy and peppery from some very present fizzy carbonation. The hops focus here is more on bitterness than flavor/aroma, not so much what I look for in an APA. (12 oz can, 18 days after pkg.)

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This seems to be a sweetheart around the forums, I figured I'd try it.

Served in a nonic pint.

Look : Honey colored body, 40% transparent, with a towering cream colored head standing at a full 3 fingers. It leaves dense, snowy, static-y lace on the sides as it recedes, nearly covering the glass like a disease.

Smell : A mixture of tropical and pine, with a little bit of peach infusion. Malts are crackery, fruit winning out once again towards the end.

Taste : Lots of fruit. Peach, apricot, grapefruit, blood orange. Behind that is biscuit malts, a dump of hop oils, finally wrapping up with a sharp note of pine and skin of a plum.

Feel : Creamy, dense, well-lit carbonation, ends unsubstantial.

Overall : Lots of fruit in this IPA, but it doesn't quite come together for me. Malts are not properly balanced, it ends up being a fruit-hop bomb. The fruit makes me crave sweetness, but instead it's chock full of rind bitterness (no surprise there). Overall it tastes off, I'm just not a fan.

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Photo of Ilovesuds
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think Pale Ales in a can are really cool. Maybe it's because they make me think of packing up a cooler with lots of ice and heading for the beach.

Anyway, Dale's poured a beautiful, crystal clear gold with a moderate head of thick suds that easily stuck to the glass. Looks promising but the nose dissapoints. No real citrus but rather a yeasty alcohol scent. Mouthfeel was what I enjoy, sudsy. Taste is pine with a carmel malt underneath. Real bitter on the back of the tongue with an aftertaste of "smarties" as another reviewer described it.

Not bad but if I had a choice I would drink something else.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a solid tumbler

Appearance-A light copper with some yellow hues. Head is about a one finger off white head. Nice retention and very nice lacing. Very appealing.

Smell-Caramel malts, banana, very sweet aroma. Piney, Grapefruit hops.

Taste-Upfront sweet caramel malt, very toasty, biscuity like. Juicy grapefruit and orange hop flavor along with some pine and earthiness. Finish is slightly boozy.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, almost full. Pretty big APA. Carbonation was about average.

Overall-Very hoppy Pale Ale, almost an IPA. Pretty good but have had better Pale Ales that are easy to get.

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Photo of DSWeller
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint, 3.2 ounce can poured into pint glass. Can dated 8/12 and says "do you even lift bro?" On it. Poured Amber/reddish/light brown. Huge, foamy white head. Smells malty. I taste lots of caramel with a lingering bitterness. Not overly bitter though. I do not taste any citrus notes. Average pale ale to me. I'm glad to see this in Iowa now but was not overly impressed.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 10/13/11.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a 2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and some herbal and citrus zest hops. Taste is of malt up front with the herbal and citrus zest hops on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good pale ale but nothing too remarkable.

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
88 out of 100 based on 1,850 ratings.