Dale's Pale Ale | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 10-08-2002

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

Picked up a 6 pack at Whole Foods. Poured into a standard pint glass with a very clear golden color and a small head that dissipated quickly. Smells of sweet malt, maybe some pine, citrus and grassy hops. Flavors of caramel and light sweetness with a malt bitterness up front and some citrus flavors. Sort of one dimensional but nice. Decent light to medium body and easy to drink. Enjoyable, I would probably favor SNPA over this but I'm glad to try it for sure and would definitely get it again.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 12oz can from Harvest Fine Wine in West Hartford CT for $1.54. Canned on 08-16-10. True story: as a matter of habit, I reached for my bottle opener. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

This mostly clear golden brew gives a nice 3/4" if eggshell foam that settles and leaves a nice curtain of lace on the glass. Smell is very faint, can't say I'm able to identify anything more than a little malt. The taste has a great bit of resiny pine and citrus rind hop on a fairly crisp bed of malt. Feel is typical for the style with a fair amount of viscosity and a moderately tingling carbonation. Finishes with lingering hop and a little resiny feel. Now that it has warmed I can detect some candied lemon rind and maybe some florals on the nose.

I feel as I should be drinking this from an aluminum cup in order to preserve the can experience.

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Photo of nhindian
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass.

A - Pours a hazy, burnt sienna body with a big 2.5-fingered head. Head is cream colored and incredibly rocky with varying topography. Good retention as well and as it dissipates it leaves behind a trail of winding lace.

S - Smell is noticeably hoppy with lots of pine and grapefruit, but also delicately balanced with a supportive malt backbone. As it warms, I could see the citrus taking more of the stage, especially with a resurgence of oranges.

T - The taste, as the nose would lead to believe, is hop-forward, but soon after it passes the tongue it is quickly put in check by the biscuit quality of the malts. The beer ends bitter, however, and the finish is quite long.

M - Mouthfeel is light-bodied with medium carbonation. Sticky with hop resin, this beer leaves a nice coating on the mouth and palate.

D - Drinkability is moderate. Easy-drinking and unoffensive, but as I drank I couldn't help that this beer is just a bit pedestrian. Especially as it warms, the nose becomes more enticing yet the flavors seem to muddle and clash together.

Overall, a decent beer for the price, but don't expect to be blown away or this beer to push any envelopes.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Canned on 04-04-11 stamped on bottom of can. 12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Slightly offwhite cream head. Good retention and lacing. Slightly hazy amber body.

Smell - Slight sweetness, slight hoppiness. Nothing overly complex.

Taste - Very hoppy. Moderately bitter and slightly sweet front end. Strong lime peel aftertaste that subtracts heavily from the taste and overall drinkability.

Mouthfeel - Light and watery. Not much in the way of body. Pretty good if the intent is to be refreshing.

Overall Drinkability - Not as complex as some of the other ones, and has an overbearing aftertaste. It might work well with a food pairing, but by itself not so much unless you're really in the mood for a lingering hop assault.

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Photo of godmare
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slightly clouded deep golden color with a half inch cream head that dissipates into thick lacing. Glass stays laced until it is empty.
S- Light grains, lots of citrus.
T- Crisp and clean with a punched hop bitterness. Finishes pretty cleanly with a bit of hop linger. The more I drink the more the bitterness lingers.
M- Good carbonation, very smooth and balanced.
O- I can see why this has such a strong reputation, but overall a bit too bitter for my tastes.

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Photo of mactrail
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at a neighborhood place in east Denver. Back home, out of curiosity I opened a can I had in the fridge. So I"m reviewing the tap version from tonight's notes and comparing with the can in hand.

On the darker side of amber in the pint glass. Lots of malt at first taste, makes for a nice mouthful. Gets quite hoppy the more you drink. Fairly rich with a touch of biscuity malt. Quite bitter with plenty of piney flavors. OK with a couple of spicy shrimp tacos but not something I'd try again.

The can version has more carbonation as you can pour more as you like. Seems to be more of an IPA with the seriously resiny taste. Sharp, an increasingly harsh bitterness, but if that's your style this is full-bodied and straightforward.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into the brewery's very own pint glass. Pours a hazy orange/brown color with a small head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Smells fairly inviting as well: fresh American hops. Those hops are very dominate upon tasting. So much so that it may unbalance the beer somewhat. As it warms you get more of the malt sweetness coming through, but it's never quite enough to offset the hops. I've had this a number of times and have always thought that it was more of an IPA than an APA. This tasting has only solidified my opinion.

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Hazy dark gold with a small white head
S-hoppy with a grassy pine aftersmell
T-very hoppy with a bitter aftertaste, pine flavor in the aftertaste that stays with you
M-medium body and medium carbonation
O-good beer I bought a mixed 12 pack looking forward to the rest

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice. Very nice. Will I drink it if offered to me in a social setting? Yes. Will my heart go "aflutter" when I discover this is all my host has to offer? No. Still, nice. Very nice.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can poured into a Flying Dog goblet (bottle on 2/18/13)

A: A nice, very clear amber brownish bronze with a strong head that stays for a while. Excellent lacing.

S: Very mild, but strong hop smells of citrus. Little pine or resin.

T: There is an even hop profile but it is a bit odd, which is probably the pale ale part of it. The aftertaste is the same, kind of mutated hop taste that is skewed by the "APA" part of it. I get this kind of warming sensation/taste that I don't get in IPAs, but I can't really place the flavor.

M: Little carbonation with only lots of tiny bubbles that you can feel throughout. Actually almost no carbonation after a bit.

O: I am new to this style and I know people love this beer, but I am not a big fan. You get the hops, but they are tainted and transformed into this weird taste by the "pale" part of it. I don't know how to describe it, but it just tastes like a bad IPA, whose hops have changed their flavor. I know it isn't an IPA, but that is what it reminds me of.

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Photo of u2carew
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A) Pours with a creamy head. Lacing is sticky and thin. Slightly hazy. Bronze to amber in color.
S) Floral hops. Light caramel aroma. Some earthiness - smells like a wet dog.
T) Mildly sweet in the nose. Then moves to a hop bite with earthy floral notes. Bitter notes linger in the aftertaste.
M) Fizzy. Medium body. Mellow tannin fellow.
D) A Decent PA, but not a standout.

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Photo of cpn920
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale gold as one would expect with a quick dissolving head. Smell is of pale malts and light hops. Taste is balanced with a definite metallic flavor. Adequately carbonated. Drinkability is good if cans are the only option but nothing real special IMO. If I had to choose between any of their other beers that I have tried (Old Chub, Gordon, or Ten Fidy)this would be my last choice.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can. Pours slightly hazy orange with a large, long lasting, foamy, white head and a lot of lacing. Aroma is of piney hops and biscuit malt. Medium, smooth body. Citrus fruit, piney hops dominate the palate with sweet, biscuit malt provides some balance. The finish is long and hoppy. At 6.5% abv I would say it is mild, soft IPA.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Creamy off-white two--finger head tops a clear amber body. Nice looking beer.

Smell is cracker malt under a full but not overbearing load of floral pine and citrus hops. This is definitely a solid APA.

Taste follows the smell exactly, though the pine-bittering hops tend to dominate the malt that's there.

Mouthfeel is where this brew excels: nice and thick without losing its crisp edge.

Drinkability is a bit diminished for me due to the pine-bitter bite, but it's still quite enjoyable. Not the best of the Oskar Blues bunch, but solid and worth a try.

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Photo of sevopie
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a solid amber color with a heavy head. Sticks around for a while, nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - Hops. There's a few other things poking through, like a sweet smell I can't put my finger on.

Taste - The hops fade a little bit on tasting, giving way to the malt. If I hadn't read butter from the other reviews, I wouldn't have recognized it right away, but indeed that is what I taste in the middle. Also has that other sweetness I still can't place.

Mouthfeel - Probably needs a little more carbonation to feel right, also the buttery flavor doesn't sit right 100% percent.

Drinkability - Very smooth pale ale, I can definitely go through some of these. not the greatest pale I've had, but I don't feel bad with the money spent on the 12-pack (neat packaging with the cardboard box for the 12-pk of cans as well.)

On revisiting this one, I have noticed what a few others have said... The quality control is bad. Some of these cans produced beer that was hoppier than a lot of IPAs. Some produced a pale that had a smooth butteriness. Overall, I would guess that there were 3 or 4 different batches out of this 12-pack, running the gamut of what the batches would taste like. I knocked a little off of the drinkability for this, as I would like consistency if I'm going to purchase this again.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hey, this way pretty good, considering it came out of a can. Easy to drink, a faint weird aftertaste. Goodlooking pour, nice strawberry blonde color and nice lacing. Smells of grapefruit and heavy pale, grainy, malts. Has a nice kick of hops on the back, just lingers a bit. Nice quaff!

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Photo of intensify
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ABV is only 6.5 but I poured into a snifter so I could get a nice smell of this canned brew. Poured a heavy 2 finger head which looked like a cloud was resting in the middle even after it had settled a bit. The pour was excellent but the body was a dull and boring honey color. Pine and some orange peel on the nose. Hints of spices and a touch of tangerine. The taste was unique to say the least. I was expecting something plain but instead I got a suprise of small passion fruits as well as a spicyness to balance things out. Small amount of bitterness but nothing overwhelming.
Overall i enjoyed this beer. Good for sessions and could see myself drinking this while playing poker with the pals or at a bbq.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper and bras in color. Very metallic looking. Slow bubbling. Good head that recedes to a half moon of foam after a couple of sips. Pretty good stickage.

Medium toasted orange peel, marmalade mixed with syrupy sweet and equally toasted crackers.

A little syrupy palate. Powdered toasted, bread crumbs, crackers mixed with toasted Mandarin orange peels. Not bad by any means.

I'm very glad I got to try this beer. I'm so happy Oskar Blues is available in IL!

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arrives a rich, clear orange color, bright and shiny. Off-white head gives way to a thickisj folm. Some lace left behind.
Smell is hops with some light citrus and pepper.
Taste is hoppier than expected, more like an IPA. Some malt and pepper show up as well.
Sharp effervescence up front with a dry finish. Medium body and a somewhat full carbonation. Can't get over the fact that this brew is really an IPA and not a pale ale. Higher marks if labeled as such.

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Photo of warrenout330
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass

A- pours a clear golden color. Decent fluffy white head. Dissolves to a nice sheet over the beer, leaving behind good lacing on the glass

S- sweet, faint tropical fruit, bready malt

T- sweet bready malt, earthly hops, fruity twist

M- prickly light feel over the tongue. Oily presence in the mouth, thin body ale. Lingering hop bite

O- this may be my new favorite pale ale, easily available, decently priced and canned. Good decent offering from oskar blue

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Photo of maddogruss
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a can of this into a shaker glass.

A: Pours a dark, amber body with a small, white head with ok retention overall and some lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A fairly hoppy smell with some malty subtleties.

T: A fairly earthy and hoppy taste, but seemed a little watered done, which was quite unpleasant. Malts were evidenced in the aftertaste and more towards the finish.

M: A fairly watery and thin beer that hurt the overall experience with this one.

D: Ok drinkability. A fairly decent taste, but the thin and watery mouthfeel hurt it. Maybe it is better on tap, but in the can, it seemed like it hurt the overall consistency of the beer. Would have been better if the mouthfeel was a little bit thicker.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber with a thin, white head that fades quickly.
Smell is malts up front, with some hops coming in. Faint fruit aromas, including pear, apple, and pineapple.
Taste is malts and bitter hops up front, with the malts fading but carrying about halfway. Bitterness from the hops carries a bit further, and the finish is slight bitter with a faint touch of hops.
Mouthfeel is crisp and light, with a good level of carbonation.
Very Drinkable. Not too exciting, but it's still one that I could drink a few of.

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Photo of JordanlikesAles
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First off, this is an IPA, and a brilliant one at that. In a glass or straight out of the can its delicious. Beautiful boquet of floral & citrus hops that works well with the highly drinkable overall profile. Good stuff.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, Sam Adams glass, canned 02-24-10.

Very English in appearance, burnished copper tending towards shades of yellow. Creamy, sustained eggshell head with lovely lacing.

Low intensity grapefruit and orange peel, sweet caramel malts, simple and West Coast aside from some sneaky biscuit malt. Hints of mango.

Grapefruit and orange peel, pith bitterness of both fruits, slightly honeyed 2-row and caramel malt. The finish is minty and dry. Middle of the road, simple workhorse pale ale. Still a biscuit aspect in there.

Oscillates between watery and creamy. It feels undercarbonated.

The flavor is very much standard APA, but the abv is reaching into IPA. Alcohol isn't apparent, but it dings the drinkability.

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Photo of pdotsoler
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into pilsner-type glass with two inches of bubble-bath-like head slowly dissipating
S- light pine and grapefruit, a little breadiness and a little dishsoap. mild scent, gotta stick my nose in it
T- Taste is of a watery IPA? has that hop flavor in a light beverage but its sortof muted. My tongue gets very little when I sip, but inbetween sips I get a nice bitterness thats pretty pleasant. Similar to when you eat spicy food, its mostly hot when you stop eating it. The hop flavor gets muted very fast as you drink more
M- Mouthfeel is OK; watery but foamy. Could be carbonated a little more?
Overall- Delicious! Not my favor set of flavors going on in this beer but it feels like an excellent beer to have while fishing, which is nice because its in cans which are lighter when you're done :) Very nice canned beer.

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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