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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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BA SCORE
87
very good

6,255 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 6,255
Reviews: 1,806
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 126
Gots: 872 | FT: 6
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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 Bouleboubier
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Surprised by the English ale characteristics of this very enjoyable canned beer - with its autumnal amber, cloudy/unfiltered posture and compact, almost cask-like creamy/foamy off-white head and thick bands of lace, and its relaxed smooth, quasi-viscous malty body - this thing drinks similar to a British cask ale (sulfates added?). Could be the malts but wouldn't be shocked if the hops have much to do with the sugar-sweetness in the smell, backed up and perhaps surpassed by the fruit-punch juicy hops. A toasted bent to the light malt flavor and a bit nutty in the back but, once again, the hops rule here - only marginally bitter - a predominantly orange citrus tone throughout, but finishes decidedly lemony. Such a pleasure to drink with only a trace of carb sizzle, in spite of a few hearty braps. Happy that the level/potency of hops didn't detract from indulging in a good swill or two, however, considering the English-cask feel, I'd be curious to try this with the hops toned down a tad. A pleasant PA indeed.

Photo of thecarster1
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, one finger eggshell colored head, clear orangey amber coloring, great head retention, slight carbonation, great allover layer of swirly lace, leaves fine lace pattern on glass on the way down.

s- nice bright hoppy smell, grapefruit rind abounds, not overly malty, slight fruitiness in the hops, hops dominate the nose.

t- very flavorful, more hops than malt, hops hit in the back of the mouthh, nice bit of bitterness, ever so slight trace of alcohol nice touch, slight sugary sweetness balances out with bitters, malt doesn't come through so much, still a really nice potent pale ale, oskar isn't joking that it's a voluminously hopped mutha.

m- medium, fills the mouth well, with a slightly slick edge.

d- great drinkability, glad i have a few more in the fridge, i could have several in a sitting, it's packed with flavor (although too much for some people i 'forced' a try on), right up my alley, will buy again.

Photo of FreightTrain
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as a nice amber/gold color with a rapidly dissipating one finger head. Smell is grassy hops with a whiff of golden malt. Taste is delicious: the hops and malt work in unison, neither overwhelms or dominates the other and they strike the palate equally throughout. The mouthfeel is creamy and full without being syrupy or overly thick; restrained carbonation. A very drinkable beer, definitely something to keep in stock.

A note on the hype: this beer is not designed to stand up to your bomber of one-off over the top rare brew. This is an excellent session ale because it has great taste, it's easy to drink, it comes in a convenient package, and it's not too expensive. Enjoy it for what it is, and don't expect it to be Dark Lord in a can.

A note on consistency: with all the talk of the can's ability to shield beer from light and air, this beer still has some consistency issues, as noted in the Bros. review. I have had cans of this beer with off-flavors, so I assume that originates at the brewery. For this beer to assume its rightful mantle as the great American craft session beer, these consistency issues need to be ironed out.

Photo of Greels
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Deus1138
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Other than Guinness with the nitro widgets, this is the first beer I have had from a can in over decade.

Poured in a pint glass. Very nice appearance. Clean, deep orange color with a nice amount of carbonation.

Smell is hoppy, lighert than I expected.

Taste is very good. Bready malt backbone with nice, sweet caramel malts. A little peppery. I'd say it's about half citusy hops, 40% pine hops, and 10% other hops. Finish is bitter and dry. You may notice a little metallic taste with the first few sips, but after that, it's gone and not enough to complain about. Hey, pretty much all beer spends some time in a metal container! It doesn't permanently do anything to the beer!

Mouthfeel is nice. Light to medium-light bodied.

Drinkability is great. Good for a barbecue or cookout!

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

Having read more than a few comments about this particular beer in reference to quality beer in cans, I immediately picked up a 6-pack of it when I spotted it at Whole Foods.
Poured a semi-translucent, rust-orange color with an eggshell colored head that left behind plenty of lacing (rings). Aromas of grapefruit, citrus, hops, and grass seemed to come out. The taste was quite hoppy with bitterness right upfront and a malt sweetness in the tail end. The finish was semi-sour with a hint of ginger. Nice texture, but perhaps not carbonated enough. Easy to drink and sip; I'll be looking at cans in a whole new way.

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

This beer poured a beautiful orange/amber color with a huge 2 finger head that left plenty of lace on the glass. Aroma was malty with a good bit of flowery hops mixed in. Taste was of sweet malts, peach, apricot and piney/resiny hops. Mouthfeel was fairly light for such a tasty beer. Drinkability is good if you like hoppy beers, which I do. This beer leans more towards an American IPA in my opinion. Who knew that such a well crafted brew could come in a can? Now I can't wait to try Old Chub.

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

12oz can in colorful red and blue. Popping the tab unleashes a sticky froth no matter the amount of rest you give it before opening. Happened to all six in the pack. Looks great in the glass and is a very inviting orange-amber. Smell is also very inviting as it is a masterful use of dry-hopping. Taste is everything I want and look for in an APA; sweet, fruity and sticky caramel malts balanced by tons of aromatic domestic hops. Mouthfeel is wonderful because of the fine-bubble subtle carbonation due to this beer being can(?)-conditioned. If I could get this beer in my area I would drink it all the time and stock my fridge with it.

Photo of twneal
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

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 BeerNutz324
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kawilliams81
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- light golden/caramel color. good head and some lacing.

S- caramel malts with nice citrus aroma

T- Some sweetness from the malts followed by the citrus, and has nice pine hop bitterness at the end.

M- Thinner mouthfeel with a decent carbonation feel.

O- One of the better pale ale's out there. Add that it's in a can only makes it more appealing.

Photo of corynmiller
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can,

A: Pours amber with a medium white head, good retention leaving a thin cap of foam, spotty but extensive lacing.

S: Sweet citrus juice, wildflower honey and treacle malt.

T: Light caramel maltiness, definitely has a sweeter sugary feel than in a lot of pales. Hops are full of citrus and pineapple, full-flavoured and very tasty.

M: Kind of light in body, I don't know if it's the can, but needs more heft, overall resiny and creamy.

D: Very good beer, bordering on IPA territory. Finally they came to CA, and their flagship product was certainly worth the wait.

Photo of bswersey
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

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

Appearance: Dales pours a deep orange color and is topped with ¾”of white head that lingers nicely and is followed by so nice Belgian lacing.
Smell: Pine scents and hop resin are the aromas that dominate the nose in this beer.
Taste: Grass and pine hops dominate the taste and are pretty well balanced with the malt to make a delicious beer.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and easy drinking is the best way to describe this pale ale from Oskar Blues.

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

Pours a nice amber with a 2 finger head and plenty of lacing.

Smells of citrus, pine and malt.

Nice hop bitterness upfront with citrus and pine balanced well by a little malt sweetness. Semi-dry finish with a grapefruit rind aftertaste that lingers.

Well carbonated, medium mouthfeel.

Overall this a great beer. Great taste and easy to drink.

Photo of bsp77
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from can into wine glass.

Appearance: Bright orange with large initial head that mostly settles back.

Smell: Sweet and bitter aroma of citrus (orange, grapefruit) and caramely, toasted malts.

Taste: Semi-sweet grainy, toasted malts with lots of oily grapefruit and orange hops. Finish is more bitter than the typical Pale Ale, with some pine and spiciness.

Feel: Medium body that is quite oily, with moderate carbonation. Finish is pretty dry.

Overall: Comes across as a more oily and bitter Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Many claim this is more like an IPA, but despite the bitterness, the more grainy and sweet malts keep this in Pale Ale territory.

Photo of tempest
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Appears darker than your average pale ale, clear amber with a white head and good lacing.

The aroma has a light toffee and sweet bread background with big, sharp grapefruit. The hops take over with a crisp, near ripping bitterness and citrus rind for a very full hops flavor that's more on-par with an IPA (this beer does have 65 IBU's afterall). The aftertaste is long lasting with the juicy, bitter citrus flavors. This isn't a beer you'd soon forget. A must-try for hops lovers.

Photo of jmhart
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

From can to glass.

A: Bronze/gold-brown in color. Egg shell colored head that was about a finger thick, and thick at that. Head had the texture and consistency a lot like that of a good pilsner.

S: A balance of earthy and grapefruit hops. Strong on the hops, but not overpowering. Only the subtlest hint of malt.

T: Pleasantly surprised on the taste, but I think that's from my preconceived notion of it coming from a can. Reminds me of some of my first pale ales. Very classic in taste holding true to the hoppy nature. Very balanced between hob and malt. It definitely had a little of that oxidized/metallic canned beer flavor....not necessarily a bad thing, just noting its presence.

M: Medium to full bodied. Thick and creamy. Rolls across the tounge. Not much carbonation and no acidity.

D: A very drinkable pale ale. Smooth to put down, with pleasant but not overpowering hops.

Overall, I'll drink this again as an impulse buy, but I wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of MiScusi
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a tasty pale ale. Poured a hazy amber when cold but warmed up and chill haze turned to clear. A nicely formed frothy head that left good lace. The smell is a crisp citrus hoppiness. There is also a sweetness of caramel malt that is detectable after some of the hop aromas settle down later in the drink. The taste starts with a citrus kick and finishes with a somewhat abrasive bitterness that lingers. The carbonation is on the higher and more coarse level, probably teaming up with the bitterness to leave that aftertaste. It's not too bad though, and this pale ale contains quite a bit of flavor and doesn't skimp on the hops.

Photo of wspscott
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can in Sam Adam's glass

A: Orange, copper color with a small head that disappears quickly leaving a bit of lace.
S: Citrus hops along with some malt sweetness, a little honey as well.
T: American (citrus) hops and some caramel malts for sweetness that don't come close to overwhelming the hops.
M: Not quite crisp, there is a bit of residual sugars here that make the mouthfeel a little on the "rich" side, not inappropriate for the style, but not quite standard. The hops leave a bit of oiliness on the tongue.
D: Goes down way too easy given the alcohol level, I could drink this by the truckload. I like the over the top hops combined with what seems to be an over the top caramel malt addition. An excellent APA, highly recommended. I wish I could get this in KY.

Photo of Janderson91
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned on 11/20/10. Consumed on 03/02/11. First craft beer from a can! Had Ten FIDY on tap and it was fantastic. Really looking forward to this one. May be a little old but not quite out of date yet.

A - Cloudy light orange/amber color with a small head. Leaves very little lacing. Strange to see a beer so dark coming from a can. I love it. Just an average looking APA once it's in the glass though.

S - Some light, biscuity malts and some citrus, grapefruit hops. Smell is still pretty pungent even after 3 and a half months in the can. Would probably be much better fresh.

T - More balanced than I would have expected from a beer from out west. Nice toasted malts are balanced by a citrusy bitterness. Finish is excellent and leaves a great last bitterness on the tongue.

M/D - More full-bodied than I expected and it is welcome. Drinkability is a little lower because of this but still high because it tastes excellent.

A very good one from OB. My Alabama friends are baffled that such tastes came from a can! Keep it up Oskar Blues.

Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured very light copper in color with a head that quickly disappeared into lacing patterns. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of citrusy hops and pale malts in the nose.
T: There is a good balance between the slight bitterness from the hops and some sweetness from the malts in the overall flavor.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and can be considered as being sessionable. It's surprisingly hoppy for a pale ale and is rather flavorful.

Photo of grs8313
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: 12oz can with no canning date, pours an amber color. Minimal bubbles and little head that goes away quickly. Did not leave any lacing on the glass.

Smell: Mostly hops, with hints of citrus and yeast. A slightly astringent smell was also picked up.

Taste: Slight bitter notes, but the taste of hops is the most prominent. After taste is mostly hops, with slight hints of citrus. This is a great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Feels slightly carbonated and thicker than water on the tongue. Leaves the mouth feeling dry.

Drinkability: This is a great beer. It is extremely drinkable, and could become my new every day beer.

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
87 out of 100 based on 6,255 ratings.