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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale

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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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Reviews: 1,850 | Hads: 6,821
Photo of crzyc
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light brown head, amber body.

S: Citrus hops, pine. Not very strong aroma.

T: Same as the smell, hops, pine. A little bitter.

M: Carbonation has a bite, not smooth. Dry.

O: A bit bitter and dry for my tastes. Smell not as strong as some of the other beers I have been tasting lately. Nice taste, nice appearance.

For my records: Can purchased in mix 6 at PLW, unknown price.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- Orange red color with a nice white head and lace.

Smell- I thought there was not much to the smell.

Taste- It was citrus like mainly. It is a little sour bitter and sweet basic but not. The flavor blends well.

Mouthfeel- Thin and light.

Drinkability- It is good refreshing beer. That I would get again.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured can into a standard pint glass, color is light amber to copper, head is big at first but dissipates to a ring, light lacing.

Smell is tough to find at first, but comes through as mixed light malt sweetness and citrus and pine hops.

Taste is big hoppy citrus and piney, no grass, malt flavors are clean with some light biscuit.

Mouthfeel is strong on the tongue, pretty bitter for a pale ale - I always think of this an ipa - but reviewing as pa. Carbonation is right and keeping flavors present.

Overall - this is a great tasting brew - just not a pale ale to me to big on the hop flavor.

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

Appearance: A deep amber with a thick, frothy three finger head (poured semi-aggresively) and tons of lush lacing.

Smell: Nothing extrodinary, some light piney and citrusy hops, as well as a noticeable clovey spice character. The malt is noticeable as well, but nothing really jumps to the front.

Taste: A lot like the smell, nothing really grabs you, just a nice refreshing hop presence, unique but not very formidable. The malt is somewhat blah, somewhat sweet and gives some nice body.

Mouthfeel: Very light carbonation for the style, does not help assist and flavors, but does give the mouthfeel more body.

Overall: For a can this fresh, I was very surprised that such a highly sought after pale ale lacked any surprises. It is much more balanced than the west coast representations, but it doesn't blow you away like they do. I was hoping for more from this beer, but it really just didn't live up to the hype.

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Photo of Treebs
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Emerson's Ale House. Served in a shaker pint.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with a nice white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring and leaves some soapy lace down the glass.

S: Light biscuity malts with some caramel sweetness. Dried grass and a light, fruity sweetness round it out.

T: Really follows the nose. There's a tad more bitterness on the finish in the taste, but still nice.

M: Light bodied with a clean finish. Nice medium carbonation.

O: Pretty solid overall, but it's nothing special. Definitely an easy drinking beer and the fact that comes in cans is definitely a plus.

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Photo of andyfrancis
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice amber color, with short creamy off white head, decent retention and lacing. citrus and sweet malt on the nose. It's somewhat bitter on the tongue, but has surprisingly little flavor for how heavy it is. It's a drinkable beer, but I can't say I'd buy it again or that I'm particularly stoked about the remaining 5 cans. Maybe my opinion will change after a couple more...

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Photo of Brewndruid
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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!

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Photo of lowbrau
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy, deep amber color. Creamy head with very good retention.

Smell: strong, floral hops up front, with some citrus and rust.

Taste: the body was not enough to back up the hops, and tasted slightly hollow. Nice caramel notes in the aftertaste. I expected some tinnyness from the can, but

Mouthfeel: very creamy and smooth. left the palate clean.

Drinkability: very refreshing, but not as much body as I would have liked.

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Photo of Gavage
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear orange in color with a short 1?2" head. Mild lacing develops. Nice carbonation levels.

Smell: floral hops and citrus.

Taste: nice malt backbone, but there is a bit too much graininess here. Orange citrus, flowery bitterness, and some hints of honey round it out.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, finish is smooth and a tad dry. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: decently drinkable from a glass, probably better from a can when you can't be drinking out of glass. Worth a try.

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Photo of grees20
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I heard about this good beer that comes in a can and I've read reviews, but I didn't think it really existed until I saw it myself.

As I write this I'm working on my second can of the night and I might have a third one before I'm done.

Cloudy copper with a two-finger head that leaves nice lacing on the glass I poured this into.

A hoppy aroma and I'm picking up some malt aroma as well.

A nice, hoppy flavor with some malt. It's smooth, but it's kind of syrupy for a pale ale.

This is pretty decent and it's something I'd try again. I wonder how it is on draft? I just can't get over the fact that a beer like this comes in a can.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden yellow pour with an off-white head. Malty aroma with a nice presnce of hops to go along with it. The flavor is good, just like the aroma, malt and hops. It leaves a nice pleasant aftertaste in your mouth. The glass ended up having some nice lacing on it. Tasty.

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Photo of champ103
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This pours a deep orange/golden color. A two finger head forms that leaves some spotty lace.
S: Buttery malt with some hop bitterness. Citrus and piney hops with a touch of grapefruit.
T: Follows the nose. Buttery and sweet caramel malt with some piney hops.
M/D: Medium body that is a bit watery. This is not hard to drink at all, but it is almost too sweet. Not something I really want to session.

A good pale ale. Definitely worth a try, but not among my favorites of the style.

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Photo of JamisonM
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Stone Cali Belgique IPA glass

S: hops, fruit and caramel malts

T: hops first grab your tongue and then caramel malts back it up with a good malt back bone then bitterness lingers

M: light carbonation here I would call this a med body

D: its drinkable but for a summer beer its a bit heavy not that this claims to be a summer beer

overall: this thing could be called an IPA its hoppy and has a rather high 6.5 ABV. The beer is not bad but for 7.99-9.00 bucks a sixer I can find beers that I would rather buy and drink, but I am glad I got around to trying my first Oskar Blues beer.

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Photo of Buebie
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Made a WI run for this beer.
Poured from a 12 oz can.
Color was an off orange, transparent in the glass. Head was white and fluffy. with a decent amount of laceing. Some retention.

Smell was pretty much average for a pale ale, although this one was a bit bland.

Taste was hop bitterness upfront with a mild sweatness. Then hop bitterness after the swallow. Some creamy textures with a sort of pinnaple flavor through the middle. Hops were citrussy and a bit grassy. There is some sort of aftertaste, chemically or unnatural...not really sure what it is.

Mouthfeel is creamy and mildly thick. Moderate carbonation.
This 6 pack I got was about $8.99, so $2 cheaper then Surly Furious. I'd go Surly any day over this one. I dont think I'll pick this one up again.

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Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head

S - Is of a whole lot a hops not that thats bad

T - If you like hops this is a good thing

M - This is a medium bodied brew

D - I enjoyed this beer I thought it was good but I think its a little over hyped its worth trying sometime

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Photo of hoppytobehere
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first craft beer in a can. But far from the finest.

This used to be considered a "hop forward" pale, but it doesn't seem like one these days. Big caramel malt presence. Decent enough, but at $9.99/sixer there are far too many better options.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

Look: light copper color with a very thin, maybe one finger, white head. There's almost no retention and definitely no lacing.

Smell: light citrus aroma with some pale and caramel malt. Some pine and resin also but the entire aroma is understated.

Taste: follows the nose and everything is fairly quiet. Citrus hops mingle with caramel malt. A bit maltier than I would like and the hops aren't really as prominent as I would like, even considering that this is an American Pale Ale. Still, its a nice taste for a sessionable beer.

Feel: medium to thin, lightly carbonated, not a whole lot of lingering bitterness and no alcohol warmth.

Drink: could be sessionable if you wanted to go that route.

Overall, a decent APA but nothing special. There are definitely much better APAs out there so I wouldn't search this one out and I'd probably go with something else most of the time.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Poleeko Gold Pale Ale.

A: Hazy golden amber with one-finger, white, frothy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Citrus hops and bready malt.

T: Light sweetness and moderate bitterness. Pine and citrus hops.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

O: This was good but not great. I guess it's cool that it's in a can.

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Photo of beereality
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear darker orange, with a small white head. Some lacing but not much. Although I didn't get the impression of carbonation (not a big pop when opening can) the first few mouthfuls seem very carbonated. Smells ok, kinda malty with a few hops thrown in. Taste is cut and dry. Hops up front and a very quick, very dry finish. I didn't like this beer as much after warming, but its hands down better than any canned beer you can get in Chicago.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can tried 20 Sep 2008.

Poured into a shaker pint glass, this beer virtually exploded from the can with a large peach hued head that took up most of the glass. Almost flat. Hazy amber golden color. Sweet hoppy aroma with some mineral undertones. Starts off fairly hoppy, sweet and sticky, a good hop bite. Light body. Ethanol moderate. Finishes pleasantly sweet with an aftertaste of earthy hops.

Would get this to go camping, etc. but not for everyday drinking.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dale's pours a amber-orange with a powerful slightly off-white head. Nice carbonation.

Nose is mostly pine like hops, some grass and resin aroma also. A little hint of malt can be detected.

Well balanced on the palate. It starts off with some malt notes and finishes with a hop bite. Hops linger on the tounge, pine and resin. Nothing overpowering.

Mouthfeel is medium.

A refreshing pale ale. The hops and alcohol make it hard to imagine drinking a too many of these but it is still a tasty beer. The hop aftertaste is very pleasant.

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Photo of Premo88
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. can poured into pub glass
(canned on 7/15/13 printed on bottom)

L: amber-orange, clear, nice hea to start with that doesn't last overly long, sticks a bit, doesn't lace

S: hops ... green as mown grass; a slight bit of grain

T: hop salad ... all i taste is bitter hops with an occasional sweetness from the tropical fruit/mango taste

F: solid

O: honestly, about as average as you get with the American hop-salad crowd. i'm sure this brew was all that back in whatever year it came out in, but at 6.5% ABV,it's WAY TOO much for anything other than a couple cans to jack up your palate with all the hops and alcohol. and how does this escape the American IPA label, anyway?

it's just fine if you're looking for a good American IPA. bonus points to Oskar Blues for cooking up one of these that's crystal clear ... i mean, it's glass, man, and that's cool. but in the current craft brew scene here in America, I not only can't say anything about this brew that makes it stand out from the other coney brews, it's simply way too alcoholic for what it's supposed to be. if this is an "American pale ale," then start calling me "Mr. President"

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Photo of Heatwave33
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: Hazy orange with an off white head.

Smell: Subtle hop smell with some malts.

Taste: Nice hop taste and malts just like the smell. Close to an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Coarse and dry feel on the palate.

Overall: I expected more from what everyone told me about this beer. Still a good beer to drink though. Seemed like an IPA and pale ale mix to me. Cheers.

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Photo of 57md
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is copper with a finger of head that does not linger very long. Mild fresh hop nose is passable, but not impressive. The malt profile is more reminiscent of and ESB than an APA. The finish is thin and flat. My first taste of an Oskar Blues offering - kind of a bummer

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Photo of Reaper16
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can, served into a tasting glass then drank from can

Pours a gorgeous, clear, amber/orange color. Brilliant clarity. About 1.5 fingers of head the consistency of a condensed soup.

Lots of strong hop notes in the nose: sweet orange, bitter pine, soft grapefruit. Some more floral notes too, akin to chamomile. The malt profile smells sugary-sweet, not like caramel but like a sweet bun or somesuch. It's close to being an IPA, frankly.

That malt profile makes the strongest impression on the palate. It's a pale ale in this respect: the malts have as much to say as the hops. Dale's has more malt flavor than I expected. It's a sweet, malty brew accentuated by bitter hop flavor. There isn't much character to the hop profile beyond bitterness. I get a bit of orange and a bit of grapefruit pith, but it's mostly bitter. That's one way to make a balanced beer, I suppose, but not a way to make a very interesting one.

Nothing wrong with the mouthfeel here. Dale's is medium-bodied for the style, with fine carbonation levels. Overall, this is an above-average pale ale. Nothing more.

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