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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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1,861 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,861
Hads: 6,911
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 22.39%
Wants: 161
Gots: 1,351 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States | website

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 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 shaneerickson
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft in a pint

L - has a really nice golden color. very minimal head retention. lots of lacing present. just a little hazy

S - lots of earthy, piney smells. relatively mild aroma. slight bready notes from the malt.

T - light carbonation. pretty drinkable. lemongrass and orange peels. lightly bitter. malt taste reminds me of crackers.

F - pretty malty for a pale ale. feels slightly unbalanced. hops dont linger too long. leaves a light oily residue on the palate.

O - this definitely tastes like a more wintery pale ale. it's pretty heavy but still goes down relatively smooth. Dales is always a great go to when the air is chilly but im not feeling a double ipa.

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

Appearance: Orangey brown in color. Moderate head with a decent lacing.

Smell: Smells like beer. No overpowering distinctive tones. Slight hop aroma.

Taste: Light on the flavor side. Slight hops come in on the back end, but fist sip is kinda mellow.

Mouthfell: Medium mouthfeel. Not heavy but not light. Very smooth however and not a lot of carbonation.

Drinkabilty: Very easy to drink-but cannot see myself having more than one or two in a row.

Overall a decent beer-kinda cool its in a can-but have had better in a can.

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Photo of william5586
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Burnt orange with a big three finger white head that left rings of lace.

S- The smell was a mixture of sweet malt and citrus hops.

T- The taste started off with a sweet honey/caramel malt which was followed by some citrus hop presence and a bitter finish. The more I drank the more the malt sweetness took over.

M- Good feel. Smooth medium body with good carbonation.

D- Average, due to the higher ABV and the big, sweet, malt body.

Overall, the beer was more on the malty sweet side than the hoppy side. It may have not been very fresh, and I got the feeling that hops had faded some. I did still like the beer so I didn't drop the score based on this, but I will be looking for this again to see if freshness was actually an issue.

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Photo of Redwood21
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The head on this beer is very small, however it sticks around and is relatively sticky the hazed copper color is also nice
S: none, none that i can pick up, no "traditional" hop aroma or anything that would indicate what type of beer this is
T: this seems apa, its hoppy with a twang of dry bitterness, there is an undercurrent of malt and there is somewhat citrus type notes
M/D: this beer has a drying effect in the mouth which to a degree is nice, but i feel this might be a bit too much its not bad, but drops the score a tad

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Photo of shea117474
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

After 30 min. in the glass, small amount of head remains. Small amount of lace follows the beer as it is swirled. The smell is good ol' pine and a hint of biscuit. Drinks quite well, with fair bitterness upfront and a biscuit smooth in the back.

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Photo of bigkahunas4
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz can into a pint glass

A: Pours a burnt sienna (straight out of the crayola box), one finger head, slight lacing, good carbonation around the head.

S: Not a strong scent - light pine.

T: Taste is mainly pine, mild hop after. Alcohol is very masked

M: Really enjoy the consistency of this, quite nice. Nice mild carb biting at the tongue.

D: Very smooth, and not over powering in the bitters, makes this great for a session.

I was a bit disappointed by this - as nothing really reached out and grabbed me, and I had heard so much about it. Though it's a well built pale ale, and true to its form.

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

I want to like this beer. But I can drink about one can before I get sick of it. A large dose of grapefruit with a lingering bitterness that just isn't pleasant. Hoppy, but not flowery to me. And not in the least bit refreshing. I like it less as I drink more of it. So maybe I'll just stop.

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

an aggressive pour reveals a cloudy, orange, somewhat hazy pale. It has a nice head with decent lacing. The smell is some murky, faint hops, I can't put my finger on which kind. Somewhat piney, with a little bit of sweetness and citrus. The taste is more citrus, and a little bit of sour, not much sweetness. Finishes dry, and a lingering bitterness insues. The mouthfeel is somewhat sticky, but pretty well rounded. Not the most drinkable pale I have had, but not bad. would be a good summer day beer or a garage kind of beer.

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Photo of jman892
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a red, white and blue can on Memorial day as part of my pre-game festivities. Nice looking beer, opaue orange with a fluffy white head of about 2 fingers

S - Citrusy, piney, earthy hops dominate but there is a mixture of sweet malts as well.

T - Taste is strong pine hops. For a ple ale it is very hop forward, and on the bitter side. Taste is not nearly as balanced as the nose would leave me to believe. As it warms the sweetness form the malts starts to make its presence felt.

M - Thin mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, a little bit on the watery side

O - Definitely hoppier than a normal pale ale, so for me at least it is a little bit less drinkable on a hot summer day. The ABV is also uite high for a pale ale so you need to be careful with this.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into my Darkness tulip...Pours a dark copper with a nice light off white head, good retention and lacing...An aroma that is too sweet giving off lots of bread and pineapple with only a hint of hops on the back. Not doing a ton for me...A rather plain and boring taste of light pineapple and light toffee. The hops are basically hidden, only a hint of esb wet alcohol hops on the back. Not offensive, but just boring.

An easy to drink beer, not a pale ale, but pretty boring.

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Photo of DerekQXQX
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am drinking this beer and watching the film Fargo. This beer reminds me of William H. Macy, it is warm, sweet, familiar. It has a large hop presence like that of Macy's ears. It is slightly bitter like a first reaction to Steve Buscemi's visage.

I like it but wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired two cans of this in a trade with session1979. Thanks Jonas!

Appearance: Pours a bright copper with a thin, sticky, eggshell-colored head. Body is a bit hazy and gentle carbonation can be seen within. Very light retention, and no lacing.

Smell: Honey and herbs come to mind first, though that may be a result of tonight's dinner. (It's weird - I'm even getting a bit of funk that reminds me of goat cheese). Caramel and light citrus along with some grass.

Taste: Toasted malts and bready yeast reminded me a bit of Fat Tire. After a few more sips, I started getting more of the grassy hop aftertaste. Still getting a lot of herbal notes, as well as some caramel.

Mouthfeel: Nice balance of chewy body and dry aftertaste. Carbonation might be a bit high, hampering the smoothness of the drink. A little heavier than I would like as well.

Drinkability: Far from my favorite pale ale, but Dale's Pale Ale has a pretty unique flavor profile. Glad I have two cans, as I will be re-reviewing this one.

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Photo of digitalczech
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color was nice and copper in tone. The head was a bit weak and soapy. Aroma had some nice caramel and a light malty toastiness. Clean taste and lively with carbonation. It had a nice hoppy bite to it. I'm happy to see good beers being packaged in cans. They recycle well and save these beer from destructive UV rays.

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Photo of compass40204
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not quite sure what a "rocky mountain pale ale" is, but apparently this is one. 6.5% abv makes me think it's not a shy beer by any means. Barely heard a sound when I opened the can, which made me think it may have been flat, but it produced a small froth. Poured from the can it has a nice white head on it that slowly shrinks down leaving minimal lacing. Not much stuck to the glass beyond the initial layer, actually. Honey colored. Hint of dry crackers in the aroma. Balanced aroma of some grain and hops. Tastes hoppier than it smells. Seems a bit off balance to me, though I'm admittedly not a hophead. Light bodied, with low to moderate carbonation. This is something I probably couldn't make a session out of, but sometimes I'm looking for that lasting hop flavor. It really has more hop flavor than actual bitterness. Late hopping could be the reason. My biggest issue is the discrepancy between balance in flavor and aroma. Decent beer.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a white head. Very good lacing on this.

In the nose is sweet candy flavor dominated by bitter citrus.

It is bitter up front, yet smoothe in the back. There is a lingering citrus bitterness - a nice taste, but not as good on the mouthfeel.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finally picked a couple of these up today. 12 oz. can poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Super clear amber color. The pour produced a quater size light tan colored head, that leaves some decent lace.

A: Not much going on here. I get some light hops, and a very pronounced sweetness. The aroma i do get is nice, there's just not much of it.

T: The citrusy hops are balanced nicely with sweet caramel malts. The beer finishes dry, and I'm suprised, I definately get the alcohol. At only 6% I didn't think that was possible, but the heat is there.

M: Rather heavy for a PA. The abundance of caramel malts makes for a syrupy mouthfeel.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is above average but not over the top. Overall, it's a good beer, but a little to malty for the style. I much prefer a lighter body and stronger hop profile in my Pale Ales. Skal.

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Photo of ADZA
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another brew I've been keen to try and it pours a golden copper hue with a billowing four finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is citrus,pine and candy and to be honest it's quite subdued to what I was expecting,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and has tastes of caramel candy,piney bitter hops,Valencia oranges and finished with a light citrus bitterness and overall it's very sessionable for a pale ale of 6.5% and I'd drink it again cheers.

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
88 out of 100 based on 1,861 ratings.