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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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6,153 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,153
Reviews: 1,782
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 127
Gots: 800 | FT: 8
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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 mnrider
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From can into Pint glass

A: Foamy thick two finger head, which stays. Tiny bubbles. Nice clear amber color.

S: Not the strongest smell, but their is a faint hoppy smell.

T/M: Basic Pale Ale taste but with a crazy IPA kick. This brews like a hybrid. Oh yeah, it's also smooth.

D: Great. Best Pale Ale from a can i've ever had. Could also be the best brew from a can in general i've had.


Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale orange colored, clear body with a long-lasting head which leaves sheets of lacing

S- Potent aroma of hops reminds me of soap with citrus smells of grapefruit and some pine

T- Taste is more well-balanced then the smell lead me to expect. Good pale malt base with some extra sweetness from perhaps crystal or caramel malts.

M- Perfect carbonation level and a light body with some slickness from all the hop oils

D- Killer drink. Bold and interesting flavor without being overbearing.

Photo of briancantrell
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overall a really well balanced beer. I paid $9 for a six pack so the can thing feels sort of gimmicky. Texture is creamy in a pleasant way, excellent hop flavors, head retention was a little weak. Nothing too fancy going on here but this is a quality drinkable beer. Reminds me a little of Bridgeport's IPA which is definitely a good thing.

Photo of BierJager89
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours golden with a white head.

S: Orange, citrus peel in the nose. Pretty simple and typical, but it smells good.

T: A bit tropical, some orange, some papaya. Could use more tropical fruit.

M: Light bodied, crisp, refreshing and smooth.

O: Definitely a very drinkable pale ale. Tasty, but again, more tropical fruit would be better. Definitely recommended.

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in flared glass.

A: clear copper orange, frothy, plump head; good carb action; fantastic lacing
S: Pleasant, even-keeled hop aroma; not much malt in the smell
T: robust, hearty IPA, although only medium complexity for its bravado; highly bitter, not very sweet.

Overall, a really nice, standard IPA, and well worth the visit

Photo of magine
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a becker glass.

Pours a hazy orange copper color. Has a fluffy off white head. Head settles to a full lace layer that stays the whole drink. Good lace wrapped around the entire glass. Great looking brew.

Brew smells of citrus and grapefruit hops. A little bit of biscuit malt. Good full bodied smell here.

Brew is tremendously balanced; slight carbonation initially then smooth middle finishes crisp and a little dry. Good hops flavors grapefruit, citrus, floral are all balanced beautifully by the pale malts. A nice mellow sweetness as well. Wow, great full bodied brew here with nice full flavors and mouthfeel. Very good stuff here.

A tremendous tasting and drinking APA. At 6.5% abv this one is a great session brew that makes it a standout APA. Great stuff here.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JMD71 for this one...
Pours a semi-cloudy copper color with a full finger of off-white head...of which half remains. What is left is some very attractive webbing of lace.
Crisp floral hops in the nose, along with a generous amount of carmelized malt.
The taste is simply awesome...to taste this coming from a can is so refreshing. A solid malt backbone, but the flower dominates up front...the beer becomes sweeter as it works its way to room temperature.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, the carbonation is up there, but not too high and goes down very easy.
Finishes beautifully bitter, but very clean as each sip goes down.
Solid beer...

Photo of Bamabrew22
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My sister in Tucson mailed me a sixer of Dale's. Good looking beer and great head/lacing, despite having travelled 2,000 miles via snail mail. Taste was hoppy and delicious, well-balanced brew. Great for a hot summer day or lounging on the lake/river. Great beer! Hopefully, we'll see this one on the shelves here sooner rather than later.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

And from a can. I had heard that Oskar Blues was hand-canning their products and I was eager to try one. The can opened without any soda-like "hiss" and poured thick into the glass. Not much head to speak of. Hazy orange color. Rich hops aroma in the nose and (wow) a nice fruity/spicy hops bite in the initial taste. A mildly sweet malt balances out the hops in a subtle way, but this is one nice hoppy brew. Surprising freshness from the can, too. Great taste and convenience. I didn't try drinking from the can, but it likely would have tasted OK.

Photo of stevecee2003
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can, I must admit I have put off trying this brew- as the can looked too cheap to justify the price. But at some friends requests I gave it a try. It had a "canned on" stamp on the bottom, and even the actual time stamped, which I had never seen before.

APP: Poured well, with a nice thick head that stayed a while. A rich slightly cloudy amber color. A really nice lace that gathers and stays long on the glass. Good sign!

Smell: distinctive smell of hops, but with some citrus in there, perhaps orange? And even a hint of grapefruit? But those are afterthoughts to the malt and caramel that calm the hops.

Taste: Not as hoppy strong as the smell might indicate. Not like a bomber bottle of Hercules for example. Smoother. Lighter. But then again this is only a Pale Ale, not an IPA. Stays on the tongue a bit. I like that. Sort of like I'm drinking more than I am. More than 12 oz in the can- that sort of thing. There's caramel, but for me it helps to balance it all out.

Mouthfeel: A complete goodness- IF you enjoy it. As another wrote in these reviews, "you can almost chew on it". Again, that to me is why it seems that you get more from the can than just the 12 oz. It hangs there, in your mouth.

Drinkability: As for pure drinking I could enjoy it for an evening, but the price makes it exotic for a session beer. Up there with Stone Brewery or ABT 12, other acclaimed beers- but not the same beer- but still good!

Notes: It seems Dale's has kept this creation in a can to make it unique, and that it is. In fact it might be "the king of cans". But still, it might lie in that no man's land where it's an above average beer- but not quite good enough to justify the price. Two dollars cheaper a 6-pack I might make an evening of it.

Photo of NicholasSchell
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange color with a dense 3 finger head that sloooowly drops to one finger leaving sudsy lacing ALL OVER THE GLASS!

S- Floral and citrus hop aroma, spicy, sweet malty undertones.

T- Resin and pine, well balanced with the malt. Not as strong as promised by the nose yet still good drinking. No harsh aftertaste.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation. Nothing bad, nothing special.

D- Flavor makes for easy drinking as does the ABV, I like this beer very much and think it makes a good transition beer for non craft beer drinkers.

Photo of bubseymour
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first canned craft brew I've purchased so here it goes...

Appearance - Orange/copper color with smallish 1 finger head. Some lacing on glass.

Smell - I'm picking up more pine notes than citrus but there is some slight citrus hop notes as well.

Taste - Very good example of APA style. Very pronounced pine hop presence up front but smooth finish and not bitter. Well balanced and quite flavorful for the style.

Mouthfeel - full bodied and pleasant

Overall - This was an enjoyable APA and surprisingly easy to drink and possibly sessionable. Most APA's I could not drink more than 1 (and then the final 1/4th is forced down). Nicely crafted and a good example of an APA to export to rest of world to see what we're doing well here in the US of A.!

Photo of jeff1973
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a "Sculpin" pint glass.

A - Clear. Burnt orange in color. Eggshell head w/ pretty good lacing.

S - Piney, citrusy, a little burnt sugar.

T - Citrus up front. Piney and resiney, then a nice burnt sugar sweetness before drying out nicely.

M - Medium carbonation. Goes nicely with the burnt sugar taste to wash it all over your mouth.

D - Medium. The citrus up front makes you think this is a quick drinker, then the maltyness comes and makes you want to savor it. Would be good for a hot or cold day.

Great beer. Great hop and malt character. Well balanced.

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium amber or clear copper color with very little perceptible carbonation. A thin head (1/4 inch) quickly dissipates completely but leaves some rings on the glass. The nose presents some subtle citrus and grass notes with comparably very little in terms of malt. The taste is a rush of grapefruit citrus at the fore, followed almost immediately by very nice bitterness that includes citrus rind and pine--this is a very delectable bitterness that is sometimes missing on other pale ales. The mouthfeel is zesty, crisp, effervescent, and balanced.

This beer hits all the right notes when it comes to APA/IPA taste. There is robust hop flavor almost imperceptibly (but finely) balanced by a slight caramel of the malts. It has a fantastic hop aftertaste, with a great spectrum of flavors lingering on the palate. Big flavor onslaught and nice complexity make this a standout.

Photo of mooselvlt
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a pint glass

A - Clear, copper color with a nice 2 finger tan head. Decent retention, plenty of lacing.

S - Citrus, hops, good bready-malt Like the nose.

T - Nice malt bill up front then a nice touch of hops on the back end. Hops are a good mix of pine and citrus. Earthy!

M - Really like the feel. Its ultra smooth, a little heavier than I was anticipating. I'd call it medium-bodied. Damn drinkable!

O - Well, I must say its been a long time since I poured from a can! This is just a very solid beer and would be a great one for outdoor trips or tailgates. Really really am enjoying it!

Photo of terrapinfan88
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden with a thick spongy two finger head, Good retention and superb lacing throughout.

Smell: Grapefruit, pine, pineapple, bright fruits

Taste: Grapefruit, bright fruits, very good hop flavor not overpowering not underwhelming.

Mouthfeel: A sharp bitterness up front and as that is leaving you there is a tart dryness on the back end. Just enough carbonation to help it go down easy.

Drinkability: For a hop lover easy drinking, enjoyable. Back to back pounding is encouraged. Understandably not everyone wants to drink a 12rack of hoppy beer. Something I plan on having at my house often for Steelers games or a night cap. If hops aint your thing then look elsewhere for a daily drinker.

Photo of Bugsey
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfect in terms of balanced flavor and mouth feel.

Carbonation isn't too intense, say, like Duvel. Just enough to be clean and refreshing.

Taste is clean with sweet carmel malts and bread crust, a little citrus, but not to piney.

Clean aftertaste, and leaves me wanting more and more.

Underrated beer.

Photo of jameaterblues
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this on tap while getting a drink before dinner in NYC last weekend. It was poured from a tap handle that had a Dale's Pale Ale can on it.

A-The color was a dark golden color that was still translucent. With a 1/4 off white head that left a surprising amount of lace(which lasted the entire beer).
S- was of hops (i'm pretty sure cascade were present, as well as at least one more). The hops carried a citrus/grapefruit scent, and there was a light malt scent presence as well.
T-The body of the beer was nice with a citrus hop body that was not too overwhelming. The finish had a strong hop crispness, and a bitter but smooth finish.
M/D- The mouthfeel was nice. There was not too much carbonation, actually it kinda had a really low carbonation level(well a little lower than I prefer). It kinda reminded me of SNPA, but that is probably because of the cascade hops. Overall I enjoyed this beer, and it was a great way to start of my week end in new york.

Photo of homebrew311
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into to Duvel chalice.

A: clear golden with some soap bubble white head that diminishes to be about 1cm

S: a nice floral hop bouquet with pine and flowers, a nice sweet malt backbone with hints of honey are present after the hops

T: crisp bready malts on the front followed by a nice hop zing that matches the nose. very refreshing.

MF: medium body, high carbonation, good for style

D: this is a nice crisp and highly drinkable pale. I would love for this to be locally available to me.

Photo of vapodge
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a pint glass

A - mostly clear golden yellow; nice head; decent lacing

S - citrusy hops; super-zesty for a pale ale

T - more like a malty IPA than a pale ale for me; hops announce themselves with pleasant bitterness; alcohol is there at the end

M - creamy finish for a pale ale; moderate carbonation

D - good stuff -- a go-to canned beer; packs some kick, so drink in moderation (but doesn't command the respect of Gordon); very pleasant

Photo of JennyJam
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It doesn't have much of a smell (perhaps if it were poured I could say differently). Very tasty, kind of dry with floral/citrusy-types flavors, slightly carbonated. Has a good hop-malt-sweet balance, mouthfeel is very smooth. This beer is pretty darn drinkable, but has quite a high ABV. So tasty I would have drank all six if I could have handled it.

APA is my favorite type of beer and this one is one of the best I've had. Definitely worth a go if you've never had one.

Photo of FickleBeast
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a Rock Bottom Brewers Choice pint glass

A - Pours orange with a half finger of sticky foam that clings to the glass

S - Pleasant hop aroma with a sweet malt smell backing it up

T - This is a Pale Ale on steroids! Solid hop bitterness, and the beer doesn't taste as sweet as it smells. Suprisingly dry finish.

M - very viscous for a Pale Ale, lightly carbonated which helps the beer coat the mouth

D - Very good. I could easily drink a few of these.

All in all, a great offering from Oscar Blues. I buy this beer regularly.

Photo of Shmeal
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Recently discovered Oskar blues and the majesty of their beers.

A-straw yellow, can't comment on the lacing because I drank it out of the can

S-smells like a typical pale ale with some hops thrown in. A little sweet on the nose as well.

T-Sweet, with hop citrus notes on the finish

M-feels great, not overly viscous or watery. Perhaps a little over carbonated

D-Fantastic, don't plan on drinking just one because...let's face it, you won't be done after just one.

A good beer with no qualities that really stand out to me. Perfect choice to go with if you feel like downing a six-pack and watching some football

Photo of BretSikkink
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hmm slightly chunky. Interesting. Orange-brownish color. Good head jumps up quick but settles down. Great retention and the cling is amazing.

Aromas of, well, hops. Lots. Much citric zest, sugared pine resin, etc. Wonderful. The flavor is a half step down, but still hoppy as hell. Slightly minerally, not quite hard water but slightly metallic. Lots of caramel, lots of hops. Not a faint APA, that's for sure.

Medium mouthfeel, probably leaning towards full despite the huge hop load. The palate is well-coated, but the finish is not overly bitter at all. Well done.

Photo of cottonkoozie
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Decent head with pretty good retention and some lacing. Color is a deep brownish honey. Somewhat cloudy in appearance, cloudier than most pale ales.

S - Pine hops smell is what I notice first, then the strong malt. Underlying citrus hops complement well. Over all good balance.

T - Similar to the smell, piney hops flavors with underlying citrus notes. A strong malt backbone. Malts used give it almost a bready aftertaste.

M - Heavier than most pale ales. Not a strong carbonation but still feels very full.

D - Very drinkable even though it can be somewhat filling.

Good pale ale. Has some unique characteristics compared to others, but all work well together. Not a favorite of mine for the style, but good for something a little different but still in the same style at its core. Overpriced, but worth a try without a doubt.

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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