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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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6,254 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,254
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 MattPL
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a pint glass

A: Mostly clear copper/orange. Nice head, good lacing

S: Good balance of hops & malt. A bit citrusy

T: Citrus hops up front yeild to nice maltiness. Slightly bitter aftertaste

M: Medium body, good carbonation

D: Excellent. My go-to summer time beer.

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

12 oz can,says on the side "Pack it in, Pack it out"!
The beer is a deep orangy/dark honey colour with a smallish off white head, leaves pretty nice laceing.
The aroma has a very substancial hoppyness..especially the "citric" tangs..almost as strong as some IPAs.
Again the taste is mainlly of the hops but after a few sips a good smooth , semi sweet maltiness shows, and after about half the glass its a well balanced beer.
Very nice on the palte, exceptionally smooth and quite "thick" for the style.
What can i say? Very drinkable and would make an excellent camping beer as the label suggests.

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

A - Pours a clear amber with a two-finger foamy white head. Heavy sticky lacing.

S - A nice mix of pine, orange peel, and floral hops.

T - Starts with a good blast of orange and subtle grapefruit. There is a good amount of piney hops throughout. Nice malty backbone.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth creamy mouthfeel.

O - This is an excellent pale ale. Very easy drinking and definetly recommended.

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

A: Copper / amber with a lot of head

S: The hops are apparent as soon as you crack the can. This is one good smellin' brewski.

T: A textbook APA with a little more hops than most. A nice hop finish after the first wave. The malt provides a nice backbone, but to be honest, I would add a little more if this were me brewing it.

MF: Good mouthfeel. Just what it needs to be. Substantial, but not chewy.

D: I could have a few of these, though APAs don't go down as well as other styles for me.

Photo of hobbes2150
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I poured this beer into a glass I was surprised; not used to seeing a beer with such good color come from a can. Great nose, with apparent maltiness and a teasing hop aroma that gives you a sense of good things to come. The taste is a bit milder than the nose would suggest, but still a great malt foundation with a hoppy back to it. I wish more canned beer was this good.

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

Well, since I was in a store that actually carries the stuff (in Tucson, not Texas), I had to buy it and taste for myself to see if it was metallic. The beer poured a perfect, clear amber color with a n eggshell colored head that offered a surprising amount of staying power. After 5 minutes, the white wisps still covered more than 75% of the top of my glass. A huge, fruity-hoppy aroma exploded from the glass after the beer glugged ungraciously from the can—I hadn’t poured from a can in a long time and it took me a second to reign in the flow rate… I quickly picked up not only PNW grapefruit, but other sweeter, less citric fruits as well, possibly pineapples in sugar? The flavor was much better than expected too: the crisp, hoppiness countered the fruity, malty sweetness wonderfully, leaving a lingering grapefruity/pineapple upside down cake flavor in my mouth long after the beer disappeared. No hint of metal (even though I was prepared to be very suggestible to it) and a nice, smooth, well carbonated body: not prickly and not flaccid. The only possible flaw I can assign this beer is that the mouthfeel may have been a little less full than I expected from 6.5% ABV. Still, this setback was so minor that I’d gladly overlook it for the opportunity to drink this beer more often.

Good Pale Ale—this is one I’d seek out again: the flavor created where pineapple pastry meets grapefruit was unusual and intriguing. I’m glad I bought two cans…

Photo of TMB0424
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a somewhat hazy copper body with a decent sized off-white head. Pretty good retention and lacing.

Smell is very floral and hoppy, with a strong and sweet malt backbone. Hint of ripe fruits, as well.

Taste starts off with a wave of caramel/honey malts, sweet molasses, some citrus. Then the piney, bitter hops kick in and provide a great backbone. Great transition, with a very bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is sticky on the palate, syrupy. Smooth, leaning towards the creamy side. Extremely drinkable - a 6 pack of this will put me in another world. Great, cheap session beer if you're (somewhat) responsible about it, due to the ABV. Great beer.

Photo of Big78CJ
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky orange color with hints of yellow and lighter amber around the edges of the glass. A thick, slightly off-white head is getting ripped apart by the cold hops and carbonation.

Smell is of spicy hops mixed with a balance of citrus notes. A bit of sweeter malt meets the spicy, cirtusy hop. Great smelling pale ale.

Biscuity malt washed right over my palate to the back of my mouth, creating a nice sweetness. This did not last long when the hops came into the game. Hop flavor is mildy citrusy but spicy and floral are the predominant characterstics.

Mouthfeel is a bit stickier than a typical pale but that may be due to the higher hop and malt presence.

I have always enjoyed this beer and it is one of my favorite pale ales. Old Chub and Ten Fidy are still my favs from Oskar but Dale's is a damn good beer and perfect for a summer session.

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

Served in a tumbler at Wild Wings Cafe. From notes. Reviewed 5 July 2011.

A: A finger of tight white head. Coppery-clear. Faint bubbles. Pretty much what I expected.

S: Very fruity! Grapefruit juice (from concentrate). Sweet, bready malts, nice hops. I really like it.

T: A pretty nice pale ale. Malty-round with a hoppy-bitter finish. Not obviously excellent, but a superlative example of the style.

M: Malty and robust with a tad of drying hops. I like it.

O: One of the better Pale Ales I've ever consumed. Drinkable, enjoyable, and likely to find wide appeal. Recommended; will definitely drink again.

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

Pours a cloudy orange with a thin but foamy white head that leaves fingers of lacing on the glass. The smell is sweet, citrusy hops and is quite pleasant. The taste has a slight sweetness up front, followed by a citrus hop tinge and then finishing cleanly bitter. This is very hoppy for an APA, but pleasantly so. Texture is slightly creamy and lacking carbonation compared with others of the style -- this may come from canning? Overall a very solid Pale Ale that is a mainstay in my rotation.

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

Poured a hazy amber with around half an inch of quick-receding head. Strong hoppy aroma dominated by grapefruit and a bit of pine.

Moderate carbonation and a thick, smooth mouthfeel. Caramel sweetness and grapefruit hops dominate with a long, pleasantly bitter and tangy finish. If you'd told me this was an IPA I wouldn't have batted an eye. Whatever the classification, this brew is flavorful and easy-drinking.

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

A bit of chill-haze to this otherwise perfect looking orange/red body. This head is ample and the lacing is flat-out exceptional.

Mild citrus hops kick-start the aroma only to usurped by bready malt and soft, buttery undertones.

The balance is remarkable and everything a good pale ale should be. Malt is clearly present with a strong dose of caramel on display, but hops accompany more than ably throughout and their floral taste lingers long after the malt has faded. Moderately earthy on the finish.

Although well carbonated, the mouthfeel is a touch thin right in the middle. Hops oils beef up the mouthfeel on the conclusion. All-in-all a very drinkable beer and an excellent entry into the APA family.

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

Pours a golden honey color with a two finger head and great lacing. Aroma of crazy hops, citrus and pine all up in my grill in the best way possible. Taste follows the nose, this is a great tasty easy drinking canned beer. I love it, I buy it by the case!!!

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

In terms of canned craft beer, Oskar Blues puts out some top notch products. Dale's Pale Ale is one I've sampled numerous times in the past but have yet to officially review it. Here goes…

Canned on 10-31-2011 with a 'Hoppy Halloween' message printed on the bottom of the container.

Pouring into a Firestone Walker nonic pint glass. Off-white frothy head formed about a finger and half high but collapsed down thin. Spacious crop of foam remains atop the beer and lacing is forming.

Initial burst of grapefruit and pine needles yields to a sweeter mandarin-style citrus. Modest level of toasted malts in the background.

Sweet citrus hop steps forward first followed quickly by a a firm malt support that includes a nod towards caramel and toast. Alcohol noted on the back-end but smooth and non-obtrusive. Medium finish leaves some lingering citrus sweet on the taste buds.

Medium-bodied bordering on something fuller. Fairly hefty on the palette for the style although carbonation is in line. Slight alcohol warming towards the end.

Great to have such an awesome beer in can form. Although I'm wondering what a fresher can might taste like in comparison, this is in excellent shape as-is.

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

Pours a medium gold color into my Sam Adams glass. The beer looks darker at the top of the glass than at the bottom, there is about a quarter inch of white head. The head dissipates into a layer and provides some lacing.

Smells like hops and malts with a bit of citrus fruit.

Taste is crisp and refreshing. Nice balance of hops and malts. Nice bit of bitterness on the tongue, but the malts come through on the finish.

Light body, medium carbonation. Feels smooth flowing over the tongue and down the throat.

Very easy drinking APA. This is quickly becoming one of my "go to" brews.

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

Dale's has become big on the Boston scene all of a sudden so naturally I had to try it out as there are not many decent craft beers avialable in a can.

This one is quite decent--it pours a clear amber. Leaves a small head and minimal lacing. Smell is outdoorsy, piney and woody in general. Taste is well balanced with some maltinesss and a hop bite right off the bat and then a more caramel salt waterish finish. Very smooth and a nice tingly mouthfeel. Drinkability is excellent.

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

A nice toasty-orange hue to this one. Develops a decent, creamy, 1-finger head which dwindles to a skim over the top and good lacing. Aromas of faint fruit and a creamy vanilla sweetness are present. Nice, if subdued.

The taste however, smacks your taste-buds with tongue-quivering, hoppy goodness. A juicy, leafy and herbal presence is dominant with a bit of citrus and a thin, mineral edge. I poured this from a can?! Malts are biscuity and a vanilla sweetness is markedly interwoven making for a very fine compliment to the bitterness of the hops. Medium to light mouthfeel enhanced by a fine, even conditioning add to the drinkability.

Overall an impressive and very drinkable Pale Ale tipping a bit towards IPA territory. Being in a can adds some novelty to the experience, but this is a completely solid offering besides. As elegant as bottles are, you can’t argue with the practicality of cans and I hope to see more breweries canning in the future.

Photo of SLewis
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear light copper with a two fingered off white head that really stands up.

Aromas of lots of citrusy hops, oranges, grapefruit, and pine resins. Not overpowering, a little on the subtle side. Some bready, toasty malt to back up the hops.

Flavors of pine and citrus hop bitterness. Citrus is more zest than juice. Bitterness isn't harsh. Malt comes at the end of the sip with bready graininess, and some caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium/light, mouthcoating astringent bitterness. Nice level of carbonation.

Overall a very nice APA. Almost sessionable, but a little high in alcohol to have more than two or three at a sitting. Bitterness isn't palate fatiguing. A freshing beer for 6.5 percent and a firm bitterness.

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

Late night review here. I was introduced to this brew about 3 weeks ago. I was too Snobby to bya "canned pale ale". Big dipshitty mistake on my part.

Looks great.

Smells acceptable

Tastes pretty friggin good for a canned Pale Ale

Mouthfeel is very good for a Pale Ale

Drinkability I could have these or Ol' Chub all night long. So a great in my book.

A friend I play cards with brought these about a month ago and convinced me to try one. Glad I did. I have since had Ol' Chub and Ten Fidy.

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

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

This is by far not the first time I have sat down to Dale's. To be perfectly honest I drink this one from a can most of the time...Today however I have poured this one into one of my pint glasses. I do from time to time get Dale into a glass but the fact is I enjoy this one near the grill straight from the can. When poured Dale takes a soapy topped head of a near white resting atop of what reminds me of my Grandmother's sun tea. The smell of hops piny, grassy and full of citric delight is much more present when not from the can. The hop bitterness and aromas are aplenty so feel free and drink from the can if you are so inclined by convenience. Caramel and grapefruit combine with ease. Sweet grain reminds you that this is no light pale ale ...this is Dale . The finish is bitter hops with light caramel and grain. The medium body compliments the medium carbonation. This pale ale has America written all over it.

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

Enjoyed this 12oz can out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a semi-cloudy copper hue with a thick fluffy white head that leaves a 360 trail all the way down ending in a solid lace.

S: Surprisingly strong hoppy aroma with solid bread and piney citrus scent.

T: Equal mix of bread, caramel and hops.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This is one of the more tasty pale ale’s I’ve had in awhile. Nice bready- malt character with a decent hop profile.

Photo of J23hc
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smooth pour, richer color tone than expected, reddish gold. Lasting white fluffy head with lacing. Moderately hoppy and citrusy scent. Nice hoppy taste, well balanced and extremely crispy, with light to medium body and good bitterness lingering. I like this beer a lot especially for the price and the classic can look.

Photo of stwok21
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Amber in color with darker hues of red. The fluffy off-white head retains at at two inch crown throughout the duration. Foamy clumps of lacing. Great appearance.

S: Clean grainy aroma. Biscuit and maybe shortbread. Aromatic hops are very floral with a spritzy citrus quality. Straightforward, but nice.

T: Grainy malt base comes off a bit husky and woody. Slight bubblegum ester. Oily and citrusy hop bite. Spicy, a bit peppery, grapefruit. Bitter, spicy hops ride it out into the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy with a scrubbing carbonation that cuts through and adds a crisp bite. Smooth.

O: Perhaps the most ubiquitous canned craft brew, and for good reason. It's crispness and citrusy hop bite make it a refreshing quaff that hits the spot especially well in those bbq/outdoor roles. Not the deepest APA, and a bit aggressive, but in the end that's what makes this beer work.

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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