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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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1,826 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,826
Hads: 6,688
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 152
Gots: 1,186 | FT: 7
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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 Retsinis
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this a few times now, but most recently on tap at Instant replay, after having two other beers, as I was looking for something light and refreshing to end the night.

A: The beer pours a light orange hazy amber, with a consistent half inch of head that really sticks around. Some lacing.

S: Notes of modest grapefruit, grass, light pine, citrus, and some bitter hops. Mild sweet malts comes through a bit as well.

T: Matches the nose, light tropical fruits, some lemon zest, blends well with the sweet malted barley, and mild dry bitterness on the finish. quite nice for the style.

M: Light, clean, crisp, and refreshing.

O: Hit the spot. A solid, balanced hopped pale ale. Not as complex as what I typically go for, and I would not seek it out just to have it given choices, but I would gladly accept it when offered, and I'm in the mood for the style. (866 characters)

Photo of MoorBeerPlz
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into a shaker glass...

Pours an amber/gold, not quite crystal clear but not hazy. Active carbonation with one finger head that slowly receded to nice lacing and a foam cap on the beer. Sticky foam on the sides too.

On the nose, hops, sweetness, pine, citrus, grains. Nothing out of the ordinary.

First taste surprised me. Does not taste like many other APAs I've tried so far. Hoppy, resin and pine, with a fruity/citrus taste and a sweetness from the grains. A little toast in there too. Little bit more going on than I expected and a pleasant surprise.

Decent mouthfeel, medium body with a bitter, toasty, dry finish. Crisp, with a bit of carbonation.

Very drinkable brew, sessionable if need-be. It has a little different taste that some other APAs I'm familiar with but there's nothing here to stop me from ever having another again. Kind of upper-middle of the road in the style (against others) to me. Non-the-less, I enjoyed it.

Cheers! (966 characters)

Photo of seedyone
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. I've seen this all over in cans but never ventured try it. This is not quite a revelation, but it does make me pinch myself for my trepidation. Nice copper color, staunch head w/a lacing that indicates a respect in the process. Not much aroma but a very full & balanced flavor. This is pretty much my level of hop tolerence, but I don`t mind it one bit.Now to find a singular can to complete the 'research'. (436 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a Dale's Pale Ale shaker pint because I can. I was quite surprised I had never bothered to review this beer before actually.

Beer is amber and clear with low carbonation. Forms a big head of medium off white bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Beer has a sweet hoppy aroma, some piny some citrus. Very nice.

Beer is smooth with a lot of late bitterness and a mild grainy aftertaste. Its kind of sweet up front. It finishes nicely but overall its too sweet for me. (511 characters)

Photo of Godot
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With a pretty hard pour I got a good 2 inch head that slowly sank into a craggy pile of fluff which gave off a sappy hop aroma that was very pleasant. Piney scent is up front with very little malt presence in nose. At first the flavor shows that the nose promised, but where I usually expect a pale ale to either give me more hop flavor or open up for some complexity, the flavor just gives way to a watery finish. Its not bad, just not terribly satisfying. The mouthfeel is good for the style, and its certainly drinkable, but I wish there was a little more to it. I am left waiting for the punch. (598 characters)

Photo of HardcoreKeith
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six pack of these to throw into the soda can dispenser of my kegerator fridge.

Hazy amber with small white head. The carbonation level is low, hardly even a pooft when I popped the can. It smells strongly of piney and citrusy hops and grapefruit. The taste is strongly piney. It's very aggressively hopped, to the point that this is really more of an IPA than APA. It's even more hoppy than some IPAs. The malt flavor shows through a bit as it warms up. Enjoyable, and kudos to Oskar Blues for the canning. (518 characters)

Photo of stxSS07
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Canned 6/27/11.

A- Clear amber with a 2 finger soapy white head. Leaves nice lacing.

S- Sweet malt and a grainyness followed by a touch of floral hops and a grassy note.

T- Sweet malt followed by a bit of citrus hops and a nice bitter resinous bite. Finishes bready and malty...notes say "old daisy cutter".

M- Medium-light bodied with decent carbonation. I'd like a little more carb to help the finish along.

O- Not a bad brew, but doesn't stand up to my gold standard of Daisy Cutter. (512 characters)

Photo of jbsteiny
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd never poured this into a glass before, and I was surprised by how nice it looks. Orangey amber, with continual very fine carbonation, thick foamy head that stayed the whole way down. Not a lot of lacing, but impressive.

Even in the glass, not a lot of aroma to this one. Vanilla, for sure. Actually it smells a lot like Tibetan butter tea, which is not a good thing. Bitter hoppy taste (and I'm surprised it's not more present in the nose! Why is that?) with a bit of the rancid butter thing going on, but it's more palatable on the tongue than in the nostril for some reason. Maybe because the hops balance it. It sure does go down smooth, though.

Note: Dale's is the only beer from outside NY state that is served at The Smoke Joint, the new awesome BBQ place in my neighborhood. Apparently it's the favorite beer of one of the owner/chefs, and, "if you can't have your favorite beer at your own restaurant, what's the point?" (938 characters)

Photo of Tbn2
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one in my favorite pint glass.

A-Pours a cloudy gold body that clears up as the beer warms. An off white head comes to the top but doesn't lace at all.

S-A good balance between hops and grains. Both smell very husky and earthy.

T-Just like it smells. Earthy and raw tasting, but good. The carbonation in combination with huskiness of the grains and hops, gives the body a bit of a rough aftertaste. The alcohol makes its presence known as well as it goes down.

Overall this is a good beer. I love the idea of putting it in a can so you can enjoy them on a weekend backpacking trip.

Cheers... (605 characters)

Photo of GallowsThief
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz can into a standard pint glass.

A – Pours out a light golden color with a half inch of off white head. Very little retention.

S – Just a bit of citrus in the nose with a grapefruit smell. Piney hops as well. Lighter smell then expected but nice.

T – Has a crisp hop taste right off followed by just a touch of bitterness. Citrusy and piney. Has a bit of a caramel flavor but not what I would call sweet. Fairly well balanced ale.

M – Crisp and clean is thee best way to describe this one. Light bodied with fair carbonation.

O – Well worth a try here. Has some great refreshing taste for a hot summer day. I can see this in a cooler at the beach or on a boat. (699 characters)

Photo of CraigP83
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Disclaimer poured from a January 2014 batch drank 1 yr later. Darker and cloudier than expected. Has an adjunct + pale ale smell, not great. Thick and honey flavored. Sticks to the back of your throat and goes bitter. (217 characters)

Photo of garcia2a
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the second beer from the blues society picnic. This beer poured hazy amber, lightly carbonated. A small cream colored head that rapidly dissipated, but laced nicely.

Aromas of sweet caramel malt, brown sugar and toffee were followed by pine needles and hops with and earthy grassiness. The taste started out with the malts, followed by the hops. The finish was of understated citrus that left very little aftertaste

This is a lighter bodied pale ale that has good mouthfeel. This is an easy drinking beer that is a good beer for those breaking the addiction of macro-brews, a hot day or just relaxing. This beer is really as smooth as flashdance Hulk's chest on a hot day. (684 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug cause it's all I had. Frothy head with a copper color. Aroma is almost stale adjunct...maybe a result of the mug. Flavor is without much bitter and slightly watered down. Malt flavor and a tinge of hops. Didn't finish clean. Medium carbonation. Session beer mouthfeel. I'll have to re-rate when I have something other than a penguin Christmas mug. (365 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA. Served in a pint glass.

A: poured a hazy light gold color. little head of white foam that stuck around for a little while.

S: not overly hoppy from the nose like other western pales and IPAs, but faint hops.

T: average at best. I was expecting more out of this one from reviews and first hand tastings.

M: almost too watery, but after drinking a DIPA I was in need of something less sticky.

D: very easy drinking beer. I could definitely drink many of these (especially with the cans). that is, if I wanted too... (556 characters)

Photo of MisterGone
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So, as Pale Ale's go, this one was pretty good. My gateway was SN, like everybody else sot that is the benchmark. This was from a 12 oz can at Draft Republic. Poured a nice amber, with a frothy white head that dissipated quickly. Really no aroma to speak of save a slight metallic tinge with some latent malt. In the PA realm, this had a nice balance of hop-malt, with the malts getting the lead. Hop profiles seemed a touch floral, but were not the dominant player. Not sure if it would be top shelf, but a solid effort. (521 characters)

Photo of ewright
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours from the can a nice orange-copper color with 1-2 fingers of head, depending on the vigor of the pour. The head dissipates to a thin layer of fine bubbles that leaves good lacing on the glass.

S: Faint hints of citrus with an undertone of evergreen. No malt notes are present.

T: Smooth taste up front, with all the hops on the back of the tongue. The malt provides a nice counterbalance, but is not noticeable in and of itself.

M: Smooth and easy drinking, not syrupy nor overly thin.

D: A decent all-around pale ale, nothing over the top. A good session ale made more accessible by the cans. (605 characters)

Photo of BeerRun13
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color. Good two finger, off white head leaves some sticky lacing.
Light malt and slight hops. I seem to get some caramel bordering on diacetyl/sweet butter.
I don't think I get the diacetyl in the flavor, but there is some sort of different sweetness in the back. Pretty tasty still and balanced with a subtle bitterness.
Lighter side of medium. Low to moderate carbonation. Kinda' dry with a slight bittering mid-finish.
Drinkable enough, but not my favorite from this style. (501 characters)

Photo of callmescraps
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

In celebration of another successful bottling operation. Ironically, I will be drinking a beer that comes in a can.

Appearance - Very nice. A great deep copper color with an inch of stark white fluffy head. Clear as day. Looks like a beer from a cartoon or something.

Smell - Not bad. Some nice citrus hops, with a hint of grass. Definite caramel malt lingering.

Taste - Definitely getting that crystal malt. It's got a nice little bitter burn on the follow. Some piney hops going on as well. Not a much citrus as I'd prefer. Got that malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Honestly, a little thin. Doesn't really linger. It's there and gone.

Drinkability - Very nice. I could have several of these and be pretty contect. That said, not lighting my world on fire.

This is a pretty good beer. It looks awesome, but didn't quite deliver. This one was canned about 2 1/2 months ago, so it's not the freshest kid around, but I don't think it should have completely deteriorated. I'll certainly give it another shot, but I'm not sure if I'm ever going to love it. I just don't think it brings the citrus goodness like I was hoping. This is a good beer, but I've loved the other Oskar's I've had, so maybe my expectations were a little unfair. (1,232 characters)

Photo of Jtschupp04
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass

looks like: apple juice

smells like: citrus

tastes like: grapefruit

feels like: quick attack, smooth long decay and fade, thin

drinks like: juice but fills the stomach quick.

i got some good advice from a good friend who loves IPA's when i said i was not fond of them. He told me Dale's Pale Ale is an awesome intro to the heavier hoppy bitter IPA's. I would have to agree it is very mild, not complex but definitely not normal. Thank you Trip Wooten. (482 characters)

Photo of lemonwood
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dale's Pale Ale
12oz can into a pint glass
A- Pours a dark, coppery, amber color with a soft yet sturdy two finger head that deflates, after about 10 min. or so, to a lumpy surface on top of the beer. Nice lace.
S- Vanilla and pineapple hit first with other fruitiness. Then lovely citrusy hops by the nose full. Finally a hint of malts comes in last.
T- Hoppity hop hops. Fruity with a pleasent citrus spice to it. Toasty, caramely malts decide to join the party then hops manages to shove 'em out of the way.
Despite the hops goin to town on my tongue, this is quite a refresing brew. probably wouldn't have another. Try it out. (636 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six-pack of Dale's Pale Ale at the neighborhood micro brew headquarters. Sold in cans, but without the pressure "pop" when opened, like a canned macro. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a rich gold/copper color and is slightly hazy. Decent one finger head, is off-white, foamy and sticky. It leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass, especially early on.

Smell is appealing. A sweet malt aroma up front, with some pine and citrus notes along side.

Taste is generally good. There is a bit of a caramel malt flavor, followed by some hoppy bitterness, and then a real dry bitter aftertaste, like dandelion leaves.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, not as clean as I would expect of the style. It's a bit syrupy and cloying.

Just above average drinkability. It's a nice enough APA, but the cloying bitter aftertaste gets tiresome from this "Voluminoiusly Hopped Mutha...". I'll probably have it again, especially if the canned packaging is an advantage, like packing a cooler, or doing a beer can barbecued chicken. (1,027 characters)

Photo of ryrust5301
3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - As usual there's a certain beauty to every Oskar Blues. Every one i've tried looks perfect in it's glass. This one was no exception! A Dark gold color with reddish highlights topped off by a mashmellow white puffy head.

Smell - Pretty loaded with cascade hops and an orange peel grapefruit scent. Past the hops there's a candied orange sugar aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel - hmmm...a lot more bland and straight forward than I expected. Unlike the nose suggests this one has a more malty personality than one would think. Very thin on the tounge and no pale hop taste to balance out the malts. Caramel and sugar win out somewhat sadly.

Drinkability - I've loved every beer that oskar blues has offered up so far, but this one doesn't carry the banner very well. Do yourself a favor and grab an Alpha King, it's the holy grail of pales. (845 characters)

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dale's Pale Ale... from a can! A pale ale in a can quite the interesting concept. 6.5% alcohol as stated on the can. Very festive American flag colored design.

A- Pours a nice firey orange color with active carbonated head that falls to a small ring around glass light froth on top. Leaves decent lacing as well. Nice for a canned beer.

S- Estery alcohol, grassy hop scents, and citrus notes are present in that order.

T-M- Has a citrusy tang with a metallic alcohol flavor as well... kinda odd. Has nice hop flavors as well but just not presented in a way that it can be enjoyed fully. Light bitterness noted. All and all a decent flavor for a pale ale. Mouthfeel is smooth with only a mild thickness that leaves the tongue feeling alittle dry.

D- Drinkable beer and also amazing coming from a can. Not the best but a good beer to have around. (848 characters)

Photo of taez555
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured an opaque dark orange/tan body with a small white head.

Fresh grain malt with some apricot fruit touches in the nose. Some mild alcohol with mild hints of citrus fruit.

Rich and malty with a medium to full body. Rich caramel base. The 6.5% alcohol gives it a nice warmth but again really gives this beer a nice backbone. hints of fruit; apricots, strong pineapple and even some pear. The malt base is immediately overshadowed by a dry metallic and leafy hop character. Not overly bitter other than to just give it some balance. It's really about the hop flavor. As it flows on into the finish the dry hop leaf flavor becomes almost annoying.

I really love the old chub, and was a little disappointed in this one, but honestly it's still really good. Big malt, the hops aren't completely to my liking as I think they don't balance perfectly, but honestly it doesn't bother me too much. Good beer. (921 characters)

Photo of drewba
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - beautiful clear golden beer here with a finger head that lasts throughout.

S - equal amounts of citrus, pine and grass.

T - The pale, light bread malts are up front and add a cracker like taste to dale's which is followed nicely by the very citrusey and floral hop profile. I am finding an unpleasant bitter lemon rind taste in the finish. It actually reminds me of the ridiculous aftertaste of Ruination (but divide by 10).

M - Carbonation is light and creamy with medium body.

D - I like Dale's, but this bitter lemon rindy thing going on is making we want to switch what I'm drinking. Bottom line: if you like a hoppier/more-bitter-than-normal pale, this is for you. (680 characters)

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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