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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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6,305 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,305
Reviews: 1,818
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 130
Gots: 911 | 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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Ratings: 6,305 | Reviews: 1,818
Photo of Halcyondays
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can,

A: Pours amber with a medium white head, good retention leaving a thin cap of foam, spotty but extensive lacing.

S: Sweet citrus juice, wildflower honey and treacle malt.

T: Light caramel maltiness, definitely has a sweeter sugary feel than in a lot of pales. Hops are full of citrus and pineapple, full-flavoured and very tasty.

M: Kind of light in body, I don't know if it's the can, but needs more heft, overall resiny and creamy.

D: Very good beer, bordering on IPA territory. Finally they came to CA, and their flagship product was certainly worth the wait.

Photo of bswersey
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of raznug
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dales pours a deep orange color and is topped with ¾”of white head that lingers nicely and is followed by so nice Belgian lacing.
Smell: Pine scents and hop resin are the aromas that dominate the nose in this beer.
Taste: Grass and pine hops dominate the taste and are pretty well balanced with the malt to make a delicious beer.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and easy drinking is the best way to describe this pale ale from Oskar Blues.

Photo of busterwhite
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber with a 2 finger head and plenty of lacing.

Smells of citrus, pine and malt.

Nice hop bitterness upfront with citrus and pine balanced well by a little malt sweetness. Semi-dry finish with a grapefruit rind aftertaste that lingers.

Well carbonated, medium mouthfeel.

Overall this a great beer. Great taste and easy to drink.

Photo of bsp77
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from can into wine glass.

Appearance: Bright orange with large initial head that mostly settles back.

Smell: Sweet and bitter aroma of citrus (orange, grapefruit) and caramely, toasted malts.

Taste: Semi-sweet grainy, toasted malts with lots of oily grapefruit and orange hops. Finish is more bitter than the typical Pale Ale, with some pine and spiciness.

Feel: Medium body that is quite oily, with moderate carbonation. Finish is pretty dry.

Overall: Comes across as a more oily and bitter Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Many claim this is more like an IPA, but despite the bitterness, the more grainy and sweet malts keep this in Pale Ale territory.

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

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Appears darker than your average pale ale, clear amber with a white head and good lacing.

The aroma has a light toffee and sweet bread background with big, sharp grapefruit. The hops take over with a crisp, near ripping bitterness and citrus rind for a very full hops flavor that's more on-par with an IPA (this beer does have 65 IBU's afterall). The aftertaste is long lasting with the juicy, bitter citrus flavors. This isn't a beer you'd soon forget. A must-try for hops lovers.

Photo of jmhart
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

From can to glass.

A: Bronze/gold-brown in color. Egg shell colored head that was about a finger thick, and thick at that. Head had the texture and consistency a lot like that of a good pilsner.

S: A balance of earthy and grapefruit hops. Strong on the hops, but not overpowering. Only the subtlest hint of malt.

T: Pleasantly surprised on the taste, but I think that's from my preconceived notion of it coming from a can. Reminds me of some of my first pale ales. Very classic in taste holding true to the hoppy nature. Very balanced between hob and malt. It definitely had a little of that oxidized/metallic canned beer flavor....not necessarily a bad thing, just noting its presence.

M: Medium to full bodied. Thick and creamy. Rolls across the tounge. Not much carbonation and no acidity.

D: A very drinkable pale ale. Smooth to put down, with pleasant but not overpowering hops.

Overall, I'll drink this again as an impulse buy, but I wouldn't seek it out.

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

This was a tasty pale ale. Poured a hazy amber when cold but warmed up and chill haze turned to clear. A nicely formed frothy head that left good lace. The smell is a crisp citrus hoppiness. There is also a sweetness of caramel malt that is detectable after some of the hop aromas settle down later in the drink. The taste starts with a citrus kick and finishes with a somewhat abrasive bitterness that lingers. The carbonation is on the higher and more coarse level, probably teaming up with the bitterness to leave that aftertaste. It's not too bad though, and this pale ale contains quite a bit of flavor and doesn't skimp on the hops.

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

12oz can in Sam Adam's glass

A: Orange, copper color with a small head that disappears quickly leaving a bit of lace.
S: Citrus hops along with some malt sweetness, a little honey as well.
T: American (citrus) hops and some caramel malts for sweetness that don't come close to overwhelming the hops.
M: Not quite crisp, there is a bit of residual sugars here that make the mouthfeel a little on the "rich" side, not inappropriate for the style, but not quite standard. The hops leave a bit of oiliness on the tongue.
D: Goes down way too easy given the alcohol level, I could drink this by the truckload. I like the over the top hops combined with what seems to be an over the top caramel malt addition. An excellent APA, highly recommended. I wish I could get this in KY.

Photo of Janderson91
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned on 11/20/10. Consumed on 03/02/11. First craft beer from a can! Had Ten FIDY on tap and it was fantastic. Really looking forward to this one. May be a little old but not quite out of date yet.

A - Cloudy light orange/amber color with a small head. Leaves very little lacing. Strange to see a beer so dark coming from a can. I love it. Just an average looking APA once it's in the glass though.

S - Some light, biscuity malts and some citrus, grapefruit hops. Smell is still pretty pungent even after 3 and a half months in the can. Would probably be much better fresh.

T - More balanced than I would have expected from a beer from out west. Nice toasted malts are balanced by a citrusy bitterness. Finish is excellent and leaves a great last bitterness on the tongue.

M/D - More full-bodied than I expected and it is welcome. Drinkability is a little lower because of this but still high because it tastes excellent.

A very good one from OB. My Alabama friends are baffled that such tastes came from a can! Keep it up Oskar Blues.

Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured very light copper in color with a head that quickly disappeared into lacing patterns. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of citrusy hops and pale malts in the nose.
T: There is a good balance between the slight bitterness from the hops and some sweetness from the malts in the overall flavor.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and can be considered as being sessionable. It's surprisingly hoppy for a pale ale and is rather flavorful.

Photo of grs8313
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: 12oz can with no canning date, pours an amber color. Minimal bubbles and little head that goes away quickly. Did not leave any lacing on the glass.

Smell: Mostly hops, with hints of citrus and yeast. A slightly astringent smell was also picked up.

Taste: Slight bitter notes, but the taste of hops is the most prominent. After taste is mostly hops, with slight hints of citrus. This is a great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Feels slightly carbonated and thicker than water on the tongue. Leaves the mouth feeling dry.

Drinkability: This is a great beer. It is extremely drinkable, and could become my new every day beer.

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!!!

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