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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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very good

6,037 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,037
Reviews: 1,761
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 120
Gots: 695 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2002)
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Photo of BrewerB
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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 RonfromJersey
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first experience with United States brewed craft beer from a can. Feels retro somehow, those 1000s of Bud cans in my past coming to mind? Takes a little getting use to, but overall, a cool new experience.

First off, there is a frightening lack of sound when opening the can. I feared that it was completely flat. Fortunately, nothing could be farther from the truth.

A light amber body, crystal clear, with an opening burst of swirling carbonation bubbles, topped by a fairly level two inch slab of bone-china-white froth. Good lacing.

A very subdued nose, with just a nice but quiet dollop of citrus hops. Pleasant enough, though.

Taste kicks off with a big, solid platform of sweet maltiness, laying down a foundation of caramelly goodness. Then the hops roll in like they are shooting the rapids in the Colorado River, splashing everything in reach with waves of balancing bitterness, finally merging with the sweetness in a delightful balancing act as they roll over the falls and down the throat together.

Very good medium mouthfeel, works for all conditions. Very easy drinkability, and a high desire for another.

The cans give it a niche market, and I'll be back for more of this for those "no glass" occasions, like poolside on summer vacation. However, this would be a very nice pale ale if it was only available in those boring brown bottles. Cans do.

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

When at home, this is probably my most consumed beer. It can constantly and easily be found, its usually priced right, and it has the hop punch to satisfy a hop fix when you just don't feel like sacrificing your sobriety or wallet on a DIPA.

Color is a very attractive reddish light golden copper, head bright, white and abundant. Aroma lets you know what its about--hops (floral variety) with a sweet malt background pull in tongue simultaneous in both directions. There's a considerable amount of complexity here. Theres something here making me think of butterscotch too. Just a first class beer all around.

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

Bought at Whole Foods-Pasadena(Arroyo Parkway)

Poured a dark golden color into a pint glass. Nice, hoppy smell with a bubbly head. A hoppy taste but not overwhelming. Good back end and very drinkable. I was expecting a mellow taste since it was a pale ale but this beer has a nice bite to it. I had this on tap at Library Alehouse in Santa Monica and it was good! A good summer beer which I could drink a few more of if it wasn't so late here. Another good beer from Oskar Blues.

Photo of McStagger
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Standard pint glass.

A: Aggressive pour leads to two fingers off off-white head. (Slightly browner than off white). Excellent copper kettle color with moderate looking carbonation. Excellent head retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Good bit of caramel/vanilla sweet maltiness in the nose. Perhaps a bit of cinnamon. Bit of woody pine, touch herbal. Malts run the show.

T: Pretty immediately bitter. More subdued malt presence. Begins slightly bready/doughy. Quickly cut by the hops. Pretty hoppy, but not the citric slam of west coast IPA's. Again, more pine like or bark like, with herbaceous characteristics and a bit of medicinal astringency. Touch of grapefruit rind peaks through at the very end. Dry finish.

M: Medium bodied. Lack of bruising malts and heroic alcohol level keeps things from being too "full". Lot of flavor given the consistency. Perhaps a touch under carbonated.

O: Greater than the sum of its parts, it is easy to see why this beer has an extremely loyal fanbase. Reminds me of Torpedo, but a little tamer.

Photo of bbudnik
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Aidan_Stewart
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a can to a pint glass

Pours hazy light orange with one finger of a white head. This is a hop forward pale ale but still remains balanced. Other hop profile dominates the palate of the beer with onion and earthy like hop flavors. There is a touch of pine and no citrus flavors to speak of. The beer has a malt backbone of breaddy malts and a caramel crispness. The beer has a big feel to it, a surprisingly thick and chewy feel for a pale. High carbonation as well from the can. Overall, its a solid pale ale, not quite a sierra Nevada but a solid choice.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours a light orange with a white fizzy head. The smell was really nice with some sweet notes in the beginning and then a lot of pine from the hops coming through in the end. The taste was similar to the scent with sweet malt in the beginning and a crisp finish. A very well balanced beer.

Photo of Algar11
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of hhollins11
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Tbird1153
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of rickvitale
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of lordofstarside
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a bit into a glass for look and smell, rest is out of the can

Pours a clear dark golden orange with a finger if of foam and moderate carbonation stemming from the center of the glass. Retention is pretty good, so is the lacing. Really good looking

Smells of floral citrus, mostly oranges and mandarin with a little bit of pine. Malt is very bready with caramel notes, finishes with just a little bit of alcohol

Taste is pretty close with the smell, very floral with similar hop notes. Orange citrus with moderate pine notes are held together with a strong caramel malt, finishes with a tiny bit of booze. Much heavier than in the smell

Feel is pretty heavy actually for a pale ale, alcohol is hidden pretty well and finishes dry.

Overall a really solid apa. I get the cult following, definitely going to take this one hiking

Photo of Brenden
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a strong, clear copper amber. A light coppery head is strong, rocky and dense, leaving some thick patches of lacing partway down the glass.
There's a strong presence of both hops and malt in the aroma. Lurking just a bit is sort of a soapy aroma I've detected before, but it's subtle enough not to detract much from the otherwise clean aroma. There's a little bit of citrus underneath and a somewhat stronger grains presence underneath the more dominant hops and malts. There's a nice balance on the nose.
Hops and malt balance is even more pronounced in the flavor. A light earthy touch adds a little bit, though the grains flavor is stifled a little. There's a very gentle peppery tingle in a fairly dry finish.
The body is moderate and this one's got a very nice creamy mouthfeel with just enough carbonation to add a crisp bite.
This is the sort of thing I've come to expect from Oskar Blues. It's a strong offering and worthy of its popularity. This one's a very sturdy APA with just enough complexity and depth to put it above the typical and a fantastic balance.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap. Bought a super fresh keg of this for a super bowl party. Poured from my picnic tap set up.

Pours a very nice golden color. Little bit of haze. Nice head. Nice lacing.

Aroma is where it is lacking. Needs a little more aroma hops but has a decent hop aroma. Decent malt aroma as well.

Taste is of mostly citric hops but a bit of noble spice hops. Very nice hop profile. The malt complements it well with kind of a biscuity maltiness.

Mouthfeel is good. Great carb.

Overall a very easy drinking beer and it is very solid if you can get it fresh. I've had it when I bought it from somewhere that doesn't rotate their stock enough and it's not very good but fresh this beer is great. It's pretty cool to be able to review this beer on tap from my own set up at my buddies house.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jgasparine for this brew! 12 ounce can, canned on 3/17/2010. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention is pretty good, and there is lots of lacing left on the glass after drinking this brew. Aroma is pine and citrusy (grapefruit) hops. Taste is mostly pine and citrusy hops, along with some sweet and bready malt. There's also a little bit of a lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy and has good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and goes down easy. Too bad this isn't available in Ohio, because I'd buy it whenever I was in the mood for an APA if it was. I've heard good things about this brew for years now, and I wasn't disappointed in it at all!

Photo of Hoppington
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent APA in a can. Nice copper color and hop aroma, though not as floral and citrusy as the more extreme hoppy beers. A solid offering by all accounts though, with a nice balance of hoppy citrus and pine. Bonus points for using updated can technology to enhance freshness and portability. I have purchased a case and a half of this stuff because it flies off the shelves at my local store. Noticed some consistency variations between canned batches, but very minor, and this is to be expected with craft brews I suppose. One 12 pack was a bit smokier than the other, but nothing damning. Though Dale's is good in the can, I have to say it is much better on tap to my taste buds. I want to try the Gordon IPA next.

Photo of thickerfreakness
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this many times before, but just now getting around to reviewing it. Poured from a can into a pint glass
A- looks pretty standard for a pale ale. Dark amber color with a white-ish head that fades fast and leaves a little lacing.

S- Nice and hoppy for a pale ale with some pine and citrus. Also a little bit of crystal malts and some buttery diacetyl.

T- Pretty nice for a pale ale. Hoppier and close to an IPS than usual. Really great taste.

M - About average for mouthfeel. Nothing extraordinary.

D - I could easily put back a few cans of this one. A good higher alcohol session beer.

Photo of kmo1030
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nick at bauer told me heard that this beer is supposed to change my perceptions about beer in a can... we shall see nick, we shall see... :P

very nice looking beer, coppery amber with a thick tan head that lasts and lasts, lacing well all the way down the glass.
grapefruity and slightly herbal hops greet the nose with a lime aroma and a bit of caramel. it can be a little harsh once in a while.
the taste filled with sweet tangy slightly resinous grapefruit. there is also the lime flavor found in the aroma. some light pine can be found too. the caramel takes a back seat to all of this, but it can be found towards the middle and finish, along with a leafy hop bitterness.
the body is medium and coating with light carbonation.
drinkability is good, an excellent beer to sit and have a few of.

overall i'm damn impressed with this beer. i would never have guessed it was from a can. consider my perceptions changed.

Photo of Wisconsinality
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can served into a standard pint glass

A- This one pours a nice golden orange that has about a two finger head that recedes somewhat quick and leaves a little bit of lacing.
S- The hops are nice and present. A bit citrusy with maybe a hint of orange. Everything that you would expect from a good APA.
T- This one is hopped pretty well, leading to the nice citrus taste. There seems to be a faint taste of orange. This one is balanced pretty well with the bitterness not overwhelming.
M- The carbonation is good on this beer. I would have to say that it is light to medium bodied but a little too thin.
D- This is a very good beer made more portable by being in a can. I can now say that have gotten over the stigma of a craft beer being in a can. Thank you Oskar Blues.

Photo of ryanmac06
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours light copper with minimal head and good lace.

S - The smell is sharp and citric. The smell of the hops slightly over powers and leaves the nose a bit unbalanced. That's the only reason this category didn't get 4.5

T - The beer starts off light with strong carbonation that slightly "dumbs down" the malt. As the brew moves to the rear palette, sharp/tangy hops dominate the rest of the drink. If the beer had a bit more balance, I could easily give this a 4.5.

M - Light and very carbonated. It has a thin mouth feel that aids in drinkability.

D - I can have 3 or 4 of these without getting burned out. The carbonation and bitterness really works to make it a possible session beer.

This is one of my favorite go-to beers. It is a very good representation of the APA category.

Photo of Ephraim
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is my go to beer. Great caramel color with a nice sized head. The smell is just what an IPA should smell like. Unlike Southern Tier the mouthfeel is very smooth. Its also now available in Target which makes going there a little bit better. Pack it in and pack it out.

Photo of currysage1
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a shade of burnt orange topped with a half fingers worth of off white head, quickly dissipates to just a skim and a ring on top.

Smell is of bitter citrus, candied orange peel, nice light dry grain, and a general hop profile.

Taste is of a bitter Compari, toasted grain, nice bitter twang to it that mellows out very nicely into the finish with pine resin hops.

Mouthfeel is wonderful, very creamy and satisfying.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Citric hops with resinous pine notes, rich malt. Smells great.

Deep golden hue, good clarity, great lasting head. Looks like it came from a tap.

Full bodied malt kicks off the flavor with rich roast. Tart hops balance nicely: lots of citrus and them some pine and some flower. Hop bitterness grows slighting, lasting through the finish. I taste something that hints at vanilla, and the there's a little alcohol as it warms. Finishes with some hop bitterness.

One of the best Pale Ales I've had (by which, I suppose, I mean one of the beefiest). Very hoppy, very malty - all in good balance, no off flavors - very tasty.

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
88 out of 100 based on 6,037 ratings.