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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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5,962 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,962
Reviews: 1,752
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 117
Gots: 668 | 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 DirtyPenny
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with 1.5 inches of frothy ecru head. Beer is a hazy amber with tiny granules visible floating within.

S: Piney hops amid a sprinkling of malt so pale you might want to poke it with a stick to see if it isn't dead. Hop
odor is a bit strong. Sort of floor polish-y.

T: Sweeter than expected. Floral hops take point, distracting you so that you don't notice the delicious bread and caramel notes sneaking up behind you to hit your tongue on the head with a shovel. But instead of violence, love blooms on the battlefield, and tongue and malt are married that day. Hop bitterness lingers at the back of the throat for a while afterwards, but this relationship will last. Gets a touch harsher as it warms.

M: Smooth as a baby's butt run through a laminating machine. Not that I have ever tasted a laminated butt.

O: Well, ain't this something? An incredibly well-balanced and supremely refreshing pale ale. What other pale ales hope to be when they grow up.

Addendum: It occurs to me now that this beer advertises itself as "voluminously hopped" and yet it wasn't extremely hoppy. I checked the bottom of the can and, sure enough, the one I got was about 8 months old. Which makes me wonder if I'd like it less if it were fresh. I'm really not a hophead, so probably. Going to have to find a fresher can and give it a whirl.

DirtyPenny, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Pale amber color with a 3-finger bubbly, frothy cream-colored head. Really nice retention and lacing. Clear with a moderate amount of bubbles.

S – Grainy and bready malt with grapefruit, orange, pine, and earthy hops. A lot more hops than I was expecting from a pale ale. I’m not complaining.

T – Wow, there’s a lot more going on here than the nose suggested. It starts off sweet with grainy, bready, and caramel malt with some citrus flavors, too. Bitterness starts to build soon after with primarily grapefruit and orange notes. As the bitterness builds, pine, earthy, and floral hop flavors become more prevalent. Definitely hop heavy.

F – Medium-bodied with decent carbonation, a sticky and mouth-coating feel, and a very bitter and dry finish. Grapefruit and pine hop bitterness lingers for a nice amount of time.

O – This is a great beer, albeit maybe not the best example of a typical pale ale. This has a lot of hops and turns into a bitter beast. Of course, I love hops so I’m not complaining, but it’s not as balanced between the malt and the hops as most pale ales are. Still, this is another awesome beer from Oskar Blues. Cheers to craft beer in a can!

BlackBelt5112203, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of oelergud
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange and red body, somewhat transparent and cloudy. Clumping, sticky off-white mostly creamy head with a few medium bubbles. Really good retention and clumps of lace.
Classic pale ale scent of straw, hops, citrus and abit of pine. Peppered butter and abit of light ryebread.
Grained hop flavor with some malt notes but not alot comes through. Aftertaste is a spiked pine hop rush that lasts well.
Fairly full bodied but does not leave much coating.
Pretty good drinkability.


oelergud, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of Adamdc
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can with bottled on date of 7-31-09 stamped on bottom.

A: Clear orange pour with 1 inch tight white foam that leaves lots of lacing. Very inviting!

S: Pretty subdued in the nose. Very slight whiff of citrus hops with some caramel maltiness.

T: This strikes a great balance between malt and hop. There's a caramelly almost honey-like malt backbone with some citrus hops riding on top. I remember this having more of a hop presence but where this is about 10 months old, some of the 'hoppiness' may have faded.

M: Very refreshing and slightly drying. Carbonation is light.

D: This is the beer's strong point---I could defintely knock down a 6 of these on a warm summer day. Very smooth and refreshing!

This has been an old standby for me over the past few years. I'm very glad that this is widely available here in Mass. OB has done it again!

Adamdc, May 24, 2010
Photo of tbeck
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark orange in color, with an off white head. Head was good, that stayed until the end and turned into a nice lacing. A hint of citrius and hops in the aroma. Flavor was well balanced with hops, a little bitter. Mouthfeel was good, not watery but not very heavy. I thought that with the flavor and not being very heavy I could drink a number of these in a sitting.

tbeck, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

BretSikkink, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of philmorepunk87
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- nice coppery/amber color that had a nice white head

S- a grassy smell that comes from the hops/ also has a slight malty smell

T- very citrus upfront and then fades to maltiness. pretty hoppy for a pale ale I would almost call this one an IPA

M- light with good carbonation

D- pretty good this beer overall reminds me of SNPA

philmorepunk87, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of DrJay
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this before, since I've had plenty over the past couple of years. Pours a hazy deep orange with a short, but persistent, cap of eggshell bubbles - mostly fine, yet a few soapy ones are scattered around. Thick, sticky lace. Big citrus in the aroma, grapefruit and oranges, sugary and juicy, slightly sharp, cotton candy. Moderate bitterness, not as assertive as some bigger pale ales. Malt plays more of a role in the flavour, giving it a grainy edge with some caramel and toasty sweetness. Hops remained citrusy, but were much more restrained than in the aroma. Lingering dry bitterness with an herbal and grassy edge. Medium bodied with creamy carbonation, nice texture. Solid overall. The aroma is a little more impressive than the flavour, but it all holds together nicely. Cantacular!

DrJay, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of gmcfarre
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into traditional pint glass

A - Pours an orange, slightly hazed amber color with a very nice light tan head that rises to about one inch. Head leaves behind a good deal of well formed lacing on the glass.

S - Clean, citrus and floral hops with a touch of pine flavor. Lightly balanced by the caramel malt. A hint of sweetness. Good balance.

T & M - Starts with mild carbonation and just a hint of caramel sweetness. Hop flavor comes on quickly with a good pine flavor accompanied by some orange citrus flavor. Medium body filled out by a breaded grain flavor. Drying at the finish with some bitterness, but not over the top. Well balanced with fine flavor.

D - A nicely hopped pale ale from Oskar Blues that is quite drinkable and satisfying. Certainly worth trying, especially if like your pale ales extra hoppy.

gmcfarre, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of jrjohnso
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 pack of cans suitcase purchased at Magnolia's Wines and Liquors in Chatham, NJ.

what a great beer. hugely enjoyable.

pours an amber color with two finger head. aroma tells you there is good stuff in there

Dale's is a meaty APA that pairs well with anything, even just another Dale's.

more balanced than some other very hoppy IPA's, this beer is worth your trouble seeking out

jrjohnso, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of peacebone116
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks MrTopher for trading me some BiB at your bachelor party for this delicious ale!

Poured from 12-oz can into a tulip glass.

A: Dark orange copper--thick white head with great lace. Beer has a slight haze to it.

N: Weak lemon, bread, & pine.

T/M: Lemon and pine and earthy tones are backed by a strong grain character. Oily, almost chewy texture. Medium mouth-feel and well carbonated.

Good beer, but Dale's Pale has too heavy of a mouth-feel for it to be a Pale, while it is a bit too malt forward for me to consider it an IPA. Style classification issues aside, I really do like this beer because of its well-balanced character and its earthy flavors. I also love the fact that it is in a can because this is a great "camping beer"....can that be the name of its style?

peacebone116, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of Russ_Guill
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz can.

Pours a with clear copper color. Small amount of head.

Wonderful light aroma.

A solid pale ale with a malty/biscuity mouthfeel. Bitter finish, but nothing overwhelming; resiny and piney.

This is an easy-drinking beer, but with no outlandish tricks like crazy amounts of hops or alcohol.

Russ_Guill, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of Nipitato
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a can at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Dull copper hue. Topped with a thin white topping. Sticky lacing. Poor clarity - hazy.

S: The aroma of this beer comes pouring out. A nice cakey/biscuity malt bases underscores. Good fruity hop aroma that smells of ripe peaches and strawberries. Grapefruit is not present.

T: Again, a good biscuit malt flavor underscores and provides a good balance to a juicy hop flavor. Grapefruit and some slight pine resin are the hop characteristics. Some sugary sweetness. Has a lingering bitter aftertaste but the finish is not dry. No metallic taste from the can (something I was irrationally freaked out about).

MF: This is a very thick mouthfeel for a pale ale.

D, notes: This is a big ass pale ale - bordering into IPA territory in my opinion. Almost too thick to be highly drinkable. That being said it is well balanced and well made.

Nipitato, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of ybnorml
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark orange/copper colored beer with a slight haze. Has a big foamy light beige head with plenty of good lace. A bittersweet grapefruit character dominates to aroma with a hint of malty sweetness in the background. There is a quick hint of malt sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Followed by a blast of grapefruit hop bitterness. There is another quick hint of malt before the dry hop finish. Very refreshing.

ybnorml, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of nrbw23
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Looks like your basic pale ale. Hazy burnt golden in color with a white head that goes away quickly leaving a a nice layer on top of the brew with some sticky spotty lacing.

S- Little more on the hoppy side than other pale ales. Some citrus and pine hops, also grapefruit, caramel malts and a little bready.

T- Pretty sweet overall. Malty bready with a solid hop bitterness. Probably a little more bitter than ususal.

M- A bit creamy and medium in body.

D- Pretty good and I think I could put a few of these away and its kinda cool since its in a can.

nrbw23, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of woemad
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly dinged up 12oz can purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.39.

Poured a copper color with a big, creamy white head that hung around for a while and left lots of lace on the sides of my glass.

When first poured, the nose was dominated by a bready maltiness. Once it began to warm up, a piney hoppiness became prominent as well.

The taste is much like the nose. A bready maltiness is partnered up with a tasty but not overdone pine/resin hop flavor. A very slight dryness is noted at the swallow. The hops are not as prominent as in many west coast pale ales I've had, but they are still an equal partner to the malts.

The mouthfeel was fairly typical for the style. No surprises here.

A very tasty pale ale that is extremely drinkable. The abv's a little high to make it a session beer, but it's definitely hitting the spot and will be purchased again.

woemad, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of qthompso
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a Spiegelau tulip. Pours a very nice light caramel with good clarity and a finger of off white head. Decent lacing.

A nice bready, caramel and almost a hint of coffee. A faint green, grassy hop finish. The beer smells pretty fresh.

The taste follows the nose. Nice thick biscuit flavors up front. A punchy lemony hop kick midway through and a finish that sticks around and tingles your tongue like a hoppy pale ale should (at least in my book) with a lingering finish of slightly burnt caramel.

Drinkablility is very good. A nice round drink with a light to medium body drink. The carbonation is sufficient, as it, with the hop flavors add a nice kick.

Overall a very solid pale ale. Strong enough hops to keep a hophead like me content but not overly so where you're questioning whether or not it should be classified an IPA.

qthompso, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of AltBock
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. blue can that has a red and white racing stripe going around the can. In the front is the name of the beer in white letters in front of the Colorado Rockies. No date anywhere on the can.

When poured into a Victory pint glass, this canned beer is a golden blood orange hue with a small head of foam that was about 1/2 an inch in height and was a light beige color. It had great retention that left behind a small beige film and plenty of beige streaks of lace around the glass. What a great appearance! The aroma is nice and malty with toasted caramel malts, a splash of fruit, and then it ends with some lightly dry and bitter floral hops. The taste was light, but light in flavor. The taste was flavorful with toasted caramel malts, a pinch of grapefruit, and tons of bitter dried citrus hops. The mouthfeel was light to medium bodied with a great dry aftertaste of toasted malts, a hint of caramel, a splash of grapefruit, and some dry roasted citrus hops. What a nice little Pale Ale! It was light, but flavorful at the same time. This one clearly has session written all over it.

AltBock, May 14, 2008
Photo of odonnekg
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As far as flavor and smell is concerned, this pale ale is top notch. Deceptively impressive after bypassing it's loud and old school label. This beer is of high quality, and is intended for slow paced day drinking when ice cold. Another fine export from the great state of Colorado and worth a try whenever stumbled upon in random bars. Harder to find then you'd think so grab it while you can. This is an all time favorite for those looking for great aroma and taste from classic pale ale.

odonnekg, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can into Sam Adams lager glass. 7-7-09, thanks to Jeff (mnjeff) for the extra!

Pours a hazy dark copper, with a nice, dense off-white head that settles into a thick, very long-lasting cap. Great lacing.

Nose is a nice combination of caramel and pungent grapefruit rind. This is more of an IPA-light nose to me than an APA, just in the overall pungency and sweetness.

Taste begins with a nice combination of caramel lightly astringent, piney hops with a definite pungent grapefruit slant to them. Hops bite at the back of the throat a bit before settling into a long, moderately bitter finish that still screams of caramel malt. A very nice beer, but closer to what I'm used to out of IPA's than APA's.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, medium-full bodied with a light but prickley carbonation.

Nicely drinkable, well balanced, flavorful, though a bit brash for an APA in my eyes. I would certainly take one without hesitating, but it's just "bigger" than most APA's I've had, and that can be good and bad.

JohnQVegas, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of mhtrac12
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: tap in a pint glass

A: Copper color. Nice head, settles to a steady blanket with lacing lasting the whole session

S: sweet and malty accented by some floral hops on the back end

T: Bready with alot of malt favors balanced by some floral notes from hops on the back. Tastes more like a hybrid IPA/pale ale. 

M: Medium body. Pretty solid feel for this beer. Very well balanced

O: really nice beer to session. Te malt and hops aren't overwhelming and they actually complement eachother really nicely. Well balanced pale ale with some nice hoppy complements on the back. 

mhtrac12, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of BucannonXC5
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz. can into a pint glass at my house on Nov. 30, 2012 (purchased for $1.99 at Bine and Vine in Kensington (San Diego, Calif.) on Nov. 29, 2012. Caramel amber with two fingers of frothy white head. Great retention on the sides with wet, foamy and almost a perfect ring. Lighter on the top, but pretty good.

Smelled a pleasant mix of lots of different hops up front, seemingly citrus, floral and rye. Also iced tea. Touch of bitterness.

Tasted pretty close to the smell, but not as hoppy. A lot more malty than hoppy, too. More rye and cascade hops than anything else.

Medium-to-light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Normal bitter finish.

I’ve been longing to try this beer for awhile and it didn’t disappoint. In fact, it was better than I thought it was going to be.

BucannonXC5, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of danieelol
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden. Great head/lacing.

Smell is melon, papaya, green jungle. Very fresh and aromatic. Malty goodness.

Taste gives more melony hops. Very strongly bittered. Good stuff..

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and bitter.

This stuff is way too easy to drink, even though it could have been served a smidgeon colder (my mistake). Very good.

danieelol, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of Omnium
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can > Mason Jar

A - Pours a rich gold color, big 2 finger fluffy head, good lacing.
S - Light pine, floral, some bready malt, and citrus zest.
T - Some fruit sweetness up front, nice fresh bread in the middle that ends with a big piney bitterness.
M - A little too potent and bitter for your average APA, borderline IPA.
O - A good solid classic APA that you cant go wrong with.

Omnium, May 24, 2013
Photo of seanbhudson
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-amber color with a large white head dissipates at relatively slowly. Large amount of sticky lacing.
Full aroma of malt, caramel and citrusy hops.
A lot more hops than your typical pale ale. Nice caramel malt backbone. I taste citrus and pine. Finishes with long mild grapefruit like hoppy bitterness.
Medium body. Soft fizzy carbonation.
Flavorful and well balanced pale ale. I could drink a few of these in a night. Probably the best beer I have had in a can.
NOTES: BBCSD-0902-ScottR

seanbhudson, Mar 05, 2009
Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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