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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale

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very good

4,622 Ratings

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Ratings: 4622
Reviews: 1692
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%

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 ElijahRivera

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed based on tasting notes from a blind pale ale tasting.

12 oz. bottle inside a paper bag poured into a plastic tasting cup.

A- clear dark amber

S- Similar to taste.

T- Malty, earthy, sweet, toasted grains, and subtle grapefruit.

M- No notes on mouthfeel.

O- A great APA with a good dose of bitterness. One of my favorite, go-to pale ales, and the blind score reflects and solidifies that for me. Out of a total of 14 pale ales in the blind tasting, this brew tied for 1st with 4 others on my list, and ended up at 2nd on the collaborative list.

Serving type: can

01-31-2014 01:44:26 | More by ElijahRivera
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New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I will preface this by saying DPA is one of my go-to's for a tasty, crisp, lighter beer.

Poured into a pint glass from a can.

A - Pours into the glass with a with clear, dark amber-colored hue/haze, and had about 2 fingers worth of head.

S - It has a wonderful light & hoppy aroma without any real bitterness to speak of.

T - A true typical pale ale with a mellow mouthfeel. It has a slight bitter finish, but on the mild end of spectrum compared to some of the super IPAs out there today.

M - Nothing too detailed to note here; feels like a lighter, carbonated, hopped brew.

O - Like I said, this is a standard go-to for me; doe the the taste and the Colorado connection. I think it's a nice, crisp IPA but with no outlandish tricks like crazy amounts of hops or alcohol.

Perfect for around the campfire.

Serving type: can

01-26-2014 16:36:43 | More by Cfeezy
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3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It poured a clear golden orange with a good amount of bubbles and a head which dissipated fairly quickly.

Nose was malty, apricot, and herbaceous (perhaps a bit of rosemary).

Mouthfeel was light, slightly creamy, with a full taste that filled the whole mouth for a few seconds, cycling through the same flavors as the nose and ending with a long, bitter finish.

I wish it did not go flat in the glass as quickly as it did since it has a complex enough taste to linger over.

Ultimately I liked this beer and would consider getting it again when looking for a pale ale.

Serving type: can

01-21-2014 01:04:24 | More by CDAtkinson
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3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Turbinator from can.

A: Effervescent middle red-golden color. Thin disk lasts all the way down from a one finger nice pour. Slight haze, slight lacing.

S: Lemongrass, pine, standard west coast odors. light malt peeks in and says "hi". yeast is for fermentation only, apparently.

T: Yes. that's one good canned PA. follows nose, with bittering on side of tongue an pine, lemon, slight grapefruit.

M: creamy and light yields to a gentle assault of bitterness on the edges. Almost has a spiciness like a rye, but more indistinct. The spiciness is the grapefruit, not rye. It flip-flops on the feel between spicy/carb/malted milk balls.

O: This is a staple go-to when cans are the required de-rigour. With all the other cans available now, this is the one I know I will find , along side Yeungling cans if this is out, when all there is available is substandard canned swill otherwise.

Serving type: can

01-20-2014 00:19:33 | More by Scrapss
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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: can

01-19-2014 22:09:03 | More by Russ_Guill
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United Kingdom (England)

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 355ml can with a BB of March 2014. Acquired a little while back from Trembling Madness in York. The label calls it 'a mutha of a pale ale' - I expect great things.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A rich golden-amber hue with visible floating sediment and light carbonation. Yields a decent head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of intense, spicy hops with a powerful resinous character. Hints of pine, weed, caramel malt, earthy yeast, stewed leaves and a touch of harsh cardboard in the background. Packs a punch.

Tastes of overwhelming aromatic hops with a formidable bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, dank weed, stewed hops, mild grass/hay, caramel malt and earthy yeast. Faintly sweet, but possessed of a strident, spicy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and piquant, with a nice, creamy body. Hops oils stimulate the tastebuds, though the carbonation could be amped up a little. Highly astringent, followed by an aftertaste of bitter hops and pine resin.

Good stuff - even if it is rather potent by pale ale standards. SNPA this is not. Looks OK, though a more persistent head would be nice. The aroma and flavour beat your senses into submission with a huge pine overdose, while the malt takes a backseat. Decent body, but enhanced carbonation would improve the texture. A beer that won't be ignored; definitely one for the hop-heads. Worth sampling if you chance across it.

Serving type: can

01-18-2014 23:48:25 | More by jazzyjeff13
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4.61/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I got hooked on Dale's Pale Ale by a neighbor who let me try some at a party. I've always been a hop head and Dale's fits the bill perfectly. The bitterness / hoppiness isn't overwhelming but yet there's still a good bite and lightness to it. I also love the fact that it comes in cans. It brings back fond memories as a kid when I would sneak sips of my parents' canned beer.

Serving type: can

01-18-2014 18:52:57 | More by iheartmyTHO
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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my English pint glass.

A- A cloudy yellow with a very light white head.

S- This beer smells amazing. It is sweet, citrus, and hoppy.

T- A lot like it smells very sweet, citrus, and a couple other hop notes.

M- Very creamy and a lot of carbonation

O- A damn good pale ale. It's very different for a pale ale but it's great.

Serving type: can

01-18-2014 03:36:06 | More by sully11277
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North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz from six back cans poured into a standard pint glass

A - Pours a golden orange with a fluffy one and a half finger head that retains nicely.

S - Pine, biscuits, mild orange zest

T - Mild citrus, dirt and grass. Herbal hops. There is touch of fruit (mango?) on the finish once it warms.

M - Carbonation is solid. Mouthfeel is light, but has some creaminess to it.

O - A solid Pale Ale. Goes down fast.

Serving type: can

01-11-2014 23:38:45 | More by Apellonious
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4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Copper color, high carbonation, about a two finger head. The beer is clear.

S: The smell is more sweet than an IPA. There are notes of pineapple and a nutty caramel smell that comes under it. Very nice smell.

T: Grapefruit, roasted nuts, pineapple, some hints of caramel. Leaves a bitter after taste but not an unpleasant one.

M: Light bodied beer with a dry and bitter finish.

O: This is a great beer to have which has a very well balanced out taste characters. Very good to have with a couple of buddies or when you're looking to relax.

Serving type: can

01-04-2014 05:10:28 | More by Weston19
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3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am drinking this beer and watching the film Fargo. This beer reminds me of William H. Macy, it is warm, sweet, familiar. It has a large hop presence like that of Macy's ears. It is slightly bitter like a first reaction to Steve Buscemi's visage.

I like it but wouldn't buy it again.

Serving type: can

01-03-2014 00:55:16 | More by DerekQXQX
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4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #36 of the ones I've reviewed here.

I've recently been going through a "microbrew in cans" phase, and apparently Dan's Pale Ale is the grandfather of 'em all, the one that started the trend. It's a pretty good example of the style. Pours a bronzey brown that throws a fluffy, swiftly disappearing head. Typical American Pale Ale nose of biscuits and grapefruit peel, with maybe a hint of spice lurking somewhere in the background there, like the grapefruit peel had been pureed and mulled somewhere along the way. Very creamy, almost "chewy" mouthfeel, again I think typical of this sort of style. Hits you hard up front with an aggressive shot of grapefruit peel and spice (maybe a little grapefruit juice, actually), with a bitter lasting finish at the end.

Quite nice. This is a style that it's easy to get mediocre with, there's a lot of "okay" American Pale Ales out there. While I wouldn't call this a timeless classic or anything, this is certainly better than "okay".

Serving type: can

12-29-2013 23:39:19 | More by dougbassett
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North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I get this in the can often (From the Brevard NC brewery, not Colorado, different water) so this review surmises the beer across multiple tastings. As with many APAs it is best when fresher. Recently I have been getting it as fresh as one week and as old as 1.5 months. This is a great daily session drinker. 8.99 sixer here. Pours excellent head, 1-1.5inchs. Nose is mango when fresh more hops and malt when old; taste is similar. full on fresh grapefruit and bitter hops when a nice sweet fresh hop middle and then some dryness at the end. Compared to Zombie Dust, Pliny the Elder and Heady Topper it is not on that level; but that is a hard level to achieve and I rate this beer consistantly just below them. I highly recommend especially when fresh. Check the date on the bottom of the can.

Serving type: can

12-29-2013 19:13:46 | More by coriswrasse
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North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a shaker pint. Date on the can says canned on 9/26/13

A: Clear orange body with a soapy off-white head. Great retention as well as lacing

S: Hard to get a nose on this as its a bit weak. I pick up hops and citrus scents.

T: Tangerine and other citrus hops. Some resin on the back end. Some caramel malts to balance it out.

M: Goes down easy, but has a nice full body. Carbonation makes this refreshing yet doesn't burn the palette. Some lingering bitterness as well as some nice film on the teeth.

O: This is an awesome APA If this was sold in case form I could see myself drinking this full time. Super session able and refreshing. I cant wait to try this fresh. I really cant think of a pale ale that I have enjoyed more.

Serving type: can

12-19-2013 02:41:30 | More by watermelon
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4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from the 16 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:
(sunday evening surprise courtesy of local "sprouts" market which carries a nice selection of craft brews:


nice show on the pour. SOLID, at laset 2 finger head, thick and creamy. GOOD lacing. dark amber, not the bright yellow of a standard Macro that the 18 oz bottle recalls (at least for me)
LOW clarity - a bit clouded up

S: hoppy but not the standard citrus/ piney hop of most IPA's that I frequent. this is something else again:

T: follows the nose: heavy maltiness with a definite hop bite. this is GOOD

M: not thick or creamy like the head - this pours well and sits well on the palate

D: go for it! good stuff, nice flavor, rewarding buzz, all good here!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 04:19:58 | More by burnerfinger
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3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured out of can into regular beer glass. Beer was canned on 10/15/13. Pours amber with a huge 3 finger, thick white head. Lots of bubbles. Lots of sticky lacing as well.

Aroma: Strong hoppiness, especially for a pale and some bready malts in the back of the nose. Grapefruit rind, citrus, coin, bread, piney.

Taste: Crisp pale ale. Quite hoppy but not overly hoppy for the style. Grapefruit gives way to a bitter bite and slight malt presence. Mint, and floral notes also present. Bitterness lingers a bit.

Moutfeel: Medium to light bodied. Lends itself well for the style and bringing the flavors through the mouth.

Solid pale ale. You can't go wrong with this beer. Great to bring tailgating or to outdoor events etc. Drinks well out of the can as well.

Serving type: can

12-08-2013 03:36:20 | More by bennett_loves_good_beer
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1.68/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

Tried a six-pack on my son's recommendation, against my better judgement. This is a very bitter, metallic-tasting brew. There are strong hints of pine, and frankly my first instinct was to spit our the first sip. This is typically a very high priced beer, although I found it at my grocery store substantially discounted.

Serving type: can

12-01-2013 04:44:58 | More by 57_Texan
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3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a dense, frothy eggy head that lingers. When it finally dissipates, it leaves sheets of lacing.

Resin, pine, and fresh cut grass form the initial aroma, with soft notes of pineapple and grapefruit pith underlying a light toasted caramel malt backbone. Mint and floral hops surface late.

Flavor is somewhat subtle initially, becoming resiny and bitter at the finish. The caramel malt backbone carries throughout, with muted tangerine and grapefruit and floral hops emerging at the opening, transitioning to pine and resin late. Bittering hops definitely dominate.

Body is moderate and fairly creamy, with moderate carbonation, light harshness, and a bit of alcohol warmth.

I remember liking this better in years past. Wish the flavoring hops were more prevalent. It's a little too bitter for my liking.

Serving type: can

11-26-2013 01:21:07 | More by barczar
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4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light amber color, clear with minimal head. Very nice hoppy aroma, some malt in the nose as well. This brew has a very balanced flavor profile but it has a generous amount of hop bitterness and some nice piney notes as it warms. Mouthfeel is spot on, this beer is refreshing but its just thick enough to keep you drinking it. Overall this was a very tasty pale ale that was hard to put down. I finished it pretty quick and I think I will crack another.

Serving type: can

11-25-2013 03:39:25 | More by CA_brewster
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3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Hazy dark gold with a small white head
S-hoppy with a grassy pine aftersmell
T-very hoppy with a bitter aftertaste, pine flavor in the aftertaste that stays with you
M-medium body and medium carbonation
O-good beer I bought a mixed 12 pack looking forward to the rest

Serving type: can

11-24-2013 23:35:37 | More by a0lbudman
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New Mexico

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty big off white head settles to a nice lacing after leaving a bit of lacing covering the walls of the glass above a clear caramel copper colored pale ale.

Faint citrus and pine style hops aroma with a bit of fresh cut grass also making an appearance.

Light citrus style hops taste with some of the pine tagging along with a very light lightly roasted caramel maltiness as well.

Drying aftertaste with just a bit of the citrus aspects of the taste sticking around with this medium bodied drink.

Decent tasting pale ale, I could drink a bunch of these when in the mood, although I did find the $11.99 price tag for a 6 pack of 12 ounce cans a bit much, a person can find pale ales equal to this one or better from a variety of brewers for under ten bucks in any liquor store.

Serving type: can

11-14-2013 21:31:23 | More by LXIXME
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3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber color with an opacity, head this cream colored that dissipates quickly.

S: Mostly malt with a mild hop overtone

T: Nice mix of hops and barely malt.

M: Mild "thickness" over the mid-palate that lingers nicely.

O: Good example of an APA, no complaints

Serving type: can

11-14-2013 07:00:45 | More by Archimetez
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New Hampshire

4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Slightly cloudy pale body with off-white low head. Nice retention and lacing.

S - Lemon, grapefruit, and malts

T - Incredible citrus hops upfront, so refreshing. Deep earthy malts rush in and an aftertaste leaving behind a nice taste of alcohol.

M - Medium/light body, moderate bubbly carbonation.

O - This is a fantastically drinkable beer. The body, carbonation, and clean hop flavor never get old. Oskar Blues can do no wrong!

Serving type: can

11-10-2013 20:56:00 | More by JAFoley
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3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy golden color. Nice carbonation and decent head retention.

Smell: Grainy, yeasty aroma. For the home brewers out there it smells exactly like wort to me.

Taste: Sweet, malty start with a hoppy finish. I may be crazy (or brewed too many beers) but it tastes a lot like wort smells, at least to me.

Mouthfeel: Nicely balanced carbonation with a bit of thickness.

Overall: A very unexpected, different tasting ale. Not bad, but I'm not sure it's one I'd drink often...

Serving type: can

11-10-2013 08:15:29 | More by Hammer35
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4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a huge, creamy, 2 finger head that lingered for while. Clear amber color. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Citrus hops up front - tropical fruits, grapefruit, some pineapple. Underneath is smooth caramel and roasted malt. And how is this not an IPA?

Taste: Nicely balanced between both sweet and bitter hops and malts. The flavors blend together in a way that is really unique and delicious. Sweet citrus hops and caramel up front. Nice bittersweet grapefruit and pine resin joins the party soon after.

Mouthfeel: Medium, almost thick, body with incredibly crisp, almost sharp, carbonation. Semi-dry, oily finish with nice lingering bitterness. Beautifully balanced.

Overall: This is a really good beer. The ingredients were combined to make a unique and damn addictive flavor. I will be having this beer many more times to come.

Serving type: can

11-07-2013 22:22:01 | More by tmm313
Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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