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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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1,865 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,865
Hads: 6,918
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 22.39%
Wants: 161
Gots: 1,354 | FT: 10
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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States | website

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 rsawyer
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the only canned Pale Ale that can rival Southern Start Pine Belt Pale Ale in my opinion! This brew pours a clear camel amber. Small head, despite strong poor. Lacing is left clinging to the edges of my Saint Arnolds Oktoberfest pint glass. Carbonation is hidden, but its presence is felt when drinking.

This beer smells exactly how you would expect a pale ale to smell. The balance between the hops and malt is perfect for my tastes... Florally and bitter hops mix with a sweet and full bodied malt smell that gets my taste buds ready to relax with a beautiful brew!

The taste of this brew should be used to teach others what an American Pale Ale should taste like. This brew is so perfectly balanced that it goes down almost too easy for 6.5%! The front end is dominated by malted barley. As the beer moves towards the back of my mouth, I start to sense to hoppy tones. This beer is certainly not going to scortch your tounge, but the hops are evident and compliment the beer perfectly!

Drinkability- This beer is an goto beer for me during the summer, fall, winter, and spring! It goes down easy, and sometimes too quickly. If I didn't have access to Southern Star Pine Belt Pale Ale, this beer would be found in my fridge 365 days a year.

edited for spelling (thats what I get for reviewing after finishing two of these!)

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Photo of dpodratsky3
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz can poured into pint glass

A: Rich looking, darker amber, not bright and orangey, more into the brown hues, nice staying 2 finger head, tall and super frothy, imposing looking, superb lace

S: Floral and resiny hops, really good, not much else but smells great

T:Delicious, again, super floral and resiny, you can taste all the juicy hops, but it never overpowers you with bitterness, but it is still bitter, the perfect amount, doesn't really have a malt flavor to it, but I know it is there, because of the way the hops feel on your palate and don't overwhelm

M: Medium body, feels nice and full, but never thick

D: So good I can't stop

Notes: This beer is one of the best pale ales I have had. As I've come to expect from Oskar Blues, this has amazing appearance and awesome drinkability. The flavors are just so juicy.

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Photo of FoamyMustache
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured from a can into a pint glass. Beautiful polished copper orange in color with a thin creamy white head that lingers throughout the pint leaving faint lacing.

S - No overpowering smell...a subtle, yet inviting hint of citrus fruit especially orange.

T - A tasty pale ale that starts with sweet citrus hops and just a touch of graham cracker malt on the sides of the mouth. Finishes very smooth with just a small note of pine as it warms.

M - Light, smooth and airy without being overly carbonated.

D - Goes down super smooth, taste great, and it comes in a can...awesome! Great session beer when bottles are a problem.

My go-to beer in a can. Not overpowering or impressive in anyway, but a great american pale ale none the less. A great beer for those looking to expand their palate from the big 3.

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Photo of Luigi
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

served in a 20 oz. standard pint glass and poured from a can.

Rich amber color with a nice two finger off white head. Keeps a nice sticky lace around the glass from start to finish.

The aroma is very balanced. Citrus and pine notes combined perfectly with a malty sweetness.

The flavor is just as balanced. A rich hop bitterness even out with just the perfect amount of sweet malt.

This American Pale ale is so balanced. That is only the word to describe this beer. Goes down easy with a clean finish. It is really a no brainier. If you are looking for an APA for any occasion then look no further! And the best part is IT IS IN A CAN!!! Love it!! Did I mention it was balanced? HAHA! Pick a six pack up if you see ever see it!!

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

great beer especially that it comes in a can>>>>to me it tasted like a more hopped up version of sweetwater 420>>>>i think the can preserves the taste>>>>the malt character was great>>>def. had great hop presence as well

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Photo of dbossman
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoy this beer and was glad to go to Colorado to get it again so I could review it.

L: It has a nice light amber brown color and is a tad cloudy; there wasn't too much head though

S: Very nice sweet and hoppy smell. This is a fresh brew, and I can smell that.

T: Hoppy; slightly fruity; there is a touch of alcohol burn on the way down

F: Pretty smooth mouth feel; quite velvety and creamy for such a hoppy beer

D: Quite drinkable; this is a good bbq or lawn mowing beer, although the more you drink the more it burns (just a little).

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Photo of RBorsato
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange color with a nice full beige head, decent carbonation, and nice lace rings. Awesome citrusy hop aroma. Hoppy citrusy flavors (grapefruit) dominate with a solid malt backing. Light-medium bodied with a "lightly metallic" dry bitter finish.

Amazing that this is from a can !!

Per can: "A huge voluminously hopped mutha of a pale ale"

Per O.B. website: Brewed with hefty amounts of European malts and four kinds of American hops.

($13.99 / 12-pack of cans)

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Photo of jrenn
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look- Can't see. In can.

Smell- just standard pale ale. mild hops.

Taste- sugary, sort of "smarties" candy taste to it. melon? berries? i dunno, not very hoppy, but just the right amount. great to throw back.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium body. crisp carb, but not too much.

Overall- Love it. great session beer.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start by saying I felt like an asshole approaching the counter with a 6pk of cans, but I had been told by a handful of people that I would have to look past that, and that the contents of the can were fantastic. I'm glad I took the advice. This stuff pours a crystal clear golden orange with a nice looking white foamy head. It hangs around for about 90 seconds then subsides to sticky lace stuck to the sides of the glass and a thing white haze over the surface of the liquid. The smell is sweet and hoppy with a little citrus mixed in there as well. The taste is awsome!! Great hops and a bit of grapefruit. Very "juicy" taste. There is also a dry maltiness on the finish. Very smooth and very easy to drink. Nicely balanced and a big, big surprise out of a can!!!

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Photo of tastybeer
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice. Golden amber color with a good tight clingy cream colored head. Smells pleasantly hoppy with piney resin and juicy citrus. Well blended biscuity malts create a good base. Taste is even nicer. A good hoppy punch with smooth bitterness and more sweet solid malts. Ah finally a beer I would prefer in a can. The future is now. Mouthfeel is softly resinous, smooth and taste is lightly bitter in the finish. Good texture and highly drinkable.

Good beer.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SuzyGreenberg for the trade.

Pours a deep clear amber, damn neer ruby color with a good white head. Decent lace. Nose is hops and some odd sweetness also found in the nose of Gordon, but obviously a bit more subtle here. Taste proves very good with awesome hop flavor and great malt balance. That odd resiny sweetness also found in Gordon appears here as well. The hops are mostly citrus and pine, but defenitely some spiced hop flavors in here. The malt presence is strong and profound, but defenitely does not outdo the hops. Very balanced, if anything I would say tone down the maltiness a bit to get rid of a bit of that caramely sweetness, but it is nice to see a pale ale that leans that way instead of the common west coast "hop the shit out of everything" mentality. Not to say that this brew is not generously hopped, because it is. Mouthfeel is good, quite viscous, could maybe be a bit thinner. Drinkability is fantastic, very sessionable. A solid and large pale ale from OB, one I would love to have available locally. Good beer.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can to a 12 oz can the liquid is a dark orange with very good carbonation. The head is nice 2 fingers off white foam that leaves some lace.

The smell is good piney hopy aroma.

The taste is even better, A sweet piney taste with a splash of citrus grape fruit and orange. The after taste is bitter yet not stale. Very nice indeed.

The mounthfeel is good nice body for an IPA and good carbonation.

The drinkability is great, and from a can this is really really nice.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of ohoh
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle or can? I've always liked canned beer, the likes of Boddington's, Guinness and John Smith's makes a good impression on can when not available on tap. Articles like the one in BA Mag helps too, I think.

Well let's get started. This isn't a can such as the beers named above comes in, but a rather standard one. Perhaps the aluminium is a bit thinner than normal - any thought behind this?

It pours a yellowish, hazy amber. The foam gives in quite quickly, some lacing.

Rich smell, due to the combination of floral hops and sweet/caramel malt.

Taste is first dominated by sweetness, but quickly balanced out by the hop bitterness, which grows and grows as the beer stays in the mouth. This bitterness is accompanied by a floral... not taste, but lovely feel.

Overall mouthfeel is that it is a bit thick, perhaps because the carboration is on the light side.

More, please! (Lucky I have half a box left)

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Photo of seanh99
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am on vacation and my wife and friends were looking at me popping open a can of beer dumbfounded. Baaa drinl your wine and leave me alone!

A- Upon opening I thought it was a bit flat then it started coming out the top like a nitro can.
Poured a deep copper with a full tan head. good head retention and nice lacing of the glass.

S- Hoppy plus malt, a bit sweet and I am a bit stuffy today so thats all...

T- MMM Mmmmm! It was not really cold and it was good. I liked the maltiness in the background in addition to the hoppiness that is what is expected with this

M- Carbonation was less than expected with the head, really smoothe and almost creamy.

D- A bit higher than anticipated, I am already thru 2 and it is not even 4:30 in the afternoonI may have found a new go to for the fall.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can. That's right, can! 6.5% ABV. Cloudy copper color, with orange shades. Thick creamy white head, which hold together very nicely. When the head does disappear, along with the beer, the glass is covered in great sheets of lace. Very nice.

Very nice citrusy and piney hop aroma. There is a good aroma of a caramel, biscuity malt as well.

Very sturdy biscuity, caramel malt background. Solid citrusy bitterness, with some pine flavors as well.

Full body, with appropriate carbonation. A bit of metallic taste is my only complaint. Other tha that, this is a very solid APA. Love the can.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Olde Hickory Taproom, previously reviewed from the can.
Pint was the color of a typical IPA. Amber in color with red, orange, and golden hues. 1" white head quickly receded to a filmy lace on top.
Smell is dominated by piney hops.
Man this is a good beer. I still stand by my assumption that this is more like an IPA. Citrus and piney hops with a dry finish.
Feels oily in the mouth. I like.
Extremely drinkable. This is no gimmick beer, it is a real fine, refreshing, crisp beer.

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Photo of daythree16
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sipped from the can (couldn't resist), then poured into a pint glass. Pours a cloudy amber with a one finger head. Tons of lace.

Nice buttery, floral, piney hop aromas. Taste is good and sticky, with piney hop flavors, a little diacetyl and a great bitterness. A really well balanced pale ale.

Medium bodied with awesome drinkability.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Clear reddish amber with 1/2" head that leaves plenty of lacing

S: Plenty of herbal and citrus hops with some sweet caramel malt up front.

T: Pretty bitter in the finish with a good malt backbone from a pale ale. This is more like a malty IPA.

M: Medium full mouthfeel with medium to low carbonation

D: On tap, I am really enjoying this beer... Maybe even more so than out of the can.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nice looking, somewhat coppery and mostly clear with a decent head and nice sticky lacing.

Smelled fruity, citrusey, and hoppy.

Tastes wonderful! Very boldly hoppy, with citrus and fruity flavors, great strong bitterness. Bolder and hoppier than most pale ales, somewhat IPA like but delicious in every way.

Feels great too. Amply carbonated, smooth, easy to drink, with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Fantastic for a canned beer, this one shows that canning is a great way to package beer, and top notch beers are no exception. This is the best fishin' beer I have found in cans yet!

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Photo of midaszero
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into pint glass

A - Cloudy light amber color with 2 inches of light tan head that stays around and has some sticky lacing.

S - Fruity hops that have hints of sweetness. Little bread scents.

T - Light bitter flavor with fruit and hops. A tad sweet.

M - Smooth clean feeling with light carbonation and medium body.

D - WOW this is good stuff. Drinkable anytime and very tasty. Excellent out of a can or poured into a glass. Generally I prefer to drink it out of the can.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to plaid75 for this brew.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy off-white head, lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is very nice of hops, malts, citrus, and caramel. The taste is very nice for an APA, slightly malty, big on the hops, nice citrus touch, and a good dose of caramel, nice bitter/dry finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a nice APA.

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Photo of PollardsVision
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can into a pint glass. Canned on 6-7-11.

Pours a beautiful, clean amber with a 1" thick off-white head that laces nicely.
Nice piney, citrusy hops present from nose to finish. The bitterness lingers quite a while too.

As I'm sure others would say, it's quite similar to Sierra Nevada PA, but with a bit more hoppiness. That makes for an outstanding beer.

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Photo of Bitzy
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep copper to amber color with a nice off-white head.
Aroma: Very in your face, hop-forward nose smelling richly of orange zest, grapefruit, and pine sap. There's a light backing of caramel and or biscuity maltiness, but, for the most part, the hops dominate aroma.
Taste: In the initial taste there is a hint of toasty maltiness with a crystal malt type sweetness. Great blend of citrus fruits and pine with a medium-high hop bitterness. Finishes a bit dry with a long, lingering bitterness and citric taste of grapefruit and orange. The malts come through as the beer's temperature rises.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, medium amount of carbonation and a relatively smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability/Overall: Definitely not one of those mildly hopped, easy-going American Pale Ales you usually cross paths with. A very full flavored, boldly hopped pale ale, but it still remains rather drinkable. Definitely edging on a American IPA.
Food Pairings: Poultry. Good with earthy, nutty, and tangy cheeses. Also, salads that have nuts and a citrusy dressing in them.

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Photo of RyanC84
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Wonderful amber body with a boisterous fluffy white head. Leaves plenty of lace. Fantastic appearance on this one.

S: Plenty of fruity and piny hops in this pale with underlying sweet malt. Powerful nose for a pale. I'm impressed.

T: Wish the taste lived up to the smell. Plenty of hop kick balanced by caramel malt, but the nose implies so much more. While it's no Alpha King, it's still the biggest and most ambitious pale ale I can buy locally. Kudos to that.

M: Very big for the style. Love it. Chewy, sticky, and everything nice.

D: Always nice to have some of this in the fridge. I'll add some extra love for being available in a can. Perfect for frisbee golf or other stoner related activities.

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
88 out of 100 based on 1,865 ratings.