Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Reviews: 1,816
Hads: 6,622
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 148
Gots: 1,141 | 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

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2002

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Photo of TexIndy
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass. No dating info. It was a orange-amber color with a few lazy carb streams. Good lacing. It had an average sized light beige head that settled into a partial thin film and thick collar.

The aroma was heavy on the citric hops with some pine there as well. Some grapefruit in the back. Not much of the malt made it thru. Good aroma but more like an IPA than an APA IMHO. The taste followed the aroma. Hoppy with little malt showing and again more like an IPA than an APA. Very tasty and goes down very smooth. A session APA - could be. Great hop flavor that doesn't overpower or shred so you can enjoy more than one.

Overall, a really good beer for a brewery that doesn't disappoint. Had this on tap at the brewery in Lyons couple years ago and it was amazing. Highly recommend. Earns a spot in the IPA/APA rotation.

[RR-IPA/APA; tap] (875 characters)

Photo of huntert
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Honey appearance if poured, though I like this from the can.

Smell and Taste: A hint of pine and hint of citrus. Dry Hops. Not Overwellming. Can gives a particular taste, thought not bad. Nice body for a pale ale. Average carbonation. Saturates the tastes buds after three or four.

An easy drink. One of my all-time favorites.

Take this one outside and enjoy. And as the can reads "Pack It In, Pack It Out". (422 characters)

Photo of One_Man_Gang
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this on tap at the 45th Street Tap House in Ocean City, MD. my favorite on-tap beer. if you like IPAs, APAs, or even pale ales, please try this

color is amber to deep amber

head is very good, stacks up and laces down

smell is mostly hops, piney and citrus, but balances at the end of a long draw

taste is a hops assault. hammers you. leans towards the citrus side, but also pine and resin hints

texture is nice, it's carbonated very well and feels full in your mouth

overall, if you are are hop head, this is for you. try it! (535 characters)

Photo of mjrod2142
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. can poured into a Perfect Pint glass

I thought the can would pour an over-sized head, but it didn't. It poured out clean; not light, but not too heavy. A cloudy orange-amber color with small bubbles ascending slowly. The head was thin and dissipated quickly.

The aroma is beautiful. Classically hoppy with good citrus notes.

This beer has a perfect weight and feel in the mouth. What I'd call a "soft" bitternes coats the palate. A very smooth finish and a delicious hoppy taste. This beer has just the right amount of bitterness and gets better the more you drink it. It's just what you'd want from an American Pale Ale. (630 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from 12 oz can into pint glass, pours a rich amber with a huge foamy off white head that lingers well leaving good lacing, clear
S: big hop nose, citrus fruits, orange, pineapple, sweet malts, floral
T: great dry hop flavor up front, malt sweetness in middle, dry finish that lingers
M: medium bodied without too much carbonation, pleasant aftertaste
O: this is a fantastic American Pale Ale, aggressively hoped with enough malt to balance, a well rounded brew that isn't flawed in any area (500 characters)

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

A: Yellow foggy with moderate thick white head on top.

S: Grapefruit and pine along with massive hops.

T: Sticky pine resin, grapefruit notes, apple, honey suckle, sugar cane, sweet bread, and just a hint of toffee in the back.

M: Thicker side of medium. Awesome stickiness to this beer. Like a sweet hoppy snack.

O: Favorite pale ale so far. Nothing beats the sticky pinyness that this beer has. (405 characters)

Photo of JoLight
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Brown, with a hint of amber, or orange. The head is off-white, and soapy on the sides and frothy on the top.

Aroma - Sweet, sour gummy worms, floral and piney hops. Maybe some citrus. There is a little hint of malt in the background.

Taste - Piney, resiny hops, some grapefruit citrus, caramel, and a hint of breadiness to balance the hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium, lightly carbonated.

Overall - It's semi-dry, highly drinkable, delicious, and well-balanced. (472 characters)

Photo of dfillius
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1 finger of dense white head. An overall dark gold color that borders on brown and red. A bit cloudy and that is the only negative.
S: Spicy and herbal west coast hops - heady garlic and cannabid notes. Maybe a bit of Euro-hops in there? Not much beyond the complex hops.
T: A nice hoppy bite - A west coast APA all the way. Cascade hops are abundant I believe.
M: Great bitterness and not much balance, perfect carbonation
D: 3 of these would be great. It's delicious, but I definitely am feeling it. (551 characters)

Photo of ISmith87
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never reviewed this one before but it's a favorite of many of my friends.

A – 4.5 – Pours a clear amber color with a finger of fine white bubbles on top. Decent lacing on the glass. Can is cool blue with red and white logo, I really like all the Oscar Blues cans.

S – 4.5 – Really clean floral, citrusy, piney hop aroma. Some malt in the background and god damn it smells good! Nice caramel malt smell.

T – 4.5 – Clean hop taste – citrus, pine, some citrus zest. Some caramel in the background.

M – 4.5 – Nice light mouth feel with the alcohol completely covered. Bitter aftertaste sticks for a while but it's a nice reminder that you just drank a Dale's.

O – 4.5 – Great beer, definitely one for anyone getting into craft beers to try. It's a great example of what a pale ale should be. (819 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy, dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a very complex malt scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and bisquit malts along with a heavy hop aroma; quite bitter. The taste is awesome. It has a smooth malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes bitter and slightly sweet. It has a solid malt bill and hop character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an excellent pale ale. It has complexity in both the aroma and taste; a good drinker. This has got to be the best canned beer I've ever had. (632 characters)

Photo of wasso67
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Fun red/white/blue can. Nice slightly hazy dark yellow pour. Nice thick creamy off-white head. Strong pine/floral aroma greets the nose. Good heavy malt start with the substantial hops coming through about half-way into the sip. Strong citrus dominates the palate until the swallow. Then a crisp, slightly bitter finish. Very quaffable. A strong go to APA with more hops than average. (392 characters)

Photo of Brackh
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber with a white foamy head. Smells sticky, floral and sweet. Taste is awesome. This is one of my go to favorite beers. Way more bitter than a normal pale ale. This has always hit my like an IPA. Bitter but not too much. Great balance. Great beer. Love it. (258 characters)

Photo of JCaweinstein
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a SA PP glass. Aggressive pour gives a one finger caramel colored head which is fairly dense. Nice amber colored beer, it looks good.

I could smell this one as it was flowing out of the glass. I picked up some floral hops along with caramel.

I first taste lemony citrus as the beer hits my tongue and some nice biting hops, which are not over bearing. I get a touch of malty sweetness on the finish.

Medium bodied well balanced with the hops being the more prominent focus. Leaves a hoppy after taste.

A very nice beer. It has what I like in a Pale ale, color, strong aromas and good hop bitterness. This would be a regular in my fridge if it was only available in my area. (702 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dale's Pale Ale - 12fl oz can

My buddy and I were brewing beer when he offers me one of these bad boys, I love canned beer so I was interested.

Look - Interesting can, almost like a domestic. Pours a hearty, clear copper with a thick, soapy head. Minimal carbonation. Good lacing.

Smell - A permeating sweet savory malt rush with light hoppy overtones. Mouth watering.

Taste - A snappy smooth malt bite, bready and yummy with a nice hop overlay. Solid.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth and somewhat sweet. Good to go, drinkable for sure. Tasty, full, and thirst quenching.

Overall - Surprisingly delicious. This is how a pale ale is done. Best pale ale I have ever had. Underrated quality and drinkability. (703 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Pours a nice shade of copper with a thick frothy head. Decent carbonation.

Aroma: Smells like any decent pale ale would smell with the exception that the hops are more aggressive on the nose and citrusy.

Taste: Smooth and bready upfront. Decent hop bitterness hits the tongue. Hopped like an IPA but it has the balance of a pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Bready, citrusy and decent bitterness. Fine and drinkable for this kind of day.

Drinkability: Ditto. Very drinkable and from a can. Imagine that! I poured it into a glass but I'm sure it would be enjoyable straight from a can.

Verdict: I really like this pale ale. It gets close to IPA territory with the hopping but it's very drinkable. I'm glad I bought a 6 pack. (723 characters)

Photo of therica
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I passed on this when recommended at one less beer-savvy store, simply due to the whole US-canned-beer thought. The next store was filled with beer-savvy experts, and they again highly recommended it-- SOLD.

Immaculate. Just think "grapefruit" and you'll be on the right track and in the right mood for this. In some ways, though, I'd put this in my "specialty" beers category-- a mood-beer.

In retrospect, however, I believe I might prefer the Tupper's Hop Pocket Ale to this beer.

A= colorful glowing orange-yellow-brown, with a massive sudsy head and lots of lacing that stayed until the end.

S= very exciting and complex nose, from the start-- floral bouquets, citrus, slight sweetness, all the other good stuff.

T= it brags on its ultra-hops but they are more of the pleasant-sour floral kind, not the ultra-bitter hops. Zesty grapefruit-taste with mild sweetness of honey, woody pine, slight smoky-ness, pleasant finish and after-belch.

M= lovely with no complaints whatsoever.

D= based upon its "modest for a great beer" 6.5ABV, and if you're in that sort of grapefruity mood, very drinkable in session. It's very drinkable-- but... only if you're in that mood. Think of it as that bench-player who you only call upon at "just the right time."

Reminds me a little of mid-Atlantic region Clipper City (Baltimore) Heavy Seas Loose Cannon, and some of Manny's Pale Ale out of Georgetown (near Seattle), Washington State. (1,432 characters)

Photo of tork1645
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Another go to favorite, I love cans what can I say! Its gotten more consistant & holds up better from NC opposed to CO product in my opinion. Great beer malty w/o being too sticky, perfect hop bitterness to balance. (217 characters)

Photo of Hendry
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heady Topper hath taught me that canned beer is not sacrilege! Dale's APA is simple, unpretentious, and hits all the right notes, particularly at the price point.

Unlike the BA photo of the can, mine says "Brevard, North Carolina" at the bottom.Pours a clear amber/off orange with a medium white head, and has an appealing no-nonsense nose: plenty of naval orange and pink grapefruit citrus, plus piney with a well balanced mix of sweet caramel maltiness. Medium bodied and mouthfeel, well carbonated for the style.

Flavors are a straightforward good, really good. The delicate balance of hops and malt backbone are nicely achieved, and the citrus/piney characteristics are certainly present in both the initial flavors and the aftertaste. Dale's Pale Ale should satisfy APA fans that appreciate a snappy hop presence, and at the $10 six pack price point, it is a solid value well worthy of trying. (900 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this yesterday at the Idle Rich Pub, here in Dallas and it's pretty much the draft version only as a cask. Again it is PA defined. Serveed with a creamy, thick, medium sized head that just sat there. Lots of lace. Great mouth feel. Chewy hops that are perfectly matched to the malt and carbonation style. Exceedingly well balanced. Did notice a hint of butterscotch in there, but it was fleeting. Nice easy finish. (418 characters)

Photo of beeroclock
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, impressive looking brew when poured out of the can. I didn't expect it to look like this. Pours an amber deep copper color with a big fat foamy head. The smell has some roasted sweetness in it. The taste is bold with a good bitter bite. This beer halfway reminds me of a much better version of a Sam Adams lager. I really enjoyed this brew and will continue to buy it. It just got to Florida, so i'm a happy cat.

edit - quickly becoming my favorite go-to beer. excellent. (479 characters)

Photo of drinkiusmaximus
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-i'm not gonna try to come up with a new color this beer pours an amberish color with a short fingers width bone white head.

S-Up front i can smell the Hops citrus / grapefruit with a slight malt to finish the balancing act..

T-Hops this a nicely hopped APA with only a slight malt backing this is an IPA without being an IPA..

M-fairly well carbonated which helps this brew not to be sticky.. I would almost call this a Lawnmower IPA.

D-this brew is now my favorite APA.. (477 characters)

Photo of goindownsouth
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Barly's Taproom in Greenville, SC.

Beautiful in its amber redness. Thick, rocky head with a sticky lace throughout the pint. Aromas thick of hoppy resiny goodness. Flavors balanced incredibly well with the hoppy goodness and the hardly-too-sweet maltiness. This brew gently yet affirmatively covers the palate in a noncloying way. Great balance and a well sessionable brew. True, in mainstram circles, the red headed stepchild of Gordon, but still, a fantastic session pale ale, especially on tap.

Prosit! (517 characters)

Photo of mpedara429
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I forced myself to pour this into a glass as this was meant to be drank from the can.

A: Clear and copper in color. Two fingers worth of an orange cream colored head. Sticky, draping lacing all around the glass.

S: Big and dank. Sweet malt, bread, pine, and pineapple.

T: Follows the nose with undertones of floral hops. Nice amount of bitterness and balance. I tasted citrus, specifically lemons, after the beer had gone down.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation. Goes down nice and smooth.

O: This is a prime example of an Oskar Blues beer. It is called a "pale ale" and it is completely understated. This is stronger than most single IPAs out there and has got a ton of complex flavor for a "pale ale". While heavier than most pale ales, it is incredibly drinkable and refreshing. (790 characters)

Photo of popery
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hoppy, delicious Pale Ale. This beer pours a medium golden color with a creamy white head. The aroma is pleasantly sweet and hoppy. The hops are peachy and floral. There's some malt sweetness, as well. The flavor is hoppy without being overly bitter. They've hit a really nice balance with this beer, though it's definitely hoppy for a pale. There's a very nice sweet caramel malt backbone. It's a satisfying and drinkable beer. I'm trying it against Stone's and definitely prefer this beer. Excellent stuff. I like the cans. (527 characters)

Photo of Harvest06
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light bright color with nice off white head
S: Citrus and pine.
T: Front is slight sweetness, middle strong pine & grapefruit citrus, bitter, crisp dry spicy finish with lingering sweetness on the tong.
M: medium body, moderate carbonation
O: Pleasant, refreshing, not filling, not amazing but very drinkable. Could be considered a minimalist ipa. Outstanding. My favorite pale. (382 characters)

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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