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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,828 Reviews
THE BROS
81
good

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Reviews: 1,828
Hads: 6,693
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 152
Gots: 1,195 | FT: 8
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:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2002

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Reviews: 1,828 | Hads: 6,693
Photo of tchurchill7
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite, if not my favorite, pale ales. Simply put, I had a CRAVING for this beer this week. The six pack I bought, though nearly 10.50 and a bit dated at nearly 3 plus months didn't disappoint. Is it the can? Or kudos to my local shop for keeping it refrigerated? Anyway, an aggressive pour leaves a two finger head that leaves satisfying amounts of lace by the third pint. The malt is caramel and sweet, but the hop profile is where this beer just shines. It is balanced. The almost brown sugar malt base is perfectly matched with the tangy, citrusy hoppiness. Disappears dangerously fast from my standard pint glass. Flavor abounds and is complex enough to keep you drinking. I love this pale ale! Well done Oskar Blues. (742 characters)

Photo of jvande7
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am in love with this beer. It's not available in my state but I make sure to grab a 12 pack whenever I'm up in Wisconsin, and I always drink it when I got to Colorado. The main reason I'm writing this is to remind any would-be naysayers to TRY THIS BEER IN THE CAN. Don't pour it into a glass. You heard me. I know most beers are meant for glassware and taste better that way but in my opinion, some beers are better out of the can/bottle. Not many, but there are some. And this is one of them.

A couple of my favorite Dale's moments- drinking a cold can of Dale's in the A-Basin parking lot during snowboarding, drinking a cold can of Dale's on a hike at Estes National Park (yes I packed my trash out).

I've also been to the brewery in Lyons, CO. Very cool place. This is hands down my favorite pale ale.

Sorry this isn't a "proper" review but there are MANY below to read. Thanks. (889 characters)

Photo of mjurney
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Amber-gold color, touch of haze. Lots of small bubble rising up. Thick rocky head.

Aroma:
Citrus, piney, sweet caramel malts.

Taste:
Strong hop character, but not overwhelming, citrus, piney, grassy. Rich malty background, bready, caramel. There's some fruity ester. Bitter-crisp finish. Body is robust, crisp, semi-dry, very smooth.

Overall:
Taste more like an American IPA than American Pale Ale. Highly drinkable, 6.5% ABV is well hidden. Very delicious beer. (477 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml Can from Good Spirits Co, Glagow (£3.60):
Caramel amber with red tinges & a creamy white head on top with great retention.

Caramel & citrus with sweet malts, pine and a hint of grapefruit that follow this with a hoppy, tropical fruit infused and some further sweetness from the malts to round things off.

Sweet malts & caramel that seems to dominate, although the tropical fruit flavours are more pronounced than they were in the aroma. More hops and pine that in the smell with some juicy citrus too.

Medium & smooth with lively carbonation & it's quite fruity with a lot of bitterness & sweetness. A slightly dry finish with a citrus tang and the balance is great.

An outstanding beer & probably the best American pale ale I've tried to date. Great balance between the sweet caramel malts and the hop filled pine and tropical fruit notes that are backed up with a solid, bitter finish. One that did not disappoint in the slightest. (945 characters)

Photo of tmm313
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (846 characters)

Photo of nortmand
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours crystal clear amber with a nice dollop of not quite tan head.

Rich ambergris- citrus notes mingle with caramel aromas in the nose.

Clean hop flavors up front blend to sweet caramel midtongue.

Medium body, nice carbonation, this is a nearly perfect APA. (267 characters)

Photo of tony223366
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Good clarity, a nice golden amber color with about 1.5 fingers of fluffy white head. A lot of action from some tiny bubbles. Good retention and lacing. Slightly rocky.

S: Bright floral and citrus hop aromas. This is followed by a sweet malt (caramel) breadiness. Some grassiness in the finish. It's really, really inviting.

T: A nice citrus hits me first, almost a twinge of acidity. It's really bright right off the bat. The malts balance out nicely with some nice caramel body. This finish is just lightly bitter. Just at the level I desire in a pale.

M: Lightly astringent, good body and carbonation.

O: This is a beautiful beer. Perhaps too hoppy for some as an APA but this is always my first choice for a summer bbq beer. Bright and hoppy, but not too aggressive. Also the can rocks. Keep it up OB (810 characters)

Photo of willjschmidt
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: An orangish amber color with a good sized white head.

S: Big dose of citrusy hops. Excellent nose.

T: A great, well balanced pale ale. Definitely on the hoppy side for an APA. A bitter bite in the finish with lots of grapefruit in the middle. Excellent balance with a big chewy malt.

M: Medium to medium-full body.

D: A great APA. It's big and bold and delicious. (428 characters)

Photo of xoqx
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a nice copper with an unprecedented foamy head with unreal retention and thick sticky lacing. The head on this beer is just phenomenal and remarkable. The nose is very malty, more then typical in a pale ale, but due to the abundance of barley used in this beer. The bitterness of this beer tastes high for an APA, but the huge malt proportion balances out the bitterness and results in a very big tasting beer. The hops have a piney character and the malt has a chewy sweetness, honey almost raisiny malt, similar to Dogfish’s 90 Minute IPA or Raison d’Etre. The mouthfeel is substantial, medium-fullbodied and chewy, somewhat creamy at the beginning due to the monstrous head. This is a tremendously drinkable beer, even at the 6.5% abv. It has very quickly become one of my favorite American Pale Ales. (822 characters)

Photo of saintwarrick
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ah, my first canned craft beer and it does not disappoint. This beer pours a light amber with a perfect pale ale head that will lace the glass. Aroma is heavy on caramel, giving it a distinctive English pale ale smell. Taste backs that up with a caramelly and bready malt taste that is almost sweet. There is a slight citrusy hop backbone there as well, but it is engulfed by the malts.

I was expecting this beer to be more hoppy, but this is a great beer where the English malts shine through. It could have been a bit more balanced with the American hops, but no real complaints here. A great pale ale. (605 characters)

Photo of BBM
4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to find this fine beer on tap. It poured a deep translucent copper color with a light, foamy head. Good retention and lacing. The aural pleasure you get from this beer is reason enough to try it. It starts with a bready, buscuity scent, and as it sits the floral hops and citrus fruits really come out.

I had heard good things about this beer but to my surprise the taste is much closer to an IPA than your traditional American pale. This is in no way a bad thing. The floral hops, citrus hops, and others dance on your pallette in perfect harmony. There is a little malt to balance it out, which it does perfectly. Mouthfeel is full and dry.

The best thing about this beer is how smooth and drinkable it is. It goes down easy with no bitter aftertaste. I don't know how well the flavor translates in a can, but out of a tap it is quite a treat. It's an India Pale Ale trapped in an APA's body, yet still delicious in its own right. Highly reccomended. (977 characters)

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

I got to experience this great tasting, pleasent, and enjoyable beer at the Friendly Spot Ice House in San Antonio, Texas. It pours hazey yellow, with thin white laces running to the finger width head. It has a real strong hop tatste for being a pale ale, not to over bearing though, goes down smooth, leaves your palte dry (wanting more). I think it is a halloween party in the can, becuase taste like a IPA in a pale ale's costume.... (436 characters)

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)

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
89 out of 100 based on 1,828 ratings.