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Dale's Pale Ale | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 10-08-2002

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Right after I cracked open the can I noticed how full it is! Ive had beer in ball brand cans before, but this rocks. Maybe I was just lucky. Anyways this poured a hazy golden amber with an awesome bubbly beige head. The head was super soft and frothy like an ice cream float. Great retention.

s: The aroma is malty, hoppy, floral and deliciously breadlike.

t/mf: Hoppy and lightly bitey with a pleasant hint of caramel. The bready taste also leads to a kind of chewy mouthfeel that is full, sticky and wet. It is also lightly drying.

d: This is a full and well balanced brew from a can. You cannot tell it is from a can if you pour it and actually this one is great straight from the can. A very enjoyable pale ale. Too bad it is 9 bucks a 6er up here, but it is worth it I suppose.

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Photo of Ed_Johnson
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color was orangish with some froth
Smelled of biscuit and smelled of pine. Taste is pretty big for a pale ale. Strong malty caramel favors. Somewhat earthy flavor otherwise. Mouth is a medium body but sticky and sweet with a strong bitter finish that leaves the mouth dry. This beer bridges a gap between an ipa and a pa. I would drink again.

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Photo of generallee
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from tap into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a very nice orange amber color with good clarity and a thin white head. The head fades quickly leaving just a ring of bubbles on top and very little spotty lacing that slowly slides down the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma has lovely aromatic hops with hints of citrus and mild pine notes. Under that there are light toasted and bready malt notes.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor has a good malt base with a mildly sweet caramel and buttery toasted bread character that is balanced with a pleasant flavor and bitterness from the hops. Hop flavors include mild resin and citrus (grapefruit/lemon) notes. Its finish has a nice bitterness that slowly fades off the tongue. Its light to medium bodied with active carbonation that tickles the tongue.

Notes: Overall it's a very good easy drinking beer with plenty of flavor.

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Photo of gabrielsyme
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've been drinking this beer regularly for close to three years now. It never fails to satisfy. Served cold, it's light enough to be relaxing on its own. Let it warm up a bit and the hops really come out, making it a nice accompaniment to plenty of meals: spicy Asian, barbeque, or texmex.

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Photo of antlerwrestler19
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to a friend of a friend for snagging 3 cases of this for me. Poured a hazy coppery color with a one finger head that fell relatively quickly leaving a substantial amount of this lacing. I smell citrus, bread, pine, and a nice showing of hops for a pale - very nice. The taste is phenominal and follows the nose nicely - sweet and citrusy up front with a bitter and malty bite at the end - delicious. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light to me - not a whole lot of carbonation. I love this beer, it really stands out as a pale ale - my buddies and I happened to stumble upon it in some out of the way mountain shop while on our anual snowboarding trip a few years back and I've been loving it ever since!


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Photo of Kuaff
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Into my tulip glass at cellar temperature it goes.

It's called a pale ale, but it really is not all that pale. Amber-orange with a 2-cm crown of foam that I would describe as off-white and sudsy.

It smells of honey, orange, and hops that are both floral and herbal. Yeah... got some good herb 'ere.

That's a smooth flavor, from start to finish. Crsply bready, with some tangy citrus and a finish which smacks of pine and orange zest. The bitterness is worthy of note... so much so that I would call this an IPA in character.

Medium feel, medium carbonation. High quaffability.

This stuff is an excellent vehicle for hops, and I can swig it stupid smooth.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A light copper colored body and an off-white head with great retention. Not really any lacing, just random clumps here and there.

Smells hoppy. Grassy, citrusy, piney, pretty good.

Very nice IPA. Once again, hops dominate. Bitter flavors mixed with citrus, pine, grass and just a little but of caramel malt backbone. A light, well-carbonated mouthfeel that is a little oily.

Really drinkable IPA, I regret getting a 6 pack instead of a case now.

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Photo of benpst
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured out of a can. After my third twelve pack of this stuff I had to review it because I've never had such a great beer out of a can.

A - Dark amber with a beautiful two finger head that hangs around for a good while. Lacing is beautiful and seems to cling for dear life.

S - Strong hop aroma compared to what I've been drinking recently. Strong pine notes dominate.

T -Initially sweet and piny followed by a sudden wave of hops as it moves towards the back of the tongue. Light, crisp, and an expected bitter finish leaves you craving more. Just like the can suggests, it's a perfect camping beer. Seems to be the perfect session beer for summer time camping.

Drinkability - Light enough to drink all night and the price allows this. It's been my session beer of choice for the last month or two and seems even more appropriate now that spring has rolled around.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 4-16-12

*Huge* white five fingered head. Brew has nice clarity within an orange brew. Some yellow and reds, more yellow then red. Not much lacing.

Very nice light hop aroma, some soft pine and well placed grapefruit flavor.

Awesome fruity flavors. Grapefruit, apricot, and Smooooth. Perfect carbonation and great bitterness.

One of the best cans to bring camping, hiking, golfing, ect. A near perfect Pale Ale. Awesome offering from Oskar Blues! Solid "A" quality brew.

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Photo of dolemite77
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Love the can... I thought that I was a beer snob against cans, but I think it is just that I'm against what is usually in those cans. This one is a big golden/amber hoppy, pale ale... not just pale. The aroma is cascade dominated, but the balance in the beer leads you to believe when they say they have 4 hops in this one. A bit heavy on the caramel, which gives a bit of english flavor to this... overall with the presentation, and the philosophy behind why they put it in a can- to give campers/climbers/boaters/hikers an opportunity to carry this thing in, and not leave trash. An honorable mission, and a good beer.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It tastes like a good american pale ale. A bit hoppier than SNPA, a bit less intense than The FFF offering. A damned good beer that I can get at a gas station on my way home from a 14 hour day at work. Cold too. Whats to complain about? it's 6.5 abv, tasty, quenching, yet sweet enough and hoppy enough to make me feel like I'm not wasting my life working an hourly wage job with no hopes of upward mobility.

Oskar Blues, your in the winners seat.

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Photo of boulevard2
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz can no freshness date provided but consumed on May 26,2007

Pours a rich deep amber ale with a thick head that holds for quite a while. High notes of cascade hopps and a twindge of heavy malts. Pineapple and other fruity flavours come about through my quest of this fine ale. This is a dam fine beer cosumed by the glass or out of the can especially out on the golf course.This beer will fit quite well in my beer Koozie.Props to Oskar Blues for this beer .

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Photo of Baraka
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(reviewed from notes)

Pours amber with a reddish hue. The nose is very hop heavy, especially for just a pale ale (reminded me of an IPA). The taste has a forward hop bitterness that assaults the tongue in a very pleasing way through ample citrus hops.. There are some bready malts that follow, adding some complexity, but this is a very hop driven beer.

Great, sessionable beer that might be the best APA I've ever had the pleasure of drinking.

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Photo of BlackDogBrews
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ah, Dales Pale Ale...I was introduced to this beer about 6 years ago at the BrewGrass Festival in Asheville, NC and it quickly became one of my all time favorite pale ales. I love that it comes in a can. Makes it very easy to take great beer with you to the beach, the lake, camping, roadtrips...you name it. This is an extremely drinkable beer, which can get you in trouble with the 6.5% ABV. The hops could be a little more present in the aroma, but the taste makes up for that. I like the sweetness that comes through as well. Very well balanced. This is just one of the great offerings from Oskar Blues and a beer that should be sought out by all who enjoy this style.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a clear light gold, with a fluffy three-finger crème colored head. Strong head retention. Impressive lacing.

S - A pretty potent and deep blend of west coast hops; getting pine, grass, and fruity notes. Not much of a malt presence, but a sweet note does come out as it warms.

T - Oh wow. This brew brings lots of hops, but also a nice balance with a sweetish malt underbody that plays off the bitterness really well. As far as hops, they are blended so well that no one hop variety stands clear; you get a little spruce, a little mint, a lot of citrus, some mango, and even a hint of earthiness. Somehow manages to pack a lot of hop punch without excess alpha acids, which make this a very smooth drink. Delicious.

M - Medium bodied, high to medium carbonation. Drying finish leaves you craving the next sip.

O - A very hoppy APA, almost so much that it's probably closer to an IPA, but man is this well put together. Basically a good IPA with the acidity dialed down and the malts dialed up. All the components compliment each other nicely. I could easily finish a six'er of this and not get tired of it.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was honestly going into this beer already disapointed because 2 of my 3 previously tried out of a make your own 6-pack were very disapointing (1 was another well known pale ale from another craft beer giant, the other was a canned beer). Boy was I surprised, this is a good beer. Pours an orange-gold body with a mountain of frothy foam. The smell was floral and piny with some citrus. The taste reflects this with the addition of some sweet malts. Overall a delicious beer that I definitely see myself drinking in the future, but with that said there are a few critiques. Firstly I felt there was too much bitterness with not enough hop flavor if that makes sense, like there was a lot of just generic bitterness with not too much distinct hop flavors. Secondly, the packaging needs to be updated. Although I got only one in a make your own I saw that these were being sold in the old plastic rings of fish doom. In my opinion that need to change to the new 6 pack carriers most craft brewers use for their canned beers, they look better and are better for the environment

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Photo of Mitchster
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Be careful when you open these cans as they fill them to the brim and they tend to splash all over you. This one pours out to a hazy caramel amber with little flecks of sediment, trying hard to eek out a modest head with a vigorous pour....soapy in nature with poor retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is mild to absent. The aroma is very nice, especially for a canned brew...sharply hoppy with floral, grapefruit, vanilla and pine notes...not pungent, however. Malts are nicely evident with some husk and skunkweed when swirled. The mouthfeel is slick and wet with a medium dense body. The taste is rich and pungently hoppy with a lingering malty sweetness throughout. Bitterness is mild to moderate and leafy in nature with a dry hop finish. Aftertaste of grapefruit rind.

One hell of a pale ale, probably closer to an IPA in nature. A very good brew, and the best canned beer I've had to date.

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Photo of ddean
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big pale ale for a lover of big beers. If you like West Coast IPAs, you'll like this one. Very hoppy, yet with a well-balanced flavor.

From a can, poured into pint glass.

Appearance- A nice amber-orange. Not much of a head, but somehow carbonation lingers in aftertaste.

Smell- A pleasant combination of alcohol and hops with a little malt. Somehow, it punches you in the nose every time you come back to smell again. You don't adapt to it. That's what I like most about it.

Taste- Delicious representation of the smell. Strong hops up front, especially for a pale ale, then dry malt. I get some lemon lingering afterwards. Want one more note (some sweetness?), but great.

Mouthfeel- The malt/lemon sits on the tongue nicely. "Carbonation" stays too. Something about the aftertaste feels like bubbles on your tongue.

I find it very drinkable and pleasant, with the taste complexity of a sipping beer and a lack of heaviness so that you could have more than one. Excellent deliciousness.

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Photo of allthatAles
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: i poured this beer out of ritual then realized based on the packaging i probably should've drank it from the can, but here we go....

Pour: A lightly hazed deep nearly burnt amber. head appears to be well structured and off white. seemingly random bubbles make their way to the top at a slow but steady pace. head breaks down within a couple of min.

Nose: touch of malt nuance of citrus and a hearty punch of hops.

Mouth: hoppy, a bit of cream with the malt. resiny, sticky, probably too hopped for most. however i think this very well done.the malt picks up a step as the brew approaches room temp. there is a lingering hop coating that you don't pick up till until you swallow and the nearly 'rise from the grave' to let your tongue that yes, "that just happened in your mouth".

I dig it. i dig OB, too. my thinking is this if canning saves them so much cash on their end, then why as consumers as we paying in at such a high price point?

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear orange-amber body rests gently beneath a short head of white that holds well and leaves some very nice lace about the glass. The nose delivers a combination of bright, fruity (more orange than grapefruit) and mildly piney hops along with a splash of yeasty fruitiness and a base of sweetish malt. It's crisp in the mouth without being overly aggressive, and it fades smoothly and cleanly from the palate. The flavor is bold, to say the least, and seems to add a light touch of diacetyl to it's already rich and fairly complex profile. It's exceptionally well balanced by a solid bitterness that allows its malt sweetness to shine before drying in the finish; and it's delicately pine-like hop flavors linger in the finish along with a touch of doughy maltiness. Quite nice! This beer deserves far more attention than it gets (and the fact that it's available in a can is a complete bonus!). Go get some!!!

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Photo of stampfler07
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear golden with two fingers of creamy white head, lacing sticks nicely to the glass

S- Strong floral character, slight booziness, very faint fruitiness as well as a touch of the malt sweetness

T- Juniper and floral hops with moderate bitterness, middle turns to a somewhat golden malt with a touch of sweetness and nuttiness, warmth on the back of the palate, slight drying and lightly bitter on the finish

M- Lightly carbonated, moderate body, smooth with a slight drying towards the end

O- Loved the aromas I got, solid all around, balanced hoppiness and malt make for a great pale ale, definitely will have again

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Photo of Rutager
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a hazy amber-orange with over a finger of very pale yellow head that sticks to the side of the glass pretty nicely.

Smell. Pink grapefruit and oranges with some light grains and caramel.

Taste. Nice light toasted grains and fresh citrus fruits. Some yellow grapefruit rind bitterness in the finish. Nice stuff.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Really nice and full flavoured pale ale. Nice taste in both the malts and hops.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up while on vacation in Denver. Beautiful amber-copper pour with a creamy two finger head with good retention and great lacing. Big floral, perfumey nose with subtle resiny citrus hops and a solid caramel malt base. Taste follows suit wonderfully. Resiny, perfumey hops are perfectly balanced with toasty, bready, sweet caramel malt. Hints of orange peel, toffee, biscuit, and tea. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly sticky with a great tangy, dry, bitter hop bite on the finish. This is very close to the perfect Pale Ale. Flavorful and bold, but oh so drinkable!

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Photo of Absumaster
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear, amber orange beer with a creamy head which sticks to the glass.

Smell is nutty, biscuity and caramellic malty. On top of that a good citric hop layer, giving some lemon and orange zest.

Taste is bitter and has some light roasted, nutty and caramel tastes. The yeast give a light fruitiness, which complements the semi-agressive citric, mostly lemon hops. Balance is always the key with APA's and this one is great balanced. Body is medium and drinkability is great.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can copped singly from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield.. Top of the can boasts that this is "A huge voluminously hopped mutha of a Pale Ale"... heard a lot about this brew, and with all the hype, I must agree that this is certainly a solid sample and an excellent depiction of the style... Pours a copper, amber, golden hue with minimal frothy head that dissipated after a minute or so... smell was complete with hop-like aromas - bursting through, very fresh, crisp, clean, and clear... I must say that this is a very drinkable brew... with the relatively modest ABV of 6.5% combined with its ultra-fresh and refreshing flavor, this is quite a depiction of an American Pale Ale... good, creamy mouthfeel combined with a hopped, vanilla, and bittersweet taste leads to a great brew... My first sample from Oskar Blues and I was pretty impressed with this one... the aftertaste is bursting with citrus, lemon, and fresh florals... goes down as easily as water... Definitely recommended...

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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