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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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1,839 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,839
Hads: 6,751
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 22.39%
Wants: 155
Gots: 1,240 | FT: 7
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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Photo of cjgator3
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orangish amber color with a large creamy white head that has great retention and leaves a lot of lacing around the edges of the glass. Aroma is a very pleasant mixture of malt and hops. The taste much like the smell is very well balanced with a nice mixture of malt and hops. Overall, this is certainly my idea of what an APA should be. It really has a nice hop profile, but I cannot say enough about how well balanced it really is unlike some APAs. The fact that it is in a can is a bonus as it is great for those beach/fishing trips. Highly recommended!

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Photo of lester619
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found two six packs at the grocery store. So glad I did. Appearace is dark orange copper amber, a little cloudy. looks and smells like an IPA. Nice two inch head, beutiful lacing. The look is kind of a moot point because this will be consumed directly from the can. Harsh hop presance, in a good way. This has to be very close to an IPA. Juicy oily hops bludgen your tounge. I love this beer. It has even more hoppy goodness than Stone or Sierra Nevada's versions. More of a creamy, complex mouth feel too. At close to 7% ABV, it is almost too drinkable. I just love how it tastes.I really love the fact that it comes in a cool red and blue redneck looking can. I love cans. Up there with my favorites. Great beer.

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Photo of BeerMark
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brewery pours a very nice dark deep amber color with a fluffy 2 finger head. This beer has a great hoppy and malty aroma. Carbonation is perfect. While the beer has all the typical APA flavor with malt, hops, and citrus, I must point out that its main strength lies in its balance of all three. I find it to be very pleasing on the tongue with an almost creamy texture. Most interesting. It's the best beer in a can I've ever tasted although I had mine in a glass. A must try.

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Photo of bamadog
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review is from notes taken on 10/25/2009. Poured from a can into a pint glass. Something tells me that my score is going to be higher than the average, but what can I say? This is a great freaking beer and I feel they need to start distributing to where I live so I could make it a regular in my fridge.

Appearance: Pours a nearly perfect copper color and comes with a 1/2 finger white fluffy head; body is clear and shows strong carbonation; firm washes and rings of lacing cling to the sides of the glass.

Smell: A fine balance of malty sweetness and a mild piney/citrusy bitter hop presence; malt is stronger in the nose than in the mouth, ultimately, but I am loving how this hits my nose.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Outstanding! the balance in this pale ale is extraordinary - the hops are more piney than citrusy in the mouth and the resins are super present and leave a thick coating all over the mouth, particularly the roof; the malts offer a firm backing and help smooth out the bitterness.

Drinkability: I wish this was something that I could get my hands on all the time. The smell and taste are great and it's very refreshing, this would definitely be a go-to pale for me.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear golden orange color with lots of bubbles flowing to the top, pure white head, quite thick, solid retention and huge lace on the glass.

S-the nose is quite nice and brings a hint of pale malt up front with big citrus hops holding down the fort. there is some grapefruit and orange in there.

T/M-smooth, lighter body with lots of pale malts up front, nice grapefruit, appricot backbone. hint of bitterness at the finish. perfectly carbonated and crisp clean finish.

D-this is extremely drinkable, just a tad too much bitterness at the finish to be perfectly drinkable for a pale ale. the hop presence is fantastic in the nose and slightly lesser in the taste.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

In a can from Systembolaget, Sweden.
Amber color and clear liquid. 2 finger high wite foam.

The smell is what I want from a Pale Ale: citrus, fresh hops, orange, apricot, herbs, pine & vanilla.

The taste is soft with an immediate bitter taste, pine, grass, grapefruit and malt.

This is so good beer! I keep coming back over and over again :)

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Photo of lovindahops
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

my first craft in a can. Sure there are options out there, but I think this is the way to start out.

A- a crystal clear amber look with a fantastic head that fades. It presents a picture perfect America Pale Ale look. As the head disappears, spotted lacing is all over the place. It literally rips and tears at the side of the glass as it drops

S- there are some strong orange flavors and fantastic floral hops. You can tell the emphasis on the hops in this. Nevertheless, there are also some malt tones as well. I think that the brew is an excellent depicition of the smell of an AmPA

T- same program. There is a delicious demonstration of floral hop flavor and the same citrus presense as well. A slight caramel flavor that is no doubt the malty sweetness as well. The trick is that the brew is slighly bitter and dry too. Tasty!

M- light, crispy, and creamy. Is that possible? This is rare IMO.

D- Dale's Pale Ale is an incredible brew. While it not only exemplifies the american version of a pale ale... the brew also capitalizes on being a drinkable brew. The hopped up flavor is not only notable... it also is tastyy enough to keep going down. The can is a novelty and I believe Oskar Blues has become the first mover in a canned movement of craft that is about to blow up!

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Photo of CASK1
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can poured to a Sam Adams pint glass.

A - Light amber with plenty of haze. Ivory head falls to a persistent thin layer that leaves nice lacing down the glass.

S - Hops dominate. Piney and resiny, with citrus in the background. Ligth sweet, toasted bread malt comes though as the beer warms.

T - A bit more balanced than the aroma. Lots of hops, with a complex blend of pine, resin, and citrus. Hop bitterness is medium-high, but there is substantial supporting malt that balances more than an IPA.The malt is lightly sweet, grainy and a bit toasty. Bitterness lingers long into the finish a lot like an IPA.

M - Medium body and medium-high carbonation leads to a nice dry, almost astringent finish. Alcohol is very well hidden.

O - One of my new favorite PA, and a likely go-to for a regular fridge stock.

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Photo of atpben
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I gotta start off and say wow. I love this beer. They call it a pale ale but it's really an IPA for me and a good one at that. Have had this many times, most recently at the Flying Saucer In Houston. Poured a nice orangey amber. All various citrusy aromas, just amazing. Starts a good bitter with a smooth citrusy middle with some biscuit and ends a wonderful citrus taste in the back. I love this beer, enough said.

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Photo of jnfs
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a beautiful light mahogany color, there is a slight head on the top of this beer. Carbonation wise, it's light to moderately carbonated. Aroma is of citrus, pine and caramel. The taste is smooth, hoppy, and of caramel. There is a nice slight hop aftertaste that almost outperforms the initial hop bite. This is a awesome canned beer, bravo. Had I not poured this beer I would not know it traveled to me in one. Not a cheap beer, but a great example of a pale ale.

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Photo of LiquidSanity
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ap: Golden-Orange amber color. Plenty of head. Minimal lacing. Beautiful appearance.

Ar: Orange and floral notes. Nothing super impressive but not distracting.

Ta: This beer is delicious. Plenty of earthy and piney hops, a touch of honey with a nice bitterness that would confuse many into thinking it is an IPA.

Mf: Thick and rich while being creamy. Very engaging.

Ov: Honestly, how is this not an IPA? This beer is full of flavor, character and body. The bitter hops will delight and you will drink any and all I place in front of you. Enjoy each one as it is poured. Cheers!

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Photo of tchurchill7
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of jvande7
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of mjurney
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Citrus, piney, sweet caramel malts.

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.

Taste more like an American IPA than American Pale Ale. Highly drinkable, 6.5% ABV is well hidden. Very delicious beer.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of tmm313
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of nortmand
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of tony223366
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
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

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of xoqx
4.48/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.48/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of BBM
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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....

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Photo of TexIndy
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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]

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Photo of huntert
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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".

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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