Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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6,538 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,538
Reviews: 1,882
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 147
Gots: 1,105 | FT: 6
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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 NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
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!!!

Photo of stampfler07
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
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

Photo of Rutager
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

Photo of Absumaster
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of dsa7783
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
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...

Photo of PaulfromNoVa
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Liberty Tavern, Clarendon Section of Arlington, Va. "Let me have a pint of Dale's Pale..." "Yessir." From the tap to a 45 degree pub pint in an absolutely lovely bar, served by Danny, the cordial barkeep.

Is it to be expected that keg Dale's would have so much less carbonation than the can Dale's? It would figure. The bubbles of carbonation were not as ostensible as from the can, and soon vanished - stillness reigned in the glass - and the thick snowy head dissipated rapidly, leaving a pleasing lacey embroidery in its trail. The color was Dale's burnished copper, hazy and attractive. The fragrance was one of bitter, citrusy hops with a faint note of caramel malt. Faint. (I worry that my sniffer has evolved to detect only hops/esters and is inured to malt...but if so I remain happy in this...)

I love Dale's Pale and the taste is dry, bitter, and the fulfillment of the promise of the nose. The mouthfeel, however, was somewhat lacking, in that the carbonation was distinctly off. No: this wasn't even close to flat - flat is flat, and it hits your mouth like a dead thing. This brew was alive in the mouth but not creamy foamy as I had experienced it elsewhere and earlier.

I could still drink this all day and into the night. One of my favs.

Photo of projectflam86
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got from a trade with bonsreeb85. Thanks for the chance to sample this fine brew!

A- Pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy white foam that leaves tons of lacing.

S- Floral hops and pine scents make up the majority of the nose. Some citrus orange and lemon scents mix well with some light malt sweetness and honey.

T- A huge amount of floral/piney hop bitterness initially. This is only an APA?! Lots of citrus and honey flavors that actually remind me somewhat of the honey in Hopslam. A light toasted sweetness helps to balance the finish. The bitterness subsides after a few sips and this brew feels much more balanced.

M- Light and crisp with ok carbonation.

D- This has the feel of an IPA all the way. Nice flavor and really drinkable. I realy wish we had this in Ohio.

Photo of nelnutter
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured can into SA perfect pint glass.

A: Agressive pour gave a good 3-finger head of soapy foam that stuck around a while and left patchy lacing all around.

S: Definite citrus hops, mostly grapefruit, with some nice pale malt coming through.

T: First hit of big citrus hops, mostly grapefruit and orange; nice sweet malt comes through as well, and then another blast of floral hops.

M: Medium-bodied and ample carbonation.

D: I can't say "sessionable" considering the ABV, but this is a very drinkable APA. One that I'll want to have in my fridge at any given time, and a beer that I feel could convert some BMC drinkers to quality craft ale...in a can.

Photo of Shaon94
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Light amber coloring with a finger and a half of head with a nice lacing left behind.

Smell - Smells...I don't know... Clean is the only word I can think of. I mean it has the typical citrus fruit and hop/malt smell of most pale ales, but something about this one just smells clean, and I like it.

Taste - Surprised big time on this one, no metallic taste at all. Not even a little bit. One of the better Pale Ales I have tried so far, nice blend of flavors with no one taste standing out and dominating the rest.

Mouthfeel - A little carbonation and a very "light" feel to it.

Drinkability - This has definitely become a staple beer that I will keep stocked as long as I can get it. Very clean and refreshing. I am looking forward to many more cans of this.

Photo of Durge
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a cold can to tall glass, a classic somewhat dark amber with a solid eggshell head and solid lacing. The nose picks up a beautiful citrus-pine hop with a pleasant root beer malt hint. Very high end for a pale ale! The flavor brings on more of the same with vanilla sweetness and more of a hop grain attack that satisfies any hop appetite in the pale ale world. I also sense a near chocolate malt complement. Medium bodied with a frisky feel from lively carbonation, this is one great pale ale! Highly drinkable and well recommended.

Photo of ChrisSimpson1968
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with a thin, white head. Faint malt aromas quickly usurped by the hop bouquet. The hops are fragrant, and come close to a IPA for hoppiness.. The taste definitely does not disappoint; smooth malty sweetness perfectly balanced by the bittering hops. Hop flavor is evident as well. Medium body with a very smooth mouthfeel. Finishes clean. Really well done.

Photo of k7sw
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured hard from a can into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A- Deep golden amber body with a big frothy tan head that sticks around all the way through until it sits at the bottom of the glass (like Guinness on tap at an Irish pub)
S- Strong floral nose, something woody decidedly sweet
T- Starts off with a strong bite, then flavors of caramel, apple, and a bittersweet finish. Just on the brink of being too sweet but it comes back just in time.
M- Goes down smooth, medium carbonation
D- Great for a day hike or drinking on your lawn in a hurricane.

Definitely a favorite beer, and it comes in a can too!

Photo of beergoot
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice orange-gold color to the body. Thick, creamy white head with fair lacing down my pint glass. Powerful hop aroma: pine and citrus. Golden malt notes to the smell. Rich, malt taste with a wonderful undercurrent of hop bitterness. Medium bodied.

An outstanding canned beer. Rich and flavorful throughout and a delight to drink.

Photo of hophead247
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy, golden copper body with a finger-width, dense, white head that dissipates slowly and remains nicely laced. Aroma is loaded with sweet, citrus hops. Big, rich malt profile as well. Flavor is similar. Lots of floral citrus hops and caramels. Light toasted caramel comes through in the finish. Lingering taste of resiny, moderate pine and citrus. Very fresh tasting. Palate is medium bodied and extremely well balanced. Overall, this is what an APA should taste like. Fantastic.

Photo of sideshowrob
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I know, I know the "thing" about this beer is that it's in a can. And I went and had it on draft...

Anyway, it was suprizingly tasty, especially for a pale ale. Nice color, good appearance, very expressive nose. The taste was the selling point - a whole lot of hops going on, but they are well balanced and compliment each other nicely. Extremely drinkable, at least for a hophead such as myself. Can't wait to track it down in cans...

Photo of Toddv29424
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this brewery's idea to skew conventional wisdom and serve their beer in cans is novel and necessary. After tasting it I'm not sure why more companies don't do it! This beer pours an amber color with a generous head. The smell is deliciously hoppy with an extra sugar kick. The taste is special as well, and for some reason you can tell it seems to come from a can. It gives it a certain crispness, but in now way cheapens the beer as a whole. The bitterness seems to take over the mouth and suppress any maltyness that would otherwise be apparent.

Photo of evansrdbrew
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank on: 3/4/10
6.5% ABV
12 oz can in a tulip glass

A= Pretty 1/4" head which was slightly off-white. Opaque golden amber beer. Head receeded slowly leaving a nice whispy lace and a thin layer of bubbles on top.

S= Fantastic hop aroma! Notes of piney citrus (grapefruit) and hints of resiny hops.

T= Light notes of malt come throught. Great delicious citrus hop flavor accompanied by notes of pine. Has a very nice hop bitterness from the middle through the finish. Flavors very similar to the aroma.

MF= Wonderful body which isn't to light. Leaves nice light coating on tongue and has a great lasting bitterness, which is just right.

D= Highly drinkable. Goes down smooth and each sip you take brings you back for another.

Overall, this is definitely my favorite beer in a can. At least so far.

Photo of mckajd03
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My opinion is unfortunately tainted because of my love for all things bitter. With that said, I don't know why there are a certain few that can't stand this beer. I would think it could harbor a mediocre review on style compatibility alone- this is an APA and tastes/drinks as such. I, of course, think that it's the best thing in a can that is out there, and one of my favorite hoppy brews overall. If you like hops, then this will double the size of your hop head. Sure it's unbalanced, but that is the appeal of the APA- an overhopped IPA. Am I right? And to validate my opinion, I had this beer on a non-hyped recomendation of a liquor store owner on my visit to the Carolina's- I'd never even heard of it before then. So, hyped or not, from a one hop lover to the next, buy a six and enjoy.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to trep for bringing this my way...12 oz. can into a tulip glass.

Pours a golden amber color, very appealing look with an ample amount of off-white head that leaves good lacing. Delivery from a can makes it all the more improbable and impressive. Aroma is full of caramel malts and big, piney hops. Well-balanced and enticing.

Taste is as good as the aroma, something I haven't often found to be true of pale ales. Same delicious balance of carmelized malts and foresty hops. Mouthfeel has a good carbonation level, it's juicy and crisp with an aftertaste that falls a bit flat but still succeeds for the style. Overall, this is definitely a drinkable beer. Goes down easy and keeps the senses entertained.

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

My man Paul recommended this beer to me years ago and I was really blown away then. Figured it was time to pop a can and review it!

Poured from the can to a pint glass.

A - A very vivid copper coloration with huge head and tons of lacing.

S - A completely unique floral bouquet of citrus hops! A slight sweet caramel malt flavor is detectable through the hops but the aroma is citrus hop dominant.

T/M - My taste buds welcomed the hop character immediately. A pleasant variety of grapefruit and other citrus hop flavors meld with a bit of earthy pine hops. The beer transitions to a sweeter more balanced character as the malt flavors comes through and finishes fairly clean with a sweetness and citrus hop note. Not too bitter as might be expected with this variety of hops, quite pleasant.

D - Drinkable for sure. Might be a little much for someone not into the hops or such an aggressive beer.

Overall I'd highly recommend Dale's. It is one of the best Pale Ale's I've ever had.

Serving type: can

Reviewed on: 01-24-2011 20:55:05

Photo of NewGeneric
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to tweidman420 for the generosity.
Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a kinda hazy amber color with light golden hues around the edges. Yields about 1/2 finger of foam that fades quickly leaving scattered lacing around the glass. A thin layer of tiny bubbles resides on top.

S: Fairly hoppy. Mostly floral, with touches of earth and spice. Not much beyond that. A little bit of caramel and spent grains.

T: Taste is pleasantly surprising compared to aroma. Very hoppy. Plenty of citrus flavors abound to complement the floral and earthy hoppiness. A pretty decent malt backbone as well. Caramel rises up from underneath the hops. To me this is kinda borderline IPA. A tremendous Pale Ale.

M: Beautiful. Medium bodied and chewy and VERY smooth. Just a touch of lingering bitterness and dryness keep me from giving this a perfect score.

D: A VERY GOOD Pale Ale. Perhaps my favorite that I've tried thus far. The only thing that would keep me from drinking a whole bunch is availability and the touch of lingering bitterness/dryness. Almost exceptional :P

Photo of GnomeKing
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The NY Times made a big deal about the can and how this contributed to the freshness. Indeed, the beer does taste very fresh, like something you'd have at a brewpub. It's nicely hoppy in the nose and on your tongue (or, preferably, my tongue). The citrus-y hops and substantial maltiness would qualify this as an IPA by many standards. It's a beauty, too, bright amber with a frothy 1/2 inch head and loads of lacing. The smell is grassy and herbal. Dale's goes down easily, so much so that some could treat it as a summertime lawn mower beer...but at 6.5%, pay it the respect it's due.

Note: After writing this, I got two more cans and liked it even more. I then bought another two cans, and liked those more. This beer is really growing on me.

Photo of stimulus
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Consumed from a 12 ounce can.

A: Bright orange/amber hue with medium sized white colored head.

S: A bit of pine and citrus as well as hops.

T: A lot like Sierra Nevada's offering: citrusy pale ale followed up by a bit of hop power.

M: Goes down quite smoothly; carbonation and hops are just about right.

D: Wow! It's amazing how the taste is preserved in a can! Certainly worth saving this six pack of cans! Incredible!

Photo of Oregonbrewdude91
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hop filled love in a can, it's packable, drinkable, and just plain tasty. Best enjoyed with friends and straight from the cans. Oskar blues flagship beer is still in my top list for beers year round. 4.5/5 O.B.D91

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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