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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,826 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,826
Hads: 6,687
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 152
Gots: 1,186 | 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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Reviews: 1,826 | Hads: 6,687
Photo of aepb1
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- brownish with a serious white head and leaves some lacing

S- Some piney citrus hops, not as much hop in the nose as other pale ales I've had

T- Some sweet maltiness up front turning into the hoppy bitterness quite quickly. Nothing real special here.

M- Light bodied and some crispiness from the carbonation coupled with that hoppiness

D- Nothing offensive but nbot much reason to return in my opinion other than the can factor. (434 characters)

Photo of Bartrob6
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

good lookin pale ale. gorgeous head with good lacing. somewhat orange looking to me.

smells very sweet up front. alot more crystal malts than a normal pale ale. hops come in after the sweet malt with pine and citrus. leaning more towards the pine.

too sweet for a pale ale. the hops are trying to balance it out, but this one is leaning towards the sweet malts.

heavy mouthfeel. just doesn't fit the style very well. i could drink this, its just not that great.

good beer, just doesn't fit the style very well. (514 characters)

Photo of Trueant1
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What a surprise out of a can. Probably the most flavorful beer I have had out of a can.

Pours a nice creamy offwhite head with good lacing. Nice copper orange color.

Smells of sweet citrus and some spicy hops.

Tastes a bit off but lots of flavor here. I think the grain flavor up front is what throws it off. A good hop and sweet malt flavor is in this. The hops throw in a lot of bitterness.
The grianey flavor reduce the score of this beer.

This beer seems wet on the mouth. A bit thin. but nice.

What a surprise out of a can. Recommended. (548 characters)

Photo of msolar
3.05/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have some friends that rave about this beer, so I thought I'd finally give it a shot. 6-pack was about $9.50 but the store is on the pricey side (Bud Light 6-pack of cans was $6.00).

Anyway, the beer is way too hoppy for my liking. It should be labeled as "Dale's IPA".

I wouldn't buy it again and I probably wouldn't recommend it to anyone who wasn't specifically looking for an IPA.

Cheers,
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Photo of woodychandler
3.06/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My pour resulted in a finger's worth of thick, deep-tan head with good retention. The nose was lightly hoppy with a definite pine scent. The color was a beautiful deep amber with NE-quality clarity. The mouthfeel was thin-to medium with a tasty hops tang in the mouth. The finish was where the pine taste that I noted on the nose really asserted itself. There was also a gritty feeling in my mouth after the swallow, which I will attribute to the drying quality of the hops. It was not unpleasant, but it was notable. This was the first of their four canned products that I have tried, so I wish to reserve judgment on drinkability for an update once I have tried them all. As a pale ale, it was pretty average. (711 characters)

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.06/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Dale's Pale Ale pours amber looking haze with a small head. Not much carbonation which is pretty normal for the style. Not much in the way of nose, even as it warms up. It tastes more like an English Pale Ale than an American. Not much in the way of hoppiness. Mouthfeel is fairly thin and goes down easy. Middle of the road pale for me. (341 characters)

Photo of Nrcle11
3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a can.

A: Poured aggressively, resulting in a thick two finger head which lingered for a few minutes and eventually dissipated. Has a light copper look, nice carbonation bubbles.

S: lighter aroma, fairly hop-forward with citrus overtones.

T: Matches the aroma; hop-forward, orange-rind flavors with a hint of honey from the malt.

M: Very smooth, oily finish. Goes down easily.

O: Overall, this beer is good but not great. I had it recommended to me several times, so perhaps it was built up too much by the time I got my hands on it. I didn't find it particularly well-balanced. I would probably buy it again but not very often as there are a number of others beers I prefer within this price range. (735 characters)

Photo of RichScherle
3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - amber to orange with frothy rich head

S - nice but subdued clean malt with a bit of hop. very classic pale ale

T - This beer is on the verge of being really good. All the components are there - they just don't stand out enough. There's a nice malt note, but its rather bland and timid. It finishes with a somewhat nice blended hop piney/citric flavor - but again its very bland. The whole effort just seemed a bit restrained. What I did like was you could tell the water was very good, and the beer has a nice smoothness and brightness to it. Its good but just almost like watered down.

M - good mouthfeel due to the nice quality soft water used and brightness of the hops and malt. Very smooth and glides across the palette.

D - its drinkable but because I kept being reminded of a watered down taste it didn't exactly make me want to imediately crack another. Man o man - if they just could amp this brew up a bit and make each ingredient pop a little more it could be a great brew. Seems flat, uninspiring, and bland. (1,029 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass.

Somewhere between bronze and gold is where this beer lies. Fluffy white foam. Stickiness abounds.

Pine smell, detectable hoppiness.

Huge potent hoppy swarm of bees punches me right in the teeth right from the get go. Bitterness buries any flavor completely. This is one powerful pale ale, but definitely not for me. Acid in my mouth.

See why hop heads like this so much, sorry to say I didn't. (441 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at PJ Whelihan's in Medford, NJ. Served in a shaker.

Pour: Clear copper with a finger of off white head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Pretty light cirtus, with a bready caramel sweetness.

Taste: Bready malt forward, caramel, light citrus, light grassy hops. Meh.

Mouthfeel: Really light, but too bready on the taste which diminished this one's drinkability.

Overall: Forgettable. Won't get again (399 characters)

Photo of JVEyck309
3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a can into a pint glass

A: cloudy reddish orange
S: overly grapefruit floral hops.. not too much else
T: So... someone had described this beer to me as similar to Sierra Nevada APA but more hoppy.. and okay.. I could see what they meant but in all honesty.. not how I would describe this beer.. I didn't find this to be terrible but the hop taste was overly grapefruity and just sort of off-putting. Citric taste of the hops.. a tad bit overbearing. This is a tough call.. as I am on my second can.. Not sure how I feel about having another four to finish out my night.. skeptical. Way too biting.. almost astringent.
M: mouthfeel was nice, nothing wrong with the feel of this pale ale. But the taste of it is what's bringing me down...
D: Probably won't be getting this one again. Drinkable.. yeahh sure.. sort of. Not my cup of tea.. or beer.. uhmm.. yeah. (866 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beer pourd from can into tumbler at 48 degrees. Beer was a strange cloudy orange color. Beer had a great big head that lasted forever that exuded a very hoppy nose. Beer was really smooth feeling almost thich in the mouth. A bit too hoppy for my taste, will not but again. (272 characters)

Photo of maleman
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass. Can had born-on date on the bottom. Poured deep amber with an off-white two-finger head and slippery lacing.

S - biscuit and pepper with a bit of citrus.

T - first impression is an alcohol blast then followed up by subtle malts. Grapefruit is on the outer edge.

M - medium bodied with a good amount of aftertaste with some bitterness.

O - Disappointed that a good appearance and smell were not followed up with similar taste, but hey...we're here for the taste, right? Wouldn't skip over a bunch of other beers to buy this one again. (586 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a non-imperial pint glass in high altitude Denver, Colorado. Reviewed from notes. Paired with an elk burger and some french fries.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and average retention. Colour is a clear copper.

Sm: Light hops and slight cream. A very light aroma.

T: Nicely hoppy, crisp, and pleasant, but lacking full flavour or complexity. It isn't layered, but features some light cream lacing undertones. Very light toasted malt. The finish isn't too bitter (fortunately). Built decently well, and balanced nicely.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with enough coarseness on the climax to bring out the flavours. Complements the flavour generally.

Dr: Drinkable and pleasant, but far from exemplary. (752 characters)

Photo of Realale
3.16/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Full copper-red. Very fine beige head sticks around throughout leaving nice lacing.

Nose is bready, caramel malt with a good dose of earthy, slightly citric hops. The toffee-ish notes are more than I'd prefer, but certainly within style.

Medium in the mouth with the caramel malts leading the way. Not as sweet as the nose would lead one to believe (thankfully), but still too much for me. Very reminiscent of New Glarus' Hearty Hop. Could use more bitterness to balance the malt, but the finish is still decently long.

Mouthfeel is fine, with carbonation on the higher end of the scale, which helps cut through the maltiness. Drinkable, but just not my preferred expression of the style. Can 5 of a six pack. (718 characters)

Photo of brunrn1
3.16/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very bitter right from the start, I wasnt expecting that. I dont ususally drink from cans but I had to try this. Ten bucks for a six pack of cans seems a bit steep especially since there isnt too much special about this beer. But after the first one went down it wasnt as bitter as the first, add a frosty mug and your good to go. (330 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.16/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: This was dark for an APA, it was an amber/orange color. It was served to me with a medium sized white head that stuck around for a while.

s: Big caramel malt aromas here. Some piney hop bitterness as well, but I wanted more.

t: As the smell suggested, this was heavy on the malts. Sweet, caramel, raw tasting malts. Some hop bitterness at the end, but it was hard to pick out from the sweetness.

m: This was very well carbonated and refreshing.

d: To sweet for an APA, this one isn't for me. (498 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A deep gold, topped with a nice creamy/frothy head. A decent looking pour.

S: A mild aroma of citrus hops... orange/grapefruit. A little malty backbone works its way into things, a touch of caramel.

T: A toasty malt grain, a bit a flowery herbal hops bitterness, followed by a dry tannin finish that is kind of unusual. Body was lacking any sort of expressiveness, with a very weak carbonation - I kind of expected more, considering the foamy pour. Kind of creamy, though, to make up for it, in a way.

D: This was okay, and I'd like to give it another shot some time, as it has some interesting characteristics. A part of me liked it, a part of me disliked it, so I'll have to venture into it again to try to do it some justice. (737 characters)

Photo of RedHaze
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to smellysell for the can.

Pours a bright orange with a fluffy off-white two finger head. The foam settles very slowly to a soapy cap, leaving behind a thin webbing of lace.

Smell; mild tropical fruits aroma, with fresh pine sap. Some caramel malts and biscuits are present as well.

Taste; initially piney hops dominate, with a touch of citrus. As this warms the malts really take over, with a mildly off-putting graininess, and a fairly strong diacetyl presence. By far my least favorite OB beer so far. Don't really know how fresh this can is, as there's no canned on or best by date.

Update: 15 Jun 08. Have had a couple more cans while and they have all had a buttery (diacetyl) flavor that I do not like. I know for sure that these cans are pretty fresh. (770 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 5/22/2008 (Can):

Pours a clear amber reddish colored body, with a good-sized head, white in color, and somewhat lasting. Has a hoppy aroma, with some grapefruit, medium strength. Grapefruit, sweet taste. Bitter. Dry, creamy, smooth aftertaste. (253 characters)

Photo of Offa
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty good pale ale, but not great, beig a little bland and thin, and with little too much grapefruit for me.

Orange-amber, it has a medium off-white head slowly shrinking to a foamy ring.

The aroma is grapefruit, grape, raisin, hints of bread crust and pine.

The taste is grapefruit up front but with a lot of syrupy grape and grain - light on flavour and mostly sweet, along with some faint, thin fruit and a hint of piney-leafiness. It's a bit too sweet up front while the finish is slightly too bitter, and it has a lingering bitterness afterwards. It is not overly bitter but the elements don't integrate and balance very well while utlimtately it's somewhat one-dimensional and bland. It's fairly full-bodied in feel and has well-rounded range of elements but they are too thin and don't work well together. (827 characters)

Photo of bosox941827
3.19/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can into Imperial pint glass; poured cold and warmed as tasted.
A - Clear orange/brown/amber; holds a bit of lacing down the glass.
S - Not much off the pour, but unfortunately does have a bit of an "off" scent to me; not skunked (it's from a can) but (and I hate to write this) a bit like dog food. Really. Willing to consider the possibility of a bad can here.
T - Not getting the hop punch on this one that others have talked about, which I would like in an APA. Hops only present themselves at the end, and faintly at that. But do get a nice hop linger, and a tasty bit of caramel malt that pleasingly presents itself WAY at the end of the palate. Finish with this beer kicks ASS all over the start...
M - No complaints here; carbonation is right on as well.
D - Not great; I prefer that mouth-cleansing dryness of the hops in an APA (think Sierra Nevada,etc) and don't get that here. Plus that nose (if real) is quite off-putting.
Overall not great - gotta try it again though to confirm that nose to be fair. (1,021 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The pour is clear copper in color. Doesn't look like much body as light easily shines through, and really, it's a bit light even for the style. However, you can describe the head as gorgeous from its semi-cascading formation to its lucious bright white head. Nice retention and if you can wait long enough, you're given a beautiful lacing.

Faint fruit teases the nose. Pineapple and even some darker fruit flavors join in. Plenty of malt for balance, some pilsner in there somewhere.

Little from the nose makes it to the tongue, save the hops. None of the dark fruit or even the pineapple shows up. It's all malt and whichever hops are used for bittering. The taste isn't bad, it's just nothing special and not what I think of when I think of American Pale Ales. Pale ale yes, but not so much American as there is no citrus in the taste.

It's very bitter. Not much complexity as bitter is all it is from beginning to end. It's not quite IPA bitter, but with the lack of balance in the feel, it feels like one. More on the lighter side of body than medium, it feels a bit loose and watery.

I really wanted to like this because it's the first time I've seen it in Indiana and I've heard lots about it, but I just don't care for it. It's not bad, but it's not really good either, just a middle of the road pale ale that thousands of breweries seem to make. Nothing special. (1,376 characters)

Photo of jim102864
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Recently purchased a six of this much hyped brew. Needless to say I expected more.

I realize canned beer is no longer an issue of concern for many given the inner construction which prevents any influence from the aluminum container, but still rightly or wrongly it cheapens the beer, particularly if it's not bud or pbr or of a similiar ilk. That being said, I'd be the first to suck down either one on a hot summer day, but if I'm looking for something more, a can is not the first thing I'd look for at me local packy. I suppose if the product were better, my mind could be changed. That did not happen in this tasting.

The appearance was copper with a yellowish hue. A thin one finger head, quite bubbly and active when swirled.

Not much going on in the nose of this one. I let it warm a tad in my new-design Sam Adams glass and noted some pineniness but that's about it.

Unusually aggressive hoppiness for a pale ale. Piney aftertaste and something else I can't put my finger on. An odd flavor.

Mouthfeel was light, somewhat biscuity and...average.

I think ol Oskar is getting way too much props for a beer that is too heavy on the hops for the style and unremarkable in taste. I'll give it another shot one day, but won't go out of my way to spend the sheckles on this offering. (1,290 characters)

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow - my second canned beer in 9 years! acquired via trade!

A - golden orange in color, very vigorous white head.

S - citrus hops, light malt and raw grain.

T - similar to smell. Nice but a bit grainy for me.

M - lightly bodied, smooth

D - 2 was my limit. a bit less grainy and it would be rated much higher. (323 characters)

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
89 out of 100 based on 1,826 ratings.