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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale

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very good

4,655 Ratings

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Ratings: 4655
Reviews: 1694
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of mcowgill


3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good beer from a can? what a concept!

A - hazy amber color with a thick creamy head

S - Caramel malty sweetness mixed well with a floral hopiness

T - Initially sweet malty flavor with a nice hoppy bitterness to the finish

M - medium bodied, very little carbonation

D - This is a nice drinkable beer....but don't pound it in the can. Pour it in a glass!

Serving type: can

08-10-2006 00:18:17 | More by mcowgill
Photo of vtfan77


4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden orange with a decent white head. Some lacing, but not as much as I would have thought.

S- Big time caramel malt aromas with a good dose of floral hops as well. Very nice!

T- Floral hops dominate, which is kind of surprising considering the big malt presence suggested by the nose. The malt definitely shows up, though, with a pleasant caramelly/ toasty taste in the middle that lingers on to the finish to blend with the hops. Decent amount of bitterness on the finish, though it isn't too much and is quite pleasant.

M- Medium-bodied mouthfeel with good carbonation, making it smooth and easy to drink.

D- Quite exceptional here, I could definitely drink a few of these in a sitting.

Very nice pale ale. I had heard good things and was not disappointed. The website describes it as being between a pale ale and an IPA, and I would agree. Hoppier than your average PA, but not quite up to IPA standards. Also is good straight out of the can, although I wouldn't recommend doing that, as you miss out on much of the wonderful aroma. Highly recommended.

Serving type: can

08-06-2006 05:41:15 | More by vtfan77
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice. Golden amber color with a good tight clingy cream colored head. Smells pleasantly hoppy with piney resin and juicy citrus. Well blended biscuity malts create a good base. Taste is even nicer. A good hoppy punch with smooth bitterness and more sweet solid malts. Ah finally a beer I would prefer in a can. The future is now. Mouthfeel is softly resinous, smooth and taste is lightly bitter in the finish. Good texture and highly drinkable.

Good beer.

Serving type: can

07-28-2006 03:28:02 | More by tastybeer
Photo of Dizzy


3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured an amber color from a 12 oz can, white head. Great citrusy hop aroma, I can't believe this came of a can. The taste mostly hops, initially some malt but after a few sips the hop bitterness covers everything else up. Medium mouthfeel, pretty much what I would expect with an APA. I enjoyed this and would drink it again, especially if I were outside, in a hotel or anywhere else where bottles are inconvenient. The bitterness lingers too much to drink more than one or two of these.

Serving type: can

07-28-2006 01:32:23 | More by Dizzy
Photo of bjohnson


4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Nick at Bauer for letting me crack this one open.

A: With a glug glug glug pours a cloudy peach color. Huge one and a half milkshake frothy off white head. Looks like a cloud or pillow. Good head retention and nice lace left.
S: Very decent amount of pine and grapefruit smelling hops. A bit of fruit in there also. Slight bready malt background, but the hops are the most dominant.
T/M: Very creamy and velvety in the mouth. Coats the entire way down. Good level of pine and fruit hops with a caramel malt background. Bitter hops are noticeable in the aftertaste on the tip of the tongue and sides of the mouth. Did I say creamy? Hell yeah! Slight level of carbonation leads right into a hop bitterness. Medium bodied pale ale.
D: Highly drinkable pale ale. one of the best ones I've had, especially because it's in a CAN! Very sessionable ale.

Serving type: can

07-27-2006 23:45:31 | More by bjohnson
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orange amber in color with a firm, creamy head that leaves stringy lacing on the glass and retains well. Aroma is very pleasant - almost has an Alpha King thing going on...almost. Lots o' juicy citrus hops, some sweet fruit and an underlying toasted nuttiness. The flavor is full of hops as well, just about reaches the level of "IPA". Bitter citrus and floral - smooth sweet malts battle the bitterness. Pretty rich in the flavor department overall. Mouthfeel is medium and has a slight grittiness to it.

If you're into sweet, citrusy, hoppy pale ales, this'll be right up your alley. Pretty well balanced too and I sure didn't find any "off" flavors from the can. To be honest, I'm completely indifferent to whether my beer comes in a can or a bottle. A very good APA poured from a can, bottle, or otherwise...

Serving type: can

07-26-2006 03:11:23 | More by wedge
Photo of NiceGuyMike

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a: Dark gold almost a brown ale. Healthy head with lacing all over the place.
s: floral and evergreen hops and roasted malts.
t: strong floral hops hit first that is quickly followed by lots of sweet maltiness. Hop bitterness finishes.
m: Full bodied, creamy goodness.
d: very enjoyable but a big heavey on the hoppy bitterness for my tastes. Tone down the hoppy bitterness and this is a great beer for me.

Serving type: can

07-23-2006 00:58:24 | More by NiceGuyMike
Photo of bwyker

New York

4.93/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from its classy aluminum can into my finest chalice.

A: Foamy thick head that stuck around for quite a while. Amber orange with lots of bubbles. Nice lacing around the glass.

S: Grapefruit, floral hops. Smells as hoppy as a double IPA!

T: Taste is consistent with the smell -- earthy, citrus hop bitterness with a subtle sweetness. There is something buried in the aftertaste that I would attribute to the can, but this could be in my head.

MF: Very smooth. Maybe a little drying from the hops bitterness, but not overwhelming.

D: Extremely drinkable. I really wish I didn’t know it came from a can, as I feel I was looking for an aluminum can taste. I honestly believe you would have no idea it came from a can if you didn’t pour it yourself. Skeptics put on your wifebeater, crank up the skynyrd and enjoy!

Serving type: can

07-18-2006 18:04:53 | More by bwyker
Photo of scooter231

New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty rusty color, great, great head. Foamy and sudsy. Stays for a while and leaves great lace. Smell is hoppy and, well, hoppy. Tastes quite hoppy as well, with a sweet, fruity thing going on in the background. Sure this isn't an IPA? Once again, like the Great Divide brews of Colorado, I taste a pot type thing going on. Must be something in the Colorado water... Mouthfeel is sudsy and surprisingly a little thin. Drinkability- pretty good, if you're in the mood for hops, otherwise, run away. And oh yeah- the can is the best, wish all beers came in cans.

Serving type: can

07-17-2006 03:51:26 | More by scooter231
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North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dale's Pale Ale in a can. Fun to drink a "good" beer from a can, but (and I don't care what anyone else says) cans taste different than bottles to me. Anyhow...

A: Pours a slightly hazy goden color with little head. Low retention, but decsent lacing.

S: Initial floral aroma and a bit of sweetness spice. Aromas disappear very quickly though.

T: Initially sweet and well hopped. Good bitterness that comes through as spicy. Becomes sticky sweet as the beer warms. Sweetness become more than I tend to like.

M&D: Descent mouthfeel. The sweetness translates into a heavier mourthfeel towards the end. Well (maybe overly) carbonated. Sweetness kills drinkability for me.

Overall, a descent beer. Having "good" beer in a can (which is unusual in my parts" makes this a good choice when bottles are out of the quetsion.

Serving type: can

07-13-2006 21:48:25 | More by JBStith
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a pale ale!
Deep amber color with some white lacing on the glass and a head that doesnt hang around for too long.
Smells like a pale ale!
A pleasant deep maltyness intermingled with a nice herbal/floral hop aroma. A little bit buttery in the nose, as well.
Tastes like a pale ale!
A hoppy one at that. A pronounced, in your face raw pine hop attack that gets reigned in some by the malts. Dry, bitter, with a long, oily hop finish.
This brew has some balls to it. Flirts with the idea of being an IPA; reminds me of some EIPAs.
Not my favorite style but this is a good example of the style.
And I'm all over the idea of craft beer in a can.

Serving type: can

07-10-2006 05:37:58 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of Hibernator


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dale's Pale Ale
12 oz aluminum can
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

I was beach bound this Saturday afternoon and decided to pick up a six pack. After months of hearing about Dale's Pale Ale, I was excited to spot this beer in the cooler. After sitting in a beach chair and listening to my ipod for most of the afternoon, I saved one in the cooler and now on to the review...

Pours a hazy orange with bronze highlights. Nice looking head on top that transforms to a thin lace leaving sticky lace patterns on the glassware.

Very hoppy aroma with whiffs of citrus, pine and sweet malts.

The sip starts off with a sweet, caramel malt profile and then quickly turns to an aggressive hop finish. The hop profile screams of grapefruit and lime twang with an earthy pine feel. This is a West coast style APA all day long and so enjoyable.

One of the best beesr I've had from a can. I love the convenience of the packaging and the quality of this beer; a rare combo these days. Could this be a sign of things to come? I hope so. Hats off to Oskar Blues Brewery.

Serving type: can

07-08-2006 21:02:57 | More by Hibernator
Photo of Suds


4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From an aluminum can, this brew pours a beautiful, rich amber color with a solid foamy head. Very attractive. The aroma is packed with hops: citrus and pine. Also present is a notable caramel-like malt backdrop. The taste is moderately dry and slightly resinous. There’s some malt flavor as well, but it fades increasing into the background as you near the finish. The finish is dry, moderately bitter, and full of a citric hop flavor. Moderate carbonation and a full body. Clean, and very drinkable. I was very impressed with this beer.

Serving type: can

07-08-2006 11:18:10 | More by Suds
Photo of BeerAmbassador


3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pumpkin orange hue pours with a great head and nice retention. Piney aroma along with grapefuit and maybe pineapple. Good hop flavor followed by excellent malt balance. Not a bitter pale along the lines of Sierra Nevada or the like. Along with everyone else who tries this I am amazed at drinking such a good beer out of a can.There are better pale ale’s out there but certainly not in a can.

Serving type: can

07-07-2006 04:46:20 | More by BeerAmbassador
Photo of cbl2

New York

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer in a can? Haven't had this since college. No best by date.


Pours a clear medium brown with an inch of tight white head on top.


Excellent grapefruit aroma imparted by the hops. This came from a can?


Damn! This is excellent!!! Beautiful sweet malts balanced perfectly with an intense bitter fresh grapefruit that is bursting with juiciness. Chewy mouthfeel, insanely smooth, this is phenomenal.


Brewed by two self-proclaimed hill-billy brothers, who refuse to bottle anything, this would appear gimmicky at first, but after opening, and consuming you realize this is the real deal. An excellent beer whether canned/bottled, whatever.

Serving type: can

07-01-2006 03:13:31 | More by cbl2
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3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Bukowski's in Back Bay after I had heard so much about this wonderful Pale Ale in a CAN(ooohhhh). Yes, it is in a can, and yes it was pretty damn good.
It poured a deep amber color with a medium head and moderate carbonation. Nothing terribly impressive.
I expected more of that aluminum-canned taste but got little or none of it. Hoppy and floral, with deep roasted and caramel malts. Not as much fruitness as I had been told, but still packs a punch for a canned beer.
Taste was very hoppy and mildly malty. Bittersweet piney and floral hops dominate and although the can gives a little bit more subdued punch, its still a punch.
Mouthfeel was very much like an IPA, although less astringent. Bittersweet fades into a clean and crisp finish, mild buttery overtones on the back of your tongue but nothing very pronounced.
Overall I was impressed. Not the best APA I've ever had, but by far the best I've had in a can, for what thats worth.

Serving type: can

06-30-2006 19:00:23 | More by sinistrsam
Photo of snilsen13


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good West Coast IPA, if you pour it out of the can that is. The bitter flavor lingers more than I like in the last tasting, but when I feel more like a hop head, this isn't bad. The can imparts an aluminum flavor worth avoiding, it doens't mix well and you miss the nice hoppy aroma this beer has. The smell is probably it's strongest point, but it looks god too. I have a hard time rating appearance above 4... maybe this one deserves more being a loner canned microbrew. It's more than a novelty.

Update: after finding $3 cans at my local lunch haunt of Dale's PA, I've taken a real strong liking to this. I was elated to see some fine NYC review of Pale Ale's put this one on top too. I put drinkability from 3 to 4 and upgraded taste, mouthfeel and smell a 1/2 point each. It's a good one in every respect and has a very nice nose. I'm at the point that I would choose it of DFH60.

Serving type: can

06-19-2006 18:33:53 | More by snilsen13
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North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My second review of this beer is much more favorable. Methinks the first time I tried it the can had gone through hell and back on it's journey East.

Deep amber pour with 3 full fingers of dense beige foam forming rocky peaks, plastering my pint glass with thick lace. Retention is epic, a great looker for sure.

Aroma is clean caramel and toffee malts, a touch of wildflower honey, and a wonderfully hoppy notes of citrus, pine shavings, and light fruit. Smells hoppy and fresh.

Taste is surprisingly better than the nose. A clean malt entry of roasty caramel and honeyed bread is perfectly balanced by generous pine and citrus hops. There's a distinct fruity componant that is supremely refreshing. It's as hoppy as some IPAs I've had.

Body falls just below medium, with average carbonation and a slick, smooth mouthfeel and crisp texture. Packed with flavor, yet light enough foe poolside refreshment. My new summer Go-To!

Serving type: can

06-17-2006 14:11:35 | More by AlexJ
Photo of SethB2


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a can into a Chalice.

Beer pours a medium amber color with an small amount of lacing. Smell of a sweet malts covering a yet to be discover hop profile. I like the taste. Malty and a tad hoppy, all at the same time. That said neither are really dominant. Just a well balanced, very drinkable beer. Probably the best beer I have ever had out of a can.

Serving type: can

06-17-2006 06:39:25 | More by SethB2
Photo of jaluria


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Having read more than a few comments about this particular beer in reference to quality beer in cans, I immediately picked up a 6-pack of it when I spotted it at Whole Foods.
Poured a semi-translucent, rust-orange color with an eggshell colored head that left behind plenty of lacing (rings). Aromas of grapefruit, citrus, hops, and grass seemed to come out. The taste was quite hoppy with bitterness right upfront and a malt sweetness in the tail end. The finish was semi-sour with a hint of ginger. Nice texture, but perhaps not carbonated enough. Easy to drink and sip; I'll be looking at cans in a whole new way.

Serving type: can

06-12-2006 18:31:02 | More by jaluria
Photo of ccrida


2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber colored and fiercly bitter, this pale ale drinks like an IPA. The extreme bitterness of the hops was offset slightly by the balance in the body, malty but still crisp. A nice white head that disapated quickly and left little lace. A typical american micro pale ale in my opinon, meaning way overdone with the hop bitterness, which severely limits it's drinkablity for me, although I am not much of a hop head.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2006 05:43:15 | More by ccrida
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Olde Hickory Taproom, previously reviewed from the can.
Pint was the color of a typical IPA. Amber in color with red, orange, and golden hues. 1" white head quickly receded to a filmy lace on top.
Smell is dominated by piney hops.
Man this is a good beer. I still stand by my assumption that this is more like an IPA. Citrus and piney hops with a dry finish.
Feels oily in the mouth. I like.
Extremely drinkable. This is no gimmick beer, it is a real fine, refreshing, crisp beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2006 02:33:34 | More by wcudwight
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North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a big philosophical argument with myself over whether you can actually pour a beer from a can into a glass. Some would say that a beer in a can is meant to be drunk out of a can...no glasses allowed.

On to the beer (poured into a glass). The beer poured a clear amber with a slightly off-white and long-lasting head.

Aroma was mainly malt for me with some citrus hops in the mix, but rather subdued. A little breadiness and some graininess.

Balanced, but the taste favors the malt side of the equation. Medium body and a bitter but not unpleasant aftertaste.

Overall a good beer and very convienient for tailgating, etc..

Now on to more pressing questions -- If a beer falls in the woods...

Serving type: can

06-07-2006 19:24:27 | More by ncbrewerbun
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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. can. $7.49 / 6-pack at the local Kroger's.

Hmmm....canned IPA? Call me skeptical.

Pours a pale ale-ish hazy-chinky amber-copper in color. Tight layer of tannish-white head. Modest lacing of the glass. Aromas are really, REALLY pronounced citrus hop zest mixed with oily pine resins. Amazing. Flavor is snappy and brisk, starting off with a citrus splash followed by a puckering pine sap dollop on the tongue. There's an undertow of malt backbone that keeps this one in check. Hoppy? Heck yes. But not overtly so. Finishes dry, with a short-lived orange zest aftertaste. Right amount of carbonation. Decent body. Very drinkable. A sure-fire tailgating beer if there ever was one.

Serving type: can

06-04-2006 20:58:38 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark amber, with a nice, thick, 3" head. Thick, foamy lacing lines the glass.

Smell: Plenty of citrusy and piney hops burst from the glass with an undercurrent of sweet, fruity malt.

Taste: Dale's begins with a rush of hop bitterness, very piney and citrusy the transitions to a middle consisting of underlying semi-sweetness, mild fruits come to mind. The finish is all about the hops again as their bitterness lingers long on the tongue. Not the slightest hint of aluminum can be traced.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, slightly oily with hops and ample carbonation.

Drinkability: I stumbled upon Dales a few years ago when coming back from Rocky Mountain National Park and stopped in Lyons, CO for a beer. It was damn fine on tap, then when they said they had six packs to go in cans, I couldn't believe it. Anyway, move ahead a few years and I'm finally reviewing this APA. Dales is a hop heads APA, in fact, its more along the lines of an IPA if you ask me. Plenty of juicy, citrusy hops and that undercurrent of semi-sweet malts makes this an easy drinker for sure. No trace of metal can be found in the flavor profile. This is a beer that I highly recommend, and its even better that it comes in a can. Seek and enjoy, a great beer to take boating, hiking or on the beach.

Serving type: can

05-29-2006 18:52:48 | More by SwillBilly
Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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