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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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BA SCORE
88
very good

5,951 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 5,951
Reviews: 1,749
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 115
Gots: 660 | FT: 6
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)
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

millelacsmark, Feb 14, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a can into a snifter. Canned on 27-Nov-2013.

Aroma
Slight hop aroma, mostly florals with an inkling of cinnamon or spice making an unexpected showing. Maybe I'm an idiot. As the carbonation declines, so does the aroma. No alcohol detected. Pale malt peeks through. Would have benefited from just a touch more hop florals.

Appearance
Crystal clear, golden, half-inch straw-colored head slowly dissipates and eventually disappears, although lacing remains on the glass. Seriously though, I can see what I'm typing through my beer. Sure, it's distorted and golden, but I can see it!

Flavor
A consistent taste from the time it hits your tongue until you swallow. Medium hop bitterness complimented by a solid caramel malt presence. I think I detect a hint of dust, but maybe my wife needs to learn how to do the dishes better. Hop bitterness wins out at the end and stays.

Mouthfeel
Light-medium bodied. Surprisingly dry. Salivation kicks in with the first sip and leads to a coating on the tongue that reminds you of the beer for a while after you're done.

Overall Impression
This was my beer for the Super Bowl this year. After four it made my mother-in-law much more tolerable. It's a solid pale ale. Most American pales seem to over-hop in an attempt to leach off the popularity of their cooler brother, IPA. Dale's Pale Ale seems to stay true to the style, and for that I'm thankful.

AnthonyBeerdain, Feb 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

ColdJuan, Feb 13, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 1/14/14.

Appearance: Deep caramel color with great clarity. Two finger off-white foamy head.

Aroma: Light 2-row malt and a dab of earthy/peppery hops.

Taste: Classic pale ale. Starts with a good underlying spicy/sweet biscuit malt flavor with an earthy/warm hop character to round out the flavor. Although it's listed as 65 IBUs, the malt covers most of that up so you're left with a very smooth and manageable bitterness. The finish is the same balanced malt and hop goodness that consumes the rest of the experience and the aftertaste leaves just a bit of peppery bitterness on the palate. While 6.5% ABV really hits the upper limit for this style, the result speaks for itself.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body with smooth carbonation and good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Living in MN means that Summit EPA is the standard that all other pale ales are judged against. Dale's Pale Ale is the first of the style I've tasted that is comparable to Summit EPA. The great balance of flavors in Dale's Pale Ale makes it one to remember. Would I drink it again? Yes.

JamesMN, Feb 13, 2014
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3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 8 January 2014. Tasted 10 Feb 2014.

Pours a nice clear amber. Two fingers of off-white head, fluffy and pillowy. Good retention and excellent lacing. Outstanding.

Smell started out bright and hoppy, with vibrant citrus. But that's gone quickly, leaving a faint mid-level herbal hoppiness. Well supported by solid caramel malts.

Taste is up and down. At times, I find it chalky and unpleasantly bitter. At others, I find it relatively clean and smooth. Wish I could have more of the latter.

Feel is medium-light bodied. Carbonation is mid-low level, consistent throughout. Nice.

A solid pale ale. I get hints of something really good, but they battle with or give way to less enjoyable elements.

zeledonia, Feb 11, 2014
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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
88 out of 100 based on 5,951 ratings.