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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: 6,683
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 150
Gots: 1,184 | FT: 7
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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2002

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery pour with lite beige head; great lace. Crackers and slight hop nose. Malt flavor balances nicely with mild hop finish. Lite mouthfeel. Semi bitter hop linger is mild and overall this is a tasty pale ale. (211 characters)

Photo of BayernMunchen3113
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good Pale Ale. If you can purchase Sierra Nevada instead of this I would recommend it. But if you're wanting to try something different go for it. Decent lacing, had it on tap at the Slowdown in Omaha, Nebraska. (218 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a semi-clear amber color with a slight off-white head. The aroma is hoppy with a touch of bready malts. The taste has hint of pine, citrus, and grapefruit giving it dry taste. Very tasty and well made, a nice flag ship beer. (235 characters)

Photo of Pantalones
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third can from a six-pack I picked up not too long ago; canning date on the bottom (which shouts "LOOK AT ME!" to signify its importance) says March 12th, 2015. At 9:01, to be exact. Interesting that they note the time of day the beer was canned rather than just the date -- don't think I've seen that before.

Appearance-wise, very nice. Probably the darkest "pale" ale I've seen so far, it's a dark coppery orange color that borders on red in some spots. Mostly clear, maybe just a slight haziness, but I can still see some little bubbles rising up through the beer if I hold it up to the light. Nice fluffy whitish head of foam on top, which was huge at first (...possibly due at least in part to my inexperience in pouring from cans vs. bottles) but is now shrinking into a layer on top. Staying thicker near the edges of the glass, starting to vanish a bit more near the middle. Doesn't seem to be in a hurry to disappear entirely, however, as halfway through the glass there's still a thin later on top and a slightly thicker ring around the edges. The initial huge head has left a few traces on the inside of the glass that still haven't faded away at this point, and I see smaller but still noticeable trails of foam clinging to the sides further down every time I drink some more.

Got a nice little burst of citrusy and piney hops upon opening the can and some more when pouring, but once it's in the glass and the foam has started to die down the smell is fainter. A bit of a piney, maybe slightly spicy? hop type smell, along with a sweetish malt. Nothing bad, but pretty faint aside from that initial burst of hoppy smells when opening the can. A bit of a more fruity-like sweetness starts to come out toward the end of the glass, I'm noticing.

On the first sip -- sweetness and bready malt mingling with some bitterness, then shifting more toward a piney sort of thing, maybe a bit more of the spicy sort of thing I was sometimes picking up in the smell. That pine/spicy thing hangs around a bit afterward, then fades into a leafy hop bitterness, mixing in with a bit of the breadiness from before, both of which linger a bit afterward. The sweetness is interesting -- sometimes almost reminds me of cotton candy, as weird as it sounds. It's definitely a bit different from other pale ales I've had (even others in the orangey range color-wise), I wonder if maybe this one uses a different sort of malt that wasn't present in the other pale ales I've tried, or maybe a very different yeast strain. I know there's a bit of a fruitiness in there too, as I'm tasting it when I burp, but it's harder to find when drinking. Oh wait, no, there it was just now -- seems like it comes out more as the beer warms a bit, as I'm only just picking it up near the end of the glass. Actually, nearing the end of the glass, the sweet/bready/bitter/spicy flavors are combining in odd ways and it almost comes across as cinnamon-like at times, oddly enough. I'm finding it interesting how the malt type flavors stand out more when you first take a drink (though mixed in with a bit of bitterness to let you know the hops are present even at that point) with the hop flavors coming out more afterward -- a bit different from a lot of pale ales I've had in that way.

Mouthfeel is pretty nice. A bit sticky at times, a bit fizzy, but never going too far in either of those areas. Doesn't feel "prickly" or otherwise uncomfortable but you can definitely tell the carbonation bubbles are present.

Overall, this is pretty nice! I wasn't quite so impressed when I first tried it, but I think that was on a day that my taste buds were weirdly over-sensitive to hop bitterness, as it came across as almost too bitter at the time (compared to the ones I've had since, which were more bitter than other "regular" pale ales I've had but definitely not anywhere near being unpleasantly bitter) -- so it's a good thing I had more than just one can so I could give this one a fair review on a day when my taste buds weren't out of whack. I don't think I like it *quite* as much as Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale, but "not quite as good as SNPA" is still very, very, VERY far from "bad." Plus, this one comes in cans whereas I haven't seen canned Sierra Nevada beers around here, so if you prefer cans or are planning on taking some beers on a camping trip this seems like it'd be a good choice. (4,396 characters)

Photo of Nickholland
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid, balanced pale ale. Hops are definitely present but the malt finish competes. One of my "go-to" pale ales, up there with Sierra Nevada and the old Stone Pale. (166 characters)

Photo of takusan1000
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean and clear amber color, massive head that slowly dissipates. The smell is phenomenal, even after sitting around for 30 minutes--woody, piney, citrusy hops and with a hint of ammonia that oddly isn't unpleasant. Taste is crisp and dry, very very hop-forward with tree bark-like qualities of bitterness. Piney, bitter--and salty? It's not very balanced, but that's the point. Not sweet at all, a very dry beer. Good mouthfeel, medium body. (444 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: May 9, 2015... GLASSWARE: Kisatsky Tavern pint... OCCASION: settling in after celebrating Will's First Holy Communion... APPEARANCE: a handsome two-thirds pint glass of orange amber clarity and one-third thick, pillowed snow-white mountainous head; lacings are legitimate and thick; ... AROMA: definite malty base to build around; some caramel; some grainy, earthy tones; Centennial's light hops suggest a flower bed...PALATE: a medium-bodied, textured mouthfeel--surprisingly balanced, with ample action at the teeth and the tongue; aftertaste despite its subtle flavors; thick texture with average carbonation... TASTE: some citrus early, but much more floral aspects throughout; again, BIG uncanny balance of malt and hop... OVERALL: at long last, Dale's Pale Ale is in the books, and rewardingly too; unlike many/most modern American pales, this one packs a malty punch that keeps the pitchiness of the hops in check--a beer worth sipping or sessioning... (974 characters)

Photo of Bunman3
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a dandy brew. It falls on the APA/IPA border, yet manages to do both ends of the spectrum justice. I've heard great things about Oskar Blues and Dale's Pale did not disappoint. (184 characters)

Photo of Beric
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Sampler at Gordon's Fine Wine and Liquors in Waltham, MA
Served: 1 May 2015

Appearance: Pours a hazy looking amber color with an off-white head. Much darker than some other APAs I've seen.

Smell: Huge citrus hop notes- definitely Cascade in this one. Some hints of malty sweetness.

Taste: Whoa, a lot different than I was expecting. This beer drinks like something between an SNPA and a Torpedo- it's hoppy, but feels pretty big in the mouth and has this weirdly sweet front and massively bitter finish. Altogether it's a pretty weird way to experience an APA and it doesn't quite seem to go together well in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high body with high carbonation. This beer feels much bigger than it actually is.

Overall: This seems to bridge the gap between APA and IPA, and falls more on the IPA spectrum of things. Overall it's definitely not a bad beer, but one that I wasn't expecting from a can labelled 'Pale Ale'. (943 characters)

Photo of bub72ck
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a favorite Pale Ale of mine and it's great fresh from the tap in Western North Carolina. I know SN is the standard bearer for common Pale Ales but i think Dale's blows it away. (185 characters)

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 5 months ago (would like to try it fresher). Pours a pleasing ruby orange with a two finger rocky white head. Aroma is faint but has some pine and grassy notes. Taste is better with grass, pine, and sweet malts with a nice bitterness for a pale ale. Mouthfeel is light but not overly so. Overall a nice pale ale that would seemingly be more assertive and tasty with a touch less age. (396 characters)

Photo of shea117474
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

After 30 min. in the glass, small amount of head remains. Small amount of lace follows the beer as it is swirled. The smell is good ol' pine and a hint of biscuit. Drinks quite well, with fair bitterness upfront and a biscuit smooth in the back. (248 characters)

Photo of MisterGone
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So, as Pale Ale's go, this one was pretty good. My gateway was SN, like everybody else sot that is the benchmark. This was from a 12 oz can at Draft Republic. Poured a nice amber, with a frothy white head that dissipated quickly. Really no aroma to speak of save a slight metallic tinge with some latent malt. In the PA realm, this had a nice balance of hop-malt, with the malts getting the lead. Hop profiles seemed a touch floral, but were not the dominant player. Not sure if it would be top shelf, but a solid effort. (521 characters)

Photo of SaltofOH
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 8/27/2014, reviewed 12/31/2014, Threshold beer glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper; with a 2 finger thick, frothy yellowish head. Significant carbonation. Retains a solid 1/8" cap with EPIC lacing.

Aroma: Hoppy, but not as hoppy as I would have expected. Could be showing its age. Some malty aromas in the background; biscuity?

Taste: Sweet, amber arrival, decent bittering on the end but not overpowering. I like! Less sweet than Mirror Pond, but sweeter than Burning River or Columbus Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel: Softer, less carbonation than appearance would suggest. Heavier than Burning River, less slick than Mirror Pond.

Overall: This is a really well-rounded fruity and quaffable pale ale. I could definitely buy a 6-pack of this. (754 characters)

Photo of milwaukee512
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For true hop-lovers; this beer is more abrasive and less balanced than a lot of APAs. Comes exclusively (?) in cans, which is kind of cool if you are camping/outdoors. If you want a beer that is like getting slapped in the face with hops, this is for you...as a side note, the taproom/restaurant in Lyons, CO is pretty awesome. (329 characters)

Photo of hophead723
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is like buying Coca-Cola in Colorado, especially Denver. Cases form pyramids that tower over the heads of beer lovers like monuments to their affinity. It is ubiquitous here in Colorado. Let's give it a try, shall we?

Look: Very classic and proud amber body sporting a white head with carbonation swirling through. It is clear and free of dregs, very inviting appearance.

Smell: Very upfront and almost simple pine aroma, but with an undertone of biscuity malt.

Taste: Much like the aroma, an upfront bitterness of pine is accompanied by honey-coated biscuit malt. Very well balanced and delicious. The 6.5% abv is perfectly subdued by the big hop goodness.

Feel: Quite good carbonation makes each sip more inviting than the last. There is slight lingering bitterness as well.

Overall: This beer should be the best selling Pale Ale in the country, not Sierra Nevada Pale Ale which I find to be lacking hops. This is a classic and delicious beer that everyone should drink. (984 characters)

Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
2.77/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I had high expectations opening up a can of this stuff. It was recommended to me, because I wanted to try a new pale ale. It's very boring and leaves a strange taste in your mouth. With that said, I would still drink it over alot of other shit (244 characters)

Photo of sporklift87
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into pint glass. Pours a finger of soapy, eggshell white head, with good retention and walls of firm sticky lacing. Dark orange and brownish amber, quite clear. Smells well balanced with a sweet malt backbone and a nice floral hoppiness. Nice flavor, has some metallic bittering hops in the background, with a flavorful malt balance. Tastes a little like oranges. Metallic feel, and foams up somewhat in mouth. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy body. Overall, I love this pale ale. It was one of the first craft beers I fell in love with years ago, and this is the first I've had it in a long time. Though its not as complex as it probably could be, it will always be one of my favorites. (712 characters)

Photo of Oregonbrewdude91
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
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 (213 characters)

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

Amber with a white foamy head. Smells sticky, floral and sweet. Taste is awesome. This is one of my go to favorite beers. Way more bitter than a normal pale ale. This has always hit my like an IPA. Bitter but not too much. Great balance. Great beer. Love it. (258 characters)

Photo of lipster
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a tallboy can into a pint glass. Amber color with a white foamy head, lots of soapy lace. Smells of slightly metallic hops. Tastes of bright grapefruit hops balanced with honeyish malt. Mouthfeel incredibly smooth and pleasant. A reliable accessible pale ale. (271 characters)

Photo of KensWorld
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tried this in a can 3 different times in the past 3 years with totally different results? This rarely happens. All have been consumed fresh. 2.75, 4.50, 3.75. Very inconsistent. ? (179 characters)

Photo of Joe_Howard
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was honestly going into this beer already disapointed because 2 of my 3 previously tried out of a make your own 6-pack were very disapointing (1 was another well known pale ale from another craft beer giant, the other was a canned beer). Boy was I surprised, this is a good beer. Pours an orange-gold body with a mountain of frothy foam. The smell was floral and piny with some citrus. The taste reflects this with the addition of some sweet malts. Overall a delicious beer that I definitely see myself drinking in the future, but with that said there are a few critiques. Firstly I felt there was too much bitterness with not enough hop flavor if that makes sense, like there was a lot of just generic bitterness with not too much distinct hop flavors. Secondly, the packaging needs to be updated. Although I got only one in a make your own I saw that these were being sold in the old plastic rings of fish doom. In my opinion that need to change to the new 6 pack carriers most craft brewers use for their canned beers, they look better and are better for the environment (1,075 characters)

Photo of golf_sierra
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hoppy pale. Well balanced with malt sweetness. A little thin on the mouth feel. Some light bitterness that lingers. Easy drinking. Quality pale ale. (156 characters)

Photo of illpass78
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint on draft at Dahlia's in Biddeford, Maine.

Appearance: Pours a transparent amber with a one-and-a-half finger cream head. Big rings of lacing on the way down.

Aroma: This beer had a slightly herbal, piney aroma along with a good malt base.

Taste: Follows the nose. Kind of an intermediary between a pale ale and an IPA. Slightly more flavorful than an average pale ale. Caramel, malt, herbaceousness and pine are all there.

Mouthfeel: Easy-drinking ale that still maintains some substance. Good daytime beer.

Overall: Solid stuff. Good everyday-type beer and a nice point of entry into craft beers for a lot of folks. (626 characters)

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