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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

4,656 Ratings

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Ratings: 4656
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
Ratings: 4,656 | Reviews: 1,694 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of Overlord


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

I'm growing to really enjoy these funky little cans.

Pour an amber orange. A solid white foam head. No alcing.

Smells like malt and pine hops with a tinge of grapefruit. More IPA than pale ale in both taste and aroma, this is pretty much straight caramel malt with a grapefruit/pine flavoring. It lacks the tropical aromas/flavoring of my favorite pale ales, but still a solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 08:08:59 | More by Overlord
Photo of Rzzzzz


3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Beatles Let It Be pint glass. Careful pour produced a thin white head atop a slightly hazy red/orange brew. Light rings of lacing left behind.

Aroma is citruisy hops and a plethora of herbs, like say, walking into Crabtree & Evelyn, if Crabtree & Evelyn carried hops soap along with their usual lot. (Hmmm...hops soap. Now that might be a reason walk into Crabtree & Evelyn).

This has a buttery malt flavor up front with a dry hops finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, if a little thin, but very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 16:34:42 | More by Rzzzzz
Photo of raiser


3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this at a tasting of IPA's at Pacific Park
Market in Aliso Viejo. It was the first
brew tried, the ONLY one in a can, and was in GREAT company including:
90 minute, Stone 10th IPA (3L), Union Jack, Hop
Henge, Port 2nd Anniv, GF West Coast IPA

A: light orange, no head to speak of

S: Pungent hops, sweet malt?.

T: light hops with sweet caramel malt finish.

M: light carbonation, with light body.

D: A pretty good Pale all-around. This is recently starting to be distributed in Socal.

If you want to try a pale ale that isn't insanely hoppy or bitter, this is a good place to start. It drinks easy enough to be able to finish a sixer and your wife might enjoy it too. It's not spectacular, but one of the best beers I've ever poured from a can.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 03:23:08 | More by raiser
Photo of mhewes


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

A : Pours a nice copper color with a good white head

S : Some caramel, citrus, hops, and malt

T : Strong bitter flavor with a dry finish at the end

M : Medium body, good carbonation

D : It's a really drinkable. I could drink a couple of these in a night with no problem.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 19:30:02 | More by mhewes
Photo of Beerbuddha


4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured out of a can into my glass a great golden color with a huge, fluffy, egg shell colored head. The head did not want to leave the party and stuck around til the end! Lacing was present thoughout the short life of the beer. The aroma was incredible. Great smells of citrus and malty sweetness. The taste was the same. Just a damn good beer. The mouthfeel was a medium body with medium high carbonation. Overall I was extremely impressed with this beer. I really wish we could get this product in our state!!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 03:37:29 | More by Beerbuddha
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance – Clear orange color with not much head here.

smell – Citrus hops smell here along with some pine smell.

taste – Has a hoppy taste that has a orange taste to it. Some malt taste here, very little, has a bitter taste too.

mouthfeel – Light -medium body with some bitterness.

drinkability – Too much hop taste for me, big for a hop head though.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 14:19:33 | More by auxiliary
Photo of russpowell


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

I heard the recipe changes, so let's see what we see:

Pours amber with 4+ fingers of pillowy sand colored head. Insane lacing sticky white all over the top 2" of my pint glass! Head retention is good

S: Citrussy hops & bready malt & leafy hops as this warms

T: Orangey & tangerine hops along with biscuitty malts up front. Piney, leafy & grapefruitty hops along with honey malt sweetness as this warms. Finishes crisp with plenty of grapefruitty hops & honey malt sweetness with a kiss of caramel

MF: Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation & great balance.

Drinks great, the only discernible difference I see is less in your face. back of the throat hoppyness, but that actually works for me. A change for the better IMO for my go to camping beer

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 23:26:08 | More by russpowell
Photo of emerge077


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

Last of my 6-pack acquired in Wisconsin.

The pint pours a deep orange with nice clarity. Two fingers of dense, sudsy foam, that forms rings & sheets of lace as it diminishes. Surface has a whipped meringue sheen to it that's also nice.

Hops are resiny and fruity, tropical like mango. Pale malt surfaces too as it warms up.

Big pale malt body, slight residual hebal bitterness that triggers the salivary glands. Sort of dry in the finish, enhances drinkability. Light to medium mouthfeel, pleasant and easy to drink.

It took alot of self-control to save a can from the six-pack for a review. Two weeks from purchase no less...now I need more.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 03:10:26 | More by emerge077
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

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

This really is more of an IPA than a Pale Ale. Pours a hazy orange amber with a big stiff head and nice lacing. The smell has as much citrus piny hops as many IPAs. Medium bodied, the mouth feel is adequately carbonated and primarily influence by the bitterness of the hops. Full flavored, the hoppy grapefruit taste is balanced nicely by sweet malt. A real god drinker. A bit pricey.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2007 21:31:17 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of Hautacam


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

Clear amber with a big off-white head that craters and laces.
Smells mostly of aromatic piney hops.Some steel.
Hops hit very quickly with a bitter bite that lasts through to the finish.Sweet , almost buttery malts try to balance but the hops dominate this one. There's a bit of steel and a slight nutty flavor toward the end ...and a faint sulfur that is not unpleasant. Fairly clean finish with a semi dry bitter rindy aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is the high end of medium and the carbonation is moderate.
Pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 23:38:18 | More by Hautacam
Photo of riversider76

New York

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber nice head, great retention and lace. Smell is of carmel malts, and piney hops. Body is fairly thick with some carbionation. Taste is smooth. Malty up front with a piney hop finish. This is a great beer!! Balance is malt and hops is excellent.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2006 01:34:36 | More by riversider76
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is nearly perfect, pours an amber color with nice clarity and a massive off-white head that retains excellently. The aroma has some citrusy and piney hops, caramel, some fruity esters and some toasted bread. The flavor starts out with citrusy and piney hops, followed by some caramel, toasted bread, some fruity esters and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth, but i felt the carbonation was slightly low. Drinkability is very good. A good beer, but i didnt think it was hoppy enough for what it bills itself as personally, i kept wishing for a SNPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 04:11:34 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of doubleipa


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

This is my favorite, everyday beer. The head is nice and frothy and lasts a decent amount of time. Not a hop bomb, but plenty of hops and sweet maltiness. Lots of floral hops, not so much citrus and chewy. Plenty of carbonation. I can and have drunk these for hours on end.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2006 19:41:04 | More by doubleipa
Photo of mynie


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't mind telling y'all, I spent Saturday night drinking this in a car. Illegal? Yes. Dangerous? No. The driver wasn't drinking. Yeah I know it could have cost us all a night in the "big house" but damnit we weren't hurting anybody and it was like a six hour drive and why should us passengers sit in boredom.

Also, I don't mind telling y'all, but this is probably the best beer I've ever drank in a car. It was so good, in fact, that I had to save one to take home, in order to do a proper review.

Solid APA pour. Dark orange, medium haze, decent, fairly-retentive head.

Very hoppy smell. Bitter, intense hops with no real malt backing. Decent, but not complex.

The same hops of the nose come in loud and clear in the taste, a solid hop blast to start with, leading into a solid sweet back of malt and ending on a nice mix of the two. Good balance.

Great suppin beer, this.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2006 03:38:36 | More by mynie
Photo of Jredner


3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very hoppy aroma fairly blast you with citrus and pine notes. Amber body supports with a lazy white head. Very malty with medium hop presence, less hoppy tasting than it smelled. Bread, caramel, grapefruit, toffee and minor honey notes. The can is just awesome by the way.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2006 19:34:51 | More by Jredner
Photo of RoyalT


3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This is a bright and clear orange in color with a very weak head.

Smell – The aroma here is a nice mixture of citrusy hops with just a touch of pine. The malt backbone is not prominent but can’t be missed by the thoughtful drinker.

Taste – Wow, this beer really opens up at the taste. The orangy hops are really big and bitter for an APA. The malts are definitely an afterthought.

Mouthfeel – This one is not big in the body, maybe between light and medium, but the lingering bitterness is huge and never-ending.

Drinkability – They’d call this an IPA in many parts of the country. I would have liked to have seen a bit bigger body to go with the massive hop bitterness, but if you like hoppy bitter brews you’ll enjoy this one. It’s probably the hoppiest beer that you can drink right down then crush the container flat against your forehead (all the while singing, “Louie, Louie,” of course).

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2005 02:15:12 | More by RoyalT
Photo of alexgash


3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brassy-orange body with a fluffy, vanilla-white head.
Subtle, sweet bread malt aroma; nice hop presence. Piney, almost scotch tape piney.
Sweet, solid, sugary malt flavors up front, followed by a balancing dose of spruce sap hops. Bitter finish with a touch of residual malt sweetness. More malt than a lot of pale ales I’ve joyfully encountered lately. A very good one too. Surprisingly big body, chewy malts, and an appetizingly bitter finish. More reminiscent of a good, malty IPA. The best beer I’ve ever had from a can? Probably so far!

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2004 21:53:10 | More by alexgash
Photo of beerinator


3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber copper colored. Nicely retentive head.

Aroma: Malty breadyness with hints of caramel and nut. Solid hoppiness in the aroma.

Taste: Sweet up front, balanced very well. Quick finish and a smooth mouthfeel. Way hoppier than the aroma suggests. Bitterness is quick and proceeded by a slightly roasty sweetness.

Notes: Redeems the canned beer name. It would be a great six pack to take somewhere that bottles are banned.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2004 19:11:24 | More by beerinator
Photo of Crosling


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

Always being pretty fond of Dale's I decided to review the beer after I had one last night. It does bother me that they do advocate drinking their beer out of a can. I don't get it? What about appearence, head retention and aroma. Does it not matter to them or do they think it doesn't matter to us?

The beer poured a light amber with a nice white head that stayed throughout the session and left a nice lace.

The aroma was full of citrus hops and some nice floral aromas as well.

Flavors were modest. Tastes of sweet malts and very hoppy with flavors of grapefruits possible of other citrus fruits from the hops. Very dry and well hopped. Very bitter and not sweet like some.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2003 15:28:56 | More by Crosling
Photo of thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

355 mL can from a sixer picked up over the border; packaged Sept. 18 2013. Figured it was about time I tried this one, as it seems quite well-regarded. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a lovely, clear golden-amber colour, topped with two fingers of frothy, billowing pearl-white head that slowly recedes over the next little while. Great retention, with lots of lacing - this is just a beautiful pale ale, and the aroma is similarly enticing, with highlights of orange peel and pink grapefruit alongside hints of pineapple, pine resin and grainy malts.

Very tasty stuff. There is a subtle, bready malt backbone that is quickly overpowered by citrusy notes of orange, grapefruit, and lemon peel. This is followed by a touch of tropical fruit, then by some pine resin which provides a mild bitterness into the finish, which is rather floral. Bitter, piney aftertaste that lingers briefly on the palate before drying it out. Medium in body, with a very smooth mouthfeel and restrained carbonation levels that offer a slight bite. This drinks as if it were 5%, but as usual the alcohol will hit you eventually if you rush this one. By why would you want to do that? This is just an exquisite pale ale.

Final Grade: 4.16, an excellent A-. Dale's Pale Ale is a testament to the superiority of the can - this particular one is over 8 months old and still drinking supremely well. It's a heftier APA at 6.5%, but it's still a very solid hoppy session-ish ale, and a brew that I plan to try fresh at some point in the future. No one satisfies the hopheads better than our neighbours to the south, and this is one of the benchmarks in its style for good reason.

Serving type: can

04-22-2014 04:10:35 | More by thehyperduck
Photo of TreyIsWilson


4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber with a two-finger foamy white head. Heavy sticky lacing.

S - A nice mix of pine, orange peel, and floral hops.

T - Starts with a good blast of orange and subtle grapefruit. There is a good amount of piney hops throughout. Nice malty backbone.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth creamy mouthfeel.

O - This is an excellent pale ale. Very easy drinking and definetly recommended.

Serving type: can

04-20-2014 04:38:18 | More by TreyIsWilson
Photo of unscarred785

New York

4.56/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great APA, Pours a 2/3 finger head, Has a very citrisy and Hoppy smell. I thought this was going to be an average at best beer but boy was i wrong! I grabbed a 6 pack at my local beer distributor, Guy behind the counter knows me pretty well and asked me if i was sure i wanted to buy this. After getting home and cracking open a can after dinner i poured it into a glass and was surprised at how well it poured. Lots of lacing and a great orange/amber color. Once i took a sip i couldn't believe what i had just drank. This beer came out of a can!? Before i knew it the glass was empty and i had a smile on my face.

Serving type: can

04-15-2014 02:00:21 | More by unscarred785
Photo of lordofstarside


4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a bit into a glass for look and smell, rest is out of the can

Pours a clear dark golden orange with a finger if of foam and moderate carbonation stemming from the center of the glass. Retention is pretty good, so is the lacing. Really good looking

Smells of floral citrus, mostly oranges and mandarin with a little bit of pine. Malt is very bready with caramel notes, finishes with just a little bit of alcohol

Taste is pretty close with the smell, very floral with similar hop notes. Orange citrus with moderate pine notes are held together with a strong caramel malt, finishes with a tiny bit of booze. Much heavier than in the smell

Feel is pretty heavy actually for a pale ale, alcohol is hidden pretty well and finishes dry.

Overall a really solid apa. I get the cult following, definitely going to take this one hiking

Serving type: can

04-13-2014 20:14:14 | More by lordofstarside
Photo of CtephanieCimone


3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First Had: May 26th 2013

Great combo of pale malt/fruity citrus hops!

Had this brew awhile ago... was the second beer ive ever had. Pretty much became the reason I decided to learn more about craft beer. So glad I got to start out with a great tasting solid beer.

Serving type: can

04-13-2014 16:08:14 | More by CtephanieCimone
Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA


4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got to experience this great tasting, pleasent, and enjoyable beer at the Friendly Spot Ice House in San Antonio, Texas. It pours hazey yellow, with thin white laces running to the finger width head. It has a real strong hop tatste for being a pale ale, not to over bearing though, goes down smooth, leaves your palte dry (wanting more). I think it is a halloween party in the can, becuase taste like a IPA in a pale ale's costume....

Serving type: can

04-10-2014 20:16:57 | More by ChristopherWIU-UTPA
Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
88 out of 100 based on 4,656 ratings.