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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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1,850 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,850
Hads: 6,817
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 22.39%
Wants: 156
Gots: 1,291 | FT: 9
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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Photo of Atlas1
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Since Oskar Blues beers are relatively new to the DC area, I have been trying them all. Started with the Old Chub, then the Gordon. Now Dale's.

Pours from the can that lovely golden orange amber hue I have come to love in beer. Really creamy, frothy head. Nice retention too. Ah, that aroma. I've smelled that before. Old Chub. What is it that they're using to create that musty, malty, delicious aroma? It's even got a bit of old gym sock in there. So unique. I love this smell; it's really grown on me since the first time I encountered it. The taste is smooth and creamy. Nice balance of hop and malt. A sturdy pale ale, for sure, Dale's has a lot to offer. Firm mouthfeel and pale malty goodness. Not as good overall as the Old Chub, in my opinion, but a quality pale ale. I'm officially a huge fan of Oskar Blues.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a nonic glass from my home draught system been on tap for 5 days.

Cloudy, medium amber with a kind of glowing reddish/orange hue. White 2" thick, rocky, head turning chunky, leaving a thick coating on top of the beer all the way down the glass,with very good retention,leaving collars of lace, a very sticky head.

Good hoppy nose citrus/pine and grapefruit a bit perfumy. Nice honeyed carmellness also nutty. Very inviting

Tastes just like it smells citrus/grapefruit/pine with a honey coated nutty carmell taste. Finishes with a sharp,clean citrusy note. Great tasting beer with excellent balance.

Light,creamy mouthfeel,juicy,tangy,slightly syrupy with some cloyingness.
Very enjoyable beer could drink this one all night. Very IPA like, more hoppier and maltier than a lot of IPA's ive tried.
I you see this beer on tap I would highly recommend giving it a try.

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Photo of cbak999
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack at the local liquor store - quite surprised and happy that Dale finally found his way to FL - I've been waiting! I heard a lot of positive things about this brew, which may have unfortunately raised my expectations. Seems too light for 6.5% - almost watered down. Also, the carbonation was too little for my liking - after about 5 minutes of pouring into a pint glass, there was no head or lace left. Seems almost flat. I thought maybe it was a bad can, but the entire six pack was this way...I still liked it though, and will probably buy more - but will have to wait until the $10.99/6-pack price comes down a little!

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Photo of Shaw
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful red in color -- almost glowing -- with a foamy, off-white head that doesn't reduce to a thin layer. No sir, this head stays about half and inch thick.

It has a nice, strong citrus smell of hops. The taste is also heavy on the hops and bitterness, without being overpowering. It has just enough malt profile.

The body is hefty enough to keep this beer from seeming watered down.

This is an excellent Pale Ale and another great beer from Oskar Blues. Long live canned beer!

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Photo of beeroclock
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, impressive looking brew when poured out of the can. I didn't expect it to look like this. Pours an amber deep copper color with a big fat foamy head. The smell has some roasted sweetness in it. The taste is bold with a good bitter bite. This beer halfway reminds me of a much better version of a Sam Adams lager. I really enjoyed this brew and will continue to buy it. It just got to Florida, so i'm a happy cat.

edit - quickly becoming my favorite go-to beer. excellent.

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Photo of dawg
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the can into my DFH snifter.

Nose is hoppy and well balanced with malt. Tastes like several types of sugar. The common beet sugar, turbinado, brown, rock. Nicely bittered. Pleasant. Nice easy feel. Soft carbonation. One of the best beers in an aluminum can. Great selection if no glass is allowed. (E.g. parks, NASCAR, poolside).

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Photo of Gaben
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ohh man goot olde dale's pale.. I recently just had this stuff bout a week ago. My friends store just got all there type of beers shipped in and was draw too the can and 9 dollars a six pack price.

Overall a great beer... I was usualy drinking this out of the can but I got to pour one into a cup, and man was it looking good. Id say it looks bout the same as a dogfishhead 90 min.

The smell was alot smiliar to the dogfish , but didnt burn ur nose with the overall hoppy smell.

Now the taste is were its at, Id say by far probably one of my more favorite pale ale's out there if not the one. Very hoppy and very goot smooth taste.

Drinkability is pretty standerd ,, You just got to think of money first though, so a six pack is always good for the taste.

Had a blast with this stuff , so feel free so pick some up if your feeling goot!

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Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dale's Pale Ale pours a hazy copper color with a thick off white head from a twelve ounce can. Citrusy hops dominate the aroma. The flavor is also primarily citrusy hops, but there is a nice malt sweetness that balances the hops nicely. I think this would make a nice session beer. Recommended.

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Photo of BadRockBeer
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type Sampled: 12 fl. oz. (355ML) brightly colored CAN. No date feature on the can but the 12 pack box was stamped with the date that it was packaged. Can reads “Rocky mountain pale ale” “A huge voluminously hopped mutha of a pale ale”

Appearance: Pours burnt amber in color, slight chill haze. Sticky off white head that slides down the glass. Great lace that lasts throughout.

Smell: Sour spent grains, piney hops.

Taste: Grainy, maybe some oatmeal. Heavy floral hops (Centennials.) Slight tannin harshness in the finish. Resiny hop aftertaste. Contrary to what Todd says “Notes of steel/metallic pull-thru” I do not taste anything of the sort.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body. Little carbonation. Slightly creamy with a biting finish.

Drinkability: Good, This is a great beer to pack into the hills or national park due to its packaging. Beware at 6.5 ABV, Ole’ Dale will sneak up one you!

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Photo of Atch
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dale's pale ale has finnaly arrived in my town! I can't wait to see what all the fuss is over this canned beer.

Appearance: Beautiful burnt orange color, poured into a tulip glass with a two finger head that quickly disappeared. Awesome lacings.

Smell: For me, the one downfall. I didn't get much in the nose.

Taste: Can aside, this is one of the better beers I have tried in a while. If I was visiting someone and they gave me a glass of this, I would want to know where to buy it. Then when they told me it came out of a can, I would not believe them.

Mouthfeel: It feels light on the palatte, very smooth.

Drinkability: Would I have another? Yes Please.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this canned pale ale.

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Photo of sstackho
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can purchased from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a dark copper with lots of head and lacing. Lovely hoppy aroma. Nice full flavour, and without a doubt the best beer I've ever had from a can. Unfortunately, I won't be able to bring it home ever again, because cans do not fly well. (Had one of its cousins, an Old Chubb, explode in my suitcase. Now it smells like good beer.)

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Photo of hunteraw
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah, the famous Dale's Pale Ale has finally made its way to Florida. Let's see how it is!

Appearance: Opens with less of a carbonation hiss than I expected, actually the empty can feels a bit lighter than usual, too. It pours a pumpkin orange, very clear, nice fluffy white one-finger head. Retention is fair, lacing is good.

Smell: Citrusy hops dominate the aroma, with some ale fruitiness and a malt backbone in the background.

Taste: Lots of hops flavor in every sip, but not overwhelmingly bitter. In addition to citrus, there's a resiny character to the hops flavor. This is a big pale ale loaded with flavor, and at 6.5% abv it's not light on alcohol either.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, carbonation a bit on the light side.

Drinkability: I'm floored, great beer from a can, who'd have thunk it? Apparently, the boys at Oskar Blues. "Beer for a glass, from a can" indeed.

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Photo of umustdrink
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Color is somewhere around dark orange or a light amber. Head is pretty thick at about a quarter inch, light brown in color and bubbles are very large. Lacing is strong on this one.

S - Fairly light scent of sweeter-than-pinier hops and some darker bread-like malt. Pineyness of the hops come in at the sinuses.

T - About 50/50 blend of tastes of hops and malts. Hops are more piney than sweet and the malts come through as a like oatmeal.

M - Consistency is more on the thick side, somewhat chewy. Carbonation is at a moderate level. Hops provide a nice bite.

D - Pretty damn tasty, no-frills, beer. I would drink a lot of this if I could get it in my area.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orangish amber color with a large creamy white head that has great retention and leaves a lot of lacing around the edges of the glass. Aroma is a very pleasant mixture of malt and hops. The taste much like the smell is very well balanced with a nice mixture of malt and hops. Overall, this is certainly my idea of what an APA should be. It really has a nice hop profile, but I cannot say enough about how well balanced it really is unlike some APAs. The fact that it is in a can is a bonus as it is great for those beach/fishing trips. Highly recommended!

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Photo of geexploitation
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can, pours a very dark gold, maybe more of an amber, with a lacey collar for a head. Aromas of metallic hops, grapefruit, and molasses. Inviting. On the palate, brash bitterness first off, with the full citrus load exploding on the tongue. The malts come out toward the middle and end, mainly in the form of nutty sweetness. Big metallic notes from the get-go. Very mouthfilling, very big beer, with tons of bitterness for a pale ale, a lot of carbonation, and just enough sweet malts for a touch of balance (although it's swayed way toward hop bitterness). It's not until the finish that this beer shows any smoothness... but even after that the hops pop up for another go-round, lingering on the palate with spiky citrus notes. This is one helluva a big beer; it's a rash, impolite bastard. But man is it good.

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Photo of jhicks12
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer in Oskar Blues 12 oz can pour into a pink glass

Appearance: A hazy copper orange color.

Smell: Nice Evergreen, citrus, malt notes

Taste: Nice malt character followed by a charge of evergreen, citrus bitter hoppy flavor.

Mouthfeel: Good bubbly carbonation, and oily hop mouthfeel

Drinkability: Very solid and drinkable APA. Nice that it comes in cans. Certainly a nice beer for tailgating at a baseball game

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Photo of doppelmeup
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in a bar in NYC.

Dark amber color with only a quarter inch thick head, but it is really thick, almost chunky quality too it.

Aromas are mild for a pale ale. Usual suspects, but fairly muted.

Taste is alright. Definite hop bitterness, some mild grapefruit and cut grass, but muted.

Slightly sticky mouthfeel with a certain amount of creaminess as well.

Overall, this beer is okay but not spectacular. I'd probably drink it again, but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of Homebrew63
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a jump back to cans that I had not thought I would enjoy. I have read the ads in Ale Street and Yankee Brew News for a while and gave it a go.
Mildly hoppy and lacked much head. It reminded me of a homebrew in it's appearence being slightly cloudy. It did not have a metallic taste and all said it was not too bad. It had a side of the mouth bite that was unique. I would drink again.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff Krenner for this one.

A: Crack goes the can. Pours a hazy cark pear with a bit of sediment at the bottle. Head is a full two fingers tall of creamy, light beige bubbles.

S: Watery grapefruit, lymon and a bit of caramel malt.

T: Begins with some sugary pink grapefruit juice and a nice caramel backbone. Almost a salty hoppiness, really reacts to the sides of the tongue with moments of tangy tangerine. Some pine and butter hits the back of the tongue while the swallow occurs. Finishes with a minor earthy bitterness and a pinecone personality.

M: Medium body, hard consistency with a thin carbonation.

D: Nice beer. Quite flavorful. Doing some crazy stuff to the sides of my mouth though.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber with a big off white head that leaves some good lacing. The smell is of decent floral hops and a noticeable malt background that smells clean and slightly grainy. Great pale ale taste, but definitely a little hoppier and maltier than many. The hops and malt are soft however and preserve a pale ale flavor rather than the relative sharpness of an IPA. The hops are much more flavorful than suggested by the aroma- nice bitter hit here followed by a grainy maltiness and a light stone fruit flavor. The mouthfeel is quite thick and grainy for a pale ale, but its not unpleasant. This does make it a little more filling and less of a session beer than it might be. This brewers beers made me a believer in canning beers. Absolutely the best thing ever for backpacking.

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Photo of markgugs
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from a 12oz can into an imperial pint glass

A: pours a gorgeous orange/copper color and forms a very nice cream-colored, 2-finger head that instantly begins lacing quite nicely. This is a beautiful looking beer.

S: gives off a very nice balanced aroma of both juicy hops and sweet malted bread. I want to take a bite!

T: ahhh, glorious. Not as hoppy as Sierra's Pale Ale, not as malted as a strong ale, this beer is perfectly balanced IMO. I think "juicy" is the best word to describe it's flavor, I keep smacking my lips to savor every drop of its bready goodness. Did I mention it's perfectly balanced?

M: creamy and chewy, I love how this beer feels in the mouth, with just the right amount of carbonation ta boot.

D: this is my new go-to beer, it's a splendid combination of low-enough ABV to be able to session with it, it's a great value (I pay about $14-15 per 12 pack of cans here in NJ), and it's delicious. Perfect all-day drinker.

P.S. it's worth noting that this is NOTHING like any other canned beer you may be used to, you'd never know it came from a can.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A strong, stiff pour, that leaves a hard, rigid top of white suds. Cloudy, caramel body. You could shake the mug, & the head would counter balance the movement of the beer. If you try to cut through it, it just comes back together like the T-1000.

Nothing overly strong in the smell. An edge of bitterness riding malt coattails, all dragging along an overgrown, but not unkempt, field of grass & dandelions. A lawnmower might be revving up & burning some fumes at the edge of the land, but, it's a lazy day & no one really wants to do any work today.

Very creamy, with a strong tingle of bitterness & pepper on my tongue. Malty, a bit salty, & close to balanced in my opinion. I like balanced. A little too heavy & thick to make an afternoon out of though.

Easy enough to drink for the seasoned veteran, almost even for first timers. I still think the bitterness would get to them. It took a couple sessions a few months apart to really appreciate this. Much easier with food. Pouring beer from a can is more then just a novelty now. A backyard barbecue favorite. :)

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Photo of jjboesen
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This represents the beginning of canned craft beer (excluding the nitro cans from Guinness, Boddingtons, etc.) and it is worthwhile.
Pours with a thick, spongy head and long-lasting head and settles with minor lacing. Dales' has a mildly hoppy bite and leaves little aftertaste - due to storage, I think. Like any well-crafted beer, it gets better as it reaches room temperature. All-in-all, an exceptional quaff, though I do prefer Oskar Blues Scotch Ale "Old Chubb." Cheers!

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz aluminum can.

This pale ale poured a clear, amber color with off-white foam that persisted and slowly settled and clung to the glass. The smell was light malt with a hint of caramel and a light hoppiness. The carbonation tickled the nose. The taste was lightly sweet malt with a very light hoppiness. The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy with medium body and good carbonation. There was a light hoppiness and maltiness in the finish. This was a good pale ale. Keep up the good work with the cans.

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
88 out of 100 based on 1,850 ratings.