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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

4,644 Ratings

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Ratings: 4644
Reviews: 1693
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 Anthony1


4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing. Smells of lightly toasted and rustic pale malts with floral hops and hints of buttery diacetyl. Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malts that have a certain graininess in the flavor are joined by herbal and mild citrus hop flavors midway through the sip. As the beer warms the same butteriness that is exhibited in the smell enters the flavor profile however it's not intense enough to be debilitating and may even help pull the flavors together. The ending is mildly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 17:20:44 | More by Anthony1
Photo of HBeezley

New York

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

The first time I had this was at a local Bar called Olive's in Nyack, NY. It was suggested to me by the bartender and really impressed me. Now I go there often to get Dale's on tap.

Looks dark amber brown with about an inch cotton-colored head that laces all the way through.

Smells like an IPA. Hoppy with some pine notes and maybe a little citrus. But mostly this Pale Ale is just hoppy smelling. The smell is not complex, but simple and nice.

Tastes delicious. again, hoppy bitterness that finishes dry and lingers. Light on the alcohol taste but it's there. And the base of the Pale Ale is really just earthy - very pleasant!

Goes down well, but it's not a quick drink. It's perfect for nice gulps - not sips; although it is refreshing, you don't want to drink it too quickly - you gotta savor it.

Overall, Dale's is a winner. If you haven't tried it and your an IPA kind of person - dale's is not far from an IPA - you need to give it a try. It's definitely one of my favorite APA's (however, I wouldn't say it's too high up there).

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2010 04:11:12 | More by HBeezley
Photo of mpyle


4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App - nice golden colors, pours modest just off-white head with great retention. Brilliantly clear.

Aroma - cold serving temperature subdued, but some citrusy American hop notes.

Taste - nice slight caramel malt sweetness, then some great hop flavor and bitterness. Finishes with a clean, lingering bitterness.

MF - medium body and carbonation. No astringency or warming.

D'ability - Pretty high if a hop lover. Hop character is strong, but the beer is clean and not overpowering. The 6.5% ABV surprises me slightly - didn't realize this while drinking it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2010 01:33:47 | More by mpyle
Photo of aristeros


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

On tap at Toro Burger Bar in El Paso, TX.

The tap handle looks like a can of the beer--pretty cool. Served in a pint glass. There are two fingers of white head with light lacing. The beer is a nice, clear amber with gold highlights. Light carbonation is visible.

Hoppy nose, definitely includes Cascades, light biscuit and citrus. Taste has a good helping of hop resins up front, with light biscuit and caramel flavors to follow. The finish is dry and hoppy.

I was surprised to see this guy on tap in a city that's not very micro-friendly. Would like to have on-tap and from-can side by side.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2010 18:53:46 | More by aristeros
Photo of adkirkish


5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured clear light amber, persistent frothy white head, and an amazing trail of lacing.

Aroma: Pale malts, floral and bitter hop aroma, no esthers. No diacetyl.

F: Closely follows the aroma and no surprises, the hops are forefront in taste, but are balanced very well with the pale malts. Finish is pleasant and rightfully bitter on the palate.

M: Light-Medium body and mouthfeel, dry and clean finish.

O: According to style (American Pale Ale), this is perfect. I cannot think of anything to improve. Even the can is American, with it's red white and blues. I really enjoyed this beer. It's refreshing, appropriately pale/bitter, right amount of hops, head retention, malt profile.

Congrats to Oskar Blues for earning my first perfect beer to style award!!

P.S.: I dont think I had the budget for an award but you get the idea.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2010 23:48:15 | More by adkirkish
Photo of jeffjeff1


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

I had this on tap at Pete's Brass Rail and Car Wash.

Appearance- cloudy orange color, thin head

Smell- floral hops

Taste- floral hops, some malt

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drikability- This was a really good pale ale. I enjoyed it immensely. I need to get my hands on more of it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2010 05:21:12 | More by jeffjeff1
Photo of mzrebiec


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


This is the epitome of a pale ale. It is well balanced with a slight lean to the hops portion. It seems to be somewhere between a pale ale and an IPA. It is highly drinkable, and with an ABV of 6.5...can get you in trouble quickly if your not careful. The mouth feel is right with the drinkability with enough boldness to make it substantial, yet not overwhelming so that you can have a few. Oskar Blues has impressed me with their lineup time after time. mmmm CHeers!

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2010 13:22:38 | More by mzrebiec
Photo of industrialswill


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

Has that typical "craft ale" look to it.
For those who get a stiffy over appearance, the appearance is good.
The taste is that of a hoppy ale, quite good.
Mouthfeel and drinkability are also good.
This beer is good!!!***!!!***!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 01:44:02 | More by industrialswill
Photo of Adamdc


4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can with bottled on date of 7-31-09 stamped on bottom.

A: Clear orange pour with 1 inch tight white foam that leaves lots of lacing. Very inviting!

S: Pretty subdued in the nose. Very slight whiff of citrus hops with some caramel maltiness.

T: This strikes a great balance between malt and hop. There's a caramelly almost honey-like malt backbone with some citrus hops riding on top. I remember this having more of a hop presence but where this is about 10 months old, some of the 'hoppiness' may have faded.

M: Very refreshing and slightly drying. Carbonation is light.

D: This is the beer's strong point---I could defintely knock down a 6 of these on a warm summer day. Very smooth and refreshing!

This has been an old standby for me over the past few years. I'm very glad that this is widely available here in Mass. OB has done it again!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 03:23:00 | More by Adamdc
Photo of rawthar


3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Red tinged sunset with the type of quickly dissipating head you normally associate with the higher ABV brews. The pretty color makes up for the lack of head.
S- Malts steal the show from the hops in this IPA, leaving an underwhelming aroma for the style.
T- Subdued hops, bitters are the prominent flavor from them, though this isn't an overly bitter beer.
M- A bit of nice sharp carbonation, you'll know this beer is there.
D- Though not remarkable in general, this is something that is easy to down a bunch of.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2010 01:05:56 | More by rawthar
Photo of MrIncognito


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

A - Dark amber color, pretty dark in fact for a pale ale, with a 2-finger sticky white head that retains for about 3 minutes then relaxes to a nice lacey cap.

S - Nice and malty with a moderate hop presence. Not IPA hop presence but more so than most APA's I've had. Biscuity malts with that toasted bread crust present.

T&M - The hops and malts are balanced so well in this beer. Toasted bread and biscuit flavors with light citrus hop presence. Perhaps a little bit piney in the taste as well. The body is a bit thinner than anticipated and the moderate carbonation has a drying effect.

D - A solid beer from beginning to end and easily sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2010 13:29:39 | More by MrIncognito
Photo of towersfall

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber/golden with an off white head that doesn't stick around for long but is profound when poured. A gorgeous example of an APA.

Smell: Hops up front, party in the back.

Taste: Hops with a touch of malt and barley. Very clean and crisp tasting. Definitely a thirst-quencher.

Mouthfeel: Leaves the crisp and tart taste of hops in your mouth which isn't a bad thing if you really enjoy hops. While not as intense as other hoppier beers I've tried, but those afraid of the mighty power of hops might wanna stay clear,

Drinkability: "Bartender fill me another/'Til I go crazy and turn my mind around/Just pass that bottle one more time/I'm slowly sinking down"

Solid brew that's good for anytime, but ideally it's a good summer quencher. Highly recommended to hop heads and fans of APA's in general.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2010 18:20:34 | More by towersfall
Photo of Parrotbeak


3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber with a thin, white head that fades quickly.
Smell is malts up front, with some hops coming in. Faint fruit aromas, including pear, apple, and pineapple.
Taste is malts and bitter hops up front, with the malts fading but carrying about halfway. Bitterness from the hops carries a bit further, and the finish is slight bitter with a faint touch of hops.
Mouthfeel is crisp and light, with a good level of carbonation.
Very Drinkable. Not too exciting, but it's still one that I could drink a few of.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 23:06:38 | More by Parrotbeak
Photo of Teleweizen2

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Sam adams pint

A - pours a cloudy copper color with some light yellow highlights. Lots of bubbly off white foam sit on top.

S - a little muted on the nose but I do get some citrusy hops and some bready malts.

T - a light toast sort of flavor followed by a nice citrus hop profile which carries on through the finish.

M - medium bodied and medium carb.

D - nicely balanced pale ale. I was expecting a little bit more hop intensity but it is very nicely balanced and very flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 21:46:45 | More by Teleweizen2
Photo of bum732


4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burnt orange, nice creamy head with sticky lacing. Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, juicyfruit, . Tastes of sweet slightly bready malt with a nice undercurrent of citrus hops. Lots of citrus and a touch of earthy hop flavor. Nice pronounced bitterness leads to a fairly clean finish with just a touch of hop resin. Good moderate carbonation and mouthfeel.

A really nice pale ale, bordering on being an IPA. I really like the hop combo used in this beer, very juicy while still bringing the bitterness. The malt profile matched beautifully, really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 01:13:19 | More by bum732
Photo of stimulus

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Consumed from a 12 ounce can.

A: Bright orange/amber hue with medium sized white colored head.

S: A bit of pine and citrus as well as hops.

T: A lot like Sierra Nevada's offering: citrusy pale ale followed up by a bit of hop power.

M: Goes down quite smoothly; carbonation and hops are just about right.

D: Wow! It's amazing how the taste is preserved in a can! Certainly worth saving this six pack of cans! Incredible!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 00:00:50 | More by stimulus
Photo of odonnekg


4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As far as flavor and smell is concerned, this pale ale is top notch. Deceptively impressive after bypassing it's loud and old school label. This beer is of high quality, and is intended for slow paced day drinking when ice cold. Another fine export from the great state of Colorado and worth a try whenever stumbled upon in random bars. Harder to find then you'd think so grab it while you can. This is an all time favorite for those looking for great aroma and taste from classic pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2010 02:32:56 | More by odonnekg
Photo of tippebrewcrew2


3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

wow a great Ipa in a can! I love the versatility and the simple logo. I think us BA's have a bit of a complex sometimes. We never have fit in, we have never been that guy who could bring a case of beer to a party and sit back knowing that you hold something awesome in your hands. This is the beer that can allow us to do that. Everywhere bottles can't go dales pale ale is there for us. I can never possibly think about having another adventurous camping trip without a 6 pack of dales pale ale by my side. Thank you dale for making life more awesome.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 07:52:32 | More by tippebrewcrew2
Photo of glid02


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

Cask at the Atlanta Cask Ale Festival, dry-hopped with whole leaf Cascade.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a slight large-bubbled head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of bright citrus with good amounts of floral hops. There's also a good amount of grainy pale malt aroma with a hint of vanilla.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust pale malt flavors up front segue into good amounts of juicy grapefruit and lighter tropical fruit hop flavors. Midway through the sip there's the hint of vanilla that dissipates through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I didn't think this gained a whole lot from the dry-hopping and cask conditioning. A very solid beer that's worth a try however it's served.

Serving type: cask

02-06-2010 01:42:19 | More by glid02
Photo of webbcreative


4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden color with white 2 finger head.

aroma is of big citrus hops.

taste is carmel sweetness up front followed by fruity bitter citrus hoppy, loads of hops, but still is balanced pretty nicely with the malt.

mouthfeel is medium, and pretty smooth and creamy.

Overall this is a really good pale ale, i love the big hop aroma and flavor combined with the carmel sweet malt. I could easily kill several of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 04:17:14 | More by webbcreative
Photo of CBlack85

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Duckworths in Charlotte, served in a pint glass.

I have heard good things about this beer, but have been hesitant to try it because of my association of canned beer with a bad metallic taste. When I saw it on tap, I figured I would give it a shot.

Pours a semi-clear orange/amber/yellow color with a nice amount of off white head. The head lingers on for quite a while, there is a good amount of lacing as well.

Citrusy hops dominate the nose, not much in the way of malty or sweet scents, just hops.

Surprisingly, the first noticable taste is a bready malt, followed by hops, and then a slight fruity taste. Seems to be a bit too hoppy for an APA. If not for the malt balance I would say that this is more of an IPA.

Medium bodied, and appropriately carbonated for the style. Very drinkable, I really enjoyed this beer.

I am still hesitant to try it in a can based on some of the other reviews that I have read calling out the "metallic" flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2010 22:42:37 | More by CBlack85
Photo of goldbot

District of Columbia

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

On tap at the local beer bar. An orange to golden color, nice off-white head and lots of lacing.

Smells of tons of grapefruit and some pine tree. Lots of hops character. Tastes very strongly of pine, backed by more grapefruit and other citrus notes. Nice floral hops bitterness, but the flavor is rather muted compared to the nice aromas. The bitterness ends up kind of overpowering the moe subtle (but great tasting) pine and citrus flavors.

A medium body, this one goes great with food.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2010 02:44:09 | More by goldbot
Photo of hdofu


3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The first thing that hits you ( if your can wasn't adjatated like mine is the smell, this beer smells like hoppy. Taste is extremely hoppy with a strong bitter finish, mouthfeel is foamy with a metalic bite from the can. I have to admit it is a pleasent taste, would drink again

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 01:39:57 | More by hdofu
Photo of BeerPhan86

New York

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pleasanlty surprised to see this as one of the growler fill choices at my local store, and it happens to be the store guy's pick of the week. I always see the six packs of this in cans but never picked it up. Time to try it on delicious draft!

A - Deep hazy amber-copper in color with a nice foamy light tan "sticky" head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Oh wow. Super hoppy for a pale ale, with plenty of grapefruit. I also detect some citrus, pine, and sweet malt. I can tell this will be very hoppy and very bready already.

T - Piney hops up front. Plenty of grapefruit and citrus hops. Strong malty backbone and caramel sweetness. The only thing that makes this different than an IPA is that it isn't quite as bitter. Extraordinary balance. Reminds me of a West Coast style IPA but not quite as bitter.

M - Medium bodied, very smooth and crisp. Could benefit from a little more carbonation though.

D - Very sessionable, but hoppier and heavier than most pale ales. It really should be approached as an IPA.

Overall, very good on draft, I'll be filling up my growler with this as long as it's around. Seeing as six packs are approaching 9-10 dollars anyway for the good stuff, you may as well find somewhere to fill your jug up. 9-10 dollars for about 5 pints of a good draft beer such as this is a deal and a half. I'm intrigued how it translates in the can. If you are camping somewhere and glass bottles are prohibited this is the perfect choice!

Serving type: growler

11-12-2009 02:13:45 | More by BeerPhan86
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District of Columbia

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

Draught at Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle. Clear amber with a medium white head and nice lacing. Aroma of black pepper and lemon. Flavor is a very nice balance between the subtle hoppy bitterness and the malt. Not over the tops as some American IPAs are. Nicely done.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2009 14:41:21 | More by Travlr
Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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