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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

4,634 Ratings

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Ratings: 4634
Reviews: 1692
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 ppoitras


4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz can purchased as part of a six-pack from Whole Foods-Annandale/Alexandria, VA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head above the orangey amber brew. Head recedes slowly, with good lacing. Aroma is substantially of citrus and piney hops. Taste has it all going on, light sweet melt upfront, balanced and then some by tangy hops that pretty much steal the show. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent, and the can packaging makes it even that much more drinkable in some locales. As good (or better) than I had heard/expected.

Serving type: can

11-01-2005 21:57:28 | More by ppoitras
Photo of bultrey

New York

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

It's true -- this is probably the best craft beer in a can you can find. Can opens with a lot less fizz than I would have expected, but maybe that's because I'm used to opening soda cans or beer cans that have so much carbon dioxide added the effervescence hits your face when you open it. Poured rather vigorously into a pint glass, this was a beautiful coppery color, with a modest but short-lived head. The taste is pure West coast pale ale, with storng citrus and pine hops supported by a delightful amber malty backbone. The mouthfeel is a little disappointing -- I actually wish it was a bit more carbonated.
An excellent beer that may end up being a pioneer in the movement back toward putting good craft beer in a can. Your Bud/Miller/Coors-from-a-can drinking buddies (if you have any), would probably find this has waaaay too much taste, which is one of the best things you can say about it.

Serving type: can

10-31-2005 17:18:43 | More by bultrey
Photo of WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a hazy, dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a very complex malt scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and bisquit malts along with a heavy hop aroma; quite bitter. The taste is awesome. It has a smooth malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes bitter and slightly sweet. It has a solid malt bill and hop character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an excellent pale ale. It has complexity in both the aroma and taste; a good drinker. This has got to be the best canned beer I've ever had.

Serving type: can

10-16-2005 00:37:47 | More by WesWes
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's great to see a craft brew Pale Ale in an aluminum can. The representative at the World Beer Festival gave me a six pack in a bag of ice for a presentation on Beers in the News for the World Beer Festival. Not sure why it was in the news but learned that a bottle versus a can is no different anymore . . . all of it should be poured in a glass. If I could find this in North Carolina, I would definitely buy it for parties, barbeques, etc. Not nearly as snobby if you bring your craft beer in a can. Don't let this one fool you, it's a very good choice.

Serving type: can

10-10-2005 00:39:12 | More by Backer2004
Photo of TongoRad

New Jersey

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

It pours a clear pale amber color with a large tan head. There is a steady stream of bubbles rising from the bottom and the head lasts a surprisingly long time.

The aroma is a great balance between fresh hops and caramel malt. The overall impression is of citrus (orange/kumquat), some mango and an underlying resiny quality.

The flavor follows through on the fruit/resiny characteristics and adds a ton of malt sweetness (perhaps a bit too much). Bitterness is at a sufficient level. Unfortunately there is also a detectable mineral/metallic quality. Still- this makes a great case for beer in cans. I enjoyed it.

Serving type: can

09-06-2005 00:27:02 | More by TongoRad
Photo of Bleedingshrimp


4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can (yep a can) into a pint glass. Upon pouring, this beer produces a nice one and a half fingers of thick, marshmallow cloud foam. A beautiful orange speckled with lots of tiny sediment makes this beauty sparkle. Truly a sight to behold. Crazy amounts of lace coat the glass in huge ridges. The head sticks around for a while; dimpling and begging to be gazed upon. The smell is all clean..pine and citrus..with bright floral hop notes. Mouthfeel is medium and just crisp enough. Taste is all pine sap and orange with a nice warm buttery glow on the tongue. Hops are all over the place and leave a great piney-hop aftertaste. I could pound these bad boys all night. Definitely a sleeper and for the price you'd be hard pressed to find anything this tasty. I can't say I noticed an aluminum or canned taste in the slightest. I'd easily recommend this to anyone as a great standout IPA. This brew is clearly in need of a review revisit by some who have been blinded by the can.

Serving type: can

08-30-2005 05:09:40 | More by Bleedingshrimp
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first experience with United States brewed craft beer from a can. Feels retro somehow, those 1000s of Bud cans in my past coming to mind? Takes a little getting use to, but overall, a cool new experience.

First off, there is a frightening lack of sound when opening the can. I feared that it was completely flat. Fortunately, nothing could be farther from the truth.

A light amber body, crystal clear, with an opening burst of swirling carbonation bubbles, topped by a fairly level two inch slab of bone-china-white froth. Good lacing.

A very subdued nose, with just a nice but quiet dollop of citrus hops. Pleasant enough, though.

Taste kicks off with a big, solid platform of sweet maltiness, laying down a foundation of caramelly goodness. Then the hops roll in like they are shooting the rapids in the Colorado River, splashing everything in reach with waves of balancing bitterness, finally merging with the sweetness in a delightful balancing act as they roll over the falls and down the throat together.

Very good medium mouthfeel, works for all conditions. Very easy drinkability, and a high desire for another.

The cans give it a niche market, and I'll be back for more of this for those "no glass" occasions, like poolside on summer vacation. However, this would be a very nice pale ale if it was only available in those boring brown bottles. Cans do.

Serving type: can

08-16-2005 02:35:09 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of Citadel82

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What a delightful thing it is to find a pale ale in a can that is as BIG and TASTY as this one is. I waited anxiously for this beer to come to Jersy so that I could try. I was relying on the strength of the reviews on this site and on the New York Times Article on Pale Ales from about a moth ago. This brew does not disappoint. Pours a clear copy with an abundant white head that leaves clumps of creamy lace. Aroma is spicy, floral citrus and biscuit notes. Taste is sharp floral hops with muted malts with a medium bodied mouth feel. you need to try this beer. The can may put some off but do put it aside and give this and the Old Chub a try!

Serving type: can

08-13-2005 11:56:18 | More by Citadel82
Photo of UncleFlip


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

I was thinking it had been a long time since I've had a canned beer- but then I thought of the obvious Guinness in the nitro can. I was thinking more along the lines of normal cans- the memories flood back from Saturdays spent with my forensic psychologist dad, who would work on cars while sipping PBR, leaving the cans lined up beside the vehicle. It's a nice memory brought back to me by my friend Chuck, who sliced this can over my way.

Nice honey colour, with copper overtones...looks very nice. Medium head sticks around for a bit before slowly going away.

The smell is all about a nice fresh fruity hoppiness that carries overtones of oranges and spice. One of my favourite smells!

I get an earthy, fruity hoppiness soon as it hits my mouth. A woodiness hits over that, then a sweet, medium maltiness comes out from under. The woodiness stays until the end.

On the mouth, it's slightly thicker than I would have expected. The carbonation is a bit restrained, but stays in place for a bit. Very consistent.

This is one of the best beers out of a can I've had in a long time. I'm rather happy with this one (thanks, Chuck!), and I could drink it in a long session!

Be well

Serving type: can

07-29-2005 05:38:47 | More by UncleFlip
Photo of gus


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

Appearance is somewhat hazy with a light copper coler. Head was slightly off-white and maintained a good consistency while drinking, some lacing on glass. Taste is best described as bitter,somewhat hoppy, but once inside the mouth it goes down smooth creating a good mouthfeel You can smell the hops,adding to your drinking pleasure. Very surprized how good this was considering it came out of a can. Will look forward to drinking this again and would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys an American Pale Ale.

Serving type: can

07-28-2005 23:47:34 | More by gus
Photo of merlin48


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

Found a can of this at the Vintage Cellar, Radford, Va. Pours a clear copper amber body with a surprising, two finger beige head. Retention is decent and some clingy patch lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is assertive, with prominent malty notes of fresh toffee and caramel. Fruity hops add accents of grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and some chewy malt. Taste is sturdy, with lots of sweet malty caramel and toffee, and an equally powerful menu of tropical fruit bitterness, mostly pink grapefruit. Lots of flavor, and well balanced. More like an American Amber than an APA, but an excellent and very drinkable brew no matter what it is. I'm convinced that canned microbrews work just fine.

Serving type: can

07-03-2005 21:31:04 | More by merlin48
Photo of AndIWantYou


3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First canned beer I've had in ages... wouldn't have bought it, but the owner of the Vintage Cellar (Radford, VA, store) told me that as a hop-head, he highly recommended this brew. Turns out it's canned because aluminum is better than glass for hiking (for obvious reasons). Those wacky Coloradoans.

Backstory aside, this beer is only so-so in my book. Definitely a strong hop flavor from front to back, but that's about all I taste aside from a vague sugariness. Not what I'd called a "balanced" beer, but the hops aren't overwhelming. The brownish-amber color is gorgeous, although the off-white head didn't last very long. I guess it's the hop varietal, but even if you hadn't told me where this beer was brewed, I would have said west of the Mississippi.

Basically, if I were going camping, I'd bring this along by the six pack, but I probably wouldn't buy it any other time. Might be a good beer to take along to a party where lots of swill will be consumed (assuming you don't want to stand out too much). Maybe I will buy some to take to the family fourth of July this weekend... nah, they already know I'm a snob =)

Serving type: can

06-29-2005 22:26:23 | More by AndIWantYou
Photo of Thrasher


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

A novelty item: a large, hoppy ale that comes in a can. Presentation aside, this is a good beer with lots of hops and lots of malt (a baby barleywine, if you will) that is probably not entirely deserving of the attention it's gotten due to coming in a can. Color is deep amber, difficult to see through, with a healthy dollop of thick head atop, and firm, arched lacing down the sides of the glass. Aroma is fragrantly sweet, like bubble gum and wild flowers, equal shares of malt and hop. The same is true for the taste, with big sweet caramel wood-varnish malts and grapefruit hops that are equally matched dance partners. Mouthfeel is full, like pulpy OJ or peachy iced tea, and the drinkability is quite good for a beer this size. Towards the finish, a sour lactic, earth-laden, almost metallic flavor is the sole niggling kernel of doubt about the can format, but it could be a by-product of yeast. Worth a shot, especially if you require cans for some reason. (Upon popping the can, which feels a little flimsy, a shot of beer may shoot out and either spray your hand or deposit itself on the counter. Also, you will probably not want to tip the glass during the pour if you want any head at all; if you don't tip, the head will be full, thick, creamy, and lace-inducing, and it won't come over the edges of the pint glass.)

Serving type: can

06-14-2005 04:57:32 | More by Thrasher
Photo of unklesyd


3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I wasn't expecting much from this one, really. I took a 5 mile bike ride to the store with the express purpose of buying this and stopping by a local wildland preserve and drinking it by the river before returning home simply for the fun/novelty of it.

I was really surprised when I took the first sip, though, that it actually was very tasty!

Not much really need be said here that hasn't been said before. In sum: This is not the best tasting beer in the category, not the best tasting in the price range, but if you are going hiking/biking/camping, this IS the one to go with!

The only negative: no head space/breathing room meant a strangly carbonated-yet-flat mouthfeel. Oh well. For the fun factor, this one is definately recommended.

Serving type: can

05-26-2005 02:22:57 | More by unklesyd
Photo of Reidrover


4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can,says on the side "Pack it in, Pack it out"!
The beer is a deep orangy/dark honey colour with a smallish off white head, leaves pretty nice laceing.
The aroma has a very substancial hoppyness..especially the "citric" tangs..almost as strong as some IPAs.
Again the taste is mainlly of the hops but after a few sips a good smooth , semi sweet maltiness shows, and after about half the glass its a well balanced beer.
Very nice on the palte, exceptionally smooth and quite "thick" for the style.
What can i say? Very drinkable and would make an excellent camping beer as the label suggests.

Serving type: can

05-11-2005 05:08:43 | More by Reidrover
Photo of Boto


3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can: I love it, a good beer in a can. There are sometimes that you can’t have bottles and this is a great idea! The beer pours a slightly orangish color. There was a large frothy head with a decent amount of lacing. There is good hop aroma, with mainly grapefruit notes. Nice bitter taste, with a suprisingly light sweetness in the aftertaste. This is a really decent beer. Can you bring this to CT? Thanks for the beer, Jay!

Serving type: can

05-10-2005 00:39:07 | More by Boto
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear orange-amber body rests gently beneath a short head of white that holds well and leaves some very nice lace about the glass. The nose delivers a combination of bright, fruity (more orange than grapefruit) and mildly piney hops along with a splash of yeasty fruitiness and a base of sweetish malt. It's crisp in the mouth without being overly aggressive, and it fades smoothly and cleanly from the palate. The flavor is bold, to say the least, and seems to add a light touch of diacetyl to it's already rich and fairly complex profile. It's exceptionally well balanced by a solid bitterness that allows its malt sweetness to shine before drying in the finish; and it's delicately pine-like hop flavors linger in the finish along with a touch of doughy maltiness. Quite nice! This beer deserves far more attention than it gets (and the fact that it's available in a can is a complete bonus!). Go get some!!!

Serving type: can

05-06-2005 19:56:47 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of Beaver13


4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can. Pours a clear orangish-amber with a big fluffy off-white head that retains well and leaves some nice lacing.

The aroma is big piney/floral grapefruity hops with a little caramel malt in the background.

The flavor is a little sweet caramel, some fruitiness then a very nice piney/floral hop finish with a lingering bitterness. The finish is a little on the acidic side though. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, and slightly watery.

Overall an excellent pale ale, more towards IPA territory (and a good one at that). It has the excellent mix of fruitiness and piney hops that I love. Very well balanced.

Serving type: can

04-29-2005 05:52:11 | More by Beaver13
Photo of mrgrandefromage


2.63/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Great packaging! I drank this out of the can, so I didn't actually observe the appearance. The most impressive thing about this beer is the aroma. Even out of the can the smell of fresh northwest hops was intense. Unfortunatly the hops are completely over the top in the flavor of this beer, overpowering everything else. Don't know why they chose to call this a pale ale. It would be over the top for an IPA. The mouth feel was harsh, despite the light carbonation. Wouldn't drink another. A shame, because their Old Chub is outasight.

Serving type: can

04-10-2005 18:28:11 | More by mrgrandefromage
Photo of RBorsato


4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange color with a nice full beige head, decent carbonation, and nice lace rings. Awesome citrusy hop aroma. Hoppy citrusy flavors (grapefruit) dominate with a solid malt backing. Light-medium bodied with a "lightly metallic" dry bitter finish.

Amazing that this is from a can !!

Per can: "A huge voluminously hopped mutha of a pale ale"

Per O.B. website: Brewed with hefty amounts of European malts and four kinds of American hops.

($13.99 / 12-pack of cans)

Serving type: can

03-31-2005 16:41:52 | More by RBorsato
Photo of OliasOfSunhillow


4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The original canned micro! Well maybe not original, but you know what I mean. I won't pretend to be sampling this for the first time. Dale's is a staple for me, with cans in the fridge most of the time, cans in the cooler on ALL camping trips, a fugitive can or two in the backpack when space allows, and a not infrequent pourer at the brewery. Can't go wrong with this one, especially on draft, though the cans do a nice job as well.

Pours a nice amber color with a thunderous head that quickly dissipates. Nose is all citrusy hops -- nothing wrong with that. Taste is mostly citrus with hints of sweet malt and perhaps a tiny roasty edge -- very nice! Exceptionally drinkable for a 6.5% ABV brew. No wonder I drink so damned much of it!

Serving type: can

03-10-2005 22:28:21 | More by OliasOfSunhillow
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to tell you, the rhyming name reminds of the Preston Sturges classic film, "The Lady Eve", where Henry Fonda plays a herpetologist who also happens to be heir to a brewing fortune. In one scene, a waiter onboard the ocean liner "Hopsy", as he is nicknamed, is traveling on, dryly intones the following line: "They only want Pike's Pale, the Ale that won for Yale. Rah. Rah."

But how about Dale's Pale Ale, "A Huge Voluminously Hopped Mutha Of A Pale Ale", as the can reads...you said a mouthful, bub. Let's crack the snap-top, and dig in...
Hazy, crisp amber color, good chunk of cream-toned foam above.
Aroma, plenty of hops in there, the piney, juicy, grapefruity, zesty, tangy kind. Puts me in mind of Alpha King and others of that sort. Big citrus...I like it!
Taste: zing, zing! Nice, pungent hoppy taste in every bite, but not too bitter. Flavor slides along the mouth, with a neat resin-y edge, loads of alpha acids, abundant fruity flavor. This one is right up my alley.
Body is medium, but the flavor is full, and the finish is bitter, hoppy, fruity. Taste is long-lasting in the mouth. This would definitely be a regular buy for me, if it were available here.
tasty stuff, with plenty of hops...just what turns my crank.

Serving type: can

03-04-2005 10:05:27 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of rowew


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

Presentation: 12 oz can.

Appearance: Bright orange color with a great sized head. Head faded to a thin lace on top, as well as down the sides.

Smell: Citrusy hops with a nice sweet malt aroma coming through as well.

Taste: Mmm .. nice hoppy flavor, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Citrusy flavor with a decent malt background - definitely predominately hops though. Nice and drinkable.

Overall impression: Wow - great canned beer. Perfect for camping trips, or just around the house. This should probably be an IPA though - definitely heavy on the hops.

Serving type: can

02-09-2005 05:39:28 | More by rowew
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 Southernbrew


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

Pours a lovely gold-bronze with a sparse head.

Nose shows a moderate piney and bitter hoppiness and maybe a bit of sweetness.

Medium bodied, prickly carbonation. Big hoppy pale ale, starts off with a moderate bitterness that becomes slightly woody. A faint husk flavor flashes but quickly passes. Finishes with a bitter/dry aftertaste.

A very nice pale, well hopped for the style and the can is a very nice novelty.

EDIT:My review says it was on tap, it was actually from the can.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2005 01:38:04 | More by Southernbrew
Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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