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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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very good

5,641 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,641
Reviews: 1,733
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 107
Gots: 560 | FT: 5
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)
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

ArtZan, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of DoctorDog
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. can into a nonic. Thanks to pokesbeerdude for sending me this one as a cool extra in a trade!

A- Clear amber appearance. Pours with 2 1/2+ fingers of off white head, which fades very slowly, leaving ample lacing.

S- Sweet pine notes dominate on the pour. As head falls, a soapy odor works its way into the mix.

T- Pine and tea-like hopiness, balanced by a touch of malty sweetness. Bitterness on the finish is fairly bold and moderately high.

M- Moderate carbonation. Medium body, and borderline creamy. Very smooth going down. A bit of residual oiliness builds as consumed.

D- Pretty good. Fairly easy drinker, though building bitterness might prevent me from wanting more than a few.

Future outlook: Another pleasantly well crafted beer-in-a-can...but only available to me via the trade-route at this time....

DoctorDog, Apr 28, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

CreightonSM, Feb 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

kylemckinnis, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of crwills
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very pleasantly surprised to find this available at Biscuit BBQ in Brooklyn, NY. Wouldn't recommend the food there by any means (watery pulled pork, bleh), but the beer selection was half decent.

Dave's Pale comes in a can, like the other beer from this brewer I've had and enjoyed (Old Chub). I had to ask for a glass to pour it into (yeah, great service...) and received a cheap Ikea glass. Oh well.

Poured a pleasant slightly cloudy golden colour with a nice, frothy white head. Hoppy aromas abound immediately out of the can. Excellent American pine/citrus hop aroma, plus some coffee-like malt in there for balance. Taste: ditto. Slightly oily but very solid mouthfeel, and a tangy but short-lived aftertaste with notes of caramel. Loved it, could drink it all day.

crwills, Apr 03, 2007
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3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can, served at Moan and Dove. The appearance was a little average: no real head or lacing; overall light brown mixed with amber. The aromas were decently well for a canned beverage: medium fruit aromas and hops. The taste was more sour in flavoring and lacked a hoppiness typical of a pale ale. However, its lightness in the hop department was relatively heavy for something in a can. And that is probably why I rate it high in mouthfeel: for something like a pale ale, the can helps it be light and refreshing. Overall, a little weak for a pale ale, but I was very impressed by the brewery's ability to make a drinkable pale ale.

fitzy84, Jun 26, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

WoostaBia, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of homebrewhawk
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can served in a shaker pint. Poured a hazy dark gold with a thin white head. Starts off with some caramel malt the piney hops in the aroma. Lighter side of medium bodied. Gold malt base with a citrus hop zing. Drying finish from the hops. Solid beer, easy drinking. Another winner from Oskar Blues.

homebrewhawk, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of confer
2.85/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I like the idea of using the cans. The beer pours a slightly hazy deep yellow. It had an off white 1 finger head.
The can says something about a hopped up pale ale, no lie. I just don't care for the kind of hops used. The aroma is of a pine forest and the taste is exactly the same. Chewing on pine needles. As a pale ale I think it is to hoppy. I wouldn't enjoy more than one.

confer, Nov 04, 2009
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4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice rich attractive amber color with fluffy off-white head that lasted for a while. Nice hoppy aroma. This was a very nicely balance pale ale. Mouth feel and carbonation were perfect. This was easy drinking and I could drink a lot in a sitting. I think I have a new favorite Pale Ale.

biggmike, Aug 28, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

clay23, Apr 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Beestin, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of SurlyDuff
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this ontap at Bukowski's in Cambridge.

Amber and a tad cloudy. Kinda dark for a PA. Good carbonation and a decent head. A nice pour by the bartender.

Rich malt with a good balance of dry floral spicy hops.

Kind of like sweet iced tea. Bitter and yet a good sweet malty presence. Good balance, for sure. Not resiny, but otherwise a real solid bitter hop profile with mainly earthiness and florals. Not getting to much pine or citrus.

SurlyDuff, May 18, 2008
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3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark shade of apricot orange. Small head.

Fruity, juicy American hops all the way. Orange, apricot, and caramel.

Taste & Body
Taste follow nose and is a pleasurable profile. A big pale ale, just slightly under IPA territory. Lots of fruity and bitter hops round out the flavor and linger on my tongue. There are some caramel malts, and they're just creeping on being too sweet for me. Thankfully the hops aren't competing with them. Body is low-medium and feels right for the style. Carbonation is a bit low. Is this a can attribute?

A big American pale ale. Not my favorite, but I'd rank it pretty high in the pantheon. I'd say it lives up to the hype.

JEdmund, Jul 08, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

superdoopersauce, May 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

MarioM, Feb 23, 2013
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4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber-gold color, touch of haze. Lots of small bubble rising up. Thick rocky head.

Citrus, piney, sweet caramel malts.

Strong hop character, but not overwhelming, citrus, piney, grassy. Rich malty background, bready, caramel. There's some fruity ester. Bitter-crisp finish. Body is robust, crisp, semi-dry, very smooth.

Taste more like an American IPA than American Pale Ale. Highly drinkable, 6.5% ABV is well hidden. Very delicious beer.

mjurney, Apr 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

nitter, Mar 29, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tremendous for the style. Pours a nice golden color with some white head. Decent retention. Smells largely of citrus hops with some caramel backbone as well. Tastes like a classic APA, reminds me of a better SN. Big leafy and herbal hops on top of a pronounced caramel malt backbone... a baby barleywine here to some degree. MF is medium with some creaminess/fullness. Great drinkability, an archetype of session beer to me.

LordAdmNelson, Feb 21, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

jucifer1818, Nov 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

ShepardCommander, Aug 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Barly's Taproom in Greenville, SC.

Beautiful in its amber redness. Thick, rocky head with a sticky lace throughout the pint. Aromas thick of hoppy resiny goodness. Flavors balanced incredibly well with the hoppy goodness and the hardly-too-sweet maltiness. This brew gently yet affirmatively covers the palate in a noncloying way. Great balance and a well sessionable brew. True, in mainstram circles, the red headed stepchild of Gordon, but still, a fantastic session pale ale, especially on tap.


goindownsouth, Jan 09, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

damienblack, Oct 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Michaeldmanley, Mar 23, 2014
Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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