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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,828 Reviews
THE BROS
81
good

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Reviews: 1,828
Hads: 6,696
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 153
Gots: 1,197 | FT: 8
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 cktison
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can to pint glass.

A: Nice, hazy orange body with a 1 finger, creamy off white head. Quick dissipation leaving behind nice lacing. Body is brilliant, but not quite clear.

S: Hoppy pale ale! Smooth malts in background with a sharp, piney hop flavor. Very nice aroma, very strong.

T: Hoppy, smooth, sharp and citrusy PA. Creamy, biscuity and nice malts balance the "voluminously hopped" pale ale.

M: Nice carbonation, nice finish, clean and not too bitter.

D: The fact that this comes from a can is fantastic - no reason it shouldn't, but your brain tells you otherwise. Good tasting, hoppy, flavorful and easy to drink at 6.7%. This is a great beer. (663 characters)

Photo of Yimosan
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy light orange with a 1 finger off white head. Decent lacing all the way down.

S: Citrus and sweet malts jump right up. There is also a tangerine hint as the beer warms up in the glass...very nice.

T: Lightly sugar sprinkled grapefruit with a nice malty sweetness to round things up.

M: Clean and fruity in the mid palate.

D: Sessionable beer for sure. Love the hop and malt balance on this beer!

This is one of my daily dinner beers.

Salud! (491 characters)

Photo of Goldopelgt
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an orange-ish copper color, from a can, with a fluffy white head, decent lacing...darker than what I was anticipating from a "pale ale," but not complaining by any means.

S: Citrus and piney hops up front, with some caramel malts and biscuit to round it out. Very nice.

T: Similar to the nose...resinous, citrusy hops with a nice malty backbone that balances nicely. Tasty brew, that's all I can really say.

M: Slick, with a bitterness that coats the palate and begs for another taste. Medium bodied and not overly carbonated.

O: Wether you want to call it a traditional "pale ale" or an "IPA" aside, this is just a damn good brew...nothing else really needs to be said. I would highly recommend it if you haven't tried it, and will definitely be revisiting it very soon. Cheers! (792 characters)

Photo of qthompso
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a Spiegelau tulip. Pours a very nice light caramel with good clarity and a finger of off white head. Decent lacing.

A nice bready, caramel and almost a hint of coffee. A faint green, grassy hop finish. The beer smells pretty fresh.

The taste follows the nose. Nice thick biscuit flavors up front. A punchy lemony hop kick midway through and a finish that sticks around and tingles your tongue like a hoppy pale ale should (at least in my book) with a lingering finish of slightly burnt caramel.

Drinkablility is very good. A nice round drink with a light to medium body drink. The carbonation is sufficient, as it, with the hop flavors add a nice kick.

Overall a very solid pale ale. Strong enough hops to keep a hophead like me content but not overly so where you're questioning whether or not it should be classified an IPA. (844 characters)

Photo of Buildscharacter
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I don't know why...maybe it's because it's from a can, or maybe because I just don't expect a tasty IPA to be IN the can, I just love this beer.

I often think that if I had to drink one beer for the rest of my life, this would be it. Aside from the packaging, this beer has it all.

It's light, but has great acute hop flavor, but goes down smooth and easy.

I don't really know what it looks like, because I really enjoy drinking it in the can, so I can't really comment on it in that regard.

As for the flavor, it's just smooth and tasty. Good balance between the malt and the hop. Reminds me of a more mellow Sierra Nevada.

I highly recomend this beer. (673 characters)

Photo of dbatch
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack of cans. I've seen this beer for a long time and shrugged it off because it was in a can, but I've waited far too long to try this wonder.

Cracking open the can, you get the instant aroma of hops. Into a pint glass. pours a beautiful orange with a decent amount of carbonation rising, and leaves about an inch and a half of thick, creamy head. The pour allows the hops to breathe and at the same time gives off a wonderful piney aroma mixed with citrus.

First taste is a creamy pine flavor from the hops, mixed with a grapefruit/mixed citrus bag. It sticks to the roof of your mouth, almost chewy, pleasantly surprising coming from a can. Grab a sixer and head to the game and do some tailgating. (720 characters)

Photo of WAP
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a thin but foamy white head that leaves fingers of lacing on the glass. The smell is sweet, citrusy hops and is quite pleasant. The taste has a slight sweetness up front, followed by a citrus hop tinge and then finishing cleanly bitter. This is very hoppy for an APA, but pleasantly so. Texture is slightly creamy and lacking carbonation compared with others of the style -- this may come from canning? Overall a very solid Pale Ale that is a mainstay in my rotation. (494 characters)

Photo of Bugsey
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfect in terms of balanced flavor and mouth feel.

Carbonation isn't too intense, say, like Duvel. Just enough to be clean and refreshing.

Taste is clean with sweet carmel malts and bread crust, a little citrus, but not to piney.

Clean aftertaste, and leaves me wanting more and more.

Underrated beer. (306 characters)

Photo of Wegbier
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a whole 12pk i will finally make note of this one

a- most of them were very low in carbonation and this one is has tons of tiny bubbles(favorite glass always does the trick) a sandy smooth head comes up two fingers and then doesnt give up for a good long while but with light lacing from the eggshell foam.
the beer is honey copper

the smell is floating around in a light spicy pine forest with dark biscuit that support all the fresh pine

t- follows smell with sweet and spiced pines supported by a light malt backbone.

palate is a solid medium body that has a smooth carbonation with a little bit of an oily touch before a clean finish.

d- all night all day easy drinker with a good taste (701 characters)

Photo of bonk0076
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best beer I think I've ever had. A dark golden color with an ambitious head for a pale ale, it carries a prominent c-hop aroma. The taste delivers that hoppy flavor, but it is followed immediately with a sweet finish that perfectly balances it. Delicious. (259 characters)

Photo of HardcoreKeith
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six pack of these to throw into the soda can dispenser of my kegerator fridge.

Hazy amber with small white head. The carbonation level is low, hardly even a pooft when I popped the can. It smells strongly of piney and citrusy hops and grapefruit. The taste is strongly piney. It's very aggressively hopped, to the point that this is really more of an IPA than APA. It's even more hoppy than some IPAs. The malt flavor shows through a bit as it warms up. Enjoyable, and kudos to Oskar Blues for the canning. (518 characters)

Photo of LiquidSanity
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ap: Golden-Orange amber color. Plenty of head. Minimal lacing. Beautiful appearance.

Ar: Orange and floral notes. Nothing super impressive but not distracting.

Ta: This beer is delicious. Plenty of earthy and piney hops, a touch of honey with a nice bitterness that would confuse many into thinking it is an IPA.

Mf: Thick and rich while being creamy. Very engaging.

Ov: Honestly, how is this not an IPA? This beer is full of flavor, character and body. The bitter hops will delight and you will drink any and all I place in front of you. Enjoy each one as it is poured. Cheers! (583 characters)

Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Over the years has sort of become the reference standard of pale ales for me. Dales can be enjoyed with a good steak, a hamburger, or a grinder. It's as good in your favorite haunt as it is on the boat or even riverside out of the cooler (which, to me, is when this ale shines).

The color is the amber you'd expect and the smell is hoppy and with some faint malt. Taste is hoppy with a nice malt foundation. I don't find much complexity about it. The mouthfeel is nice and full and the drinkability is damn good. A very balanced, well-made brewski. (549 characters)

Photo of PeterLemonjello
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on several occasions, always out of a can. I'm a fan of this beer and would love the opportunity to have on draft.

A - Pours a pretty light amber/golden color. Small thin head but generous lacing down the glass. Lightly carbonated, but certainly not flat-ish.

S - Nice aromas. It would be a brilliantly smelling beer is they aromas popped a little more (hence why I would love on draft with a bigger head/carbonation) but the flavors are very nice. Sweet citrus/floral with some malt/bready smells.

T - Great tasting beer. Hops to malts to bitterness on the finish. Front hop flavors are floral/citrus, followed by malt/bready sweet flavors, and the finish leaves bitterness on the tongue. Excellent flavorful ale.

M - Also, excellent. Full bodied for a Pale Ale making it a pleasure to drink.

D - Very nice beer. With slightly higher carbonation, this Pale Ale would be hard to beat. Always a nice to drink and a very sessionable beer. (955 characters)

Photo of towersfall
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (826 characters)

Photo of brewcore
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass

Disclaimer: This can survived a 3 day backpacking trip.

A. Aggressive pour yields a one finger white head that doesn't hang around long. (Maybe it was beat up too much in the excursion.) Some lacing. Nice carbonation rising from the bottom. Cloudy and light copper in color.

S: Predominately hops. Hops are floral and citrus. Balanced out with some sweet malt aroma.

T: Hops provide a citrus rind bitterness balanced well with a toasted, caramel malts. Mild lingering bitterness. The hops presence not overpowering.

M: Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Somewhat oily in the finish. Easy to drink and quite refreshing.

O: One of my favorite American pale ales. It is easy to drink despite its higher ABV. Plus they were one of the first craft breweries to do the can. I love cans; they are perfect for day hikes and fishing trips. This beer fits the bill perfectly for those adventures (as do many other Oskar Blues beers). The fact that this beer is in a can increases my overall rating for this beer. (1,055 characters)

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Canned on 7/09/15, so it's just under a month old. Sweet.

LOOK: Clear, lightly bubbly amber with a finger of creamy beige head. Nice curtains of lacing.

SMELL: Thick juicy grapefruit, a little bit of orange zest, light pine notes, and sweet caramel malt.

TASTE: Hoppy upfront. Lots of sweet grapefruit juice and bitter orange peel. Sweet caramel malt takes over in the middle with some sappy pine notes. Finishes surprisingly bitter with pine resin, chalky yeast notes, grapefruit peel, and faint alcohol warmth.

FEEL: Medium-bodied, juicy upfront and finishes dry. Moderate carbonation. Nice drinkability.

OVERALL: A pretty tasty pale ale that leans toward being an IPA. A good beer. (741 characters)

Photo of JBStith
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dale's Pale Ale in a can. Fun to drink a "good" beer from a can, but (and I don't care what anyone else says) cans taste different than bottles to me. Anyhow...

A: Pours a slightly hazy goden color with little head. Low retention, but decsent lacing.

S: Initial floral aroma and a bit of sweetness spice. Aromas disappear very quickly though.

T: Initially sweet and well hopped. Good bitterness that comes through as spicy. Becomes sticky sweet as the beer warms. Sweetness become more than I tend to like.

M&D: Descent mouthfeel. The sweetness translates into a heavier mourthfeel towards the end. Well (maybe overly) carbonated. Sweetness kills drinkability for me.

Overall, a descent beer. Having "good" beer in a can (which is unusual in my parts" makes this a good choice when bottles are out of the quetsion. (829 characters)

Photo of kurp001
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can bought at Shawan Liquors

Pours a cloudy shade of amber, with about two fingers of rocky tannish head sitting on top. As the head gradually dies down, generous lacing is left behind.

Piney and citrusy hops pop out on the aroma, a vague sweetness is also apparent in the background.

A grassy, floral hop character pulls through upfront, and is then rounded out by a more citrusy flavor. The malt backbone makes its presence known midway, though the finish tends to be dominated more by a hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is solid; medium-bodied with a subtle yet sufficient level of carbonation.

Dale's Pale Ale is very drinkable with an assertive hop character; this is definitely a good pale ale to have around, even though it can be somewhat pricier than other pale ales that I would consider to be of more or less comparable quality. At any rate, this is a good option when I want to switch things up. (908 characters)

Photo of Ohmmygawd
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pint can to glass.
It's a good looking pale ale. The floral hops smell hits you right away and complements the bitter pale taste wonderfully. I was a little worried it would be too thick and too much like an IPA but it's light and a pleasure to drink. Dale's Pale Ale works really well as a great beer to have with a burger and it's light enough to have a couple without feeling too full.

Great beer to have with friends. (424 characters)

Photo of Archimetez
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber color with an opacity, head this cream colored that dissipates quickly.

S: Mostly malt with a mild hop overtone

T: Nice mix of hops and barely malt.

M: Mild "thickness" over the mid-palate that lingers nicely.

O: Good example of an APA, no complaints (267 characters)

Photo of jhicks12
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
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 (435 characters)

Photo of sml505
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can

A - Copper color with light tan head.

S - All hops - citrus hops, grapefruit, pine, grass.

T - Strong hops and light malt. Finish with grapefruit, hop flavor.

O/ M - Great IPA. Light to med mouthfeel. Aroma and flavor balance well. Nice bitterness. (257 characters)

Photo of BarleyMine
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was interesting to me... It poured a nice amber/carmelized sugar color with a thick white head receeding to a thin line and somewhat sticky lacing. The interesting part is there was virtually no aroma to speak of. Maybe an ever so slight malty sweet smell. The flavor was a nice balance of malts and hops with a light floral note on the finish. A borderline amber ale. Medium bodied and smooth makes it a very drinkable brew. (435 characters)

Photo of MeowTom
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- It's very hazy and the head doesn't look very healthy. I don't want to judge a book by it's cover.

S- Mild hoppy aroma. It's mild but very pleasant.

T- Wonderful taste, makes up for the look. Big bitterness and wonderful maltiness to balance it out.

M- Medium thickness with a nice carbonation to it.

O- It works out to be just an average beer with some wonderful things and some not so good qualities. (410 characters)

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
89 out of 100 based on 1,828 ratings.