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Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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BA SCORE
88
very good

5,615 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 5,615
Reviews: 1,732
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 107
Gots: 553 | 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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Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

Last of my 6-pack acquired in Wisconsin.

The pint pours a deep orange with nice clarity. Two fingers of dense, sudsy foam, that forms rings & sheets of lace as it diminishes. Surface has a whipped meringue sheen to it that's also nice.

Hops are resiny and fruity, tropical like mango. Pale malt surfaces too as it warms up.

Big pale malt body, slight residual hebal bitterness that triggers the salivary glands. Sort of dry in the finish, enhances drinkability. Light to medium mouthfeel, pleasant and easy to drink.

It took alot of self-control to save a can from the six-pack for a review. Two weeks from purchase no less...now I need more.

emerge077, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of zeff80
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a pillowy, off-white, three-finger head. It left great rings of lace.

S - It smelled of Cascade hops and grasses. Also, a good bit of maltiness.

T - It had a great bittersweet taste with a good deal of malt and tons of hoppy kick.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an outstanding APA. It smelled very good and tasted of amazing hops.

zeff80, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

355ml can. D.P. Eh? A perfect sentiment for this Canuck visitor, I'd say.

This beer pours a glassy medium golden copper amber hue, with two fat fingers of densely foamy, bubbly off-white head, which leaves a decent array of hovering rain cloud lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs out of sight.

It smells of sweet candied orange and grapefruit citrus, caramel toffee malt, a decent dose of pine resin, a hint of dry honey, and a mildly medicinal alcohol astringency. The taste is more semi-sweet grapefruit and orange fleshy fruitiness, a sturdy bready caramel malt backbone, fading forest floor pine notes, and a small floral perfumed booze warmth.

The carbonation is fairly understated, yet generally supportive, the body a hefty medium weight, and rather smooth, without invasive peril. It finishes on the more or less sweet side, and from both angles, as the hops and malt both contribute equally to this late cause.

Overall, this beer is quite big on flavour, even if that seems to be an excuse to push it to the IPA brink and hover. A prototypical version of an APA with hopes and dreams of style escalation, but still one mired in the adulation of its current station - oh, shoot. Still the best canned beer that I've had in recent memory.

biboergosum, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +2.6%

JAHMUR, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%

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!!!

NeroFiddled, May 06, 2005
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

SocalKicks, May 10, 2014
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +2.6%

On-tap 11/29/07 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a golden brown color, with a medium foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts with some citrus and hops.

T: The taste starts out with a nice burst of hops bitterness up front, then some sweet flavors of citrus and caramel that come in next along with a hearty malt character that provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Here we go with the famed Dale's Pale Ale in a can. Pours a clear gold with a ruby touch. Good sized head that sticks around. Nose is very heavy on the hops with a strong sweetness. Flavor is *really* heavy with the hops. It's almost an overkill to me as it seems to be somewhat imbalanced. Too much in my face, I mean mouth. Just lacks a even flow. It's like the beer is yelling out, "Hey! I'm a micro brew in a can! Woo hoo!" Feel is a little lighter than I'd want. Overall I have to drop the drinkability down because the hops are too harshly over-pronounced and it lacks balance. Sure, they are "pioneers" of sorts by putting a micro in a can, but that is not enough to save the production. It's what's in the can that counts.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +2.6%

nickfl, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Appearance copper orange hue large fluffy off white orange beige tinted head, very good retention going on with thin lacing between sips a bit sporadic. Aromatics mild citrus upfront pine mild biscuit malt sweetness overall very nice, pale ale. Flavor holds up nicely in the can I'm liking the floral, pine, and citrus hop flavors with light malts giving a biscuit bread sweetness to balance it all out this highly drinkable pale ale. Mouthfeel is medium bodied even solid carbonation goes down really easy with some slight oily resin feel going on. Drinkability, is great get some for the ball game or concert good for an all day afair.

WVbeergeek, May 15, 2007
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +2.6%

12 oz can into a pint glass. Canned American craft beer review #100. I can’t believe that I’ve gone this long without reviewing the beer that started the whole revolution!

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of eggshell-white head. This retains with a thin and creamy foaminess, which throws up a frothy cascade that settles into a good bit of spotty that dots the sides of the glass. The aroma smells freshly floral and a touch spicy in the nose, with some leafy and bitter citrus character lying underneath. Malts have a presence here as well though, with sweeter notes of toast and maybe even a light touch of butter flavor.

The taste has a crisp citric snap on the palate, which is well balanced by the bready and grainy feeling sweetness of the malts. Like the nose, I’m even picking up a touch of diacetyl, which is actually nicely complimenting the malt presence here. It even lingers a bit in the finish, along with dry and pithy feeling green bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied; with a smooth crispness that is definitely on the creamier side overall. There is a bit of a light alcohol feel here but it doesn’t impact the feel much at all, except maybe adding a bit of boldness to the hop profile some.

I guess that this one’s become a minor classic over the last several years and there’s a reason why. It’s a well made APA with enough flavor to keep the craft beer lovers happy but still approachable enough to bring new drinkers in as well. And it’s in a can! This is solid stuff here that I would never turn down.

Kegatron, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

I heard the recipe changes, so let's see what we see:

Pours amber with 4+ fingers of pillowy sand colored head. Insane lacing sticky white all over the top 2" of my pint glass! Head retention is good

S: Citrussy hops & bready malt & leafy hops as this warms

T: Orangey & tangerine hops along with biscuitty malts up front. Piney, leafy & grapefruitty hops along with honey malt sweetness as this warms. Finishes crisp with plenty of grapefruitty hops & honey malt sweetness with a kiss of caramel

MF: Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation & great balance.

Drinks great, the only discernible difference I see is less in your face. back of the throat hoppyness, but that actually works for me. A change for the better IMO for my go to camping beer

russpowell, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

Thanks to paco for throwing this into a trade. Drank it out of a stein.

A - Great looking beer here. Intense apricot color, with generous two-fingered foam that dissipates slowly and leaves great lacing. Bubbles lazily float from the bottom.

S - Hmm...reminds me a little of Newbold IPA, with the sweet corn and mandarin combo, along with some floral notes. There's a mellow bitterness over top of a solid malt backbone. This is more of what I expect from an APA (as opposed to Alpha King). Smell doesn't really get out of the glass much.

T - Bitter and lemony, with a tiny bit of sweetness at the end. There's a bready quality in there as well. It's kind of disappointing compared to the smell - not bad, just kind of meh...

M - Tingly, creamy, good medium body. A little too carbonated for my liking though.

D - Drinks like a good summer front porch beer - the carbonation might leave me a little bloated after a couple of these, so points off in that regard.

Wow - just looked at my review of Newbold, and there's a lot of shared comments. I think I was a little harder on Dale's because I've reviewed quite a few brews since then. It's solid, and kicks the crap out of most canned beer (other than Surly).

MasterSki, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +11%

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.

feloniousmonk, Mar 04, 2005
Photo of Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%

Poured from a 12oz can into a standard ale glass cold.

A - Not even a pssst as the pop top is depressed. A dark copper w/ a full 3 finger off white head. Lace is left in a haphazard array.

S - Citrusy hops and the sweet scent of pale malts. An almost lactic scent is noticed.

M - Citric, bitter w/ a hoppy oil feel. A medium bodied ale w/ a dry finish. Nice accents of hops and spice in the texture.

T - A sweet crystal malt taste that allows a very potent, but flavorful blend of hop tastes to emerge. Woody noble hops take presidence an late citrus is the focus. The malt balances out the bitterness well. A round creamy taste is noticeable up front. The dry and nutty character gets more noticeable when warm.

D - A fine pale ale, but a bit more bitter than I would prefer. There is plenty of flavor from malt and hops and this is above average as far as drinkability goes. It is potent for the style.

Slatetank, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of drabmuh
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%

Poured from a can into a Dale's Pale Ale shaker pint because I can. I was quite surprised I had never bothered to review this beer before actually.

Beer is amber and clear with low carbonation. Forms a big head of medium off white bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Beer has a sweet hoppy aroma, some piny some citrus. Very nice.

Beer is smooth with a lot of late bitterness and a mild grainy aftertaste. Its kind of sweet up front. It finishes nicely but overall its too sweet for me.

drabmuh, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%

oskar blues flagship brew. now widely proliferated this beer pours a thick amber honey color with a one inch white head that lasts. smells more like an ipa than a pale ale, but has a defined malt strength that i guess qualifies it. taste is quite hoppy too, crisp and satisfying. has a pine and cut grass earthiness to it. mouthfeel is pleasant and smooth, but the heavier body can be filling. this is a versatile beer and a good every day drinker, but i find it works particularly well with spicy foods of the southwest.

StonedTrippin, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

Yay more good beer in a can, and hell yeah for being Dale's 1000th review!

A: Poured into my SA Perfect Pint glass with a fluffy 2 finger head that slowly fades but continues to get supplemented by the many bubbles floating up from the etch at the bottom. Super clear amber copper brown color. The fluffy head leaves a nice lacing as well.

N: A nice combination of malts and hops. Some light toasty malt aromas, combined with quite a few hop aromas. Mostly a chewy hop aroma, with touches of pine, spicy, citrus, and floral hops.

T: Chewy hop taste, quite bitter actually. A nice citrus, pine, and earthy hop flavors, make it pretty bitter (not IPA status but close). A slight malty tone comes underneath it. A slight juicy hop flavor also comes through on a different part of the tongue and time. Slight spicy hop flavor too.

M: Lighter, slightly watery unfortunately, but good carbonation.

F: FInishes pretty dry and plenty bitter. Lingering spicy hops combine with a slight pine and citrus as well as some earthy chewy hop flavors that stick around for a while. The bitterness builds a bit but doesn't get overwhelming. Overall a very nice drinking beer, on the bitter side, but still lighter for a good summer drink.

jlindros, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

First had: on tap at Broad Axe Tavern, Ambler, PA

Pours a toffee brown with a finger of off-white head that laces well. Caramel malts and citrus hops on the nose. Hops up front, with distinctive citrus and pine notes, sweet malts and caramel following. Finishes dry and crisp with a little bitterness. Light-medium mouthfeel, and quite drinkable.

Rifugium, May 23, 2011
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +2.6%

oline73, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

WesWes, Oct 16, 2005
Photo of mactrail
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%

On tap at a neighborhood place in east Denver. Back home, out of curiosity I opened a can I had in the fridge. So I"m reviewing the tap version from tonight's notes and comparing with the can in hand.

On the darker side of amber in the pint glass. Lots of malt at first taste, makes for a nice mouthful. Gets quite hoppy the more you drink. Fairly rich with a touch of biscuity malt. Quite bitter with plenty of piney flavors. OK with a couple of spicy shrimp tacos but not something I'd try again.

The can version has more carbonation as you can pour more as you like. Seems to be more of an IPA with the seriously resiny taste. Sharp, an increasingly harsh bitterness, but if that's your style this is full-bodied and straightforward.

mactrail, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

Not sure how I have never rated this.

The beer pours a nice orange color with a white head. The aroma is orange citrus with some biscuit malt. I also get a little bit of grass in the aroma.

The flavor is more of the same and is very well balanced. I get a lot of citrus and bread notes. Low bitterness. There is also a little bit of toffee in the flavor. Very drinkable.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Feb 28, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

mendvicdog, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of jwc215
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

Poured orange with a creamy white thin head that left rings of lacing.

The smell was of citrusy hops - much more like an IPA rather than an APA.

The taste was, again, very hoppy. Citrus hops seemed like the only ingredient at first, but then some malt came in to back it up.
A tinge of metal emerged at times.

The feel was of full-bodied creaminess. The bitter hop flavor hung around.

Overall, it's not bad, especially for a canned beer. I'm wondering what it would be like in a bottle. Not a bad choice if you are in the mood for hops and/or only have a choice of canned beers.

jwc215, Aug 11, 2006
Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
88 out of 100 based on 5,615 ratings.