Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,810 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,810
Hads: 6,605
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 149
Gots: 1,134 | FT: 7
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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 LXIXME
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty big off white head settles to a nice lacing after leaving a bit of lacing covering the walls of the glass above a clear caramel copper colored pale ale.

Faint citrus and pine style hops aroma with a bit of fresh cut grass also making an appearance.

Light citrus style hops taste with some of the pine tagging along with a very light lightly roasted caramel maltiness as well.

Drying aftertaste with just a bit of the citrus aspects of the taste sticking around with this medium bodied drink.

Decent tasting pale ale, I could drink a bunch of these when in the mood, although I did find the $11.99 price tag for a 6 pack of 12 ounce cans a bit much, a person can find pale ales equal to this one or better from a variety of brewers for under ten bucks in any liquor store. (782 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (730 characters)

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

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 (754 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (347 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (637 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a non-imperial pint glass in high altitude Denver, Colorado. Reviewed from notes. Paired with an elk burger and some french fries.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and average retention. Colour is a clear copper.

Sm: Light hops and slight cream. A very light aroma.

T: Nicely hoppy, crisp, and pleasant, but lacking full flavour or complexity. It isn't layered, but features some light cream lacing undertones. Very light toasted malt. The finish isn't too bitter (fortunately). Built decently well, and balanced nicely.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with enough coarseness on the climax to bring out the flavours. Complements the flavour generally.

Dr: Drinkable and pleasant, but far from exemplary. (752 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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). (1,215 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from a can, but pours beautifully. Excellent rocky three-finger head with lasting ring lace. The color is dark gold or light amber. No haze.

Lots of grapefruit smelling hop--fresh; slight metalic aroma. This would be the greatest flaw in the beer.

Some creaminess up front with good malty roundness that quickly gives way to the tart hop. The aftertaste is lip-puckering bitterness. Excellent body with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

I am willing to say that this is the best and most flavorful canned beer I've ever had. I've argued that canned beer would be better for the micro-industry for one major reason: The beer is preserved longer (no light-struck beer). I admire Oskar Blues for taking the chance with this. (734 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (1,247 characters)

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

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. (511 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (582 characters)

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

12 ounce can into pint glass; canned on 10/9/2012, "Homing Required?" motto. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big orange, orange zest, grapefruit, caramel, floral, grass, light pine, bread, and light herbal spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity; not as strong as I would have hoped. Taste of orange, caramel, grapefruit, light pine, floral, grass, citrus rind, bread, and herbal earthiness. Fair amount of piney citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, pine, floral, grass, citrus rind, bread, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice hop flavor complexity and malt flavor balance with the bitterness; with zero cloying flavors noticed after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any arming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice APA! Nice hop flavor complexity and malt balance; and extremely smooth to drink. A very tasty and satisfying offering. (1,213 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can served in a mug.

Pour is medium-dark amber; surprisingly dark for style, and suggesting a rich PA. Clear with a nice creamy light tan head, about 2 fingers from a rather gentle pour.

Aroma: somewhat vague blend of hops but with a slight off-odor.

T - Both citrus and pine notes suggest multiple hops {the brewer says "four kinds of American hops"}. Quite hoppy for a PA, yet only mild-to-moderate bitterness. Detectable malt contribution here, but balanaced towards the hops. Slight off-note in the aroma was essentially masked by the hops and malt in the taste. Flavor improved with a bit of warming from a cold pour.

M - medium body; rather full for style. Good carbonation.

O - Dale's Pale Ale is easy to recommend for "no glass" situations when one needs canned beer and wants one that is hoppy. (819 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear light copper in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall light tan head that reduces to an extremely thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a small thicker patch and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus and tropical fruit hops with lighter amounts of pale and caramel malts which contribute some sweetness.

T: Very similar to the smell, there is a lighter pale and caramel malt body that contributes some sweetness but the dominant flavor is that of the hops. I can taste both citrus (grapefruit and orange) and tropical fruit hops with just the slightest hint of pine hops. There is a moderate but not aggressive amount of bitterness that lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly dry in the finish.

O: Extremely easy to drink, enjoyable, and very sessionable. Slightly more hoppy that I expected for the style (might be right on the border of an IPA). (1,088 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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. (632 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (417 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lee for sending me a few cans of this for the summer!

A: Pours a clear orange/brown with a two finger, very stick/foamy head. Pretty good head retention, slowly reducing to a thin layer of foam on top. Thick lacing left behind.

S: Some light citrus hops with a good bit of caramel malt and a slightly grainy aroma as well. Right at the end there is a slight metallic smell.

T: A nice combination of light citrus and floral hops with caramel malts. Being a hophead, I need to temper my expectations for hops since this is an APA, but its well done. There is a sweetness on the finish.

M: Pretty smooth and crisp, pretty refreshing. Medium bodied with a nice carbonation level. Very clean.

O: (709 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a tulip. The brew appears a hazed copper color with a finger of yellowish stained froth. As the cap slowly fades it leaves patches of lace sticking everywhere. A light swirl revives a finger back to the surface.

The aroma has hop quality smelling of citrus, fruits and a floral to rindy and herbal aspect. There is a light mineral quality behind the hops coupled with some caramel to toasty sweet malt inclusion. As it warms up, there is a mild cheesy aspect.

The taste is bitter and rindy with some citrus hops and herbal to rindy aspects. The caramel to toffee malt inclusion is present providing a contrasting sweetness. There is a faint mineral quality with some solvent alcohol that blends the malt and hops together. The aftertaste is a bit cheesy.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It has a warming alcohol inclusion and blends together nicely. I feel like this can is a bit dated as the hops dont really have that brightness you would expect from a solid american pale ale. Overall its a good brew that I would have again if i knew the cans were fresh. (1,109 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

You'd think after being into craft beer for a few years that I would have had (or remembered having) Dale's Pale Ale. To my best recollection, this is the first time. Served on draft into a standard pint glass at the Lucky Lab Tavern.

A: Golden honey/amber colored body with a fluffy white head. As it settled, a thin ring formed but did leave really thick patches of lacing on the walls. Nice looking beer for the style, the copious amounts of retention and lace surprised and impressed me.

S: Floral hops come out big on the nose, along with some sweet caramel notes, honey and grass. The hop varieties seem very wet in nature, and not as citrusy as I was anticipating. It's somewhat of a more earthy and resiny aroma. Bitter orange peel comes in at the back end when this warmed a bit.

T: Light touches of bitter hop flavors - piney and very floral. Not much citrus again, but a bitter citrus oil flavor is here, more orange and grapefruit peel than anything else. It's nicely broken up with a deep malt base, light and caramel malts. Not overly abrasive or under flavored, very nicely balanced.

M: Crisp, bubbly, clean with a suitable medium body for the style. Nothing is really wrong with it, and it makes this beer go down extremely smoothly.

Well, even for a guy who doesn't like Pale Ales, this was good. It did seem a bit more bitter than standard Pale Ales (and I've heard a troubled classification of this beer), but judging for what it is, it's pretty good. Easily one of the better beers I've had in the style. (1,529 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

07/13/09- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz can. Did not look for a freshness date. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Medium to darker amber colored pour. Nice larger one inch plus thick and somewhat creamy head. Good head retention and some nice lace sheeting and patches left behind.

Smell- A nice mix of both bready and earthy malt while also having a good whiff of grapefruit/pine hops.

Taste- Pretty well balanced with the hops leading the way by a bit. Bready, but not over the top. Hops have a nice crisp fruity flavor. Tastes very fresh.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, lightly chewy and a good bitter kick in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- One of the better APA's out there. Not blow you away hoppy as to mask as an IPA, but a nice balanced brew with a touch more on the hops. Quality! Also on sale for $4.99 a six pack...a steal at the time. (881 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.06/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My pour resulted in a finger's worth of thick, deep-tan head with good retention. The nose was lightly hoppy with a definite pine scent. The color was a beautiful deep amber with NE-quality clarity. The mouthfeel was thin-to medium with a tasty hops tang in the mouth. The finish was where the pine taste that I noted on the nose really asserted itself. There was also a gritty feeling in my mouth after the swallow, which I will attribute to the drying quality of the hops. It was not unpleasant, but it was notable. This was the first of their four canned products that I have tried, so I wish to reserve judgment on drinkability for an update once I have tried them all. As a pale ale, it was pretty average. (711 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright clear copper color with a tan well proportioned head. An aroma of American hops (grapefruit, citrus, and pine) plus some un-recognizable weird aroma that quickly fades. A nice sharp pale ale that finishes with a nice bitterness and it has lots of hop flavor. Definitely hop dominated, though there is a bit of biscuity maltiness in here, as well as some sweet malt character. This is definitely a well crafted pale ale that I would be happy to take on a camping trip. As my palate becomes used to this beer I get a solid contribution from crystal malt. It starts in the middle and goes through to the finish. (623 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass. Fairly fresh canning.

A- DPA has a bold copper/amber color. A nice semi thich white head sat on top of the liquid for a bit before fading. A few swirls brings it back momenarily A nice pattern of lacing as the beer goes down.

S- A nice amount of hops(centennial) in the nose and malts backing them. Some caramel from these malts. Citrus scents as well.

T- Starts off with a mix of sweetness and some bitterness ending with more sweetness. Slight bready taste from the malts, caramel as well and grains. Nice hop bite with the generous amount of hops in the boil.

M- Great mouth on this as some bitterness stays for some time before leaving. The malts balance that out allowing for big gulps without killin your pallete. Feels like a pale ale leaning towards an IPA. Crisp carbonation and no alcohol.

D- Extremely drinkable and a little above sessionable but that won't stop me from drinking the hell out of this beer. Another great beer in a can. (981 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear orange in color with a short 1?2" head. Mild lacing develops. Nice carbonation levels.

Smell: floral hops and citrus.

Taste: nice malt backbone, but there is a bit too much graininess here. Orange citrus, flowery bitterness, and some hints of honey round it out.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, finish is smooth and a tad dry. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: decently drinkable from a glass, probably better from a can when you can't be drinking out of glass. Worth a try. (507 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber with an orange hue. There's about 1/4" of foamy head with great retention. Bready malt notes and earthy hop aromas in the nose. Biscuity malts with piny, earthy, and floral hop notes. Solid malt character and nice hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied.

A little hoppy for a pale ale, but damn delicious. And in a can it's perfect for the pool or tailgate. (405 characters)

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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