Dale's Pale Ale
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale
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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #488
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #12,453
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 11.54%
Reviews:
2,030
Ratings:
7,664
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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
 
Colorado, United States
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Year-round
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SCORE
87
Very Good
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Photo of lastmango
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark gold-orang color with a 3 finger frothy head that slowly dissipated leaving a half inch. Moderate lacing. Nose of balanced malt and piney hops. Taste follows the nose. Slight bitterness. Medium body and smooth.

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Photo of jernjawn
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

One inch creamy head and nice lacing. carmel color with a hint of pink.
Light and crisp with a nice front end taste of well balanced hops/malt
Nice drinkable APA

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can dated 04/17/19 poured into a pint glass.
Cloudy orangish gold body faithfully supports a 1/2in cap of tight bubbles which quickly disapates to an edge hugging ring and leaves evenly stepped lacing.

Aroma is flowery hops and that flavor matches followed by a solid malt base and eventually clears the palate with a touch of stickiness.

Feel is medium.

Overall a nice beer.

Mouthfeel is medium

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Photo of -steve-
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another solid beer from Oskar Blues. Golden, orange hue with a pillowy head and substantial lacing. Sweet malt and orange aromas. Taste follows the aroma. Not an overly complex hop profile. Just a simple, enjoyable pale ale. Very solid.

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Photo of zeleve
4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned 08/01/2019 tasted on 08/31/2019

Not my favorite style but OB DPA is always enjoyable, the malt and mellow piney hoppiness play really well together, Light bitterness at the end.

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Photo of thw5000
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

although I agree this is an excellent craft type brew, I feel its finish is somewhat bitter compared with some others Ive tried.
That said, id never say no to having one, or two, three etc. Just a minor complaint, so feel free to judge for yourself.
Its still dam good overall.

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Photo of DeaconWhite82
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had a 12oz can, the only way to have a Dales. Color is is dark golden, nice lacing. Aroma is nondescript. Flavor is great. Bitter but smooth. I really enjoy this beer. I will pickup a six pack or case on occasions and if they are selling Dales at the ballpark, you'll see me enjoying one.

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Photo of pootz
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

can - pours a deep gold ale with a massive tight pored white cap that lasts and laces...Aroma is earthy, musty, malty...Flavor is a delight, big chewy malt mix balanced with piney bittering hops , some woodsy- earthy tones, malty but not sweet (great attenuation)...rounded full rich mouth feel....moderate wet finish in balance with bittering appearing at the end...soooo drinkable...sturdy satisfying tasty ale...if this was available all the time in my locale it would be my go to PA and in my bike saddlebags or back pack all the time...benchmark craft pale ale

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Photo of willcull78
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The look of this brew is a burnt-orange to a dark-red hazy mixture. It has strong hints of a hoppy-citrus smell. The taste, after a foamy-head has been poured, is one of a bitter almond to coffee to toasted grain. Interesting flavors that cascade over ones palate and the tastes do linger for a time. It drinks like a light stout, like a cross from a lager to a stout; thus, a happy medium. Certainly worth having a few for that summer BBQ.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lightly hazy orange gold to amber. On the nose, it's a little herbal, hint of pine and lime. Flavor leans toward mint and pine with citrus, mostly grapefruit. Medium mouth feel. Fairly bitter.

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Photo of Rico2321
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As others have said this beer pours an amber blonde. Moderate Carbonation with a lasting lacing and medium head. An old school pale ale with a bitter hoppiness that puckers the taste buds. A well balanced pale that doesn’t try to overwhelm. A simple good ale. Cheers!

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a standard pub glass.

Pours crystal clear and copper/amber. Outstanding foamy off-white head with excellent retention and solid lacing. A very pretty beer.

Earthy and citrusy hop aromas abound on the nose, with touches of pale malt, honey, pine resin, and grass.

The flavor lies almost perfectly between the standard reserved APA flavors and the stepped up ones of an IPA. A solid malt backbone is balanced by an earthy, floral, grassy and citrusy hop note that restrains itself just enough to stay true to the APA style. Some zesty pale malt graininess dances around as well.

Medium bodied, yet crisp, clean, and dry at the finish. Very drinkable.

This is an excellent APA with far more flavor and character than most others of the style.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From Memory:

Look: Surprisingly Dark copper orange; decent head; presents nicely

Smell: piney

Taste: Nice hoppy back bone and pretty decent fullness, but could use something a bit more malt / fruit centric;

Feel; a bit fuller / more density then I anticipated, somewhat like the color;

Overall: Meh - was curious to try and it is drinkable, but a bit one dimensional;
Don't think it compares favorably to similar styles / price points from Stone, Troegs, Ballast Point, Founders,
etc; Jai Alai hands down a far superior option from this consortium...

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Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz canned 5-13-19 (opened 6-23-19)
1 1/2" off white head with fantastic retention...leaves behind some thick rings of lacing. Copper/amber color - clear and clean. Great looking beer!
Big malt forward nose, citrus and brown bread. Caramel sweetness. Light esters.
Nice balance between caramel and faint baking spice malt flavors and citrus/pine flavors.
Medium body with a low to medium level of carbonation and a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Pleasant bitterness that lingers on and on.
Pretty much a benchmark APA (pushing the boundaries @ 6.5%), I haven't had this in a long time and never rated it until now, big miss on my part.
Very good.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a custom tasting pint glass; canned 04/16/19 with code CALL FOR YOUR FREE READING.
A: Pours a slightly hazy, dark amber to light copper color with a two to three finger, foamy meringue colored head, solid retention, and beautiful rings of Belgian lacing.
S: Aroma slightly tart and toffee at first, settling down of light toast, lemongrass, and unrefined grains.
T: Dry. Palate definitely follows the nose, but with the addition of a strong caramel malt backbone. Peppery bitterness with lingering pepperiness.
M: Medium bodied with robust carbonation.
O: Enjoyable, although a bit more bitter to my taste without the fruity payoff. Reminds me a bit of an English Bitter, again, except quite a bit less malty (and more actually bitter). Would certainly have it again.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought as a part of the variety pack. It's an okay pale ale. I've got friends who love this one, I guess I can see where they come from. It's a decent balance of malt and hops. Could do worse.

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Photo of unlikelyspiderperson
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a surprisingly dark amber color, thick tan head with great retention. Really surprised at how dark this beer is.
Smell is bready apples. Like fresh cut apples in a kitchen where you have been baking bread. Apple-ier than most but quite pleasant.
Taste is light and balanced, easily understand immediately why this is a classic of american beer. A clean, lightly grainy bitterness in the main body with some floral notes and a bit of spice hanging around the back end.
Mouthfeel is nice, a bit thin, but very pleasantly crisp and clean.
Overall I'm shocked I haven't had this up to now, maybe falls a hair short of SNPA for me personally but it's hard to seperate out the emotional component in that one. Glad I discovered this right before summer. Great beer for the heat.

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Photo of Profundobaso
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - poured into a tulip glass. Nice two finger head with good lacing retention. Beer is amber in color, transparent, and appears to have a lot of carbonation.
Smell - quite mild. some light hops and a bit of sweetness, nothing much else.
Taste - hop forward, but a nice balance of malts and hops in the mouthfeel, with some more malts towards the end. a hint of sweetness with some floral/fruity (green apple) notes. beer finishes very clean.
Feel - light to medium bodied, average carbonation, and modestly boozy at 6.5%.
Overall - a pale ale that is not incredibly complex, but has enough to make things interesting. to me, this is pretty close to a perfect beer for any general occasions.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Has a strong aroma, mostly malt,grain,cracker, floral hops
Taste is similar with the malt being forward then followed by some grain/cracker. More bitter than expected which kicks in right after initial malt sweetness. The bitterness lingers and leaves a strong aftertaste
Overall it's an easy beer to get down,not too extreme in anyway but stays in the middle lane in a positive way

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Photo of JuliusBonsall
1.52/5  rDev -61%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Have you ever stubbed your toe on the corner of the bed late at night after getting up to check on the baby you forgot you had? Bottle that feeling and take a sip…that, my friend, is Dale's Pale Ale. My first taste of Dale's Pale Ale took place while visiting my bud Gordon Blevins in Southern California back in the mid 90s. At the time, he was a federal agent trying to infiltrate a gang involved in a string of bizarre bank robberies.The weird thing was, this was no ordinary group of robbers - they were surfers. We would sit on the beach, sipping some brews while watching these crazy sons of bitches shred the gnar. Dale's smells of sweet caramel pale malts and floral blossom sweetness that dominate the So Cal air. Mouthfeel is smooth and mild hoppiness that hangs ten to the end. There are certainly many pale ales out there, but no others will consistently make your poop shoot erupt like Mount Vesuvius quite like Dale's Pale Ale does. Screw you Dale… screw you right in your dumb face.

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Photo of Beer_Right_Back
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A divisive beer for the three of us. Dales is both a good beer for pizza or wings, as well as rather underwhelming on its own. If compared to other brews of its class, it leaves something to be desired.

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Photo of ChrisBeerDrinker94
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint can poured into a tall glass. Nice amber color with a slightly brown head. Lots of lacing. Smells like hops and malt right up front with a light note of spices and citrus. Hops hit instantly on the first sip followed by balanced malt and caramel flavor. Nice, smooth even balance of hops to malt. The perfect pale ale.

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Photo of SmokySignals
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dale's Pale, From a 12 oz. canned on 2/13/19 ! Poured into IPA glass, large full, dimensional dense head stays awhile... over

Rich golden color, great clarity; Lacing present. 4+

Smells of sweet caramel pale malts and floral blossom sweetness dominate the air. Very nice! 4ish

Taste has a quick sweetness and appropriate bitterness to match, following the aromas mostly. The alcohol kicks in a little with this interesting, bold balanced brew.

The feel is right on, with enough body to match the kicking flavors' strength, and light enough to have a couple a few times. I think the 6.5% abv is a little higher than the usual slammers, but wow is this good! One of The Proven standard must-haves US Pale Ales in my book.

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Photo of CiseroneMan
4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice little American Pale Ale; If you pour too fast, a big head of foam develops and slow to dissipate; aroma of haps and pine nuts and a little biscuit; mouthfeel is smooth and mild hoppiness hangs on to the end and then some.

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Photo of usernamenotinuse
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into pint glass.
Amber in appearance, soft white head, long lasting.
Smells of caramel, wood, pine resin, biscuit and a touch of yeast.
Tastes of caramel, cedar, pine resin, biscuit, lemon-orange.
Medium body, smooth, solid mid-section, clean finish.
Overall, very well balanced (hops, malt, yeast contributions), flavorful beer. I had not had a Dale's in over 5 years. I assumed it would not stand up to all the new beers; on the contrary, it stands out more than ever - for its evenhanded, pleasing complexity. A beer for all occasions.

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 7664 ratings