Dale's Pale Ale
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #585
Ranked #17,006
3.88 | pDev: 11.6%
May 06, 2022
Oct 08, 2002
Very Good
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Photo of AzfromOz
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by AzfromOz from Australia

12oz can traded across the Pacific Ocean. Considering its journey, it's held up really well.

It's a burnished copper beer sitting in the glass with a thick, bright head that lingers throughout the glass.

Aroma is malty with strong, dank, piney hops. Very enticing!

Flavour is strongly bitter and caramel malty, with a citrus and piney hop body shining through. Finishes sweet, tangy and a little dry.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated and the tongue knows it's there, even after the swallow as the carbonic prickle lingers well after the swallow.

This is a great beer. I can imagine it would be awesome fresh at the source.


Apr 22, 2022
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3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by WYeates from North Carolina

A golden pale ale with a decent head. An aroma of citrusy bread with a flat bread taste, nothing too distinguishable. It is a fine beer, nothing special, nothing that truly makes it stand out.

Apr 21, 2022
3.98 by not2quick from Missouri on Apr 12, 2022
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4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BroBobby70 from Texas

19.2 oz. can poured into pilsners glass, $2.09 from HEB
Look: Cloudy amber, 2-finger off-white head, good carbonations, nice lacing
Smell: Fruity and floral, grapefruit, a little malt on the finish, pleasant
Taste: Medium bitterness, grapefruit comes through, especially in the finish, taste lingers after swallowing
Feel: Decent mouthfeel, not too heavy and a good amount of carbonation, coats the mouth well
Overall: This is true to its style. Maybe a bit bitter for chugging on a hot day, but for sipping or mixing with foods that play off its fruitiness it would be ideal.
Pair with spicy foods, hard-wood grilled foods, BBQ sauce and aromatic cheeses like Stilton.

Mar 16, 2022
4.03 by soarinsteven from Illinois on Mar 09, 2022
4.22 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire on Feb 25, 2022
3.71 by MatthewJW from Wisconsin on Feb 18, 2022
4 by ryand14 from Michigan on Feb 14, 2022
3.48 by Cameron_S from Florida on Feb 04, 2022
4.24 by BombayDingleMonkey from Pennsylvania on Jan 22, 2022
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3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by hankp59 from New York

19.2 oz can. Pours rich amber with a nice off white head and lots of small bubbles. On the nose you get the hops more than malt. The malt is hidden by the pale ale for the IPA crowd. You get pine and grapefruit in the hops. The finish is dry and slightly bitter. This is a good transition beer. Try it.

Jan 14, 2022
3.93 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Jan 03, 2022
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by lagrluvr

The iconic Dale's and its ugly ass can....an American classic Pale Ale now, and still a big one to get a good buzz. Not my favorite pale ale, but it is a good one, more like an old school ipa in some ways. Pretty good, but not the best. A good hot dog/ ballgame type of beer. bold malt and hop and stands the test of time

Jan 02, 2022
3.78 by desint from Belgium on Dec 28, 2021
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4.64/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Svjax from Georgia

I had never tried Dale's Pale Ale until I moved to North Carolina only 14 miles from the Brevard brewery. I've seen it before, but the plain label made me think it was a generic pale ale. Boy, was I wrong. It's a 'hoppier' pale ale than I'm used to and, for me, is perfect as an everyday-anytime alternative to the heavier IPAs that I still love.

It's crisper than an average IPA and lighter.

Dec 18, 2021
3.39 by TWStandley from Massachusetts on Dec 15, 2021
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4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by cabotsasquatch from Pennsylvania

So this was the last one of the IPA 16oz i tried from the local beer distributor. Why? Because of the plain label. I thought if they didn't put much time into the label, how good could it be. Well, it is actually better than alot of the others i tried. A little darker than the others, it is clean and crisp with a medium hop taste. Don't be fooled by the label like i was, worth trying.

Dec 10, 2021
4.18 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 24, 2021
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3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

Probably one of the more recognized names in the pale ale portfolio. Fairly priced and widely distributed so you're bound to run into it sooner or later. Not much to dislike since it is so well balanced, particularly in the taste. while some of those flavors stay distinct and identifiable. Reliable and satisfying.

Nov 23, 2021
4.08 by Zigzach from Florida on Nov 13, 2021
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3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

Canned 9/1. Consumed 11/6
L: Clear copper, frothy white head
S: Hoppy with some sweet malt
T: Hope bite, caramel malt, balanced
F: Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel, dry finish
O: Pretty good beer. I think I’d enjoy this one more with a meal as it seems like it would pair well with a lot.

Nov 07, 2021
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4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Spike from England

12oz can.
L: Beautiful red/amber colour with a light haze and a thin and short-lived head.
S: Light and sweet.
T: Huge malt and hop profile - burnt toffee, nutmeg, light citrus and resin. Bone dry.
F: Medium/full bodied with a slick mouthfeel and an astringent finish.
O: Old skool AIPA. Rich malt sweetness married to an intense hop burn. Can remember first drinking a can of Dale’s when skiing in CO back in maybe 2010. It looks the same now (same packaging) and I reckon it tastes pretty much the same as well. Good stuff. An American craft ale OG.

Nov 06, 2021
3.81 by TonyStarks2231 from New York on Oct 19, 2021
3.94 by Blogjackets from Ohio on Oct 17, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Patrick2012 from California

My go to sesh beer. Always loved it. Tastes great straight out if the can but I usually pour it.

Oct 04, 2021
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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by BeerBobber from Nevada

Pour is a rich amber like color with a good finger and half of thick bone colored head. Nice bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell is slightly sweet. A bit malt like and some pine. A bit of bitterness coming out on the smell.

The hops present a bit of pine bitterness followed by some sweet malts on the taste. Just a real nice balance of those two notes.

Mouth feel is pretty light with a touch of a slick finish.

This is a pretty plain and simple pale ale, kind of like what it says it is. The hops do seem to shine a bit more than the malt backbone but not enough to break the balance. The ABV is not present at all even though it is 1.5% higher than a lot of standard American Adjunct Lagers. Really glad I tried this one. I always had a favorite pale ale and that was Mirror Pond by Deschutes. This one seems a bit lighter than that but I have not had it in a while. I really would like to try this with some Mirror Pond and Sierra Nevada's pale ale. That may be interesting. Really give this a go if you like the style. I think Oskar Blues did a pretty darn good job here. Cheers!

Sep 19, 2021
3.5 by blackcloud from Alaska on Sep 16, 2021
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3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
by NCSapiens from Indiana

I am a huge fan of their Ten Fidy. This, not so much. Tastes like Dale pissed in a can and added some hops. I can’t for the life of me understand why some people seek this out. The only thing I can figure is that this is the first Pale Ale that a few macro-lager fans ever tried, and they thought to themselves “this has exactly the same low quality aluminum and piss taste I normally drink, but with added hops”. Oh well. De gustibus non est disputandum.

Sep 09, 2021
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4.73/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by Scooter72

Smooth as a Michelob with an interesting taste that is akin to the smell of farm animals in a surprisingly good way

Sep 04, 2021
3.63 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation on Sep 02, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by RyanMcClash

Just an all around easy drinking beer. Perfect after a hike, bike, camp, or fishing day.

Aug 22, 2021
4.26 by RLF from Colorado on Aug 20, 2021
3.25 by wildman69 from New York on Aug 01, 2021
3.5 by NickMunford from Wyoming on Jul 15, 2021
4.18 by Samnem from Georgia on Jul 05, 2021
Photo of RedStickPhil
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by RedStickPhil from New Mexico

Another solid effort from the Oskar Blues folk. I am really liking their mixed 15 can pack (at a great price at Albertsons). Pours a pretty gold with great carbonation and a fantastic lingering cap of froth. Refreshing and balanced on the palate with just the right hoppy bite. This is another solid beer that doesn't try to do too much. No nose to speak of, but so be it.

Jul 04, 2021
4 by Mcb99d from Massachusetts on Jul 03, 2021
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3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Iamaskier from Idaho

Very soapy, fluffy head that’s in no hurry. Reddish gold body, moderate translucence. Simple pine and biscuit sweetness on the nose. Taste is surprisingly malty. Piney hop bitters upfront quickly become roasted, caramel malts in the body with a smokey finish. Feel and finish are wet.
I get red ale vibes from this more than pale ale, but pretty good nonetheless.

Jun 22, 2021
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