Dale's Pale Ale | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned 5/6/15; drank 7/23/15 @ the Yarchives.

Murky dark orange appearance.

HUGE khaki head (careful pouring!); a frothy curtain of tree-rung lace.

Caramel, mild orange citrus & faint banana notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Caramel & faint grapefruit flavors up front; a sweet, dry finish. This tastes like an average American barleywine. Not for me.

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Photo of mmorris15
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Amber in color with a white head.
S: Citrusy hops and some caramel and bready malts.
T: Citrus, with a floral taste on the finish. Very pleasant. Caramel malt backs up the flavor.
F: Smooth, super drinkable.
O: Classic pale ale and a really nice beer for any occasion.

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Photo of pro45
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 11/28/16. Poured into a pint glass. One inch soapy off white head with a deep gold color. Smell is sweet malts, hops, pine, citrus, caramel. Taste is hoppy, orange and grapefruit peel with some papaya and toffee. Very crisp and clean with a semi dry finish. This is my go to Pale Ale. Easily available here and I never pass on a 12 pack. Dangerously crushable, especially on hot summer nights.

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Photo of LilSipper
4.98/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Dales aint kiddin' around. This beer is exactly what it promises. It's highly drinkable, very tasty, thirst quenching. Dales is a go-to for a kicked back night on the porch. Love this Mountain Pale Ale, it's crisp and complex, with the lighter notes of the pale ale family.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4-pk of cans, over 3 months old. holds up pretty well, but i'm sure this is a lot better fresh. grapefruity-orangey hop flavours with a strong earthy-piney finish. dangerously crushable

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Photo of MacMalt
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this in a pub. It was poured from the can and served in a pint glass. It pours a medium amber color with attractive ruby hues, and a thin, milk-white head and lacing. There wasn't much of a smell, mostly malt, grass, nuts, and hops. The taste was pretty much as advertised: dry, grassy, piney, and hoppy at the finish. There was also some rye bread and nuts. The finish is fairly bitter. It is moderately carbonated and the 6.5% ABV presents no obstacle to drinking. There is enough flavor that you can drink it with a hamburger, a sandwich or another light meal. Overall, this well-known APA lives up to its reputation and its rating. It's not my favorite style but under the right circumstances it's really tasty and fun to drink.

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Photo of Josievan
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Me & Billy in Davenport, IA on Monday, 12/26/16. Thick, frothy head. Medium body. Pretty smooth. Mild hop bitterness. Nice example of an American Pale Ale. Went well with chicken and dumpling soup and spinach salad with goat cheese and candied walnuts!

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Photo of kdawgbeerguy
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best pale ale. Hoppy, but not too much. great amber color.

And also, nothing beets a great craft beer in a can that is very available . I believe this is a great beer to get someone into craft beer

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Photo of mattjhoward
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my go to favorites. I prefer Oskar Blues IPA when available, but my love affair with strong US-style Pale Ale's really started here with Dale's Pale. Amber in color, hoppy nose and taste, I love the experience of it every time. Has depth.

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Photo of vinicole
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium amber. Thick, light frothy head.
A hit of rich grassy hops supported by a malty aroma.
The roles are reversed in the taste. Lightly bitter.
Moderate body. Smooth with a mild carbonation.
I was impressed.

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Photo of Jblackfish
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Color a dark amber. Aroma is quite malty and pleasant. Brew has a definite bready, malt taste with a tiny hint of citrus. Hops was definitely not prominent in this brew for me - I didn't get the strong grapefruit hops that some reviewers reported. Malt is the main event in this brew but not too sweet or strong. It's a pleasant brew and worth repeating.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a reddish brown with good foamy head and lacing. Smells of malty bread with a little citrus. Taste is fantastic, very nice gummy malt flavors with a mild hops bite and little dryness on finish. Overall a very clean and session-able style beer, I cannot think of a bad time to drink one, they are just that good.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber boarding on ruby with lots of pale head. Smells of yeast and sourdough bread. A nice smell, but a little weak. It's quite well balanced, with strong bready malts and some sweet, peach hops.

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Photo of citizencane
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A revelation in every sip? No. A favorite standby that doesn't grow old or overrated? Absolutely. Balanced malt and hops, supremely thirst quenching and drinkable. Edit: my tastes, have changed, apparently. Smooth but overly sharp and slightly nail-polishy balanced pine and fruity hop bitterness. Not strong and not super high quality, but not bad or lacking like this brewery's IPA. May have been a great (and mild) introduction to craft beer, but will probably not seek out in the future.

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Photo of MattChiasson
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Out of the can poured a gorgeous light copper, filtered clear, with a frothy off-white head. Really impressive visually. I got moderately-high grassy and citrus hop notes, along with caramel malt, hay and some earthy undertones. Unfortunately I detected an unpleasant buttery aroma/flavour in my sample, which others in my group perceived as a bruised/rotting apple. Will definitely try this again, as there may have been something off with the glassware or this particular batch (I checked, it was canned 3 months prior to consumption). Evidence of a really great beer here. But was hard to ignore what I was perceiving as a slight off-flavour. Will try again.

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Photo of joeseppy
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Earthy hop aroma, pith and pine. Modest bitterness, pine nip and citrus. Mouthfeel has good carbonation and lasting bitterness. A low key brew that I find sessionable and will keep in rotation. Solid. craft for sure.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

August 15, 2016

12 oz. can, tulip

A – Medium to medium-dark amber, mostly clear, with a huge frothy, even mousse-y, off-white foam stand. The head lasts for several minutes, cragging as it dissipates. A gorgeous beer.

S – Low citrus and grapefruit with a touch of green onion, supported by a hefty malt backbone of biscuit and toast. Very crisp, clean, other than pleasant fruity ale esters.

T – Low grapefruit and perhaps nectarine, some peach in there as well. A bit of that green onion note. Malts are biscuit and bread, like a traditional English cookie (aka, a biscuit). Lightly bitter to round things out.

M – Carbonation is moderate and body is medium. Fairly dry throughout. Moderate malt sweetness, balanced with bitterness which rises at the end.

O – A solid, if unremarkable, pale ale. Twenty years ago (or maybe even five) this would have been a standout a la Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Nothing wrong with it as a go-to beer.

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Photo of mkh012
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Amber-orange with a sticky white head.

The nose is mild. Orange rind and bread crust.

Pretty perfect balance of hops and malts. Accessible, lightly sweet, only a little bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium.

This is a staple pale ale, and for good reason. Not the most interesting or adventurous, but very well-crafted and drinkable.

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Photo of muchos
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L. Orange/amber, clear, slightly off-white head, reducing to a thin layer.
S. Slight honey-malty sweetness, orange zest, vegetable garden. Faint aromas.
T. Bitter right away. Orange zest, spruce, grapefruit, some honey\toffee. Lingering bitterness.
F. Lively carbonation, prickly, medium body, slightly resinous.
O. Bitter, crisp, satisfying flavor. I really enjoyed this one. Cheers!

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Photo of ADM_Crunch
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For a long time I was skeptical to buy a 6 pack of this beer just due to the sheer fact that I didn't think it had any chance of rivaling Sierra Nevada. Well I can honestly say I am very happy I bought it. It closely resembles SV in looks, smell and taste. Its a great hoppy pale. Smooth and not too heavy or over powering. It is exactly what you want out of a pale. Plus who doesn't love great craft beer from a can?!

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

on tap from my kegerator into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 2 fingers off-white foam over a slightly cloudy body of amber, high visible carbonation, beautiful rings of lace

S - citrus, pine, grass

T - citrus (notes of lemon and pink grapefruit), loads of pine, peppery spice

M - medium/full body, high carbonation

O - Dale's Pale could almost be considered an IPA. This is an excellent pale and was a very good selection for the kegerator (I am not expecting to get sick of it any time soon).

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oskar Blues Grill & Brew - Dale's Pale Ale. 6.5% ABV. 12oz can poured into a snifter. Canned on 5/31/16.

Look: Hazy burnt orange body, with a half finger eggshell colored head.

Smell: Floral hops and grassy notes, citrus fruits.

Feel: Full bodied, with mild carbonation.

Taste: Sweet citrus fruit, pine resin, hops, with a biscuity malt aftertaste.

Overall: Heard a lot of good things about this, in which it did not disappoint, and it sure didn't. More on the bitter side, but also has some nice counteracting notes.

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Photo of Mitchmoore12
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks great: dark gold color, light amber. Thick off white head and left some thick horizontal lacing. Smells malty with a nice little splash of citrus hop smell. Tastes darn good. Malty backbone very apparent, caramel tones and a little toastyness to it. Only a slight hop bitterness with a slight pine note. Overall a solid APA, would pick up another six pack any day I saw it on the shelf.

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Photo of jasadewi
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Nice darker copper orange color with decent white and fluffy head. The head leaves a beautiful lacing down the glass.
S: Pine with a little bit of orange (mandarin orange maybe)
T: Fruity malt, decent hop finish and aftertaste.
M: Light-bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.
O: Overall, this is a decent to pretty good APA with some light orange notes and a beautiful appearance.

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Photo of singletary
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a nice amber color with a good head that lasts all the way through the drink. Smell is usual piney hop with maybe some orange. The taste is well balanced with a bite of bitterness not to strong with a little aftertaste. Nice easy drinking beer, overall a really well made drink.

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