Dale's Pale Ale | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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88
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Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 10-08-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,365
Reviews:
1,958
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
11.48%
 
 
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Photo of briandschorr
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The look is a hazy amber. The head was a nice off-white one inch with mild lacing. The nose is mainly malt along with spices and fruit. Hard to nail down the exact fruit. The taste is well balanced but more hops that remind me of an IPA rather than an APA. The malts do blend well with the hop element. A nice medium body with a fairly clean finish. Overall a good APA.

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Photo of huthuty
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful Amber color but that head was a bitch,
Smells like malt and caramel notes with spicy hops detectable
Taste is balanced. It's stronger, and more hoppy than what you'd expect from an APA
Overall good but not my favorote

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Photo of csmrx7
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dale's is an old favorite and a great beer to serve at parties and also pairs pretty well with food.

Pours a translucent amber with great clarity and a puffy off-white head with excellent lacing.

Smell is heavily malty with a hint of fruit character.

Flavor is intensely malty but not offensive and easy to drink for the hop shy.

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Photo of wejohnsn
4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a mouthfull of amazing delicious awesomness!!!!!!!!! this is superb. beststuff to ever come out of Colorado! ignore thesiver can crap with a big mouth, this is all you need!

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Photo of gvickery
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 19.2 oz can in a clear glass it has a slightly hazy golden color. A good hop smell up front followed by the sweetness of the malts. Decent carbonation and head. Good balance of flavors, nice hops but not overpowering. The malts are just sweet enough to tie it together. Very refreshing in this God forsaken heat and humidity of Harris county, TX. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of BJB13
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 6/22/17
12 oz. can poured into a can glass.

Two fingers of off-white soapy foam sits upon a nice crystal clear copper body and leaves sticky lace on the glass with every tilt.

The nose is a little weak, consisting of light floral hops, a bit of orange and a malty bread aroma. It drinks crisp with good Hop bitterness front to back and the same malt and hop characteristics that I got in the nose. There is also a slightly sour taste of wood. Feel is light to medium in body with fairly high carbonation.

Middle of the road Pale Ale.

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Photo of Riff
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a very thick, slightly off-white head. Slightly piney aroma with a hint of orange to it. Taste follows, primarily pine with a little orange and a touch of malt backbone. Pine flavor lingers a bit, medium to medium light body. Easy drinker, well balanced, solid APA.

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Photo of TR_Severance
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If there's a best value award, Dale's takes it. Are there better IPAs out there? You bet, but not for a 9 dollar sixer.
I'll walk into the shop, and if I see Dale's in there, I'm always tempted to pick it up. Always.

We had this beer at my wedding--best decision of my life!

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is somewhat hazy yet clear orange/brown body with a one finger foamy white head with some clingy foamy lacing. The smell has the hops up front with some light malts coming through once it warms. The taste is mainly sweet becomes slightly bitter once it warms. There is a sticky sweet aftertaste and finish. The palate has a light to medium body and is sessionable. Its carbonated just right. Overall, I’m glad I finally found it and tried it as this is good for its style and good for me.

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Backlog from 2009. On tap at the Knitting Factory. Excellent pale ale. Probably the best pale I’ve had since the last time I had a Sierra Nevada. Pleasant hop bitterness. Good til the last drop, flavor-wise and head-wise. Very piney in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of bankboy66
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy amber orange with a nice frothy head. Not too hoppy....hints of orange peel and spice. An easy beer that I have revisited many times. Give it a try.

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Photo of Vader444
4.69/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

355ml can poured into 2/3 pint Left Hand Brewing glass.

A deep orange-amber beer with an impressive and long-lived head. Crisp bitterness balanced with malty sweetness and the standard pale ale array of tropical fruits with a fair bit of marmalade citrus. Pleasant lingering finish. Don't understand the negative reviews; for my money this is an excellent example of the style and the fact that I can buy it readily in the UK for a very reasonable price (£1.90 in Tesco) makes this a definite regular buy for me. Cheers!

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.27/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: pours a reddish amber with a soapy, generous four finger head, nice lacing
S: crispy, fruity nose, with a pleasant, albeit understated hop bite and hints of the malt backbone, some soapiness
T: nice and clean, touches of citrus and pine with a nice clean malt backbone
M: nice and full, a tad watery on the tongue
O: I was at a bottle share and the topic of this beer came up, I mentioned that I had never gotten around to having it (primarly because I loathe the can design), and was sternly chided for not having partaken in what I can only assume they deemed to be a right of passage. Whatever, this beer is okay, nothing special, SNPA kicks the shit out of this beer and in my opinion that beer has held it's own with the changing of the times, however, this beer is a different story...ehhh.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper orange look to this beer. Not a ton on the nose with a malty scent with a tinge of citrus hops. Hops a bit more overpowering and bitter than I would have expected. I'd call it slightly astringent. The bready malts come through on the finish. Medium thick mouthfeel with Slightly less than medium carbonation on this brew.

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Photo of EmeraldMist
1.92/5  rDev -51%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.25

Look - Poured a copper/amber color, two fingers of white head, minimal lacing.
Aroma - Tangerine, floral, ethanol.
Taste - Bitter up front, hops lean more towards citrus like the aroma, orange, vegetal note, alcohol is noticeable from start to finish, malt is thin and has a vague sweetness. The aftertaste is soapy, bitter and boozy.
Feel - Light-medium body, watery, ample carbonation.

Overall - I remember trying this a few years back and thinking I got an infected can. I guess not. This tastes exactly the same as it did back then. The solvent-like bitterness with the noticeable alcohol makes this one of the worst beers I've had. It really reminds me of a bad homebrew IPA mixed with paint thinner. A fluke from an otherwise great brewery.

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy copper colour with ok head that doesn't stick around for long. No real lacing to speak of.

Flavors are slightly tumultuous; the carbonation is right upfront. There is light grapefruit flavors and light pine resin. Malt is not really present; crystal malts are here along with light alcohol flavor.

Pretty good. Crushable.

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Photo of c014572
3.14/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not much of an aroma, malts and some hops. Initial taste was of a light bodied pale ale, but then slapped in the face by a very bitter backbone. Similar to several other "west coast" style pale ales I've had. I definitely prefer a maltier profile with more dry-hopped presence without the bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of thebeers
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark honey amber color with a thick tan-tinted head that leaves heavy lacing.

Modest pine and a flash of malt in the aroma.

Has an almost AAL taste up front -- strong corn malt and faint floral hops -- but that gives way to some pine flavor; some bready, caramel malts; and a strong hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with solid carbonation.

Sorry to say it, but I think the craft world has moved far beyond this one. It's not awful, but there are many far better, IMO.
2/21/17 canned on date.

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Photo of TerryMills
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Its pale and its ale. What else can I say ? Lol

Pretty drinkable brew but mostly resiny hop flavor , not really my style of apa or ipa.

Needs more malt backbone for my liking.

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Photo of Kinger22
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker and frothier than a lot of thebeers I typical drink. The smell is led mainly with hops and malt, and is not terribly strong. The taste is pretty similar to the smell, with some bitter flavor added.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

P- Poured from a 12 oz can,into a Funky Buddha snifter.Canned on 01/03/17.

L- Thin soapy white head with good retention and sticky lacing.Hazy amber colored body with moderate clarity.Low on carbonation.

S- On the nose I get lots of hoppy notes consisting of floral,piney,and citrus.These are balanced by some caramel malt aromas.

T- On the palate I get some fruity sweetness and caramel malt up front,with floral and piney hops on the back end.A little bit of nuttiness in the middle.

F- The mouth feel is thick and sticky with a good dose of oxidation on the tongue from the carbonation and hops.Medium dry on the finish.

O- This is a very good APA,not my favorite but definitely up there in rank.Smooth,refreshing,and well balanced.Definitely would drink this again,and recommend.

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Photo of Hanglow
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

pours orangey copper, clear, massive head. Tesco can, BBE February 2018 , rated March 2017

Aroma of sweet candyfloss, sweet shop sweets, some peach. Touch of caramel

Taste is sweet to begin with that develops with a Grapefruity bitterness, dryness, juicy finish. Med body, med carb.

It's pretty good, taste much better than aroma for me.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can into Seidel. Canned on August 30th 2016.

L: Honey amber, two finger light tan head, super fluffy and excellent retention. Great lacing.

S: Almost an herbal spice and maltiness.

T: Very mellow at first, a bit malty with some herbal spice hops.

F: Medium bodied and a decent amount of carbonation.

O: Meh.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355 ml can, Tesco's, Bristol - Pours clear amber with a large white foamy head. Nice lacing. Medium carbonation. Aroma - light citrus - grapefruit, light malty notes,. Taste - Sweet at first, light citrus at the front, malty middle leading to a crisp bitter finish. Not your usual citrus APA with a nice light malt feeling which sits on its own as a result.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

From 32gp. Can. In Teku glass. Watching Los Soprano 4x04. Pretty oily, some caramel and piney hops. Ultra drinkable with a really long pleasant aftertaste. After one I want another. Abv well hidden

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