Dale's Pale Ale
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #584
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,466
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 11.54%
Reviews:
2,077
Ratings:
7,810
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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
 
Colorado, United States
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Year-round
Wants
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SCORE
87
Very Good
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BeerBobber from Nevada

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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NCSapiens from Indiana

3.24/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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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RedStickPhil from New Mexico

3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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Iamaskier from Idaho

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

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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Jaasoares from Virginia

3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber color with a significant off white head which lingers. Pine, hops on the nose but not overly strong. Taste’s more in the sweeter side with notes of caramel to go with the bitterness of grapefruit and hops. Very good pale ale!

May 16, 2021
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Das Beer Garden. Clear amber. Smells of pine hops and caramel malt. Tastes of grapefruit and pine hops with a slight caramel malt backbone. Medium body. Good, of course.

Apr 29, 2021
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MNJR from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Extremely rich and satisfying pale ale. Darker amber color than most, smells fresh and hoppy. Sweet and full flavor, just shy of being an IPA, a high octane 6.5% ABV pale ale that does not need to apologize for anything. Flavors of pear, orange gumdrops, mint, herbal, vanilla sweetness and all around goodness. I pick this up a couple times a year and really enjoy it.

Apr 19, 2021
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GratefulFC from Arizona

4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear light browm. Smell is hops and fresh air. Taste is earthy, grass, hay, dirt. Not very sweet at all. Has a distinct taste. I am not sure what it is.

Apr 02, 2021
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 6-pack cans $8.99 Target
88 days old
Amber color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium-high carbonation
Taste of malts, some hops, nice balance between them
Overall an easy drinking nice beer.

Jan 10, 2021
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Opsczar from Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is without doubt one of my favorite “drink anytime” beers. I’ve been drinking these for many years and I feel that the consistency has never dismissed (which can’t always be said about many breweries that have grown at their rate). Just a great malt/hop balance to it that you’d don’t find to frequently in a less expensive ale. The amber color looks dope in a glass!

Dec 09, 2020
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Hophead from New York

2.72/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm not going to spend much time on this except to say it was really bad. Tasted more like a sweet cloying amber than an APA.
Hop "burn" was more of a metallic taste that fortunately faded quickly, or was drowned out by the sweetness on the back end. This tasted like sugar was added. Really bad.

Nov 22, 2020
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Shiredave from New York

4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

You know - well done Oskar Blues. I mean, even mass produced in single serve 19.2oz. cans of substance ( not rice paper thin can), sporting a respectable 6.5% abv for $3.49 at the gas station, and it still tastes like it used to. For me it blows SN Pale right out of the water for taste, balance and value. Canned on 7-29, shows no signs of mishandling - no off flavors or aromas.
Medium amber color, firm, rocky head that left thick, clotted drapes of lace. Steady, medium carbonation supports a low, persistent head.
Aroma is not it's strongest asset but still invitingly beery and this is not a fresh can. Toffee sweet, grainy malt mixed with piney hop and hints of orchard fruit - classic pale ale nose.
Ok, it's not a big, bold flavored beer but it's pale ale - meant for pounding a few without being boring or tongue stranglingly bitter. This just has straight up balance of finely blended pale and caramel malts with early and mid boil classic "C" type hops for a truly great Pale Ale.
Medium bodied with a lingering, tasty and again - well balanced finish and aftertaste.
IMO Dales may be America's best ( big batch) Pale Ale. Bell's and others contend but Dales rates right up there for me.
Best pack in camping beer too.
- 3Floyd's Alpha I like more but do not consider it "big batch" like OB with 4 brewing locations.

Nov 20, 2020
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can. Stamped on bottom is 'CANNED: 08/06/20'. From an Oskar Blues variety pack.
There were three of the Dale's in the variety pack and all were big foamers upon opening. The poured beer has a clear, pale amber colored body. One finger of bright white head, which sticks around as a thick pillow. Leaves behind some rings of lacing.
Aroma of grassy hops, with a solid malt base.
Taste is a long take of floral hops, which extend into the after taste. At the end there is a bite but bitterness is minor.
Medium mouth feel, with very good carbonation.
Rich and full of hops, but smooth instead of bitter.

Nov 07, 2020
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Appearance has a bright copper with more than a finger's worth of thick, creamy beige head with great retention and lacing.

Hops smell piney, floral, and herbal. Fruits like orange, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, and mango, and other notes of roasted malts, caramel, and is also somewhat woody.

Malts and hops are well-balanced together. Piney and juicy. Really tasting the roasted malts, caramel, and grapefruit. Body is medium-light.

Oct 27, 2020
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UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer is a lovely amber color with a lingering off-white head. It is muted on the nose. The malt comes through well on what smell there is as a hearty bread note. The hops on the nose are floral. Taste-wise, the beer is strong. The malt is still there as that bread but with a pretzelly note as well. The hops come in strong with grassy pine notes and a floral finish. There are hints of banana-bread esters as well. The mouthfeel is interesting. It is hard but a thick and foamy nature that evens it out. Overall, Dale's Pale Ale is a good one with a fun name

Oct 08, 2020
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acmurphy696 from Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is the droid I've been looking for. I've been having friends suggest Dale's for years yet had somehow managed to not take their advice. Wow. This is one tasty beer. It looks and smells great, and the taste is a perfect hop/malt balance. I am so impressed with its hop strength. Delicious.

Sep 22, 2020
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AleManDan from California

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

A great pale ale and a classic, but I don’t go with it if there are more updated options (such as a hoppier or hazy pale ale). Because it’s got a simple profile, it’s great for a session beer or if you like your pale ale a bit malty.

Tried and true and great, but it just doesn’t stand up to the titillating options widely available these days.

Sep 06, 2020
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HipCzech from Texas

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: 19.2 oz poured can ("canned on 7/21/2020 Papa Dale") poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Clear, bright copper with a thick, rocky head of off-white foam and sticky lacing.

Smell: Plenty of classic citrus, pine and malty dark bread.

Taste: Balanced malt and hop body: nice toasted and caramel malt alongside citrus, pine and earth. Closes with a hint of sweetness and crisp bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with gentler carbonation.

Overall: Still a terrific beer, serving up a classic pale ale in the cans in helped make the new norm for craft.

Sep 05, 2020
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice deep amber color with a heavy two finger beige head. Smells slightly piney, mainly I smell notes of roasted malt. Tastes very malty with just enough hoppy bite to keep it from being to much malt flavor. Medium-bodied with a thin feel that goes down smooth, I expected this beer to be more chewy. Decent pale ale & I see this beer everywhere.

Sep 01, 2020
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tp1962 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look orange amber
Smell floral hops
Taste citrus and medium hoppiness slightly sweet
Feel adequate carbonation Crisp
Overall a great beer not too boozy

Aug 22, 2020
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riddim_daddy420 from California

3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pour is nice dark brown with heavy thick head. Has a crisp malty taste with a slightly bitter & woody undertone. Dale's Pale Ale is one of those beers that gets overlooked but once you try it definitely holds it's own.

Aug 04, 2020
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the_awesometeer from California

4.79/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Great head. The beer is well balanced it has fruit and pine flavors and a nice subtle bitterness that is nicely balanced by a very slight sweetness. Now that I have had this beer I just need the Chip's, Monty's Gadget's and Zipper's to finish my Rescue Rangers beer collection

Jul 19, 2020
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RPBeerdude from Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into pint glass. Canned 6/17/20. Golden amber in color. This is a solid APA. Can’t find anything to complain about nor rave about other than just a good enjoyable APA. Has depth.

Jul 16, 2020
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wl2bill from Wisconsin

4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice old school pale ale. No bells no whistles, just a really good pale ale. Nice head, good mouth feel, and great taste. I have past this one over for a while,sorry I did. I will be buying this again.

Jul 09, 2020
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maxpower from Missouri

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can pours a clear amber color, decent size head with large sticky bubbles. Pine and citrus aromas, balanced malt and hop flavors. Medium body with a creamy smooth mouthfeel, finishes with a mild bitterness.

Jul 03, 2020
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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 7810 ratings