Dale's Pale Ale
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Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #553
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #15,181
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 11.54%
Reviews:
2,070
Ratings:
7,776
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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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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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CDBeerDisappear from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear dark amber, a few slow rising bubble, one finger head that dissipates to a foam cap but leaves a lot of lacing.
Smell: A lot of malt aroma comes through, some pine
Taste: Not a lot of sweetness. This is mostly bitter, pine bitter … in the very best way! It tastes bitter from start to finish.
Flavor: Flavor is like taking a step back in history. Not a lot of beers (that I drink) are using Northern Brewer hops. It’s used as a bittering hop and, maybe I am imagining this, but the bitter character is a little different from the usual suspects. A little more subtle, but still right there in your face.
Feel: Full smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation. Smooth dry finish. Hops linger on the back of the tongue.
Overall: This is a historic beer in the history of craft brewing! It was released in cans in 2002. Somehow it seems like longer that I have been drinking IPA’s but Dogfish Head 90 minute (pretty sure this was my first IPA) was released in 2001. So, I think Dale’s Pale Ale qualifies as historical, in the short history of American IPA’s. In spite of that I have never tried it until now. I was reading about the history of craft brewing and IPA’s and Dale’s Pale Ale features prominently in some of the articles. Made me curious. Then, to my delight, my local bottle shop had it in stock! (they probably have stocked it since 2002) So I grabbed a six pack and headed home. Could not wait to try it, open one right away and, yeah, I see what all the fuss was about and why this beer has lasted. If you haven’t had one you should. If you are a fan of IPA’s you owe it to yourself to experience this bit of history.

Jul 02, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a 1 inch thick, foamy white head. Heavy lacing.

Aroma is slight pine, mango, caramel malt.

Taste is slight pine, citrus, caramel malts.

Medium bodied, light carbonation. Dry finish.

A pretty decent pale ale.

Jun 29, 2020
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mothman from Minnesota

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

Can. Large off white head. Color is a burnt orange gold.

Resin, dank hops, floral, weed notes. Grapefruit citrus. Big bready malt backbone. Bitter. Medium bodied. Can is a bit old, but still enjoyable. Reminds me of a west coast ipa.

Jun 23, 2020
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Mugman8 from New York

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

My search for the best summer beer continues with Dale's Pale Ale. Hazy and amber on the pour with a nice head and lots of lace. Smell is hoppy with scent of orange peel. Nice, fruity crisp taste to start, with slightly bitter finish. This is a very good brew at a fair price. I will be buying this one again!

Jun 19, 2020
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chitoryu12 from Florida

4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Slightly hazy dark amber. A massive head of thick off-white foam with good retention.

Smell: Sweet and fruity hops, with a distinct orange peel aroma.

Taste: Sweet malt with a juicy, fruity note reminiscent of the aroma. A light bitterness to provide balance that lingers on your tongue.

Mouthfeel: Full, smooth, gently carbonated.

Overall: An excellent pale ale that must have been groundbreaking when it was new.

Jun 07, 2020
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a gorgeous clear honey amber with a thick cream head that has staying power. Beautiful lacing. Aroma is mild pine and bread. Flavor follows the nose but much bolder. Feel is light bodied and adequately carbonated. Overall a fine beer.

Jun 05, 2020
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Tomstrees from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've tried Dale's pale ale from time to time. I would rate it average, and I don't really trust the buzz. It makes me wonder what they spike some of these popular beers with to hook their customers.....It's too commercial, a little reminiscent of the odious Coors silver bullet.

Jun 05, 2020
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Yaroslav from New York

4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Quite good. I first treated this brew disrespectfully by drinking it straight out of the can. Cheap looking can reinforced it. Kind of took it for granted. Then I finally took out the glass like a gentleman and discovered a beautiful hazy light amber pour with a whipped cream stiff head. All of the flavor came through with a fairly piney taste that predominates but does not overwhelm. The true test is that it stays good as it warms, not that I'm going to let that happen too often with such a great brew. 4.5

May 30, 2020
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