Dale's Pale Ale
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
American Pale Ale
Ranked #557
Ranked #17,283
3.88 | pDev: 11.6%
May 30, 2023
Oct 08, 2002
Very Good
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Reviewed by Cathartes from Massachusetts

3.37/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Acclimated to 50°F and poured into an American pint glass.

Pours a clear, dark dark gold, maybe bronze, with a 2 finger foamy lasting white head with heavy and sturdy lacing.

whiffs of hop and marijuana while looking. Initial aroma is lightly hoppy with a slight marijuana/skunk presence. Smells slightly watery or diluted, with notes of grapefruit pith/rind. Smells almost sanitary somehow? The marijuana note and diluted feeling fade after smelling a while, and the grapefruit becomes stronger. After agitating the hops become stronger.

Initial taste before swallowing is sweet, bitter, and slightly dank with grapefruit rind and caramel like maltiness. After swallowing, the grapefruit rind becomes a full on grapefruit oil taste that lasts into the aftertaste along with the sweet maltiness, sitting on the middle top and sides of the tongue. The hops manifest on the swallow, bright and dry. A black pepper kick is revealed in the roof of the mouth in the late aftertaste, and a vague pine taste can be found throughout. The bitterness builds as I drink. It felt to me as though the flavors were were a little disjointed, though that's likely entirely personal preference, they worked alright.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy and smooth, which is enjoyable. It goes down easy, sort of crashing around the mouth.

I don't think I'll buy again honestly. It was honestly good, I just don't love it overall. Decent price though, so maybe!
May 30, 2023
Rated: 4.06 by eluvah from New York

May 29, 2023
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Reviewed by Hotajax from Pennsylvania

4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Beer much better than the average rating on here. My opinion is that most Beer Advocate reviews correlate with price. This is a reasonable priced beer, so you can expect that the "experts" on here will rate it accordingly
May 18, 2023
Rated: 3 by db9000

Apr 10, 2023
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Reviewed by whitro17 from Florida

4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Look - deep gold, big sudsy white head with staying power, good lacing left behind
Smell - woody earthy hops, floral, malty
Taste - sweet malty, floral, citrus, pine sappy aftertaste
Feel - medium light body, low carbonation, pine resinous finish
Overall - Wow! I remember the first time I had this and today I have the same thought. Can't believe this is a pale ale. It drinks like a west coast IPA with the pine sappy aftertaste and pine resinous finish. I know there's thousands of options out there today but don't sleep on this one. Pick it up if you've never tried it or pick it up again if you have. Dale's is a classic tasty brew that I will enjoy again and again. Pairs up nicely with Back for More by Ratt.
Apr 09, 2023
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Reviewed by DMFF from New York

3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Picked up some of these on St. Patrick's Day to try for Half & Halfs. Decided to try one again today on its own.

L: Pours a rich copper with a 3 finger, almost creamy, beige head with excellent retention. Leaves nice lacing and when the head finally dissipates, it leaves a thick, beige cap. A little dark for the style, but otherwise gorgeous.

S: Fairly simple, yet quite pleasing. Sweet malt and grapefruit/floral notes from the hops.

T: Flavors follow the nose, but the sweet is toned down a bit by the hop bitterness, which is welcomed for this style of beer. This really combines nicely into a pretty nice session beer.

F: Ample carbonation, pretty crisp and finishes extra dry. Good for sessions, but you may need some water on hand to combat the dry mouth.

O: Pretty solid beer overall. My Main gripe with this beer is the extra dry finish. While I am a fan of beers with a semi-dry or even dry finish, depending on style, this one is just a bit too much for me. Was decent for Half & Halfs (the hop bitterness was actually a little too forward). This Pale Ale definitely tows the line of IPA, but is an interesting take on an American Pale Ale.
Mar 28, 2023
Rated: 4.21 by PORK from Pennsylvania

Mar 13, 2023
Rated: 4 by fflopps from Iowa

Mar 05, 2023
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Rated by Suffo99

3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Really good beer available widely in the midwest. I know it's not a good micro, but for what it is, excellent.
Feb 25, 2023
Rated: 3.84 by Overtonjd from New Jersey

Feb 17, 2023
Rated: 3.82 by MadMadMike from Florida

Jan 10, 2023
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Reviewed by HardCider from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This beer pours a clear copper/orange color with a significant white head. It has a somewhat vague malty aroma. The taste is a nice combination of bitterness, malt, caramel and yeasty bread.
Dec 26, 2022
Rated: 4.19 by Brianito from Tennessee

Dec 08, 2022
Rated: 4.53 by Beergod420 from Michigan

Oct 30, 2022
Rated: 3.51 by sbradley41 from Pennsylvania

Oct 08, 2022
Rated: 3.91 by raust from Texas

Sep 25, 2022
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Reviewed by detgfrsh from Texas

3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
From a can dated 7/27/22. Clear amber color with a finger of beige head. Piney hop aroma. Medium body and a sticky feel. Solid malty flavor with some pine and earthy hops.
Sep 10, 2022
Rated: 4.2 by mkoneil1 from Texas

Aug 20, 2022
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Reviewed by PJKSR02 from Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A go-to IPA. I once had a friend tell me this brew was "too dry." He actually gave me 5 of a 6-pack back. I enjoyed that which he refused. This isn't a complex IPA, but if you are somewhere where choice is limited, here's a choice.
Aug 17, 2022
Rated: 3.6 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Jul 31, 2022
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Reviewed by izraelc from New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a cloudy amber. Thick foam. Nutty aroma. Bready malt body. Medium hop bitterness. Slight sweet finish. Pretty good flavor. Would be a great fall beer.
Jul 22, 2022
Rated: 3.81 by brewskis from Indiana

Jul 16, 2022
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Reviewed by md3kcn from North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Purchased as a single 12oz can from Harris Teeter for $1.70. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

L - Clear copper, with a one-finger pale white head. Pretty good lacing.
S - Earth. Sweet pine. Grapefruit peel.
T - Earth & pine-forward, but not overbearing. Well-balanced, but noticeably hoppy. Grapeseed oil. Woodsy. Oat.
F - Medium-bodied, with mild carbonation. Silky, and smooth. Refreshing, yet filling.
O - A solid pale ale. Not too hoppy, and well-balanced. A fantastic afternoon ale.
Jul 07, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by Sinister from New York

Jul 02, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 12oz can, canned on 5/26/22, into my spiegelau IPA glass.

On the pour a fluffy 2 finger head forms woth a good amount of fine carbonation rising from a light amber body with no haze. Very nice head retention on this one with just a half finger of head loss over the 5 minutes since I've poured. Head does become rocky but sticks around very nicely.

Aroma is more balanced than I remember with less hops jumping out at me than expected. The hops are surprisingly fruity with some tropical bright notes balanced by a nice sweet bready maltiness. Some slight fermentation sweetness is present on the nose but it's still quite a clean fermentation. Good but lighter aroma than expected.

Flavor carries some similar notes to the aroma, but loses a lot of the tropical vibes for a more traditional bittering hop flavor but there is a floral sweetness that merges very nicely with the very nice malty sweetness that this beer brings. The bitterness in this one comes after a the sweet hit on the front subsides but it remains a very balanced and quite sweet beer with some nice and present bitterness on the back.

The feel is easy drinking and refreshing while still letting you know it's there big body from the head retention and the malts even have a bready soft mouthfeel it seems. It's very balanced in this aspect as well.

Overall this beer honestly surprised me with how much I enjoyed it. The malty notes stood out while still maintaining a nice balanced hop presence. Quite a sweet beer which was honestly a bit of a surprise considering how similar this beer was to other IPAs it felt while drinking it in the past, but this is honestly an easy drinking beer that brings big but balanced flavor that I personally quite enjoy.
Jul 01, 2022
Rated: 4 by clm9 from North Carolina

Jun 20, 2022
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Reviewed by Perioddicals from Texas

3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
L - Poured from a 12 ounce can I to a standard pint glass. Huge frothy “coke float” head on aggressive pour. Golden/light-amber clear color. Head dissipates slowly. Lacing is decent and a 1/4th finger head stays through half the drink before finishing with a film of bubbles.

S - Sweet malty scents. Some citrus scents as well. Light pine hops.

T - taste is more along the citrus and pine note. Slightly floral as well. Medium bitterness from the hops. Taste smooths out as you drink it and the malt characteristics return. It’s nice that some tastes are more hoppy while others are more malty.

F - Good frothy mouthfeel with decent carbonation.

O - This is a very solid everyday drinking beer. I’m not a hophead and prefer more malt-forward beers, so this carries a little more bitterness than I like, but it’s still a really good beer. The fact that the tastes go back and forth between malt and hop is an enjoyable experience. Would recommend.
May 30, 2022
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Reviewed by German-Helles from Wisconsin

4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is a 12oz. can dumped into the Oskar Blues pint glass. This ale is a beautiful amber, very clear, with light but steady carbonation. one finger of white foam that hung around a lengthy time leaving thick lacing behind.
The aroma is maty from a distance, very noticeable, with the nose at the glass I get the pine aromas. Exactly what I hope for from a pale ale.
This ale is very pleasant, caramel, pine, and citrus. Sweet up front with a tangy, crisp finish.
The feel is smooth, light, and a bit fizzy.
This is an easy one to sample, but at 6.5% ABV it may sneak up on you after a few.
May 28, 2022
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Rated by rclangk from West Virginia

3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
5/21/22 The Wine Shop, 4000 Emerson Ave., Parkersburg WV
May 21, 2022
Rated: 4.26 by cold_beer

May 06, 2022
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Reviewed by AzfromOz from Australia

4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
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.

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

Apr 22, 2022
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Reviewed by WYeates from North Carolina

3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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
Rated: 3.98 by not2quick from Missouri

Apr 12, 2022
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Reviewed by BroBobby70 from Texas

4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.03 by soarinsteven from Illinois

Mar 09, 2022
Rated: 4.22 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire

Feb 25, 2022
Rated: 3.71 by MatthewJW from Wisconsin

Feb 18, 2022
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