Dale's Pale Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #533
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #14,260
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 11.54%
Reviews:
2,063
Ratings:
7,753
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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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SCORE
87
Very Good
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OldManMetal from North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer is deep amber in color, crystal-clear and sparkling, with a giant, slightly pebbly off-white head that leaves fair rafts of lacing. One the nose, it is moderate in intensity: a fairly straightforward blend of spicy florals and lesser amounts of pine with bready malt notes and faint alcohol undertones. On the palate it presents bitter, spicy hops up front, with some pine, grapefruit and alcohol notes joining in midway; the hops presence largely obscures a slightly-sweet bready malt backbone. The finish is slightly bitter, followed by the onset of a long-lingering hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, moderately creamy and peppery from some very present fizzy carbonation. The hops focus here is more on bitterness than flavor/aroma, not so much what I look for in an APA. (12 oz can, 18 days after pkg.)

Aug 22, 2015
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ADM_Crunch from Washington

4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
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?!

Aug 03, 2016
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mattjhoward from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Nov 23, 2016
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BlackBeerDown from Arkansas

2.2/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Similiar to Jeppson's Malört... The aftertaste of Dale's Pale Ale tastes like an abortion clinic in Iceland. The charcoal filtered flavor makes you feel like you're being picked on in fifth grade. Malört actually tastes better.

Sep 07, 2015
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ain't that unusual, this beer, not yet reviewed, literally consumed about 100 times. What struck me early on as these guys were leading the way with the canning of craft beer, was how similar this beer was to SNPA. The color is a slight SRM shade lighter, but ultimately it comes in that dark gold to light amber. Great clarity, solid 3/5" white head. The aroma is a lot of those old school Cascade hop tree and grapefruit feels.

Taste, yeah man, that old school bitterness, aspirin, pine, grapefruit. Slight caramel malt underpinnings hold things together and give it that comfort food vibe like the heartiness of a sturdier, maltier pale ale of yesteryear. This is one of those beers that deserves to be in the Hall of Fame beer wise. Its been around, led the can format, available, affordable, consistent.

It also fits into almost any scenario. On the beach? It works. After the slopes? It works. Tacos? It works. This beer is the bad ass dude wearing the WWII hat at the VFW.

Dec 26, 2018
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tjhuot from Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I find this to be quite a decent Pale Ale. It has pretty much the right of alcohol and hops. It also has a fair amount of body to it. I would definitely buy it again.

Jun 19, 2018
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BoilerMo from Indiana

4/5  rDev +2.6%

Pucker up because this is one strong can of brew. The hard htting hops and powerful finish make is a really fun drink. The top of the can lets you know what you are in for as you kick this one back.

Sep 03, 2014
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Particulate-choked pumpkin with butternut edges. The initially zesty carbonation settled down within minutes, having created a lovely looking head of pastel orange that looks to be chock full of hop oils. It's melting impossibly slowly and is leaving a nearly completely covered glass in its wake. A truly first-class look.

The nose is absolutely loaded with at least one, and probably a few, of the 4-Cs. Oskar Blues will only admit to 'four kinds of American hops', but there's no doubt that grapefruit peel and oranges are on parade. More specifically, brown sugary, pine sap-dipped, candied grapefruit and orange zest chunks. Many IPAs would be proud to have a nose this hopaliciously good.

Dale's Pale Ale isn't quite as stunning on the palate. I can't say that I've had another beer from a can that tasted as much like the can as this one does. I'm sure these things are lined in this day and age, but there's a definite metallic quality to the flavor that isn't sitting well with me. Thankfully, the metal fades quickly and is all but gone by the third mouthful. In its place is a firmly hoppy pale ale that isn't as brilliant as the nose implied. It's no slouch, but I'm not tempted to reach for any words more complimentary than 'good'.

This is definitely a well-malted APA. There's too much caramel for my tastes, but at least the brewers have seen fit to balance it (some would say overbalance it) with a boatload of hops. Dale's is a larger-than-life pale ale, one of the biggest I've had, but it still doesn't knock Alpha King from its perch. The abundant ingredients result in a long, lingering finish that highlights the clinging resinousness of the hops.

As already alluded to, the mouthfeel is medium-full in general and bursting at the seams for the style. Rarely do pale ales achieve this degree of viscous chewability and mouthcoating stickiness. Carbonation works behind the scenes to lighten things a little and very nearly fails in the attempt.

Before popping the tab, I wondered whether Dale's Pale Ale would supplant my favorite canned beer of all-time, Caldera Pale. Caldera's version is my clear favorite, although from what I remember, the scores are similar. This is an excellent choice (when glass is verboten) for those hopheads lucky enough to have access.

Feb 04, 2006
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mmorris15 from Maine

4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Feb 04, 2017
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An easy pour from a 1-Pint 3.2-oz can(11/29/18) produced a fat finger of rocky off-white froth with average retention and blotches of lacing. Clear light orange amber with rising bubbles.
Mild smell of bready yeast and floral hops.
The taste begins semi-dry with above average spicy hop bitterness and a grassy tang.
Caramel malt controls the middle with an apple cider fizz from abundant CO2.
Dryness and bitterness are highest at the finish with a long lingering hoppy aftertaste.
Medium body, above average carbonation. Smooth rich feel.
Label says "Mountain Pale Ale", its big alright, lots of malt and IPA level hops.

Jan 19, 2019
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

19 oz Can into a glass
Looks copper or amber colored, only moderately carbonated, thick head of foam..very nice lacing on the glass
The smell on this beer is fantastic, very fruity, a little hoppy. Not getting too much sweetness which is nice. Smells like an IPA but i do expect that with most American Pale Ales. Smells fresh and vibrant.
Taste is just wow - very complex, getting a strong hop presence for sure, pick up the grapefruit and pine, also getting a backbone of malt and some sweetness to balance. In a blind taste test, I would have said this is an IPA cause it does have bitterness. Not super drinkable compared to most American beers but very, very tasty!
Overall, worth the price...Have to give this a solid grade of A

Jul 26, 2018
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Reggie_Dunlop from Pennsylvania

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

You wimps did not know what it was like before you could put good beer in a can. This is the classic the Rolling Stones of Craft beer in a can. And the best thing is.....it tastes like beer!

Dec 22, 2018
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Has a hint of orange in an otherwise nice looking beer. Has light carbonation and a thick head. Hop is good and rather light.
Has the REAL beer taste with a fair mixture of hops and for me, the right amount of bitterness. Nice beer as it grows on me. Tasty beer. I'm liking it more all the time I'm trying this. Mouthfeel is fine. The right bitterness is a major plus for me. This is a great beer. Poured into a 8 ounce nonic from a Canned on 4/23/18 12 ounce can. "DUDE, WHERE"S MY BAR?"
A HUGE VOLUMINOUSLY HOPPED MUTHA OF A PALE ALE From Austin, Texas Brewery

Jun 11, 2018
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JLSIV from Georgia

3.9/5  rDev 0%

Served from a can into a clean brew pub glass. Poured nice clear copper color with a very robust head of small tan bubbles

Nice, American hop aroma, not overpowering, but very crisp and clean. It was in my wheelhouse, so it might lean a little to the session side for more serious hopheads.

Taste- was perfect for chasing my burger and fries, nice hop up front, nothing too bitter, very good for brewpub food, which was what I was doing.

Mountfeel was medium to light, perfect carbonation. Score another for the can trend, as i think it is a good way for beer pubs to keep the non-tap servings fresh and cold.

Overall, I always wanted to try this, and I was glad I did. I would not be afraid to keep a six for friends and make it part of my American Pale ALe rotation.
Cheers

Nov 25, 2014
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FBarber from Illinois

3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Really pretty looking beer. An aggressive pour gets you a thick frothy head you see in the picture. Crystal clear burnt orange color.

Smell: Aroma is malty with some light piney notes. I feel like I should get more from the nose, but its just not there. Its simple, mild and straightforward

Taste: The taste is where this one really shines - You get that old school prominent malty flavor with notes of grapefruit, orange and pine. Its a classic and the profile is right on. Its a pale ale, so nothing is too strong, but it avoids the pitfalls of other pale ales and is never watery or weak.

Feel: Easy drinking, not overly bitter, and even somewhat refreshing.

Overall a very good pale ale, classic in profile and one I'd happily revisit.

Feb 03, 2019
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reebtaerG from Maryland

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

Poured can into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a hazy amber color. Decent level of thick white head.

S-Aroma is mild pine hops with sweet malts.

T-Taste is mild hops up front with strong, semi sweet and semi toasted malts. Caramel notes.

M-Mouthfeel gives a mild bitterness present in aftertaste, dry. High carbonation.

O-Overall, a solid pale ale. A go to everyday beer for me.

Mar 07, 2014
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drepreciado from California

2.5/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Doesn't go down easy and the flavor just doesn't produce. This is basically beer pong beer

Jun 17, 2015
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StephenM from Iowa

4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: copper orange, clear, 1-finger cream head
S: subtle orange, caramel, slightly dank hop aroma
T: sweet caramel malt, orange, grapefruit, plum, herbal hop bitterness on the back end
M: medium with clean finish
O: a tasty and refreshing Pale Ale with pleasing complexity

Dec 14, 2018
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polloenfuego from Canada

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

Dale's Pale Ale pours a clear amber with a nice two finger head. The head seems to last a while and when it does break there is quite nice lacing left in its wake. The smell is heavily malts, with hops behind those bready notes. The hops does not smell super strong on this, but that changes with the taste. The taste sees the malts still present, but the hops come more to the front. The carbonation is moderate, there is a medium body to the beer and I definitely get a dry finish.

All in all a fairly good beer. It might be nice to enjoy a couple of these as you sit on the dock at the lake. I don't think it is my favorite of the style, but I would enjoy this again.

Feb 25, 2017
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marshmarsh from North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass

a - red caramel with white head

s - woody and earthy

t - starts sweet, then turns hoppy, finish has caramel and chocolate notes

m - moderately full

o - Not what I expected, in fact much better than I expected. Hoppy and complexity mix to create a wonderful flavor profile and the texture compliments the taste very well.

Jul 17, 2014
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LagerCognoscenti from England

4/5  rDev +2.6%

Nice looking typical American Pale Ale. Golden amber appearance with a very good head and lacing
The aroma is not terribly strong but has nice citrusy cascade hop notes.

The taste is quite juicy and fruity with a lot of citrus flavours. I tasted a lot of grapefruit and some oil hop resin. Dale's Pale Ale has quite a high level of bitterness that could push this pale ale into IPA territory if anybody wanted to regard it that way.

This beer reminded me of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with a touch stronger flavour and a bit more bitterness. The higher abv (6.5% compared to SNPA's 5.6) may have helped make this beer taste a touch bigger.

A very enjoyable American Pale Ale with a good high level of fruity hop flavour.

87/100

Aug 18, 2014
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #44 (Sep 2010):

Froth turns to a dusting of white lace all the way down; bright copper color has a nice sparkle in the light. Quick nose blitz of citric and pine from the hops, with some maltiness and fruit in the back. Smoothness drops on the palate quickly, and then the other shoe drops with a crest of hops that rides strong with bitterness and citric, earthy, mint and pine flavors that push hard against a bready caramel malt. Alcohol kicks in late with some warmth and fruitiness. Blurring the lines of Pale Ale and IPA. Such an amazing canned beer.

Jan 11, 2011
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good beer that lives up to the hype. The tap delivers a well-carbonated copper hue with firm, froathy head formation and great retention- lots of lacing on the glass. A mild has persists, likely from dry-hopping. Aromas of abundant hops- a lot of grapefruit, orange zest, pine, and lemon grass. A firm malt backbone follows with low-lying sweetness and hints of bready crusts. Low fruitiness from esters and low phenolics. Flavors bring about a crisp malty flavor with low sweetness (only to balance). The hops are definately showcased with a burst of flavors like those found in the nose. The malts round out the hops with light fruitiness (kinda English-like only better attenuated). The body is medium, yet firm with a crisp, malty snappyness. Finishes with a clean, dry, hoppy note. On par with Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale.

Nov 06, 2008
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oberon from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to say this is my new favorite APA,poured a clear deep golden with a very tight well retained 0ne finger head that stuck like glue to the pint glass dissapating ever so slowly.Intermingling aromas of biscuity lightly sweet malt and piney,resiny hop neither win out but a re a perfect match,wow what balance and hop character starts out with a suger dough-like quality but a "voluminously" big piney,resiny hop quality follows thru to the end.I'll tell you what to me its dead on what a American pale ale should be the American hop profile is there but there is some balance,damn I loved it.

Apr 20, 2006
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puck1225 from Texas

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

Really a nice overall beer.

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Slightly cloudy golden yellow color with a nice foamy head and good lacing. Nice citrus and pine smell. Some lemon, honey, and pine taste. Pleasant amount of bitterness. Not wait long to have again.

Feb 12, 2019
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