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Dale's Pale Ale | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 10-08-2002

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a six pack of these while grabbing some of my my go to Old Chub. Also a big fan of Ten Fidy and not sure why I have never had this one but had to give it a go. Outstanding looking beer with an excellent nose, clean and I fresh. Disappointed with the taste. It is good, but not as good as I was expecting. Overall a decent beer but not quite the level of other Oskar Blues offerings.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a hazy straw with a thin layer of head that dissipates in time.

Lots of grapefruit in the aroma with a strong malty backbone to support this. Really fruity with a solid bitter hop finish. The taste is a little less fruity than the aroma leads on. Strong malts with a nice bitter hop finish and a touch of fruitiness.

The feel is good. Nice light body but the carbonation is a bit sharp. Overall this is a good beer to have around. One that I can keep in the fridge and share with company.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Finally got a chance to try this well-loved beer. Poured out of a 20oz can into a nonic pint glass. Canning date is listed on the bottom as "05/07/13," so pretty fresh.

Pours a deep amber, slightly tanned color with about 2-3 fingers worth of head that rise pretty well in the nonic - looks like a classic English bitter as a result. Lacing, given the style at hand, is actually pretty glorious, streaming upwards from where the liquid used to be in loads of foam that sticks around. Head retention is actually better than expected, and what little of it left struggles to stay around and never fully turns into a ring. Bubbles rise in tiny droplets upwards, but not in a strong manner. Not bad at all, pretty good looking for the style.

The aroma consists of a combination of sweetened bready malts, piney, slightly citrusy bitterness, and a backbone that consists of slight graininess and booze. The orange and honey aroma is definitely doing a good job, but I can't help but mention (*especially* given the Cascade hop profile) that this reminds me of a maltier SN pale ale. A little bit more pungent on the sugar and the mineral texture imparted from the hops, but definitely not too aromatic - and in a way, doesn't seem to be designed to be that way. The sweetness is definitely winning me over, as it feels quite juicy and well textured as a result. Definitely not as hoppy as advertised, but relatively balanced, if only lacking a noticeable uniting aroma.

I do enjoy drinking this, however, as lot more of the sugary malty profile and slightly fruity, hop phenols seem to pop up more vibrantly on the palate than on the nose. At first you get a brief malty, slightly bready character that eventually melds into a hoppier, citrus-laden flavor that is earthy and astringent. Reminds me in a way of a slightly pepper, caramelized nutty dessert bread at first. Pine, grapefruit, apricots, honey, dried leaves, and other subtle aromas lurk below. Actually quite refreshing according to the style, and the alcohol creeps on you in the end. Does get a little thinned as it warms up and slightly syrupy, but holds on quite well as a quaffable beer that could work for any occasion. Simple overall (other than the slightly complex hop profile), but pretty good.

While not my top rated pale ale, it's one of the classic solid year-round offerings in the style that could easily be stocked up on. The hop profile is actually more aggressive than expected, and the malty sweetness is pretty robust for what it is. It lacks consistency in the body and aroma, but it is undeniably tasty for what it is. Other than this, I've only had Ten Fidy, but I really hope I can find more spare cans from the brewery because I'm definitely interested thus far in moving on from their flagship and trying other brews of theirs.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a big philosophical argument with myself over whether you can actually pour a beer from a can into a glass. Some would say that a beer in a can is meant to be drunk out of a can...no glasses allowed.

On to the beer (poured into a glass). The beer poured a clear amber with a slightly off-white and long-lasting head.

Aroma was mainly malt for me with some citrus hops in the mix, but rather subdued. A little breadiness and some graininess.

Balanced, but the taste favors the malt side of the equation. Medium body and a bitter but not unpleasant aftertaste.

Overall a good beer and very convienient for tailgating, etc..

Now on to more pressing questions -- If a beer falls in the woods...

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Photo of Imsothirsty
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is translucent orange, rocky head, just a little lacing, bubbly

Smell, some citrus hops, a tiny bit of malt

Taste: Some decent citrus hops, coppery malt and a slightly dry bitter finish.

Mouthfeel, light body, quite high carbonation

Overall a pretty solid pale ale, well hopped for the style.

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Photo of dmsohyea
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/28/11 Poured from can into pint glass

A: Light orange with 1 finger thick frothy white head. No sediment in the glass. Some lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Picking up mostly malts and hops my west coast nose can't disseminate. A lot of sugary sweetness and maybe some bread.

T: mild hop bitterness up front with bready malt character. Almost like eating a bitter piece of bread. Finishes with a ton of sweetness, maybe even too sweet.

M: Thin bodied with moderate carbonation. Very refreshing.

D: Very drinkable, I would love to bring these out on the golf course. Great flavor, but the alcohol is a little high to session more than a couple or three.

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Photo of devinoconnor
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had Dale's Pale Ale from the can many times and always have found it incredibly enjoyable. So when I came across it on-tap, I was very excited. But could it be I like it more from the can?

Pours a citrus orange color with a nice foam head. Smell is a little bitter from the orange hints.

Taste is smooth, a bit hoppy, and full of flavor. It just didn't have quite as much character on-tap than I usually find in the can. Interesting. Still very good.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Can

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy amber colour with an average size frothy off white head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the haziness and there is some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The head didn't last for very long before it was gone.

Smell - hops, grapefruit, lemon zest, caramel, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the beer feels very light and refreshing. Right away I can pick up on lots of hops, malts, citrus zest and a caramel sweetness. There is also a nice pineapple fruitiness and the beer finishes with a citrus/hop aftertaste.

Drink - I really enjoyed this beer and I plan on drinking a lot more if it. I also want to try the rest of this brewers lineup for sure. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of PreacherBrewer
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an Orange/Amber color with an off-white head.

S - Fresh cut pine and bright citrus rind.

T - Pine sap and grapefruit-like bitterness dominate the taste buds. Some smooth caramel-like malt balances out this brew. Piney aftertaste lingers.

M - Almost creamy. Quite smooth for a pale ale. Moderate mouthfeel.

O - A tasty pale ale. I love that it's in a can. I can take this beer to the park or to the beach with no problem at all. It's well rounded and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours cloudy with a straw golden hue with edges of orange. 1 finger eggshell white head. Nice tight bubbles.

S: Citrus, lemon, spicy, hop astringency and bready.

T: Bready, caramel sweet, hop bite, although not as bitter as what I encountered from the aroma and lemon.

M: Mixture of sweet beginning to a dry ending. Thin bodied and nicely carbonated.

O: I feel I tried Dale's Pale too late in my beer experiences. Although it is hop forward which I love in a session pale ale it is not the combination of hops that are my favorite. Still an epic classic that people love.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After an old can of Modus Hoperandi tonight, I’m ready for some fresh hop goodness. Luckily, thanks to Stankonia’s recent LIF, I have a can of Dale’s Pale Ale to liven up my palate. Thanks dude!

Brewed less than two months before the date of this tasting (“CANNED ON 09-09-11”). “FEAR THE BEARD” is also emblazoned on the bottom of the can. I don't know what it means, but I like it!

A: Wow, what a shine! It’s a gorgeous crystal-clear orange, pouring bright and dazzling. Above is a minimal amount of tan, bubbly creaminess that gets to medium-fullness. It smoothes out to a thin film of silky retention that leaves oily lacing all the way down. I love the look – especially the color.

S: The malt character is big on this one: carrot-cake spice, sugary caramel, watermelon candy, and a hint of straw. Hops are limited, but a juicy fruit aroma is certainly evident. It’s all good apart from a tiny bit of vegetable scents here and there. A good, grainy nose.

T: Grainy as well, mostly straw and mild banana-wheat. The malts are pretty mild, otherwise featuring a slight metallic taste that thankfully leaves as soon as it appears. Good American hop sting to divert the tastebuds…quite piney. Yeasts come off with a helping of biscuit dough before the aftertaste, dry and bready, takes off. Nice tastes; I can see what they’re trying to do with the grain flavors, but it comes off as more mass-produced wheat than high-class barley.

M: Quite smooth, with just the slightest pop of carbonation. Slick and easy-drinking.

O: I like where this beer is coming from, but the execution is just a hair off. Pretty damn tasty, still; great example of drinkable canned craft.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce can into a traditional shaker pint glass. "Canned on" date of 10-29-08 on the bottom.

A: Poured a decent head, but not quite the two+ finger one would expect for such a strong APA. That said, this brew has a nice, medium amber color, with excellent spider lacing on the glass.

S: Caramel malts with some alcohol esters as well as piney and citrus notes from the hops. Smells good, but the caramel malt seems to be a bit too potent, giving a slightly off scent at times.

T&M: Hit of sweet, somewhat chewy caramel up front followed by some nice piney and citrusy grapefruit flavors from the hops that nicely blend with some melon fruit, and alcohol esters. Although this brew is advertised as being heavily hopped, it is surprisingly not that bitter, and the hops do an excellent job of scrubbing the palate at the end, leaving you wanting another sip. Slight citrus and alcohol taste remain after the sip is finished. Mouthfeel would probably be my only complaint of this beer, as it's not necessarily thin, but could definitely use more body for such a big beer.

D&Notes: Although this brew is classified as an American Pale Ale, its IBU and ABV easily put it into the IPA category. In fact, their website even says it's between an APA and an IPA. For the most part, I like this beer, as it is a good drinkable, big brew. At 6.5% ABV, definitely more of a sipper APA, but indeed, a fairly complex, interesting big APA.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a pub glass

Reddish amber, not opaque but not entirely clear either, no visible carbonation, thick 2 finger foam that settles into a frothy lid with nice lacings.

Hoppy with fresh grass. Fresh beer aroma.

Hops, malt and sharp hop bitterness in the finish. The bitterness lingers on the tongue. Medium , medium heavy mouthfeel.

Nice beer, strong hoppy finish.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 8 January 2014. Tasted 10 Feb 2014.

Pours a nice clear amber. Two fingers of off-white head, fluffy and pillowy. Good retention and excellent lacing. Outstanding.

Smell started out bright and hoppy, with vibrant citrus. But that's gone quickly, leaving a faint mid-level herbal hoppiness. Well supported by solid caramel malts.

Taste is up and down. At times, I find it chalky and unpleasantly bitter. At others, I find it relatively clean and smooth. Wish I could have more of the latter.

Feel is medium-light bodied. Carbonation is mid-low level, consistent throughout. Nice.

A solid pale ale. I get hints of something really good, but they battle with or give way to less enjoyable elements.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours up a translucent pale copper color with a generous, creamy light beige head. Good retention and lacing. Light pine and citrusy hop notes with a delicate, toasty malt backbone. Crisp and a little too clean finishing, with a gentle hop bitterness along with a some residual maltiness. Slight wateriness mid-palate. Goes down pretty easily, despite a subtle medicinal phenolic presence after drinking a few. Overall, I'd say it's a pretty decent APA, but I can think of better examples.

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Photo of IPAcraig
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pretty cool looking can into a pint glass.

A - Pours a semi-transparent orangish red, with a rocky two finger cream colored head.

S - Smell is very hoppy for a pale ale. Slightly grassy.

T - Solidly hoppy, hints of caramel and lemon grass. A great tasting pale, probably one of my favorites now; though still ont too much going on here. Gets hoppier as it warms, nice.

M - Slightly grainy, like its been dry hopped and there is still some hop particles in it. I like that about it though.

D - I bought a six pack of this the night before I head to Mississippi to see relatives. I am looking forward to drinking several of these lounging in the Bogue Chitto River. Very drinkable.

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Photo of RobbDogg
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap with a table full of BBQ. Poured from a can with a nice head, and a golden brown sugar color. Fruity hops on the nose, but the fruit is more subdued with the initial taste. We'll balanced with malt notes and a subdued bitterness. An enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, saw a forum post ranting about the stuff and happened to see it out. Served in a standard pint glass. Poured a honey-copper color. Half-inch head dissipated into a mere skim of foam; a little lacing, but not particularly abundant, although decent, thin adherence. Scent of hops and some citrus fruit. Taste similar to nose with a mellow, tart finish (citric acid perhaps) that lingers just a little too long leaving a bit of an aftertaste. Lively full mouthfeel. Pleasantly drinkable for a canned beer, but it is about at the end of my hops limit.

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Photo of BDJake
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- translucent, hazy light amber with nice hed that retains well and leaves excellent lacing

S- earthy, floral hops, balanced by a subtle maltiness

T- understandably metallic, coming from a can, but with decent hoppiness and somewhat sweet to balance it out

M- slick, creamy towards the end of the sip, low carbonation, with lingering aftertaste

D- the bite keeps it from being higher, but still not a bad choice- and paired well with habanero Cheetos, which somehow made it an even more enjoyable experience

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Photo of BWMKappaSig
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden-amber hue with a thin white head.

Smell: Hoppy smell, a little malt. Hops are a bit grassy and reminiscent of Sierra Nevada.

Taste: Bitter and grassy hops, a bit stronger than expected. More a West Coast IPA than a traditional pale ale.

Mouthfeel: The intital feel is pretty crisp, but I'm feeling a bit of a hop-coating in my mouth after.

Drinkability: I wouldn't session with this the way I would with a Bass or even Sierra Nevada, but it's certainly enjoyable for what it is.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz aluminum can courtesy of ppoitras.
Pours a coppery orange with a decent sized egg-shell colored head. Good retention and lacing.
Smell is light fruits (grapes, peaches, etc.) some hops and a lot of caramel or toffee.
Taste is pretty well the same as smell although the hop flavor is much more intense than I would have thought from the smell. A bit buttery in flavor.
Mouthfeel is a little thick for a pale ale, but overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of ChiPool
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured can (dated 3/22) into Lagunitas mason jar.

Hard to offer a review that is very technical for this one. Pours a nice amber color, with an inch of cream colored head. Almost odorless. The first sip reminds me of cream soda. There is a bit of lindering bitterness.

I just kinda dig this beer. It's no Zombie Dust, or even Daisy Cutter, bur it's solid. Quite sessionable. No complaints.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

19.2 oz can partly poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a copper color with good clarity. The head is a three finger offwhite shade. I really like how much lacing it leaves on the glass in particular, not to mention the fluffiness of the head itself.

S: The aroma is what you'd expect, grassy/piny Cascade hops and caramel malts. Hoppiness is amplified when inhaled directly from the can.

T: This is quite bitter to start. The leafy, herbal hop bitterness really comes through, though perhaps with not as much actual hop flavor as I'd like. Bitterness seems to cool off near the back end, creating something that's pleasantly drinkable instead of oppressive.

M: While the opening bitterness suggest this could be resiny and harsh, the finish is crisp and dry enough to scrub it away. Nice body and carbonation here, though I still think the back end is a little rough.

O: You know you have something pretty good on your hands when 19.2 oz. seems like the right size for this one. Word of warning though - this one might be too bitter for newbs.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This is a bright and clear orange in color with a very weak head.

Smell – The aroma here is a nice mixture of citrusy hops with just a touch of pine. The malt backbone is not prominent but can’t be missed by the thoughtful drinker.

Taste – Wow, this beer really opens up at the taste. The orangy hops are really big and bitter for an APA. The malts are definitely an afterthought.

Mouthfeel – This one is not big in the body, maybe between light and medium, but the lingering bitterness is huge and never-ending.

Drinkability – They’d call this an IPA in many parts of the country. I would have liked to have seen a bit bigger body to go with the massive hop bitterness, but if you like hoppy bitter brews you’ll enjoy this one. It’s probably the hoppiest beer that you can drink right down then crush the container flat against your forehead (all the while singing, “Louie, Louie,” of course).

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Photo of copyguyadam
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can into a Sam Adams glass.

A - Oh pretty beer
S - Nice light scent from this one
T - Subdued hops in a pale ale
M - This is an anytime, easy drinking pale ale
D - Could have 3 or 4 of these and feel good doing it

Good pale ale with a kick of hops to get you excited. A little more hop and this is an IPA.

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