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

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Photo of wavz
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type- 12oz Can (Haven't put that down in quite a while)

A- As I opened the can I kinda thought that pouring this beer outta a can might ruin the pour, but it did quite well. Nice foamy egg shell colored head that laced the glass nicely. Great crystal clear copper color.

S- Nice rich malts dominate this one right off the bat. I was kind of expecting some big hops, but I was glad that it wasn't a big hop monster. Getting some nice orange and caramel, and just a bit of American hops.

T- Great malty beer! Nice balance! Way better then I could have imagined! Rich caramel, Butternut squash, Orange peel, Grapefruits. Super balance of hops and malts.

M- Rich and creamy, medium carbonation, with a nice viscosity.

D- Now this is where I have a problem. l really like this beer and could see it becoming a regular rotation in my daily beer fridge, but the price isn't so nice. At $8.50 per 6 pack it is a bit pricey so I guess I'll just have to keep on brewing myself till i become as good as this beer is!


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Photo of keanex
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a can canned on 12-08-2011. Poured into a shaker glass.

A: Clear dark amber body with a creamy looking light tan 1 finger head. Head quickly dissipates to a ring and coating on top.

S: A nice balance of citrus and pine from the hops. I wish the scent was a bit stronger after the pour though, it really mellows out, as it sits though a slightly apple fruity scent shines through.

T: A nice balance of malty up front quickly into a mellow piney bitterness. Some fruity citrus notes come though as the beer warms up a bit. There's nice balance here between the hops and malt.

M: Medium bodied with sharp tongue coating carbonation.

O: I enjoy this, well worth the $9 for a 6 pack when fresh. This is a very easy to drink beer, I went through two in an hour. Be careful though, the alcohol sneaks up on you!

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Photo of dmamiano
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours rather hazy...medium straw color.
have to admit it is strange drinking out from a can.
Nice head..lacing is very good.
I smell citrus, caramel and bread..a slight tin noted in the nose as well.
Taste is good. Malty and floral. Citrus note, grapefruit...very ditter finish
Pretty good beer.

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Photo of atlanta
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This would be one great little beer if only it weren't so high in ABV. Think about it, its in cans so you can carry it to sporting events, the pool, hiking, etc. Who wants to get that drunk while doing physical activities? That said, the taste and aroma is terrific, The hopiness spot on. I think this should be labeled an IPA instead of Pale Ale.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a can as a sample from the distributor who is bringing it into the Virginia Beach market.

Pours a lightish amber colour with a minimal start white head that dissapates quickly. Smell is mainly floral and citrus.

Taste-- I took the first two sips from the can and noticed no metallic notes or off tastes.. Upon pouring into a glass the flavours open up a bit. To me this tasted like a bit less flavourful SNPA. Nice and hoppy with just enough malt to balance. The hops add a nice dry finish to the beer. Drinkability is good as this would be a pretty good session brew especially when outdoors where glass is not allowed. While some may question the practise of canning this beer, I think it's great. Finally a beer you can take out where no glass is allowed and not have to suffer drinking swill. Plus the cans look so different you could probably walk down the beach or street and not get a second look drinking out of it.

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Photo of bkilpatr
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. 10/08/08.

Pours a light orange-amber color with about two fingers of beige head. Aroma is lots of caramel malt and citrusy hops, with some grapefruit as well.

Taste starts with a slightly sweet caramel malt flavor. That is quickly followed by bitter citrus hops. Plenty of grapefruit in the taste, as well as some orange and tangerine.

Feel is slick and smooth with ample carbonation. Medium-full body. Leaves a bitter aftertaste for awhile. Drinkability is decent, though the aftertaste gets to me after awhile. I don't think I'd want more than a couple of these.

Pretty good pale ale, though not the most drinkable to me. Definitely worth a try though.

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Photo of dukedevil0
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single 12oz can from Bocktown outside of Pittsburgh.

A: Pours an amber color with white head that settles down some and leaves lacing on the glass.

S: smells of hops, sweet pine, malty scents

T: initial piney hoppiness but then an onslaught of maltiness and bite from it comes in and dominates...a little too much sweet malt bite for me

M: feels good on the palate, not creamy, but not too watery

D: drinkability takes a hit for me because of the malt flavor domination and bite, alcohol isn't very noticeable but you can tell it's not something you should play beer pong with without consequences

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Photo of akokandy
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- 12 oz can poured into an American Pint. Beer is copper with a 1-finger head.

S- English style malts predominate, along with some sweetness and citric hop notes.

T- Sweet up front from the malts. They don't taste too complex, but pretty "clean". Surprisingly bitter hop finish. Not really what I'm used to from an APA. The hops taste European, more bitter than citrusy.

M- Medium body and very low carbonation.

D- For some reason I can't stop popping open the cans. A really, really good session brew. I had no problem killing the whole sixer in the middle of winter. I'd guess it'll be even easier come summer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can served in a mug.

Pour is medium-dark amber; surprisingly dark for style, and suggesting a rich PA. Clear with a nice creamy light tan head, about 2 fingers from a rather gentle pour.

Aroma: somewhat vague blend of hops but with a slight off-odor.

T - Both citrus and pine notes suggest multiple hops {the brewer says "four kinds of American hops"}. Quite hoppy for a PA, yet only mild-to-moderate bitterness. Detectable malt contribution here, but balanaced towards the hops. Slight off-note in the aroma was essentially masked by the hops and malt in the taste. Flavor improved with a bit of warming from a cold pour.

M - medium body; rather full for style. Good carbonation.

O - Dale's Pale Ale is easy to recommend for "no glass" situations when one needs canned beer and wants one that is hoppy.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can, served at Moan and Dove. The appearance was a little average: no real head or lacing; overall light brown mixed with amber. The aromas were decently well for a canned beverage: medium fruit aromas and hops. The taste was more sour in flavoring and lacked a hoppiness typical of a pale ale. However, its lightness in the hop department was relatively heavy for something in a can. And that is probably why I rate it high in mouthfeel: for something like a pale ale, the can helps it be light and refreshing. Overall, a little weak for a pale ale, but I was very impressed by the brewery's ability to make a drinkable pale ale.

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Photo of PeatReek
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Alright, good beer in a can! Pours a solid amber color, quite hazy (not quite hefe hazy, but nearly). Rocky eggshell-yellow head. Smells cool & creamy and potently hoppy, like grass clippings and pine needles. The body is rich & smooth, not quite thick but definitely substantial, which I like. The taste is interesting; it hits you right up front with the grinding, aggressive hop taste and kind of buzzes along through the sip without mellowing out. Hmm. It's an earthy/dirty sort of hop flavor, but in combination with the beefy body, it works. Just enough bitterness to keep it well grounded and refreshing; I could definitely see downing a few of these ice-cold after a long hike. Excellent.

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Photo of LPorter33
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 6 pack of cans from Martignetti's. Heard from BearPanther that they'd started distributing in MA, so I was quite happen when I saw it.

Appearance = Really good looking deep amber with creamy 1/2'' head was stable and consistent. Lots of bubbles rising up. Semi-transparent..looks very flavorful.

Smell = Pretty average in the nose. Smells much more like an IPA with citrusy hops dominating.

Taste = This is a good beer but it's a tiny bit too harsh which prevents it from being great. It's very bitter and hoppy and really behaves more like an IPA. I like the strong hops and there is some malt to balance it fairly. The courseness is just a bit too much though and it cuts through the flavor and brings it the experience down a bit. Drinkability is great though and the mouthfeel was good too.

Overall = Not as good as Sherwood Forest's Archer's Ale but Dale's Pale is right behind it as the second best beer in a can. This harsh, hoppy pale ale is quite drinkable and enjoyable is you like hops. It's a bit too coarse but that's my only real complaint.

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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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