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BEER INFO

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

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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1,907
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3.93
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22.39%
 
 
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Photo of fastsrt
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured can in a pint glass.

A: hazy golden, bone white head

S: Citrus, sweet, mild hops

T: mild citrus hops, there is a bit of an alcohol bite

M: does not finish dry like the pale ales that I am used to, there is a residual sweetness. the abv is a bit high for a pale ale.

D: not my first choice for a pale ale, i look for something that finishes crisp and dry,

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

I'm not afraid to say it, I prefer bottles to cans. I don't know the advantages or disadvantages of each specifically, but I do know that opening a bottle has a better sound than a can. Once I pour it into a pint glass though, it looks much better. There is a thick white head on a crystal clear amber body. There is a surprising caramel aroma that is actually more powerful than the piney hop aroma. The caramel flavor is very present in the flavor as well. The initial flavor is mostly caramel and biscuity and then the hop bitterness comes in to play. The bitterness isn't accompanied by any real hop flavor though, so the balance seems off and it is really bothering me. Also, according to the BJCP, APA's shouldn't have much caramel flavor. Going with the "Style be dammed" train of thought, I would have to say that the only thing I can hold against this beer is the hop imbalance, but I'm not crazy about it.

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Photo of cbak999
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack at the local liquor store - quite surprised and happy that Dale finally found his way to FL - I've been waiting! I heard a lot of positive things about this brew, which may have unfortunately raised my expectations. Seems too light for 6.5% - almost watered down. Also, the carbonation was too little for my liking - after about 5 minutes of pouring into a pint glass, there was no head or lace left. Seems almost flat. I thought maybe it was a bad can, but the entire six pack was this way...I still liked it though, and will probably buy more - but will have to wait until the $10.99/6-pack price comes down a little!

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

A- It's very hazy and the head doesn't look very healthy. I don't want to judge a book by it's cover.

S- Mild hoppy aroma. It's mild but very pleasant.

T- Wonderful taste, makes up for the look. Big bitterness and wonderful maltiness to balance it out.

M- Medium thickness with a nice carbonation to it.

O- It works out to be just an average beer with some wonderful things and some not so good qualities.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a nice amber color with a good long lasting head.

S - Good combination of floral hops and malt.

T - Very good initial hop flavor followed by rich malt finish.

M - Very smooth - good carbonation level.

O - A decent ale that is worth a try.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beerpanther forced me to purchase this one at gunpoint (only kidding) - but it came highly recommended and I admit to being intruiged at the possibility of a good beer coming out of a can.

Pours a beautiful amber honey with a thick white head. Good lacing - almost looks like a cask.

Honey sweetness and citrus dominate the nose and palate. Lots of hops up front, but I felt that the bitterness didnt maintain through the sweep of the tasting cycle. A bit astringent of an aftertaste - not at all to be blamed on the can. Smooth going down. A very drinkable PA. I think I would have liked some deeper levels of taste - I felt that the beer had a lot of good flavors up front, but they dissipated into a barren wasteland of nothingness. I was waiting for the tumbleweed to start flying by...

All in all, a fine pale ale. It's no alpha king, but I would definitely drink it if I came across it again.

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Photo of ryno09
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A nice clear golden color with a hint of amber. One finger head. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma - Slight hop characteristics but the sweet, bready malt really dominates. Not a huge aroma.

Taste - Starts off big on the malt bready malt flavors. Really smooth and light mouth feel. The bitterness kicks in mid tongue and the hops kick in even more at the end along with the alcohol. It lingers around with some hop bitterness and a touch cereal maltiness.

It's scary that a beer at 6.5% is this smooth, refreshing and sessionable.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Been crushin’ quite a few of these lately so figure time for a review.

12oz Can to pint – Dated 02/28/12

A: Dale’s pours a super clear and light copper color with a huge billowing khaki froth that retains forever it seems. Leaves just a sticky mess of sheeted lace upon the glass.

S: Smells of piney hops with a dash of hempy herbs and a big sweet pale malt presence. Very grassy overall as the aromas linger and waft with each gulp.

T: The taste is of big hoppy pines, earthy dank, and spice. Assertive but not super bitter on the palate. Malt is well established and somewhat bready even. Some alcohol notes are detected. An aggressive Pale that is actually nicely balanced all things considered.

M: The mouthfeel has a somewhat nice and smooth texture and comes in closer to medium in body. Finish is wetter than most APA’s with a sleek coating of hop resins and malted sugars on the palate.

D: Quite drinkable for a huge voluminously hopped mutha of an ale.
Makes for a great golf buddy!

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Photo of herman77
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, glowing orange with a rocky off white head. Awesome lacing. Great looking beer.

S: Biscuit malts with a touch of sweetness. Mild citrus hops. Basic, but smells good.

T: More hops in the taste than the nose. Mainly pine hops with a bit of citrus. Bready malts take a back seat. A touch of carmel sweetness. This is fairly hoppy for a pale ale

M: Medium body, fairly average carbonation.

O: Okay drinkability. I can see why this is well liked, but not exactly my style of APA. Glad I finally got to try it though.

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Photo of Efay
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Dark, honey colored body. Frothy foam with moderate head retention. Went from about two fingers of foam to one. There is some lacing.

S- Not that aggressive or complex. Smell some pine light amount of honey and biscuit malt.

T- Initial malt taste quickly subsides to a bitter taste. Same as the smell, not complex, just bitter.

M- Very crisp and smooth, but also has a bite at the end from all that bitterness. Not much carbonation and very light body.

O- It's a very highly drinkable beer, but i hate that it's just hoppy. There could be more added flavor.

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Photo of apowar
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Pours crystal clear honey-amber with a soft, frothy head with medium retention.

I'm getting a lot of mineral character from this pale ale, which isn't something that I typically find. Finish leaves some bitterness and floral characters on the palate. The recipe seems mostly devoted providing hop character in the bittering element, as well, which is almost excessive in my opinion, for a plain Pale Ale. Reminiscent of ruination IPA.

Aroma is a little light, but does have some kind of indistinguishable malt and piney hop presence.

Mouthfeel is really wonderful. The head is just so silky soft. Definitely my favorite aspect of this beer.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can with a canned on date of 4/12/16; into a pub glass.
Apperance - copper with a firestorm of bubbles building a yeasty, sandcastle white head. Lacing is
Smell - typical malty pale ale nose; move along, nothing to see here.
Taste - flavor exceeds expectations given off from the nose. Well balanced with malts winning out, but hops represented, especially in the middle!
Feel - smooth, medium body, nice and balanced!
Overall - very well crafted pale; would like a bit more hops, but then again, if that's what I want, then I might as well pick up an IPA! This is also one of the beers that sparked the canned craft beer revolution, so bonus points for innovation!

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Photo of Franchise
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a rusty orange color and leaves a frothy head with holes throughout the froth. The smell of this ale is piney and citrus with some sweet fruit candy in the background of this nectar. The taste of this ale is so smooth it hits you with a very light carbonation followed by a sweet honey comb flavor finished with a bitterness that leave you wanting a little more. The overall flavor is a bit bland on the finish but this is still a quallity brew.

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Photo of Kromes
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a slighty cloudy orange color with a thick head that sticks to the sides of the glass. The smell was hoppy, pine, citrus orange. The citrus peel bitterness hits right up front with pine flavors and a slight caramel. The bitterness lingers quite a while. It has a strong flavor and I wouldn't be able to have more than one or two. I like the design on the can.

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Photo of kwakwhore
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, nice orange color with a smallish white head.
Some citrus hop and a bit of malt in the aroma.
Hops are the first thing you notice in the flavor with a bit of bready malt to balance things out.
Smooth mouthfeel, one of the best things about the beer.
A decent session beer, but nothing to write home about. I could have had a couple of these without any trouble.
Not a bad beer, but there are better pale ales out there. Of the Oskar Blues beers I've tried, this is my least favorite.

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Photo of tmryan21
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Amber with a white head. A really nice looking beer.

Smell: Didn't get a lot here. Mostly malt with some pine from the hops.

Taste: Like the smell, a little more on the malty side. Pine and citrus come through as well, but is dominated by the caramel/bready malt.

Feel: Medium bodied (more than expected) and little alcohol taste.

Overall: A good, not great, APA for me. A little too on the malty side and wish it had a little more balance.

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Photo of CDAtkinson
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It poured a clear golden orange with a good amount of bubbles and a head which dissipated fairly quickly.

Nose was malty, apricot, and herbaceous (perhaps a bit of rosemary).

Mouthfeel was light, slightly creamy, with a full taste that filled the whole mouth for a few seconds, cycling through the same flavors as the nose and ending with a long, bitter finish.

I wish it did not go flat in the glass as quickly as it did since it has a complex enough taste to linger over.

Ultimately I liked this beer and would consider getting it again when looking for a pale ale.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a standard ale glass cold.

A - Not even a pssst as the pop top is depressed. A dark copper w/ a full 3 finger off white head. Lace is left in a haphazard array.

S - Citrusy hops and the sweet scent of pale malts. An almost lactic scent is noticed.

M - Citric, bitter w/ a hoppy oil feel. A medium bodied ale w/ a dry finish. Nice accents of hops and spice in the texture.

T - A sweet crystal malt taste that allows a very potent, but flavorful blend of hop tastes to emerge. Woody noble hops take presidence an late citrus is the focus. The malt balances out the bitterness well. A round creamy taste is noticeable up front. The dry and nutty character gets more noticeable when warm.

D - A fine pale ale, but a bit more bitter than I would prefer. There is plenty of flavor from malt and hops and this is above average as far as drinkability goes. It is potent for the style.

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Photo of jkrich
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can with a "canned on date" stamped on bottom. Clear, bright amber with a nice foamy white head.

A very pleasing whiff of semi-sweet fruit aroma much like marmalade greets the olfactory upon opening the can. I am surprised by the sweet aroma given that this is advertised as a very hoppy ale.

The flavor begins with sweet fruit flavor but as the ale warms the piney hop bitterness comes forward. Overall, the malt flavor tends to dominate; however, a faint bitterness does linger on the palate.

Medium bodied with a rather thick mouthfeel; the restrained carbonation is perfect for this ale.

This is a very good pale ale that could use a little more balance between the malt and hop. Well worth trying, it is just not my favorite interpretation of a pale ale.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz can, nice looking design but no dating of any kind, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange-copper color. The head formed a creamy 1-2 fingers thick and faded into a thin layer that retained nicely.

Aroma: Pine and citrus hops along with some pale malts in the background.

Taste: Pale malts at first with the piney hops in the background, but the hops take over rather quickly, dominating through the middle. It's bitter but pleasant. The finish is bitter and hoppy, and lingers nicely.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, but a little watery. The carbonation was a little lacking as well.

Overall: A decent American Pale Ale in a can. Nothing more, nothing less. Worth a try, especially if you like hoppy beer.

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Photo of Crosling
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Always being pretty fond of Dale's I decided to review the beer after I had one last night. It does bother me that they do advocate drinking their beer out of a can. I don't get it? What about appearence, head retention and aroma. Does it not matter to them or do they think it doesn't matter to us?

The beer poured a light amber with a nice white head that stayed throughout the session and left a nice lace.

The aroma was full of citrus hops and some nice floral aromas as well.

Flavors were modest. Tastes of sweet malts and very hoppy with flavors of grapefruits possible of other citrus fruits from the hops. Very dry and well hopped. Very bitter and not sweet like some.

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Photo of JBStith
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dale's Pale Ale in a can. Fun to drink a "good" beer from a can, but (and I don't care what anyone else says) cans taste different than bottles to me. Anyhow...

A: Pours a slightly hazy goden color with little head. Low retention, but decsent lacing.

S: Initial floral aroma and a bit of sweetness spice. Aromas disappear very quickly though.

T: Initially sweet and well hopped. Good bitterness that comes through as spicy. Becomes sticky sweet as the beer warms. Sweetness become more than I tend to like.

M&D: Descent mouthfeel. The sweetness translates into a heavier mourthfeel towards the end. Well (maybe overly) carbonated. Sweetness kills drinkability for me.

Overall, a descent beer. Having "good" beer in a can (which is unusual in my parts" makes this a good choice when bottles are out of the quetsion.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 4/12/13

Note: Poured from the rather odd 19.2oz "imperial pint" can

Appearance: Clear, medium orange in color with some gold highlights - average size, off-white cap, fades to some wisps, leaves some decent lacing

Smell: Nice citrus and pine aromas - moderately hoppy in a juicy way, with fleshy orange and grapefruit - some peel as well - herbal, earthy notes and some pine - somewhat balanced with a pale malt background, with some caramel - bready, with a sweetness that reminds me of honey

Taste: More or less matches the smell, perhaps a little less hoppy - wet, juicy oranges, with some orange and grapefruit zest - some pine - pale, bready malts with some caramel - earthy and herbal, with a light spiciness - some sweetness, perhaps crystal malts - somewhat balanced, would go well with food, kind of becomes watery over time

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, nicely carbonated, notably quaffable

Overall: I'm glad we finally met, Dale

This is the first can of this I have ever had. I've had samples on numerous occasions, and I never got around to reviewing it. It's a solid APA. It slowly loses some of its charm over the course of 19.2 ounces, but I still think it would be good with food. Worth a try, for sure.

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Photo of Moose90
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned - 12/04/12

A - Light amber, almost orange. Solid head that fades, but leaves lacing.

S - Hop forward, some light malt. Big grapefruit and citrus come through. Nice.

T - Sweet and hoppy. Balanced sweet malts, this is a tasty beer. Very hop forward for a PA, could almost be an IPA in some circles.

M - Mild carbonation, this beer is smooth and very drinkable.

O - This one is always in the fridge. Very drinkable and refreshing, and strong enough to get the job done. Nicely done Oskar Blues.

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Photo of THANAT0PSIS
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale

Appearance: Dale’s Pale Ale comes out of its can in a coppery, bronze-esque cascade, a cascade, which leaves a slightly off-white finger of head at its crown. Very little carbonation is visible in the crystal clear liquid. It is a good-looking beer, though a bit plain. The color is the nicest part of the presentation.

Aroma: In a word: a knockout. I could have never anticipated the veritable bouquet that this beer is would come out of such a white-trash looking can. Sweetness in almost a maple syrup note (and even a sugary sweet note), floral hops all over the place, citrus flavors are definitely there, and pine notes, surprisingly, are understated but present. This is one beer that could easily be picked out of a lineup of pale ales simply by the perfection of its aroma.

Taste: After the enticing aroma, this section had a lot to live up to. Unfortunately, it was a bit of a disappointment after the brilliance of the aroma. While there is a certain sweetness, the beer is a lot more bitter than the nose let on. In fact, the taste may be the polar opposite of the nose. If one has had a pale ale, one has tasted Dale’s Pale Ale. There is really nothing too complex or original here: bitterness melded with sweet maltiness.

Mouthfeel: More of the same. Plain, medium carbonation, mildly watery taste and very little aftertaste or mouth coating leave this mouth wanting more. The finish is not dry, as most pale ales are, which is a welcome attribute, but it is really nothing special overall.

Overall: Dale’s Pale Ale is a mostly average pale ale that most people will have tasted better variations of. As far as canned pale ales go, Sierra Nevada is definitely the way to go, but Dale’s is certainly not bad by any means. Seriously, smelling this beer is worth the price of admission, but do not be surprised when the taste fails to measure up. 14.5/20

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