Dale's Pale Ale | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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88
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7,330 Ratings
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Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 10-08-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,330
Reviews:
1,954
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
11.48%
 
 
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185
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1,654
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Photo of nizzle8287
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 12/17/14. Poured into a mug at about 45 degrees. Pours clear dark golden-copper with 2 fingers of nearly white head which dissipates quickly to a thin film with flecks of lacing around the glass. Smell is dank west coast hops with a mild floral tone and fresh baked biscuits. Smell is similar to Sierra Nevada's Torpedo Extra IPA, but with somewhat less complexity. Carbonation is medium, and this adds to the body nicely. Mouth feel is medium, and seems a bit thicker than most other pale ales I've tried. Taste is robust alpha acid-rich hops and mild sweetness. It is extremely well balanced as far as hop-bitterness to malt sweetness goes. Overall, it's a bit on the bitter side as far as the style goes, but that is precisely why this is one of my favorite pale ales. If you like the American pale ale style, this will probably be a top-notch in your books.

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Photo of sporklift87
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cyguyjg
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For my taste, just the right amount of hops. Full mouth feel. Slightly assertive and lingering flavor. You won't overlook your sips of this. A good session beer.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of digitalflood
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beertsipper
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smells of yeast, bread, melon, some grapefruit, faint hops and pine. Taste follows the nose. Good carb, very refreshing. One of the better APA's I've had. My six pack was canned 4 weeks ago. Wonder if this would taste better at one week.

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Photo of InsolublePancake
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden orange with a decent white head. Some lacing, but not as much as I would have thought.

S- Big time caramel malt aromas with a good dose of floral hops as well. Very nice!

T- Floral hops dominate, which is kind of surprising considering the big malt presence suggested by the nose. The malt definitely shows up, though, with a pleasant caramelly/ toasty taste in the middle that lingers on to the finish to blend with the hops. Decent amount of bitterness on the finish, though it isn't too much and is quite pleasant.

M- Medium-bodied mouthfeel with good carbonation, making it smooth and easy to drink.

D- Quite exceptional here, I could definitely drink a few of these in a sitting.

Very nice pale ale. I had heard good things and was not disappointed. The website describes it as being between a pale ale and an IPA, and I would agree. Hoppier than your average PA, but not quite up to IPA standards. Also is good straight out of the can, although I wouldn't recommend doing that, as you miss out on much of the wonderful aroma. Highly recommended.

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Photo of maltedmilk
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was so excited when I saw a 12 pack of Dale's in my local beer store.

Having a beer from a can is such a novelty these days. As soon as I pour Dale's into my pint glass, I can smell a nice citrus aroma. The beer is a little cloudy and the color is light copper. The head is decent at first but soon disappears all together. It’s not extremely carbonated but certainly not flat.

Man..this beer is very hoppy. They ain’t kidding when they say “ a huge voluminously hopped mutha of a pale ale”

I believe I would call this beer delicious. An excellent pale ale. I could drink a lot of these.

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Photo of Augustiner719
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a 20oz pint glass

Appearance: Pourse a beautiful coppery orange color. 1 finger head that leavest some nice lacing down the glass. Almost crystal clear appearance.

Smell: Smells like sweet, sticky, citrusy goodness. Nice amout of pine and grapefruit with some good hoppiness.

Taste: Very hoppy for your standard APA. Nice sticky sweet taste of mostly grapefruit in the citrus department. A little bit of pine but grapefruit plays the major role. Nice floral hoppiness on the taste. Ever so slightly muted malt background because the hops are so present in this. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Near perfect carbonation. A tad on the sticky side but coats the palate well. Not as refreshing as other IPA and the bite from the hops leaves the mouth a little dry.

Drinkability: This is the new go to for hoppy beers that are easy to get a hold of. Similar to SN torpedo. Great with wings i bet and spicy foods and love the can presentation!

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured bright honey and orange. light white fluffy head and light retention. slight lacing but not much. color is spectacular.

light citrus and floral notes mixed with sweet malts.

sweet and light up front, then the hops kick in. mostly citrus with a touch of pine. malts are candy like, mainly light sweet caramel.

very smooth and easy, light carbonation has some bite to it.

what a great APA. after reading and hearing how it is more like an IPA, i do not agree. the hops are def more noticeable than most pale ales but still has a nice light malt backbone. great beer!

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a SweetWater pint glass yesterday. Weather was beautiful and I was hoping for a refreshing beer.

Look: A murky orange with some brownish haze. Thin off-white head - may have been bigger if pored from a bottle. A great looking pale ale.

Smell: Hops were definitely noticeable (borderline IPA). I also got some spiciness but nothing real strong here. Probably more of a nose than most pale ales I’ve had so far.

Taste: Thinner mouth feel with a well defined hop character at first. Some pleasant malty sweetness in the middle. I also got some unexpected brown sugar notes just before the bitter finish. The finish didn’t seem dry like most hoppy beers. It was more of a juicy aftertaste that certainly had a refreshing quality. No real alcohol heat noticeable anywhere in the palate - with this being a stronger ABV for the pale ale style.

This is another solid offering from Oskar Blues. Also loving the can. This may just become my new go-to beer for future summer outings.

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Photo of gtermi
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: This beer pours a nice golden color with a thick head that quickly fades.

S: The beer has a very nice hoppy smell and some sweetness. maybe I am crazy, but I am also getting some kind of malt/chocolate/roasty smell. I cant really pin point it.

T: I am picking up a lot of hops, but not overwhelming. It has some wheat too and the beer is somewhat watery.

M: The beer is very smooth. It has slight carbonation, but nothing bad. It leaves a weird coating feel in the mouth, but isnt bad.

Overall this is a very solid Pale Ale and a great session beer...

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Photo of fx20736
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 6 pack from Beers of the World, Mar. 2016. Served in a Duvel tulip at fridge temp.

Look: Copper with a French vanilla head. Great lacing.

Smell: Subtle blend of citrus and pine

Taste: peachy with a rind like bitterness

Feel: very solid body

Overall: tasty, balanced, well crafted

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Photo of IBUBrew
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DrDemento456
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty much my go-to Pale ale all last summer. Pours a nice amber brown with a white head. Smells of citrus, pine, and a bit of bready sweet malts. Taste is definitely more hop forward as most pales are with slight pine that leans toward a citrus rind halfway though the glass. Mouthfeel is light to medium, so it's pretty easy to toss back a few.

Overall I can see myself buying another case of it since it's around the 30-32 mark. I love how hoppy this beer is and it even drinks great months after it's "canned on" date. Pretty much the best Pale ale that's like an IPA in a can around my neck of the woods. Great Beer!

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Photo of gatornation
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice amber color from the can it yields a very nice and creamy looking head the smell is citrus and spice/hops pine carmel and malt but not strong kinda faint..however the taste is everything b4 mentioned in the smell its an assertive pale ale with the hops in charge but not at all overpowering its very well balanced and very smooth..the hops hit you first then some malts and caramel dance around to make a very enjoyable pale ale..will i buy it again... you bet.. recommended for those that enjoy a hoppy pale ale or (light ipa)

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Photo of velosuds
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a clear pint glass. Canned on 8-10-09. Single purchased at specialty beer store for $1.65.

A-Pours a golden amber with a two finger, off-white head with good retention and modest lacing.

S-Somewhat subdued piney and citrusy hops with a bread-like malt presence.

T-Moderately hoppy with a sweet malt backbone.

M-Very smooth, well balanced, crisp, and refreshing.

D-A good APA. Very easy drinking. I would readily drink this again. This would make a good introduction to craft beer for the BMC crowd.

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Photo of Jerone
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy orange with some amber, some carbonation, nice looking head and lacing.

S - Smells great, pine and citrus, grapefruit, orange.

T - Pine and citrus just like the smell with more citrus, mainly grapefruit and orange, bitter hop ending which I enjoy a lot.

M - Sticks inside your mouth in a good way, the carbonation is nice too.

O - I will buy this beer again, very drinkable, and it comes in a cool can!

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: a copper hue. 1 and a half to two fingers of a white head that fades quickly and leaves a lacing behind. Pretty strong clarity

Smell: strong citrus and pine hops. Malts ranging from pale to toasty to caramelly

Taste: citrus and piney hops, hint of floral hops, pale caramels, breadiness, maybe some toasted malts.

Mouthfeel: nice and light, refreshing and pleasant drinking with just a bit of a lingering bitterness

Overall: luckily this beer is so readily available. I dismissed it as average the first time I tried it, but after having it on tap and a few more cans it has become a top tier, well brewed pale ale. Easy choice for when I want something in a can

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Photo of Jiness
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a chance to have this on tap with Nitro...holy tastebud Batman, gimme another

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Photo of indy169
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dale's Pale Ale is a great brew and a perfect pairing to the can it's packaged in.
If Guinness had a hoppy American brother that was equally sophisticated but more utilitarian, it would be this one.
The beer pours to a deep amber and the head is like a cloud of creamy milkshakes. Mouthfeel is awesome. On first taste this beer is not near what it becomes after a little time in the glass.
This may be a new favorite. Let's just say Sierra Nevada should pay close attention to DPA.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured from a 12oz. can into a pint glass. A orange body with a slight off white head that recedes to a thick layer of lace, which documents every sip/gulp.

S. Sweet malt/hop combination. The hops smell like pineapple mixed with the sweetness of the malt.

T. Seems like a battle between hop and malt, with the hop winning out. Herbal, spicy hop drops a line of pine. The malts are there mainly for balance, and do a fine job, but lack much character.

M. Perefect level of carbonation, very smooth overall. The definition of medium bodied. Full flavor.

D. This is a very enjoyable brew. Could prove to be a staple. Session away!

Notes: A fine example of the style, and a must try for beer enthusiasts.

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Photo of sunsjammer
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of demcorhip
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my wife's friend in Tennessee for sending this my way. He's enjoyed some midwest brews i sent his way and now he's repaying the favour.

Appearance
A very nice looking pale ale. A dark copper tinged amber ale with a nice pillowy two finger head resulted from the pour into my trusty Samuel Smith's pint glass. Mellowly and finely carbonated, and fully yet intricately laced, leaving a very thick and clingy spider web as i drain the glass.

Aroma
Toasted biscuit and a touch of caramel from the malts. A good dose of floral but mostly citrus hops, reminds me of Alpha King in that respect, which is a very good thing.

Taste
A damn fine pale ale. Very nice malts with toasted biscuit, a touch of caramel, and a mild creamy nuttiness. There seems to be a mix of the old and the new world in terms of hops, with floral and woodsy hops with a touch of astringency as well as the almost resinous grapefruity/piney hops, perhaps Cascade?

Mouthfeel
A very nicely balanced pale ale. Straighforward yet tasty malts give this brew an almost medium body. Even though the malts provide a solid backbone the hops more than stand up to them, with their floral, woodsy, and more bitter, almost to the point of stripping citrus and pine. A creamy mouthfeel yet finishes dry with a mild astringency make this a fine, somwhat complex, refreshing brew.

Drinkability
Incredibly easy to drink considering the 6.5% alcohol. Sessionable, although intoxication would certainly be the end result. A very tasty and refreshing hoppy pale ale. Would make a great stepping stone to the american IPA style, but certainly stands on its own as a solid example of the american pale ale. Looking forward to the chance to have more than one of these. Best beer ive had so far from a can, and Surly will have to be damn good to take that title once i have the pleasure of Bender or Furious.

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Photo of honestdave
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz can into an ale glass.

A: Clear honey colored with a very nice 1" creamy head from a hard pour. Some lacing down the glass.

S: Some malty, grainy, light hop aroma. Not real aromatic though. More floral than citrusy.

T: Light caramel tasting malt flavors with a very decent hoppy finish. Good balance between a lightly toasty malts and piney hop bitterness.

M: Has a light to medium mouthfeel. Not real carbonated.

D: Very easy drinker. Tasty ale that would be easy to drink several in a row.

Summary: I was able to buy a sixer of this one. It is a very tasty ale. I will buy this one again if I get the chance.

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
3.92 out of 5 based on 7,330 ratings.
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