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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

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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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Photo of NightProwler86
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six-pack of cans from Publix for $10.69 after tax. More expensive than my beer of choice with less attractive packaging.

Served from a can into a 12oz Sierra Nevada glass.

1 to 1 1/2 finger white head on top of a dark amber colored beer with a small amount of carbonation bubbles rising. Head dissipates quickly and lacing is below average. Smell reminds me of pine and a little caramel. Taste is better than expected with a pale ale, but not as good as my favorite IPAs. Definitely an easy drinking beer but carbonation is lacking. I could see myself bringing this on camping trips if it wasn't so expensive. I think I'll stick to the new canned Sierra Nevada Torpedos.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

very slightly hazy amber / orange colored brew with a one finger high slightly off white head, super sticky

fragrent, floral hops some sticky sap covered pine needles chillin in there with a buscuity caramel malt profile.

sweet malts well balanced by some floral hops with a bitter bite

creamy brew that still has a crisp slightly dry finish medium bodied with a small amount of carbonation.

a very drinkable beer

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Photo of BlindPig
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured a little head and got a thick bumpy off white head on a cloudy copper/orange body. Great head retention.
S- Pine and grapefruit hops, decent size malt back, and hints of lemon and orange.
T- Light pine, grapefruit, orange, and hints of lemon in the hop profile. Leaves a medium bitterness lingering in the middle of the tongue. Caramel and a light hint of toffee comes through and helps balance out the hops.
M- Medium body and low carbonation (almost tastes a little flat.
D- It is pretty good. Once again don't think it is anything amazing. So far this brewery has let me down.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red with copper mixed in and a one-finger head that is sticky. A nice smell of citric hops as well as some sweet malt, although I can detect a little aluminum from the can. Nothing spectacular but pretty textbook: a medium-body, slightly chewey, has a good balance of sweet malts and citric/piney hops for a easy drinking beer with a crisp, clean backbite. Considering price and the fact that this is in a can this is pretty good.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish/peach colored with a slight tannish head. Odor is caramel and malts with a vague hop spiciness. Taste is very refreshing. Tasty maltiness with hints of orange or grapefruit and a grassy bitterness on the finish. Maltiness is reasonably aggressive for the style. Medium bodied. Another good beer from Oskar Blues, but give me the Gordon everytime please.

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Photo of 5lat5ive
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from can into pint glass.

Dark orange/brown. Decent carbonation. 1-inch, quickly dissipating head, but lacing strong on glass.

Rich hop smell, spice and floral.

Strong floral hop, spice, and perhaps some honey and orange? Strong hop presence, but balanced well with malts. Only a hint at the slightly higher ABV. Nice bitter hops stay for the aftertaste.

Mildly sticky. Medium-strong body. Somewhat sessionable.

I've had this many times before. Great beer.

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Photo of clake
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can dated 8/5/15 poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance is a dark, clear amber with a fluffy off-white head with some nice lacing.

Smell is a bit on the weak side. You have to really search what's going on to find its sweet, malty character with a hint of citrus.

Surprisingly, the hops come through a bit more on than the palate than what the nose would lead you to believe. The citrusy grapefruit note are more prevalent with the bready malt backbone. Fairly balanced.

Moderately carbonated with a nice, dry, peppery finish.

Overall, it's an average beer with a price point that makes it worth the occasional pick up.

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Photo of monkeybutler
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dale's Pale Ale: a beery exercise in rhyming.

I bought this 6 pack at Frontier Saloon, and I'm certain that it's fresh.

Pours amber-gold with good carbonation, a 1 finger head and moderate lacing. Sometimes I find that these smaller micros have difficulty in getting the carbonation right in the can, but this can turned out fine, even though the hiss when I opened the can wasn't very audible.

Smell is of Pacific NW hops: maybe cascade, maybe some Amarillo. Not much malt coming through in the nose.

Flavor is full, with the malt coming through alongside the appropriate hoppiness. A slight husky-graininess makes itself known in the finish, and it's not very appealing, but it doesn't detract too much.

Mouthfeel is thick and quite cloying for a pale.

I could definitely drink a whole sixer of this at once, but my palate would be in ruins for a while afterwards. Overall, it's a nice pale ale, and you can do a whole lot worse. The novelty of canned craft beer won't wear off soon either.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber with a light head that dissipated quickly. The aroma was weak, slightly malty. The flavor was surprisingly weak on the attack, but finished with an interesting peppery finish, with an unexpected hint of allspice. There is some hop bitterness but little hoppiness on the aroma. The mouthfeel is thin, but with a good sting of carbonation.

Not bad. Not revelatory.

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Photo of beersensei305
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap @ World of Beer Dr Phillips Orlando:

A- Hazy Copper, nice retention white head

S- Smells like an IPA citrusy and hoppy

T- Even balance between malts and hops.

M- medium bodied average carbonation- really is like some IPAs I have had

D- pretty goof if your an IPA drinker or a Pale ale drinker try it out

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Photo of Cascade99
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours copper color - pushing slightly to an orange tinge. Nice, creamy white head that disappates - leaving lacing on the glass.

S - Spicey, slight grapefruit, maybe tangerine. Not much in the sense of a smell of malt, but more pulled towards hops, which is appropriate for the style. Smell is definitely not over-dominate.

T - Bit disappointed in the taste. The bitterness is slightly higher than I would expect for a pale and the hop. I could see this one being an IPA that lacks the hop aroma to the extent needed. The bitterness defintely takes over. Slight notes of oxidation, as noted through a paper-like taste. Not excessive, but definitely there.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Appropriate for the style.

Overall - Not a bad pale ale, but definitely not one that I feel is a top five. I would drink again, but probably would not go out of my way to find. If there was slightly less bitterness and more in the aroma from the hops, this one could be great.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single can at Malt & Vine in Redmond, WA

Pours a dark, very slightly cloudy golden color. Started out with a medium head (maybe an inch) that faded quickly and laced nicely. Smells a little of honey and flowers.

Tastes fairly sweet, but with a rough finish -- doesn't seem like a very hoppy pale ale at all, or at least it doesn't capitalize very well on the hops that are there. Feels thick and almost gritty in the mouth.

Overall, not too bad a brew (better than I was expecting). I wouldn't shy away from it, but there's plenty of beers I would choose first.

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Photo of blackearth
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. Pours a dark orange-amber body with a thick bubbly head that fades with good lacing in the glass. Strong malt aroma; oak and toast scents. Medium bodied with strong sweet flavors that give way to bitter hops in the finish. Decent drinkability, I'd give this another chance in the future.

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Photo of FleeVT
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours an extremely dark yellow / light amber, with a slight haze to it. Capped by white head that just covers the top.

S: Citrus hops dominate the nose with slight pine notes. Some mild malts provide balance in the form of caramel sweetness. I also picked up some roasted peanuts after it opened up a bit.

T/M : Again, the hops are in charge here. They dominate from start past the follow through, with an extra bit of bitterness that comes from a grapefruit like citrus bite. The hop oils remain in your throat for a while. This beer had moderate body for an APA with a lighter carbonation than I would have expected.

D: Not my favorite representation of the style, the bitterness was a bit too much for my taste. I love hoppy bitterness, not the grapefruit kind. Nothing wrong with the beer, just my personal preference.

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Photo of Ezone024
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy dark golden color, nice head lots of lacing down the glass.
Smells of citrus and sweet malt.
The taste is refreshing but could be cleaner. the sweet malts drown out some of the citrus hoppiness and therefore doesn't make the mouth feel as good as other pales. it drinks O.K but has a high alcohol content for a pale ale so be cautious, it'll definitely keep you warm.

Overall Decent, not something i would go nuts about.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's great to see a craft brew Pale Ale in an aluminum can. The representative at the World Beer Festival gave me a six pack in a bag of ice for a presentation on Beers in the News for the World Beer Festival. Not sure why it was in the news but learned that a bottle versus a can is no different anymore . . . all of it should be poured in a glass. If I could find this in North Carolina, I would definitely buy it for parties, barbeques, etc. Not nearly as snobby if you bring your craft beer in a can. Don't let this one fool you, it's a very good choice.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The can is a patriotic blue red and silver with the nice Rocky Mountain layout in the middle. This is a similar design to the Deviant Dale’s India Pale Ale, just without the devilishness. It’s a cool old school, simplistic design, and I am still very much a fan of both fonts, though I feel like white doesn’t work as well as the main color for the beer’s name. It’s a cool can design with nice simplicity, but I would only display it if I had others of its ilk to display with it.

This beer pours piss brown and yellow with some slight oranging and a big thick creamy head that leaves good rings of lacing swirling in the glass, and has a mellow retention. Smell is an excellent mix of spicy piney hops and sweeter caramel malts. There is a surprisingly great spiciness to this smell which I am finding thoroughly intriguing. Its taste is light an almost caramelly, but with some nice spice hints and good hops-bite. There is a slight soapiness present from the hops taste, but it is not too bad here. I really was hoping for more of the spices found in the smell, but it kind of disappointed in that aspect. It’s cool and refreshing, just not as spicy and complex as the smell had me thinking. The mouthfeel is cool and crisp with a good carbonated tingle on the tongue that slides away quickly leaving a dryly wet hop feeling, if that makes sense… There are good amounts of saliva on the tongue, but it just feels slightly burnt and dry from the hops. It’s a feel I have come to expect in more hoppy beers I just have been unable to explain it so far. Overall, this is decent beer, but I’m a little disappointed after the amazing taste of Deviant Dale’s India Pale Ale. Dale’s normal pale ale is good it’s just nowhere near as good as the Deviant Dale.

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Photo of ATPete
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can

A- Slightly cloudy orange brown color with a one finger sticky white head. Some rising carbonation is visible.

S- Big spicy, dry hopped nose, good strong malt aroma and some sweetness that balances everything out.

T- Balanced and clean malts invade first leaving a plant-like hop flavor mid palate, simple spices.

M/D- Big chewy medium body, slightly syrupy, i don't think id say session-able but i find it very drinkable.

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Photo of Derranged
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

A- Orange and golden

S- Good smell, citrus, hops pine

T- Sweet, hoppy and citrusy, with a suprisingly strong bitter finish, not what I'd expect from an APA

M- Twas kind of watery

D- Meh. I can put down six.

Overall its a decent beer.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass. The waitress mocked me for asking for the glass -- well, excuse my poor beer etiquette. Real hazy burnt orange appearance with a one finger head. Some lacing. Looks thick enough to stand a spoon up in it.

Big piney/citric hop aromas out of this one. Sure wouldn't have gotten that from just the can. Fishing for malt scents, just can't get them.

Big hops flavors, a hint of caramel sweetness from the malt, maybe a little fruit.

This one is fairly mouth coating. Lots of residual bitterness from the sip, but in a good way. Carbonation did not seem all that present.

Glad I tried it. Not a bad representation of the style, and there is a nice blend of flavors, but there are serious overshadowing spikes of dominant tastes here. Not the best balanced beer, but not bad either. Decent.

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Photo of Ohmmygawd
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pint can to glass.
It's a good looking pale ale. The floral hops smell hits you right away and complements the bitter pale taste wonderfully. I was a little worried it would be too thick and too much like an IPA but it's light and a pleasure to drink. Dale's Pale Ale works really well as a great beer to have with a burger and it's light enough to have a couple without feeling too full.

Great beer to have with friends.

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Photo of bstewyb
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Rich amber, slightly cloudy

S - Strong sweetness, citrus and melon. Good hop presence.

T - Bitter up front, smooths to hops. Citrus with a tiny amount of malt flavor.

M - Fair, slightly thin with little carbonation

D - Good, refreshing, balanced beer.

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