Dale's Pale Ale | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale

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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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Added by Todd on 10-08-2002

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

355 mL can from a sixer picked up over the border; packaged Sept. 18 2013. Figured it was about time I tried this one, as it seems quite well-regarded. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a lovely, clear golden-amber colour, topped with two fingers of frothy, billowing pearl-white head that slowly recedes over the next little while. Great retention, with lots of lacing - this is just a beautiful pale ale, and the aroma is similarly enticing, with highlights of orange peel and pink grapefruit alongside hints of pineapple, pine resin and grainy malts.

Very tasty stuff. There is a subtle, bready malt backbone that is quickly overpowered by citrusy notes of orange, grapefruit, and lemon peel. This is followed by a touch of tropical fruit, then by some pine resin which provides a mild bitterness into the finish, which is rather floral. Bitter, piney aftertaste that lingers briefly on the palate before drying it out. Medium in body, with a very smooth mouthfeel and restrained carbonation levels that offer a slight bite. This drinks as if it were 5%, but as usual the alcohol will hit you eventually if you rush this one. By why would you want to do that? This is just an exquisite pale ale.

Final Grade: 4.17, an excellent A-. Dale's Pale Ale is a testament to the superiority of the can - this particular one is over 8 months old and still drinking supremely well. It's a heftier APA at 6.5%, but it's still a very solid hoppy session-ish ale, and a brew that I plan to try fresh at some point in the future. No one satisfies the hopheads better than our neighbours to the south, and this is one of the benchmarks in its style for good reason.

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Photo of kindacold
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into one of the Sam Adam's glasses I was sent in the mail. Had a nice head which quickly disappeared. Color is exactly what one would expect in a pale ale.

Smell is hoppy and clean, very inviting during the summer in VA.

Taste is quite good. Hoppy, but not overpowering. Definitely a bit of tongue coating with the hops, so if you'll be trying other beers, I'd try them first.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. The coating on the tongue grows as the beer is finished.

As far as drinkability, I could drink a few of these in a row no problem on a hot day. It seems to just slip down the throat.

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Photo of Umbra
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: I have no idea. I've only drank this cold and out of the can.
Aroma: Heavy citrus hops on the nose.
Taste: bitter citrus and pine come through with a hearty malt backbone. Can be bready or chalky at times, but the hops do a good job of cutting through that

Mouthfeel: Bittness sticks to the tongue for a bit afterwards. Medium mouthfeel is just right.

Drinkability: Smooth, drinkable, and in a can adds to maximum drinkabiliousity

Overall: This has been my go to brew for tailgating this year. It has the right price point and packaging to fit in with the various other goodies in the car for the Ravens. It isn't the best pale ale in the world, but is a fine session brew that has done quite well for me.

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Photo of rocko1992
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the best (and probably only!) canned IPAs, at least in the Southeast. Many IPAs can end up tasting the same, but this one has a dry bitterness that makes it stand out. The foam head when poured in a glass is perfect. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of CascadeConan
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear orange with minimal head and moderate lacing.

The nose is huge due to it's "voluminously hopped" nature complete with all arrays of citrus and floral varieties.

Fairly bitter for a pale ale but at 65 IBUs it's a traditional American Pale Ale dancing on the boarder of IPA. Big hop flavors and a malt bill to bring it back to center.

Really smooth and sessionable, this is a great beer to take hiking or to the beach and it may throw a few people for a loop when they taste how good canned beer can be.

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Photo of psyphin
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A tad yeasty but a decent amber color with white head that leaves a decent ring of lace

S - Toasty malts and a whiff of american hops

T - A balance of malt breadiness and tangerine quality from the american hops. very nice

M - Medium body. I found the carbonation a bit low for the style but by no means was a big negative.

D - Fantasticly sessionable pale ale that is a staple buy when I go to a market its sold in. Top Notch beer.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Murky honey, off small off white head leaves fast. Some clingy webby lacing.

S - The pine and hops hit the nose simultaneously. Nothing overbearing on either, but nice.

T - Nice segue from smell. Nice small sweet caramel malt presence married with piney hops.

M - Medium bodied and thicker on the sides of the tongue. Nice balance, coating and carb.

D - This is the kicker. I could drink this stuff all night and not get tired. Took this, Old Chub and Maui Coconut Porter on a camping trip over the weekend. Boy, camping beer has changed!

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Photo of rjhaupt
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This is a beautiful beer. Thick head that doesn't go anywhere and traces the glass from top to bottom. Deep amber color through which I can just see some tiny consistent bubbles working their way to the surface.

S - Kind of light on the aroma, keep waiting for it to warm up and give me something to smell but it seems like at the end of the day (or I guess the end of the can) there's just not a whole lot to smell but don't worry, it makes up for it in the taste.

T - With an ABV of 6.5% some might call this "high gravity." I think that's crap, I want a Pale Ale that packs a punch and this one totally does! This beer dances up to the line of how an IPA should taste and then stares at all the other weak-ass IPA's that barely made it across and makes them cry. The only thing that keeps this from being an IPA seems to be the extreme balance the hops ride along the tongue without ever hitting so hard as to dry you out like an IPA does. I can even sit here and enjoy the afteraste. The only reason this is staying at 4.5 and not 5 is that I've had the Gubna, and know just how much more intense a beer Oskar Blues is capable of producing.

M - This beer really dries the mouth out but the aftertaste is so nice that it doesn't bother me. Smooth, light, and dry. A pale ale you can actually feel in your mouth, which is a pleasant difference from many other lightweight pale ales.

D - I could drink this every day if I didn't appreciate the variety of all the other good beer in the world, even if I was only drinking Oskar Blues.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 4/28/14 "best of times"

Dale's has been a go to for me the past few years and I'm surprised I haven't reviewed yet.

Medium pour yields 1 1/2 finger head. Honey golden and clear.

First whiff is pale malt initially and some earthy grass. Nothing overpowering here but the balance is already known.

Some caramel malt up front and a bit bitter backstage. Floral hop profile and a touch of grapefruit and pineapple. Again, nice balance the way an APA should be.

Medium carbonation and light to medium body. Great session brew.

I know a lot of BAs say this is an IPA but I don't think so. Its perfectly balanced between sweet caramel malt and floral hops. Its light, and highly drinkable. Its been my brew on many fishing and camping trips. Solid all around.

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Photo of Roman5150
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this review is based on drinking one out of the can (recommended), but for certain aspects of the review, i compared it to one poured in a tulip glass, drunken side by side.

appearance: amber-orange with decent white head

smell: earthy hops, citrus, grapefruit, resin, malts

taste: hop character of an IPA more so than a pale ale, pretty bitter, strong earthy hop presence, very flavorful and well balanced. I really like this. Maybe i'm crazy but it almost has a hint of lemonade after the initial hop bite...

mouthfeel: decent level of carbonation, no cpmplaints

overall: I would call this an IPA before a pale ale, but that's just me. Great beer from Oskar Blues, never dissapointed, I would reccomend this to basically any craft beer drinker as hop heads will enjoy the complex hop character, an earthy bitterness combined with subtle grapefruit notes. I prefer it out of the can, as I do with most Oskar Blues beers.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It is so great to see canned craft beer in the US as this is a normal thing for BC beer drinkers. Opened up a couple of these watching the waves on the coast on the Olympic Peninsula( poured into plastic glasses). Surprised and happy about the great brewery smell on the nose and the goodly amount of hops used in the beer. Lots of complexity and still great drinkability for a fairly high ABV Pale ale. Much more fragrant beer than say Sierra Nevada and is still a bench mark beer in the rise of canned craft beer

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Photo of farrago
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Two finger plus head of airy foam, the surface dimpled even without too many larger bubbles, not that much lacing but what's there is super sticky. Light amber orange color with a vague gauzy translucency, more yellow at the outermost edges. The nose definitely has a "nip at your heels" quality, cut wet green grass alongside pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus as well as floral blossoms and some pine oil, the malts expressed as cocoa and chocolate powder, smooth in a non-showy manner. Medium-bodied, the carbonation is lowkey and firms up the mouth feel rather than add unnecessary flash. The pink grapefruit, tangerine, lime citrus drier but no less dominant. Grassy in a tickly way, like a blade drawn across the bottom of your foot. Any maltiness pretty much gets its lunch money taken at recess. Some pine and mint, pinch of white pepper too. Vibrant from start to finish, hyper-actualized pale ale which one might argue exceeds the category.

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Photo of mklinger
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Deep bronze color with an inch of offwhite head that has a creamy appearance on top. The beer is slightly hazy as lots of heavily hopped beers are. Great lacing left behind. It's a nice looking APA.

The aroma is all C hop -- Cascade & Centennial, I presume full of orange & a bit of grapefruit, just a hint of pine. A little sweetness in there, too.

Flavor -- Lots of carbonation, bit of acidity bite in there. Good Cascade/Centennial hop flavor though not as strong as the aroma. Biscuity malt in there, too with not nearly as much sweetness as I thought might be in there based on the aroma. Really substantial hop bitterness, too that lasts & lasts. This is marketed as an APA, but in a whole lot of ways, it is much more like an IPA.

Great mouthfeel. Fairly thin to make it easy to drink, but by no means watery. High carbonation makes it feel thicker & richer than it is so it isn't filling. Very easy to drink beer that goes down very easily. Nice beer.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with a thick, off-white head. Good lacing. Aroma of roasted malts and citrus hops. Taste of citrus and pine with nice malt backbone. Almost an IPA. Mouthfeel is on the thin side with effervescent carbonation. Overall, an outstanding sessionable pale.

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Photo of DDiFran
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hoppy and malty at the same time. Good head, warm amber color. What's not to like?

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Photo of Naerhu
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to RobBeer for lugging this all the way to Japan.

A - Nice hazy orange body. With thin stubborn white lacing.
S - Holy cascade hop (oranges) aroma! I love it. Maltyness.
T - Nice big orange hoppy profile. Big malt balancing the big hop. This gots to be more IPA than just APA. A nice bit of yeastyness. I imagine this is "can conditioned". Despite the big orange flavor, this beer is not overly bitter. There could be a bit more sweetness.
M - Nice and creamy. Delish.
D - I like this, I wish it was sold in Japan!!! It makes me all nostalgic.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear orange/caramel color. Poured a 3 finger foamy white head with fair retention. Decanted continually; very active. Laced in a few random spots.

S: Pale malt. Various hop aromas follow; grapefruit, pine and pineapple.

T: Hearty pale malt transitions to a cornucopia of flavoring hops consistent with the nose. The hops are prominent, yet mild, not resinous. Finishes crisp and evenly bitter.

M: Light to medium body. Ample carbonation. Nice balance of malt and hop character.

O: Very sessionable. Good flavor, good balance, nice feel.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

COD 4/21/14. Pours a clear almost medium amber with a nice dark ruby tint. Tremendous head with excellent lacing and retention. Very nice nose of tropical citrus hops over a pine and light caramel background. Medium body with an almost slick texture. Above average carbonation with a nice effervescent finish. The flavor profile is complex and well balanced. It begins with a blend of hop flavors found in the nose, then rapidly flows to a pine focused hop bitterness over a slightly tart note. As the bitterness fades, a light caramel sweetness emerges in the effervescent finish. A tart pine bitterness with hints of spice lingers.

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Photo of Jps715
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KenProCo
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KroMagnon
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is light coppery, with a beautiful rocky head, but its a little cloudy. The aroma is slightly malty and some moderate hop aroma is present as well - a piney, citrusy hop or hop blend. It could stand to be a little more intense but it suits the style. The flavor is great - a slight bit of caramel and malt up front, then a nice smooth hop bitterness and a finish that's lightly sweet and nicely bitter. Very nice. This is the 2nd best beer in a can I've ever had (see Old Chub for the best one). Great!

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Photo of ThirstyBehr
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- amber body, white head that quickly dissipates to a thin bubbly layer, no noticeable carbonation in the body, lots of sticky lacing

S- hops, fruity & grassy, a sweet hoppy combination, oranges and grapefruits mixed with fresh pine

T- start sweets on the front of the tongue, then moves to bitter on the back, then sweet again. those citrus and piney hops really did a dance number on my taste buds!

M- nothing special. medium body, low carbonation, and a slight stickiness on my lips

O- a great pale ale, I rate it up there just under Sierra Nevada's pale ale. this brew is for those hop lovers that want a hoppy yet drinkable pale ale

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Photo of BrewHog
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

had 3 last night, taste great! i'd put it on my top 20. #1 canned beer so far

great head, keeps lace the whole time no matter how hard u poor it, kept sensory organs on there toes

very sexy beer

not a professional, but pretty darn close.... cheers fellers

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Photo of mbmiche
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikesgroove
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, my first canned beer in years, I was a bit nervous how the taste would hold up versus a bottle. I was very happy with the results. First off I did not think the can would pour as well as it did. Beautiful rich orange color, with lots of haze, and visible streams of carbonation coming up from the bottom. Big white, frothy head slowly faded to leave about a half inch that stayed until the end. Big time sticky lace all down the glass. Smell was very crisp, lots of citrus flavors and some hints of grass or fresh leaves. As it warmed some more grain and earthy bread like smells became apparent. The taste was very light, crisp, refreshing. This beer absolutly screamed sessionable at me, could drink this year round anytime of day, was perfect with dinner(ham) and just very enjoyable. Taste was predominantly the hoppy side, grapefruit and pineapple as well as hints at some pine freshness. This was balanced out very nicely with hints at grain and yeast flavors. I actually detected a bit of green apple too which was very nice. Big dry finish with a long lingering bitter aftertaste made this a keep. I was very happy with this brew and will not shy away from the can. I actually think more beer could be in cans, as it seemed to make for a better pour, and shipping and storage were much easier. Overall a winner and looking forward to trying the rest of the line.

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 7,437 ratings