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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 10-08-2002

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

Pours a glowing, coppery-amber color with a great looking, big, froth head.

Smells of lemon zest and cakey malts with a whiff of kiwi added, showcasing a pleasant, thoughtful put together hop profile.

Drinks easy, with a higher carbonation to it, revealing a fitting balance between hops and malts.

Tastes of syrup coated malts, melting together with fruity hops, revealing orange and crisp lemon zest. Lemon invites a prominent dryness to the otherwise very malty beer, giving it an inviting hop character, which then results into a long lasting, lemony dryness. During its finish, the beer reveals a mineralic quality, carried to the tongue by the lively carbonation, while malts and hops are still there, providing an easy agreeable bitterness.

Well balanced and easy drinkable, while its hop profile is well integrated into the distinct malts and the higher, refreshing carbonation.

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Photo of Amalak
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A. It has a brown/red color, light shines through but it is hazy enough that it is not clear. It has a big white foamy head that leaves behind a good deal of lacing. Some bubbles here and there.

S. It has a malty and nutty scent.

T/M. There's a nice mild maltiness mixed with a nutty hop undertone. A bit of a dark fruit taste underneath. It is very smooth. I would say medium bodied. Some carbonation.

O. This is very refreshing and it is well balanced. Nothing is over the top. Very easy to drink, even if it lacks a great pale ale flavorful kick.

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Photo of Tonmeister
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Can into Goose Island Glass.

Apperance: light brown/amber with a thick white head and the lacing is consistently maintained when tilting the glass.

The aroma is citrusy, and hoppy with a sweet malted blend.

The taste was surprising for me because it's not as sweet as it smells. The hoppiness deffinetly stands out on this one! It's more present when drinking it from the can than when poured on a glass. It's bitter on the forefront, but has a nice sweet after taste as a result from the malt and the spices added.

The mouthfeel is thin, which was not expected at first, due to the thick head, but once the head relaxes, there is little carbonation.

Overall this is a great summer beer. It's refreshing and it goes down smooth. I wouldn't really consider this a Pale Ale by no means. It's darker in nature and it tastes and behaves like an IPA style beer. It's a great summer beer; I am definitely going to buy this one again.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 19.2 oz. "Stovepipe" can into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Deep gold, essentially completely clear. Forms a two finger white fluffy head with visible carbonation a bit on the low side. Head fades fairly quickly.

S: Pine, floral and a bit of citrus pith bitter hops on top of very light two-row malt aroma. Not a big nose though.

T: The light cracker malt flavor leads the palate. Some citrus pith/rind, pine and grassy bitterness takes over and leads through the finish. A bit of malt sweetness tries to stick around but is ultimately overwhelmed. Moderate hop bitterness in the hang. Some graininess starts to show up as it warms a little bit, which doesn't help the flavor profile.

M: Medium to heavy body for style (light to medium overall). Alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming. Good carbonation sensation.

O: Nothing objectionable, but this isn't doing much to excite me. Hop aroma is lower than I'd like, and the alcohol presence should be lower for an APA (although the listed ABV is actually out of the style guidelines slightly). Overall, it's acceptable - but if I'm in the mood for an APA I can't see grabbing cans of this over Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

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Photo of jnn4v
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This used to be one of my default beers for frequent consumption. It was a long-overdue replacement for Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. (I've since moved on to Lagunitas Maximus as my year-round standby).

A: Lighter in color than I was expecting, but does have a bit of haze to it. You can tell something is going on here beyond a typical pale ale.

S: Some caramel malts and some minor alcohol. A very slight clean hop scent, but not particularly pine, floral or citrusy.

T: It's got a moderate amount of hops giving it a clean and slightly bitter flavor, although not much citrus or floral elements to be found. Good alcohol, good malt, and overall well balanced.

M: This is where this beer does best. It's got a mouthfeel that'd fit a super hoppy imperial IPA, yet is applied to a humble pale ale in a can. Nicely done.

D: Very drinkable with food. If on its own... depends on your mood. In any case, it's best served cold.

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Photo of ClammyClaude
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

WOA ! ... best beer I've ever had from a can. Very good. First thing I notice is that for being a "pale ale" this is quite hopped. I consider it more of an IPA, as it is quite bitter/hoppy.

It is very pinye. The color also strikes me. Very beautiful, hazy, orangeish/golden yellow, with a quite decent head. Laces good too, so the aesthetics are pleasing.

Drinkability is pretty darn good as well. There's some good carbonation, and the brew is quite refreshing.

Very, very solid ale. It's a step away from your usually pale and a bit closer to my concept of an IPA, but it is a very safe bet. Good stuff here. Very solid.

I would definitely recommend this.

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Photo of beerphan
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can -> pint
no date, but there is a code on the can:
6 09 23 B1 BA ? could be 9.23.2006

Pours of clear dark orange with a huge rocky slightly off white head. Chunky lace all over. Carbonation is constant and robust.

Nose: Malty nose, caramel, little hop

Strong caramel malt, with a refreshing light hop finish, that by the end of the can is dominated by the malt. I think this must be an old can, 6 months being pretty old for a 'hoppy' Pale Ale. Will try again when i can find a fresh can.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Pretty sure i need to try this again from a different source. Not that it is all that bad, just not what i would expect from a "huge vohminoulsly hopped mutha of a pale ale" I slightly heftier hop profile would lift this beer into the excellent category.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Understated pale, with citrus hop smell and citrus orange taste. Above average mouthfeel. Satisfying in a meal. Suitable carbonation. Decent for a beer in a can, but I still detected metallic in my glass. which subtracted from a good balance of bitterness and malt.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden with good lacing.

Smell: Refreshing mown grass balanced with caramel malt.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Nice balance of grass and caramel. Very dry, but a bit too flat.

Overall Drinkabiity: Seems like this is a cult classic, so I was glad to find this. I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of jploving
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I first had this ole' jewel in 2005...or I think that was the year. It was the guest beer on tap at Breckinridge Brewery in Colorado. My good time friend and I had taken a trip to the GABF....God, that was fun...(sigh...)----but I did not contribute to Beeradvocate at that time...

Oskar Blues recently opened a brewery close to my home...Brevard, NC- and I saw on the can that it was brewed in Brevard....sweet!.
I do like this beer but to be straight up---it has a very average flavor----with the perfect accommodating body.
I have drank at least a half dozen beers with a similar flavor-big earthy, resin, piney with a touch of grapefruit citrus...
Body and mouth feel is great....but taste is pretty average...
If I were to learn that this was the first beer to achieve that flavor, I would give it a better rating for originality....like I say, I like it. But until I learn that fact, I will give it a 3.75...not a bad rating at all-but I expect more for$ 9.00 a 6 pack.

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Photo of Nedjimb0sTavern
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

really this tastes more like an IPA, the bitterness and alcohol content seem to point in that direction.

That's not a bad thing at all though.

beautiful pour, fluffy head (no fizz here), pale amber hue, crisp hop bitteryness kind of overpowers the malt but it still tastes good. No off flavors, no off smells, this is the best canned beer I've ever had, and it is generally a great beer in general.

Drinkability doesn't really fit for the style though.

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Photo of DontCallMeSurly
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a standard pint glass. It's pretty cool to see some breweries kciking back to the cans. I dig.

This pale pours a golden amber color and develops a nice one inch creamy head. It dissipates quickly but leaves a nice foam ring around the edges of the glass. Aroma is bready and hoppy, kind of enticing. The taste is much of the same only the hops take a much more prominent role. There is a slight metallic aftertaste which I presume is from the can. The mouthfeel is good with very light carbonation which makes me think this beer would go down very easily on a hot summer day.

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Photo of BadRockBeer
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type Sampled: 12 fl. oz. (355ML) brightly colored CAN. No date feature on the can but the 12 pack box was stamped with the date that it was packaged. Can reads “Rocky mountain pale ale” “A huge voluminously hopped mutha of a pale ale”

Appearance: Pours burnt amber in color, slight chill haze. Sticky off white head that slides down the glass. Great lace that lasts throughout.

Smell: Sour spent grains, piney hops.

Taste: Grainy, maybe some oatmeal. Heavy floral hops (Centennials.) Slight tannin harshness in the finish. Resiny hop aftertaste. Contrary to what Todd says “Notes of steel/metallic pull-thru” I do not taste anything of the sort.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body. Little carbonation. Slightly creamy with a biting finish.

Drinkability: Good, This is a great beer to pack into the hills or national park due to its packaging. Beware at 6.5 ABV, Ole’ Dale will sneak up one you!

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Photo of TCgoalie
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 7/3/10

Dale's pale is not as pale as a normal pale. The pale is a hazy pale with some pale caramel orange tints. This pale's head is nearly non existant.

The aroma is quite malty with a pinch of citrus. I would describe the malts as bready.

This is definitely a malty pale with a mild grassy/lemony hop kick. I'm not sure if this is an old can or not, but I was expecting more hops.

Dale's moutfeel is medium and finishes surprisingly dry.

It is always fun drinking a solid beer out of a can. A perfect camping beer for someone who wants a decent beer while conserving space.

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Photo of doppelmeup
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in a bar in NYC.

Dark amber color with only a quarter inch thick head, but it is really thick, almost chunky quality too it.

Aromas are mild for a pale ale. Usual suspects, but fairly muted.

Taste is alright. Definite hop bitterness, some mild grapefruit and cut grass, but muted.

Slightly sticky mouthfeel with a certain amount of creaminess as well.

Overall, this beer is okay but not spectacular. I'd probably drink it again, but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of horshack7
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apearance: With about an inch worth of light frothy head that leaves behind very thick lacing. Below that is a bright copper colored beer.

Aroma: Rather citrusy hop notes lots of pine and grapfruit at the start. Light malts give it a brediness in the nose but not a dry one.

Taste: It starts off melow then the hops enter with a nice citrus pop and piney bits towards the tail end. Only a little bit of sweetness from the malts but the round it out well. The mouthfeel is definately smooth.

Notes: This one is a straight forward American Pale Ale with a good hop bitterness to it. Cheers.

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Photo of jscottku21
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Porter's Pub in Easton, PA. Having never heard of this beer previously, I thought I'd give this a try. Appearance is a dull copper and smell is that of citrusy hops. Taste is good, not overwhelming, but a nice floral nose with a mildly hoppy finish. ALl in all, not as good as the standard of the style, SNPA, but a very drinkable brew.

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Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Over the years has sort of become the reference standard of pale ales for me. Dales can be enjoyed with a good steak, a hamburger, or a grinder. It's as good in your favorite haunt as it is on the boat or even riverside out of the cooler (which, to me, is when this ale shines).

The color is the amber you'd expect and the smell is hoppy and with some faint malt. Taste is hoppy with a nice malt foundation. I don't find much complexity about it. The mouthfeel is nice and full and the drinkability is damn good. A very balanced, well-made brewski.

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Photo of dawg
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the can into my DFH snifter.

Nose is hoppy and well balanced with malt. Tastes like several types of sugar. The common beet sugar, turbinado, brown, rock. Nicely bittered. Pleasant. Nice easy feel. Soft carbonation. One of the best beers in an aluminum can. Great selection if no glass is allowed. (E.g. parks, NASCAR, poolside).

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Fat Head's in Pittsburgh. The tap handle featured a can of this beer which was cool.

The beer was semi-hazy and an auburn shade of yellow. The aroma was nicely hopped, kind of reminded me of Alpha King (no side-by-side comparison though, and I was slightly buzzed at the time). The taste was well-balanced, but more hoppy than malty. Extremely easy to pound, chug-a-luggable. Very good gateway beer I think, but able to keep your interest deep into the "hobby" (addiction). Nice beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

oskar blues flagship brew. now widely proliferated this beer pours a thick amber honey color with a one inch white head that lasts. smells more like an ipa than a pale ale, but has a defined malt strength that i guess qualifies it. taste is quite hoppy too, crisp and satisfying. has a pine and cut grass earthiness to it. mouthfeel is pleasant and smooth, but the heavier body can be filling. this is a versatile beer and a good every day drinker, but i find it works particularly well with spicy foods of the southwest.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the few Oskar Blues beers that are available here that I haven't reviewed yet. I am just now getting the Pale Ales out of the way, and there are quite a few that I haven't done yet. Let's give their flag-ship beer a go:

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy orangish-yellow color with a small 1/8 head of off white foam after a very aggressive pour. The head was back into the beer just after the pour so that there was only a small ring left on top of the beer where it meets the glass.

Aroma: I initially got a healthy dose of fresh American hops giving mostly citrusy notes. There are lots of hops here and are coming out a bit oily even in the nose. There is minimal chalkiness so I think that the hops must not be aggressively reacting with the water. There are some apricot notes coming out as the beer warms up some.

Taste: The flavor is much milder and more approachable than I suspected from the aroma. The body is medium to light with low carbonation, so it comes across as a bit watery on the palate. If it weren't for the relatively aggressive bittering hops, there would be very little to the finish. There is a subtle light caramel sweetness and some toasty notes from the malt that come alive somewhere in the middle of the flavor profile, but then fade back into the hops to make the finish balanced firmly, but not stupidly, toward the bitterness. The alcohol is not noticeable.

Opinion: Overall this is a decent Pale Ale. It pretty much has all of the elements you expect, lots of hops in the nose, and a bitter finish, and there is some malt to partake in too. I imagine that this would be a different beer if the carbonation was at least twice what it is for this example, so on tap it would be a different experience and I may try it someday. As it is, I won't have a problem finishing the six-pack, but I will probably stick to others if I just want to enjoy a Pale Ale.

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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