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

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Added by Todd on 10-08-2002

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Photo of mklinger
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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 +6.4%
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 +6.4%
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 +6.4%
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 +6.4%
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 +6.4%
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 KenProCo
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KroMagnon
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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 +6.4%
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 +6.1%
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 +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikesgroove
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of Morganboyne
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of DKRowden
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of ahuey333
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Nctide
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of keeganfrank
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tea-colored ale with a thick, foamy head that retains well. Aromas of faint citrus and sweet bread with hints of berry. Flavors of sweet fruit and bread with a slight citrus rind tartness. Has a really complex and well-balanced profile. I can certainly understand all the hype behind this brew.

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Photo of Ngntjp
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of MarkGamber
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I scored a 19.5 oz can at Pinocchio's in Media, dated 6/23/2014 so it's pretty fresh. That having been said, I've noticed a few differences between the 19.5 and 12 oz cans. First of all, it has a darker complexion. Not much darker, but enough to be noticable. Second, it smells richer, like there's a little more to it then the 12 oz version. Third, my wife and I split a can so we each got about 10 oz and it had considerably more kick to it than a 12 oz can. Finally, there was way more malt and not nearly as bitter as the 12 oz version. I could see a couple of my "I don't like IPA" friends drinking this and enjoying it. Very good all around and if I could get it here regularly for less than $5 a can, this would be my go-to beer instead of the 12 oz cans or Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

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Photo of Phranq
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Tms9000e
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Cjvailbn
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of shauun176
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of McClinton
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kraty1
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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