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Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Stunner97
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- A golden brown beer with slight to moderate carbonation, very nice look on the head on the pour,

Smell- Lots of nice hops just jumping out at you off the nose, lots of citrus and bitter hop aromas, good smell gets you looking forward to first sip

Taste- Very tasty brew that is very very hoppy, lots of good hops in this one making it a very tasty beer with a great finish, full bodied and full flavored didnt disappoint at all,

Mouthfeel- medium bodied with moderate carbonation, nice smooth mouth feel

Drinkability- Very drinkable beer and tasty hop heavy brewski, more hops then even expected in a lot of pale ales, easily could be thought or considered an Ipa, this was my first time trying it I really did like it one I will surely visit again see if its as good as i thought on first try, could be my go to can beer in the summer when planning an outdoor day, worth a try from a good brewery

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Photo of sonicdescent
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky gold with two fingers of head leaving a bald-spot less crown. Carbonation is moderately active. It is really agressive as far as coating the glass.

Smells very fruity/citrusy, not in the tropical sense like say a Pliny, but the hops definitely jump out at you. A hint of malt is there but you really have to search for it to pick it out.

Taste starts off sweet and then gets more hoppy as it goes down, but never so much that I would call it a bomb. Actually fairly complex for it's style as the taste just keeps changing throughout the sip. I've gone from smooth to bitter to sweet and back again. Very nice.

Mouth is good, med body and the medium end of low carbonation. I prefer this to the thin body higher carb tendencies of pale ales, although that works great in some beers, I think they found a great combination here.

This is a great APA for a great price from a great brewery.

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Photo of Chsyhkr
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best beer in a can anywhere!

Why don't more brewers use cans? They are selling the hell out of this beer.

Pours a nice golden orange, a little cloudy, usually, but ok.

Wonderful hop aroma with some bready and caramel notes in the back.

A great APA-EPA beer. I think it is a more integrated grain bill like an English but using American hops.

Buy it whenver you can, give it away, don't let them go out of business.

A Backpackers Beer!

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Pours a nice copper color with a one and a half finger head. The nose is mostly orange citrus with tropical notes. There's a good presence of caramel malt too. The flavor is nice. Very big malt presence, but it's balanced with strong hops. There is something peppery and a strong taffy flavor. Balance is the name of the game. Nice, thick mouthfeel. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of Bobikel
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours an amber/copper with a 1" head. Retention is very good. Lacing is very good.

Smell - Hops, hops, and more hops. Deep fruity, spicy, hop tones dominate with just a touch of sweet malt in the background.

Taste - Grapefruit lends way to a malty middle, which in turn, gives ground to a lingering hop bite.

Mouthfeel - Thick and creamy with little or no cloying aspects.

Drinkability - Smooth and easy, this is best enjoyed with friends on a slow all night drink, and bullshitathon.

Overall - This was one of my first hoppy beers several years ago. I fell in love with hops and havn't looked back. Still one of my favorites.

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Photo of aristeros
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toro Burger Bar in El Paso, TX.

The tap handle looks like a can of the beer--pretty cool. Served in a pint glass. There are two fingers of white head with light lacing. The beer is a nice, clear amber with gold highlights. Light carbonation is visible.

Hoppy nose, definitely includes Cascades, light biscuit and citrus. Taste has a good helping of hop resins up front, with light biscuit and caramel flavors to follow. The finish is dry and hoppy.

I was surprised to see this guy on tap in a city that's not very micro-friendly. Would like to have on-tap and from-can side by side.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- pours an amber-orange color, silty hazy with a medium cream colored head that reduces to a thin layer skimming the top.

S- sweet, bready and buttery malt with some toffee. Citrus and floral hops, quite complex for an APA.

T- sweet doughy malt with some caramel notes, fruity esters with some floral hops on the linger, the finish is somewhat dry and provides a toasted malt finish

M- medium body, moderate carbonation with a velvety mouthfeel and creamy finish. High drinkability.

O- for the style, this is superb. Well balanced and very easy drinking, really like the maltiness of this one.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, served in a pint glass.

A - excellent looking brew, cloudy amber color with an incredible tan head that lasted through the entire glass leaving great sticky lacing.

S - sweet citrus/hop aroma.

T - WOW, this is a damn good beer! Sweet malty flavor, crisp hoppy finish.

M - medium bodied, mild carbonation.

D - good drinkability but watch the abv, it will sneak up on you.

Final Notes : This is a delicious beer in a can.
Great Job Oskar Blues!

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Photo of HopHeadRyan
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - realitively clear amber orange, small quickly disappearing head, with some slight lacing

S - Tropical Citrus balanced with equal amounts of Piney aroma...I love that Pine aroma in my pale ales/IPAs!

T - Great taste - excellene hop utilization - the flavors they have extracted are great! So tasty I almost finished the whole glass before I started my review!

M - Excellent carbonation Medium-Light body...but definitely on the medium end...bigger than a typical Pale Ale.

Although i would probably lump this into the IPA category...it is a great brew...the lines of the "pale ale" are so blurry these days that we should either generically call all pale ales, IPAs, IIPAs "Pale Ales" or come up with some new styles : )

Enjoy some Dales Pale Ale - one of my favorite canned offerings as of late...


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Photo of nickhiller
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a crystal clear bright orange, one finger head bubbles away to thin wisps at the edges with some pretty respectable lacing.

S: hops, malt and yeast, in prodigious quantities. Nice phenols and esthers, strong and sour, but still easy on the schnoz.

T: piney, bitter hops coat the mouth, almost numbing the tongue. This is quickly followed by sickly sweet malt, dry warming alcohol warms the throat on the finish.

M: medium bodied, a little on the syrupy side (but in a great way), mild carbonation.

D: one of the most sessionable beers around. Great balance, hopped to perfection, nothing showy or flashy just straight up good.

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Photo of Jerzy86
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, good beer from a can! I was drawn to this pale ale in a can on my last trip to Colorado. The smell from the can is just great, I love a nice bold flavored pale ale. Hops are a big factor in this one. I fell so deeply in love with Dale's that my friends and I took a trip out to Oskar Blues to see how things were run. Have to say that they do have a few good beers, but Dale's has to be the best. Will likely hunt down Dale's in every beer store I go to. Too bad it's not in the Chicago land area...

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Photo of JayQue
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has been on my list to try for a while. Available everywhere and good reviews from people I know. Pours a slightly hazy light copper color with a medium size white head. Head retention is just average and there is delicate patches of lacing on the glass.

Good solid floral and piney hops aroma. Better smell than a number of IPAs I have tried.

Tastes very good. Right on the line between a Pale Ale and an IPA. Good solid pine hops and floral hops with some balancing bready malts. Hops win out here but this is a very drinkable hoppy beer, not a hop bomb. One of the better Pale Ales out there.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, carbonation is just right. No alcohol presence.

Drinkability is very good. Cans make it more portable than many good craft beers. This one is a winner.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the best beers I have had in a can. For the record I am a big hophead. Very reasonable price for a great beer. Citrus, sticky, piney hop notes on the first sip of the hazy orange small headed pour. Great chilled for about a half hour in the fridge, nice drinkable nature, not to harsh able to have a good session.

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Photo of Josephkeene
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the only brews I've seen and had I tap that's is mainly distributed by can.

pours hazey clear orange with slight lacing throughout the glass.

the smell is a complex mix of hops.

However the tatse is amazing. For a pale ale the taste is really un matched and certainly this stands as king of caned pale ales. Rush of hops with a clean finish leaving purley hop tatse on the pallet.

I highly recommend this ale for any occasion.

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Photo of mmcary
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Third beer I have had from the Oskar Blues crew and all I can say is WOW! I love this beer.

A- Pours a golden color with a hint of orange, nice thick head that leaves a very thin sheet of lacing on the glass.

S- I love this smell hoppy with more hops on top of hops. What a smell, not a pale ale at all, IPA all the way and one that smells amazing.

T- hops hit first, bitter and fruity, grapefruit with citrus and a dash of pine. Nice malt in the background as well, I am loving this beer!

M- Smooth and silky, very drinkable. I had a sixer of this and Old Chub on the Guadalupe and they were amazing!

D- perfect for the hot humid Houston summer. Taste great by the pool or on the river. The lower ABV makes this a great session for the summer heat.

Dale's is by far my favorite from Oskar Blues it is a IPA, not a pale ale, but that is ok by me. I prefer an IPA over a pale, and this one kicks ass!

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Photo of Pleepleus
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like so many others I was once ashamed to admit that I like it in the can, my beer, that is. That was before I discovered what Oskar was up to, my poopshoot is exit only, but I digress.
Poured from can to SA pint a cloudy apricot with an inch of white foam head that reduces to heavy clinging lace and a "Charlie" sheen. I had to play "Beercan" by Beck just because. Smells like a hoppy delicious treat, sweet and piney like a great IPA. Taste is right along the same track, is labeled as a Pale Ale, but tastes like IPA(maybe they have something against the Indians, but more likely want to claim this taste for themselves). Easy drinking great feel with big flavor and no lingering bitterness. this is a gem that I buy whenever I have extra cash to spend. It ain't yo Daddy's can o beer, flavorwise or at the cash register. The price is usually a bit steep, but this one is worth it.
"Just shake your boots and let it all get loose!"

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Photo of CaptainIPA
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P: Presented in a 12 oz., red, white, blue and silver can featuring the foothills of the Rockies. Back of can describes said contents as "A Huge Voluminously Hopped Mutha of a Pale Ale." Well, alrighty then.

A: Pours a pale copper color with a thin, off-white head that yields ample spots of frothy lacing.

S: Aromas of sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, toffee and candied pineapple, followed by pine needles and hints of cinnamon bread.

T: Opens with sweet caramel malts, followed closely by a bitter blast of hops that recedes to flavors of citrus fruit. Notes of grapefruit rind, pineapple, brown sugar and cinnamon. Finishes dry and somewhat bitter. Deftly balanced with a taste profile that is full and robust. Imagine that: an American Pale Ale with both character and soul.

M: Light to medium-bodied with an exceedingly smooth mouthfeel. Waves of clingy, resinous hop oil continuously coat the tongue.

D: Highly sessionable.

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Photo of argock
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz can into a clear pint glass. Single purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.65.

A: Crystal clear amber-orange with 1-finger off-white foamy head that retains well and leaves an impressive display of lacing down the whole glass.

S: Smptuous aromas of pineapple, grapefruit, orange rind, and pine with faint backing of biscuity caramel malt.

T: A very good APA although a slight metallic hint damages the first few swigs. Following this initial flaw, Dale's delivers huge hops flavors of grapefruit, orange, and pine resins with impressive caramel and pale malt backing. No doubt that the Oskar's Blue's crew cuts no corners in producing a first-rate beer.

M: Mouthfeel is full with medium body and fairly active carbonation for the style which works well in leaving a clean finish. Aftertaste is more of the lovely orange caramel flavor.

D: Other than the faint metallics in the initial sips, this is a fine APA that challenges the best of the bunch due to its careful crafting with no compromises on the amounts of hops and malts included in this wonderful brew.

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Photo of largecar73
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can into a pint glass. Canned on 11-18-08

A: Orangish amber in color with a thin off white head. A few carbonation bubbles coming up, lacing is excellent.

S: Citrusy and a little piny on the nose. I also detect some bread dough coming through.

T: Quite hoppy for a Pale Ale, but the malt is here too. The hop bitterness hangs around a bit, but no alcohol detected. All in all very tasty.

M: Quite oily and a litle thick for a Pale Ale, but good overall

D: I would rate the drinkability pretty high on this one, even with the 6.5 ABV.

Overall this is a fine beer. I would lean a little more towards the IPA side than Pale Ale side, but for me that doesn't hurt a thing.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold/amber. Head is somewhat disappointing and small, only about 1/2 finger, but it's rocky and retains fairly well, leaving some light lacing. I just thought for something so hoppy poured from a can that the head was going to be crazy big.
Strong fruity hop bouquet and a touch of sweet malt and alcohol.
Flavor is hoppy all over. Very strong and citric (like orange zest). It does have some underlying sweetness throughout and a little caramel-like malt peaks through. Finish is long and bitter with an acidic hop aftertaste. A bit of warming alcohol burns away in the stomach.
Mouthfeel is smooth and even, heavy and really creamy. Finishes a little dry and puckering.
Overall it's pretty good. More like an IPA in my opinion, but a good one. Something I would return to when I'm in the mood for hops.

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Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: nice caramel copper hue with tiny bubbles rising through. Beer is translucent with a touch of haze. head retains well and leaves a decent amount of lacing.
S: C hop smell, nice and inviting grapefruit rind and citrus smells. Touch of malty sweetness. Hops dominate.
T: Like the smell get tons of grapefruit and general citrus and pinesap up front balanced by crystal malt at the end. Bitterness lingers and finishes with a touch of sweet honey like flavor.
M: nicely carbonated and full bodied for an IPA. spot on
O: a canned staple, love this beer and commonly keep it stocked in the fridge

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally found a package store that sells this stuff... I must say, pretty damn good be it a canned beer or not.

As you pour it you get a huge whiff of hop aroma.. glorious. A nice orangey color with not much head. Taste is very hop heavy (how is this not an IPA?) but lacks some carbonation in my opinion. Maybe it was an old can but tasted a bit flat. Regardless it goes down nice and smooth and is very tasty. Will be coming back to.

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Photo of RidleyBrewery
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer in a can? Shut yo mouff! No, seriously sucka, this is great stuff.

A good balance of hops and malt make this a phenomenal beer from a can, probably the best I've had in this style. The hops are a little bit more prominent than the malt but I say it is balanced because I can taste it all.

It ranges, I would say, between an IPA and Pale Ale with a powerful hop prescence or "hop presents" as I like to say.

If you like hoppy pale ales, this is for you.

The added bonus is it is at 6.5% ABV--now, how can that be bad?

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Photo of Beernoisseur
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an awfully big APA, and I love it. The boys at Oskar Blues probably had a lot of fun putting this together.

For some reason, I really enjoyed pouring this beer from a can. Its a burnt orange, hazy tone, with a somewhat thin head that laces beautifully and retains well.

The smell is absolutely wonderful. There's a strong butterscotch character that leaps out front, but that's accompanied by supporting roles played by citrus, herbs, and a touch of pine. this is a very hoppy brew indeed.

The flavor is somewhat muted compared to the nose, but delicious nonetheless. The hop character is somewhat more pronounced than the malts, at least on the initial tasting. The beginning and end of the flavor are hop strong, but the middle is where the sweetness of the malts come out. it's a nice flavor. Good bitterness. Great malt elements, and fantastic hop qualities. Citrus, herbals, carmel malts. Yum.

The mouthfeel is wonderful. Very soft and smooth. The drinkablity is spectacular.

This is, solidly, the best beer I have ever had from a can.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-from notes
Poured from a "stovepipe" can into a glass

Pours a very nice cloudy copper-orange with a one-finger, foamy head that leaves some light lacing.

The aroma is subtle; grassy, with a bit of lemon.

The taste is marvelous. I get some pine and grassiness up front with a hint of sweet nuttiness and bready malt. There is a nice, lingering bitterness.

Really like the feel of this beer. A little smooth with a nice mouth-coating quality.

Overall, a really good beer that I wish was available to me on a regular basis.

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