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

12 oz can served in pint glass

A - Clear light amber with 1.5 finger white had with moderate retention and moderate lacing, a bubbly and little fluffy head.

S - Chiefly citrus grapefruit grassy hops up front dominate with biscuit-bready malts

T - Really nice Rocky Mt. beeradvernture starting sweet malts and pine and citrus hops with a bready malt backbone with a touch of peppery spice into the coup de gras bitter finale with the same style hops for bittering. Well balance throughout with a great touch of alcohol.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth and crisp.

O - I'd agree with others that I seems more like an IPA than a pale ale but either way it is awesome and a great beer for most any occassion

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

I will preface this by saying DPA is one of my go-to's for a tasty, crisp, lighter beer.

Poured into a pint glass from a can.

A - Pours into the glass with a with clear, dark amber-colored hue/haze, and had about 2 fingers worth of head.

S - It has a wonderful light & hoppy aroma without any real bitterness to speak of.

T - A true typical pale ale with a mellow mouthfeel. It has a slight bitter finish, but on the mild end of spectrum compared to some of the super IPAs out there today.

M - Nothing too detailed to note here; feels like a lighter, carbonated, hopped brew.

O - Like I said, this is a standard go-to for me; doe the the taste and the Colorado connection. I think it's a nice, crisp IPA but with no outlandish tricks like crazy amounts of hops or alcohol.

Perfect for around the campfire.

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4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a copper amber with a slightly off-white head that lasted until the last sip. Little lacing remains on my glass.

S: Piney hops and caramel malt.

T: The taste is a direct reflection of the aroma. Bitter hops balanced by sweet, earthy malt. Sublimely simple and straight to the point.

M: Medium-lihgt with just enough carbonation to give the illusion of a palate-cleansing effect.

D: I could drink this all day...liver willing.

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Photo of minterro
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From my gf's dad

A&S: Right off the back grapefruit, very powerful grapefruit. Very slight maltiness. Translucent lively orange colored beer. Off-white head that hangs around at a quarter finger level. Great lacing on this one

T&M: Super hoppy upfront again focused in citrus particularly grapefruit. Medium body and carbonation.

Overall: Super drinkable overall great

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Photo of joshuadlight
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Excellent, excellent session beer.
This is a very tasty quaffable brew.
Lots of head that laces well on this bronzed ale. Hops are pretty up front for an APA, but its delicious as there is some balance there as well. Crisp and bright in the mouth and you could drink these all night. Great session beer. Highly recommend for this upcoming summer season.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a brownish red that is neither clear nor murky. Very nice white creamy head that leaves lovely sheets of frosty lace.

Smell is pineapple and pine tree, with some sweet bready notes.

Taste is sweet pineapple and biscuity malt exceptionally well balanced. Good hop presence without reaching into IPA territory.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

Very drinkable for its abv. Overall, a fantastic pale ale! Once again Oskar Blue's shows off their sweet cans!

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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