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

My first craft beer in a can. Much more than I was expecting. The color is a nice orange amber. There was a decent head. The smell is very fruity. The taste is superb for a pale ale. Hoppy, with a subdued sweetness. No negative flavors. The mouthfeel is just the right amount of lingering hoppiness. This is a session beer if I have ever seen one. Plus being in a can you could take it places you could not bottles such as sporting events. If I had not poured this beer there is no way you could tell it was from a can. This will become my new session beer if I can find it locally.

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

Canned 8/27/2014, reviewed 12/31/2014, Threshold beer glass. Revisited 3/18/16.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper; with a 2 finger thick, frothy yellowish head. Significant carbonation. Retains a solid 1/8" cap with EPIC lacing.

Aroma: Hoppy, but not as hoppy as I would have expected. Could be showing its age. Some malty aromas in the background; biscuity? Revisited: malty and citrusy. Navel oranges. Sweet and bready.

Taste: Sweet, amber arrival, decent bittering on the end but not overpowering. I like! Less sweet than Mirror Pond, but sweeter than Burning River or Columbus Pale Ale. Recently had all four of these, and I'd say Dales is sweeter than Mirror Pond.

Mouthfeel: Softer, less carbonation than appearance would suggest. Heavier than Burning River or Columbus Pale, less slick than Mirror Pond. Revisited: heavier side of mid-weight, but moderately strong carbonation stops it from feeling heavy.

Overall: This is a really well-rounded fruity and quaffable pale ale. I could definitely buy a 6-pack of this. Revisited: definitely a heavier, sweeter, but still distinctly American pale. Very drinkable. Strikes me as similar to, but less sweet and more citrusy than Deschutes Red Chair.

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

Pours a nice amber with a big off white head that leaves some good lacing. The smell is of decent floral hops and a noticeable malt background that smells clean and slightly grainy. Great pale ale taste, but definitely a little hoppier and maltier than many. The hops and malt are soft however and preserve a pale ale flavor rather than the relative sharpness of an IPA. The hops are much more flavorful than suggested by the aroma- nice bitter hit here followed by a grainy maltiness and a light stone fruit flavor. The mouthfeel is quite thick and grainy for a pale ale, but its not unpleasant. This does make it a little more filling and less of a session beer than it might be. This brewers beers made me a believer in canning beers. Absolutely the best thing ever for backpacking.

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

WOW, and wow. I customer of mine suggested it, and THANK YOU Nick! I love this beer. It's a pale ale, but I think it leans more towards a IPA.

Serving type: Can

A - Copper/sunset body with an extremely frothy white head. Good lacing.

S - Big centennial hops. The main smell, wow. There is an original malty, sugary sweetness that lends to a fruitier vibe.

T - Good flavor but has a metallic, mineral note that's present til about halfway through the glass. It's a nice, hoppy, slightly bitter APA, with a good amount of malt backbone to help it along.

M - Big mouthfeel for an APA, plus a crisp carbonation to move it along. Great in this department.

D - This is a tasty brew, and I could drink a couple in a night for sure


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

Bright clearish orange. Soft starchy topping of off-white lumpy foam adorns the crown with steady staying power and levels off leaving tall hills along the sides as it collars. Patchy, big blotchy lacing sticks all over the place. Nice looking ale!

Dullish pale pine and old orange skins poof up the air quite well along with partially toastyness and grapefruit scraps.

Big taster with tenderly paled and toasted malt making its way across the palate quickly, letting you know you're drinking something with some guts to it. Slender pine sap and soft eager dryness floats about while touching and flinting notes of all kinds of wonderful hop notes of grapefruit pith, lemon and orange peel, and resiny pine oils. Broad and lasting with a remarkablely easy finish within its dryness and bitterness. Holds a very high standard to what a solid Pale Ale ought to be like.

Solid, affectionate body of medium/fullish girth. Loads of malt toasting and pale-izing things up with a crunchy edge of bite and carbonation allowing the finish to sneak by with an ease of slightly parching hoppy bitterness and citric pithy, peel, oilyness. Toasted dryness returns and has a nice complexing tone in the finish mixing with the citrus notes; which lasts impressionably well.

A solid Pale; and in a can even!? Nice...

Big thanks to jaxon53 for the exchange of canned goods!

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

This is the only canned Pale Ale that can rival Southern Start Pine Belt Pale Ale in my opinion! This brew pours a clear camel amber. Small head, despite strong poor. Lacing is left clinging to the edges of my Saint Arnolds Oktoberfest pint glass. Carbonation is hidden, but its presence is felt when drinking.

This beer smells exactly how you would expect a pale ale to smell. The balance between the hops and malt is perfect for my tastes... Florally and bitter hops mix with a sweet and full bodied malt smell that gets my taste buds ready to relax with a beautiful brew!

The taste of this brew should be used to teach others what an American Pale Ale should taste like. This brew is so perfectly balanced that it goes down almost too easy for 6.5%! The front end is dominated by malted barley. As the beer moves towards the back of my mouth, I start to sense to hoppy tones. This beer is certainly not going to scortch your tounge, but the hops are evident and compliment the beer perfectly!

Drinkability- This beer is an goto beer for me during the summer, fall, winter, and spring! It goes down easy, and sometimes too quickly. If I didn't have access to Southern Star Pine Belt Pale Ale, this beer would be found in my fridge 365 days a year.

edited for spelling (thats what I get for reviewing after finishing two of these!)

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Photo of dpodratsky3
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz can poured into pint glass

A: Rich looking, darker amber, not bright and orangey, more into the brown hues, nice staying 2 finger head, tall and super frothy, imposing looking, superb lace

S: Floral and resiny hops, really good, not much else but smells great

T:Delicious, again, super floral and resiny, you can taste all the juicy hops, but it never overpowers you with bitterness, but it is still bitter, the perfect amount, doesn't really have a malt flavor to it, but I know it is there, because of the way the hops feel on your palate and don't overwhelm

M: Medium body, feels nice and full, but never thick

D: So good I can't stop

Notes: This beer is one of the best pale ales I have had. As I've come to expect from Oskar Blues, this has amazing appearance and awesome drinkability. The flavors are just so juicy.

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

A - Poured from a can into a pint glass. Beautiful polished copper orange in color with a thin creamy white head that lingers throughout the pint leaving faint lacing.

S - No overpowering smell...a subtle, yet inviting hint of citrus fruit especially orange.

T - A tasty pale ale that starts with sweet citrus hops and just a touch of graham cracker malt on the sides of the mouth. Finishes very smooth with just a small note of pine as it warms.

M - Light, smooth and airy without being overly carbonated.

D - Goes down super smooth, taste great, and it comes in a can...awesome! Great session beer when bottles are a problem.

My go-to beer in a can. Not overpowering or impressive in anyway, but a great american pale ale none the less. A great beer for those looking to expand their palate from the big 3.

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

served in a 20 oz. standard pint glass and poured from a can.

Rich amber color with a nice two finger off white head. Keeps a nice sticky lace around the glass from start to finish.

The aroma is very balanced. Citrus and pine notes combined perfectly with a malty sweetness.

The flavor is just as balanced. A rich hop bitterness even out with just the perfect amount of sweet malt.

This American Pale ale is so balanced. That is only the word to describe this beer. Goes down easy with a clean finish. It is really a no brainier. If you are looking for an APA for any occasion then look no further! And the best part is IT IS IN A CAN!!! Love it!! Did I mention it was balanced? HAHA! Pick a six pack up if you see ever see it!!

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

I get this in the can often (From the Brevard NC brewery, not Colorado, different water) so this review surmises the beer across multiple tastings. As with many APAs it is best when fresher. Recently I have been getting it as fresh as one week and as old as 1.5 months. This is a great daily session drinker. 8.99 sixer here. Pours excellent head, 1-1.5inchs. Nose is mango when fresh more hops and malt when old; taste is similar. full on fresh grapefruit and bitter hops when a nice sweet fresh hop middle and then some dryness at the end. Compared to Zombie Dust, Pliny the Elder and Heady Topper it is not on that level; but that is a hard level to achieve and I rate this beer consistantly just below them. I highly recommend especially when fresh. Check the date on the bottom of the can.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

great beer especially that it comes in a can>>>>to me it tasted like a more hopped up version of sweetwater 420>>>>i think the can preserves the taste>>>>the malt character was great>>>def. had great hop presence as well

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Photo of dbossman
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoy this beer and was glad to go to Colorado to get it again so I could review it.

L: It has a nice light amber brown color and is a tad cloudy; there wasn't too much head though

S: Very nice sweet and hoppy smell. This is a fresh brew, and I can smell that.

T: Hoppy; slightly fruity; there is a touch of alcohol burn on the way down

F: Pretty smooth mouth feel; quite velvety and creamy for such a hoppy beer

D: Quite drinkable; this is a good bbq or lawn mowing beer, although the more you drink the more it burns (just a little).

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Photo of RBorsato
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange color with a nice full beige head, decent carbonation, and nice lace rings. Awesome citrusy hop aroma. Hoppy citrusy flavors (grapefruit) dominate with a solid malt backing. Light-medium bodied with a "lightly metallic" dry bitter finish.

Amazing that this is from a can !!

Per can: "A huge voluminously hopped mutha of a pale ale"

Per O.B. website: Brewed with hefty amounts of European malts and four kinds of American hops.

($13.99 / 12-pack of cans)

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