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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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SuzyGreenberg for the trade.

Pours a deep clear amber, damn neer ruby color with a good white head. Decent lace. Nose is hops and some odd sweetness also found in the nose of Gordon, but obviously a bit more subtle here. Taste proves very good with awesome hop flavor and great malt balance. That odd resiny sweetness also found in Gordon appears here as well. The hops are mostly citrus and pine, but defenitely some spiced hop flavors in here. The malt presence is strong and profound, but defenitely does not outdo the hops. Very balanced, if anything I would say tone down the maltiness a bit to get rid of a bit of that caramely sweetness, but it is nice to see a pale ale that leans that way instead of the common west coast "hop the shit out of everything" mentality. Not to say that this brew is not generously hopped, because it is. Mouthfeel is good, quite viscous, could maybe be a bit thinner. Drinkability is fantastic, very sessionable. A solid and large pale ale from OB, one I would love to have available locally. Good beer.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a reddish brown with good foamy head and lacing. Smells of malty bread with a little citrus. Taste is fantastic, very nice gummy malt flavors with a mild hops bite and little dryness on finish. Overall a very clean and session-able style beer, I cannot think of a bad time to drink one, they are just that good.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can to a 12 oz can the liquid is a dark orange with very good carbonation. The head is nice 2 fingers off white foam that leaves some lace.

The smell is good piney hopy aroma.

The taste is even better, A sweet piney taste with a splash of citrus grape fruit and orange. The after taste is bitter yet not stale. Very nice indeed.

The mounthfeel is good nice body for an IPA and good carbonation.

The drinkability is great, and from a can this is really really nice.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of ohoh
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle or can? I've always liked canned beer, the likes of Boddington's, Guinness and John Smith's makes a good impression on can when not available on tap. Articles like the one in BA Mag helps too, I think.

Well let's get started. This isn't a can such as the beers named above comes in, but a rather standard one. Perhaps the aluminium is a bit thinner than normal - any thought behind this?

It pours a yellowish, hazy amber. The foam gives in quite quickly, some lacing.

Rich smell, due to the combination of floral hops and sweet/caramel malt.

Taste is first dominated by sweetness, but quickly balanced out by the hop bitterness, which grows and grows as the beer stays in the mouth. This bitterness is accompanied by a floral... not taste, but lovely feel.

Overall mouthfeel is that it is a bit thick, perhaps because the carboration is on the light side.

More, please! (Lucky I have half a box left)

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Photo of seanh99
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am on vacation and my wife and friends were looking at me popping open a can of beer dumbfounded. Baaa drinl your wine and leave me alone!

A- Upon opening I thought it was a bit flat then it started coming out the top like a nitro can.
Poured a deep copper with a full tan head. good head retention and nice lacing of the glass.

S- Hoppy plus malt, a bit sweet and I am a bit stuffy today so thats all...

T- MMM Mmmmm! It was not really cold and it was good. I liked the maltiness in the background in addition to the hoppiness that is what is expected with this

M- Carbonation was less than expected with the head, really smoothe and almost creamy.

D- A bit higher than anticipated, I am already thru 2 and it is not even 4:30 in the afternoonI may have found a new go to for the fall.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can. That's right, can! 6.5% ABV. Cloudy copper color, with orange shades. Thick creamy white head, which hold together very nicely. When the head does disappear, along with the beer, the glass is covered in great sheets of lace. Very nice.

Very nice citrusy and piney hop aroma. There is a good aroma of a caramel, biscuity malt as well.

Very sturdy biscuity, caramel malt background. Solid citrusy bitterness, with some pine flavors as well.

Full body, with appropriate carbonation. A bit of metallic taste is my only complaint. Other tha that, this is a very solid APA. Love the can.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Olde Hickory Taproom, previously reviewed from the can.
Pint was the color of a typical IPA. Amber in color with red, orange, and golden hues. 1" white head quickly receded to a filmy lace on top.
Smell is dominated by piney hops.
Man this is a good beer. I still stand by my assumption that this is more like an IPA. Citrus and piney hops with a dry finish.
Feels oily in the mouth. I like.
Extremely drinkable. This is no gimmick beer, it is a real fine, refreshing, crisp beer.

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Photo of daythree16
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sipped from the can (couldn't resist), then poured into a pint glass. Pours a cloudy amber with a one finger head. Tons of lace.

Nice buttery, floral, piney hop aromas. Taste is good and sticky, with piney hop flavors, a little diacetyl and a great bitterness. A really well balanced pale ale.

Medium bodied with awesome drinkability.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Clear reddish amber with 1/2" head that leaves plenty of lacing

S: Plenty of herbal and citrus hops with some sweet caramel malt up front.

T: Pretty bitter in the finish with a good malt backbone from a pale ale. This is more like a malty IPA.

M: Medium full mouthfeel with medium to low carbonation

D: On tap, I am really enjoying this beer... Maybe even more so than out of the can.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nice looking, somewhat coppery and mostly clear with a decent head and nice sticky lacing.

Smelled fruity, citrusey, and hoppy.

Tastes wonderful! Very boldly hoppy, with citrus and fruity flavors, great strong bitterness. Bolder and hoppier than most pale ales, somewhat IPA like but delicious in every way.

Feels great too. Amply carbonated, smooth, easy to drink, with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Fantastic for a canned beer, this one shows that canning is a great way to package beer, and top notch beers are no exception. This is the best fishin' beer I have found in cans yet!

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Photo of midaszero
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into pint glass

A - Cloudy light amber color with 2 inches of light tan head that stays around and has some sticky lacing.

S - Fruity hops that have hints of sweetness. Little bread scents.

T - Light bitter flavor with fruit and hops. A tad sweet.

M - Smooth clean feeling with light carbonation and medium body.

D - WOW this is good stuff. Drinkable anytime and very tasty. Excellent out of a can or poured into a glass. Generally I prefer to drink it out of the can.

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Photo of PollardsVision
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can into a pint glass. Canned on 6-7-11.

Pours a beautiful, clean amber with a 1" thick off-white head that laces nicely.
Nice piney, citrusy hops present from nose to finish. The bitterness lingers quite a while too.

As I'm sure others would say, it's quite similar to Sierra Nevada PA, but with a bit more hoppiness. That makes for an outstanding beer.

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Photo of Bitzy
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep copper to amber color with a nice off-white head.
Aroma: Very in your face, hop-forward nose smelling richly of orange zest, grapefruit, and pine sap. There's a light backing of caramel and or biscuity maltiness, but, for the most part, the hops dominate aroma.
Taste: In the initial taste there is a hint of toasty maltiness with a crystal malt type sweetness. Great blend of citrus fruits and pine with a medium-high hop bitterness. Finishes a bit dry with a long, lingering bitterness and citric taste of grapefruit and orange. The malts come through as the beer's temperature rises.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, medium amount of carbonation and a relatively smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability/Overall: Definitely not one of those mildly hopped, easy-going American Pale Ales you usually cross paths with. A very full flavored, boldly hopped pale ale, but it still remains rather drinkable. Definitely edging on a American IPA.
Food Pairings: Poultry. Good with earthy, nutty, and tangy cheeses. Also, salads that have nuts and a citrusy dressing in them.

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Photo of RyanC84
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Wonderful amber body with a boisterous fluffy white head. Leaves plenty of lace. Fantastic appearance on this one.

S: Plenty of fruity and piny hops in this pale with underlying sweet malt. Powerful nose for a pale. I'm impressed.

T: Wish the taste lived up to the smell. Plenty of hop kick balanced by caramel malt, but the nose implies so much more. While it's no Alpha King, it's still the biggest and most ambitious pale ale I can buy locally. Kudos to that.

M: Very big for the style. Love it. Chewy, sticky, and everything nice.

D: Always nice to have some of this in the fridge. I'll add some extra love for being available in a can. Perfect for frisbee golf or other stoner related activities.

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Photo of Lldeegan
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear orange, amber with a tight white head.
Malt and hops harmonize in the nose, dominance is continually changing with each sniff. Earth, citrus and resinous hop notes are partnered with sweet, grainy, caramel malt.
The same flavors dance on the palate. It is Sweet and juicy through the middle then slowly leads to a bitter and slightly mineral, snappy finish. The combination of sweet malts and earthy and fruity hops creates a delicious taste of toffee and tangerine.
The lively carbonation and light to medium body make this a really bright beer, but with outstanding aromatics and flavor.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good looking beer. Clear copper. Thin ivory white head. Sticky lace. Nice hoppy aroma. Grapefruit, citrus, lemon rind and hop resin. This all carries over nicely on the palate. Bright citric tones of lemon zest and pink grapefruit pulp. Citrusy and a little bit piney. Malts are in the background, but they're there enough to provide balance and that's about it. IBUs are noticeable as the clean bitterness lingers nicely. Crisp and refreshing feel to this beer. Medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Easy drinking tasty APA. Ranks right up there with SN and Summit for everyday drinkers. Shall be good on the golf course.

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Photo of grayburn
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the mellow mushroom, I realize I am not getting the whole oskar blues in a can experience, but I just like the tap a bit better.
Pours a medium golden hue with a big white head and moderate lacing. The head disappeared a bit too quick for me though.
The smell is straight piney hops, this is a great pale ale smell.
The taste follows suit, very hoppy, like she should be, with a great strong profile, well balanced by the malt.
The perfect carbonation and medium body lend themselves well to this brew, making it quite drinkable. This is the go to camping/tailgating brew...along with some old chub of course. Another excellend job by oskar blues.

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Photo of atsprings
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy pale amber with a thin frothy head. The aroma is citrus hops and sweet malts. The taste is a great balance of caramel malts and earthy citrus hops with just a hint of pine. The beer is light, crisp and refreshing with mostly hidden alcohol. This is one of my favorite Pales.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Falling Rock. Hazy amber in color with a nice rocky white head. Smell is a little floral hops. The taste was not as hoppy as I remembered in the past. It was still very good with a very nice caramel malt taste.This is a very good beer.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Darker than you might expect from a pale ale, copper, with no head likely due to a wet glass and poor pour. Clear. Balance of malt sweetness and citrus hops. First taste is well balanced, more IPA than Pale Ale. Somewhat sweet but yet well hopped. Pepperiness in the finish.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- golden straw with yellowish orange tint, two finger white head, awesome retent, settles to ring, lacing, bit cloudy

S- citrus, toasted malt, caramel

T- multiple hop flavors in there. starts off with orange like and caramel flavor, then hop bitterness takes over only to finish sweet w/ some citrus hop flavor. Grassy aftertaste. Awesome balance and flavor

M- smooth and silky, good body, somewhat viscous

D- Liked the balance and taste alot. Easy drinking, definetly a memorable pale ale in my book

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is not a Pale Ale. This is straight up an IPA. I cannot believe that Oskar Blues has the nerve to. . . oh wait, this is just a kick ass pale ale.

The appearance is good, amber, with a great head. Pours with big bubbles and has a off white color. Light lacing around the glass.

The smell is of hops, I swear this is an IPA. Great clean refreshing smell. Really impressed with this one.

The taste is great. Just a over hopped pale ale, and I love it. A great smooth crisp taste. Hops, not sure what kind but tasty none the less. Not quite a dry bitterness but a bitterness at the end.

Really great mouthfeel and drinkability. This pleasantly surprised me, with Gordons, this really makes me want to seek out other Oskar Blues stuff.


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Photo of DJED69
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to reviewing Dale's Pale Ale. Have gone thru a sixer over the last few weeks (sprinkled in with many other brews) and thoroughly enjoyed each can. Now, let me address the can---I like it. Beer is fresh and takes up much less space in my fridge. Have yet to drink one straight from can, typically use a glass. So, poured the color is nice amber-orange with a light carbonation and 1/2" head that seems to last a good while. Compared to my fave, SN Pale Ale---Dale's is hoppier by a degree and seems a bit creamier. I would go as far as calling this brew an IPA lite. Very good tasting beer with a crisp, drier finish. Malt is dominant with a good spiking of piney, citrusy hops. The 6.5% abv isn't an issue as any alcohol is well masked. I can see this making an apperance at any time in my fridge. Well done Oskar Blues!

Edit: I wanted to revisit this review. Slightly bumped up nose an taste. After going through a couple sixes of Dale's this Summer, I really came to love it. Great out of the can. Perfect compromise beer taste wise. Just damn good. May knock Sierra out if 1st for my favorite US pale ale. That's something!

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Photo of daledeee
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer in a can is making a comeback??

Poured this with a bright dark golden orange and clear. The head was medium and lace was forever. Nose is citrus and hops.

Taste is medium hops with citrus and a little sweet. Someone dry or astringent at the end. Very nice beer that is easy to drink.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 8/2/10.

A - Classic pale golden/amber body with swiftly moving carbonation bubbles and half a finger of off-white foam that produced some thick, decorative lacing around the rim of the glass.

S - Crisp grassy and citrus hop notes up front paired with a sweet, grainy malt profile suggesting toasted bread and caramel notes.

T - Just as the nose suggests, the flavor is a damn near perfect blend of toasted grain and bold citrus hop presence with hints of floral and grassy notes. Sweet caramel malt balances the hop presence, which is rather assertive for a straight-up pale ale. Finishes with a tinge of spicy, herbal notes to add some further depth to the overall flavor profile.

M - Medium bodied with lively carbonation that ultimately delivers a crisp, bristly mouthfeel. Refreshing and easy to quaff. Finishes with moderate lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - Nicely hopped pale ale that is clearly one of the top pales I've had. Not quite as awesome as Alpha King, but Dale's is definitely up there. Tasty and poundable.

Not sure why it took me song long to get to this one.

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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