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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 | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 10-08-2002

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz. can into a pint glass. A nice copper color with a good white head, that left nice lacing as it slowly faded. Off to a good start here I'd day.

Aroma is nice and earthy, some piney hops and almost musty (in the damp forest kind of way) malt aromas combine for an interesting complexity. Some nice balance here in the aroma. Taste has some piney hop character upfront which quickly turns bitter for a long harsh finish that won't quit (that's a good thing!). This is all the while backed by an earthy malt character. A bit of alcohol in the finish as well.

This beer has good body, yet is not filling. All in all it's a great drinkable APA. I've been burning out on the style of late but this one is distinct enough to make me glad I bought the sixer.

The can is a big plus IMO. Keep it up guys!

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Photo of chickenflea
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz can.
The beer is cloudy and golden with a tall white persistent head. Very good lacing on the glass.

It has an excellent bold aroma: malty and citrusy.

Taste is equally big. Nothing understated here. Medium sweetness at first but immediately overwhelmed with hoppy goodness. And the hops just don't quit. Long finish. Medium body.

Overall I loved this beer. I would rate it among the top American ales I have tried.

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Photo of Dmart1223
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a full, well-rounded beer with a heavy mouthfeel. I can't find many floral notes. It took me a long time to get used to this type of beer due to its intensity. But now it's one of my favorites.

Pours a golden amber with a hefty head that lingers.

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Photo of drgonzo3705
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a nice light copper color with a nice solid white head.

S: Smells great. Nice hop presence but balanced with the malt.

T: Malty caramel flavor with a note of cirtus. Not a huge hop bite but enough to let you know its there.

M: Medium bodied, oily, and slightly creamy.

D: This is a very enjoyable beer that could be sessioned with very easily! Thanks to Philabeerphia for the chance to try this!

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Photo of clover44
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep copper with plenty of off white head that sticks around for a while

S: Smells great, spicy, bold hops with plenty of malt backing up the hop scent.

T: Tastes great also, just like the smell...spicy, piney, citrus hops with good malt balance, caramel malt, very good.

M: Good carbination, a little slick on the tounge as the bitterness hangs around untill the next sip.

D: This beer is pretty darn good and I'll buy this by the case every now and then. they go down easy, almost too easy.

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Photo of Meandmymonkey
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Should be kept in the can but if poured, you'll see a nice amber/orange color. The can really masks the smell of sweet, sweet hops but you'll get a whiff when you drink it. This doens't seem to be a very complicated pale ale but that doesn't make it a less impressive brew. Oskar Blues defintiely doesn't get the respect they deserve. This is a great beer. One of my top five pales. Pack it in, pack it out. Word!

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Photo of biegaman
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

About as pretty a colour you'll find in a pale ale, this one has a glistening mandarin orange body with light copper haze. A remarkably paper thin level of head, with a side fixing of bubbles, is of a grayish tinge and while permanent, fails to leave much in the means lacing.

Is this "a huge voluminously hopped mutha of a pale ale" based on smell? Well, I did have to think about it for a second, but yes, it is. Going in blind I might have guessed this as a DIPA past its point of freshness. Considering this is listed as a pale ale - a style that isn't typically on the same hop level - Oskar Blues again overachieves in this category. And I am quite happy they did.

The taste and smell both have blistered, sweltering citrus roasting above a fire of melted caramel and crispy toasted malts. Dale has found the formula for a great pale ale: one part biscuit/cookie like malts, one part pine resin, and one part exotic fruit (pineapple, mango, and coconut). Mix them all together and voila! Just about as tasty as tasty can get.

Not only do they have the hop-to-malt ratio right, they've also found the right level of carbonation and bitterness. The hops never become astringent although the bitterness they impart can be vinous and/or herbaceous. The acidity is accompanied by enough citric taste that it goes almost unnoticed. Carbonation will not interfere on the palate but ensures that every sip (or perhaps I should say every 'gulp') is quenching.

By the end of this review my fingers were sore attempting to type so fast in order to keep up with the pace at which this beer was disappearing! I ended up finishing the whole can in no time. Fortunately, figuring out what to say came easy because, quite simply, I could just as well write about what I think is my ideal pale ale - because this was just that.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ashamed I just had this beer for the first time.

appearance: amberish cloudy mess. not that appealing.

smell: heavy citrus. IPA aroma power

taste: nice balanced pale ale with some extra hop kick. well done.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: overall a great beer and one of the best beers ever made in a can. I love OB!

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Photo of porterwoobie
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a 12oz can into a standard pint glass.

A: light orange-hued amber color, one finger head, good retention, lacing half way down the glass

S: pretty dominant citrusy hop aroma

T: the low malt backbone supports the moderately high hop bitterness, with a dry finish.

MF: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, finishes smooth

Drinkability: awesome beer. pretty hoppy, could've told me it was an IPA and i wouldn't argue. as a bonus, it comes in cans, so you can pack it anywhere.

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Photo of sml505
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A - Copper color with light tan head.

S - All hops - citrus hops, grapefruit, pine, grass.

T - Strong hops and light malt. Finish with grapefruit, hop flavor.

O/ M - Great IPA. Light to med mouthfeel. Aroma and flavor balance well. Nice bitterness.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can from a liquor store in northern Mass. Pours a hazy amber-orange with a good half inch of off-white head. Smells strongly of grapefruit/citrus hops with hints of caramel malt. Tastes like citrussy hops first, with undertones of caramel and biscuit malt. On the heavy side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation - flirting with viscosity without hitting it or losing drinkability. An exquisite APA for sure - one I'll be drinking as regularly as I am able to. Good stuff.

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Photo of MaxBrews
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation 12 oz Can Poured into a pint

Appearance: Generous head, that succeeds quickly into a nice thick soapy lacing. Color is a medium to medium dark amber.

Smell: Clean & crisp floral hops, grains and dark fruit. Almost has a crisp soapy aroma which sounds weird, but is very pleasant.

Taste: They weren't kidding about a voluminously hopped Pale Ale. First thing that hits the taste buds are hops, followed a variety of malt flavors, dark fruit and then more hops. This really throws this beer on the border of IPA and APA. The only thing that really sets this beer apart is the high level of malt in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: For an APA, I'd expect the mouthfeel to be less bitter. It finishes awfully dry but hey I'm a hop head I don't mind.

Drinkability: A great Pale ale. Seriously EPIC. Doesn't have the history or prestige that Sierra Nevada Has, but this is great. I've always viewed the SN PA as being the king of APAS but now I have a tough time picking. This is closer to an IPA due to its hoppiness. I do have to admit I will chose SN pale ale over this 8/10 times because its cheaper, more widely available, lower in alcohol and more refreshing. Geez though I am really buying the freshness of cans with this beer though. This is one fresh Ale.

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Photo of Johnny_Duck
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 19.2 oz stovepipe can into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Canned on 6/18/13. Enjoyed on 7/2/13. Most likely the freshest beer I've ever had!

A: Poured a hazy copper color with a finger off white head that dissipated quickly. Quite nice looking and invited me to quickly take the first sip.

S: The nose was pine and hops, naturally. Some sweetness as well. Again, inviting is the word I'd use. So far this beer is really enticing.

T: First sip was awesome! Citrus and hops explode on the palate. Quite delicious and very refreshing. I could see this being a nice session beer on a hot summer day. A nice all day drinker and perfect companion to a hot grill.

M: Just right for the style. The carbonation level was perfect.

O: I loved this beer. Very drinkable and quite refreshing. I went out the next day and bought a 6 pack of it which I rarely buy anything aside from singles now a days. I recommend it especially if you can enjoy 2 weeks old. Can't wait to try Oskar Blues' other offerings.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to tell you, the rhyming name reminds of the Preston Sturges classic film, "The Lady Eve", where Henry Fonda plays a herpetologist who also happens to be heir to a brewing fortune. In one scene, a waiter onboard the ocean liner "Hopsy", as he is nicknamed, is traveling on, dryly intones the following line: "They only want Pike's Pale, the Ale that won for Yale. Rah. Rah."

But how about Dale's Pale Ale, "A Huge Voluminously Hopped Mutha Of A Pale Ale", as the can reads...you said a mouthful, bub. Let's crack the snap-top, and dig in...
Hazy, crisp amber color, good chunk of cream-toned foam above.
Aroma, plenty of hops in there, the piney, juicy, grapefruity, zesty, tangy kind. Puts me in mind of Alpha King and others of that sort. Big citrus...I like it!
Taste: zing, zing! Nice, pungent hoppy taste in every bite, but not too bitter. Flavor slides along the mouth, with a neat resin-y edge, loads of alpha acids, abundant fruity flavor. This one is right up my alley.
Body is medium, but the flavor is full, and the finish is bitter, hoppy, fruity. Taste is long-lasting in the mouth. This would definitely be a regular buy for me, if it were available here.
tasty stuff, with plenty of hops...just what turns my crank.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this before, both in cans and at the brewery, but now I've decided to review it.

12oz. can pops crisply with no foam but pours with a great amount of head.

It's a perfect golden red with ample head and fair retention.

The aroma is nicely hopped with some sweetness.

Flavor is perfectly balanced between sweet and bitter with plenty of hops but never overpowering the malts. It's buttery, spicy, and fruity all at the same time. Really excellent!

Mouthfeel is fine with a medium body, nice level of carbonation, and appropriate bitterness for an American pale ale.

This is a fantastic beer and possibly the new benchmark for the style. Excellent balance and unrivaled drinkability. This could be the perfect summer session beer!

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Photo of shawnsmith8275
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into an Oskar Blues pint glass. Pours a light orange. One finger white head that fades quickly.

S: Aromas of pine and light citrus dominate the nose. Truly a great aroma.

T: Citrus and pine flavors from the hops are at the forefront with a slight sweetness from the malt. Nice clean bitter finish.

M: Nice carbonation. Clean doesn't linger but sticks around long enough to enjoy the hop bitterness.

O: For hop lover this a dream of a pale ale. Great hopiness, nice citrus and pine flavors that you expect in an IPA yet clean and sessionable. This is a beer that you could drink on any given day, not to mention it's awesome for throwing in the back pack for a snowboard session or packing in the cooler for fishing on the boat.

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Photo of KeefD
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice, hazy amber oange color with a two finger head that fell slowly leaving some nice lacing. A nice fruity, citrusy aroma with hints of pine and light sweetness. Flavor of toasty malts, lightly sweet, and a generous pine and citrus hopping that creates just enough bitterness to finish out dry and leaving the mouth wanting more. Medium bodied, average carbonation. Very drinkable and pleasing. A highly underrated beer, IMO. Good stuff.

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Photo of MadCat
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

CANquest part 2! Can dated 11/22/10. No funny quips on the can. So it is over 5 months old, yet it has quite the hoppy taste. Never had it young, but I would be curious to see how they compare. Could this be a benefit of the can, reducing hop fade significantly? Or is something else at work?

Appearance: Cloudy light brown color, good white head that dissipates fast leaving good lacing

Smell: Grapefruity hops. Also some other citrus and pine hops.

Taste: Citrus, grapefruit, pine hops with some malty, bready, caramely flavors to back it up. A nice balance to it. Some earthiness in there as well.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and medium body

Overall: Excellent beer, proves that good things can come in a CAN. Hoppier, maltier, and higher ABV than your standard pale ale, I personally would classify this as an IPA.

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Photo of Vancoubeer
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. In a way it is a pale ale but compared to others in this category this is more or less a very mild IPA but lets get to my rating.

After pouring into my pint glass from the can, the brew formed a very sticky white head. It has a very dark color for a pale ale but it is filtered. Its color has some haze and its burnt orange color is more like an IPA and not a pale ale.

The smell has that hoppy smell to it that is similar to Sierra Nevada but more citrus than pine but its subtle. Very nice smell for this category of beer.

The taste is what I love most. It lacks the bitter punch that you get from and IPA but it has those citrus tones mixed with the malts that make this a thirst quencher. It washes down a bit watery but there is still a very light hop bite in the after taste.

The mouthfeel is not as sticky as the lacing on the bottle may indicate. In addition, that watery feel is more evident where this is not that carbonated but enough to clean the palette.

Overall, for this category, this is a killer beer. Its 6.5% is not evident at all in the flavor. I have had others in this category that just did not taste as smooth. Very great beer by these guys and I will never say no to this one. If its not the best canned pale ale in America, which one is?

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Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a pillowy, off-white, three-finger head. It left great rings of lace.

S - It smelled of Cascade hops and grasses. Also, a good bit of maltiness.

T - It had a great bittersweet taste with a good deal of malt and tons of hoppy kick.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an outstanding APA. It smelled very good and tasted of amazing hops.

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Photo of Riggo
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

appearance: handsome golden orange with a creamy, sturdy off-white head. good head retention. a sturdy attractive ale.

smell: citrus, pine, leafy hops. some slight smokiness. caramel? orange?

taste: fresh and lively, yet creamy and smooth. crisp hop bite balanced well by earthy, toasty malt. finish has a nice smack of spicy hops. definitely a little on the bitter side throughout but still remarkably smooth.

mouthfeel: great creamy, smooth mouthfeel.

drinkability: pretty high. you get alot of hops but it's all rounded out beautifully.

count me among many others (including the folks at oskar blues themselves!) who never expected a big hoppy american style pale ale full of character to come out of a can. once you pour it and taste it, there's just no denying it; this is one of america's finest pale ales.

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Photo of Atch
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dale's pale ale has finnaly arrived in my town! I can't wait to see what all the fuss is over this canned beer.

Appearance: Beautiful burnt orange color, poured into a tulip glass with a two finger head that quickly disappeared. Awesome lacings.

Smell: For me, the one downfall. I didn't get much in the nose.

Taste: Can aside, this is one of the better beers I have tried in a while. If I was visiting someone and they gave me a glass of this, I would want to know where to buy it. Then when they told me it came out of a can, I would not believe them.

Mouthfeel: It feels light on the palatte, very smooth.

Drinkability: Would I have another? Yes Please.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this canned pale ale.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

07/13/09- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz can. Did not look for a freshness date. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Medium to darker amber colored pour. Nice larger one inch plus thick and somewhat creamy head. Good head retention and some nice lace sheeting and patches left behind.

Smell- A nice mix of both bready and earthy malt while also having a good whiff of grapefruit/pine hops.

Taste- Pretty well balanced with the hops leading the way by a bit. Bready, but not over the top. Hops have a nice crisp fruity flavor. Tastes very fresh.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, lightly chewy and a good bitter kick in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- One of the better APA's out there. Not blow you away hoppy as to mask as an IPA, but a nice balanced brew with a touch more on the hops. Quality! Also on sale for $4.99 a six pack...a steal at the time.

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Photo of rabsten
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another in the "I can't believe I've never reviewed this" series.

Poured from a beautiful red and blue can into an East End pint glass. Hazy orange with four-finger fluffy head. Good lacing. Very appetizing. Floral hops in nose, some citrus, light malt underneath.

Flavor is a solid, IPA/hoppy APA. A bit of a metallic edge, but that's probably a mental thing, what with it being from a can and all. I know I never get it from my on-tap experiences. "Off-balance balanced." Which is to say, it's unbalanced towards bitterness, but deliberately so, and in a good way.

Crisp, top-of-the-palate mouthfeel; quite drinkable.

Good beer on it's own. Add the whole "it's in a can and can be taken camping, outdoors, etc." and it becomes great.

All in all, a very, very good beer.

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Photo of Bleedingshrimp
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can (yep a can) into a pint glass. Upon pouring, this beer produces a nice one and a half fingers of thick, marshmallow cloud foam. A beautiful orange speckled with lots of tiny sediment makes this beauty sparkle. Truly a sight to behold. Crazy amounts of lace coat the glass in huge ridges. The head sticks around for a while; dimpling and begging to be gazed upon. The smell is all clean..pine and citrus..with bright floral hop notes. Mouthfeel is medium and just crisp enough. Taste is all pine sap and orange with a nice warm buttery glow on the tongue. Hops are all over the place and leave a great piney-hop aftertaste. I could pound these bad boys all night. Definitely a sleeper and for the price you'd be hard pressed to find anything this tasty. I can't say I noticed an aluminum or canned taste in the slightest. I'd easily recommend this to anyone as a great standout IPA. This brew is clearly in need of a review revisit by some who have been blinded by the can.

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
88 out of 100 based on 1,900 ratings.
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