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

A - Clear copper with a one finger thick off white head that has good retention, and a bit of lacing down the glass.

S - Citrus hops up front, as soon as the can is cracked. Some floral notes there as well, with some sweet caramel malts in the back.

T - Some bready caramel malts up front, then a fairly strong hop blast considering they call it only a pale ale. Citrus and floral in character, and even somewhat spicy in the finish.

M - Light side of a medium body with medium carbonation, dry finish.

D - This reminds me more of an actual IPA than a pale. Well balanced with great range of flavors packed into this can.

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

This is a beer for hops fans! Color is a lovely dark honey brown with a nice thick head. Aroma is invitingly hoppy - one good whiff and you know this is no wussy brew. Flavor is strongly hoppy, and mouthfeel is zingy and tingly. I like hoppy beers, so I found this one to be very enjoyable.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's so weird to open a can of beer and not expect swill to come out (or nitro crap for that matter). I had heard nothing but good things about this beer, and I was curious to see how much of it was hype. It is a damn good beer, however. If only I had access to it on a regular basis, at least during summer, since it is tough to find a good canned beer for recreational areas that don't allow glass. Thanks to dogfooddog for sending me this, along with a few others from the brewery. I am really looking forward to the old chubb now.

Pours to a nice clear amber color with a golden hue. A very healthy carbonation supports an equally healthy head. Lacing sticks quite well, allowing one to count how many drinks it took to finish the glass.

The smell is probably the least impressive aspect of this brew, but it is not bad by any means. Has a nice light floral hops bouquet. Smells like cream almost, which is very odd, but far from unpleasant.

The taste is very good. Has the same light bitter floral hops bouquet with a very nice balancing caramel malt. Has the same creamy taste found in the nose, almost like it was brewed with half & half. Has a lingering bitterness and a bready malt flavor.

The body is, as I expected, rich and creamy. Not really what I would expect from a pale ale, per se, though I really enjoy a nice body from any beer. Very easy to drink. One of the most interesting pale ales I've tried (which is kind of an unusual thing to say if you think about it), and not just because of its packaging.

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Photo of JMD71
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice copper, deep golden color. Samllish head when poured. Visible carbonation. Light penetrates the glass highlighting the fabulous color.

Smell: When the can is opened, your nose is smacked with the wonderful malty/hoppy aroma. Aroma reminds me of the smell of wort boiling. Makes you anticipate the first sip...

Taste: Excellent! Truly tasty pale ale. You can really taste the malt & hops with this ale. Beautifully balanced between the two. The finish is wonderfully hoppy, but not overly bitter.

Mouthfeel: This has a great mouthfeel all around. A smooth, crisp, clean pale ale. Leaves you wanting the next sip faster than the last.

Drinkability: I find this very drinkable for more than one. I think this would make a great session beer....

Comments: I give this pale a high rating & recommend to others. Very well balanced overall. Didn't know what to expect with being in cans & all, but truly paid off. Excellent flavor, no lingering bitterness & crisp finish. Wonderful all around....

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

Dale's Pale Ale

Served up in an aluminum can. ($2.00)

Appearance- honey orange with a thick white head. Lotsa lacing.
Smell- Creamy malt with a robust earthy hop kick.
Taste- smooth creamy malt balanced well with the dirty earthy hops. No sugary sweetness and no adjunct!
Mouthfeel- An easy to drink smooth Pale Ale. Slight bitterness in the end and a little heavy on the carbonation.

Overall- A very good Pale Ale and even bigger thumbs up cause its in a can. A definite purchase for when cans-only will suffice!! This will be found in my backpack during hiking trips!

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

A - Pours a very rich, clear amber color with a frothy off-white head that retains well and leaves nice, sticky lacing.

S - Very hop dominated fragrance. Quite floral with notes of pine and citrus coming through. There's a bit of sweet maltiness in the background as well.

T - Pretty intense pine and citrus hoppiness accompanied by ample amounts of sweet malty flavors. Definitely a VERY flavorful beer on both ends of the spectrum. Quite bitter, but this is well-balanced with the sweetness that the malts add.

M - Medium body with quite a bit of carbonation. Fairly resinous mouthfeel.

D - This is a very solid, drinkable beer in my opinion. Packs a nice hoppy punch, but the malts makes this a very smooth drink overall. A tasty APA that's full of flavor, and goes down nice.

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

The aroma...whew...very strong citrus, grapefruit hoppiness. Every bit as strong as I'd expect from an IPA.

Pours a bit of an amber color in the glass....a nice rocky, off-white head.

Mouthfeel seems pretty thick for style. The taste is definitely full of flavor. One of the hoppier APA's I've had. The bright citrus hops are very evident from the beginning, but are met and nearly even matched by a sweet, biscuity malt....and this is what makes up the body and predominant taste of the beer. The finish sees more of the harmony of the two, with a cutting grapefruit bitterness continuing into the aftertaste with a bit more sweet malt lingering.

Of the APA's I've had, this is one of the best because I love the malt character it has without sacrificing the hops. Almost like a lighter version of DFH 90 minute.

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

Pours a cherry pine color with a creamy amber-esque head that resides to a film across the top of the beer. Smell is sweet, bready, carmel, hints of finished by a piney, earthy hop presence. Taste is sweet, carmel, strawberry floral sweetness, hints of orange and a balancing floral hop that certainly accompanies the overall sweetness of the malt profile. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. I could drink these all night! Wonderfully put together. So simple that it might be lost in translation for someone looking for a bit more flavor, but definitely a very nice APA.

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

A- Pours a 1 finger off-white head over a clear bronze body. Nice white lacing rings the glass.

S- Nice and hoppy aroma, Notes of pine, some pineapple aromatics, and some great malty balance.

T- Starts out with a nice thick caramel malt, then transitions into some nice hoppy notes of pine, some dry hops while retaining a nice malt balance. The finish has some residual grapefruit notes, and some nice dry hoppiness.

M- Light carbonation and big mouthfeel. I really enjoy the dry finish.

D- This is an excellent Pale Ale. I would like to see a lower ABV as it'd be more sessionable. Still, I look forward to drinking this again.

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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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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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