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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 cbenson
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale red with a airy, long-lasting foam head. The smell is fairly sweet and flowery but overall unremarkable. The mouthfeel is thinly laced like cranberry juice. The taste is a well-rounded combination of floral and earthy hops and is wonderfully bitter. This is a slightly above average pale ale.

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Photo of Squire123
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber gold.

Aroma: Pine, citrus, straight forward hops in a good way.

Taste: Hop forward covering a solid malt frame. Lingering hops with malt coming into it's own in the middle and finish which is clean crisp with just a touch of hops remaining. Refreshingly solid malt presence.

Texture: Medium to full malt. This Ale has weight.

Overall: Good balance making for a good drinking experience. This Ale boldly enters the room without shouting.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very hazy golden brownish color with a slightly beige, foamy head that leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S- Floral and citrus are the two dominant hop aromas here.

T- Follows the nose, but the bitterness from the citrus that tastes almost of lemon and orange peel is complemented perfectly by the sweet malt base that comes in at the finish with a piney aftertaste. Big flavor for such a comparatively low ABV. More than some IPAs.

F- very smooth, easy drinking body with medium carbonation.

O- For a pale ale, this sets the bar. This is the best representation of the style that I have tried yet. Big flavor, but light enough overall to be incredibly thirst quenching.

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Photo of JordanlikesAles
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First off, this is an IPA, and a brilliant one at that. In a glass or straight out of the can its delicious. Beautiful boquet of floral & citrus hops that works well with the highly drinkable overall profile. Good stuff.

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Photo of Reema
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12 oz can to the dome man. Just kidding, into a shaker pint.

Pours a semi-orange crimson color with the slightest of haze. Smells of bountiful piney hops, candied citrus aromas, baked bread, and slightly caramel. Taste reflects the smell. Initial pine and orange zest like hops flavors meld into a pleasant caramel and bready flavor. Finishes slightly bitter that lingers for a few moments before weening off. Feel is light, carbonated well, and extremely refreshing. Overall, this is a great standard beer with good flavors and aromas that make this a pleasant drink.

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Photo of kitch
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A 12 fl oz can with a canned on date of 20th November 2015 and poured into a Mikkeller pint glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear copper colour with a less than two finger slightly off white head that dissipated slowly to a nice puffy layer and left nice stringy lacing.

Aroma: A lot of pine and wood with a hint of citrus orange peel zest.

Taste: Orange citrus with a bitter piney hop in the background and honey caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: This was a decent pale ale and easily drinkable.

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Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cream-colored, lumpy head. Honey-colored. Hoppy nose is full, but not overpowering. Some sweetness and light fruitiness mixing in, as well. Perfectly hopped - very refreshing but still smooth. Hints of tropical fruit sweetness. Strong hops on the finish. Great warm weather beer.

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Photo of fx20736
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 6 pack from Beers of the World, Mar. 2016. Served in a Duvel tulip at fridge temp.

Look: Copper with a French vanilla head. Great lacing.

Smell: Subtle blend of citrus and pine

Taste: peachy with a rind like bitterness

Feel: very solid body

Overall: tasty, balanced, well crafted

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Photo of Samlover55
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

19.2oz stovepipe canned on 1/13/16
L- gorgeous amber with big fluffy white head, turns rocky after a bit but still good retention
S- a whole load of pine with some citrus as well
T- slight sweet malt, followed by some mellowness finishes with all sorts of hop descriptions "sticky", "chewy", "piney"
F- medium bodied, goes down nice and smooth
O- great beer, perfect for stovepipe size, keeps bringing you back for another sip

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Photo of TrufflePig
3.09/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very mediocre and unremarkable. Bitterness/astringency mask the little flavor there is here. It's not particularly bad but I can't see any reason to get this again. There are dozens of better beers at any decent liquor store, including their Pinner IPA.

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Photo of Eric_Booga_Boyles
3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This is a fine pale ale. I thought is was well done, but it didn't "wow" me. Don't get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with it, but I seem to like some other pale ales a little more.

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Photo of ctnyc12
4.81/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Love the smell of this beer, hoppy, woodey, piney. Taste wise, this is, in my opinion, one of the best American Pale Ale's out there. This is also one of the few beers that I think is better out of the can than on draft. That's just me though.

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Photo of johnnyc46
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dales Pale Ale is at the top of my list in every category. Found this IPA at Wegmans in Woodbridge NJ. Just under $20 for a 12 pack put it in the upper tier price range. Loved the fact that it was in a can and that the box was clearly date stamped.The only problem is that after tasting this hoppy ale its impossible to enjoy the average US beer. It has a strong ABV that needs to be respected.Enjoying a couple of quality DPA for me beats filling up on the corn based lager from a 30 pack. Really a treat, but quantity is usually limited at the stores that carry it. If you see it, try it, well worth it.

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Photo of Roby923
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very tastey pale ale. Highly recommended. Brewed in Brevard, NC, bought canned from grocer in King of Prussia. Also tried the on tap version in Miami and found it to be hoppier and sweeter (perhaps this version was Colorado brewed?).

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Photo of rocko1992
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the best (and probably only!) canned IPAs, at least in the Southeast. Many IPAs can end up tasting the same, but this one has a dry bitterness that makes it stand out. The foam head when poured in a glass is perfect. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Pale Ale by Oskar Blue’s has 6.5% ABV and 65 IBUs making it a sort of 65 Minute Pale Ale.

Look-It pours a mild haze wrapped in amber orange blossom honey with flecks of gold in the right light. The head is bready and frothy.

Smell-It smells of citrus orange and orange peel zest with plenty of hops, but tampered with some rich malts.

Taste-The flavor is bursting with orange and citrus and ample bitter hops rich in piney resin and hoppy goodness. The malts come through as a caramel and honey type flavor. Medium-bodied.

Overall-It is a great go-to beer and I’ll definitely try it again!

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Photo of SteveBrew
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my all-time go-to beers. Perhaps the Alström Bros gave it a lower rating because it is indeed a bit eccentric compared with mainstream American Pale Ales. This is indeed an IPA, but the combination of heavy malt and resiny hops reminds of of someone who cranks the bass and the treble controls to listen to a tune. It's intense, but at 6% ABV, I welcome its reasonable drinkability. The can is in-your-face Americana with its red, white, and blue decor.
Quick tasting notes: Heavy copper color with a pretty head. A malty, sticky, hoppy aroma indicates a heavy beer, almost a warning sign of something much bigger. Booziness in the nose as well. First taste is actually a hop bitterness smacking me in the face, followed by a tangy, resiny lingering. The malty, citrusy flavor lingers on the of my mouth in a great way. This is a great beer to even drink out of the can--its hold little, if anything, back when consumed in this format. Best paired with a big burger and fries.

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Photo of crisis1290
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oskar Blues Dales Pale is a great tasting beer for sure. This one has been reviewed almost 2000 times , so there is nothing new I can add to the mix. This is one of my all time favorite "go to " crushable beers. In fact , I would say, that this is one of the classic craft beers and could find its way on to the Mount Rushmore of craft beer. Great taste. Great smell. Wont disappoint !

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. can.

A: Pours a deep orange hued amber color with one finger of foamy white head that retains for around a minute and leaves behind some nice lacing.

S: Aromas of citrus, and earthy pine hops, complimented by sweet malts, and floral hop spice. Nothing intricate but still pleasant.

T: Follows the nose with citrus upfront, you get flavors of grapefruit and tangerine, then you get a blast of earthy pine resin, and a sweet malt backbone. Finishes with floral hop bitterness. Very simple, pleasant, and balanced.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied, with a moderate amount of carbonation. Slick and smooth with a slightly oily bitter finish. Very good drinkability and is very nice on the palate.

O: This is one of those classic go-to brews in my book. If I want nice easy drinking pale it's hard to go wrong with choosing Dales. Overall this is a well balanced and delicious brew that may not blow you away. but it certainly won't disappoint you either.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an unfiltered amber with a frothy white head. A great deal of lacing is left behind. Muted sweet malt, and subtle hops deliver a pleasing and simple aroma. A little bit of malt sweetness is dulled by a little hop bite. Nice and subtle flavors that play well together. Mouth feel is great. It feels mouth coating, smooth, and easy to drink. It's a pleasure to drink. Overall, a great pale ale. The fact that this beer has a little higher ABV, it's easy to drink, and canned makes this a great float trip, camping, or tail gating beer. Cheers!

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of AngryDutchman
3.24/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Draft pint at the Smiling Chameleon. Some faint orange-citrus up front, a little sweetness with a clean finish for an ale. Could use more hop for balance, nothing special or negative. Just okay.

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Photo of MACrist
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOKS: Amber-orange. Poured into skinny shelf glass. 2+ fingers of off white foamy head. Plenty of small bubbles rising. Leaves vey nice thick lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Strong citrus and a little pine. A little bit of a grassy pilsner type note.. Sweet malt.
TASTE: Slightly sweet right up front, then that grapefruit rind bitterness kicks in. Slight astringent quality, probably some Simcoe hops in this. This one leans towards the bitter side and is IPA like, in that way. Not much for pine in the taste.
FEEL: Dry from start to finish. Smooth medium body, and carbonation is mild to average.
OVERALL: Not a huge fan of that astringency in PA's or IPA's, and I get a bit of that in this beer. Other's perceive it in different ways, like pineapple. Well made beer though, just not my thing.
Edit: Let this warm up quite a bit and that did smooth things out a bit with the astringent quality.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 pint 3.2 fluid once can served cold into a tulip. Purchased while in Niagara Falls, NY. Freshness may be an issue as this was canned in April 2015.

Appearance - Pours a dark golden, honey brown colored beer with near read hues. Dale's Pale Ale poured exceptionally hazy and started with a big frothy two finger tan head, that receded to a thin film on top after a few minutes. Some lacing around the sides of the glass.

Appearance - Some floral subtlety, dominated by a big malt bill, caramel especially with some general hoppiness.

Taste - A little leafy, but some pleasant herbal and tea like characteristics in the flavors. Hops and bitterness are muted, not sure if that is the intent or again this is an age related issue, but it works. Trace of candied cantaloupe maybe? Bready goodness underlying too.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and easy to drink, carbonation is on the low side, and body is moderate. No sense of the alcohol.

Overall - Certainly a palatable pale ale, if less hoppy than expected. I would obviously love to try a fresher sample, but given that the beer has held up this well over time, I have to give this the thumps up.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber color with a thick, fluffy head. I accidentally poured a little too aggressively and was able to coax a 3+ finger head out of it, whoops. Long lasting foam ring on the top and around the edge of the glass, with good soapy lacing. Smells of floral notes, lemon, and pine. Taste is actually more malty than I expected, but still very good. I got pine resin, crackers, bready sweetness, and lemon peel. Finishes fairly dry and leaves a lot of fresh, clean, hop flavor in the aftertaste. Overall a really nice pale ale that's drinkable enough to have a couple in one sitting.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Large 'Stovepipe' can with the classic blue, red and silver artwork. A fantastic looking design with everything we want in beer artwo to yet something you could still see your grandfather drinking straight from the can. I poured this gem into a nonic style pint glass. I must say the 'stovepipe' is my favorite way to buy Dale's pale ale from now on. Perfect!

A - copper color with an light amberish hue. Bright white head poured with some size and sat nice n plump atop my glass. It subsides to a fairly nice blanket of the same color with good stick.

S - fantastic pale ale aroma. Bright citrus and pine resin from the hop bill. Sweet breadiness to the malt with some subtle notes of hop spice.

T - not quite as balanced as the nose as the hops do the pushing with Dale's. Citrus notes fade quickly to a big jolt of pine resin and a mild hop spice. The sweet bread malt does lay enough backbone to allow one to really sit down and enjoy this pale ale. A one after one setting if you would like. As much as the hops throw themselves forward they nearly vanish in a very crisp, clean finish.

M - this is where the class of breweries are separated for me. Even pale ales should have some thickness and texture to them which Dale's definitely does. No matter the abv in ales the best breweries provide great texture and a thick mouth coating experience. Oskar Blues does this perfectly for this style. Flavorful and enjoyable

O - Dale's Pale Ale is one of the many many great classic craft beers and is still going strong today. This little gem has always been the foundation of who Oskar Blues as a brewery is and remain to this very day. Easy to find and always with a fresh date. This is one I find myself drifting to more and more seems like and rightfully so. It's a great beer and highly enjoyable.

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