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 TheodorHerzl
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved from Tayner in Week2 Powerball, Thank you!

It pours a clear golden amber hue with a thick and frothy white head. It leaves great lacing on the walls on my pint glass. I can smell the American C-hops as I pour this beer. The nose has good scents of grapefruit, pine, and orange peel. The flavor profile isn't quite a vibrant as the nose, but it still has balanced flavors of flowery (at sometimes pungent) C-hops and a sugar-cookie malt base rounds everything out nicely. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation that is crisp and refreshing. The drink ability holds up very well, and I would reach for this if it were available locally.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a finger of head that dissolves down to lace fairly fast. Limited lacing. A slightly foggy brew. Nose is lots of citrus hops and caramel. A nice smelling beer, that just sets you up for the taste. Tons of cookies and sweet malt, and hops all over the place: citrus, pine, everything. Feel is surprisingly thick, with good carbonation. Overall, a very nice APA; one that I'll get again if I have the chance.

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Photo of Edgecrusher
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orangey brown in color. Moderate head with a decent lacing.

Smell: Smells like beer. No overpowering distinctive tones. Slight hop aroma.

Taste: Light on the flavor side. Slight hops come in on the back end, but fist sip is kinda mellow.

Mouthfell: Medium mouthfeel. Not heavy but not light. Very smooth however and not a lot of carbonation.

Drinkabilty: Very easy to drink-but cannot see myself having more than one or two in a row.

Overall a decent beer-kinda cool its in a can-but have had better in a can.

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Photo of edskirk3
2.79/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1 12-oz can, poured into a pint.

Has a little viscosity to it and a gold-amber hue topped with a sticky off-white froth. Aroma is almost non-existent and consisting of sweet pale malts and wet hop leaf.

Upon first sip there's a moment of malt sweetness followed by a tsunami of hop bitterness which gets pretty rough at the end. It's brief and is followed by more pale malt flavor. There's little to no carbonation going on here and that to me is reminiscent of a cask-conditioned ale, especially as the beer is allowed to warm up a few degrees. But as I drink I learn not to take too big of a sip, as that hop bite is rather unpleasant.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can

A: Deep amber under smallish white head. Good retention, little lace.

S: Smells of piney hop and a slight citrus twang.

T: Hop profile most of the same as the smell. Malt backbone holds up well.

M/D: Medium bodied, low carbonation. Really good drinkability on this one. A very solid pale ale.

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Photo of dsigmon
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a pale ale weekend and this one blew away the rest.

A: Pours a nice deep amber color with impressive off white head leavig a fairly nice lacing. Maybe its in my head but this one seems to pour a little slower and looks as if the body is a little heavier than those pale ales previously consumed.

S: Smell of juniper and tart citrus, a little spice can be detected in the back ground that just seems to compliment the sticky pine.

T/M: Defintely has more body than the others with a little less carbonation which makes for a bigger beer feel...i like it. First taste is of pine and bright citrus. A little hoppier than the other pale ales but with a perfect malt caramel to pull it together clean. Wonderfully more bitter than the style.

D: I loved this one but when comparing to the standard pale ale its flavors are a lot more bold and hoppier making in not as easy to put them away...but id want to sip this one anyway and enjoy it.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ave for this beaut!

Pours a small head that falls into a thin layer and a lacing. The color is dark gold/brown with a small red hue. Smell is aromatic bitter hops with a hint of caramel maltiness. Hops are slightly lemon citrus flavored. Taste is hoppy, more bitter flavors come out then citrus flavors. The aftertaste is a little sweet with maltiness that comes through after the bitter flavors hit your tongue. There's definitely good carbonation that lets you know it's there, but doesn't bite, but I did swirl mine a few times. Good medium bodied maltiness that makes a good sessionable beer. Overall, I could drink some good amount of this stuff, drinkable.

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

Enjoyed in a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1 finger of dense white head. An overall dark gold color that borders on brown and red. A bit cloudy and that is the only negative.
S: Spicy and herbal west coast hops - heady garlic and cannabid notes. Maybe a bit of Euro-hops in there? Not much beyond the complex hops.
T: A nice hoppy bite - A west coast APA all the way. Cascade hops are abundant I believe.
M: Great bitterness and not much balance, perfect carbonation
D: 3 of these would be great. It's delicious, but I definitely am feeling it.

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Photo of osi
2.07/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A - This was by far the most impressive part of the brew. Poured a medium brown like an apple cider. Excellent frothy fluffy head with spider lacing down the glass.

S - Nice floral hops caramel malts but what really threw me was the rubber tire taste that trailed in at the end.

T - Floral hops that finished heavily bitter, almost too bitter. As in the smell the rubber tires came in at the end, pretty bad and unfortunately turns the whole taste of the aspect to a downward spiral.

M - Little carbonation with a slick mouthfeel.

D - Steer clear of this dangerous brew. Hops are too overpowering that lead to a super bitter aftertaste and something else if off from this brew. Avoid please.

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into traditional pint glass

A - Pours an orange, slightly hazed amber color with a very nice light tan head that rises to about one inch. Head leaves behind a good deal of well formed lacing on the glass.

S - Clean, citrus and floral hops with a touch of pine flavor. Lightly balanced by the caramel malt. A hint of sweetness. Good balance.

T & M - Starts with mild carbonation and just a hint of caramel sweetness. Hop flavor comes on quickly with a good pine flavor accompanied by some orange citrus flavor. Medium body filled out by a breaded grain flavor. Drying at the finish with some bitterness, but not over the top. Well balanced with fine flavor.

D - A nicely hopped pale ale from Oskar Blues that is quite drinkable and satisfying. Certainly worth trying, especially if like your pale ales extra hoppy.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured out of a can into my glass a great golden color with a huge, fluffy, egg shell colored head. The head did not want to leave the party and stuck around til the end! Lacing was present thoughout the short life of the beer. The aroma was incredible. Great smells of citrus and malty sweetness. The taste was the same. Just a damn good beer. The mouthfeel was a medium body with medium high carbonation. Overall I was extremely impressed with this beer. I really wish we could get this product in our state!!

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Photo of alephilmac
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium, foamy head, that was retained throughout. Redish-orange.

S: Citrus, floral hops. Has a great deal of hops in the nose, more than one would expect.

T: Stays true to the nose, citrus hop bitterness with a bit of sweetness.

MF: Smooth and complex. The perfect amount of bite to go along with the excellent sweetness that is perfectly rounded by the hops.

D: Too drinkable. I could stick with this as one of my favorite pales any time of the year (or day for that matter)

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Photo of gford217
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a pint glass

A: Poured a hazy amber color with a quickly dissipating off-white head leaving a little bit of lacing.

S: Nose is dominated by citrus with a slight piney scent following.

T: It tastes a bit like a hop-filled pine forest with a little bit of lemon zest thrown in. The hop flavor skews strongly to the bitter end of things, though in a good way.

M: Sticky with a slight lingering bitterness. Probably a little heavier than most APA's I've had, but that just makes it creamier as well.

D: Though the bitterness can be a bit abrasive, I really enjoy this beer and always end up drinking more than I intend...I guess that makes it pretty drinkable!

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Photo of pittvkyle7
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- very clear light golden amber. Big chunky off white head with loads of lacing. Some bubbles are big some are little.

S- very hoppy, lemon rinds, orange peal, some sugary sweetness too.

T-There is a great malt presence to balance out this highly hopes pale ale.Sugary, nutty and craker like malts, hops are leafy and citrus like.

M- a much heavier mouthfeel than most pale ales, very smooth and creamy meadium mouthfeel.

D- refreshing and drinkable, the sweetness keeps it from getting any higher in this catagory

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Photo of GreenCard
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pale orange/copper, slight haze, medium layer of off-white spongey foam, good head retention

Aroma: mandarin marmalade, caramelly malt, cinnamon, woodsy hops

Flavor: medium malt sweetness with a bready note; smooth piney bitterness dries it out quickly leaving hints of raisins, grapefruit rind, and brown sugar; finishes dryish with a lingering bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, pert carbonation, smooth texture

Other comments: The best beer I've had from a can! That old stigma can go away now, I think. This is a great beer regardless of its method of conveyance.

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Photo of ewright
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours from the can a nice orange-copper color with 1-2 fingers of head, depending on the vigor of the pour. The head dissipates to a thin layer of fine bubbles that leaves good lacing on the glass.

S: Faint hints of citrus with an undertone of evergreen. No malt notes are present.

T: Smooth taste up front, with all the hops on the back of the tongue. The malt provides a nice counterbalance, but is not noticeable in and of itself.

M: Smooth and easy drinking, not syrupy nor overly thin.

D: A decent all-around pale ale, nothing over the top. A good session ale made more accessible by the cans.

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Photo of Trueant1
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What a surprise out of a can. Probably the most flavorful beer I have had out of a can.

Pours a nice creamy offwhite head with good lacing. Nice copper orange color.

Smells of sweet citrus and some spicy hops.

Tastes a bit off but lots of flavor here. I think the grain flavor up front is what throws it off. A good hop and sweet malt flavor is in this. The hops throw in a lot of bitterness.
The grianey flavor reduce the score of this beer.

This beer seems wet on the mouth. A bit thin. but nice.

What a surprise out of a can. Recommended.

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Photo of malcontent
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bit of chill-haze to this otherwise perfect looking orange/red body. This head is ample and the lacing is flat-out exceptional.

Mild citrus hops kick-start the aroma only to usurped by bready malt and soft, buttery undertones.

The balance is remarkable and everything a good pale ale should be. Malt is clearly present with a strong dose of caramel on display, but hops accompany more than ably throughout and their floral taste lingers long after the malt has faded. Moderately earthy on the finish.

Although well carbonated, the mouthfeel is a touch thin right in the middle. Hops oils beef up the mouthfeel on the conclusion. All-in-all a very drinkable beer and an excellent entry into the APA family.

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Photo of jettjon
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap into a pint glass, it's a pale reddish color with no carbonation evident in the body. Thin white head leaves a good bit of sticky lacing. Nose is of firm floral and piney hopes without much else in evidence. Tastes of floral hops with a pine bite. Middle-strong and a bit bready. As the beer warms, malt begins to assert itself on the back end, but it's still hop-heavy. Dry finish and lightly bitter end with suggestions of grapefruit. Mouth is crisp with middle-of-the-road carbonation that could stand to add a bit more edge. Low viscosity is complementary to the flavor, but overall nothing too impressive about the feel. Drinkability is good but not stellar; it's balanced and sessionable but not excessively so.

Overall: Nothing to get excited about; a competent pale ale with good flavor but hardly exemplary.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to smellysell for the can.

Pours a bright orange with a fluffy off-white two finger head. The foam settles very slowly to a soapy cap, leaving behind a thin webbing of lace.

Smell; mild tropical fruits aroma, with fresh pine sap. Some caramel malts and biscuits are present as well.

Taste; initially piney hops dominate, with a touch of citrus. As this warms the malts really take over, with a mildly off-putting graininess, and a fairly strong diacetyl presence. By far my least favorite OB beer so far. Don't really know how fresh this can is, as there's no canned on or best by date.

Update: 15 Jun 08. Have had a couple more cans while and they have all had a buttery (diacetyl) flavor that I do not like. I know for sure that these cans are pretty fresh.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a straight pint. Dale's pours a hazy, yellow-ish orange color with a nice white head that hands out for a while. Nice citrusy hop aroma. Very floral and sweet smelling. Obviously hops are up front. It tastes extremely well-balanced. Nice floral hop palate, but not overwhelming. The malts match the hops very well in this APA, eventhough it tastes more like an IPA. Nice mouthfeel. Not too complex on the palate, great carbonation level. Very enjoyable pale ale, one of my favorites.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: Orange/gold body, thick head fades swiftly.

s: A nice nose with notes of grapefruit, orange, and pine. Smells like an IPA.

t: Caramel malt with piney, citrus hops. A good taste, but it doesn't live up to the nose. Even though I poured this into a glass, I still detect some metallic taste, no doubt due to the can it came in. Not too bad, but it is noticeable.

m: Medium body with the resiny chew typically reserved for an IPA.

d: Good stuff. The hops say IPA, the ease with which it is consumed screams APA. In any case, it is a good beer and I am very fortunate to be able to get it only 1/2 block away.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a Fat Tire pint

Not gonna lie, I am equally parts anxious and skeptical to try this beer. Was able to wrangle this can last week at the Philly Beer fest.

Pours a perfect orange amber with a big pillowy bone white head. Great staying power and beautiful sticky lacing. So far, so good.

Smells of sweet toasted malts balanced perfectly with flowery citrus hops. Primarily grapefruit.

Huh. Not as big and bold as I would have thought based off of the bragging on the can and the smell, but still pretty bold for an APA. Sweet yet grapefruity body. Well-balanced.

The mouthfeel is light and smooth. It was in and down before I knew it. Which leads to a sneaky good drinkability.

Well, this beer lived up to all of the good things I have heard about it. Don't let the red, white, and blue cola can fool you. This is a solid beer.

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Photo of OldYoda
3.02/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the outstanding reviews I was set to be impressed. I guess I just don't get it - the only thing I can say about this beer is that is odd.

Poured from a can into a Troeg's pint glass. Small one finger head leaves minimal lacing - not bad looking, just average.

Smell is average hops and some malty sweetness in the backround.

Taste is where this beer crashes and burns. Leaves an odd and decidedly unpleasant aftertaste that lingers.

Mouthfeel is average and oily - a little dry and bitter on the finish.
Drinkability for me is not an issue. Finishing one of these is more than I can handle.

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Photo of MerkinMan
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper / amber with a lot of head

S: The hops are apparent as soon as you crack the can. This is one good smellin' brewski.

T: A textbook APA with a little more hops than most. A nice hop finish after the first wave. The malt provides a nice backbone, but to be honest, I would add a little more if this were me brewing it.

MF: Good mouthfeel. Just what it needs to be. Substantial, but not chewy.

D: I could have a few of these, though APAs don't go down as well as other styles for me.

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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