Dale's Pale Ale | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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3.88/5
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Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
oskarblues.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 10-08-2002

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#14,400
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Ratings:
7,530
pDev:
11.6%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Understated pale, with citrus hop smell and citrus orange taste. Above average mouthfeel. Satisfying in a meal. Suitable carbonation. Decent for a beer in a can, but I still detected metallic in my glass. which subtracted from a good balance of bitterness and malt.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

oskar blues flagship brew. now widely proliferated this beer pours a thick amber honey color with a one inch white head that lasts. smells more like an ipa than a pale ale, but has a defined malt strength that i guess qualifies it. taste is quite hoppy too, crisp and satisfying. has a pine and cut grass earthiness to it. mouthfeel is pleasant and smooth, but the heavier body can be filling. this is a versatile beer and a good every day drinker, but i find it works particularly well with spicy foods of the southwest.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 10/13/11.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a 2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and some herbal and citrus zest hops. Taste is of malt up front with the herbal and citrus zest hops on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good pale ale but nothing too remarkable.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is really impressive. Poured out as a golden color with a sturdy looking white head on top. The lacing was really good too. The smell of the beer, has a really good hop quality to it. There is a little malt in there too. The taste of the beer is hoppy also, this beer could almost be an IPA I think. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry in the aftertaste. Overall I was expective to like this as much as I did, but I was happy that it tasted as good as it did. Very enjoyable brew!

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured very light copper in color with a head that quickly disappeared into lacing patterns. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of citrusy hops and pale malts in the nose.
T: There is a good balance between the slight bitterness from the hops and some sweetness from the malts in the overall flavor.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and can be considered as being sessionable. It's surprisingly hoppy for a pale ale and is rather flavorful.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally found a package store that sells this stuff... I must say, pretty damn good be it a canned beer or not.

As you pour it you get a huge whiff of hop aroma.. glorious. A nice orangey color with not much head. Taste is very hop heavy (how is this not an IPA?) but lacks some carbonation in my opinion. Maybe it was an old can but tasted a bit flat. Regardless it goes down nice and smooth and is very tasty. Will be coming back to.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml can. D.P. Eh? A perfect sentiment for this Canuck visitor, I'd say.

This beer pours a glassy medium golden copper amber hue, with two fat fingers of densely foamy, bubbly off-white head, which leaves a decent array of hovering rain cloud lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs out of sight.

It smells of sweet candied orange and grapefruit citrus, caramel toffee malt, a decent dose of pine resin, a hint of dry honey, and a mildly medicinal alcohol astringency. The taste is more semi-sweet grapefruit and orange fleshy fruitiness, a sturdy bready caramel malt backbone, fading forest floor pine notes, and a small floral perfumed booze warmth.

The carbonation is fairly understated, yet generally supportive, the body a hefty medium weight, and rather smooth, without invasive peril. It finishes on the more or less sweet side, and from both angles, as the hops and malt both contribute equally to this late cause.

Overall, this beer is quite big on flavour, even if that seems to be an excuse to push it to the IPA brink and hover. A prototypical version of an APA with hopes and dreams of style escalation, but still one mired in the adulation of its current station - oh, shoot. Still the best canned beer that I've had in recent memory.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served on-draught into a non-imperial pint glass in high altitude Denver, Colorado. Reviewed from notes. Paired with an elk burger and some french fries.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and average retention. Colour is a clear copper.

Sm: Light hops and slight cream. A very light aroma.

T: Nicely hoppy, crisp, and pleasant, but lacking full flavour or complexity. It isn't layered, but features some light cream lacing undertones. Very light toasted malt. The finish isn't too bitter (fortunately). Built decently well, and balanced nicely.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with enough coarseness on the climax to bring out the flavours. Complements the flavour generally.

Dr: Drinkable and pleasant, but far from exemplary.

[Initial rating lost due to BeerAdvocate changing the weights of each category with no notice to its users]
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2018/09/06 impression on-draught at a wing joint in Colorado:

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good beer that lives up to the hype. The tap delivers a well-carbonated copper hue with firm, froathy head formation and great retention- lots of lacing on the glass. A mild has persists, likely from dry-hopping. Aromas of abundant hops- a lot of grapefruit, orange zest, pine, and lemon grass. A firm malt backbone follows with low-lying sweetness and hints of bready crusts. Low fruitiness from esters and low phenolics. Flavors bring about a crisp malty flavor with low sweetness (only to balance). The hops are definately showcased with a burst of flavors like those found in the nose. The malts round out the hops with light fruitiness (kinda English-like only better attenuated). The body is medium, yet firm with a crisp, malty snappyness. Finishes with a clean, dry, hoppy note. On par with Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Last of my 6-pack acquired in Wisconsin.

The pint pours a deep orange with nice clarity. Two fingers of dense, sudsy foam, that forms rings & sheets of lace as it diminishes. Surface has a whipped meringue sheen to it that's also nice.

Hops are resiny and fruity, tropical like mango. Pale malt surfaces too as it warms up.

Big pale malt body, slight residual hebal bitterness that triggers the salivary glands. Sort of dry in the finish, enhances drinkability. Light to medium mouthfeel, pleasant and easy to drink.

It took alot of self-control to save a can from the six-pack for a review. Two weeks from purchase no less...now I need more.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass; canned on 10/9/2012, "Homing Required?" motto. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big orange, orange zest, grapefruit, caramel, floral, grass, light pine, bread, and light herbal spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity; not as strong as I would have hoped. Taste of orange, caramel, grapefruit, light pine, floral, grass, citrus rind, bread, and herbal earthiness. Fair amount of piney citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, pine, floral, grass, citrus rind, bread, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice hop flavor complexity and malt flavor balance with the bitterness; with zero cloying flavors noticed after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any arming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice APA! Nice hop flavor complexity and malt balance; and extremely smooth to drink. A very tasty and satisfying offering.

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Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 7,530 ratings