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 busterwhite
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber with a 2 finger head and plenty of lacing.

Smells of citrus, pine and malt.

Nice hop bitterness upfront with citrus and pine balanced well by a little malt sweetness. Semi-dry finish with a grapefruit rind aftertaste that lingers.

Well carbonated, medium mouthfeel.

Overall this a great beer. Great taste and easy to drink.

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Photo of Dynobolt
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Here in DT TUCSON.. Very nice easy drink! I liked the smoothness and the overall look... Will definitely try it again.. One of the best pale ales I've had In a while.

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Photo of clarkm04
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 5/26/10
Consumed 9/26/10

Apperance- Cloudy amber/copper color. Medium thin white head.

Smell- A nice array of hops. More piney in smell profile. If there's any weakness in this beer is the aroma. I will say I've had fresher cans of Dale's that have a much bigger smell.

Taste- Very refreshing! Very smooth fore taste that spirals into a hoppy mid and finishing taste. Very crisp but with a decently aggressive hop profile. Much hoppier than a SA Pale Ale for reference.

Mouthfeel- Outstanding. Very delicate and clean. Decent carbonation on the tongue but solid throughout.

Drinkability- Very high. I could easily drink three to four of these per session.

Overall- This is one of my favorite pale ales. I appreciate how balanced it is. Pretty much the standard I hold all pale ales too. It's awesome to have cans. I take this to any outdoor endeavor and there's nothing better than sipping a Dale's in the wilderness.

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Photo of hooligan
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can pours into a pint glass, chill-hazy honey-amber color with a thick, tightly bubbled head and carbonation bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Head settles to a creamy, soapy froth that sticks to the glass.

Smell is BIG upfront and right out of the can, clove , grapefruit, and pine notes, heavy on the Cascade. Big chewy bready malt nose, like caramel and light toast. As the beer sits and "breathes" this potent nose calms down just a bit.

Piercing hops with a grassy, piney, grapefruit cut across the palate paired with thick, sweet, caramel apple malt. A little rum raisin/alcohol esters in the back stretch to accompany an almost tongue-numbing hop presence.

Fantastically thick, almost "rich" mouthfeel with a gentle carbonation.

The style is listed as APA but this is a HUGE beer, with it's alc, heavy hops, and big malt I'd almost consider this a dapa - if there were such a thing. Either way, this is a great beer...

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Photo of unionturf
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first can beer I have bought in a long time. I was not really looking forward to it because I don't like can drinks but got a single and said what the hell.

Poured deep orange and hazy with an excellent head. Smell is a very nice hoppy smell...I'm impressed so far. taste is spo ton for a APA, this is much better that the Restoration APA I had earlier. The bitter hops was perfectly balance and now I wish I had bought a sixer.

As others have said this is the best beer I have ever had from a can, The Common Market has this on tap too so I'm gonna have to compare. :)

Dales's saves the day!! I'm going to the drag races next week and only cans are allowed...now I can take a beer with me that I can stand to drink!! Yea Dales!!!!

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

Thanks to Gilly (everetends) for helping me land this "want" in the great box 'o' cans...12 oz. can poured into the SN pint glass...born on date of 5/17/09 (fresh!)...

Four finger tan pillowy head with decent lacing...hazy amber body...good looking brew with some great head retention!

Slight citrus, stong malt and hop aroma...spicy with some caramel notes.

Strong citrus up front, bitter finish. Malts breaking through...some sweet caramel comes through as well...

Slick and stick and oily with good carbonation...

Smooth drinking APA...a definite quaffer!

Good things "can" come in cans! This is a great everyday quaffer of a b eer. It's a tongue bruiser of a pale ale, and worth seeking out. I will petition to get OB in Indiana!

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Photo of mdunman
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear reddish-brown with a good head and plenty of linger

S: Hops, light maltiness and a bit of lemon

T: Started off with the light maltiness, then in the middle there was a massive hit of peach, which was washed away by the dry, hoppy finish.

M: Medium body, good carbonation and fairly smooth finish

Overall this was a very enjoyable beer, a good balance of flavors and a twist of peach to make this one unique.

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Photo of MrDonQuixote
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Oskar Blues Tap Room

A- light with a white head, but still looks great

S- smells intensely of hops. Has a beautiful smell

T- citrusy to the max, Hoppy, likely centennial hops. Great aftertaste

M- goes down with a nice balance of carbonation

O- quite possibly the best APA i've had to date

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Photo of Joe_Howard
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was honestly going into this beer already disapointed because 2 of my 3 previously tried out of a make your own 6-pack were very disapointing (1 was another well known pale ale from another craft beer giant, the other was a canned beer). Boy was I surprised, this is a good beer. Pours an orange-gold body with a mountain of frothy foam. The smell was floral and piny with some citrus. The taste reflects this with the addition of some sweet malts. Overall a delicious beer that I definitely see myself drinking in the future, but with that said there are a few critiques. Firstly I felt there was too much bitterness with not enough hop flavor if that makes sense, like there was a lot of just generic bitterness with not too much distinct hop flavors. Secondly, the packaging needs to be updated. Although I got only one in a make your own I saw that these were being sold in the old plastic rings of fish doom. In my opinion that need to change to the new 6 pack carriers most craft brewers use for their canned beers, they look better and are better for the environment

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Photo of PiecefulToker
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a beautiful copper-amber-orange color, slightly hazy, with a thick almost nitro like head that sustains a substantial layer through the duration of the beer, leaving a sticky lace on the glass as I drink it.

S: A beautiful bouquet of hops and malt. There are notes of pinyness as well as citrus. This beer smells great.

T: This is a pretty hop pale ale, but has the malt backbone to support it. High on bitterness, but the sweetness of the malt balances the flavor profile. Just like the nose suggests, there is a decent amount of pine and spruce like flavors as well as citrusy grapefruit. If you like hoppy APAs, seek this one out.

M: Smooth but with a stickyness that coats my mouth. Not too thick, not too thin, just right.

D: Surprisingly high. Taking down a 6-pack wouldn't be a problem.

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Photo of stabzmcgee
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a snifter. grassy sweet aroma. Golden apearance, slight head that remains to thinly lace the top. head is eggshell to tan. Taste is that of citrus hops and slightly fruity. Palate is slightly sweet with a nice bitter finish. better on tap or straight from the can

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Photo of Bones54
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow- wasn't expecting this type of taste out of a can. Maybe my scores are a little high because this suprises me so much. This is a solid beer, with a well balanced pale ale taste. Not to mention the poor out of the can is great as well. Cheers to this beer!

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

Poured the color of hay, a good three finger head with slight lacing left as I drank it.

Smells very hoppy and sweet.

Tastes, hoppy and crisp, not overly bitter, slightly sour in the finish

Hoppy mouthfeel leaves a happy tingle on the palate, crisp and slightly bitter.

a great pale ale, perfect for warm weather days on your front porch. Will drink again.

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Photo of PBBC
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange with a creamy 1 finger head,

Smells very hoppy, very earthy, kind of like dirt, but in a good way. (Outdoorsmen know what I'm talking about)

Tastes hoppy, bitter in the back of the tongue, slightly sweet, almost buttery?

Mouthfeel, not too clean, the taste lingers for quite awhile on the tongue, but I enjoy the hoppy tastes.

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Photo of hmf05
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an orange/gold with a rocky three finger head.

S- Smells like hops wrapped in caramel.

T- Nice fresh, clean hops. I don't get grapefruit, but i get other citrus like orange and lemon. There is a sweet and creamy caramel presence that keeps the brew balanced.

M- Medium carbonation and a thin to medium body. There is a slightly dry aftertatse.

O- An extremely sessionable pale ale. Not quite as intense as an ipa, but it is a stand out for the style. If I were offered this or Sierra Nevada, I would demand a Dale's Pale Ale!

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Photo of Chadpaq
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into one of my tapered pint glasses.

Appearance: Huge, three-finger head. Dark, honey-gold appearance. Head's taking its time receding, leaving spiderweb-sticky lacing as it goes. Frothy as the churned Atlantic on top, yet peaceful below. Recedes to about one-half of a finger's worth.

Smell: Struggling with a bit of a cold right now, but my stuffed nasal passages can't block the pungent floral hops. I am, in every sense of the word, a "hop-head," and I know that when I finally take a swig, it won't disappoint in this category. There's a hint, a TINY remnant of a smell that I can't put my finger on, but that is a bit displeasing. I almost feel bad even mentioning this generic sleight, but it must be said.

Taste: Oh yeah. Hopz 2 da maxXx, yet some malty notes as well. I figured this baby might register higher than a 6.5% abv given its rich taste. I don't know much about malts, being a hops man, but they are a nice compliment, providing the beer with a lot of balance.

Mouthfeel: Good, but I must say, nothing spectacular. I feel like this beer could benefit from more carbonation. Perhaps it's a testament to the amount of hops in it. Still, not bad. I think I may be drinking it at too cold of a temperature.

Drinkability: This is where this beer soars. I could session the hell out of this baby, if I could afford it. It really is very drinkable, despite the slightest bite from the hops.

Great beer. One I come back to on the reg. Splitting a sixer with my dad tonight. This first one, I'm drinking with some Stacy's pita chips and hummus. Nice balance. The second two will be at dinner: Baby green salad with cranberries, feta and walnuts. Fellas, don't knock it 'til ya try it. Chicken breasts off the grill and sweet potato fries for the main dish. A hearty meal with a hearty, complimentary beer. Dale's Pale Ale: Phenomenal!

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Photo of Cobrito
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

In the South, where I live, Dale's Pale Ale stands out as that craft brew from afar that a lot of places carry, and that proves time and again to be a superior brew over the locals and the typical non-local stuff that appears on drink menus here. It is clearly underrated here on Beer Advocate because it gets lost in the crowd of pale ales and IPAs that are out there. But in a place where there isn't so much of a crowd of those brews, Dale's absolutely kicks ass. I first had it on the rec of friends at Motorco and Geer Street Pub in Durham, NC, then had it at again at a Mellow Mushroom in Atlanta, and every time I thought, damn I'm glad the server recommended this. It's really more of an IPA than a PA, and for me that is just fine. It is cloudy, very flavorful and drinkable, and would be high on the list of beers I would offer to newbies wanting to get into hoppy craft beers. This review is based on my Mellow Mushroom order, which was the first Dale's I had drank in a year, and I was stunned by how good it was. A beautifully thick, cloudy brew with a nice balance between assertive, hoppy flavors and drinkability. I think it's a superstar in the craft brew world.

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Photo of ANIMOUL
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big fan of the Pale Ale style; in the case of Dale's it seems more biased towards the English Pale Ale Style (i.e. more malt than hops).

Pours a great head (that's what she said) with approximately one inch of foam. Has a subtle sweetness that permeates the English / malt style ale. Very satisfying although not very sessionable or crushable, which is usually not a characteristic of a Pale Ale.

Solid brew that is worth keeping in the fridge... though perhaps not as hype-worthy as those from CO think.

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

I got to experience this great tasting, pleasent, and enjoyable beer at the Friendly Spot Ice House in San Antonio, Texas. It pours hazey yellow, with thin white laces running to the finger width head. It has a real strong hop tatste for being a pale ale, not to over bearing though, goes down smooth, leaves your palte dry (wanting more). I think it is a halloween party in the can, becuase taste like a IPA in a pale ale's costume....

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

Poured from a 12oz can into a 20oz tulip pint.

Beautiful stained-pine color. Healthy white head, with considerable lacing.

Malts dominate, but the hops come through too. Nice grainy malt scents.

Lemony, citrusy hops at first sip. Then the dark toast malts flavors catch up. Very nice. The only complaint is that the hop flavors tend to muddy after you've finished swallowing. Hard to find a defect here.

Slightly syrupy mouth feel, not very carbonated. Really gives you something to chew on.

Drinkable as any hoppy beer I've ever had. A brighter hop finish would have earned this brew a 5.0 in this category.

Over all a very nice beer to have available year round. It goes for 2 bucks more for a 12-pack than a SN Pale Ale, but the richer characteristics make that an excellent price.

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Photo of FuzzyGuy84
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a pint glass

A - Poured a deep and cloudy amber. Modest beige head. Impressive.

S - Nice fruity and hoppy smell.

T - Extremely hoppy. Great for a hophead but it's pretty much all you taste. Definetely good and tremendously strong.

M - Somewheat heavy and chewy. This is a big beer.

D - A wonderful drink for hopheads. Strong so you wouldn't want a ton. Definetely worth a try, particularly for fans of IPAs.

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Photo of bwd110
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into pint glass

Thought a case of these would be perfect for a few concerts I was attending over the weekend... Gotta love the superior portability and waste management aspects of cans over bottles.

A: Over aggressive pours yields a huge off-white head, kinda of slinks down the sides of the glass instead of streaming down. Appears to be abundantly hopped, and the hop oils are slowing things down a bit. After everything settles, a deep amber beer with some cloudiness is left. Tremendous sticky lacing down the glass.

S: Great nose. Certainly a plethora of hop varieties in this one. Big orange zest and grapefruit notes, also a deep undertone of caramel malt. Splendid.

T: While this beer does have a great hop presence, albeit a little let down from the nose, the malt is on the edge of overpowering. This beer certainly stretches the flavor capabilities of an APA. Very tasty, but almost overbalanced. I'd like to see the hops rage a little more.

M: Again stretching the style here, medium to fullish body, with a good amount of chewiness. Certainly many characteristics of an IPA over and APA.

D: Drank quite of few of these, and kept going back. A damn fine choice for outside drinking!

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Photo of vapodge
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a pint glass

A - mostly clear golden yellow; nice head; decent lacing

S - citrusy hops; super-zesty for a pale ale

T - more like a malty IPA than a pale ale for me; hops announce themselves with pleasant bitterness; alcohol is there at the end

M - creamy finish for a pale ale; moderate carbonation

D - good stuff -- a go-to canned beer; packs some kick, so drink in moderation (but doesn't command the respect of Gordon); very pleasant

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Photo of GimmeAles
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice toasty-orange hue to this one. Develops a decent, creamy, 1-finger head which dwindles to a skim over the top and good lacing. Aromas of faint fruit and a creamy vanilla sweetness are present. Nice, if subdued.

The taste however, smacks your taste-buds with tongue-quivering, hoppy goodness. A juicy, leafy and herbal presence is dominant with a bit of citrus and a thin, mineral edge. I poured this from a can?! Malts are biscuity and a vanilla sweetness is markedly interwoven making for a very fine compliment to the bitterness of the hops. Medium to light mouthfeel enhanced by a fine, even conditioning add to the drinkability.

Overall an impressive and very drinkable Pale Ale tipping a bit towards IPA territory. Being in a can adds some novelty to the experience, but this is a completely solid offering besides. As elegant as bottles are, you can’t argue with the practicality of cans and I hope to see more breweries canning in the future.

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Photo of esv
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A) Head is 1/3" and bubbly. Very little head retention. The beer is orange with a hint of copper. This may be the orangest pale ale I've seen yet. Pretty clear.

S) Big, piney hops. Resinous. Syrupy sweet malt.

T) Not as sweet as you expect. It smells like a DIPA on the barleywine end of the spectrum but it is lighter than that. A little earthy. Big hop flavor and a nice balance really. This is a bigger APA.Citrusy, mild grape fruit. Solid smack of bitter in the end that sticks around. Definitely fruity.

M) A little sticky. Solid-medium mouthfeel.

D) I enjoy it but it isn't something I would drink one after another. It's just a bigger apa with some sweetness to it.

Using A)S)T)M)D) helps me think about a beer but I'm getting to the point where I might stop using it and I might comment less on the drinkability.

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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