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Dale's Pale Ale | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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88
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Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 10-08-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,901
Ratings:
7,113
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
22.39%
 
 
Wants:
172
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Photo of bonk0076
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best beer I think I've ever had. A dark golden color with an ambitious head for a pale ale, it carries a prominent c-hop aroma. The taste delivers that hoppy flavor, but it is followed immediately with a sweet finish that perfectly balances it. Delicious.

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Photo of HardcoreKeith
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six pack of these to throw into the soda can dispenser of my kegerator fridge.

Hazy amber with small white head. The carbonation level is low, hardly even a pooft when I popped the can. It smells strongly of piney and citrusy hops and grapefruit. The taste is strongly piney. It's very aggressively hopped, to the point that this is really more of an IPA than APA. It's even more hoppy than some IPAs. The malt flavor shows through a bit as it warms up. Enjoyable, and kudos to Oskar Blues for the canning.

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Photo of LiquidSanity
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ap: Golden-Orange amber color. Plenty of head. Minimal lacing. Beautiful appearance.

Ar: Orange and floral notes. Nothing super impressive but not distracting.

Ta: This beer is delicious. Plenty of earthy and piney hops, a touch of honey with a nice bitterness that would confuse many into thinking it is an IPA.

Mf: Thick and rich while being creamy. Very engaging.

Ov: Honestly, how is this not an IPA? This beer is full of flavor, character and body. The bitter hops will delight and you will drink any and all I place in front of you. Enjoy each one as it is poured. Cheers!

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

Had this beer on several occasions, always out of a can. I'm a fan of this beer and would love the opportunity to have on draft.

A - Pours a pretty light amber/golden color. Small thin head but generous lacing down the glass. Lightly carbonated, but certainly not flat-ish.

S - Nice aromas. It would be a brilliantly smelling beer is they aromas popped a little more (hence why I would love on draft with a bigger head/carbonation) but the flavors are very nice. Sweet citrus/floral with some malt/bready smells.

T - Great tasting beer. Hops to malts to bitterness on the finish. Front hop flavors are floral/citrus, followed by malt/bready sweet flavors, and the finish leaves bitterness on the tongue. Excellent flavorful ale.

M - Also, excellent. Full bodied for a Pale Ale making it a pleasure to drink.

D - Very nice beer. With slightly higher carbonation, this Pale Ale would be hard to beat. Always a nice to drink and a very sessionable beer.

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber/golden with an off white head that doesn't stick around for long but is profound when poured. A gorgeous example of an APA.

Smell: Hops up front, party in the back.

Taste: Hops with a touch of malt and barley. Very clean and crisp tasting. Definitely a thirst-quencher.

Mouthfeel: Leaves the crisp and tart taste of hops in your mouth which isn't a bad thing if you really enjoy hops. While not as intense as other hoppier beers I've tried, but those afraid of the mighty power of hops might wanna stay clear,

Drinkability: "Bartender fill me another/'Til I go crazy and turn my mind around/Just pass that bottle one more time/I'm slowly sinking down"

Solid brew that's good for anytime, but ideally it's a good summer quencher. Highly recommended to hop heads and fans of APA's in general.

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Photo of Ohmmygawd
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pint can to glass.
It's a good looking pale ale. The floral hops smell hits you right away and complements the bitter pale taste wonderfully. I was a little worried it would be too thick and too much like an IPA but it's light and a pleasure to drink. Dale's Pale Ale works really well as a great beer to have with a burger and it's light enough to have a couple without feeling too full.

Great beer to have with friends.

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Photo of brewcore
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass

Disclaimer: This can survived a 3 day backpacking trip.

A. Aggressive pour yields a one finger white head that doesn't hang around long. (Maybe it was beat up too much in the excursion.) Some lacing. Nice carbonation rising from the bottom. Cloudy and light copper in color.

S: Predominately hops. Hops are floral and citrus. Balanced out with some sweet malt aroma.

T: Hops provide a citrus rind bitterness balanced well with a toasted, caramel malts. Mild lingering bitterness. The hops presence not overpowering.

M: Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Somewhat oily in the finish. Easy to drink and quite refreshing.

O: One of my favorite American pale ales. It is easy to drink despite its higher ABV. Plus they were one of the first craft breweries to do the can. I love cans; they are perfect for day hikes and fishing trips. This beer fits the bill perfectly for those adventures (as do many other Oskar Blues beers). The fact that this beer is in a can increases my overall rating for this beer.

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Photo of JBStith
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dale's Pale Ale in a can. Fun to drink a "good" beer from a can, but (and I don't care what anyone else says) cans taste different than bottles to me. Anyhow...

A: Pours a slightly hazy goden color with little head. Low retention, but decsent lacing.

S: Initial floral aroma and a bit of sweetness spice. Aromas disappear very quickly though.

T: Initially sweet and well hopped. Good bitterness that comes through as spicy. Becomes sticky sweet as the beer warms. Sweetness become more than I tend to like.

M&D: Descent mouthfeel. The sweetness translates into a heavier mourthfeel towards the end. Well (maybe overly) carbonated. Sweetness kills drinkability for me.

Overall, a descent beer. Having "good" beer in a can (which is unusual in my parts" makes this a good choice when bottles are out of the quetsion.

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Photo of kurp001
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can bought at Shawan Liquors

Pours a cloudy shade of amber, with about two fingers of rocky tannish head sitting on top. As the head gradually dies down, generous lacing is left behind.

Piney and citrusy hops pop out on the aroma, a vague sweetness is also apparent in the background.

A grassy, floral hop character pulls through upfront, and is then rounded out by a more citrusy flavor. The malt backbone makes its presence known midway, though the finish tends to be dominated more by a hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is solid; medium-bodied with a subtle yet sufficient level of carbonation.

Dale's Pale Ale is very drinkable with an assertive hop character; this is definitely a good pale ale to have around, even though it can be somewhat pricier than other pale ales that I would consider to be of more or less comparable quality. At any rate, this is a good option when I want to switch things up.

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Photo of Archimetez
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber color with an opacity, head this cream colored that dissipates quickly.

S: Mostly malt with a mild hop overtone

T: Nice mix of hops and barely malt.

M: Mild "thickness" over the mid-palate that lingers nicely.

O: Good example of an APA, no complaints

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Photo of jhicks12
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer in Oskar Blues 12 oz can pour into a pink glass

Appearance: A hazy copper orange color.

Smell: Nice Evergreen, citrus, malt notes

Taste: Nice malt character followed by a charge of evergreen, citrus bitter hoppy flavor.

Mouthfeel: Good bubbly carbonation, and oily hop mouthfeel

Drinkability: Very solid and drinkable APA. Nice that it comes in cans. Certainly a nice beer for tailgating at a baseball game

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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

Can

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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Photo of BarleyMine
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was interesting to me... It poured a nice amber/carmelized sugar color with a thick white head receeding to a thin line and somewhat sticky lacing. The interesting part is there was virtually no aroma to speak of. Maybe an ever so slight malty sweet smell. The flavor was a nice balance of malts and hops with a light floral note on the finish. A borderline amber ale. Medium bodied and smooth makes it a very drinkable brew.

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Photo of MeowTom
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- It's very hazy and the head doesn't look very healthy. I don't want to judge a book by it's cover.

S- Mild hoppy aroma. It's mild but very pleasant.

T- Wonderful taste, makes up for the look. Big bitterness and wonderful maltiness to balance it out.

M- Medium thickness with a nice carbonation to it.

O- It works out to be just an average beer with some wonderful things and some not so good qualities.

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

Had on tap at a local bar.

Appearance- Pours a dark gold/light brown with a one-finger off white head.

Smell- I mostly got citrus-y hops that really smell of grapefruit.

Taste- Grapefruit flavor for sure; tart citrus-y hop flavors. Light and refreshing with a bitter hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Had a medium body with a fair amount of carbonation; refreshing.

Overall- A good beer. I usually don't go for IPAs but this one was a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of silverevo9
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just poured into a Weizenbier glass. The head on this pour has a really nice appearance and presentation. The dual color pour, with a light amber fighting off the white head trying to form. Head retention is very good and masculine. Good strength in head, wont go away, really well done there. Sticky lacing and a very good hop scent that very specific to this beer. I can see why this beer lives up to the life style it was produced for. Taste, for a lack of superlatives very excellent. Nose to glass, i get an abundance of sweet hop and bitterness following. These will be with me on camping trips and mountain biking trails. 6.5% occurring here makes a difference from the standard 5.3%. Buzz comes comes on a lot faster. Drinkable, portable, and outstanding.

Great beer!

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Photo of monkeybutler
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dale's Pale Ale: a beery exercise in rhyming.

I bought this 6 pack at Frontier Saloon, and I'm certain that it's fresh.

Pours amber-gold with good carbonation, a 1 finger head and moderate lacing. Sometimes I find that these smaller micros have difficulty in getting the carbonation right in the can, but this can turned out fine, even though the hiss when I opened the can wasn't very audible.

Smell is of Pacific NW hops: maybe cascade, maybe some Amarillo. Not much malt coming through in the nose.

Flavor is full, with the malt coming through alongside the appropriate hoppiness. A slight husky-graininess makes itself known in the finish, and it's not very appealing, but it doesn't detract too much.

Mouthfeel is thick and quite cloying for a pale.

I could definitely drink a whole sixer of this at once, but my palate would be in ruins for a while afterwards. Overall, it's a nice pale ale, and you can do a whole lot worse. The novelty of canned craft beer won't wear off soon either.

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Photo of BabaJohn
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Citrusy esters and floral hop aromas of tangerine and orange rise from a medium-light brown beer with orange highlights. The head doesn’t last but leaves a thin, clean froth of bubbles, some lacing and patches of foam sticking to the glass. Very clean, smooth malt flavors in the mouth, but the focus here is clearly the explosion of hop taste and bitterness. A dry beer with an emphasis on humulus lupulus, Dale’s Pale is quite drinkable and enjoyable for all, especially hopheads. I must comment once more about how much I like the canning movement. Environmentally sound and economically sound I imagine, I hope more craft brewers get on this and produce more killer beers in cans. It’s part of beer advocacy. Show the world just how misguided the popular conception of this very refined beverage is.

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Photo of DontCallMeSurly
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a standard pint glass. It's pretty cool to see some breweries kciking back to the cans. I dig.

This pale pours a golden amber color and develops a nice one inch creamy head. It dissipates quickly but leaves a nice foam ring around the edges of the glass. Aroma is bready and hoppy, kind of enticing. The taste is much of the same only the hops take a much more prominent role. There is a slight metallic aftertaste which I presume is from the can. The mouthfeel is good with very light carbonation which makes me think this beer would go down very easily on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Hoppington
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent APA in a can. Nice copper color and hop aroma, though not as floral and citrusy as the more extreme hoppy beers. A solid offering by all accounts though, with a nice balance of hoppy citrus and pine. Bonus points for using updated can technology to enhance freshness and portability. I have purchased a case and a half of this stuff because it flies off the shelves at my local store. Noticed some consistency variations between canned batches, but very minor, and this is to be expected with craft brews I suppose. One 12 pack was a bit smokier than the other, but nothing damning. Though Dale's is good in the can, I have to say it is much better on tap to my taste buds. I want to try the Gordon IPA next.

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Photo of aaron12
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

iv'e been on a pale ale kick lately, and this is the first time iv'e tried dale's. it's really good, but i don't know if it 10.99/6pk good... beer geeks love this stuff, is it cause for a pale ale it'll kick your ass? is this an imperial PA? is it an esb? whatever, the nose is not super amazing, but the balance is. what makes this not an ipa is, how quickly the malts roll under the hops when you take a sip. the buttery malt swirls with the hops in your mouth just right. it's hard to get such a nice balance at 6.5. this is a well thought out pale ale. if you ask me, i'd call this an esb.

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Photo of Brewndruid
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

I was very excited to give the spirit go, should've realized that my excitement stemmed from the recommendations of my west coast hophead friends! This is a good beer, but not my cup of tea. If I had to choose between this and a Sierra Nevada pale ale, Sierra Nevada! In fact, lately, I am a fan of Chesapeake pale ale from Alewerks!

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Photo of singletary
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a nice amber color with a good head that lasts all the way through the drink. Smell is usual piney hop with maybe some orange. The taste is well balanced with a bite of bitterness not to strong with a little aftertaste. Nice easy drinking beer, overall a really well made drink.

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

A - POURED A SOLID RED - COPPER COLOR WITH A NICE HEAD THAT STUCK AROUND A BIT.

S - SOLID FLORAL HOPS SMELL!

T - GREAT FROM START TO FINISH DEFINATELY DOES NOT DISSAPOINT. A REAL NICE APA THAT IS NOT TOO BITTER. JUST AN OVERALL GOOD BEER!

M - A TAD BITTER AND FAIRLY LIGHT FOR AN APA. BUT THE TASTE JUST MAKES THIS BEER WONDERFUL!

D - JUST A NICE BEER THAT I KNOW I WILL FIND MYSELF DRINKING A LOT OF.

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
88 out of 100 based on 1,901 ratings.
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