Dale's Pale Ale | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale
BA SCORE
74.9%
Liked This Beer
3.88 w/ 7,370 ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 10-08-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,358
Reviews:
1,959
Ratings:
7,370
Liked:
5,518
Avg:
3.88/5
pDev:
11.6%
Alströms:
3.58
 
 
Wants:
185
Gots:
1,674
Trade:
7
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Ratings: 7,370 |  Reviews: 1,959
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of Brentfeesh: Poured a slightly hazy deep amber color ale with a nice foamy head with average retention. Aroma of crisp C-type hops with a nice sweet malt base. Taste is a very well balance mix between sweet malt and some bitter hops. Body is above average and carbonation is just perfect. Well made example of an APA.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty big off white head settles to a nice lacing after leaving a bit of lacing covering the walls of the glass above a clear caramel copper colored pale ale.

Faint citrus and pine style hops aroma with a bit of fresh cut grass also making an appearance.

Light citrus style hops taste with some of the pine tagging along with a very light lightly roasted caramel maltiness as well.

Drying aftertaste with just a bit of the citrus aspects of the taste sticking around with this medium bodied drink.

Decent tasting pale ale, I could drink a bunch of these when in the mood, although I did find the $11.99 price tag for a 6 pack of 12 ounce cans a bit much, a person can find pale ales equal to this one or better from a variety of brewers for under ten bucks in any liquor store.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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 Boone757
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear orange-amber body rests gently beneath a short head of white that holds well and leaves some very nice lace about the glass. The nose delivers a combination of bright, fruity (more orange than grapefruit) and mildly piney hops along with a splash of yeasty fruitiness and a base of sweetish malt. It's crisp in the mouth without being overly aggressive, and it fades smoothly and cleanly from the palate. The flavor is bold, to say the least, and seems to add a light touch of diacetyl to it's already rich and fairly complex profile. It's exceptionally well balanced by a solid bitterness that allows its malt sweetness to shine before drying in the finish; and it's delicately pine-like hop flavors linger in the finish along with a touch of doughy maltiness. Quite nice! This beer deserves far more attention than it gets (and the fact that it's available in a can is a complete bonus!). Go get some!!!

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Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can served in a mug (from notes). Revisited with a very fresh (7 days old) can in July 2017.

Pour is medium-dark amber; surprisingly dark for style, and suggesting a rich PA. Clear with a nice creamy light tan head, about 2 fingers from a rather gentle pour.

Aroma: somewhat vague blend of hops but with a slight musty or off-odor.

T - Both citrus and pine notes suggest multiple hops {the brewer says "four kinds of American hops"}. Quite hoppy for a PA, yet only mild-to-moderate bitterness. Detectable malt contribution here, a touch more than an average APA I think, but balanced towards the hops. Slight off-note in the aroma was essentially masked by the hops and malt in the taste. Flavor improved with a bit of warming from a cold pour.

M - medium+ body; rather full for style. Good carbonation.

O - Dale’s Pale Ale is easy to recommend for "no glass" situations when one needs canned beer and wants one that is hoppy.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Yay more good beer in a can, and hell yeah for being Dale's 1000th review!

A: Poured into my SA Perfect Pint glass with a fluffy 2 finger head that slowly fades but continues to get supplemented by the many bubbles floating up from the etch at the bottom. Super clear amber copper brown color. The fluffy head leaves a nice lacing as well.

N: A nice combination of malts and hops. Some light toasty malt aromas, combined with quite a few hop aromas. Mostly a chewy hop aroma, with touches of pine, spicy, citrus, and floral hops.

T: Chewy hop taste, quite bitter actually. A nice citrus, pine, and earthy hop flavors, make it pretty bitter (not IPA status but close). A slight malty tone comes underneath it. A slight juicy hop flavor also comes through on a different part of the tongue and time. Slight spicy hop flavor too.

M: Lighter, slightly watery unfortunately, but good carbonation.

F: FInishes pretty dry and plenty bitter. Lingering spicy hops combine with a slight pine and citrus as well as some earthy chewy hop flavors that stick around for a while. The bitterness builds a bit but doesn't get overwhelming. Overall a very nice drinking beer, on the bitter side, but still lighter for a good summer drink.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear light copper in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall light tan head that reduces to an extremely thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a small thicker patch and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus and tropical fruit hops with lighter amounts of pale and caramel malts which contribute some sweetness.

T: Very similar to the smell, there is a lighter pale and caramel malt body that contributes some sweetness but the dominant flavor is that of the hops. I can taste both citrus (grapefruit and orange) and tropical fruit hops with just the slightest hint of pine hops. There is a moderate but not aggressive amount of bitterness that lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly dry in the finish.

O: Extremely easy to drink, enjoyable, and very sessionable. Slightly more hoppy that I expected for the style (might be right on the border of an IPA).

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to say this is my new favorite APA,poured a clear deep golden with a very tight well retained 0ne finger head that stuck like glue to the pint glass dissapating ever so slowly.Intermingling aromas of biscuity lightly sweet malt and piney,resiny hop neither win out but a re a perfect match,wow what balance and hop character starts out with a suger dough-like quality but a "voluminously" big piney,resiny hop quality follows thru to the end.I'll tell you what to me its dead on what a American pale ale should be the American hop profile is there but there is some balance,damn I loved it.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice light copper color with a white head and pretty good lacing. The nose is straight citrus and floral hops with only a bit of light bread in the background. The taste isn't quite as hoppy and has a mild malty character. Good body with a bit of dryness and nice carbonation. Drinks quite well and is a great all around beer. In fact, one through which I've introduced quite a few people to craft.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/29/07 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a golden brown color, with a medium foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts with some citrus and hops.

T: The taste starts out with a nice burst of hops bitterness up front, then some sweet flavors of citrus and caramel that come in next along with a hearty malt character that provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mactrail
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at a neighborhood place in east Denver. Back home, out of curiosity I opened a can I had in the fridge. So I"m reviewing the tap version from tonight's notes and comparing with the can in hand.

On the darker side of amber in the pint glass. Lots of malt at first taste, makes for a nice mouthful. Gets quite hoppy the more you drink. Fairly rich with a touch of biscuity malt. Quite bitter with plenty of piney flavors. OK with a couple of spicy shrimp tacos but not something I'd try again.

The can version has more carbonation as you can pour more as you like. Seems to be more of an IPA with the seriously resiny taste. Sharp, an increasingly harsh bitterness, but if that's your style this is full-bodied and straightforward.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass. Canned American craft beer review #100. I can’t believe that I’ve gone this long without reviewing the beer that started the whole revolution!

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of eggshell-white head. This retains with a thin and creamy foaminess, which throws up a frothy cascade that settles into a good bit of spotty that dots the sides of the glass. The aroma smells freshly floral and a touch spicy in the nose, with some leafy and bitter citrus character lying underneath. Malts have a presence here as well though, with sweeter notes of toast and maybe even a light touch of butter flavor.

The taste has a crisp citric snap on the palate, which is well balanced by the bready and grainy feeling sweetness of the malts. Like the nose, I’m even picking up a touch of diacetyl, which is actually nicely complimenting the malt presence here. It even lingers a bit in the finish, along with dry and pithy feeling green bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied; with a smooth crispness that is definitely on the creamier side overall. There is a bit of a light alcohol feel here but it doesn’t impact the feel much at all, except maybe adding a bit of boldness to the hop profile some.

I guess that this one’s become a minor classic over the last several years and there’s a reason why. It’s a well made APA with enough flavor to keep the craft beer lovers happy but still approachable enough to bring new drinkers in as well. And it’s in a can! This is solid stuff here that I would never turn down.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light amber color with off-white head. Aroma is quite malty and slightly buttery with some orange and earthy hops. Taste starts also slightly malty but then the hops kick in with earthy bitterness and lingers with grapefruit pith. Medium body and carbonation. Overall it's a really well made, classic pale ale.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Broad Axe Tavern, Ambler, PA

Pours a toffee brown with a finger of off-white head that laces well. Caramel malts and citrus hops on the nose. Hops up front, with distinctive citrus and pine notes, sweet malts and caramel following. Finishes dry and crisp with a little bitterness. Light-medium mouthfeel, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into my Southern Tier glass. Deep amber in color with a pillowy white head filling the top inch of the glass. Good head retention and lacing.

The aroma has a pretty nice American hop presence to it. It feels pretty juicy with notes of both citrus and tropical fruits. It's got a noticeable malt presence as well, adding a sweeter, slightly caramel like component to it.

The taste also shows a good amount of the hops, but it has a little more of a bitter citrus rind and grapefruit profile to it. The malts again add some needed sweetness with a touch of caramel.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, it's a very good beer and a classic version of the style. It's got a nice hop presence to it and is very drinkable and flavorful.

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Photo of smithj4
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 74.9% out of 100 with 7,370 ratings
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