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 Halcyondays
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can,

A: Pours amber with a medium white head, good retention leaving a thin cap of foam, spotty but extensive lacing.

S: Sweet citrus juice, wildflower honey and treacle malt.

T: Light caramel maltiness, definitely has a sweeter sugary feel than in a lot of pales. Hops are full of citrus and pineapple, full-flavoured and very tasty.

M: Kind of light in body, I don't know if it's the can, but needs more heft, overall resiny and creamy.

D: Very good beer, bordering on IPA territory. Finally they came to CA, and their flagship product was certainly worth the wait.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark reddish-orange color. One finger head with little retention but good lacing.

S - Fresh citrus and piney hops with a caramel malt sweetness undertone.

T - Sweet malts up front with a medium hop bitterness at the end. Not as much hop character as I prefer in a pale ale. Hops are citrusy in flavor.

M/D - Full boded with a buttery feeling that coats your mouth. Moderate carbonation. A very drinkable pale ale but not my favorite.

Love the craft beer in cans!

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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 breyton490
2.46/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a 6-pack at the Publix in Orlando while on a business trip.

No date on the can, so I don't know how old this beers was when I bought it. First poor produced a big pillowy head, slightly cloudy, red/amber color. Aroma was very malty, caramel with some hop aroma muddled in between.

Body was medium. Not a crisp. clean taste like you get with an SNPA. Tasted malty, I got lots of caramel and maybe Munich malt taste with some hop bitterness upfront, but then nothing on the finish. Dont know what to make of this beer. I had two, but dont think I would want another.

Theres lots of hype around this beer, but I think there are far better examples of American Pale out there. I don't think I would recommend this one unless you are curious.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer.

I heard about Dale's pale Ale from two folks who I respect their beer preferences and reviews. I had to try it and am very happy that I had the opportunity. This was my first Dale's Pale Ale, but it will not be my last. I have to admit I am confused by some of the lesser reviews. But that's the beauty of opinions and reviews.

I poured the beer from the can into a traditional pint glass and a thick 2 finger very creamy head formed. The head was slightly off white and did linger for quite some time. The brew was a clear, bright copper color with no real visible carbonation. A modest amount of lacing remained as the beer was consumed.

Aroma was very subtle to almost non existent. Slight floral/biscuity fragrance.

Mouth feel was extremely creamy and excellent. The flavor was absolutely wonderful and very well balanced.

Nice biscuity/caramel notes up front that led to a nice floral hop finish that lingered for a short while. There was a very nice fresh citrusy hop flavor as you enjoyed the beer. I also noticed a bready finish combined with the hop finish. Also, there was a very subtle spiciness in the flavor profile.

This is a very good beer that must be sampled despite some of the reviews to the contrary. I am very happy that I chose to by a six pack right off the bat.

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Photo of lemonwood
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dale's Pale Ale
12oz can into a pint glass
A- Pours a dark, coppery, amber color with a soft yet sturdy two finger head that deflates, after about 10 min. or so, to a lumpy surface on top of the beer. Nice lace.
S- Vanilla and pineapple hit first with other fruitiness. Then lovely citrusy hops by the nose full. Finally a hint of malts comes in last.
T- Hoppity hop hops. Fruity with a pleasent citrus spice to it. Toasty, caramely malts decide to join the party then hops manages to shove 'em out of the way.
Despite the hops goin to town on my tongue, this is quite a refresing brew. probably wouldn't have another. Try it out.

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Photo of righlander
2.12/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours a clean amber from a 12oz can to a pint glass. smells hoppy with notes of vanilla and pale malt.very laced with light carbonation. taste is malt with hints of vanilla in the mix with a hoppy bite. a creamy vanilla hopped up weirdness. Seems lightly carbonated. this is a weird tasting brew. It has some weird vanilla taste to it that makes me not want to taste it anymore. I can't see drinking more than one of these. BLEEEGH I don't like it. Sorry.

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Photo of RickSawyer
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cherry pine color with a creamy amber-esque head that resides to a film across the top of the beer. Smell is sweet, bready, carmel, hints of finished by a piney, earthy hop presence. Taste is sweet, carmel, strawberry floral sweetness, hints of orange and a balancing floral hop that certainly accompanies the overall sweetness of the malt profile. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. I could drink these all night! Wonderfully put together. So simple that it might be lost in translation for someone looking for a bit more flavor, but definitely a very nice APA.

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

Poured a dark amber with a light head that dissipated quickly. The aroma was weak, slightly malty. The flavor was surprisingly weak on the attack, but finished with an interesting peppery finish, with an unexpected hint of allspice. There is some hop bitterness but little hoppiness on the aroma. The mouthfeel is thin, but with a good sting of carbonation.

Not bad. Not revelatory.

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Photo of rdub
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This reminded me of a Sierra Nevada. Cracked the can, poured into a pint glass. About an inch of head, lasted about halfway down. Nice and hoppy, first one went down nice and smooth. Pretty good intro for some friends looking to get off the American Macro lager bandwagon.

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

Many thanks to vasdef42 for this fine extra.

Appearance: It pours a slightly hazy, orange/amber color with a two finger deep off-white head. Retention was very good and a light lacing lined the glass.

Smell: Hops jump out of the glass immediately. They're mostly piney and a little resiny. But, there's a slight floral character to them, as well. Malts are somewhat subdued, but smell a little sweet. It's earthy and a little grainy. Very faint citrus grapefruit makes an appearance late. Biscuity aroma wraps it up. It's got a decent smell, but is a little light.

Taste: Bitter, pine-soaked hops kick it off. It's a nice bitter flavor followed up by citrus grapefruit and orange. Hops and citrus flavors blend well and taste a good deal better than I expected from the nose. Malts are indeed sweet and give it a nice base. They don't balance out the bitter flavor completely, but play their role quite well. It is a little yeasty and definitely has a grainy/earthy aspect to it.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and very smooth. Carbonation is very well done and gives it a nice, crisp feel. It's very drinkable. Light, smooth, and goes down so easy. Perfect recipe for a session beer (at least by my standards).

Dale's Pale is a very solid APA. Its solid flavor more than makes up for what it lacks in smell. The nose is really the only weak link in this beer's makeup. Otherwise, it's a pretty spot on for the style. I haven't tried the complete Oskar Blues lineup, but I'm beginning to believe they can't make a bad beer. Gotta love the can too. Classic.

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

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours an orangeish-reddish color with a modest head. Smell is bread and hops. Taste is well balanced between the malts and bitter hops. Taste is pretty average though. Mouthfeel is good and the beer is exceptionally drinkable since it's a pretty average beer. Definitely a good pool beer.

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Photo of raiser
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this at a tasting of IPA's at Pacific Park
Market in Aliso Viejo. It was the first
brew tried, the ONLY one in a can, and was in GREAT company including:
90 minute, Stone 10th IPA (3L), Union Jack, Hop
Henge, Port 2nd Anniv, GF West Coast IPA

A: light orange, no head to speak of

S: Pungent hops, sweet malt?.

T: light hops with sweet caramel malt finish.

M: light carbonation, with light body.

D: A pretty good Pale all-around. This is recently starting to be distributed in Socal.

If you want to try a pale ale that isn't insanely hoppy or bitter, this is a good place to start. It drinks easy enough to be able to finish a sixer and your wife might enjoy it too. It's not spectacular, but one of the best beers I've ever poured from a can.

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Photo of Gmann
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden brown color with a clingy off-white head that left some nice lacing. The aroma is of grassy and citrus hops, not overpowering. The taste is of hops; grapefruit rind, some orange sweetness, and piney. The hops are balanced by a bready malt with has some honey like sweetness. The feel is moderate with nice carbonation for the style. Finishes with a hoppy bitterness. A very nice APA, good hop and malt flavors and it come in a can. I prefer my hops to be more floral and grassy in APAs but the hops here are well balanced with the malt.

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Photo of sbe1
2.4/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Blah. A not so great pale ale.

Appearance: Not too bad looking but not memorable either. A dark cloudy copper colored beer with a fluffy whitish/light-orangish head that breaks down to a sticky lace on the glass.

Smell: Malt, some hops but far less than the "voluminously hopped" boast on the side of the can. Hint of pineapple and some other citrusy fruit.

Taste: Not good. Bitter, poor quality hops or the wrong combination or hops, slightly musty; dryish and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery, but the bitterness really ruins it.

Drinkability: Not recommended. There are too many good American pale ales around to waste your time with this one.

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Photo of rye726
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a copper color with a cream colored head. The nose has a big citrus hop presence which makes me think of this as more of an India Pale Ale. There is some malt, but it is fairly faint. The taste is also very hop strong with just a bit of sweet malts. Nice medium body. A fine brew, APA or IPA.

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

Had this many times before, but just now getting around to reviewing it. Poured from a can into a pint glass
A- looks pretty standard for a pale ale. Dark amber color with a white-ish head that fades fast and leaves a little lacing.

S- Nice and hoppy for a pale ale with some pine and citrus. Also a little bit of crystal malts and some buttery diacetyl.

T- Pretty nice for a pale ale. Hoppier and close to an IPS than usual. Really great taste.

M - About average for mouthfeel. Nothing extraordinary.

D - I could easily put back a few cans of this one. A good higher alcohol session beer.

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

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass with a thin white head due to an extra slow pour. Head dissipates slowly leaving moderate lacing. Citrus/pine aroma. Malt sweetness leads heavy grapefruit flavor and a dry crisp finish; a lot of complexity going on here. Good medium-heavy body and a highly drinkable, enjoyable beer.

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

Finally got some Dale's Pale Ale, this is the only canned beer from Oskar Blues I've yet to try. Picked this one up today from South Bay Drugs and Liquor (new arrival).

Pours an amber color, copper, with a good inch of foam.

Generously hoppy, pine, grapefruit, and grass hops. The malt profile is mostly toasted with a mixture of caramel and biscuit.

Taste is very toasted with some caramel near the finish. A hop bite is one of the first things to greet you, pine and grass with hints of citrus peel. Lemon and bitter orange flavors are near the finish.

Mouth-feel is pretty smooth, good level of carbonation, a little hint of alcohol in the finish. A little big for a Pale Ale though.

I'd probably buy some more of this, good for the hot summer day. Glad it made it to San Diego.

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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


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 SurlyDuff
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this ontap at Bukowski's in Cambridge.

Amber and a tad cloudy. Kinda dark for a PA. Good carbonation and a decent head. A nice pour by the bartender.

Rich malt with a good balance of dry floral spicy hops.

Kind of like sweet iced tea. Bitter and yet a good sweet malty presence. Good balance, for sure. Not resiny, but otherwise a real solid bitter hop profile with mainly earthiness and florals. Not getting to much pine or citrus.

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Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Pours a nice shade of copper with a thick frothy head. Decent carbonation.

Aroma: Smells like any decent pale ale would smell with the exception that the hops are more aggressive on the nose and citrusy.

Taste: Smooth and bready upfront. Decent hop bitterness hits the tongue. Hopped like an IPA but it has the balance of a pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Bready, citrusy and decent bitterness. Fine and drinkable for this kind of day.

Drinkability: Ditto. Very drinkable and from a can. Imagine that! I poured it into a glass but I'm sure it would be enjoyable straight from a can.

Verdict: I really like this pale ale. It gets close to IPA territory with the hopping but it's very drinkable. I'm glad I bought a 6 pack.

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Photo of oneeye
2.97/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a can into a pint glass. Very cool beer art for a beer can.

A. Cloudy amber with some carbonation through the cloudiness.Little head with lace left throughout the whole tasting.
S. Strong malt smell with hops and citrus.
T. Strong carmel malts upfront.The hops come through while the malts are still present.Very aggressive for the style.AS it warms the flavors sour a bit.
M. Sticky and creamy.Thick
D. Tried a second to verify my thoughts.Very aggressive beer for it's style.I would definitely drink this one again.But not my first choice of this style.

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Photo of DarthMalt
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Microbrew in a can! What will they think of next?"

Okay, first off, no "Ffft!" from the can when you pop the top. VERY disconcerting! I know, I know, micro, low-carbonation, all that shizzle, but, even more than bottles, when you pop a can of beer, you expect a crisp-sounding crack and a hefty puff of gas. I propose inflating the can with some Nitrogen to alleviate said psychological letdown.

To alleviate the can-guzzling disappointment, I suggest pouring this beer into a glass. "Ah! There. Now we're back to normal."

Hey, hey! No wonder this had no fizz. This is a serious ale! Hoppy, smelly, cloudy, and...pretty damn good.

Too bad it comes in a can.


"Surf's Up!"

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