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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Added by Todd on 10-08-2002

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can into glass

A - Perfectly clear copper, pours a large head that becomes rocky as it recedes, ends up with a ring around glass and thin layer of head in center. Lacing is moderate.

S - Not a ton of smell, what you would expect from an APA. Sweet malt, floral, a touch of hops and citrus

T - Taste is bold and very impressive for an APA. Starts with hops, grapefruit, and lemon (A great surprise with all the hops, did not expect it from the nose). Malt finish along with a hint of floral balances it out nicely. Balanced malt/floral/hop flavor stays in mouth

M - Body is a bit heavier than average for a APA, with low carbonation

O - Really impressed! Has the drinkability of an APA with some explosive flavors you may expect in an IPA. 6.5% ABV hidden very well

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- pours an amber-orange color, silty hazy with a medium cream colored head that reduces to a thin layer skimming the top.

S- sweet, bready and buttery malt with some toffee. Citrus and floral hops, quite complex for an APA.

T- sweet doughy malt with some caramel notes, fruity esters with some floral hops on the linger, the finish is somewhat dry and provides a toasted malt finish

M- medium body, moderate carbonation with a velvety mouthfeel and creamy finish. High drinkability.

O- for the style, this is superb. Well balanced and very easy drinking, really like the maltiness of this one.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark honey, slightly hazy body with a big 3" fluffy white head that reduces slowly to some thick cloudy foam clouds. A little lacing.

S- Lacking in this department. Pine and citrus dominate, but it smells very one dimensional.

T- More like an IPA than a pale ale, big pine and resin notes sitting on a hoppy citrus and big bready malt backbone.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation. Pretty drinkable with minimal aftertaste.

I could put away a few of these during a good night of drinking, but it wouldn't be the first one I'd grab off the shelf in terms of taste. Good for the price, and drinkable for 6.5 abv, but middle of the road nonetheless.

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

From tasting notes. Growler filled at Casanova, Hudson, WI.

I thought the nose on this was piney with a nice clean malt presence. Taste had a nice hop presentation of resin and citrus, a bit more pine forward in my opinion, good level of bitterness. The malt was present but unobtrusive. Medium body, holds together well. Drinks clean and finishes slightly bitter. Nice all-around APA.

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

Canned on 2/21/13 "What to put here?" ... Poured into a Samuel Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. I had Mama's Little Yella yesterday, and it was my first Oskar Blues. I found it to be a fantastic alternative to the BMCs of the world, and thought it could be a GREAT beer to session during the Summer.

Appearance: Crystal clear amber color with a nice, two finger head on it. Impeccable lacing.

Smell: Really smells California-like. By that, I mean it smells like a California IPA. A lot of fresh, grapefruit forward hops... a very nice, sweet smelling beer.

Taste/feel: Nice and sweet on the front, and then a somewhat assertive bitterness on the finish -- very flavorful. The front has some sweet, Fruit Loopy hops, and the finish leaves a pleasant, piney, hoppy taste in the mouth, along with malts to let you know that this is supposed to be an APA. This beer has a very nice depth of flavors, which isn't all that common in many pale ales, I find.

Overall, I suppose it's an APA. I usually find APAs to be a little less hoppy than IPAs, but this one has quite a huge hop presence, to my taste buds. I really find that it's an APA/IPA hybrid. This is quite a complex, tasty APA, and it's a better beer than Mama's Little Yella Pils, but I don't know that I'd find this beer to be very sessionable. Not so much because of the ABV, but I'd prefer my session beer to be a bit less bitter.. despite the fact that the fruity, floral hops are quite nicely balanced with the malt sweetness. Dale's Pale Ale is a beer that I've wanted to try for a long time, and I'm glad to have such a damn good canned beer in the great state of Michigan. A slick, simple looking can, a tasty, sexy looking beer... Oskar Blues can make some tasty brews.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So these guys finally made it to Michigan. First Oskar Blues beer other than Ten Fidy... Poured from the can into a pint glass. Deep amber near the bottom with some lighter, shining copper throughout the middle and top. Translucent, half clear and half hazy, allowing much light to pass through. The foamy white head is very fine and reduces to a skin and a ring pretty quickly, leaving very modest lacing behind.

Light and laid back is how I would describe the aroma initially. A little blast of citric hops helps inject that classic "American Pale Ale" aroma into the nose - an aroma that we've all come to know and love. Loaded with sweet, juicy grapefruit, orange zest, moderate pine, and a lovely amount of sticky hop oils.

There's no denying that this is an American Pale Ale, at least from the aroma alone. The malts on the nose bring up the rear with a very mild sweetness. I'm not getting hints of malts any darker than toasted bread, so I'm getting that no (or extremely little) caramel malt is used in the bill. Wouldn't want anything distracting those American hops, right?

Upon taking a sip, three words seemed to jump out at me immediately (at least according to my notes): grapefruit peel, oranges, pine resin. I've gotta say, that sums it up pretty well. Hints of candied citrus and grapefruits line the edges of a road paved with lots of hops; piney, oily, resinous, and wet.

A mild earthy spice builds up beneath the heavy citrus as the bitterness crescendos and fades pretty quickly, never really reaching what I'd call a "high" level. The malts don't really stand out until the finish, when much of the hop character has begun to settle down a bit - sweet bread and hop oils line my mouth during the outro. Thin-medium body with medium-high carbonation.

I enjoy the APA style, mainly because of the nice hop jolt they deliver while remaining (at least somewhat) sessionable. Dale's Pale Ale follows those guidelines quite nicely - a solid deliverance of hoppy goodness and sky-high drinkability. I'm starting to like the guys at Oskar Blues.

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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